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March 31, 2011

Developer of Bonk: Brink of Extinction Reportedly Closes RumorWii

by James Jones - 1:23 pm EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Big Download, http://news.bigdownload.com/2011/03/31/report-pi-s...

Pi Studios' closure does not bode well for the title.

UPDATE: It has since come to our intention that this story is incorrect, and that Pi Studios has not closed. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused.

Pi Studios, developer of Wii versions of titles such as Call of Duty: World at War and Rock Band, have reportedly shut their doors.

The...

Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions To Feature Championship and Legions Versions 3DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 1:12 pm EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: (Adriasang), http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/03/30/pacman...

The 3DS title will include the enhanced versions of the classic arcade titles.

The enhanced versions of Pac-Man and Galaga, Championship Edition and Legions respectively, will be included in the upcoming Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions game.

According to the most recent issue of Famitsu, Namco's 3DS title Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions will include several games in addition to... Read more...

Rovio Head Honcho Bashes Nintendo

by Jared Rosenberg - 10:47 am EDT
Total comments: 8 Source: (MCV), http://www.mcvuk.com/features/903/The-success-of-A...

Rovio's Vesterbacka believes that it's a 'good sign' that Nintendo and others are worried about smartphone gaming.

In a recent interview, Peter Vesterbacka, holder of the ‘mighty eagle’ job title at Angry Birds developer Rovio, had some combative things to say about Nintendo and the console business in general. 

Near the close of his GDC keynote, Satoru Iwata voiced his fears about smartphone gaming... Read more...

Iwata and Itoi Talk Mother 4

by Danny Bivens - 9:29 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: (Inside For All Gamers), http://www.inside-games.jp/article/2011/03/30/4818...

Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi briefly talks about the non-existent sequel. 

The creator of the Mother series (known as Earthbound outside of Japan) is on the record to once again stating that there will be no Mother 4.

Shigesato Itoi is the subject of a four page article in an upcoming issue of the Japanese magazine, Brutus. At one point during the two months that the magazine... Read more...

Xenoblade Chronicles Heading to Europe Wii

by Matthew Blundon - 8:01 am EDT
Total comments: 27 Source: Press Release

The highly-anticipated Wii RPG is finally getting a localization.

Today Nintendo of Europe announced that Xenoblade would be receiving a localization under the name Xenoblade Chronicles.

This Wii RPG, released in Japan in June of last year, follows the strife between Bionis and Mechonis worlds. The game will feature both English and Japanese voice-overs and will feature subtitles in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.


Class of Heroes 3D 80% Done

by Josh Max - 7:57 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: (Andriasang), http://www.andriasang.com/e/posts/2011/03/30/27036...

The new dungeon-crawler is near completion.

Recently it was revelaed that Class of Heroes 3D will be coming out later this year. In this week’s Famitsu, the magazine stated that the game was 80% done and was slated to be released later this year. It was also reported that the pricing was set at ¥5,880.

Class of Heroes 3D was announced in Septemeber and is being developed by Zerodiv.


Activision Announces Spider-Man: Edge of Time

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:28 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: (Press Release)

Beenox returns to the character to make a time-traveling game starring Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099.

Spider-Man 2099 will return to gaming this fall with Activision and Beenox's next Spider-Man game, Spider-Man: Edge of Time.Starring the future Spider-Man and the classic Amazing Spider-Man, players go between two different timelines, affecting the outcome of the future Spider-Man while trying to... Read more...

March 30, 2011

3DS Memory Total Revealed 3DS

by Karlie Yeung - 3:18 pm EDT
Total comments: 30 Source: (iFixit Blog), http://www.ifixit.com/blog/blog/2011/03/28/nintend...

After taking apart the 3DS, the RAM chip has been identified.

The Nintendo 3DS contains two 512 megabit FCRAM memory dies inside a Fujitsu RAM chip, for a total of 128 MB of RAM.

A repairs blog recently disassembled the 3DS, revealing the component parts. The RAM chip was identified to be a Fujitsu MB82M8080-07L chip, an alias for part number MB82DBS08645,... Read more...

Nintendo Plans New Kyoto Building

by Karlie Yeung - 12:59 pm EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: andriasang.com (Nikkan), http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/03/30/ninten...

The building will bring R&D closer to main headquarters to increase efficiency.

A new research and development facility for Nintendo is planned in Kyoto, in the same part of the city as the main office. Construction is set to begin in January 2012 with completion expected in 2013.

The new building will be the main research facility and will eventually house 1,500 employees... Read more...

March 29, 2011

Reggie Fils-Aime Explains the Garage Developer Once More 3DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 11:08 pm EDT
Total comments: 32 Source: (Gamasutra), http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/33733/Nintendo_...

Reggie Fils-Aime explains once more the difference between indie and garage developers.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime believes that the difference between a garage developer and an independent developer is talent and experience.

In an interview with Joystiq at the launch of the 3DS last Sunday, Fils-Aime elaborated on his comments regarding the independent developer... Read more...

3DS Breaks Nintendo Portable Launch Records 3DS

by Andy Goergen - 11:20 am EDT
Total comments: 9 Source: IGN, http://ds.ign.com/articles/115/1158204p1.html

The 3DS has set a new high for handheld launch sales. 

A representative from Nintendo has confirmed that the Nintendo 3DS broke sales records when it launched this past Sunday. Although no specific figures were revealed, the representative stated "U.S. day-one sales numbers for Nintendo 3DS were the highest of any Nintendo hand-held system in our history".


March 28, 2011

Club Nintendo Reduces Coin Earning Window 3DS

by Aaron Kaluszka - 11:04 pm EDT
Total comments: 8 Source: http://club.nintendo.com/

Surveys now have much shorter response time limits.

Just in time for the 3DS launch, the US version of Club Nintendo introduced shorter expiration periods for product registration and post-play surveys. Their updated Frequently Asked Questions page, dated last Friday, but actually posted today, details a severe decrease in the allowed response time of newly earned surveys, but the change does not apply to existing surveys.


Pokémon Black & White Break Australian Sales Records DS

by Nicholas Bray - 7:40 pm EDT
Total comments: 5

Pokémon smashes Nintendo's Australian sales record.

Today, Nintendo Australia announced that Pokémon Black and White set a new sales record for the company. Combined, the games have sold through 77,000 units within one week.

Pokémon Heart Gold & Soul Silver sold through 45,000 units in their first week, with New Super Mario Bros. Wii holding the previous record of 47,400 sold through.


Details on Unannounced Wii Motorcycle Game from NST Surface  Wii

by Matthew Blundon - 7:26 pm EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Siliconera, http://www.siliconera.com/2011/03/28/nintendos-una...

NST was developing a motorcycle game utilizing the Wii Balance Board.

According to a patent filed by Nintendo with the US Patent and Trademark Office, Nintendo Software Technology, the developer behind the Mario Vs. Donkey series, as well as the cancelled Project H.A.M.M.E.R., was at one point developing a motorcycle game for the Wii that utilized the Wii Balance Board.


Nintendo Responds to Reports of 3DS Headaches 3DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 7:19 pm EDT
Total comments: 9 Source: 1UP, http://www.1up.com/news/3ds-giving-headaches-what-...

Nintendo suggests taking short breaks between games.

The first cases of headaches caused by the 3DS's 3D display have begun to surface. After hours of play, some players have mentioned that they begin to feel eye strain and headaches. Nintendo suggests players to take breaks between sessions in order to alleviate these issues.

Robert Saunders...

Nintendo Sending Out Gifts to Active Club Nintendo Users Wii

by Matthew Blundon - 6:14 pm EDT
Total comments: 17 Source: NeoGAF, http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2676740...

Nintendo is sending out a party package featuring a recently released Wii game.

North American Club Nintendo users may soon be finding a special gift from Nintendo at their doorsteps within the next few days.

If you are an active member of Club Nintendo, there is a chance that you could receive a free gift from Nintendo. The package, which includes a copy of Wii Party, a pink... Read more...

Nintendo Responds to 3DS Crash Reports 3DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 2:25 pm EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: (Eurogamer), http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-03-28-ninte...

The company suggests updating before contacting them for further investigation.

After reports of 3DS units experiencing crashes, Nintendo has recognized that there is a bug that is affecting 3DS units. The bug causes the screen to go black and tell the owner to reboot the system.

In a statement to Eurogamer, Nintendo notes that "If anyone is experiencing any problems with their... Read more...

This Week in Nintendo Downloads Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 1:51 pm EDT
Total comments: 1

Demos rule in this week's selection of games.

This week Nintendo offers gamers four new download choices on WiiWare and DSiWare. While WiiWare doesn't receive new games it does get two new demos. The first of these is Dart Rage from JV Games Inc., a darts simulator that uses the Wii Remote as a dart. The demo version is free of charge, while the full game can be downloaded for 600 Wii Points ($6).


Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D to Include Demo of Resident Evil Revelations 3DS

by Matthew Blundon - 7:46 am EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Andriasang, http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/03/28/reside...

Japanese gamers will receive a demo of Resident Evil Revelations if they decide to buy Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D this June.

When Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D launches in Japan on June 2 it will come with a demo of Resident Evil Revelations.

Capcom is referring to the demo as the “pilot version,” which was also the title of the demo version shown at the Nintendo World trade show back in January.

Resident Evil Revelations does not currently have a release date.


March 26, 2011

3DS Now Available in North America 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:09 pm EDT
Total comments: 14

The clock has struck midnight on the East Coast. 3DS has hit America.

3D is now in the palm of your hand as Nintendo's newest handheld, the 3DS, is in stores now. Alongside the system, there are 16 launch games, including three from Nintendo.

At Nintendo's grand launch event in New York City, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime reiterated the May eShop-enabling system update and riled up the crowd.



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