If you are a worldly person, you already know about the Lourve. If you don’t, go edumacate yourself here! Anyways, this wonderful, internationally recognized art gallery recently implemented an option where you could go on tours of the exhibits using your 3DS system. This is done through a cartridge you buy at their gift-shop in either English or Japanese, but there is a problem here: region locking. The Lourve is visited by travelers from all corners of the world, meaning their 3DS’s are from different countries and cannot play games from regions such as France. Solution!: Regionless cartridge. That’s right, there has been a 3DS cartridge created that can be played by any 3DS from any country! If we apply this to gaming, we could soon see games being created that are not region locked, whatsoever. All those games from Japan you were never able to play? Yeah. Those. At release. Someday. Someday. -Ryan Baxter
Do you think this future could ever come about? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
NOA president really wants to be playable in the next Super Smash Bros.
A few weeks back, we told you that some Smash Bros. fans made a petition for Reggie Fils-Aime to be featured as a playable character in the next Super Smash Bros. games. The Nintendo of America CEO recently took to Twitter about this, saying that if he ended up in the game, his smash move would be called “MY BODY IS READY SLAM.” Seems legit. After this, he even said (in a possibly joking manner) that if he got at least 100,000 signatures, series producer Masahiro Sakurai would consider adding him to the roster. Mr. Sakurai did say that he wanted characters that you wouldn’t expect in the next game, and this would definitely classify as unexpected.
Let’s see how this goes. Stay tuned for further updates on this intriguing subject! Do you think this is gonna really happen? -Greg Boe
While we are (impatiently) waiting to get the first game, a SECOND one is announced.
Bravely Default hits Nintendo 3DS in North America early next year, but as many of you know, it has been out for a while in Japan. In the latest issue of the weekly Japanese gaming publication Famitsu, a much-expected sequel was officially announced. Titled Bravely Second, the new adventure revolves around a new protagonist named Magnolia, who lives in the same world as in the first game. That’s all the news we have for now, but new details are sure to emerge in the coming days.
Stay tuned for our coverage of Bravely Default on Nintendo 3DS, and if you live in Europe, be sure to pick up a copy of your own this Friday! -Greg Boe
If Nintendo keeps this up, everything I love about 3DS will be in Smash Bros.
The Wii U and 3DS versions of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. will feature the same characters, but virtually everything else will be different. Take stages for example. The Wii U version has famous console game-themed stages, while the 3DS version has handheld game-themed stages. Yesterday, a screenshot from the game surfaced on the interwebs that featured a familiar face for Nintendo 3DS owners. Anyone who has gotten to the end of StreetPass Quest 2 – a free StreetPass game on 3DS – will recognize this creature as the final boss from the game. No one knows for sure what his role will be in Super Smash Bros. on 3DS, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Subscribe to Nintendo Charged for the latest Super Smash Bros. news for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS family of systems. -Greg Boe
This may disappoint some of you, but it’s truth, nonetheless.
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a petition about Nintendo by fans about something they could do differently. Stuff like Operation Rainfall and Operation Moonfall are definitely fun groups to be a part of, but it’s important to understand that these petitions don’t really affect Nintendo’s decision making when it comes to localizing a game. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime explains it quite well:
“I have to tell you—it doesn’t affect what we do. We certainly look at it, and we’re certainly aware of it, but it doesn’t necessarily affect what we do. I’ll give you an example. I mentioned earlier that our head of product development had a bet on X versus Y—we also had a bet around localizingXenoblade.
I wanted to bring Xenoblade here. The deal was, how much of a localization effort is it? How many units are we going to sell, are we going to make money? We were literally having this debate while Operation Rainfall was happening, and we were aware that there was interest for the game, but we had to make sure that it was a strong financial proposition.
I’m paid to make sure that we’re driving the business forward—so we’re aware of what’s happening, but in the end we’ve got to do what’s best for the company. The thing we know [about petitions] is that 100,000 signatures doesn’t mean 100,000 sales.”
More Nintendo updates are on the way! Be sure to subscribe to Nintendo Charged for all the latest news, reviews, and more! -Greg Boe
We’re always one step behind Europe when it comes to gaming, aren’t we?
Last week I told you about the new Pokémon X and Pokémon Y 2DS bundles in Europe, and now we have a confirmation that they are coming to North America as well. Just like the European versions, those who buy the bundle will get a Red or Black 2DS handheld with a copy of either Pokémon X or Pokémon Y. Starting on December 6th, you can buy a system of your own for only $149.99. If you don’t care much for 3D (which you should), then this is a very affordable price to get a 2DS for. Please note that the red 2DS will be a Target-exclusive buy, and the blue one will only be available at Toys”R”Us.
More news on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems – including the new 2DS model – is on the way. Let me know what you think about these new bundles! -Greg Boe
There are not one, but two oversized reasons why you are reading this review.
One reason is your curiosity of whether or not this game is worth the download, and the other is sitting right above this text. It’s always great to see a game localized to the West. Some games, however, never make it the West due to cultural differences. I honestly never thought Senran Kagura would come to North America or Europe. In fact, I even listed the series in my “Games in Japan We’ll Probably Never See in the West” editorial. Well, contrary to my personal expectations, it is now available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
While it is a download-only title, it’s about the same price as a retail game. Are there enough reasons to purchase this game? Let’s find out. -Greg Boe (more…)
Everybody is talking about how Nintendo needs more 3rd party games on Wii U. According to Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime, there are already some great 3rd party software to check out, and even more on the way. Their biggest 3rd party support is definitely Activision, but developers like Ubisoft and Warner Bros. are right up there in the ever-growing list. Here’s what the Regginator said:
“With a healthy and vibrant installed base, those key publishers are gonna create content that are going to be wonderful for the system. Case in point: Activision. One of the number one rated games [recently] on the Wii U is Skylanders SWAP Force. They’ve done a stellar job creating that content. And absolutely we look forward to Call of Duty coming on the platform. A true Call of Duty experience, leveraging unique play with the GamePad. You look at someone like Ubisoft. They do tremendous business with Just Dance on our platform. And we look forward to Assassin’s Creed, we look forward to Watchdogs next year coming on the platform. Warner Brothers… I could go through the list in terms of key software publishers that are making great content for the platform. And what they tell me every day is, “Reggie, how can I help you drive your installed base?”
Hopefully we continue to see great support from other big developers on Nintendo’s fantastic and HIGHLY under-appreciated new console. More Wii U news, reviews, and more are on the way. -Greg Boe
Is this just a placeholder date, or is it the real deal? That’s a great question, and that’s EXACTLY why I listed this under the rumors category. Well, here’s the scoop: GameStop recently listed Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS to launch on April 8th, 2014. This goes right with Nintendo saying that the games would launch during the first quarter of 2014. Hopefully we get a statement from the Smash Bros. team on this subject soon.
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