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Nintendo 3DS firmware update and eShop coming June 6

Nintendo 3DS firmware update and eShop coming June 6

The 3DS eShop firmware was previously expected to land on June 7. Nintendo has now announced that the firmware update will be hitting North America on the evening of June 6, a few hours before we expected it. The update is free and will be offered via the WiFi connection integrated into the 3DS and your home broadband network. The update will add some very cool and welcome features.

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Sony NGP speculative specs shaved to cut costs

Sony NGP speculative specs shaved to cut costs

The Sony NGP sounds like it will be a very cool portable game system. Sony is hoping that the NGP will be able to compete with the Nintendo 3DS in sales the way the original PSP was never able to compete with the Nintendo DS. Whether or not the competition will be what Sony hopes for remains to be seen. So far, we really don't know all the official specs for the NGP. We do know a few things though like the console is supposed to come in 3G or WiFi versions.

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Custom content coming to Nintendo 3DS via Best Buy and Nintendo

Custom content coming to Nintendo 3DS via Best Buy and Nintendo

The Nintendo 3DS is an interesting portable console for people to enjoy. We posted up our review of the console back in March when it first launched. We liked the 3DS, buy talented the eShop wasn't available yet. That eShop is set to launch on June 7 to allow users to buy download games and content directly from the 3DS. Nintendo and Best Buy has now announced that as of the eShop launch on June 7 they will be providing custom download content for the portable console.

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Nintendo 3DS eShop landing on June 7

Nintendo 3DS eShop landing on June 7

The Nintendo 3DS is a cool little handheld and when we got our hands on it for a review back in late March we liked it well enough. We did have a few complaints though. The most notable was the lack of the digital eShop to buy download games and other stuff. If the lack of the digital shop is what has kept you from picking the 3DS up, that omissions will be remedied very soon. Engadget reports that the 3DS eShop will be available starting on June 7.

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Guy gets 3DS Augmented Reality card tattoo

Guy gets 3DS Augmented Reality card tattoo

We have seen tech fans get some weird tattoos over the years. Back in December we talked about the guy who got the Verizon logo tattooed on his hand. That was certainly a geeky tattoo, and now we have a guy, who has had another even geekier tattoo drawn on his forearm. The tattoo in question is something that many Nintendo 3DS owners will recognize.

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Nintendo 3DS sales “weaker than expected” admits CEO

Nintendo 3DS sales “weaker than expected” admits CEO

Nintendo may have described the launch of the 3DS as having "a smooth start in sales at its launch" in its recent financial results, but company president Satoru Iwata made no disguise of his disappointment with the 3D handheld's market success when speaking to investors. "Sales of the 3DS have been weaker than expected since the second week of launch in the US and Europe" he said at a briefing, the WSJ reports, dipping after satisfactory first week sales.

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Does Nintendo Hate Money?

Does Nintendo Hate Money?

Many people would agree that Nintendo has some of the most recognizable software titles in the market. There was a time when proprietary software titles were necessary to differentiate a hardware gaming platform. Title drivers as we call them, were an important part of gaining interest in one companies console over another. The world is different now and I think Nintendo is missing out on a huge opportunity.

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Nintendo 3DS sales hit 3.61m: 2010 net income down 66.1%

Nintendo 3DS sales hit 3.61m: 2010 net income down 66.1%

The Wii 2 may be off in 2012, but Nintendo is also talking about its current range, including sharing sales figures for the 3DS. According to the company's latest financial results [pdf link], Nintendo sold 3.61m 3DS along with 9.43m games to play on it; that pales in comparison to the DS, which Nintendo sold 17.52m of and almost 121m games.

Nonetheless, sales for hardware and software overall were down in comparison to the previous year, with net sales for the twelve month period up to 2012 being 1,014 billion yen, down 29.3-percent, and net income of 77.2 billion yen, down 66.1-percent year-on-year.

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Nintendo 3DS design flaw leaving screen-scratches?

Nintendo 3DS design flaw leaving screen-scratches?

Nintendo 3DS owners are complaining of a design flaw that can leave the upper, glasses-free 3D display scratched simply by carrying the console around. According to multiple posts on Nintendo's support forums, the clamshell design can leave the raised edges of the touchscreen rubbing against the top display; while initially the marks it leaves will rub off, some owners have found permanent scratches are been left.

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