Just a reminder for everyone here that Nintendo 3DS Daily and Nintendo 3DS Community will be covering Nintendo’s conference and any games announced or shown in it, as well as any 3DS hardware related news and redesigns and anything about the Wii U hardware.
There probably won’t be too many articles until at least 5 o’clock UK time/GMT though, since that’s about when Nintendo’s conference takes place and I really doubt any third parties are going to be showing any major games before then.
So yeah, hope everyone’s excited for E3 since it’s only in a few hours!
Talk of a 3DS redesign should be no surprise in the slightest by now, but at least one source seems to be assuming it’ll be the equivalent of the DSi XL rather than the 3DS version of a DS Lite.
Indeed, a japanese newspaper called Nikkei is reporting various things about the 3DS and Wii U, and says that Nintendo is planning a console revision that has a larger screen and that could end up released as early as this summer. They say it’ll have a 4.5 inch screen and that it could be released in all major regions by this summer.
I don’t particularly buy into this however. While a larger version of the 3DS would indeed be an okay idea and be potentially more feasible than a full blown redesign incorporating extra controls or a lack of 3D (both of which have been suggested by other sources in the past), is there really a need for a larger 3DS screen at the moment?
Because I don’t see a lot of complaints about the 3DS screen size online. Sure I hear some people complain about the Circle Pad Pro add on and wish the console had two Circle Pads for analogue control. I hear complaints about the lack of battery life compared to past Nintendo handhelds, and every now and again hear someone talk about how they wish the 3DS wasn’t 3D and how Nintendo should make a Super DS instead. But complaints about the screen sizes? Do they exist? Does anyone really think the screens are too small to see what’s going in game? I mean, I’ve heard the occasional person talk about how the screens should be the same size and be aligned perfectly, But I’ve not seen any complaints about the screen size or requests for both to be 1.5 inches larger.
And because of that (as well as the fact the paper talks about how such a revision could be out in all regions by summer, indicating previous development time and prior plans by Nintendo), I’d honestly think Nintendo would address more pressing issues with the 3DS hardware than just the size of the screens if they were planning a hardware revision due some time this year.
Due to the game being localised and released in North America shortly, we now have some new screenshots of the game and the English box art to look at. So here they are:
It looks a pretty nice game, although it’s probably going to be overshadowed quite badly considering it’s been announced for US release right prior to Nintendo’s E3 conference this year, and hence all the coverage will probably be focused on either the Wii U, Zelda or Smash Bros (if present), Mario and any other major games due out this year.
What was shown that directly relates to Nintendo 3DS Daily? Absolutely nothing, since this was specifically meant to be about the Wii U console rather than a showcase of games. No, that’s coming on Tuesday.
But what was shown about the Wii U is interesting, so here’s a run down of everything that was said.
Like the Wii U Pro Controller. Fans of Super Smash Bros 4 and Mario Kart Wii U can rest easy, you’re obviously not being forced into the new tablet controls and various gimmicks. Heck, fans of third party games and third party developers can rest easy too, they’ve got an alternative method of control that works generally much like an Xbox 360/PS3 controller and lets them port games over more easily.
It also looks like the console will be available in black as well as white, giving at least two options for the console’s colour scheme. Good for the people who bought the Cosmos Black 3DS I guess.
There’s also an NFC reader/writer in the Wii U GamePad.
And the tablet controller has been redesigned to the point it actually looks somewhat like a Wii rather than the weird child of an Appe device and a computer generated model. Looks a bit bulkier too.
But that’s not the most interesting thing yet. No, the built in software/interface is the interesting bit.
Something about an optional Miiverse feature that can be activated at any time and that lets you see your friends status updates/activity, and send notes to them. From the menu, it implies a few potentially interesting games could be on the horizon. Have a look:
It’s cluttered, but it shows Samus, a DK barrel, a gun, a Boo, Yoshi, a Star and Mario. Does this imply at least one Mario game, perhaps starring Yoshi and involving collecting stars? A new Metroid game? A new Donkey Kong Country game?
And the status text is interesting too:
The Darknuts are driving me crazy!
So much fun when you play this game with others online!
The first implies a new Zelda game, the second more than implies Mario Kart 8, given the Mario Kart icon right next to the update. Maybe these are games Nintendo plans to show for the console at E3? Although for poor Mario Kart 7’s sake, it’s probably better Nintendo didn’t just release a direct sequel mere months after the Wii U’s launch, since it’s popularity would pretty much just plummet.
They’re also working on an app for various smartphones that lets you text each other and send Swapnotes between phones and the Wii U. Could be useful.
Finally, there’s Nintendo’s new slogan for the Wii U, which is either going to turn out to be rightly illustrative of a revolution in the console design or a complete failure:
Just some pretty neat trailers for minor 3DS games and various eShop specific ones that have just been uploaded on our Youtube channel.
Here are two trailers (in one video) for the game Vampire Life.
A trailer for the eShop game Smash Heroes (nothing to do with Smash Bros, despite the name):
Arc Style Free Cell
Obviously, it’s a virtual card game. Hooray.
Spy Hunter Debut Trailer
For some reason only the publisher knows, they’re rebooting an arcade classic as a 3DS game. You might recognise it from the site’s arcade.
Finally, here’s an ominous sounding but extremely short teaser trailer for Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate and Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2:
Did these various trailers interest you? Most aren’t for well known games, but here’s hoping some of the titles shown turn out to be at least half decent cult classics, even if likely not the next Mario.