“We wanted to include a feature where friends could gather like this directly on 3DS, but schedule-wise it was tight and wouldn’t fit.
So I said, ‘I’ll do it with Mario Kart 7.’”—
Mario Kart 7 director Kosuke Yabuki explaining why the Community feature, which allows gamers to “easily gather with like-minded players online”, isn’t built into the 3DS at the operating system level and available by default.
I am shaking my head a million times over this. It just may continue to shake for all eternity, turning my brain into jelly, if Nintendo decides to never implement something like this into the 3DS’s OS with a future update.
Just like the system update that launched the eShop, Nintendo is letting the date of its next big 3DS firmware update slide. As I noted on Joystiq, the firmware update has been pushed back to a new deadline of December 8 — which, of course, will be the day it actually comes out.
This is the firmware update that adds 3D video recording, new eShop upgrades, and, most importantly, some new StreetPass stuff including Find Mii 2.
Along with seeing the terrific Muppets film over the weekend, I caught Martin Scorsese’s new flick Hugo. I knew next to nothing about the movie going in*, other than scant details teased in commercials, so I was surprised to receive a pair of 3D glasses with my ticket, and delighted by how well the stereoscopic effect worked with the production, both technically and thematically.
I devoted a few words to the potential of 3D used thoughtfully in games not too long ago, and this is one of those rare cases when those tricks of depth considerably improved a film. Hugo is the first movie I’ve seen since James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009 that can make that claim, and it has the advantage of having an excellent story that brings together a clever orphan, broken automatons, and the wonders of the early film industry.
Update: It’s DQIV again. I expected the “full-fledged Dragon Quest adventure” to be an original one, not a port. Anyway, it’s $11.99 right now.
At 2:15pm PST today (5:15pm EST), Amazon will offer a limited-time Lightning Deal on what is likely to be Dragon Quest IX. “A full-fledged Dragon Quest adventure comes to Nintendo DS for the first time,” according to the hint.
I’m not sure how much it will be — Amazon doesn’t even have any in stock at the moment (except for third party sellers) to compare it to. But I encourage you to check the game out, even if you don’t really do the JRPG thing anymore! I didn’t think I was going to get into it, and it consumed my life for months.
Many years ago (two), I wrote for a small video game blog called Joystiq, contributing stories to its now defunct satellite sites. My byline hasn’t appeared there for some time now, but if you took a break from the turkey festivities yesterday to check the site, you’d have caught a new article from me that will be of interest to you.
In the editorial, I talk at length about how Super Mario 3D Land is the “Avatar of 3DS games”, and why developers shouldn’t struggle to match its stereoscopic 3D feats. While it’s a topic I’ve discussed briefly here before, you should read it anyway, as it was an excuse to gush about Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars ($13.99 right now!) once again on a major outlet.
I know Amazon has spent the entire past week running pre-Black Friday sales, but the site has already put up many of its actual planned Black Friday game deals up early today — why wait ‘til tomorrow to get these?:
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars - $13.99
Solatorobo: Red the Hunter - $19.99
Dragon Quest Slime Speaker Stand - $19.99
Pikachu Charge Stand - $12.99
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition - $14.99
Nintendogs, Steel Diver, & Pilotwings Resort - $19.99 each
DualPenSports, Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions, & Pac-Man Party 3D - $15.99 each
Asphalt 3D, Bust-A-Move Universe,Super Monkey Ball 3D, & Combat of Giants Dinosaurs - $9.99 each
And of course, there are plenty of discounts on PSP, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and PC games if you want those.
Metroid II: Return of Samus will be out this Thursday in both Europe and North America. That’s great news for those of you who, say, have a Metroid II cartridge, but haven’t seen it in a couple of years, and aren’t sure where your old Atomic Purple Game Boy Color is anyway.
I think it would be really interesting to go back and play Metroid II after Aliens: Infestation. They’re both inspired by the same source material (Metroid and Aliens, both to varying degrees), and they’re similar in style.
Yesterday seemed like a major day for DS/3DS sales, but today is even bigger. First off, you have Solatorobo for $19.99, 999 for $15.99, Dragon Quest IV for $11.99, the Dragon Quest Slime Speaker Stand for $19.99, and the PSP Ys/The Legend of Heroes for super cheap.
And then there’s the Buy One, Get One 40% Off deal that now includes Super Mario 3D Land (with an additional $5 off), Shinobi, Cave Story 3D, Fossil Fighters: Champions, and 260 other Nintendo DS and 3DS titles.
Amazon is making sure you won’t actually have money to spend anymore by the time Black Friday rolls around.
Sometimes the prices on older games are inflated for these sales, but all those new 3DS games (and new DS releases) were full price on Amazon already, so they’re safe. But if you’re filling out your DS back catalogue, do some comparison shopping !
Oh, and as the deal of the day, Asphalt 3D, Bust-a-Move Universe, and Super Monkey Ball 3D are on sale for $9.99 each. Don’t buy Bust-a-Move!
Meanwhile, in non-DS-land, Amazon has a selection of new games (including Batman!) for 20% off, and Skylanders sets for $50.