Ex Troopers announced for 3DS and PS3

But forget the last bit of the title, it’s the fact it’s been announced for 3DS that we’re interested in at Nintendo 3DS Daily.  It’s an action shooting game (or in other words, probably a third person shooter given that it’s a spinoff of Lost Planet) and unlike the original series, supposedly has an anime inspired art style.

Not sure that’s a good idea if Capcom ever wants to release the game outside Japan, ‘cartoon’ like art styles aren’t too popular in the US at the moment.  Seems like something which needlessly restricts the games appeal to Japanese users for no practical reason.

Some other facts about the game:

  • The producer is Shintaro Kojima (known for the Monster Hunter series)
  • Has a school-themed story.
  • Uses “manga demo” event system similar to that used in Gravity Rush.
  • May’n used for the game’s theme song

It sounds like an interesting game, and potentially an excellent addition to the 3DS’ software library, but unfortunately seems like it could end up being one of these Japan only spinoffs deemed ‘unmarketable’ in the West. Like what Nintendo originally thought Pandora’s Tower and The Last Story were.

What do you think about this game?

The Flipside of Patches; Could they be used to ruin 3DS Games?

With the recent Mario Kart 7 patch released that fixes all those shortcut glitches, there’s quite a bit of hype about the idea of Nintendo releasing patches and downloadable content for the games.  You know the drill, people wanting new levels in Mario platformers, fixes to other glitches, new characters and things added to Smash Bros and Mario Kart…

But is the addition of patches really a good thing for gamers?  Nintendo not using them may to some extent have actually been saving us from the kinds of edits Nintendo might make now they’re available, as well as from shoddying workmanship.  Here are some reasons patches and downloadable content may not be that good a thing for the 3DS and its games:

1. They allow for games to be released broken or unfinished

Ever wonder why Nintendo often delays their games time and time again, and why they often miss release dates and schedules?

Because prior to now they had just ONE shot to get everything right.  If there was a game breaking glitch, or a dungeon or item couldn’t be finished on time or anything else of the sort, they had to either hold back the game or release it broken knowing the game was pretty much unsalvagable.

However, this also meant that the games were tested and generally polished to the highest possible standard.  One chance meant it was better to keep the game unreleased for a bit longer and make it as good it possibly could be rather than rush it onto the market like so many third parties would have.

But with patches, this quality control thing is potentially no more.  Now like with Mario Kart 7, Nintendo have every opportunity to do as other companies are doing and rush their games out the door as quickly as possible knowing full well it’ll be patched in a few weeks or months time.  It’s not that game breaking errors haven’t been found in past titles (Super Paper Mario, Zelda Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword all have potentially game breaking glitches that make the game impossible to complete), but that the inability to make up for mistakes arguably prevented similar bugs from being left in numerous other games Nintendo made before.  You do not want Nintendo to go the route of certain other companies where the initial release is basically a public beta test and you need to wait a few months for the game to be fixed/made stable/whatever.

On a similar note, neither do you want to end up with Nintendo deliberately holding back content to be sold later.  Can you imagine the outrage if Brawl had been released and Nintendo then said ‘you’ll have to pay an extra ten dollars to play as Sonic the Hedgehog’?  There’s already a growing trend of this kind of thing happening in video games as it is (apparently Capcom are getting notorious for it), and to let Nintendo do the same thing would be one of the worst things that could happen to gaming.

So letting them patch games and sell downloadable content could easily allow them to just release their games unfinished.

2. Giving Nintendo control over the game post release can allow for worrying edits to be made

Because face it, who’s really going to be able to guarantee that they only things Nintendo ever change or ‘fix’ are things like the Wuhu Mountain Loop uber shortcut?

The meta game/competitive level of play for many of Nintendo’s biggest franchises practically rely on techniques that would almost rightfully be described as glitches, or at least go against Nintendo’s original intention for how the games were ‘meant’ to be played.

Look at staples of past games, like wavedashing in Smash Bros Melee, or ‘snaking’ in Mario Kart DS. They’re arguably not the original intention of how the games were meant to be played, but it would be a very, very worrying precedent if Nintendo could literally just patch such stuff straight out their future games.  It’s not too hard to imagine cases where Nintendo listened to scrubs and others whining about ‘cheating’ and ‘unfair’ tactics and Nintendo just giving in to their wishes and removing them in an update.  Heck, both the examples mentioned were deliberately nerfed/removed from their respective sequels, and it doesn’t seem particularly unlikely that if Nintendo had the ability to patch games in the DS and Gamecube era that they’d have just removed them in the next update.

And that’s a very dangerous road to allow Nintendo to go down…

So in conclusion, the ability to patch games and sell downloadable content on the 3DS is not necessarily a good thing, and its something that could easily be abused by Nintendo in the same way it currently is by some of their competitors.

Pokemon Dream Radar Screens and Stuff

It’s the European/British name for Pokemon AR Searcher, a 3DS app that lets you search for Pokemon in the ‘real world’ via augumented reality and then bring them to Pokemon Black and White 2.  Also, the way you’ll get the new forms of the Kami trio and other Pokemon that aren’t called kyurem.

Looks pretty neat, although I do have to wonder one thing…

Who actually lives in a house/flat that looks anything like the one in the photo?  Do people in Japan have literally no personal possessions or something?

And the new forms of Tornadus and what not look better than I thought they would now you can clearly see their entire body.  Not sure what theme they’re going for with these designs (one’s a bird and one’s a dog like creature?), but it’s better than it could be.

What do you think of Pokemon Dream Radar?

The Mario Kart 7 Patch and You; What You Need to Know

In other words, if you have any questions about Nintendo’s just released patch/update for Mario Kart 7 and how it works, this article should answer them.  Did I miss out anything?  If so, comment below and tell me what you need to know about this whole thing.

Does the patch affect offline play?

No.  The patch does absolutely nothing to the offline modes of the game and hence all the ‘fixed’ glitches are still perfectly possible to do in time trials, gp, or presumably local multiplayer.  I presume this was done to avoid having to delete/alter any ghost data for the three tracks affected.  Maybe also technical constraints, who knows.

 What tracks are affected

Wuhu Mountain Loop

Wuhu Island Loop

Bowser Castle 1

However, keep in mind that this patch may not fix all the shortcuts on these tracks, just the well known/main ones people abuse online. For example, in Wuhu Mountain Loop, the minor trick where you can save time near the end by falling at the glider section and getting respawned after it apparently isn’t fixed even online.  But these are the glitches Nintendo have fixed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnv62Yk_moc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ-xQ0_HPQk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwindhtGeeY

What happens if you try and use them?

Supposedly, you just get placed back on the road near where you fell off, making them completely useless.  See this video for how it now works:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyH4yYDvwBE

What happens if you try to go online without the patch/update?

You get a warning saying you need to download the update from the eShop and get returned to the main menu.  From what I hear if you were lucky enough to get online just before the update, you can theoretically still use the tricks online, but since you’ll probably get booted off eventually it’s not exactly feasible.

How do I know I’ve downloaded the update/patch?

Does the online option on the Mario Kart 7 main menu have ‘1.1’ after it?  If so, you’ve applied the update.

Any potential problems Nintendo may not have fixed?

The much harder to do/rarer shortcuts apparently.  The three most easily abusable ones have been fixed for obvious reasons, but I’m not sure whether this one on Koopa Cape has been fixed, since Nintendo doesn’t mention it on any of the official websites:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj2kzx5Gtaw

There’s also the DK Jungle one, one on Music Park I think (minor, but a Lakitu exploit regardless) and that unconfirmed one people haven’t succeeded at in Shy Guy Bazaar, and I don’t think Nintendo have fixed those yet.  Then again, considering the Shy Guy Bazaar one is most likely a freak coincidence and the Music Park one supposedly saves about a second at most, Nintendo’s probably in no hurry to fix them.

Then again, Koopa Cape’s glitch looks worryingly exploitable…

Hopefully that answers everyone’s questions about the recent patch/update, and I guess all we can do now is go back to playing online and seeing if anyone finds any more uber shortcuts that need to be patched.  Think there’ll be a round 2 of bug fixing to try and take care of the shortcuts not mentioned in the official news/press release?

Mario Kart 7 Has Been Patched!

You heard that right, the shortcut fixing patch Nintendo said they were releasing is now available to download on the eShop, and if you try to go online without it you’ll get the following error message:

Error Code 002-0120

In order to use online services, a newer version of this software is required.

Download the newest version of this software from Nintendo eShop or other supported software.

It looks like the Wuhu Mountain Loop/Maka Wuhu stuff is now dead for good, and the glitches people were using to ‘cheat’ online have been removed permanently. You’ll need to update the system before patching the game though, so it could a take a bit of a while before anyone can go and play Mario Kart 7 online again.

With that change made, everyone can enjoy playing online again without the same courses being chosen for every single race.  Download the update and get back to playing Mario Kart 7 again!