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Video: This Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Launch Advert Will Fire You Up

This Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Launch Advert Will Fire You Up

The hype is real

At the time of writing Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is just hours away, bringing us the first portable entry in the series and ending some serious pre-launch hype; then we'll start all over again for the Winter arrival of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. As the brawler is now upon us Nintendo UK has released a suitably dramatic...

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: Wii U Premium Bundles Most Popular in UK Launch

Wii U Premium Bundles Most Popular in UK Launch

System memory and a bundled game matter, clearly

The Wii U Premium Pack was by far the people's favourite in the UK over its launch weekend, proving to be the superior of the bundle bunch. The Premium 32GB bundle reportedly accounted for 60% of the Wii U's sales this past weekend, while the ZombiU package sold at 30%. That just leaves the Basic 8GB...

Feature: EU Wii U Launch Day - Live!

EU Wii U Launch Day - Live!

Hey America, now it's our turn!

Wii U launched what feels like years ago - Sunday 18th November in North America, to be precise. After literally days of waiting (days can seem like months when it comes to new Nintendo hardware) Europe is finally getting the shiny new system, and we're going to share the experience with you just as we did with the US...

News: People Are Already Queuing For The Wii U In London

People Are Already Queuing For The Wii U In London

Dedicated fans show their appreciation for Nintendo

Last week we reported that HMV's flagship store on Oxford Street would be hosting the UK's Wii U midnight launch, with the first 100 in the line getting a free copy of New Super Mario Bros. U. Some more prizes and goody bags will be given away on the night too to mark the occasion. It comes as no...

News: Wii U UK Launch Event Set for HMV in London

Wii U UK Launch Event Set for HMV in London

Free games for the first 100

With one week before its release in Europe, details have now emerged of the UK's Wii U launch event — it's set for HMV's flagship London store on Oxford Street. As you'd expect it'll be a midnight launch, and various incentives and activities are planned to keep eager Wii U early-adopters warm. The doors will...

News: Nintendo Provides Final Wii U Launch Line-Up for Europe

Nintendo Provides Final Wii U Launch Line-Up for Europe

The final, final list

With the European launch of Wii U getting ever closer — quiet, North Americans — Nintendo of Europe has now issued its definitive list of packaged retails games that'll be there on day one. We already knew about all — or at least most — of these, but it's nevertheless nice to see a confirmed line-up for what games...

News: Isaiah Triforce Johnson Is Already Queuing For His Wii U

Isaiah Triforce Johnson Is Already Queuing For His Wii U

Remember the guy who gets all the Nintendo consoles first?

Serial queue-starter Isaiah Triforce Johnson has made a bit of a name for himself as the first person to buy just about every piece of Nintendo hardware in recent history. He was the first to purchase Wii and the first to get his hands on 3DS in North America. Now, he has already begun to...

Round Up: Wii U Launch Window Games

Wii U Launch Window Games

Wallets at the ready

Nintendo's Wii U "Launch window" is defined as the period beginning when the console is released, and ends on March 31, 2013. We've trawled through the information we have to provide you with the following details of confirmed launch day and launch period games; where necessary we've indicated a specific region. Nintendo itself...

Feature: Launching a Console Without Mario

Launching a Console Without Mario

No mascot on day one

In recent weeks we've been looking at console launches, as preparation for the pre-launch hype for Wii U that's set to begin at E3 2012. So far we've explored console launches in general but also the launch of Wii, a system that notably arrived without a Mario title but has nevertheless achieved major sales success. In some...

News: Iwata Knows 3DS Launch Line-Up was Lacklustre

Iwata Knows 3DS Launch Line-Up was Lacklustre

Big titles were AWOL

The 3DS launched without a Mario or Zelda game, and it's fair to say the machine's sales so far haven't been stunning. Satoru Iwata was recently asked about this matter during a shareholder Q&A, and acknowledged the machine's software line-up wasn't impressive. If we had have launched the Nintendo 3DS after we had prepared more software by which the users felt "I want..

News: 3DS Launch Sales Have Been Breaking Records Worldwide

3DS Launch Sales Have Been Breaking Records Worldwide

Reggie Fils-Aime explains why the 3DS and DS launches shouldn't be compared with each other

The 3DS has launched in all major territories now and the launch period sales figures have been undoubtedly impressive. Japan was the debut region for the 3DS and a reported 374,764 consoles were sold during its launch weekend with another 209,623 units shifted in the following week. Its debut week saw more..

News: Melbourne EB Games to Host Official 3DS Launch Party

Melbourne EB Games to Host Official 3DS Launch Party

Launch games confirmed too

Oh Australia: in all the excitement about the 3DS European and North American launches, with their special guests and exciting giveaways, somehow you got forgotten about. Don't worry though: we still love you, so here's the 3DS launch events you could be attending next Wednesday night. The official event kicks off next Wednesday night at Melbourne's EB Games store on..

News: This is Your Chance to Dragon Punch Street Fighter's Producer

This is Your Chance to Dragon Punch Street Fighter's Producer

Or Hadouken, if you prefer

We told you about the official UK 3DS midnight launch the other day, with your chance to step up on stage and battle other players, but Nintendo has just revealed one of the opponents is none other than Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition producer Yoshinori Ono. Ono will attend to sign copies of the game at the official UK launch at HMV Oxford Street, as well as challenge..

News: Best Buy in New York to Host the Big 3DS Launch Event

Best Buy in New York to Host the Big 3DS Launch Event

Food, fun and freebies

It's less than one week until you can get your very own Nintendo 3DS, but if the concept of waiting even a few more hours is enough to turn your guts to jelly you might want to turn up to the Best Buy in New York's Union Square this Saturday night to attend the console's official launch party. Nintendo promises music and giveaways, as well as the real reason anyone goes to..

News: Canadian 3DS Launch Event Split Between Two Cities

Canadian 3DS Launch Event Split Between Two Cities

The ears of Toronto and Vancouver are burning

Ahead of its North American launch on 27th March, Canadian gamers can experience the 3DS at one of two venues as part of Nintendo's official 3DS launch event. On Saturday, 26th March from 6:00pm to 12:00am; Toronto, Ontario, and Vancouver, British Columbia will be hosting the special occasion where gamers can spend some quality time with the handheld..

News: Japanese Gamers Have Bought Plenty of Consoles Already

Japanese Gamers Have Bought Plenty of Consoles Already

All gone?

Saturday saw the Japanese release of the Nintendo 3DS, and predictably the console sold extremely well, with newspaper Nikkei (via Andriasang) reporting the initial shipment of 400,000 units of the machine have all sold out across the country. Shop shelves shouldn't be bare for too long though, with Nintendo promising to deliver a total of 1.5 million consoles for Japan before the end of..

News: Cast Envious Eyes at Japanese Gamers Buying their 3DS Today

Cast Envious Eyes at Japanese Gamers Buying their 3DS Today

Go on, give 'em a scowl

Today's the day: Nintendo's new handheld, the 3DS, is officially available to buy for the first time in Japan, for ¥25,000 (around $305 / £190 / €220). Kotaku reports the majority of Tokyo stores sold out of their stocks all-but immediately, and has put together a short video below showing some of the sights of the first truly new Nintendo hardware launch since Wii's..

News: European 3DS Launch Line-up Close to Being Finalised

European 3DS Launch Line-up Close to Being Finalised

To be revealed a lot sooner than the Japanese launch

Seven weeks prior to the upcoming Japanese launch of the 3DS, Nintendo was in a position where it officially revealed the launch titles that will be released in conjunction with the console. Whilst Nintendo of Europe isn't quite ready to announce what titles will be available on 25th March, the company is confident the final line-up will be..