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Mario Tennis Open Article in Nintendo Power shows interesting stuff

Such as a few potentially quite interesting courts to play on.  Here’s the full magazine article about the game:

First things first, it seems there’s a Donkey Kong themed level (as seen at the top right of the page), and it even seems to have various references to Donkey Kong Country Returns like the tiki enmies in the background and DK’s Treehouse! Have to say it’s quite cool how Nintendo actually seems to be paying attention to the series for once and not just slapping DK’s name and logo on a completely generic ice or jungle level.

Other things of note include the space screenshot to the bottom left of the second page.  It’s hard to see it properly, but is this potentially a Super Mario Galaxy themed tennis court?  Looks to be so.

There’s also what looks like a desert/mountain themed court in the picture with Luigi playing, with various Koopas standing around and what looks like an old style desert in the background.

Finally, seems like Boo will be playable character since he’s shown at the bottom right.  Guess that implies this game will have a decent amount of playable characters like the last few games did.

Still, Mario Tennis Open is looking pretty good from these screenshots, and looks like it’ll be one of the best Mario spinoffs in quite a while.

Is a new 3DS Firmware Update coming in future?

Lots of interesting new features in this one if the rumour is true.  Here’s a list:

* Ability to access Nintendo eShop account from other internet enabled devices including computers and smartphones.
* This system update will allow users to take pictures of QR codes with the 3DS from the other device’s screen to redeem purchased content.
* This update will add the application “Nintendo Network” to the 3DS.
* Ability to update physical Nintendo 3DS Games via Nintendo Shop (DLC feature).
* A “Game Preview” Mode for the Nintendo 3DS system Nintendo Shop.
* Enhances the speed of the handheld.
* Increases the system security with automatic security updates.
* Nintendo Zone will be automatically added to European 3DS owners.

Let’s go through them one by one, shall we?

Ability to access Nintendo eShop account from other internet enabled devices including computers and smartphones.

If this is true, you’ll be able to access your eShop game account from other internet enabled devices.  Presumably for adding funds/credit cards and stuff, but maybe you’ll even be able to buy eShop games when away from your 3DS and then play them later?

This system update will allow users to take pictures of QR codes with the 3DS from the other device’s screen to redeem purchased content.

Not sure what this means.  Probably that you can take a picture of a QR code on say, an iPad and then have it act like you scanned it with the 3DS?

This update will add the application “Nintendo Network” to the 3DS.

Sounds vague.  Does this mean some kind of wifi options app? Or something different entirely?

Ability to update physical Nintendo 3DS Games via Nintendo Shop (DLC feature).

Presumably in preparation for Fire Emblem Awakening and other such 3DS games which are supposedly going to support downloadable content.  However, maybe they’ll let you update older games like Mario Kart 7 and Mario 3D Land once you’ve got the update? That might get round the pesky problem of system limitations and the games not initially being designed for DLC, right?

A “Game Preview” Mode for the Nintendo 3DS system Nintendo Shop.

I guess I like the sounds of that, although the description is vague.  How detailed a preview? Short video?  Screenshots?  Demos?

Enhances the speed of the handheld.

Increases the system security with automatic security updates.

Always nice to have.

Nintendo Zone will be automatically added to European 3DS owners.

Guess Nintendo want to make it more of a public thing.

Still, do you think it’s plausible this stuff could be available in a near future 3DS firmware update?

Source:

http://www.maxconsole.com/cgi-bin/maxconsole/rknewz.pl?function=detail&id=RKLS0000005265

Oh look, Epic Mickey for 3DS was real…

Yep, Nintendo Power have proven the rumour was spot on and a new Epic Mickey game was most definitely coming out for the 3DS.  See here:

Yes it’ll be called Epic Mickey the Power of llusion and will be coming to 3DS. Also seemingly of note, I guess the Mad Doctor ends up with the main villain role in these new games?  Because he’s featured rather prominently above and with the Phantom Blot out the picture it only makes sense for him to be the next Big Bad, right?

Still, rumour was spot on.  My E3 post is coming more true by the minute!

Pitch your Game Idea to Renegade Kid, have it on eShop!

Ever wanted to design a video game but had no programming skill?  Or had a really good idea for a 2D platformer that you wish was made and that people could buy?

Well wish no more, since the makers of Mutant Mudds, Renegade Kid are having an interesting contest.  Basically you pitch your ideas, and the winning game idea actually gets made and becomes available to buy as an eShop game!

Now obviously it has to be a 2D platformer since they’re using the same engine they used for their own game, and presumably it has to be an original idea (nothing involving Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog or Mega Man for obvious reasons) but it does seem like a really nice idea for a contest.

But that’s not all you win either.  Apparently you get various prizes as well as the chance to fly to Texas to meet the developers of this game as well!

Unfortunately they say there’s an entry fee which depends on when you enter, with the basic one being about $20.

The opening date is March 25th and the closing date September 1st. You can submit your game ideas at their website here:

http://www.pitchwinplay.com/contest.aspx

They do say you should be 18 or over, but come on, is anyone really going to care as long as the idea is legit and any entry fee is paid?

Still, anyone plan to enter this contest, or would like their game idea on the 3DS eShop?

Source:

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/29644

Kid Icarus Uprising Final Boss and Ending

As you have most likely figured out by now, massive spoilers ahead. If you’ve bought the game today and want it kept secret or just want to avoid ruining the surprise, do not play the following video.

[Spoilers below, highlight at own risk]

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Spoilers: Is that Hades?  If so, I guess Nintendo bought right into Disney’s Hercules film didn’t they, considering he wasn’t evil in the original myths/legends.

All said, for those who did watch it for whatever reason, what do you think of the final boss battle and ending in Kid Icarus Uprising?