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Nintendo 3DS XL hits North American shores

Nintendo 3DS XL hits North American shores

After looking on in envy as the folks in Europe and Japan got to enjoy the 3DS XL, the redesigned handheld has at last arrived in North America. The 3DS XL launched in North America yesterday, sporting a $200 price tag and a significantly larger form. Like its launch in Japan, the North American 3DS XL released alongside the latest side-scrolling Mario game, New Super Mario Bros. 2.

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Sony: no PS Vita price cut in 2012

Sony: no PS Vita price cut in 2012

With the PS Vita currently struggling to find a significant audience, many people think that a price cut could help out a lot. After all, it worked for the 3DS, which was posting poor sales until Nintendo decided to drop its price six months after launch - once that happened, the 3DS began flying off the shelves. Unfortunately, the PS Vita won't be seeing such a price cut anytime this year.

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Killzone: Mercenary announced as Vita exclusive at Gamescom

Killzone: Mercenary announced as Vita exclusive at Gamescom

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified isn't the only console spin-off that will be exclusive to the PS Vita, as Sony's Gamescom press conference also treated us to the announcement of Killzone: Mercenary. Like most spin-offs, Killzone: Mercenary will be quite a bit different from the core Killzone franchise, as this time around you'll be playing as - surprise! - a mercenary working with both the Helghast and the ISA. This marks the first time in Killzone history that you'll be working alongside the Helghast (at least sometimes), so get excited Vita owners.

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PSOne Classics hit PS Vita this month, PS Plus this year

PSOne Classics hit PS Vita this month, PS Plus this year

Sony has finally announced when PSOne Classics will begin hitting the PS Vita, telling the audience at Gamescom that the first round of Classics will be arriving on August 28. That's exactly two weeks away, but don't expect them to show up all at once. Sony says that it will be releasing PSOne Classic on the PS Vita in waves, and unfortunately we don't know which games will be first to launch on the PS Vita.

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Sony executives stand up for struggling PS Vita

Sony executives stand up for struggling PS Vita

It isn't exactly a secret that the PlayStation Vita has been struggling ever since it launched earlier this year. Though it's hard to get exact numbers out of Sony, weekly sales charts from Japan and monthly sales charts from NPD here in America don't paint a pretty picture - the Vita keeps slipping while the Nintendo 3DS is posting some sky-high numbers on occasion. It's kind of funny in a way, seeing as how the 3DS had the exact same problem as the Vita after its own launch, but that's another discussion for another time.

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Nintendo 3DS XL Review

Nintendo 3DS XL Review

Reviewing a product like the Nintendo 3DS XL is a strange affair. The mobile gaming market has changed dramatically over the last several years thanks to the advent of iOS and Android, both offering games that approach the quality of what you would expect to find on a Nintendo or Sony handheld for a fraction of the price. It’s hard to look at the 3DS XL without a cynical eye either given that 3DS sales are starting to slump, with Nintendo recently reporting a decline in revenue and posting a net loss of around $220 million. Is the 3DS XL the boost that Nintendo needs in a world that’s rapidly forgetting the traditional portable gaming handheld? Let’s find out.

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Nintendo working on 3DS successor

Nintendo working on 3DS successor

Many gamers seem to be underwhelmed by the Wii U so far. Nintendo did show off some titles that would be launching with the platform this holiday season, but this year's E3 presentation was met with a mixed response. Could the company be looking towards yet another handheld console to try and reignite the flames of passion? According to IGN, Shigeru Miyamoto is already focused on the successor to the Nintendo 3DS.

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