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

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: More Tantalising Wii U Pricing Rumours Emerge Online

More Tantalising Wii U Pricing Rumours Emerge Online

Starting at $249.99, release date 11th November

Got your pinch of salt ready? Video Product Distributors have posted up some information relating to the possible SKUs for Nintendo's Wii U console. In case you didn't know already, VPD is a distribution company which counts Amazon, Blockbuster and Overstock as some of its customers. The launch date...

News: GameStop Exploring Possibility of Second-Hand Digital Sales

GameStop Exploring Possibility of Second-Hand Digital Sales

This could affect us, Nintendo fans!

As you can tell from our tagline, it's with a sense of genuine delight that we can bring you news about potential industry changes with retail download software, and actually have an interest in the outcome. After so long lagging behind Sony, Microsoft and PC platforms in terms of full retail downloads, Nintendo...

News: GAME Goes Large With 3DS XL Trade-In Deal

GAME Goes Large With 3DS XL Trade-In Deal

Game on, retailers

With 3DS XL arriving in just five short days in Europe, UK retailer GAME has launched what seems to be the best trade-in offer so far. If you trade a 3DS console with its original packaging you can get an XL system, and an all-important AC adaptor, for £79.99. You can check all of the details for yourself on GAME.co.uk, which...

News: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Download Size Breaks Some Blocks

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Download Size Breaks Some Blocks

2950 of them, to be precise

The arrival of New Super Mario Bros. 2 will herald the dawning of a new downloadable retail age for Nintendo, with gamers having the option of buying direct from the eShop or as download codes from retailers: old-fashioned physical copies are still an option, of course. For those carefully managing their SD card space,...

News: 3DS XL With Two Circle Pads Advertised by UK Store

3DS XL With Two Circle Pads Advertised by UK Store

UPDATE: HMV issues an apology, of sorts

After this story attracted a lot of attention today, HMV has issued a clarification and apology to Eurogamer.net, confirming that this false information was only shown in one store. It's apparent this was just one particular store being a little over-enthusiastic — and the poster has been removed. If it's...

News: Nintendo Drops Price of 3DS AC Adapter in Japan

Nintendo Drops Price of 3DS AC Adapter in Japan

The writing's on the wall socket

The upcoming 3DS XL packaging in Europe may say in big letters that an AC adapter is not included in the box, but that won't stop complaints on the internet and a few confused customers. It was a decision taken, apparently, to make the console more affordable, with adapters and cradles available to buy separately:...

News: 3DS XL Trade Price is Just £146

3DS XL Trade Price is Just £146

Updated: VAT makes trade rate roughly £167.50

Article update MCV has now spoken to an alternative retail source, which states that the quoted trade rate of £146 is liable for VAT at around £21.50, making the actual rate about £167.50. With GameStop already going close to that figure at £169.97, perhaps that will be the lower end of the price...

News: Major Retailers List 3DS XL at £179.99

Major Retailers List 3DS XL at £179.99

Updated prices - GameStop undercuts rivals

Updated article This morning GameStop.co.uk has entered into the price-war by undercutting its rivals, below. GameStop.co.uk — £169.97 Original article After Friday's announcement of 3DS XL, European gamers faced the standard wait to see how the device would be priced by major retailers. The...

News: Retailers Call for Summer Blockbusters

Retailers Call for Summer Blockbusters

Too many games in Q4

Last December we complained about the overcrowded Holiday release schedule, making the simple point that being bombarded with too many games in the approach to Christmas was bad for gamers and publishers alike. The final three months of the year may be wonderfully exciting if you have deep pockets and a lot of spare time, but...

News: 'Majority' of Nintendo Games to be Released Digitally

'Majority' of Nintendo Games to be Released Digitally

Maybe not all, in that case

Most of us have now had plenty of opportunity to digest the news that Nintendo will be delving into the brave new world of retail downloads, starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2 on 3DS in August. An assumption for some has been that Nintendo would release all of its titles as both downloads and boxed game cards or discs,...

News: Nintendo Dominates UK's All-Time Top 10

Nintendo Dominates UK's All-Time Top 10

Mario Kart on the podium

Trade and industry magazine MCV has posted a top ten of the biggest-selling single SKUs of all time, and Nintendo's on top. An SKU is a "stock-keeping unit" — a product with a unique barcode — and is used to separate the same game on multiple formats. MCV's list looks at the biggest-selling SKUs in UK history,...

News: GAME Not Selling Mario Party 9

GAME Not Selling Mario Party 9

Not available online either

It's emerged today that UK retailer GAME will not be stocking Mario Party 9 when it's released this coming Friday. In a Nintendo statement GAME and Gamestation, which are both part of GAME Group plc., were omitted from a list of retailers where the title will be available. At the current time the retail group doesn't have...

News: GAME Drops The Last Story Limited Edition

GAME Drops The Last Story Limited Edition

Pre-orders are out of luck

For UK gamers planning to pick up the special edition of The Last Story from retailer GAME, there's been some disappointing news as their orders have been cancelled. As reported by Eurogamer, emails were sent to affected customers earlier this week, giving only a few days notice before the title launches on 24th February...

News: SoulCalibur V 3DS Appears on Retail Coming Soon List

SoulCalibur V 3DS Appears on Retail Coming Soon List

Draw your weapon

3DS certainly isn't short of fighting games, but it may be getting one more added to its stable in the form of Namco Bandai's SoulCalibur V. A retail insider tipped us off that a pre-order listing for the game appears on tills at a major high street chain. Namco Bandai had not responded to our invitation to comment at the time of...

News: UK's Best-Selling Games of 2011 Revealed

UK's Best-Selling Games of 2011 Revealed

Nintendo misses all-format top 10

Now 2011's over and done with, the Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment — UKIE for short — has revealed the best-selling games across all formats last year. To nobody's surprise, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the best-selling game of the year, but what's most surprising is the...