Monday, June 29, 2015

Announcing the (Unofficial) Nintendo Utah Championships 2015


Utah 3DS StreetPass is happy to announce the (Unofficial) Nintendo Utah Championships 2015. As many of us in Utah know, Utah residents were not able to compete in the qualifiers for the Nintendo World Championships 2015 in the state of Utah. In fact - after Wyoming, Salt Lake City was one of the farthest cities away from any of the 8 other cities where people will be able to participate in the qualifier. The Top 8 players with the highest scores will be able to move on to compete in the finals, happening on Saturday, August 8th at the same time and location as the qualifier. 

In an effort to bring the fun and excitement of the NWC 2015 to Utah, Utah 3DS StreetPass will hold it's own version of the competitive tournament, on a local level. On July 18th, those interested can head to the auditorium of the Murray Library, where they will try to bet a top score in the Championship Mode of Ultimate NES Remix for Nintendo 3DS. If you don't own a copy of Ultimate NES Remix on Nintendo 3DS, you can practice using NES Remix 2 for the Wii U which also has the same challenge mode.

Much like the Nintendo World Championship Finals, we plan to keep most of the final games a secret until the day of the event. You'll notice that some of the games used in the NWC 2015 finals have not been released yet, mainly Super Mario Maker and Metroid Prime: Blast Ball - rest assured, we've already got some fun replacements in mind for our finalists.

To get up to date information on the (Unofficial) Nintendo Utah Championship 2015 events, please RSVP to the Facebook event pages for the Qualifiers and the Finals. 


Not interested in competing in the NUC 2015 qualifiers? Didn't make it into the finals? Utah 3DS events will usually have a particular theme each month, but it is in no way required by attendees to participate in. Utah 3DS events are a great place to make friends, have fun, play games, and get lots of StreetPasses! If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the events, or if you'd like to volunteer to help with the Qualifiers or Finals, send an email to chris@utah3ds.com.

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Utah 3DS StreetPass is run by a local community of Nintendo and video game enthusiasts and is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by Nintendo or Nintendo of America. The Nintendo Utah Championships 2015 is not a Nintendo endorsed or sponsored event and is in no way connected with the main Nintendo World Championship events. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Nintendo Access: Mario Maker @ Best Buy - Full Details Revealed


This morning, Nintendo shared full details for Nintendo Access: Mario Maker @ Best Buy - an event being held at Best Buy locations across North America, to give those not attending E3 a chance to play Mario Maker, coming later this year to Nintendo Wii U. Nintendo will also be giving out a free Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary limited edition pin while supplies last.

If you live in Salt Lake City, UT, you'll be able to attend the event at Best Buy in South Salt Lake City at 261 West 2100 South, just off of the 2100 South exit on I-15 (use the map below to get directions). If you're looking for other locations in the United States, head over to e3.nintendo.com to find a participating location near you.

Check out our Upcoming Events page for Utah 3DS and you'll find details on all of our plans for this summer, including Nintendo events happening in the Utah area. 

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Nintendo Direct Mini - 6/1/2015

Early this morning, Nintendo released what they're calling a Nintendo Direct Mini. If you're wondering if you missed the announcement for this, you didn't; Nintendo posted it to their YouTube channel with no prior announcement. Watch it here:



Here are some highlights from the direct (if you don't have time to watch it right now:

Nintendo 3DS
  • Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash – Everyone’s favorite little robot is back, this time in a side-scrolling action game! In Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash, Chibi-Robo must swing his plug to whip enemies, reach far-off platforms and solve environmental puzzles, as well as collect upgrades to extend his plug for getting hard-to-reach collectibles and uncovering hidden areas. Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash will launch exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems this October.
    • Chibi-Robo amiibo – Launching exclusively in a Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash bundle is a new Chibi-Robo amiibo figure. This new amiibo transforms Chibi-Robo into the all-powerful Super Chibi-Robo in certain stages in the game. In addition, players can level up this Chibi-Robo amiibo to acquire a variety of in-game collectible figures and items by saving their scores at the end of each stage. More details about this special amiibo will be revealed in the future.
  • Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure – The classic Dr. Mario puzzle game play that players have grown to love over the years returns in this new game, but with the addition of a game-changing new Miracle Cure item. This cure-all item activates a variety of capsule- and virus-eradicating powers. Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure is available for pre-purchase beginning today and writes a prescription exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on June 11.
  • BRAVELY SECOND END LAYER – The sequel to Square Enix’s much-loved role-playing
    game Bravely Default is coming to the West. Experience a rousing fantasy adventure with new and returning characters when the game launches for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2016.
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon – This recently revealed new installment in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series finds players becoming Pokémon to explore randomly generated dungeons in a land inhabited only by Pokémon. In addition to the 20 Pokémon players can choose to become and also pick as their partners, all 720 known Pokémon are in the game. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon launches for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems this winter.
  • LBX: Little Battlers eXperience – Just like the popular anime and toy line, LBX: Little Battlers eXperience lets players build, customize and battle robots using more than 130 models and more than 4,000 in-game parts. Up to six players can connect via local wireless to battle it out and see whose robot emerges victorious when the game launches on Aug. 21.
  • Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition – Fans that have already been enjoying the wealth of content in Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition are about to get even more! In addition to two extra free unlockable worlds in both the Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition games, players can now start enjoying free weekly online distributions exclusively for Puzzle & Dragons Z. Check http://puzzleanddragons.nintendo.com/ for more details.

Wii U
  • Splatoon – Kicking off a series of free content additions throughout the summer, Splatoon will be home to a new weapon and map … as of 7 p.m. PT today! The nostalgia-packed N-Zap ’85 rapid-fire Shooter weapon and Port Mackerel map take the game play and strategy depth to new heights. Alongside these additions, Splatoon’s Ranked Battle mode will also become available for characters level 10 and above.
  • Art Academy: Home Studio – In this new application for Wii U, artists of all skill levels can take lessons, draw inspiration from 360-degree landscape photos and share their creations with friends. Art Academy: Home Studiowill even allow fellow art enthusiasts to upload time-lapse replays of their creations to their YouTube accounts. Art Academy: Home Studio is now available for pre-purchase and launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U on June 25. Legacy artists who already own the Art Academy: Sketchpad software can get $4 off the purchase price of Art Academy: Home Studio as a thank you for their dedication to the franchise.
  • Project Treasure – A new trailer highlighting game play in this four-player co-op action game from Bandai Namco Entertainment was revealed alongside the Nintendo Direct video and can be viewed separately on YouTube. Take down enemies, evade traps and escape with spoils from the deepest of dungeons. You can also watch it right here:


Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – All of your favorite Mario and Sonic characters are ready to join the fun in Rio, host of the Olympic Games in August 2016. Take the rivalry on the road with super-charged Olympic events like Soccer and Table Tennis in the Nintendo 3DS version, or see if you’ve got what it takes to hang with the best in the Wii U version, with events like Soccer, Rugby and Beach Volleyball. More details about the games will be announced in the future.
Nintendo Activities at E3 2015
  • Nintendo World Championships 2015 –Twenty-five years after the original, the Nintendo World Championships return on June 14, set to start at 3 p.m. PT, with pre-show broadcasts kicking off the day’s activities prior to the tournament. While the full lineup of games won’t be unveiled until the big event, hopeful contestants can prepare to compete in the original The Legend of Zelda, as well as a mix of other Nintendo games.
  • Periscope / Snapchat – Nintendo is expanding its social media presence … right in time for E3! Fans can follow @NintendoAmerica on both Periscope and Snapchat to reveal fun behind-the-scenes content leading up to and during the video game trade show June 16-18.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Nintendo Access: Mario Maker @ Best Buy in Salt Lake City


A few weeks ago, Nintendo announced their E3 plans in a hilarious YouTube video (watch it below if you haven't seen it already), where they also announced that they would once again bring a demo for a soon to be released Wii U game; this year, we will get to play an early version of Mario Maker, set to hit the Wii U this September. 


We've received information that, as of right now, the plan is to have this year's demo at the Best Buy store in South Salt Lake City, located at 261 W 2100 S Salt Lake City, UT 84115 (store #527). We have not yet received word on what time you'll be able to play the demo, but the demo will be available on two separate days - Wednesday, June 17th, and Saturday, June 20th.

We've created event pages on the Utah 3DS StreetPass Facebook page, and if you RSVP to those events, you'll receive notifications when post information about the times for both days. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Smash Bros. Wave 4 and Splatoon amiibo on Amazon.com

Amazon.com will have Wave 4 amiibo, as well as the Splatoon figures available to order today. They are letting each figure go live at different times, so be sure to be ready to order the ones you want when they go live. Here are the figures, with a link and their times for when they will go live: 
It may go very slow, as many people will be trying to get through check out when they are available. Good luck!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

StreetPass Weekend, Splatoon Poster Only at Best-Buy Starting 5/29

If you're picking up Splatoon and some amiibo this weekend at Best Buy, or if you plan on participating in the Nintendo World Championship Qualifiers, then you'll be treated to 6 StreetPass tags from Mii's across the United States.

This weekend, starting on Friday, May 29, Nintendo will be opening up Nintendo Zone locations at Best Buy stores across the U.S. for an exclusive StreetPass Weekend. According to the Best Buy website, "During store hours from May 29 to May 31, you can get up to six StreetPass tags from other Nintendo 3DS users from Best Buy locations across the U.S."

Not only that, but if you plan on picking up Splatoon at Best Buy, you'll get a free double sided poster while supplies last! Remember, if you have or sign up for Gamers Club Unlocked, you'll get all new games for 20% off, which will bring the price of Splatoon down from $59.99 to $47.99. 

This is a busy weekend for Nintendo and it's fans as it launches Splatoon, it's innovative new IP for the Nintendo Wii U, along with new amiibo for the Splatoon and the Super Smash Bros. series. Do you plan on heading to stores this weekend to pick up something?


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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Summer Events for Utah 3DS StreetPass

First off, thank you to everyone who made it out to our May Event on the 23rd. Although our original plans of having the full version of Splatoon playable at the event fell through, many people came out which made for a lot of StreetPasses to help everyone get through the new StreetPass games.

We have an exciting summer of events planned at Utah 3DS StreetPass, and we want you to be aware of when and where everything is, so that you can plan now around your busy vacation and work schedules that you have for the summer. You can find details for all our events on the Utah 3DS Facebook Event Page, as well as the Upcoming Events tab on the Utah 3DS website.

Nintendo @ E3 2015



First up, we have some non-Utah 3DS events, but ones that you'll want to mark on your calendar. The Nintendo Digital Event, which is when Nintendo shows off new releases and updates on previously announced games coming in 2015 and beyond, will stream live on Tuesday, June 16th starting at 10:00 am MDT.

You can watch the event be going to e3.nitnendo.com, twitch.tv/nintendo, or youtube.com/nintendo. If you try one of those, and it gives you issues, try switching to one of the other. Click here to RSVP to our Facebook event page.

For the third year in a row, Nintendo is partnering with Best Buy locations across North America to show off it's latest and greatest Nintendo game that's coming this holiday. This year, we'll be treated to the E3 demo of Mario Maker, coming out later this year in September. 

You'll have two opportunities to try out the game: Wednesday, June 17th and Saturday, June 20th. For the last two years, Nintendo has had the event at the Sandy Best Buy location at 35 East 11400 South. RSVP to our event pages on Facebook for details as they are posted. RSVP to June 17th and RSVP to June 20th

Utah 3DS Events for Summer 2015


Utah 3DS StreetPass is very excited to celebrate the 4 year anniversary of our first event! It's hard to believe that we've been putting on monthly events for the past four years, all because of one new feature on video game console we were desperate to experience.

On June 27th, we plan to have a lot of fun for our June event, including some prizes and giveaways that we'll share with you soon. RSVP to the June Event page to get updates when when they are posted.

While we may not have had a chance here in Utah to compete in the Nintendo World Championship 2015, you will have a chance to compete in the Nintendo Utah Championship! We'll try to replicate the qualifiers and finals of the Nintendo World Championships and have a few prizes to give away to our top places. Will you be crowned the Nintendo Utah Champion? RSVP to the July Event page to get updates when they are posted.

We are planning to have our August event on either the weekend of August 8th or 15th. Keep an eye on our Events page of Utah3DS.com or the Utah 3DS Facebook Page for information when that is posted. 

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