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Blog – Catching Up After E3

As most of you are probably already aware, Nintendo’s offerings at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles were pretty much the talk of the show.

This year’s presentation largely expanded the upcoming Wii U library, but plenty more was announced for the Nintendo 3DS, including information about key titles such as Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, as well as upcoming eShop titles.

Unfortunately, I was unable to keep up with any sort of posting during the E3 week, and missed out on most of the big headlines. As a result, I am going to do my best to post a few of the highlights and resume consistent posting from this point forward.

Stay tuned for some of the big release date announcements, trailers and new information about E3′s biggest Nintendo 3DS games.

Pokemon X Y 3DS XL Bundles

Pokemon X & Y – 3DS XL Bundles Confirmed for North America

During today’s Pokemon Direct presentation, Nintendo confirmed the special edition Pokemon X & Y Nintendo 3DS XL bundles that we’ve all been expecting/waiting for – you can see the red and blue models above.

Unlike many of the special edition bundles, these Pokemon X & Y 3DS XL packages don’t seem to come pre-loaded with a copy of the game on the console. This makes perfect sense, however – these special-edition handhelds will hit retailers on September 27, a few weeks before the launch of X & Y.

Rumor – Pokemon X & Y 3DS XL Bundles Coming to North America?

Pokemon X Y - Walmart Leak

There could be special edition Nintendo 3DS XL bundles based on Pokemon X & Y headed to North America, similar to the ones confirmed for launch day in Japan.

You can see the potential “evidence” in the Target inventory scan above.

Thoughts? Looks like my October just got a bit more expensive…and I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to upgrade to a 3DS XL.


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Nintendo Now Selling Refurbished 3DS XL

Nintendo has opened up a product page on its official website for a Refurbished Nintendo 3DS XL, available for $169.99 (for a limited time) in black and blue colors.

Those are somewhat ironic color choices, considering the refurbished handhelds “may have minor cosmetic blemishes”, though Nintendo promises they are “guaranteed to be fully functional.”

(You know, black and blue…like bruises. Har har…sorry, it’s Monday, and very early.)

They are guaranteed for a year, in fact – the refurbished systems come with the standard one-year warranty. Not too shabby, considering the re-packaged 3DS XL costs the same as the standard 3DS model, comes with a charger and stylus, and a 4GB SD card.

I’m not sure how “limited” the time really is, but the standard refurbished price on Nintendo’s site appears to be $179.99 – not too much more, but still a nice sale.

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Nintendo Bringing Black 3DS XL to North America

The black-colored Nintendo 3DS XL has been available in Europe for a while, but not in North America.

3DS XL - Black 2It appears that Nintendo could be changing this soon; though there has been no official announcement at this time, a new commercial for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team shows off the black-colored 3DS XL. You can see a screenshot from the commercial to the right.

The last time there was a special 3DS XL shown off during an advertisement, it was the special Pikachu model that was released for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - and it was confirmed shortly after.

It’s nice to see the plain-colored 3DS models coming to North America, but how about a higher quantity of the special-edition ones? I would have loved to score a Pikachu 3DS XL, before they started selling for almost $400 on eBay.


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Nintendo to Update StreetPass Function in America, Europe

Well, this is nifty. It appears that Nintendo realizes the StreetPass function of the Nintendo 3DS – which communicates and connects with other 3DS systems that you pass by as you walk around with it in sleep mode – will be adjusted slightly in the future, so that players in North America and Europe can experience the same perks of the feature that Japanese players enjoy. More after the break.  Continue reading

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Nintendo Direct Scheduled For Tomorrow, Focusing on Wii U

Nintendo has revealed via Facebook that there will be another Nintendo Direct presentation tomorrow (May 17) at 7AM PST/10AM EST, this time focusing heavily on summer 2013/upcoming Wii U releases.

Additionally, Nintendo has confirmed that some 3DS titles will be discussed.

Stay tuned for all the exciting news tomorrow morning – I’ll be posting as soon as the presentation ends.

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Eevee-Themed 3DS XL Available in Japan via Lottery

Just a quick blurb; if you haven’t already seen it, there is yet another slick-looking, Pokemon-themed 3DS XL model available for a limited time in Japan. This one (seen above) is based on the Pokemon Eevee, which evolves into over half a dozen different forms in the various Pokemon titles.

This 3DS XL has a pretty wacky availability, just like the Charizard-themed 3DS XL that was released a few months ago. Basically, those hoping to reserve their Eevee 3DS XL will need to register via lottery, and winners will be chosen when the promotion ends on June 3. The system itself costs almost 19,000 yen ($185).

(via Siliconera)

Pokeball 3DS Mockup

Check Out These Game Boy & Poke Ball-Inspired 3DS Mock-Ups

Just a quick blurb; check out these awesome 3DS mock-ups (inspired by the Poke Ball & original Game Boy), created by digital artist Wenis. You can see the Poke Ball 3DS in the featured image (above), and the Game Boy version below.

These aren’t in production by any means, so don’t be confused if you can’t find them at the local GameStop anytime soon - I picked these up off of Destructoid, so check out the original article & Wenis’s portfolio if you’re interested.

Gameboy 3DS Mockup


Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL Bundle Confirmed

I’m not terribly excited about Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which happens to be one of the bigger 3DS releases of the summer – but I still enjoy the look of this new 3DS XL bundle, confirmed by today’s Nintendo Direct video.

The 3DS XL comes with New Leaf pre-installed on the system, and costs roughly $210. Thoughts? Nintendo is really pushing the digital versions of games; this is a pretty good deal if you’re into Animal Crossing, but I still like some of the other 3DS models more than this one.


Pikachu 3DS XL Confirmed for North America

I have always regretted picking up the boring aqua blue 3DS; had I waited a little longer, I could have scored a slick Zelda-themed black 3DS or one of the fiery red models.

After today’s confirmation of the Pikachu 3DS XL coming to North America in March, I’m even more bummed every time I look at my little blue one.


The Pikachu 3DS XL arrives just in time for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – March 23. The MSRP is $199.99 – standard for the XL- so if you are planning to make the dive or upgrade, you might want to wait a little longer.

Just look at it, you can’t deny how adorable Pikachu looks on there.


Nintendo Sued For 3DS-Related Patent Infringement


Nintendo has been ordered to pay $30.2 million in damages for patent infringement, based on the glasses-free 3D technology utilized by the Nintendo 3DS.

Former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita filed the charges, after originally filing a patent for the very same technology in 2008.

Making things look even more shady on Nintendo’s part, Tomita had previously demoed the glasses-free technology to seven Nintendo execs – way back in 2003. A handful of those individuals ended up designing the 3DS – pretty obvious where their inspiration came from.

The $30.2 million in damages probably isn’t a huge deal for Nintendo, with the 3DS selling quite well, and several highly-anticipated games on the horizon.

Still, shame on Nintendo, Tomita was right to file a lawsuit – just my two cents.