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The Nintendo Direct that happened a few hours ago revealed a LOT of juicy news from the big N including Shulk joining Smash Bros, a brand new 3DS coming to the market, Xenoblade Chronicles making its way onto that new handheld, drool-inducing Bravely Second updates, and a plethora of console bundles arriving in time for the holidays. That already sounds like a lot, but the fun is far from over!

Since Nintendo unveiled their amiibo figures I have been completely sold on the idea, and now we know the first set to be released later this year, and how much they will cost. You can currently pre-order figures 01 though 12 – Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Star Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby, and Marth – right now from select retailers, and each one will cost $12.99. My personal first picks? Link and Pikachu all the way. Yoshi and Mario are a close secong. ARGH, JUST GIVE ME THE WHOLE LOT.

Remember that while this first set is focused on use with Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS, some figures will also be compatible with Mario Kart 8 (I can’t wait to see how that works) and upcoming titles Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, Yoshi’s Wooly World, and Mario Party 10.

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Moving along, the long-awaited release date has been given for Dat Ass Simulator 2014, more widely known as Bayonetta 2, at last losing the placeholder of “October 2014.” The witchy sequel (which comes packaged with a Nintendo-easter-egg-filled version of the first game, let’s not forget) can be yours as of October 24. Check out our hands-on with the game from last year’s Eurogamer Expo and commence hyping. It’s less than two months away!

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In addition to the upcoming “New 3DS” systems, the current iterations of the 3DS family will all be receiving a system update that introduces themes for the handhelds. Shown off initially were four themes representing Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario Bros. original, and a newer Mario-focused style. The themes will give your home screen a nice background change, as well as varied icons for your apps and folders and game-specific sound effects to boot. Nintendo is far from the first company to do this, but it’s nice to see them joining the crowd.

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You can see the Direct in its entirety below, which also includes a few other tidbits.

httpvh://youtu.be/x17E0PCsrns?t=34m32s

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