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January 19, 2011

Official Nintendo 3DS launch date: March 25th

by Darren Allan
Nintendo held a press conference today where it announced the official release date for the 3DS handheld in the UK. And the date to mark on your calendar is March 25th, not the 18th as some had previously suggested. No price was confirmed for the handheld gaming console which does 3D without the need for any glasses. The Telegraph ...

January 14, 2011

Nintendo reveals more 3DS launch games for Japan

by Darren Allan
Nintendo has revealed more details of its launch line-up for the 3DS over in Japan. The initial launch day line-up for the three dimensional handheld has already been unveiled, and includes the likes of Ridge Racer, Professor Layton, Nintendogs and Cats, Super Street Fighter IV 3D and Pro Evolution 3D Soccer. In Japan, these will all be out on ...

January 13, 2011

Nintendo 3DS to cost between £200 and £250?

by Darren Allan
Speculation has been fired up concerning the price of the Nintendo 3DS, after online retailer The Hut had posted up a price for the handheld. An article on MCV states that the retailer priced the 3DS at £300 when it first put the device up for pre-order. However, it now seems to have removed that price, and just ...

January 10, 2011

Nintendo boss assures that the 3DS isn’t “dangerous”

by Darren Allan
Those following the 3DS can't have missed the recent warning from Nintendo that the handheld could have a negative impact on the eyesight of very young children. This is because the three dimensional effect the handheld boasts could potentially interfere with a child's eyesight development while they're still very young, i.e. under six. For this reason, it's recommended that ...

Nintendo 3DS specs reveal battery life concerns

by Darren Allan
Nintendo has released a spec sheet for its upcoming 3DS handheld, which has made some interesting revelations on the battery front. PCMag.com spotted the tech specs on the official Nintendo site, with the battery life being listed as approximately three to five hours, depending on the exact game being played and brightness level. Regular DS titles being played ...

January 3, 2011

Video of Nintendo 3DS surfaces on the net

by Darren Allan
Can't wait for the Nintendo 3DS, the three dimensionally endowed yet glasses free handheld which is due out in March? Well, you'll have to. Although if you want to whet your pre-launch appetite very slightly, a video has cropped up on the net made by a Chinese chap showing off a presumably nicked 3DS removed from the production ...

December 19, 2010

Nintendo 3DS carts will have 8GB capacity?

by Darren Allan
The latest from the console rumour mill is news on the cartridges for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS, the company's glasses-free 3D handheld. Kotaku reports that the 3DS carts will be manufactured by Macronix, and the current speculation is that they'll have a whopping 8GB maximum capacity. However, it seems that won't all be used to begin with, and Nintendo will limit things ...

October 27, 2010

PlayStation Phone pictures revealed

by Darren Allan
Well, apparently the rumoured PlayStation Phone does indeed exist, as pictures of a prototype model have popped up on the net this morning. Engadget has the photos up (have a look here), unsurprisingly, as it was also the site which sparked all these rumours off in the summer. The device is thought to have a 1GHz processor, 1GB of Rom, 512MB ...

October 25, 2010

Sony cuts PSP Go to $199 in the US

by Darren Allan
Sony is wielding the axe on the price of the PSP Go in the States due to reportedly lacklustre sales of the handheld. The PSP Go is set for a 20% drop in price, from the current retail of $249 to $199. It's also set to be cut with an even greater ...

October 6, 2010

Sony PSP2 will be launched Christmas 2011?

by Darren Allan
The sequel to the PSP will be out in time for Christmas next year, according to rumours currently flying around the net. Apparently Sony has been talking extensively to developers about the PSP2, and games are already underway. VG247 states that a UK source “familiar with the matter” claimed: “We’ve been told it’s coming in late 2011.” VG247 actually reported on the ...

September 29, 2010

Nintendo 3DS not out until March 2011

by Darren Allan
There's some bad news for those of you who were hoping Santa would be placing a Nintendo 3DS in your stocking this year. The handheld which sports three dimensional gameplay without the need for glasses won't be arriving in Europe and the US until March 2011, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. It will sneak ...

August 3, 2010

Nintendo 3DS and eye strain worries

by Darren Allan
The wonderful world of 3D images isn't wonderful for everyone. Some of us can't see the effects properly, or suffer from headaches due to them. And the prospect of eye strain is another worry, and one that has been highlighted on Nintendo's 3DS platform by the developer of Kid Icarus Uprising, Masahiro Sakurai. He spoke to CVG regarding the development ...

July 29, 2010

Nintendo 3DS soon to be dated and priced

by Darren Allan
Some good news for Nintendo handheld fans – it won't be too long before the exact launch date and asking price for its next-gen gaming device is revealed. The Nintendo 3DS, which boasts 3D technology without the need for any eye-wear, will have its launch date revealed on September 29th, the Japanese arm of Bloomberg reports (via MCV). So you ...

July 28, 2010

Nintendo DS R4 cards ruled illegal in UK

by Darren Allan
Nintendo has won an anti-piracy battle, securing a court judgement against R4 cards. The emulator cards can have games downloaded onto them, so DS owners can play pirated material on their handheld. The defendant in the case, retailer Playables Limited and Wai Dat Chan, argued the peripheral should be classified under the “homebrew” category, meaning that the cards allow folks ...

July 9, 2010

Nintendo DSi sales surge after price cut

by Darren Allan
The DSi handheld is apparently flying off the shelves, after Nintendo cut the price last month. The company claims that sales have risen a staggering 40% every week, since the DSi was dropped from an RRP of £160 to £130. Rob Saunders, Nintendo’s Head of Communications told MCV: “Since the adjustment in trade price has been passed on to consumers, each of ...

June 15, 2010

Nintendo 3DS unveiled – look ma, no 3D glasses

by Darren Allan
Nintendo has taken the wraps off its new handheld at the E3 games show in LA. (Not that it was any big secret). The Nintendo 3DS will provide portable three dimensional gaming, and best of all, you won't need to wear a stupid looking pair of specs to experience it. Which is a pretty crucial element for a handheld, really. ...

Don’t just book it, PSP it, says Thomas Cook

by Darren Allan
Thomas Cook has announced plans to make Sony PSPs available for rental on its planes on short and medium haul flights. The handhelds will be loaded up with a number of films, TV shows and games to keep you entertained during the flight, and take your mind off the inevitable baby crying ...

May 27, 2010

Go get a PSP Go and get free games

by Darren Allan
Sony has announced that it will soon be bringing out quite a big offer to attempt to simulate sales of its PSP Go handheld console. The unit hasn't been all that well received, with lukewarm sales at best, despite offers such as HMV who dropped it to £149 for a limited time ...

May 13, 2010

Sony PSP 2 to be unveiled at E3?

by Darren Allan
Here's another one freshly ground from the rumour mill, regarding a possible follow up to Sony's handheld. MCV reckons that Sony could be lifting the lid on the PSP 2 at the E3 games show next month. The games industry paper reports that there has been a significant increase in projected marketing spend ...

April 20, 2010

Nintendo 3DS out in October

by Darren Allan
The gaming fiends at Nintendo have evidently been beavering away at the company's next handheld. For the Nintendo 3DS, which will boast 3D technology, will be out this autumn, rather than next year as we initially anticipated. The 3DS will be unveiled at the E3 games show in June, with a target launch date of October. That's according to sources ...

March 23, 2010

Nintendo 3DS handheld: 3D graphics without glasses

by Darren Allan
We've had the resurgence of 3D films, and now 3DTV, along with talk of 3D games, so perhaps it isn't too surprising that Nintendo is jumping on the dimensional bandwagon. The company has announced that its next handheld will boast 3D technology, and what's more it won't require the user to don a goofy pair of specs to experience ...

March 18, 2010

Nintendo DS2 coming for E3?

by Darren Allan
Is the next Nintendo handheld coming soon? Rumours rife at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco certainly suggest that's the case. A report on RPad.TV, a site which says it pestered developers at GDC regarding the potential DS2, has revealed a number of rumour nuggets. The handheld will have two screens, like the DS, but they'll be bigger ...

January 14, 2010

Nintendo DSi XL launches in March

by Darren Allan
The new large screen version of Nintendo's handheld will be launched in the UK come March 5th. The DSi XL features a pair of 4.2 inch screens, which is 93% more display real-estate than its predecessor, the DS Lite. It's designed to make playing games more enjoyable and comfortable, with a wider viewing angle than previous models. The new handheld ...

November 13, 2009

PSP Go goes all colourful

by Darren Allan
Apparently Sony is researching what would be the best new colours to introduce to the PSP Go handheld (currently it's a choice of black or white). So says a report from Destructoid, which claims that Hall & Partners Europe are conducting a survey which, amongst other questions, enquired which colour PSP Go ...

June 3, 2009

Move Networks announces IPTV support for MIDs

by David Allen
High definition Internet TV could soon be available on handheld devices, following confirmation from Move Networks that it plans to support Intel's mobile internet device (MID) platform, Moorestown. US-based Move Networks, which provides patent-pending technologies for delivering live and on-demand HD IPTV, said yesterday that it will provide a Move Media Player plug-in for the Moorestown platform that will allow MID ...