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Nintendo dropping price of 3DS to $169.99 on Aug. 12

Nintendo of America announced Thursday that it's dropping the price of its newest handheld gaming device, the 3DS, a little more than four months after it launched.

Currently priced at $249.99 at most retailers, the 3DS will be available for $169.99 at retail as of Aug. 12 — a savings of $80.

You might not feel F.E.A.R., but you will have a good time

It might seem odd to you, but I don't think of "F.E.A.R. 3" as a horror game.

Rugby demo on way; I irrationally hate Tails; Jillian Michaels is going tomb raiding; and loads of Capcom stuff

Thanks in part to Comic-Con in San Diego, which officially starts today (Thursday, June 21, 2011), I've got screenshots and some small news items to share. (I just wish I was actually at Comic-Con, instead of enduring our lovely Midwest heat wave, but hey, I can't have everything.)

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'Captain America' a shield's throw or two away from greatness

I really want to send the developers of the new "Captain America: Super Soldier" back to the drawing board. However, I don't mean that statement as an insult.

Netflix software for 3DS is adequate; plus Shinobido 2 and Bloodrayne: Betrayal screens

The latest high-tech device to get the now-ubiquitous Netflix movie viewer is Nintendo’s 3DS.

I’ve spent some time playing around with it, and I’ve found it to be adequate — capable of playing decent-quality video without much in the way of loading time.

Yet it’s not as full-featured a viewer as is found on other devices.

Alice's shattered Wonderland a frighteningly good place for an adventure

How is a raven like a writing desk?

I dunno. I doubt the Mad Hatter does anymore either, considering what a ruin Wonderland has become.

Oh, maybe you hadn't heard.

E3 Postmortem: OnLive evolving in interesting directions

If you've read my review of the OnLive cloud-based gaming service, written several months ago, you know that I was somewhat impressed with the company at the time.

Duke Nukem Forever is crude, sexist and dated, but playable

One of the first things I did in "Duke Nukem Forever" was this: I walked Duke over to a toilet, had him reach in and grab a piece of fecal matter, and then had him throw it at the wall.

That end product -- a piece of **** thrown against a wall -- seems to be how many other reviewers are describing the game overall.

E3 Postmortem: Grading the Big Three

At the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, the big three console makers, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, did their best to shock and awe gamers with announcements about what products we can expect to see from them in the future.

Nintendo announces next console, the Wii U

The Wii U will be Nintendo's next console, the video game maker announced Tuesday morning at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.