Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014 – 3DS News @ Nintendo Life

Nintendo 3DS Family

Still a lot of gaming goodness to come on Nintendo’s handheld that could.

2013 was a terrific year for the 3DS, when the recovery of 2012 was consolidated into a year of substantial sales and critical acclaim from gamers. The line-up of games throughout the year probably wasn’t as substantial as popular perception would suggest, but it was a case of a small quantity delivering excellent quality, and big-name franchises and ideas that attracted millions of new 3DS owners into the fold.

In that respect 2014 has a lot to live up to, with the big names of 2013 setting high standards. What’s striking is that the confirmed line-up of 3DS titles for the coming year is relatively thin at this moment in time, suggesting that more is in the works that’s yet to be revealed. We’re also dealing (mostly) in confirmed, announced titles, so on those grounds titles such as Fantasy Life are left out as we await localisation details. We’ve also included one game that’s a major upcoming release in North America, even if Europeans jumped in during December.

See the full list @ NintendoLife.

Steam Machines unlikely to make “any impact at all” in 2014 – is Valve playing the long game? | News | Edge Online

Overpriced, underwhelming to look at and destined to cater for a small niche, the Steam Machines unveiled at CES are unlikely to make any impact on the current console race when they launch later this year.

That was the message from industry analysts this week after Valve unveiled the first wave of custom PCs built for SteamOS and its unorthodox controller. These Steam Machines’ pricing and the multitude of hardware models and configurations will make Valve’s plan to bring Steam into millions of living rooms worldwide rather difficult, says Games Investor co-founder Nick Gibson. “Despite making a big noise unveiling 13 Steam Machines at CES, Valve has yet to shed any significant light on what their strategy is or provide any compelling reasons for consumers to consider these devices over a console or a Windows PC,” Gibson tells us. “At this stage it is difficult to see Steam Machines having any impact at all on either console or Windows-based PC sales.”

Given the recent article about the Ouya on Edge, one could be forgiven for thinking they had no faith in the future of alternative consoles at all.

Read the full article @ Edge Online

Recent Wii U Sales Figures Encouraging

wii_uOver on NintendoLife they’re reporting some encouraging news from the recently released NPD December sales figures for the US. To summarise:

  • Wii U experienced its highest monthly unit sales figures (estimated around 500,000)
  • 3DS topped overall hardware sales for December and 2013 as a whole
  • Overall sales for 2013 in the US dropped by 2% compared to 2012

Excellent news on the 3DS front, showing there is still lots of love out there for dedicated handheld gaming units. Also good to see the Wii U moving in the right direction; with more big ticket releases due this year (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros.), these figures should keep on improving which will hopefully see 3rd party devs getting back on board.

The takeaway: doubters are very much premature in writing off Nintendo as a hardware manufacturer; supporters take heart, the Wii U’s not dead yet!

Mario’s Hat Available on the Club Nintendo Australia Website

A full size replica of Mario’s iconic red had has just gone up on the Club Nintendo Store in Australia! It’s on offer for the princely sum of 3200 Stars and is described on the site thusly:

This is a true-to-life replica of the iconic red hat worn by Mario.

Keep it as a collector item, and display it with pride. Dimensions: W:21.59cm L: 25.4cm H:12.7cm (measurements are approximate). One size fits most. Hat may be too big for small children. Hat made of Polyester and cotton.

Sorry small kiddies, seems your head might be too small!

Front View

Front View

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