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.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch Coming To Nintendo 3DS?

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Published by Namco Bandai Games, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch launched in the West earlier this year, exclusively for the PlayStation 3. It was, however, ‘too difficult‘ to localize the Nintendo DS version, titled Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madōshi, which saw release in 2010 – but only in Japan.

Apparently, a Namco Bandai Games executive stated that his company wasn’t opposed to the idea of bringing the PlayStation 3 version of the role-playing game to Nintendo’s latest handheld console. Would you like to play Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on your Nintendo 3DS? Or do you wish the game would instead come to Wii U? Let us know in the comments.

Miyamoto Says To Give Wii U Time, Compares It To Nintendo DS

balloon_trip_nintendo_land_wii_u_gamepadNintendo designer and producer Shigeru Miyamoto told CNN.com that he feels people will get more familiar with the Wii U and they’ll eventually understand its concept. Not unlike the Nintendo DS, people interact with two screens while playing Wii U games. At first, according to Miyamoto, people were skeptical of the Nintendo DS, because they couldn’t imagine playing video games while focusing on two screens at the same time. When skeptics actually played on the dual-screen handheld and spent some time on it, they understood its concept and ultimately enjoyed it. Similarly, Miyamoto hopes and thinks that people will get used to playing on Wii U.

“There was a period when we first released the Nintendo DS that people would say there’s no way people can look at two screens at once. I almost feel like, as people get more familiar with Wii U and these touchscreen interfaces, that there is going to come a point where they feel like ‘I can’t do everything I want to do if I don’t have a second screen’.”

“I feel a device like Wii U, with its ability to continue to offer new features and that network connection and the connection to the TV and the interface, really makes it feel that it’s more than just a game machine, but something that offers a lot of practical use and practical purpose in the living room. I look at it as being a very useful device that can do many different things and therefore really seems to be the device that’s ideal to have in the living room.”

-Shigeru Miyamoto

LEGO Legends Of Chima: Laval’s Journey Announced For Nintendo 3DS

ChimaWith the success of LEGO City Undercover on the Wii U, LEGO fans may be itching to play a new IP by this summer and that’s where LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey enters. Set in a fantasy world sporting eight animal tribes, foes battle it out to claim control of ‘Chi’ – a powerful element which is a both a source of life and ultimate destruction. In Laval’s Journey, you play as a warrior (Laval) and, along with a band of allies, must fight for justice in Chima.

So far, details are scarce on the action-adventure game developed by TT Games, but it’s set to release for both the Nintendo 3DS and DS in the coming summer months. Will you be adding it to your collection?

Nintendo Online Services To Be Disrupted Next Week

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Nintendo has announced that its online network will be disrupted due to another emergency maintenance update. Games that will be affected include Pokemon Black & White and Pokemon Black & White 2, along with Wii U matchmaking and rankings. The services will be affected from Monday, February 25th till Tuesday February 26th. Here’s the maintenance window for the following services and titles.

From Monday, February 25, 2013 11:00 PM
– Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Affected Services:

  • Nintendo DS
  • Network Services
  • Pokémon Black Version
  • Pokémon White Version
  • Pokémon Black Version 2
  • Pokémon White Version 2

From Monday, February 25, 2013 4:00 PM
– Monday, February 25, 2013 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Affected Services:

  • Wii U
  • Match Making, Ranking, etc.
  • NINJA GAIDEN™ 3: Razor’s Edge
  • WARRIORS OROCHI® 3 Hyper

Thanks, Scott

Nintendo Is Planning “Emergency” Online Maintenance For Monday

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Nintendo has announced that it plans to carry out “emergency” online maintenance starting from Monday. Nintendo has made it clear that the Wii U eShop, Nintendo 3DS eShop, Nintendo DSi Shop, and Wii Shop Channel will all be inaccessible during this time. There’s also some games that will be affected including Pokemon Black & White and Pokemon Black & White 2. You can read all about all the services affected below.

From Monday, January 28, 2013 11:00 PM – Tuesday, January 29, 2013 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Affected Services:

  • Nintendo DS
  • Network Services
  • Pokémon Black Version
  • Pokémon White Version
  • Pokémon Black Version 2
  • Pokémon White Version 2

From Monday, January 28, 2013 5:00 PM – Monday, January 28, 2013 6:00 PM Pacific Time

Affected Services:

  • Wii U
  • Match Making, Ranking, etc.
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper

From Monday, January 28, 2013 12:00 PM – Monday, January 28, 2013 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Affected Services:

  • Wii U
  • Nintendo eShop
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Nintendo eShop
  • Wii
  • Wii Shopping Channel
  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo DSi Shop

Thanks, Kyle