Games are a popular holiday gift, and that's why they're a staple in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Up next is the New Nintendo 3DS XL system - yes, that is "New" capitalized. It's part of the name. The console combines next-generation portable gaming with super-stable 3D technology and added control features. Take 3D photos, connect with friends, and enhance your gaming experiences with added amiibo support. The New Nintendo 3DS XL system plays all Nintendo DS games (although, those won’t appear in 3D.) Also, if you buy one, keep in mind that the AC Adapter is sold separately. It uses the same AC adapter as the Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo 2DS, so you might already have one.
You can pick up the New Nintendo 3DS XL now.
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.
We test different amiibo costumes in Super Mario Maker! The game is set for release on September 11, 2015, but Nintendo sent us an early copy so that we could give you guys a sneak peek at what's coming. The amiibo we use in this episode include Link from The Legend of Zelda, Luigi, Yoshi, Bowser, Kirby, and Donkey Kong. Check out the custom look, animations, and sounds when using these amiibo figures with the Wii U Gamepad.
The Mario experience of your dreams has arrived and is bursting with creativity…including yours! Play a near-limitless number of intensely creative Super Mario levels from players around the world. It’s easy enough to create your own levels with the Wii U GamePad controller that it may feel like you’re simply sketching out your ideas on paper, but you can now bring enemies and objects into a playable course in ways you could only dream of before. What was impossible in traditional Mario games is now impossibly fun, so let your imagination run wild!
You can get Super Mario Maker now!
We've got the Limited Edition version of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D in, which includes the Skull Kid bonus figurine! This is a rare and hard-to-find bundle, so I'm happy to be able to bring you an up-close look at this collector's edition package in this episode!
Be sure to also check out our New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition unboxing, as well as our feature on the standard New Nintendo 3DS XL. You can try and pick up the Majora's Mask Skull Kid edition on Amazon.
We've got the super-rare New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask edition, and we bring you an up-close look at this beautiful console in this episode! As you can see, the coloring is unique to this console, and it shows artwork of the Majora's Mask, as well as other masks from the game. The Majora's Mask edition sports all the same new benefits of the regular New Nintendo 3DS XL, those being things like:
- Face-tracking 3D
- C Stick for enhanced controls
- Much faster processor for quicker loading
- ZR and ZL shoulder buttons
- Redesigned console hardware and button placement
Be sure to check out our feature on the standard New Nintendo 3DS XL. You can try and pick up the Majora's Mask edition New Nintendo 3DS XL on Amazon.
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:
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.
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!
Nintendo's newest, more subdued handheld is next in the Gear Live’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. The Nintendo 2DS is basically a Nintendo 3DS in a candybar form factor (no hinge so it doesn't close) that plays all 3DS games in 2D. At launch it will be available in red and blue hues, and is outfitted with the regular (not 3DS XL) sized dual screens, cameras, mono speaker, headphone port, and a 4 GB SD card. In other words, it's just like a Nintendo 3DS, except there is no 3D, and it doesn't close, and you get it all for $129 - $50 cheaper than the 3DS console. You can pick up the Nintendo 2DS now for $129.99.
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This year, E3 had one of those showing that only happens once every 8-10 years. E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is the biggest video game conference in the world, and it's where game publishers show off what they're working on. E3 2014 was unique because it was the first one after the release of two major consoles--the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Developers got to show for the first time full portfolios dedicated to the new hardware, and it was glorious. There was a lot to see during both the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation media briefings, and Nintendo surprised many with game announcements of its own. I figured I'd whittle things down and share the ten games I was most excited about, in no particular order.
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