Mario Kart 8′s release date is just around the corner and comes with a lovely red case for those in North America, but apparently so does Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. Spotted by an eagle-eyed member on NeoGaf, new copies of Mario Kart 7 will be sold to the gaming public with a matching red case. Though there’s been no official confirmation from Nintendo of America for a cross-promotion, Mario Kart 7′s red casing suits it to a tee. We’ll keep our eyes out for more information from Nintendo in the mean time.
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.
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.