Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Trouble Buying a 'New' Nintendo 3DS

Youtube user, BalrogTheMaster has uploaded a hilarious new video demonstrating the likely confusion and problems that the 'New' Nintendo 3DS' name will bring about. I thought you might enjoy this little video.

Maybe Nintendo felt that they didn't confuse people enough with the Wii U's name.

Master Cycle Coming to Mario Kart 8 in First DLC Pack

Nintendo has just announced that the 'Master Cycle' will be arriving to Mario Kart 8 via The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack, which will release next month. The Master Cycle will give bike-users a much-needed boost on the track.

The first DLC pack coming to Mario Kart 8 contains 2 new cups (8 courses), three characters (Link, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach), and four new vehicles, one being the Master Cycle. Check out the image below for a closer look at Animal Crossing's Villager and Isabelle, whom will be arriving in the second DLC Pack due to release in May 2015.

Monday, October 13, 2014

First Impressions of New Nintendo 3DS

The day the New Nintendo 3DS launched, Japanese gamers ran out to purchase the new console. Now that the console has been out for a few days, let's hear some thoughts and impressions from the owners of the new portable.

Thoughts on the new C-stick
  • “The C-stick is actually pretty good!”
  • “It’s much better than I’d imagined.”
  • “I thought the C-stick would be useful, but it really is totally different to what I’d imagined. The rubber feels very hard on the tip of my thumb.”
  • “The C-stick is pretty much as I expected it would be. Those of you who have used a Thinkpad laptop’s red button can probably imagine how it feels.
The larger, improved screens
  • “The new anti-blur screen far exceeded my expectations.”
  • “The 3-D screen is superb! It’s so much easier to see.”
  • “I was surprised at how much better the new 3-D screen works.”
  • “Colours on the New LL’s screen are deeper than the old model.”
  • “The whites are a kind of pee-yellow…”
  • “The New 3DS’ screens seem yellower than the old 3DS’.”
  • “Yup, Nintennyo [nyo means urine in Japanese] 3DS.”
The wood effect
  • “A lot of people are saying good things about the wood-effect [cover].”
  • “[Nintendo] should just launch the New 3DS in wood as standard.”
  • “I changed my covers from standard black to wood-effect–it’s really cool. I like the way, when [the 3DS is closed], it almost doesn’t look like a portable games console.”
More thoughts
  • “Moving to the Home menu is super fast”
  • “Overall, the console is much speedier than the old one.”
  • “Launching and closing applications, opening the browser etc is much faster.”
  • “It doesn’t feel as good [to touch] as the old one.”
  • “The New 3DS feels cheaper than the old model to me. It’s more toy-like.”
  • “How does the slide pad feel compared to those on previous models?”
    > “The same.”
    > “The slide pad’s surround is now shallower, so it looks easier to clean. The pad itself hasn’t really changed.”
  • “The Start and Select buttons are now much more accessible.”
  • “The speakers seem a bit more powerful now.”
  • “I’m seriously impressed at how the sound quality has improved between the LL and New LL.”
  • “I tried loading the Niconico Douga app. Compared to the Vita version it’s pretty bad, but I guess it can’t be helped.”
  • “Monster Hunter on the New 3DS is just too good.”
  • “I have no regrets about upgrading.”

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Camp Pokemon iOS App Announced

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A new Pokemon app, called Camp Pokemon, will soon be available to iOS devices.

The app was recently announced via an advert in the latest issue of National Geographic for Kids Magazine. Release date and price have yet to be announced. We do know however, that the app will be made available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The app will consist of a variety of quizzes and games, such as Pokemon Evolution, Pokeball Throw, and Battle Match Ups. These seem to be very similar to games found on the Official Pokemon Website. You can see the entire advert from the magazine in the image below.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Rumor: 8-Player Smash Found In Smash Bros. Files

Somebody uploaded several audio files from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS on an audio file sharing website known as The Sounds Resource. Every audio file containing lines from the announcer seems to be included. Interestingly, nine of the audio files don’t actually appear in normal gameplay. Those nine lines, with the corresponding file names, are:
  • “Boss Battle” (snd_se_narration_menu_0000000C)
  • “Tourney” (snd_se_narration_menu_00000001)
  • “Yellow Team” (snd_se_narration_menu_0000001C)
  • “Event Match” (snd_se_narration_menu_00000002)
  • “Grab the Coins” (snd_se_narration_menu_00000007)
  • “Special Smash” (snd_se_narration_menu_00000009)
  • “The Champion Is” (snd_se_narration_menu_00000010)
  • “8-Player Smash” (snd_se_narration_menu_00000020)
  • “Choose a Mii” (snd_se_narration_menu_00000024)

The files sound identical to the game’s announcer, and appear to be authentic. This would indicate that Nintendo intended—or at least considered—implementing a few more game modes. Then again, maybe these features will be added down the road, or included in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Overview Trailer

Nintendo has just released an official Japanese Overview Trailer for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. The trailer goes over the main objective of the puzzle platformer and also confirms a Japanese release date of November 13th. The game will then arrive to North America on December 5th and hit Europe in January.

Alternate Costumes DLC for Super Smash Bros. 4

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has been out for just about a week now here in North America. Playing this game has no doubt been a delight. It really has transferred over well to the portable system. One thing I really like is how they've expanded on the simple palette swap and made actual alternate costumes.

However, I believe there's a lot of room for improvement in this area. For instance, what were they thinking with Little Mac? All characters have 8 alternate skins/costumes. But Little Mac has a whopping 16 alternates. It seemed like they just tried to throw in every possible combination for him. Some characters like the Villager were great in this area. Each alternate costume for the Villager was completely unique and a good tribute to the Animal Crossing series. Then, there's other characters who have nothing but simple skin swaps, such as Donkey Kong and Bowser.

My hope is that they can fix this with some DLC. They could do a lot of great things with this. Just imagine, playing as these characters via alternate costumes after the break: