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Will Nintendo get any attention this holiday season?

Will Nintendo get any attention this holiday season?

Nintendo is in trouble this holiday season. There. I said it. After all, someone had to, right?

With the gaming industry abuzz over the launch of not one, but two consoles in the course of a week, Nintendo has been trying to get at least some attention from the media. Like the person in the back row trying to be seen in a picture, there’s no getting out of the way of Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. And Nintendo doesn’t appear to have the firepower to change that.

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Super Mario Bros. gets dark real-world makeover in “The Four Players” YouTube series

Super Mario Bros. gets dark real-world makeover in “The Four Players” YouTube series

Nintendo is known for its family-friendly leaning, and the characters of Super Mario Bros. are cute enough to make us forget they inhabit a world filled with carnivorous plants. This isn't the case in an alternative-esque series by screenwriter Evan Daugherty, who wrote and directed four short movies in a miniseries called "The Four Players." In Daugherty's world, we see our childhood nostalgia from an entirely too adult reality, complete with grungy sets and dark personal stories.

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Nintendo 3DS holds bestselling title with highest single-month sales in 2013

Nintendo 3DS holds bestselling title with highest single-month sales in 2013

Nintendo's 3DS handheld gaming system has had a long run of sales-based success in the United States, having held the title of best-selling game system in the US for a solid six consecutive months now. The latest numbers from October sales are in, and with them come a new boasting right for the 3DS -- the highest sales among gaming systems in a single month thus far this year.

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Nintendo 3DS update brings Miiverse support and more

Nintendo 3DS update brings Miiverse support and more

Nintendo has announced some very nice updates for are inbound for the Nintendo 3DS game console. The system update will bring several new features, including the ability to combine a balance on the Nintendo eShop from the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U consoles. This means that gamers who have account balances on either console can spend the money where they want.

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Nintendo’s Family-Friendly Focus will Backfire

Nintendo’s Family-Friendly Focus will Backfire

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said during a call with investors last week that he’s comfortable with his company’s standing in the marketplace. He believes that Sony and Microsoft are competing for the high-end of the space, while Nintendo is going after casual gamers and families. And it’s in that niche, he says, that Nintendo will see the most growth.

I’ll freely admit that Iwata has been right more than he’s been wrong in the years. Even while the world was saying that Nintendo’s Wii would be a failure, it was the company’s top brass, like Iwata, that said it would be a success. And as history has proven, they were dead on.

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Nintendo 3DS SpotPass messaging nixed due to misuse

Nintendo 3DS SpotPass messaging nixed due to misuse

It's not unusual for services meant for innocent activities to end up being used for...not so innocent activities. Such was the case with Nintendo's Swapnote SpotPass feature, a messaging system that allowed images to be directly swapped with others. As can be imagined, the service was used to swap things Nintendo would prefer not to be part of its service, and after some time of deliberation, it was ultimately decided that the entire feature would be nixed.

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