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In a strange turn of events, it would seem that Gateway’s 3DS flash cards are bricking systems when users attempt to modify a particular file on the device. Basically, the piracy-enabling technology is attempting to prevent itself from being pirated. Yep, strange.

There have been plenty of reports about the situation over on the GBATemp forums, which have picked up due to the recent region-lock workaround discovery. 3DS owners who have modified a file within Gateway’s device appear to activate a “kill switch”, corrupting the 3DS’ NAND flash memory and leaving them with a dead handhanld.

Here’s what Gateway is saying about the situation:

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Nintendo is facing some tough times at the moment. Wii U isn’t selling like the company had hoped, forecasts have been slashed, and its shares are falling.

In light of these circumstances, analysts and others will continue to say that Nintendo should put its IPs on smart devices. Nintendo, though, is sticking to its guns.

During a news conference last Friday, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata reaffirmed the hardware manufacturer’s commitment to consoles, and indicated that we won’t be seeing Mario on smartphones anytime soon.

“The spread of smart devices does not spell the end of game consoles. It’s not that simple. It doesn’t mean that we should put Mario on smartphones.”

Iwata added that Nintendo must determine how to best use smartphones so that consumers become aware of its games.

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This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Download

Unepic – €9.99 / £8.99

Wii U Virtual Console

Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels – €4.99 / £4.49

3DS Download

Bella Sara 2 – The Magic of Drasilmare – €34.99 / £29.99

3DS Virtual Console

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom – €3.99 / £3.59

Special Offers

Rage of the Gladiator – €3.49 / £3.19 until Feb. 6 (was €6.99 / £6.29)
Fractured Soul – €3.99 / £3.59 until Feb. 6 (was €7.99 / £7.19)
3D Game Collection – €5.99 / £5.99 until Feb. 9 (was €13.99 / £11.99)
Funfair Party Games – €6.99 / £6.99 until Feb. 9 (was €19.99 / £17.99)
Gardenscapes – €5.99 / £5.99 until Feb. 9 (was €14.99 / £14.99)
Murder on the Titanic – €5.99 / £4.99 until Feb. 9 (was €14.99 / £14.99)
Secret Agent Files: Miami – €6.99 / £5.79 until Feb. 9 (was €7.99 / £6.99)
Jewel Match 3 – €5.99 / £4.99 until Feb. 9 (was €6.99 / £5.99)
3D MahJongg – €3.99 / £3.29 until Feb. 9 (was €4.99 / £4.49)
Boulder Dash-XL 3D – €2.99 / £2.49 until Jan. 30 (was €8.99 / £7.49)
Alien Chaos 3D – €1.99 / £1.59 until Jan. 30 (was €5.99 / £4.99)
AiRace Speed – €2.99 / £2.69 until Feb. 13 (was €4.99 / £4.49)

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This week’s UK software sales are as follows:

Individual formats

LWTWTitleFormatLabelPublisher
11FIFA 14PS4EA SPORTSELECTRONIC ARTS
42KILLZONE: SHADOW FALLPS4SONY COMPUTER ENT.SONY COMPUTER ENT.
73MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITIONXB360MICROSOFTMICROSOFT
64FIFA 14XB360EA SPORTSELECTRONIC ARTS
55CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTSPS4ACTIVISIONACTIVISION BLIZZARD
106FIFA 14XB ONEEA SPORTSELECTRONIC ARTS
87BATTLEFIELD 4PS4EA GAMESELECTRONIC ARTS
128FIFA 14PS3EA SPORTSELECTRONIC ARTS
29CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTSXB360ACTIVISIONACTIVISION BLIZZARD
910ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAGXB360UBISOFTUBISOFT
1411ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAGPS4UBISOFTUBISOFT
1312BATTLEFIELD 4XB ONEEA GAMESELECTRONIC ARTS
313GRAND THEFT AUTO VXB360ROCKSTARTAKE 2
1514FORZA MOTORSPORT 5XB ONEMICROSOFTMICROSOFT
1915FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014PCSEGASEGA
1716BATTLEFIELD 4XB360EA GAMESELECTRONIC ARTS
2417LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROESXB360WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVEWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
2018CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTSXB ONEACTIVISIONACTIVISION BLIZZARD
2319LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROESPS4WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVEWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
2620ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINESXB360SEGASEGA
2521DEAD RISING 3XB ONEMICROSOFTMICROSOFT
1822ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAGPS3UBISOFTUBISOFT
1123GRAND THEFT AUTO VPS3ROCKSTARTAKE 2
24MARIO PARTY: ISLAND TOUR3DSNINTENDONINTENDO
2225NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALSPS4EA GAMESELECTRONIC ARTS
2126JUST DANCE 2014WIIUBISOFTUBISOFT
3127BATTLEFIELD 4PS3EA GAMESELECTRONIC ARTS
3028KNACKPS4SONY COMPUTER ENT.SONY COMPUTER ENT.
2729NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALSXB360EA GAMESELECTRONIC ARTS
1630CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTSPS3ACTIVISIONACTIVISION BLIZZARD
2931RYSE: SON OF ROMEXB ONEMICROSOFTMICROSOFT
3332ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAGXB ONEUBISOFTUBISOFT
3233GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENTXB360MICROSOFTMICROSOFT
3634ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINESPS3SEGASEGA
2835GRAN TURISMO 6PS3SONY COMPUTER ENT.SONY COMPUTER ENT.
3436WWE 2K14XB3602K SPORTSTAKE 2
3837POKEMON X3DSNINTENDONINTENDO
4038SAINTS ROW IVXB360DEEP SILVERKOCH MEDIA
3939POKEMON Y3DSNINTENDONINTENDO
40LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROESPS3WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVEWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE

 

All formats

LWTWTitleDeveloperLabelPublisher
11FIFA 14EA CANADAEA SPORTSELECTRONIC ARTS
22CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTSINFINITY WARDACTIVISIONACTIVISION BLIZZARD
33BATTLEFIELD 4DIGITAL ILLUSIONSEA GAMESELECTRONIC ARTS
44ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAGUBISOFT (MONTREAL)UBISOFTUBISOFT
65LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROESTRAVELLER’S TALESWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVEWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
86KILLZONE: SHADOW FALLGUERRILLA GAMESSONY COMPUTER ENT.SONY COMPUTER ENT.
77NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALSGHOST GAMESEA GAMESELECTRONIC ARTS
98MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION4J STUDIOSMICROSOFTMICROSOFT
59GRAND THEFT AUTO VROCKSTAR NORTHROCKSTARTAKE 2
1010ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINESGEARBOX SOFTWARESEGASEGA
1111JUST DANCE 2014UBISOFT (FRANCE)UBISOFTUBISOFT
1212FORZA MOTORSPORT 5TURN 10 STUDIOSMICROSOFTMICROSOFT
1413FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014SPORTS INTERACTIVESEGASEGA
1514WWE 2K14YUKE’S2K SPORTSTAKE 2
1315BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINSWB GAMES MONTREALWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVEWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
1916NBA 2K14VISUAL CONCEPTS2K SPORTSTAKE 2
1817DEAD RISING 3CAPCOM VANCOUVERMICROSOFTMICROSOFT
18MARIO PARTY: ISLAND TOURND CUBENINTENDONINTENDO
2619LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROESTRAVELLER’S TALESWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVEWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
1620DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDETECHLANDDEEP SILVERKOCH MEDIA
2721KNACKSONY COMPUTER ENT.SONY COMPUTER ENT.SONY COMPUTER ENT.
2322LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGSTRAVELLER’S TALESWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVEWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
2223DISNEY INFINITYAVALANCHE SOFTWAREDISNEY INFINITYDISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS
2124MAX PAYNE 3ROCKSTAR VANCOUVERROCKSTARTAKE 2
2425SAINTS ROW IVDEEP SILVER VOLITIONDEEP SILVERKOCH MEDIA
1726TOMB RAIDERCRYSTAL DYNAMICSSQUARE ENIXSQUARE ENIX EUROPE
2527RYSE: SON OF ROMECRYTEKMICROSOFTMICROSOFT
2828SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCEBEENOXSKYLANDERSACTIVISION BLIZZARD
2929GRID 2CODEMASTERSCODEMASTERSCODEMASTERS
3030GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENTEPIC GAMES/PEOPLE CAN FLYMICROSOFTMICROSOFT
2031GRAN TURISMO 6POLYPHONY DIGITALSONY COMPUTER ENT.SONY COMPUTER ENT.
3332SONIC & ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMEDSUMO DIGITALSEGASEGA
3133POKEMON XGAME FREAKNINTENDONINTENDO
3234POKEMON YGAME FREAKNINTENDONINTENDO
35INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US ULTIMATE ED.HIGH VOLTAGEWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVEWARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
3836THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – LEGENDARYBETHESDABETHESDA SOFTWORKSBETHESDA SOFTWORKS
37SUPER MARIO 3D WORLDNINTENDONINTENDONINTENDO
3638THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK BETWEEN WORLDSNINTENDONINTENDONINTENDO
39MADDEN NFL 25EA TIBURONEA SPORTSELECTRONIC ARTS
3540ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAFNINTENDONINTENDONINTENDO

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Marvelous AQL has pulled the plug on its Rune Factory 4 launch plans for Europe, the company announced today.

The publisher said in an official statement that it “has made every effort to secure the title’s release for this territory,” but was ultimately not able to do so.

Marvelous AQL thanked fans for their support/enthusiasm, and noted that more announcements about new titles will be made “over the coming months.”

The statement in full reads:

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has a few references to Majora’s Mask. One of these, as many fans are aware, is the inclusion of the mask in Link’s house.

Game director Hiromasa Shikata told Game Informer this month that the reference “was a special request from Aonuma’s production team.” He also teased, “Now why would they ask us to do that?”

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Along with today’s screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following message on Miiverse:

Where am I……??
To be clear, the new Super Smash Bros. games do not feature a story mode like The Subspace Emissary.

For The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Nintendo managed to implement silky smooth 60 frames per second. This begs the question: could future Zelda titles incorporate the same rate as well?

Well… no. Zelda: A Link Between Worlds director Hiromasa Shikata says 60 FPS isn’t necessarily a standard for additional entries in the series. In the case of the 3DS game, the team wanted to ensure a “smooth” look for the 3D visuals, “allow the players to clearly see enemy movements, and keep everything moving crisply as with previous games.” Having said that, “This doesn’t mean that all future Zelda titles will run at 60 frames per second.”

Shikata told Game Informer:

It’s really the concept of the game that changes whether you want to keep the volume of information in the game low and running at 60 frames per second. We kept it at 60 to make the 3D look smooth, allow the players to clearly see enemy movements, and keep everything moving crisply as with previous games. This doesn’t mean that all future Zelda titles will run at 60 frames per second.

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This week’s expanded Japanese software sales are as follows:

01./00. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe (Nintendo) {2014.01.11} (¥4.800) – 214.208 / NEW <92,02%>
02./01. [3DS] PazuDora Z: Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment) {2013.12.12} (¥4.400) – 52.880 / 1.216.421 (-67%)
03./02. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y #
(Pokemon Co.) {2013.10.12} (¥4.800) – 34.179 / 3.870.125 (-69%)
04./03. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds # (Nintendo) {2013.12.26} (¥4.800) – 26.286 / 323.502 (-64%)
05./04. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 # (Capcom) {2013.09.14} (¥5.990) – 19.497 / 3.179.551 (-61%)
06./06. [PS3] Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Square Enix) {2013.12.26} (¥7.140) – 16.286 / 241.733 (-59%)
07./19. [3DS] Youkai Watch
(Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) – 14.195 / 308.946 (-23%)
08./09. [3DS] Battle For Money Sentouchuu: Densetsu no Shinobi no Survival Battle! (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.10.17} (¥4.980) – 13.665 / 224.869 (-56%)
09./05. [WIU] Super Mario 3D World
(Nintendo) {2013.11.21} (¥5.985) – 13.079 / 452.521 (-72%)
10./07. [PSV] Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster: Twin Pack # (Square Enix) {2013.12.26} (¥7.140) – 12.237 / 194.407 (-63%)
11./08. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800) – 10.929 / 3.641.321 (-66%)
12./30. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind (Spike Chunsoft) {2013.12.05} (¥6.090) – 9.310 / 202.029
13./22. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V
(Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2013.10.10} (¥7.770) – 9.299 / 674.835
14./10. [PS3] New Dynasty Warriors: Gundam
(Bandai Namco Games) {2013.12.19} (¥7.980) – 9.266 / 201.529 (-68%)
15./13. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang / Supernova (Level 5) {2013.12.05} (¥5.500) – 7.369 / 216.964 (-69%)
16./11. [3DS] Friend Collection: New Life # (Nintendo) {2013.04.18} (¥4.800) – 7.323 / 1.645.697 (-72%)
17./12. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.800) – 7.276 / 2.258.319 (-70%)
18./21. [PSV] New Dynasty Warriors: Gundam (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.12.19} (¥6.980) – 6.948 / 97.882 (-58%)
19./25. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2014 (Konami) {2013.11.14} (¥7.980) – 6.948 / 291.010
20./24. [PS3] Gran Turismo 6 # (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2013.12.05} (¥6.980) – 6.099 / 297.352

A few more comments from Satoru Iwata’s news conference held in Japan earlier today have come in.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the Nintendo president said:

“The way people use their time, their lifestyles, who they are have changed. If we stay in one place, we will become outdated.”

Iwata also acknowledged that Nintendo misread the markets and hadn’t issued “the appropriate instructions.” He understands that the company must change and “propose something that surprises our customers.”

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