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In an earlier announcement today via Nintendo Direct, the company has announced that a new version of the Nintendo 3DS will be available in the Japanese market later this year.

The new console will be titled ‘The new Nintendo 3DS” and will be improving on the original 3DS and introducing frequently requested missing features such as dual triggers and improved 3D imagery. The complete breakdown for the currently announced features of “The new Nintendo 3DS” are listed below:

- A new 3DS c-Stick which is supposed to simulate a smaller sized circle pad as featured on the current 3DS.
- 3DS tracks your movement so that the 3D effect isn’t lost when viewing it at different angles.
- Bottom Screen and Top Screen are the same size.
- Game card slot moved to the bottom of the 3DS console.
- Faster Processor and GPU (Graphics).
- Two Triggers on either side (ZL and ZR as seen on Wii U and Circle Pad Pro).
- 3DS will adjust brightness depending on the light in the area (similar to what the iPhone features).
- Micro SD slot as opposed to a standard SD card slot.

The console is slated to be released in Japan on October 11th, 2014 with no news detailing other markets at this time. For more information regarding “The New Nintendo 3DS” and everything gaming, please stay tuned to Gamingbits.com

Source: Kotaku

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Mario Kart 8′s Mercedes-Benz DLC launches tomorrow and some fans aren’t happy about the news (even though it is free). Well, cheer up, because Nintendo has something even better planned for the future of Mario Kart 8!

According to the Nintendo.co.uk, Mario Kart 8 will see two downloadable content packs in the foreseeable future, each pack consisting of new characters, courses & vehicles. This will also mark the inclusion of characters not from the Mario universe such as Link from Legend of Zelda and The Villager from the Animal Crossing games.

Here is a list of what will be included in the downloadable content to come:

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1
Released: November 2014
New characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach & Link
4 New Vehicles
8 New Courses

Mario Kart 8 Pack 2
Released: May 2015
New Characters: Villager, Isabelle & Dry Bowser
4 New Vehicles
8 New Courses

Nintendo has also detailed that the courses in these packs will include “Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing.” Unfortunately, Nintendo has yet to announce any details regarding a North American release date for this content but we should expect to see an announcement shortly.

For the latest on Mario Kart, keep an eye on Gamingbits.com!

Source: Store.Nintendo.co.uk

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Amazon Purchases Twitch.tv

by Skyler Edgar on August 25, 2014

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We reported on earlier last month that Google has reached a buy-0ut deal with Twitch for over $1 billion. Following these reports, a new deal has come to surface from Twitch’s CEO Emmett Shear who has confirmed that Amazon has acquired Twitch for approximately $970 million, meaning the reports of Google purchasing Twitch has turned out to be false.

In a statement made on Twitch.tv today, CEO Emmett Shear said “Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.”

With nearly $1 billion to be transferred between parties, this is no small acquisition for Amazon. It is unclear if Google was in the running to purchase Twitch.tv.

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Gamingbits at PAX Prime 2014

by Skyler Edgar on August 23, 2014

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We will be at PAX Prime 2014 and will be bringing you exclusive interviews, previews and first looks over the month-end weekend! Join us from Thursday, August 28th – Tuesday, September 2nd for everything related to PAX Prime and have a chance to earn some prizes from the event!

If you aren’t attending PAX Prime and have anything you want us to specifically check out, feel free to drop us a line by either tweeting us @Gamingbits with your request or by commenting below! We still stop by the requested booths and conduct interviews, take photos and maybe score some swag to give out to our readers!

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As part of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s new Supply Drop reward system, Mountain Dew & Doritos will be hosting an event called ‘Fuel Up For Battle’ where you can earn some exclusive in-game items.

Starting on October 6th, Specially marked products of Mountain Dew and Doritos will include a code which you can redeem on DewandDoritos.com. Every code entered will earn gamers some Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare items (as seen above) and will enter players in a draw for a chance to win an Xbox One. The exclusive items are said to only last until February 15th, 2015 where the items may be made available to the public but unfortunately no details have been shared at this time.

Greg Lyons, vice president of marketing over at Mountain Dew stated “As in-game experiences evolve, the DEW and Doritos brands are constantly looking for ways to bring those cutting-edge ideas to life offline through unique promotions and exclusive opportunities for our fans,” Lyons then stated “As a brand with an endemic gaming heritage, we are excited to be able to offer this massive gaming community unique access to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s next generation ‘Supply Drop’ platform.”

While this promotion launches on October 6th, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will launch on November 3rd for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and PC.

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