Become a POKÉMON trading card game illustrator

Straight from Nintendo, this great bit of news for artists is a highlight for my day, personally. Please share this with any and all creative friends. This could be an amazing chance for someone you know. It’s so exciting lol. Anyway, read on Poke Painters

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Pokémon Art Academy Competition Announced to Find Winners Whose Illustrations will be Made into Promotional Pokémon TCG Cards

BELLEVUE, WA – February 12, 2015 – The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo invite Pokémon fans and budding illustrators to enter an international Pokémon Art Academy Competition using the Pokémon Art Academy game available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The competition opens on February 18, 2015, and closes on March 29, 2015, and the winners will be announced in May 2015. The entries will be accepted via Miiverse, accessible via the Nintendo 3DS. This is an exciting opportunity for would-be Pokémon artists from around the world, as the competition’s winners will have their masterpiece turned into their very own Pokémon TCG card!

The game offers aspiring Pokémon artists 40 lessons in how to paint, sketch, and draw popular Pokémon. Students of Pokémon Art Academy can pick up illustration skills that they can transfer onto real canvas, or they can share their digital masterpieces with the world. Now, would-be artists can enter a special competition via Miiverse which allows them to showcase their talents as graduates of the Pokémon Art Academy!
Six talented winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of some of the creators of the much-loved Pokémon universe. Each winner will receive 100 cards featuring his or her winning image–meaning that they will be in possession of some TCG cards of their own making.*
There are two categories for budding Pokémon artists to enter: Dress-Up Pikachu and Your Favorite Pokémon.
Dress-Up Pikachu
Inspired by the special Cosplay Pikachu, which can be discovered in the recently launched Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games, this category gives entrants the chance to play fashion designer and create their very own Pikachu outfit!
In the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games, Pikachu can dress up as Pikachu Belle; Pikachu Rock Star; Pikachu Pop Star; Pikachu, Ph.D.; and Pikachu Libre. Donning an array of new looks, Cosplay Pikachu can learn moves that ordinary Pikachu cannot learn in normal gameplay, and all have fun costumes that are sure to inspire the would-be costume designers who enter this category.
Your Favorite Pokémon
This category gives entrants the chance to submit their own artistic impressions of a favorite Pokémon, which they can do using the Free Paint mode of Pokémon Art Academy. So, if Snorlax awakens an inner Leonardo da Vinci, or Rayquaza gets fans painting with flying colors, then this is their perfect category!
Details of how to enter can be found below, so all that remains is for Pokémon fans to grab a stylus and start discovering their inner artist with Pokémon Art Academy!
*The winners’ cards will not be made available for sale in regular Pokémon TCG products nor will they be eligible to take part in Play! Pokémon officially sanctioned organized play events.

How to Enter the Pokémon Art Academy Competition

  • Create and save an image in Pokémon Art Academy using Free Paint mode.
  • Select the “Share” option from Pokémon Art Academy’s main menu and connect to Miiverse.
  • Select the “Post to Competition” option and select “I Agree” if you agree to the Official Rules.
  • Highlight the category you’d like to enter (Dress-Up Pikachu or Your Favorite Pokémon) and then choose “Select Competition”. Only the first post you make will be recognized as your entry.
  • Slide over the image and select it and then choose “Share Selected”.
  • Enter a title to accompany your artwork in the comment field and then select “Post”. The image will be posted to Miiverse and entered into the competition.
  • The only way to enter the competition directly is from the Pokémon Art Academy game, available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Must be a legal resident of the United States (including D.C.), Canada or Mexico. 6 prizes total, ARV $40 each. Additional terms and conditions apply. For a full set of rules visit: www.pokemon.com/artrules. Sponsors: The Pokémon Company International, Inc. and Nintendo of America Inc.

To connect with Pokémon online:

About Pokémon
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996, and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.
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Nintendo’s New digital content

Hello nerdilicious Nintendo Junkies. It’s been awhile since you’ve gotten your Nintendo news from yours truly. I’m back and trying to catch up, so let’s get going. Remember to tell your friends about the blog. I get Nintendo news directly from Nintendo, straight from Zelda’s mouth.

Nintendo has some great things going, and seem to have found their footing with the Wii U. Below I have a complete list, with some tasty photos, of all of their new digital content.

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

  • Punch-Out!! – WiiU_VC_Wii_PunchOut!!_SCRN_TitleDid you miss out on the Punch-Out!! game when it launched for the Wii console? Now you can download it in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U! Little Mac is back and ready to slug his way through some of the most outlandish boxers for a chance to win the Championship Belt. Hook, jab and swing through a hilarious cast of opponents in this modern update of the classic Punch-Out!! Also, get Punch-Out!! for 50 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $9.99) until  8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29.

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  • Citizens of Earth – Get Citizens of Earth in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DSeach for the introductory price of $11.99. Recruit the yoga instructor, the cop, your mom and all the other citizens to join your party and fight your battles. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

  • S.C.A.T. – Alien invaders have landed on Earth and seek to conquer it. In response, Earth has sent soldiers from the Special Cybernetic Attack Team (S.C.A.T.) to meet them on the battlefield. Play solo or with a friend as you battle through five stages of enemies and bosses in the name of saving humanity from total annihilation. S.C.A.T. is now available in the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Nintendo eShop Sales

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • It’s week two of the Throwback Sale! Save up to 50 percent on select games of past and current Nintendo console generations. This week’s sale starts at 9 a.m. PT on Jan. 22 and ends at 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29.
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    • Only one week left to take advantage of deals on hit indie games with the Super Indie Connection Sale #2. Now through 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29, fans who already own any participating games or purchase one at full price during this promotion will receive 60 percent off other participating games.
    • Super Toy Cars is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29.
    • Darts Up is 40 percent off (reduced from $2.49 to $1.49) until 8:59am PT on Feb. 19.
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Also New this Week

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console.
The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in the Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in either Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account.
The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points™, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop.
Remember that Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

Nintendo’s List of Super Smash Bros. features and more

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Intruder Alert

Ladies and gentleman, for those that did not sit through Nintendo’s hour long video presentation for Super Smash Bros. here is a breakdown of many those features that were revealed. In addition, there is a ton of great screen shots and extra images for my faithful readers. Dig in everyone. Can anyone say “Amiibo support.”

 

8-Player Smash: In a major first for the franchise, a special mode lets eight players fight simultaneously in local multiplayer. This option appears only in the Wii U version, and lets players compete on even larger stages to accommodate all the characters.
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Custom Stage Creation: The touch screen of the Wii U GamePad makes it easier than ever for players to build their own stages and eventually share them with friends and other players around the world using broadband Internet access.
Controls: Players who own the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to control the action on the TV screen, in addition to the many other control options available.
Importing Fighters: Fans of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can immediately benefit from the fruits of their smashing labors. Players can import custom Nintendo 3DS fighters to the Wii U game, along with their customized equipment, costumes and hats.
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Special Soundtrack Offer: Everyone who buys both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and registers both games on Club Nintendo by Jan. 13 will receive a two-disc soundtrack of music from the games.
Mewtwo: Like the soundtrack, this series veteran fighter will be made available as free downloadable content in spring of 2015 for anyone who buys both versions of the game.
Modes: The Wii U version of the game offers many new modes and different ways to play that keep players coming back for more:
  • Smash Tour: World Smash is a fighting party game that looks like a board game. Players use items, spin a wheel and advance around the map. Up to four players can compete at once as they navigate the board and gain fighters and power-ups they can use in a final battle.
  • Special Smash Mode: Players can customize battles with unique parameters.
  • Coin Battles: Players compete to collect coins from other players.
  • Stamina Matches: Players fight until their hit points reach zero.
  • Classic Mode: One or two players fight through a series of battles and advance as long as they survive. Many random events can shake things up, and players can adjust the intensity settings. The more difficult the game, the greater the rewards.
  • All-Star Mode: Like in the Nintendo 3DS version, opponents appear in chronological order. Only this time, the newest fighters appear before the older ones, and two players can battle through this mode together.
  • Event Mode: One or two players take on set character- and theme-based battles. Clearing stages helps players see the way forward.WiiU_SmashBros_102314_SCRN_12
Masterpieces: This menu gives players a peek into the past lives of some of the Super Smash Bros. characters. Players can play cut-down versions of the characters’ greatest games.
Stages: The Wii U game offers more stages than any game in the series. The expanded Big Battlefield makes its debut in addition to the traditional Battlefield Stage. The Great Cave Offensive, based on the underground labyrinth found in Kirby games, challenges players to avoid potentially lethal danger zones – or throw their opponents into them. The Jungle Hijinxs stage, based on Donkey Kong Country Returns, lets players fight in the foreground and background. Blast barrels shoot players from front to back and vice versa.
Tunes: The game includes hundreds of music tracks, songs and jingles that players can listen to and settings to customize what music plays during game play. Players add songs to their library by collecting CDs that appear while smashing or after completing challenges.
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Movies: When players clear Classic or All-Star modes, they’ll be treated to a brief movie featuring whichever fighter they used. Every fighter has a movie, so it’ll be a challenge to view them all.
Ridley. Yes, Ridley: Fans have been clamoring for Ridley to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game for a while, and now they’re getting their wish. But true to form, Ridley appears in an unexpected way. Players will find him in the Metroid series-inspired Pyrosphere stage, but he does more than just hassle players. If one player attacks Ridley enough, Ridley will join that fighter’s side and attack others. Players (including the one on Ridley’s side) can KO Ridley to earn a point toward the match result total. And if Ridley consumes enough energy, he will become Meta Ridley and all the more vicious.
Characters: The Wii U version offers 40 characters and the use of Mii characters from the start. Each character’s moves match those found in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, so players who hone their skills in the portable game will have an edge over opponents in the console version of the game.

 

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New Digital Content is focus for Nintendo systems.

the Legend of Dark Witch is due to release for the Nintendo digital store this week.
the Legend of Dark Witch is due to release for the Nintendo digital store this week.
Ping 1.5+ is a smart and fun game to play.
Ping 1.5+ is a smart and fun game to play.

I reported earlier in the week that Nintendo seems to really be putting an onus on indie and digital content, and it’s showing. Nintendo has been dreadfully slow to adapt to the 21st century when it comes to its online communities, multiplayer integration, co-op game play and many other things that the other 2 big consoles have been doing for years. Until recently, Nintendo wasn’t as modern as the first Xbox or the PS2. Nintendo is addressing this with a ton of new digital content. This is in edition to their ‘Nindies’ focus that I wrote about here. Nintendo is offering some deep discounts to some of their games online to encourage repeat business. Those sales are listed below.

Read below for more information on their new digital offerings and the full Nintendo Press release. And leave a comment gosh darnit! I’ve added some nice screen shots for you all to have a look at as well, chosen especially for my facebook Nintendo group peeps. If you’re reading Christian, I know you’re watching me pal!

Do you think Nintendo will be able to compete, or at least make their fans happier with their new digital approach?

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NINTENDO DOWNLOAD HIGHLIGHTS NEW DIGITAL CONTENT FOR NINTENDO SYSTEMS – OCT. 16, 2014

Oct. 16, 2014
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Ballpoint Universe: Infinite – In this indie shooter made entirely with ballpoint-pen sketches, explore detailed doodle worlds, customize your ink ship and blast through enemies in 16 missions. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
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Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut – In this psychological survival adventure, the masked protagonist must escape from a city ravaged by disease. Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut is a new kind of adventure in which the choice of how to survive is up to you. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
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Lone survivor is one of the games that is letting Nintendo break away form its roots.
Lone survivor is one of the games that is letting Nintendo break away form its roots.
Paper Monsters Recut – Welcome to Paperland! Dive into the world of Paper Monster Recut and watch a living world made out of paper, cardboard and even a few cotton balls unfold right before your eyes. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
Paper Monsters promises to be another charming and creative digital title for Nintendo.
Paper Monsters promises to be another charming and creative digital title for Nintendo.
Virtual Console on Wii U
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance – Play as Juste Belmont and explore the old castle grounds as you fight off grisly monsters using the trusty Vampire Killer and an assortment of holy weaponry. Use Spell Fusion to combine sub-weapons and spells to create up to 30 new attacks. The castle’s enchanting mysteries and danger await all those who dare enter. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
More Castlevania is rarely a bad thing.
More Castlevania is rarely a bad thing.
Nintendo eShop Sales
Coming soon:
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow – Oct. 23 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
  • Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land – Oct. 30 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
  • Demon’s Crest – Oct. 30 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
  • Gargoyle’s Quest II: The Demon Darkness – Oct. 30 (Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
Also new this week:

PETZ BEACH/COUNTRYSIDE coming-Get your flip-flops

Uh oh, looks like the creepy and cute critters of PETZ Beach and PETZ Countryside are making their way to store shelves. These games aren’t really my cup o’ tea really, but who’s to say they aren’t for you? Blocky pandas haunt your dreams, er…inhabit the beach in these two games running wild in your local game store. Ugh…I’m writing about ‘pets at the beach’ games. What would Hunter think? Look below for the details from Ubisoft.

You ate my bamboo didn't you Mr. Barky pants?
You ate my bamboo didn’t you Mr. Barky pants?

 

Take Your Petz on the Ultimate Journey and Collect Encyclopaedia Britannica® Fun Facts Along the Way

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — October 14, 2014 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that Petz® Beach and Petz® Countryside, the two latest entries in the popular pet simulation adventure game series for kids, are now available for Nintendo 3DS™ system, just in time for the holiday season. Both Petz Beach and Petz Countryside are rated E for Everyone, and are available in stores for $29.99 each.

Players will embark on the ultimate adventure in two new vibrant locales where they can care for a variety of animals, complete exciting quests to expand their village and connect with other Petz owners.

Through its partnership with Encyclopaedia Britannica®, Petz Beach and Petz Countryside incorporate learning throughout the journey.

Please visit petz.com/beach and petz.com/countryside.

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit ubiblog.com.

MMM PETZ logo look delicious. Drooool
MMM PETZ logo look delicious. Drooool

“Nindies” showcased by Nintendo at IndieCade

 

 

 

Fans gather around one of the newest "Nindie" Games "Sportsball"
Fans gather around one of the newest “Nindie” Games “Sportsball”

 

It seems Nintendo is paying more attention to indie games than ever before. Nintendo has promised to be more competitive when it comes to its online store, and the games featured at the Culver City, California event Oct. 10-12th are a prime example of them following through on that promise. Nintendo brought 15 games to the event. Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Licensing, had this to say about Nintendo’s approach to independent games.sportsball-box-art-print

“These Nindie developers are currently making some of the most exciting and imaginative games out there, and Nintendo is pleased to offer them multiple platforms to bring their creative ideas to life.”

Nintendo is definitely taking indie game makers more seriously than Microsoft has, and is working to make it easier to get good games into the hands of its customers. Making these games available to their fanbase not only enhances the number of 3rd party games, which Nintendo has been seriously lacking for years, but it also gives creative game makers a new market their games. Many of these game have been forced to compete with the vast sea of games available on Steam. It also enhances the types of games Nintendo is known for. Wii and Wii U owners are typically thought of as casual gamers, and most of Nintendo’s offerings as a game maker have been cartoony and family oriented. With darker and quirkier games sometimes aimed at gamers with different tastes, Nintendo can possibly add more games that appeal to hardcore gamers. This is essential to future success for the Wii U, which is actually a fantastic and under-appreciated console.

He doesn't wear white after Labor day. Or any other day. Meet the Black Knight from "Shovel Knight."
He doesn’t wear white after Labor day. Or any other day. Meet the Black Knight from “Shovel Knight.”

 

Here are some of the “Nindie” games that were featured by Nintendo at IndieCade 2014. You’ll notice on the list one of my personal favorite games of the year, “The Fall.” you can read my review and impressions here The Fall Review by . I’m interested to see if ‘Over thY Moon’ games was able to utilize any of the Wii U’s second screen features. Let’s hope so, because More of “The Fall” is certainly a good thing.

Fall into the dark and thought provoking world of "The Fall."
Fall into the dark and thought provoking world of “The Fall.”

There are also a couple of other games of note that I’m interested. “Sportsball” looks really quirky and charming, while I’ve been wanting to get my hands on “Shovel Knight” too. Affordable Space Adventures looks like it could be fun also.

I’ve added also added random pictures for Shovel Knight and other games through the post for your viewing enjoyment.

This is the strange looking Treasure Knight featured in "Shovel Knight" for Nintendo Wii U
This is the strange looking Treasure Knight featured in “Shovel Knight” for Nintendo Wii U

 

Wii U
  • Affordable Space Adventures from KnapNok Games: A 2D side-scrolling spaceship simulator. Players use the Wii U GamePad controller as a “Heads-Down Display” in the spaceship cockpit. Play it alone, or fly as a crew of two or three players. Exclusively on Wii U.
  • The Fall from Over the Moon Games: The Fall is a unique blend of adventure-game puzzle solving and side-scrolling action. Players take on the role of ARID, the artificial intelligence onboard a high-tech combat suit.
  • Costume Quest 2 from Midnight City: Pick a fight with demented dental soldiers in Costume Quest 2, the sequel to the hit original RPG, Costume Quest. Includes a range of new features and game-play improvements.
  • Stealth Inc. 2 from Curve Digital: Players step into the role of a clone escaping a sinister and high-tech testing facility in this puzzle-platformer. The game tests brainpower and reflexes in more than 60 levels linked together by a detailed world. Exclusively on Wii U.
  • Swords & Soldiers II from Ronimo Games BV: Like its predecessor, Swords & Soldiers II is a side-scrolling strategy game that allows players to buy units, cast spells and build structures to overwhelm their enemies on a 2D battleground. Exclusively on Wii U.
  • Runbow from 13AM GamesRunbow is a party action game for up to nine players. Platforms and obstacles appear and disappear as the background color changes, so players have to think fast, stay alive and make it to victory in Run, King of the Hill and Arena modes. Exclusively on Wii U.
  • Sportsball from TOO DX: Up to four players take the reins of exotic birds that flap, tackle and dunk balls into the net for points and glory, leaving their opponents as feathery tarred balls of shame. Exclusively on Wii U.
  • Chariot from FrimaChariot is a physics-based co-op platformer in which a brave princess and her suitor carry a funeral wagon through ancient caves to bury the King’s remains in a gold-filled tomb.
  • Beatbuddy from THREAKS: The action-adventure Beatbuddy combines puzzle solving and enemy vanquishing with exploration, set to an original soundtrack.
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  • Woah Dave! from Choice Provisions: In Woah Dave!, players gun for digital glory by slaughtering aliens, stealing their loose change and racking up the highest score possible.
  • Xeodrifter from Renegade Kid LLC: A story of an interstellar drifter traveling the stars on a simple mission of exploration, Xeodrifter offers classic 2D platforming, shooting and exploration game play that will test players’ skills. Exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.
Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
  • Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games: A sweeping classic action-adventure game with intense platforming, memorable characters and an 8-bit retro aesthetic. Play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest!
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse from WayForward: Set sail for adventure with Shantae, the belly-dancing, hair-whipping half-genie. When Shantae loses her genie magic, she must team up with her arch nemesis Risky Boots and become a pirate in order to save Sequin Land from an evil curse. Exclusively on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

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