An anonymous source inside Nintendo told 01net, a website who’s most notorious claim to credibility was predicting the name of the PSVita as well as leaking the news of the now infamous second control nub peripheral for the 3DS, that the final architecture for the WiiU was rushed out of the door for E3 and that the chip set used for the model didn’t match up for the intended specs of the Wii U. This relates to problems with getting the Wii U tablets to work in the first place as after three prototype model, Nintendo’s engineers are still having problems getting the tablets to work correctly (a fourth prototype is currently in the works). These issues might eventually take a toll on the release date of the console as Nintendo, according to 01net’s source, originally planned to release it next June. 01net’s source claims September as the new launch window.
As part of the first of two waves of free games given out by Nintendo to early adopters of the 3DS before the major price drop, Nintendo released ten NES games which are now available to download from the Nintendo Eshop today. While the roster of Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong Junior, Mario and Yoshi, Wrecking Crew, Ice Climbers, Balloon Fight, NES Open Tournament, Golf and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link doesn’t contain such NES classic as M.U.L.E, River City Ransom and Solomon’s Key, it should be a good way to distract Nintendo Fans while they continue to deny Americans access to XenoStory’s Tower (or at least until the more interesting GBA games are announced, for which three still remain unknown). Instructions on how to download the games can be found in the source link and a thank you to vakamajordan for tipping us of about this.
The news that the 3DS isn’t doing as stellar as Nintendo wanted shouldn’t be too surprising at this point. Followed by a $80 price drop with a 20 game compensation to anyone who bought the 3DS early, the latest news is that Nintendo is trying a complete overhaul of the 3DS to appeal to more people. Coming from the french gaming site 01net, the major update to the 3DS is the addition of a second analog stick, ideal for porting games from previous generations, along with a lessened focus on 3D as a gimmick and a new name (2DS?) The second analog controller would be part of the new model however it could also be sold separately as a peripheral to the existing 3DS model (just like Wii Motion Plus). The source also explained that this was one of the reasons for the large 3DS price cut, as it allowed Nintendo to build interest in the system and to get rid of old stock. Obviously this is still in the rumour stages so not much can be said right now other than that Nintendo has a press conference Sepbember 13th but keep in mind that 01net also correctly predicted the announcements of the WiiU and the PSVita before E3.
As part of the unstoppable juggernaut that is the PSVita lineup which currently features games such as Project Gravity, Dragon’s Crown, Uncharted and so on, Another title may join the system’s elite ranks as a mysterious preorder option for Marvel Vs Capcom 3: A Fate of Two Worlds on Amazon France for a previously unannounced PSVita edition. The date is set for Early 2012 which would coincide with Capcom’s other major Non-Street Fighter release, Street Fighter Vs Tekken (and conversely, Tekken Vs Street Fighter). This release will be after the lauch of Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Sorry about Mega Man Legends 3 edition which is set to be released on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 later this year.
Coming from the announcement that Nintendo will be offering 20 free games on the 3DS for anyone who accesses the 3DS shop channel before August 12th (A deal which some businesses have been willing to capitalise on such as Wal Mart who reduced the price of the 3DS from $250 to $180 and likewise with ASDA which went from £180 to £134), Nintendo revealed that the 20 free games would come with Club Nintendo coins which can be redeemed through their website. Provided that 10 coins are awarded through down loadable games, It’s fair to assume that 200 coins are awarded overall however the GBA titles might provide a different amount. It is not confirmed whether this deal is exclusive to the US however providing this information is global, the 1000 star points available for European users can be transferred into 250 Wii Points which can be used to buy a variety of great games from the Wii’s Shop Channel (Such as Act raiser!)
During the short periods of the time where the citizens of the UK aren’t laughing at unsuccessful efforts to bring over such game as The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower (We call this Project Divine Retribution), they are waiting for the release of the much anticipated Xenoblade Chronicles which is set to hit games stores everywhere (in Europe) on August 19th. In order to satisfy such needs of Wii exclusive JRPG’s made by a company whose games are only liked by one person on the entire planet, the awesome people at Nintendo of Europe unveiled the trailer that will be supplemented with the release of Xenoblade Chronicles. The trailer can be found after the jump and people who are offended by scenes involving British accents in a video game may want to proceed with caution.
As part of a surprise announcement by Nintendo, the 3DS would receive a large price cut (80 dollars for the US) a mere six months after the 3DS was released worldwide. As compensation for anyone who has a 3DS before the price cut point (August 12th), Nintendo would be giving away 10 NES games and 10 GBA games to anyone who has accessed the 3DS shop channel before August 12th. So far, Nintendo confirmed that on the NES side, Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Jr, Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda would be available as well as five unknown titles. Along with Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and three unknown titles, Nintendo of America customer service also confirmed that Super Mario Advance 4 (Super Mario Bros 3) and Kirby and the Amazing Mirror would be avaliable. While these two games were not mentioned in the original press release given by Nintendo, NintendoWorldReport contacted the Nintendo of America customer service and they recieved a confirmation of the announcement. The NES games are set to be avaliable to early adopters of the 3DS from September 1st while the GBA while the GBA games will befully distributed by the end of the year.
Source: (Nintendo World Report)
For anyone European who wants to play Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s latest acid trip: Child of Eden but also doesn’t want to pay £50 for it, this news may be of interest to you. First of all, the PS3 version now has a release date. The game will be out in the United States on September 20th and in Europe on September 23rd. What is more likely to be of interest to some people is that while the American version will be $49.99 (The same as the US version), the UK version will retail £19.99, half the price of the UK Xbox 360 edition. What’s even better is that if you get the game through Amazon UK or Play, The games comes with an extra discount at £14.99 (And you get a free T-Shirt if you pre order from Play). Either way, if you can’t wait till late September then the Xbox version is still avaliable from any major gaming retailer. Whether the games works better with the Move or Kinect is unknown although speculation probably points to the former (whether it’s worth the price difference is another story).
In Capcom’s most recent attempt to alienate their fan base (See: Devil May Cry Reboot, Not localising Ace Attorney Investigations 2 or Phoenix Wright vs Professor Layton and not allowing Yoshinori Ono to make Dsrkstalkers 4), They have decided to cancel both the prototype version of Mega Man Legends 3 but also the full game. Mega Man Legends 3 was supposed to be a project that was aimed solely at the Mega Man fanbase, as not just would they be able to play the prototype version so Capcom could receive some gamer input into the project, but they also allowed their fans to vote on the design for the main heroine in the game. This news came days after the San Diego Comic Con where Capcom’s reasoning was that it didn’t meet unspecified criteria at their company and production had to be discontinued, which could also be linked to the reasons why Mega Man Legends 1&2 and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne were never put on the PlayStation Network to promote the game. They also explained that this had nothing to do with Keiji Inafune’s absence from the company (This might be true considering that Mega Man Universe was cancelled while he was still working there ). In a message from one of the employees at Capcom, he stated: “We can only express our deepest apologies to all of you who have lent us your unending support, including participation in the Mega Man Legends 3 Developer Room. On behalf of the entire Legends team, please accept our sincere apology for failing to meet the expectations of the fans.”
In a rather surprising announcement by Square Enix, they confirmed that the latest installment in the series will be a rhythm game under the title Final Fantasy Theatrhythm. Continuing in the same way that other absurdly named games in the franchise such as Dissidia started, Theatrhythm aims to expand the FF series away from its JRPG roots to provide a unique experience to fans of the series. In terms of the rhythm based game play, from a purely visual standpoint it reminds more of Donkey Konga than any of the games in the Benami genre such as Dance Dance Revolution, Project DIVA or DJ MAX do. This is mainly because the commands appear in a linear sequence that require the appropriate button press, rather than a segregation approach used with the aformentioned games. While the game promises a wide range of compositions available, a couple of the more noteworthy pieces have already been confirmed such as Battle on the Big Bridge, To Zanarkand, Senleth Waterscape and, of course, One Winged Angel. Final Fantasy Theatrhythm is set to be released for the 3DS however a release date has yet to be confirmed.