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3DS, Skyrim & Silent Hill: Downpour Detail Blowout! - News Roundup 8th January 2011

Jonathan Lester
3DS, Bethesda, News, Nintendo, Silent Hill: Downpour, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

3DS Launch Lineup & Battery Life Confirmed

Nintendo World 2011 is in full swing over in the Land of the Rising Sun- and amongst other announcements, Ninty has dropped the full Japanese launch schedule for their anticipated new handheld. We can expect a couple of changes for the Western launch- but for now, here are the eight confirmed 3DS launch titles.

  • Nintendogs & Cats
  • Winning Eleven Soccer 3D
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicle
  • Puzzle Bobble 3D
  • Ridge Racer 3D
  • Battle of the Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracles

But wait, there's more! A slew of first party titles are hot on their heels. Steel Diver, Pilotwings Resort and the 3DS version of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are slated for a spring release; though we'll have to wait until the summer for Star Fox 64 3D and Kid Icarus: Uprising. The eagerly-awaited Mario Kart 3DS, Paper Mario 3DS and Animal Crossing are still TBA, but it's possible that we'll hear more throughout the next few days of the expo. [Famitsu]

Finally, Ninty have stated that the 3DS' battery will last between 3-8 hours at full charge (taking 3.5 hours to fully recharge from empty); with maximum backlighting and 3D photography taking a serious toll on the battery life. Scaling down the backlighting should guarantee longer play sessions.

Retailers currently predict that the 3DS will launch in March. We'll keep you posted- but why not check out our hands-on preview to whet your appetite?

Silent Hill: Downpour Outed

3DS, Skyrim & Silent Hill: Downpour Detail Blowout! - News Roundup 8th January 2011

The upcoming issue of Game Informer is set to contain details on Vatra's Silent Hill sequel, but we've already got the skinny courtesy of an eagle-eyed poster over at NeoGAF. It's entitled Silent Hill: Downpour- and according to the leaked article, it's going to be supersize. The demo shown to GI demonstrated a play area that's vast enough to warrant a fast-travel subway system; featuring the Southeastern portion of Silent Hill that has only ever appeared on previous games' maps.

Amazingly, there are reportedly no hospitals or schools within this area! I bet that they'll still find a way to shoehorn those nurses in, mind.

Water is set to play a pivotal role in gameplay (hence the title), though the puzzles will apparently be scalable to appeal to players of all tastes. Combat is set to revert to the flight over fight principle made popular by the first three games, though each boss will require Quick Time Events to take down. We're not sure how we feel about that.

Silent Hill 8: Downpour has been slated for a PS3 and Xbox 360 release later this year. [NeoGAF]

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Detail Blowout

3DS, Skyrim & Silent Hill: Downpour Detail Blowout! - News Roundup 8th January 2011

Not content with just plundering juicy Silent Hill deets, good old NeoGAF has also provided a huge number of leaked TES V: Skyrim features (once again courtesy of Game Informer). There are far too many to list here- and I'd urge fans to check out the thread and scans for themselves- but here are a few of the more interesting features.

  • No class selection at the start. The Elder Scrolls have always been about dynamic skills over set classes, but you'll start TES V as a completely blank slate. Skills will level up as they're used, gradually rewarding new character levels at set integers.
  • Perks! Think Fallout 3. You know the drill.
  • Story takes place 200 years after Oblivion. The legendary dragons are returning to Skyrim (awesome!)- and as a dragon hunter, you'll need to get on the case sharpish. A bitter civil war should also provide some interesting intrigue.
  • Dynamic, tacical combat. Each hand now has a designated function, meaning that dual-wielding, shields and possibly simultaneous sword/spell slinging should provide a lot of potential character builds.
  • "Radiant Storytelling" scales both levels and plot. This one is particularly interesting. TES V will log a wealth of information about how you play as well as how powerful your character has become, allowing it to schedule side missions and assign enemy types/levels to suit your strengths. This should also guarantee that no two games are ever the same, even with similar characters!

Note that we've barely scratched the surface! Get over to NeoGAF and have a look.

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