A boy from Talladega, Ala., received a Nintendo 3DS XL box for Christmas. Instead of containing the actual handheld, the box was full of rocks wrapped in tissue paper.
The box was purchased from a local Walmart, and after explaining to the retailer what had happened, the boy’s mother was able to receive an actual Nintendo 3DS XL for her son.
Apparently, scams like this happen because consumers purchase merchandise from Walmart and then return it to the store with the items missing.
A family were left devastated after finding pornographic images on a secondhand Nintendo 3DS bought from GameStop for Christmas. 5-year-old Braydon Giles was shocked to see the images on the Nintendo 3DS which was brought for him by Santa. The father immediately contacted GameStop to express his disappointment that the Nintendo 3DS hadn’t been checked. You can watch the emotional video right here.
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Nintendo of America has Tweeted informing those of you that are gifting a Wii U this Christmas to open up the box, handle it, set up the console, and download the lengthy system update that can take roughly an hour to download before wrapping it and placing it under the Christmas tree. Of course, this could simply be resolved if Nintendo had the initial update pre-installed on the system. Don’t forget that you can download the update in the background if you press the cancel button when prompted to install the update.
#WiiU as a gift? Pro-tip: Perform system updates before wrapping so it’s good to go as soon as it’s opened!
Get ready for a white (or yellow) Christmas as Nintendo brings a new limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL White and a limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL Pikachu Yellow console as the ultimate Christmas gifts this festive season in Europe.
For any Mario lover, the two Nintendo 3DS XL White consoles will be at the top of your Christmas wishlist. Whether you prefer traditional platforming action or fast-paced, arcade-style racing, the choice is yours, as you can pick from either having Mario Kart 7 or Super Mario 3D Land pre-installed on your system.
The limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL White pre-installed with Mario Kart 7 is available in stores from 16th November onwards while the limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL White pre-installed with Super Mario 3D Land becomes available in stores from 30th November onwards.
The colourful offerings don’t stop there as from 7th December onwards Pokémon fans can also get their hands on a special limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL in yellow which features an image of Pikachu on the system.
All three consoles will only be available in limited quantities
Analytics firm Nielsen has posted consumers most anticipated console games this holiday season. You’ll notice that Nintendo’s forthcoming Wii U console is absent from the data, but the original Wii is included. Nielsen says that the results are determined by leveraging several key consumer metrics (including Awareness, Purchase Interest and others) into one overall score.
Based on the recently released trailer of the game, Rayman Legends will be available for purchase in Europe this Christmas – December 25th. Rayman Legends was never confirmed to be a Wii U launch title, but will Nintendo’s upcoming console also be released in Europe and Australia during December?
The ever-reliable Fox News has posted an extremely informative opinion piece titled ‘the tech gear you shouldn’t buy this Christmas’. One of the key pieces of information listed is the following:
If you have a kid who’s too young for a smartphone, there’s nothing wrong with getting a Nintendo DS (starting at $100) or DS3 (the 3D model, $170).
Fox News claims that the Nintendo 3DS is for young children who’re too young to work a smartphone and claim that the device is called a ‘DS3′ rather than a Nintendo 3DS. Oh, Fox!
With the holiday season fast approaching now is a more crucial time than ever for Nintendo to shift plenty of Nintendo 3DS units, thankfully Japanese analysts are confident that Nintendo will do just that. With big hitters such as Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and Monster Hunter Tri G things are looking especially good for Nintendo in the run up to Christmas.
“Hardware sales are usually five to eight times what they usually are for the rest of the year, reflecting that, I think around 2 to 2.5 million systems sold [in November and December] is a given, and it being the first Christmas for the 3DS, I think it’s possible to expect more than that.”
- SMBC Nikko Securities analyst Eiji Maeda
I think it’s plain that they’ll sell at least a million in November and December alone, pushing it past three million systems sold for the year. Already in October we’re seeing a lot of people purchase the system by itself in anticipation of supplies running tight toward the end of the year.”
“With Mario 3D Land leading the way and Mario Kart 7 and MH3G following, the 3DS has nothing but big-name titles up ahead.”
- Tamio Yanaka, game manager at Japanese electronics chain Bic Camera
“MH3G, Inazuma Eleven, Mario Kart 7, and Super Mario 3D Land will be the key to everything here. If the 3DS can reach 2.5 million systems before the end of the year, I imagine all of those titles will break half a million in sales.”
- Akinori Nakamura, professor of media studies at Kyoto-based Ritsumeikan University.
In the same press release Nintendo released to announce the blue Wii hardware bundle the company also hinted that they will be releasing other fun colours and bundles in the run-up to Christmas. Which colour would you like to see?
A number of other fun Wii bundles are also being announced this autumn, all offering great value. Watch this space!