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New Nintendo 3DS Review: A Terrible Name for a Worthy Successor

Portable gaming is Nintendo's wheelhouse: it pioneered the category with the Game Boy, reinvented it with the Nintendo DS, and uses its current generation, the Nintendo 3DS, to help pay the bills in the wake of underwhelming Wii U sales. Starting today, you can buy the company's latest gaming handheld: The New Nintendo 3DS. It's better than it sounds.

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Sean Buckley

February 13th

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Nintendo 3DS sales in U.S. reach 4.5 million in first year

Nintendo on Tuesday announced that it has sold 4.5 million 3DS units in the handset’s first year of U.S. availability. Sales thus far have outpaced Nintendo’s original DS, which sold 2.3 million units in the U.S. during its first 12 months. Since launching last March, the 3DS has reached over 100 titles with over 9 million games sold, accounting for over $1.2 billion in total sales. “Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with a lengthy list of accomplishments but we’re still just scratching the surface,” said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. “With a massive lineup of first- and third-party games and more on the way, a budding library of entertainment options and an engaged and growing installed base, Nintendo 3DS has an incredibly bright future. We’re just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul.” Read on for Nintendo’s press release.

Nintendo 3DS Sells 4.5 Million Units in Its First Year in the U.S.

Platform Sells Nearly Twice as Many Units as Nintendo DS Sold in its First Year

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The era of glasses-free 3D gaming is turning one this month as Nintendo 3DS prepares to celebrate its first birthday. On March 27, 2011, video games and portable entertainment jumped into a new dimension in the U.S. and that story got richer throughout the year with record-breaking software titles such as Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 and entertainment options such as Netflix, Nintendo Video and the ability to record 3D movies. The platform enters its second year with a massive lineup of games, including the recently launched Resident Evil Revelations from CAPCOM, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games published by SEGA, TEKKEN 3D Prime Edition from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., METAL GEAR SOLID Snake Eater 3D from Konami Digital Entertainment and the upcoming Kid Icarus: Uprising and Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir from Nintendo.

“Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with a lengthy list of accomplishments but we’re still just scratching the surface,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “With a massive lineup of first- and third-party games and more on the way, a budding library of entertainment options and an engaged and growing installed base, Nintendo 3DS has an incredibly bright future. We’re just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul.”

Some of the milestones achieved by Nintendo 3DS in its first year include:

  • March 27, 2011: Nintendo 3DS ushers in a new era of gaming with glasses-free 3D. Launch-day sales are the strongest in Nintendo’s history.
  • June 2011: The Nintendo eShop launches The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, letting users preview, try and buy new and classic games, download applications and watch 3D movie trailers.
  • June 2011: Link makes his first appearance in 3D with , which is still the best-reviewed game for Nintendo 3DS.
  • Summer 2011: Nintendo 3DS adds two video services:
    • Netflix unlimited streaming members can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes and movies.
    • Nintendo Video automatically delivers hand-picked 3D content from leading sites and artists.
  • October 2011: After only eight months, Nintendo 3DS surpasses first-year sales of Nintendo DS, the best-selling video game system in history.
  • Fall 2011: Mario jumps into 3D with two new games, each becoming the fastest-selling titles in their franchises’ history:
    • Nov. 13, 2011: Super Mario 3D Land – 1.75 million copies sold to date
    • Dec. 4, 2011: Mario Kart 7 – 1.45 million copies sold to date
  • December 2011: Users can now record up to 10 minutes of 3D video and stop-motion animation.
  • December 2011: Nintendo 3DS crosses 4 million units sold, passing the record pace set by the Wii.
  • Feb. 22, 2012: Dillon’s Rolling Western launches for the Nintendo eShop, joining hot titles Pushmo and Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!
  • March 23, 2012: Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with the launch of Kid Icarus: Uprising, the first original entrant in the series in more than 20 years.

Nintendo 3DS is inexorably linked with its predecessor the Nintendo DS, the best-selling gaming system in U.S. history with more than 51 million units sold. A side-by-side comparison shows that Nintendo 3DS had a stronger first year across the board.

Nintendo DS* Nintendo 3DS**
Launch date Nov. 21, 2004 March 27, 2011
Total HW units sold in first 12 months 2.3 million 4.5 million
Total number of SW titles released in first 12 months 58 100+
Total units of software sold in first 12 months 5 million 9 million+
Total $ sales (HW, SW and accessory) in first 12 months $540 million $1.2 billion+

*Source: NPD **Source: Nintendo of America ***All Figures are U.S. Only

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Dan Graziano

March 7th

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy box points to first paid DLC for Nintendo 3DS

3DS owners have been waiting (and waiting) for a chance to take advantage of a downloadable content market, and while Nintendo already accomplished the tough part (read: launching it) a few days back, there's still been no word on when paid content would make an appearance. Pushing those freebies aside is Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, which is seemingly destined to be the first 3DS title in existence to offer up enhancements in exchange for a few yen. The box here is actually an "early retail dummy unit," though the verbiage on the back makes quite clear that downloadable material will be available at a cost. Furthermore, there's a heretofore unseen Nintendo Network badge on the front, which may be a new look for the existing Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. At any rate, the game is scheduled to ship on February 16th in Japan, after which all of this will-it-won't-it drama will presumably be cleared up.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy box points to first paid DLC for Nintendo 3DS originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Jan 2012 23:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Darren Murph

January 23rd

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PlayStation Vita’s North American launch details: 25 games, $10 to $50 apiece

Already pondering that long-awaited trip to Japan in order to snag a PlayStation Vita in advance? Hold your horses, vaquero. Sony has just given anxious US and Canadian gamers reason to look forward to a launch of their own by laying out the official software plan for 2012. We're told that February 22nd will be the day to remember, with a total of 25 titles being available alongside the console. In fact, the company's calling this "the biggest and best lineup [it has] ever launched across the history of PlayStation platforms." Over 100 titles are in development, with the 25 shipping on day one being priced between $9.99 and $49.99; moreover, each one will be available for purchase at retail locations as well as downloadable on the PlayStation Network. Hit the source link below for the full spiel, and keep your eyes peeled for pre-orders to go live in the coming weeks.

PlayStation Vita's North American launch details: 25 games, $10 to $50 apiece originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Darren Murph

December 22nd

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