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7:00 AM on 08.29.2014

New 3DS themes confirmed, including Mario, Zelda, and Animal Crossing

During today's Nintendo Direct, themes were confirmed for the 3DS. They'll essentially morph your home menu into whatever you choose, with extra music, sounds, backgrounds, and icons to go along with it. The ones shown during...

Chris Carter



The 'New Nintendo 3DS' is a new 3DS iteration from Nintendo photo
The 'New Nintendo 3DS' is a new 3DS iteration from Nintendo
by Chris Carter

[Update: Nintendo has confirmed that DS games will still work, and to not expect an international release anytime in 2014.]

Nintendo has revealed yet another 3DS unit -- the "New Nintendo 3DS." It'll feature bigger screens, colored face buttons, a second stick (a tiny nub called the "C-stick," modeled after the GameCube), faster download speeds, a better browser, extra shoulder buttons, and amiibo functionality (NFC). The Nintendo Direct showed off the second stick with Monster Hunter, with the player manipulating the camera with the right nub.

Another bit of functionality Nintendo has shown is enhanced 3D. When viewing 3D effects on the side on a regular 3DS or XL, it'll become blurry. But on the "New 3DS" it'll be very clear regardless of the direction. Look at the gallery below for a visual representation of this concept.

It'll come in white, metallic blue, black, and metallic black, and will be available in both regular and "XL" sizes. It's coming on October 11th for 16,000 and 18,800 yen (for regular and XL respectively).

Right now it's just announced for Japan, but stay tuned.

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11:30 PM on 08.28.2014

Pre-order Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire at Toys "R" Us to receive a Charizard plush

Toys "R" Us, as revealed in a print ad in the US, is currently running an in-store pre-order promotion where you can take home a cuddly new Charizard plush toy if you purchase both Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire...

Brittany Vincent

10:30 PM on 08.28.2014

Here's a whole gaggle of Super Smash Bros. Wii U screens

I hope you like Meta Knight, because you're about to get a hot load of him right into your eyeballs with this menagerie of Super Smash Bros. screens. And I don't care what anyone says. It stings.  But, onto more important topics. Who are you going to be smashing with? Me? Fox is looking like a good choice, as usual. 

Brittany Vincent

9:30 PM on 08.28.2014

Henshin a-go-go, baby! Transform into Final Fantasy heroes in Final Fantasy Explorers

This morning, during the Final Fantasy Explorers livestream, Square Enix revealed more about the game's "Trance" feature, which will allow players to transform into characters from past Final Fantasy titles. The character the...

Brittany Vincent

7:15 PM on 08.28.2014

Miyamoto explains Nintendo's reignited passion for core gaming

It's fairly obvious that Nintendo has been ramping up its concerted efforts to attract and maintain its core base, and Shigeru Miyamoto's latest comments confirm that it's not just a coincidence. Miyamoto spoke with Edge in a...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 AM on 08.28.2014

Nintendo Download: Mega Man August concludes with X3

Today is a massive day for the Nintendo eShop -- one of the biggest in recent memory. On the Wii U we have Mega Man X3 on the Virtual Console, followed by Donkey Kong Jr. Math, SteamWorld Dig, and The Fall. The...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 08.27.2014

Xenoblade Chronicles X has a massive in-game world

The latest issue of Edge states that map in Xenoblade Chronicles X is going to significantly dwarf the world of the original Xenoblade Chronicles. Think five times bigger, in fact. Director Tetsuya Takahashi elaborates in the...

Brittany Vincent

2:15 PM on 08.27.2014

This pixel sword and shield in Hyrule Warriors is just terrific

Hyrule Warriors is already out in Japan, though we have about a month left to go here in North America. Drat. An early update for the game scheduled to go live in Japan on September 1 will add a Challenge mode, the ability to...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 08.27.2014

Mario Kart 8 gets Mercedes update, pre-orders now live for DLC

Mario Kart 8 brings a small update today, and with it, the free Mercedes Benz DLC. Version 2.0 of the game is in tow, which comes with minor changes like an in-game DLC option. If you want the Mercedes DLC just head to t...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Namco's Pokémon fighter won't have Tekken characters

The Pokémon Company announced Pokkén Tournament today, a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco and the Tekken team. Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada responded to Twitter questions...

Steven Hansen







Mashup! Mario Kart 8 DLC adds Link, Animal Crossing Villager photo
Mashup! Mario Kart 8 DLC adds Link, Animal Crossing Villager
by Jordan Devore

[Update: Nintendo of America has released more details, mainly that both downloadable content packs will cost $7.99 each, or $11.99 if you buy them together. Pre-orders are now open and they grant immediate access to the new Yoshi and Shy Guy colors.] 

Whoa! The official Nintendo UK Store website has a listing for upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC that will add characters and courses from other Nintendo properties, including The Legend of Zelda's Link, Animal Crossing's Villager, and a kart based on F-Zero's Blue Falcon.

The first pack releases in November and includes Link, Cat Peach, Tanooki Mario, four vehicles, and eight courses. Then, in May, the second add-on introduces Villager, Dry Bowser, Isabelle, four more vehicles, and eight new courses. The DLC packs are priced at £7.00 each.

"As a bonus for purchasing both packs -- as a bundle or separately -- you can get eight different-colored Yoshis and eight different-colored Shy Guys that can be used right away."

It's about time this happened. I'll be dying to boot up Mario Kart 8 again come November.

[Via NeoGAF]

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Bandai Namco developing a Pokémon fighting game photo
Bandai Namco developing a Pokémon fighting game
by Kyle MacGregor

The Pokémon Company just announced Pokkén Tournament, a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco and the Tekken team.

The announcement came via livestream, with The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara and Namco's Katsuhiro Harada revealing the title is coming first to Japanese arcades sometime next year.

This must be the "shocking" new Pokémon announcement.

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7:00 AM on 08.26.2014

Did You Know Gaming chronicles NES Super Mario secrets

Alright, how much of this Did You Know did you know? How much will you remember when, finally, it's your time to shine at pub trivia, your compatriots waiting for you to swoop in and save the eventing? The mushroom sound effect similarity to the flagpole sound effect? Pretty cool. And that recycled Ocarina of Time theme? I love stories behind iconic sounds.

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 08.25.2014

Rumor: Full Smash Bros. roster leaked

For a very long time now, the Smash Bros. community has been on the edge of its seat as Nintendo slowly dripped reveals as to the roster for the upcoming Wii U and 3DS games. One huge leak may have smashed that stra...

Brett Makedonski

2:50 PM on 08.24.2014

The truth about Nintendo from its former head of digital content and development

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last week on Sup Holmes we...

Jonathan Holmes