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Video: Japanese Commercial For New 3DS Highlights Those Fetching "Kisekae Plate" Covers

Japanese Commercial For New 3DS Highlights Those Fetching "Kisekae Plate" Covers

Dressing up time

The Japanese launch of the New 3DS is just around the corner, and Nintendo is running commercials in its homeland to promote the customisable nature of the system. The standard New 3DS — not the New 3DS XL — features interchangeable "Kisekae Plate" covers which are sold separately and come in a wide range of eye-catching...

News: Fantasy Life Makes Top 10 UK Chart Début as Hyrule Warriors Loses Its Base

Fantasy Life Makes Top 10 UK Chart Début as Hyrule Warriors Loses Its Base

Some football game dominates proceedings

This past weekend saw the release of FIFA 15 around the world, and unsurprisingly it's dominated the latest chart results for the UK. According to Chart-Track the EA title "accounts for 80% of all entertainment software units this week and a whopping 87% of revenue". That's crazy, though Nintendo did get a...

Weirdness: Sears' Listing for 3DS is Wacky and Brilliant

Sears' Listing for 3DS is Wacky and Brilliant

With features like these, why wouldn't you want one?

It's the end of a long week, and perhaps you're taking a break from your weekend activities — gaming, perhaps? Now is the perfect time, then, to read a product description for 3DS that was clearly written by an individual that's never used one. The following product description is from Sears, a...

News: Club Nintendo Members In Australia To Receive Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demo Via Exclusive Email

Club Nintendo Members In Australia To Receive Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demo Via Exclusive Email

Transparent 2DS release date and price also revealed

Nintendo Australia has revealed that select Club Nintendo members in the land down under will receive an exclusive email code for the Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version from 15th October onwards, with the demo to be made publicly available at selected retailers (yet to...

News: Miiverse Currently Affected by Maintenance, More Wii U and 3DS Work Planned

Miiverse Currently Affected by Maintenance, More Wii U and 3DS Work Planned

Various periods of disruption ahead

Nintendo often completes minor maintenance on its Network and eShop platforms, though is lining up a fairly major period of work that'll disrupt most aspects of the company's online services. At the time of writing Nintendo is advising of intermittent access problems for Miiverse on the Wii U and 3DS, since 3pm...

News: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Details on the Way in Japan

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Details on the Way in Japan

Niconico and Pokémon Get☆TV in the act

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arrive soon, with Nintendo no doubt hoping that they'll have a major impact on Holiday sales in the same manner as Pokémon X & Y in 2013. While plenty of features and Mega Evolutions have already been revealed, it seems that there's yet more information on the...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS National Open Tournament to Find the Best Fighter in the US

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS National Open Tournament to Find the Best Fighter in the US

There's a champion's robe and trophy at stake

With Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS now just a little over a week away, Nintendo of America has announced a national tournament in the US to find the best fighter in the country. In addition, the Nintendo World Store in New York will run a special event on 2nd October (at 8pm Eastern time) for gamers...

News: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack Now Available On Club Nintendo in Australia & Europe

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack Now Available On Club Nintendo in Australia & Europe

Treat your ears to the sweet sounds of the pink puffball

If you live in Australia or Europe and were unable to claim the adorable Yoshi Plush Soft Toy earlier this month — it's gone in Australia but is still available in Europe — a Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack has now floated onto Club Nintendo at a much more affordable price. Fans of...

News: Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination in Japan as Bayonetta 2 Grabs Third Place

Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination in Japan as Bayonetta 2 Grabs Third Place

3DS rules again as Wii U enjoys a minor boost

It's that time once again for the Media Create chart results in Japan, which brought good news for Nintendo last week with the launch of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS bringing nearly one million sales — Nintendo's figure had it passing the landmark by including eShop downloads. The latest results...

News: Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Will Have "Improved" Gameplay and "Enhanced" Graphics on New 3DS

Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Will Have "Improved" Gameplay and "Enhanced" Graphics on New 3DS

Splitting the userbase

It was confirmed recently by Satoru Iwata, when revealing the New Nintendo 3DS models, that a port of Wii title Xenoblade Chronicles will be exclusive to the new hardware to utilise its improved CPU. It was unclear how common this would be, yet in today's surprise announcement of the hardware hitting Australia and New Zealand...

Video: Nintendo Australia Gives Us A Jaunty Tour Of The New 3DS

Nintendo Australia Gives Us A Jaunty Tour Of The New 3DS

Turn the volume up

As you may be aware, Australia got its first Nintendo Direct today, and the big news is that it's going to be one of the first regions outside of Japan to get the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. As well as putting the Direct online for non-Aussies to watch, Nintendo Australia has produced another, shorter clip which shows off the console...

Nintendo Direct: New Nintendo 3DS Models Coming to Australia and New Zealand on 21st November

New Nintendo 3DS Models Coming to Australia and New Zealand on 21st November

Still not coming elsewhere until 2015

In a surprise Nintendo Direct in Australia and New Zealand — the first that's been unique to the region — it's been announced that the New Nintendo 3DS and XL model will be coming to the two countries on 21st November; it's also been reiterated that the systems will not come elsewhere in the West until 2015...

Talking Point: History Shows Us That Nintendo's Here to Stay

History Shows Us That Nintendo's Here to Stay

125 years and counting

On 23rd September 1889 Nintendo was founded as Nintendo Koppai, meaning the company is now 125 years old; it's been known as Nintendo Co., Ltd since 1963. The history of the company is particularly fascinating, and also reminds us of some important lessons regarding Nintendo; it's not solely a video game manufacturer,...

Video: Nintendo Broadens its Girls Club Advertising with Help from Olympic Gold Medalist

Nintendo Broadens its Girls Club Advertising with Help from Olympic Gold Medalist

Getting sporty

Nintendo appears keen to spread the word about its Girls Club YouTube channel, and to help do so it's recruited Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams. Featuring games such as Tomodachi Life and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Nicola expresses her fondness for the 3DS and indulges us in her gaming past. Starting out on the SNES with games...

Rumour: Secret Chant Within Super Smash Bros. 3DS Hints At Last-Minute Withdrawal Of The Ice Climbers

Secret Chant Within Super Smash Bros. 3DS Hints At Last-Minute Withdrawal Of The Ice Climbers

"Nana, Popo, Nana, Popo!"

We all know that The Ice Climbers were supposed to make the cut in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, but they were removed from the roster due to technical issues. However, it would appear that a reference to the pair is still contained within the game, and that their removal happened a little later in development than...

News: Nintendo Rolling Out New In-Store Digital Distribution Service For The UK And Europe

Nintendo Rolling Out New In-Store Digital Distribution Service For The UK And Europe

Pick your game and DLC, get a unique download code

For some time now, you've been able to walk into your typical European high street games retailer and buy download cards — like the ones shown above — for 3DS and Wii U eShop titles. However, Nintendo is looking to dramatically expand the remit of this in-store service by offering an even more...

News: Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Hardware Sales, Says Mitchell Corp Boss

Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Hardware Sales, Says Mitchell Corp Boss

"They want more people to buy their hardware"

Mitchell Corp founder Roy Ozaki thinks that Nintendo's region locking policy has more to do with shifting additional units than it does with controlling releases in different territories. While Nintendo has always exercised some kind of regional lock in its home systems, its portable devices have...

News: Nintendo Confirms Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version

Nintendo Confirms Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version

We'll have UK demo codes to give away, so watch this space

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire both launch in November, and Nintendo UK has confirmed that a special demo of the new monster-catching adventure will be made available on October 15th. This "Special Demo Version" contains "gameplay that players won’t experience anywhere...

News: Atlus Just Can't Stop Offering Discounts, With Another Round Live on 3DS

Atlus Just Can't Stop Offering Discounts, With Another Round Live on 3DS

Crazy about deals

We often get a sense of déjà vu when producing the weekly Nintendo Download Update for North America, as we frequently include details of more Atlus discounts. The venerated publisher and developer — much loved for bringing distinctly Japanese experiences to the West — simply can't resist offering enticing deals to lure more...