Nintendo has announced that UK 3DS owners will now be able to connect their handhelds to the internet for free at any O2 Wi-Fi hotspot.
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Screenshots of a new HD Mario Kart game have surfaced - not from Nintendo, but from Namco Bandai, developer of the series' arcade outings.
Nintendo has deployed its promised patch for Mario Kart 7. It eliminates the ability to skip large sections of the race track on specific courses.
Fair online racing was previously made impossible by cheaters deliberately exploiting the game's glitches and repeatedly choosing broken levels to play on.
The patch mends the notorious Wuhu Mountain Loop glitch and provides similar fixes for the Wuhu Island Loop and GBA Bowser Castle 1 courses.
17.13 million 3DS consoles have now been sold worldwide, Nintendo has announced. The figure covers all sales up to the end of March 2012.
That means a healthy two million more 3DS units have been sold in the last three months. A previous tally of 15.03 million was jotted down at the end of last year.
Even the company's aging Wii coughed out another million units. It has now sold 95.85 million, up from 94.97 million on New Year's Eve 2011.
3DS gamers can now automatically connect to over 25,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across Europe using Nintendo Zone.
Nintendo mascot Mario will star in New Super Mario Bros. 2 this summer, a new side-scrolling platformer due for release on 3DS in August.
A sequel to the New Super Marios Bros. games on DS and Wii, this latest title mixes classic 2D jumping and goomba-squashing with snazzy new visuals.
Mario's much in-vogue Raccoon suit is also set to make an appearance. Steady there, PETA.
Hot on the heels of news that GAME has entered administration, closed 277 stores and laid-off 2000 staff, supermarket chain Sainsbury's has announced increased stock of new games and significant price cuts.
Shoppers can pick up the following discounts, among others, from tomorrow:
PlayStation 3 console: £164.99 (was £199.99)
The 3DS has sold twice as many units as the DS did in its first year on sale, Nintendo has announced.
The 3DS sold 4.5 million units in its first year in the US. It went on sale there on 27th March 2011.
A year after the DS launched in the US, on 21st November 2004, it had sold 2.3 million units.
The Nintendo 3DS has set another sales record in Japan - further evidence, if it was needed, that it has recovered from its launch troubles.
Over the weekend it crossed the five million sales mark in 52 weeks - a record for Japanese hardware sales.
The previous record holder was the Nintendo DS, which shifted five million in 56 weeks. In third place is the Game Boy Advance, which hit the milestone on week 58.
Your Nintendo 3DS can now connect to the internet for free at over 5000 fast food restaurants and hotels across Europe.
Super Mario 3D Land is the first Nintendo 3DS game to sell over five million copies.
Nintendo has pulled the curtain back on the Wii U's online functions, announcing its new Nintendo Network.
The uplift in sales of the 3DS have proved those who claimed handhelds were doomed wrong, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has said.
Nintendo has predicted it will finish the financial year with a greater loss than expected after making far less money than hoped.
When the current financial year ends on 31st March 2012, Nintendo expects it will have made a total loss of 65 billion yen (£534.87 million), significantly more than the 20 billion yen originally forecast.
The company has announced an overall loss of 48.3 billion yen (£397.5 million) for the current financial year up until the end of December 2011.
PlayStation Vita sold another 15,219 units in Japan last week, but that figure marks the handheld's lowest ever weekly total.
Sales fell from 22,538 the week before, according to Japanese chart company Media Create (via NeoGAF, although hardware numbers were largely down across the chart.
3DS sales shrank to 80,960, down almost 20,000 but still enough to outsell the rest of the hardware chart combined.
3DS gamers will now be able to acess free Wi-Fi at a number of major UK airports, Nintendo has announced.
A major glitch in one of Mario Kart 7's tracks will remain unfixed, Nintendo has said.
The 3DS has started 2012 with a bang, seeing a significant hardware sales bump and a raft of software in the top five.
PlayStation Vita has been beaten by the PSP in Japan's hardware chart for the second week running.
The Japanese videogames market made 8 per cent less money in 2011 than in 2010, new figures have revealed.
Game sales stuttered compared to the previous year, with almost 14 per cent less revenue despite the launch of the Nintendo 3DS and, in the year's final weeks, PlayStation Vita.
Hardware revenue rose - perhaps unsurprising considering the year's dual platform launches - but not by much.
The 3DS sold more in its first nine months than Wii did in the US, Nintendo has announced.
Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are the fastest-selling games in the history of their franchises. They are the first 3DS games to sell one million units each in the US.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the 45th Wii game to sell more than one million in the US.
Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto has suggested US developer Retro Studios could collaborate with Nintendo on a future Zelda game.
No sign of retyring.
Christmas stocks of the 3DS will meet an increasing public demand for Nintendo's handheld device, UK shops have told Eurogamer.
Good news/bad news for Nintendo in this week's Japanese sales charts. Mario Kart 7 got off to a storming start but Zelda: Skyward Sword dropped like a stone in its second week.
What fresh shell is this?
The 3DS has "regained its vigour" following a sluggish launch, according to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 continues to dominate the UK video games chart, its sales rising 2 per cent to secure a fourth week on top.
3DS game Mario Kart 7 was this week's sole newcomer, and finished eighth. That's higher than fellow 3DS exclusive Super Mario 3D Land managed three weeks ago, but it is much quieter now.
FIFA 12 sales improved to take the football game to second place. However, EA's game was still 55,000 sales short of rampant chart leader Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
In terms of new releases, the home consoles have started their winter hibernation - but there's still a war to be fought in your hand this week. Two massive format exclusives step up to make their host platforms' case for taking a spot under your Christmas tree.
Nintendo fans can get 3D Classics: Kid Icarus for free when it launches on 5th January by registering two eligible 3DS titles online this Christmas.
Update: Tesco has responded to Eurogamer by confirming its pricing for Mario Kart 7 as £29.90 until Sunday - making it, for now at least, the cheapest place to buy the game in UK shops. From Monday, it will be £32.70.
Mario Kart 7's clan-like Communities feature, which lets players interact and race together online without the need to exchange Friend Codes, was originally planned to be a part of the Nintendo 3DS' firmware.
An officially licensed Mario Kart 7 steering wheel spotted last month for release in Japan will be available to buy in the UK next month, Nintendo has confirmed.
Created by peripherals manufacturer Hori, the wheel has Nintendo's official stamp of approval.
There's no word on how much it will cost here, although in Japan it was priced at 1280 yen (about £10.50).
UPDATE: The Nintendo 3DS system update will be available in Europe by 8th December, Nintendo has confirmed.
Nintendo UK also listed the features it adds:
Record video in 3D - capture up to 10 minutes of 3D video, or even make your own stop-motion animations
Why 7? There was never a Mario Kart 6 or a 5 or even a 2. Chronologically, of course, sequel has followed sequel with that dependable Nintendo plod. But the company has always chosen to brand each game as a discrete entity, never a numbered notch on an implied arc of evolution.
Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii: all games tethered to and defined by their hardware. So why not Mario Kart 3DS, then? Perhaps Nintendo is no longer trying to pretend that it's reinventing a formula that it perfected long ago - or perhaps, as Shigeru Miyamoto suggested, it's just because 7 is a lucky number.
Whatever the reason, Mario Kart 7 proclaims to be a sequential advance in a series that has always struggled to evolve from the masterful blueprint laid down by its Super Nintendo debut. In fact, in structural terms, little has changed since August 1992.
Nintendo considered completing Mario Kart 7 on 3DS by the end of this year "an act of emergency", the game's producer has admitted.
All 32 Mario Kart 7 courses have been named ahead of its release next month.
Mario Kart 7's vehicle customisation features made it into the finished game despite getting a lukewarm reaction from Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto, according a new Famitsu interview.
The 3DS is on track to outperform the DS for first year sales in the US, Nintendo has said.
The 3DS sold 1.65 million units in the US in the eight months following launch. The DS sold 2.37 million units in its first 12 months on sale, from November 2004 to October 2005. Half of those sales were made during the Christmas period.
In a note released today Nintendo highlighted the fact that the 3DS' first Christmas is around the corner, as are the launches of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.
So Nintendo posted a six-month 70 billion yen loss (-£579.3 million / -$926.3 million), and now braces for its first yearly loss in decades. But it's Nintendo - are things really that bad?
Nintendo this morning posted a huge financial loss - but it was below the gargantuan prediction made yesterday.
Nintendo has announced a new worldwide 3DS sales total of 6.68 million units.
That figure covers sales from 3DS launch up to 30th September, as revealed today in Nintendo's half-year financial report.
That means 3DS sales are comparable to DS sales within a similar timeframe - the 3DS is even marginally in front.
Nintendo will tomorrow report a gargantuan loss, according to a Japanese newspaper.
Japanese gamers will get an officially licensed 3DS steering wheel for use with Mario Kart 7. It's created by peripherals manufacturer Hori and has Nintendo's stamp of approval.
Nintendo has revealed a raft of community features for 3DS racer Mario Kart 7's online multiplayer.
Nintendo's upcoming 3DS firmware update includes updates to Mii Plaza games and messaging for friends via SpotPass and StreetPass, company president Satoru Iwata has announced.
Nintendo's planned November 3DS firmware update will allow gamers to record up to 10 minutes of 3D video footage.
Videos can then be uploaded to YouTube, Japanese newspaper Nikkei reports (via Andrisang), although the paper was unclear on whether this was possible directly or merely through SD card transfer.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is expected to fully detail the update in a pre-recorded webcast to be broadcast later today. The talk will also see Iwata reveal the upcoming Mario Kart 7's online functions.
Matt le Blanc is a funny guy. Being a long-time fan of Friends, I can forgive the actor many things. Maybe even Lost in Space. So when his spin-off series Joey first aired, I felt the need to give it a try.
An under-pressure Nintendo has ruled out any likelihood of ever making games for mobiles.
Metal Mario sighted.
3DS platform game Super Mario 3D Land will be released across Europe on 18th November, Nintendo has announced.
Mario Kart 7 will be released on 2nd December.
In 2012, there will be Mario Tennis and Animal Crossing released on 3DS.
Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador programme kicks off today, rewarding pre-price drop adopters with 10 NES titles absolutely free.
Nintendo is preparing both an external second circle pad add-on for the 3DS, as well as an entirely new model which "radically tones down" the system's 3D capabilities, according to insider sources.
US Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 3 sales figures have leapt following their recent price drops, retailer GameStop today revealed.
"We have seen a significant acceleration in the sale of PlayStation 3 and the 3DS," GameStop president Tony Bartel told sister site GamesIndustry.biz.
Meanwhile, US retail giant Target reported to IndustryGamers that PS3 sales had seen an "immediate lift".
3DS sales figures have shot through the roof in Japan after Nintendo's worldwide price cut took effect last week.
3DS sold 214,821 units between 8th and 14th August, according to chart company Enterbrain (via Famitsu). That's the highest weekly amount since the 3DS launched in February.
Two weeks earlier, 3DS sales were 16,415 units a week. (News of the price cut impacted sales the week after.)
Nintendo are bringing out the big guns for Eurogamer Expo 2011 with new Mario and Zelda games set to be playable on the show floor.
Online entry into Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador Scheme ended at midnight last night, but gamers can still get the 20 free games if they prove they made their 3DS purchase prior to then.
The list below has and will be updated with today's 3DS prices.
The Nintendo 3DS price war is in full swing: supermarket giant Tesco has slashed the price of the handheld to £115.
UK online retailer GameStop.co.uk has cut the price of the Nintendo 3DS to £135.
3DS incarnation races, swims and glides.
Nintendo plans to introduce a paid item transactions system for the 3DS and Wii U.
UPDATE: Nintendo's stock rose during the afternoon session on the Osaka Securities Exchange. It finished down 12 per cent to 12,290 yen.
While shops discuss tactics, analyst Piers Harding-Rolls predicted that the Nintendo 3DS UK recommended retail price (RRP) will fall to between £150 and £155.
Nintendo has re-named this year's twin 3DS Mario titles and given both rough release dates.
The price of the 3DS will be cut by "around a third" in Europe, Nintendo has told Eurogamer.
Nintendo has announced a huge 3DS price-cut in for Japan.
From 11th August the handheld will be sold for 15,000 yen (£118) in Japan, down from its current 25,000 yen (£196) price tag.
Nintendo will price-cut the 3DS in overseas markets, including Europe, by September, "although the ranges and the markdown will be different from that of Japan".
Mario Kart's punchy drifts might not have as much praise heaped upon them as the playful arc of the plumber's jump, but they're just as well defined. They've been the backbone of a series that's been one of Nintendo's most consistently brilliant, as well as one of its more lucrative.
Retro Studios is helping Nintendo EAD develop Mario Kart 3DS, Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed.
Hang-gliding! Underwater jet propellers!
The 3DS's Mario Kart will introduce hang gliders, underwater sections and vehicle customisation, and it's releasing towards the end of this year.
A trailer at Nintendo's E3 conference gave a more detailed look at the game, with several of the tracks seemingly prettied-up versions of those on Mario Kart DS.
Hang glider sections were also spotted with the karts sprouting wings as they took to the skies. The racing also went underwater at various times, with propellers appearing on the karts.
Mario Kart 3DS goes on sale before the end of the year, Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed.
Nintendo's creative mastermind made the announcement at a French press event late last week, as reported by VG247.
Miyamoto didn't offer any more insight into what new features Nintendo is adding to the long-running racing franchise but did offer a few updates on a number of other 3DS titles.
The man behind the Mario Kart franchise has stood up for the series' widely loathed blue shell power up.
Shop GAME will give you a trade-in price of £190 on the £196.99 Nintendo 3DS if you bring it back within a month of buying it.
Shell be coming round the mountain.