Nintendo: 3DS in for a big 2014

4:05 PM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
The limited-edition, silver-colored Nintendo 3DS XL system featuring an image of Luigi running with his brother Mario from Nintendo.
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After what Nintendo calls a "record setting" year in terms of games sales in 2013, the video games company predicts big things for its portable 3DS platform for this calendar year.

According to Nintendo, more than 16 million combined packaged and digital Nintendo 3DS games were sold in 2013.  That resulted in an increase of more than 45 percent over 2012's Nintendo 3DS game sales.  Furthermore, the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems (which also includes Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS) has crossed lifetime hardware sales of more than 11.5 million in the United States alone. 

"Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all kinds of players," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing.  "We're not slowing down in 2014.  With more games featuring fan-favorite franchises on the way, the best days of Nintendo 3DS are still to come." 

Looking forward, Nintendo has a number of high-profile titles planned to launch in 2014 including Yoshi's New Island which launches March 14 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.  The game is being produced by Takashi Tezuka, the same person who served as the creative director on the original Yoshi's Island game for the Super NES.  In this upcoming title, Yoshi reunites with Baby Mario in a gorgeous landscape to help him to safety. Flutter jumps, ground pounds and egg throws all return, along with some new actions that use the unique features of Nintendo 3DS. 

Another upcoming 3DS title, Disney Magical World,  is a new game featuring dozens of Disney characters in a variety of Disney-themed worlds.  Players can customize their characters with hundreds of Disney-themed outfits and accessories, all while managing a café, planting crops and collecting Disney character cards. Players help different characters solve problems or find missing items.  The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on April 11. 

There is also a free demo of Square Enix's RPG Bravely Default already vailable exclusively in the Nintendo eShop.  The extensive demo features content not included in the main game, but players who purchase the full game can transfer some of their data.  The full game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 7. 

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy challenges players with more than 150 mind-bending puzzles.  In this final installment in the second Professor Layton trilogy, players embark on a worldwide adventure in search of lost Azran artifacts.  The game launches Feb. 28 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. 

Nintendo's 3DS family of systems start at $130 and go up from there.


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