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  1. Here’s What We Learned in This Morning’s Nintendo Direct

    I don't object to these announcements.

    Nintendo held one of their regular Nintendo Direct presentations, where they inform the public about what games they have in development. Today's was short notice, only being announced yesterday afternoon. But here it is, with plenty of game talk to keep you salivating. So here's your rundown of everything that CEO Satoru Iwata discussed today.

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  2. Sonic Lost World’s Dialogue is Pretty Dark, Apparently

    Still doing what Nintendon't all these years later.

    Ever since Sonic Colors ended the so-called Dark Age of Sonic, the series has returned to a decidedly cartoonish, light-hearted tone. Sonic Lost World, the upcoming Wii U game, looked to continue that trend, but due to certain bits of dialogue it's been given an E10+ rating by the ESRB as opposed to the usual E. I suspect it was written by Shadow the Hedgehog now that he's out of the spotlight.

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  3. Presenting Soriti Horse, the Horse-Racing Solitaire Game From the People Behind Pokémon

    I'll bet $500 on Ponyta

    Game Freak is known to most gamers as "the developers that make Pokémon." They had a couple weird platformers back in the day with Pulseman and Drill Dozer, but for numerous years now Pokémon has been their only focus. Now, they've decided it's time to branch out. A game called Soriti Horse is coming. Because what's the next logical step from games about raising monsters to compete against one another? Raising horses to compete against one another, of course. This isn't just your average horse racing game -- you play Solitaire to help your horse advance in the race, because sure, why not?

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  4. Nintendo Fans Start Movement to End Region Locking on 3DS and Wii U

    It's-a-me, region-free!

    Nintendo, oh dear Nintendo, how art thou out of step with pretty much every other modern console? Let us count the ways. Oh, here's a telling one --  while the Xbox One and PS4 both eschewed region locking, Nintendo kept the restrictive practice in place on the Wii U. While there are no notable Japanese exclusive Wii U titles yet, there are tons of Japanese-exclusive Wii games that I would have loved to play, like the cat office simulator Sukeban Shachou Rena and gorgeous RPG Earth Seeker. But since those games were never released in the United States, prospective importers either have to mod their console or buy a second system from another region to play them. Now, fans are officially fed up and calling on Nintendo to bring region locking to an end on the Wii U and 3DS.

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  5. 11 Franchises Nintendo Should Have Made Free-to-Play Instead of Steel Diver

    Steel Diver? Really? You can do better than that, Nintendo.

    If you've been following our gaming news, you know that not too long ago Nintendo announced that they were working on a free-to-play game that would be coming out by the end of March 2014, but we didn't know what game. Well, we received the answer: Steel Diver. If you've never heard of the game, I can't blame you -- it's a submarine sim that nobody bought when it launched with the 3DS. Nintendo is known for having a gigantic backlog of amazing, historic franchises, all of which are more memorable than Steel Diver. Many of them could translate just as well -- if not better -- to the free-to-play format.

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  6. Nintendo’s New 3DS Campaign Aims for Female Gamers With Gabrielle Douglas and Other Stars

    Great Moments in Advertising

    What do All-Around Olympian gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, Glee's Diana Agron, and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland have in common? They're just a a few of the celebrity names to appear in Nintendo's new female-targeted ad campaign for their 3DS and 3DSXL hand-held systems. The campaign, called "Play As You Are" is using talented, visible women to draw in players who might otherwise be turned off to gaming.

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  7. Nintendo Unveils The 3DS XL

    "Your handheld gaming experiences will be more intense and more engrossing than ever before," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Amie in a pre-recorded video that was made available Thursday night. He is referring to Nintendo's new handheld called the 3DS XL (known as the 3DS LL in Japan). Announced as a co-sessor to the 3DS, much like the DSi XL before it, it will be the same hardware you know and (possibly) love from the 3DS, but with bigger screens -- 90% bigger screens to be exact.

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  8. Report: Nintendo's Slide Pad 3DS Peripheral Gets 480 Hours of Battery Life

    Remember that ridiculous Slide Pad thing Nintendo is releasing for its maligned 3DS handheld? Well, some enterprising soul managed to snag one of the devices early in Japan, where the peripheral went on sale yesterday, and made a startling discovery. Apparently the manual for the device claims that although the Slide Pad runs on a separate AAA battery, it will last some 480 hours before needing to be replaced.

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  9. Netflix Coming to the 3DS

    Netflix is coming to the 3DS; the wait is over. Sort of. The wait is over if you just wanted Netflix on your 3DS, really, really badly. If you wanted to watch 3D things on your 3DS, you still have some waiting to take care of. The free Netflix app is available for download today and can be used with an unlimited streaming account much in the same way a number of your other devices can. In fact, with the lack of 3D content at launch, the 3DS can be used in exactly the same way that a number of your other devices can. It is quite unlikely that this Netflix deal was going to sell any 3DSes with or without 3D functionality from the get go, but when it eventually shows up, it should serve to sweeten the deal for previous owners. Quoth the Nintendo press release:
    The new Netflix application for Nintendo 3DS displays movies and TV episodes in 2D on the system's upper screen. Users will soon have access to an additional library of select movies that can be viewed in 3D without the need for special glasses.
    (via Engadget)

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  10. 3DS Battery Life Is Even Worse Than You Thought

    We knew that the 3DS was not going to have very good battery life -- Nintendo promised 3-5 hours of juice for 3DS games, 5-8 for regular DS games -- but the folks at Engadget have gotten their hands on a Japanese 3DS and played around with it for a week, and they say that the battery life is consistently on the very low end of that spectrum, topping out at 3 hours, 15 minutes.

    The biggest 3DS disappointment is absolutely the battery life. The 1,300mAh battery is 30 percent larger than the one in the DS Lite but simply cannot deliver the same sort of longevity we've come to expect from previous Nintendo consoles, topping out for us at three hours and fifteen minutes with WiFi enabled. Compare that to the 15 hours the DS Lite could manage and you can see why we're disappointed. Disabling WiFi added about another half hour.
    Odds are, when the 3DS hits American shores on March 27th, the battery life will not be substantially better. A company called Nyko hopes to solve the problem by releasing a $20 battery pack that it claims doubles the battery life of the 3DS. Maybe so, but a) that's extra money on top of an already expensive machine, and b) in our experience, even when they work, external battery packs tend to be rather clunky affairs. (via Engadget. title pic via GameRant.)

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