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Nintendo’s Thanksgiving Weekend Deals Feature New Bundles and Discounts

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Starting this Thanksgiving weekend, Nintendo is offering several deals on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. These deals will make the holiday one that you and your loved ones will enjoy for years to come Each of the following deals will provide everyone with an extra helping of fun this Thanksgiving weekend:

Thanksgiving Weekend Deals

  • A Deal So Great It’s Scary: A Cobalt Blue Nintendo 3DS system that comes installed with the well-received Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moongame will sell at a suggested retail price of $169.99. (Nov. 28)
  • Wal-Mart Black Friday Deal: Wal-Mart will be offering a deal on the new Nintendo 2DS hand-held system at only $99.96. (Nov. 28)
  • Target Black Friday Deal: At Target, shoppers can pick up a Nintendo 3DS XL system for just $149.99. (Nov. 29)
  • Wii U and 3DS eShop Discounts: Character-themed sales have been running in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U throughout the month of November. Over Thanksgiving weekend, a large selection of games starring some of Nintendo’s most beloved characters will be on sale. Visit http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more information.
  • Multiplayer Fun Over the Long Thanksgiving Weekend: The uproariously fun multiplayer game Nintendo Land for Wii U comes packaged with a fun, green Luigi-themed Wii Remote Plus controller at a suggested retail price of $59.99. (Dec. 2)

Currently Available:

  • A Mario and Luigi Thanksgiving: A new Mario and Luigi Wii U Deluxe Set that comes packaged with both New Super Mario Bros. U andNew Super Luigi U games on one disc is now available at the low suggested retail price of $299.99.
  • Burn Off Those Thanksgiving Calories for Free: Running through the end of January, Wii U owners who also own a Wii Balance Board accessory can download a monthlong trial version of the full Wii Fit U game for free on Nintendo eShop. Users can keep Wii Fit U for as long as they like by purchasing and syncing a Fit Meter accessory. A Fit Meter has many features of modern activity meters and is available at a suggested retail price of only $19.99.
  • Compete with Wii Sports ClubThere is nothing more fun than playing a round of tennis or bowling with family and friends in Wii Sports Club, now available as individual downloads exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. In the coming months, Wii Sports Club will include three other sports from the original Wii Sports – baseball, boxing and golf. All sports feature HD graphics, enhanced controls and new features, such as community clubs. With a broadband Internet connection, players can be registered to state or regional clubs and will be able to send messages to one another via Miiverse during matches. With the addition of online multiplayer, users can even play Wii Sports Club with family members that can’t make it home for the holidays. Wii U owners who download Wii Sports Club will get a free trial pass that will let them play any available sports for a 24-hour period from when the Wii Sports Club game was started. Once the trial period ends, players can purchase a Day Pass for $1.99 in the Nintendo eShop to play all available sports for a 24-hour period, or can buy permanent access to individual sports for $9.99 each.

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, said,

“This year, there is a dizzying amount of affordable Nintendo options for any holiday shopper looking to stock up on fun gifts for family and friends. And if there is ever a question of why shoppers should choose Wii U and Nintendo 3DS this holiday season, the answer is simple: Because it’s Nintendo.”

Three Huge Franchises, One Epic Nintendo Launch Day

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November 22 will see one of the most highly anticipated launch days for Nintendo this year. This friday, three new games from three beloved franchises will hit shelves for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. “Super Mario 3D World” for the Wii U, “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” for the 3DS, and “Mario Party: Island Tour” for the 3DS, are all launching in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.

The games feature Nintendo characters and experiences that can’t be played anywhere else, and demonstrate how Nintendo is bringing value and variety to everyone for the holidays.

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing said,

“Nintendo is making holiday shopping easy for everyone with the release of three major games on one day. There is something for everyone in this lineup. Super Mario 3D World is perfect for families, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a must-have for gamers and Mario Party: Island Tour is great for kids of all ages.”

i_40625“Super Mario 3D World” is the newest game in the world-famous Super Mario Bros. series. The Wii U game is the first 3D Mario platformer that lets up to four players play together using Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. Each playable character has different abilities. For example, Luigi can jump higher than the other characters and Princess Peach can float in the air for a limited time. Super Mario 3D World introduces players to beautiful HD graphics, numerous breathtaking worlds and never-before-seen power-ups like the cat transformation. In multiplayer mode, one player is able to play using the Wii U GamePad while up to three others can use various controllers like the Wii Remote or the Wii U Pro Controller.

 

i_40658“The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” is the successor to fan-favorite Super NES game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which launched in 1992. Even though The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds takes place in the same world as its classic predecessor, it is a new adventure, filled with a new storyline and new dungeons. In this Nintendo 3DS game, Link must journey between two worlds, Hyrule and Lorule, using a mysterious power that lets him become a drawing on walls. Link’s ability to merge with walls allows players to solve puzzles and explore dungeons in a new way. Players are also able to buy or rent various items throughout the game, allowing them to explore dungeons in any order they want, adding a new level of freedom to the game play.

A legendary Nintendo 3DS XL bundle will also launch on Nov. 22. The bundle includes gorgeous gold-and-black Nintendo 3DS XL hardware with the iconic Triforce on the exterior, as well as a download code for “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The system is gold-colored on one side and black on the other, beautifully representing the two parallel worlds Link travels between in the game.

3DS_MarioPartyIslandTour_pkg01“Mario Party: Island Tour” lets players take the party on the go! The game is the next installment in the wildly fun Mario Party series, and the first on Nintendo 3DS.Mario Party: Island Tour features mini-games with more unique play styles than any other game in the Mario Party series. Players will imitate voices of some of the most iconic characters from the Super Mario Bros. universe using the built-in microphone on the Nintendo 3DS system, tilt the system to hang glide and even adjust reality with AR Card play. Mario Party: Island Tour also features Download Play, which means up to four Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS owners can play together when in the same room – even if only one person owns the game!

Big Discounts for the Nintendo eShop

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Nintendo has announced a new offer of big discounts in the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Running through December, several games, including fan favorites, will be available for at least 30 percent off their normal prices. Link from the Zelda series kicks off the first round of limited-time discounts on select games. Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners can visit the Nintendo eShop each Thursday to see which character’s games are next.

Between 9 a.m. Pacific today and 9 a.m. Pacific on Nov. 21, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners with a broadband Internet connection can visit the Nintendo eShop to purchase the following discounted games.

On Nintendo 3DS:

  • The Legend of Zelda ($4.99)    $3.49    30%
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX ($5.99)    $3.99    33%
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link ($4.99)    $3.49    30%

On Wii U:

  • The Legend of Zelda ($4.99)    $3.49    30%
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link ($4.99)    $3.49    30%

 

Nintendo Suspends Swapnote For Unsurprising Reason

C’mon Nintendo. You should have known better.

You give children, teens, young adults, okay you give anybody a messaging app that allows you to send pictures, what is the first thing that will happen? Dicks. Dicks everywhere. So I am not even halfheartedly surprised that Nintendo has announced the suspension of their 3DS messaging app, Swapnote, according to a notice on the company’s website. According to Nintendo, users, including minors, have used Swapnote with SpotPass to exchange offensive material.

The statement says,

“Nintendo has learned that some consumers, including minors, have been exchanging their friend codes on Internet bulletin boards and then using Swapnote (known asNintendo Letter Box in other regions) to exchange offensive material. Nintendo has been investigating ways of preventing this and determined it is best to stop the SpotPass feature of Swapnote because it allows direct exchange of photos and was actively misused.”

The Swapnote and Special Notes services were suspended as of Oct. 31 in all regions were the service was live, barring the ability to send and receive notes using SpotPass. The company felt it was important to suspend the features due to the large number of minors who use the app, saying it wants “to provide a positive experience for all consumers and limit the risk of any inappropriate activity or misuse of a service.”

According to Nintendo, it will endeavor to highlight the system’s Parental Control features to more consumers.

 

New Gold-and-Black Nintendo 3DS XL Comes with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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Gold is definitely the color of all things The Legend of Zelda. From the original gold-colored cartridge for The Legend of Zelda on NES to the box art of the recently released The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for Wii U, gold has always been the color most associated with the franchise (And maybe some green in there.)

To celebrate the continuation of the much loved franchise, the next installment, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds launching on Nov. 22, the tradition of gold also continues. On the same day, a new Nintendo 3DS XL bundle will launch that includes Nintendo 3DS XL hardware with gorgeous gold-and-black coloring and the iconic Triforce on the exterior, as well as a download code for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The legendary system is gold on one side and black on the other, beautifully representing the two parallel worlds Link travels between in the game. The special bundle was announced in a video starring The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $219.99.

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, said,

“This beautifully designed Nintendo 3DS XL system continues a tradition that has delighted our fans for decades. It’s a special bundle for a very special video game.”

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is set in the same world as fan-favorite The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for Super NES and takes place in the same Hyrule after many years have passed. In this new game, Link must journey between two worlds, Hyrule and Lorule, using a mysterious power that lets him become a drawing on walls. Link’s ability to merge with walls allows players to solve puzzles and explore dungeons in a new way. Players are also able to buy or rent various items throughout the game, allowing them to explore dungeons in any order they want, adding a new level of freedom to the game play.

For more information about The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, visit the official website.

Hulu Plus Now Available on the Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems

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Hulu Plus users can now watch their favorite shows and movies on their Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Beginning today, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS owners can instantly stream current-season TV shows, hit movies, clips and premium commercial-free kids programming on their hand-held systems with the new Hulu Plus application for Nintendo 3DS.  Continue reading Hulu Plus Now Available on the Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems

Nintendo Reaches out to First-Time Gamers with New Nintendo 2DS Portable System

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Last month Nintendo announced they were releasing a brand-new handheld gaming device called the Nintendo 2DS. The system, which launches on October 12, will go on sale for $129.99. The 2DS will function similarly to the 3DS such as touch-screen controls, StreetPass, online multiplayer functionality and the ability to download games. Continue reading Nintendo Reaches out to First-Time Gamers with New Nintendo 2DS Portable System

Nintendo Showcases a Wide Variety of Indie Games at This Year’s IndieCade

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This year’s IndieCade, the annual international festival of independent games in Los Angeles, got some support for Nintendo. The company has begun to actively reach out to indie game developers while offering them support on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Continue reading Nintendo Showcases a Wide Variety of Indie Games at This Year’s IndieCade

Batman: Arkham Origins Deathstroke Challenge Pack Gameplay Trailer

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Warner Bros. Games UK has officially released a new gameplay trailer for the Deathstroke Challenge pack that will be available in “Batman: Arkham Origins.” The Deathstroke challenge pack, available to those who pre-order the game for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC, includes a fully playable Deathstroke character, two exclusive challenge maps and three unique Deathstroke character skins. Continue reading Batman: Arkham Origins Deathstroke Challenge Pack Gameplay Trailer

Nintendo To Pay $15 million In 3DS Lawsuit

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While I am not a *huge* fan of the 3DS, (3D is difficult to enjoy when you have mole like vision that is akin to being blind) it’s hard to deny how awesome the piece of technology is. Oh and Animal Crossing exists on it which I couldn’t be happier about. However, according to a new Bloomberg report, Nintendo has been ordered to pay $15.1 million to a former Sony inventor who claimed the company’s 3DS infringed on his technology patent. Continue reading Nintendo To Pay $15 million In 3DS Lawsuit