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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...

News: Nintendo Unleashes Wacky Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Commercials

Nintendo Unleashes Wacky Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Commercials

"Settle it in Smash!"

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is less than two weeks from launch in the West, exciting news after well over a year of build-up. Nintendo, of course, will be unleashing a sizeable marketing campaign to push sales for the portable version, no doubt hoping it'll prompt some to also go for the HD version upon its release on...

Video: New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

New Bravely Second Trailer Sets The Scene for Gorgeous 3DS Sequel

Wait a second...

In some respects the 3DS is representative of rapidly ageing technology, with low resolution screens and modest processing power necessitating the 'New' model upgrades to make a Xenoblade Chronicles port possible, for example. Some developers clearly struggle to make the hardware sing, yet there are numerous examples of games that...

News: Capcom Releases Awesome TGS Trailers for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Great Ace Attorney

Capcom Releases Awesome TGS Trailers for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Great Ace Attorney

We sure love a bit of hype

In recent days the Tokyo Game Show has dominated the gaming scene in Japan; it's an event that doesn't often have any concrete details for Western gamers to latch onto, but it does bring more footage and details on titles confirmed or expected for localisation. That trend continued this past weekend, and two of Capcom's...

News: Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

"We’ll be shipping up and shipping it out the door!"

North American players have been playing — and enjoying — the excellent Shovel Knight for what feels like an eternity now, but the game still hasn't launched in other parts of the world. Thankfully, the wait for non-Americans is finally drawing to a close, as developer Yacht Club Games has...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Two: Tailor

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Two: Tailor

A stitch of mine makes you look fine

In the second part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. In addition to this series you can check out our review of the game. *Last week I got my start in Castele and surrounding kingdoms as a hunter, which was nice for exploring the environmen

News: Nintendo Unleashes its Plans for EGX London 2014

Nintendo Unleashes its Plans for EGX London 2014

Almost too much to do

Nintendo has a rammed event schedule for us this year at EGX London 2014. Many of you will already know that we'll be in charge of the Mario Kart 8 tournament at the show, but Nintendo has much more in mind than that. No-one will be surprised to hear that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will be available to play, but you'll...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Demo Smashes onto the EU eShop

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Demo Smashes onto the EU eShop

The wait is over

Today all the tears and howling have ended, as Nintendo has officially released the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS demo on the EU eShop! A version was released a week ago to random members of their Club Nintendo scheme, but now it has been made available to all. You can find it by navigating through the standard menus or you...

News: Work On Your Taiko Drumming Skills While Beating Creatures In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Work On Your Taiko Drumming Skills While Beating Creatures In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

No bemani required

Not to leave the humans in the dark when it comes to new equipment options, Capcom has announced a Taiko: Drum Master-themed hunting horn for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. This friendly-looking smacker of things has been confirmed for American and European versions of the game: And also has its own typically restrained themed...

News: The Original Final Fantasy Is Getting The 3D Classics Treatment In Japan

The Original Final Fantasy Is Getting The 3D Classics Treatment In Japan

Owners of Final Fantasy Explorers will receive the game for free

While western gamers are still waiting on a possible announcement from Square Enix regarding the release of its latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers in both Europe and North America, Japanese gamers are currently bracing themselves for the title’s release towards the end of this...