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PS4, Nintendo 2DS XL get Dragon Quest XI special editions in Japan

PS4, Nintendo 2DS XL get Dragon Quest XI special editions in Japan

There's a new Dragon Quest game coming out this summer in Japan, number 11 to be specific, and as one of the country's single most popular game series, it's getting not one but two special edition hardware treatments. The Square Enix-developed RPG is coming to both the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo 3DS handheld, so each system will be getting a Dragon Quest XI-themed design.

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New Nintendo 2DS XL: Five things to know

New Nintendo 2DS XL: Five things to know

You'd think that most of Nintendo's focus would be on the Switch at the moment, but even a new console launch isn't stopping Nintendo from refining its existing platforms. Late last night, Nintendo introduced the New 2DS XL, keeping with the confusing naming convention it's used for the 3DS. In order to dispel some of that confusion, here are five things you need to know about Nintendo's latest handheld.

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The New Nintendo 2DS XL is a 3DS XL without the 3D

The New Nintendo 2DS XL is a 3DS XL without the 3D

Nintendo isn't abandoning its other handheld platform, the 3DS, just yet. If there were any doubt about its sincerity, then this latest announcement should banish that. Though it'll probably earn some ridicule at this point. It has just announced a New Nintendo 2DS XL that is, as the name says, larger than the Old Nintendo 2DS. But don't worry about how difficult it will be to use because Nintendo wisely folded the 2DS XL in half so that you could still comfortably hold it, despite the larger size.

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Nintendo 2DS gets swapped colors because Luigi messed up

Nintendo 2DS gets swapped colors because Luigi messed up

This is why you should never leave game characters in charge, even for a day. As part of its “employee empowerment” program, partly inspired by the documentary “Wreck It Ralph”, Nintendo has allowed some if its (largely unpaid) in-game volunteers to take up some responsibilities in the company. Not a problem when you’re “Super” Mario. A problem when you’re green Luigi and happen to have stubby hands that won’t be able to enter a password correctly if your life depended on it. The result? Color-swapped Nintendo 2DS systems.

All kidding aside, it’s an admittedly comic way of introducing what is practically a non-event: new color models for the 2DS. The old N2DS had black front and backs, with blue or red side edges. At least for the normal ones.

Thanks to Luigi, Nintendo "accidentally" stumbled upon a new color scheme with red or blue on the front and back and black on the sides.

Odd “big” change for an odd gaming handheld. The Nintendo 2DS is practically what the 3DS would have been if its hinges got stuck, which would have dragged its price down like the 2DS. In short, the 2DS is your entry-level, more accessible gaming handheld, and the new default color option could make it look more enticing to young ones. Like candy!

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Despite the color change and the potential royalties Luigi will receive (in mushrooms, thankfully), the new Nintendo 2DS remains only $79.99. Specially marked boxes will come with a free Mario Kart 7 pre-installed, with Mario’s face emblazoned on it of course. Talk about taking credit.

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Pokemon GO helped Nintendo 3DS become July’s best-selling console

Pokemon GO helped Nintendo 3DS become July’s best-selling console

Nintendo's share of the goldmine that is Pokemon GO may be a bit nebulous, but today we're discovering that the app is helping Nintendo in more indirect ways. It would seem that Pokemon GO has helped renew interest in the core series of Pokemon games and, by extension, the platform that hosts them, as Nintendo has announced that its 3DS was the best-selling console in July.

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Nintendo drops 2DS price to $79

Nintendo drops 2DS price to $79

Yesterday we saw the first trailer for the newest Pokemon game, and got a good look at the starters that you'll be able to choose from. Of course, if you don't have a 3DS, you won't be able to catch 'em all. If the 3DS is out of your budget, there is always the alternative, the 2DS, which is about to become even more affordable.

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Nintendo 2DS arrives in Japan with limited-edition Pokemon colors

Nintendo 2DS arrives in Japan with limited-edition Pokemon colors

It's been over two years now since Nintendo debuted its 2DS handheld system in the US, dropping the 3DS's clamshell hinge as well as 3D functionality in favor of a slate-like form factor with a budget-friendly price. Now the odd portable is arriving in Japan for the first time, but in the form of special Pokemon-themed editions. The four models come in transparent red, blue, green, and yellow, and coincide with Nintendo's release of updated versions of the original Gameboy Pokemon titles.

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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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New Nintendo 3DS tipped for release in North America

New Nintendo 3DS tipped for release in North America

This week Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime spoke up this week on the future of handheld gaming machines for the USA. Speaking without giving direct confirmation to writer Stephen Totilo of Kotaku, Fils-Aime suggested that "some special SKUs might show up", this after speaking about North America and the lack of a release of both new 3DS handhelds to this environment. Could it be that the Japanese market's desire for the 3DS XL and non-desire for a smaller device was informing Nintendo on the USA?

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If Nintendo teamed with Google

If Nintendo teamed with Google

If Nintendo teamed with Google, great things would happen. Nintendo would go mobile - and it'd go mobile in style. If Nintendo teamed with Google today, they'd release their game archives as apps, all contained inside an original NES emulator, one that exists as the only place you're able to play these games outside the original NES or Wii. We can imagine this reality thanks to an artist named WoopWoopWoopWooop. He's from Reddit, and this is a mockup. It's not real, but we wish it was.

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Pokemon ORAS trailer details “Legion of Legendary Pokemon”

Pokemon ORAS trailer details “Legion of Legendary Pokemon”

This week we're getting the most detail-heavy - yet short - trailer in the Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire collection since the game was first revealed. In this trailer you'll see how you can transfer Glalie from the special demo version of the game. You'll see a note on the Delta Episode. You'll see Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. You'll see so many Legendary Pokemon your head will spin! It's time for you Hoenn fans to "prepare to embark on an incredible journey," so says the Pokemon company.

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Nintendo 2DS goes crystal for retro-styled specials

Nintendo 2DS goes crystal for retro-styled specials

Nintendo's flattened-out 2DS glasses-free games console is more than a year old, certainly ripe for a revamp, and that's coming in the form of two new case finishes and a sub-$100 sticker price. The Crystal Red and Crystal Blue 2DS models each have semi-transparent bodies that allow you to see the vague shape of the circuits inside, a visual flourish that - while not adding anything to the actually usability of the handheld - does at least look pretty eye-catching. After all, it's not like Nintendo is lacking when it comes to a transparent track-record.

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