The PlayStation Vita is right on the horizon. Oculin, Cosmoid, etcspectre, and GrimsChild decided to sit down and look at the Vita’s launch as well as where the 3DS stands today, nearly a year after launch.
Apologizes for the quality. There were some issues with the original recording.
There’s something that’s been missing from the Resident Evil series as of late – That building tension while you edge around each corner and slowly pace yourself down each hall, taking in every aspect of your environment to predict what will jump at you next. It is a feeling that not many titles seem to be able to live up to. The Resident Evil franchise is seemingly focusing more on Chris’ big manly muscles and action sequences than actually working to create a chilling experience. The trailer for Resident Evil 6 doesn’t calm my fears either, but Resident Evil Revelations looks to be giving us a glimpse of where the series could have gone if Resident Evil 4 was taken in a more conservative direction.
Despite having a fairly blegh launch, the 3DS has sprung back quite a bit. We now have some quality retail releases on the market, like Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 as well as some downloadable titles like Pushmo and Mighty Switch Force!. But even outside of simply actual game releases, there have been a lot of improvements to the system itself through a couple of pretty significant updates. While a lot of this content is definitely appreciated, nothing has come quite as close to transforming the system as Swapnote has. While easily mistaken for deviantArt if you have NicoCW on your friends list, this seemingly minor application has changed what it means to own a 3DS.
Those looking to pick up Resident Evil: Revelation may want to put some extra money aside, as the Nintendo 3DS slide pad will be launching alongside the title.
Currently there is no confirmation on whether or not the title will actually be bundled with the slide pad. But one thing is for sure, it will be available if you want it come the title’s launch on February 7th in North America.
The slide pad will work with a variety of others titles as well, including Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drops Distance, Ace Combat, Dynasty Warriors Vs. and Monster Hunter Tri G, which it will be launching in Japan with.
DreamWorks Animation SKG recently announced that it has joined the ranks of content producers for Nintendo’s 3DS Video app, starting with the immediate release of a Halloween-themed “Monsters vs. Aliens” short, with another short coming at the end of this month starring the Three Little Pigs from “Shrek” with both titles being in full 3D, like all other content in the Video app.
Anything other than more “Blue Man Group” is fine with me, if I can say so myself…
During the Tokyo Game Show, publisher Capcom was present en masse, promoting their products heavily. Among the promotional materials were flyers in English promoting Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, the first time Capcom has recognized the English title. In addition to that was the statement that English character names were TBD, stopping just short of officially announcing the game for a North American release.
Among the teasing text was the official trailer for the game, and I swear that if they pull a Mega Man Legends 3 on this game there will be heads rolling…
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.
After much delay, we finally have TSG Writecast episode 3! This is the podcast where the TSG bloggers stop typing and start making sounds that coincidentally sound like words. This episode me, Oculin, Dagfari and Luigi110 take a more leisure approach as we get back into things, talking about what we’ve played and a couple of spot light titles.
The podcast itself, unfortunately, took awhile to get prepared, so it’s little over a week old. There were some audio issues (totally not my fault, maybe) so apologizes for some awkward moments, in particularly my voice. Also, I couldn’t figure out how to get an audio version up, so Youtube ho! Once I figure out how to upload an audio version, I’ll definitely post it up.
The news that the 3DS isn’t doing as stellar as Nintendo wanted shouldn’t be too surprising at this point. Followed by a $80 price drop with a 20 game compensation to anyone who bought the 3DS early, the latest news is that Nintendo is trying a complete overhaul of the 3DS to appeal to more people. Coming from the french gaming site 01net, the major update to the 3DS is the addition of a second analog stick, ideal for porting games from previous generations, along with a lessened focus on 3D as a gimmick and a new name (2DS?) The second analog controller would be part of the new model however it could also be sold separately as a peripheral to the existing 3DS model (just like Wii Motion Plus). The source also explained that this was one of the reasons for the large 3DS price cut, as it allowed Nintendo to build interest in the system and to get rid of old stock. Obviously this is still in the rumour stages so not much can be said right now other than that Nintendo has a press conference Sepbember 13th but keep in mind that 01net also correctly predicted the announcements of the WiiU and the PSVita before E3.