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11:30 PM on 01.23.2015

You have the right to remain sexy with Criminal Girls: Invite Only's latest screens

Criminal Girls: Invite Only is a game I've been following for some time now, and right now I'm in the middle of reviewing it for Destructoid. Since there's still a bit of time left before it actually comes out, however, I've ...

Brittany Vincent




Review: New Nintendo 3DS XL photo
Review: New Nintendo 3DS XL
by Chris Carter

Nintendo has an interesting history in terms of portables. Outside of the rare add-on like the expansion pack for the Nintendo 64 or the Game Boy Player for the GameCube, they play it rather conservatively when it comes to consoles.

But for their portable line, yowza do they go all out. Colors, new styles, paint jobs -- heck, it'll take you half a day to sift through this massive list of 3DS iterations. So here we are with the "New" 3DS, a moniker Nintendo has used far too often.

In this case, it's somewhat justified.

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8:30 AM on 01.20.2015

Majora's Mask 3D and New 3DS XL playable at PAX South

The New Nintendo 3DS XL is the current hot commodity for Nintendo fans, with special edition units selling out. For those who are not so keen on ordering one before playing, an opportunity to get some hands-on time is coming ...

Darren Nakamura



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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Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy  photo
Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
by Brittany Vincent

The visual novel has been ubiquitous in Japan since the early ‘90s, but in the West they've never truly caught on. Whether it was the U.S.’s love for its own home-grown adventure games like Sierra’s King’s Quest, the SCUMM games by LucasArts, or the absolute pain it is to translate games from Japanese that can be over 450 English pages long, it's never been clear as to why that is. In fact, it wasn't really until the early 2000s that they finally started catching on. The Nintendo DS was the platform many English-speaking gamers experienced their first visual novel on, through none other than Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

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Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire photo
Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
by Brittany Vincent

For a franchise that’s continually berated for remaining the same over the years, Pokémon is wildly successful, having pushed forward on its own, full speed ahead. It hasn’t needed to change much to sweep the nation with each new release, though some of the series’ newest releases have received criticism due to lack of content. Pokémon X & Y hit the 3DS in 2013, enticing us with gorgeous new scenery, brand new monsters.

However, X & Y, although introducing the new Mega Evolution element, were otherwise lackluster when it came to post-Elite Four content and seemed a bit of a step back feature-wise. Game Freak is remedying the situation by releasing a Pokémon game that's been celebrated as having a plethora of features and is a perennial fan favorite. Oddly enough, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire feel like a much more complete experience than the original titles or X & Y.

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Review: Freedom Wars photo
Review: Freedom Wars
by Brett Zeidler

Ever since it came out in Japan earlier this year, Freedom Wars has been high on my list of anticipated releases. Being from the illustrious SCE Japan Studio, the game found success overseas as one of the Vita's answers to a lack of the market-leading Monster Hunter franchise, which jumped platforms with the advent of the Nintendo 3DS.

As a hunting game, Freedom Wars certainly stays true to the heart of the genre, but differentiates itself enough to claim its own spot among the giants.

 

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2:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Iwata explains why New 3DS isn't coming west anytime soon

For those in the US and Europe hoping for a retail launch of Nintendo's New 3DS in the near future, the prospects don't look good. During Nintendo's recent semi-annual financials briefing, president Satoru Iwata explained why...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Minecraft on PS Vita is the definitive portable version

You know what Minecraft is, your parents know what Minecraft is, and your grandparents just don't understand why that younger family member is on the iPad all the time. It's everywhere, but why has it never received a proper ...

Brett Zeidler

2:30 PM on 10.10.2014

Switching face plates on the New 3DS looks easy enough

Feels like the New 3DS was only just announced the other week, but it's already available in Japan. Nintendo has been busy uploading videos like this one which details how to swap out the system's face plates. Interestingly, the stylus can be used to pry them open. Neat design! There are also a ton of videos showing the various 3DS themes.

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 09.10.2014

Nintendo wants to tempt you with two other 3DS XL designs

Just when you thought you were ready to jump ship for a New 3DS, Nintendo announces several more systems in an attempt to sway you into buying yet another 3DS XL you don't need. And that's not even counting the sweet Persona ...

Brittany Vincent







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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12:45 PM on 08.18.2014

Mega Slowbro looks happier in motion

There are certain Pokémon who warrant getting a Mega Evolution for the ensuing stat increases, and others who you just want to see in a new form. Slowbro is unquestionably one I was curious about for the latter reason...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 08.15.2014

Weirdos abound in this latest batch of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screens

What can I say? It's a screenshot kind of day. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is on the horizon, and NIS definitely doesn't want us to forget about it. Especially with the amount of weirdos in the game, as evidenced above.&nb...

Brittany Vincent

5:30 PM on 08.08.2014

There are still more Pokémon Mega Evolutions out there

CoroCoro magazine has revealed a gaggle of additional Mega Evolutions to appear in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, including Mega Altaria, Mega Lopunny, and Mega Salamence. It seems that these are...

Brittany Vincent

6:30 PM on 08.04.2014

Spice up your 3DS XL with these Taiko Drum Master cases

These Taiko Drum Master (Taiko no Tatsujin) pouches are extremely cute, but there's got to be a limit to the amount of cases, pouches, sleeves, and portfolios I need for my 3DS XL. I think I might make an exception for these ...

Brittany Vincent