I’m really, really happy with this thing that went up on Joystiq today. I worked with Konami and WayForward to present a timeline of the development of the weird Vita game Silent Hill: Book of Memories.
Both companies gave me a TON of never-before-seen early concept art and screenshots, including images of a demo Wayforward put together to pitch themselves as developer. Plus there’s a very detailed timeline of development.
I’ve certainly never done anything like this before, and I’m so happy it worked out. Please go read it so it’s not outperformed TOO much by some random video.
The last thing I’d expect to hear out of the “Casual Connect” conference is news about vintage Chunsoft “sound novels,” but it happened! Agetec will localize Kamaitachi no Yoru – originally released on Super Famicom but ported to a bunch of other platforms – for release on iOS and Android.
Night of the Kamaitachi is a murder mystery that uses silhouetted characters, relying on sound and music to set the creepy mood. The idea of this port is apparently to target it at ebook fans. It would be quite a trick to use that marketing to make something suddenly mainstream that used to be super, super niche.
With all the coins in New Super Mario Bros. 2, picking up extra Mans should be no challenge, but what’s a Mario game without a few infinite lives tricks? It’s not much of a Mario game, to answer your question. Or my question. Or whatever, it’s a question, and it’s answered now.
I have videos of these feats. Let’s start with World 2-4:
Since it’s pretty much required by law that you need to have Gravity Rush if you own a PS Vita, why not just get the game for free when you buy the system? Amazon is running this deal for its WiFi and WiFi/3G models, and is throwing in a bonus screen protector for good measure.
I usually ignore Nintendo’s corporate social responsibility reports — an annual accounting of the company’s efforts to improve the lives of its employees and everyone else in the world — but this year’s report is quite charming!
The report covers a number of initiatives, like promoting environment policies, raising awareness of responsible pet care, encouraging kids to interact with nature using its 3D Pictorial Guide to Flora and Fauna software, etc.
But the fun graphics were what caught my attention:
Most of the games we hear about are from Asia or North America, but what about those developers in Middle East or South America? What about those studios in countries we rarely hear about unless there’s a civil war, a revolution, or some inhuman act of violence?
I recently talked with developers from Syria, Lebanon, El Salvador, and Egypt to find out what it’s like to create games when everything seems to be going to hell around them, and how that’s affected the kind of experiences they want to share with others. Read the piece here.
(The story isn’t Nintendo-related at all, but I wanted to highlight it here because I never get to write video-game related articles about real-world conflicts — our Aghanistan arcade piece being an exception — and I was very proud to have the opportunity to share these rarely heard developers’ perspectives.)
Price matching Best Buy’s sale on the submarine game, Amazon has marked down Steel Diver to $4.99. Pretty much everyone agreed that this 3DS launch title was absolutely not worth its initial $40 asking price, but I think it’s a no-brainer at five bucks.
I thought it was a pretty fun game! And it’s a cheap way to get Club Nintendo points! And it’s probably the only new Nintendo game that doesn’t have a Rule#34 entry!
Here’s some disturbing news about New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Demon Training, the first full 3DS games that will be offered through the eShop: in Japan, some online retailers are actually charging more for the downloadable versions’ code cards than for retail copies (both versions are discounted, but the physical editions more so)!
I expected that U.S. stores would be stingy and attempt to sell download cards for close to the physical copies’ price, but this is some straight up tomfoolery.
Back when Nintendo introduced its Virtual Console service, when we were naive, starry-eyed fools, we had dreams of the company running all sorts of promotions for classic titles to celebrate new releases for favorite franchises. … We didn’t see much of that.
But the eShop’s transformation into a download platform to be reckoned with in recent weeks has changed that! As part of eShop’s efforts to go HAM all summer long, Nintendo will run a whole month of sales for old Mario games leading up to New Super Mario Bros. 2’s release:
Siliconera reports that Denpa Ningen RPG, the 3DS eShop game by Genius Sonority, will be released in English. If you don’t remember the augmented reality RPG from its Japanese release, it’s super cute:
Basically, you recruit little colorfully dressed characters from around your real environment, and then use them in turn-based battles.
I’m glad this game is coming out here, not just because I want to play it, but because I wanted an excuse to post this page of adorable Twitter avatars.
Nintendo really wants people to try downloading games from the eShop in Japan, offering three simultaneous gifts with purchase starting July 28.
First, if you buy either New Super Mario Bros. 2 or Onitore (Demon Training), you’ll get double the Club Nintendo points. Second, if you buy both, you get another 20 points, which is equivalent to another game’s worth.
Finally – and most exciting – Japanese customers who download either game from the eShop will get a Virtual Console download of a special version of NES Donkey Kong. This is the special remade version with the missing arcade level put back in, previously only available with the red New Super Mario Bros. Wii system in Europe.
Porting it to 3DS seems like one more potential opportunity for us to get it here – either as some similar campaign or as a regular VC download. I hope…
Nintendo is doing something for US eShoppers, too, I’m delighted to say. Buying NSMB2 from the eShop gets you double Club Nintendo coins (100!) through September 20.
I’m growing uncomfortable with this new version of the 3DS eShop. For so long, I’ve thought of it as a venue for occasional, small updates, and for the fourth week in a row, it’s totally massive. I don’t know how to deal with this information. I want to be alone so I can process this to a point of understandingness.
So what’s out today? Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, for one, which I’d never played before – and which seems so far like a for-real sequel to Kid Icarus. Tumble Pop, a kinda Bubble Bobble style thing about vacuuming up monsters. Petit Computer! The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels, which looked way interesting! Masyu by Nikoli, a type of puzzle I’d never even heard of! Plus – why not – the Rabi Laby sequel.
Later this weekend, Mario’s Picross will be on sale for $2.99, and – Eric will appreciate this – Nintendo Video will post a new episode of Dinosaur Office. Of course, WiiWare has to suffer to make this bounty possible, but I’m still pleased.
Retro Game Master: The Game Center CX Collection, the DVD compilation of translated Game Center CX episodes, is now up on Amazon for preorder. The MSRP is $59.95, but Amazon is currently charging $41.97.
The box contains 14 episodes on 4 discs, with a new translation by Nina Matsumoto. Also, to use the dollar-voting motivation I generally don’t subscribe to, it’s a thing you can buy in America that indicates you like Game Center CX.
I missed this deal when it went up a couple days ago because I was on a road trip of my own, but Amazon has a new "Summer Road Trip" sale for handhelds, including 3DS, DS, PS Vita, PSP, and, amazingly, GBA (mostly crap).
Actually, most of the selection is terrible, but there are maybe 2-3 deals you might be interested in, like the Bit.Trip Saga collection or the super cheap 3DS Flex Case.
As many suspected, Nintendo has swapped out its Club Nintendo game offer mid-month, switching Electroplankton: Rec-Rec for Starship Defense, a sort of tower defense thing by Pixeljunk developer Q-Games.
The Club Nintendo download is only available for 3DS owners, for 150 coins.