It’s too late to get a new Meat Bun shirt for Halloween, but you can order one now for a day in which you aren’t in a costume. For today only, all of the site’s shirts are 31% off (GET IT)!
If you’re feeling seasonal, you can pick up the Samba de los Muertos shirt above for $16.56. I’m pretty fond of the new, black/gray variant of the "4th Gen" shirt, myself. It’s the same price! So cheap!
Amazon is holding another "Buy Two, Get One Free" sale, this time for over 800 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, and DS games. The handheld selection includes several recent first-party releases like Tetris: Axis, Pokemon Rumble Blast, and StarFox 64 3D.
As far as third-party games go, there’s Solatorobo, 999, Bit.Trip Saga, Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove, and many more. If you’re a non-portable type (how did you end up here?), you can pick up Batman: Arkham City, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land, FIFA Soccer 12, Rage, and The ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection.
With the additional demo infrastructure coming to the 3DS eShop, companies may, possibly, hopefully start actually putting some damn game demos on there. Capcom is already expressing interest.
“We’re in talks with Nintendo about that and I agree, I think that would help sales a lot,” said Capcom’s Christian Svensson, regarding a demo for Resident Evil: Revelations. “For that to happen we need to get permission to use a larger filesize than demos currently are allowed.” So there’s a size restriction on demos, huh?
If Capcom really wants to address fans regarding a Resident Evil 3DS game, it should release a demo of the file management screen, amirite? Unless it’s the same one from before…
Nintendo bringing the eShop into the modern age with next month's 3DS update
Nintendo is “aiming to accelerate [its] digital business”, and will introduce several new much-requested features to the 3DS’s online eShop platform when the system’s new firmware update releases late next month.
At an investors meeting today, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said the new firmware will allow publishers to provide demos for their games via the eShop. Those companies can “put a limit on the number of trials”.
The November update will also support downloadable content (e.g. new stages) for games, presumably for both retail and digital releases, through the eShop. The CEO mentioned that microtransactions will be supported, too, according to a translated report from Kyodo News.
“Egg Corridor Escape is an additional annex to the original Egg Corridor 2. This area features a look inside of Egg Corridor with tons of critters and bugs to fight. All players will experience this level.”—
One of the extras added to Cave Story 3D. The others named in an email from NIS America include more life capsules — bringing the total from 55 to 100 — and a Prinny Cap that can be found in “a secret stage.” It can be worn by both the 3D and “classic” 2D versions of Quote.
Speaking of new content, Nicalis shared the above image, in a tweet that alludes to (but can’t show!) a cool new detail of the boxart: it’s lenticular!
Want to try out Super Mario 3D Land a few weeks before it ships? You can right now at your local Best Buy, which should have playable demos for Super Mario 3D Land and several already released 3DS games.
Apparently, these are only available at Best Buy’s 3DS public stations, and not as downloads through the retailer’s useless Nintendo Zone service. Will that WiFi 3DS app ever be anything but a disappointment?
Hurrah! French outfit Pix’n Love Publishing is translating its book on Gunpei Yokoi, creator of the Game Boy, the directional pad, the Game & Watch, and many other Nintendo innovations. It’s titled Gunpei Yokoi: Life And Philosophy Of Nintendo’s ‘God Of Toys’.
I believe this is the same book as the inventor’s Yokoi Gunpei Game House autobiography (co-authored by Takefumi Makino, who is also credited as the writer on the Pix’n Love listing), but I could be wrong on that.
White and Pink 3DS bundles for Europe, Rose and Blue DSi XL bundles for U.S.
The Ice White and Misty Pink 3DS models announced for Japan are headed to the West soon, too — but as far as we know, they’re coming to Europe, not North America.
They will release as bundles for Super Mario 3D Land (Ice White; wouldn’t Flame Red be more appropriate?) and Nintendogs + Cats (Coral Pink) on November 18. Nintendo will sell them as standalone systems in December, too.
“For better or for worse, Vita will be pitted against the Nintendo 3DS. But the comparison doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, and even if you were to pit them against each other, Vita is still destined to sell better.
That’s because in addition to games (which Nintendo 3DS is still sorely lacking), it’s also a much more powerful machine capable of doing a whole lot more than 3DS.”—
I believe the handheld that will see the most success is the one that has the lowest barriers to entry, both for gamers and developers (other factors come into play, obviously, but this is a huge one). The 3DS seems to be in a better position, in this respect, but not by much.
Cyber Gadget has posted its first PS Vita offerings, including a “semi-hard case" in multiple colors, and eight different varieties of screen cover (in different finishes and textures), including some that cover the whole front of the unit.
Other protection options include a transparent plastic “front cover,” and a silicone jacket. Perhaps most interesting is the case (above) designed to hold up to eight Vita cards, and a couple of external memory cards.
Despite Diamond Trust of London's publisher woes, board game-simple graphics, and multiplayer focus but no online support (as far as I know?), I'm still really interested in this turn-based strategy game about Angola's blood diamond trade in the early 2000s.
"There are two variables to consider before you send your [agents] out: how much salary to pay each agent, and how much to pay the diamond guide they will need when they arrive in their chosen regions. If you’ve chosen to send an agent to a region your opponent has also chosen, the diamonds will go to whichever person paid their guide the most.
Agent salaries matter because if you land in the same region as another player’s agent you can both try to bribe each other. To be successful, a bribe has to be more than the salary the agent was collecting. A bribed agent will tell you his moves in advance, both where he’s going and how much he’s paying his guide, which can be invaluable as rounds progress.”
There’s a lot more to it, like bribing U.N. agents, balancing supply/demand for diamond sales, the awesome, dark soundtrack, and other curious stuff detailed by IGN.
Amazon’s got a super, super spooky Halloween sale going on through October 29, featuring deals that will make you poop yourself in terror, or something.
A quick peek around the corner revealed the new Aliens: Infestation (which was totally great) for $22.49, and the criminally overlooked (and also ghost-themed) Ghost Trick for $14.49. Another deal that made me kind of cower or whatever: Devil Survivor for $21. And if you need fodder for Super Saver shipping, throw in a $6 copy of Saw 2 for PS3. The Metacritic scores are pretty frightening.
Tiny Direct: All the 3DS news from this morning's Nintendo event (and more!)
Nintendo streamed a pre-recorded, 40-minute presentation early this morning from Japan, and we’ve collected all the announcements the company made about the November 3DS firmware update, Mario Kart 7's online features, eShop titles, and new games.
We’ve also sprinkled in news that has trickled in from the U.S. and Europe — like a 3DS and Wii app for video streaming service Hulu Plus coming out this year (separate $7.99 monthly subscription required). All of it below!:
I know I’m in the minority for actually liking Nintendo Video, the app that downloads 3D clips every week for you to watch on your 3DS. I know the content isn’t the best — not everyone likes the Blue Man Group, and the College Humor bits were hit or miss — but it’s a quirky service, and I alway appreciate when Nintendo tries weird things, however ill-executed they might be.
Now the company is trying something else strange — you can still watch the four videos that cycle in for free, but it’s experimenting with an option that lets you buy your favorite clips from the eShop, so you can keep them permanently on your 3DS. The initial selection includes the DreamWorks Halloween videos, priced at $1.99 each.
[Update: We’re now told that there was some “internal confusion” within Nintendo regarding this update, and that the firmware will likely not appear on this date. An announcement on the release schedule should come up around then, though. Nintendo of Australia says it expects its 3DS firmware update to hit on November 22.]
Nintendo of Europe announced today that it’s dropping a 3DS firmware update on November 4 to add a new StreetPass game, 3D video recording features, and enhancements to the eShop and StreetPass Mii Plaza. These updates tend to hit all regions at the same time, so I would expect North American 3DSes to receive this around the same time.
The company will likely discuss the new firmware at the pre-recorded presentation it will stream this Friday at 7AM EDT. Nintendo will also talk about Mario Kart 7's online features, and likely other topics — perhaps the GBA Ambassador titles, eShop projects (The Rolling Western?), and some new game announcements if we’re lucky?
What do you expect Nintendo to cover in this 3DS event? A new 3DS model? The Frankenstick? Pokemon Gray?