A new unboxing video for Nintendo 2DS by UK retailer GAME shows off some of the new features of the system, while also comparing it to Nintendo’s other current portable devices. One of the highlights of the video comes during a game of Mario Kart 7, when the demonstrator shows off the new curved, embedded L and R buttons on top of the console and proclaims them to be quite comfortable for that game specifically. Other takeaways from the video are the demonstration of a new sleep mode switch at the bottom of the system, as well as the fact that it is still possible to take 3D images with the device, due to the two camera lenses on the back of it. The stylus also appears larger than the 3DS stylus.
There have been many revelations and reactions regarding Nintendo’s new 2DS handheld, including the eyebrow-raising news that the device actually has only one screen. Gamers will be able to experience the new handheld console for themselves on October 12th, at a retail cost of $129.99.
Nickelodeon has revealed the games that are nominated for an award at this years Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards. There’s four games which have been nominated: Just Dance 4, Mario Kart 7, Wii Sports, and Skylanders Giants. The event will be held on March 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET live from the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. Which game do you predict will win?
Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and Mario Kart 7 are now available for purchase from the Nintendo eShop at a price of $39.99 each. Select Nintendo 3DS software that is currently available at retail stores will become available in the Nintendo eShop in the future. Nintendo UK announced earlier today that Mario Tennis Open is available on the European Nintendo 3DS eShop.
Nintendo Europe has announced that it’s going to be selling the White Nintendo 3DS XL which comes pre-installed with Mario Kart 7 on November 16th. There’s no word whether you’ll be able to buy the White Nintendo 3DS XL system separately.
Apparently, beginning next year’s spring, Nintendo 3DS users will be able to convert their physical games’ saved data to the downloadable versions if they also purchase the games via the Nintendo eShop. For example, if you own a physical game card of Mario Kart 7, you can transfer all its saved data, including unlocked characters and courses, to your Nintendo 3DS’ SD card, which means you’ll no longer have to carry the game’s cartridge along with your handheld.
Update: For this to work, you’ll need to have purchased both the physical copy of the game and the downloadable version from the Nintendo eShop.
Older retail Nintendo 3DS games are coming to the Japanese Nintendo eShop next month. On November 1st, consumers can download several retail games for 4,800 yen each from the online store, including Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Star Fox 64 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario Tennis Open, and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 3D Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna will also be available as a download, but will cost 3,800 yen.
Nintendo UK is today announcing an all-new Mario Kart 7 tournament for Mario Kart fans in the UK and Ireland to commemorate the launch of the first Mario Kart game, Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), just over 20 years ago on August 27th 1992 in Japan. Boy and girl racers will battle in regional online communities for a highly coveted place in the Grand Final in Birmingham on October 27th this year. The online tournament will run alongside this summer’s Mario Kart 7 Britain’s Fastest Family tournament, adding to the summer of Mario Kart fun for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL fans.
To inch one step closer to winning the limited edition Leaf Cup trophy and other awesome prizes, Mario Kart racers are encouraged to head to www.nintendo.co.uk/mk7competition for details on how to get involved in the 3D kart action. Users simply need to join the official community in their area, signing in with the Mario Kart 7 username they use when playing the game on their Nintendo 3DS console.
The qualifying stages will be fought out in 10 online communities, with both a male and female community in the 5 regions of England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The competition will be fierce, demanding a balance of skill and dedication, with only the top two competitors from each community qualifying for the Grand Final in October. The two qualifiers from each community will receive a Shell Cup, a copy of New Super Mario Bros 2 and a goody bag. Racers who narrowly miss out on the final will not leave empty-handed, with a goody bag and a Shell Cup presented to those finishing in 3rd place in each community.
The Grand Final, which will also see the Britain’s Fastest Family tournament finale played out, will see the contestants split into boy and girl categories with 10 male and 10 female finalists challenging for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. With exclusive prizes up for grabs, expect no-holds-barred racing! The male and female winners will both receive the spectacular Leaf Cup trophy and those in 2nd place will win the Special Cup. What’s more, the top three male and female finalists will receive every upcoming first party game for Nintendo 3DS for the next 12 months, starting November 2012.
A GBAtemp user was running a weekly scan of Nintendo’s CDN, which is the server where Nintendo hosts eShop titles, and noticed that the ID’s of the European versions of both Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario Land 3D were recently added to it. This means that, supposedly, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land will join New Super Mario Bros. 2 as downloadable titles from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
Digital Spy, British entertainment and media news website, readers were asked to vote for their favorite local multiplayer game or franchise of all time. Nintendo’s Mario Kart series came out on top with over 40% of the votes. Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS was voted the best game of 2011 by the website’s followers.
Goldeneye 64 and the Super Smash Bros. franchise follow with about %10 of the votes for each. To those who don’t know – the first Mario Kart, Super Mario Kart, was launched in 1992 for the SNES and the original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64 was released in 1999. Which local multiplayer game or franchise do you enjoy most?
Metal Mario is an unlockable character in Mario Kart 7 and is now available to unlock in North American copies of Mario Tennis Open. To unlock him – while on the profile select screen of the game – press up on the control-pad plus the start button (at the same time). And then, scan the QR code above with the outer camera of your Nintendo 3DS.