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News: You Can Grab a 2DS and Pokémon X for $100 at Target

You Can Grab a 2DS and Pokémon X for $100 at Target

We've dug up a couple of GAME deals in the UK, too

As we gear up for an exciting new wave of 3DS titles in the coming months we can expect Nintendo to make another push for Spring and Summer hardware sales. While the system's family has performed rather well, there are plenty of potential consumers yet to take the plunge, with titles such as...

News: Walmart Announces Foray Into Pre-Owned Games

Walmart Announces Foray Into Pre-Owned Games

Program begins on 26th March

Walmart has announced today that stores across the United States will begin participating in a new pre-owned video game program as of 26th March this year. Citing the $2 billion used game market as incentive to enter its own bid, Walmart promises an easy trade-in program that follows much the same business model as...

News: Nintendo of Europe Confirms Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle

Nintendo of Europe Confirms Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle

The Spiny Shell is back

With Mario Kart 8 set to be a major release for the Wii U on 30th May, Nintendo of Europe has now started its engines on building hype and encouraging pre-orders. Having confirmed Super Mario Kart for the Wii U Virtual Console, along with a tempting eShop discount, it's also outlined physical retail options to tempt you to...

News: New and Sealed Xenoblade Chronicles Copies Available in North America

New and Sealed Xenoblade Chronicles Copies Available in North America

A rare opportunity

For a Wii game released in 2012 in North America (2011 in Europe), Xenoblade Chronicles has shown an impressive ability to remain relevant to enthusiastic Nintendo gamers. Its limited run in Nintendo of America's domain took on a controversial tone when retailer GameStop began charging $89.99 for copies, while there were even...

News: Best Buy's 20% eShop Card Discount is Back

Best Buy's 20% eShop Card Discount is Back

Nintendo wants you to know

Late last year Best Buy reduced eShop pre-paid cards by 20% in North America, tempting gamers to go the download option by essentially offering a discount across all games on the download stores. Shoppers had the chance to spend, for example, $40 to receive $50 of credit; as a promotion to encourage more to take the...

News: UK Retailer, GAME, To Hold Special Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Day Next Week

UK Retailer, GAME, To Hold Special Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Day Next Week

In select stores, of course

Yes, at last it’s finally here, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has landed in the UK and US. It’s been three years since the primate pilgrim had his own private outing, but we’re just as happy to see him now as we were all those years ago; to celebrate the simian superstar’s frosty return UK retailer, GAME,...

News: Mass Market Price And Mario Kart 8 Will Reverse The Wii U's Fortunes, Say UK Retailers

Mass Market Price And Mario Kart 8 Will Reverse The Wii U's Fortunes, Say UK Retailers

Key figures in UK games retail pass judgement

Nintendo's recent poor financial reports and the less-than-brilliant sales of the Wii U console have triggered a flood of comments and suggestions from fans, developers, publishers and analysts alike, and now it's the turn of the retailers to offer their own perspective on the situation. Speaking to UK...

News: UK Retailer Argos Drops Wii U Premium to £179.99

UK Retailer Argos Drops Wii U Premium to £179.99

Update: Amazon UK joins in

Update Amazon, not one to be outdone on a deal, has now matched the Argos Wii U Premium price of £179.99, which you can see right here; as with Argos, this is for the standard 32GB model. Original article After a festive period that — as acknowledged by Nintendo — failed to deliver the bumper sales it anticipated,...

News: Boost in GAME Retail Sales Suggest a Potential Stock Market Return

Boost in GAME Retail Sales Suggest a Potential Stock Market Return

Specialist retailer back in the, erm, game

GAME, the UK retailer with some limited presence in Europe, has reported that sales in its stores for last year increased by 90%, with its online sales jumping 213%. There was also, predictably, a major boost in the closing weeks of last year with the arrival of PS4 and Xbox One, while major contributors on...

News: UK Retailer GAME States Ambition to be at the Forefront Of Download Content Sales

UK Retailer GAME States Ambition to be at the Forefront Of Download Content Sales

"The amount of digital content is going to keep growing"

GAME is the prominent specialist video game retailer in the UK, with some stores around Europe, but has endured difficulties in recent history with administration and a transition to new owners in 2012. Since then the company appears to have found a degree of stability, and in an interview...

News: Nintendo Reiterates Confidence That the Wii U Can Compete

Nintendo Reiterates Confidence That the Wii U Can Compete

"We’re standing apart offering variety and value"

The Wii U's year to date, though undoubtedly showing upward momentum of late, hasn't yet hit the targets that Nintendo has set. It's looking like a statistical long shot that it'll come particularly close to the company's nine million sales target for the financial year, which will have Satoru...

News: 3DS Hardware Sales Reach the Two Million Landmark in the UK

3DS Hardware Sales Reach the Two Million Landmark in the UK

That includes 2DS, too

We've heard much positive news about the 3DS this year, with the UK market also enjoying strong sales of the portable and its big-hitting games. Major releases such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Pokémon X & Y — along with various others — have delivered success in the software charts and driven hardware purchases...

News: Initial Run of Conception II Coming With a Bonus Disc

Initial Run of Conception II Coming With a Bonus Disc

Pre-orders to be bundled with joy

Atlus has announced an incentive for its upcoming 3DS title Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars. Apparently rampant innuendo just isn't enough for some people. According to a company press release, the first run of Conception II will come in a special box and include a 10-track CD of game music composed by...

News: Target Offering 3DS XL Models For $149.99 Until 21st December

Target Offering 3DS XL Models For $149.99 Until 21st December

Includes Zelda and Mario & Luigi bundles, if you can find them

While many shoppers may have scrambled for the various hot 3DS / 2DS deals available over the Black Friday week, festive shoppers can still pick up great deals if they know where to look. One example for North Americans is the current deal doing the rounds at Target stores, where all 3DS...

News: Nintendo of America Reminds Gamers of 20% Discount on eShop Cards at Best Buy

Nintendo of America Reminds Gamers of 20% Discount on eShop Cards at Best Buy

Download fans, unite up!

Nintendo is certainly keen for Wii U and 3DS owners to consider going the download route with their favourite games. While there are still some obstacles scaring some away — such as premium prices and hardware-based account data — there have been growing numbers making the move to a virtual library. Nintendo of America,...