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.”
Nintendo of America has announced via Twitter that it will be launching two new colours which will be available to purchase as early as this week. The two new colours are Matte Red and Matte Blue.
Time for a color refresh! Check out Matte Red & Matte Blue Nintendo DSi coming to retailers as early as this week!
This video is taken recently from the Nintendo Channel in Japan. It shows new footage from the upcoming Pokemon games for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS. In Pokemon Black and White 2, players can create their own shops and visit shops created by their friends – this new feature is called Join Avenue. Missions are back from Pokemon Black and White but are now called Fez Missions.There is some sort of medal system within the game, which is also a new addition from Pokemon Black and White.
Nintendo has reconfirmed that gamers will be able to get their hands on The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords absolutely free this September to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords will be available for free download via Nintendo DSiWare or via the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Hopefully they will announce a specific date soon. Who’s looking forward to downloading this?
Source: Nintendo of America press release
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo has announced that it’s launching a Flipnote Studio competition which will see players compete to make the best Zelda related Flipnote animation. The ‘Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote’ competition, opens for entries today and closes on 9th September 2011. Who’s going to enter?
Each entrant will be able to submit a single animation which will be judged by key members of the Nintendo Co., Ltd. development team who have been closely involved in the making of The Legend of Zelda series of games. Mr Takashi Tezuka, Mr Eiji Aonuma, Mr Yoshiaki Koizumi and the original creator of Zelda and Mario, Mr Shigeru Miyamoto will be looking for and choosing some of the most original creative flipnotes which will then be posted on the Nintendo homepage, Flipnote Hatena on Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL and the Nintendo Channel for other Zelda fans to marvel at.
Source: Nintendo UK press release
Nintendo Europe have revealed that they’re launching two limited edition Pokémon Black & White DSi consoles alongside the highly anticipated Pokémon Black & White games on March 4th.
Nintendo have announced that they’re releasing green and orange DSi consoles in the United States this Friday.
The super colourful orange and green Nintendo DSi consoles will both come pre-bundled with Mario Party DS and will be available until stocks last for $150.
Popular online retailer PlayAsia has informed prospective customers that the highly anticipated Pokemon Black & White is actually region locked on the Nintendo DSi and the Nintendo DSi XL
“We got the first units of Pokemon Black / White in and confirmed, that the games are indeed region-locked on Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL consoles.
Please understand that we are not able to accept returns due to region lock issues. We are sending you this email to keep you informed and to ask you to make a decision based on this information.
First off, if you have a Nintendo DS or DS Lite Console from any region then there is no problem.
However, if you have a Non-Japanese DSi / DSi XL console then the title doesn’t not work at all on your console. The console simply will say: ‘no game cartridge’.”
- Play Asia
Nintendo have taken further steps to reduce piracy on the Nintendo DSi by providing a firmware update that effectively blocks the majority of flash carts that are readily available for the popular handheld.
The 1.4.1U update provides a number of system related fixes but according to numerous gaming publications the firmware update goes one step further and prevents the use of unauthorised flash carts.
Nintendo have announced today that they’re planning to cut the recommended retail prices for the Nintendo DSi and the Nintendo DSi XL on September 12th in the United States.
As of September 12th the Nintendo DSi will be reduced to $149 and the Nintendo DSi XL will be reduced to $169. Presumably the price cuts are a result of the Nintendo 3DS, which will hopefully launch later this year.