Nintendo News Round-Up: Details on the New 3DS, Amiibo Figurines, Super Smash Bros. Characters, and Ultimate NES Remix


By: Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

So much Nintendo news, so little time. With as much as it re-invents and updates its products, it’s no wonder it’s the world’s largest video game company by revenue. New details have emerged regarding its future, so here’s a handy guide to keep everything straight.

Firstly, a new 3DS system was announced during a Japanese Nintendo Direct Presentation earlier this week. It was revealed the system will include an additional directional button, faster processor, and more. The new model will come with exclusive games that aren’t compatible with the current 3DS.

Other features of the new 3DS include a c-stick, a tiny grey analog pad above the action buttons; new ZL and ZR triggers on the back for extra controls; and a stronger CPU for faster downloads and browsing. A fun non-tech tidbit? The A, B, X, and Y buttons have been colored to match the old-school SNES controller for players who love to feel retro when they game.

The new models have a wider viewing angle for 3D gaming, as well as a slightly bigger base and screen. They will also support custom covers so players can personalize their 3DS to their hearts’ content.

What’s more, it is equipped with a NFC reader/writer in its bottom screen, which means players can put Amiibo toys directly on the unit to have the new 3DS read them.

Amiibos are new hardware for the 3DS and Wii U. They are figurines that are designed to connect and interact with compatible games. According to, “In the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game, you’ll be able to scan your Amiibo into the game. You’ll then be able to fight against your Amiibo, team up with it in battle or watch it battle other in-game characters. Your Amiibo will be able to increase its attack and defense stats and even learn new fighting tactics.”

The initial Amiibo launch will have 12 figurines: Mario, Peach, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Kirby, Fox, Marth, Villager and a Wii Fit Trainer. They will cost $12.99 each and will be released this holiday season, with more coming in 2015.

In addition to the Amiibos, Nintendo is releasing a new game for the new 3DS. It’s called Ultimate NES Remix and is a throwback to classic 8-bit games. Players will endure quick-fire challenges from 16 games – the same 16 from the original NES Remix, though it hasn’t been announced how the new ones will differ from the old. It will retail for $30 and like the Amiibos, it comes out this holiday season.

Finally, Nintendo confirmed a character that will be in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U that has long been rumored to be joining the roster. Shulk, the protagonist from the Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles, will be the newest character in the Super Smash Bros. lineup, joining the previously announced Pac-Man, Yoshi, Zelda, Sonic, Mario, and more.

Shulk is a sword-wielding character like Link and Marth. His weapon of choice is called the Monado, the mythical sword central to Xenoblade’s story.

The inclusion of a Xenoblade character in Super Smash Bros. is significant because the original Xenoblade Chronicles game was just announced as one of the exclusive games for the new 3DS.

Check out this trailer announcing Shulk, straight from

The new Nintendo 3DS will cost 16,000 yen ($154) and the Nintendo 3DS XL will cost 18,8000 yen ($181). Both will be out in Japan on October 11, but there’s no word on when they will make their way to North America and Europe; however, Nintendo did confirm it won’t happen in the 2014 calendar year.

    One Comment

  1. mocanu andraSeptember 1st, 2014 at 10:35 am

    wow! this new gadget is so cool…glad to see that nintendo is improving!

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