Tagged "Nintendo 3DS"

Jun 15
By Matt Gander In Blog 4 Comments

Nintendo’s E3 conference started off with a video of Zelda, now titled fully Zelda: Skyward Sword. Here, the Motion Plus is used to give Link free movement of his sword – at one point during the video Link waved it in circles to make a door with eyes go dizzy. The graphics have a very traditional Zelda vibe, best described as a cross between Twilight Princess and Wind Waker. “I think this game will be remembered as a key turning point in Zelda’s history,” said Miyamoto after showing footage, which you can view for yourself here.

Mario Sports Mix 2011 was the next game shown; the video showed volleyball, ice hockey and basket ball. Next up was NBA Jam, followed by Just Dance 2 (yawn), the already unveiled Wii Party and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn for DS…which was shown at last year’s E3. The confirmation of a Wii-exclusive remake of Goldeneye 007 was actually leaked yesterday, but it still prompted cheers from journalists lucky to be at E3. Online multi-player is promised. And so is Daniel Craig’s face. Fans of puns should get a kick out of Kirby’s Epic Yarn, as it’s set in a world made out of wool. It’s a 2D side-scroller for Wii. The freshly announced Donkey Kong Country Returns – from Metroid Prime developers Retro Studios – is also a 2D-affair. It’s out this winter. Expect a distinct retro feel to it – even the music is similar to the 16-bit original.

PilotWings and Kid Icarus games have been long rumoured. Today they were finally confirmed but not for the Wii, but rather the Nintendo 3DS. Thankfully, you don’t have to wear glasses to get the 3D effect. The bottom screen remains as a touch screen while 3D top screen is a decent size (3.5-inch) and as promised the 3D can be adjusted via a slider. Nintendo said they didn’t want to make the 3D screen a touch screen as they “realised that fingerprints and other smudges reduce the 3D image”. It has an analogue stick, which is a good thing, and a 3D camera with two lenses while wireless functionality will automatically download new rankings, ghosts and the like. No release date or price were revealed for the snazzy new handheld but two different colours were shown – red and turquoise.

The list of software for the new handheld is impressively vast. Nintendo themselves announced Animal Crossing, Kid Icarus Uprising, Mario Kart, Nintendogs + Cats, Paper Mario, PilotWings Resort, Star Fox 64 3D and submarine sim Steel Driver.

Third-party efforts meanwhile include (breathe in) DJ Hero 3D, Shin Megami Tensei, Resident Evil Revelations, Super Street Fighter IV, FIFA, The Sims 3, Asphalt GT, Bomberman,, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Contra, BloodRayne: The Shroud, A Boy and His Blob, Ridge Racer, Super Monkey Ball, Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, de Blob, Saints Row: Drive-By, Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy, Driver Renegade, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (breathe out).

I’m somewhat surprised to see many “mature” titles among that list. At the same time though, I’m a little dismayed by the lack of new IP – the majority of games announced were either license or franchises. Still, I bet Sony wishes they had some of those big name brands on PSP.

Jun 09
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

E3 kicks off next week. Because we have a fear of air hostesses (and in-flight meals) we won’t be attending. We will though be covering the conferences from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo and writing a round-up of all the other good stuff announced.

Microsoft start off the conferences on Sunday 13th June, followed by a media briefing on the 14th. Nintendo and Sony are both holding theirs on 15th June.

But what can we expect? Microsoft will be showing Natal, now rumoured to be called Wave, and its first batch of software. Rumour also has it that the free to play Joy Ride – announced at the last E3 – is now a Natal/Wave title. You can also expect Gears of War 3, Halo: Reach, Fable 3 and Crackdown 2. I think this might possibly be the third E3 running for Crackdown 2 now.

Sony will no doubt be shoving their motion controller in people’s hands and showing off their new 3D PlayStation 3 titles. Please, Sony, don’t use Brunswick Pro Bowling to demonstrate the PlayStation Move again.

Sony have also been telling the press that they’ve “learned at lot” from the PSPgo, speculating that the next PSP could go back to having a UMD drive. PSPgo 2? PSP 2? PSP 4000? Who knows that it’ll be called. Well, Sony probably does. Speaking of PSP, we should see more of God of War: Ghost of Sparta and that Resident Evil game that was announced yonks ago. Maybe we’ll get to see The Last Guardian on PlayStation 3 too.

Which leaves us with Nintendo, who usually have a surprise up their sleeve. Wii Party has already been announced as their next big first party game, while Zelda and Pikmin 3 have too been confirmed to be in development. Metroid: Other M must be near to being finishing by now so expect that to be playable. Potentially, the Nintendo 3DS could very well steal the show. It was recently reported that the 3D-ness can be turned off, while IGN have heard whispers from developers that the graphics are on-par with Xbox 360. Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello has laid eyes on it already: “I will tell you, I’ve seen it; it’s cool,” he said.

A few publishers have been poking our e-mail inbox with lists of what they’ll be showing. 2K Games are airing Mafia 2, Sid Meier’s Civilization V, Spec Ops: The Line (due out next year?) and XCOM plus Nickelodeon Fit and New Carnival Games on Wii. Bethesda meanwhile have a very promising line-up consisting of Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, Hunted and RAGE. Hopefully this means they’ve given up publishing tat like Rogue Warrior and Wheel Spin.

We’ll also be posting news E3 news as on our Twitter feed. But only when our boss is away from his desk.

Mar 23
By Adam Philbin In Blog 3 Comments

Nintendo love their new DS versions. This one however, is rather more impressive than the previous iterations – Nintendo have just announced the existence of the Nintendo 3DS, a DS with 3D screens, that don’t require any special glasses.

Not much more is known at this point, other than the fact the new 3D DS system will be unveiled at this year’s E3 show in June, and released some time during this financial year (this Christmas or early 2011 seem likely). A little handheld system with 3D displays? Quite futuristic. Hopefully Nintendo have come a long way from the Virtual Boy.

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