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.
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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.
See also: More eShop news
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.
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