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Nintendo mascot lands on 3DS next week.

Super Mario 3D Land Review

The Mushroom King.

VideoZelda-inspired Super Mario 3D Land footage

Nintendo nod to Zelda's top-down past.

Key events

20th February 2012

Nintendo hardware sales chart

10th November 2011

Super Mario 3D Land Review

Nintendo: there's no danger of creating too many Mario games

"Every edition in the series is foundationally sound."

When questioned whether the recent glut of Mario games (Super Mario 3D Land last December, New Super Mario Bros. 2 in August, New Super Mario Bros. U this November) risked endangering the IP, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime had a simple reply: no.

Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita UK sales slower than predecessors'

Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita UK sales slower than predecessors'

Vita managed less than a third of PSP sales in first 10 weeks.

The Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita have suffered slower sales than their predecessors in the UK.

The 3DS has sold nearly 950,000 after 61 weeks on sale in the UK, according to Gfk Chart-Track data reported by PocketGamer.biz. It expects the console to pass through the one million sales mark next month.

If it does, it will have taken around three months longer than the DS did to reach one million in the UK. The DS hit one million after 51 weeks on sale. Chart-Track chief Dorian Bloch said the difference in price between the two consoles was one of the reasons behind the 3DS' slower sales.

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Nintendo 3DS sales top 17.13 million

Nintendo 3DS sales top 17.13 million

Japanese firm posts first ever annual loss.

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.

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Sainsbury's increases new game stock, launches sale

Sainsbury's increases new game stock, launches sale

"Customers can be assured they can get the most popular games from us."

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)

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3DS sells twice as many as DS did in its first year in the US

3DS sells twice as many as DS did in its first year in the US

"We're just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul."

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.

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Nintendo 3DS sets new Japan sales record

Nintendo 3DS sets new Japan sales record

Sells 5m units faster than any console.

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.

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3DS Ambassador Super Mario Bros. game updated

3DS Ambassador Super Mario Bros. game updated

Nintendo spoils us, adds Suspend Points.

Nintendo has begun updating the downloadable NES games offered free to 3DS Ambassadors last year.

European gamers can now log on to the 3DS eShop and update NES classic Super Mario Bros., Nintendo Life reports.

Downloading the new version will add Suspend Points, allowing you to save your progress wherever you are in-game and reload it as many times as you like. Revolutionary stuff.

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Nintendo slashes sales forecasts, expects bigger losses than feared

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.

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Ice White, Coral Pink 3DS price hiked

For separate, non-bundle launch.

The Ice White and Rose Pink 3DS flavours will be more expensive than the existing range of colours when they launch separately on 10th February.

Japanese games market shrunk 8% in 2011 despite 3DS launch

Japanese games market shrunk 8% in 2011 despite 3DS launch

Mario Land, Mario Kart best-selling games.

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.

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3DS sells more in first 9 months than Wii did

3DS sells more in first 9 months than Wii did

Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 set franchise records.

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.

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Sky airs 3D gaming show

Eurogamer's very own Johnny Minkley presents.

UK TV network Sky has launched a new two-part show devoted to 3D gaming.

It feels very appropriate to be writing about Mario in the run up to Christmas. Even though his games make no explicit reference to The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and in fact are often blatantly summery with their primary colours and warm blue skies, there's just something inherently festive about the squat plumber and his surreal world.

Animal rights group PETA has admitted its campaign condemning Super Mario 3D Land's furry Tanooki suit was not a serious attack on Nintendo's moustachioed mascot.

PETA: Mario is pro-fur

Claims Tanooki Suit sends out the wrong message.

Following its condemnation of the wanton rat slaughter in Battlefield 3 last week, animal rights group PETA has now turned its attention to Mario.

3DS to outperform DS first year sales in US

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.

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Fils-Aime: 3DS launch

Fils-Aime: 3DS launch "lessons learned" for Wii U

Software line-up blamed for poor hardware sales.

Nintendo learnt important lessons from the launch of the 3DS, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has admitted.

Fils-Aime blamed the handheld's lacklustre software launch line-up for poor hardware sales following the 3DS' release, something it cannot repeat for the Wii U next year.

"In terms of lessons learned, we need to ensure we have a strong line-up of games when we release hardware - especially titles from Nintendo. Looking back, maybe we did not have the best lineup of games on 3DS," he told Brazilian website UOL Jogos.

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Japan chart: Super Mario 3D Land inspires huge 3DS sales surge

Japan chart: Super Mario 3D Land inspires huge 3DS sales surge

Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3 also do big numbers.

3DS sales were up over 200 per cent in Japan last week, following the launch of Super Mario 3D Land.

The new handheld's first Mario title, out here next week, sold a whopping 343,492 copies in its first four days on sale to take the software crown.

For context, Super Mario Galaxy sold 256,341 in Japan during its first week, while Super Mario Galaxy 2 managed 337,569.

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Super Mario 3D Land Review

Super Mario 3D Land Review

The Mushroom King.

Fun is the trickiest of butterflies to pin. It's swift-moving and wayward; it never settles in one place for long.

Sometimes, it lurks in the past, with the memory of a staggering set-piece or the euphoria that bubbles up after a boss has been beaten. Elsewhere, it might wait for you in the future, threaded between the uppermost branches of a skill tree or hovering next to that Master Sword you aren't yet allowed to wield.

For Mario, though, it's always found in the present: in each jump and each backflip, each shattered block, and each squashed Goomba. Mario makes his fun in the here and now, and his games are defined not by set-pieces or unlocks, but by an endless, freewheeling playfulness.

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3DS firmware update adds join friends option

3DS firmware update adds join friends option

Included on Japanese Super Mario 3D Land cart.

Nintendo 3DS gamers will gain the ability to join a friend's game from the system's friend list, it has emerged.

Friend list navigation has also been improved, and online friends are shuffled to the front of your list for easier viewing, according to an image spotted on NeoGAF.

The upgrade arrives on the single-player only Super Mario 3D Land game cartridge, suggesting Nintendo may update the 3DS through physical games as well as over the internet throughout the handheld's lifetime.

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Nintendo: Super Mario 3D Land is "like a hamburger"

Whereas Galaxy 2 was an "imperial feast".

Forthcoming 3DS platformer Super Mario 3D Land offers a more accessible, compact experience than the Wii's Super Mario Galaxy 2, that users can "gobble down", according to the game's director.

3DS worldwide sales total 6.68 million

3DS worldwide sales total 6.68 million

Higher than DS in same timeframe.

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.

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Super Mario 3D Land has SMB3 "at its core"

Miyamoto reveals his contribution to 3DS title.

Whereas New Super Mario Bros. Wii had SNES classic Super Mario World "at its core", Nintendo's forthcoming Super Mario 3D Land deliberately harks back to NES landmark Super Mario Bros. 3, according to creator Shigeru Miyamoto.

Ice White, Coral Pink 3DS bundles announced

Ice White, Coral Pink 3DS bundles announced

UPDATE: Ice White bundle date pushed back.

UPDATE: Nintendo has updated their original press release to say the Ice White bundle will be available on 2nd December. The Coral Pink date remains unchanged.

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The upcoming Ice White and Coral Pink flavours of 3DS will be available in Europe from 18th November in two new bundles, Nintendo has announced.

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FeatureSaturday Soapbox: Why the 3DS Won't Die

Why Nintendo never Bowser under pressure.

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.

FeatureSuper Mario 3D Land

Mushroom for improvement?

So, Mario to the rescue? After a rather awkward first six months, the game that should have been there from day one arrives on 3DS next month, with the Kart variety following closely behind.

European Mario Kart 7 release date

European Mario Kart 7 release date

Super Mario 3D Land scheduled, too.

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.

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Nintendo preps huge 3DS overhaul: report

Dual analogue, re-branding planned?

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.

3DS, PS3 price-cuts see US sales soar

3DS, PS3 price-cuts see US sales soar

GameStop notes "significant accelaration".

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".

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3DS price cut sees Japanese sales soar

3DS price cut sees Japanese sales soar

Best week since system's launch.

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.)

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3DS Ambassador entry still possible

With a till reciept from before today.

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.

Nintendo boss blames himself for 3DS woe

Iwata: "I feel greatly accountable."

Nintendo company president Satoru Iwata has taken personal responsibility for the floundering 3DS handheld, announcing he will slash his own salary by 50 per cent.

Nintendo announces huge 3DS price cut

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".

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FeatureSuper Mario 3D

Jump around.

Nintendo has proved itself a practised turntablist when it comes to remixing Mario. Against a steady backbeat of platforming, Mario games have blended in samples from the series' past, twisting and warping them to create a new and often quite intoxicating mix. The Galaxy games remain some of the headiest concoctions of this generation, yet deep within, it's those same staple ingredients that have been present since the series' dawn.

Nintendo: Mario has forgotten his roots

3DS title will return to "core experience".

Recent Super Mario games have drifted away from what the series was initially meant to be about, so says the Nintendo veteran behind the forthcoming Super Mario 3DS.

Mario Kart 3DS release confirmed for 2011

Mario Kart 3DS release confirmed for 2011

Star Fox 64 remake, Flipnote Studio also due.

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.

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Super Mario 3DS due out this year?

Miyamoto certainly hopes so.

The new 3DS Mario platformer briefly shown off last month at GDC could be on shelves before the year is out, according to Shigeru Miyamoto.