GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - A ridiculously easy chance to win AiRace Speed for FREE!

Blah, blah, blah...boring stuff from me. Get to the fun stuff below and find out how to enter our contest for a chance to win AiRace Speed for free! See you in a few, short hours.

AiRace Speed is one of the latest games to hit the 3DS eShop, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't look slick. Don't believe me? Why not check out the trailer below. After that, you'll have a chance to win a free download!

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We'll have 3 NA codes to give out and 3 EU codes as well. We'll let this contest run until midnight on Friday, so you have a bit of time to enter. Thanks to our friends at Qubic Games for joining up with us on this contest!

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Are you a digital or retail person?


Man, Nintendo's Wii U event is almost here. So many questions to have answered! The excitement is killing me! Let's just get this damn Wednesday out of the way so the real fun can begin! See you in a few, short hours!

There was a time when Nintendo didn't really seem to get the online world when it came to gaming. Nintendo always marches to the beat of their own drum, sometimes a few steps behind other companies in certain areas. While that might not sound like the greatest trait of the company, I think it lends to their charm. They get things oh-so right and oh-so wrong, but they always do them their own way.

That legacy is continuing on with the Wii U and 3DS. These two systems are finally showing that Nintendo understands online, especially when it comes to shops. The 3DS eShop is leaps and bounds above what Nintendo did on Wii and DSi. The Wii U will hopefully continue this trend. Nintendo is taking online distribution seriously, all while keeping with their unique style.

One of the big pushes Nintendo has with online shops comes from their retail/digital push. Nintendo has started distributing their first party 3DS titles on the eShop. You can pick whether you want to go retail or download Nintendo's next, big titles. The same is going to happen with the Wii U, with both platforms eventually expanding to third party retail titles as well.

With Nintendo embracing this strategy, I thought I'd ask which approach you like to take. Did you get NSMB2 at retail or through the eShop? Are you going to stay retail as long as possible, or are you looking to go the digital route from here on out? Does the title itself have anything to do with your decision? Hit us up in the comments and let us know!

Cave Story eShop, NightSky status updates

Coming from Nicalis' Twitter...

We're just a few days from confirming a release date for Cave Story on eShop. And NightSky, too!

I've been waiting so, so long to play NightSky. I'm sure you guys have as well! Let's hope we're playing these before the year closes out.


Update for Donkey Kong JR.

If you go to the 3DS eShop you will find an update for Donkey Kong Jr. For those of you who have downloaded the title, go now!

Nintendo Reveals New Nintendo 3DS Game Details at E3 Expo

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Momentum for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system continues to build. Tonight, during a special Nintendo All-Access 3DS Software Showcase @ E3 2012 event at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Nintendo shared new information about upcoming Nintendo 3DS games that will launch in 2012, as well as downloadable content in the Nintendo eShop.

“Millions upon millions of people already know that the best portable gaming content is found on Nintendo systems,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Games from Nintendo and our third-party partners, plus the growing selection of downloadable titles in the Nintendo eShop, will help even more people discover the unique variety of entertainment available only on Nintendo 3DS in 2012 and beyond.”

Game information revealed at the event includes:

New Super Mario Bros. 2: This new side-scrolling installment in the fan-favorite Super Mario Bros. franchise launches Aug. 19 as the Mushroom Kingdom bursts with more coins and gold than ever before. Players can transform into Gold Mario and Raccoon Mario, and challenge friends to beat their high scores in the new Coin Rush mode. Also, for the first time in a hand-held Mario title, players can enjoy a cooperative two-player mode for the entire game via a local wireless connection.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (KONAMI): The classic action adventure franchise arrives on Nintendo 3DS this fall. Combining 3D graphics with timeless 2D game play, the game marks the return of fan-favorite character Alucard, the son of Dracula himself.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon: This action-filled game starring Luigi launches for Nintendo 3DS this holiday season. Players can expect more haunted mansions to explore and new ways for Luigi to take on a wild assortment of ghosts in this new adventure. In addition to using the strobe function of his flashlight to stun ghosts, Luigi must solve puzzles and reveal hidden details in the environment to unlock new areas in the mansions.
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney Interactive): This new game combines classic Disney characters with rich, imaginative environments that players can experience in 3D for the first time. The game itself is inspired by the classic Castle of Illusion game and features new ways for Mickey Mouse to interact with the game world using paint and paint thinner.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star: Launching this holiday season, this classic action role-playing franchise gets a fresh 3D look in its hand-held debut as Mario uses stickers found in the game to win battles and solve puzzles.
Scribblenauts Unlimited (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment): In this new game, players help Maxwell, the game’s hero, explore an unbound world and solve robust puzzles and challenges. The game continues the series’ tradition of allowing players to create nearly any object they can think of.
Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] (Square Enix, Inc.): Celebrating the franchise’s 10th anniversary, the latest title from Disney Interactive and Square Enix launches July 31 with StreetPass features, AR Card compatibility and support for the Circle Pad Pro accessory. A demo version is coming soon to the Nintendo eShop.
Additional third-party games on the way for Nintendo 3DS this year include Transformers Prime from Activision, Rabbids Rumble from Ubisoft, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Heroes of Ruin from Square Enix, Inc.

To get fans excited for these games, Nintendo announced the immediate availability of new content in the Nintendo eShop, including trailers for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Paper Mario: Sticker Star, plus a playable demo version of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Nintendo 3DS owners with broadband Internet access can visit the Nintendo eShop anytime to find games, demos, trailers and other content available for download.

Nintendo also launched an introductory episode of Threediots, its first original short-form comedy series, produced by Consolidated Baily, exclusively on its Nintendo Video service, which delivers free handpicked comedy, animation, Hollywood, gaming and music videos to Nintendo 3DS owners. More than 70 percent of Nintendo 3DS systems in the United States have connected to the Internet, and applications such as Swapnote and Nintendo Video have been downloaded more than 1 million times each domestically.

To view a recording of the full Nintendo All-Access 3DS Software Showcase @ E3 2012 event, please visit http://e3.nintendo.com.

New Super Mario Bros. 2- Trailer available on the eShop!

For those of you with a 3DS, you can now get on the eShop and watch the trailer for New Super Mario Bros. 2. I'm sure this will be the first of many trailers hitting the eShop soon.

Thanks to Alan for the tip.

eShop down last night?

Reader Stunt Duck reported that the eShop was down last night. According to him anytime he tried to access the eShop he kept getting an error message. Did anyone else have this problem? Perhaps Nintendo is preparing to release some content to the eShop during or following today's conference.

Art of Balance TOUCH! Review

A portion of the 3dstribe review..

Varied, addictive and engrossing, Art of Balance TOUCH! is another eShop gem. It’s been polished to a sheen and there’s bags of content to be found within its 200 levels. This physics-based puzzler is definitely worth a look.

Review Lagoon's E3 2012 Nintendo Predictions

Here are a few predictions coming the site:

1) Big surprises in the e-shop on June 5
Over the years we’ve gotten free games, firmware updates offering new functionality, and other online goodies available for download the day of Nintendo’s E3 press conference. It would not surprise me at all for Nintendo to steal Microsoft’s or Sony’s thunder by releasing something cool and unexpected in the minutes prior to their own press conferences as well, causing game journalists to scramble to download them with the folks on stage attempting to get everyone excited about their own offerings while staring down at a sea of 3DS’s. Either way, I’d say there is just about a 100% chance we’ll get something cool in the e-shop on June 5.

2) An all-new Club Nintendo
Tied in with the already unveiled Nintendo Network, my guess is that we’ll see a revamped Club Nintendo system that integrates communications (messaging, chat, and video chat), 3D picture and video sharing services, game gifting, and possibly achievement tracking. The program will include a new smartphone app that among other things will feature a “Streetpass on-the go” functionality that will support both 3DS and Wii U, allowing for collecting Streetpass hits via your phone that sync to your Club Nintendo account and automatically update to your console or handheld. Because of Nintendo’s stance on not releasing their own games for Apple’s devices, Apple will repeatedly reject Nintendo’s app in the approval process, causing Nintendo to release the app on Android OS first and exclusively for an unknown period of time. The new Club Nintendo will also feature the addition of coin rewards for completing certain “special” achievements in games–coins that can be used for redeeming rewards on Club Nintendo. Club Nintendo rewards will begin to become more “virtual” in nature as opposed to the physical goods we’ve become accustomed to, and will include full games as well as in-game content for first-party published games. Also a possibility will be a social feature that allows you to watch streaming video of other gamers during live gameplay–the feature is intended to promote the games themselves as well as support spectator mode for live game tournaments events.

3) Full-length 3D movies come to 3DS
With the continuing flood of 3D movies from Hollywood, movie studios (perhaps not including Sony) will be more than accommodating when negotiating terms with Nintendo on releasing full-length 3D motion pictures on what many consider a “gateway” device that can introduce 3D movies to consumers on a relatively low cost (yet mainstream) device. 3DS’s cumulative year-one sales may convince movie studios to take the plunge and offer game-card based 3D movies priced at $20 to $30. Otherwise, Nintendo could complete a deal with a streaming service such as Vudu that already offers 3D streaming movies (to own or rent) on set-top devices as well as built-in to TV’s using hardware that’s less sophisticated than what 3DS has under the hood.

To read the rest of the predictions head over to the article

Thanks to Alex for sending this in.


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