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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



New Nintendo 3DS, amiibo, trailers: Everything you need to know from today's Nintendo Direct photo
New Nintendo 3DS, amiibo, trailers: Everything you need to know from today's Nintendo Direct
by Steven Hansen

Doozy of a Nintendo Direct today. Watch it above in full, or see our coverage below in summation, with all the key trailers rounded up. Highlights include: New Nintendo 3DS (just XL) release date and price, a special Majora's Mask themed 3DS, new Fire Emblem, reprint of the thought discontinued Marth amiibo, new amiibo waves (including a second set of Mario series amiibo), and Kirby being real cute.

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9:30 AM on 01.14.2015

If you want the Majora's Mask New 3DS XL, I suggest going to GameStop in-store

[Update: as of 1PM EST today, many stores in multiple areas are sold out of pre-orders both online and instore.] After covering the Nintendo Direct event this morning, I took a field trip to three of my local GameStop lo...

Chris Carter

9:01 AM on 01.14.2015

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate release date, demo, and special edition console announced

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is releasing worldwide on February 13, the same day as the New 3DS in North America and Europe. Finally, a release date. The game will be available on its own, or pre-installed on a limited-edition N...

Laura Kate Dale

8:48 AM on 01.14.2015

Majora's Mask launches February 13 with a limited edition New 3DS XL

Majora's Mask 3D is releasing alongside the New Nintendo 3DS XL on February 13. A special edition New Nintendo 3DS XL featuring the game's eponymous mask will be available at launch.

Kyle MacGregor

8:45 AM on 01.14.2015

3DS getting free anime viewing app

On February 13, alongside the release of the New 3DS and New 3DS XL, the 3DS will be getting a free anime viewing app called the Nintendo Anime Channel. The app will let users watch episodes of various anime series including ...

Laura Kate Dale

8:43 AM on 01.14.2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D roams to New 3DS in April

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is coming to New Nintendo 3DS XL in April, Nintendo announced today. The RPG is exclusive to the New 3DS platform, which arrives in North America this February.

Kyle MacGregor





8:39 AM on 01.14.2015

Fire Emblem amiibo support announced for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

Nintendo has announced that Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will have amiibo support when it arrives on March 13 on the 3DS. Marth, Ike, Robin, and Lucina are in, and they become playable characters in the game if you happen...

Chris Carter



New Nintendo 3DS XL launches in North America this February photo
New Nintendo 3DS XL launches in North America this February
by Chris Carter

Nintendo has announced a February 13, 2015 release date and $199.99 price tag for the New 3DS XL in North America. All of the previously announced features are in, including the extra C-Stick control, speedier boot-up times, enhanced processing power, extra shoulder buttons, slightly longer battery life, a switch to micro-SD memory cards, NFC (for amiibo), and the face-tracking 3D system, to ensure "stable viewing at a wider angle."

It will launch with both a red and black model, and will still work with every previous 3DS game. Sadly, there is no word of a "smaller" 3DS model -- just the XL.

Nintendo will announce a way to transfer your data to the new unit in the "coming weeks." it will not include an AC adapter, but any adapter since the DSi will work. Um, okay Nintendo.

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8:24 AM on 01.14.2015

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars coming to Wii U and 3DS with Cross-Buy

The newest entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, Tipping Star, will arrive on both the 3DS and Wii U on March 5. Good news, right? Well Nintendo has even better news, as it seems like the publisher is finally starti...

Chris Carter

8:07 AM on 01.14.2015

Pokémon Shuffle on the 3DS brings the dreaded mobile 'energy' microtransactions to the platform

Pokémon Shuffle is a new puzzle game coming to the 3DS, but the news that Nintendo has just announced is troubling. It will be free to pickup, but it will have an energy mechanic built in -- in other words, i...

Chris Carter

8:04 AM on 01.14.2015

New Fire Emblem game announced for Nintendo 3DS

Good news, everyone! Nintendo announced a new entry in the Fire Emblem series today. The strategy role-playing game is in development for Nintendo 3DS at Intelligent Systems. As was the case with Fire Emblem: Awakening,...

Kyle MacGregor

8:04 AM on 01.14.2015

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition looks awesome, coming in May

Nintendo has elaborated a bit on its partnership with the Puzzle & Dragons team, as well as the localization information for this year. Puzzle & Dragons Z and the new Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will be bundled together for 3DS. The Mario version will have a traditional world map feature. It will arrive in May 2015.

Chris Carter

3:45 PM on 01.13.2015

New Nintendo 3DS likely coming February 13

Ahead of tomorrow's Nintendo Direct, GameStop sources have told Ars Technica that the New Nintendo 3DS is indeed releasing in the US on February 13--just in time for Valentine's Day--and that GameStop will begin taking p...

Steven Hansen

12:00 AM on 01.13.2015

GungHo: Puzzle & Dragons Z is still coming west

Puzzle & Dragons Z is still coming west, you know. When exactly? Dunno. Sometime. Eventually. Following the unveiling of Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, many were beginning to wonder about the fate of Gun...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 PM on 01.12.2015

Nintendo Direct on Wednesday, Jan 14, New 3DS release date incoming?

Today, Nintendo confirmed the date and time for its next Nintendo Direct event: Wednesday, January 14 at 9am Eastern / 6am Pacific. The event will feature Satoru Iwata "and crew" as they cover the spring 2015 lineup for Wii U...

Mike Cosimano