Nintendo Diehards In Europe Invited To Purchase New 3DS Early

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Nintendo Diehards In Europe Invited To Purchase New 3DS Early

Some Nintendo fans in Europe woke up to an unexpected invitation from Nintendo. Nintendo has created a new ambassador program, giving some Club Nintendo members the ability to purchase a New 3DS console right now.

Joystiq reports on emails forwarded from readers that the New 3DS Ambassador Edition is available only to those who received the invitation. The bundle is priced at £179.99 ($274.88) and includes a white console, a 4GB microSD card, AR cards, a charging dock, and Smash Bros.-themed front and back cover plates.  

This ambassador program should not be confused with a different offer of the same name run in 2011. Nintendo offered 3DS early adopters 20 games from the Game Boy Advance and NES libraries when it dropped the price of the system only a few months after release.

Majora’s Mask For 3DS Gets A Skull Kid Collector’s Edition

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Majora’s Mask For 3DS Gets A Skull Kid Collector’s Edition

Nintendo has announced a special limited edition for the 3DS version of The Legend of Zelda: Major’s Mask. In addition to the game, collectors can bring home a statuette of the Skull Kid.

This bundle will retail for $49.99 and will ship alongside the standard edition. No release date has yet been revealed for the title, but it will be available sometime this spring.

The 3DS version of Majora’s Mask will include updated visuals and new features. For more, you can check out the announcement trailer, new art, and an episode of Replay featuring the original release.

Far Cry 4 Removal From Xbox Live Marketplace Renders Digital Version Temporarily Unplayable

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Far Cry 4 Removal From Xbox Live Marketplace Renders Digital Version Temporarily Unplayable

Last night, Far Cry 4 players on Xbox One encountered a problem related to the game’s Marketplace listing. For a number of hours, the game was removed from the digital storefront, causing those that had previously purchased the title unable to use it.

The game has since been restored and the problems resolved, but the Far Cry 4 forums contain a number of detailed accounts. A community manager posting under the name “Mr_Shade” indicated during the incident that Ubisoft was aware and investigating, suggesting that users also contact Microsoft for support.

While this problem is resolved, it does raise questions about the methods by which games are authenticated for access. Delistings aren’t an entirely uncommon occurrence on the Xbox 360 as licenses expire and games are removed from circulation. However, practice has been to continue to allow access to legitimately purchased content, along with the ability even to re-download as needed.

Sony Announces 18.5 Million PlayStation 4 Units Sold Through To Date

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Sony Announces 18.5 Million PlayStation 4 Units Sold Through To Date

Sony has shared its holiday sales data, indicating that 4.1 million consoles were sold to customers during the holiday season. This brings total unit sell-through (to end-users) to 18.5 million worldwide.

Additionally, PlayStation Plus now serves over 10.9 million customers as of January 2. Holiday 2014 was important for hardware sales, also.

Customers brought home 17.8 million games inclusive of retail and digital purchases, bringing the total to 81.8 million. This represents an overall software attach rate of 4.42. A Gamasutra report from 2009 indicates that aligned for time since launch, the PlayStation 4 is outpacing the PlayStation 3’s tie ratio.

Speedrunners Break Super Mario World, Pokémon In Insane Ways

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A quick glance at the image above doesn't yield anything too impressive. It looks like a bunch of guys who are way too excited about streaming Super Mario Bros. When you watch the video leading up to the action, it suddenly makes sense why everyone looks so stoked to see Mario sprinting toward that Goomba.

As part of the Awesome Games Done Quick charity gaming event, several members of the speedrunning community brought a robotic helper dubbed TASBot for its prowess at tool-assisted speedrunning. They fired up Super Mario World on the Super Nintendo, and let the bot do its thing. After a bizarre and impressive series of odd  motions and near collisions with enemies, the game restarted – as the NES classic Super Mario Bros. It's possible thanks to methodical tracking of the game's internal programming and manipulation of its memory. Once the bot is able to set things up properly (or improperly, if you're from Nintendo), it's able to run its own code. In this case, the code is a fully playable version of Mario's early side-scrolling adventure.

Planetside 2 For PS4 Beta Start Date News Coming This Week

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Planetside 2 For PS4 Beta Start Date News Coming This Week

We have a follow-up on last week’s hopeful hints that the long-awaited Planetside 2 beta will be arriving on PlayStation 4 soon. Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley says that a  concrete launch date is coming this week.

According to a statement on Twitter, Smedley says that the beta start date will be coming “in the next few days.” Alongside that information will be details about the game’s longer term rollout to a wider audience.

Codes for the beta won’t be going out just yet, though. Those will arrive closer to the test’s launch.

Nearly 2,000 Games Received $89 Million In Kickstarter Funding In 2014

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Nearly 2,000 Games Received $89 Million In Kickstarter Funding In 2014

Kickstarter has shared a look back at the projects it hosted in 2014. The organization says that $529 million was pledged to 22,252 projects, about nine percent of which fall into the gaming category.

These projects include digital titles like The Molasses Flood’s inaugural project, The Flame and the Flood, and tabletop games. In total, 1,980 games were funded, placing the category at fourth (of fifteen) behind music (4,009 projects), film and video (3,846 projects), and publishing (2,064 projects).

In total, $89.1 million went to gaming initiatives, making it the third most funded category. Technology tops the list at $125 million, with design next at $96.7 million.

Classic Nintendo Tunes Played On Traditional Japanese Instruments

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Classic Nintendo Tunes Played On Traditional Japanese Instruments

Music from classic Nintendo games has stood the test of time, but you’ve likely not heard it quite like this. Famikoto is an ensemble from Japan that performs video game music on traditional instruments, recently adapting some of the most recognizable tunes in gaming.

The group has adapted the melodies from Fire Emblem, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros. The music is performed on the koto (horizontal stringed instrument), syamisen (stringed instrument with a long neck), and syakuhachi (a long bamboo flute).

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Sling TV Coming To Xbox One, Free Month Trial For Live Members

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Sling TV Coming To Xbox One, Free Month Trial For Live Members

Microsoft and Dish have announced that the newly announced Sling TV service will be coming to Xbox One soon. The product, which will provide a variety of over-the-internet television programming from Disney, CNN, ESPN, TNT, and others, was announced today at CES.

The service will be offered for $20 per month. Xbox Live members will receive a free one-month trial at launch. 

Live and on-demand programming will be included. Sling TV will also be available on Amazon Fire TV, Google Nexus Player, LG Smart TVs, Roku boxes, mobile platforms (iOS, Android), PC, and Mac.