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News: Nintendo Boasts New 3DS is its Best-Selling Remodelled Handheld System to Date

Nintendo Boasts New 3DS is its Best-Selling Remodelled Handheld System to Date

Grossly outselling its predecessors

Nintendo has announced that the New Nintendo 3DS and its bigger brother the New Nintendo 3DS LL have been privy to a success more uproarious than expected. In its latest financial report, Nintendo has claimed that over 400,000 New 3DS units have been sold in the mere three weeks that it has been available in...

Video: How Much Faster Is The New Nintendo 3DS?

How Much Faster Is The New Nintendo 3DS?

Quite a bit, as it happens

The New Nintendo 3DS is available now in Japan, and we've been spending some quality time with the system — as you'll already know if you've checked out our review and hands-on video. One of the most common questions we've had since getting the console relates to overall speed — is it really that much faster than the...

News: New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By Almost Three To One In Japan

New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By Almost Three To One In Japan

Despite those oh-so-gorgeous Kisekae plates

The New 3DS and New 3DS LL (XL to us westerners) launched in Japan at the end of last week, and with the standard model offering the ability to fit new front and back plates, many predicted that shoppers would pick customisation over screen size this time around. However, according to figures published by...

Video: New Nintendo 3DS Unboxing And Hands On

New Nintendo 3DS Unboxing And Hands On

Watch in awe as we remove and refit a face plate

We've got the New Nintendo 3DS in the office right now and in-between gazing at its rock-solid 3D screen and fondling its nipple-like C-Stick, we somehow found the time to record a special unboxing and hands-on video, which you can view below. The new console — currently only available in Japan —...

News: Super Smash Bros. Takes the Lead in Japan Once Again, 3DS Sales Dip Further

Super Smash Bros. Takes the Lead in Japan Once Again, 3DS Sales Dip Further

But we're not worried

Once again Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has obliterated the competition and sold over 100,000 units in the past week in Japan. This coupled with the recent announcement of 2.8 million copes sold worldwide is a very sturdy figure to be leaning upon. The PS3's new entry in the Kingdom Hearts series couldn't beat the bea

News: Hyperkin Responds To Accusations Of Infringing On The Rights Of Emulator Creators

Hyperkin Responds To Accusations Of Infringing On The Rights Of Emulator Creators

"We have not been as quick as we could have been"

Last week, we reported on accusations that Hyperkin had infringed on the right of emulator authors with its RetroN 5 console, and at the time we gave Hyperkin the chance to put across its side of the story. We've now had an official response from Hyperkin developer Lawrence Lee: It has always been...

Video: Nintendo Australia Gives Us A Jaunty Tour Of The New 3DS

Nintendo Australia Gives Us A Jaunty Tour Of The New 3DS

Turn the volume up

As you may be aware, Australia got its first Nintendo Direct today, and the big news is that it's going to be one of the first regions outside of Japan to get the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. As well as putting the Direct online for non-Aussies to watch, Nintendo Australia has produced another, shorter clip which shows off the console...

News: You Need To See This Amazing Hand-Sculpted Donkey Kong GBA SP Case Mod

You Need To See This Amazing Hand-Sculpted Donkey Kong GBA SP Case Mod

Good luck trying to play a game on it, though

If you follow the hardware modding community then the name Vadu Amka will be instantly familiar to you. A seasoned pro when it comes to taking existing systems and making them even more attractive, Amka has recently released another new creation: a Game Boy Advance SP which is based on the model used...

News: This Fan-Made NES 3DS XL Offers a Cool Alternative Design

This Fan-Made NES 3DS XL Offers a Cool Alternative Design

Better than Nintendo's?

Nintendo certainly grabbed attention when it announced a NES-themed 3DS XL; the model will be exclusive to GameStop in North America, and unfortunately there are no plans to bring it to Europe. It's due for release on 10th October and will cost $199.99. Not all love the design, however, with the presence of the NES...

News: Pre-Orders Open For NES, Persona Q and Smash Bros. 3DS XL Models in North America

Pre-Orders Open For NES, Persona Q and Smash Bros. 3DS XL Models in North America

"No plans" for the first two in Europe

This week has brought some exciting news for compulsive hardware buyers or those still remarkably on the fence about the 3DS, with an NES-themed XL model confirmed for North America, along with an eye-catching Persona Q model and two variations of the Super Smash Bros. XL that's also coming to Europe, with the...

News: The Japanese New 3DS Packaging Is Both Cute And Colourful

The Japanese New 3DS Packaging Is Both Cute And Colourful

The wait is killing us

Nintendo has revealed what the packaging for the Japanese version of the New 3DS will look like, and we're sure you'll agree that it's pretty sweet. The box is colourful and stylish, and very, very different from the kind of packaging design we've seen for the 3DS range so far. It hints at the bright and fun Cover Plates...

Gallery: It's OK, We Want Each And Every One Of These Gorgeous New 3DS Cover Plates Too

It's OK, We Want Each And Every One Of These Gorgeous New 3DS Cover Plates Too

Nintendo has it covered

We don't know about you, but we're pretty hyped about the forthcoming release of the New 3DS — there's just something about fresh Nintendo hardware that excites the places other companies simply cannot reach. However, out excitement levels have been pushed to the limit by the news that the standard "New" 3DS system will...

News: New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced

New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced

NFC, Second Circle Pad, Extra Shoulder Buttons And Improved Screens

It has been revealed during today's Japanese Nintendo Direct that Nintendo is refreshing its 3DS line of consoles with new features. The revised hardware will include NFC as standard — for Amiibo support — a second, smaller Circle Pad, additional shoulder buttons and improved...

News: Wii U Sales Continue to Rise with the Release of Hyrule Warriors – 3DS Sales Also Strong

Wii U Sales Continue to Rise with the Release of Hyrule Warriors – 3DS Sales Also Strong

Yokai Watch 2 still top banana

Hyrule Warriors was released in Japan last week, and it appears that the unprecedented level of promotion and advertising the game received has paid off. The crossover game holds second place in Japan's charts this week with just shy of 70,000 copies sold. This is certainly a promising figure, and we can only hope for...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

3DS hardware also holds momentum

To the surprise of no one, Yokai Watch 2 has once again dominated the Japanese charts, bringing its sales to 2 million, and this figure doesn't even take into account any digital downloads so the total number is bound to be significantly higher than that. Not only this, but Level-5's original Yokai Watch takes ninth...