Answers for a question to Nintendo of America’s customer service about Miiverse functionality on 3DS has come back with unfortunate news. The 3DS version of Nintendo’s social service will not allow friends to exchange messages and will not allow friend requests to be sent or received. We’re hoping these features will be added later on but for now you’ll have to stick with a stripped down version of Miiverse for the handheld.
15th November 2013 – Nintendo Australia announces that within the first weekend of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y hitting shelves 12th October 2013, combined sales exceeded 100,000* units – smashing all previous records for a Nintendo game in Australia and New Zealand. The previous Pokémon release of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version sold a combined total of more than 80,000* units in its first week of sales, and the combined sales of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y exceeded this in the first day alone.
The demand for these highly anticipated titles has meant that some retailers in Australia and New Zealand have been faced with an out-of-stock situation. Nintendo Australia is ensuring that additional stock will be available from this week to ensure consumers are able to begin their adventure as soon as possible.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are also available on Nintendo eShop, where consumers can download exciting Nintendo 3DS download software, Virtual Console and Nintendo DSiWare titles directly to their system.
* Sales data provided by NPD Group and Nintendo Australia.
Nintendo has announced that it will release a YouTube app for its current handheld, 3DS, to give users the chance to watch their favourite videos on the go.
YouTube on Nintendo 3DS: The video-sharing service YouTube is coming to Nintendo 3DS later this month with users able to watch videos while on the go, providing they have internet access. Users will be able to browse content on the bottom screen, while watching a different video on the top screen.
Mario’s latest party has a tropical theme, with seven new game boards and 80 new minigames, including some that use the motion controls of Nintendo 3DS, and the ability for four Nintendo 3DS owners to play all multiplayer game content with only one copy of the game via Download Play. Players can also engage with other players who have the game in StreetPass minigame competitions. The game is releasing on 18th January 2014.
December system update for the Nintendo 3DS portable system will allow users to combine their Nintendo eShop account balance for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Nintendo announced the news during a Nintendo Direct video released earlier today.
After the Nintendo 3DS system update, users can register their Nintendo Network ID for Wii U on their Nintendo 3DS systems and combine Nintendo eShop account balances. This will enable them to purchase Wii U software using the remaining balance on their Nintendo 3DS eShop accounts, and vice versa. Nintendo 3DS owners who do not own a Wii U system can also create their own Nintendo Network ID for the first time.
Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed via the official Super Smash Brothers site that legendary Fire Emblem warrior, Marth, will be appearing for the third time in the next title in the series for Wii U and 3DS. Marth first appeared in Super Smash Bros Melee for the iconic Nintendo GameCube console. Are you excited to see Marth back for round three?
Last week, Nintendo controversially stopped users of its 3DS messaging service, Swapnote (Letter Box in Europe and Australia), to send letters to their friends over Wi-Fi through SpotPass. Naturally, Nintendo fans became outraged over the decision stating that the gaming giant was becoming too soft and over-obsessive about certain ways users write to each other.
Well, now we know exactly why Nintendo did what it had to do for the sake of its younger user base. It has been discovered by Japanese publications that known child predators have been using 3DS consoles to get “dirty” with under-age girls and to send them explicit pictures. It’s sad to hear that predators will do just about anything to get what they want and we hope that those charged will be brought to shame. You can find out all the details below.
- two men have been arrested
- they were alledgedly performing “improper acts” in hotel rooms with a 12 year-old girl
- this happened multiple times
- the men are aged 49 and 36
- this was facilitated through the 3DS
- child pornography charges have also been filed against another man, 44
- he allegedly had an 11 and 12 year old girls send him nude pictures through Swapnote
- other men have been charged with statutory rape and indecency through compulsion
Nintendo has made an official statement today in which it regrettably states that the ever so-popular SpotPass feature in 3DS messaging service, Swapnote (Letter Box in Europe and Australia), has been switched off because of inappropriate use to other console owners. Swapnote and Letter Box originally allowed 3DS owners to send letters to their friends prominently over Wi-Fi and through local StreetPass but the concern over offensive language has prompted Nintendo to stop Wi-Fi message sending altogether.
Thank you for your support.
Nintendo has learned that some consumers, including minors, have been exchanging their friend codes on Internet bulletin boards and then using Swapnote (known as Nintendo 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.
Nintendo always wants to provide a positive experience for all consumers and limit the risk of any inappropriate activity or misuse of a service. We feel it is important on this occasion to take this action.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience to the many consumers who have been using this service responsibly; however this decision was made considering the point that many minors also use this feature of Swapnote. Thank you for your understanding.
Nintendo will continue to work to ensure more consumers are aware of our Parental Control features, which allow parents to manage their children’s experience on our systems. For more information, please click here.
Service stop date: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 7 p.m. PT
Service being stopped: Nintendo 3DS software Swapnote – Sending and receiving notes using SpotPass
Affected regions: All regions where the service was offered
Special Notes services are also stopped
1st November 2013 – Prepare to set foot on the magical soil of Hyrule once more when The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds launches on 23rd November for the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles. As a follow-up to the 1992 Super NES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, get ready to conquer new dungeons, fresh puzzles, and experience new gameplay mechanics which open up the way Link explores Hyrule and the foreign land of Lorule, a corrupted, parallel version of Hyrule.
The story begins in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds with an ominous threat looming over Hyrule. A mysterious, wizardly figure named Yuga has been appearing throughout the land, transforming the kingdom’s seven sages into paintings and spiriting them away into another world. With the future of Hyrule at stake, Link must therefore step into the unknown realm of Lorule and stop Yuga’s nefarious plans in order to restore peace and harmony to his home world.
During a journey of discovery in both Hyrule and Lorule, Link will meet characters familiar to fans of The Legend of Zelda series, such as Princess Zelda and the elder of Kakariko Village, Sahasrahla, as well as new figures central to the storyline such as the travelling merchant Ravio, and the mystical figure of Hilda, the Princess of Lorule. Appearing for the first time in the series, little is known about Ravio, the item vendor who sets up shop in Link’s house and provides our hero with a helpful bracelet… Via Ravio’s shop, players can now choose to buy or rent key items early on in the adventure, allowing greater freedom to explore dungeons in any order over the course of the game. Whether it’s freezing foes in their tracks with the Ice Rod, or floating upwards with the Tornado Rod, many items will be pivotal to progressing through the fiendishly designed dungeons players will encounter.
Thanks to Ravio’s bracelet, Link is able to transform into a drawing and walk along walls, and this ability brings a new dimension to the table when solving puzzles, as by merging with walls, players can see obstacles from different angles and are able to discover new features. But beware – Link can only merge with walls for a limited amount of time, so ensure that once the energy gauge is depleted, he is not in any imminent danger!
For those exploring the detailed worlds of Hyrule and Lorule, a variety of subquests and minigames are on hand to earn rewards in the form of rupees or extra heart containers. Treacherous Tower involves Link fighting his way through numerous floors filled with a variety of enemies via three difficulty levels, while Octoball Derby sees Link step up to bat in a baseball-inspired minigame situated in Lorule where rupees are earned by smashing pots and knocking over enemies littering the field. For those who can’t put down this latest title in The Legend of Zelda series, once a player has completed the main game, a Hero Mode will be unlocked, in which Link takes greater damage from enemies when hit. Intrepid explorers may even find a small hidden extra waiting to be found somewhere in Lorule during a second play through…
Thwart the evil Yuga and restore peace and harmony to Hyrule when The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds releases on 23rd November for the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles. For all Zelda fans wanting to show off their allegiance to the Triforce, don’t forget that The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS XL console also arrives on the same day, including a download code to purchase the game directly from Nintendo eShop, and emblazoned with a double Triforce design across the console’s shell.
Nintendo has stated Wii U is dragging down profits in the latest financial quarterly statement published by the gaming giant. Wii U only managed to sell through 300,000 units for the last three month period while 3DS stands as Nintendo’s greatest profit selling 3.89 handheld systems. Certainly, Animal Crossing: New Leaf played a huge part in driving 3DS sales for the June-September time period.
Nintendo also stated that Wii U has sold a lifetime number of 3.91 consoles worldwide since its launch in November 2012 while 3DS has sold 34.98 handheld units since launch in March 2011. You can learn more at the official Nintendo page here!