Tagged "3DS"

Aug 24
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 2 Comments

Reviews for Deus Ex: Human Revolution went live on Monday and just about everybody, from EDGE to Eurogamer, has dished out a 9. EDGE had a little grumble about the loading times (over a minute on the 360 version) but that’s about it. If it doesn’t boot Zumba Fitness off the top of the chart then, well, we’re all doomed.

Inazuma Eleven is an interesting one. Not because it’s a football-flavoured JRPG, but because Nintendo let a few copies slip into stores earlier this year. The anime series has just started being shown on the Disney channel so our guess is that they wanted to hold it back to tie-in with that. NGamer magazine gave it 71%, commending the voice work and describing it as “solid and fun”.

Incidentally, Inazuma Eleven Strikers for Wii has been recently released in Japan. If this DS version does well then there’s a chance we could see the Wii version too at some point. NGamer also reviewed it this month, giving it a higher score than its DS brethren – a nice 80%. It’s by Level 5 – of Professor Layton and Dragon Quest IX fame – so it would certainly be nice to see it outside of Japan.

Anyway, back to what you can actually go out and buy this week. Pac-Man and Galaga: Dimensions on 3DS pretty much speaks for itself. It contains the excellent Pac-Man Championship Edition and dozens of other modes, but word has it it’s not a very polished package as a whole. For something this rudimentary being pushed out at full price, you’d expect it to be.

Rugby World Cup 2011 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 speaks for itself too. Remember last year when Rugby League 3 made the top ten? We can see the same happening with this. There are plenty of rugby fans out there for sure.

Summer Challenge on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC has nothing to do avoiding angry wasps and bored teenagers hanging outside shopping malls – it’s an athletics sim. Publisher PQube has no details on their site, but from the box art we can deduce that it contains pole vaulting, fencing, archery and swimming. Can somebody make a highland games package with caber tossing and log rolling? We’d be all over that.

And finally, the seemingly random DS games for this week are Jewel Quest IV, The Lost Treasures of Alexandria and 1001 Touch Games. 1001 games on one cartridge? Best not tell the other publishers about this – they’ll be worried about going bankrupt.

Next week: Driver San Francisco (PS3, 360, Wii), Driver: Renegade 3D (3DS), Bodycount (PS3, 360), Champion Jockey (PS3, 360, Wii), Dual Pen Sports (3DS), Monkey Island Adventures (PS3, 360, PC), Madden NFL 12 (PS3, 360), Phil Taylor’s Power Play Darts (DS) and We Dance (Wii).

Aug 22
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Even with stock shortages due to unforeseen demand, Xenoblade Chronicles has managed to jump into the chart at a respectable #7. If Nintendo had produced enough copies to go around it would have no doubt charted even higher than that.

Xenoblade isn’t the only boon for Nintendo this week – Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is back in the top 10 ten, up from #13 to #4.

Zumba Fitness holds onto #1, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean at #2 and Cars 2 at #3. Just Dance 2: Extra Songs, Call of Juarez: The Cartel and The Sims 3 have all left the top 10 this week.

In the single formats 2D brawler Arcana Heart 3 makes #19 in the PlayStation 3 chart and #26 in the Xbox 360 chart. Some of the online retailers have cut it down to £18 already which presumably helped it chart higher than expected.

Aug 17
By Matt Gander In Blog 2 Comments

To celebrate the release of the Flame Red 3DS in Japan – or Fire Truck Red 3DS, as we would have called it – our friends over at 3DS Buzz are giving you the chance to be one of the first people to own one. By winning a competition, not by dipping your current 3DS in red paint.

If you already have a 3DS, or for some reason really dislike the colour red, then that’s not a problem – an alternative prize of four 3DS games is available. You can even pick the games yourself, in case you’re worried about four copies of Asphalt 3D falling through your letterbox.

To enter you simply need to hop over to 3DS Buzz and leave a comment at the bottom of their competition page.

The winner will be picked on 15th September.

Jun 27
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

The good news is that the highest new entry in this week’s chart isn’t the new Transformers tie-in but rather F.E.A.R 3 which makes a chart debut at #3. Optimus and the others have to make do with #17. No doubt it’ll be in the top 10 next week once the movie is released.

Speaking of the top 10, Zumba Fitness is still #1. L.A Noire is up from #4 to #2, DiRT 3 rises from #7 to #3 and thanks to Wimbledon Top Spin 4 bounces back from #28 to #10. Both Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Duke Nukem Forever are on the fall though – Link is down to #6 and Duke is now at #8.

Shadows of the Damned hasn’t got off to a very good start at all – it enters at #31. That’s still better than Child of Eden, which has dropped to #35. THQ has also had a bad week – Red Faction: Armageddon has gone from #12 to #32 while Homefront has drops from #18 to #37.

There’s still no sign of the Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters in the top 40 despite the film now being shown in cinemas. The best the green guy can do is #20 in the Wii chart.

Jun 23
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 1 Comment

Wowsers – there’s a lot to get through this week. EA’s Shadows of the Damned and Warner Bros. F.E.A.R 3 are the two big hitters. General opinion on Shadows of the Damned is that it’s good but slightly lacking polish, with scores including a 7 from Eurogamer and an 8 from 360 Gamer magazine.

F.E.A.R 3 was delayed for extra pizzazz; that time seems to have paid off with the co-op mode getting praise. The average Metacritic score currently stands at a decent 78%.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is another lacking polish. This was released in the US last week; those that have finished it claim it only takes around 5 hours and feels rushed out. There are no reviews in yet for the Wii, DS or 3DS versions; the last few Wii Transformers games were terrible but the DS ones were actually alright. The DS versions for this year’s tie-in come with a free toy but 3DS owners have to make do with without.

Two other 3DS titles are out to tempt you away from Zelda too – trippy but apparently mediocre shooter Dream Trigger 3D and Cubic Ninja, which NGamer Magazine quite liked.

The PlayStation Move compatible Ape Escape has a cheap price tag, available for £17.91 on Amazon or £17.99 on Play. As much as we like the Ape Escape series, the lack of reviews is off putting. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition also costs slightly less than a full price release but don’t get too excited – it’s just Super Street Fighter IV with the extra DLC thrown in.

There’s also Wii Play: Motion which Nintendo believes will set Wii Remote sales skyrocketing. The mini-games on this don’t sound too shabby, coming from a variety of outside studios. That said, anything has to be better than that stupid Pose Mii mini-game from the original Wii Play.

The rest of the week’s releases are a real odd bunch. There’s Tour De France 2011 (PS3, Xbox 360), Let’s Dance With Mel B (PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii), National Geographic Challenge (PS3 and Wii) and three DS titles: Bandz Mania, Jewel Legends: Tree of Life and survival horror romp Theresia. That last one doesn’t sound too bad – IGN dished out a 7.1 review score and it’s not like mature DS titles are in abundance these days.

Next week: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3, Solatorobo: The Red Hunter, UFC Personal Trainer, Max and the Magic Marker, Arcana Heart 3, Air Conflicts – Secret Wars and the presumibly rubbish Street Cleaning Simulator on PC.

Jun 14
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

There’s always a sense of excitement when one of the big three console manufacturers release a list of what’s due out on their consoles from now until the next six months or so. Part of this excitement comes from the fact that often there are games mentioned that haven’t been officially announced, or haven’t been previously reported as being released outside of Japan or whatnot.

This time round it’s Nintendo, with a list of what’s being released in US this year.

For Wii and DS owners it isn’t very good news. Nintendo’s own titles aside, the majority of games for both platforms are either licensed or child friendly. In fact, every DS and Wii game from Activision, Disney, Sega, Konami, D3, THQ, Ubisoft, Take-2 and Warner Bros has a license attached.

Incidentally, WB lists LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 for release on DS and 3DS but not on Wii. A mistake, surely?

EA’s Wii line-up makes for even more depressing reading – four titles based on board games and this year’s Madden and Need for Speed updates. Looks like they aren’t even going to bother releasing FIFA 12 in the US.

There are of course a few exceptions: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 on DS should be worth an import. Two new WiiWare games are on the list too: La-Mulana and MotoHeroz. On DSiWare meanwhile there’s the excellent sounding Pro Jumper! Chimaki’s Hot Spring Tour Guilty Gear Tangent.

More exciting is the list of titles for the 3DS’s eShop – five GameGear games from Sega, Let’s Golf 3D from Gameloft, something called Picture Lives! and confirmation that The Rolling Western – shown at E3 – is an eShop title. That’ll explain why it looks so barren in the screenshots.

After a few months of silence, Nintendo are unleashing three big titles on 3DS – Kid Icarus: Unrising, Mario Kart and Super Mario are all due in time for Christmas while Starfox 64 3D is out in September. Paper Mario and Animal Crossing still have ‘TBA’ next to them. It’s not long until Kirby Mass Attack on DS though – that’s due in September as well.

Anything else? Ubisoft are stinking up the 3DS with no less than four virtual pet games – Petz Fantasy 3D, Cute Puppies, Horses 3D and Imagine Babyz. Shudder. It would also seem that Sega are holding back Thor on 3DS to tie-in with the DVD/Blu-ray release – it’s not due out until “Fall”. The DS version gained some favorable reviews; this could turn out alright too with the extra development time behind it.

To only see one DS game from Ubisoft is a bit of a suprise and it looks like THQ aren’t releasing any more uDraw games now that the uDraw for Xbox 360 and PS3 has been announced. Odd.

The US Nintendo release list in full: (more…)

Jun 08
By Matt Gander In Blog 7 Comments

Whoever said you can’t keep a secret these days was wrong. The new Nintendo console is not called Café, Beem, Stream or even Wii 2 or Wii HD but rather Wii U. Simply because it’s a console with something for everybody. You, specifically. There’s enough tech behind it to power visually demanding games and it’s also backwards compatible with the original Wii controllers and software.

Predictably there are a lot of conversions on the way but they’re not of older titles but rather games that are still to be released including Batman: Arkham City, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online, Tekken, Darksiders 2, Metro Last Light, Assassin’s Creed and DiRT. EA also hinted that Battlefield 3 is on it’s way. How Nintendo managed to stop developers leaking info is a mystery. Maybe Reggie threatened to crush their testicles with unsold copies of Wii Music?

There isn’t much to talk about in regards to the design of the console – it’s merely a Wii with rounded corners and a bigger power button. IBM are supplying the processor, it uses Nintendo’s own 12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs and supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Yep – you can stick a HDMI cable into the back of it. There are also four USB ports because you can never have enough.

The controller itself is the real head turner. A combination of an iPad and a traditional analogue controller, it has a 6.2 inch 16:9 touch screen, two analogue sticks, four trigger buttons, a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feedback, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus. It truly is the Swiss Army Knife of the videogame controller world. T3 magazine reports that it is very light to hold and the screen is both clear and bright. Nintendo wouldn’t tell them how long the battery life is though. Likewise, price and release date are still a mystery.

Tech demos shown so far include HD Zelda, New Super Mario Bros. Mii and Battle Mii – a Metroid themed deathmatch. It’s still early days for the console yet, although the Zelda-alike Darksiders 2 was confirmed to be a launch title.

Speaking of Zelda, Nintendo’s conference kicked off with a tribute to the hero of Hyrule. It was revealed that Legend of Zelda: Four Swords for DSi is going to be a free download on DSiWare from September while a golden Wii remote will be released to tie-in with Zelda: Skyward Sword on Wii. And to celebrate Link’s 25th, symphony concerts are going to be held across the globe and two Zelda CDs will be available for the first to register Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D with Club Nintendo.

New details for a host of 3DS games were then revealed. In Mario Kart – which is being co-developed by Retro Studios – vehicles can be customised and there are also underwater sections and hang-glider power-ups. Starfox takes photos of your face for multiplayer purposes and Super Mario 3DS (as it’s now called) mixes bits of pieces from Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Bros. 3. It’s going to have a Zelda-themed world too, viewed from a top-down perspective. Kid Icarus makes his E3 appearance for a second year running but now multiplayer has been confirmed

As for new games, how about Luigi’s Mansion 2 for size? It’s being developed by Next Level Games (who did Punch Out on Wii) and is very exciting prospect being the type of thing that’ll genuinely benefit from the 3DS’s illusion of depth. Several mansions will be on offer for Luigi to explore suggesting it won’t be as short as its predecessor. Kirby Mass Attack was also announced for 3DS, as well as Super Fossil Fighters and the very barren and bizarre looking The Rolling Western.

Namco are bringing Ace Combat and Tekken to 3DS. It’ll be the first Tekken game on a Nintendo format since Tekken Advance on GBA. Oh, and there’s going to be a Tetris game on three dimentional handheld. It was bound to happen sooner or later.

Nintendo are going to be publishing Lego City Stories (referred to as LEGO: GTA by people on Twitter) in partnership with TT Games on both 3DS and Wii U. A new Super Smash Bros was also teased for both formats.

The Wii and DS still got a look in. Kirby Wii isn’t a sequel to the lovely Kirby’s Epic Yarn but rather a 2.5 platformer much like New Super Mario Bros. complete with a four-player mode. Fortune Street from Square-Enix and Mario Party 9 should please fans of virtual board games (if any exist), the lush looking Rayman Origins is Wii-bound and Professor Layton And The Devil’s Flute is now known as Professor Layton And The Last Specter.

Finally, the award for the most unintentionally hilarious game goes to Ubisoft’s TinTin: Secret of the Unicorn which shows TinTin – who’s only a young boy, lest you forget – punching seven bells out of fully grown men and grappling them to the ground. Rah!

Jun 07
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

Ideally it would have been ready for launch but it’s certainly a case of better late than never for the 3DS eShop, available from today via a system update.

To make up for its tardiness, Nintendo are giving away Pokedex 3D and 3D Classics Excitebike for free. I was assuming that Excitebike would be a playable version of the skin that appears in the 3DS’s music player but this isn’t the case – it’s the NES original with an extra dimension. Although old there are a few little tricks learn before getting good at it and it also has a track editor.

Three Game Boy games are also available to download. Oddly, Nintendo has decided to price them up differently. Super Mario Land costs £3.60 while Alleyway and Tennis are £2.60. Does this mean that later games will cost even more than £3.60? We bloody hope not.

As well as a web brower there are 3D trailers of Dead or Alive: Dimensions and Zelda: Ocarina of Time to ogle at, each lasting around 30 seconds each.

As we extensively covered here, Sega are planning to release a range of GameGear games onto the 3DS Virtual Console soon including Sonic Triple Trouble.

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