Friday, August 28, 2015

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


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

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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 Walmart.com 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.
  • Pok√©mon 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!

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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. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Nintendo Utah Championships 2015 Qualifiers - What You Need to Know


Please RSVP to the Facebook event page if you plan on attending:
Nintendo Utah Championships - Qualifiers

Tomorrow is the big day! Head to the Murray Library auditorium to try for a spot at the (unofficial) Nintendo Utah Championships 2015! Here's what you need to know:
  1. Come as early as you can! We have the room from 1:30 to 4:30. We currently only have one 3DS system with a copy of Ultimate NES Remix to allow people to compete on, but based on our RSVP's we're not too worried about getting through everyone. 
  2. When you arrive, find the registration desk to sign up. While you wait, clear your StreetPasses, mingle, or get some last minute practice in if you'd like. 
  3. When it's your turn, we'll call out your name, and you'll have your chance to compete. 
  4. You will have 2 chances for a high score. After you've gotten a certain score, you can re-register 1 time to try and beat your score, but you will be at the back of the line, and priority will still be given to people who have not set an original time.
  5. During a run, you are able to restart one time, but, if you restart again, that run will not be counted and you will have to re-register for the second run to be able to try again. If you restart more than 2 times during your second run, then your second run will not be counted.
  6. High Scorers in the Top 6 will be invited to compete in the Finals in August.
Have any other questions? Leave a comment below to this post, or, write an email to chris@utah3ds.com. We'll see you tomorrow! Check out the Facebook Event page for time, location, and more details about tomorrow's event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1477125295912605/
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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. 

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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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.