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.
If you’ve ever had to pack away your 3DS console right in the middle of a rousing game of Star Fox 64 3D because your commercial airline flight was about to take off, fret no more. The FAA is letting up on their restriction of electronic devices like gaming systems and tablets, as a new report indicates that airplanes are not nearly as affected by the devices as previously thought. While cell phone calls and texting will still be banned, and all devices must continue to stay in “airplane mode,” the FAA will no longer require passengers to power off other devices, like Nintendo 3DS consoles, during takeoff and landing.
Michael Huerta, administrator of the FAA, was quoted as saying, “The world has changed a lot in 50 years,” referring to the fact that the restrictions on electronic devices have been in place for a full five decades. No definitive date has been given on the lifting of these restrictions. Instead, the FAA is allowing each individual airline to decide how gradually they will implement the new rules, but Huerta seems confident that soon enough, Nintendo fans will be able to battle Andross to their heart’s content from takeoff to touchdown. Here is Huerta’s full quote regarding the policy modification:
“The world has changed a lot in the past 50 years, let’s take a fresh look. It will take some time for each airline to certify their fleet is safe, but we expect implementation to be soon.”
The popular iOS and Android game Doodle Jump will be making its way over to the 3DS and DS systems some time this year. A Doodle Jump game was announced back in June for both Nintendo handheld systems, but developers Lima Sky had yet to plan the specifics.
Doodle Jump Adventures for the 3DS will introduce Adventure Mode, which features 48 levels chock full of power-ups and boss battles. Fans of Doodle Jump will be pleased to hear endless mode will feature once again as well. Doodle Jump Journey for the DS isn’t as expansive as the 3DS counterpart, but it does feature Endless Mode with the three original themes – classic, jungle and space – from the mobile app. Lima Sky co-founder Igor Pusenjak said the following in support of the two addictive titles set to launch later this year:
“Nintendo is synonymous with great platformers, adorable characters and on-the-go gaming. Doodle Jump is a natural fit on Nintendo’s handhelds. We’re thrilled to bring the Doodler to audiences that have yet to meet him while bringing great new adventures to our existing fans.”
More news about a senseless death over a Nintendo console has emerged this week, as a mother of four children named Shizu Shigeta is now being tried in Tokyo for killing her five-year-old over his Nintendo DS. While on trial, Shigeta admitted responsibility for the death of her son, who she sealed inside two garbage bags after arguing with him about the handheld console and the mess he had left in their living room.
On September 1st, 2012, stressed from work and lack of sleep, Shigeta became angered by the mess her children had made in the house. She tossed her son’s DS into a garbage bag with several toys, then consumed several sleeping pills and a glass of shochu whiskey, only to awake the next morning to her five-year-old, Koshi, inquiring about his missing DS. Furious over her son’s attitude, and still reeling from her night of intoxication, the mother of four lashed out at the boy, asking him “Would you rather breathe or play DS?”
Koshi responded by saying “I’d rather play DS,” at which point the mother became enraged, binding the boy’s hands and feet with twine, and covering his eyes and mouth with tape. She then sealed him inside two garbage bags and passed out. By the time she awoke from the boy’s father arriving home, Koshi was unconscious. He died three days later from hypoxic encephalopathy, or brain damage caused by lack of oxygen.
Having been forced to listen to recounts of the incident in court, Shigeta claims to only recall “fragments” of the event. Amazingly, on account of the circumstances and her apparent devastation over her son’s death, the prosecution is only asking for a sentence of four years in prison.