1. Gaming

    Report: Nintendo’s Slide Pad 3DS Peripheral Gets 480 Hours of Battery Life

    Remember that ridiculous Slide Pad thing Nintendo is releasing for its maligned 3DS handheld? Well, some enterprising soul managed to snag one of the devices early in Japan, where the peripheral went on sale yesterday, and made a startling discovery. Apparently the manual for the device claims that although the Slide Pad runs on a separate AAA battery, it will last some 480 hours before needing to be replaced.

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  2. Gaming

    Netflix Coming to the 3DS

    Netflix is coming to the 3DS; the wait is over. Sort of. The wait is over if you just wanted Netflix on your 3DS, really, really badly. If you wanted to watch 3D things on your 3DS, you still have some waiting to take care of. The free Netflix app is available for download today and can be used with an unlimited streaming account much in the same way a number of your other devices can. In fact, with the lack of 3D content at launch, the 3DS can be used in exactly the same way that a number of your other devices can. It is quite unlikely that this Netflix deal was going to sell any 3DSes with or without 3D functionality from the get go, but when it eventually shows up, it should serve to sweeten the deal for previous owners. Quoth the Nintendo press release:
    The new Netflix application for Nintendo 3DS displays movies and TV episodes in 2D on the system's upper screen. Users will soon have access to an additional library of select movies that can be viewed in 3D without the need for special glasses.
    (via Engadget)

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  3. Gaming

    3DS Battery Life Is Even Worse Than You Thought

    We knew that the 3DS was not going to have very good battery life -- Nintendo promised 3-5 hours of juice for 3DS games, 5-8 for regular DS games -- but the folks at Engadget have gotten their hands on a Japanese 3DS and played around with it for a week, and they say that the battery life is consistently on the very low end of that spectrum, topping out at 3 hours, 15 minutes.

    The biggest 3DS disappointment is absolutely the battery life. The 1,300mAh battery is 30 percent larger than the one in the DS Lite but simply cannot deliver the same sort of longevity we've come to expect from previous Nintendo consoles, topping out for us at three hours and fifteen minutes with WiFi enabled. Compare that to the 15 hours the DS Lite could manage and you can see why we're disappointed. Disabling WiFi added about another half hour.
    Odds are, when the 3DS hits American shores on March 27th, the battery life will not be substantially better. A company called Nyko hopes to solve the problem by releasing a $20 battery pack that it claims doubles the battery life of the 3DS. Maybe so, but a) that's extra money on top of an already expensive machine, and b) in our experience, even when they work, external battery packs tend to be rather clunky affairs. (via Engadget. title pic via GameRant.)

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  4. Gaming

    Punch Time Explosion: Smash Bros. but With Cartoon Network Characters

    Punch Time Explosion, a game coming out for the Nintendo 3DS, is a Super Smash Bros. style brawler, except it features prominent Cartoon Network characters. No, sadly, not ones from Adult Swim. This isn't the first time Cartoon Network has made a mashup game featuring various characters from their universe (see: FusionFall), but Punch Time Explosion is most likely more accessible, considering it'll be on a Nintendo handheld and the Smash Bros. gameplay is designed to be simple.

    At the moment, the only trailers available are a few character profiles, one of which can be seen above, mainly because Bubbles is adorable. Other fighters featured in the game include characters from The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Chowder, Ben 10, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. There are also supposedly assist characters in the game, and the full fighters list doesn't seemed sussed out, so no reason to worry that your favorite (or more obvious) character hasn't made the roster as of yet.

    Here's hoping that Punch Time Explosion receives a WCW vs. NWO style sequel where the Adult Swim characters invade and fight the Cartoon Network guys.

    (via Topless Robot)

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  5. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 2/6

    5 Essential Super Bowl Recipes (SportsGrid) Comic-Con gets 33,000,000 hits, sell out, only partially because of Twilight (Bleeding Cool) Fan-produced Star Wars documentary (JambeDavdar on YouTube) Angry Birds officially invading 3DS (3DS Focus) Minecraft and Half-Life 2: Together at Last (Robbaz on YouTube) A hymn to evolution (Ben Hillman on Vimeo) Pigeons in zero gravity ( on YouTube) (pic via Look At This Frakking Geekster)

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  6. Gaming

    Nintendo Reveals 3DS Launch Price, Date

    At today's launch event in New York City, Nintendo is finally treating fans to some long-awaited details about its 3D-capable 3DS handheld system. The 3DS will be $249.99, and it will launch on March 27 across the US. Here's what else we know: *The system will launch in aqua blue and cosmo black. *The system will come with a 2GB SD card and a charging cradle. *The 3DS coin/pedometer reward system has been confirmed. Other preinstalled software includes a camera-powered Mii Maker, augmented reality games, an "enhanced Internet browser," and a 3D video player app. *Lots of classic Game Boy and GBC games will be downloadable from an e-shop *In the period between the 3DS' launch in March and E3 in June, Nintendo hopes to have more than 30 games launched. (via Kotaku, GoNintendo)

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  7. Gaming

    Nintendo 3DS Coins: Universal Currency to Unlock Game Content, Earned Through Pedometer

    Before I get into the article, I must first point you to the post category tag and reiterate this is currently speculative, as a proper, detailed source hasn't really turned up yet. Secondly, I must disclose that I can't read Japanese, and have no idea if those screenshots are indicative of the 3DS Coins, but they were posted on a site that seems to know what's up regarding said Coins. So, as the story goes, the upcoming Nintendo 3DS is said to include "Game Coins" which are accumulated through a pedometer via walking (or, let's be honest, cheating and shaking the 3DS), that can be used to unlock in-game content. The coins are also said to be universal, allowing any game on the portable to use the system.

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  8. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 1/9

    The 3DS Has a Japanese Launch Line Up (That Videogame Blog)

    Fight Club... The Musical? (Bleeding Cool)

    US Government Strategy On Preventing Leaks Gets Leaked (Techspot)

    How To Start Watching Doctor Who (Spinoff Online)

    This Man Has A Justin Bieber Tattoo, We Don't Know What Else To Tell You (Stylite)

    A Steampunk Etch-A-Sketch (Bit Rebels)

    The Narrative Philosophy Behind The Cape (Inside TV)

    (pic by Rob Cham, via Laughing Squid.)

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  9. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 1/8

    How To Watch The Daily Show and Colbert Report if You're in the UK (Bleeding Cool)

    A Creeper on OKCupid (ATTENTION: MINECRAFT JOKES) (Reddit)

    Screens From Ocarina of Time on the 3DS (Kotaku)

    Can Gaming Help "It Get Better?" (GameInformer)

    The Plot of the New Torchwood (Bleeding Cool)

    Things Gamers Should Relax About (Destructoid)

    The 3DS Has a Battery Life (Joystiq)

    (pic by jjengo, via the fallen blue.)

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  10. Gaming

    3DS Supposedly Stolen From Chinese Production Line, Results in Pics and Video

    A worker claims he was able to smuggle a Nintendo 3DS out of a factory, and seemingly having experience with the Internet, took a bunch of pictures to prove the widely popular Internet guideline: If: Pics, Then: Happened. The 3DS doesn't seem to do much other than be a plastic model of what a 3DS will look like, as well as display a black screen with the SDK version and memory details.

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  11. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 12/30

    Hawkeye to Cameo in Thor (Bleeding Cool) Samuel L. Jackson Saying M*th*erf*ck*r (NSFW) (Abaurre3) 8 Hard Lessons 2010 Taught The Entertainment Industry (Wired) World's Smallest Periodic Table Etched on Hair of Worlds Adorablest British Scientist (Periodic Videos) Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer Restage Labyrinth; Gaiman is Bowie (Amanda Palmer) Nintendo Warns Against 3DS Graphics for Young Kids (Ars Technica) Gallery of Original Background Art from Masters of the Universe (Robert Lamb) (Dougtrio pic via Reddit.)

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  12. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 10/10

    X-Men Arcade Game Coming to XBLA and PSN (GameInformer) Streaming 3D Movies on the 3DS? (GameRant) NYCC Cosplay Day 2 (Kotaku) Now is the Time To Buy Comics On (Bleeding Cool) A Pessimist's Guide to the Future (The Globe and Mail) Largest Lego Mosaic Ever? (GeekDad) A Cuddlesome Cowlike Cthulu Milked by A Brave Milkmaid (Joystiq) (pic via WoW Insider.)

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  13. Gaming

    Nintendo Stock Drops Nearly 10% After 3DS Announcement

    Following Nintendo's 3DS announcement yesterday, their stock dropped 9.34%, probably in part due to missing the holiday launch window and in part due to carrying a hefty price tag that is $100 more expensive than their own current-gen console. The 3DS was delayed until February in Japan, causing Nintendo to change its fiscal year profits forecast from $2.4 billion down to $1.08 billion. In a statement by Nintendo:

    "The earnings forecast has been modified to reflect the trend of stronger-than-expected yen appreciation, current sales performance, the sales outlook for the holiday season and the decided release conditions for the Nintendo 3DS."

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  14. Gaming

    Nintendo 3DS Hardware Specs Leaked?

    IGN claims to have received the hardware specs on Nintendo's upcoming 3D-enabled handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, from a source that traded the details for anonymity. According to the source, the 3DS will contain "two 266MHz ARM11 CPUs, along with a 133MHz GPU, 4MBs of dedicated VRAM, 64MBs of RAM, and 1.5GBs of flash storage." The 3DS also employs the use of an SD card slot in order to provide expandable storage.

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  15. Gaming

    Nintendo 3DS Release Date Gets a Release Date

    We still don't officially know when Nintendo's 3DS is going to be released in North America, but now, we at least know when the 3DS' release date is going to be released: The company announced today that it will announce the date on September 29th. They'll also announce the handheld's price.

    We already know that the 3DS will be out in NA by the end of March 2011, and a TV appearance by the president of Nintendo America last month seemed to indicate that the 3DS would be coming in 2011. But does the September 29th announcement spell hope for a 2010 release date after all?

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