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News: App Supporting 3DS Tethering With Mobile Confirmed for Japan

App Supporting 3DS Tethering With Mobile Confirmed for Japan

Nintendo in partnership with DoCoMo

While tech-savvy gamers may already know how to 'tether' their 3DS to a smartphone in order to use its online connection, Nintendo has confirmed an app — in partnership with provider DoCoMo — that is rolling out in Japan. Its goal is to make tethering the portable system with a mobile's connection as easy as...

News: Here Are Five New Retail Titles Coming to Wii U

Here Are Five New Retail Titles Coming to Wii U

BOOM

We have a confession to make. There are five new retail games coming to the Wii U and (probably) its eShop, but here's an advance warning. Lower your expectations. Push them down so low so all that remains is a jaded, cynical gamer that trusts no-one and nothing. Have you done that? Good. Now, in fairness, the five games on the way have their...

News: New 3DS System Update 7-2-0-17 Now Live

New 3DS System Update 7-2-0-17 Now Live

Parents have never had so much control

In a never-ending quest to offer stability and usability to 3DS gamers, Nintendo recently released a system update lovingly named 7-2-0-17 into the wild. Here's what the update offers: Version 7.2.0-17 available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements: Added new Parental Control...

News: Final Skylanders SWAP Force Figure, Doom Stone, Makes Début At Toys "R" Us On 13th May

Final Skylanders SWAP Force Figure, Doom Stone, Makes Début At Toys "R" Us On 13th May

A solid finale

Portal Masters in the US should plan on clearing some space for a final addition to their Skylanders SWAP Force army, when the mighty Doom Stone arrives this week. From Tuesday, 13th May, Toys "R" Us stores nationwide will be the first to stock this glorious golem in limited quantities, which hopefully shouldn't result in too many...

Video: Nintendo Goes For The Female Pre-Teen Vote With This Tomodachi Life Commercial

Nintendo Goes For The Female Pre-Teen Vote With This Tomodachi Life Commercial

Whoa! Cool!

Tomodachi Life isn't far from release now, and Nintendo clearly has high hopes for the game's commercial fortunes. However, it could be argued that the company hasn't had such a tricky title to market for quite some time; Tomodachi Life isn't really a game as such, and is clearly going to require some savvy promotion to really hammer...

First Impressions: Does Mugen's 2DS XL Battery Make Or Break The Handheld?

Does Mugen's 2DS XL Battery Make Or Break The Handheld?

With great power comes increased girth

Whether you love or hate the Fisher Price-style design of the robust 2DS, we can all agree on the need for longer battery life in our handheld devices. With that in mind, Mugen is just about to release a battery upgrade for the 2DS that doubles the capacity of the internal power cell and costs a princely $89.99...

News: Pokémon Art Academy Confirmed for European Release on 4th July

Pokémon Art Academy Confirmed for European Release on 4th July

Will draw you in

Update: Nintendo of America has now issued its own press release confirming this title for the region, but has only provided a release window of "this fall". Original article: Not long ago it was confirmed that Pokémon Art Academy is arriving in Japan on 19th June as a retail title on 3DS. We speculated that a release in the...

Play: Mario Golf: World Tour in the NLife Masters

Mario Golf: World Tour in the NLife Masters

Step it up

With Mario Golf: World Tour now gracing 3DS and 2DS systems around the world, we decided last week to launch our first NLife Open tournament; hit up that link for the full details. As explained in that article we'll be running two contests a week, the second voted for by you, and a day later than planned here are the results of your...

News: Mario Golf: World Tour Hits a Bogey in UK Charts

Mario Golf: World Tour Hits a Bogey in UK Charts

Tumbles to 37th place in its second week

It's not always the case that well constructed and fun games achieve deserved success wherever they go, and Mario Golf: World Tour is a case in point. In the UK charts — which only last year frequently had multiple 3DS titles populating the top 40 — it's endured a tough second week, in which it's also the...

News: Nintendo Apologises "For Disappointing Many People" Over Tomodachi Life Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Nintendo Apologises "For Disappointing Many People" Over Tomodachi Life Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Potential future entry to be "more inclusive" and representative

Nintendo has this week been making headlines over the absence of same-sex marriages in upcoming 3DS Mii-sim Tomodachi Life. Following a social media campaign called Miiquality, Nintendo issued a response to explain its reasoning. As well as extensive coverage in the gaming media,...

News: Pokémon Trading Card Game: XY - Flashfire Expansion Available Now

Pokémon Trading Card Game: XY - Flashfire Expansion Available Now

Mega Charizard-EX cards lead the pack of hot new additions

Earlier this year, Pokémaniacs found out through our initial announcement that the Pokémon Trading Card Game would be undergoing some Mega Evolution when the game-changing Pokémon TCG: XY launched on 5th February. Now, the other blazing hot expansion we announced has arrived in stores...

News: First Footage of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire To Air In Japan This Weekend

First Footage of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire To Air In Japan This Weekend

Who wants to see it?

This week's announcement of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for the 3DS caused plenty of excitement, with many of you sharing your views on the news. The Pokémon Company stated that the "new titles promise to take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world", and Satoru Iwata said in his...

Play: Mario Golf: World Tour With Nintendo Life

Mario Golf: World Tour With Nintendo Life

Vote for a second tournament's rules

Mario Golf: World Tour is a bit brilliant, and even when you've gone through the single player action there's much more to do — the online options are potentially never-ending. Now, by popular demand and because it's too good a chance to pass up, we're going to be running our own weekly tournaments that are...

News: Little Orbit Bringing Adventure Time: Secret of the Nameless Kingdom to 3DS

Little Orbit Bringing Adventure Time: Secret of the Nameless Kingdom to 3DS

WayForward reporting for developer duty a third time

Little Orbit has announced plans to bring Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom to Nintendo 3DS this November. WayForward will once again be handling development, bringing its total number of games featuring the Adventure Time property to three. The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom...

News: Download Sales On Nintendo Formats Have Trebled In The Last Two Years

Download Sales On Nintendo Formats Have Trebled In The Last Two Years

$235 million in digital sales gained in the past 12 months

Nintendo has confirmed that digital revenue across its consoles has tripled in the past two years. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed the statistic at the recent investor's briefing, explaining that during the financial period between April 2013 and March 2014, around 24 billion Yen...

News: Satoru Iwata Announces 'Nintendo Figurine Platform' to Utilise NFC for Wii U and 3DS

Satoru Iwata Announces 'Nintendo Figurine Platform' to Utilise NFC for Wii U and 3DS

Like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, but with Nintendo characters

Update: The translated English investor briefing has now been posted, confirming the details outlined below. The provisional names for this range — or 'platform' — of figurines are 'NFC Featured Platform' and 'Nintendo Figurine Platform'. Original Article: With the continuing...

News: Nintendo Rules Out Same-Sex Marriage in Tomodachi Life and Explains Position

Nintendo Rules Out Same-Sex Marriage in Tomodachi Life and Explains Position

"Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary"

As you may be aware, upcoming 3DS title Tomodachi Life has drawn some criticism due to the absence of same-sex marriages in the Mii-sim, with only male and female characters having the relevant relationship options. The topic was first raised in 2013 with the Japanese release, with some...

News: 2DS CPU Update Looks Set to Adjust System Security

2DS CPU Update Looks Set to Adjust System Security

FCC filings spotted

Following its launch in Western territories on 12th October 2013 — alongside Pokémon X & Y — the 2DS has sold (as of 31st March 2014) 2.2 million units. That's not too bad for a hardware iteration targeted at a rather specific demographic and not given the most high profile of launch campaigns. As a budget tablet-like...

News: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Confirmed For Worldwide 3DS Launch in November

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Confirmed For Worldwide 3DS Launch in November

"A dramatic story within a spectacular new world"

Last year's arrival of Pokémon X & Y on the 3DS brought the hugely successful franchise to a new generation of hardware, but Nintendo and The Pokémon Company is wasting no time in bringing more titles to the system. A sudden press release has announced Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha...