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400,000 joy-bringing 3DSes sold to lucky Japanese customers

February 26, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Adapted from PICT0035 by goodsurfers2011 under a CC-BY license.

Nintendo’s inevitable march toward global domination took an important step forward today with the launch of 3DS in Japan.

The system’s initial shipment of 400,000 units sold out almost immediately. That includes units preordered, and those that actually made it to store shelves before quickly being snatched up by same-day customers.

Word is that stores will actually be receiving a fresh shipment of the multi-screened, multi-awesomed devices Sunday.

So there you have it, the long awaited 3DS is finally out there in the wild, and 400K lucky residents of Japan are playing with them right now, probably in varying states of rapture.

Source: andriasang

Ubisoft “dares” you to respect yourself as a gamer ever again with “We Dare”

February 25, 2011 News No Comments

Hint: select parental code “6969” at the end of the above video to see evidence of a video game leading to a gang bang.

Ubisoft has yet another mini-game fest in the works for the Wii, but this isn’t your typical Wii Sports knock-off. As you can see in the ad embedded above, the mini-games in We Dare encourage adult behaviour such as flirtatiously whacking another person on the lower back. Oh yeah, and doubling up on a Wiimote.

Unfortunately for North Americans looking to get laid (the ads make it abundantly clear that this game directly leads to boning), the title will not be heading to that continent.

January 2011 NPD numbers are utterly meaningless

February 23, 2011 News No Comments

Handhelds, where are you?

NPD’s monthly video game sales stats for January are here, such as they are. We’ve gone several months without PSP numbers, but we already knew that system was selling at such a low level as to be fairly meaningless in the breakdown of the monthly pie-chart. This month, however, we have been robbed of the DS number as well, which makes it look like Nintendo only occupies a third of the market, instead of the half or so that they actually do.

Anyway, the Wii sold 319K, the 360 sold 381K, and the PS3 sold 267K.

In software, Call of Duty: Black Ops was on top again, but we don’t know exactly how many were sold, or for what systems. Just Dance 2 for Wii took second and Dead Space 2 took third with 452K sold across 360, PS3, and PC.

Source: NeoGAF

It is/was Zelda’s 25th anniversary!

February 22, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Nintendo.

Hi folks, Newbs here. I’m back from my extended journey through the woods of event organization and prepared to tell you about two day old news once again.

Easily the most important thing to occur during my absence, and pretty much the most important thing that will happen between the 3DS’s announcement and its release next month, is that February 21, 2011 was the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda.

Link’s first outing was released in Japan on that date.

To celebrate, 1up put together a piece entitled “25 Things You Didn’t Know About The Legend of Zelda,” which you can read here. Note: that title is misleading, I knew pretty much everything they listed already. Your mileage may vary depending on how cool you are.

Someone also threw together this amazing piece of artwork to remind us all of the characters which have graced the series. Credit goes to this guy.

Of course, for a series as packed with greatness at Zelda, the celebration should really last all year. Two titles in the franchise should be releasing in 2011, so I think Nintendo’s got things covered from their end, but what will you be doing?

Here’s the North American 3DS launch line-up

February 22, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Nintendo

The launch of the 3DS in North America is only a little over a month away, but the day-one line-up for that region wasn’t announced until just today. Let’s find out what Nintendo has chosen to bless us with this time (from the press release):

On March 27, new Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to choose from the following Nintendo-published games, each available at a suggested retail price of $39.99:

  • Pilotwings Resort™, an aerial adventure featuring airplanes, hang gliders and rocket belts. Players soar above tropical Wuhu Island in 3D as they complete missions or snap pictures.
  • Steel Diver™, a submarine game that involves strategy and combat. The 3D visuals give players the sensation that they are looking into a miniature aquarium as they control the sub’s speed, depth and pitch, and fire torpedoes.
  • nintendogs™ + cats, a game that lets players interact with realistic puppies – and kittens – in a variety of fun ways. There are three versions of the software, each with different starting breeds: French bulldog, toy poodle and golden retriever. But in each version players can unlock and enjoy more than 20 different breeds.
  • Other Nintendo 3DS games in the works for 2011 from Nintendo include The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, Star Fox 64™ 3D, Kid Icarus™: Uprising and new installments in the Mario Kart™ series.

Whoah. It could be worse! The most intriguing news comes in that final point. Apparently, new Mario Kart “installments” are coming out in 2011. Confirmation that the game known to be in development will be ready for 2011 is spectacular, but endless speculation on whether that’s a typo or a legitimate declaration of plural Mario Kart games is even better!

Oh right, third party stuff is coming out too:

  • Super Street Fighter® IV 3D Edition from CAPCOM
  • The Sims™ 3 from EA
  • Madden NFL Football from EA SPORTS
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
  • LEGO® Star Wars® III: The Clone Wars™ from LucasArts™
  • RIDGE RACER® 3D from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
  • Super Monkey Ball™ 3D from SEGA
  • BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERSE™ from Square-Enix, Inc.
  • Asphalt™ 3D from UBISOFT
  • Combat of Giants™: Dinosaurs 3D from UBISOFT
  • Rayman® 3D from UBISOFT
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars from UBISOFT

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