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It’s been over 16 years since Nintendo made its way out to Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, but this year the company is gracing everyone with its presence.

Before its long absence, Nintendo had a history of rolling out new technology for CES. In 1994, the company showed off a prototype of what would become the N64. However, for the last 16 years Nintendo has steered clear of the world’s largest consumer technology conference. With the 3DS release on the horizon, the new handheld is expected to be at the show in full force.

Perhaps Nintendo will have a special announcement or two, but we’ll have to wait until the week of January 6th to find out.


My Thoughts: Hopefully, we'll get some more info on the 3DS!

Nintendo will launch two new DSi colours in the US this week.

For the first time, shoppers will be able to buy orange and green systems, both of which are set to be bundled with Mario Party.

The new colour models go on sale on Friday, November 26, and will be available while supplies last at a suggested retail price of $149.99.

Through the end of October, Nintendo had sold more than 43 million DS systems in the US alone.

While the DS topped October hardware sales in the States, the system's not performing as it once was, but maybe some new colours will give it a boost ahead of the 3DS launch in March.

[Source: CVG]

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Disney Epic Mickey is only a few weeks away from release, and it's time to get equipped with the biggest features that shape the upcoming Wii-exclusive. We've gathered together ten central ideas that lie at the core of the game. Put on your mouse ears, and dive in.


My Thoughts: This is my most anticipated game of the year. As soon as I read about it for the first time in GameInformer, I was hooked! I've preordered the Collector's Edition of both the game and strategy guide. So to be honest, I didn't bother reading this because I'm 100% confident that there isn't a single negative thing in this game to mention!

The quest to uncover the North American and European release dates for the Nintendo 3DS became a little bit easier earlier this week, when the megapublisher confirmed that the eye-popping handheld would visit itself upon our store shelves in March. However, the exact date of its arrival is still up in the air -- though scans of the latest issue of Official Nintendo Magazine obtained by VGTribune might just clear up the confusion. According to the mag, the U.S. and European 3DS release date is March 11, 2011.

There's no way of knowing if the magazine's report is on the money until Nintendo makes an official announcement -- after all, it's possible the article's mistaken, due entirely to the fact that March '11 looks a whole heck of a lot like March 11 on paper. Also, though Nintendo is accustomed to launching new gaming hardware in European territories on Fridays, those kinds of releases usually come stateside on Sundays. We've contacted Nintendo for a comment on this supposed due date but, as is the case with these things, we're not likely to get anything official until the Big N puts it into a press release.

Update: Some of the magazine's readers are reporting that the scan obtained by VGTribune was photoshopped, and that it did indeed read "March 2011." Another scan on GoNintendo shows the release timetable in its unaltered glory.

[Source: Joystiq]

Holiday shopping madness is just around the corner, with deals from post-Thanksgiving "Black Friday" sales heralding video game savings. In addition to temporary price cuts, it appears new PlayStation 3, PSP and Nintendo DS bundles are en route. Supposed scans from Sears' Black Friday print ads point to a pretty good deal on the PlayStation 3, which looks to include Game of the Year Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and a copy of The Karate Kid on Blu-ray that you could probably sell on eBay. Not too shabby at $299 USD.

Arguably as good a deal is Sears' Black Friday PSP offering. For $129, you get a PSP-3000 with a copy of LittleBigPlanet and The Karate Kid on UMD. With UMD movies becoming more rare, that version of the Jaden Smith will surely fetch a high price on the secondary market.

On the Nintendo Front...
...it appears that red and green Nintendo DSi handhelds are coming for Christmas. Sears will sell it for $149 USD with a copy of Mario Party DS.

Finally, on the Xbox 360 side, Sears will sell the 4GB version of the console with a copy of Halo: Reach included for $199 USD. A deal, yes, but not the ideal Xbox 360 on which to play Halo: Reach. Buyer beware.

Sears Black Friday 2010 Ad [Kotaku]

  One of the worst aspects of the Wii's WiiWare initiative is the total lack of a "try before you buy" option. Time was, you could download a demo for a WiiWare game before dropping the points, but Nintendo scrapped such shenanigans for no good reason. Now it's bringing them back, and there is much rejoicing.

Of course, there's a catch. The demos will only be available "for a limited time only ensuring the line-up is constantly kept refreshed to provide players with a varied and entertaining experience.”

The first demos will arrive this Friday for Furry Legends, Jett Rocket, ThruSpace and Zombie Panic in Wonderland. Never again will you have to feel like you're gambling. At least, until Nintendo decides to arbitrarily pull the feature again. 

Nintendo to provide WiiWare demos again [VG247]