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11/06/2011
Codemasters, Epic Games hacked, Nintendo warns of phising. The dust around E3 has settled and what appears to be emerging now is that several video-game entities have joined the growing number of companies who have had their websites breached by hackers.

Codemasters recently admitted that their servers were hacked by an unknown group who have quite possibly taken off with user details such as email addresses and passwords, although the latter were encrypted. Epic Games had their community forums hacked and personal information was lifted. This information includes encrypted passwords which Epic fears may be compromised in the near future. A similar attack was made against a Square Enix-run website promoting Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Meanwhile, Nintendo of Europe have issued a warning to visitors of it's websites stating a "phishing possibility." No details have emerged yet, however it appears to be a cautionary message. Microsoft issued a similar warning around the time of the Playstation Network attack, warning users of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 that there was a potential threat of phishing in the game. Phishing is the means in which attackers try to claim accounts based on tricking account owners into revealing information such as usernames, email addresses and passwords under false pretences.
08/06/2011
Professor Layton 4 going state-side. Fearing that Professor Layton's fourth instalment on the Nintendo DS was going to be missed in favour of the more immediate release of the Prof's 3DS outing? Well, good news. Nintendo have announced the game for release in America later this year, hopefully Nintendo Europe will announce a very similar, perhaps differently named version of the title for release later this year or early next year.

Entitled "Professor Layton and the Last Specter", a slight alteration of the Japanese title; "Professor Layton and the Spectre's Flute" the game is a prequel to the original Professor Layton trilogy which explores how Luke and Layton met. The Japanese version of the game includes an RPG element called "London Life" which is said to run over 100 hours in game time, it has yet to be confirmed if the feature will make an appearance in the localised versions of the game.
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E3 Media: The Rolling Western (3DS) Nintendo quietly announced some titles at E3 which weren't part of it's big-hitting E3 stage-show. One of which is "The Rolling Western" a downloadable Nintendo 3DS title. The game involves an armadillo rolling around trying to protect a town from rampaging rock-people. Part action game, part strategy game... Looks interesting to say the least.
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E3 Media: Mario Kart (3DS) It wouldn't be a Nintendo console without Mario Kart and it seems that the Nintendo 3DS is no different. The new Mario Kart title sees some gliding/flight action as well as some under-water action, not to mention a huge customisation feature in the game, a first for the series.
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E3 Media: The Legend of Zelda (Wii U). Although there was no announcement of the game itself, Nintendo was more than happy to show off this prospective new The Legend of Zelda title off in video form and have it sit pretty with the promotional Wii U hardware shots.

Let's not get too excited about the prospects of the game either looking like this, or coming any time soon. Nintendo notoriously released realistic-looking Zelda clips in the past as technology demos for it's consoles with no intention of making an actual title from them. Still, looks cool, let's hope we hear more about it in the future.
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E3 Media: Nintendo Wii U. Nintendo's next generation, high definition games console; the Nintendo Wii U looks to utilise a 6.2-Inch touch-screen, tablet-like controller which can play touch-orientated games, play full HD games and be a "supplement" screen, like the Nintendo DS' two-screen setup. Not only this, but it's fully compatible with all Nintendo Wii controllers and peripherals. Oh and they're teasing a Zelda game in one of the screens, can you find it?
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E3 Media: Super Mario 3DS. Nintendo's timeless mascot is making his first apperance on the Nintendo 3DS in the currently entitled; "Super Mario". It looks like a Super Mario 64-like, Super Mario Galaxy-ish title, but one thing you can be sure of; it'll be awesome.
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07/06/2011
Nintendo announces the Nintendo Wii U. The successor to the insanely popular Nintendo Wii has been announced at E3. The "Nintendo Wii U" is a fundamental shake-up of the way in which we see consoles today. Part-portable system, part home console, the Nintendo Wii U is a high definition system which utilises not only television sets, but a 6.2 inch touch screen controller

The Nintendo Wii U was teased to have a new Legend of Zelda title, however no details were elaborated on. Games confirmed for the Wii U, which starts shipping in 2012 are; Darksiders II (launch title) Batman Arkham City, Ghost Recon Online, Tekken, Metro: Last Light, Aliens Vs. Predator, Tekken and Dirt. No pricing was issued for the Wii U system or controllers just yet, only a vague "2012" release date was attached to the device, however there are prototype units and tech-demo games available for the press to consume on the E3 show floor this year.
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02/06/2011
Some Nintendo DSiWare cannot be transferred to 3DS systems. With the launch of the Nintendo 3DS' eShop coming in the next week, Nintendo has detailed the process in which users can transfer across Nintendo DSiWare software which they have previously purchased on a Nintendo DSi system. The transfer is one-way to the 3DS, once transferred it cannot be carried back to a Nintendo DSi system.

However, a more concerning issue that appears to have developed. A total of 21 games, 16 or more of which have no counterpart on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, cannot be moved to any Nintendo 3DS system. On the list there are several Nintendo titles; Flipnote Studios and the entire "Pocket Rurufu" series of games are included. The list currently only covers titles released on the Japanese DSi Shop and no reason has been given as to why the titles are non-transferable. @nintendo.co.jp
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Nintendo details Japanese 3DS eShop launch. From the 7th of June, the day of Nintendo's E3 conference, the Nintendo 3DS' online store; the Nintendo eShop will be activated through an update downloadable through the Nintendo 3DS system. With the long-awaited firmware upgrade will come downloadable 3DSWare software (currently named "Nintendo 3DS Downloadable Software"), DSiWare software and various other content such as trailers.

The Japanese launch will bring with an initial set of four downloadable Virtual Console titles from the Nintendo Gameboy. For a limited period, a 3DSWare version of the Nintendo Entertainment System classic; Excitebike will be free to download. Users will also be able to transfer games from their DSi to their 3DS with the upcoming update. @nintendo.co.jp
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13/05/2011
Nintendo 3DS eShop launching June 6/7th. The service will go live in the US on the evening of June 6th 2011 and Japan on June 7th 2011 to coincide with the start of the Electronics Entertainment Expo 2011 (E3 2011).

The service will start in Japan by offering original 3DS software, emulated handheld games via a Wii-like Virtual Console and DSiWare titles including the ability to migrate DSiWare purchases from Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL consoles. Still unconfirmed is if the eShop will bring with it the Nintendo 3DS' internet browser, a feature glaringly missing from launch 3DS units.

Nintendo had previously said it wanted to release the Nintendo 3DS eShop, which ditches Nintendo's Micro-transaction "Nintendo Points" system in favour of simply showing normal prices, by the end of May. @nintendo.co.jp
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25/04/2011
Nintendo announces announcement of new home console. Rather unexpectedly, Nintendo has announced that they will be launching a new home console system, which they call the "Wii's successor system" for the time being. The system will be launched in 2012, however Nintendo have declined to include the sales of these figures in their forecast for this year's financials (March 2011 - March 2012) presumably pointing toward a late 2012 release.

Rumours have been rampant about the new console, many point the system's codename to be "Café" or "Project Café", however the short statement released by Nintendo didn't confirm this, nor did it confirm other rumours of the Wii Successor's supposed touch-screen fitted controller. E3 will most likely be the space to watch for such announcements. (PDF) @nintendo.co.jp
01/04/2011
Nintendo 3DS shifts 303k units in 2 days. The announcement comes a week after the launch of the system last Friday which saw 113,000, over one third of European-sold units fall into the hands of UK residents alone. Nintendo says that the 3DS launch was better than the launch of the Nintendo Wii, however European Nintendo Wii sales hit 325,000 (@asia.cnet.com) units after just two days in 2006. Only 50k of those 325k units were purchased by Britons, due mostly to stock shortages which the Nintendo 3DS did not suffer from.

It's suspected that the price-war retailers conducted in the lead-up to the system's release was part of the amazing UK response of the system, with Tesco having the lowest price of £175 when purchased with any Nintendo 3DS software. Online retailer Amazon and UK supermarkets ASDA and Morrisons were willing to part with the system for £187. Some stores have already raised the price of the Nintendo 3DS, some up to near the Recommended Retail Price of £229.99. @nintendo.co.uk
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27/02/2011
Nintendo releases the 3DS in Japan, promptly sells out. On Saturday, Nintendo released the successor to the Nintendo DS; the Nintendo 3DS. Sources claim that a mere 400,000 units were shipped and ready for retailers to off-load at launch, leaving those without pre-orders having to queue over night outside large electronics retailers which most opened at 8:30 AM.

Nintendo wont disclose how many Nintendo 3DS units retailers in Europe and America may expect to receive, however it's been reported that Japanese retailers have already had a second batch of Nintendo 3DS consoles delivered, said batch has already sold out with more coming within the week. The Nintendo 3DS will launch in Europe on the 25th March 2011. @andriasang.com
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20/01/2011
Nintendo 3DS Release Detailed Nintendo has announced it's plans regarding the release of it's next big portable gaming hardware; the Nintendo 3DS.

The Console will launch on March 25th with price decided by retailers, however it appears the consensus for retail price is around £229.99, with some online retailers selling as low as £217.99. (You can keep up to date with the lowest 3DS prices here.)

No definite European launch titles have been announced at this point in time. However, the 3DS will receive streaming 3D content from Sky TV as well as the system having DSi-like features including social media integration. The 3DS will also have some limited multi-tasking as well as a 3DS store free of micro-transactions, with Nintendo looking to rid itself of it's Nintendo Points system.
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