Yesterday, Nintendo announced its latest round of Club Nintendo game downloads. The games newly available for the 3DS include 3D Classics: Twinbee and Metroid II: Return of Samus. The Wii titles now available through the rewards program include 1080 Snowboarding and Mario Party 2. All of these titles are worth 150 Club Nintendo coins. You can redeem your points at Club Nintendo’s site. -Drew Taylor
Nintendo recently announced the details of the web browser on its upcoming Wii U browser. According to Computer and Video Game News, the Wii U’s browser will be somewhat hampered by a lack of multi-touch support, an inability to run Flash games or videos, as well as no support for uploading/downloading files to either the internal storage or a connected SD card.
However, there is some good news: The Wii U’s browser supports the popular h.264 video standard (the one used on videos for the iPad and Android tablets), can be used in multitasking mode with certain games running in the background, and benchmarks faster than all other gaming consoles (including Internet Explorer on the Xbox) and is similarly fast to high-end browsers on tablet and PC competition.
All in all, the Wii U looks like it will provide a great browsing experience that will satisfy for the things you’ll need it for. The new Wii U console will be released on November 18th, 2012. -Drew T. (Admin)
Source: Computer and Video Game News
Antipole is a hybrid puzzle/platforming game that centers around the control of gravity. Made by the developers over at Saturnine Games, it has a lot of potential to be a great game. Thanks to the developers, we’ve been able to review this DSiWare game. Is this game worth its $4.99 cost? Find out after the break! -Drew T. (more…)
Starting today, the December update for the Nintendo 3DS will be rolling out to users while they are connected to WiFi. The update includes cool new features such as 3D video recording, a StreetPass Mii Plaza, eShop updates, and the 3DS System Transfer Tool. To manually get the update, go to Settings, click Other Settings, go to the right-most page, and click “System Update.” You won’t be sorry. - Drew T.
Bethesda, the studio behind The Elder Scrolls, has said that Skyrim, its newest game with breathtaking visuals, may come to the upcoming Wii U. When asked about the possibility, Bethesda’s Pete Hines said that ”It’s definitely a possibility for the future. We’ll look at any platform that will support that games we’re trying to make, but that’s the key thing – the console has to support the game as it is designed.”
However, don’t write this down on your “buy list” quite yet. Hines also said that porting and localizing it is “a pretty huge undertaking.” Having to localize the game to all the languages it would be released in (English, French, Italian, German and Spanish) does take some time and a lot of effort. Plus, the Wii U isn’t out yet, so if it does come, don’t expect it to be out at launch.
If Skyrim does come out for the Wii U, it would most likely be one of the best 3rd party games for the console. Hopefully, it will come and we’ll have another reason to buy the new console. - Drew T.
Source: Official Nintendo Magazine
Roller Coaster Tycoon is coming to the 3DS, marking the first time the franchise has come to a platform other than the PC. The game is being ported by n-Space from a Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 base, and will be published by Atari. While is is disappointing that n-Space is using code from a Frontier game and not making a totally new one, the ride-the-rides feature should be much better in 3D. The game will also retain core features such as other rides, transportation options, and managing staff. It is unknown whether or not major enthusiast features such as custom scenery from 3DS (the AutoDesk program) and track import will be available in this new release. The game should be available sometime around March. - Drew
OneNet is reporting that after abysmal quarterly results, Nintendo is working on a 2nd joystick add-on to the 3DS that would be sold for $10. They’re also reporting that a 3DS redesign is in the works that takes the emphasis off the 3D. My idea? Licence webOS and put it on the next handheld. I mean seriously, wouldn’t that be grand? - Drew T.
Costco (North America) has dropped the price of the 3DS early (it will be dropped everywhere on Aug. 12th), meaning that you can buy the 3DS now for the new $170 price and also get all the 3DS Ambassador-exclusive games by logging into the eShop. If you have a Costco membership, but don’t have a 3DS yet, now would be a great time to get one. – Drew T. (asst. admin)
The main competitor to the 3DS, the Sony PS Vita, will not be launched in the U.S. or the U.K. until after Christmas, giving the 3DS more time to build a solid base. The 3DS is expected to have good holiday sales after the price drop. Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai told reporters that the PS Vita will launch in Japan before the end of December, and in the U.S. and the U.K. early next year. There are also no plans for a Vita price drop. Hirai also told the media that ”There is no need to lower the price just because somebody else that happens to be in the video game business (Nintendo) decided that they were going to lower their price.”
All in all, this announcement could mean that the 3DS will overtake the Vita even before the Vita is released, which might possibly lead to a price increase in the 3DS. (I sure hope not.) - Drew T. (asst. admin)
Nintendo announced today that Netflix would come to the 3DS in tomorrow’s eShop update, bringing the large Watch Instantly to the 3DS before the in-house option, Nintendo Video. Unsurprisingly, Netflix waited until after the recent price hikes to add this to the system. - Drew T.