Nintendo has a lot of work to do if it wants to
the 3DS to attract more female gamers. As you can see from this handy chart,
the Wii and Nintendo DS seem to be equally popular with both guys and gals. The
3DS, on the other hand, is a bit more of a sausage in comparison. Clearly, nurturing
the Nintendo 3DS’ female audience is important, and the best way to grow the
pink side of this bar is with, well, more pink…
Last night’s Nintendo 3DS press conference was a letdown for
many fans. There weren’t any huge game announcements (with the exception of a
new Fire Emblem and Mario Tennis) to speak of, and the 3DS slider-pad-thing
ended up being just as awkward as we feared. To make matters worse, Nintendo
confirmed that Kid Icarus, one of the 3DS’s flagship titles, had been pushed
back yet again, slipping into 2012. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the
case, and Nintendo has given a few of their remaining 2011 games solid release
Nintendo has revealed more video footage of
Luigi's Mansion 2, showing how the 'other' brother keeps busy when he's not playing
second fiddle. Take a peek at how Luigi's 3DS ghost hunting adventure is
shaping (sucking?) up in this straight-from-TGS 2011 video.
Luigi's Mansion 2 is being developed by Next Level Games (Captain America: Super
Soldier, Punch-Out! Wii) out of Vancouver, BC. It was revealed at E3 2011
this June and is described as an entirely new title featuring multiple haunted
mansions to explore...
It's turning into quite the day for getting excited about Nintendo games that I previously could raise barely an audible snore in aid of. First Skyward Sword suddenly starts looking like the freshest, most innovative Zelda possibly ever. Then Super Mario 3D Land gives me a sharp, zesty shock from the trusty wall-socket of giddy, old-school Mario-awe. And now another bloody Mario Kart comes along, but manages to affront me completely by actually looking fun and exciting. The cheeky sod.
Anyway, in Retro Studios I trust. They've proven repeatedly that they can freshen up old Nintendo franchises while staying effortlessly true to the originals, so I don't see why they won't here. And well, you know.... Just imagine how awesomely you'll puke when pulling a 3D first-person power-slide. Really awesomely, that's how awesomely.
It's not that the DS' New Super Mario Bros. was a crap game by any stretch of the imagination, of course. In fact it was bloody brilliant. But throughout, I just couldn't shake the feeling that I was playing a game that lacked the freshness and spark that core Mario games usually exude in abundance. Kind of like it was a very, very good tribute game rather than a real one.
The 3DS' Super Mario 3D Land however, now looks to have no such problems. I had my doubts about the game's lesser freedom compare to the likes of Galaxy, but now I've seen more of it, I love the idea of combining 3D Mario's versatility with the tight, linear challenge of 2D Mario. You might too. Have a look and find out. And then tell me, for I wish to hear.
In the craziness of its pre-TGS 3DS press conference, one piece of
information was completely ignored by Nintendo - the rumoured 3DS
additional slide-pad attachment. Instead, its existence was confirmed
when Nintendo silently posted details and pictures of the peripheral to
its hardware page.
Shortly after revealing Mario Tennis 3DS, Nintendo showed a
few seconds of footage from another popular series we too frequently forget
exists: Fire Emblem. The new game looks much like the others, with 2D tactical
combat on a grid-based map, but this time, it’s going to pop out of the screen
in 3D. Well, we assume, we don’t technically have confirmation on that point.
What we do know is that it’s going to be an original game...
pre-TGS press conference is underway, and Nintendo has started to unveil some
news that should, hopefully, help spike sales for their fledgling handheld. The
first big announcement comes in the form of Mario Tennis 3DS, which looks,
well… exactly like you’d expect it to look. The video they showed off looks
exactly like the last few Mario Tennis games, though that’s not something we’re
going to complain about. The series has consistently been the most impressive
of the Mario sports titles, and we’re excited to find out more. According to
Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata, the game will make use of the 3DS’ gyro motion sensor.
We’ll keep you posted as more is announced—hopefully we’ll give a full, proper
Man, Square-Enix sure does like making Final Fantasy
spin-offs more than they like making Final Fantasy games. Today, they released
a new trailer for Final Fantasy Theatrhythm, the 3DS rhythm game that will have
players tapping, sliding, and slashing their 3DS’s screen to 50 Final Fantasy
songs instead of fighting monsters and questing in a giant world with an epic,
memorable story. Take a look!...
Fear not - the Monday morning catch-up has only been on a temporary hiatus. Now it's back, with a vengeance. But (brace yourself) - the bell might be a bit broken. Could go either way, if we're honest. Who would have thought overuse could do that? But that doesn't mean we can't still give you minute-long discussions of the weekend's biggest gaming news stories. So let's have at it:
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