Nintendo to skip E3 press conference, hosts Super Smash Bros. tourney instead

Nintendo’s Waluigilooking to smash up E3.

While Wii U sales languish and fans wonder where the big games are for the system, Nintendo has announced that it will once again bypass the traditional E3 press conference circuit, instead hosting its own ‘digital event’ that will be broadcast directly to fans on Tuesday June 10 at 9:00 am, PST.

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Here’s your chance to play one of the rarest games ever

Some nintendo-world-championships-goldcollectors have paid more than $10,000 to be able to play Nintendo World Championships. Now you can do it for next to nothing. Sort of.

What’s considered one of the rarest game to ever appear on a Nintendo system — if not the entire video game world — is about to become more widely available, though in a slightly different format.

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Report details biggest problems with next generation consoles

Everyone’s Sony Launches PlayStation 4 In Japan As Console Retakes U.S. Retail Lead Over Microsoft's Xbox Onea critic. And when the subject is next generation consoles, they’re especially ferocious.

Sometimes that’s legitimate. Sometimes, it’s user error. (And sometimes, it’s an odd mix of both.) Fixya has dug through over 40,000 complaints to determine the most common problems with each of the new machines on the market.

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Is the Xbox One in trouble?

Roughly microsoft-xbox-one2three months after the Xbox One hit stores, its price was cut.

On February 24, Microsoft lowered the retail price of its next generation console in the UK from £429.99 to £399.99, the equivalent of a $50 price cut in the U.S. At the same time, the company unveiled an upcoming Titanfall bundle in both regions, which includes a copy of the system’s most anticipated game at no additional charge.

The bundling of such a big game raised some eyebrows, but the UK cut really set gaming forums ablaze. Was Microsoft acknowledging weakness in Xbox One sales? Was it “pulling a Nintendo” to remain competitive? Was the company throwing in the towel?

Not at all, but it’s clear the company — and its flagship console — have their work cut out for them.

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Nintendo pulling plug on Wii, DS online play

Nintendo nintendo-wifi-gonehas never been a leader in the online space — the efforts of the Wii and DS in this area were always fairly weak — but those who used the service certainly appreciated it.

Those days are coming to an end, though, as the company has announced plans to discontinue its Wi-Fi Connection service as part of the slow, ongoing sunsetting of both systems.

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Donkey Kong: Through the Years

Nintendo’s donkey-kong-jpg_191640famous gorilla has come a long way since his 1981 arcade debut. Initially a mortal enemy of Mario, Donkey Kong’s trajectory changed when Super Mario Bros. came along in 1985, bringing with it a new bad guy, Bowser, who promptly took over princess snatching duties in the Nintendo universe. Laid off from that gig, DK became a much friendlier mascot, keeping himself occupied with his family, saving hordes of bananas, taking up the bongos and wearing a tie.

His latest adventure, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, arrives this week for the Wii U. It’s being hailed as another winning game for the big ape, though how will it ultimately stack up against his greatest hits?

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Georgia teen shot for holding Wii controller

The teen-killed-wii-remotefamily of a 17-year-old Georgia student who was shot and killed by police last Friday is claiming their son had a Nintendo Wii remote in his hand — not a gun, as police have stated.

Christopher Roupe was shot when police in Euharlee, GA (about an hour northwest of Atlanta) showed up to serve a probation violation warrant for Roupe’s father. The officer says Roupe pointed a gun at her when he opened the door, but the family argues otherwise.

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