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PAX Prime kicks off in Seattle today and runs through September 1. At some point during these events, Nintendo will be holding a closed door, invite-only press event where a new build (possibly the final build) of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will be demoed. New reveals are expected, but details are vague at this time, and we're not sure how much of the new information will be immediately released to the public. Shulk was confirmed for Smash during this morning's Nintendo 3DS Direct in Japan, and more characters could be unveiled for a US audience soon.

It seems the Big N is hitting the market, and it’s hittin’ it hard. In its recent Nintendo Direct, the company revealed that it is set to launch one new 2DS bundled with Mario Kart 7, and two Wii U Deluxe Set bundles, with Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 included, respectively. The 2DS will come with a black on red design, while the two Wii bundles will be in their standard, black design.

Head past the jump to check out the bundles!

The 3DS home menu has always looked a bit plain to me, and thankfully, Nintendo seems to agree. The hardware manufacturer is set to release an update in October that will allow users to purchase themes from a rather unsurprisingly named Theme Shop, and they will alter your background, sound effects and more.

So far, Nintendo has teased us with four themes, depicting Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario Bros and a generic Mario theme.

This morning Nintendo dropped a bombshell on us during the Nintendo 3DS Direct when they announced the New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL. These new models include a better CPU for faster loading times (and apparently some exclusive games like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D), dual analog sticks, dual shoulder buttons, and more. No official release date has been confirmed at this time, but we know they are launching first in Japan. Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that the new models will hit Europe next year. Nintendo of America has not yet issued an official statement, but we expect they will release about the same time as in Europe, as is typical of Nintendo devices. 

Monolith Soft's smash hit Xenoblade Chronicles is getting a spiritual successor on Wii U in the form of Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Shulk is confirmed for Super Smash Bros., but that's not all! During this morning's Nintendo 3DS Direct, it was announced that Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to New 3DS. It looks like this will be exclusive to the newer model, as it apparently has a better CPU, and the original 3DS likely wouldn't be able to handle it. The handheld version of the popular RPG is expected to release next year in Japan, and hopefully it won't take nearly as long to localize it this time! We have a trailer for you to view after the jump!

This morning we have received many details about upcoming games, but a few soundtracks have also been revealed. One of those is a soundtrack exclusive to Club Nintendo.

The official soundtrack for Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and for Wii U is heading our way soon. Are you excited?

Nintendo has just announced a new 3DS model (available in both regular and XL) dubbed "New Nintendo 3DS." This new 3DS model is said to have a faster and more smooth operating system, as well as some new buttons, features, and more. Hit the jump for details!

It's been rumored for months and several leaks recently seemed to confirm it, but now we have word straight from the Big N. Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles will be playable in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & Wii U.

We can see plenty of features in the trailer above, including a counter attack like other characters', and a unique mechanic by which Shulk can boost his speed, jumping, defense, or smashing power at any given time. Head inside for a ton more information!

As we found out yesterday, Nintendo is holding a special 3DS Direct in Japan. We're not sure what all to expect out of this presentation, but we're almost certain to see more news on Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, as its Japanese release date is just over two weeks away. You can watch the live stream right here when it kicks off at 7:00 am Eastern (or noon for our friends in the UK), and we'll be keeping you up to date with all the new announcements as they happen.

The Media Create hardware and software number for this week in Japan are in, and (big shocker) Yokai Watch 2 is still dominating the charts, taking number one for the seventh consecutive week. The Last of Us Remastered and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition hit Japan this week, but their sales combined are still below Yokai Watch 2. At this rate, it's unlikely that any new games will be able to unseat Yokai Watch 2 (which should sell even more when it is localized next year) until Super Smash Bros. for 3DS comes out. You can check out a breakdown of this week's numbers by clicking below.