“Surely Someday” New Song by Miho Fukuhara for Nintendo 3DS Game

Miho Fukuhara has a new song, “Surely Someday”, done for an upcoming Nintendo 3DS game. “Surely Someday” is written by Miho Fukuhara and composed by Tomohito Nishiura.

The new game is “Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies” and will be released February 28th. It is the 6th entry in the puzzle game series “Profesor Layton”. The game follows Professor Layton around the world as he investigates a “living mummy” and the mystery behind the Azran civilization.

Naruto SD 3DS Game TV Ad

Namco Bandai Games streamed its first TV Ad for the Naruto SD Powerful Shippuden Nintendo 3DS game. In this game, the Naruto characters have been chibi-fied adding cuteness to the game.

The commercial mentions that the ones who pre-order the game will get a “powerful headband case” that can hold three 3DS games.

The Nintendo fighting game has been based on Kenji Tairas Kishimotos assistant reinterpretation of Masashi Kishimotos original story. Examples of his work include Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden manga and the Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals anime.

The game will ship in Japan on November 29 for 5,230 yen about US$67.

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Nintendo 3DS getting larger screens

Nintendo Co. has upgraded its 3DS handheld to sport a screen nearly twice as big as the previous model.

It comes amid hot competition against smartphones and tablets that are wooing people away from dedicated gaming machines.

The Nintendo 3DS LL, called 3DS XL outside Japan, goes on sale in Japan and Europe July 28, and in the U.S. from Aug. 19. It will sell for $199.99 in the U.S.

Super Mario 3D Land leads 3DS to big sales in Japan

Things have been a little dark for Nintendo lately, with an unprofitable year along with a goofy, poorly-introduced peripheral, but now that the first of its big holiday releases is hitting stores things are starting to look better for them… in Japan at least. Last week the 3DS and Super Mario 3D Land both took the top spot in the Japanese sales charts in a big way.

After slashing the price on the 3DS system, hardware sales had been up in a big way, but software sales had remained, well, soft. Apparently in October total games sold for 3DS games in Japan were at the surprisingly low 122,000.

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The Nintendo 3DS is finally on top in Japan

Following the controversial price cut, and despite still low software sales, the Nintendo 3DS has surpassed the PS3 in monthly sales to take the top spot.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata must be breathing a sigh of relief. After a tough start for the Nintendo 3DS, the handheld hardware is showing steady growth, and is currently the most purchased piece of gaming hardware in Japan.

Following the release of the 3DS in Japan, the sales were encouraging. The device sold out 400,000 units, and despite slow software sales, things were looking good. Then the sales flatlined and it soon became apparent that longtime Nintendo fans were willing to try the new hardware, but it was not reaching the wider audiences that Nintendo had hoped for. So then came the price cuts.

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215,000 Nintendo 3DS sold in Japan just days after price cut

After last week’s price drop, the Nintendo 3DS had its highest sales in Japan since February 26 and 27, the weekend it launched. The device sold 214,821 units between August 8 and 14 according to data released Tuesday by game magazine publisher Enterbrain Inc. The price drop went into effect on the August 11, knocking the Japanese retail cost from 25,000 to 15,000 yen (in the US the price went from $249.99 to $169.99 on August 12).

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Nintendo’s 3D handheld goes on sale in Japan

Nintendo’s latest game machine, offering glasses-free 3-D images, has gone on sale in Japan, ahead of a global rollout, and analysts say it promises to be the world’s first 3-D mass-market product.

The 25,000 yen ($300) handheld went on sale in Japan on Saturday. It goes on sale in Europe on March 25 for 250 euros, and arrives in the U.S. on March 27 for $250.

Kyoto-based Nintendo Co. is banking on the 3-D technology as sales momentum gradually fades for earlier hits such as the Wii home console and predecessor DS models.

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Nintendo 3DS premiere in Japan is a Hit!

Thousands of Japanese game fans flocked to an exhibition hall near Tokyo as Nintendo let the general public try its 3D-enabled DS console for the first time.

The new-generation DS machine — which allows users to play 3D games without wearing special glasses — missed the Christmas season but will be released on February 26 in Japan and in March in the United States, Europe and Australia.

Thousands of gamers on Saturday converged on the hall as Nintendo kicked off an admission-free, three-day event for the 3DS in Chiba, east of Tokyo.

Nintendo declined to say how many people had gathered, but hour-long queues did not deter those waiting for a trial lasting just a few minutes.

"It’s fun, I want it," Reika, 12, declared after she visited the event with her parents.

Her 48-year-old father was also impressed.

"It was surprising that images come out like seeing images on 3D television with special glasses," he said, adding his daughter would get a new machine, despite the family’s already having a number of consoles.

However, he said, his daughter’s gaming time would likely be limited.

"I don’t think she will play 3D games too long as they tire you more" than conventional video games, he said.

Nintendo has warned that children under the age of six should not use the 3D console because of possible damage to their eyes.

The machine allows the illusion of depth to be increased or decreased so that games can be played in both 2D and 3D, while built-in cameras let users take 3D pictures.

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3DS could fetch $250 or more for Nintendo

Nintendo’s glasses-free three-dimensional portable, the 3DS, walked away with the Best of Show accolade following the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo. In fact, anticipation for the handheld is so pronounced that industry analyst Michael Pachter thinks Nintendo can charge more than it ever has before for a piece of hardware and remain financially viable.

According to the Wedbush analyst, the 3DS and its games are "revolutionary" enough to warrant elevated price tags at retail.

So is Nintendo raising the stakes with its new system?

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3D without glasses — Nintendo’s New Nintendo 3DS

Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd last Tuesday took the wraps off a new version of its DS handheld device that can play games and show movies in 3D without glasses, as the hardware wars with Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp heat up.

The trio that rules the market for gaming devices unveiled at the E3 expo last week nifty new gadgets aimed at widening the global gaming population by drawing in more casual gamers, just as the industry is beginning to recover from a two-year slump.

On Tuesday, the creator of Super Mario games and the Wii offered a peek at its 3DS. The device comes with two screens — one a touch screen — and three built-in cameras, enabling the machine to snap digital photos in 3D.

Nintendo, which has seen growth in sales of its industry-leading Wii slow as rivals slash prices, did not say when sales begin or give a retail price, except that it will hit store shelves sometime before March 2011.

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