Of all the types of fan projects to try and make, this seems like one of the crazier (but much cooler) ones. These guys are trying to make a MMORPG type game for the 3DS, which means without use of flash or java.
It looks basic as of now (then again, it’s pretty much an indie game project, you can’t expect them to have professional artists on staff trying to get their game to match the look of World of Warcraft), but it’s an impressive concept regardless.
You can find their project website here:
You’ll need a 3DS Plaza account or whatever to play it, so if you intend to go testing it out you may as well make an account while you’re using a standard web browser rather than trying to do so through the 3DS.
It’s an impressive project, what do you think of it?
Well, they’re not really new, I just forgot to upload them a few days ago. But here they are anyway:
The Mii customisation options. No idea what any of this means since the menu is entirely in Japanese, but I presume the pie charts to the right show their stats or something.
A match on the Peach’s Castle court. Apparently this place is designed so the ball bounces really fast but not particularly high, making it a tough court to win on.
The ice court. Looks nice enough, although we’ve seen this same court in enough screenshots that there’s not much to comment on.
Although apparently the ball bounces highest here for whatever reason.
The Mushroom Valley court, in the midst of a standard tennis game.
Showing a Mii playing alongside Mario and co.
Donkey Kong’s jungle court again. Apparently, there’s absolutely nothing special about this place, it just acts like the standard tennis court does.
Well, hope the screenshots were interesting enough, and this site should hopefully have a review of the game some time in the future.
No seriously. Today’s 3DS related news as reported by various other places comes down to:
- Ubisoft may be working on game based on Avengers movie (hooray, rumoured licensed games! How exciting!)
- Vampire: Master of Darkness heading to 3DS Virtual Console (some Castlevania like Game Gear game heads to eShop in future)
- Miscellaneous details about Kingdom Hearts 3D
- Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 delayed
I’m hardly able to contain my excitement! [/sarcasm]
Meanwhile, half a dozen sites seem to be reporting stuff that’s weeks/days/months old and has very little to do with Nintendo, because desperate times call for desperate measures.
So I apologise for the fact Nintendo 3DS Daily hasn’t had any news for today, there just wasn’t anything good to post about. Hopefully at least one original article will be online soon, just don’t expect any video game screenshots or videos, or new game announcements until third parties and Nintendo have something to show.
It’s technically not 3DS news per se, but it’s interesting enough that I think it warrants a bit of coverage on the site. Shigeru Miyamoto has been interviewed recently, and his comments on the Playstation Vita are kind of interesting. He says about the console:
It’s obviously a very hi-spec machine, and you can do lots of things with it. But I don’t really see the combination of software and hardware that really makes a very strong product
I’d say he hit the nail on the head here. Indeed, you could say this one comment has been the cause of the problems that plagued both the 3DS and the Vita at their respective launches; they’ve got a lot of neat technological features but few actual games to give people an incentive to buy them.
Yet while the 3DS has made a decent recovery after a strong line up of games being released later in the year (The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, etc) and into the next (Kid Icarus Uprising), the Playstation Vita has generally faltered due to a lack of them. See it’s constant decline in sales in Japan for evidence of that.
Indeed, more companies should take Miyamoto’s words to heart here, because there seems to be an increasingly common obsession with technology as a gimmick and too much focus being put on console hardware rather than games. Is it because they seem like they’re desperate to become the next Apple and hope they’ll miraculously attract a crowd of hipsters who buy anything with their logo on it? Maybe, but they need to understand that it’s a mix of the hardware and software which sells a video game console, not the former on its own. No one gives a damn how many ‘apps’ your console has built into it, whether it has an internet browser, whether it can take photos or whether it can play DVDs. Those are additional bonuses that people can turn to once they’ve stopped playing a game for a while. To focus on the hardware and built in features alone is to literally doom your system by competing with every single gadget in existance, the very same basic extras can be found on literally every computer, phone and games console in existance now…
Miyamoto himself explains it better than even I could:
When we launched the 3DS hardware we didn’t have Super Mario 3D Land, we didn’t have Mario Kart 7, we didn’t have Kid Icarus: Uprising. We were striving to have all of these ready for the launch, but we weren’t able to deliver them at that time.
We were kind of hoping that people would, nevertheless, buy into the product, find 3DS hardware promising, but looking back we have to say we realise the key software was missing when we launched the hardware.
Every system maker ever should learn to never, ever do this. Games are key, and if Sony can understand that they can save the Vita in the same way that Nintendo saved the 3DS.
Also, on another note, people tend not to buy handheld consoles to play games they can play at home or on computers. That’s something I’ve noticed the current Playstation Vita game line up is failing at, the games seem to generally be the exact same kind you’d get on the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. Except played on a tiny screen on a console where battery life is actually a concern. See the problem here?
But do you agree with Shigeru Miyamoto’s comments on Sony’s game console? Is it following a similar path to the one the 3DS was originally following?
Here are some very, very nice screenshots of UnchainBlades Rexx. Not sure exactly where they’re from, but they look superb none the less.
The last one is probably official art, but it looks even better than the standard screenshots. All in all, this game is looking fantastic, and a game which definitely looks to be a great game.