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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

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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9:01 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

8:45 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





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

8:00 AM on 01.12.2015

Nintendo quits selling consoles and games in Brazil

Nintendo will no longer distribute games and consoles in Brazil, the company has announced, citing Brazil's infamously high videogame console tariffs as the reason behind the about-face. In an interview with UOL Games, Bill v...

Mike Cosimano

11:30 AM on 01.08.2015

Nintendo Download: Mega Man Battle Network 2

It's not a huge day for Nintendo consoles in terms of the eShop, but I'll take it. On the Wii U we're getting Mega Man Battle Network 2, Maze, Wipeout 3, and Chariot. The latter is a fun little co-op game that can also be pla...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 01.05.2015

Nintendo releases its best 3DS theme yet

I haven't bothered to change my 3DS theme despite Nintendo's nags to do so but that changes today. The Official Best 3DS Theme, Pokémon: Slowpoke, is now available outside of Japan. For $1.99, we're getting a beachside...

Jordan Devore



Nintendo has seemingly discontinued the original 3DS photo
Nintendo has seemingly discontinued the original 3DS
by Mike Cosimano

[Update: Nintendo's official response is as follows: "Nintendo has nothing to announce about the production status of Nintendo 3DS."]

We have reason to believe Nintendo of America has completely ceased production of the original 3DS model, based on information from retailers and Nintendo itself.

Originally, Nintendo had begun to wind down the availability of new 3DS units, relegating the Coral Pink 3DS to a Toys"R"Us exclusive. Since then, the Coral Pink 3DS has been quietly removed from the Toys"R"Us website. The Coral Pink unit is still available on Nintendo's refurbished storefront, but no such luck for any other 3DS model.

This persists through major North American retailers, such as Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. GameStop has listings for the original 3DS, but the site's store locator failed to find anything within a 100-mile radius. Local GameStop employees indicated to Destructoid that Nintendo had outright discontinued the system, and they would no longer be receiving new stock.

The 3DS is similarly hard to find in the UK, with both GameStop's UK website and GAME only showing 'new' results for the 3DS XL and the 2DS.

Nintendo's official website also lacks an option for a brand new, regular 3DS, instead pushing the various 3DS XL and 2DS bundles available.

3DSCapture.com, a fan-run site that produces capture boards for the 3DS, also believes the console has been discontinued, citing "The original model 3DS is no longer in production and new systems are becoming difficult to find" as the reason behind canceling its 3DS with pre-installed capture board service.

This news comes on the heels of Nintendo of Japan putting the 3DS and 3DS XL models out to pasture in anticipation of the New 3DS' release. At the moment, it is unclear if Nintendo is quietly doing the same in Western territories, or if there are other factors involved.

We've reached out to multiple Nintendo sources for comment, and will update this story as necessary.

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11:00 AM on 01.01.2015

Nintendo Download: Pokemon Pinball

Death, taxes, and the Nintendo Download update are always inevitable. Nintendo waits for no holiday -- Christmas, New Year's -- it doesn't matter, they are going to update the eShop on Thursday. Sadly today isn't all that gre...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 12.29.2014

Pixar's Up coming to New 3DS in Japan

Back when Nintendo thought the 3D part of the 3DS was a marketable, they promised that we'd all be watching 3D movies on the thing all the time and everyday. While there are a few cool shows like Bee and Puppycat on Nintendo ...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 12.28.2014

Gameboy Tetris being taken off the 3DS eShop at the end of the year

[Update: Looks like Tetris Axis is also getting yanked. We can guess that the retail version of the game is also going the way of the dodo. Interested parties would do well to snatch it up quick.] Nintendo UK's Twitter accoun...

Jonathan Holmes



Review: Xeodrifter photo
Review: Xeodrifter
by Jonathan Holmes

A lot of the kids who grew up with Metroid, Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda are now older than than their creators were when those legendary Nintendo franchises were first released. Some of those kids are now videogame developers themselves. Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid is one example. He created Xeodrifter in five months, fueled by financial stress, time constraints, and a raw love of Super Metroid. You can read about his process here

Showing your Metroid DNA on your sleeve is a blessing and a curse. It instantly communicates to the relatively large Metroid fan base that your game was made for them. It also sets the bar incredibly high. Begging for a comparison to Super Metroid is a dangerous thing. As we saw with the reaction to Other M, a disappointed Metroid fan can be an intensely spiteful force. 

My guess is Xeodrifter won't inspire that kind of caustic reaction in the Metroid faithful. If it were an official Metroid game, it would rank near or above many of the other games in the franchise. As long as you go into it expecting something short and sweet, it's hard to imagine that Metroid fans will be disappointed. 

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9:45 AM on 12.25.2014

Nintendo Download: Duck Hunt

In an interesting turn, Nintendo has a great Nintendo Download week for us on Christmas Day. On the Wii U there's Shantae and the Pirate's Curse with a few extra upgrades like off-TV play. Additionally there's Duck ...

Chris Carter