Gabe Newell has revealed that his favorite non-Valve game is Super Mario 64. Newell, who’s known as the co-founder and managing director of Valve, previously expressed his fondness for the Nintendo 64 classic as well as its director and producer – Shigeru Miyamoto. Super Mario 64 was originally released in 1996 and a remake called Super Mario 64 DS hit the Nintendo DS in 2004.
Nintendo has confirmed that certain online functionality, including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games, will no longer be accessible. The service will be closing on 20th May 2014 worldwide.
The service’s retirement will affect 20 Nintendo published Wii games and Wii Ware titles, including Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii and Pokémon Battle Revolution. More than 40 Nintendo published DS and DSi software titles will also be affected, such as Dragon Quest 9: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Pokémon Platinum Version, Professor Layton and the Curious Village and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. The full list of titles are available on the official Nintendo of Australia website
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Nintendo announced today that it has won a patent infringement case at the International Trade Commission. The case was brought by Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC and Patriot Scientific Corporation. The three patent-licensing companies claimed in 2012 that their patented technology was being used in the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi, but the commission has confirmed that Nintendo’s hand-held systems do not infringe the asserted patent.
“We are very pleased with the commission’s determination, which confirmed the judge’s finding that Nintendo’s products do not infringe the asserted patent,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s vice president and deputy general counsel. “Nintendo’s track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, including cases in the ITC, when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patent. Nintendo continues to develop unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”
Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen’s runaway hit Flappy Bird is now available to play on the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo DSi thanks to Nintendo DSiWare programming tool Petit Computer. The unofficial version of the game created by Bluerobin2 is named Flappy Bird – PTC Edition. The original Flappy Bird was removed from the App Store at the request of its creator, Dong Nguyen.
The Nintendo 3DS is outpacing the Game Boy Advance in Japan, according to sales tracker Media Create, which recently reported that 3DS sales have passed the 15 million mark in its 154th week of being on the Japanese market. Similarly, by its 154th week, the GBA shifted approximately 11.64 million units, whereas the Nintendo DS sold about 20.16 million systems within the same time frame – placing the 3DS in second place.
Nintendo has revealed that it has shifted 2.1 million Nintendo 2DS systems since the handheld launched October 12th. The Nintendo 3DS has shipped 42.7 million units since February 2011. The original Nintendo DS system has shipped a staggering 154 million units in total. Nintendo also revealed that it has sold 7.38 million copies of Animal Crossing: New Leaf worldwide. This is since its Japanese release in November 2012.
Nintendo has revealed that it wants to enrich the value of the Wii U GamePad through a variety of methods. The company plans to offer games that take full advantage of the 6.2-inch touch-screen controller. It also wants to make full use of the controller’s NFC function by preparing multiple schemes, including the implementation of NFC payments. Nintendo DS software, which will eventually be added to the Wii U Virtual Console lineup, will be playable on the Wii U GamePad.
Nintendo has announced that Nintendo DS software will be added to the future Virtual Console lineup for Wii U. Because the DS has a “very strong” library of games, Nintendo says it wants to make the dual-screen handheld’s titles playable on Wii U via the Wii U GamePad controller. The reveal was made during a corporate briefing today in Japan, where the firm also confirmed that Mario Kart 8 is scheduled to launch globally in May.
Moon may eventually see a re-release through the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. The developer behind the title – Renegade Kid – recently regained all publishing rights for Moon, and has confirmed that it now holds the power of porting the Nintendo DS first-person shooter to 3DS. It was previously reported that Renegade Kid has filed a trademark for ‘Moon Chronicles.’
Publisher Little Orbit has released a launch trailer for Barbie Dreamhouse Party. Based on the Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse web series, the game has players help Barbie and her friends to make their way through several minigames by using their skills, charm and teamwork. Barbie Dreamhouse Party is available now for Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.