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2:30 PM on 01.16.2015

Yet another Majora's Mask 3D trailer to tide you over

Nintendo sure has hit the marketing hard for Majora's Mask 3D in the few days since its wildly popular Direct. It seems like the 3DS remake has been everywhere lately. There's just under a month to go until release, and it remains to be seen whether there's enough steam to push the hype train at full power for that long. Final stop: Termina.

Brett Makedonski

1:15 PM on 01.16.2015

You may still be able to get a Majora's Mask New 3DS from GameStop

As the Majora's Mask patterned New 3DS XL proceeded to sell out in minutes at GameStop, some people were actually in the process of paying for their handheld when the store payment system timed out and and the limited ed...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 01.16.2015

Amockup: Nintendo's best amiibo wave yet, courtesy of dril

People are always saying, "I don't get Twitter," a bit too proudly, like when congress folk boast about their Internet illiteracy before agreeing to Internet legislation. I respond with pet pictures and great jokes, but they'...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 01.16.2015

These are the Majora's Mask DLC outfits for Hyrule Warriors

When the Majora's Mask DLC for Hyrule Warriors drops (January 29 in Europe and Japan; February 5 in North America), players will gain access to these three new costumes. As expected and feared by some, Lana is getting the Sku...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 01.16.2015

People bought many a Wii U and amiibo in 2014

According to a media release from Nintendo, the Wii U sold almost 30 percent more hardware and over 75 percent more games in 2014 than the previous year, likely fueled by the one-two punch of Mario Kart 8 (1.7 million physica...

Mike Cosimano



Are you still going to upgrade to a New 3DS? photo
Are you still going to upgrade to a New 3DS?
by Chris Carter

When the New 3DS was announced, we held a poll asking you if you wanted to pick it up. 36% of you said "yes," 29% said "no," and 34% said "it depends on the exclusives." Now that Nintendo has debuted a bunch of news with its recent Nintendo Direct, did you switch your view?

So what's changed? Slight improvements for upcoming games like Majora's Mask and Monster Hunter 4 -- which basically involve faster boot times and a c-stick to control the camera. Also, Xenoblade Chronicles on 3DS actually has a release window, and the on-board amiibo functionality has been highlighted with games like Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Keep in mind though that an amiibo adapter is still planned for "non-New" 3DS units at some point (the current rumor is between amiibo waves 3 and 4).

On the negative side, the prospect has gotten worse for some, as it has been announced that there will be no AC adapter included, and the XL is the only model that's going to be released in the US.

With all this in mind, do you still want it, still hate it, or have you come around to it by now?

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8:00 PM on 01.15.2015

Campy old Zelda CD-i games imagined as Hyrule Warriors DLC

Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon are two ill-fated Philips CD-i games that would be best left forgotten if they weren't such trainwrecks. Their legacy of unintentional hilarity endures through YouTube, g...

Jordan Devore



I unboxed the New 3DS XL and tickled its sensitive nub photo
I unboxed the New 3DS XL and tickled its sensitive nub
by Bill Zoeker

After a Nintendo press event yesterday, I was sent home with a review unit of the New Nintendo 3DS XL. I figured it would be a good idea to record my opening of it so that I could share my trademarked cynical indignation with you all. So, sorry about that. But, you get to see what thing looks like right out of the box! Shiny toys!

It's a pretty standard package, with the glaring exception of the lack of an AC adapter. Nintendo gave IGN the predictable company line, "Rather than raise cost of New Nintendo 3DS XL by charging consumers for a component they may already own, we are giving them the option to only buy if they need an AC adapter."

Cool. You know, except that this device is an upgrade of an existing device, and people might want to sell the obsolete model. Not to mention, people who don't already own a compatible power plug will be praying there will be one in stock when they go to buy the New 3DS XL, and will probably get stuck with a shitty third-party knock-off.

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2:00 PM on 01.15.2015

Nintendo: New 3DS XL doesn't include AC adapter to cut costs

Yesterday, Nintendo announced the New 3DS XL for North America. It's coming out February 13 for $200. Dampening this excitement was word that Nintendo has no plans to release the smaller size New 3DS in North America. That an...

Steven Hansen

11:30 AM on 01.15.2015

Nintendo Download: 3D After Burner II

On the Wii U, we have Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight on the Virtual Console. Nintendo calls this an "NES classic," but I beg to differ. Also on the Wii U eShop, there's Electroic Super Joy: Groove City, Family Tennis SP...

Chris Carter

9:50 AM on 01.15.2015

Target to close all 133 stores in Canada, where the Rosalina amiibo is exclusive

Things haven't been looking good for Nintendo and its retailer-exclusive amiibo initiative. Toys"R"Us has bungled pre-orders so many times it's hard to tell if anyone will actually get their  Lucario amiibo at this point...

Chris Carter



Ready for Hyrule Warriors' Majora's Mask DLC? If not, grind these levels photo
Ready for Hyrule Warriors' Majora's Mask DLC? If not, grind these levels
by Jordan Devore

I'm continually amazed and frightened by how much mileage I've gotten out of Hyrule Warriors. This game is massive without DLC, and with it, god help us all -- it just keeps going.

After regularly playing since launch in late September, I've managed to clear the first Adventure Mode map, most of the Master Quest map, and around half of the Twilight Princess map. But just when I feel like my progress is coming together, more content drops. Not that I'm complaining.

There's still the Majora's Mask DLC ($7.99 standalone, or bundled with the other DLC packs for $19.99) on February 5. We got our first real look at that content -- Young Link, Tingle, three new costumes, and an Adventure map -- during today's Nintendo Direct. It's gonna be good.

I'm ready to start rocking Tingle, but if your current favorite characters aren't as leveled-up as you'd like them to be, the Twilight Princess map can help. In particular, the "Divisive Plan" missions (locations here) are ideal for grinding experience points. You'll face off against a single warrior, like Darunia or Fi, who will split apart into multiple clones as you deal damage. More clones equals more XP. Just be sure to take advantage of their elemental weakness (e.g., Water beats Fire)!

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5:46 PM on 01.14.2015

Missed out at GameStop? Best Buy has Majora's Mask New 3DS XL for pre-order (Not anymore)

[Update: And it's gone!] The Majora's Mask-themed New 3DS XL sold out at GameStop in minutes, before many of us on the west coast even woke up or had open stores to run to.  Now is your chance if you missed out. It's up for pre-order on Best Buy's website.

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 01.14.2015

16 minutes of Majora's Mask on 3DS because Nintendo loves you

Have you managed to secure a fancy Majora's Mask New 3DS XL, but want to know what to expect from the remake? Don't worry; Nintendo of Japan has your back. In this 16-minute video, we get to see early game day one ...

Brett Makedonski

2:45 PM on 01.14.2015

PSA: Today is the last day to register for the free Super Smash Bros. soundtracks

If you are anything like me, you put off registering products on Club Nintendo until months (or years) later, when they aren't worth as much. If you bought both the 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and you have...

Darren Nakamura

2:35 PM on 01.14.2015

Nintendo has vague excuse for the small New 3DS' absence

The New 3DS and New 3DS XL launched in Japan last October and then in Australia and New Zealand the following month. Both models. Today Nintendo announced the release date -- February 13 -- for the New 3DS XL in North America...

Steven Hansen