Yoshi’s New Island launches March 14 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. The game is being produced by Takashi Tezuka, the creative director of the original Yoshi’s Island for Super NES. Yoshi reunites with Baby Mario in a gorgeous landscape to help him to safety. Flutter jumps, ground pounds and egg throws all return, along with some new actions that use the unique features of Nintendo 3DS.
Shoppers bought Nintendo 3DS games in record numbers in 2013, and Nintendo plans more great games to continue the momentum in 2014. Here is a recap of 2013 by the numbers:
- More than 16 million combined packaged and digital Nintendo 3DS games were sold in 2013, an increase of more than 45 percent over 2012’s Nintendo 3DS game sales.
- The Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems, which also includes Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS, has crossed lifetime hardware sales of more than 11.5 million in the United States alone.
- Seven Nintendo 3DS games that launched in 2013 have a Metacritic score of 85 or higher, including two games at 90+ (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Fire Emblem Awakening).
“Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all kinds of players,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “We’re not slowing down in 2014. With more games featuring fan-favorite franchises on the way, the best days of Nintendo 3DS are still to come.”
The latest edition of MCV magazine has revealed that the Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling games device in the United Kingdom during 2013. The Nintendo 3DS and the 2DS enjoyed plenty of big releases in 2013 including Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. The Nintendo 3DS has sold two million units in the United Kingdom since launching in 2011.
“However, PS4 wasn’t the best-selling games device of 2013. That title belongs to the 3DS, which enjoyed strong sales thanks to a number of big releases and the launch of the 2DS.”
Lace up those boots and get ready to take to the field for the third instalment in the Inazuma Eleven 3 series when Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks! releases on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 14th February. In this latest addition to the popular football RPG series, Mark Evans and the rest of the Inazuma National team face the tall order of reigning supreme in the Frontier International Championships, while standing in their way is a futuristic enemy travelling back in time to threaten the very existence of football!
In Team Ogre Attacks!, the story opens 80 years in the future with Canon Evans, revealed to be the great-grandson of Mark Evans, watching a group of elite troops ominously marching down a street. It soon transpires that this formidable unit, Team Ogre, are part of a plot to travel back 80 years and defeat Inazuma National on the football field to change the course of history, which in their evil minds means creating a world without football. In order to foil these potentially devastating plans, Canon must come face to face with Mark and work together to preserve the fate of the beautiful game, while ensuring Mark and his friends can remain on course to be crowned the greatest football team in the world.
As in Inazuma Eleven 3: Lightning Bolt and Inazuma Eleven 3: Bomb Blast, titles which launched on Nintendo 3DS systems last year, Team Ogre Attacks! contains over 2000 characters to encounter and recruit, and over 350 in-game special moves to pull off, including players and a number of special moves exclusive to this latest instalment in the series. For those looking to bolster the strength of their squad, one connectivity feature new to Team Ogre Attacks! is the Ogre Premium Link, which allows a user to connect with Inazuma Eleven 3: Lightning Bolt or Inazuma Eleven 3: Bomb Blast on a separate Nintendo 3DS system, and scout special players and receive items not available through normal gameplay.
Hackers have now found a way to disable the region lock on Nintendo 3DS consoles. The method allows you to play legitimately purchased overseas titles on your Nintendo 3DS. To enable this feature you must be running v4.5 firmware or older, if you aren’t then this specific hack won’t work. You will need to use a Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS flashcard which works with legacy firmware. This will enable you to run a patched launcher file that modifies your system to load cartridges from other regions. You can also update with more recent firmware afterward to play imported games that require it.
Detailed info, here
Nintendo has been told it must pay a small portion of all future 3DS sales to another company, according to a court ruling from a US judge in New York Southern. The lawsuit gathered evidence that Nintendo infringed upon patented camera technology, belonging to Tomita Technologies, and used it without the company’s permission. The court ruled in favour of Tomita last month, saying that Nintendo must pay the company “1.82 per cent of the wholesale price” for all future 3DS sales.
Tomita Technologies has been keeping Nintendo on its toes since 2011, when the company filed for infringement against the gaming giant for using its patented 3D technology. Tomita was initially awarded $30.2 million in damages from the lawsuit last March, but an enforced ruling from the court reduced the damages to $15 million after the first sum was deemed “intrinsically excessive”.
Nintendo of America has confirmed via its website that the Inazuma Eleven franchise will finally be coming to North America this year. The official website says that one of the Inazuma Eleven games for the Nintendo 3DS is due out in the first quarter of the year. It’s rumoured that it could be Inazuma Eleven 1.2.3 as the series hasn’t been localised for North America yet.
Toshihiro Nagoshi, Sega Chief Creative Officer, has spoken to Famitsu about the company’s plans to release more free to play titles for the Nintendo 3DS. Nagoshi is already working on Sega’s first free-to-play game for the Nintendo 3DS, Initial D: Perfect Drift Online. Nagoshi says that he is up to the challenge of making free to play games – which are popular on smartphones and tablets – work on the Nintendo 3DS.
“We don’t intend to stop with this title, and after looking over its results, we’ll think about what to do next. However, unlike games for smartphones, I believe there’s a perfect shape of ways to do things, somewhere out there, for the Nintendo 3DS. I believe that finding it will be our challenge, and in many ways, Initial D will be our first step.”
“At the moment, I can say that we’ve been thinking about plenty of things. We have suggestions amongst ourselves like ‘wouldn’t this be a perfect game for a F2P title on Nintendo 3DS’ and many more. So when the time comes to talk about it… we’ll just leave it at that for now.”
Tom Mayhew’s eight-year-old son found pornographic images on his apparently new Nintendo 3DS console. The console was purchased from US retailer Walmart in Hampton, Virginia under the assumption that it was new. The images were found when the child took photographs on the system and then went to view them. Mayhew believes that the Nintendo 3DS may have already been purchased and then returned to the store, but the files were not deleted by staff. Here’s what he had to say.
“He went to play his games, not knowing anything was on it. After a while, [the kids] took pictures of themselves and when the picture was taken it went to a file. When that file was opened, there were already pictures on it.”
There’s a large selection of fantastic games on sale in North America for the Nintendo 3DS. Games such as Shin Megami Tensei IV and Cave Story have been reduced and are well worth purchasing for the price they are currently advertised for on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop has been down for quite a while, but it may be back up now. Any of the games below take your fancy?
Atlus (Ending January 6)
- Code of Princess – $19.99 (Regularly $29.99)
- Devil Survivor Overclocked – $19.99 (Regularly $29.99)
- Etrian Odyssey IV – $19.99 (Regularly $29.99)
- Etrian Odyssey Untold – $29.99 (Regularly $39.99)
- Shin Megami Tensei IV – $29.99 (Regularly $49.99)
- A variety of Shin Megami Tensei IV ranging from $1.00 to $1.79
- Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers – $19.99 (Regularly $29.99)
Level-5 (Ending January 2)
- Aero Porter – $4.99 (Regularly $7.99)
- Attack of the Friday Monsters – $4.99 (Regularly $7.99)
- Crimson Shroud – $4.99 (Regularly $7.99)
- Liberation Maiden – $4.99 (Regularly $7.99)
- Starship Damrey – $4.99 (Regularly $7.99)
- Bugs vs Tanks – $4.99 (Regularly $7.99)
Nicalis (Ending January 3)
- Cave Story – $6.99 (Regularly $9.99)
- Ikachan – $2.99 (Regularly $4.99)
- Night Sky – $4.99 (Regularly $9.99)
- VVVVVV – $4.99 (Regularly $7.99)
Renegade Kid (Ending January 2)
- ATV Wild Ride 3D – $3.99 (Regularly $7.99)
- Bomb Monkey – $2.49 (Regularly $4.99)
- Mutant Mudds – $4.49 (Regularly $8.99)
Ubisoft (Ending December 31)
30 percent off the following titles:
- Petz Fantasy 3D
- Rabbids Travel in Time
- Rayman 3D
- Rayman Origins
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D