Following his company’s press conference at the Tokyo Game Show, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata stated clearer than ever that Nintendo would not be releasing any titles on Apple and Google’s platforms.
Iwata gave this statement, almost seemingly determined to stop these questions from appearing in future interviews. He said that:
“This is absolutely not under consideration. If we did this, Nintendo would cease to be Nintendo. Having a hardware development team in-house is a major strength. It’s the duty of management to make use of those strengths. It’s probably the correct decision in the sense that the moment we started to release games on smartphones we’d make profits. However, I believe my responsibility is not to short term profits, but to Nintendo’s mid and long term competitive strength.”
After a mixed showing at TGS with the positives of confirmed release dates for the new Mario Kart and Mario’s solo adventure, as well as the negatives of that extension, is this a wise move to rule out an avenue of profits?
(Source: Nintendolife )
Celebrating The Legend of Zelda’s 25th anniversary, Nintendo has decided to give all DSi/DSiXL/3DS owners a free download of Four Swords Adventures: Anniversary Edition starting on September 28th, with the game being free until February 20th, 2012.
It’ll also have a single player mode to compliment the times you might not have anyone available to play with via wireless multiplayer. Included is a Japanese trailer after the break.
The new Expansion Slide Pad(The english name will likely change, as this is a rough translation) add-on for the 3DS has been confirmed by the Big N at their big 3DS Conference earlier, as well as being priced and dated… In Japan, that is…
Well, if you live in the Land of the Rising Sun, it’ll set you back ¥1,500(or about $19) and it will be debuting on December 10th. This expansion requires 1 AA battery and adds a second circle pad and an R2 button to the 3DS, as well as acting as a grip.
As for software support, Monster Hunter Tri 3G will support it, as well as the newly announced Monster Hunter 4, Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble, Dynasty Warriors Vs, and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Games featuring compatibility with the accessory will display so in an icon on the box, a la Wii titles, and it looks like it’ll at least be more successful than the Wii Speak, although one of the big titles pushing that was a Monster Hunter game as well….
Moving on, Nintendo also announced a new color to the 3DS assortment: Misty Pink. It’s planned to launch in Japan on October 20th, and Nintendo of America and Nintendo UK both were in the dark about the existence of this shade of handheld, with no plans to release it anywhere else in the world anytime soon.
There’s a gallery of both the system and accessory after the jump.
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.
Is your Wii broken? Did a mutant chicken destroy all your copies of the Super Smash Bros. series? Have you, or have you ever wanted to get into an insane brawl without actually doing anything? Well now is your chance.
Today Nintendo have released a long list of games due out over the next few months, some with more vague release windows than others, however among them was the European release date for Link’s latest adventure in Skyward Sword.
Also in the list was The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, two of the three games that Operation: Rainfall focused on last month, will be coming out to Europe on the Wii some point in 2012. Other notable titles include Kirby: Mass Attack (DS – 28 October), Super Mario 3D Land (3DS – November), Mario Kart 7 (3DS – December) and Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Touch (DS – November)
Unfortuantely still no solid release date for Cave Story 3D, though the DSiWare version is due out at some point in Q4 of this year.
(Source: NintendoLife )
While we don’t have the details on what the unannounced games will be we do now know exactly what the initial releases will include. The NES games coming to us on September 1st will include very basic manuals, pass n play multiplayer, and the standard VC Suspend feature. Later when these titles go on sale for non 3DS ambassadors they will have updated manuals, wireless multiplayer between 3DS’s, and save state functionality.
I can’t say the same for the GBA games which will be incredibly bare bones. They will come with manuals, but no suspend play so you can’t just close your 3DS and go into sleep mode. You need to find a save point and exit the game before you can quit playing.
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!)
If you’ve been out of the loop for a few months, Nintendo recently revived their “Player’s Choice” line of games. They’ve given it a fancy new logo and a new name, Nintendo Selects. Nintendo Selects are Wii Titles which are lower than the normal price point.
Currently the only titles for Nintendo Selects are
- Animal Crossing: City Folk
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (North America)
- Mario Strikers Charged Football (Europe)
- Mario Super Sluggers (North America)
- WarioWare Smooth Moves (Europe)
- Wii Sports
You can pick these badboys up for $19.99 USD (Only applying to the titles released in North America)
There’s talk of four more titles becoming Nintendo Selects status. The rumor states that Super Paper Mario, Mario Strikers Charged, Punch-Out!! and Super Mario Galaxy will be making their way in August.
That’s not a bad selection of games either, although Mario Strikers Charged is already in Europe. It’ll be nice to see these games at budget price, especially since a new copy of Super Paper Mario is still like $40 at Wal-Mart.
Keep in mind this is just a rumor at it’s current state, we will keep you updated if information is subject to change.
Keep in mind this is just a rumor coming out of Cheap Ass Gamer, but if it is true you could get a discounted 3DS and all 20 of the free games all in one swoop. Cheap Ass Gamer is reporting that they have an anonymous source telling them that Walmart plans to drop their 3DS to the new 170$ price point on August 9th, 2 days before Nintendo’s planned drop. It is just a rumor, but you should definitely check out Walmart on the 9th if you’re really desperate to get those 20 free games.
As a day 1 adopter I already know I will be getting those games and while I am sure some might complain about people getting the perks of the full priced console for less, but I personally could care less. It’s not like they didn’t have to go out of their way to do so.
*Update* Our very own Baltes has contacted some Nintendo reps in response to the rumor and has been told that it may not make a difference. If one retailer lowers the price before the originally planned date they will change the date.