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It’s been a long while since we’ve had a “traditional” Nintendo Direct covering a range of upcoming titles on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts in recent months have chosen to focus solely on a single particular game instead of the entire lineup.

This traditional Nintendo Direct is coming back tomorrow though! On Wednesday, November 5th at 2PM Pacific / 5PM Eastern / 10PM GMT, Nintendo is broadcasting a brand new Nintendo Direct providing updates on upcoming games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

It’s been said that this Direct will discuss “software releasing by the end of this year, while looking ahead to 2015.” (that’s their wording, not mine!) As always, you can catch the broadcast over at either Nintendo.com for the NA stream, or Nintendo.co.uk for the EU stream. Or if you’re feeling special, head over to Nintendo.co.jp for the Japanese stream.

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So as many of you may be aware, Fantasy Life on the Nintendo 3DS finally released in North America today, as well as Europe last month. Personally, I have been watching this title since TGS 2012 where it was first shown in Japan. Finally, a localization effort was announced at E3 this year, and here we are today with the game released in all territories!

Many have been saying that this game will appeal to the Animal Crossing audience, and I snagged a copy from Nintendo of Canada, so I’m going to be covering some of the game here over the next while to give you guys an impression of the game from the perspective of an long time Animal Crossing player. I’ll look into doing a review as well at some point. So buckle in, this blog is making a little come back with Fantasy Life!

If you’ve already played the game, or are considering doing so, leave us a comment below!

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You may or may not have heard already, but there’s a New Nintendo 3DS model coming to Japan in October. If you’re wondering why I capitalized New… it’s because that’s exactly what it’s called. Anyhow, one of the exciting new features of the model is the ability to swap out the top and bottom cover plates with new styles.

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A new Nintendo 3DS system update is releasing this October in all regions, adding the ability to purchase new custom HOME Menu themes from the eShop. These new themes will change theĀ menu background, icons, and folders. New sound effects and background music will be added to your HOME Menu as well with the themes.

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Animal Crossing fans! It might not be a new game quite yet, but Nintendo’s got something else to hold you over. Two brand new DLC packs for Mario Kart 8 has been revealed, including one themed to Animal Crossing.

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If you’ve been paying any attention to E3 this past week, you’ve probably heard of Nintendo’s new IP for Wii U titled Splatoon, just announced on Tuesday. According to an interview published by Mashable today speaking with EAD manager Shigeru Miyamoto, about 10 core members from the Animal Crossing team were pulled away to work on Splatoon.

He went on to explain that Splatoon is primarily being developed by younger staff at Nintendo, including from the Animal Crossing team. Additionally, the game is being directed by one of Nintendo Land’s directors.

Does this change your opinion on the game at all? Personally, it makes a lot of sense now considering how silly of a game Splatoon seems to be, similarly to Animal Crossing. Do you guys think this could delay development of the next Animal Crossing title? Discuss in the comments below!

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Check out a brand new video interview on Nintendo Minute with Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s producer Katsuya Eguchi and director Aya Kyogoku.

It’s rather strange to conduct and publish an interview for a year old game, so it wouldn’t surprise me if there was some kind of Animal Crossing announcement in store for E3 next week. Of course, if there’s anything announced, you’ll see it right here on this blog!

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