As with the countless promotions run this year, Nintendo is yet again offering a free game to new Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL adopters. In light of the upcoming Wii U sequel, you have a chance to get your mitts on a digital copy of Super Mario 3D Land. You simply have to register the system on your Club Nintendo account with any of the 15 eligible games pictured above any time between 27th November 2013 – 13th January 2014. Participants are then able to redeem their download code from the eShop on any 3DS, 3DS XL or 2DS console before 13th March 2014. Continue reading
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
If you love Nintendo and want to support its games further than simply buying and playing them, now’s your chance to help the games you love achieve the recognition they deserve: voting in The Golden Joystick Awards’ shortlist has now opened, and there’s nine Nintendo exclusives across sixteen categories for you to choose from – not including the ports heading to Wii U at some point in the future. Continue reading
Those going to the Manchester MCM Expo on 21st July will get the chance to go hands on with upcoming Nintendo consoles and games at Nintendo’s Unleashed stand: the Nintendo 3DS XL, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Pokémon Conquest all on show for attendees to try out. There’s also chances to win a Super Mario 3D Land lanyard and trade Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards, as well as an XL Mii hunt which makes use of StreetPass in ‘secret locations’ throughout the expo.
Nintendo is today announcing the first ever UK showing of Pokémon Conquest at Manchester Comic Con MCM Expo. Nintendo 3DS fans will be treated to an exclusive preview of the title on the new Nintendo 3DS XL ahead of the console’s launch on 28 July.
Event-goers will also get the chance to try out a host of other exciting new titles on the upcoming Nintendo 3DS XL console, including New Super Mario Bros. 2.
To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Nintendo 3DS XL system, fans keen to add to their Mii collection are encouraged to bring their Nintendo 3DS consoles with them and take part in an exclusive XL Mii Hunt around the venue. 5 Mii characters with XL features will be hidden in secret locations and all those who collect a full set will win a special Super Mario 3D Land lanyard prize. Get hunting!
Anyone keen to try out Nintendo 3DS XL will also be able to trial a selection of the latest releases to experience the stunning 3D experience first-hand – just ask on the stand! Nintendo 3DS XL has the biggest screen to feature on a Nintendo handheld console to date, 90% larger than the screen on the original console.
In addition, Nintendo will be hosting a swap shop and battle table for the Kid Icarus: Uprising collectible AR Idol Cards, which visitors will also be able to win at Manchester MCM Expo.
Anyone attending looking forward to visiting the Nintendo Unleashed stand to try out some of the biggest upcoming games from Nintendo?
We had already heard from Nintendo that the upcoming Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 will release in the latter months of 2011, and if reports from MTV Multiplayer are to be believed, the two games will arrive on American shores on 13 November and 4 December respectively.
If recent releases such as Ocarina of Time 3D and the Nintendo 3DS were to be used as reference points, it would be safe to bet that European gamers might just see the games hitting their region before the Americans; and with the lack of a Xenoblade Chronicles release in the United States, this could well be the case – but don’t expect them weeks earlier!
Who plans on pre-ordering these games and who has them at the top of their Christmas wishlist?
What a week it’s been for Nintendo news this week! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to give you the latest scoop as it happened due to more computer problems. That’s why we’re giving you this article instead – a round-up of the best, most exciting Nintendo news from this week.
Monday 25th July
Amazon discontinue Cosmos Black Nintendo 3DS in the USA
Due to reports of damaged consoles being shipped from Amazon.com, they placed the item under review. Here’s Amazon’s comment:
Item Under Review
While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page, it is not currently offered by Amazon.com because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it’s described here.
We’re working to fix the problem as quickly as possible.
An Amazon representative then replied to a Neogaf member who asked, on behalf of the forum, why the console was cancelled:
The reason why this is under a review
The flip-screen is loose when its opened, please inform them that Nintendo has confirmed as long as the upper screen locks into place, the unit is within Nintendo’s design specification. Customers can call 1-800-255-3700
Another comment from Amazon acknowledged the following:
We received customer feedback that there may be an inventory issue with the Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS. The integrity of the product is not under review. Customers are still able to purchase the Amazon.com offer of the Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS, however the Amazon.com offer of [the] black Nintendo 3DS has been removed until the inventory issue is resolved. There is no problem with the Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS units themselves. This is an internal inventory problem that was brought to our attention from customer feedback and we are looking into it and will resolve as soon as possible.
The Cosmos Black Nintendo 3DS is now back on sale in the Amazon.com marketplace.
Tuesday 26th July
Gears of War developer express their interest in the Wii U
Despite not stating whether they’re working on a game for the Wii U, the developer claimed that the tech demos you saw running on the Wii U at E3 were based on their own Unreal Engine technology.
We haven’t made an official announcement about that platform. And while we loved the Wii, it just wasn’t a fit to make a game that would go across Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii. It just wasn’t possible. So going forward, we’re working with those folks and we’re very interested in the Wii U.”
“At the launch event at E3, some of the products that you saw running on Wii U were based on Unreal Engine technology. So that kind of gives you an idea of where we are in that space. You can certainly use our engine on that platform – it’s a natural fit from a technology perspective,” Capps added. “It opens up some doors that weren’t open before on current generation consoles because it is going to be a powerful box. I’m sure [Epic VP] Mark Rein would love anyone who’s interested to know how official our support is to get in touch with him!
Yasuhiro Wado working on a Nintendo 3DS title
The developer behind the popular Harvest Moon series claims to be currently working on two games: one for the Nintendo 3DS, and another for an undecided console.
I’ve got a 3DS game in the pipeline right now, and I’ve got another game that we haven’t decided the platform on, but which I am hoping to bring to Wii U.
Team Meat’s next game coming exclusively to Wii U
Although they still don’t have Nintendo 3DS development kits, the developer behind the critically acclaimed Super Meat Boy, Team Meat, claimed via Twitter to be working on a Wii U game.
we are deving it for wii U
Metal Gear Solid: The Snake Eater 3D delayed
Unfortunately, the marketing director of Konami France revealed that Hideo Kojima’s upcoming Nintendo 3DS game has been delayed for a second time. Originally intended for release in the summer of 2011, the game got pushed back to Christmas. The game is now scheduled to release in 2012, so you can scratch that off your wishlist.
Wednesday 27th July
Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions to follow Mercenaries 3D’s footsteps
When Capcom decided to release the latest game in their Resident Evil franchise with a single, non-removable save file, an uproar ran through the online gaming community. Pac-Man developer Namco Bandai seem to think that the same issue will not hold back sales of their upcoming Nintendo 3DS game, as they’ve confirmed that Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions will feature a single save-file.
Wii U Professor Layton ports possible
In an interview with Famitsu, Akihiro Hino, chief of Level 5 said the following regarding ports of Nintendo DS games on the Wii U:
because stylus-based games like Professor Layton can now be played, Level 5 can consider ports.
Thursday 28th July
Nintendo to cut Nintendo 3DS price by a third
From August 12, you’ll be able to get your hands on a Nintendo 3DS for around £160. Here’s the president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata’s explanation:
Nintendo is to cut the price of 3DS worldwide in the next few weeks in order to accelerate its market penetration toward the year-end sales season
Free NES, Game Boy Advance games for pre-August 12th Nintendo 3DS owners
If you’re like us, you’ll have bought your Nintendo 3DS back in March when it first released. If so, you may well be disappointed to hear that the RRP of the console is being slashed by such a hefty amount. Don’t be. If you update your Nintendo 3DS to the latest firmware and connect your Nintendo eShop account to your Club Nintendo account before August 12th, you’ll be a part of Nintendo’s 3DS Ambassador Programme. Don’t worry, a fancy title isn’t your consolation prize, but ten free NES games, and ten free Game Boy Advance games.
That’s right, on September 1st, you’ll be able to download your ten free NES games from the Nintendo eShop, while the Game Boy Advance titles will be added before the end of the year.
Super Mario and Mario Kart for the Nintendo 3DS named and dated
If you’re a fan of Mario, chances are that you’re anticipating the upcoming Super Mario and Mario Kart games for the Nintendo 3DS. If so, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll be able to get your hands on Super Mario 3D Land this November, and Mario Kart 7 sometime in December.
Friday 29th July
Nintendo release schedule highlights delays
You can check out our release schedule page if you’d like to know when your most highly anticipated games are being released, but if you’re looking forward to Kid Icarus’ revival, the recently-revealed software schedule from Nintendo clearly states that Kid Icarus: Uprising is not shooting for a 2011 release in Europe. Also worth noting is the fact that the eagerly anticipated Xenoblade: Chronicles is still not scheduled for a release in the USA.