11 posts tagged china
Mario White 3DS XL for US region ⊟
Well, all right. It’s not FOR the US region, but it is compatible with the US region. I spotted a weird listing on Play-Asia the other day for this “Mario White” 3DS XL, with copies of New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, shipping in July. It specifically said it was US region compatible… I thought the whole thing was a mistake.
But apparently not. NintendoTweet mentioned that it was actually being released in Southeast Asia (which uses the same region code as us for 3DS) by Maxsoft, the Nintendo distributor in that area. And this Yahoo article has confirmation from Maxsoft.
So yeah, looks like you can order yourself a really cool, previously China-only Mario White 3DS XL (that comes with an old-ass soccer game) and play your US games on it.
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Nintendo is giving China that work with these iQue 3DS XL designs (the system is known as the iQue 3DS over there). Man has not yet crafted a jar that could contain all the jelly I now have inside me.
Striking photos of confiscated arcade cabinets/gambling machines set ablaze in China (click for larger images).
See also: Similar photo from 2010 [Via Albotas, Wired Aperture]
Two new colors for the Nintendo 3DS are coming to Taiwan and Hong Kong: Cerulean Blue and Shimmer Pink, both of which look a few shades different from our own Aqua Blue and Pearl Pink models.
The system will launch in that region this September, alongside the White and Blue/Black 3DS XL. I bring it up every time, but for real tho, what taking’s so long for Nintendo of to bring a White 3DS to the States? I’m not saying its release here would result in game-changing sales, but you’d think it would help with the momentum problems the handheld is having in the West.
Photos of a Nintendo 3DS allegedly stolen from a Chinese factory. In a move reminiscent of last year’s stolen iPhone 4 stories, a worker from a Chinese factory claims to have lifted a Nintendo 3DS unit, taking it home and posting photos of the device.
Though stories like these are suspicious, the thief has posted photos of the system booting up (into a debug mode) and the device with its back pulled off. It’s possible this could be one of the 3DSes Nintendo is having manufactured for its upcoming public events.
Unfortunately, the photos and worker haven’t revealed anything new about the device, as far as I can tell. We might learn more if the smuggler posts more details — that is, unless Nintendo sends
Groove Raider a team of professional assassins after him.
See also: More Nintendo 3DS media and news
Famicom carts for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga, Zelda 3: The Tri-Force of the Gods, and Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children. In case it’s not immediately obvious, these are unauthorized Famicom games from China!
Collector Trenton_net is selling a bunch of these carts — including Famicom versions of Chrono Trigger, Golden Sun, and EverQuest — for $15 each (with box/manual).
So, how do these modern games play when they’re adapted for an 8-bit system? Well, KOF Collection is an RPG with turn-based combat, Advent Children looks a lot like Final Fantasy V, and The Burning Crusade ditches its online and multiplayer capabilities in favor of a Phantasy Star setup:
And this is what Zelda 3 looks like (the music isn’t bad!):
See also: Pirated Famicom Disk edition of Tetris
"Concentrated" by Thomas Mui (click for larger version).
This photograph was shot today at a park in Sheung Shui, Hong Kong. 20 years later, and children are still carrying around their Game Boys. Will we see kids playing Nintendo DSes or PSPs in 2024? Love the bike, by the way.
[Via Thomas Mui]
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS 2 featured on a Chinese gaming magazine’s cover.
Knowing my love for all things Shiren, JC told me about this months ago, but I forgot about the magazine and didn’t think to share it with you until just now.
The publication, 掌机迷, apparently bears a close resemblance to Japan’s Famitsu, even employing a similar review system with multiple, brief impressions and numbered scores (EGM used the same system, too).
StW DS 2 picked up a seven, a nine, and an eight out of ten — impressive, considering StW's poor reception in the States. Playing a hardcore RPG like StW is already difficult enough when it’s a language you understand, so the magazine offers Japanese lessons that help Chinese players better translate the featured imports.
And if that isn’t helpful enough, each ¥9.8 ($1.50) issue also alleviates the need to actually purchase the games by including a disc packed with pirated ROMs. :o/
Anyway, as rad as it is that a magazine actually thought highly enough of StW DS 2 to give the game a cover feature, it’s also a reminder to the rest of us that this game is likely not coming stateside. StW 3, released last June in Japan for Wii, probably won’t ever see an official localization, either.
Very depressing, I know. Here’s a blurry video of an “alternate” ending for the first Shiren the Wanderer DS game to maybe cheer you. The main difference with this clip is that the player somehow managed to complete the main storyline with Oryu and Kechi still alive and in tow, and so they show up in this cutscene.
I don’t think I’ve ever made it past the last “Trial” levels with any of the party members still alive!
Import: Shiren the Wanderer DS 2
Nintando Version 2.0 handheld, featuring 32-bit graphics, a wide color screen, and faux speakers.
According to my wife, the above system was spotted by America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 1) contestant Elyse Sewell while in China, where she now works, and where one can also purchase disposable travel vibrators and other useful bedroom accessories.
If you’d rather stick to video games and a sans-buzzing sex life, though, don’t foget to pick up a copy of Shigeri Miyamoto’s landmark title Super Mary: