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Pokemon X & Y Version 1.3 Update Available To Download Now

Nintendo has released a new update for Pokemon X and Y today. The new update brings both games up to version 1.3 and features stability enhancements and general bug fixes. As per usual, you’ll need to update your copy of X and Y in order to battle other players in online multiplayer with the Player Search System, or if you’d like to use wonder trade, game sync, or download new Pokemon via mystery gift.

Considering Diancie begun distribution on October 27 throughout US GameStop stores, it’s a possible explanation as to why many users were encountering error codes. Players will need to make sure they have space on their SD card for the 320 block download, which can be found over on the eShop or when launching the software.

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Nintendo UK Online Store Offering Mario Kart 8 Wii U Mega Bundle For £299.99

Nintendo UK has revealed a brand new Mario Kart 8 bundle is now in stock at the official online store. The new mega bundle features the Mario Kart 8 premium Wii U bundle, which comes with 32GB of storage and a physical disc of the popular racing title, a red Mario wheel for all your in-game anti-gravity thrills, a Mario Wii remote, and a Mario decal for your GamePad. But if you still can’t get enough of the red-capped plumber, you can always dress up for the occasion with a Mario hat, while leaping into play with Cat Mario and friends in Super Mario 3D World.

Exclusive to the Nintendo UK online store, this ultimate Mario Kart 8 bundle can be purchased for £299.99. With big savings on an impressive deal, it’s perfect for the upcoming Christmas season. You can take a look at the bundle, here.

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Satoru Iwata Returns To Regular Work Schedule, Feels Healthier Following Surgery

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata says he feels much healthier following his surgery to remove a bile-duct growth earlier this year. The company president has returned to work and resumed his regular work schedule, appearing in front of the media for the first time since his surgery in June in order to report Nintendo’s second quarterly financial earnings. During the presentation, Iwata remarked that he had lost weight, though felt much healthier.

The growth first came to light when Satoru Iwata skipped E3 for health-related problems. But it was during Nintendo’s AGM in June that the president explained his absence, saying he was currently resting after recent surgery to remove the growth. Iwata’s high spirits will thankfully continue as earlier today Nintendo posted a net profit of 14.3 billion Yen, smashing analysts predictions.

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Nintendo Reports A Profit In Q2 Earnings As Wii U Begins To Show Momentum

Nintendo has published its second quarterly financial report today and posted an overall net profit of 14.3 billion Yen, exceeding analysts’ predictions. Despite the gaming giant recording an operating loss of 215 million Yen (approximately €1.56 million / £1.23 million / $2 million), losses were considerably lower than the 9.4 billion Yen recorded in its first quarterly results for 2014 -15, and much lower overall when compared to the 23.2 billion Yen in operating losses suffered in September 2013.

Compared to its first quarterly results from July – which showed net losses of approximately 9.9 billion Yen – its boost in profit is magnanimous. In its report, Nintendo says that due to a depreciation of the Yen and its momentum in both hardware and software sales, net income more than doubled over on the previous year’s financial report of 6 billion Yen. Nintendo’s 14.3 billion Yen (€103.8 million / £82 million / $132.3 million) in profits plant the company firmly in the black after its continuous string of operating and net losses.

With the return of profits, Wii U hardware has also gained momentum after its initial struggle in the competitive market with sales of 1.12 million units from April to September. Nintendo says the boost in sales are garnered from its flagship title Mario Kart 8, along with Hyrule Warriors‘ popularity in the western market. It comes after Koei Tecmo reported a welcoming surprise in terms of sales, though figures were not revealed. Nintendo doesn’t allude to individual Wii U software sales in its report, though does mention 9.4 million units were sold within the six months.

On the other hand, the 3DS saw a decrease in hardware sales over on the previous year – 2.09 million units from April to September 2014, compared to 3.89 million units from April to September 2013. However, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS showed “extremely strong” initial sales, coming in at 3.22 million units worldwide after shipments released at the tail-end of September. Overall, software sales for Nintendo 3DS totalled 23.3 million units during the second quarter.

Going forward, then, Nintendo has not revised their projected forecasts for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS, which still stands at 3.6 million units and 12 million units respectively. And according to the report, Wii U’s life-to-date sales stand at 7.29 million. A snippet of Nintendo’s forecast for the Wii U is outlined beneath, but in the mean time let us know your thoughts on the second quarterly financial report in the comment section below.

Since the May release of “Mario Kart 8,” the “Wii U” platform has been experiencing improved sales momentum. In addition, we will release “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” in November in the United States, and in December in Japan and Europe. It is the first year-end sales season for Wii U in which two big Nintendo titles will be available for family members and friends to have fun together with in their living rooms.

Moreover, we will launch character figures called “amiibo,” which are categorized as a brand new product genre, in conjunction with the release of “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.” “amiibo” is one of the examples of actively utilizing our own character IP. In addition to being attractive figures for consumers to collect, when “amiibo” figures are tapped on the Wii U GamePad, they offer fun new gaming experiences by affecting relevant software titles in various ways. At the same time, we will aim for more product exposure and an increase in brand awareness by having Nintendo character figures displayed on store shelves. By doing so, we will attempt to expand sales and further stimulate the Wii U platform.

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Excitebike Arena Announced For Mario Kart 8’s First DLC Pack

Nintendo has announced a new track for Mario Kart 8’s first DLC pack – which is scheduled for next month. The Excitebike Arena will feature a bunch of ramps for some serious air, along with boost pads and puddles of mud to send your chosen kart or bike into a spin. But watch out, as the location of ramps will change location in regular races, so take special care when driving around the arena. The new track joins the recently announced slick Master Cycle for Link which has some fantastic horse power, as well as the return of the B Dasher. Make sure you check out the video embedded above to see the Excitebike Arena in action.

The Mario Kart 8 DLC packs are available to purchase from the Nintendo eShop now, though the first pack will not be released until November, and the second later next year. Both packs contain new characters, vehicles and courses. As a reminder for fans, the Zelda x Mario Kart 8 pack will feature Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Link, four new vehicles and eight new courses.

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Here’s A Closer Look At The Fox McCloud Amiibo

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With the release of Nintendo’s NFC figures next month, many gaming publications have managed to get some adequate time with Super Smash Bros for Wii U and a select number of amiibo models. But since then, reports have filtered in that not all of the models are seemingly up to scratch compared to their prototypes shown off during E3. While Link, Peach, and Wii Fit Trainer have had many adjustments to their designs, there are noticeable changes with others too.

Nintendo World Report recently tweeted a couple of pictures of the Fox McCloud amiibo, which you can see above. Aside from a few tweaks and the supportive columns for balance, the amiibo has generally kept to its original prototype. Though inevitable changes will be made during the mass production process, it seems Fox has fortunately drawn the longest straw here. Will you be waiting to see the final product in stores before purchasing an amiibo? Let us know in the comments below.

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Costume Quest 2 To Release On European eShop This Week

Just in the nick of time for Halloween, Costume Quest 2 has been confirmed for release this week on the European eShop. Earlier this year, developer Double Fine announced the devilish RPG would be landing on the Wii U eShop this October, but with only three days left of the month, it was getting scarily close to missing out on the spooky season. Have no fear though as Nintendo UK have confirmed it will arrive in Europe this Thursday, October 30, along with the new Animal Crossing themes for the 3DS and other downloadable games.

Check out the official PC launch trailer above for a better look at Costume Quest 2, where Wren and Reynold return with a bunch of friends in tow to help save Halloween from an evil dentist, hell-bent on taking out the all fun of the trick-or-treating event. Nintendo of America haven’t sent word on a release, but we should receive confirmation of its arrival in the eShop download newsletter later this week.