Namco Bandai is partnering with Nintendo to bring the next Mario Kart cabinet to Japanese arcades this summer, the Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix DX, the company announced today.
The cabinet will feature four modes: Grand Prix, Battle Mode, Team Co-Op and an "Alter Ego" Battle mode in which players can race against ghost drivers carrying other players' records. Grand Prix DX will feature "10 redesigned courses" and features included in 3DS title Mario Kart 7, as well as more than 100 items drivers can use. Namco had also added an additional playable character and thematic track from its Taiko Drum Master rhythm game series.
In co-op mode, players will team up against two CPU players. Team members can combine karts into a single kart, with one player driving while the other uses items,...
Animal Crossing: New Leaf, sold two million copies in its first two months of release, making it the first Nintendo 3DS title to ever crack the two million mark, Japanese games industry magazine Famitsu reports via Tiny Cartridge.
The game has sold 2.1 million units, which puts it ahead of other 3DS titles like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Monster Hunter 3G, and New Super Mario Bros. 2. The sales for Animal Crossing: New Leaf also eclipse those of the best-selling PlayStation 3 game — Final Fantasy 13, which sold 1.9 million copies in Japan.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf still falls behind the best-selling game on the Nintendo Wii — New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which sold 4.4 million copies in Japan.
A limited edition Pikachu-themed 3DS XL that Nintendo announced back in October is releasing in the U.K. on Dec. 7.
The bright yellow handheld console will join a limited edition all-white 3DS XL that will come pre-loaded with Mario Kart 7, which will be available from Nov. 16, and an all-white 3DS XL that will come pre-loaded with Super Mario 3D Land, which will be out Nov. 30.
The Pikachu 3DS XL was on sale earlier this year at select Japanese retailers. There is currently no word on whether the Pikachu handheld will be available in other territories.
Chinese company iQue (Nintendo's local branding) will be bringing three special Nintendo 3DS XL consoles to the Chinese market this December, according to a listing found by Kotaku.
The three 3DS XL designs will be limited edition and come in "Mario White", "Mario Silver" and "Mario Red Gold". The consoles will come pre-installed with Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land.
A specific launch date and price is yet to be announced.
During a recent interview with several Spanish media outlets, Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that optioning Retro Studios for a Legend of Zelda game isn't far-fetched — in fact, it's "entirely possible," Miyamoto told Game Reactor.
Retro Studios, a subsidiary of Nintendo, is responsible for games such as Metroid Prime, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Mario Kart 7. According to Miyamoto, Retro is qualified to do the job, but the studios would have to stay closely in touch with Nintendo. However, the studio's focus on developments with less dependence would probably not be the best for Zelda, Miyamoto said.
The designer, producer and director also talked more about the soon-to-be-released Wii U. The Miiverse, the Wii U's social networking app will promote handwritten chats. According to...
Nintendo is lowering its annual profit forecast after recording a larger than expected loss for the first six months of the fiscal year, having reported "weaker than expected" sales of the Nintendo 3DS outside of Japan.
The company's forecast for the 2013 fiscal year has lowered from ¥20 billion, or roughly $250.6 million in profits, to ¥6 billion, or roughly $75.2 million, despite seeing 5.6 million 3DS units sold during the first half of the fiscal year and 19.03 million software sales.
Nintendo however made a smaller loss throughout the six months ending September 2012 in comparison to the same period last year. In 2011, Nintendo lost ¥27.9 billion in net income, roughly $349 million.
During the same period in the last fiscal year, the handheld device sold 3.07 million units,...
Konami's side-scrolling shooter Gradius along with several popular 3DS hits have arrived in the Nintendo eSHop, Nintendo announced today.
Gradius was first published in 1985 for arcades and home computers, with ports spanning various platforms, including its inclusion in the Gradius Collection in 2006 for PlayStation Portable and on Wii Virtual Console in 2008.
Also hitting the eShop today are digital re-releases of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario Kart 7, Star Fox 64 3D, and Super Mario 3D Land, as well Sparkle Snapshots 3D, a program that allows players to personalize 2D photos taken with the 3DS camera.
3DS owners can also download Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park, Puzzler World XL, and a new Halloween-themed Nintendo Video, "Dinosaur Office: Halloween...
A yellow, Pikachu-themed 3DS XL model and a Mario Kart 7 3DS bundle are coming to Europe later this year, Nintendo Europe announced today during a Nintendo Direct video presentation.
The Mario Kart 7 bundle will include an all-white 3DS XL, pre-loaded with the Mushroom Kingdom racing title on the SD card. It's scheduled to hit stores on November 16th, but no price for the bundle was announced during the presentation.
The bright yellow Pikachu edition of the super-sized handheld was made available in Japan earlier this year at select retailers. There are no indications that the handheld will receive the same retailer-specific release in Europe, though details about the release, including price and release date, are currently non-existent.
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Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, and Mario Kart 7 comprise the initial batch of Nintendo's first-party 3DS titles coming to the North American eShop.
Each game will be available for purchase on Nintendo's digital store for $39.99 on Oct. 18.
Those games are among the list of first-party titles set to go up on the Japanese eShop on Nov. 1. According to Nintendo, more retail-only first-party 3DS games will be available in the 3DS eShop "in the future."
Nintendo's eShop in Japan will be getting a few older 3DS retail releases this November, the publisher announced today during a mini Nintendo Direct for Japan.
Among the titles that will be getting an eShop release on November 1st include: Mario Tennis Open, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Starfox 64 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and Pilotwings Resort.
A Nintendo Direct for Europe will broastcast on Thursday, October 4th.