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Amazon launches Nintendo Digital Downloads page

Amazon launches Nintendo Digital Downloads page

Nintendo Wii U and 3DS gamers in the US now have a new option when it comes to paying for digital game downloads: Amazon.com The internet shopping giant has just launched a digital download store dedicated to Nintendo's platforms, but it's much better than paying for a game, getting a redeemable code via email, and then entering it on a console's eShop. Users can make their purchase on Amazon, check-out, and then click on a link to the Nintendo Network that will automatically register the content as purchased for their system.

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New Nintendo 3DS launches in U.S. on September 25

New Nintendo 3DS launches in U.S. on September 25

After questions and speculation and outcries and impatient waiting, Nintendo fans located in the U.S. will be able to get ahold of the smaller New Nintendo 3DS starting next month. Earlier this year, Nintendo announced the larger of the two new models in the US, but was careful to avoid giving any explicit statement either way about whether the smaller unit would be arriving in North America. Now the video game company has made an official statement, saying the device will be available starting September 25.

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Wii U’s Netflix app gets complete overhaul, more features

Wii U’s Netflix app gets complete overhaul, more features

Disappointed by the slow, often poor experience of using Netflix on the Wii U? Then today brings good news: users are reporting that the Netflix for Wii U app has been updated and the update brings a complete overhaul, including new features and improved performance. Netflix hasn't issued any official statement about the update, but users are reporting that the interface has changed, profiles are available, and more.

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Hit game Shovel Knight is Nintendo’s first indie Amiibo

Hit game Shovel Knight is Nintendo’s first indie Amiibo

Nintendo has just announced that Shovel Knight, the popular, critically acclaimed indie game, is the first third-party title to get an Amiibo without a character appearing in Nintendo's Smash Bros. fighting game series. Amiibo are miniature figures that can connect with Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS game systems, while Shovel Knight, released for both platforms already, is an 8-bit inspired action game with a throwback feel to original NES era.

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Nintendo details games, amiibo lineup for rest of 2015

Nintendo details games, amiibo lineup for rest of 2015

Nintendo has revealed its plans for the remainder of 2015, including the roster of games it has in the pipeline. Among the plans is a new exclusive Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle that will be offered through Walmart retail stores and online. The bundle will bring with it the game and Idea Book, as well as a 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo. That bundle will be available starting September 11 for $299.96 USD. There will be several new amiibo figures and a slew of new titles, as well.

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Nintendo patent reveals game console without optical drive

Nintendo patent reveals game console without optical drive

A newly discovered patent from Nintendo reveals the gaming company may be planning to ditch the optical drive in its next console. Thankfully they aren't planning to make a return to cartridges, like in the pre-GameCube days, but rather forego any kind of drive at all for inserting games. Instead, it seems Nintendo may have finally caught up to the thinking of Sony and Microsoft, and sees a future where games are downloaded over the internet and stored locally.

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Japan’s Pokemon arcade fighting game is coming to Wii U

Japan’s Pokemon arcade fighting game is coming to Wii U

Good news for Wii U owners and Pokemon fans! It's just been announced that Pokken Tournament, an arcade fighting game set in the Pokemon universe, is coming to Nintendo's Wii U console in 2016. Until now, the game has only been available in Japan's arcades. The 3D fighting game lets players pit Pokemon in one-on-one battles. It hasn't been revealed if or how the Wii U version will differ from the original arcade release, but it is confirmed for a worldwide release next spring.

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Nintendo drops 2DS price to $100

Nintendo drops 2DS price to $100

Likely in preparation for another similar, upgraded device coming inside the next several months, Nintendo has dropped the price of the 2DS to $100. This device was up until today hitting stores with a recommended retail price of $129.99 - today it's been reduced to $99.99 USD. While this price drop may take effect in stores over the next few weeks, gamers can expect the drop through online portals even quicker. The Nintendo 2DS is the least expensive of Nintendo's handheld gaming devices.

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Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo detailed its latest quarterly financial details today, revealing a surprise upswing in revenue as quarterly sales increased more than 20-percent and net profit hit 8.28 billion yen (versus last year’s 9.9 billion yen loss for the same quarter). Nintendo largely has a combination of weaker yen and a sharp rise in new game sales to thank, the latter of which was led by the widespread success of Splatoon. As expected, amiibo — which gained several new figures over the past couple months — also helped the video game company.

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Dragon Quest XI announced as first Nintendo NX game

Dragon Quest XI announced as first Nintendo NX game

The makers of Dragon Quest, not only the most popular RPG, but the biggest games series of all time in Japan, earlier today announced the eleventh title in the main series. Developers Square Enix held a 90-minute long live-stream broadcast to announce Dragon Quest XI for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS, with a tentative release sometime next year. But even more shocking was the fact that the game was announced for the "NX," Nintendo's mysterious next game system.

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Nintendo: Splatoon gets ‘massive update’ next month

Nintendo: Splatoon gets ‘massive update’ next month

Nintendo is planning to push out a “massive” update for Splatoon on August 5, and with it will come a pair of new matchmaking modes, a level cap increase, new types of weapons, and more than three dozens new pieces of gear. The update will be provided for free for the Wii U; Nintendo is sure to point out that it has other updates planned, as well, saying it has additional updates in the pipeline for both this summer and the quickly approaching fall season.

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