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Briefly: New blue Xbox 360 bundle, three new 3DS XL editions coming

09/14, 4:40pm

New bundle comes with two games, limited to Wal-Mart, Microsoft Store

Consumers looking for a replacement Microsoft Xbox 360 will have another option coming on October 7, just in time for the holiday shopping season. The new version of the almost nine-year-old console is bathed in blue, adding arctic blue accent pieces on both console and controller. Priced at $250, the Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle comes with a 500GB hard disk in the console, a month of Xbox Live Gold, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

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Nintendo reveals 'New' 3DS, 3DS LL with second analog stick

08/29, 9:36am

Updated handheld Nintendo consoles shipping to US, Europe next year

Nintendo is updating its existing 3DS handheld game console, by producing two new versions. Called the New Nintendo 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS LL, the dual-screen gaming systems offer few in the way of major changes to the existing formula, though both notably add a second analog "C-stick" on the right-hand side, next to Super Nintendo-colored buttons.

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Nintendo witnesses another rough quarter, posts $92 million loss

07/31, 9:52pm

Strong software sales couldn't halt Nintendo's continued poor performance

After a less-than-optimal performance at the end of the 2014 fiscal year, Nintendo is looking at a rough start to the beginning of its new fiscal year. The game console manufacturer reported that it posted an operating income loss of more than $92 million (9.47 billion yen) during its first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. Weak console sales and fixed expenses are largely to blame for the loss.

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Nintendo posts $457 million year-end loss after revised forecast

05/07, 10:25pm

Wii U and 3DS sales fail to meet adjusted forecast from January

Nintendo released its 2013 year-end report today, to disappointing results. The company announced that it posted a $457 million loss on the back of slumping sales of the Wii U and 3DS hardware units. The loss comes even after the company had already revised its sales forecast downward in January to anticipate more realistic sales figures.

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Briefly: Nintendo launches Yoshi 3DS, offers $200 refurb Wii U deluxe

03/09, 1:25pm

Yoshi themed limited edition 3DS XL launches March 14 for $199

Nintendo has announced that it will release a limited-edition, bright green, Yoshi-themed 3DS XL handheld on March 14. The release of the handheld coincides with the launch of the newest Yoshi game from Nintendo, Yoshi's New Island. While the console will have a price tag of $199, Nintendo has stated that it will not come pre-loaded with the new Yoshi game, nor will it come with a physical copy.

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Nintendo 3DS gains YouTube video app as free download

12/02, 10:40am

YouTube joins Netflix, Hulu Plus on handheld Nintendo game console

The Nintendo 3DS is now able to play videos from YouTube. A new app download available from the 3DS eShop for North America and Europe lets users view shows on the handheld Nintendo game console, though despite the capability of the 3DS to show glasses-free 3D imagery on one of its screens, the app will not support 3D videos from the service.

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Nintendo preps first 3DS XL bundle with Mario Kart 7

11/28, 10:30am

First 3DS XL bundle due to arrive in the US on December 2 for $200

Nintendo is planning on releasing the first limited-edition bundle of its 3DS XL portable gaming console in time for the holiday shopping season in the US. Mario Kart 7 is preloaded onto the console, which will only be available in a blue and black color scheme. The best part is that the kit will cost $200, or $40 less than buying the console and game separately, effectively making the latter free.

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Recochoku site sells music for Japanese 3DS owners

10/25, 12:22pm

3DS owners in Japan will soon be able to stream, buy music from consoles

Owners of the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system in Japan will soon get access to a music streaming and download site, Recochoku. It's optimized for mobile devices and allows users to find ringtones and complete tracks for a price. The library is comprised of more than one million titles, each priced at about 250 yen (just over $3).

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Nintendo stems the tide of losses with strong 3DS sales

07/25, 7:54am

Nintendo on track to deliver full-year profit of $447 million

Nintendo has stemmed the tide of losses, by bucking analysts predictions in recording a loss only half as large as expected, reports Reuters. Its first quarter results (pdf) rebounded somewhat on the back of aggressive pricing on its 3DS hand held gaming console, which doubled its sales. The company also maintained its outlook and says that it is on course to report a record an operating profit of $447 million for the full fiscal year.

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3DS, Wii U to feature unified online accounts

07/09, 5:03pm

Nintendo to highly tether online capabilities for first time

Nintendo customers owning both a a 3DS and the company's forthcoming Wii U console will be able to take advantage of a unified eShop account system. Fan site Nintendo World Report discovered the new policy in an email from a Nintendo service representative to a customer. The news sheds more light on the developing online component that will underly Nintendo hardware for this generation.

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Nintendo to give 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro treatment

06/28, 8:38am

Nintendo Circle Pad Pro coming for 3DS later this year

Following the 3DS XL unveiling last week, a number of commentators were quick to criticize the console for omitting a second analog stick. A report emanating from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has confirmed that Nintendo will release a Circle Pad Pro for the larger console as it did for the original 3DS. Although only a handful of gaming titles support the second analog stick, its inclusion opens up the potential for more complex gaming.

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Nintendo confirms 3DS XL for Japan in July, US in August

06/22, 5:42am

3DS XL gains larger screen and bigger battery

Nintendo has revealed the 3DS XL, a larger version of its existing portable console with the glasses-free 3D display. Confirming rumors from earlier this month, the handheld copies the pattern set by the DSi and DSi XL by having a larger main screen to match the similar naming convention.

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Nintendo to cut summer bonuses by 20 percent

06/11, 11:06pm

Weak Wii, 3DS sales having impact on Nintendo revenues

Nintendo's tough financial fortunes appear to be continuing unabated, as the company announced today that it will be reducing summer bonuses for its employees by 20 percent. Reuters reports that flagging sales of the company's console and handheld gaming devices played a role in the bonus reduction, and Nintendo will also be reducing executive compensation accordingly.

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Nintendo to debut 3DS XL at E3 this week?

06/04, 4:40pm

Rumored Nintendo 3DS XL may get a 4.3-inch 3D screen, E3 unveiling

Nintendo may upsize its current 3DS portable gaming console, according to reports from Japan that were picked up by SlashGear. If true, the device will likely be called the 3DS XL, following Nintendo's naming convention with the DSi and DSi XL. The 3DS XL is said to get a 4.3-inch display up top rather than the current model's 3.53-inch screen.

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Nintendo wraps up 3D TV service for 3DS in Japan, more

05/11, 11:07am

Nintendo will no longer sell Aqua Blue 3DS

The 3D TV clip service for the 3DS console Nintendo launched last June in Japan will be discontinued on June 20, making its run just under a year. Called Itsu no Ma ni Terebi, it translates to SpotPass TV, and features short, two-minute 3D clips from eight shows. The service was brought out in collaboration with Fuji TV. Nintendo will continue to offer 3D videos intermittently through its Nintendo Video Channel.

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Nintendo to drop price of DSi XL, DSI on May 20

05/10, 3:35pm

DSi XL to cost $130, DSi just $100 as of May 20

Nintendo on Thursday revealed that it will lower the purchase prices of its DSi XL and DSi handheld consoles on May 20. The price of the DSi XL will drop by $40 to $130, while the DSi will see a bigger, $50 reduction to just $100. Between the two systems, Nintendo offers over 2,000 downloadable or retail games.

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Nintendo patents console-tracking system

05/04, 1:28pm

Zelda creator behing latest Nintendo patent

A newly discovered USPTO patent from Nintendo reveals the video game hardware and software maker may be working on a new tourist-guiding system. Thought up by Shigeru Miyamoto of Legend of Zelda fame, the patent talks about tracking users carrying a portable game console, a DS Lite in this case, by way of overhead infrared transmitters. The console would then communicate with a server that would light up signs built into the building to guide the user.

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Nintendo 3DS gets Midnight Purple hue on May 20

04/30, 11:05am

Nintendo now up to five 3DS colors

Nintendo started off the week by adding a fifth color to the 3DS. It now comes in a Midnight Purple along with the existing black, blue, pink, and red. The color doesn't have a special bundle attached.

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Nintendo to offer digital versions of Wii U, 3DS games

04/27, 1:00am

No direct selling to end-users yet

In an approach that appears to be a stepping stone to further digital selling, Nintendo has announced that it will begin offering digital copies of selected titles for the Wii U and 3DS systems through retail channels. The approach will allow buyers to visit actual game shops or the online sites for those shops and make purchases, and can choose to have either physical copies or digital downloads delivered to their console's SD card through a 16-digit download code.

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Nintendo confirms it's selling 3DS at a loss

04/26, 4:40pm

Hopes to bring it back to profitability this year

With its latest financial report (PDF), Nintendo has admitted that it is selling its 3DS portable gaming console at a financial loss. This is only since it dropped its price in late July to boost sales, from the original $250 to just $170. The gaming giant did go on to say it plans to stop selling it below cost by the middle of the current fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2013.

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Nintendo records its first annual loss, upbeat about 2013

04/26, 6:40am

Nintendo struggles with gaming-first hardware

Nintendo has posted (pdf) its first annual loss turning in a result around $458 million into the red. The downturn has been blamed on the rise of mobile gaming on smartphones, and a lackluster holiday quarter where its aging Wii console and dramatic price reduction on the 3DS blew a hole in its finances. The said that it hopes to turn its fortunes around in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 by launching its next-gen Wii U console and by starting to sell its 3DS for a profit, where it is currently selling it at a loss.

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Nintendo 3DS update bringing folders, quick patching

04/21, 12:20am

Nintendo 3DS gets UI firmware update

Nintendo chose an unusual Saturday window to update the 3DS in addition to introducing New Super Mario Bros. 2. New firmware will let users organize folders as well as more easily slip in game expansions and patches. More features were expected as part of an ongoing Japanese event.

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Nintendo 3DS now doing duty as tourist guide at Louvre

04/12, 4:50pm

Nintendo 3DS arrives at Louvre as tourist guide

As reported last year, Nintendo's 3DS has now began serving as the tourist guide at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Officially called The Audioguide Louvre - Nintendo 3DS, it's an audio guide that has visual tools to enhance the museum-going experience. An interactive map is also preloaded, also letting users know their location in the museum.

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Nintendo taps Joel McHale for mature, faux-viral 3DS ad

04/11, 1:15pm

Joel McHale explains viral video to Nintendo

Nintendo has created a YouTube video (below) advertising the 3DS with comedian Joel McHale. In a staged meeting, McHale from The Soup and a Nintendo representative simultaneously discuss how to make and subsequently create a viral video using typical clichés.

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Nintendo 3DS outselling all Sony systems combined in Japan

04/05, 3:05pm

Nintendo 3DS outsells Sony gear for second week

Nintendo's handheld 3DS gaming console has topped the sales charts in Japan for week of March 26 to April 1. While this is the second week its was atop the charts, the week saw nearly a 30 percent boost from that earlier week, now at 121,921 units, according to numbers reported by Media Create (viaAdrianSang). The numbers were large enough that the total of 3DS sales outnumber the combined numbers of all of Sony's consoles, including the PS3, PSP, PS Vita, and PS2.

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Nintendo 3DS owners start getting 3D music videos

03/21, 10:00am

Nintendo 3DS gets automatic 3D music videos

Nintendo on Wednesday began giving 3DS owners a promised set of 3D music videos. Anyone who has the Nintendo Video app will start automatically pulling a set of videos that take advantage of the glasses-free display, such as "The Rifle's Spiral" by The Shins. B.O.B. and Wale have videos in the app today, while Skrillex and OK Go are among those in the near-term queue.

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NPD: consoles jumped 82% in February with PS Vita, Xbox help

03/09, 1:55pm

NPD sees big rebound in February

Results posted late Thursday by the NPD Group chalked up a significantly improved February for gaming following a bleak January. Console hardware sales were up 87 percent over what they were in January, to $381.4 million, helped not just by 426,000 Xbox 360 sales but also by the PlayStation Vita. Sony had just four days of hardware sales that weren't directly quantified, but they were enough that the increase would have been a more modest if still healthy 62 percent.

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Nintendo sells 4.5m of 3DS in US despite smartphone push

03/06, 8:15am

Nintendo moves 4.5m 3DS in US in first year

Nintendo on Monday touted the resiliency of the 3DS by claiming banner first-year sales in the US. It sold 4.5 million of the glasses-free 3D console in the 12 months since its arrival, or nearly twice the 2.3 million of the original DS sold in a similar span. Reaching the milestone came also with many more games sold, at nine million to five million, and pure revenue that more than doubled from $540 million to $1.2 billion.

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Review: PlayStation Vita

03/04, 10:40pm

We review Sony's flagship handheld console

Many had written off Sony from the mobile gaming arena not long into the PSP's history: high prices and a lack of major games kept it on the sidelines as the Nintendo DS took over. Apple and Google have seemingly been poised to deliver a killing blow with much better general abilities and cheaper games. The PlayStation Vita, then, is a chance at redemption. We'll gauge in our PS Vita review whether it has accomplished that goal or at least made a valiant effort.

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Nintendo 3DS reaches 5m home sales mark ahead of ancestor

02/20, 9:15am

Nintendo 3DS fastest-selling handheld console

Nintendo confirmed a milestone for both itself and the gaming would by revealing that the 3DS should now be its fastest-selling console. The system took less than a year to reach the five million-unit sales mark in its home of Japan, four weeks faster than the 56-week record set by the decade-old Gameboy Advance. The DS took 58 weeks to get to the same point.

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Nintendo brings Hulu Plus streaming to Wii, 3DS soon

02/16, 11:05am

Nintendo now offers Hulu Plus on Wii console

Nintendo has made available the Hulu Plus app for US owners of its Wii home gaming console, as expected, though delayed. While the monthly fee to the subscription-based streaming TV show service will be $8 per month, new users will get a free, two-week trial. The service offers over 16,000 episodes from 400 current and classic TV shows from ABC, Comedy Central, Fox, NBC, MTV, and others.

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Sony starts $50m PS Vita ad blitz to recapture iPhone gamers

02/14, 11:30am

Sony targets adult gamers, mobile users with Vita

Sony on the eve of the PlayStation Vita's first US wave has kicked off a record $50 million ad campaign to recapture its place not just from Nintendo but from Apple. The most Sony has ever spent on any PlayStation launch in the US, the campaign includes both online spots as well as traditional billboards and TV spots. Where PSP ads focused on younger gamers, though, Sony's new Vita ads (below) will focus on adults, where the allure is to "never stop playing" PS3-level games while on the road and with others.

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Nintendo buys video streaming startup Mobiclip

02/13, 10:45pm

Nintendo gets Mobiclip for vide streaming

Mobiclip quietly confirmed Monday that it had been bought out by Nintendo. The new subsidiary of the console giant didn't explain details, including the value of the deal or what it would be producing with Nintendo's help. The company has been making primarily video codecs for the console universe, including Microsoft and Sony.

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Sony says no PS Vita sales problems in face of 3DS, mobile

02/05, 11:25pm

PS Vita on smooth track according to Sony

Sony in its results call Friday was confident that the PlayStation Vita was selling well so far. Having moved slightly more than 535,000 units in its first three weeks, according to Media Create data, company CFO Masaru Kato didn't see "any problems" with results so far. The comment came even after shipments had dipped to just over 18,000 in January and had been mostly steady since.

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Nintendo 3DS gets free access to 5,000 Euro Wi-Fi hotspots

02/01, 7:45pm

3DS has free Wi-Fi hotspots in 21 countries

Nintendo has inked a deal with free-hotspot.com to offer free Wi-Fi service to Nintendo 3DS owners. The arrangement will provide the hand-held game console's users with free access to over 5,000 Wi-Fi hotspots. These are dispersed within in 21 European countries.

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Nintendo readies stand-alone pink 3DS for US

01/30, 8:45am

Nintendo 3DS Pearl Pink hints US on February 10

Nintendo hoped to seize on Valentine's Day by putting out a stand-alone Pearl Pink version of the 3DS. The gaming handheld, previously available only in a bundle for Americans, will be available by itself. It had been available in Japan as early as September.

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Nintendo rumored mulling a Wii U name change

01/27, 12:50pm

Wii U may launch under a different name: source

Nintendo is reportedly considering changing the name of its upcoming game console, the Wii U. The reason for this internal mulling, CVG heard, is supposedly due to the confusion with the 3D and 3DS, which Nintendo found to be too similar in the public eye. It supposedly fears the same would happen with the Wii U and its existing Wii.

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Nintendo Network official, Wii U gets NFC support

01/26, 11:50pm

Nintendo Network to accompany 3DS and Wii U

Nintendo's Friday briefing in the wake of its tough quarterly results has confirmed that it plans to at last go head-to-head with Microsoft and Sony in a persistent online gaming network. Just called Nintendo Network, it will let gamers download chat and play with each other without needing friend codes in addition to getting game add-ons. On the Wii U, gamers will have personal accounts, presumably letting them transport their Mii, downloads, and other preferences across systems.

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Nintendo profit dives, Wii U to the rescue late 2012?

01/26, 5:20am

Nintendo to report first annual loss in late March

Nintendo’s quarterly earnings report out today (pdf) shows that company’s fourth quarter profit, normally a strong suit, collapsed by 61 percent compared to the same period in 2010. The company is now well on track to report a larger than expected annual loss, marking the first time it will have been in the red. Part of the gaming giant’s fortunes will rest on its Wii sequel, the Wii U, which Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said will reach the US and other key markets for the crucial holiday season 2012.

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PS Vita sales dip to 18K in Japan, cloud rivalry with phones

01/18, 8:20pm

PS Vita sales continue to drop

New Media Create data has made clear that the PlayStation Vita isn't yet threatening most other consoles or smartphones. After a blockbuster launch in December, it has tapered off for a second time in a month to just 18,361 systems as of January 15. Every console's sales dropped off sharply in the same period, but it still sat behind Sony's seven-year-old PSP, the PS3, and Nintendo's 3DS.

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IDC: Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita to foil iPhone, Android for now

01/17, 10:35am

IDC sees 3DS and Vita surviving Apple and Google

Dedicated handheld gaming systems like the Nintendo 3DS and Sony's PlayStation Vita will trigger a "rebound year" that fends off iOS and Android, IDC estimated on Tuesday. A wave of revenue stemming both from the new hardware and from game sales attached to it was expected to last through 2012 and 2013. While Nintendo and Sony might still sell fewer units and fewer games, the frequent $30 to $40 prices of their games would trump the dependence on cheap or free titles on smartphones and tablets.

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Nintendo rumored encouraging iOS to Wii U ports, e-reading

01/03, 10:20am

Nintendo Wii U may lure iOS devs and e-books

Quickly coming on the heels of talk of a full Wii U app store is a rumor late Monday of Nintendo actively courting iOS developers. The gaming giant was said by a developer talking to Forget the Box to be offering "assistance" porting apps for Apple's platform to the Wii U. The titles would by necessity played on the controller's 6.2-inch touchscreen.

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Nintendo 3DS tops 4m sold, outpaces Wii

01/03, 8:40am

Nintendo more than recovers from early 3DS slump

Nintendo returned from holiday with word that it had shipped more than four million 3DS systems in the US. The milestone, which it reached in nine months, was enough to outsell the Wii over its own intro period. Nintendo had already passed four million in Japan just days earlier.

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Kojima teases Metal Gear Solid edition Nintendo 3DS

12/29, 9:55pm

Handheld outfitted with snakeskin

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has teased a special edition Nintendo 3DS featuring a snakeskin-texture housing. The customized gaming handheld is said to be borne of direct collaboration with Nintendo and created to celebrate the upcoming release of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D for the platform.

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PS Vita off to middling start, moves 72K post-launch

12/28, 3:40pm

PS Vita sells just 72K units in first full week

Sales of Sony's recently launched PS Vita handheld games console have cooled significantly, the latest numbers from Japanese site 4Gamer.net reveal. The first full week of the console's being on the market saw just 72,479 Vitas find homes, a marked decrease from the 321,400 units sold in its first two days on the market. This puts the system in fifth place after the 3DS, the Vita's predecessor the PSP, Nintendo's Wii, and Sony's PS3, respectively.

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Nintendo 3DS games get first paid DLC

12/28, 7:30am

Nintendo opens up to DLC for the first time

Nintendo has joined [sub. req.] its competition in offering paid DLC for its 3DS gaming titles. Users now have the option of purchasing additional levels and other downloadable content for games where offered by developers. The first 3DS game set to get the treatment is Fire Emblem.

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Nintendo sells 4 million 3DS handhelds in Japan

12/27, 7:55pm

Sales picking up after early trouble

Nintendo has reportedly sold more than 4 million of its 3DS gaming handhelds in the local Japanese market, according to data collected by Famitsu. The device is also said to have reached sales of more than 510,000 units for the holiday shopping week that ended on Christmas day, setting a new record for weekly sales across the globe.

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NPD: mobile, download games not enough to offset slump

12/22, 7:00pm

NPD tracks smartphone and digital gaming at last

The NPD Group in a rare step began tracking some of the contributions of non-traditional gaming to the industry for the first time. It estimated that about $1.64 billion came from "other content," which includes mobile games as well as direct downloads and social network games, generated $1.64 billion in revenue. The growth made it larger than the traditional software side of the business, which dropped to $1.3 billion

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PS Vita launches in Japan to thousands in lines

12/17, 3:40am

PS Vita has strong start in Japan

Sony had an upbeat launch for the PlayStation Vita in its home country of Japan. The 7AM launch saw thousands in line with volumes closer to that of an Apple launch, including 600 at Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo's Akihabara district and 300 at Bic Camera in the Ikebukuro district. At the official event at Shibuya Tsutaya, where Sony executives including company president Kaz Hirai were hosts, the first buyer was an unidentified 33 year old northerner.

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Louvre to use Nintendo 3DS console as tourist guide

12/16, 2:05pm

Nintendo 3DS coming to Louvre as visitor guide

The Louvre museum in Paris just revealed that it will use Nintendo's 3DS portable game console to guide visitors through its collection of art. The 3DS will replace its audio guides starting in March, which are so far used only by four percent of its 8.5 million yearly visitors. The French museum will become the first to do so, and Nintendo will supply 5,000 of its consoles for the cause.

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