By Alexa Ray Corriea on Feb 06, 2013 02.06.13
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,...
By Tracey Lien on Dec 26, 2012 12.26.12
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.
By Emily Gera on Nov 28, 2012 11.28.12
A blue and black Nintendo 3DS XL with a pre-installed version of Mario Kart 7 hits stores on Dec. 2 for a suggested retail price of $199.99, Nintendo officials announced today. The limited-edition bundle offers a savings of $39.99. If purchased separately the 3DS XL system and game would go for $199.99 and $39.99, respectively, as based on suggested retail prices. This announcement follows the European release of a similar Mario Kart 7 bundle for an all-white 3DS XL, which hit shelves on Nov. 16. The racing title was first released in North America last December for the 3DS.
By Tracey Lien on Nov 13, 2012 11.13.12
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.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Nov 12, 2012 11.12.12
Best Buy is currently offering a buy two, get one free sale including eight titles for the Nintendo 3DS, the company announced on its website. Titles include Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Rayman Origins, Activision's The Trash Pack, Angry Birds Trilogy, FIFA Soccer 13, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Disney's Wreck-It Ralph. The third free game must be of equal or lesser value to the other two games, according to promotion. The promotion also cannot be combined with other Best Buy offers or coupons. It should be noted that all three Mario titles are $39.99 each, while the remaining five are $29.99 each.
By Tracey Lien on Oct 31, 2012 10.31.12
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.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Oct 28, 2012 10.28.12
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...
By Emily Gera on Oct 24, 2012 10.24.12
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,...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Oct 18, 2012 10.18.12
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...
By Griffin McElroy on Oct 04, 2012 10.04.12
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. We've reached out to Nintendo of America to...