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Nintendo 3DS, Wii U to get in-game downloads in late 2011

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on August 1st, 2011

According to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the company is planning to implement paid downloads for both the 3DS and Wii U. Iwata said that developers will have access to the system for the 3DS by the end of the year and he said Nintendo was thinking about extending the life of some games by making new levels available.

Iwata said that Nintendo will not support low quality content either, as in unlocking keys or stat increases. Don’t worry though, he also seemed to indicate that free games won’t have added chargeable content later.

Nintendo drops 3DS from $249 to $169 August 12th, current owners get 20 free games

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

The price of the Nintendo 3DS in the US is dropping on August 12th from $249 to $169. Other regions are getting a similar price break as well. Hey, but what about US gamers that have already shelled out for the full price? Gamers that have logged into the eShop at least once before the price cut will get 10 free NES virtual console games September 1st, plus 10 more Game Boy Advance virtual console games.

This is likely due to wanting to compete with the upcoming Vita. Nintendo plans to sell 16 million 3DS units in the financial year, but still slashed its financial projections for the year from ¥110 billion to just ¥20 billion.

Netflix streaming coming to the Nintendo 3DS tomorrow

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

We’ve been waiting patiently for Netflix streaming on the 3DS, and it looks like tomorrow’s eShop update will out the service officially. If you still plan on using Netflix since the new rates were announced yesterday, anyway.

If you plan to keep using Netflix, then you’ll be able to use it anywhere as long as you are in range of a WiFi signal. So how many of you will be watching Netflix on your 3DS?

Japanese 3DS to get 3D TV

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2011

3DS owners outside of Japan will be very jealous, but we should be used to it by now. Thanks to Fuji TV, Nintendo’s Itsu no Ma ni Terebi (otherwise known as “SpotPass TV”) will bring several short format 3D TV programs to the handheld.

Just like its Wii predecessor, the video service is Japan-only at least for now. Hopefully Nintenso will keep it’s promise about Netflix so the rest of us can watch programs.

Nintendo sells millionth 3DS unit in Japan

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on June 13th, 2011

A million in Japanese sales is pretty awesome, but even Satoru Iwata admits that the 3DS isn’t doing quite as well as they had hoped. It took a little while but Nintendo’s 3DS handheld hit the million mark after 13 weeks, which is a long time compared to the original dual-screen handheld, which accomplished this in four.

In comparison, the PSP sold its first million in about seven weeks. The 3DS could still hit the top spot, but remember, the PlayStation Vita is coming. They should be scared.

Red Flare 3DS, new Wii package headed for Japan

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2011

Nintendo has something new to add to it’s 3DS lineup. A new ‘Red Flare’ handheld that will hit Japan next month. This red 3DS will retail for ¥25,000 (about $312) when it hits Japanese stores on July 14th.

The company is also planning a new Wii bundle on June 23rd, which will have two Wii Remote Plus controllers (one in black or white, one in blue) with Wii Sports Resort software, for ¥20,000 (around $250). We don’t know if these will be coming our way anytime soon.

Nintendo 3DS June 6 update: free Excitebike, Pokedex 3D

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2011

Good news for 3DS owners. When you get the June 6 update for the 3DS, along with the browser and eShop, you’ll also get free copies of a 3D-upgraded Excitebike and a new Pokedex 3D. The new app shows collected Pokemon characters in 3D and even supports augmented reality markers to show them in 3D in a ‘real’ environment. As real as it can get anyway.

The update also gives you the ability to port over most DSiWare games from older systems to a 3DS and the ability to download short 3D videos, like music videos, comedy, or movie trailers.

Australia getting Ocarina of Time 3D bundle

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

Australia is getting a special edition of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. The Australian Ocarina Bundle is available exclusively as a pre-order bonus from EB Games. It includes an actual Ocarina, and some sheet music to play music from the game.

Once again Nintendo favors another country with some goodies that we can’t get on our shores. It’s enough to make a Nintendo fan sad enough to play the blues on his Ocarina. If he had one anyway.

3DS eShop confirmed for June 6/7

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on May 12th, 2011

Well 3DS fans, June 7th is your lucky day. That’s when Nintendo will release the update you’ve been waiting for, which will give you the ability to download titles directly to the system through the eShop.

The Japanese update will be launching a day earlier (Of course) and is said to include a Virtual Console emulation as well as a 3D movie player, so maybe we will even get that promised Netflix support. Keep your fingers crossed. You won’t have long to wait now.

Hyperkin 3DS Powerplus extends your 3DS battery

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on May 9th, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS has a very limited battery life, but with Hyperkin’s new 3DS Powerplus, you can extend that life. The 2.2-ounce accessory slips on to the back of your console, allowing access to the cartridge port, SD card and game controls, while adding an extra 1800mAh to the device’s standard 1300mAh battery. It will be available this summer.

The Powerplus also has an enhanced grip and an LED indicator that can tell you how much battery life you have left. The $19.99 device will more than double your 3DS’ battery life, according to the company.

Nintendo sells 3.61 million 3DS handhelds

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on April 25th, 2011

There’s good news and there’s bad news for the big N. Nintendo’s net sales of $12.4 billion for the period ending on March 31st 2011 was 29 percent less than during the previous year. Also its $825 million of net profit was 66 percent lower than it earned last year. Things are not so great in the Mushroom Kingdom.

However, there is some good news. The 3DS has reached 3.61 million sales worldwide, but at the same time the Wii is down to 15 million global sales, a 25 percent drop from its 2009 total of 20 million. Looks like the timing is perfect for the new console.

Super Mario 3DS could arrive in 2011

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

Okay, so you have your 3DS. Now you need a good Mario game to play on it. Well, you may not have long to wait. In a recent interview, Shigeru Miyamoto stated “I promise to do all I can to deliver the new Mario game this year”. Sadly he didn’t offer any specifics or other details about the game, but it is nice to hear he’s trying hard to get it out to the masses.

What we know so far is that Super Mario 3DS is being developed by EAD Tokyo, the guys that did Super Mario Galaxy. We will likely get more details at E3 and hopefully we will learn more about the Wii 2 at that time as well.

Nintendo 3DS design flaw leaving scratches on the screen?

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Looks like Nintendo 3DS owners are complaining of another problem now. A design flaw that scratches the upper display when doing nothing more than carrying the console around. According to posts on Nintendo’s support forums, the console design leaves the raised edges of the touchscreen rubbing against the top display.

The marks it leaves will rub off for the most part, but some owners have permanent scratches left there. 3Ds owners have also noticed D-pad cracks, where the top section has been squeezed down onto the controls. Speculation is that the rubbers stoppers are to blame and that Nintendo didn’t use a tough enough version.

Nintendo 3DS hits 400,000 US sales in opening week

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2011

Nintendo had mentioned that the 3DS set a day-one US sales record, and now we have some actual numbers. Looks like 400,000 3DS units were sold in the month of March. The DS’ overall March sales totaled 460,000. Remember the 3DS launched at the end of march, so this is one weeks sales.

Obviously it won’t keep up the pace forever, but with the Legend of Zelda game, the launch of the E-Shop, and Netflix integration all coming this summer, the future looks bright for the 3DS.

Legend of Zelda, Dead or Alive and more coming to the 3DS

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

One of the most anticipated titles announced for the Nintendo 3DS so far has been Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, but Nintendo has been quiet about when we will see this remake of the classic N64 title. And let’s face it, 3DS gamers could use some quality games. However, with the announcement of the company’s second quarter lineup for 2011, we now have a final release date for Zelda in 3D.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will add more content for an enhanced game experience, like a master quest and other additions. The game will be available on June 19. Nintendo also dated many other titles, like Dead or Alive: Dimensons for May and Cave Story 3D for June 28.