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Tony Miller is a father of four and has been playing video games non-stop since 1990. You can generally find him hanging around the site, or in the forums. He's not very good at Smash Brothers and he can't wait for Kid Icarus: Uprising to be released. Wii Console Code: 1134-6204-4882-3832 GamerTag: SmileyRyder34

Bowser Now In Charge of Sales At Nintendo

Doug BowserIn what has to be the most appropriate turn of events ever Bowser is new the VP of Sales for Nintendo. No, not that Bowser. That would be crazy. Doug Bowser has been named to the position. He will be in charge of a number of different sales related functions such as In-Store merchandising, Retail Strategy and Retail Marketing. He will also manage Nintendo’s key retail customer relationships and will oversee retail marketing for the Nintendo World store.

Previous to his job at Nintendo he worked for Electronic Arts. He started at that company back in 2007 and was most recently their Vice President of Global Business Planning. That role left him in charge of forcasting sales for console, PC and mobile sales. He’s also been an employee of Proctor & Gamble.

In his role he will report to Nintendo of America’s Executive VP of Sales & Marketing who said, ““Doug Bowser is an outstanding addition to our Nintendo team, as he brings a deep blend of both consumer package goods and video game sales experience. I know he will work tirelessly with our internal and external partners to ensure the broad Nintendo product lineup of hardware, software and accessories are strongly represented throughout U.S. retail points of distribution.”

This has to be the greatest move Nintendo has ever made. They should leverage this at every opportunity they can.

Christopher Lloyd Reprises Iconic Role For LEGO Dimensions

Great Scott! LEGO Dimensions has already confirmed that Back to the Future will be one of the featured playsets for the game when it launches later this year. Christopher Lloyd is featured in this most recent video for the game and reprises his iconic role of Doc Brown from the film series.

Yes, the Lego Delorean is pretty fantastic. You also get to see some footage from other properties like Lord of the Rings, the DC Universe, the LEGO Movie and Back to the Future. It’s a pretty great spot!

New Retro Console Promises to Play Just About Everything

Retro FreakIt’s called the Retro Freak. As of now it’s only been announced for Japan, but it promises to play games from a number of different systems. Much like the Retron5 before it (which supported 9 seperate systems) this one has ports for a number of games. Currently the Retro Freak supports nine consoles, ten if you happen to have an NES to Famicom adaptor. The supported systems are the Famicom, Super Famicom, Super Nintendo, Genesis, PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, SuperGrafx.

Retro Freak 2 PieceThe system actually comes in two seperate parts. The console itself is a small box that plugs into a much larger “adapter”. That adapter is where you plug all the games into. The console itself has a number of settings that let you adjust the video settings, including coversion/upscale settings. It has built in cheat support and supports USB controllers.

It also uses a microSD card which will allowyou to install games from a cartridge to the system itself, which means you won’t have to constantly swap out games. There is no word yet if it will come to the United States as it is only confirmed for Japan.

10 New Tracks Added To Guitar Hero Live!

Guitar Hero LiveActivision is making good on their word, saying that there will be new tracks announced for Guitar Hero Live! every week. The newest round of announcements includes 10 new tracks. They are:

  • Royal Blood “Little Monster”
  • Marilyn Manson “Disposable Teens”
  • Killswitch Engage “In Due Time”
  • Marmozets “Move Shake Hide”
  • Of Mice & Men “Bones Exposed”
  • Deftones “Diamond Eyes”
  • Vista Chino “Sweet Remain”
  • Bring Me the Horizon “Shadow Moses”
  • Mastodon “High Road”
  • Trivium “Strife”

Check back here next week or follow Guitar Hero Live on Facebook.

Don’t Starve Set To Hit Wii U on the 28th

Dont StarveKlei Entertainment has announced that their popular survival game Don’t Starve will be heading to Wii U on May 28th. The game will come in the form of Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, which includes both the base game and the first expansion Reign of Giants.

In the game you play the role of a scientist who wakes up alone in a mysterious land with nothing to your name. You’re forced to eek out a living from the land crafting items like axes, picks, sleeping bags and armor while foraging for food. All the while you’re trying to find out what exactly is going on and where you are.

Giant Edition adds new playable characters, items and environments. In versions on other consoles you can choose to play the original content alone or include all of Reign of Giants.

This does not include the new multi-player version of the game, Don’t Starve Together. Regardless, it’s a really fun game that forces you to figure things out on your own. It doesn’t pull any punches and if you survive more than a handful of days your first time consider yourself lucky. Oh, and remember. You can eat the carrots you find on the ground.

Nintendo Wins Yet Another Patent Case

Wii Games 1In May of 2013 two groups known as Ithaca Ventures and Ithaca Development sued Nintendo saying that they Balance Board, the popular Wii Fit peripheral, infringed on the groups’ patents. Nintendo responded saying that the suit had no merit.

A similar case between the groups forced the group to withdraw the case here in the US as a German court found the patents did not cover the Wii Balance Board. Ithaca was forced to pay Nintendo’s legal fees as the case had no merit.

NWC Best Buy Locations Announced

BIG NWC LOGoLast week Nintendo announced the return of the Nintendo World Championships. At the time they said that there would be various Best Buy locations around the country where qualifying tournaments would happen. Today they’ve announced those locations and what games will be featured.

The qualifying competition will feature the Championship Mode of Ultimate NES Remix for the 3DS. Players will take on three games, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Dr. Mario in a score based challenge. The top scorer from each of the eight regional qualifiers and eight people invited by Nintendo will meet on June 14th in LA for the Finals.

Qualifying events will take place from 10am to 7pm local time on May 30th at the following Best Buy locations:

1717 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA

3675 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA

10760 NW 17th St.
Miami, FL

900 E. Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL

12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N
Maple Grove, MN

5001 Northern Blvd.
Long Island City, NY

9378 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX

2214 S. 48th St.
Tacoma, WA

Grab yourself a copy of Ultimate NES Remix on the 3DS and start practicing.