Nintendo 3DS News

Surprise! Nintendo announces New 2DS XL handheld

In a surprise announcement, Nintendo has this morning unveiled the New 2DS XL.

It's another handheld in the 3DS family, and the second 2DS variant - meaning it has no stereoscopic 3D option.

Two colour options will be available when it launches on 28th July - "Black + Turquoise" and "White + Orange".

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Nintendo launches new 3DS messaging app Swapdoodle

Nintendo launches new 3DS messaging app Swapdoodle

Free-to-download with paid-for doodle guides.

Out of nowhere, Nintendo has launched Swapdoodle, a new messaging app for 3DS.

The software lets you draw multi-page doodles or hand-written notes, then send them to friends.

It's free to download, although there are microtransactions for drawing tutorials and stationary sets should you wish to draw Nintendo characters or in sparkly ink.

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Five years on, Nintendo 3DS passes 60m sales milestone

Five years on, Nintendo 3DS passes 60m sales milestone

Far less than DS, but far more than Vita.

3DS has now notched up 60m sales, Nintendo announced last night.

While a significant milestone, this still places 3DS around 20m short of the Game Boy Advance and a whopping 94m short of the DS.

There's still some life in 3DS yet - Nintendo clearly plans on supporting the device into next year via the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon this Christmas.

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Nintendo to launch five smartphone games by March 2017

Nintendo to launch five smartphone games by March 2017

Amiibo shipments reach 10.5m worldwide.

Nintendo has detailed a somewhat cautious roll-out of its plans to release games for smartphones: five will launch before the end of March 2017.

Speaking in a results briefing after the company announced its first annual profit in four years, president Satoru Iwata acknowledged five smartphone games might have been a lower number than some investors had hoped for.

"You may think it is a small number, but when we aim to make each title a hit and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business," Iwata said.

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EGXEGX 2015 tickets now on sale

80,000 expected at largest ever UK games event.

Gamer Network, the lovely company which also operates this website, has begun selling tickets for EGX 2015.

Nintendo to release games on phones and tablets

UPDATE: What does this mean for the company's future? Watch Chris B, Tom and Wes discuss.

UPDATE 17/3/15 3.55pm: After today's announcement that Nintendo will begin smartphone and tablet game development, Eurogamer's Chris "Bratterz" Bratt has rounded up resident Nintendo fan Tom Phillips and resident Nintendo sceptic Wesley Yin-Poole to discuss what this might mean for the company's future.

Nintendo kills 3DS browser exploit via new firmware update

Nintendo kills 3DS browser exploit via new firmware update

No more Pokémon Shuffle or ROM injection hacks.

Nintendo has issued a new 3DS firmware update that blocks a major web browser exploit.

The hack had allowed users to inject code within downloaded games, allowing for a number of illegal uses.

A method was discovered to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs with relative ease, for example.

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New Nintendo 3DS sold 335k during EU/US launch week

New Nintendo 3DS sold 335k during EU/US launch week

5.7m Amiibo shipped, most popular figures revealed.

Nintendo sold around 335,000 units of its New Nintendo 3DS during the handheld's recent launch week in Europe and the US.

Sales data published as part of the company's latest financial briefing shows Nintendo shifted around 175k units in the US and around 160k in Europe.

Both of the new system's major launch titles - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate - outperformed the previous version in each respective series.

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New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL UK release date

Nintendo will finally launch its New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL in Europe on 13th February, the company has announced.

Both versions feature a new C-button for dual-analogue control, improved 3D and built-in NFC compatibility to communicate with Amiibos.

There's a slight power upgrade to both as well, allowing for smoother gameplay, faster system load times and ability to play a number of games which will be New 3DS-exclusive, the first of which will be a port of Wii role-player Xenoblade Chronicles.

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Nintendo earnings improve, but Wii U and 3DS sales still slow

Nintendo earned 171.4bn yen (£981m) in revenue during the past six months, although ended with a total operating loss of 215m yen (£1.2m).

That figure is a vast improvement on the same time last year however, when Nintendo posted a far more dire 23bn yen (£133m) operating loss.

Despite the operating loss, Nintendo managed to post a profit of 14.3bn yen (£82.1m). That's because of positive exchange gains due to the depreciation of the yen.

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3DS system update adds themes, image share tool

3DS system update adds themes, image share tool

Basic designs cost 89p, or decorate with Nintendo characters for £1.79.

Nintendo's latest 3DS firmware update has added the ability to customise your handheld with themes.

Six basic coloured themes are available for free, or you can download more from the new Theme Shop. Simple designs cost 89p, or you can purchase themes featuring Nintendo characters for £1.79.

Currently there are only a small number available, including a few classic Mario designs and one inspired by Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

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Nintendo shows off NES Edition 3DS XL

UPDATE: Nintendo has no plans to launch these in Europe.

UPDATE 11/09/2014 6.24pm: Nintendo has confirmed to Eurogamer that it has "no plans to launch these Persona Q or NES controller inspired Nintendo 3DS XL hardware in Europe."

Nintendo announces new 3DS and 3DS XL designs with extra buttons, improved CPU

Nintendo announces new 3DS and 3DS XL designs with extra buttons, improved CPU

UPDATE: But they won't launch in Europe until 2015.

UPDATE: Nintendo has told Eurogamer that the new 3DS and 3DS XL designs will not reach Europe until 2015.

"Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing," a Nintendo spokesperson told us. "We plan to launch these products in Europe in 2015.

"We have a variety of compelling portable gaming options for consumers now and through the Christmas shopping season, including a variety of different Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS XL bundles at retail. We also have a strong library of hundreds of games for these systems that appeal to all kinds of players, with titles like Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire still on the way before the end of the year."

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Nintendo slashes Wii U sales forecast from 9m to 2.8m

Nintendo slashes Wii U sales forecast from 9m to 2.8m

UPDATE: Iwata apologises, will stay in office to see company return to profit.

UPDATE: Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has apologised to shareholders for the company's business performance but pledged to stay in office, Nikkei reports (as translated by NeoGAF).

Iwata admitted responsibility for today's poor financial results but said that the first order of business was restoring momentum as soon as possible, and that he will stay as president to see this through.

ORIGINAL STORY: Nintendo has cut dramatically the number of Wii U and 3DS consoles it expects to sell by the end of the financial year.

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PlayStation Vita weekly sales flagging in Europe, less than half 3DS

European PlayStation Vita sales have settled into a slump since Sony's machine launched earlier this year.

That's according to new figures released by Nintendo as part of its financial report. The data reveals that in Europe weekly 3DS sales are regularly more than double that of the Vita - sometimes far more.

And, just like in Japan, Vita is being outstripped sales-wise by ageing predecessor the PSP.

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3DS and DS sales roughly equal after same time period

3DS and DS sales roughly equal after same time period

Latest Nintendo numbers show Wii sales drying up.

3DS sales are roughly equal to DS figures after the same time period, despite Nintendo reporting "weaker than expected" numbers for their new handheld.

It is difficult to directly compare 3DS and DS sales over the same time frame due to the earlier machine's staggered launch. 3DS now stands at 22.19 million sold, 19 months after the console launched in February 2011.

19 months after the DS launched in Europe in March 2005 it had sold 26.82 million - although its European release was more than three months after it launched in the US and Japan in November/December 2004. Factor that in and the comparative figure is 21.27 million DS units, meaning a small advantage for the 3DS at present.

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3DS sales "weaker than expected" despite Japan success

3DS sales "weaker than expected" despite Japan success

Nintendo revises yearly forecast, now expects slimmer profit.

Nintendo has lowered its annual profit forecast after reporting "weaker than expected" sales of the 3DS outside Japan.

That's despite the 3DS selling gangbusters amounts every week in the Japanese chart, where it regularly outmatches the rest of the hardware combined.

Nintendo's financial forecast for the year is now a much slimmer six billion yen (£47m) profit, revised from the 20 billion yen (£157m) it expected earlier in the year.

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Eye-catching Mario, Animal Crossing 3DS XL designs announced

Eye-catching Mario, Animal Crossing 3DS XL designs announced

Zelda, Mario 3DS games coming to Japanese eShop.

Nintendo Japan has revealed two 3DS XL special editions featuring Mario and Animal Crossing designs.

The smartly-dressed duo will be available in bundles with New Super Mario Bros. 2 and the upcoming Animal Crossing 3DS - in Japan, at least.

A Japanese Nintendo Direct conference also divulged details on nine older 3DS games soon to arrive as downloads from the 3DS eShop.

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UK 3DS XL sales total almost 10,000 in one day

UK 3DS XL sales total almost 10,000 in one day

Steady start, but nowhere near Japanese haul.

Nintendo sold just less than 10,000 3DS XL units in the UK on Saturday.

The 3DS XL total was "a little shy of five figures", Eurogamer contributor Johnny Minkley told our sister site GamesIndustry International.

UK chart company Chart-Track does not publicly release hardware sales figures, and Nintendo claimed this morning it would not divulge 3DS XL sales totals.

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Nintendo 3DS XL UK price round-up

UPDATE: GameStop to match GAME trade-in deal, includes older DS variants.

The cheapest place in the UK to buy a 3DS XL this weekend will be at Asda. The supermarket giant is planning to sell Nintendo's shiny new handheld for just £169.99.

3DS eShop to get DLC and demos

Accessible from PC, smartphones.

The 3DS eShop will be updated in November to allow DLC, demos and the ability to download content while in sleep mode, Nintendo has announced.

November 3DS firmware update details

November 3DS firmware update details

10 mins vid recording, YouTube uploads.

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.

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3DS June firmware update detailed

3DS June firmware update detailed

UPDATE: Europe e-Shop contents confirmed.

UPDATE: Nintendo has issued a press release to Eurogamer confirming the following e-Shop titles for Europe next week: 3D Classic Excitebike (free in Europe until 7th July), Game Boy versions of Super Mario Land, Alleyway and Tennis for the Virtual Console, and the Pokédex 3D app revealed yesterday.

The 3DS eShop will then be updated every Thursday.

ORIGINAL STORY: Nintendo launches a firmware update for the Nintendo 3DS on 7th June. It adds the long-delayed e-Shop online marketplace and web browser.

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First 3DS firmware update detailed?

First 3DS firmware update detailed?

eShop unlocked, no sign of web browser.

Nintendo's May 3DS firmware update has been detailed by a new report. It includes the Nintendo eShop, although promised Internet browsing functions are nowhere to be seen.

The list of additions - published by Famitsu and translated by The Magic Box - include the initial batch of downloadable eShop content.

Nintendo had previously promised a web browser would be part of its May firmware update. Before that it had been intended for launch day.

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Nintendo dismisses 3DS headaches story

"Recent reports are incorrect."

Update 2: Huge US retail chain GameStop has chimed in too, insisting it isn't seeing an unusually high number of returns. "This is something that we are not experiencing," said a spokesperson.

Nintendo announces UK 3DS sales figures

Nintendo announces UK 3DS sales figures

Fastest-selling Nintendo console ever in UK.

The Nintendo 3DS sold 113,000 units during its first two days on sale in the UK, Nintendo has announced.

The sales figure beats the UK launches of the Wii (105,000) and Nintendo DS (approximately 87,000), making the Nintendo 3DS the fastest-selling Nintendo console ever in the UK.

Sony's PlayStation Portable holds the UK console launch record – it shifted 185,000 units during its launch window in 2005.

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Is Nintendo 3DS a UK record breaker?

Shops break sales silence.

Last week, analysts and shops predicted opening weekend 3DS sales could be as massive as 200,000 units. Their estimates were made off the back of a Nintendo-flaunted pre-order count of 140,000 3DS consoles.

Nintendo explains "garage" dev claim

"We embrace independent spirit."

Nintendo has moved to calm reaction to US boss Reggie Fils-Aime's controversial comment that the Japanese company refuses to do business with "garage" developers.

CEX will buy your Nintendo 3DS for £215

UK shop offers astonishing cash price.

Got a Nintendo 3DS? Haven't opened it yet? Changed your mind and fancy selling it for more than you bought it for? Then you're in luck. UK shop CEX will buy your boxed Nintendo 3DS for an incredible £215.

Amazon accused of 3DS delivery failure

UPDATE: Amazon responds.

UPDATE: Amazon.co.uk has issued Eurogamer with the following statement: "Thousands of customers have already received their Nintendo 3DS console and we will continue to make deliveries throughout the day."

GAME's 3DS launch outnumbers HMV's

GAME's 3DS launch outnumbers HMV's

482 midnight openings to 100.

Update: GAME has clarified that a free 3DS won't be given to the 482 GAME/gamestation queue-leaders at shops up and down the UK. Instead, their names will go into a hat, from which a winner will be picked to receive a free 3DS.

Original story:

HMV may be the official 3DS launch partner, but GAME will outnumber the rival shop-chain by opening a fleet of 482 GAME and gamestation stores tomorrow night at midnight.

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Nintendo: 3DS demos worth resources?

"I'm not sure," mulls Hideki Konno.

A Nintendo 3DS can receive demos while dormant via the Wi-Fi connection as you casually stroll past a shop or a "spot" - that's what the SpotPass feature is all about.

Official Nintendo 3DS UK launch plans

The official UK launch partner of the 3DS will be HMV.

The official UK launch, therefore, will happen at the shop-chain's flagship store on 150 Oxford Street, London. A northern launch extravaganza will happen HMV LiverpoolOne.

Both events begin 11pm Thursday night (24th March) - an hour and a minute before the UK 3DS officially goes on sale.

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Nintendo 3DS logs flash cart use?

UPDATE: Nintendo responds, stays cagey.

UPDATE: A Nintendo spokesperson issued the following statement to Eurogamer: "We do not discuss product security details (for obvious reasons), nor can we discuss the details of countermeasures available in the Nintendo 3DS system.

UK 3DS: "Seems to be enough stock"

But any more excitement and it'll sell out.

The UK should have enough 3DS launch stock to go around - but GAME has warned that if excitement builds then sell-outs are a real possibility.

Nintendo: 3G fees will hold NGP back

Will "decrease the customer base".

For Sony, the Next Generation Portable's 3G functionality is one of its killer features, but for 3DS maker Nintendo, it expects having to pay for the service will put people off from buying it.

Nintendo 3DS sells 400,000 in a weekend

Nintendo 3DS sells 400,000 in a weekend

Dimension that shelves are refilling?

More than 400,000 Nintendo 3DS units have been sold during opening weekend in Japan.

That initial allocation of stock was quickly snaffled by pre-order customers standing in queues that stretched over 750 people long, Nikkei reported.

But by as soon as Sunday stocks had been replenished, according to Andriasang - as Nintendo sets about fulfilling a Japanese shipment target of 1.5 million 3DS units by the end of March.

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3DS eShop not launching until May

3DS eShop not launching until May

Iwata clears up confusion.

Last week a Nintendo UK spokesperson informed Eurogamer that the 3DS's eShop would go live on launch day, courtesy of a system update.

However, CEO Satoru Iwata has now cruelly over-ruled that claim, announcing that the patch won't hit until May.

Speaking at an investor call in Japan last night, the Nintendo boss explained, "The first system update is scheduled for late May, at almost the same time around the world."

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New worldwide Wii and DS total sales

New worldwide Wii and DS total sales

Plus: Nintendo predicts 3DS numbers.

With a brand new Nintendo money report comes a brand new worldwide Wii and DS sales total.

As of 31st December 2010, the DS (DS, DSi, DSi XL) has sold 144.59 million units, globally, and the Wii 84.64 million units.

Massive numbers. Can 3DS replicate them?

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European 3DS release date

European 3DS release date

25th March. No price.

Finally, Nintendo has confirmed the European 3DS launch date.

The handheld will arrive here on 25th March, according to a press release.

The 3DS price will be "decided by retailers" - "please refer to their prices," said Nintendo Europe president Satoru Shibata at a press conference in Amsterdam, Holland, moments ago.

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Experts: 3DS won't harm toddlers

Kids, it might actually be good for you.

Contrary to warnings recently offered by Nintendo, the 3DS does not have the potential to damage the eyesight of children under six, so say medical experts.

Is a 3DS cart bigger than a DVD?

Word on the street pins it at 8GB.

Cartridges for Nintendo's ambitious new 3DS handheld may be able to hold a whopping 8GB of data - that's more than an Xbox 360 DVD (6.8GB).