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October 31, 2013

Swapnote, Flipnote 3D Discontinued 3DS

by Andrew Brown - 10:24 pm PDT
Total comments: 47 Source: http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/UHQZFP2Jxc..., (Nintendo Official Site)

The Nintendo 3DS messaging services have been terminated. We'll miss you, Nikki.

Nintendo's 3DS message relay service, known as Swapnote in the USA and Nintendo Letter Box in other regions, has had its SpotPass functionality disabled abruptly and permanently, essentially terminating the application. Flipnote Studio 3D, which was so far only released in Japan but had been set for a future release in the West, shares the same fate.

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Wii and Wii U Make Up 1% of EA's Quarterly Earnings WiiUWii

by Zack Kaplan - 3:32 pm PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/435930/wii-an..., Computer and Video Games

Nintendo handhelds also do little in the way of sales.

Electronic Arts (EA) recent financial report revealed that their games on the Wii and Wii U only make up 1.3% of sales.

The total amount earned last quarter on the Wii and Wii U was 9 million. Sales from games on Nintendo's handhelds only accounted for 0.7%. In comparison, sales on the PS3 (18.8%) and Xbox 360(24%) were much higher. Mobile games made up 10.8% of sales and PlayStation handhelds 1.0%. PC dominated with 39.4%

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Sonic Lost World Sells Poorly in Japan WiiU3DS

by Justin Baker - 11:46 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: (4Gamer), http://www.4gamer.net/games/117/G011794/2013103006...

Sonic isn't looking to good in Japan...

The 3DS version of Sonic Lost World sold under 5,000 units in its first week in Japan, and the Wii U version didn’t even hit the chart.

The Wii U version was well-liked in our review, though the 3DS version didn’t fare quite so well. Is this another nail in the Blue Blur’s coffin, or just a speed bump? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Zelda, Pikmin Shows Coming to Nintendo Video

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:16 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: (Press Release)

Toon Link and Pikmin are going on some misadventures!

Zelda and Pikmin video shorts will be coming to Nintendo Video soon, along with shows from Cartoon Hangover and more.

The Zelda show, called The Legend of Zelda: The Misadventures of Link, will be a series of comedic shorts set in the world of Wind Waker HD.

Pikmin Nature Documentaries, the show set in the world of Pikmin, is a mock nature show featuring a super-serious, possibly tongue-in-cheek narrator.

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Multicolored 3DS XL Charge Cradles Sold Out Within an Hour 3DS

by Justin Baker - 11:11 am PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: https://club.nintendo.com/rewards-details/a/41502...., Club Nintendo

They weren't kidding about "limited quantities."

Every color of Nintendo's new multicolor 3DS XL charge cradles are now completely sold out. 

The cradles, which became available today on Club Nintendo for 500 coins, sold out within the first hour. Available colors included red, blue, green, yellow and white. This isn't the first time a Club Nintendo reward has sold out very shortly upon release, the Nintendo 3DS Game Card Case recently experienced a similar level of demand. 

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The Male Wii Fit Trainer Will Make an Appearance in Wii U/3DS Super Smash Bros. WiiU3DS

by Zack Kaplan - 9:25 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://www.smashbros.com/us/, Smash Bros. Official Site

Pudgier Nintendo characters better watch out.

The male Wii Fit Trainer will be appearing in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and possibly 3DS.

While the female Wii Fit Trainer has already been confirmed as a playable character, it is not yet known whether the male trainer will be. It is possible he could be a part of a special move, an Assist Trophy, a costume change for the Female Trainer, or even just appear in another aspect of the game.

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Nintendo Downloads - October 31, 2013 3DSWiiU

by Justin Baker - 8:47 am PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: (Press Release)

Forget that gym membership, Wii Fit U has a free trial!

Wii Fit U is finally here to help you drop some pounds before the culinary onslaught that is American Thanksgiving! The best part: there’s a free trial version. This week we also got some Virtual Console love with one of the best Castlevania games under the sun and one of the most frustrating NES games ever made. Not to mention quite a slew of retail releases, so there should be something for everyone this time around.

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Two New Wii U Bundles Launching in Australia and New Zealand WiiU

by Nicholas Bray - 6:08 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: (Press Release)

Just dance or swap your boredom away.

Nintendo Australia has announced two brand new Wii U bundles for the holiday season.

The bundles will include the Wii U Basic console and offer the choice of either Just Dance 2014 or Skylanders SWAP Force. Both of the bundles will also include Nintendo Land. The Just Dance pack will be included... Read more...

October 30, 2013

Zelda Special Edition 3DS Confirmed for USA Release 3DS

by Andrew Brown - 8:30 pm PDT
Total comments: 6

A Link Between Worlds demands a glorious golden chariot!

The special edition Triforce 3DS XL releasing next month in PAL regions has also been confirmed for a North American release.

Pre-packed with an eShop download code to get the digital version of A Link Between Worlds, the gorgeous handheld features a two-toned golden top half with Hyrule's Triforce, while the bottom half features a black shell with the upside down Triforce found in Lorule. 

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Nintendo Expects Wii U to Sell 8.5 Million Units in Six Months 3DSWiiUWii

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:31 pm PDT
Total comments: 30 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2013/131030e.pdf

The Wii outsold the Wii U worldwide over the past six months. Down is up; up is down.

Nintendo expects Wii U system sales to total 9 million over the 2014 fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. With sales only totaling 460,000 in the first half of the year, that means from October 1 to March 31, more than 8.5 million Wii Us must be sold to reach the company's expectations.

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Sega 3D Classics Hitting 3DS in North America and Europe Starting in November 3DS

by Danny Bivens - 12:31 pm PDT
Total comments: 2

All eight of these remade classics can be yours before the end of the year. 

The Sega 3D Classic titles are coming to North America and Europe in November and December for $5.99/€4.99/£4.49 in their respective territories. 

These remade arcade and console games will start with the release of 3D Space Harrier and 3D Super Hang On on November 28, followed by 3D Sonic... Read more...

Bravely Default Collector's Edition Detailed for Europe, Australia and New Zealand 3DS

by Nicholas Bray - 7:39 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: (Press Release)

The special edition of the game comes with all kinds of goodies.

The special collector's edition of Bravely Default will be coming to Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The deluxe edition of the game will include the following:

Bravely Default (physical version of the Nintendo 3DS game)Agnès FigurineDeluxe Artbook34 AR Cards Original Soundtrack CD

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Wii Party U Available Digitally on Australian eShop WiiU

by Nicholas Bray - 7:33 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2013/10/wii_party...

The game is available, but it still has a downside.

Wii Party U, which was recently revealed to not be receiving a digital version on the Nintendo eShop in North America and Europe, is available on the eShop in Australia. The game is being sold for the full price of $79.95, which is the same price for the physical version of the game that comes bundled with a Wii Remote Plus controller. 

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The Luigi 2DS Was an Unofficial Fan Mod 3DS

by Zack Kaplan - 4:37 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o53Ah-Vrx9I, Wes De YouTube

Well, not an official one.

A rumor for a Luigi 2DS we reported on earlier this week has been debunked.

The rumored 2DS in question was actually made by Matthew Wiggins. He made it for his website Rose Colored Gaming, where he customizes and sells modified game systems and accessories, mainly for Nintendo handhelds. The news that it was only a custom came from the YouTube video from Wes De of Second Opinion Games. 

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October 29, 2013

Daigasso! Band Brothers P Chotto Nintendo Direct Hits Japan 3DS

by Danny Bivens - 9:21 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/nintendo_direct/20131029..., NCL

Get ready for a deluge of rhythmical information...and vocaloid Iwata. 

A Chotto Nintendo Direct for the upcoming Diagasso! Band Brothers P for the Nintendo 3DS hit the internet today showing off the game’s various features and modes. The new Band Brothers will allow gamers to play through the game using either button based control configurations or by using the touch... Read more...

Nintendo Can Remotely Delete Illicitly Gained eShop Content 3DS

by Scott Thompson - 7:51 am PDT
Total comments: 23

Violating Nintendo's terms and conditions can result in the deletion of games.

Nintendo has the ability to remotely access hardware and remove content that is in violation of its terms and conditions, a Nintendo gamer found out the hard way.

Earlier this year, a Club Nintendo promotion offered $30 in eShop credit if you purchased both Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami... Read more...

Farewell Umihara Kawase Being Localized for North America as Yumi's Odd Odyssey 3DS

by Curtis Bonds - 1:29 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://www.siliconera.com/2013/10/28/yumis-odd-ody..., Siliconera

Natsume lands this game, hook, line and sinker.

Natsume is bringing the latest entry of the long-running Umihara Kawase series to North America in 2014.

For the first time outside of Japan, the Umihara Kawase series will make its western debut on the Nintendo 3DS under the localized title, Yumi's Odd Odyssey. Similar to Bionic Commando, Yumi's... Read more...

October 28, 2013

Pokémon X and Y Update Now Live 3DS

by Kimberly Keller - 8:42 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: (Nintendo)

Gotta patch 'em all!

An update for Pokémon X and Y is now live on the eShop. The patch, version 1.1, should fix the glitch some players received when trying to save in Lumiose City and prevents an error when using the GTS.

The Lumiose City error occurred when some players saved in the city, causing the game to lock... Read more...

October 25, 2013

Pokémon Movie 16 Screening in Australia DS

by Andrew Brown - 9:11 am PDT
Discuss in talkback!

Genesect and the Legend Awakened: gotta catch it at Hoyts Cinema!

On November 16 and 17, Hoyts Cinema and Australian distributor Beyond Home Entertainment are teaming up to present Aussie Poké-fans with a special Pokémon movie event in anticipation of the DVD release of Genesect and the Legend Awakened.

The sixteenth movie in the everlastingly-popular Pokémon... Read more...

October 24, 2013

Multicolored 3DS XL Charging Cradles Coming to Club Nintendo Next Week 3DS

by Justin Berube - 8:26 pm PDT
Total comments: 17 Source: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=56049606402..., (Nintendo Facebook)

Five different colors will be available. Don't make me choose!

Five different colored 3DS XL Charging Cradles will be offered as North American Club Nintendo rewards starting on October 31. Each one will cost 500 Coins and all will be available in limited quantities.

The Charging Cradles will be offered in Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and White.

Are you interested in this reward? Do you think they cost too much, or is the price just right? Let us hear about it in the comments section below.

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