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

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

DLC Part Two: Classics Get DLC!

I’m really excited to be able to bring you some exciting news for the gaming industry. It seems a few of our old favourite games are getting DLC which is great news for retro gamers everywhere. Some of the highlights of this classic DLC frenzy include the first generation Pokemon games, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic!

Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow will be getting that ever elusive Pokemon without using a cheat cart or visiting a Nintendo promotional event, that’s right it’s Mew! ‘Mystery of Mew’ lets players expand their game play by allowing them to visit new island. There they will find themselves blocking Team Rocket’s attempts at catching the rare kitty for themselves. After a series of battles and some exploration of the island players get to unlock the mystery surrounding mew and take a shot at capturing the little fellow for yourself.

Ocarina of Time: ‘The Missing Fairy’ takes Link on an adventure set by the Deku Tree Sprout. It’s had a nightmare involving Navi being captured by the masked skull kid from Majora’s Mask and warns Link that she may be in danger.

The DLC acts as a nice bridge between the two games and has Link making a journey filled with a few small quests until he reaches the woods where the skull kid resides.

With the success of Dragon Age’s DLC Bioware have created a team to produce new content for Knights of the Old Republic in anticipation of the new MMO The Old Republic. We’re getting not one but two DLC packs for Knights of the Old Republic with more on the way.

Malak’s Destiny’ allows you to take on the role of Malak challenging Revan for control of the Sith prior to the events in Knights of the Old Republic. You board his vessel and fight your way to the bridge. The attempt is unsuccessful and results in a lightsaber to the face amd gaining him his mask. The DLC then flashes forward to the capture of Bastila where you attempt to turn her to the darkside, and again later to the confrontation with Revan himself on the Starforge. Here you get a chance to change the course of history by defeating Revan and using the Starforge to destroy the Republic fleet.

The second DLC ‘Hunter-Killer’ takes place after the events of the original game. HK-47 remains locked in a room onboard the Ebon Hawk with several parts missing, he’s unable to function and so the only thing he can do is relive his past. This allows you to visit Tatooine prior to being captured and sold to an Ithorian trader. It of course features assassination, Jawa’s and endless Meatbag references.

Knights of the Old Republic’s DLC for the PC version of the game will be featured on its revamped homepage. Many of you are probably wondering how you’ll be downloading the additional content to your classic systems but worry not, Nintendo have gone all out designing a cheap and affordable DLC lock on cart for both the Gameboy and Nintendo 64 systems. Simply purchase the lock on devices, plug your game carts into them and download away!

You Wish ;)

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.