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Nintendo currently has two big products on the market: Switch and 3DS. Things were made more complicated last night when the 2DS XL was announced, which is another product for consumers to consider.

That being said, Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime stressed to The Wall Street Journal that the “experience is a bit different.” Ultimately, “the decision to buy one Nintendo device over another likely will come down to price.”

As Reggie explained:

“The gaming experience is a bit different. The Switch is more powerful than the 2DS and 3DS machines, and has other hardware differences. A key one: a DS is smaller than the Switch tablet, making it easier to fit into a pocket or backpack. For many consumers, the decision to buy one Nintendo device over another likely will come down to price. At $299, a Switch costs about double a new 2DS XL. Having multiple Switches is expensive.”


Nintendo has once again reaffirmed its commitment to 3DS. If last night’s reveal of the New 2DS XL wasn’t enough, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime promises that more game announcements are in the pipeline – including some for E3.

Reggie told IGN:

“We will certainly be announcing new titles for the 3DS platform, and we’ll do that continuously. Some things that will be announced at E3. There will be some that we announce after E3. For us, E3 is an important event but it’s not the one defining moment. Obviously with Nintendo Direct, we’ve created means to speak directly to our consumer base. We want to provide news and information when we believe it’s most relevant.”

The NES Classic Edition was tough to find ever since it launched towards the end of last year. Nintendo didn’t help the situation by announcing its discontinuation. In light of that, The Verge asked Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime about how Nintendo determines how many units of a product to make.

He said:

“We create a plan, we build our programs against that plan. But based on what we see in the marketplace we make adjustments, and we go from there.”

Regarding Switch, Reggie confirmed that Nintendo did indeed increase production following the early response.

The last official sales figure for the NES Classic Edition was 1.5 million worldwide at the start of February. In an interview with TIME, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that this number has increased to 2.3 million.

Reggie also spoke about the response to the NES Classic Edition and how production was initially increased following demand:

“We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday. We just didn’t anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand.”

Earlier today, the special Fire Emblem Heroes livestream called FEH Channel aired on Youtube, and it contained a wealth of new information. A post on the Fire Emblem Heroes subreddit has provided an excellent summary for everything that was revealed.

Some time was devoted to the Hero Fest event, which is now live. What’s coming next to the game is a lot more interesting however. The next Grand Hero Battle will feature the Nohrian prince Xander. Xander will come with his unique weapon Siegfried (16 Mt, allows him to counterattack at any range) as well as the skills Blazing Light, Armored Blow and Spur Defense.

Head past the break for more info on upcoming content, such as the next Voting Gauntlet and new game mechanics.

ARMS: New fighter Helix revealed

Posted on 2 months ago by (@OnePunchMaz) in News, Switch, Videos | 33 Comments | 0 Likes

Nintendo has steadily been revealing some new information about ARMS recently, mostly through the game’s official Japanese Twitter account. It’s been interesting stuff like alternate costumes, but nothing too major. Today, however, they revealed an entirely new fighter – Helix. Turns out that the “Lab” stage that has been showcased a lot lately is his “home” stage as Helix seems to be a creation of this lab. His design is inspired by DNA strands (and he is literally called “DNA Man” in the Japanese version). Check out his reveal trailer:

Incidentally, Helix is one of the four characters that were accidentally revealed during the latest Nintendo Direct.

Nintendo reveals New 2DS XL, out in July

Posted on 2 months ago by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News | 74 Comments | 0 Likes

Nintendo has just announced the New 2DS XL. The system is set to debut in North America on July 28, with pricing set at $149.99.

Here’s a promo:

Nintendo says that the New 2DS XL “offers pricing and features that fit between the Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL systems.” Like the 2DS, it won’t have stereoscopic 3D. However, Nintendo is carrying over the New 3DS XL’s large screen and power.

Head past the break for the full announcement.

This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Switch Retail

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – €59.99 / £49.99 (available Friday)
Puyo Puyo Tetris – €39.99 / £34.99 (available Friday)

Switch Download

ACA NeoGeo Over Top – €6.99 / £6.29
Kamiko – €4.99 / £4.49

This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Switch Retail

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – $59.99 (available Friday)
Puyo Puyo Tetris – $29.99

Switch Download

ACA NeoGeo Over Top – $7.99
Kamiko – $4.99
TumbleSeed – $14.99 (available Tuesday)

Super Mario Run has been downloaded almost 150 million times, Nintendo has confirmed. That number applies to downloads across iOS and Android.

Super Mario Run accumulated 78 million downloads by the end of January. The game launched on Android last month, so that likely gave it a shot in the arm. 


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