Nintendo together with GameStop have announced a new NES-Styled 3DS XL Edition today. The special edition will be sold exclusively at GameStop and will launch across North American stores on October 10. The hardware is modeled after Nintendo’s iconic NES controller and the box looks like an NES system – it will retail at a suggested price of $199.99.
The NES 3DS XL Edition marks the second team-up with GameStop retail stores, as earlier today a new Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS XL Edition was revealed at this year’s GameStop Expo, which will launch alongside the game on November 25.
Nintendo has claimed another court case victory against patent infringement relating to Nintendo’s last-generation home system, Nintendo Wii. The company issued the following press release today:
A federal appeals court on June 13 confirmed that a patent asserted against Nintendo by Triton Tech of Texas, LLC is invalid. In a lawsuit filed in 2010, Triton alleged that Nintendo’s Wii Remote controller infringed one of Triton’s patents: U.S. Patent No. 5,181,181. Judge Richard A. Jones of the Seattle district court previously dismissed the lawsuit after finding that the patent did not adequately describe a complete invention, and was therefore invalid. The June 13 federal appeals court ruling upheld that previous dismissal. Nintendo of America’s deputy general counsel Richard Medway said the following:
“We are very pleased with this result. Nintendo has a long tradition of developing unique and innovative products, while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. Nintendo continues to aggressively defend itself against patent trolls. After many years of litigation, the decision today reflects an appropriate resolution of this case.”
Nintendo of America has revealed on Twitter that legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto will be showing off some of his new projects on Nintendo Treehouse at E3 tomorrow. Presumably this means we’ll get some information on the new IP he’s working on, as well as other little surprises.
Nintendo Treehouse will begin live-streaming tomorrow from 11.35am PT and will continue throughout the event, excluding when the Smash Bros. Invitational Tournament is in play.
Nintendo has filed a new trademark in the US with an intriguing code name. On April 2, the gaming giant trademarked code name S.T.E.A.M: Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace. There’s no other hard facts as of yet, but speculation in gaming circles point to a possible sequel for The Wonderful 101 or an entirely new IP. Equally, we could be looking at an eShop game, though this one didn’t need to be green-lit. Let us know what your thoughts are on the new trademark in the comment section below.
Nintendo of America has produced an extremely effective advertisement advertising the Wii U as a brand new console from Nintendo. While it may seem too little too late as many people have already purchased their Christmas gifts this year, the video goes a long way at explaining the benefits of the system and the key differences between Wii U and the original Wii console. What do you think to Nintendo of America’s latest advertising campaign?
Luigi’s celebrations are far from over this year – he’s already been granted his own character hub on the official Nintendo site, as well as received his very own timeline detailing his lustrous career in the gaming industry, and now you can add a 30th Anniversary card to the ever-expanding list. Nintendo of America has announced on both its Twitter and Facebook pages that they are “rolling out the green carpet” for the ‘Year of Luigi’ and giving you the chance to submit a photo for his anniversary.
Nintendo has revealed that the top 2,000 submissions will be featured on a digital mosaic anniversary card, so to be in with a chance of being featured, take a gander at the link here, post a personalised message, and submit your Luigi-inspired photo. Nintendo has reminded fans of the following though, so make sure you adhere to the rules below if you’re planning on participating:
- Keep it clean and friendly
- Be sure you have permission from everyone included in the photo if it includes more than just yourself.
- By clicking “Send Greeting”, you are allowing Nintendo to include your photo and comment as part of the Luigi mosaic.
Nintendo of America has told Kotaku that they are aware that a group has claimed to have hacked the Wii U, though they have had no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode. The news came earlier today when WiiKey claimed that they had managed to completely reverse the Wii U drive authentication, disk encryption and file system. Here’s what Nintendo had to say.
“Nintendo is aware that a hacking group claims to have compromised Wii U security. However, we have no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode. Nintendo continuously monitors all threats to its products’ security and will use technology and will take the necessary legal steps to prevent the facilitation of piracy.”