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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.

Netflix for Nintendo 3DS now streaming

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2011

Right on schedule, this morning Netflix for 3DS owners is now available. The app gives the game system access to the entire catalog as long as you have a streaming-enabled plan. Bookmarking works and lets users resume on the 3DS or even another device.

Obviously videos on Netflix are in 2D. We doubt that Netflix will start adding 3D anytime soon. The app is free to download from the Nintendo eShop. With the new price structure streaming is $8, but costs $16 for those who also want unlimited DVDs as well.

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?

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.

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 costs about $100 to build

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011

It’s always interesting to know how much a device costs to actually build, compared to what you pay for it and what it is capable of. In the case of the now available Nintendo 3DS, research firm iSuppli has the answers.

They have taken a 3DS apart to figure it all out. The most expensive parts inside are the Sharp screens estimated at $38.80. The processor is about $10, and the memory subsystem costs about $8.36. The user interface with a gyroscope costs $6.81, $5.00 for a WLAN system, $4.70 for the cameras, and about $3.50 for the battery system. The total cost is…

Nintendo 3DS suffering from Black Screen Of Death?

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS hit the UK last Friday and here in the US this weekend, and it looks like 3DS owners are already reporting problems with Nintendo’s new handheld. Some folks over at GoNintendo even experienced the problem, which is dubbed the ‘black screen of death’.

We aren’t sure how widespread the problem is or how many users have experienced it, but if you are one of them, let us know. This isn’t exactly what you want your new gear to do after you have just bought it. Hopefully Nintendo is looking into the issue.

Nintendo 3DS is the most pre-ordered console of all time on Amazon UK

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

After selling 500,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS handheld on day 1 in Japan, Nintendo has hit another milestone. Amazon UK has announced that they have received more pre-orders for the 3DS than any other gaming console they’ve previously sold.

The Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii all come in second to Nintendo’s portable glasses-free 3D gaming sensation. They didn’t reveal the exact numbers, but 3DS pre-orders were 20% higher than the PS3, 56% higher than the Wii and 255% higher than the DSi. Looks like the big N has a huge hit on it’s hands.

The Nintendo 3DS loads old DS games slower than a DS

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2011

We have less than two weeks before the Nintendo 3DS will make its way to U.S. and U.K. shores with it’s glasses-free 3D gaming. But there’s one feature you are sure not to like and that is backward-compatibility loading times on old DS games.

The 3DS is cutting edge handheld gaming right? So it should be able to provide faster loading times, even for the old DS games. Nope. Gamespot managed to get its hands on a Japanese 3DS from last month’s launch and they compared the load times of several DS games on the new 3DS with the old DS Lite.

Official Nintendo 3DS Expedition Case

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS might not be available in the US yet, but we still have to prepare for its arrival by stocking up on accessories. To that end Power A is releasing the Official Expedition Case for the 3DS, licensed by Nintendo themselves.

The Expedition Case is designed to protect your 3DS from bumps, bruises and shocks and can hold up to 6 Nintendo 3DS games and 2 extra styluses. It’s available for pre-order now and will cost you just $14.99. The Nintendo Official Expedition Case ships on March 27.

Nintendo 3DS keeps track of hacks, may lead to trade-in bans

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

Japanese retailer Enterking has announced that it will not accept Nintendo 3DS gaming consoles that have been used with a hacked memory card for trade-in. So how will the retailer will know? Simple. Because the portable gaming console logs all activity, which can then be retrieved by those in the industry who know how. It is an attempt by Nintendo to deter pirates.

The most common card used is the R4 and some Japanese hackers can already install illegal DS ROMS but not games. Since the system keeps track of any and all hacks and has a Wi-Fi connection, it could also let Nintendo block pirated devices from accessing online services and games.

Nyko charging dock, power pack for Nintendo 3DS

Posted in Nyko by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2011

Nyko has announced some accessories for the upcoming American launch of the Nintendo 3DS, which should help the device’s battery life. The Power Pak+ plugs into the 3DS and will deliver about double the battery life. It adds extra bulk, but has a debossed surface to improve your grip.

You can also opt for the Charge Base, which powers up the 3DS directly and comes with a Power Pak+ of its own to extend battery life. Both can use the official 3DS AC adapter for a recharge. The Power Pak+ should be available on March 27 for $20. The Charge Base will be ready soon after and should cost $30.

First Nintendo 3DS firmware update includes a 3D music video

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

In the US we have to wait for the Nintendo 3DS still, but those who already have the handheld have just gotten a firmware update for the device. There are some bug fixes and enhancements and the update also comes with a 3D music video of a band performing the “Super Mario Bros theme”.

Odd content for a firmware update, but at least you will have something extra to show your friends in glorious 3D. Mario fans will be delighted.

Nintendo 3DS launches in Japan

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2011

Sadly we can’t head out to our local GameStop for another month yet, but the Nintendo 3DS had a launch in Japan today. Reports indicate that the entire initial shipment of 400,000 gaming handhelds were sold. Some of the lines were up to 2,000 people long.

But those lines were only at a few places as most Japanese retailers sold out when the 3DS went on pre-order over a month ago. The device is already a success, though that isn’t surprising. We all love our Nintendo.

Nintendo 3DS to be most durable DS yet

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on February 6th, 2011

You may be buying a 3DS to play 3D games glasses-free, but the 3DS has another bonus in store for you too. Nintendo has made it tougher than all of their other DS consoles. The 3DS is now easier to open than the DS Lite and it doesn’t have to worry about cracked hinges since there are now 3 layers. This also makes it easier to grip, thus preventing you from dropping the 3DS.

There’s also a new glass-fiber resin to reinforce the 3DS case. Even the insides have been rearranged so that if you drop it, damage will be minimized. Sounds like they went above and beyond with this one. Let’s hope it is as good as it sounds.


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