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Nintendo Starts ‘What Happens Next’ Campaign to promote Spirit Camera

This has to be Nintendo’s first attempt at promoting a horror game of sorts, right?  Because all things considered while it seems like an interesting idea (assuming their goal is to use these videos for viral marketing), the execution seems a bit to be desired.

You can see the first video here:

And the official Youtube channel for them here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/cursedmemoir

So what’s my reaction to this video?  Well I’ll put it bluntly, it made me laugh at the idiots running around in it more than fear for them.  Maybe it’s the over reacting these actors seem to do, the fact there’s a 3DS console involved somehow (horror + video game consoles never worked in advertisements) or perhaps its how at about halfway through someone’s laptop flies off the table at high speed.  No seriously, that’s got to be the most ridiculous looking thing I’ve ever seen in my life. There is no logical way for me to take a ghostly flying laptop computer seriously.

Oh no, it burns!  The game’s giving me radiation poisoning!

Ghosts apparently love shoving laptops of coffee tables, don’t they?

If this was meant to get reactions from people, then kudos to Nintendo since they sort of succeeded.  Pity most reactions aren’t going to be the ones they want, the amount of narm in this first video should make most people think of it as a comedy rather than scary.

Kid Icarus Control Settings Revealed

Remember how we mentioned Kid Icarus Uprising has customisable controls?  Well, they’re even more customisable than people think.  Someone on NeoGAF has posted these screenshots showing all the different options you can set to change how the game is controlled and various other things, and damn there’s a lot of choice here.

To avoid having to open the image if you don’t want to, here’s a run down of all the settings shown:

Guide Arrow

Shot Homing

Presumably these are whether your attacks home in on enemies or not.  That’s an interesting option to have to help players of differing skill levels.

Aim Assist

Same I think

Autofire

So the game can be set to automatically shoot/attack enemies for you while you move around and dodge their attacks?  Seems like a pretty neat way of simplifying the control scheme for people who don’t want to have to both move and aim their attacks, especially when used alongside the other three options listed.

Interesting, there’s also a button to ‘try it’. Nice of Nintendo to give us a practice option, don’t you think?

The next screen shows the two control schemes for moving Pit.  You can either use the circle pad or the A/B/X/Y buttons.

But then, you’ve got even more control schemes, this time for moving the targetting reticle/aiming.  You can either use the touch screen, control pad or A/B/X/Y buttons.  That’s a fair amount of choice just for how to aim your attacks.

There’s then a custom controls configuration page where you can choose which buttons or what not any individual action is assigned to.

And a screen to test stylus control and how fast/slow the touch screen controls work.  You can also invert vertical movement. You know, for the few people who want aeroplane style controls for whatever reason.  And to add to this, you can even decide whether to invert the controls vertically and horizontally!

That is one heck of a lot of options for customising the controls.  So anyone worried about the controls not working seemingly has nothing to worry about.  Plus, there are various options for people who happen to be left handed too.

All in all, if there’s any preference you have in regards to the controls, Kid Icarus Uprising has you covered.

Rayman Origins 3DS Delayed to June

Want to play Rayman Origins on your 3DS rather than a home console?  Well unfortunately it seems you’re out of luck since the game has been delayed until June.  Yes it was originally reported the game was only delayed in Europe (presumably to add in all those extra languges European releases seem to have), but now it turns out its the same for the US too.

Sorry Rayman fans, if you’ve not bought the game on the Wii or Xbox 360 or something you might as well do so now since the 3DS one won’t be here for some time.

Source:

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2012/03/16/rayman-origins-3ds-delayed-to-june.aspx

Game and Watch Gallery 2 heading to eShop

Unusual choice of game I must admit, but apparently its heading to the Japanese version of the 3DS eShop on March 21st.

If you don’t know what this series is all about, I guess I can explain.  Basically, it’s a bunch of Game and Watch games that were released in batches on the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance some time ago.  You had two versions of each as well, with one version having the old school graphics and sound and starring Mr Game and Watch, and the other having all new graphics and music and starring various Mario characters.

Here are the screenshots provided:

As you can see, the screenshots all show the Mario versions of the games included.  There’s a sort of charm to this game in general too, although I cannot comment too much due to never playing the original games.

Is this game going to end up on the eShop over here? Maybe.  It’d be pretty good if it did.

SEGA Game Gear Games now Avalible for Download

Starting today on the eShop Virtual Console, Sega Game Gear games will be available for download. Today you can get Sonic Triple Trouble, Shinobi and Dragon Crystal.

Sonic Triple Trouble

These aren’t the best Game Gear games ever, but there’s certainly more to come. Happy playing!