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Nintendo 3DS firmware update and eShop coming June 6

Nintendo 3DS firmware update and eShop coming June 6

The 3DS eShop firmware was previously expected to land on June 7. Nintendo has now announced that the firmware update will be hitting North America on the evening of June 6, a few hours before we expected it. The update is free and will be offered via the WiFi connection integrated into the 3DS and your home broadband network. The update will add some very cool and welcome features.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 8, 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 8, 2011

Let's begin today with some awesome news from Google - you know that big fat developers conference they have every year, the one where you get to talk to all your developer friends, the one that sold out this year in 8 hours? Well you're in luck, even if you didn't get a ticket, because they're totally streaming the whole thing. Then let's get into some FCC business, a column or two, and some very exciting launch news from a couple of fabulous Android-toting businesses.

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Nintendo 3DS: sturdier than DS Lite and grease-phobic

Nintendo 3DS: sturdier than DS Lite and grease-phobic

Nintendo has been talking about the physical design decisions made around the upcoming 3DS, including how the Japanese company made the 3D gaming console easier to open than the DS Lite but still avoided hinge cracking. According to Yui Ehara, from Nintendo's research and engineering department, the ice-cream sandwich style three layer stack is purposefully tapered so as to give a gamer's fingers somewhere to grip, unlike the slickly-abutted edges of the DS Lite. Meanwhile, there's also been work on new materials and coatings to boost durability.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 4 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 4 2011

Welcome to another edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. Moneaul Labs pulled a cool new chassis out of the shadows for people that are building up an HTPC for the living room. The chassis has LCD on the front so you can see widgets and other content from the PC called the Dual Screen PC case. We had a lot of news about the iPad two this week with the tidbit surfacing that the new tablet will have a multicore SGX543 GPU. That GPU claims to deliver twice the graphics power that the original iPad GPU has.

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Nintendo Will Face 3DS Shortages Due to Pricing, Analyst Says

Nintendo Will Face 3DS Shortages Due to Pricing, Analyst Says

At the end of September, Nintendo's boss Satoru Iwata said that he was confident in the Nintendo 3DS, the portable gaming unit that's able to play 3D games and movies without the need of 3D glasses. And after the initial announcement about the device, the praise that Nintendo was seeing regarding the upcoming handheld was so promising, that he said the "high price point" of the 3DS in Japan, priced at $300, was due to those glowing initial reviews. Now that the 3DS has an official release date and price in the United States (with an apparent mark-up in the United Kingdom), people are wondering if the $250 price point is too high for Nintendo. One analyst believes it's way too low, and Nintendo should be getting ready to suffer because of it.

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Retailers Shed Some Light on Nintendo 3DS Game Prices

Retailers Shed Some Light on Nintendo 3DS Game Prices

The Nintendo 3DS is official, now in Japan, the United States, and Europe -- with pricing finally uncovered. Nintendo also announced that they will have upwards of 30 games available after the 3D gaming unit's launch, leading up to E3. However, the company is being quite on which titles are actually going to be considered "launch titles." Furthermore, Nintendo isn't opening up on pricing for those titles, either. But, a quick search over videogame retailers may provide a pretty clear answer.

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Nintendo 3DS Available for Pre-Order at Amazon

Nintendo 3DS Available for Pre-Order at Amazon

Nintendo took some time out of their busy day-to-day schedule to announce the company's latest and greatest idea: the Nintendo 3DS. The portable gaming system allows for gamers to play 3D games without having to wear any kind of special glasses, and allows them to connect to other 3DS gamers thanks to the online connectivity. It's set to launch in Europe on March 25th, and in the United States on March 27th. 30 games are set to hit store shelves between the title's launch and the huge gaming expo, E3. If that's good news to you, then maybe you should head over to Amazon, where you can pre-order the unit right now.

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