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Nintendo 3DS game sales jumped 45% in 2013 as hardware hit record numbers

Nintendo 3DS game sales jumped 45% in 2013 as hardware hit record numbers

Nintendo has reported its 2013 3DS sales for the year, with the maker hitting a sweet-spot record leading into what it anticipates to be a strong 2014. Last year, Nintendo had the highest ever 3DS sales in the United States, with game sales jumping a huge 45-percent, as well. The company had detailed its game release plans for this year, starting with the full game launch of Bravely Default on February 7.

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Nintendo eShop has recovered from holiday traffic slam

Nintendo eShop has recovered from holiday traffic slam

The Nintendo eShop has been drifting in and out of service since sometime on Christmas Day, Kotaku reports, but it's finally back online as of earlier this afternoon. The eShop outages were due to a somewhat predictably large volume of traffic on the biggest gift receiving day of the year. The traffic jam was exacerbated by the creation of new Nintendo Network accounts and conversions from 3DS accounts.

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Nintendo eShop offline and Pokemon Bank frozen as servers struggle

Nintendo eShop offline and Pokemon Bank frozen as servers struggle

Nintendo may not have made the same headlines as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 over the holidays, but a surge of users has seen the eShop suffer downtime for 3DS and Wii U owners since Christmas. The company has blamed an inrush of Nintendo Network ID registrations leaving owners of both its handheld and living room systems unable to access the eShop download store, and even forcing Nintendo to take its Pokemon Bank service offline in Japan.

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Pokemon Bank detailed with storage capacity of 3,000

Pokemon Bank detailed with storage capacity of 3,000

Supposing it's been a while since you've played Pokemon, you might not know that the current number of unique pocket monsters is well over 600. That still doesn't add up to the massive number of creatures users will be able to hold at once when the system known as Pokemon Bank launches on December 27th. This new "downloadable software service" for both Pokemon X and Pokemon Y will offer up a whopping 3,000 Pokemon spaces for storage, each of them housed in private boxes online for swapping and management.

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Nintendo 3DS XL Mario and Luigi Dream Team Bundle keeps it classic

Nintendo 3DS XL Mario and Luigi Dream Team Bundle keeps it classic

Nintendo has pushed word this week that they'll be continuing to create the Nintendo 3DS XL with an interesting twist: Mario and Luigi up top! This machine works the same as the original Nintendo 3DS XL, but in this case you'll find Mario and Luigi peering around the sides of the box and rolling through inside the machine itself as well. This design change will only exist in a special bundle package with a name reflecting the gold.

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Nintendo 3DS finally gets YouTube support

Nintendo 3DS finally gets YouTube support

The Nintendo 3DS game console has been reasonably popular with the mobile gaming crowd since it launched. It is certainly fighting fierce competition from smartphones and tablets in the mobile gaming realm. The 3DS has a new trick in its bag that might make it more popular for its users.

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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 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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Pokemon X and Pokemon Y arrive on Nintendo 3DS October 12

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y arrive on Nintendo 3DS October 12

Way back in early January, Nintendo teased 3DS owners with some teaser content for Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, promising that it would arrive for the console later this autumn. Such a time has come around, with the Japanese company updating their announcement with a solid date -- this coming Saturday, October 12. The installments will also be arriving for the Nintendo 2DS, which launches on the same date.

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