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This ‘Reanimation’ of the Smash Bros Melee Intro Will Probably Tickle Some Funny Bones

May. 5th 2016

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Since its debut 17 years ago, Super Smash Bros has become one of Nintendo’s crossover gaming pillars. Its appeal lies in the concept of seeing your favorite Nintendo character battling it out with another gaming classic. Even with its initial roster of 12 playable characters, it was instantly a hit among Nintendo fans in the latter part of the 90s, with the potential of adding more video game characters in the list.

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The line-up of additional characters tripled when Nintendo released its sequel, Super Smash Bros Melee in 2001.  Launched for the GameCube platform, Nintendo sold more than 7 million copies worldwide and has enjoyed a torrent of positive reviews and feedback. With an emotionally charged intro that have captured the hearts of gaming fans, Super Smash Bros Melee is, and will still be, an icon that every Nintendo fan will remember with nostalgia.

In honor of this crossover classic, more than 30 animators collaborated in this re-telling of the Super Smash Bros Melee intro that brings out their own unique take on some of the most beloved characters in video game history. The result is a tribute to one of the best fighting game of all time. Watch this.

The people behind Reanimation Station really outdid themselves this time. If not for the game’s legendary musical score, I might end up laughing my heart out with this spoof. I love the part when Mario’s presumably amiibo figure was thrown into the arena. If you are quite clueless on what inspired Reanimation Station to come up with this video, check out the original intro for Super Smash Bro Melee straight from 2001. For those of who you have grown with the game, be warned, it might pull some heart strings.

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WATCH: Nintendo Kicks Off Star Fox Zero With Its Animated Short, “The Battle Begins”

Apr. 21st 2016

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Tomorrow will be the launch day of the much anticipated reboot of the classic Nintendo space shooter, Star Fox Zero. As teased by various websites this week, Nintendo cooked up a short animated feature film that shows the new generation of Star Fox fleet, namely Fox, Falco, Peppy and Slippy as they embark on their first mission after their long hiatus. In case you missed out on the live stream a couple of hours ago, Nintendo uploaded the 15-minute live stream on their YouTube channel. Watch this.

We hope to see more animated shorts like this from Nintendo and Production IG and WIT Studios any time soon. As Fox says, “there’s no rest for the best”.  Nintendo’s Star Fox Zero for the Wii U will be released tomorrow together with Star Fox Guard. Both games come with amiibo support and are compatible with the Fox McCloud and Falco Lombardi amiibo figures. Tapping them on the Wii U unlocks certain game enhancements such as the classic Retro Arwing, and the powerful Black Arwing. Using these amiibos in Star Fox Guard allows players to call in an air strike from Team Star Fox virtually wiping out all enemies on the field.

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WATCH: This Star Fox Zero Launch Trailer Has Plenty of Intense Gameplay Footage

Apr. 20th 2016

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We’re just three days away from the official launch of Nintendo’s Star Fox Zero. Almost everything that we need to know and expect from this classic high flying space shooter has been already out, including the painstakingly fun and multi-tasking tower defense game, Star Fox Guard, that comes bundled with Star Fox Zero. Along with its amiibo support, fans are in a frenzy to have their first try of Star Fox.

To further fan the hype, Nintendo UK just uploaded Star Fox Zero’s official launch trailer that tells the story behind Fox McCloud and his quest to restore his father’s legacy. Coupled with some seriously intense game footage, fans of the space shooter genre will surely fall for Star Fox Zero. Watch this.

To celebrate the game’s launch on the 22nd, Nintendo will be hosting the world premiere of an animated short film entitled Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins via live-streaming later on within the day. Here’s a preview.

Both Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard come with amiibo support and are compatible with the Fox McCloud and Falco Lombardi amiibo figures. Tapping them on the Wii U unlocks certain game enhancements such as the classic Retro Arwing, and the powerful Black Arwing. Using these amiibos in Star Fox Guard allows players to call in an air strike from Team Star Fox virtually wiping out all enemies on the field.

Be sure to stay tuned here at Portal Characters for more updates on Star Fox Zero.

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Apr. 14th 2016


Today marks a very special day for Nintendo’s social sims video game that started back in April 14, 2001. Now in its 15th year, it has steadily grown from a relatively quiet but well-loved series to worldwide following with a distinct community approach in gaming. To celebrate the event, Nintendo came up with a nostalgic commemorative video that highlights key events in the lives of our anthropomorphic buddies. Fans of the game will surely recognize all four titles released under the Animal Crossing banner, in spite of it being in Japanese. Watch this.

Since its humble beginnings in 2001 when Nintendo first released Animal Crossing for the Nintendo 64 and later on for the GameCube in the same year, it saw three more titles, each launched alongside newer gaming consoles – Animal Crossing Wild World for the Nintendo DS (2005), Animal Crossing City Folk for the Wii (2008) and Animal Crossing New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS (2012). The video tribute also cited two spin-off games such as Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer for the 3DS, and Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival for the Wii U.



Four years after the release of its last mainstream game, Animal Crossing New Leaf, fans are now asking the question, “What’s next for our beloved animal friends?” With the upcoming release of the Nintendo’s mystery console the NX, one can’t help but to ponder on the possibilities. Considering that we have plenty of Animal Crossing amiibo figures to go around – 16 of them actually, and not including the huge number of amiibo cards as well – it will be a letdown if Nintendo’s next revolutionary console will not make use of them.




Source: My Nintendo News

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Apr. 14th 2016

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Just a few a days ago, we featured two great dioramas that were specifically made to showcase your coolest amiibo figures for everyone’s enjoyment. Thanks to a heads up from Nintendo Everything, we now have an idea on how the packaging on these dioramas looks like. As mentioned before, the Dreamland Diorama comes with an optional new Kirby amiibo bundled together in the Amiibo Kirby Pop Star Set.

Take a look:

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Both the Smash Bros and Kirby Dreamland-themed dioramas retails at $14.99, and are now available for pre-order at Play Asia, while the Amiibo Kirby Pop Star Set retails at $24.99 and is also available for pre-order as well.

All of these cool dioramas will be available for release on April 28, 2016. We hope to see Nintendo come up with additional themes any time soon. So what do you think of these dioramas? Do you plan to get one for your amiibo figures? Such as your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Apr. 14th 2016

The toys-to-life genre is booming with so many new technologies during the past years that we are simply amazed at the level of ingenuity that game designers and engineers have exerted through these innovations. From Disney’s magnetized guidance system, to Sensible Objects’ Fabulous Beasts and its on-the-edge physical balancing within a virtual world, Tio’s motorized building blocks, and Play Fusion’s planned RPG via a physical toy, growth in this field of gaming is exceptional.

Big gaming companies such as Nintendo understand very well the need to be one step ahead in terms of gaming innovation. Just recently, it was revealed by a NeoGAF member Rosti that the Japanese giant filed for a patent in Japan last August 26, 2014 which was only published in full last Monday.

It is a very lengthy and technical piece work which is credited to Nintendo’s Fumiko Inoue who has worked on circuit design for the 3DS and has helped Nintendo to file for three more patents in the past. However, Amiibo Alerts did its best to draw out some of the salient features of the patent. Head over to NeoGAF’s discussion thread If you wish to see the full length of Nintendo’s filed patent.

Here’s what we can draw from it:

The patent involves a device which is very similar in looks and shape to that of Nintendo’s NFC Reader/Writer, though this might be just a conceptualization which is very common for filed patents.

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The said device is equipped with a wide angle lens camera capable of taking 360 degrees photos.

It also has a curved surface mirror which is thought to be used for projection and imaging purposes.


One particular illustration suggests that the patented device will be capable of scanning multiple amiibos all at the same time, thanks to its 360 degree wide angle camera lens.

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Since the patent was filed two years ago, rumor is rife that the said patent will be incorporated to Nintendo’s next big thing which is the NX console. Again, like other debunked NX-related rumors that have sprung recently over the Internet, we have to take this one (again) with a pinch of salt. What is clear though is that Nintendo is going to shake things up in the gaming industry any time soon.

Be sure to stay tuned here at Portal Characters for more updates on this latest piece of Nintendo technology.



Source: NeoGAF via Amiibo Alerts

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Apr. 6th 2016

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When the hit Pokemon brawler game entered the scene last month, those who bought a physical copy of Pokken Tournament for the Nintendo Wii U received an added treat of a free Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card. By tapping the said amiibo card on to the Wii U GamePad controller allows you to unlock Shadow Mewtwo to be played right away.

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Initially offered only to those who bought Pokken Tournament’s physical copy, Nintendo as it seems is going the extra mile with another promotional. This time, residents of US, Canada and Mexico who bought a digital copy of the game over at Nintendo’s eShop will also have the Shadow Mewtwo card send to them.  Nintendo’s Support page explains this in detail. Please take note that as of this posting, Nintendo’s Support page explains that the offer is only available until July 31, 2016 or while supplies last. Furthermore, it also states that the amiibo card is no longer offered for physical disc purchases so this means that those who wish to have a new copy of this amiibo card may only do so via an online purchase of Pokken Tournament – the complete opposite of how Nintendo initially offered this a couple of weeks back.

Here are details of how to claim the Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card as mentioned on Nintendo’s Support page.

For a limited time, you can receive a free Shadow Mewtwo amiibo™ card with your Nintendo eShop digital purchase of the Pokkén Tournament game. Offer expires July 31, 2016 and is only valid in US, Canada, and Mexico. Available while supplies last. Limit one amiibo card per purchase.

In order to expedite your order, please carefully follow the instructions below. Return to this page after completing each step. 

  1. Register for our Nintendo Store. This is how we’ll make sure that your shipping address in our system. 
  • If you have registered before, please make sure that we have your recent shipping address by signing in to update your profile.
  • If you live in the US, click here.
  • If you live in Canada, click here.
  • If you live in Mexico, click hereto contact us. 
  1. Email our support team. In order to qualify for this free offer, we’ll need to verify your purchase history to confirm that Pokkén Tournament has been purchased. You’ll be asked for the following information: 
  • You’ll be asked to provide the information below.
    • Email address – be sure to use the same email address you provided in your Nintendo Store registration from step 1.
    • Nintendo Network ID
    • Serial Number
  • To email us, click here. 
  1. Wait for us to review and process your request. After we confirm your Nintendo eShop purchase, we’ll reply to your email with shipping information for your order. Please allow up to two weeks for processing time.



Thanks for Destructoid for the heads up.

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Apr. 6th 2016

Nintendo already hinted at what some amiibos will do, or how they will function on its latest take on the classic space shooter Star Fox Zero. As revealed during this year’s first Nintendo Direct episode, game developer Shigeru Miyamoto showed how the Smash Bros Fox amiibo unlocks a classic, retro 16-bit Arwing from the super enhanced version of the game.


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Another treat for amiibo users has been confirmed (the earliest news on this was shared by AbdallahSmash026) through Nintendo UK’s 6-minute long official trailer for Star Fox Zero. The trailer goes into length, showing what the Fox and Falco amiibo will do. Watch this.

As predicted, scanning the Falco amiibo over the Wii U GamePad will unlock the stylishly sleek, Black Arwing. The design and color combination is superb on this version of the Arwing. Not only does it look good, but it is also an excellent offensive ship capable of locking into two targets at once at any given time. The only caveat is that the Black Arwing is very vulnerable, which makes the player takes three times the usual damage from enemy attacks.

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Unfortunately, it looks like these are the only two supported amiibo at this time. Let’s hope that Nintendo has another sweet surprise under its sleeve anytime soon. Star Fox Zero will be available – bundled with a new game, Star Fox Guard, on April 22.

Source: Amiibo Alerts

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Mar. 23rd 2016



Since Bill Trinen officially announced the Mini Mario and Friends Amiibo Challenge during March 3’s Nintendo Direct Episode, much has been said about this new, free offering from Nintendo. For one, it seems to be the first ‘true amiibo centered’ game that allows you to use virtually all of your amiibos in the game. Even with only 10 actual playable characters in the game, it offers a simple but visually rich, gaming experience across more than 60 levels.

Mini Mario and Friends Amiibo Challenge comes with a similarly pleasing website that explains how to play the game. You simply tap your amiibo on your Wii U GamePad controller, new Nintendo 3DS System or 2DS with 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory to unlock your amiibo’s playable Mini Toy version, then guide your Mini through tons of tricky and puzzling levels. Once your amiibo’s Mini is unlocked, you may guide your Mini through levels filled with enemies and traps by building bridges across pits, or moving elements to guide your Mini safely to the exit. There are also useful items provided in the levels that can help your Mini accomplish specific tasks. The game becomes more fun and interesting with each Mini having its own unique ability.

Let’s take a look on what each Mini can do throughout the game. Images are from the Mini Mario and Friends website.


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Even if you don’t have the amiibo for the 10 playable Minis, by tapping any kind of amiibo allows you to play the game’s basic levels using Mini Spek. It follows that if you wish to play the other levels using the rest of the Minis, you must purchase that Mini’s corresponding amiibo.



Mini Mario and Friends Amiibo Challenge will be available for free together with a purchase of any amiibo figure beginning March 25 at any participating stores and outlets, and as a free download from Nintendo’s eShop starting April 28.


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Mar. 21st 2016

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Can you imagine for a while and think how it will look like having John Vignocchi and John Blackburn, the top brass from Disney Infinity Studios, do some outrageous stunts and poses like that of Anger’s Disney Infinity figurine, or that of Mike Wazowski? Well, sometimes it doesn’t hurt your ‘corporate’ image if you’ll act all wacky and zany every now and then. After all, a little dose of fun can go a long way positively.


I guess this is what the people over at Nintendo UK have in mind when they came up with their brief video segments called ‘Guess the Amiibo’ a couple of days ago. Running for just 10 seconds, it featured some of Nintendo’s ace game designers and execs donned on their casual jeans and shirts, and having a blast posing as a particular amiibo figure. The objective is for the audience to figure out which amiibo they are trying to imitate.


When Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Executive and Creative Fellow of Nintendo, kicked off the series 5 days ago a lot of speculation went online thinking that this is a part of a larger contest or promo that Nintendo is cooking up, and those who can guess the 10-second quiz correctly may even win a free amiibo. However, since the ‘unveiling’ of the answers in Nintendo UK’s YouTube channel last 2 days ago, it is clear that this is just for plain, good ‘ol fun. What better way to break the ice and make the community feel ‘at home’ than to make the seemingly stoic faces of top executives come alive with a healthy dose of whimsical fun. Be sure to watch these videos in order if you’re the type that doesn’t go for spoilers.


A true video gamer at heart, Mr.Miyamoto is credited for his creation of Mario, Donkey Kong Legend of Zelda, and Star Fox among many others.


If you haven’t seen these videos yet, or if you wish to see them once more, here are they are starting first with the endearing Mr. Miyamoto.


Tsubasa Sakaguchi went on next with a pose that is so easy to guess. Mr. Sakaguchi is famous for his great character designs for Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and being the co-director of the highly successful Splatoon.


And finally, we have Takashi Tezuka and his ‘workout’ pose (oops… I think that was a giveaway). Mr. Tezuka, or Ten Ten to his close friends and family, is one of Nintendo’s top video game designer noted for his work for games such as Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, Star Fox 64, and Animal Crossing.


Now, what do you think? Can you guess them all correctly? Watch the next video for the answers.


If you got them all correctly, Mr. Miyamoto made a rather compelling pose of Bowser from the Super Smash Bros series. Mr. Sakaguchi’s pose was rather easy to guess, with his arms’ position being a sure giveaway. If your answer is Sheik from the Legend of Zelda, you’re correct again. Lastly Mr. Tezuka’s amiibo pose was quite difficult to pull out, especially if you want to accurately lift your leg like that similar to the Wii Fit Trainer amiibo that he is imitating. As a bonus, our game designers posed for other amiibos such as the classic Super Mario 30th Anniversary edition, Captain Falcon, Donkey Kong, and the most hilarious of all, the flying Luigi amiibo from Super Smash Bros.

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It’s kind of fun coming up with this ‘Guess the Amiibo’ game, and it may also be a good idea to start one among your friends.


So anyone up for a round of ‘Guess the Amiibo’? Which amiibo do you think is the most difficult to guess? Share us your thoughts in the comments below.

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