Just 4 months after the release of the 3DS, Nintendo has cut the price by USD$80 effective from August 12th. This was a necessary move for Nintendo as they have been struggling to get people to buy the system after having such great success with the Nintendo DS. With the PSP Vita tentatively coming out at the end of the year for $250 it was expected that a price cut would be made this year but it has come a few month earlier than expected.
Now all Nintendo need to do is to step up the release of quality games from themselves and third party developers. They needed to get the system in more hands so that developers have a greater audience to sell to, which is what the price cuts aims to do but people will still be hesitant if the games aren’t there.
Existing owners (830,000 in America), who Nintendo will automatically register into the Ambassador program, will be able to download 10 NES VC games and 10 Game Boy Advance VC games from the Nintendo eShop for free as part of their early adoption of the Nintendo 3DS. The selection of GBA games are very attractive with Metroid Fusion, Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart Super Circuit, WarioWare, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong all exclusive to those in the Ambassador program. I would love to have these games on my system to play at any time and I’m kind of tempted to buy a 3DS so that I could be part of the program since Nintendo are saying that they have no plans to make these games available to the general public.
Press Release Link (http://www.nintendo.com/corp/nintendo3ds/news/)
Now this is sad news for Mega Man Legends fans and 3DS owners, Capcom has decided to discontinue development of Megaman Legends 3 (both the prototype and full release) citing inability to meet certain criteria for the company. In the FAQ following the short statement Capcom said that this was not related to Keiji Inafune’s departure from Capcom earlier this year.
Speculating on the reasons as to why it was canceled, one of the big reasons would be the current state of the 3DS which is not selling to expectations just 3 or 4 months after it’s release. Second reason may be shifting resources from 3DS development to other platforms after the poor sales of recently released Resident Evil Mercenaries. Or it could be that neither of these reasons were major factors and instead the game was not good enough or too ambitious for the platform. Whatever the reason this is more troubling news for Capcom, garnering additional negative attention after their permanent save debacle in Resident Evil Mercenaries. It is also one less game to look forward to on the already slim lineup of games for the 3DS.
At Nintendo’s E3 2011 press conference today Nintendo made a number of surprising announcements, much of which we already knew due to rumours over the last few weeks. But no one predicted the full scope and innovation of Nintendo’s approach to their next console. Appealing to core and casual consumers while maintaining the Wii brand they seem to have satisfied the skeptics doubting Nintendo’s future.
The biggest surprise to me is the use of the current Wii Remotes, it seems multiplayer games will be designed with one person holding the tablet while others use Wii Remotes. People who have had time to demo the system commented on the surprising comfort (light and easy to hold) of the tablet controller and fun while playing the various tech demos showing off new game play ideas and possibilities. Disappointments are the lack of other Wii game announcements (or English ports of Japanese games such as Last Story) or more third-party games on the 3DS but the conference isn’t over yet and often more information trickles out over the week. Third party game developer support is not a problem for the Wii U with plenty of developers on board intially bringing out ports of 360/PS3 games such as Batman Arkham City and Assassin’s Creed Revelations.
- Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Celebration – Orchestra Worldwide Tour
- Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures – Free for DSi owners
- Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Out on the Nintendo eShop
- Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Out at the end of this year
3DS Games Announced
- Luigi’s Mansion 2 – Developed by Next Level Games.
- Super Mario 3D – 3D mario platformer but with 2D gameplay elements.
- Mario Kart – Underwater and air sequences, Retro Studios helping with development.
- Kid Icarus Uprising – 3 on 3 multiplayer announced.
- Star Fox 64 3D
- Tekken 3D, Animal Crossing 3DS, Super Smash Bros, Lego City Stories.
- Potential – Kirby, Rhythm Heaven, Paper Mario, Mario Party sequels.
Wii Successor Announced – Wii U
- SPECS – Touchpad controller 6.2 inch in addition to traditional controls, camera, accelerometer, microphone, speakers, 1080P, HDMI, IBM designed CPU (same architecture as Watson), SD and USB HDD support.
- Features – Backwards compatible with Wii games and all controllers (Wii Remote, balance board), full HD graphics, video calls, web surfing, stream content to and from tablet controller.
- Wii U Games Teased – Super Mario Bros Mii, New HD Zelda, Super Smash Brothers, and various tech demos.
- Third Party Wii U Games – Lego City Stories, Darksiders 2, Batman Arkham City, Tekken, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Ghost Recon Online, DIRT, Alien Colonial Marines, Metro Last Light and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. Various EA Sports games and potentially Battlefield and Army of Two.
- Onboard Third Party Developers – EA, Ubisoft, Warner Bros Interactive, THQ, Irrational Games, Namco Bandai, Sega and Tecmo Koei.
Mega Man Legends 3 was announced back in September of last year for the Nintendo 3DS, it was a long-awaited return to the cult favourite spin-off of the Mega Man series. Today Capcom revealed that they are going to release a sort of preview of the full game for the 3DS eShop, and will be one of the first downloadable titles for the system. It will introduce a new character, Barrett, and give players the chance to contribute to the development of the full game. Fans have already been contributing to the game via Dev Room events at the site capcom-unity.com/devroom and in general Capcom are being open about the dev process. Interestingly enough this 3DS eShop release will be a version of Mega Man Legends 3 that is still early in development and even give you access to a debug menu.
I’m looking forward to this game as the reason for why I will pick up the Nintendo 3DS. I remembered playing through parts of Mega Man Legends series on the PC, as it was pretty creative with it’s open world action RPG gameplay. I think I might even go back and see if there is a way to play these games on a modern PC, I know there are PSP ports of the games but were only released in Japan.
After years of waiting, the new installment of Mega Man Legends draws closer with Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version! Available as a download, Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version will be a launch title when Nintendo eShop opens for business.
Mega Man Legends 3 is the first Capcom game to be co-developed by the fans. Prototype Version gives players the first taste of Mega Man’s upcoming open-world action/adventure game, and lets them see a game still early in the development process. It also introduces a new character to the franchise, the reckless leader of a sky biker gang, Barrett.
Be the first to try out his new close combat gameplay style, and see first-hand some of the fan contributions to the game come to life. Also, once you have finished the core missions, receive access to areas of the game not yet finished, as well as a debug menu that gives you special moves and abilities.
Once you experience the game, let your voice be heard by heading to http://www.capcom-unity.com/devroom and join the community of Servbots who are helping design the game. Get insight into what it takes to build a game, learn about the development process, and interact with the members of the Development Team themselves. But most importantly, be creative. No matter how large or small your idea is, you have the chance to see it come to life and get your name in the credits of the game!
Translated press release from Nintendo.co.jp:
Nintendo Co., Ltd.(Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch “Nintendo 3DS”(temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.
“Nintendo 3DS”(temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed “Nintendo DS series”, whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.
We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.
What we can extrapolate:
It is very likely that it will come out by the end of the year around Nov/Dec, 6 years after the launch of the original DS. The DS launched at the end of November in North American and early December in Japan, the 3DS could follow the same sort of release schedule.
Note that it is going to succeed the Nintendo DS. While it does do 3D we can assume not all games will be in 3D. We can say this because it is backwards compatible with DS games which are all in 2D. To not alienate game developers the system would have to also cater for those who don’t want to develop 3D games.
Able to speculate on Nintendo’s successor to the Wii – Very high chance next console will focus on games in 3D. The problem is whether Nintendo will need people to have 3D televisions or will they do the same thing as with the 3DS and not need 3D glasses.
- 3D without glasses on a portable gaming system
- Backwards compatible with DS/DSi games
- Working Title – Nintendo 3DS
- Further announcements at E3.