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Nintendo DS/3DS News and Opinions

A summary of recent Nintendo DS/3DS news, coupled with thoughts and opinions.

Lucina is in Smash Bros Instead of Chrom - and it's the Right Choice
There are a few good reasons why Lucina from Fire Emblem: Awakening made it into Super Smash Bros instead of Chrom.

Mighty No. 9: July Footage Update
Development on Mighty No. 9 is proceeding as planned, plus game creator Keiji Inafune starts a new fundraiser for bonus content.

Two Awesome 'Pokemon' Cars (That You Can't Have)
Fennekin and Pikachu showed up to the Tokyo Toy Show in car form. They're not coming soon to a dealer ner you, alas.

Lucina and Robin Join Smash Bros - But What's the Deal with Rayman's Cameo?
More Fire Emblem representation makes its way into Super Smash Bros via Lucina, Chrom, and Robin. All good, but what does Rayman's appearance as a trophy mean for Nintendo and Ubisoft?

Super Smash Bros 3DS Tournament Happening at Comic-Con 2014 (Join In!)
The San Diego Comic-Con is hosting a Super Smash Bros Nintendo 3DS tournament. Do you have what it takes to fight the world?

How to Get Your Fancy Pattern Vivillon in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y
The Fancy Pattern Vivillon is being distributed via Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Here's how to get yours.

The Greatest and Most Important 'Shovel Knight' Cheat of All Time
Numerous codes have been dug up for Shovel Knight, but one in particular stands out like a dragon's posterior.

Save $10 on Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright
Best Buy and Amazon are both temporarily offering $10 off pre-orders of Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright.

Latest Mighty No 9 Update Shows Off New Stage Footage
What's new for Keiji Inafune's Mighty No 9 in June 2014?

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata: His Poor Health and Deserved Appreciation
President Satoru Iwata is currently recovering from surgery, making this a good time to consider what he's done for Nintendo.

Reddit User Provides Rare Glimpse of a Video Game Graveyard
Unsold Nintendo DS and 3DS games get a second life - sort of.

Nintendo at E3 2014: Predictions vs Reality
I predicted seven things Nintendo needed to do for a successful E3 2014. How did things go?

Here's Where and When You Can Watch Nintendo's E3 2014 Online Events
Ready for Nintendo at E3 2014? Here are some links to the company's various media feeds.

7 Things Nintendo Needs to Do at E3 2014
It's almost E3, and Nintendo needs to sweep the show. Here are seven things it can do to put itself in the spotlight.

Nintendo Explains Why Kirby Looks Angry on North American Box Art
Kirby is infamous for looking angry on North American box art. But why's he so irritated? And has he always been like this?

Nintendo's Video Presentation for E3 2014: Good Idea or Bad Idea?
Once again, Nintendo is doing its own thing for E3 2014. Is a video press conference the way to go, or is a live conference a better idea?

Yes, the Atari E.T. Landfill Exists - and E.T. Isn't All That's Down There
Yes, Atari buried its excess E.T. cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. But what else is below?

It's Time for a Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Remake on the Nintendo 3DS
There are a few good reasons why a remake of 'The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask' needs to happen on the Nintendo 3DS.

Is the Nintendo 3DS XL Better Than the Nintendo 3DS?
Exploring the burning question: Is the Nintendo 3DS XL "better" than the Nintendo 3DS?

How Nintendo Can Improve its Fortunes
Nintendo's been having a bad time thanks to tepid Wii U sales. But all's not lost for Mario's parent company. There is lots of room for improvement.

Twitch Plays Pokemon: Terrible, Beautiful Chaos
Twitch Plays Pokemon logically should have ended in fire and tears the moment it started - but the fact it's limping along says a lot about its players and the gaming community in general.

Nintendo Network Downtime: The New Normal
December 2013 won't be the last time Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners struggle to get onto the Nintendo Network, unfortunately.

A Quick Study on Ravio from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Ravio from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds carries a number of interesting secrets that link Zelda characters across generations.

Why Did Nintendo Disable Spotpass on Swapnote for the Nintendo 3DS?
Nintendo's effectively killed Swapnote for the Nintendo 3DS, and it's not hard to understand why.

Why Won't Nintendo Put Pokemon or Mario Games on Smartphones or Tablets?
Though it may be unbelievable, Nintendo has good reason to keep its properties off smartphones and tablets.

Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi: His Achievements and Missteps
A brief look at how former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi changed the games industry forever.

The PlayStation Vita Price Cut is Good News for the Nintendo 3DS
The more the PlayStation Vita goes head-to-head with the Nintendo 3DS, the better handheld games will fare overall.

Another Video Game Industry Crash Is Not Going to Happen
Fear not: Your pastime is safe. Here's why video games will endure for a long time yet.

The Nintendo 2DS is a Great Idea, and Here's Why
Contrary to criticism, the Nintendo 2DS is a great addition to the Nintendo 3DS family. Here's why.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf: A True Social Game
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a social game, and a hugely successful one at that. Here's why.

Should You Buy Animal Crossing: New Leaf at the Store, or Download It?
Waffling between downloading Animal Crossing: New Leaf or buying it at retail? Here's what you should do, and why.

Are Retro-Style Games Wearing Out Their Welcome?
Modern indie developers sure love making retro-style video games, but is the "nostalgia" angle starting to wear out its welcome?

Game On 2.0 Video Game Exhibition Review
The Game On 2.0 video game history exhibit is making its way across North America. Should you suit up and attempt a visit, or sit it out?

Is Earthbound/Mother Coming to the Nintendo 3DS?
Shigesato Itoi, the father of the Earthbound/Mother series has been talking about a "Mother republication." What is it, and what are the chances we'll see a translation in North America?

Wreck-It Ralph Review
A review of 'Wreck-It Ralph,' Disney's addition to the troubled video game movie genre.

Should Mario Retire?
Is there any logical reason for Super Mario to take a permanent break from Nintendo's systems?

Should Level-5 Retire and Replace Professor Layton?
Level-5 is getting ready to put Professor Layton to bed, but is it a good idea to continue the series without its titular character?

The End of Nintendo Power: Are Game Magazines Dead?
Nintendo Power is gone. Should we say "So long" to game magazines in general, or is there hope for preservation?

Opinion: Angry Birds Trilogy will help preserve digital games
Is Angry Birds Trilogy just a cash grab, or will it actually help promote the preservation of digital/downloadable games?

Opinion: Should the Nintendo 3DS XL have a second analogue stick?
Opinion piece: Shouldn't the Nintendo 3DS XL offer a second analogue stick?

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