Nintendo’s New 2DS XL is the closest you’ll ever get to a ‘3DS XL Lite’

When most of us think about Nintendo hardware, we think about the gimmick. The motion controls of the Wii, the second screen of the Nintendo DS, the stereoscopic visuals of the 3DS and the duality of the Nintendo Switch. These innovations define Nintendo’s brand — but it’s not the only hallmark of Nintendo hardware. The company is as much of …

Nintendo’s 3DS isn’t dead, but it is trapped in the Switch’s shadow

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced a brand-new console, a hybrid portable device that serves as both a portable entertainment machine and a game system for the living room. At a glance, it looked great — but some criticized the Nintendo Switch for having “nothing to play” except the new Legend of Zelda game, of course. Nintendo’s E3 show served as …

Atlus is bringing three great JRPGs to North America for the 3DS

The Switch may have already arrived, but you may want to wait a bit before putting your 3DS in storage. Atlus, which you might know as the studio behind Persona, has just announced that it’s releasing three Japanese RPGs for the handheld in the US and Canada. One of them is the latest entry in the Etrian Odyssey franchise, while …

Nintendo hasn’t forgotten about ‘Pokémon’ on the 3DS

Okay, so, today’s brief Nintendo Direct didn’t reveal the Switch version of Pokemon Sun and Moon, but if you aren’t a fan of traditional fighting games and still prefer the 3DS to the Switch (see: battery life) there was still some silver lining for you from today’s Pokémon Direct. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be released November 17th. …

Federal appeals court upholds Nintendo’s win in 3DS patent battle

Just months after the Nintendo 3DS launched in 2011, it faced patent infringement allegations. Tomita Technologies was accusing Nintendo’s new handheld of using its glasses-free 3D display technology without paying royalties. Like most patent lawsuits, it dragged on for years — first awarding a victory to Tomita before handing the win to Nintendo in appeals. Now, a higher court has …

Nintendo wins a key case against a 3DS modchip seller

Nintendo is no stranger to cracking down on companies that sell tools enabling pirated games on its consoles. However, its latest victory might be more important than most. The company has won a copyright case in Canada that accused Go Cyber Shopping (GCS) and its founder, Jeramie King, of illegally selling 3DS flashcarts, modchips and other piracy-oriented tools. While Nintendo …

You can now transfer your old Pokémon to ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’

In a move sure to please long-time Pokémon fans, players can now transfer old Pocket Monsters to the latest games in the series, Pokémon Sun and Moon. Updating Pokébank (Nintendo’s subscription-based Pokémon cloud-storage service) gamers are now able to easily send their favourite ‘mon from X and Y straight to Sun and Moon. For the uninitiated, this service offers a …

A full ‘Pokemon’ game could come to Nintendo’s Switch

It sounds like a version of Pokemon Sun and Moon could be headed to Nintendo’s upcoming Switch console. It’d be akin to Red and Blue‘s sibling Yellow or Pearl and Diamond‘s Platinum, according to Eurogamer‘s sources. Currently the codename is Stars. Now, for a bit of unpacking. Both Yellow and Pearl were similar to their generational predecessors, but offered new …

Nintendo loses less money, but Switch can’t come fast enough

Nintendo’s latest financial report is more dour reading for console gaming. While the company saw sales of 74.8 billion yen ($718.86 million), up since last quarter, it has to contend with an operating loss of 813 million yen ($7.8 million) over the last three months. Well, at least it’s a smaller loss than the last quarter. It sold 1,770,000 3DSes …

New ‘Shovel Knight’ expansion haunts the chapel next spring

One of the best throwback games in recent memory is definitely Shovel Knight from developer Yacht Club Games. Last September (it’s been that long?), the team dropped the free “Plague of Shadows” expansion for all platforms. This year, we have word of when the next add-on will release. “Specter of Torment” will come out sometime next spring, according to a …