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May2013

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  • Talking Point It's Time for a 3DS Storage Upgrade From Nintendo

    Small price, lots of space

    When the 3DS was launched, it didn't even have an eShop to enjoy, and even after the online store arrived the pack-in 2GB SD card seemed perfectly adequate. With a mix of Game Boy Virtual Console titles, the odd 3D Classic and the first flashes of download-only titles from third parties, the number of blocks offered up by...

  • News Nintendo Has Plans to Deliver "New Offers" In Download Stores

    Free-to-play and subscription-based services are on the agenda

    Following last week's annual financial results and the President's Presentation, Satoru Iwata faced the music in an investor Q&A to address important issues for Nintendo's prospective return to substantial profits. This was published promptly in Japanese, but we now have the...

  • News Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures Is Coming To Nintendo Platforms

    Life imitates art

    The Angry Video Game Nerd made a name for himself by attacking NES games, but now he's come full circle. Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures is a pixel-heavy 2D platform adventure which stars everyone's favourite grumpy gamer, complete with Power Glove and Zapper. It's been confirmed that it will be coming to modern Nintendo consoles...

  • News Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D's Beastly Block Size Revealed

    Clear your fridge of any loose bananas

    Players looking to download Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D from the eShop in May should get a sizable SD card ready. We can confirm that the platformer, a remake of the Retro-developed Wii hit, weighs in at a hefty 17,693 blocks, making it one of the largest downloads in the eShop — for comparison Monster...

  • News No Plans From Nintendo For Renovated Consoles In Europe

    The service is exclusive to North America

    We reported yesterday that Nintendo was now selling refurbished 3DS and DSi systems direct from its official online store in the US. Some of you were hoping to see the same service from Nintendo of Europe, but it has been confirmed that the option won't be coming across the Atlantic. A Nintendo UK...

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  • News Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Gathering Happening This Saturday in London

    Don't leave your 3DS in the item box

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has been available for a good month now and Wii U gamers from around the world have been meeting up online to track ferocious beasts down together. Of course, many have picked up the 3DS version which means they can't nip online to fight with others. That hasn't stopped one bunch of...

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    Review Puzzler World 2013

    Worldly goodness

    There’s a good chance that you already know whether or not you're going to purchase Puzzler World 2013. Whether it's because you’ve played a previous game in the series, you’ve read our review of the DS version – which is, for all intents and purposes, the same game – that released in Europe late last year, or if it’s...

  • News Don't Worry, Nnooo's Next Game Will Be On A Nintendo Console, Too

    PS4 and PS Vita title is making the jump

    Nnooo has a history of working on Nintendo platforms, but it has also dabbled with rival formats, too. Its next game is scheduled to be released on the PS4 and PS Vita, but thankfully that doesn't mean that the Aussie studio is ignoring Nintendo fans. In reply to a tweet from one of its followers, Nnooo...

  • News Expect Batman To Sound Different In Arkham Origins

    Kevin Conroy isn't reprising his role in the upcoming game

    Voice actor Kevin Conroy has confirmed that he won't be returning to provide his vocal talents to Bruce Wayne's alter ego in the forthcoming Batman: Arkham Origins. Conroy has lent his voice to the Caped Crusader in cartoons and games for many years, with his first video game credit being...

  • News LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins Catches Up With the UK Top Ten

    A little more sales success for 3DS

    With the start of the week comes the UK software chart, and once again there's some positive news for 3DS titles. On the Wii U front little has changed, with no exclusives appearing in the top 40 but, potentially, some contributions to multi-platform success stories such as Injustice: Gods Among Us. The...

  • News Rex Rocket Could Come To Wii U And 3DS If Funding Targets Are Met

    Retro-styled action platformer currently being Kickstarted

    Another week, another Kickstarter campaign for a title which might be coming to Nintendo platforms. Thankfully, Rex Rocket is well worth keeping an eye on. The game is a 2D platformer which needs $6,000 of funding to get made — and it's already bagged over $2,500 of that total with 27...

  • News Developers Reveal Information on Shin Megami Tensei IV

    Q&A held during Atlus event

    Developers of Shin Megami Tensei IV fielded questions from the curious during the Atlus Live 2 Days extravaganza in Japan this weekend, and the folks over at Siliconera were able to glean information on the upcoming title from their answers. According to developer responses, Shin Megami Tensei IV should clock in at more...

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    Review Puzzler Brain Games

    Brain candy

    Like Nintendo’s Brain Age series, Puzzler Brain Games is a collection of daily brain training activities designed to stimulate the mind and keep you mentally alert. Though instead of feeling like a curriculum of exercises you’d learn in school, Brain Games is presented in a game show-like format and is a more light-hearted affair...

  • Weirdness Nintendo of Europe Didn't Want "Boingy Bits" in Fire Emblem: Awakening

    Perhaps the delayed release was to remove cheeky 'bits'

    It was a continuous and minor gripe for 3DS owners in Europe that there was a two-and-a-half month delay from the North American release of Fire Emblem: Awakening. It may not seem too lengthy a wait, but with a title so highly anticipated and critically acclaimed, it can be borderline...

  • Video Check Out These Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Girl Story Sequences

    Some gorgeous animation to enjoy

    Earlier this week we reported that Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl (or Millennium Maiden) will have cutscenes produced by the highly respected anime studio Madhouse, which is terrific news for the potential standard of the story-telling segments. Millennium Girl, arriving in Japan on 27th June, reimagines the series...

  • News Nintendo Selling Refurbished 3DS and DSi Consoles

    All systems come with a one year warranty

    Nintendo is now selling authentic refurbished products on its official website. The company says the systems are the only refurbished products on the market that have been cleaned, tested and inspected to meet its own high standards. According to the website listings the consoles are guaranteed to be fully...

  • News New River City Ransom Sequel Confirmed

    A crowd-funding campaign is set to launch this Summer

    Combit Studios has announced it is currently developing a sequel to the popular sidescrolling fighter River City Ransom, which was released on the NES in 1989. According to its website, the Canada-based studio will be working with Million - the developer behind the Game Boy Advance remake River...

  • News Ikaruga Creator's Kokuga Blasting Its Way To The West

    The 3DS 'shmup' has been rated in Germany

    Hiroshi Iuchi the creator of the intense Dreamcast (and later, GameCube) top-down polarity shooter Ikaruga also developed a title for the 3DS called Kokuga with 'shmup' specialist G.Rev. The game was released in Japan last September and hopes of a Western adaptation appeared to be slim. However, there is...

  • News Poster Hints At An Eevee-Themed 3DS XL Set For Japan Next Month

    What? Eevee is evolving?

    At the start of the week, we reported that a new Pokémon-themed 3DS XL would be available in Japan in May to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pokémon Center stores. It was rumoured that the handheld would feature the 133rd Pokémon in the Pokédex, Eevee; and to add further speculation, wild posters have appeared...

  • Rumour Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Remake Trademarked in Japan

    We'd bet it's for 3DS

    One recent sales success for Square Enix on 3DS, in Japan in any case, was Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D, a re-make of 1998 Game Boy Color title Dragon Warrior Monsters. Any thought of the title coming West, however, has somewhat faded with each passing month. Still, the Japanese sales of that remake appear to...

  • Video Ace Attorney 5 Trailer Shows Its Own Brand of Wacky Courtroom Drama

    We have no objection

    Ace Attorney 5 is now just a few months away from release in Japan, while localisation to the West in confirmed but without a timeline for its arrival. As a result Capcom is firing up the hype train in Japan; we can happily hop on board, albeit with the danger that we have no idea what anyone is saying. Still, we must say that...

  • News Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers Arrives in Europe This Fall

    NIS America teams up with Atlus

    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is a suitably lengthy name for this first-person dungeon crawling RPG, which offers extensive depth in its adventure. Originally a release on the SEGA Saturn, its new and improved 3DS version is available now in North America and, we're sure, consuming a few lives right...

  • Video Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins Glitch Allows You To Find All Outfit Missions

    Get a full wardrobe with minimum effort

    Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins is released today on the 3DS, and offers a pocket-sized insight on Chase McCain's past as a rookie cop. In the game, you can partake in side-quests to unlock Chase's selection of outfits and costumes. Finding all of these side-quests isn't an easy task, but Family Gamer...

  • News Beyblade: Evolution Spinning Its Way Onto The 3DS This Year

    Takes advantage of the 3DS' capabilities

    Rising Star Games has announced Beyblade: Evolution, an all new exclusive game for the 3DS which is scheduled to spin across Europe and North America later this year. D3Publisher will distribute the game across the US. The title, an interesting take on the TV series Metal Saga, allows players to launch...

  • News Satoru Iwata Confirms Nintendo's Plans To Bring More 3DS Third-Party Support To The West

    Unannounced titles could be on the way, too

    In Nintendo's recent Financial Results Briefing for the end of the Fiscal Year, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata mentioned that the company plans to bring more third-party support to the 3DS, particularly when it comes to Japanese developers localising games for the West. First of all, let's take a look at...

  • News 3DS Market Share For Early 2013 Shows Growth in North America and Europe

    Success in mainland Europe offsets poor UK performance

    Over the four pages of his presentation following Nintendo's annual financial report, Satoru Iwata focuses a great deal of attention on the 3DS and its successes, as well as areas for improvement. There have been some real positives for the handheld on a worldwide scale, with its obvious...

  • News Eiji Aonuma Speaks About Zelda 3DS and its Lengthy Development Time

    It began almost two years ago

    Just little over a week ago, Nintendo announced during its latest Nintendo Direct broadcast that a brand new Legend of Zelda title is coming to 3DS this year, which will be set in the same world as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. In a recent Japan-only Wii U Direct series producer, Eiji Aonuma, commented on...

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  • News Wii U and 3DS Online Connection Rates Exceed 80%

    Europe lagging behind with just 57% of connected 3DS systems

    Just recently Nintendo of America announced a 3DS connection rate of 67%, but it seems that this was a rather conservative figure. During his post financial results presentation, Satoru Iwata has outlined impressive online connection ratios for Nintendo's systems, with one region standing...

  • News Miiverse to Arrive on 3DS "Within This Year"

    3DS game communities will be included, of course

    Earlier today Nintendo took the important step of launching a beta for a browser-based Miiverse service — you simply visit miiverse.nintendo.net on a smartphone, tablet or computer and you can browse the communities and "Yeah" posts, though you can't post your own comments yet. Naturally we're left...

  • News Nintendo Won't Be Holding A Large-Scale Press Conference At E3 This Year

    "We are continuing to investigate ways to deliver information"

    Nintendo has confirmed that it is not doing a large-scale press conference at this year's E3, instead choosing to hold behind-closed-doors events for press and distributors. Where does that leave people watching over the internet? Nintendo has said that it is investigating "ways to...

  • News Madhouse Handling New Etrian Odyssey Cutscenes

    Odds are good you've seen its work

    The upcoming Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl (aka Millennium Maiden), a reported remake of the first game in the series, likely has enough reasons to entice fans already. But just in case, Famitsu has revealed another: Millennium Girl’s cutscenes will be made by the anime studio Madhouse. What’s Madhouse, you...

  • News Ghostlight Confirms Devil Survivor Overclocked Patch is Finished

    Soon Europe will have the full experience

    A little under a month ago, Ghostlight released the much-anticipated Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked in Europe. Unfortunately, however, the game was marred by game-breaking bugs that stops players in their tracks. Using the summon ability or being lied to by an auction seller causes the...

  • Feature Nintendo's Financial Revelations and Hardware Strategies

    3DS leads as Wii U goes slow and steady

    Around this time every year Nintendo reports its financial results for the previous 12 months, and in by-gone days they could be summarised very easily — "we're rolling in cash like money hogs, victory lattes for everyone". Recently it's not been quite that simple, with the decline starting with the...

  • News Tomodachi Collection: New Life Storms the Japanese Charts

    3DS LL (XL) sales double

    Another week of Japanese chart results, and another happy story for the 3DS. In recent weeks we've seen consistent success for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and the ever-green Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but the release of Tomodachi Collection: New Life, the life-simulation game currently exclusive to Japan, has given another...

  • Event Nintendo UK 3DS Showcase

    We sample the best 2013 has to offer

    Last week we were invited to a Nintendo 3DS showcase to get first-hand impressions of some of the upcoming releases in the next few months for Nintendo’s handheld, as well as a demo of the recently announced 3DS Zelda game. We've already previewed a number of these titles in detail from a similar event in San...

  • News Nintendo Letter Box Update Now Live In Europe

    Take note

    Last week, we reported that North American 3DS owners could download an update for the Swapnote application which added a flood of cool new features. The European version of the app — known as Nintendo Letter Box — wasn't so lucky, however. Thankfully, Europe has now caught up with the US and if you're based in The Old World and you...

  • News Nintendo: 3DS eShop And App Store Comparison Is "Quality" Versus "Quantity"

    "3DS has a record of quality that's hard to challenge"

    Nintendo once stated that it wasn't competing with smartphones and didn't view them as gaming devices, but in recent months that stance has changed. The company's top brass is keenly aware that the 3DS is fighting against the likes of the iPhone and iPad for the attention of gamers, and we're...

  • News Aksys Games Announces Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi For 3DS

    Popular visual novel returns in 3D

    Aksys Games has announced Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi, a visual novel/dating sim, for the 3DS. The title is the latest in the Hakuoki series, which have previously been released on the PSP. The 3DS entry features the original Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom with six extra stories that flesh out the...

  • News Konami Releases Strategy Portal for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate

    You'll be whip-smart in no time

    Konami has released a strategy portal for the recently released Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate designed to be accessible both online and through the 3DS Internet Browser — to view on the 3DS visit http://future-press.com/mof/. Since the browser can be used while a game is running, the guide is sure to...

  • Weirdness These Circle Pad Pro Mods Have Some Wacky Designs

    Analogue stick on the shoulder, why not?

    Despite its obvious practical uses and merits for making some 3DS games much easier to play, the Circle Pad Pro and 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro often get teased for their clumsy appearance. The XL variation, in particular, isn't exactly conducive to a portable, streamlined device that can be casually popped into a...

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