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The Legend Of Zelda-Themed Nintendo 3DS Is Something You Want

I don't usually get too excited over branded console and handheld bundles, but a few eye-catching ones always pop up around the holiday season. A few months ago it was that sweet, sweet Star Wars-themed Xbox 360. Now it's Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda-branded 3DS, pictured above.

An image of the bundle's box -- the package includes both the black-and-gold 3DS and a copy of the Ocarina of Time 3DS remake -- is up at CVG, which reports that a release is planned for Europe this year. There's no mention of a planned release for any other region, so we've reached out to Nintendo for confirmation. What a lovely holiday gift this would make.

Source: CVG


Resident Evil Revelations

The standard that's been set so far puts most Nintendo 3DS games in the $20-40 price range. A few of the launch titles can be found for even less than that now, but nothing's out yet that we've seen climb past $40. Capcom will change all of that when it launches Resident Evil: Revelations on February 7 next year.

GameStop's product listing confirms that the game will hit stores carrying a $50 price tag. Kotaku followed up with Capcom to find out why fans will be asked to pony up the same amount that they'd pay for a typical Wii blockbuster. Whether or not you agree, the publisher's reply actually sounds like a very sensible explanation.

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Uncharted 3


CheapyD at CheapAssGamer.com scours both the online and offline world for the best deals on video games, and to help out your wallets, we're bringing his weekly recap to you!

Best Buy throws in a $50 gift card with the Xbox 360 250 GB Holiday Bundle and a $25 gift card with the Nintendo 3DS.

Kmart provides a $20 gaming coupon with the purchase of Uncharted 3 and will knock $40 off the combined purchase of the Sony Wireless Stereo Headset. Lord of the Rings: War In the North qualifies for a $20 gaming coupon, while Sonic Generations and Goldeneye: Reloaded both earn $15 gaming coupons. SYW Rewards Members can get a $50 gaming coupon with an Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle purchase, and a $25 coupon with a Nintendo 3DS purchase. Dark Souls and Madden NFL 12 are $39.99 each.

Target holds a Buy 2, Get 1 Free Sale on all games, with select titles eligible online. They also throw in a $50 gift card with the Xbox 360 250 GB Holiday Bundle and a $25 gift card with the Nintendo 3DS. All PS3 accessories are 20% off.

Amazon matches the Buy 2, Get 1 Free Sale with select titles eligible.

Visit CAG for more details and the rest of this week's Sunday ad deals.

Best of the Rest

Battlefield 3 (360/PS3) + $20 credit at Amazon
Game Deals of the Week at Amazon
Need for Speed games 50%-60% off at Amazon
MGS HD Collection $39.99 + $5 MGS: Rising Credit at Amazon

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Our First Look At Mario Kart 3DS From E3 2011

Don't forget that Mario Kart 7's December 4 release is only a few weeks away! With big ticket console games hitting their 2011 high point in recent (and coming) days, it's easy to forget that some solid portable titles are also incoming. Nintendo's 3DS Mario Kart game will be a welcome return for fans of the racing series, especially with two newly confirmed racers joining the party: Wiggler and Honey Queen.

Confirmation comes from Nintendo Power (via Official Nintendo Magazine), which notes that both will be appearing as playable racers in a Mario Kart game for the first time. They're not alone, either; the identity of the other newcomers has yet to be confirmed, but it seems that there WILL be other first-time competitors revealed soon.

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Why would video game maker Nintendo be holding a press conference at the LA Auto show in Los Angeles? Why would a video game company reserve the same hall Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Lincoln, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Ram are using at the big car show?

Officially, Nintendo has no comment, saying only that "we’ll have more info coming soon, but nothing more to announce at this time," but that won't stop anyone from speculating. Nintendo has no other presence at the show -- they don't have a booth or anything like that -- leading to the suggestion that the Big N is planning some kind of collaboration with a big car maker.

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The Road to E3 2011: Nintendo Report Card

Last week Nintendo reported it is expecting its first annual loss in its 30 year history. In the last six months, the company has lost nearly $1 billion dollars. According to EEDAR's Jesse Divnich, we shouldn't panic for Nintendo yet.

"I am not too concerned for Nintendo. Nintendo has consistently delivered high-quality products and I think we owe them the benefit of the doubt that they can once again retain the crown in profitability and hardware sales," said Divnich. He also noted Nintendo has hit tough times before,  "They’ve stumbled before with the Virtual Boy and the Gamecube, and have easily bounced back with their next release."

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 Resident Evil: Revelation

If you've purchased a Nintendo 3DS system since it launched, you're probably pretty psyched for Resident Evil: Revelations. After all, nothing shows off the power and flexibility of a system quite like the Resident Evil series, right? G4's Russ Frushtick got his hands on the title at Capcom's recent Captivate event, and brings back a report that reads, in part:

Resident Evil: Revelations features a hefty single-player story, detailing an outbreak on a massive cruise ship. In additions, Revelations will ship with something called Raid Mode. For all intents and purposes, it's co-op. But it exists separate from the main game, unlike Resident Evil 5's co-op.

In Raid Mode, two players can play together over local wireless or over WiFi and take on missions from the campaign together. Pretty standard stuff, but Capcom has layered in depth. For one thing, Raid Mode has its own form of currency. Killing monsters and completing maps will earn you cash to buy ammo (which carries over from mission to mission), guns, upgrades, and even new characters.

Check out the entire Resident Evil: Revelations preview.


Capcom's Captivate Event Roundup: Street Fighter X Tekken, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Asura's Wrath, Dragon's Dogma, And More

Ordinarily, it wouldn't be a news story that a video game allows players to wipe their save data and start again from the beginning, any more than we'd write a story about a game that features cut-scenes and dual-stick controls. But when the game is Resident Evil: Revelations, it's a story.

Remember, the last Resident Evil game, "Mercenaries," didn't allow players to reset save games without it being a huge issue, leading many to suggest that Capcom's motivation was to discourage used game sales of the title. Others countered that they didn't allow multiple saves in Mercs because it's not a story-based game -- it's a set of missions where you are encouraged to beat your own times, where Revelations is plot-based.

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Super Mario 3DS Screenshots have arrived. They're 2D, but they manage to look good anyway.

New Yorkers: Are you ready for a visit from a real life Mario? Personally, the idea of Mario's brightly colored but always deadly universe invading real life is terrifying, but It's happening, in Times Square. To celebrate the launch of the Super Mario 3D Land game for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo is giving fans in New York City a gift.  Anyone who visits Times Square on Nov. 12 will be invited to play inside Mario’s 3D world with life size warp pipes, trampoline coin jumps and a flag pole finale. You'll also have a special opportunity to play Super Mario 3D Land in advance of its Nov. 13 release date.

"I must go to this event!" you're probably saying to yourself, "What can I expect when I arrive?"  Click the "Read More" tag for a full list of activities.

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Nintendo DS Now All-Time Best-Selling System In U.S.; 7 Million Wiis Sold In 2010

Remember back a few years ago, when the Wii was the hit toy of the year and the joke about the Nintendo DS was that it prints money? Not so much any more. Nintendo continues to post huge losses. Nintendo posted a net loss of some 70.3 billion yen ($926 million) for the six months to September 30 2011. That's nearly a billion dollars in loss. I'm no math wizard, Nintendo revised its full-year net income down from a 20 billion yen profit to a 20 billion yen loss.

Although softer sales on its systems and software are certainly a factor in Nintendo's sagging profits, the main reason for the loss is thought to be the rising value of the yen itself, which damages profits that come from overseas.

Click the "Read More" tag for details on Nintendo's shaky financial outlook.

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Handheld Atari 2600 Homebrew: Amazing!

The landscape in video games is always shifting. Generally these shifts are predictable and welcome. However, when we look at handheld video games, the emerging environment is one in which a classic tenant of games is dragging its feet to the guillotine.

Handheld games have never held the main market share in the video game industry, but they have always been too significant to ignore. It’s for this very reason that Sony decided to hop into the handheld game years after they could have or should have. There was a gap to fill that Nintendo—banging their head against Game Freak’s door asking for more Pokémon—wasn’t fulfilling. But now it looks as if Sony will soon be the lone wolf in the handheld sphere, going head to head with the juggernaut that is the iPhone 4S.

Can the Vita hold its own against something that already resides in so many pockets? Is there a possibility that another company could get into the game? We take a look-see at these and other questions while we analyze the future of handheld games.

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Battlefield 3

CheapyD at CheapAssGamer.com scours both the online and offline world for the best deals on video games, and to help out your wallets, we're bringing his weekly recap to you!

Best Buy knocks $10 off the Battlefield 3 Strategy Guide and Collector's Edition Guide. Buy Battlefield 3, get 40% extra trade-in credit (GC Unlocked members get 50%). The Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Console includes a $50 gift card. The Playstation Move Controller is $24.99.

Kmart provides a $20 gaming coupon with the purchase of Battlefield 3 + get the Turtle Beach X-12 headphones for $39.99 or Sony 7.1 Surround PS3 headphones for $69.99. Pokemon Rumble Blast includes a $10 gaming coupon, while Dance Central 2, Kinect Sports 2, Kirby's Return to Dreamland and Disney Universe each include $15 coupons. Additionally, buy both Dance Central and Dance Central 2 and/or Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports 2, get $25 off. NHL 12 is $39.99 and Kinect is $119.99.

Target offers a $25 gift card with the purchase of a Nintendo 3DS and a $10 gift card with the purchase of Battlefield 3 and a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper.

Toys R Us throws in a $10 gift card + 2 1/2' Wall Graphic with the purchase of Battlefield 3. Buy any video game priced at $19.99 get a free Skylander's figure (12 figures to choose from).

Amazon matches Battlefield 3+ $20 credit, Kinect for $119.99, Dance Central 2 & Kinect Sports 2 with $10 credits.

Visit CAG for more details and the rest of this week's Sunday ad deals.

Best of the Rest

Game Deals of the Week at Amazon
Halloween Sale at Amazon
Assassin's Creed Revelations $34.99 and other download deals at Amazon

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Mario Kart 7 Makes Way For Nintendo 3DS Racing Wheel From Hori

Here's one that you probably didn't see coming. Nintendo will be releasing Mario Kart 7, the latest portable entry in its long-running kart-racing franchise, for the 3DS handheld on December 4 in North America. Hori, maker of awesome coin-op-style fighting game joysticks, took notice of this fact and got to work on a mount for your device that essentially turns the whole thing into a big steering wheel.

The wheel of course takes advantage of the built-in accelerometer that the 3DS is equipped with. That means its meant for a motion-based control scheme, which in turn means that you probably won't be using 3D for the game if you plan to use the wheel. It does offer larger L and R buttons as well though, which the giant meathook-wielding people of the world will probably appreciate.

Source: Andriasang (hmm... link seems to be down now; try CVG)





As part of Epictober, X-Play's Morgan Webb sat down with EA's Spiro Khoeuri to talk about Need for Speed: The Run. Morgan asks the tough questions, taking a long look at the game's Autolog and Challenge Series features.  The video below is crammed full of exclusive, epic video of Need for Speed: The Run in action. 

Enjoy!

Need For Speed: The Run "Challenge Series" Exclusive Preview »


Need for Speed: The Run will be released on November 15th.

 

 

Nintendo 3DS owners who enjoy obsessing over complex, ridiculously detailed role-playing games are no doubt waiting with bated breath for Capcom's Monster Hunter 3G, the first entry in the series for the recently released handheld. New video footage from the game premiered today at Nintendo's online 3DS press conference, which you can check out above.

You'll need to be able to understand spoken Japanese if you hope to catch everything that's happening here, but the video helpfully includes simple diagrams that show off how the game controls. One element that stands out: those who don't opt for a 3DS Slide Pad will be able to use either the device's D-pad or a customizable touchscreen D-pad to control the camera.

Also, hey... there's gameplay. It looks pretty damn good, especially when we zero in for a closeup of the top screen.

Source: YouTube

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