The 3DS is here! Behold as we carefully unbox the glorious hardware, then dig elbow-deep into a pit of luscious confetti to unearth a treasure trove of shiny shrink-wrapped games. Nintendo's white-clad chain gang joins us to hear the satisfyingly tactile scrankle-noises of paper and plastic as we unveil every detail. Loads of screens inside!
Nintendo has put up its first TV commercial for the 3DS on YouTube, and it tackles the difficult issue of how to market a product that's all about 3D in a 2D advertisement. As a result, it's heavy on the experience and pretty light on the actual games...
Above: The remains of houses in Fukushima prefecture
On Friday, March 11, Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in the country’s history. In light of the recent tragedy, many Japanese game publishers have announced plans to support relief efforts for victims of the natural disaster…
Look: We've told you before, you have no business not being at PAX. Gabe and Tycho have been accommodating enough to set this shebang up on multiple coasts, so if you can motivate your fat happy ass to attend: Tough Titties. That said, you still deserve to see the amazing sites that litter the showfloor because everything here was made with you in mind.
With new hardware come new challenges. According to developers, creating a game for the Nintendo 3DS or the Sony NGP could cost up to three times as much as it did for the Nintendo DS and PSP. Speaking to Develop, Griptonite Game’s JC Connors estimates that the cost of creating a launch title for the Nintendo 3DS will be much higher than before. "Clearly some of the [3DS] launch titles have budgets two-to-three times what typical DS games have seen in the past," said Connors.
Griptonite is working on Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters for release on the Nintendo DS this year, and has many other Nintendo DS and PSP titles in its portfolio, including Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, and Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines. But even though the company intends to continue developing titles for the next generation of handheld systems, it is well aware of the rising development costs. And it’s not the only studio with concerns...
This week on NintendoTV we bring you footage from some of the exclusive 3DS events that Nintendo have been holding all over the UK. Nintendo took the 3DS on the road and we've been there by their sides getting the public opinion about this brand new console.
So, a slice of good news, and a slice of potentially good news from Capcom today. It's no secret that the House 'o Wiley has had some mixed results from its initiative to branch out into western development, scoring winners ("Hello, Dead Rising 2") and absolute clunkers ("Screw you, Bionic Commando") in equal measure. The current plan? Don't trust the west with new IP. Sounds like a bit of a harsh reaction, admittedly, but then you remember that Dark Void exists and all becomes clear.
Silver linings are (potentially) two-fold though. With the focus taken away from the west, it now transpires that Capcom Japan might finally be about to drop some more original ideas on us. Remember them? I used to like Capcom's original ideas, and I miss seeing new ones. Also, the way in which the west is to treat old IP could turn out to be pretty damn exciting in the future. Could also be terrible, but hey, the potential is there. Click on to find out what the hell I'm babbling on about.
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