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  • News GameStop Advert Offers A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL and Luigi Bundle

    It was inevitable

    Earlier in the week we shared the happy news — and some pretty images — of a limited edition The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL model coming to Europe, alongside the rather attractive Luigi 3DS XL that's been available in Japan for a number of months. A GameStop Black Friday ad in the US seems to reveal that the...

  • Hardware Here's What The Nintendo 2DS Looks Like With Its Clothes Off

    Nintendo's new console gets pulled apart in these exclusive shots

    Last week saw the release of the 2DS, the latest member of Nintendo's popular line of 3DS handhelds. Most of those who were lucky enough to pick up one of these systems will have been enjoying the new form factor and highly portable nature of the device, while others will have been...

  • News A Third Limited Edition Monster Hunter 4 3DS Model Emerges in Japan

    The West says hi, Capcom!

    Monster Hunter 4 has been a bit of a triumph since its release in Japan, surpassing three million sales already and in the process easily hitting Capcom's targets. It's been a positive for Nintendo, too, as it can cite the substantial success of a third-party exclusive on the 3DS. It's certainly been a strong partnership...

  • News Nintendo Announces Luigi and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Models

    New Zelda title to have reversible cover, too

    While we often bemoan the absence of some particularly snazzy 3DS hardware designs in the West, we today have some happy news to share. The previously Japan-only Luigi 3DS XL model is coming to Europe on 1st November, and a special The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL is also being released...

  • News Nintendo Confirms Three New Wii U Hardware Bundles for Europe

    Mario and Luigi, Wii Party U and Just Dance offerings

    We've had plenty of speculation in recent times regarding Wii U bundles, as it's seemed inevitable that Nintendo will boost the value of its offerings with packed-in options to cater to various audiences. Nintendo of Europe has today stepped forward with its own offers, all set to arrive in...

  • Rumour Cherry And Mango Wii U Colours Outed By Toys R Us France

    Due in November and December respectively

    Toys R Us France has listed two new colours of the Wii U console: Cherry and Mango. The listings state that the Cherry console will launch on November 27th at €299.99 while the Mango hue is expected on December 4th fo €50 less. The price difference suggests that the Cherry bundle will include elements...

  • Guide How To Capture Video And Screenshots From Your 3DS

    Turn your handheld into a multimedia star

    As the next generation of home consoles looms over us, the topic of video sharing is becoming ever more important. Both the PS4 and Xbox One will offer the ability to record and upload your gaming performances so others can appraise them online, which will surely lead to an explosion of self-made clips on...

  • Parent Trap Nintendo 2DS Family Stress Test

    Family Gamer's Andy Robertson takes a look at the 2DS

    With the 2DS fast approaching I've had some hands on time with the device. Rather than waxing lyrical over the perfectly crafted design (or indeed bemoaning the cheese-like profile) I wanted to put the console to the test in a real family setting. So I set-up another of my time-lapse battery...

  • News We Opened Up The Nintendo 2DS And Found A 1300mAh Battery Inside

    Same as the original 3DS model

    We've been spending a lot of quality time with Nintendo's new 2DS console, and one of the first questions people have about the machine is how the battery life shapes up when compared to the 3DS and 3DS XL. Family Gamer's Andy Robertson will be answering that question in more detail as part of his Parent Trap blog on...

  • Feature Five Reasons Why The 2DS Will Be The Biggest Selling Handheld This Christmas

    Forget the jokes, we think Nintendo has a hit on its hands

    When Nintendo announced the 2DS a short time ago, the internet was almost united in its level of befuddlement. Why remove the one thing the original system was sold on: its ability to display 3D images without the need for special glasses? It seemed like a backwards step for Nintendo and an...

  • News Nintendo Set To End Production of the Wii

    Wii don't want to hear any more

    Update: Nintendo of Europe has provided a statement to Eurogamer regarding this news. Yes, NCL did update their website on 29th August with a small notice to state that Wii hardware production will stop in the near future. This specific message was referring to the Japanese market. No specific time frame has been...

  • 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 release...

  • 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...

  • Hardware This Custom Tron N64 Makes Us Want To Return To The Grid

    Greetings, programs!

    Zoki64 is famous for his hardware modifications, and his latest project is a real masterpiece. He's painted an N64 straight out of Tron, complete with elements which glow in the dark. You can see the system in the video below, accompanied by Daft Punk's excellent music for the recent sequel, Tron: Legacy.

  • Rumour Wii U New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Luigi U Hardware Bundle Sighted

    Wii Fit U listed for November, too

    It's Wii U bundle rumour time, everyone! We all like juicy speculation based on retailers either breaking an embargo or making products up, and courtesy of Twitter user Oisin1001 more information on potential Wii U releases has been spilled; both are reportedly from a Smyth's Toys catalogue, which is a retailer in...

  • Hardware Review Neo Geo X Gold & Mega Pack Volume 1

    The Rolls Royce of games consoles goes portable

    Gamers of a certain age will have fond memories of the Neo Geo, even if they didn't get chance to own one all those years ago. Considering the small number of consoles sold, the system had an incredible influence and impact on the gaming scene in the early '90s. Launched at a time when the 16-bit...

  • Interview Exploring The Centre for Computing History - Cambridge

    Taking a trip down memory lane

    One of Cambridge’s best kept secrets is The Centre for Computing History, a museum dedicated to preserving the history of home computers and video game consoles from all eras. Located on a quiet industrial estate only a few miles outside of the historic city centre in East Anglia, England, the museum is not one you...

  • News Pokémon X & Y 3DS XL Systems Hit the West on 27th September

    In red and blue varieties

    Update: Nintendo of Europe has confirmed what we suspected in the article below — these limited edition systems will not be bundled with copies of Pokémon X & Y. [tweet Original Article: During today's Pokémon Direct broadcast, Satoru Iwata spilled the beans on a routinely leaked and w

  • Review Disney Infinity Figurines

    Beyond Infinity, into your home

    To fully grasp the concept behind Disney Infinity, it’s important to understand that the whole game uses a meta concept in which things in-game also must exist in real life. Without delving too deep into theories or abstractions, the simplest way to put it is by saying that everything is a toy. Whether it’s the...

  • News Nintendo Confirms Wii U "Price Reduction Initiative" in Europe from 4th October

    Limited edition LEGO City Undercover Premium Pack also confirmed

    Yesterday brought the news that Nintendo of America is applying a formal $50 price cut to the 32GB Wii U model, beginning on 20th September alongside the launch of a limited edition Wind Waker HD bundle. The price cut will apply to standard bundles, also, but while Nintendo of Europe...

  • News Nintendo 2DS is Actually Made With Just One Screen

    An interesting innovation

    Earlier today Nintendo formally announced the 2DS, which is essentially a 3DS that doesn't show images in 3D. Interestingly, it does not feature the typical clamshell design we're all used to and it turns out that would have been pretty tough to accomplish, as the 2DS is in fact made up of just one screen — the...

  • News 3D Gaming is Very Much A Part of Nintendo's Future Plans

    "We don't want to walk away from that at all"

    If you haven't heard, Nintendo has announced the latest addition to its handheld family, the 2DS. Many people are wondering what this means for the 3D feature incorporated into the 3DS and 3DS XL and Nintendo has been quick to point out it is still very much a part of its future plans. In an interview...

  • News Nintendo Confirms Limited Edition Wii U Bundle For The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

    Download release comes early on 20th September

    Update: Nintendo UK has confirmed an equivalent bundle, though it is dated for 4th October, rather than the advance 20th September date in North America. A limited edition boxed version of the game will also be available which will include a Ganondorf figurine and a double-sided title sheet. The...

  • News Say Hello To The Nintendo 2DS - A 3DS without 3D

    $129.99 price, launches in October

    Update: GAME has rather quickly revealed its UK pricing for the 3DS, detailed below. It has a price of £109.99 and includes a 4GB SD card, as well as a charger — the 3DS XL does not include a charger in Europe. Original article: Well, that was unexpected. Nintendo has just revealed the latest addition to its...

  • News Wii U Deluxe Model Gets Official $50 Price Cut in North America

    Begins on 20th September

    After months of speculation and increasing doubt, Nintendo has taken the plunge and confirmed an official price cut on the Wii U Deluxe 32GB model. This takes the form of a new "suggested retail price" of $299 in North America, a $50 cut announced today at the GameStop Managers Show in Las Vegas; the new price will begin on...

  • Rumour The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Trailer Shows a Special Edition Wii U Design

    So pretty

    In recent weeks we've seen sketchy rumours of a Wii U bundle with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD become increasingly reliable. The Gamescom build of the game has also revealed a Hero Mode and a host of other details, so Nintendo is clearly gearing up the hype ahead of an October rel

  • Hardware Review Wireless Super Retro 64 Controller

    Out of control

    With digital download services on the rise and HD remakes becoming more of a regular occurrence, the retro gaming scene is bigger than ever. Restore points and improved visuals — not to mention the off-TV play function offered by the Wii U GamePad — have done a good job of making older titles more suited to our modern...

  • News More Evidence Emerges of a Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle

    32GB model with game to reportedly retail for $349.99

    In July we reported the rumour that a Wind Waker HD hardware bundle was on the way, but treated it with plenty of salt due to its lack of any real evidence. More compelling proof has now emerged to back up those claims, along with those of red and blue 3DS XL bundles for Pokémon X & Y, which...

  • Hardware Review Hauppauge HD PVR2 Gaming Edition Plus

    It's pronounced 'hop-pog', by the way

    As we head further into this generation, sharing and social media is looking to be an increasingly large focus for Nintendo’s competitors, with both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One featuring their own built-in DVRs. Unfortunately, Nintendo’s latest console lacks both the means and the oomph required for what...

  • News Wii U Hardware Still Being Sold At A Loss

    Don't hold your breath for a price cut

    Nintendo usually likes to sell its hardware at a profit, right from day one — something which sets the company apart from the likes of Sony and Microsoft, who have traditionally taken massive hits on hardware in the hope that software sales will make up the deficit. However, a Nintendo representative...

  • News Black 3DS XL Arrives in North America on 11th August

    Black like your former bank balance

    Last week we told you about some marketing for the black 3DS XL suggesting that the model would arrive in North America at the weekend. Well, it didn't hit stores as expected, but Nintendo has now confirmed that the new colour will be available in the region from 11th August. That's the same day that Mario &...

  • Rumour Nintendo Planning a Wind Waker HD Hardware Bundle

    Pokémon X & Y 3DS XL bundles, too

    So, let's all get some salt to hand. Ready? According to a cheeky rumour-merchant that claims to have access to the inventory system at a "major system retailer" in the U.S., Nintendo is planning a Wii U hardware bundle with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, as well as red and blue 3DS XL bundles with...

  • News North America, It Looks Like You'll Have The Black 3DS XL Soon Enough

    New colour spotted in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team commercial

    Live in North America and dearly want to get your hands on an all-black 3DS XL? Well rest easy, because it looks like your wait could be over soon. The black 3DS XL appears in the commercial for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, which suggests that it could be coming state-side in the...

  • News Limited Edition Pokémon X & Y 3DS Models Revealed in Japan

    There's a nice new trailer, too

    We've known for a few days now about Pokémon X & Y limited edition 3DS XL models coming to Japan, with the initial details being restricted to the knowledge that they'd predictably feature newcomers Xerneas and Yveltal. Now we have images of the systems, and they both look like a treat. First up is the...

  • News You Can Now Use Your GameCube Pad On Your Wii U

    Isn't modern technology just wonderful?

    One of the hidden talents of the original Wii console was support for GameCube controllers, but sadly this functionality was removed from the Wii U — along with the ability to play GameCube discs. For those of you who simply can't let go of that beloved Wavebird, help is at hand. Mayflash — a company...

  • Hardware Classics Nintendo Virtual Boy

    Nintendo's nadir, or misunderstood masterpiece?

    According to the history books, the Virtual Boy is Nintendo's biggest failure — both commercially and critically — in the hardware arena. Launched in 1995 to almost complete consumer apathy, it bypassed Europe entirely and was discontinued the following year. It is also thought to be the reason...

  • News Luigi 3DS XL Model Dated and Priced for Japan

    We'd like it too, Nintendo

    Back during the April Nintendo Direct, the Japanese broadcast showed off the new Luigi 3DS XL model, and it wasn't revealed for other territories. Considering it's a special edition to tie-in with the release of Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, we're running out of time for confirmation that it's coming to the West — E3, if...

  • News 32GB White Wii U, Rechargeable Wii Remote Battery And 2550mAh GamePad Battery Announced

    I love the smell of new hardware in the morning

    Nintendo has confirmed a new Premium SKU for its Wii U console. The system will be released in white with 32GB of internal memory — a configuration which was previously only available in black. It launches in Japan on July 13th for 31,500 Yen (that's about $312 / £206). New accessories have also...

  • News This Custom Twin Famicom Is The Stuff Hardware Dreams Are Made Of

    Remember when console designs actually mattered?

    We hate to keep going on about it, but Microsoft revealed the Xbox One to the world this week. We're obviously biased, but we happen to think it looks a little underwhelming in purely physical terms — Nintendo Life Operations Director Darren Calvert said it best when he described the console as...

  • News Consumers Go Crazy For Wii U Following Xbox One Reveal

    One of Amazon UK's biggest movers and shakers

    It’s no secret that the Xbox One reveal did not go as smoothly as Microsoft might have hoped. For some, the idea of buying a giant Betamax-styled brick that blocks used games and requires the Kinect camera to function was a big turn-off — even if it does make changing the TV channel a fraction of a...

  • News Microsoft: If You're Backwards Compatible, You're Really Backwards

    Xbox creator claims only 5% of players make use of the feature

    Always online. Games tied to a single console. Indie developers can't self-publish. Just when you thought Microsoft couldn't have made a bigger hash of its Xbox One announcement, along comes the company's head of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick to attack backwards compatibility...

  • News Tech Site T3 Predicts What The Nintendo Smartphone Would Look Like

    If you can't beat them, join them?

    Love them or loathe them, smartphones are revolutionising the way people play games on the go. While touchscreen devices are still a long way from providing the same level of immersion and precision offered by dedicated games consoles like the Nintendo 3DS, the fact that they are always in your pocket and always...

  • News Nintendo Announces Metallic Red 3DS, Cobalt Blue And Misty Pink To Be Phased Out

    Nintendo giveth and Nintendo taketh away

    Nintendo has announced yet another new 3DS colour for gamers in Japan: Metallic Red. Announced yesterday — though the Eevee 3DS XL stole a majority of the limelight — the new system is a more vibrant shade of red than the previous Flame Red 3DS. It'll launch on the 13th June for 15,000 yen, along with a...

  • News Eevee 3DS XL Evolves For Pokémon Center 15th Anniversary

    One of the many Eeveelutions

    Last month we reported that posters hinted that Eevee would be featured in some way on a new 3DS XL design, but details were scarce on its appearance. And now we know it's official - an Eevee-themed 3DS XL is indeed making its way to Japan judging by a leaflet found in Pokémon Center stores, posted by Twitter user...

  • Hardware Review Retro Duo Portable V2.0

    NES, SNES and Mega Drive on the move

    Clone systems are growing in popularity with each passing year, with several different companies all producing consoles which ape the performance of vintage hardware and aim to satisfy the needs of retro-lovers everywhere. We've already seen Hyperkin's SupaBoy bring portable SNES gaming to the masses, and now...

  • News Super Retro Trio Plays SNES, Genesis, NES and GBA Games

    The RetroN5 has a challenger

    It would seem that 2013 is going to be a big year for new gaming hardware — not only will we see the PlayStation 4 and Next Xbox, but we've got two new retro systems to look forward to as well. Hyperkin's RetroN 5 will be joined by the Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio, which plays SNES, Genesis / Mega Drive, NES and (with...

  • News Mutant Mudds Developer Muses on Wii U Design

    Hardware could have taken more cues from game elements

    Renegade Kid co-founder and game director Jools Watsham professes a love for Nintendo in his recent blog post, which is why he also says it hurts him to see the Wii U struggling to forge its identity in the public eye. Watsham says he understand why Nintendo would want to keep the Wii brand...