89 posts tagged e3
Masayuki Doi, art director for Shin Megami Tensei IV
You might have read about this shirt if you spotted USgamer’s chat with Doi. Before our own E3 interview with him, a fellow from Nintendo stopped by to take a photo of the artist for social media promotion purposes. I don’t think the shot ever went online — maybe that’s still in the queue, or perhaps the tee was too hot to handle for the family-friendly company.
If you’d like to rock this Monica Bellucci design yourself, Dolce & Gabbana is selling the shirt for $275. There are much cheaper prices on eBay, but I presume those are counterfeits.
Speaking of replicas and wearing other people’s designs, I showed Doi my Animal Crossing: New Leaf character wearing one of his SMTIV samurai outfits, and he was absolutely delighted with the whole thing. Maybe I’ll have my character wear this Monica shirt too, since it will be cheaper to get it from the Able Sisters than Dolce & Gabbana.
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How PS Vita’s indie games kicked 3DS’s butt at E3
As I roamed the halls of E3 last week, searching out obscure gems and an elusive Umihara Kawase 3DS demo, I kept returning to a particular section of the expo: Sony’s PS Vita booth.
I didn’t care that Sony’s press conference did little to convince worried PS Vita owners that big hits are on the way, or that Phantasy Star Online 2 was a no-show, or that one of the primary reasons why I checked out so many of the handheld’s games was the lack of lines to try them out (it’s not like Killzone Mercenary or Dragon’s Crown draw the kind of crowds Nintendo’s major franchises bring in). Really, the booth was just that great.
Dozens of PS Vita demo stations filled the space, hosting rows and rows of big-budget and indie titles. I believe more than 30 PS Vita games were available to try out on the show floor, a stark contrast from Nintendo’s booth mere steps away, where the 3DS zone offered a scant selection of playable first-party titles (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, and Yoshi’s New Island) on a limited number of units.
“You had a 50/50 chance. You weren’t even close.”*
[Including the Animal Crossing series’ “Villager” in the next Smash Bros. seems perfect, but Daniel Feit argues that Nintendo bungled a key aspect with the character in this reprinted opinion piece.]
I spoke out about this on Twitter, but I want to elaborate on how much it bothers me that Nintendo elected to include a generic male villager from its mega-hit Animal Crossing franchise in the next Smash Bros game.
The first objection is the most obvious: this is a game chock full of male characters. Obviously a fighting game based on a video game company’s legacy is going to skew male; Nintendo doesn’t have a time machine to undo decades of sexist choices. But just look at this list of Smash Bros. characters; you can count the number of women on one hand. This was an easy way to offset that M/F ratio, and Nintendo blew it.
Another fun shot from the Shin Megami Tensei IV demo
I didn’t take many photos at E3 last week, but I made sure to get a couple shots from this demo because I always love the humor in Atlus’s localizations. I should have a lot more Atlus/E3 posts coming up this week!
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Dang the Neo Geo X Mega Pack is so thick
We mentioned before that Tommo is putting out five three-game packs and a 15-game mega pack for the Neo Geo X on June 25. I got to hold the packaging — meant to mimic the Neo Geo boxes that seemed like mini-suitcases when we were kids — at E3, and I loved the whole deal. Unfortunately the box’s interior isn’t finalized so I couldnt take shots of that.
The game card in each pack includes a Neo Geo X firmware upgrade promising “game save functionality, improved TV aspect ratio compatibility, improved sound quality,” and user interface enhancements. I asked Tommo’s rep if the upgrade will affect any of the hardware hacking people are enjoying with the system, and he said it shouldn’t, but no guarantees on that!
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Hometown Story trailer
This is the new town game by Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada. Way cute! Looks a lot like Animal Crossing, with more of a supernatural angle and shop stuff.
Sonic Lost World 3DS trailer
The 3DS version of this new Sonic game looks surprisingly similar to the Wii U version! And looks pretty cool! Although I imagine it has the potential to make you super sick in 3D.
I haven’t played a Sonic game seriously in forever, but kinda thinking about giving this one a try.
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds trailer
Animal Crossing villager and Mega Man in Super Smash Bros
Wii U/3DS, 2014. DAAAAAAAAAAANG
This will be featured at iam8bit’s gallery show opening tomorrow in Los Angeles! More than 80 artists have provided pieces for the exhibit, which is nuts.
Square Enix has put out a list detailing a portion of the games it will show at E3 next week, but the tally doesn’t include any of Wii U or 3DS’s Dragon Quest games — there’s not even a mention of Bravely Default, though that may be because Nintendo is publishing it in the U.S. I’ll be very disappointed if we don’t hear anything about Dragon Quest X, Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D, Slime MoriMori Dragon Quest 3, or Dragon Quest VII.
Last night’s Nintendo Direct presentations just blew away what the company had to show at E3 for 3DS. Look at all these announcements that we got!:
- Nintendo 3DS XL releasing to the States on August 28 fo $199 in Red and Blue
- Namco Bandai will assist Sakurai and his team with the development of Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U
- Fire Emblem: Awakening ships in the U.S. next year
- Animal Crossing 3DS and FE: Awakening ship in Europe first half of 2013
- Kingdom Hearts 3D demo on the U.S. eShop now
Netflix for Wii U demonstrated. Works exactly like how you’d want it to, and, in this early version at least, the app doesn’t appear to have the lag I’ve experienced on the Wii version since its “Just for Kids” firmware update.
I’m pretty excited that Netflix will (hopefully) be available at Wii U’s launch or close to it, as it seems like you’ll be able to immediately load the app from the tablet controller, which you can use as a TV remote.
It sounds lazy, but there are times I’ve decided not to use Netflix because I didn’t want to bother with finding a Wii Remote to power on the system, getting up to turn on my wireless sensor bar, then waiting for the app to load.
I’m also happy that Wii U will support Amazon Instant Video (and Youtube and Hulu Plus) since I use that all the time on my Kindle Fire, and want to get more use out of my $79 Amazon Prime subscription. Next up, HBO Go — which might be in the works, according to this report!
Preorder: Wii U stuff See also: More Wii U news, media, Miiverse is the future [Via NintendoWorldReport]