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Talking Point: It's Time to Salute The Nintendo 3DS, Defying Early Gloom to Pass 50 Million Sales

It's Time to Salute The Nintendo 3DS, Defying Early Gloom to Pass 50 Million Sales

A survivor in a harsh new world

The DS family of systems is wonderful in many ways, and achieved sales - the highest ever for a range of gaming portables - that are staggering: around 154 million units. That number accounts for those picking up replacements or upgrading to new models, yes, but it's a monstrous number that is representative of...

News: Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target, Though 3DS Sales Fall

Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target, Though 3DS Sales Fall

Smash Bros., MK8 and Pokémon all flourish, 3DS hits 50 mil lifetime sales

Back in late October Nintendo reported its Q2 financial results which brought some key improvements. After sustaining a number of consecutive losses the company returned to profit, maintained bold sales projections and was in a position to talk up improved Wii U momentum. We...

News: Moon Chronicles: Episodes 2, 3, & 4 Launching Simultaneously On 3DS eShop Next Week

Moon Chronicles: Episodes 2, 3, & 4 Launching Simultaneously On 3DS eShop Next Week

Lunar Overload

Fans of Earth's largest natural satellite - and the horrifying secrets contained within - will have plenty of reason to celebrate this coming February. Just before the moon is torn from the sky by a malevolent spirit, Renegade Kid will be releasing the final three parts of its Sci-Fi shooter Moon Chronicles in one fell swoop. Landing...

News: More Details Emerge on Xenoblade Chronicles X and Its Non-Linear World

More Details Emerge on Xenoblade Chronicles X and Its Non-Linear World

What a wonderful world

There's been plenty of hype and excitement surrounding Xenoblade Chronicles X. Its predecessor, Xenoblade Chronicles, was critically acclaimed as an excellent RPG on Wii, also bringing new ideas to the JRPG genre. The sequel has a lot to live up to, but as more information emerges it becomes clear that it may just live up to...

News: Hackers Discover Unused Animations for Custom Moves in Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Hackers Discover Unused Animations for Custom Moves in Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Re-affirm Masahiro Sakurai's comments on moves left out

Data mining and hacking can reveal many interesting things about games; viewing unused assets, textures, models, or whatever else may be found can give insight into the process and development of any game. For example, models were recently revealed in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U of the viruses...

News: Satoru Iwata States That Around 5.7 Million amiibo Have Been Sold, Rules Out Current Games for Smartphones

Satoru Iwata States That Around 5.7 Million amiibo Have Been Sold, Rules Out Current Games for Smartphones

Financial analysts in Japan pitch in on Wii U and 3DS

Today Nintendo revealed its latest financial results, which delivered solid income but lowered overall estimates for the year's sales, particularly for 3DS. It was a mixed outcome that, despite sizeable profits courtesy of exchange rate gains, has once again prompted discussion around the...

Review: Best of Mahjong (3DS eShop)

Best of Mahjong (3DS eShop)

A lovely pair

Mahjong is a tile-based game that is utterly steeped in history and mystery – nobody really knows how old it is, as many different sources claim different dates of conception, and it seems nobody's keen to agree any time soon. This Chinese game is highly regarded in the East, but its presence in the West is significantly less...

Weirdness: Meet The Man Who Plays Super Mario World With His Nose

Meet The Man Who Plays Super Mario World With His Nose

A novel use for the humble recorder

Whenever we tried to play the recorder at school using our nose our teachers told us off. That early lesson in life didn't seem to get through to Japanese NicoNico user Wakou who can not only play music by blowing into a recorder through his nose, but also control Mario in Super Mario World. The secret to doing...

News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Misses Out on Topping Japanese Charts at Launch

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Misses Out on Topping Japanese Charts at Launch

New 3DS LL continues to top hardware charts

Despite having gorgeous claymation-inspired visuals and lashings of colour, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse only managed to reach the third spot in the Japanese charts, being beaten by Tales of Zestiria on PS3 and The Legend of Legacy on the 3DS. It's a shame given just how charming the game looks, but...

News: Unused Textures in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Suggest Dr. Mario Themed Stage

Unused Textures in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Suggest Dr. Mario Themed Stage

The doctor is out

Through data mining and various other overtly complex methods, an avid fan of the Super Smash Bros. series has uncovered some unused texture files in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U that point towards plans for Dr. Mario to have his own stage at some point during development. The three viruses pictured look as though they could...

News: Prepare to Get Folding in KAMI for 3DS eShop Soon

Prepare to Get Folding in KAMI for 3DS eShop Soon

Deceptively simple puzzling

Our friends at CIRCLE Entertainment who are based in China are quite prolific on the 3DS eShop, bringing some pretty great games from little known developers to our dual-screen devices. Their latest game which should be out very soon is KAMI, a deceptively simple puzzler where the player folds out colored paper to fill...

News: Majora's Mask Edition New 3DS XL Available for Pre-Order Again on Nintendo UK Store

Majora's Mask Edition New 3DS XL Available for Pre-Order Again on Nintendo UK Store

The scarce just got a little bit less so

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Majora's Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL, it's no surprise that pre-orders for the console were sold out at an extraordinary rate, leaving many die-hard Zelda fans out in the cold. It seems that Nintendo is listening to the cries of its loyal fans, and has re-stocked...

News: Nintendo Reveals Splatoon Will Be Playable At Apex 2015

Nintendo Reveals Splatoon Will Be Playable At Apex 2015

Get hands-on time with the demo featured at last year's E3

We already know Nintendo of America is partnering with Apex 2015 for the Super Smash Bros. tournament event and also providing some Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire action on the side, and now it has been revealed that the 2014 E3 demo of the upcoming team-based multiplayer shooter,

News: Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Trilogy Lands on the Wii U eShop Tomorrow

Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Trilogy Lands on the Wii U eShop Tomorrow

Sorry Nintendo, but you can't please everybody!

For those of you that have defied the odds and are unaware, in the most recent Nintendo Direct a few weeks ago there was the surprise announcement of Wii U eShop digital re-releases for some of the Wii's best games. So far we've had the phenomenal Super Mario Galaxy 2 followed by the excellent

News: Ocarina Of Time 3D Reportedly No Longer In Production

Ocarina Of Time 3D Reportedly No Longer In Production

Digital version still available via the eShop

With the release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D looming, there are still 3DS owners out there who are yet to play the 2011 remaster of Ocarina of Time on Nintendo’s latest handheld. With this in mind, a 3DS owner who was planning to do exactly that prior to the release of Majora’s Mask...

Weirdness: Hands Up If You Knew About the Super-Easy Button Combination to Resume Progress in Super Mario Bros.

Hands Up If You Knew About the Super-Easy Button Combination to Resume Progress in Super Mario Bros.

The greatest - but most obvious - mystery of our times

As a break from convention, we're going to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse into a conversation in Nintendo Life HQ between two grown men in their 30s. Player 1 - "Did you see that thread on Reddit about the Super Mario Bros. continue trick?" Player 2 - "Nope, what are you talking about?"...