News: Limited Edition 3DS XL Bundles Get Firm Release Dates

Last month it was confirmed that Europe would be treated to – albeit in limited quantities – two new Nintendo 3DS XL colours: White and Pikachu Yellow; with the former arriving on 16th November, with a pre-installed copy of Mario Kart 7. Continue reading

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News: Nintendo Japan Releasing Limited Edition 3DS XL Bundles

From November 1st through 15th, Nintendo of Japan will be releasing a trio of Nintendo 3DS XL systems designed to promote three of Nintendo’s biggest games for the handheld’s second Christmas on the market; with each bundle coming with a download code for the game its design is based on. Continue reading

News: New Super Mario Bros. 2′s File Size Revealed

New Super Mario Bros. 2, launching next month in Europe, will be Nintendo’s first ever title to release on both a physical cartridge, and as a digital download via the Nintendo eShop.

If you’ve decided to pass up on GAME and GameStation’s pre-order bonus in favour of downloading the game, Inside-Games.jp has revealed that the file size of the upcoming platformer weighs in at 370MB, meaning you’ll need 2,950 blocks free on your SD card in order to download the game from the eShop.

Are you leaning towards purchasing a physical copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2, or do you plan on buying the digital version?

Source: Inside-Games.jp

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is available to pre-order here.

News: Get Your White Yoshi For Mario Tennis Open at Tesco

Following last week’s news that you can get a black Yoshi as a playable character in Mario Tennis Open by scanning a QR code at selected Asda stores, Nintendo has this week teamed up with Tesco to continue the Yoshi Chase across thirty stores in the UK.

On Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June, you’ll be able to collect your white Yoshi from the following supermarkets:

  • Solihull Extra
  • Redditch Extra
  • Bristol Homeplus
  • Cardiff Extra
  • Broughton Chester Extra
  • Bidston Moss Extra
  • Coventry Arena Extra
  • Long Eaton Extra
  • Hull St Stephens Extra
  • New Oscott Extra
  • Silverburn Extra
  • Fort Kinnaird Homeplus
  • Prescot Extra
  • Leeds Seacroft Extra
  • Stockport Extra
  • Irlam Extra
  • Lakeside Extra
  • Milton Keynes Kingston Extra
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne Extra
  • Bulwell Extra
  • Portsmouth Extra
  • Gallions Reach Extra
  • Chesterfield Extra
  • Swindon Extra
  • Southampton Homeplus
  • Southend Extra
  • Sadhurst Extra
  • Borehamwood Extra
  • Warrington Extra
  • Leicester Hamilton Extra

Did you manage to get your hands on the black Yoshi, and is the white dinosaur being distributed near you? Do you plan on collecting him if so?

News: Get an Extra 250 Club Nintendo Stars from Mario Tennis Open

If you were skeptical about purchasing Mario Tennis Open around its release date, and the Yoshi Chase that’s occurring throughout the UK wasn’t enough to tempt you, Nintendo has another incentive up its sleeve – this time in the form of an extra 250 Club Nintendo Stars if you register the game before 28th May.

UK #ClubNintendo members, register your copy of #MarioTennisOpen before May 28th and get 250 additional Stars!

Has this tempted you, were you going to pre-order it all along, or are you still not convinced?

Source – @NintendoUK – Twitter

News: Mario, Zelda and Mario Kart Shipment Figures Revealed

If there’s one thing that nobody can deny, it’s that Nintendo’s lead franchises - Mario, Zelda and Mario Kart – sell extremely well. For those of you curious about just how well they sell, a member of the NeoGAF forums has uncovered the lifetime shipment figures for the each of the games in the three series.

Super Mario

Super Mario Bros. – 41 million
Super Mario Bros. 2 – 11 million
Super Mario Bros. 3 – 17 million
Super Mario Land – 18 million
Super Mario World – 21 million
Super Mario Land 2 – 12 million
Super Mario 64 – 13 million
Super Mario Sunshine – 7 million
New Super Mario Bros. – 29 million
Super Mario Galaxy – 11 million
New Super Mario Bros. Wii – 26 million
Super Mario Galaxy 2 – 7 million
Super Mario 3D Land – 6 million

Mario Kart
Super Mario Kart – 8 million
Mario Kart 64 – 10 million
Mario Kart: Super Circuit – 6 million
Mario Kart: Double Dash – 7 million
Mario Kart DS – 23 million
Mario Kart Wii – 33 million
Mario Kart 7 – 6 million

The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda – 6.5 million
Adventure of Link – 4.3 million
A Link to the Past – 4.8 million
Link’s Awakening –  3.9 million
Ocarina of Time – 7.7 million
Majora’s Mask – 3.3 million
Wind Waker – 4.4 million
Twilight Princess – 7.1 million
Phantom Hourglass – 4.1 million
Spirit Tracks – 2.7 million
Skyward Sword – 3.5 million

Are these shipment figures what you’d expect, or have they come as a surprise to you? Let us know!

Source: NeoGAF

News: Full Mario Tennis Open Character Roster Revealed

If you’d care to think back to the release of Mario Kart 7 on 3DS last year, you may remember something of an uproar from fans of the series when recurring characters such as Waluigi and Diddy Kong were absent from the roster in favour of ‘newcomers’ Metal Mario, Shy Guy and so on.

However, from Mario Tennis Open‘s confirmed character roster, it seems that Nintendo and Camelot are sticking with Baby characters rather than attempting to give a Wiggler arms and a tennis racket.

Here’s the full roster (including unlockables, so avoid if you want a surprise when you buy the game) and each character’s speciality:

Mario – All-around
Luigi – All-around
Peach – Technique
Daisy – Technique
Yoshi – Speed
Bowser – Power
Donkey Kong – Power
Diddy Kong – Speed
Wario – Power
Waluigi – Defense
Bowser Jr. – Tricky
Boo – Tricky
Baby Mario – Speed
Baby Peach – Tricky
Luma – Technique
Dry Bowser –  Defense

What do you think? Better or worse than Mario Kart 7‘s line-up?

Rumour: Wii U’s Launch Line-Up Revealed by Blockbuster UK

Photos from what is allegedly Blockbuster UK’s internal systems have revealed some interesting information: the Wii U’s launch titles. Obviously they could be fake, or it could only be a tentative list from Nintendo, but a majority of the games which have appeared on the list do seem pretty likely to launch alongside Nintendo’s HD console before the year’s end. Check out the list in full below:

Just Dance 4
Killer Freaks From Outer Space
Marvel Super Heroes
Metro: Last Light
Monsters Party
New Super Mario Bros. Mii
Ninja Gaiden 3
Pikmin
Rabbids Party Land
Raving Rabbids
Rayman Legends
Shield Pose
Splinter Cell 6
Sports Connection
Tekken
Your Shape 2013
Zombie
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Assassin’s Creed
Batman: Arkham City
Darksiders 2
DiRT 3
Formula 1 All-Stars
Game Party
Ghost Recon Online

While games like Batman: Arkham City and Assassin’s Creed III have been confirmed to launch on or around the Wii U’s release date, the fact that there’s two Rabbids games does make us a little skeptical. What do you guys think? If this was the Wii U’s actual launch line-up, would you be pleased?

News: New Mario Tennis Open Features Revealed by Nintendo

With Mario Tennis Open‘s release now only a matter of days away, Nintendo have revealed more of the game’s bonus features, including Ink Showdown and StreetPass, following the announcement of online multiplayer, leaderboards and customisable characters during last month’s Nintendo Direct presentation.

Here’s Nintendo’s list of confirmed game modes for the game so far:

  • Online Play: Mario Tennis Open players can compete and cooperate in local wireless matches with their opponents and play exhilarating games. Players can also build up their Open Match standings, check the monthly leaderboard and win Victory Medals from every challenger they defeat.
  • Ink Showdown: In this fast-paced competition, Piranha Plants spit ink balls from the back edge of the court. Players must destroy the ink balls before they splatter, while hitting tennis balls away from an opponent.
  • StreetPass Features: Players can inspire friendly competition by using the Nintendo 3DS system’s StreetPass features. They can engage in competitive StreetPass Matches or cooperative Ring Shot challenges with computer-controlled version of people they encounter and share their StreetPass winning streak. StreetPass can also be used to show off players’ Mii characters, which can be customised with new outfits and accessories that can improve their on-court performance. As users play, new items for their Mii will be unlocked in the Item Shop.
  • Unlockable Characters: New and familiar Nintendo characters can be unlocked – some through game play, others via special QR Codes. Unlockable characters include Luma, Baby Mario and Dry Bowser.

Are you interested in Mario Tennis Open? Do you think the lack of an RPG mode is made up for by the additional features the 3DS version brings to the table?

News: Nintendo Reveals Pre-E3 First Party Release Schedule

Nintendo has confirmed the release dates for its upcoming first-party Nintendo 3DS, Wii and DS titles prior to E3, where it’ll undoubtedly be showing off some brand new games. Here’s Europe’s line-up of upcoming Nintendo games:

Nintendo 3DS

Mario Tennis Open: 5/25/2012
Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir: 6/29/2012
New Super Mario Bros. 2: Aug. 2012
Luigi’s Mansion 2: 2012
Professor Layton 5: 2012
Animal Crossing: TBD
Paper Mario: TBD

Wii

Project Zero 2: Wii Edition: 6/29/2012
Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise: 7/6/2012

Nintendo DS

Pokémon Black Version 2: Fall 2012
Pokémon White Version 2: Fall 2012

How many of these games are you interested in? Do you think the Wii schedule needs more games, or will the 3DS’s offerings keep your Nintendo cravings under control until the Wii U?