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Unboxing Live 174: Amiibo Retro 3-Pack (Duck Hunt, R.O.B., Mr. Game & Watch)

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Toys, Video Games, Videocasts

It's time for an amiibo blast from the past with the Retro 3-Pack! Included in this set are Duck Hunt (the dog with the duck flying above), Mr. Game and Watch (the predecessor to the Game Boy), and R.O.B. (the robot peripheral for the original NES Nintendo Entertainment System.)

I give you an up-close look at each of these old school amiibo characters, which work great with Super Smash Bros U and 3DS! Let me know your thoughts in the comments - I thought Mr. Game and Watch was pretty cool the way you could change his pose, and the detail in R.O.B. was awesome.

You can order the Amiibo Retro 3-Pack now.

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Unboxing Live 152: New Nintendo 3DS XL

Here's a first-look at the New Nintendo 3DS XL, the follow-up to the massively popular Nintendo 3DS XL. Nintendo has introduced a bunch of cool improvements that make the 3DS XL better, and you can get your hands on the new console this Friday, February 13th. You have face-tracking and eye-tracking 3D, the new C Stick for advanced analog control, ZR and ZL shoulder buttons, and much improved processor making the New Nintendo 3DS XL a much faster system when it comes to loading games and apps. We bring you a full walkthrough in this episode. You can pick up the New Nintendo 3DS XL here:

New Nintendo 3DS XL New Black: Best Buy
New Nintendo 3DS XL New Red: Best Buy

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Unboxing Live 151: Nintendo 2DS (Sea Green)

Take a look at the Sea Green color of the Nintendo 2DS, the first Nintendo 2DS with a white-colored face and rear backing! Definitely a unique look for a Nintendo console with the Sea Green color, this one is a little harder to find than the red and blue versions. What do you think of it?

The Nintendo 2DS is compatible with all Nintendo 3DS and most Nintendo DS games, and provides access to the Nintendo eShop, with digital games, free demos, and special offers. You also get wireless connectivity for multiplayer and co-op play. You can pick up the Nintendo 2DS on Amazon.

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Unboxing Live 150: Nintendo 3DS (Flame Red)

Nintendo is phasing out the original Nintendo 3DS here in the United States, but we wanted to take a final look at the Flame Red Nintendo 3DS hardware before saying goodbye. I think this is the best looking of all the Nintendo 3DS colors. I bring you a tour of the hardware in this episode. If you want to get your hands on one of these, get it quick - you can pick up the Flame Red Nintendo 3DS on Amazon!

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Super Smash Bros. comes to 3DS this summer, Wii U in winter

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fighting, Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U

Super Smash Bros Wii U

Nintendo has announced the Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Nintendo 3DS this summer, and Wii U later this winter. Both versions will heavily promote online play with friends through Nintendo's Miiverse, as well as through random matches with other players.

Nintendo also says it will monitor the behavior of online players, and will punish those who are a hindrance to others, including those who leave matches early, bully others, cheat, etc. Skill-based matchmaking will also be incorporated to keep things fair and fun.

The Nintendo 3DS version in particular will feature a new mode called Smash Run where up to four players get five minutes to team up and beat up enemies in exchange for power-ups. After five minutes is up, those power-ups are put into play, as the players engage in a battle against each other.

No specific release dates were given for either version of the game, but we'll likely get that information in a couple of months at E3.

Nintendo 3DS XL available in black on August 11

Nintendo 3DS XL Black

Nintendo has finally announced that it will be releasing an all black Nintendo 3DS XL. The black version will hit stores on August 11th, which just so happens to be the same day that Mario & Luigi: Dream Team drops as well. If you've been holding out for black because you were too grown-up to rock the blue, red, pink, Pokemon, or Animal Crossing variants, you'll have your wish in about two weeks--and you can pre-order the black Nintendo 3DS XL now.

We’re giving away a Nintendo 3DS XL!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Handhelds, Video Games

Nintendo 3DS XL giveaway

The Nintendo 3DS XL just launched in Japan, and it's set to come Stateside on August 19th alongside New Super Mario Bros. 2. Wanna be one of the first to get your hands on the new super-sized Nintendo 3D handheld? We've teamed up with TRENDOY!, the daily gadget newsletter to give away a Nintendo 3DS XL, worth $199, to one of our readers. All you need to do to enter is head on over to our TRENDOY! page and subscribe! We'll choose a winner of the Nintendo DS XL from our subscribers in a week. Good luck!

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Nintendo 3DS XL with 4.88-inch 3D display hits stores August 19 for $199

Nintendo 3DS XL

This morning Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo 3DS XL (or 3DS LL in Japan.) The console takes everything about the standard Nintendo 3DS, and makes it bigger. What you end up with is a 4.88-inch 3D display on top, and a 4.18-inch standard touch display on the bottom. Buyer also get a free 4 GB SD card included. In Japan, the 3DS LL will hit stores on July 28th for about 18,900 Yen ($235) while us 3DS XL buyers will have to wait until August 19th to get in on the action, where it'll cost $199.

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Nintendo killing off Aqua Blue 3DS

nintendo 3ds aqua blue cancelled

The Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS. An odd color choice for the launch of a new gaming handheld, sure. However, we didn't think it was so bad that it was time to kill it. Regardless of what we think, though, Nintendo is set to put the Aqua Blue 3DS out to pasture soon. No specific date has been given, but with all the other 3DS colors that Nintendo's pumping out, we're geussing that the turquiose one has proven to be pretty unpopular in the grand scheme of things. Want one? Better get it while you can!

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Nintendo 3DS sees massive first year sales

The Nintendo 3DS sales information is in, and the numbers are astounding.  4.5 million units have been sold in the United States over the past 12 months, and the console was Nintendo’s best-selling in Japan in its first year. It's is also the best-selling Nintendo console in the U.S. as well, after initially being seen as a flop, resulting in a massive price cut soon after it launched. The price drop certainly worked, as the 3DS has even outsold the incredibly popular Nintendo DS, which in its first year sold "just" 2.3 million units. Have you picked up a Nintendo 3DS yet? Hit us in the comments with your thoughts.