Nintendo has announced tonight at their Nintendo Direct broadcasts that there will be a new version of the Nintendo 3DS being released called Nintendo 3DS XL.
The handheld will be released in the west on August 19th. The top screen will be 4.88 inches and the lower screen will be now 4.18 inches. It will have longer battery life and will release in red and blue on launch.
There was a rumor posted a few days ago about a new color of the Nintendo 3DS being released and today, Nintendo of America has confirmed that the Midnight Purple 3DS will be available in stores on May 20th. Which is the same day as Mario Tennis Open is released. If you were hoping to get a purple 3DS, now's your chance!
Today it was reported that Nintendo had lost a historic first-ever net loss $530 million during their 2011 fiscal year(April 2011 to March 2012). Last year saw the release of the Nintendo 3DS that started off with bad sales due to high price though with the price drop, Nintendo would be able to sell 13.51 million units. Even with this loss, Satoru Iwata says that with the release of the Nintendo Wii-U this year, he plans to restore Nintendo to profitability next fiscal year.
Nintendo of America has announced that the 3DS sold through 4.5 million units in 2011, generating $1.2 billion in revenue. NOA President Reggie Fils-Aime seems to be optimistic, saying that "Nintendo 3DS has an incredibly bright future. We're just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul." More details in the full story on Game Freaks 365.
NoobFeed.com notices the little byline underneath every demo released today on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. It seems people that want a taste for free will not get to try before they buy as much as they want. Nintendo is keeping tabs on how many times the demo is launched and supply is limited.
Daav from NoobFeed.com can turn anything into a story about gaming somehow. Even a morning walk to get some coffee can suddenly turn into another (positive) 3DS rant. Social networking is improved on the Nintendo handheld. And perhaps, this time, the Big N has come across the saving grace with some new implementations.
"You chose the 3DS over the DSi, and that means you paid for a Third Dimension. It’s only natural to expect all three dimensions in every one of your games. While there are plenty of excellent games on the eShop, finding a quality 3-D one can be a bit challenging. Here are several of the best 3D games you can download into your 3DS:"
Nintendo hasn't forgotten about the "3DS Ambassadors", who were promised 20 free Virtual Console games through the 3DS eShop by the end of 2011. The first batch - 10 NES titles - rolled out in September, but the Big N insists that the 10 Game Boy Advance games are still coming sometime this month. Five titles have been confirmed, but what are the remaining ones? More details and speculation in the full article on GameRabies.
The 2011 holiday gaming season is underway, and there are plenty of 3DS games to look forward to over the next few weeks. Even as we head into 2012, games like Luigi's Mansion 2 and Kid Icarus are on the horizon. Things are looking up for the 3DS, but Nintendo should really kick it into gear and announce these five first-party titles for its 3D handheld.
After a slow start, the 3DS is finally starting to pick up some steam - in fact, we like to think that the handheld has already seen its worst days. Critics of the 3DS will soon be silenced; check out the full article for all the reasons why we believe that owners of the new Nintendo handheld should be thrilled about the future.
"So, it was just announced that the Playstation 3 has received a $50 price cut effective immediately, making the PS3 cost just as much as the soon to be released PSVita. In some cases, it'll actually be cheaper than the Vita, depending on if you want 3G or not! While I see this as a good thing, there are others who are absolutely steaming at the price difference, or lack thereof."
"Welcome back to the GP Roundtable!
This time we've brought Barrel into the fray as Marcus, Marshall (who is also making his Roundtable debut), and I discuss the future of handhelds and the difficulties and hurdles the 3DS and PS Vita may have to overcome to succeed in a market where i0S and Android devices rule with an iron fist."
Walmart has decided to start selling the reduced priced Nintendo 3DS systems today, August 9th 2011, four days early. And anyone who signs into the 3DS e-Shop from now until Friday will automatically be entered into Nintendo's ambassador program and get the 20 free games.
This surely has to irk much of the early adopters of the Nintendo 3DS who payed $250, compared to the now reduced price of $170.
"The Cloud, a British Sky Broadcasting subsidiary, covers many shops, pubs, and restaurants, including Pizza Express and EAT chains, and will allow for general browsing, eShop access, and the use of SpotPass, which downloads content and notifications while the handheld is in sleep mode. Nintendo had previously commented on The Cloud's broadband speeds being unsuitable for gaming."
"It's now been almost three months since Nintendo's newest handheld first went on sale in the States, and we've finally made it out of the "launch window" time period the company promoted as the system shipped to stores. Those games available on Day 1 and the follow-up games released in-between that day and the beginning of E3 are all out now. It's been a bit of a rough start, but that's OK. Because it's time to move on."
"Do we as gamers need to go through this procedure all over again? Aren’t you tired of upgrading to the next console just because it’s available for sale? Counting it all up, the average gamer spends about $1,000-$2,000 per year on video games. This statistic reflects the current generation itself. What will it be for the next one? The possibility to hook us all into another crazy gimmick for developers so that they may snag hold onto more of our money seems possible, if things go their way."
"The first four days of sales saw 31,000 units ship, which sounds relatively low, but considering Australia's population, that's actually a record here. By comparison, the Nintendo DS sold 32,000 units in the first week, so the 3DS more or less hit that number in half the time."
Many wonder how Nintendo can get away with producing hardware every 1-2 yrs and selling millions in the process, yet companies like SOny and Microsft get hammered hard when they even think of coming up with new product well before the so-called life cycle of their products.
OXCGN's Alex baldwin and Nicholas Laborde discuss the pros-n-cons of Nintendo's recent 3DS release, slip over and read the debate, and by all means, pass your comments and thoughts at the foot of the debate.
"Nintendo return with their latest and much sought after handheld console, the 3DS. Tapping into, yes you guessed it…the 3D market. The quirk with this particular 3D model is that it doesn’t require you to wear ridiculously over priced and quite frankly, ridiculous looking glasses whilst out in public which, is always a good thing""
Friday the 25th of March signalled the launch of two giant bits of tech in the UK. Ben Taylor takes a look at the one that isn't wasn't the iPad2 - the Nintendo 3DS. Does the 3D effect and the packaged up applications make the 3DS the must have console of the year, or will it just tear your eyes out?
"Did that extend to the 3DS as well? Did it really bring anything new to the table? On the one hand it’s clearly a step up from the DS. It improves on the friend code system, features a better user interface, and obviously has better visuals all around. On the other it’s almost like they just duct taped the bottom half of a DS to a PSP and slapped a $250 price tag on it. The 3DS will be the most expensive Nintendo handheld to date, and in essence the only thing it does is bring the DS up to pa..."
ASDA has become the latest retailer to cut the pre-order price of the Nintendo 3DS in the run-up to the launch.
The supermarket has dropped its pre-order price to £187, reports ONM. That puts it level with Amazon, which dropped the price to £187 last week, but it apparently includes an accessory pack as well as the console.
The launch is just two and a half days away but, if the run-up so far is any indication, this might not be the final chapter in the price war.
I preview the Nintendo 3DS as a hardware piece based on my hands-on impressions from playing the game system at PAX East 2011 in Boston. There were some redeemable features to the gameplay I experienced but one glaring flaw must be discussed and made aware to everyone considering picking one up.
This is something we haven't come across in a while: a retailer is putting the price of the 3DS up after someone else drops it.
Supermarket Morrisons, who became the cheapest retailer with which to pre-order the console last week when they dropped the price to £187, will end the offer on Sunday, reports ONM. What price the console will be after Sunday isn't certain, but it's speculated to revert to £197.
It's the final countdown now with only a week to go, and the switch will be just fi...
The 3DS might be approaching launch, but the war's not over yet.
In the latest round of price cuts for Nintendo's handheld, supermarket Morrisons has slashed the pre-order price of the console to £187, reports Official Nintendo Magazine. That puts it below other high street retailers and even the £196.99 price set by a variety of online retailers, who cut the price under the £200 mark at the back end of February, by almost £10.
The new price means there's not much of a gap between that ...
"According to Konno, a designer hand-picked by legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda), there were no plans for 3D implementation at all when the concept for the portable came about in Spring 2008. Right off his work on Mario Kart Wii for the Nintendo Wii, Konno’s sudden shift from software development to hardware was a drastic one, but he wasn’t alone. The 3DS hardware team of Umezu-san and Sugino-san was there for supporting Konno on producing what wo..."
Expected in Iwata’s speech will be an in-depth look at the history of video games in the past quarter century, massive hype for the Nintendo 3DS release overseas and possibly a new Zelda trailer or something. Of course, there will be a lot more details to discuss; perhaps even some banter about the 3DS figures over in Japan. So we urge anyone to tune in.
The 3DS was just released in Japan on February 26 and to no surprise the thing is selling like hotcakes. Like really good hotcakes dipped in magical gold that gives eternal youth. In the first 2 days the handheld has already sold 371,326 units. That's A LOT of happy gamers. Looks like Nintendo might actually reach that 4 million mark after all. It's the wii all over again.
"There's something that happens when you're playing with Nintendo's forthcoming 3DS console that is more or less guaranteed to blow your mind.
You've placed a golden paper card on the table. In the middle is a question mark. Meanwhile you've focused the console, which goes on sale for $249.99 next month, about two feet away from the card. Suddenly, a panel on the very real table you are looking at appears, on the 3DS screen, to rotate under the table. The card disappears down a hole. And fr..."
The writer actually spent time with the device at E3 as well as his own personal love for the Nintendo devices, so it's certainly not a biased viewpoint, that's for sure.
While the device hjas been hailed as something of an unique entry to the gaming world, will it be the success Nintendo have been hoping for - ?
Come check out the detailed article and views of the OXCGN writer.
"Looking back at days of old it's interesting to see where we started and how the evolution of consoles has changed from being dedicated videogame machines to the multimedia platforms we have today. Remember your first console or home computer, whether it was the Atari 2600 or the later generation Playstation, we all have a history of playing video games. Mine was the Commodore 64 a computer that would load games from audio cassette or floppy disks. In 1988 I would own my first cartridge based..."