3DS - News

September2012

  • News Nintendo Shares Two Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Demo Puzzles

    "Just a dash of puzzle solving here"

    Have you ever found yourself in that situation when a nearby clown is tangled in balloon strings, and you have to free him in precisely three moves? Well our good friend Hershel Layton is here to help with his latest puzzle-solving adventure, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. To get you in the mood for the...

  • News Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight May Get Groovy in the West

    Gotta catch the beats

    There are a good numbers of gamers in the West that love Japanese culture and look on with envy at some of the creative, and occasionally wacky, delights that are released in Nintendo's homeland. One of these we may not have expected to see was Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight, a rhythm game on the 3DS eShop from Pokémon developer...

  • News Mega Man 3 Leaps Onto The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

    For those about to rock

    The third instalment of Capcom's popular Mega Man series is launching on the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console this week. Mega Man 3 - known in Japan as Rockman 3: The End of Dr. Wily!? - will go live on the Japanese 3DS eShop tomorrow (September 26th) for 500 yen. Even harsher than its already tough predecessor, Mega Man 3 has...

  • News Platinum Love The 3DS, But Are Too Busy To Work On It Right Now

    A case of "what if"

    Platinum Games executive director Atsushi Inaba has expressed his admiration for Nintendo's 3DS console in a recent interview with The Verge, but has also added that the company has too many ongoing projects to fund development for a 3DS game at present. He said: We are very interested in the Nintendo 3DS as a platform. I view...

  • Interview 5th Cell - Scribblenauts Unlimited

    Word up

    If adorable lexical puzzle games are up your street, you're bound to have heard of Scribblenauts, the series that lets you generate any item into the world by simply entering its name. The series has been around for a while on Nintendo DS, plus iOS, but it'll be hitting a home console for the first time when Scribblenauts Unlimited is...

  • News Ace Attorney 5's Heart Scope System Detailed

    Out with the old, in with the new

    The Ace Attorney series has never been a stranger to unusual trinkets and gameplay mechanics. Phoenix himself wielded the powerful Magatama to uncover the deepest of secrets, his protégé Apollo used his trusty bracelet to perceive subtle twitches and nervous habits, and Miles Edgeworth has been known to play a few...

  • News Angry Birds Trilogy Achievement Requires 300 Hours Of Play

    Got plenty of spare time on your hands?

    Angry Birds creator Rovio has cheekily revealed that the forthcoming Angry Birds Trilogy contains an achievement that is expected to take around 300 hours to unlock. The achievement is to clear all 700 stages with 100% destruction using the 'Mighty Eagle' bird. Speaking to Digital Spy, executive producer...

  • News Project X Zone Could See A Western Release Yet

    Tekken boss is pushing for localisation

    We're all painfully aware that Project X Zone is looking pretty sweet right now. It's always been an outside bet for release outside of Japan though; the fact that its prequel Namco × Capcom never got released in the West doesn't exactly inspire confidence. However, the chances of the game making it to these...

  • News 3DS "Bookstore Anywhere" App Bringing eBooks to Japan

    Read into that what you what you will

    There's been some talk about what apps will be available on Wii U, with its GamePad controller bringing its own possibilities, but we shouldn't forget that the functionality of 3DS has plenty to offer. A new app coming to Japan on 20th October is Bookstore Anywhere, which according to Japanese publication Nikkei...

  • News The Denpa Men are Coming to Your 3DS Next Week

    Pikmen

    If, like us, you've been giddily waiting for Genius Sonority's The Denpa Men: They Came by Wave, you're in for a nice surprise next week. It'll be hitting the North American 3DS eShop on 27th September. The dungeon-crawling RPG lets you use 3DS' augmented reality functionality to track down the radio wave-carried Denpa Men in your every day...

  • News Witness Layton's 'Last Adventure' In New 3DS Trailer

    Yet another Level-5 trailer

    Today Level-5 has most definitely been leading the pack at Tokyo Game Show, showing off all its upcoming 3DS titles and wowing the crowds with gorgeous new trailers. Earlier today we reported the newly released trailers of Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney and Fantasy Life, and now we bring you the brand new trailer for...

  • News Take a Look at Level-5's Fantasy Life TGS Trailer

    It's all kinds of cute

    Level-5 is keeping itself very busy at the moment, with the development of the upcoming Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, as well as possibly the cutest RPG you will ever come across, Fantasy Life. The new trailer from Tokyo Game Show shows off the customisation features, some of the 20 playable jobs (such as a fisherman,...

  • News Nintendo Unveils 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro

    Bulk-tastic

    Back in June, we confirmed that 3DS XL owners would also be able to beef up their handhelds with a specially designed 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro add-on. Now this dream has finally become a reality, as Nintendo of Japan has revealed the first images of the new peripheral. While the 3DS XL CCP has currently only been announced for distribution...

  • News Capcom and Level-5 Reveal Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney TGS Trailer

    Showing both styles of gameplay

    If you were ever concerned that one of the two franchises in Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney would overshadow the other, then fear not, as this brand new trailer hot from Tokyo Game Show should put all your worries at bay. The trailer demonstrates not only the integration of the two art styles, but also the...

  • First Impressions Club Nintendo Picross

    We go hands-on with this Japan-only download

    As many of us have seen in recent years, Nintendo is a company that deals a good line in fan service. Nintendo has produced everything from the recent abundance of anniversary titles, collector's books, cards, and pretty much anything else in the hope that fans can supplement their game collections and...

  • News Watch Ace Attorney 5's Latest TGS Trailer

    Complete with handy subtitles

    Capcom has given courtroom fans a chance to get a first look at the upcoming Ace Attorney 5 with the latest trailer fresh from Tokyo Game Show, featuring the return of everyone's favourite defence attorney Phoenix Wright. Earlier this month we reported that Phoenix Wright would be making his grand return on the 3DS...

  • News Why the White 3DS XL Didn't Ship to Europe or North America

    But don't despair!

    At the 3DS XL's launch, North America and Europe received the Red/Black and Blue/Black models of the new handheld; the UK also had the opportunity to grab a Silver/Black model. However, it was only in Japan that consumers were able to buy the 'White 3DS LL'. IGN's Richard George asked Nintendo of America President, Reggie...

  • News Feast Your Eyeballs On This Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D Enemy Artwork

    New game expected in 2013

    Tanukii Studios has released a selection of lush character artwork for its forthcoming 3DS eShop release Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D - Space Recipe For Disaster. Showcasing the same gorgeous hand-drawn style that made the original Go! Go! Kokopolo such a hoot, this new release should prove just as visually alluring when it hits...

  • News Super Mario 3D Land Clone Hits iPhone, and Looks Rubbish

    Making Mario mad

    While the iOS and Android platforms have some blockbuster downloads that have been downloaded millions of times, they also have quality control that's as effective as a Power Glove. We present to you 3D Cartoon Land: Safari, which is a rather blatant copy of Super Mario 3D Land, the same in everything except graphics, design, tight...

  • News 3DS Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Won't Be Venturing Online

    Online play isn't going to feature in handheld instalment

    Capcom has confirmed that the 3DS version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate won't have online play. Such functionality will instead be exclusive to the Wii U edition of the game. Speaking to ONM, Capcom's Yuri Araujo confirmed that there were "no plans" to bring online play to Nintendo's portable...

  • Play Mario Kart 7 with Nintendo Life - Today! Again!

    Race or battle, you choose

    This week's been dominated by Wii U, with plenty of news, footage and excitement for Nintendo gamers. After all of the hype we need to relax, kick back, and go shell-crazy in Mario Kart 7, of course. We want to do this with you, so today is the second Nintendo Life Mario Kart 7 Community Event; this time, it's serious...

  • News Sorry, But GBA Games Aren't Coming To The 3DS Virtual Console After All

    Nintendo Australia issues 'corrective statement'

    Remember that Dr. Mario GBA page we told you about on the Nintendo of Australia website? The one that made us think that GBA games may be on their way to the 3DS Virtual Console? Sadly, it was all just a big mistake. The page was listed 'in error' and Nintendo's Aussie department has issued the...

  • News Cave Story eShop Release Date Confirmed

    Digital download release is incoming

    Indie legend Cave Story is coming to the 3DS eShop, along with a special 3D mode and additional content. It's out 4th October in North America, with a retail price of $9.99. Not to be confused with Cave Story 3D - the 2011 release which effectively rebuilt the game in 3D from the ground up - this digital...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Slaying Beasts on Wii U and 3DS in March 2013

    The series returns to the West

    Fans of the Monster Hunter series have been eagerly awaiting news of the next instalment on a Nintendo system for a good while, yet today's announcement wasn't Monster Hunter 4, but rather Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on both Wii U and 3DS, confirmed for North America and Europe in March 2013. This new title will...

  • News This New 3DS Stylus Is Handy for Massaging Your Face

    Could be relaxing after a tough level

    Sometimes 3DS accessories are useless pieces of plastic tat, but occasionally they're practical and stylish. We doubt this one qualifies for the latter description, but you can decide for yourself: behold, The Germa Roller Touch Pen. We think the picture says it all, but here are some details. The face roller...

  • News Nintendo UK Calls a Race For The Fastest Mario Kart 7 Players

    Lights are green

    Nintendo UK has been encouraging gamers to play a lot of Mario Kart 7 recently, with a number of heats completed in the quest to find Britain's Fastest Family. It's now confirmed that the grand final of that contest, 27th October in Birmingham, will be combined with the final of a new event to find the "Best Mario Kart 7 Player in...

  • News Meet Kokuga, The 3DS Shooter From The Man Behind Ikaruga

    And we've got a trailer for it

    Hiroshi Iuchi isn't a name that will be instantly familiar to most Nintendo fans, but you'll probably be aware of his output. He was responsible for the Dreamcast (and later, GameCube) 'polarity shooter' Ikaruga. He's now working at Japanese 'shmup' specialist G.Rev as the director of a new 3DS game by the name of...

  • News Code of Princess Shows Off Its Competitive Side

    Face off against friends and enemies

    Forthcoming 3DS RPG brawler Code of Princess has already displayed its cooperative side in a previous trailer, but publisher Atlus is keen to stress there's some less harmonious elements to the game, too - as the new 'Versus' video proves. The game comes from the same team that made the sublime Guardian Heroes...

  • News Speed Demons, Rejoice - Zordix Is Bringing Moto Racing To 3DS

    13 million copies downloaded on smartphones

    Developer Zordix has confirmed that it is bringing its successful Moto Racing series to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Aqua Moto Racing 3D and Snow Moto Racing 3D are based on existing smartphone titles, and will both get a face-lift prior to their launch on Nintendo's popular handheld. Zordix's CEO Matti...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Continues Run in UK Charts

    Addaboy, Mario

    There's been a particular trend for plenty of major 3DS releases in the UK charts; they make an initial foray into the all-format software top 10, before promptly falling away within a week or two. It seems that Nintendo's most reliable of franchises is bucking that trend, however, with Mario continuing his coin rush in British...

  • News Kingdom Hearts 3DS Sold Rather Well, Thanks Very Much

    200,000 copies shifted stateside

    Nintendo recently released sales figures which suggested that Kingdom Hearts 3DS: Dream Drop Distance shifted 180,000 copies. This is a pretty respectable figure for an RPG, but it's not entirely accurate. Siliconera has been told by the

  • Rumour Fire Emblem 3DS Hitting Europe In January 2013

    UK retailer posts launch date

    UK online entertainment retailer Zavvi has listed the forthcoming 3DS tactical RPG Fire Emblem: Awakening on its site with a release date of 25th January, 2013. We've previously not had any precise date given to us by Nintendo - all the company will say is that the game is due to hit the west sometime in 2013. While...

  • Nintendo Download 13th September 2012 (Europe)

    Zelda II, some bookworms and a metallic slug - it's all happening in this week's Euro Nintendo Download

    3DS Virtual Console: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo, £4.50) — Arguably one of the most controversial games in the Zelda bloodline, this second NES outing combines side-scrolling action with top-down adventuring to create a heady mix...

  • News Sorry Lost Planet Fans, EX Troopers Isn't Coming To The West

    Anime-style action title remains a Japanese exclusive

    Capcom's Corporate Officer and Senior Vice-President Christian Svensson has confirmed that the company currently has no plans to bring Lost Planet spin-off EX Troopers to the west. The disappointing news was delivered in an 'Ask Capcom' thread on the company's official forums. The forum...

  • Play Mario Kart 7 Community Rooms - You Decide

    Let's go round again

    A week ago we hosted a Mario Kart 7 community event, where you joined us for some shell throwing, banana dodging mayhem. The community room we used expanded from four players to over 180 by the end of the night, and we loved racing against you all and chatting in the comments and on our Twitter page. Naturally, this isn't going...

  • News August NPD Results Are Good Reading for Nintendo

    Mario and 3DS XL boost figures

    As part of a monthly routine that is so vitally important for developers, publishers and the big three console manufactures, U.S. market research firm NPD has released its latest software sales figures for the region, covering 29th July to 25th August. While the news for the industry as a whole is grim reading, a...

  • News 20 Extra Mutant Mudds Levels on The Way to eShop For Free

    Oh, and Renegade Kid is now an approved Wii U developer

    Mutant Mudds, a stylish retro platformer from Renegade Kid, is one of the top titles on the 3DS eShop. It's got plenty of content for those with the skills and patience, but some of you may know that the PC version has an extra 20 'Grannie' levels, which are particularly challenging stages that...

  • News Rhythm Thief Joins Layton in Jump to iOS

    Sneaky dancer

    Yesterday we brought you the news that a new Professor Layton title is heading to iOS and Android, so it only seems appropriate that we report on another DS/3DS title that's making the leap to smartphones and tablets. An iOS release of Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, or Rhythm Kaitou R as it's known in Japan, is listed on...

  • News Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 Footage Warms Up On The Sidelines

    3DS and Wii versions showcased

    Konami has released a Japanese trailer for the latest instalments of its Winning Eleven franchise, which is known in the west as Pro Evolution Soccer. The footage shows the 3DS and Wii versions in action. Not much seems to have changed since the previous editions on both formats, but football fans will no doubt want...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Smashes The One Million Barrier In Japan

    New 3DS title has sold faster than Mario 3D Land

    New Super Mario Bros. 2 has sold a staggering 1,068,878 units in Japan since it was released on July 28th - five weeks ago. The figure has been reported in the latest Enterbrain chart, which covers August 27th through September 2nd. The previous Mario title on the 3DS - Super Mario 3D Land - took...

  • News Evidence Suggests That Ace Attorney 5 Will Be Coming to the West

    Our key witness is Capcom

    A few days ago we brought you the exciting news that Phoenix Wright would be returning in Ace Attorney 5, but were unable to confirm that the game would be making its way to the west. We can now happily report that fresh evidence has come to light and a western release of the game is very much on the cards - and that's no...

  • News Beastly Monster Hunter 4 Details Emerge from the Pages of Famitsu

    New information on Capcom's forthcoming 3DS epic

    The latest issue of Famitsu is positively bursting with content about Capcom's upcoming Monster Hunter 4 - arguably one of the most eagerly-awaited 3DS titles in Japan. The folks over at Andriasang have been busy translating the feature, and have extracted the following information: MH4 adds a...

  • News Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight Is Almost as Big as New Super Mario Bros. 2

    In terms of data, at least

    We're all quite excited about Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight here at Nintendo Life - it was arguably one of the highlights of the Japanese Nintendo Direct broadcast last week. Combining platforming with rhythm action, the game launches in Japan this week, although a western release hasn't been confirmed as yet. However, sho

  • News Ace Attorney 5 Confirmed To Be Hitting The Courtroom on 3DS

    No objection from us

    There's exciting news, Ace Attorney fans. As reported by Andriasang, this week's Famitsu magazine has unveiled Ace Attorney 5 for 3DS, with Phoenix Wright returning as the main character. A mystery girl in yellow clothing has also been shown, and she'll be central to the story; details such as a release period, whether it'll...

  • Feature Mii Plaza Puzzle Panels We Want to See

    Why not?

    Yesterday we brought you an image, and the YouTube video to match it, of the McDonald's Big Mac Mii Plaza puzzle panel that's available in Japan: squeals of excitement could be heard and minds were well and truly blown. Or not, as it was just a picture of a burger, albeit with the added gloss of 3D. Still, it's proof that Nintendo is...

  • News StreetPass Allows You to Look at a Big Mac... in 3D

    Mind-blowing excitement

    Sometimes YouTube provides exciting, funny, or downright goofy Nintendo videos. We'd classify this one as bizarre, and it's just too crazy to not share. We give you the McDonald's Big Mac StreetPass puzzle panel, which is available in Japan through Nintendo Zone. While these puzzle panels often result in neat little dioramas...

  • News Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D Set For 2012

    Back on the up

    Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D has been one of those 3DS releases that has been on-again and off-again enough times to be reminiscent of a tedious long-running sitcom relationship. In February it was revealed by Atari that it was on hold, while a March update from developer n-Space stated that it would arrive in late Spring. The developer...

  • News The Binding of Isaac Creator Still Thinks the Game Could Come to 3DS

    It has a 50% chance, according to Edmund McMillen

    Remember The Binding of Isaac? It was a PC-based downloadable title which looked a lot like The Legend of Zelda and took inspiration from the Biblical story of the same name. It also caused a little bit of controversy for its use of religion, so much so that a proposed 3DS edition was scuppered by...

  • News Fluidity: Spin Cycle Ramps Up The Weirdness in 3DS eShop Sequel

    Dragons, spiders and dinosaurs all feature

    Curve Studios graced us with the excellent Fluidity (known in Europe as Hydroventure) back in 2010, and while we're already aware that a sequel is in the offing, we've never had any screens to gaze longingly at - until now. The images themselves show a wide range of different challenges, including a...

August2012

  • Play Mario Kart 7 with Nintendo Life - Today!

    Start your engines

    Once upon a time Nintendo Life set up Communities in Mario Kart 7, and these rooms were full of happy 3DS owners enjoying some online races. The passage of time was cruel, however, and the official community room became almost empty, with just a few stalwarts keeping it going and some keen racers meeting up via the forums. We've...

  • News Fractured Soul Confirmed For NA eShop Launch September 13th

    Former DS title gets a new lease of life in the 3DS

    Australian developer Endgame Studios has confirmed that it is bringing Fractured Soul to the North American 3DS eShop on 13th September. The game, which was originally intended for the DS and has been in development for quite some time, is an action title which utilises both screens of the...

  • News No Cross Words As Picross E Euro eShop Release Is Confirmed

    Mark 6th September in your calendar, nonogram fans

    Nintendo has confirmed that Picross E will be hitting the European 3DS eShop on 6th September, with a price point of £4.50 / €5.00. The latest in a long line of picture crossword games which can trace its history all the way back to the Game Boy and Super Nintendo, Picross E apparently showcases...

  • Nintendo Download 30th August 2012 (North America)

    A sense of speed, nasty viruses and some soon-to-be-endangered animals

    If you're a fan of high speed action, cute birds or shooting innocent animals, then you're in luck - this week's North American Nintendo Download is sure to satisfy your desires. eShop: SpeedX 3D (Gamelion, $3.99) — After speeding into the European eShop a while back,...

  • News Crazy Kangaroo Hopping To 3DS eShop Real Soon

    Struth, mate

    Gamelion has announced that its next title, Crazy Kangaroo, is expected to hit the 3DS eShop in the not-too-distant future. The publisher has confirmed that the game - which has previously met with glowing reviews on iOS and Android - has already passed QA at Nintendo America, and all that remains is for a release date to be confirmed...

  • News GAME: Zelda Majora’s Mask Listing Was Fabricated

    Bring on the disappointment

    Yesterday, we reported that GAME had listed The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask on its site, before hastily removing it moments later. The story triggered mixed reactions - some readers were happy about the news, while others bemoaned Nintendo's insistence on recycling pas

  • News Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask To Hit Europe October 26th

    150 brand-new puzzles await

    Nintendo has confirmed that Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (also known as Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle) will hit European shores on the 26th October. The latest in the popular Layton series, Miracle Mask will showcase 150 new puzzles, as well as 365 additional puzzles to be distributed via the Nintendo...

  • News Brain Age: Concentration Training Puts North America to the Test on 3rd December

    Concentrate on the date

    The latest title in the Brain Age series — which we've been calling Demon Training — has now been available in Japan for a little over a month, but the popularity of the series has made localised versions in other regions an inevitability. North America now has details, with Nintendo of America confirming a release date...

  • News Natsume Reveals Harvest Moon: A New Beginning 15th Anniversary Edition

    More importantly, it includes a 12-inch cuddly cow

    Today Natsume Inc. has announced that a 15th Anniversary Edition of the upcoming 3DS title, Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, will be heading to North America on 6th November. We recently reported that those who pre-order the normal version of the game through GameStop or Natsume's online store will...

  • News New Professor Layton Title Confirmed for 3DS

    The Professor's final puzzle

    During today's Nintendo Direct in Japan, it was confirmed that a new Professor Layton title will arrive on 3DS, in Japan, some time in 2013. Its title is Professor Layton Choubunmei to A no Isan, which roughly translates to Professor Layton and the Remains of an Advanced Civilisation, though we expect a snappier title...

  • News Get In Touch With Your Feminine Side With The Pink 3DS XL

    Sink the pink

    Nintendo has confirmed the release of a pink and white 3DS XL console. The system was announced during today's Nintendo Direct video. Called the 3DS LL in Japan, the new hardware is due to launch on 27th September, along with the excellently-titled Wagamama Fashion Girls. Admit it - you want one.

  • Watch Japanese Nintendo Direct Live

    Now updated with the video to watch at your leisure

    Nintendo of Japan will host a new Nintendo Direct presentation today at 8PM JST (around 4AM PST for North American readers, and 12PM BST for those of you in UK). EDIT: Here's the video in full. The presentation will focus on 3DS and Wii. Nothing on Wii U, I'm afraid. The video is expected to...

  • Rumour Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask Coming To 3DS

    UPDATED: It was a fake

    UPDATE: GAME has confirmed that the screen-grab was a hoax. Read the full story here. Nintendo could be prepping a 3D remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, if a listing on UK retailer GAME is to be believed. Spotted by an eagle-eyed shopper, the listing - which has since been removed - went live around 10:00AM...

  • News Shin Megami Tensei 4 On 3DS Is Looking Mighty Fine

    Sneaky peek at the 3DS role-player

    A trailer for Atlus' forthcoming 3DS RPG Shin Megami Tensei 4 has broken cover online. The footage comes bundled with Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, which is due for launch in Japan on the 30th August. The video is mainly animation, but there's a short section at the end (around the 1:30 mark) which appears to...

  • News What Not To Do With Your Brand New 3DS XL

    Put it in a microwave

    If you picked up a Nintendo 3DS XL recently then chances are you're currently treating it like a piece of treasured jewellery, delicately laying it on a soft cushion when it's not in use and generally ensuring no harm comes to it. However, dovetastic - presenter of the YouTube Microwave Show - had no such ideas. He took his...

  • News Nintendo Taking No Prisoners At PAX Prime

    Wii U and 3DS presence, plus bubble-blowing and Kid Icarus multiplayer

    Nintendo has confirmed that it is bringing its Wii U and 3DS lineup to this year's PAX Prime, due to take place at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center from August 31st through to September 2nd. A whole raft of games and events are planned, including a Kid Icarus:...

  • News Toki Tori Flying Over To North American 3DS eShop This Week

    Feathered friend

    Developer Two Tribes has confirmed via its Twitter account that Game Boy Color puzzle platformer Toki Tori will be flapping its way to the 3DS Virtual Console this Thursday (30th August). The game, which was originally released back in 2001, is already available on the European 3DS Virtual Console. Check out our

  • Nintendo Direct Expect 3DS and Wii Announcements This Week

    Nothing for Wii U, though

    Nintendo has confirmed the date and time of its next Nintendo Direct presentation in Japan, as well as divulging what goodies will be revealed within. August 29th - this Wednesday, no less - is the magical date, with 8PM JST being the time (around 4AM PST for North American readers, and 12PM BST for those of you in UK)...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Global Coin Total Surpasses 50 Billion

    That's a whole lot of coins collected!

    If you live in Europe or North America and have enabled SpotPass on New Super Mario Bros. 2 you should have recently received your first update to let you know how many coins have been collected by Mario fans globally. We reported on this a few days ago when Japanese players got their first update, at that...

  • News Pikachu 3DS XL Pre-Orders Prompt Long Lines in Japan

    Pika-queue

    A little over a week ago we told you about the yellow Pikachu 3DS XL/LL coming to Japan, with the only way to buy one being to pre-order from Pokémon Center stores. As reported by Andriasang, those pre-orders have now opened and attracted plenty of interest. Japanese website Inside Games visited the Tokyo Pokemon Center at 10am for the...

  • News Nintendo's Hardware and Related Software Hits 70% Market Share in Japan

    The highest in five years

    Earlier this week we brought you the news that Nintendo was not only continuing to enjoy a good run with 3DS hardware sales in its homeland, but that the top ten in the software charts were all on Nintendo systems. Chart masters Media Create have now produced some follow-up information that makes even more good reading for...

  • News Nintendo In The Game For Golden Joystick Awards

    Your votes can help

    It's awards season, once again, with nominations for the 30th Golden Joystick Awards now confirmed and Nintendo games or exclusives featuring in a number of categories. These awards are decided entirely by the public, so if you feel that the big N deserves a chance to win you can have your say. Below are the nominations for...

  • News The Legend of Zelda is Now 25 in The U.S.

    Celebrate with a fake 3DS Zelda image

    Yesterday brought a major anniversary for The Legend of Zelda, as it was released in the U.S. on 22nd August 1987, making it another 25th anniversary. Of course, Nintendo has already celebrated the series a great deal with orchestral concerts, a free download of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary...

  • News Kingdom Hearts 3D AR Cards Drop Into Club Nintendo UK

    Full of spirit

    Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance has been one of the biggest releases on 3DS this year, and made good use of the system's capabilities. One feature was to scan AR cards with the handheld's camera in order to recruit Spirits to your party, with two of these cards included with the game. For those that enjoyed the feature and...

  • Tips New Super Mario Bros. 2 Rainbow Courses

    A handy pot of gold

    It takes relatively little time to beat the main Worlds in New Super Mario Bros. 2, but it adds many, many hours with unlockable levels, collectibles and secrets to discover. Yesterday we shared two small tips that would allow you to play as Luigi in single player and to keep those hard earned profile stars sparkling. Due to...

  • News Mario Kart 7 'Fastest Family' Contest is in The Final Straight

    The last chance to qualify

    In recent weeks we've brought you regular updates on Nintendo UK's Fastest Family competition, which aims to seek out the quickest Mario Kart 7 racers from around the country. Throughout August regional heats have been taking place at HMV stores, with the winners securing a place in the grand final in October; there'll be...

  • News Nintendo Grabs Lots of Coins in Japanese Charts

    1-ups for everyone

    Japan is currently enjoying its summer break, which often represents a peak shopping period and, hopefully, plenty of Yen for gaming companies. The chart results for last week have come out rather well for Nintendo, continuing a positive spell of sales for the Kyoto-based company. In terms of software, the entire top ten consists...

  • News Satoru Iwata: Demand for Rich Experiences on Handhelds "Not Going to Go Away"

    Smartphones provide "different" competition

    For Satoru Iwata, there are plenty of priorities and challenges to face. Nintendo is currently preparing to brings its next home console to the market, while also generating and sustaining momentum for 3DS. Both are important, but it's perhaps 3DS, and dedicated handheld gaming as a whole, that has been...

  • Tips Two New Super Mario Bros. 2 Secrets

    Don't worry, fun but (relatively) spoiler free

    If you're anything like the members of the Nintendo Life team, you're probably well on your way through New Super Mario Bros. 2, perhaps even beaten it, and are currently scrabbling around levels looking for elusive star coins and secrets. This title may hand out extra lives like they've gone out of...

  • News Namco Bandai Release New 'Grandpa Danger' Screenshots

    Potty mouth

    Last month we reported the announcement of a rather odd upcoming Japanese 3DS title, Denjarasu Jii-San Jya. 'Grandpa Danger', as he's known in North America, is a popular Japanese manga strip featured in Coro Coro magazine. In the 3DS adaptation, players will be put in the shoes of Grandpa as he goes on a quest to save his friends who...

  • Reaction Nintendo's Steady Start in Retail Downloads

    It’s only half of the picture

    Earlier today we reported that Satoru Iwata had given loose figures for retail downloads in Japan, which started alongside the launch of 3DS XL on 28th July. Speaking to Wall Street Journal, Iwata-san stated that New Super Mario Bros. 2 retail downloads account for 5% of sales in Nintendo’s homeland, but provided...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Worldwide Coin Total Surpasses 36 Billion

    May be used to buy 17% of Apple

    Those of you that have picked up New Super Mario Bros. 2 have probably also enabled SpotPass, which will be used to contribute your haul to the world coin total. We'd also assume that Nintendo will send regular updates so we can all see how ludicrously high that total gets. While there haven't been any updates as yet...

  • News Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney is "Progressing Well"

    We won't object

    Remember Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, or perhaps you know it as Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney? It was announced way back in October 2010, and brought fans of both series to a state of giddiness with the very thought of the rookie lawyer and top-hat wearing puzzle master combining forces. Confirmed for Japan, Capcom and...

  • News Nintendo UK's 3D Film Contest Approaches Its Finale

    Budding film-makers need look no further

    Not long ago we brought you news about a competition being run by Nintendo and BFI (British Film Institute), with support from Ridley Scott, to give 3DS owners an opportunity to produce and show a professional 3D production at the 56th BFI London Film Festival in October. With this weekend also bringing a...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Retail Downloads Account For 5% of Sales in Japan

    Demon Training hits 20%

    Nintendo has recently taken its first tentative steps into retail downloads, providing gamers worldwide with the means to download New Super Mario Bros. 2, taking away the need for a box and game cart. In Japan that also extends to Demon Training, the Brain Training follow-up that encourages short bursts of play to help...

  • News Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Japanese Box Art Revealed

    Title meaning also uncovered...

    The time is nigh for Japanese RPG fans, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy will be fluttering over to the 3DS console on 11th October. Square Enix has now revealed the official and finalised Japanese box art for the game, and incidentally uncovered a reasonably high age rating for an RPG on the 3DS - CERO C (15+). Since...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Typo Isn't So Golden

    More grammatical 'revelaitons'

    It can be a pastime of some gamers to chortle at spelling errors or sloppy typos in video games, with many recently enjoying a typo by Capcom in its now infamous Resident Evil Revelaitons packaging for, of course, Revelations. While that version of the packaging became, bizarrely, a collector's item of sorts, it seems...

  • News Namco Bandai Opens Dragon Ball Heroes Official Site

    It's official

    On Saturday we reported a rumour that Namco Bandai would be be bringing the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes to the 3DS, in Japan. This has now been confirmed, as Namco Bandai has opened up an official website for the 3DS version — Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission. You can check out the website here. While it's currently a little...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Finishes Second in UK Charts

    Letting Sleeping Dogs lie

    New Super Mario Bros. 2 hit UK stores last Friday, and today's all-format chart shows the plumber's latest platforming adventure making its debut at number two. While we may instinctively wonder why it didn't make it to number one, that placing actually matches the performance of the original New Super Mario Bros on DS. It...

  • Out Now 3DS XL Goes Big in North America

    And New Super Mario Bros. 2, of course

    It's Sunday, a day of rest and laziness for so many, but perhaps this one has a slightly different meaning for some keen 3DS gamers in North America: it's 3DS XL day. Oh, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 day, as well. 3DS XL graced Europe and Japan in late July, with the North American release seemingly being held...

  • Rumour Dragon Ball Heroes Heading For 3DS

    It's over 9000!

    There have been reports suggesting that Namco Bandai may be bringing the arcade title, Dragon Ball Heroes, to the 3DS in Japan: it's a Japanese card-based arcade game, originally released in late 2010 and developed by Dimps. The 3DS version will apparently be called Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, and is said to include a...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Takes Over GAME Store In London

    Wahoo!

    If you happened to be around GAME Oxford Street in London today, you may have noticed the increased presence of a certain friendly — and recently gold-hungry — plumber. Don't worry if you missed out, though, as the madness is due to continue tomorrow. Nintendo UK has announced that an exclusive New Super Mario Bros. 2 gaming event will be...

  • Out Now New Super Mario Bros. 2 Hops Into Europe

    Only two more days for you, North America

    If you've been living in a cave and cut off from the outside world in recent weeks, then this may be news to you: New Super Mario Bros. 2 is now available in Europe, and graces North American stores in just two days, on 19th August. You all knew that, we hope, but if you didn't then we'd expect you to...

  • News Yellow Pikachu Nintendo 3DS XL Coming to Japan

    Gotta catch 'em all

    Lucky Japanese gamers will soon be able to grab themselves a Pikachu themed Nintendo 3DS XL, which we think looks rather snazzy. The "Pokémon Center Original Nintendo 3DS XL Pikachu Yellow" will be released on 15th September, but only to customers who have preordered from one of the Pokémon Center stores in Sapporo, Tohoku,...

  • News New Spy Hunter Trailer Revs Up The Action

    Explosions, lots of explosions

    The original Spy Hunter game was released in 1983, a simply time when everything was 2D, pixel-based and no-one had enjoyed the pleasure of playing a Nintendo console. Back in May we heard of a reboot from Warner Bros. Interactive, and now we have a new Spy Hunter trailer from Gamescom to show off the action. It has...

  • News Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure Taps Into Action on 21st September

    European typing woes solved

    So you can't type very well, a state of affairs entirely intolerable in the modern day and age, and it's something that has to be resolved promptly. You're also a big fan of Pokémon, and just wish there was a way to improve your typing and indulge your favourite hobby all at once. Well, the dream is a reality, as Learn...

  • News eShop Sees Turnaround For Nintendo's Digital Services

    Is Nintendo finally entering the digital age?

    Earlier this year, we interviewed Trent Oster of Beamdog Studios, who had infamously claimed he would never develop titles for Nintendo again after the issues he came across when using Nintendo's WiiWare service. Since then, Nintendo has improved its gaming download facilities via the 3DS eShop, which...

  • News 3DS XL Cradle and AC Adaptor Available 24th August

    In the UK, that is

    3DS XL owners in the UK can now unite for one mighty sigh of relief, as online retailers play.com and amazon.co.uk are both currently advertising the 3DS XL console's charging cradle and AC adaptor as available to purchase from the 24th August, at the sum of £19.99. While separate 3DS AC adaptors have been readily available for...

  • News Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate Pushed to 2013

    A monstrous development

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate is one of the most intriguing third-party titles confirmed for 3DS, blending 2D and 3D perspectives and facing the challenge of living up to the previous trilogies on GBA and DS. We didn't think there'd be long to wait, with footage shown in the Nintendo 3DS E3 showcase...

  • Competition Winners Toki Tori - Game Boy Color Giveaway

    Drumroll, please...

    Last week we ran a competition with our pals at Two Tribes that invited creativity and crazy ideas, and you all delivered. Rather than egg you on — we're sorry — let's get to it. The overall winner gets a sealed copy of Toki Tori for Game Boy Color, a download code for the 3DS Virtual Console version and a Toki Tori t-shirt...

  • News There's a Fluidity Sequel Coming to the 3DS eShop

    Go with the flow

    In case you missed it in yesterday's North American release schedule, or overlooked it in favour of squealing about Paper Mario: Sticker Star, there's a sequel to WiiWare game Fluidity on the way to the 3DS eShop. We don't know much aside the title, Fluidity: Spin Cycle, and a vague release date of the fourth quarter of 2012, but...

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