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In Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate you are cast in the role of hunter and will explore an area within the Monster Hunter universe. Completing quests and stalking and assassinating monsters will help you gain skills, as well as earn you equipment upgrades. If you played the previous installment in the series, Monster Hunter Tri, there have been over 38 new monsters, extra stages and hundreds of additional quests added to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, making it the most expansive entry into the series yet.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was developed and published by Capcom and is available now in retail or digital form for Nintendo’s Wii U or 3DS.

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If you played video games in the 90′s, you knew there were two mascots fighting for your gaming dollars: Nintendo’s Mario and Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog. Both starred in awesome games, both had cameos in comics and both, both were damn endearing. Once Sega bowed out of the console market that left Sonic a free agent. Since then, we’ve seen him on the Xbox 360, PS3 and even a Nintendo console or two. That was shocking but the latest from Sega is even more shocking.

Sega and Nintendo have struck a deal to make Nintendo the official home of Sonic! That’s right geeks, long time rivals Mario and Sonic will now permanently live under the same console roof. Sega will still make the games but they will only be on anything Big N, at least for the next three titles.

Back in my childhood gaming I would have never thought, I imagined it, that the foes would become BFFs. Now they can braid each other’s hair, make pies and chase after evil doers together forever. Chalk this one up to the strangest exclusive ever!

SEGA of America Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced details of an exclusive partnership with Nintendo of America Inc. and Nintendo of Europe GmbH for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The new agreement will make Nintendo consoles the number one destination for Sonic gaming over the next three titles. The first two titles of the deal were announced today via Nintendo Direct, and details of the third Sonic title will be revealed at a later date.

“Sonic the Hedgehog has performed incredibly well on Nintendo platforms and this exclusive partnership is a natural fit for the next evolution of Sonic games” commented Jurgen Post COO SEGA Europe Ltd. “The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS are ideal platforms to showcase Sonic and we are looking forward to working with Nintendo on these three exciting adventures.”

Sonic the Hedgehog first appeared as a videogame character in June 1991 and instantly became an icon for a generation of gamers. Defined by his super-fast speed and cool attitude, in the years since he first raced on to videogame consoles Sonic has become a true global phenomenon with over 75 million videogames and smartphone apps sold worldwide. SEGA’s iconic blue blur has also gone on to enjoy incredible success in many licensed areas, such as toys, apparel, comics and animation.

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Nintendo could be facing a damages claim worth hundreds of millions of dollars if a court case doesn’t go its way. The lawsuit involves former Sony engineer and inventor Seijiro Tomita, who claims Nintendo is infringing a patent he holds for the 3D display technology that is currently used in the 3DS handheld.

Tomita held a meeting with seven Nintendo officials back in 2003 to show off a prototype of his then patent-pending display technology, but they didn’t sign a licensing deal with him. Tomita was later awarded the patent for his technology in 2008, and four of those seven officials who met with him went on to help create the 3DS hardware. Tomita claims the display used in the handheld uses his patented technology to allow 3D visuals to be seen without glasses.

Nintendo obviously thinks otherwise, pointing out it met with hundreds of people/companies when formulating the design of the 3DS. The Japanese company also believes there’s key parts of Tomita’s patent that clearly aren’t employed in the 3DS display and hopes this renders the claim invalid.

The lawsuit has made it to the US District Court in Manhattan, though, and Tomita believes he is entitled to $9.80 for every 3DS Nintendo has sold and will sell going forward. Nintendo has sold in the region of 30 million 3DS devices to date, suggesting Tomita could receive a check for $294,000,000 if he wins the case.

Tomita spent most of his working life (30 years) as an engineer at Sony. But in 2002 he retired and started inventing, and now has over 70 patents to his name. If he wins against Nintendo he doesn’t really need to worry about inventing anything ever again.

Now read: Nintendo announces Pokemon X and Pokemon Y for 3DS

You may or may not have been aware that China currently has a console ban and has had one since the 2000. The exactly reasons why this is the case have mostly remained kept under-wraps, but it seemed China didn’t want it’s young citizens to waste away in front of a TV screen. Now, six years after the worldwide release of the PlayStation 3, the console might make its way to China.

The significant move is that Sony have received a safety mark for the PS3 which is needed to sell products in China. This does not necessarily mean China will get the PS3 any time soon, but it is an important step in that direction. You can see a screenshot of the documentation above.

The ban has always been a bit of a gray area as technically, games consoles can be sold if they are advertised as entertainment systems which the PS3 is. The ban has also likely caused a lot of piracy which isn’t good for either party.

As for the PS3′s competitors — Nintendo and Microsoft — neither of them have released their products in China, although Nintendo has gotten the closest. Nintendo sells plug-and-play controllers containing Nintendo 64 games under another brand name, iQue. They’re also releasing the 3DS XL in December with three designs exclusive to China. Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D land will come pre-loaded for free.

Sony sneakily released the PS2 in China by stating it was computer some time ago. Hopefully Chinese gamers will get an upgrade from that pretty soon.

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Nintendo has begun airing its first commercial for the upcoming Wii U console in the US, and it reveals a lot about the company’s marketing strategy moving forward and also what its target audience is for the impending new games/entertainment platform.

The minute-long spot features a bunch of short clips of families playing games together, with high-energy music in the background. There is no explanation as to what the console’s features are. Instead, viewers just get to see families sitting together and having fun.

The only people in the commercial who look like they’re over 18 are parents, with the exception of a cheesy clip of a man and a woman watching a movie together via the Wii U. In other words, this commercial is targeted at one audience — parents. It just slaps them over the head and shouts, “You’ll be an awesome parent if you buy this for your kids.” If you are a gamer, the ad barely tells you anything. So of course Nintendo is going after the crowd that it has always gone after, which is young kids and families.

Potentially the biggest problem for Nintendo in the next console cycle and beyond is that the family-friendly niche is not as strong a competitive advantage as it used to be. Gone are the days when buying a non-Nintendo console was reserved for the hardcore gamers. It’s very possible to see someone who has no interest in gaming go out to the store to buy an Xbox 360 because they want to be able to watch Netflix, video chat with friends and family, and stream music all from the TV in a seamless and user-friendly way.

It leaves the Wii U carving out a very isolated part of the market, but it is not without intrigue. The machine will no doubt be one of the hottest tech gifts this season simply because it is new and carries the Nintendo name, but the real question is whether it has staying power.

via Eurogamer

This is the ideal gamer’s kitchen accessory, a toaster, but this is not just any old toaster! This is a toaster that looks just like a NES games console.

Here is a great example of how technology can be re-used and re-programmed into becoming something else. The next challenge is to make a games console that can play games and make toast at the same time!

Source [Neatorama]

Nintendo announces 3DS XL

For the duration of Nintendo’s recently available Direct achieving this company revealed a new accessory for their particular z22 family- typically the 3DS XL. When the designate has revealed all the mobile is an increased variation of one’s usual 3DS when using the leading screen found at Some.Eighty-eight inches, if compared to the usual 3DS’ high screen and that is A variety of.Fifty three inches. This is the 90% develop sizing, making it the biggest screen for any Wii handheld until now. To complement this valuable boost in size it daily life has additionally superior, higher so that you can regarding Several not to mention Half-dozen.Five numerous hours. Typically the 3DS XL will probably be for a few hues glowing blue,white and additionally magical.With the Direct conference some sort of give off time have also been released for your handheld- Come july 1st Twenty eighth. To help you join that handheld’s to discharge number of companies happen to be revealed. The primary term these proclaimed can be Kingdom involving Hearts and minds Animations Desire Tumble Long distance, nevertheless Art School, Freaky Harvesting Custom plus Theatrhythm Finalized Wonderland will also be discharged on the Twenty eighth. Theatrhythm is actually a mixture of conventional End Fable, but with a cartoonish fine art design, and habit dependent game play. What is more any Western european give off day regarding Tremendous Mario Bros Some was initially publicised and that will get showing concerning September Seventeenth. You will find to be virtually any message in price it may be introduced soon enough assigned it’s actually pending launch day.

Nintendo announces 3DS XL

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