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  • News 3DS Hardware Sales Pass 15 Million Units in Japan

    It took 153 weeks

    While the 3DS may not have sales tracking alongside those of the DS family of systems, it's achieved a great deal after a poor start and — as most would agree — performed well in an increasingly crowded, volatile market. Nintendo had hoped for better, naturally, having revised its yearly target down just recently, but that's...

  • News Nintendo "Confident" in PC Box Anti-Piracy Case Following European Court of Justice Decision

    It's complicated

    Nintendo has been involved in a number of legal cases to shut down and cease the sale of products used for "modding" its consoles, with the resulting uses circumventing the official functionality of the hardware. A current ongoing case in Italy is with PC Box, with Nintendo pursuing a case due to the company marketing and selling...

  • News Nintendo of America Offers Stock of Refurbished Wii U Deluxe Sets for $250

    A $50 saving on the recommended retail price for new systems

    While two of the biggest retailers in the UK are dropping Wii U console prices, the tale naturally varies elsewhere. Gamers in North America currently considering a Wii U find some retailers sticking with the recommended 32GB price of $299 — there are some cheaper options. Just like...

  • News 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 This Design For A "Game Boy Evolution" Sure Is Intriguing

    A hi-tech system with fold-out controls

    When it comes to Nintendo's next move in the portable gaming space — not that it's likely to be in a rush — we've seen a few dreamers with decent software come up with interesting ideas and flashy concept images. A notable recent example was the Nintendo smartphone, a potato so hot that we'll leave that...

  • News DS and Wii Set High Standards in Spanish Hardware Sales

    3DS working towards one million sales in the country

    As we get closer to the latest official Nintendo updates on worldwide hardware and software sales, more data continues to emerge for various territories. In recent days there's been information on 2013 sales in the UK, for example, but some further figures have now emerged showing sales of the...

  • News Fresh 2013 UK Hardware Sales Figures Keep 3DS on Top, While Wii U Sells Less Than Vita

    The 3DS family and Wii U both show annual increases

    Last week we shared a report by trade magazine MCV which listed the 3DS — the "family" of systems taken as one — as the top selling games system in the UK for the whole of 2013. MCV also had PS4 squeaking past the Xbox 360 as the best-selling home console, while no specific details were given...

  • News The 3DS Was The UK's Top-Selling Games System in 2013

    That includes the 2DS

    It's well known that the 3DS family of systems had a strong year in 2013 in various territories, and in terms of the UK there'd been various positive headlines throughout the 12 months. A steady stream of high-profile games — such as Pokémon X & Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds...





  • News China Removes Game Console Ban

    There is a catch or two

    Earlier this year we reported that China was considering a removal of its ban on video game consoles; it was a rule that was bypassed by TV plug and play systems, including a Nintendo offering called iQue which included Nintendo 64 games. Modern systems with separately sold retail games were, however, out of bounds. As part...

  • Out Now Pokémon X & Y 3DS XL Models Arrive in North America and PAL Regions

    Gotta collect 'em all

    With the arrival of Pokémon X & Y now just two weeks away, at the time of writing, it's perhaps worth a reminder that new 3DS XL hardware has been released to celebrate the titles. The pictured systems hit stores on 27th September in North America and PAL regions, priced $199.99 U.S. / £179.99 / €199.99. As the...

  • Hardware Review Nintendo 2DS

    We spend some time with the newest member of the 3DS family

    When the 3DS first launched and showed the world exactly how incredible glasses-free 3D gaming could be, it was quickly dismissed by many as a gimmick and a dying fad. Now, almost three years and 30 million shipped units later, the 3DS is one of the strongest consoles on the market, and...

  • News Wii U Family Hardware Bundles Revealed in Japan

    Mario, partying, fitness and karaoke all in one box

    When it comes to the Wii U, Nintendo is undoubtedly working hard to line-up offers and deals to make an impression on the market. We've recently seen a special bundle for The Wind Waker HD in North America — which is also coming to Europe — and more bundles are rumoured, such as one featuring...

  • News Shin'en: If Developers Can't Make Great Looking Games On Wii U, It's Their Own Fault

    A bad workman blames his tools

    Let's be honest — the Wii U is going to be left in third place in technical terms when the PS4 and Xbox One release later this year. Nintendo's system simply isn't as powerful as Microsoft and Sony's machines, so it's reasonable to expect something of a graphical disparity between the platforms — just as was the...

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