Rumour Control: Is this the 3DS?
A Chinese blogger has ostensibly outed the 3DS: Nintendo's upcoming three-dimensional handheld console. Mocked up by Kotaku (above), the 3DS will apparently have a 3D camera, thumbstick/nub and a circuit board/specification configuration similar to the leaked CTR testing unit we reported on last month.
Apparently the 3DS will have a built-in MP3/AAC hardware decode function and a media player... and it's been a long time coming. The DSi's inability to play anything but AAC files was a severe disappointment.
Whilst we can expect the 3DS to look cosmetically very different from the Kotaku mockup, with a slightly smaller screen size ratio and a distinct style to differentiate it from the DS series, we reckon this rumour's right on the money. However, it'll almost certainly face stiff competition from Sony's PSP2 (which is tipped to make an appearance at this year's E3)...which could potentially be a major thorn in Nintendo's side if Sony finally heed the universal call for a second thumbstick. [Kotaku]
Rez Creator to Unveil New Game on Monday
Every time the classic "are games art" debate flares up, there's always one game that silences the cynics and wins the argument straight away. Rez. Its fusion of music, ambient sound effects and eyepopping wireframe visuals cemented its place in gaming history- and now its legendary creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi is set to announce his latest title according to a tweet from his studio.
“Q Entertainment’s new game to be revealed on Monday @5pm PST at the LA Theater. Set your clocks now! Return to SYNESTHAESIA!!”
Details are thin on the ground, but it's likely that this new title will be his current Ubisoft project that's currently known as Eden. We can expect it to deliver "new sensory experiences" and to be based around Mizuguchi's trademark 'Synesthaesia' concept (the fusion of different sensory stimuli to create an entirely new way of perceiving reality). With any luck, it'll be a spiritual successor to Rez. [PALGN]
Scott Pilgrim Tie-In is Retro Cool; Looks Awesome
Film tie-ins tend to be hateful little affairs with sub-par graphics and gameplay that can drive even hardened cynical gamers to floods of tears (though easy achievements and trophies tend to make them a target of opportunity for score hunters). However, Scott Pilgrim's World of Pain appears to be taking a different tack- and is looking mighty fine indeed.
It's a downloadable XBLA/PSN homage to retro arcade brawlers like Final Fight and Streets of Rage, with a bunch of anarchic humour, bosses and a dig at Guitar Hero. And some sort of emo with an arm made of vegetables. Oh, and it's got a fantastic chiptune soundtrack that I could literally listen to all day. Basically, as a retro fan, I feel honour bound to bring this to your attention... as it's a thing that we want.
Developers take note. From now on, this is how I want you to make my movie tie-ins! [via Kotaku]