Here’s The Disney Planes Trailer Soaring Towards A Summer Release

Disney Interactive announced back in April that a new title named Planes would be soaring exclusively on Nintendo platforms this summer, and now it’s time to take in the dizzying heights of the new trailer. The trailer, which you can see above, shows off some of those death-defying moves – or maybe not – as you take to the skies with Dusty and friends from the Cars spin-off.

The Wii and Wii U versions feature ten characters and four game modes, from balloon popping to Air Rallies. The Nintendo 3DS and DS versions only feature six playable characters with six different areas to explore, as well as three different games modes with over 40 different missions. Planes is set for a summer release and will be available August 16.

Orion’s Odyssey Coming To Nintendo eShop After Kickstarter Success

Here’s another title that’s getting ready to hit the Nintendo 3DS eShop after it succeeded in reaching its Kickstarter goal of $4,092. Orion’s Odyssey: A Patterns Block Adventure – made exclusively for Nintendo DS and DSiWare – is a comedy-puzzle adventure where you play as an alien robot named Orion, who can construct objects of any shape and size. And with Orion’s seven-year-old sidekick Ryan, you can travel the globe discovering ten unique levels filled with tempting puzzles and wacky characters.

Created by games developer Island Officials, Orion’s Odyssey features three different modes to test players’ skills: free-play mode where you can unlock bonuses, challenge mode provides certain restrictions in puzzles, and sandbox mode where players can create their own patterns. Orion’s Odyssey will be available for download in the future, after the developers raised $4,607 in total over Kickstarter. Check out the trailer above to see if the game interests you.

Nintendo DS’ Pokémon Conquest May Be Getting Sequel

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Developer Tecmo Koei has hinted that Pokémon Conquest may be getting a sequel. The game, which is a crossover between the Pokémon and Nobunaga’s Ambition video game series, was released in 2012 for the Nintendo DS, though it was apparently in development even before Nintendo’s latest hand-held console – the Nintendo 3DS – existed.

When asked whether a sequel to the game is coming, Tecmo Koei’s executive vice president, Hisashi Koinuma, hinted that “there was a lot of unfinished material for Pokémon Conquest. …” Do you want a sequel to Pokémon Conquest? Did you enjoy the original game? Let us know in the comments below.

Older Pokémon Games Are Still Selling Pretty Well

Released Title March 2012 March 2013 Increase
2007 Pokémon Diamond/Pearl 17.61 million 17.63 million +20,000
2010 Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver 12.40 million 12.67 million +270,000
2011 Pokémon Black/White 14.71 million 15.42 million +710,000

Last year, Nintendo released the latest Game Freak-developed Pokémon role-playing games for the Nintendo DS, Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 – both of which have sold over seven million units. As you can see in the above table, which was compiled from Nintendo’s various financial reports over the last year, older Pokémon games for the Nintendo DS are still selling well, especially considering all of them were released over two years ago. The next installments in the main Pokémon series, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, are scheduled to release later this year, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

You Can Transfer Your Old Flipnote Animations To Flipnote Studio 3D

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Nintendo has revealed that you will be able to transfer your old Flipnote Studio animations on Nintendo DS to Flipnote Studio 3D on the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo has already announced that the Flipnote Studio community for Nintendo DSi on Hatena will go offline on May 31st. It is now recommending claiming and transferring your animations to the new Flipnote community. You can read more about how to perform this transfer, right here.

Nintendo UK Will Continue To Sell DS Hardware This Year

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Earlier today, Nintendo’s financial results from last fiscal year led us to believe that the Nintendo DS hardware would no longer be sold for the current year. However, Nintendo UK have stated that they will be continuing to sell DS hardware – although this is not indicative as to whether the console will be coming to a halt later this year.

“Nintendo will continue to sell Nintendo DS Hardware but is not revealing a unit sales forecast at this time.”

– Nintendo UK

Is Nintendo Set To End The DS’ Production Run?

nintendo dsIt looks like the Nintendo DS production could be on hold for good. According to Nintendo’s financial results for the current fiscal year its sales forecast for DS software titles is a bold 10 million, but hardware sales have drawn a blank – quite literally.

The DS has had a fantastic production run, with sales of over 153 million units and software sales of over 933 million, after its launch in Japan and North America in 2004. In fact, it’s seen some of the best shift in software sales, with New Super Mario Bros. at 30 million and Mario Kart DS following at 23.3 million units. And the DS has ended on a last high with sales of Pokemon White and Black 2 reaching 7.81 million. As it stands, Nintendo has yet to provide official confirmation of its DS hardware production.