I was excited that Chunsoft posted a web game to promote the looming Japanese release of Good People Die for 3DS and PS Vita. I remembered that Aksys made an online demo available for the game’s predecessor 999, allowing people to try out an early chapter of the adventure title, so I was hoping for more than that.
That’s not what this is at all! It’s a simple minigame that takes a few minutes to load, and has you clicking as fast as you can to open a gate, so you can rescue Clover/Yotsuba and see her in increasingly skimpy outfits. :o/
32 pages of fan-submitted Legend of Zelda art, design, illustration, and literature. Volume 1: Wisdom (of 3) features contributions from Maré Odomo, Ashley Davis, Zac Gorman, and a bunch of other super talented folks.
You can get an idea of Zelda Zine's artwork by looking atthese two posts. The first volume is priced at £3 ($4.70, before shipping/handling), which is a frickin’ steal.
Zelda Zine #2 and #3 will be available “very soon”.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Nintendo will begin selling the Pearl Pink 3DS — standalone system, no bundle — in North America on February 10 (a Friday, oddly).
If you have a sweetheart that doesn’t mind receiving consumer electronics as a gift from his or her lover, than you can present this, along with upcoming releases like, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Tekken 3D Prime, or, uh, Resident Evil: Revelations.
Kissing Party - Give your lips practice with casual pecks or passionate make-out moments
A special (virtual) gift!
This is basically my favorite thing we’ve ever done, and you can get your own sheet for $5. I hope you enjoy them! Thanks to Fangamer and Maré for working with us on this weird daydream of a project, and thanks to you for even briefly considering a purchase!
You might recall Capcom intended to sell Resident Evil: Revelations for $50, reasoning that the game required a bigger cartridge (4GB) that justified its $10 mark-up.
Everyone thought that was ridiculous, but the publisher ended up changing its mind anyway. A representative posted an announcement today: “After weeks of effort, we’ve been able to lower the price to $39.99.” Who knows what those efforts entailed, but yay.
Amazon hasn’t adjusted its price yet, but I expect it will update the game’s listing soon, so I linked it above. You will notice that I misspelled deflation in the link/headline, making fun of the game’s boxart typo. I am just too clever, aren’t I? I am the cleverest boy there ever was.
“When it comes to the appeal of the Nintendo 3DS, the 3D images have been focused on. I believe, however, the actual users understand that its expanded communication methods like “StreetPass” and “SpotPass” that have a lot of potential.”—
Satoru Iwata espousing the “other” features of the 3DS, in an investor briefing. It’s basically Nintendo’s own fault the 3D has taken precedence — marketing and communication with press has heavily favored “glasses-free 3D” as the marquee feature, and the damn thing is called the “3DS” — but as one of those “actual users,” I feel way more impressed by these features.
Few things about the hardware are more exciting than receiving a new inappropriate Swapnote and seeing that blue light come on, or capturing a horde of Miis.
Nintendo is (maybe?) acknowledging the importance of networking, finally, with things like demos, decent eShop games, and the upcoming Nintendo Network, and though it’s not one-for-one with other systems in that department, interesting things happen when Nintendo does care about connectivity stuff.
Downloadable retail 3Ds games, DLC plans, and more for Nintendo Network
Along with announcing a new Mario sidescroller for 3DS, Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata talked about his company’s new online platform, Nintendo Network, which acts as a PSN-like service that works across 3DS and Wii U.
You’ve already seen its upgraded capabilities (over the DS’s dinky Nintendo WiFi Connection) in Mario Kart 7 with how the game handles communities, but Nintendo Network will also introduce features like “competitions and communication among users”, and paid downloadable content for both eShop/retail games.
One discussed feature that’s been a long time coming for eShop, though, is downloadable retail games, which Iwata says Nintendo is considering for the future:
In a meeting with investors today, Nintendo CEO and president Satoru Iwata announced that the company intends to put out a new 2D Super Mario title for 3DS some time between March 2012 - March 2013 (I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s toward the end of the period).
His exact statement:
"We are planning to release a totally new side-scrolling action Super Mario in 2D as a key title for the Nintendo 3DS in the next fiscal year.”
He did not provide any additional details or media beyond that, so it’s up to you to speculate on what this will be. Finally a sequel to Super Mario Bros. 2 (US)? Or could it be a continuation of the New Super Mario Bros. line? Whatever it is, my body is Reggie.
I don’t think it’s as popular as Pushmo, and… I’ve never thought about playing it, but homebrewer elisherer has made a PC-based level editor for the downloadable 3DS game Pyramids.
Like the Pushmo editor we featured before, this allows players to build levels on their computers and then generate QR codes for import into 3DS. A separate file includes a “card pack” of prebuilt levels!
This is so exciting. Since these games use QR codes for input anyway, there’s no reason you couldn’t create the content in another interface.
Dementium developer Renegade Kid releases its first self-published game this week, the 3DS eShop title Mutant Mudds. At first, it seems like a very simple game with a 3D gimmick: you can jump, shoot, and hover, and you can move to one of three different “planes” of action by jumping on certain blocks in the level, with the goal of collecting all the floating items in each.
However, it very quickly becomes obvious that Renegade Kid is not messing around, as the difficulty curve quickly jumps, and you find yourself dying multiple times just to learn the layout of each perilous world.
Japan will soon see its first NES Virtual Console game on 3DS that isn’t a former Ambassador Program release: Punch-Out!!. There, eShoppers will be able to punch Don Flamenco in his stupid face starting February 1 for 500 yen.
The only bad thing about this release is that it seems to preclude a 3D Classics remake, which seems like a natural for this game. Don Flamenco’s stupid face emerging from the screen! The dream is over.
You’ve had plenty of opportunities to buy 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doorscheap, what with how often we post and rave about it, but for those of you who are like, “Eric, give me one more chance" (I got that good game, girl, you didn’t know?), here it is.
My attitude toward Code of Princess continues to slide from “total embarrassment” to “total embarrassment about wanting to play it.” Now, according to Andriasang, a retailer site has revealed four-player online play for the Guardian Heroes-alike.
The online play includes both co-op quests and some kind of four-player battle mode. Humiliating outfits aside, this is sounding amazing.
Too much time has passed since we last talked about Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, one of the 3DS’s best games, and my favorite portable SRPG — when it came out, I thought it was the closest thing we’d get to a new X-Com.
Firaxis the revealed recently that it’s putting out a turn-based XCOM — separate from 2K Marin’s worrisome first-person shooter — for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 this fall.
All right, I’m not likely to make it out to a Best Buy, but I’m super curious about this, so somebody go try it out. Nintendo is offering a coupon through the “Nintendo Zone” wifi hotspots in Best Buy stores, through which you can save 50% on a selection of games.
According to CAG, the sale goes through Feb. 5 and includes Rayman 3D, Pilotwings Resort, Steel Diver, Asphalt 3D, and Madden Football. I’m not terribly interested in the selection, but the implication is wonderful. We have demos for retail games, good downloadable games, and now exclusive Wifi hotspot content. The 3DS is starting to live up to its promises.
Someone spotted that the Japanese box for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy bears a logo previously unseen on 3DS games: an orange icon with the text “Nintendo Network.”
Speculation over what Nintendo Network could be ranges from it being a rebranding of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, to it signifying the involvement of an illuminati group conspiring to overprice games, take over the world, and cover up the assassinations of Tupac and Biggie.
3DS Tribe has an analysis that makes sense, theorizing that it’s the 3DS’s online platform with new features like the Friends List’s “Join Friend” option or paid DLC (Theatrhythm will have downloadable songs).
It seems to already be used by Mario Kart 7, as evidenced by its “Connecting To Nintendo Network” message when you sign online. The company also registered a domain for NintendoNetwork.net last October, but so far it’s only used the site to promote the 3DS photo contest in Japan.
Nintendo posted its info page for Renegade Kid’s 3DS platformer Mutant Mudds, revealing a Jan. 26 release date and an $8.99 price point. The eShop streak of basically interesting releases continues (DSiWare will also get Flipper 2 in the U.S. next week)!
If you haven’t read it before, I recommend Renegade Kid founder Jools Watsham’s article on eShop/digital pricing, which he graciously allowed us to reprint.