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Super Smash Bros on Wii U will use 3DS support

Super Smash Bros on Wii U will use 3DS support

Nintendo feels the most logical way to expand the Super Smash Bros franchise is to have 3DS integration. The company confirmed at last year's E3 conference in June that a new Super Smash Bros title was in development for its upcoming console, the Wii U. But president Satoru Iwata admitted it was only just in the beginning stages of development. As such, there have been virtually no details about the title.

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Nintendo’s Nightmare: “Just Good Enough”

Nintendo’s Nightmare: “Just Good Enough”

Nintendo doesn't have a unique problem, but in the gaming world it's handling it uniquely badly. The Japanese company's financial numbers for the past year revealed not only Nintendo's first annual loss in its history, but the fact that it was forced to slash the price of the 3DS portable below cost just to persuade players to consider it. It's not game apathy: look to the number of people playing games on their phones, and you'll see it's rocketing. Nintendo's stubbornness comes with a big price.

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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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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 26, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 26, 2012

Happy Thursday, everyone. We're coming up to the end of April, with bright hopes for amazing weather and happiness around the corner. And for one company, that's a pretty poignant analog to make right now - Nintendo. It just posted its first annual loss. But it's seen mostly as a fluke, as the next year will include the Wii U launch, which incidentally, is also in the news: Wii U with Android tipped for launch. Not all the news today was about Nintendo, though. There's still one particular smartphone thar's still making headlines - Galaxy S III guide appears in the wild.

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Nintendo faces rocketing smartphone gaming pressure

Nintendo faces rocketing smartphone gaming pressure

Nintendo faces increasing pressure to open its game catalog up to smartphones and other devices, with the company's first annual loss prompting investors to question the promised turnaround. The Japanese gaming firm revealed an embarrassing 37.3bn yen ($459.54m) loss earlier today, blaming below-cost discounting of the 3DS for the fall in fiscal fortunes. The strategy arguably worked - Nintendo sold 13.53 million of the glasses-free 3D handhelds - but calls continue for the company to leverage its game assets more broadly in the face of rising smartphone and tablet play.

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Nintendo posts annual loss: Blames bleeding 3DS

Nintendo posts annual loss: Blames bleeding 3DS

Nintendo has reported its first ever annual loss, with full-year financial results to the end of March 31 2012 showing a loss of 37.3bn yen ($459.54m), though the company predicts a flip to profit in 2013. Selling the Nintendo 3DS at below cost price was blamed for much of the Japanese company's woes, the price cut being "in order to get it back on track to its original sales pace" but biting into Nintendo's profit margin. In the end, Nintendo managed to sell 13.53m 3DS units and 36m games.

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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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Nintendo 3DS firmware update to add folders

Nintendo 3DS firmware update to add folders

Now that the 3DS has a healthy selection of varied apps and games for users to download, Nintendo will be doling out a software update for the system that will in part give 3DS owners a more organized way to keep track of all the content they have on their system. So if you want to put all your apps in one folder and all your games in another folder, you'll soon be able to do that.

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Nintendo ‘supermario4.com’ domain is activated

Nintendo ‘supermario4.com’ domain is activated

A new website domain has hinted that Nintendo is working on a game to be titled Super Mario 4 or some variation thereof. What's curious is trying to figure out what platform this game could be for and exactly what kind of game it might be. After all, the last time there was an Mario game with no sequel that ended in the number 3, it was Super Mario Bros 3, which many fans consider the last great Mario game.

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