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Nintendo expects to sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles by March 2013

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Nintendo has released its financial results for the first of its 2013 fiscal year, and included in the report were estimates for Wii U sales. Although the company lowered its revenue projects for the rest of the year due to "weaker than expected" 3DS sales, Nintendo hopes their new Wii U console will result in strong sales coming out of the gate.

According to the report, Nintendo expects to sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles by the end of the fiscal year on March 31, 2013. Additionally, the company hopes to sell 24 million Wii U games which figures to be over 4 games per console sold.

Those are some lofty goals indeed, especially considering the down economy and fragile state of the gaming industry. However, if you take into account that the forecasted Wii U software sales are those of packaged titles — like Nintendo Land andZombiU which are included in the Wii U Deluxe bundles —and downloadable versions, the numbers become more reasonable.

The Wii U is set to release on November 18, 2012 in the U.S. Pre-orders quickly sold out at many retailers, but it will be the console's performance post-launch that will determine if Nintendo can meet its goal.

The company also expects to sell 17.5 million 3DS systems and 70 million 3DS games by the end of the fiscal year as well. So far, Nintendo has managed to sell 5 million 3DS systems and 19 million games in just half a year (end of September results). Heading into the holiday season, the year's busiest sales period, that goal seems quite reasonable.

Tags: Wii U

By Matt Liebl

Cute Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate video compares versions

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Capcom released a cute new video that explains the differences and capabilities of the Wii U and 3DS versions of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

Players on the 3DS can connect with up to three others via local wireless connection. The Wii U also supports this feature, allowing you to join up with the same number of 3DS players at home.

You can also go online to play with fellow hunters on their Wii Us. The video also reveals that players can share saved data between versions, which allows you to send info from the Wii U to 3DS so you can play on the move.

Look for the game in March 2013.

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Tags: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Capcom

By Stephanie Carmichael

What’s downloadable this week, Nintendo? 8/2/2012


Nintendo's download front is quite barren today, people. Instead of seeing a packed house full of Wii, 3DS, and DSi titles, all we've got are one new eShop game, a deal on an awesome preexisting eShop game, and the latest DSiWare title to hit the scene. So, two games and a discount. Check 'em out below!

If you're looking for some loner fun on the eShop, 3D Solitaire totally has you covered, ya big loner! It's solitaire in 3D, and it's $2.99, so yeah. Of course, if you're looking to snag an awesome game for cheap, you can always download Super Mario Land, an original Game Boy classic, for $2.99. The deal will continue up until Wednesday, August 8, so take advantage of it.

DSiWare fans (That's a thing, right?), today you'll be saddened by the appearance of a single DSiWare title. The Lost Town: The Jungle is priced at 500 DSi Points ($4.99 on the 3DS), and it's, well, I don't really know how to describe it, to be honest. Just watch the trailer; that should be more informative than any BS I could ever make up.

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Tags: Nintendo, 3DS, DS, eShop, DSiWare, Game Boy, Retro gaming

By David Sanchez

Ace Attorney 5 revealed for 3DS


Confirmation of the next Ace Attorney game has appeared in Famitsu magazine.

The issue looks at both Ace Attorney 5 and Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, which is nearing completion.

Ace Attorney 5 will arrive on the Nintendo 3DS and star Phoenix Wright — this time with a new partner, a mysterious girl in a yellow outfit.

Sleuths from the website Tales Source, which receives the magazine in advance, suspect that the ad on the back of the magazine hints at a November 29 release date in Japan.

Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney is scheduled to come to Japan this year.

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Tags: Ace Attorney, 3DS, Level-5

By Stephanie Carmichael

I can’t buy my wife a birthday gift because Lego City: Undercover, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon all release in March

LEGO City: Undercover screenshot

Nintendo's 2013 is shaping up to be excellent. Through Spring, some highly anticipated games are releasing on the Wii U and 3DS — the most notable being LEGO City: Undercover,Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate,andLuigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

LEGO City: Undercover releases March 18 and puts you in the role of Chase McCain, a police officer and master of disguise. In pursuit of criminal mastermind Rex Fury, you explore a massive, open-world of LEGO City with tons of vehicles from real-life play sets. It's also the first LEGO game not based on a movie license. If you're looking for a 3DS version of this game, there is a prequel to the Wii U game calledLEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins. It arrives on the 3DS on April 21 and will follow the exploits of Chase McCain as a rookie cop.

The day afterLEGO City: Undercover releases,Monster Hunter 3 Ultimatereleases on March 19 for the Wii U alongside a 3DS version. With more than 200 quests, the action RPG features more monsters and equipment crafting that fans of the series love.

Not to be forgotten,Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon will release on the 3DS on March 24. The game sees Luigi travel through more mansions to capture more ghosts, because that's what Luigi does.

Some other notable games launching on the Wii U and 3DS through Spring are:

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man Ultimate Edition - March
  • The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct – March 26
  • The Croods: Prehistoric Party! – March 19
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted – March 19
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines – Q1
  • Rayman LegendsFebruary 26


  • Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of Titan - February 26
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers – April 16
  • The Croods: Prehistoric Party! - March 19
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate - March 5
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D – February 12
  • Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze – March 13
  • NARUTO Powerful Shippuden – March 5
  • Brain Age: Concentration Training – February 10
  • Fire Emblem Awakening – February 4
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – March 24
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – February 12

You can follow Senior Editor Lance Liebl on Twitter@Lance_GZ.He likes talking sports, video games, movies, and the stupidity of celebrities. Email atLLiebl@GameZone.com

Tags: Wii U, 3DS, Nintendo, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Lego City: Undercover

By Lance Liebl

Adventure Time demo now available on Nintendo eShop

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage? on 3DS and DS Image / Screenshot

    If you’ve been on the fence about the new Adventure Time game for the DS and 3DS, starting today, you’ll be able to try the game out in a playable demo. The demo can be downloaded directly from the Nintendo eShop.

    We reviewed the game, and really liked it. It’s not perfect, but if you’re an Adventure Time fan, you’re probably going to love it. Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! features a whacky storyline involving the quest to reclaim Finn and Jake’s stolen garbage across the Land of Ooo.

    Once you play the demo, you can pick up the DS or 3DS version, as it’s available in stores.

    Tags: Adventure Time, 3DS, DS, Demo, Nintendo

    By Mike Splechta

    Japanese Charizard 3DS XL is so hot, so sexy

    Nintendo 3DS XL Image

    Nintendo recently announced that a yellow, Pikachu-themed 3DS XL would make its way to Europe. Of course, that wasn't enough. As if those of us living in North America weren't already ridiculously jealous, another snazzy Pokemon 3DS XL has officially been revealed, and it's exclusive to Japan.

    This limited edition 3DS XL features none other than Charizard, one of the coolest Pokemon ever. Behold as he graces that sexy black 3DS with his presence. So pretty!

    The Charizard 3DS XL will be available exclusively through Pokemon Center retailers in Japan. If you really want one, you can send a mail-in order form. It should be noted, however, that you're trying to win the opportunity to buy this beautiful creation. Ya know, because massive availability isn't in these days.

    Pokefans will be able to enter this cruel and enticing lottery between November 3 and November 26. Winners will then be able to purchase their brand new Charizard 3DS XL from December 15 to January 14. The handheld will be priced at 18,900 yen (which is equivalent to about $237).

    [Pokemon via Kotaku]

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    Tags: 3DS XL, Pokemon, Japan

    By David Sanchez

    The Humble Music Bundle brings joy to your ears, as well as charity

    Valkyria Chronicles Image

    I'm a huge fan of these bundles! I love that I not only get a bunch of games for cheap, but that the amount I donate also goes to help charity. But I don't have to tell you that, the Humble Bundle has been around for some time now.

    This time around, it's not games you'll be humbly paying for, but rather albums.

    The lineup of artists include: They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, MC Frontalot, Christopher Tin, and Hitoshi Sakimoto! And if you pay more than the average, you'll also get an album from OK Go.

    Not too shabby at all considering you can get six great albums. Of course being a fan of each artist does help. While I can't say that I'm super pumped for this lineup, I might get it just to get Hitoshi Sakimoto's brilliantly scored Valkyria Chronicles album. I love me some grand orchestral tunes while I'm driving down the highway with my window down. Yeah I get stares, so what? You wanna fight about it?!

    You can find the Humble Bundle here, and remember, if you want OK Go, you have to pay more than the current average, which at the moment is $7.89

    Tags: Humble Bundle, Music, Charity

    By Mike Splechta

    Rhythm Thief is taking his groove to iOS

    Rhythm Thief iOS

    Rhythm Thief & The Emperor's Treasure is coming to iOS devices this winter, according to a listing on Sega's Japanese site.

    The translation seems to suggest that the game will be free with in-app purchases. It might also feature leaderboards — a social component in place of the original 3DS game's two-player option.

    The rhythm-puzzler debuted on Nintendo's handheld in July.

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    Tags: Rhythm Thief, Sega

    By Stephanie Carmichael

    New screenshots and infographic of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y starters

    Froakie Pokemon X and Pokemon Y

    Froakie Pokemon X and Pokemon Y

    Fennekin Pokemon X and Pokemon Y

    Fennekin Pokemon X and Pokemon Y

    Chespin Pokemon X and Pokemon Y

    Chespin Pokemon X and Pokemon Y

    Last week, news of two newPokémon games,Pokémon X andPokémon Y, dominated headlines. The new games, coming to 3DS later this year, introduceintroduce newPokémonand a new storyline set, for the first time ever, in a "spectacular 3D world." A trailer gave us a brief look at the new gameplay and the three new starterPokémon, as well as two LegendaryPokémon included in each version of the game.

    The information just keeps pouring in though, with ThePokémon Company and Nintendo releasing some more new screenshots of the titles biggest stars — starterPokémon Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie, as well as LegendaryPokémon, Xerneas and Yveltal. Furthermore, ThePokémon Company has also included an infographic detailing the types of starterPokémon and how they match up against each other.

    As you can see, Chespin is a grass-typePokémon, Fennekin is fire-type, and Froakie is water-type. As the diagram shows, eachPokémon has comparative strengths and weaknesses. For example, Fenneken (fire-type) is strong against Chespin (grass-type), but weak against Froakie (water-type). In turn, Chespin (grass-type) is strong against Froakie (water-type), but weak against Fennekin (fire-type). The graphic below should give you a better idea.

    Pokemon X and Pokemon Y starters

    Along with these gorgeous screenshots and helpful graphic, the company randomly revealed the heights and weights of both legendaries. Xerneas stands 9'10" and weighs in at 474 pounds, while Yveltal is 19 feet tall and weighs 447.5 lb. Weird, but interesting I suppose.

    Tags: Pokémon X, Pokémon Y

    By Matt Liebl