• Nintendo: Major Game Announcement Incoming

    According to the latest issue of Famitsu DS+Wii, a major game announcement is headed to Nintendo Platforms.

    Famitsu, the Japanese gaming magazine teased a game reveal, which is Nintendo-related which is coming in its next issue. The translation of the article doesn’t specify which platform, so we are only left to assume that the phrase used “Nintendo platforms”.

    Hopefully this indicates a launch across both the Wii U and the 3DS. It could be Dragon Quest seeing that it is a very popular to say the least in Japan. Others have also speculated that it could be an addition to a franchise.

  • Nintendo’s new 3DS and 3DS XL


    The 3DS is what keeps Nintendo going. Guess it makes sense that they keep coming out with better versions of it. But with all the different types available, do you think there is already too many out there?

    Regardless here are the features of the new 3DS and 3DS XL. The new design comes with an additional button called the “C-button”, which acts as a directional nubbin, and will allow the use of dual analogue controls to games which need it. They will also feature NFC support (for the Amiibo toys), micro USB card slot, new trigger buttons, and improved screens that allow better viewing angles for 3D effects.

    They will also boast a faster CPU which will actually be required to play some of the new games such as the recently announced 3DS port of Xenoblade Chronicles. As a consequence the devices will be able to boot Miiverse and 3DS eShop faster. The browser will also support HTML5.

    The 3DS XL will come in Metallic Black or Metallic Blue while the 3DS will come in white and black. The 3DS will also support a wide variety of face plates which will make them highly customizable.

    These 3DSes will be arriving in Japan on the 11th of October 2014 but will not arrive in Europe till 2015. This is what a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer:

    "Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing. We plan to launch these products in Europe in 2015. We have a variety of compelling portable gaming options for consumers now and through the Christmas shopping season, including a variety of different Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS XL bundles at retail. We also have a strong library of hundreds of games for these systems that appeal to all kinds of players, with titles like Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire still on the way before the end of the year."

    So are you bummed? Did you want one of the new 3DS systems this Christmas?



    It’s about time I show the Nintendo lovers some love! President of Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime, had a nice long chat with the folks at IGN about Wii U’s and 3DS’s future when it came to being connected online, quite simply put digital purchases and online play.

    “Online play is always important,” Fils-Aime told IGN. “I guess maybe people read into it, when a Nintendo first-party game doesn’t have connected play, that somehow we’re not interested in connected play. The reality is that when our developers are making a game, they think about the type of experience that they want to see happen. And so for Super Mario 3D World the development team wanted people to be in the same space, having that fun enjoyment, that’s the vision that they had in their head. So they created an experience that was multiplayer in the same room. That doesn’t mean that we don’t care about connected gameplay. It’s just that the developers have a vision for what we want to bring to bear. We do exceptionally well in that in-the-same-room multiplayer experience.”

    It was clear from what Reggie said, Nintendo both understands and belives that connectivity is a huge part of gaming nowadays. Not to mention how important digital downloads have become.

    “From a Nintendo perspective, we needed to have the right infrastructure. We needed to have the right approach from a digital standpoint. And we needed to have the capabilities to execute it right. I would say that, beginning with the 3DS, and certainly to a whole new level with the Wii U, we’re getting digital right. The consumer is voting with their wallets. A game like Animal Crossing, where 30 percent of the sales are happening digitally, the consumer is recognizing the benefits that we have with digital content. Not only in dual distribution products – products sold both digitally and physically – but in the very strong library of digital games, whether it’s games from independent developers or content that we’re bringing back digitally. We’re creating a very strong business proposition on our digital space.”

    There you have it folks. A lot of Nintendo fans have been less than impressed with the online offering and rightfully so. Being connected not only adds another dimension to the gameplay but also enriches it an unbelievable fashion. Being able to compare and compete with friends gives a different kind of drive to players. And there is no doubt how the length of the game is significantly increased due to an online component, giving a game that much greater bang for the buck. Here is to hoping for a brilliant online future for Nintendo.

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