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News: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter Sold Out Already in Most US Stores

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter Sold Out Already in Most US Stores

eBay prices skyrocket

Nintendo were right to release the GameCube Controller Adapter for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as it appears the popularity of the peripheral was far greater than many stockists of the device were anticipating, leaving it out of stock already in most US stores. Many Smash Bros. veterans swear by the GameCube controller as...

News: The New Nintendo 3DS Doesn't Come With An Internet Filter In Australia

The New Nintendo 3DS Doesn't Come With An Internet Filter In Australia

Other western markets may follow suit

When the New Nintendo 3DS launched in Japan recently one of the more interesting new elements was the web browser, which came with a filter to block adult content from the eyes of innocent and impressionable youngsters. To remove the filter, you have to register a credit card — which incurs a small charge —...

News: Genyo Takeda Discusses Nintendo's Hardware Future

Genyo Takeda Discusses Nintendo's Hardware Future

"We have been making progress"

In Nintendo's recent investor Q&A, Genyo Takeda described the possible directions Nintendo is considering for its future hardware: The integration of architecture is our fundamental policy, and we have been making progress. Now that our new hardware systems are on the market, I would need to comment in terms of...

Hardware Classics: The Sega Genesis Nomad

The Sega Genesis Nomad

The less-travelled roadie

During the early '90s Sega's hardware department effectively went crazy. Flushed with the success of the Genesis / Mega Drive in North America and Europe, the company produced a series of commercial duds in an attempt to buttress its 16-bit business in the face of stiff competition from rival Nintendo. The first endeavour...

News: Online Retailers Offer Huge Discounts on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Hardware Bundles in the UK

Online Retailers Offer Huge Discounts on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Hardware Bundles in the UK

Crazy prices on 8GB systems

We're heading into the most competitive and important sales season of the year, and as a result Nintendo and its rivals will be going all out to convince consumers to splash the cash on their systems and games. Retailers, for their part, will be trying to rapidly clear out old stock and coax gamers to their stores to...

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...