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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was originally planned to launch today, but developer WayForward recently delayed it by about six weeks. While you wait for the full game, you can show off your love for the series with a new 3DS theme. WayForward announced today that they'll be releasing the "Shantae Beach Theme" sometime this week in both North America and Europe. The new theme is panorama style and features Shantae and Risky on the beach along with music and voice clips. WayForward has not yet revealed how much it will cost.

The Sonic series took on a new look in 2014, releasing two games and a TV show under the "Sonic Boom" brand. The show was moderately successful, but the games were almost universally panned by critics, prompting SEGA to promise an improved sequel. Following a nearly year-long delay, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is finally out on Nintendo 3DS today. Gamnesia's Jeffrey McDonell received an early review copy and had a pretty good time with it, but if you're not convinced, IGN has released the first 15 minutes of footage from the game. You can check it out and judge for yourself by clicking below!

The immensely popular Pokémon franchise turned twenty years old earlier this year, and as part of the celebration, The Pokémon Company is distributing almost every event-only Pokémon this year, making some of the rarest Pokémon around readily available to fans. Darkrai was distributed back in May, but if you missed out the first time around, you have another chance. Hit the jump for more details!

Pokémon Sun and Moon are set to launch on Nintendo 3DS on November 18th, and The Pokémon Company has been regularly releasing new trailers to keep fans informed and hyped. If you've still got unanswered questions, Nintendo Australia/New Zealand will be holding a special Q&A with Pokémon Sun and Moon Producer Junichi Masuda and Director Shigeru Ohmori. You can submit your questions right now via Twitter, and if you're lucky, Masuda and Ohmori will answer them sometime before the games launch.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice by Sanzaru Games has been carrying a heavy weight of sour expectations by its name alone since its unveiling last year. I wasn't surprised by the reception it already received, as it follows the ill-fated releases of Big Red Button's Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U and Sanzaru's own Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS. Heck, I admittedly wasn't above writing this one off as well before its Fall 2015 launch.

Suddenly, SEGA vowed to win back fans' trust by maintaining quality over scheduling and the launch of Fire & Ice was subsequently delayed by a whole year, with promises made about incorporating fan feedback into what would become a better and faster-paced game than its predecessor. SEGA and Sanzaru have now proven that their claims were more than hot air, as Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice manages to deliver the fun experience it was set out to be, although it does take a few missteps along the way. Read on after the jump for the full review!

In 2012, Square Enix released an MMO based on the Dragon Quest series called Dragon Quest X. Unfortunately, the MMO had never made it to the West, and fans have been very vocal about its localization. During a developer discussion at PAX West for Dragon Quest VII, one fan asked Square Enix's Noriyoshi Fujimoto about the possibility of Dragon Quest X coming to the west. According to Fujimoto, translating an MMO like Dragon Quest X is a difficult task and would not make much sense from a business standpoint. If enough fans demand Dragon Quest X to come west, however, then Square Enix could look into it.

Would you like to see the Dragon Quest MMO come to the west? Head inside to discuss it in the comments!

Every so often, Nintendo holds National StreetPass weekends, where 3DS owners go to Nintendo Zones and gather up many Miis at once. The company is holding another event next weekend, but this time it will be Yo-kai Watch themed in celebration of Yo-kai Watch 2's launch in North America on the 30th. During the event, participants can connect with other 3DS owners and discover new Yo-kai at set Nintendo Zones.

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During the most recent Nintendo Direct we learned that a new Pikmin game is coming to Nintendo 3DS. Unlike previous entries in the franchise, Pikmin for Nintendo 3DS is an action-based 2D sidescroller. The good folks at GameXplain have put together another in-depth analysis video, breaking down every detail from the reveal trailer. They also speculate on the game's features, including switching between Pikmin, using Olimar's jetpack, the new Pikmin counter, and more. You can check out the video by clicking below!

Earlier this month, Capcom released Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice for the Nintendo 3DS. Siliconera interviewed Capcom's Takeshi Yamazaki about Ace Attorney 6's development and asked about potential ideas that never made it past the brainstorming phase. According to Yamazaki, one aspect that stuck while writing Ace Attorney 6's storyline was putting Phoenix in a corner after he gained legendary status as a lawyer. One particular scenario that never made it was having Phoenix Wright work as a lawyer for the Mafia.

Read more after the jump!

Last year, Capcom launched a Monster Hunter spin-off title that adds an extra emphasis on action to the standard series formula. Monster Hunter X was a huge success in Japan, and it made its way to the West as Monster Hunter Generations back in July. If you still haven't picked up this 3DS exclusive, you can do so now while saving some cash. You can currently buy Monster Hunter Generations at GameStop for just $30, or $10 off of the standard price. If you'd like to take advantage of this deal, you can do so by clicking here.

SEGA's popular Sonic the Hedgehog franchise recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and Nintendo is giving the series a little love on 3DS. Four new Sonic 3DS themes are now available in North America, including a 25th anniversary theme (pictured to the left) which you can download for free. There are also "Boom Style," "Classic Style," and "Sonic Style," themes available for $2 each, or in a bundle for $5. You can check out images of all four by clicking below!

Yo-kai Watch has been one of the hottest franchises in Japan since 2013, and the series made its way to the West last year when the first 3DS game launched in North America. Developer Level-5 is looking to build up the series' Western presence further, and the next step is releasing Yo-kai Watch 2 in North America on September 30th. GameXplain has already received their review copy, and they've uploaded the first hour of gameplay from the "Bony Spirits" version, giving you a nice taste of what you can expect in the full release. You can check it out by clicking below!

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join the fun as we discuss the new series Pokémon Generations, new Ultra Beasts from Sun and Moon, Nintendo's strategy for making mobile vs. console games, Nintendo's new position for someone to enforce DMCA takedowns, Pokémon GO's further-declining numbers, and tons more. You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

Capcom released Final Fight 2 on the SNES back in 1993, and then released its sequel, Final Fight 3, two years later in 1995. The side-scrolling action games are set in Metro City, and the player controls the city's mayor, Mike Hagger, who is a former pro-wrestler. Now, Nintendo is bringing both Final Fight 2 and 3 to the North American New 3DS virtual console library.

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A new trailer for Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice has released, featuring Amy Rose, one of the playable characters for the game. She is usually a love interest for Sonic, but that doesn't mean she can't pull her weight, as is seen here in the trailer. It shows her using her iconic hammer to move through an icy level, moving objects and obstacles out of her way. She uses a hammer stomp to cause shockwaves, and she can activate a hammer swing in the air to grapple enemies and other objects.

The trailer can be seen after the jump!