Pink 3DS, Slide Pad Details, MH4 & Fire Emblem
We expected great things from Nintendo's triumphant return to their home territory... and their pre-TGS presser certainly delivered pomp, circumstance and orchestral overtures consistent with the gravity of the situation. However, the reveals themselves are somewhat less impressive to say the least. A pink 3DS, more expansion slide pad details (i.e. that it has to be powered with its own AAA battery), new Fire Emblem and a smattering of Monster Hunter 4 info are the most exciting news to come out of Japan this morning.
No Wii U hardware intel made it out of the conference, which is a bit worrying to be honest. We've got everything else after the break.
Misty Pink 3DS: Balancing The Genders
Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata announced that the 3DS is trailing both the Wii and DS in terms of female gamers, and has decided that the best way of balancing the books is to launch a pretty pink model. The Misty Pink colour will launch in Japan on October 20th (and will doubtlessly follow suit over here at a later date), along with a couple of games designed specifically for the demographic.
Erm, is it just me, or is making a pink console just for girls a fairly shallow (and borderline insulting) way of trying to appeal to the fairer sex? Maybe a broader games lineup that appeal to everyone would be a better way of redressing the balance. Just saying.
3DS Upgrades & New Games
Iwata also showcased some new upgrades that will be headed to the 3DS via firmware upgrades. A revamped eShop, improved 3D video capture codec and a redesigned Mii plaza will be hitting the handheld console for the "2011 Holiday Season." I.e. soon.
A new Fire Emblem game was also demoed in its gorgeous full 3D glory. Two-player support has been confirmed. The trailer's linked above courtesy of NintendoEverything (apologies for the advert).
Nintendo also unveiled a few new titles, which I've rounded up below. Since many of these games will likely only release in Japan, I've earmarked the potential imports with an asterisk. If you have a Japanese 3DS, that is.
- Animal Crossing 3DS
- Bravely Default: Flying Fairy*
- Friend Collection*
- Girls' RPG*
Expansion Slide Pad Detailed & Priced
Nintendo has also released some new details regarding the recently-unveiled Expansion Slide Pad cradle that bolts an extra stick and trigger on to the 3DS. Apparently it will be compatible with Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble, Dynasty Warriors Vs and Kingdom Hearts 3D.
Oh, and it will also require a single AAA battery to run. It's no surprise that the 3DS' woeful battery life isn't enough to power the peripheral by itself, but we would probably be willing to pay more if the cradle actually contained a high-power battery that would support the main console beyond its own 3-5 hour battery life.
The Expansion pad has been priced at 1500 Yen... which roughly equates to £12.30. Expect Rip Off Britain to multiply this number when it releases over here.
Monster Hunter 4... & 3G
It appears that Capcom has two Monster Hunter projects in the pipeline for the 3DS.
Monster Hunter 3G will be a 3DS port of Monster Hunter Tri that features Expansion Slide Pad support and extra content. It will also include underwater sequences, which is a first for the series. Let's hope that the improved camera control makes these fun rather than intensely confusing.
Monster Hunter 4 is an all-new addition to the series. Little is known about this new project besides the new trailer (embedded above), and we'll keep you posted as we hear more.