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3/9/2016: Maintenance update – Wii U/3DS.

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Update: Even more maintenance:

3DS (certain network services – online play, rankings, etc.)

– 6 PM PT (Sunday) – 8 PM ET (Sunday)
– 9 PM ET (Sunday) – 11 PM ET (Sunday)
– 1 AM in the UK (Monday) – 3 AM in the UK (Monday)
– 2 AM in Europe (Monday) – 4 AM in Europe (Monday)
Wii U/3DS (certain network services – online play, rankings, etc.)

– 9 PM PT (Sunday) – 1 AM PT (Monday)
– 12 AM ET (Monday) – 4 AM ET (Monday)
– 4 AM in the UK (Monday) – 8 AM in the UK (Monday)
– 5 AM in Europe (Monday) – 9 AM in Europe (Monday)

We have another update on maintenance taking place for the rest of the week. Aside from the hour of Xenoblade Chronicles X maintenance we reported on yesterday, which is set to take place this evening, here’s the rest of the lineup for the next few days as of now:

Wii U/3DS (certain network services – online play, rankings, etc.)

– 8 PM PT (Wednesday) – 5 AM PT (Thursday)
– 11 PM ET (Thursday) – 8 AM ET (Thursday)
– 4 AM in the UK (Thursday) – 1 PM in the UK (Thursday)
– 5 AM in Europe (Thursday) – 2 PM in Europe (Thursday)

3DS (certain network services – online play, rankings, etc.)

– 5:30 PM PT (Thursday) – 7 PM PT (Thursday)
– 8:30 PM ET (Thursday) – 10 PM ET (Thursday)
– 1:30 AM in the UK (Friday) – 3 AM in the UK (Friday)
– 2:30 AM in Europe (Friday) – 4 AM in Europe (Friday)

Wii U/3DS (certain network services – online play, rankings, etc.)

– 8 PM PT (Thursday) – 1 AM PT (Friday)
– 11 PM ET (Thursday) – 4 AM ET (Friday)
– 4 AM in the UK (Friday) – 9 AM in the UK (Friday)
– 5 AM in Europe (Friday) – 10 AM in Europe (Friday)

3/9/2016: You can lock Mario out of the castle in Super Mario Maker with the new key feature.

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Did you know that you can lock Mario out of the castle in Super Mario Maker? With the new 1.40 update and key functionality, this is actually possible.
If you use a locked door in the original Super Mario Bros. style, Mario won’t be able to enter! It’s a neat little Easter Egg included by Nintendo.

3/9/2016: Update: All Best Buy – New Nintendo Selects up on Amazon.

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Update 3 (3/9): Bumped to the top for the final time. All of the Nintendo Selects are now up on Best Buy.

Update 2: Bumped to the top again. The Nintendo Selects are up on Amazon Canada.

Update (3/8): Bumped to the top. Some, but not all, of the Nintendo Selects are now up on Best Buy.

Original (3/7): Later this week, a new batch of Nintendo Selects will be arriving in North America. The lineup includes the following games:

Wii U:

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
NES Remix Pack
Pikmin 3
Super Mario 3D World

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Mario Party: Island Tour
Yoshi’s New Island

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Super Mario All-Stars

All of these Nintendo Selects can be ordered from Amazon here. They’ll be priced at $19.99 each. Note that they’ll be down to $16 for Prime members.

3/9/2016: Super Mario Maker – Twilight Princess HD Event Course with Wolf Link costume now live.

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Another new costume and Event Course have come to Super Mario Maker. Once you’ve completed the Twilight Princess HD level, you can unlock Wolf Link as an outfit. Using the Wolf Link amiibo also unlocks the costume. Here’s an overview of the Event Course: “While exploring the Twilight Realm in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, somehow Link and Midna’s souls have found their way into Super Mario Maker. Now, to protect peace throughout all worlds, they must seal away a new menace – Bowser Jr., who has split himself in three!”

2/5/2016: Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition Available Now.

Looks like Capcom has not yet given up on the Wii U. Capcom & Nintendo has released Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition for the Nintendo eShop channel. This is good news for Wii U owners who like more action & horror for their Wii U gaming.

For those who haven't played Resident Evil 4 for the Gamecube or the Wii or the PS2. This is your chance to get it for download.

2/2/2016: Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty finally arrives on Wii U next week

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Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is finally launching on Wii U next week. According to a listing found on Nintendo’s website, you’ll be able to pick up the game through the North American eShop on February 11. Pricing is set at $14.99. “Explore ancient ruins, dodge carnivorous beasts and avoid trigger-happy hunting parties as Abe, the original Oddworld hero in this lovingly recrafted take on the classic Abe’s Oddysee.

Once a happy floor waxer in Oddworld’s biggest meat processing plant, Abe stumbles across his boss’s secret plan to turn the factory’s slave labour force into the latest in the RuptureFarms Tasty Treats line of novelty meat snacks. Abe now has to save his own skin from the grinders even if simply escaping the flesh farm is only the start of his Oddysee. Many dangers await Abe on his journey to discover his people’s heritage. Built from the ground up, enjoy breathtaking visuals, enhanced audio and improved, deeper gameplay as New ‘n’ Tasty reignites the original Oddworld game.”

Wii Street U Service To Be Discontinued March 31st

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First they came for TVii, now they come for Wii Street U. Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U app powered by Google Street View is set to end its service on March 31st 2016. Upon that date, the app will become unusable. To prepare for the shut-down, Wii Street U will be pulled from the eShop after January 31st. Nintendo says the shut-down is to move resources to other areas. This marks the latest in a series of Nintendo apps being discontinued. Last year, they shut down their Nintendo TVii service worldwide, in part because the service was never able to launch in Europe due to licensing complications. Around that time, Nintendo Video on the 3DS saw its end, upon which its video content moved to the eShop for continued viewing. Wii Street U was introduced in early-2013 as a showpiece for the GamePad’s Gyro-sensors and second screen view. The announcement itself comes from Nintendo UK, but it surely will affect all versions of Wii Street U worldwide.