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New Super Mario Bros 2 grabs Penelope Cruz for dress-up spot

New Super Mario Bros 2 grabs Penelope Cruz for dress-up spot

As Nintendo pushes New Super Mario Bros 2 for the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL, they're deciding that they need none other than actress Penelope Cruz to don the classic plumber outfit to make the game seem more attractive. The advertisement you're about to see is lengthy, dry, and makes the title out to be just about as dumbed-down a video game can be, with jumping and coin-grabbing as the only two objectives the whole way through. In addition, the impossible nature of the storyline makes the whole spot fall undeniably flat.

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Nintendo 3DS, Wii U to have unified accounts

Nintendo 3DS, Wii U to have unified accounts

If you purchase a $20 eShop gift card for your 3DS, but then realize there's a downloadable product on the Wii U that you just have to have, there may be good news for you. According to Nintendo representative David Marshall, the company will have a unified account system for the 3DS and the Wii U, meaning users will be able to create one online account and use it for both systems.

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Namco Bandai Super Smash Bros partnership announced

Namco Bandai Super Smash Bros partnership announced

The next installment in the global smash hit Super Smash Bros franchise is by all accounts very far off in the distance. But that doesn't mean we won't be getting news trickling in all along the way. Case in point - today, it was revealed that Nintendo is working with Namco Bandai to bring third-party franchise characters to the new series entry.

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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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