Nintendo Direct June 2012; The Wii U

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:

Together, better!

New 3DS Game Trailers (eShop games)!

Just some pretty neat trailers for minor 3DS games and various eShop specific ones that have just been uploaded on our Youtube channel.

Vampire Life

Here are two trailers (in one video) for the game Vampire Life.

Smash Heroes

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.

New Kingdom Hearts 3D Trailer (for E3)!

Supposedly, this is a leaked trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3D that wasn’t supposed to be available online yet, but I re-uploaded it anyway.  It looks pretty good I’d say (the game), although I’ll be the first to admit Kingdom Hearts has never really interested me too much as a series.

Here’s the trailer:

What do you think of this Kingdom Hearts 3D trailer?

Rabbids Rumble; Screenshots, Box art and more

That Rabbids game Ubisoft said they were making for the 3DS?  Well it seems like it’s real, since they’ve just recently released new screenshots and artwork of it online, showing all kinds of mini game related stuff.

And yes, it’s more mini games I think, not an action game like Rabbids go home was (wasn’t that supposed to be the last damn Rabbids game?)

Here are some screens:

So yeah, more mini games and stuff I suppose.  Not a game I plan to buy, but I guess the series does have some fans for new games to still be in development even for the 3DS, right?

Anyone want this game?

So Zelda 2 is coming to eShop… who cares?

I sure don’t, because its presence in the eShop shows the two biggest mistakes Nintendo are making with this whole virtual console lark.  They are:

1. Selling the same game on every possible system and not letting you transfer them

People, we already bought Zelda 2 on the Virtual Console on the Wii, and many of us probably also own it on that old bonus disc you got in the Gamecube era.  We don’t want to buy yet another copy of the same game we already own just to play it on our 3DS.  Instead, we want to be able to save the game to an SD card, then just slot the card into every new Nintendo console from here on out and be able to immediately start playing for ‘free’.

Is this that difficult a concept to understand?  Or is Nintendo so obsessed with money and driven by greed they want everyone to own about fifty copies of every NES era game under the sun?

2. The effort used to rerelease NES games could be used to rerelease Game Boy games like the Oracle series

Come on, Nintendo’s already been releasing some Game Boy games, but that’s hardly all the good ones.  Instead of wasting more time and effort on releasing a bunch of NES games people own on numerous other consoles, they should start making available all the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance era classics that people want to rebuy/replay but can’t.

So instead of wasting time and effort on yet more copies of NES Zelda games, why not release Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons and Minish Cap?  Then just let people transfer the NES games from the Wii’s Virtual Console, and I can guarantee Zelda fans would be extremely grateful for it.

Still, it’s coming out some time soon, so here are some screenshots from the official game page on the Nintendo of Japan website:

So yes, another NES era Zelda game’s available on the 3DS eShop, even if a million more worthy games could have been released instead.