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New Mighty no. 9 trailer, beta ⊟

If you’re a backer of the Mighty no. 9 Kickstarter at a high enough tier, you’re eligible for a beta code. It’s PC only… 

But! Mighty Gunvolt isn’t PC-only, and all Mighty no. 9 backers will also get a code for that this week! They’re for 3DS, of course, and currently only North American codes are going out.

Anyway, we can all look at this trailer, and the game seems to be coming along really nicely. It looks like something that would definitely be my jam.

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Square Enix doesn’t sound confident about bringing Dragon Quest VII 3DS to the West :o( ⊟
So what’s the deal with Square Enix not localizing any of its Dragon Quest games for the 3DS released in Japan? You’d think the publisher would localize the DQVII remake for the 3DS at least, right? Siliconera caught up with Dragon Quest mobile producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto to see if there’s any chance we’ll get that one, but he offered the following response:

“In terms of DQVII, it has a lot of text to go through and translate, and we’ve received so many requests and so much positive feedback about the game, but unfortunately, we have to consider the cost and the manpower needed to handle the sheer load of text. In terms of scenario and script, the game is probably one of the largest in the DQ franchise. If a lot of people can buy it and support it… well, we can’t promise anything.
… We’ve gotten a lot of requests, we really want to do it, but right now, we need to hammer out what kind of resources we’d need to do it. We say this a lot, but, we can’t seem to get to the point where it’s justifiable.”

In absolutely unrelated news, Square Enix will release the original Dragon Quest, as well as subsequent games (II and III have been mentioned), with a new localization to smartphones starting this September. I can’t be too bitter since those older titles have a lot less text to translate, but you’d be amazed how bitter I still manage to be regardless. Image is via F Yeah Dragon Quest!
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Square Enix doesn’t sound confident about bringing Dragon Quest VII 3DS to the West :o( ⊟

So what’s the deal with Square Enix not localizing any of its Dragon Quest games for the 3DS released in Japan? You’d think the publisher would localize the DQVII remake for the 3DS at least, right? Siliconera caught up with Dragon Quest mobile producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto to see if there’s any chance we’ll get that one, but he offered the following response:

“In terms of DQVII, it has a lot of text to go through and translate, and we’ve received so many requests and so much positive feedback about the game, but unfortunately, we have to consider the cost and the manpower needed to handle the sheer load of text. In terms of scenario and script, the game is probably one of the largest in the DQ franchise. If a lot of people can buy it and support it… well, we can’t promise anything.

… We’ve gotten a lot of requests, we really want to do it, but right now, we need to hammer out what kind of resources we’d need to do it. We say this a lot, but, we can’t seem to get to the point where it’s justifiable.”

In absolutely unrelated news, Square Enix will release the original Dragon Quest, as well as subsequent games (II and III have been mentioned), with a new localization to smartphones starting this September. I can’t be too bitter since those older titles have a lot less text to translate, but you’d be amazed how bitter I still manage to be regardless. Image is via F Yeah Dragon Quest!

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You’ll have to purchase 3DS menu themes ⊟

Maybe you assumed this, but I just ran across this bit in yesterday’s 3DS news press release: “Themes will be available for purchase from a Theme Shop that will be added to the Home menu.”

So it’s a separate shop with a separate icon? Weird. But the whole thing actually seems smart, I must grudgingly admit. It’s kind of a lot of work to make custom icons and music for each theme, so it wouldn’t make sense to make it free; and impulse-buy things like this will probably be a tempting use of leftover eShop funds.

Interestingly, for each of the custom faceplates Nintendo showed for the standard-sized 3DS yesterday, there seemed to be a matching Home menu theme. I wonder if the faceplates come with themes?

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3DS Homebrew Channel delayed ⊟
No big surprise here — at least with the rational among us — that coder Smealum has postponed the Homebrew Channel’s launch due to the upcoming release of the New 3DS. The hack promises to enable both new and old 3DSes to load homebrew apps/games (not commercial or pirated software), and could eventually circumvent the handheld’s region-locking.
But waiting until he has the updated hardware in his hands to test before releasing the hack allows Smealum to not only ensure the new system won’t lock out the Homebrew Channel, but also potentially find a way for the hack to tap into the portable’s additional power.
"I’ve worked way too long and hard on this to throw it away," says Smealum. “This exploit is our best chance to get a look at the new 3DS coming out in one month. Using this as an entrypoint … gives us a fighting chance to defeat whatever new shit might be in there.”
Smealum doesn’t expect to delay the release into 2015. The 3DS Homebrew Launcher image above, by the way, is a mock-up from Soully.
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3DS Homebrew Channel delayed ⊟

No big surprise here — at least with the rational among us — that coder Smealum has postponed the Homebrew Channel’s launch due to the upcoming release of the New 3DS. The hack promises to enable both new and old 3DSes to load homebrew apps/games (not commercial or pirated software), and could eventually circumvent the handheld’s region-locking.

But waiting until he has the updated hardware in his hands to test before releasing the hack allows Smealum to not only ensure the new system won’t lock out the Homebrew Channel, but also potentially find a way for the hack to tap into the portable’s additional power.

"I’ve worked way too long and hard on this to throw it away," says Smealum. “This exploit is our best chance to get a look at the new 3DS coming out in one month. Using this as an entrypoint … gives us a fighting chance to defeat whatever new shit might be in there.”

Smealum doesn’t expect to delay the release into 2015. The 3DS Homebrew Launcher image above, by the way, is a mock-up from Soully.

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Preorders for New 3DS and XL are open ⊟
If you want a New 3DS early and can’t wait until 2015 for it to release in the West, Play-Asia will ship one to you when the portable releases in October. While it’s likely the hardware will be region-locked again, there’s a possibility the upcoming (but delayed) 3DS Homebrew Channel will eventually fix that.
New Nintendo 3DS (White) - $199.99
New Nintendo 3DS (Black) - $199.99
New Nintendo 3DS LL/XL (Metallic Blue) - $219.99
New Nintendo 3DS LL/XL (White - Metallic Black?) - $219.99
Note that the last listing is for a White 3DS XL, which doesn’t actually exist — it’s probably for the Metallic Black edition. Also, all these prices are before the $15-30 shipping/handling fees. Play-Asia will throw in one of its free branded 3DS cases with each order, too. We will let you know when the custom faceplates and docks are for up for preorder too!
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Preorders for New 3DS and XL are open ⊟

If you want a New 3DS early and can’t wait until 2015 for it to release in the West, Play-Asia will ship one to you when the portable releases in October. While it’s likely the hardware will be region-locked again, there’s a possibility the upcoming (but delayed) 3DS Homebrew Channel will eventually fix that.

Note that the last listing is for a White 3DS XL, which doesn’t actually exist — it’s probably for the Metallic Black edition. Also, all these prices are before the $15-30 shipping/handling fees. Play-Asia will throw in one of its free branded 3DS cases with each order, too. We will let you know when the custom faceplates and docks are for up for preorder too!

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Five more random things about the New 3DS ⊟

We’ve covered the basics about the New 3DS\XL hardware and today’s related software announcements, but here are a few minor items about the portable, mostly gleaned from the Nintendo’s Japanese FAQ. It’s just random things to think about, s we wait for the handheld to release in the West next year.

  1. No more wireless switch on the New 3DS - you’ll need to turn the wireless function on and off through the Home menu.
  2. Speaking of wireless, you can now transfer media files to your PC without needing to pull out the microSD card. Unfortunately, this feature is supported by only Windows 8.1 and 7 systems, and not Macs. :o/
  3. To disable the built-in web browser’s parental control filter, users will need to register a valid credit card and pay a fee of ¥30 yen ($0.29), according to Kotaku.
  4. But thanks to its HTML5 support, the New 3DS’s browser can now play videos — I expect 3DS traffic to PornHub to spike!
  5. You’ll be able to play most DS games on the New 3DS, except for ones with odd cartridges or casing, like these three releases that Japanese 3DS pointed out.

Also, I said it earlier, but I’ll mention it again: it’s really cute that the colored lines for the Amiibo logo are the same as the ones on the *New* 3DS logo. The GIFs are via Xavier.

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A few leftover 3DS news items ⊟
This stuff, from this morning’s Direct/press release is exciting, if maybe a bit less OMG WHAT than new 3DS hardware (seriously, though, what). So here it is! Let’s catch up together!
Kirby eShop games out today: The Triple Deluxe spinoff games Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe are on eShop today, for $7 each, and you get bonus stuff if you already have Triple Deluxe. Why did Nintendo wait until a day after its normal eShop release day, sending these out along with Gunvolt and Layton vs. Phoenix Wright? Well, uh, man I don’t know.
Fantasy Life DLC: “Origin Island offers a new area that is home to an ancient culture and powerful enemies, additional story content, new ranks to achieve in Life Classes, access to even more powerful equipment and two new varieties of pets to adopt: birds and dragons.” It’ll be out on the game’s Oct. 24 release date.
Ultimate NES Remix: Out December 5 for $30, and contains challenges based on 16 NES games. The main problem I had with the Wii U games was that they weren’t on 3DS, so, cool!
2DS bundles: No announcement of the new 3DS hardware for US, but we get… existing 2DS colors with a code for Mario Kart 7, for $129.99. These come out early October. That’s just as good, right?
Don’t forget to check out our coverage from this morning: New 3DS and XL announced, customizable faceplates and Home menu themes, Amiibo figures revealed and up for preorder, and our thoughts on the New 3DS.
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A few leftover 3DS news items ⊟

This stuff, from this morning’s Direct/press release is exciting, if maybe a bit less OMG WHAT than new 3DS hardware (seriously, though, what). So here it is! Let’s catch up together!

  • Kirby eShop games out today: The Triple Deluxe spinoff games Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe are on eShop today, for $7 each, and you get bonus stuff if you already have Triple Deluxe. Why did Nintendo wait until a day after its normal eShop release day, sending these out along with Gunvolt and Layton vs. Phoenix Wright? Well, uh, man I don’t know.
  • Fantasy Life DLC: “Origin Island offers a new area that is home to an ancient culture and powerful enemies, additional story content, new ranks to achieve in Life Classes, access to even more powerful equipment and two new varieties of pets to adopt: birds and dragons.” It’ll be out on the game’s Oct. 24 release date.
  • Ultimate NES Remix: Out December 5 for $30, and contains challenges based on 16 NES games. The main problem I had with the Wii U games was that they weren’t on 3DS, so, cool!
  • 2DS bundles: No announcement of the new 3DS hardware for US, but we get… existing 2DS colors with a code for Mario Kart 7, for $129.99. These come out early October. That’s just as good, right?

Don’t forget to check out our coverage from this morning: New 3DS and XL announced, customizable faceplates and Home menu themes, Amiibo figures revealed and up for preorder, and our thoughts on the New 3DS.

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New 3DS: an exciting upgrade for a specific audience ⊟
Nintendo surprised everyone this morning, including people like me who weren’t paying attention to the internet, with the announcement of a “New” 3DS hardware line, featuring redesigned 3DS and 3DS LL/XL models with faster download potential, a right analog thing, extra shoulder buttons, and more. While I’m staring at this and digesting the info, let’s think out loud about it!

My first reaction is, I don’t want to have to buy a new thing. But that’s just me. Nintendo is making a stronger argument in favor of upgrading than with previous 3DS models, as this one can play exclusive software (its specs are reportedly better), like a 3DS version of Xenoblade Chronicles. So it’s like the DSi in that way – that upgrade also played exclusive games, while still being considered a DS. Or maybe it’s more like a cell phone, which changes generations in a fluid, kind of confusing way. In any case, this is kind of a new generation but not really?
But it’s definitely aimed at the kind of people who follow game news closely, the “hardcore” types who early-adopt new game systems and won’t be confused by the name “New 3DS.” Like the Wii U before it, this version of the 3DS adds more sticks and buttons, and more inputs (like the Amiibo reader), making the system inherently more complex to interact with. For people like you and me who play video games constantly and are used to 20 buttons, this is awesome. For the last remaining people who jumped in on DS because of simple touch controls and Brain Age, this is kind of a step away. I mean, it’ll still work with all that stuff, it just seems a bit less purpose-built for Touch Generations-type experiences. Man, remember Touch Generations?

It also represents a surprising step away from the 2DS – even as Nintendo of America announces new 2DS bundles. I’m surprised to see the redesigned hardware bringing back the original 3DS, which I thought had been basically replaced as the low-price model by its cheaper non-folding counterpart. But with no New 3DS line announcement here yet, and more 2DS news instead, I’m more confident in my theory that, like the Wii Mini, the 2DS is For The West. It makes sense: Nintendo has absolutely no trouble selling full-price 3DS hardware in Japan, so the lower-priced 2DS isn’t really needed.
Anyway, aside from the -=IMPLICATIONS=- or whatever, just about everything about this new line is a welcome upgrade. Even the cameras are better! And used to track your face and tweak the 3D viewing angle – like that one DSiWare game but for real 3D! I definitely want replaceable faceplates on my 3DS, a move that makes sense for durability purposes (3DS scratched up in your pocket/backpack? Put a new face on it!) and customization. Improved battery life answers the main criticism of the 3DS line, if imperfectly, and the ability to transfer data to PC wirelessly will definitely improve my workflow for adding screenshots to reviews.
And the system update that adds new menu themes, most certainly designed for this new hardware, will help spruce up everyone’s 3DS. Thanks, new 3DS, for subsidizing my Animal Crossing menu!
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New 3DS: an exciting upgrade for a specific audience ⊟

Nintendo surprised everyone this morning, including people like me who weren’t paying attention to the internet, with the announcement of a “New” 3DS hardware line, featuring redesigned 3DS and 3DS LL/XL models with faster download potential, a right analog thing, extra shoulder buttons, and more. While I’m staring at this and digesting the info, let’s think out loud about it!

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Xenoblade leads the way in splitting 3DS userbase ⊟

Along with debuting new hardware this morning (special edition new 3DS XLs for Smash Bros. and Monster Hunter 4G for Japan also snuck out), Nintendo announced a 3DS port for acclaimed Wii RPG Xenoblade.

Xenoblade is the first announced title (for Japan) that will take advantage of the new 3DS models’ improved CPU — meaning it won’t be playable on the older 3DS, 3DS XL, or 2DS systems. The situation is similar to the DSi, which received DSi-only games that older DSes couldn’t run. I remember quite a bit of confusion and anger over how that was handled..

I’m all for games that take advantage of increased capabilities in what’s effectively a new system, but not everyone’s happy to see the 3DS userbase split. Frequent contributor Daniel Feit justified his annoyance by pointing out that handheld lifespans are getting shorter: “Game Boy to Game Boy Color: 9 years. Nintendo DS to DSi: 4 years. Nintendo 3DS to *new* 3DS: 3.5 years.”

Oh, and Nintendo formally announced that Xenoblade’s hero Shulk is a playable fighter for the new Smash Bros.

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The 3DS just got a lot more customizable ⊟

Nintendo really gave the 3DS a facelift! The new standard models (not the XL editions unfortunately) coming to Japan will allow users to swap out its bottom and top covers with various designs, making it so they don’t have to buy limited edition hardware or apply decals just to get a new look for your system. You can see all the designs announced so far here.

Not only that, Nintendo announced new Home menu themes (e.g Animal Crossing, Zelda, Mario) with special backgrounds, icons, folders, music, and sound effects are coming next month with a system update — this will be for all 3DSes and 2DSes, presumably including the new hardware!

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New Nintendo 3DS and XL ⊟

Just when you thought this week couldn’t get any wilder, Nintendo goes and reveals a new 3DS and XL model for Japan. Europe will also receive the new portables next year, according to CVG. If we get a U.S. release date, I expect it to be for 2015.

The new line also has a new stick-ish button on the right side that replaces the need for a Circle Pad Pro, a more powerful CPU, improved 3D viewing angles, Super Famicom-esque colored ABXY buttons, two additional shoulder buttons, NFC support (for Amiibos!), improved battery life (up to 6 hours on 3DS, 7 hours on XL), and HTML5 support for the built-in browser. It also now uses Micro SDs instead of SD cards. Check out the removable back!

The standard system features a 3.88-inch top screen (compared to the 3.53-inch top screen in the original 3DS), while the new XL screen is the same as the old one at 4.88 inches. Both release in Japan on October 11, alongside new charging docks. The standard edition 3DS comes in White or Black for ¥16000 ($154), while the XL in Metallic Blue or Black will go for ¥18800 ($181).

Images via Inside Games and Volotaire!

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Tappingo 2 delayed for a good reason ⊟

Nintendo of America helpfully advised Hugo Smits to push the release of the eShop game Tappingo 2 to next week, September 4. Had it been released this week, it would surely have been buried by Gunvolt and Layton vs. Ace Attorney.

So you can play it next week instead – with cool retro console puzzles and indie game sprites, like the Mutant Mudds and Toki Tori puzzles above.

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