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Etrian Odyssey IV Announced for 3DS

Well, Nintendo did say the Etrian Odyssey series was one of those that would be getting a new game on the 3DS back in 2010, and now it seems like such a game is confirmed to be coming in the future!

It’s Japanese full title is ‘Sekaiju no Meikyuu IV: Densetsu no Kyojin’.  No idea what this means, I only recognise the Densetsu bit from far too many other Japanese games title to list.

However, we do know about some of the game’s content. It’ll have difficulty levels to make the game more accessible to newcomers, including a casual mode.  This can apparently be changed at any time during gameplay if the person playing wants a bit more of a challenge (or I guess struggling with the default settings).  Nice idea, although I do think it somewhat cheapens the whole purpose of choosing a difficulty level to begin with.

And there are some job classes known about, such as sword man, medic, dancer, and sniper.

So, that said, is anyone excited for this game?  Because while I’ve not played any games in the series, it does seem like the games have been fairly well received by critics and players alike, and the addition of an easier difficulty setting might address the major problem some sources complain about, that of it being too difficult/only for the hardcore.

Source:

http://andriasang.com/con01o/etrian_odyssey_iv/

Nintendo’s being clever with the Nintendo Direct Timing

Note what else launches on the exact same day, the Playstation Vita.  Obviously, Nintendo knows this minor detail and hence decided to have another presentation/conference tomorrow to make sure people didn’t buy the Vita or think there wasn’t anything interesting left on the 3DS.

Now I admit they could have done one better and actually released a new game tomorrow as well (that new 2D Mario game would be a really good choice), but kudos to Nintendo for finding a way to put the pressure on Sony right at the Vita’s launch date.

 

New Nintendo Direct Conference Tomorrow?

No, you didn’t hear that wrong, Nintendo is holding yet another conference/presentation tomorrow, where hopefully more games and stuff are shown/revealed for the first time.

Really though, that’s unexpected.  Good news I guess, but damn that’s unexpected to have another one of these things so early in the year.  That said, here are some quick predictions about what I expect to see shown off at the event.

Kid Icarus Uprising: The game’s out about a month after the event.  Considering how the last few weeks have been an absolute barrage of trailers, screenshots and information about it, I expect any presentation is going to feature it heavily.

Luigi’s Mansion 2: It’s likely out this year, and we haven’t had any information about it in a long, long time.  Now looks like the time for Nintendo to open up the official website, release a ton more trailers on Youtube and send everyone a few hundred new screenshots of the game, seeing as its release date is approaching fast.

Paper Mario: Same as above.

New 2D Mario game: It’s coming out this fiscal year.  But it’s also not been officially revealed at any kind of event, and no trailers or screenshots currrently exist of it.  All this means its likely Nintendo are going to announce it very, very soon.

Others I expect are Metal Gear Solid 3D, Fire Emblem 3DS, Animal Crossing and maybe Monster Hunter Tri G.  This is because many of these games are either coming out this year or only been shown off at one event, so the coming presentation seems like the best time to reveal more about them.

Nintendo of Europe has made their own website for it:

http://www.nintendo.co.uk/NOE/en_GB/news/nintendo_direct_47764.html

As have Nintendo of Japan and Nintendo of America:

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/n10/nintendo_direct/index.html

http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo_direct

Now admittedly, the US one hasn’t updated the site today, but the others did. Oh, and Reggie sent out a SwapNote about it:

So, who else is excited for the event?  Because damn, it’s news day again for this site and forum, and I think it looks like we’ll get all kinds of new information about much loved 3DS games!

The 3DS Does Great in Sales; Passes Five Million sold in Japan

But better yet is a small but significant addition to that sentence.  It’s reached said point quicker than any other console in recent history.  Yes, it’s beaten the GBA, DS and Wii sales wise and is well on the way to being the fastest selling handheld in recent history.

So that’s one piece of great news for 3DS fans.  And you can see a graph showing it below

In the UK however, news of 3DS sales is interesting, although a tad worrying.  Guess what game tops the charts for the platform?

Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games

Not exactly the most inspiring title to sell well, is it?  More to the point, we’re talking a game lacking in many basic features of its Wii’s relation to the point it doesn’t even have the dream events that make the ‘Mario’ and ‘Sonic’ brands actually important in the first place.  That’s not to say the Wii one is doing poorly, that’s also currently topping the sales charts for its own respective system, but… Why would anyone want to buy this cut down version instead?

Still, look on the bright side.  The 3DS is selling fantastically in Japan, and its games are topping the sales charts.  Those who doubted the console must be quite embarassed now, right?