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12:45 PM on 12.02.2013

The new Mario & Luigi 3DS XL is real classy

The Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 3DS XL we caught a glimpse of in an advert has been announced by Nintendo. Priced at $199.99, this rather lovely system comes with the game pre-installed. In continuing its Year of Luigi obse...

Jordan Devore





1:00 PM on 11.28.2013

Nintendo Download: Contra III, Super Hang-On 3D

Today is a very retro-centric edition of Nintendo Download, with quite a bit of Virtual Console actoon, and even a few new 3D Classics. As for the Wii U, we have Contra III: The Alien Wars, and temporary sales on the Mario se...

Chris Carter



Review: Mario Party: Island Tour photo
Review: Mario Party: Island Tour
by Caitlin Cooke

I consider myself a Mario Party veteran -- I’ve been a huge fan of the series, with a particular emphasis on the cutthroat days of the N64 titles. There’s nothing like losing the skin on the palm of your hands to prove to your friends that you are in fact the best at Mario Party.

Although the days of literal battle scars are left behind, the Mario Party franchise is still going strong. The 11th(ish) game, Island Tour is the first Mario Party title for the 3DS, so I was pretty excited to see how the handheld's capabilities played into the series. Sadly, my excitement quickly faded as I discovered some annoying faults in the gameplay.

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12:30 PM on 11.21.2013

Nintendo Download: Super Mario 3D World

The Wii U has a particularly exciting week, with Super Mario 3D World launching tomorrow. In my opinion it's the best game on the Wii U so far, so take a look at our review and consider it an option alongside of your shiny ne...

Chris Carter



UK deal: Register a 3DS and game for free Mario 3D Land photo
UK deal: Register a 3DS and game for free Mario 3D Land
by Jordan Devore

Nintendo has a nice deal this holiday season for gamers in the United Kingdom. Register a 3DS or 3DS XL and a participating game between November 27 - January 13, and you'll receive a free copy of Super Mario 3D Land via eShop download.

Given the sheer quality of the applicable games, that shouldn't be too difficult to manage:

  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Luigi’s Mansion 2
  • LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins
  • Sonic Lost World
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Pokémon X
  • Pokémon Y
  • Bravely Default
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

Super Mario 3D Land is a must-own for the system and, in my humble opinion, one of the first titles new 3DS owners should try out. That said, almost everything on this list is worth grabbing as well.

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9:00 PM on 11.18.2013

3DS holiday ad will make you wish you were a kid again

I've always been a fan of Nintendo's advertising, from Pokemon's link trading commercials to Wayne Brady rapping about Wii Party U -- it's always been spot on. Don't question my unironic love for Wayne Brady. I suppose it co...

Brett Zeidler



The best and worst games of the week photo
The best and worst games of the week
by Wesley Ruscher

The Playstation 4 dominated this weeks review schedule and rightfully so. Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Resogun, and Contrast dominated our postings -- and as of last night my Facebook wall (please turn off your notifications friends) -- but they were not the only games worth talking about this week. 

Perhaps the biggest individual release of the week was Nintendo's latest in The Legend Zelda franchise, A Link Between Worlds. It was by far our most popular story of the week with tons of amazing comments. There was also the new Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus and the long awaited DLC to BioShock Infinite that brought us back to Rapture: Burial at Sea Episode One.

All in all it was a pretty exciting weeks for games. This year is quickly coming to an end, but we still have the Xbox One's looming release and one of the Destructoid's staff's most anticipated titles Super Mario 3D World right around the corner. 

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6:15 PM on 11.14.2013

Nintendo Download: Mario & Sonic at the Olympics

There's a ton of variety this week on Nintendo plaforms on both the 3DS and Wii U. For the latter, we have Uncharted Waters: New Horizons on the Virtual Console, as well as Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympi...

Chris Carter



Where's your next-gen money going? photo
Where's your next-gen money going?
by Wesley Ruscher

The holidays are quickly approaching and so are two brand spankin' new consoles. It's already one of the craziest times of the year to buy things, and both Sony and Microsoft are only adding to the chaos. How does one even prepare for the madness of the next gen of gaming?

Well, while they may have the two hottest items to hit the stores this season, there are still a myriad other choices out there clamoring for some of ours, and your, hard-earned cash. Nintendo is coming full force with the Wii U and Super Mario 3D World, the 3DS has a new Zelda, and Sony's Vita is finally finding its groove after a price drop. Let's not even forget that looming around the corner is the Steam Box, and some killer current-gen titles like Ultra Street Fighter IV and Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2

So what will you be buying this holiday season? PlayStation 4, Xbox One, perhaps a shiny new Wii U? Not one of those you say? Wait, all of them...

Yeah, you sound like most of the Destructioid team below:

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Today's 3DS-centric Nintendo Direct in its entirety photo
Today's 3DS-centric Nintendo Direct in its entirety
by Jordan Devore

Okay, so the news from this Nintendo Direct was fairly standard outside of a few highlights like unified account balances for 3DS and Wii U (finally!) and Miiverse on 3DS, but how about that intro with Bill Trinen and Reggie Fils-Aime? I adore these things.

Even if you don't stick around to the end, find your way there to catch some wonderful footage of Super Mario 3D World. It's nice to see Rosalina confirmed as a playable character, too.

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11:00 AM on 11.13.2013

YouTube, Miiverse, and more in a 3DS firmware update

If you've fancied watching your favorite online videos on your Nintendo portable, then you're now in luck. The 3DS will support YouTube in a firmware update that will arrive next month. Sure, almost everything and its mother ...

Alasdair Duncan

10:52 AM on 11.13.2013

A Link Between Worlds custom 3DS coming November 22

During this morning's Nintendo Direct event, the platform holder issued a reminder regarding its plans to release a custom 3DS XL to celebrate the launch of the recent entry in the Legend of Zelda series, coming out November...

Alessandro Fillari





12:00 PM on 11.12.2013

Nintendo Direct returns with 3DS news on November 13

The next Nintendo Direct is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13 at 8:00am Pacific. You'll be able to catch Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and his ragtag group of costumed friends show off 3DS games launching through early 2...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 11.08.2013

Target will have $150 3DS XLs for Black Friday

I'm not even mad that it's November -- more confused that the second half of October slipped by so quickly. Like, how? How did it even happen? That does put us one step closer to sales season and Black Friday, however. Target...

Jordan Devore



The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds 3DS unboxing photo
The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds 3DS unboxing
by Dale North

This unboxing will look like pure braggery, but that's not the point. I really wanted to show you the beautiful new golden, Triforce-d The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL bundle. We cut the box right open as soon as we got it. It's...it's so pretty! 

As you might have heard, this lovely system bundle has been confirmed for North America, set to hit shelves on November 22, right alongside the game itself. The bundle is priced at $219.99, and comes with this beautiful system, a download code for A Link Between Worlds, a 4GB memory card, the standard AR cards, a stylus and the AC adapter. 

I only have it early because the Golden Goddesses have smiled upon me this day. 

Oh. Does anyone want a skanky blue 3DS XL?

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12:15 PM on 11.07.2013

Nintendo Download: Wii Sports Club

Wii Sports is making a [debatable] triumphant return today on the Wii U, with a rather odd pricing scheme. After a 24 hour trial period, for $1.99 you can buy a "day pass" or buy individual sports for $9.99. New features incl...

Chris Carter