Nintendo and SEGA have released the first glimpse of gameplay in a new trailer for Sonic: Lost World, the Nintendo-exclusive new instalment in the saga of the nimble, blue hedgehog.
Described as an "action adventure platforming game" by Nintendo's Satoru Iwata in the most recent Nintendo Direct presentation, the video shows off a game featuring 2D and 3D gameplay that looks a lot like Sonic Colours mashed up with Super Mario Galaxy...Click here to read more...
GUILD-02, the second season of left-field downloadable 3DS games from LEVEL-5 and legendary Japanese developers, kicks off today with the release of Starship Damrey. This atmospheric title brings survival horror to the eShop, plunging players into a nightmarish abandoned vessel with no memories and an "inconceivable truth" to discover.Click here to read more...
There's a new trailer out for Pokemon X/Y and it shows off four new Pokemon (including one you can ride), a new location, and the ability to sit on a bench!Click here to read more...
The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave is one of the 3DS' quirkier exclusives, a downlodable RPG that makes you search for new party members hiding in Wi-Fi connections (and getting very odd looks while doing so). The sequel, Beyond The Waves, has been dated for a May 30th release on the eShop, costing an affordable £8.99.
Alongside gameplay improvements, the scope and scale of the world has been increased with the addition of towns, oceans and other features. Brilliantly, you can also transfer Denpa Men from the original. More details in the deliciously odd trailer below.Click here to read more...
The Cloud Partnership Makes SpotPass More Useful
Nintendo has announced that a deal with The Cloud will bring 5,000 new 3DS wireless hotspots to the UK. Existing Cloud hotspots will allow the 3DS to automatically download game content and videos via the SpotPass feature, which should help make the feature a lot more useful. And relevant, more to the point.Click here for more details!
On paper, the short answer would appear to be yes.
These are trying, testing times for the Big N, and there are those in the dark, dank corners of the internet who are no doubt muttering 'I told you so' and tittering to themselves, mumbling things about how the company deserved a dip in fortunes after the runaway
betrayal success of the Wii, prophesying no small amount of doom and telling anyone who'll listen that the Wii U will be gimmicky, underpowered (by the time it releases) and will be a massive commercial failure and that the 3DS is best used as a door stop.
On that last point, they may well be right at the moment.
The 3DS is a big problem for Nintendo, as witnessed by the rather humbling tumblings in share prices, an aggressive price cut to try and stem the decline in sales and Satoru Iwata's shouldering of responsibility. Time was when Nintendo would have sealed up tight, raised the drawbridge and stood impassive against critical hysteria, implacably plodding on and doing their own things. Perhaps Iwata's brave public acknowledgement of mistakes that were made show a company finally prepared to accept, and have fully realised, the dangers posed by other emerging systems such as iOS.
With the 3DS, however, Nintendo got it wrong even before release, and there's a danger of them falling into the same trap with the Wii U. Marketing a new product, particularly one that you wish to portray as innovative and groundbreaking, invariably requires public demonstration. This was something that Nintendo managed particularly well with the Wii, something that Microsoft picked up on eagerly with Kinect too: letting people experience what it meant to embrace motion control - getting up off of your ass and having a really good time.Click here to read more...
When Nintendo announced the 3DS, they revealed its eShop feature would soon allow players to purchase NES and GBA games to be played on their newfangled portable. Teasing that these ports would be updated, Nintendo said no more and the matter was dropped. However, earlier this week Nintendo told IGN that a select few NES and GBA ports on the 3DS would feature multiplayer.Click here for more
Following In Capcom's Controversial Footsteps
The games industry has declared wholesale war on the pre-owned market by implementing online passes, but Resident Evil: Mercenaries on the 3DS recently came under fire for featuring a different deterrent to buying a used copy. Its save file, achievements and high scores can't be deleted by all but the most diabolical workarounds, sparking massive public controversy and many retailers simply refusing to stock it.
We believed that this was the last we'd ever see of this ridiculous, lazy, self-destructive bullsh*t (sod the impartiality)... but Namco Bandai plan to adopt the same system in their upcoming Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions compilation. Not only does this mean that the achievements and high scores can never be reset, but it also means that multiple players can't compete on the same card. We can't work out why Namco Bandai aren't just releasing it on the eShop if they don't want to provide us with any resale value. Prepare for an incoming rant later this week. [Wired]
2011 is set to be one of the biggest years for handheld gaming since the original Game Boy hit the shelves. The Nintendo 3DS launched in March, and Sony's impressive PS Vita is set for a holiday release in US territories. Gamers are already locked in futile debate over which of the two portable heroes will ultimately win out, but there's a bigger problem on the horizon. The two consoles aren't technically in competition with each other as they offer very different game experiences... and they're both staring down the barrel of a loaded gun.
The long-term effect of the upswing in apps and mobile gaming on traditional handhelds has been largely ignored since the industry is obsessed with a perceived threat to the triple A console market. Epic Games are convinced that apps are "killing them," and you can always rely on the likes of Rovio and Zynga to continually put the boot in. The AAA industry is frightened, desperate and - most importantly - absolutely safe. Consoles command enormous hardware grunt, huge install bases, legions of rabid fans and pre-existing retail channels, meaning that the market can merrily overlap with mobile users who play apps on the move and hunker down in front of their Playstations of an evening.
LG, on the other hand, believe that the "era of dedicated gaming handhelds is over"... and they might be on to something.
Consoles may be safe, but the 3DS and PS Vita are directly in the firing line. Not to mention their successors. And if Sony and Nintendo don't handle them properly, the smartphone and tablet market could well make them the last generation of gaming handhelds - ever.
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The folks over at Nintendo Scene have set the cogs in motion for what they're hoping will be a great big 3DS get-together in the capital this weekend on Saturday 9th July. Frankly, we love the idea. The social aspects of the 3DS are one of the best things about the portable console, and we could all use a few more Miis in our plazas. This is a perfect opportunity to meet up with fellow console owners, go dungeon crawling for that Kirby hat and bitch about how we really need Luigi's Mansion 2 right now!Hit the jump to find out how to be a part of the action...