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January 31, 2011

This Week in Nintendo Downloads WiiDS

by Pedro Hernandez - 4:35 pm EST
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

Mahjong, astrology, zombies and dolphins rule supreme in this week's selection of games.

This week's updates brings us another eclectic selection of games for WiiWare and DSiWare, though once again no Virtual Console games were were added to the service.

WiiWare sees two demos in this week's update. The first of these is Zombie Panic in Wonderland, an action/shooting game developed... Read more...

3DS eShop Not Available Anywhere Until May 3DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 9:21 am EST
Total comments: 20 Source: Nintendo Investor Conference, http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/110...

The system's first update will make the shop a reality worldwide.

The 3DS's eShop won't be available in any region until May when the first system update will be made available, according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata in last week's investors meeting.

On that same date, the web browser will also be available for download, and players will be able to transfer... Read more...

January 30, 2011

Just Dance 2 and GoldenEye to be Published by Nintendo in Japan Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 9:58 am EST
Total comments: 9 Source: Nintendo Investor Conference

Iwata believes that the Ubisoft dance title was one of the most important titles of 2010.

Nintendo has announced via their quarterly financial statement that they will be publishing two third party Wii titles in Japan: Activision's GoldenEye and Ubisoft's Just Dance 2. The success of Just Dance 2 prompted Nintendo to publish the title overseas. Nintendo Co. Ltd. President Satoru Iwata... Read more...

January 28, 2011

Pokémon Typing Tutor for DS Detailed

by Andy Goergen - 11:33 am EST
Total comments: 15 Source: (Nintendo), http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/110...

Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS will ship with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Nintendo has confirmed an upcoming Nintendo DS game called Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS. Originally announced last September at Nintendo Conference, the game is designed to appeal to Pokémon fans of all ages who would like to improve their typing.

The game card has a Bluetooth receiver...

New Trailer Released for Rhythm Tengoku Wii Wii

by James Jones - 10:05 am EST
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo Investor Conference, http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/events/110128...

As part of their investor conference, three mini-games were shown.

During today's investor briefing, Nintendo has released a new trailer for the Wii edition of Rhythm Tengoku (Heaven).

The trailer shows three new mini-games: using a fork to stab beans that were flicked from the other end of a table, a samurai chopping demons in rhythm with how their eyes appear in a dark cloud, and a game of tennis played between two airplanes.


Monado and Line Attack Heroes Still Set for North American Release Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:22 am EST
Total comments: 7 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2011/110128e.pdf

There's still hope for these currently Japan-only titles.

Monado: Beginning of the World, which is known as Xenoblade in Japan, and Line Attack Heroes appeared on a North American release schedule during Nintendo's investors meeting in Japan today.

The two games weren't given any solid release date, merely appearing on the list next to The Legend... Read more...

New Kirby Wii Game from HAL Laboratory

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:07 am EST
Total comments: 21 Source: Nintendo Investor Conference

The upcoming title will again feature the inhaled power of Kirby's enemies.

Nintendo announced a new Kirby Wii title at an investors meeting in Japan today.

The title, developed by longtime Kirby developers HAL Laboratory, will return to Kirby's old style of gameplay. Last year, Kirby starred in Kirby's Epic Yarn, which didn't feature the inhalation mechanics of older Kirby games.


Pandora's Tower Announced for Wii Wii

by Neal Ronaghan and Matt Walker - 9:04 am EST
Total comments: 20 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/events/110128...

And that's about all we know.

Pandora's Tower, a new game for Wii from Nintendo, was announced at a Nintendo investors meeting in Japan today.

A teaser site has been opened, with the following mysterious words:

Pandora's Tower Until I Return to Where You AreWho's happier? The person who dies beautiful or the person that lives ugly?Scheduled for Release Spring 2011


January 26, 2011

3DS Has Power Saving Mode for Dark Pixels 3DS

by Karlie Yeung - 9:17 pm EST
Total comments: 13 Source: (Iwata Asks), http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/interview/hardware/v...

Even on full brightness, battery life can be extended by 10 to 20 percent. 

In the latest edition of Iwata Asks, our omnipresent Nintendo President tells about the power-saving mode for the Nintendo 3DS. It uses less power for the backlight when the pixels themselves are darker shades.

Internal testing with the mode off gave the three-hour battery life figure we have all... Read more...

Nintendo to Distribute Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition in Europe 3DS

by Karlie Yeung - 2:41 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: (Press Release)

Nintendo will be responsible for sales, distribution, and marketing in Europe and Australia. 

Nintendo and Capcom have signed a distribution agreement for Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition on the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo will handle sales, marketing, and distribution of the launch title, which is due for release on March 25 for Europe. The distribution agreement additionally covers Australia. Capcom remains as the publisher of the game.


Devil Survivor Returns on 3DS 3DS

by Jared Rosenberg - 12:19 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: (Press Release)

The demon invasion will occur again when Atlus releases a 3DS enhanced version of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor later this year.

Atlus U.S.A. revealed today that they will be releasing Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked on the 3DS in North America. Originally released on DS in 2009, this updated port will feature many additions including an extra ending.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked takes places in a locked down Tokyo with the city being devoured by demons. Players must fight to survive and possibly save the world as well.


January 24, 2011

Gamestop Pricing 3DS Games Between $40 and $50

by Andy Goergen - 7:26 pm EST
Total comments: 24 Source: (Kotaku), http://kotaku.com/5740777/

The gaming retail giant is now accepting pre-orders for Nintendo 3DS games at a high price.

Gamestop has begun offering pre-orders for Nintendo 3DS games at prices between $40 and $50, according to various sources. Twenty six games have been listed for pre-order, with the majority sitting at the $40 price point. Two games, Dead or Alive Dimensions and Samurai Warriors Chronicles, are being listed at $50, and set for release on March 12, almost two weeks before the 3DS.


Epic Mickey Developers Experiencing Lay-Offs Wii

by Karlie Yeung - 4:59 pm EST
Total comments: 11 Source: (Eurogamer), http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-01-24-disne...

Not all is well at the Disney-owned Junction Point.

Junction Point, Warren Spector's studio owned by Disney, are experiencing lay-offs. The team was responsible for the development of Disney Epic Mickey, released in November last year. 

Epic Mickey was the first game the company developed for Disney following their acquisition in 2007. The company was formed by Spector and several other former Ion Storm employees.


This Week in Nintendo Downloads WiiDS

by James Jones - 12:46 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: Nintendo

This week you can land planes, shoot down planes, shoot down meteors, bust up rocks, bust up skulls, and gamble (again).

In their weekly downloads press release, Nintendo of America promises that this week's offering means "you'll never face another humdrum afternoon again." With one WiiWare game and two demos, a pair of Capcom arcade titles for the Virtual Console, and a slew of DSiWare titles, they may be right.


U.K. 3DS Best Pre-Order Prices Deal3DS

by Karlie Yeung - 9:17 am EST
Total comments: 3

Here's a guide to getting the best deal in Great Britain.

Nintendo UK are advising that gamers pre-order the Nintendo 3DS at their favourite retailer with a deposit, as this will help with forecasting. They say that this means they can ensure that enough units are shipped to match demand, as if everyone tries to get a console last-minute, they may have shipped all of their stock, and so there will not be enough consoles in the initial supply.


January 23, 2011

Small Japanese Retailers May Not Sell 3DS at Launch 3DS

by Matt Walker - 6:46 pm EST
Total comments: 6 Source: Game Station Online Manager Blog

Nintendo's ordering policy would leave them with excess games they cannot sell.

Due to Nintendo's ordering policy for initial Nintendo 3DS stock, small game stores such as Game Station Online may not sell the console at launch.

Nintendo's policy requires that retailers order in bundles of two consoles (one blue, one black) with five games. He notes that this may be different... Read more...

Nintendo of Europe Expects to Ship 900,000 3DS Launch Units

by Karlie Yeung - 5:29 pm EST
Total comments: 5 Source: (MCV UK), http://www.mcvuk.com/news/42655/3DS-900000-units-f...

The target sales for the first year are four to five million.

Nintendo of Europe are expected to ship 900,000 units for the first three weeks of the Nintendo 3DS launch.

For the first 12 months following the launch, four to five million consoles are expected to be sold across all European regions.

These sales numbers are greater than for the original Nintendo DS, which had one million units sold within the first four months, and reached 3.8 million after ten months.


January 22, 2011

Iwata: 3DS Could Bring 3D Movies into the Home

by Nathan Mustafa - 5:04 pm EST
Total comments: 13 Source: (Nintendo), http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interview.html#/how-...

Nintendo is interested in bringing Hollywood to the handheld.

In a recent interview with Shigesato Itoi, Japanese copywriter and creator of the Mother series, Shigeru Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata sat down to discuss the Nintendo 3DS. Among other topics, the three gaming icons discussed the relevance of 3D television and movies to the new handheld.

"Simply put,...

Nintendo UK 3DS Tour Dates Announced

by Karlie Yeung - 3:03 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: (Nintendo UK), http://www.nintendo.co.uk/NOE/en_GB/events_31044.h...

The first four cities will be Manchester, London, Glasgow, and Bristol.

Nintendo UK have announced the first dates for the Nintendo 3DS experience tour. The events will start in February with dates already announced for Manchester, London, Glasgow, and Bristol, with more to come. Other European sites have yet to announce their tour dates and locations.

The websites...

3DS Launches with Biggest UK Campaign Ever  3DS

by Karlie Yeung - 12:31 pm EST
Total comments: 3 Source: (MCV UK), http://www.mcvuk.com/news/42653/Nintendo-to-turn-3...

Experience tour to start within the next three weeks.

To bring 3D into the mainstream, Nintendo UK are planning the biggest-ever Nintendo console launch for the Nintendo 3DS. The focus will be all the 3D content that the handheld will offer, including video delivery from partner companies.

Highlights of the launch campaign are an experience tour set... Read more...


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