Iwata Cuts His Salary In Half Due To 3DS Price Drop

As we have all heard, Nintendo is dropping the price on the 3DS in August. That being said, Iwata and some others from the big N will be taking a dive on their salaries.

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Nintendo Download July 28

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop
Let’s Golf 3D – Choose from eight customizable characters and play in exotic locations, including the Mayan jungle and a winter wonderland. The 3D visuals will let you view your ball’s trajectory like never before. (For Nintendo 3DS™)

Virtual Console™
Brawl Brothers – Rick and Doug know all the moves, from martial arts to pro wrestling throws, and they don’t hesitate to use them. You really don’t want to mess with them! (For Wii™)

WiiWare™
Burn the Rope – Try to burn as much of the rope as possible in each level. But there’s a catch: The fire only burns upward, so you must rotate the levels to keep your flame alive. (For Wii)

Also new this week:

To view this week’s Nintendo Download in its full graphical version, please visit: http://www.news2know.net/nintendo/downloadjJ5t94Es.php

Another week, another skip of the 3DS Virtual Console. Oh well, at least us early 3DS adopters get 20 old NES & GBA games.

NINTENDO 3DS PRICE DROPS TO $169.99 (Aug 12), AS GREAT VALUE AND NEW 3D GAMES COME TOGETHER

Star Fox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and Kid Icarus: Uprising Prep Nintendo 3DS for a Strong Holiday Season

REDMOND, Wash., July 28, 2011 – Nintendo of America today announced plans to drop the suggested retail price of its portable Nintendo 3DS™ system to $169.99 in the United States, as new games based on some of the world’s most beloved video game franchises head to the system. The new price, down from the suggested launch price of $249.99 and effective Aug. 12, makes an outstanding value even better and sets up a strong holiday season for the system.

“For anyone who was on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “We are giving shoppers every incentive to pick up a Nintendo 3DS, from an amazing new price to a rapid-fire succession of great games.”

Nintendo 3DS has the strongest software lineup of any video game system this holiday season and the new price now opens up the glasses-free 3D experience to many more consumers. Building on the popularity of The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, which launched June 19, the upcoming game calendar is a Who’s Who of iconic video game franchises. Star Fox 64™ 3D arrives on Sept. 9, followed by Super Mario™ 3D Land in November, Mario Kart™ 7 in December and Kid Icarus™: Uprising during the holiday season.

In addition to great games, Nintendo 3DS has a host of attractive features* that make it the must-have video game system this season:

* The new Nintendo Video™ service automatically delivers short 3D videos from the worlds of music, comedy, animation and Hollywood.

* A free application allows Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix.

* The Nintendo eShop is a digital store for Nintendo 3DS owners that provides access to a wide variety of downloadable content, such as original 3D software, classic games that have been re-mastered in 3D called 3D Classics, Game Boy™ and Game Boy Color “Virtual Console” games in their original 2D glory, and more than 350 Nintendo DSiWare™ games. Visitors can also view video game trailers, screen shots and product information for games, including those available at retail locations.

Since Nintendo 3DS launched in the United States on March 27, more than 830,000 people in the U.S. alone have purchased one to enjoy 3D visuals without the need for special glasses. These Nintendo 3DS owners represent some of Nintendo’s most loyal customers, and Nintendo is rewarding them for getting in on the action early with 20 free downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop.

These free games are available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband Internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program. The program contains two elements:

1. Starting Sept. 1, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES™ Virtual Console™ games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™, Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.

2. By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.

More details about this program will be announced in the future.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

*Some features require a broadband Internet connection.

Holy crap, this is a major surprise. I didn’t expect Nintendo to drop the price by $80. The system is also dropping in Japan from ¥25,000 to ¥15,000, so hopefully that will drive import costs down as well for the system.

August 2011 issue of Nintendo Power comes with Pokémon DVD

Surprisingly enough, the latest issue of Nintendo Power August 2011 subscriber edition came with a Pokémon DVD.

The DVD features a music video by the band Presidents of the United States of America called Can’t Stop (Catchin”Em All) which you can see here.

The first episode of the Pokémon Black & White anime series “In The Shadow of Zekrom” is also on this DVD. I guess that’s pretty cool, better than the terrible song above.

Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions released for 3DS

SAN JOSE, Calif., (July 26, 2011) – Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today released PAC-MAN® & Galaga® DIMENSIONS for the Nintendo 3DS™ system in North America. PAC-MAN® and Galaga®, two of NAMCO BANDAI Games’ most iconic franchises enter a new dimension of fun with new and classic games for the Nintendo 3DS system. Players will be able to play through 30 years of history with the original Galaga and PAC-MAN games, their 21st century reboots, PAC-MAN® Championship Edition and Galaga® Legions, as well as two al new adventures designed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system; PAC-MAN Tilt and Galaga 3D IMPACT. All six games are available now in PAC-MAN & Galaga DIMENSIONS for $39.99.

PAC-MAN gets topsy-turvy in his latest adventure, PAC- MAN Tilt. Guide PAC-MAN through over 20 2D platforming levels collecting Pac-Dots, Power Pellets and fruit to earn the top score for each mission. Players will be able to tilt the 3DS system using its motion sensor to manipulate PAC-MAN’s environment, turning obstacles into platforms, walls into stairs and much more. Earn enough points in each level to receive a medal. Medals can be exchanged for bonus levels for an extra challenge . Other PAC-MAN games In PAC-MAN & Galaga DIMENSIONS include the original PAC-MAN arcade game and 2007’s award-winning PAC-MAN Championship Edition. PAC-MAN Championship Edition takes the classic PAC-MAN gameplay and updates it with a timed Score Attack mode, multiple mazes, online leaderboards and brightly colored neon graphics.

Galaga’s 30th anniversary continues with Galaga 3D IMPACT, a thrilling first-person on-rails shooter that thrusts players into the middle of a Galaga invasion. Galaga 3D IMPACT lets players maneuver their perspective within the pilot seat of a space fighter with the Nintendo 3DS system’s gyro sensor to aim and shoot enemies as they try to lay siege against the human race. The player’s real-life movements correspond to the action represented on-screen in an impressive mash-up of arcade shooter and 3D virtual reality. Other Galaga games included in PAC-MAN & Galaga DIMENSIONS include the original Galaga arcade game and the 2008 reboot, Galaga Legions. In Galaga Legions, players can place two satellite guns down in any direction to act as turrets to help fend off the incoming Galaga formations. Neon lines will streak across the screen to indicate where the Galaga will move through each wave, giving players a chance to set up their plan of attack. Galaga Legions also includes online leaderboards to compete against friends and the world.

PAC-MAN & Galaga DIMENSIONS is now available for the Nintendo 3DS system with an MSRP of $39.99 and ESRB rating of “E10+” for everyone 10 and over. For more information about PAC-MAN & Galaga DIMENSIONS, please visit; http://www.namcobandaigames.com or http://www.facebook.com/namcogames.

I’ve heard some impressions and they say that the game is pretty cool. However, Best Buy seems to have put it on sale for $29.99, so if you were looking to save a few bucks, BB is the place to go.

Inazuma Eleven finally heading to the UK

Inazuma Eleven is finally heading to the United Kingdom 7 months after the rest of Europe already received the game on January 28th. Maybe I will have to import it, as I still love my DS and do not wish for it to fade away so quickly!

Japanese sales success Inazuma Eleven will hit UK shelves on August 26th, three years after its original release.

It’s an RPG-style football game for DS with over-the-top moves and over 1,000 in-game players to choose from. It originally went on sale in Japan in August 2008 and entered the sales charts at No.3.

Since then the series – developed by Professor Layton studio Level-5 – has sold well in Japan. The third title went on sale last year and topped the Japanese All Formats chart at release.

Inazuma Eleven is also a manga TV series that broadcasts in Asia and parts of Europe. It aired for the first time in the UK yesterday on Disney XD.

The DS title features four-player multiplayer, Nintendo Wi-Fi connectivity, an RPG-style storyline and special moves such as flying ice kicks and strikers that can teleport across the pitch.

Source: MCV-UK

Nintendo Video now available in North America

The Nintendo Video application has just been activated for download on the Nintendo eShop. It only takes a few seconds to download the app, but the videos will take a while probably due to all the traffic.

Here is a list of the videos currently available:

Sunday Jog
A short animated film about two joggers who set out for a stroll on a beautiful Sunday morning. They are alarmed by what appears to be an earthquake – which quickly reveals itself to be much more.

Dinosaur Office
They’re dinosaurs. In an office. Rawr!

Captain America trailer
Captain America: The First Avenger in which Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for an experimental program that turns him into the super soldier known as Captain America

What is Nintendo Video?
Watch this now!