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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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Pokémon Conquest launches for Nintendo DS on June 18th

Pokémon Conquest launches for Nintendo DS on June 18th

Nintendo has announced that they’ll be bringing a new Pokemon game for the Nintendo DS to the United States, called Pokémon Conquest. The game will be a locally translated version of an exisiting Pokemon game in Japan, Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition. The game will also be playable in 2D on the Nintendo 3DS, and be released on June 18th.

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Disney’s Epic Mickey on 3DS will be Castle of Illusions sequel

Disney’s Epic Mickey on 3DS will be Castle of Illusions sequel

The addition of the new, uniquely addicting Mickey Mouse video game franchise to Nintendo's glasses-free 3D device will bring back memories of a bygone era of gaming. The new game, Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion, is set to be a direct sequel of the Sega Genesis game Castle of Illusion. Anyone who played the game is no doubt getting flashbacks of it at this very moment. If you haven't played it, you're missing out.

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Disney’s Epic Mickey franchise coming to 3DS

Disney’s Epic Mickey franchise coming to 3DS

There's been a lot of hype lately surrounding the recently announced Epic Mickey sequel for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii. But that's not the only new title Disney is bringing to the franchise. It has also been confirmed that a completely new and exclusive adventure in Mickey Mouse's epic saga will be heading to the Nintendo 3DS. This entry will be titled Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion, and will obviously be the first in the series to go to a handheld platform.

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3D Skrillex will creep into your Nintendo 3DS

3D Skrillex will creep into your Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo will begin pushing 3D music videos to owners of its 3DS gaming handheld, with the content automatically downloading when a WiFi signal is available. Part of the Nintendo Video app, a free download for 3DS owners, the new service will kick off with The Shins' track "The Rifle's Spiral" along with "Sabotage" by Wale and "So Good" by B.o.B today. [Update: Nintendo tells us that the The Shins track isn't, in fact, available yet; it is "coming soon" the company says]

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