Sunday, October 4, 2015

Winner Announced: Win Tickets to Zelda Symphony in Salt Lake City, UT

UPDATE: Congratulations to Krissy H. from Clearfield, UT for winning our contest, and thank you to everyone who participated!

Buy your tickets to the concert today on the ArtTix website. Hurry before they're all gone!

Want to go see the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert, happening at Abravenel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday, October 15th 2015? We have 2 tickets to give away, graciously provided by the folks who put on the Zelda Symphony.

To enter, use the widget below, and you'll be able to get multiple entries for fulfilling different options. We'll start taking entries on Monday, October 5, 2015 starting at 12:00 PM, and we will stop taking entries at 6:00 pm on Monday, October 12th. We will send an email to the winner soon after we stop taking entries.

Tickets to Zelda Symphony is Salt Lake City
Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Must be a resident of Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, or Wyoming. A winner will be chosen on Monday, October 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm and an email will be sent to the winner soon after. We will need a first and last name for the people who will be using the tickets, and they will be available to pick up at will-call on the day of the concert. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Big Nintendo Sales Leading Up to Release of Super Mario Maker, New amiibo

On September the 11th, Nintendo has a big release happening with Super Mario Maker for Wii U, along with the newest wave of Super Smash Bros. amiibo figures. But - you don't have to wait until Friday to start saving on Nintendo games, as many retailers are having sales this weeks on games, system, and even eShop cards.

At Target, you can get a free Super Mario Maker themed Rubix Cube, along with your purchase of the game, while supplies last (it can also be purchased for $4.99). They also plan to have the newest wave of amiibo, including Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, Olimar, Classic 8-bit Mario as well as their exclusive figure Dr. Mario. Their ad says 2 of each character per person, but store managers may restrict that further in store. Target also has these games at 30% off:
  • Mario Kart 8 - $41.99
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - $41.99
  • Mario Party 10 - $41.99
  • Mario Kart 7 - $20.99
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS - $27.99
Remember that those with a Target Credit or Debit card can get $5 off their entire purchase, as well as free shipping for any online purchases.

Over at Best Buy, you can save $20 on select Wii U titles when you purchase them with Super Mario Maker, including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8, or Splatoon. If you don't yet own a Wii U, you can pick up the Splatoon Bundle for $274.99. They also have all eShop cards on sale at 10% off. They also have all the new amiibo listed for sale on Friday, including Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, Olimar, Classic 8-bit Mario. Remember - if you have Gamer's Club Unlocked (GCU), you get 20% off new games, so you can pick up Super Mario Maker for $48.99, and if you get one of the games that's $20 off, it will be marked down even further! GCU will also work on Toys-to-Life figures, including amiibo!

While they don't have any special sales listed, Toys 'R' Us will have all the new amiibo, including their own exclusive, Bowser Jr. No online orders have taken place for this item, so you'll have to go to the store to get one.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Splatoon for $49.99 (39.99 w/GCU) at Best Buy - UPDATE: Too!

UPDATE: is also selling Splatoon for $49.99 with Prime two-day shipping. Click here to buy from


Have you been waiting for a deal on Splatoon? Today only at Best Buy, grab the popular Wii U exclusive for $49.99, or even cheaper for $39.99 if you're part of Best Buy's Gamer's Club Unlocked membership. The deal is available both online and in-store. Click here to buy Splatoon online. Or - Click here to check in-store availability

Have you been waiting on a good deal for Splaoon? Will you be picking it up today?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Nintendo Announces Release Dates for Their Holiday Line-up of Games

Nintendo delivered a ton of information this morning via a press release about their Fall and Holiday 2015 line up of games. There's a lot of information here, with little explanation for each, so we'll just get right into it.

New Wii U Bundle:
  • Walmart and will be the exclusive retailers for a special Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle that includes the game, Idea Book and the 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Coloramiibo. The bundle goes on sale the 11th of September for $299.96.
Wii U Games
  • Super Mario Maker launches on the 11th of September at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World launches Oct. 16 at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The game will also be available in a bundle that includes a green Yarn Yoshi amiibo at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The green Yarn Yoshi is available as part of the bundle, with individual pink and light-blue Yarn Yoshi amiibo also launching on Oct. 16 at a suggested retail price of $16.99 each.
  • A new combo pack that includes two great games goes on sale Oct. 16. The pack includes
    both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, co-developed by Koei Tecmo Games, launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U on Oct. 22for $49.99, just in time for Halloween. Players can download this free-to-start game and play the prologue, chapter 1 and most of chapter 2 for free. The full version of the game can be purchased as DLC directly from the Nintendo eShop or via the in-game menu.
  • Star Fox Zero launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X launches Dec. 4 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
  • Devil’s Third launches Dec. 11 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
  • Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival and amiibo figures for Animal Crossing characters Isabelle, Digby, K.K., Reese, Cyrus, Tom Nook, Mabel and Lottie launch Holiday 2015.
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash launches Holiday 2015.
  • Runbow from 13AM Games will launch in North America on Aug. 27 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. For the first month after launch, anyone who downloaded the Nindies@Home demo version will receive 15 percent off the regular price of $14.99. Runbow is an up-to-nine-player action platform party game that includes guest characters from some of the Nintendo eShop’s most popular indie titles, like Azure Striker GunvoltShovel KnightGuacamelee! and Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition from Disney Interactive launches Aug. 30 at a suggested retail price of $64.99.
  • The Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack for Wii U from Activision launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $74.99. For the first time in Skylanders history, two of Nintendo’s iconic characters – Donkey Kong and Bowser – will guest star as playable characters and will also work with select amiibo-compatible games with a simple twist of the character’s base. Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser will be exclusively playable on Wii U, Wii and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
  • LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment launches Sept. 27 at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Additional LEGO Dimensions Level, Team and Fun Packs will also be available on Sept. 27 at the respective suggested retail prices of $29.99, $24.99 and $14.99.
  • Guitar Hero Live from Activision launches Oct. 20 at a suggested retail price of $99.99.
  • Just Dance 2016 from Ubisoft launches Oct. 20 at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
  • Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games – winner of more than 100 awards, including many “Game of the Year” accolades – is coming to retail stores. The classically styled adventure launches on Wii U in October at a suggested retail price of $24.99.
Nintendo 3DS Games
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer launches Sept. 25 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. The set of 100 Animal Crossing amiibo cards, which are compatible with the game, launch the same day. The game comes with one complimentary amiibo card, so players can experience how to use the cards to bring additional Animal Crossing characters into the game. People who opt to download the digital version of the game in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at the same price will receive an exclusive Animal Crossing: Happy Home DesignerHOME Menu Theme instead of an amiibo card. Cards are sold separately in packs of six at a suggested retail price of $5.99 per pack. A bundle also launching on Sept. 25 includes the game, one amiibo card and the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The wireless NFC Reader/Writer is also sold separately at a suggested retail price of $19.99.
  • Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash launches Oct. 9 at a suggested retail price of $29.99. A bundle that includes the Chibi-Robo amiibo launches the same day at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes launches Oct. 23 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
  • Japanese sensation YO-KAI WATCH launches in the U.S. on Nov. 6 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
  • Skylanders SuperChargers Racing from Activision launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $64.99. On Nintendo 3DS, gamers can go head to head with competitive multiplayer via local play or online with up to four players. Iconic Nintendo character Bowser and his Sky vehicle, Clown Cruiser, are available in the Skylanders SuperChargers Racing Starter Packs for Wii and Nintendo 3DS, and can also be played on the Wii U system.
  • The Nintendo 3DS version of Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games will launch in stores in October at a suggested retail price of $24.99.
amiibo News
  • A new 3-pack of Mii Fighters from Super Smash Bros. will launch on Nov. 1 at a suggested retail price of $34.99.
  • The Mewtwo amiibo from Super Smash Bros. launches Nov. 13 at a suggested retail price of $12.99.
  • Mega Yarn Yoshi, a giant green Yoshi amiibo made from yarn, goes on sale Nov. 15 at a
    suggested retail price of $39.99. When tapped to the GamePad controller in Yoshi’s Woolly World, Mega Yarn Yoshi activates “Double Yoshi,” a second Yoshi to use at any point in the middle of a stage, as well as the ability to save a player’s favorite Yoshi pattern to the amiibo. The standard Yarn Yoshi amiibo also enables the same functionality.
  • The Falco amiibo from Super Smash Bros. launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $12.99.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Super Smash Bros. Events This Week in Salt Lake and Provo

There are quite a few Super Smash Bros events going on both in Salt Lake and Utah County, and we wanted Utah 3DS members to be aware of all of them.

First up, our Friends at Gamer's Abbey have their usual weekly tournaments this week, on Tuesday (tonight, Aug. 18th) at the Game Den in Provo, and then the Wednesday (Aug. 19th) weekly tournament at 801 Labs in Salt Lake City. As stated, these are weekly tournaments that happen on the same day, same location, and same time every week, so put it on your calendar and make it out there when you can. Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Melee will both be played at these tournaments. Click here to RSVP to the Provo Game Den Weekly. Click Here to RSVP to the Salt Lake 801 Labs Weekly.

Second, Neumont University Game Gurus have their monthly tournament happening this Saturday, August 22nd at Neumont University in Downtown Salt Lake City called Smash Jam. Because it is a monthly tournament, more people from around Utah will try to make it out, and there will be more Super Smash Bros games to play besides just Wii U and Melee, including the fan modded version of Brawl: Project M. If you're an Ultra Street Fighter IV player, they've introduced that game for the first time as well. Check the Facebook event page for the details and to RSVP.

Lastly, also happening on Saturday, August 22nd, Brad, our local Nintendo retail rep, will be hosting a more casual Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament that will have some rare amiibo available for the top placed Smash Bros. players, including Ness, Jigglypuff, and Pit. He'll also have a Majora's Mask statue that was only available in the limited edition of the Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. Click here for more details and to RSVP to this tournament.

What tournaments will you be participating in this week? If you want to know about Super Smash Bros tournaments happening in the Utah area, be sure to Like Gamer's Abbey on Facebook and Follow Gamer's Abbey on Twitter.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fun video: Local Utah Gamers Play 16-player, 8 GameCube System-Link Mario Kart Double-Dash

Many people have played Double Dash, but there are probably few of those people that actually used the GameCube's Broadband Adapter accessory to play the game via System Link. There are probably even fewer people who have played it with 16 players, with 8 GameCube's connected via system link.

Local Utah Gamers set out to be some of the few that have made this happen. For this set up they needed a total of 8 GameCube systems, 8 broadband adapters, 8 copies of Mario Kart Double-Dash, 16 controllers,  8 TV's, 8 ethernet cables, and a router, along with the space to hold all of this equipment and 16 people. If you didn't know, many of these items, including the game and especially the broadband adapter, can be hard to come by and pricey. Despite this, the goal was made to make this a reality, and it was a lot of fun!

Check out the video below for a small peak into one of many intense races that happened last night:

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Results from the Nintendo Utah Championship Qualifiers

Wow, what an exciting event we had yesterday! Thanks to everyone who came out , and thanks to everyone who competed to try and earn a spot in the Nintendo Utah Championships - Finals. Here are our finalists and their scores:
  • Wilford B. - 1,191,310*
  • Jeff B. - 1,188,600
  • Eric S. - 893,900
  • Joseph O. - 824,700
  • Preston B. - 719,600
  • Preston J. - 662,150*
* - Scores achieved on second attempt

Big shout-out to Paul and Chris W. for getting 7th and 8th respectively, both just barely getting beat out of the 6th place position. We have some exciting plans for the finals, and we'll share more details about the event soon (so you should RSVP now to get updates), but we will keep some of the games a secret from everyone, including our finalists. Be sure to come to watch our finalists compete, while getting lots of StreetPasses!

Keep up with all Utah 3DS updates. Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter, and check out all our other pages on our website.

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.