Nintendo should remember 5 simple words when it comes to launches; It’s dangerous to go alone

I found out this morning that the Nintendo 3DS is taking a price cut “to further accelerate adoption of the hardware”. As a current owner of a 3DS I ask myself…did I adopt too early?

I bought the 3DS for one reason, Nintendo IP’s. Zelda, Pokemon, Mario…Nintendo have a bunch of IP’s from over the years that they hold onto tightly and rejuvenate with every new console generation in order to attract customers to their hardware. Except that’s not really how it’s gone with the 3DS so far, it was lacking those crucial titles at launch as well as a key component the eShop.

Launch titles included Super Street Fighter 4 3D Edition, The Sims 3, Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars…all games that were available on other platforms in better graphics minus the 3D, oh and three Nintendo games (five if you take into account the three versions of Nintendogs and Cats). Where’s my Mario! my Starfox! my Pokemon! At least we got Zelda this June but that’s a remake, I wan’t some fresh meat! Continue reading

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Nintendo Video App for 3DS

On July 11th Nintendo stated that: “Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to download the new Nintendo Video application from Nintendo eShop from the 13th of July 2011 providing access to a range of new and exclusive 2D and 3D video content on their Nintendo 3DS system“. Well today’s release day here in the UK (as well as Japan and Australia I believe), and whilst I was expecting an early morning release as with the eShop update I found a notification at around 6pm >.< Continue reading

Mini Wii, the Nintendo 3DS

It’s all about the 3D at the cinema lately but the three dimensions don’t end there. The Nintendo 3DS releases in Japan Feb 26th, but those in the west don’t have to wait too long for Mario to bounce off of their retinas as it’s hitting our shores in March.

The system reuses many of the DS’s features including touch screen, camera and Wi-Fi. It also has web browser that can now be accessed during game play in case you’re dying to post on your friend’s Facebook that you just kicked their ass on 3DS Street Fighter 4. It expands on these features by adding to its arsenal a motion sensor and slide button to adjust how far the 3D aspect of the system is from the screen. The system comes pre-packed with a recharging dock and a 2GB SD card.

The 3DS is easily becoming a miniaturised version of the Wii, now utilising the Mii avatar system, you can even create your Mii using your 3DS’s camera. The 3DS continues to emulate its big brother by doing just that, emulating! That’s right we’ll be able to download classic Gameboy/Gameboy Colour games, and what’s more it’s upgrading them to 3D? Not exactly sure how they’re going to pull that one off but regardless I’m not too keen on having a badly drawn mushroom jump out of the screen at me when I play first of two confirmed titles Super Mario Land, the other being Link’s Awakening.

The last Nintendo I had was my brother’s old Gameboy Advance when he bought the DS. Admittedly I’ve barely played the thing other than when I fancied some Pokemon but I’m considering biting the bullet and getting one of these on release as the price doesn’t seem to drop much for these things over time too well. Gives me an excuse to buy the DS generation of Pokemon and lets me prove to my brothers I can still wield a Mewtwo like a Jedi handles a lightsaber.