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Nintendo 3DS XL isn’t for adults

Nintendo 3DS XL isn’t for adults

The folks at Nintendo are banking on a win for the expanded version of their double-3D-screened handheld system with the Nintendo 3DS XL, and with it comes a very clear message: made for kids. It should be clear to you if you're an owner of or a reviewer of the Nintendo DS or 3DS that it's not the easiest thing in the world to find a place in your life for a mobile gaming device that doesn't also connect you to the mobile web in a small form factor like a smartphone. If you disagree, you're either a gamer or a kid.

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New Nintendo 3DS video games unveiled at E3

New Nintendo 3DS video games unveiled at E3

Nintendo's 3DS game console is getting a dose of what it needs most at E3- new video games. The game console hardware is decent enough; the big drawback to the video game system so far in many opinions has been the lack of a bunch of video games people actually want to play. At E3 Nintendo has confirmed seven new video games that will be coming to the 3DS game console in 2012 and beyond.

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Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts 3D pre-order bonus revealed

Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts 3D pre-order bonus revealed

It certainly seems like augmented reality is becoming a bigger and bigger trend for handheld game consoles these days. After games like Kid Icarus Uprising has sparked an interest in the nascent technology, Square Enix has decided to incorporate it in its latest 3DS title, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. It will use the 3DS's camera to allow players to scan in special cards and unlock features within the game.

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Nintendo cancels 3D TV service and Aqua Blue 3DS

Nintendo cancels 3D TV service and Aqua Blue 3DS

When Nintendo first launched the 3DS, a separate 3D TV service was announced for Japan called "Itsu no Ma ni Terebi". The service was launched in June last year and served up short video clips of 3D content to viewers for free. Nintendo has announced that they’re planning to cancel the service on June 20th, only a year after it first launched and with a million viewers served.

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Wii U games to see digital and retail launch parity

Wii U games to see digital and retail launch parity

Nintendo will offer full Wii U games both in-store and by digital download from launch, though pricing and exact availability for the console won't be revealed at E3 2012 as hoped. Speaking in a financial results briefing after announcing Nintendo's first ever annual loss, president Satoru Iwata confirmed that the company would begin full game sales via the eShop on the 3DS from August, ahead of full parity between physical retail and digital sales for the upcoming touchscreen console.

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Nintendo 3DS firmware update goes live, allows game patching

Nintendo 3DS firmware update goes live, allows game patching

An important firmware update has just been pushed out to Nintendo 3DS owners. In addition to adding a new folder-structure feature to allow users to organize their downloaded apps and games, it changes a fundamental piece of the 3DS software architecture, making it possible for Nintendo to release patches for specific games in the future, something that should have probably been available from day one.

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4.5 million Nintendo 3DS portables sold in the US

4.5 million Nintendo 3DS portables sold in the US

Nintendo has announced sales numbers for the 3DS in the United States in its first year. According to Nintendo, it sold 4.5 million units during the first year the 3DS was available in the states. That is almost twice as many than the number of Nintendo DS units were sold in the first year. Nintendo attributes much of the success of the 3DS to popular video games that launched throughout the first year the 3DS was offered.

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Nintendo promises splashy launch for NFC-toting Wii U

Nintendo promises splashy launch for NFC-toting Wii U

Nintendo's Wii U will have NFC functionality and digital download support, president Iwata Satoru has confirmed, promising a better splash for the next-gen console having "learned a bitter lesson from the launch of the Nintendo 3DS." Speaking to investors and analysts after revealing dire financial results for the last quarter, Satoru revealed that NFC short-range wireless had been added to the Wii U's specs, supporting payments, reading tags embedded into "cards and figurines", and more. Meanwhile there'll also be a new Nintendo Network account service, allowing multiple users to have their own separate profile on the Wii U.

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Nintendo 3DS gets Game Boy Advance games in market – sort of

Nintendo 3DS gets Game Boy Advance games in market – sort of

When the original $250 USD version of the Nintendo 3DS was released, not just one whole heck of a lot of people purchased it - but those of you who did were promised 20 free downloadable games, 10 of them NES games that have now been available to play since September 2011, the rest being Game Boy Advance games and announced this week as being available for your downloading delight. This was all part of what Nintendo called an "Ambassador" program for those mad about grabbing the 3DS before the great price drop also known as "woops we didnt realize you didnt want to pay that much" early in the device's life - now the joke is yours! These games include such greats as Wario Land 4 and Mario vs. Donkey Kong - what treats!

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