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The first Mario Party hit store shelves around the world in the late 90′s and was an immediate success with kids and adults alike. Since then a dozen more have come out and a recent financial report from Nintendo revealed that the entire series has sold over 39.6 million copies.

The games included in the list were: Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Mario Party 4, Mario Party 5, Mario Party 6, Mario Party 7, Mario Party 8, Mario Party 9, Mario Party Advance, Mario Party DS, and Mario Party: Island Tour.

While not including any preorder figures for the latest in the series which releases next month for the WiiU; Mario party 10 should sell very well according to the success to the past series. Will you be picking it up?

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Some surprising news came out of Nintendo today as they announced that they will be discontinuing their loyalty program, Club Nintendo, in the coming months.

Nintendo states that any games released beyond January 20th, 2015 will not be eligible for it’s Club Nintendo program and March 31st will be the last day you can earn coins on your account from redeeming codes & completing surveys. This of course means that you will be unable to register your shiny ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL,’ The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS & Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate when they are released on February 13th, 2015.

There is a little bit of good news though for current Club Nintendo members. Anyone who has an active account starting February 1st will be eligible for a free copy of Flipnote Studio 3D. Also, Nintendo plans to release “a limited quantity of exclusive reward items” throughout the next couple months; This will vary from digital and physical rewards.

Finally, Nintendo will fully shut down Club Nintendo come July 1st, 2015. This means any coins, digital codes and registered product will be deleted by then. Make sure you head on over to Club.Nintendo.com to register your products soon before it is too late!

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UPDATE 2: Most retailers are already sold out! If you want one of these bundles, you better act fast!

UPDATE: You can pre-order the bundle now at Gamestop! The bundle will retail for $199.99; The same price as the New Nintendo 3DSXL by itself.

Continuing the slew of announcements coming fresh from the Nintendo Direct, Nintendo has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will hit store shelves on February 13th, 2015. This also confirms that the game will launch alongside the New Nintendo 3DSXL.

With the announcement of the release date, Nintendo has also shown off the New Nintendo 3DSXL that includes a Majora’s Mask faceplate which will launch on February 13th, 2015 as well. Unfortunately, the game will not be included with the bundle.

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Following multiple leaks last night regarding the possible release date of the New Nintendo 3DS XL in North America, Nintendo has confirmed this morning via their Nintendo Direct, that the new handheld will be available on February 13th, 2015. Here are some of the new features on the New Nintendo 3DS XL:

- 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.
- 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.
- Micro SD slot as opposed to a standard SD card slot.

Nintendo has also confirmed that the New Nintendo 3DS XL will not include a AC adapter. While it will utilize the same adapter from the Nintendo 3DS or DSi systems, new adopters will need to purchase one separately in order to experience the New Nintendo 3DS.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL will be available on February 13th, 2015 and will retail for $199.99. There is currently no announcement if the previous Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL will drop in price as a result of the launch of this handheld.

UPDATE – You can now pre-order the New Nintendo 3DSXL at Gamestop!

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Nintendo has announced that Wii Software will now be available for download via the WiiU starting today. Announced via Nintendo Direct, Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be the first Wii game available for download.

– Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Launches today
– Punch Out – Launches January 22nd
– Metroid Prime Trilogy – Launches January 29th

Nintendo has also revealed that more Wii titles will be available for digital download, however no future titles have been announced as of yet.

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