Another Pokemon related announcement coming soon?

At least, that’s what Serebii.net is reporting.  Apparently the next Pokemon Smash show will have another announcement in some way related to the series and people are speculating it’ll be in some way about Pokemon Black and White 2 (like more information on how the games differ, how Kyurem’s forms work or when the game will be released).

But you’re going to have to take their word on that, since they don’t seem to give a source and ‘announcement’ in the context of Pokemon doesn’t always exactly mean there’ll be something big planned.

Still, what do you think the announcement will be about?

Source:

http://www.serebii.net/index2.shtml

(at the current time see the news posted on Saturday).

Mystery New Game from Square Enix; Possibly Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles 3DS?

Long title but accurate none the less, Square have released a new video/trailer and a teaser site for a mystery new game coming in future.  You can see the video below if you want to see what they’ve shown:

There’s some fairly nice looking character art there and supposedly some key words mentioned like ‘crystal’ and ‘summons’, implying it could be a sequel to the Crystal Chronicles games which were fairly popular in the last generation.  Then again, considering how both those words mentioned could easily be applied to any JRPG of the last decade, it could be just about anything.

Masaki Hirooka and Yusuke Naora are credited with the artwork for this game.  Their previous works include games like Final Fantasy VI and VII as well as Chrono Trigger, one Romancing Saga game and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia.  That’s a very diverse and rather interesting portfolio they have between them, with all evidence suggesting this game is probably going to be an extremely good RPG.

Oh and yes I don’t technically know it’s a 3DS game.  But come on, it seems as good a guess as any given that JRPGs in general tend to do better on handheld consoles and that the Playstation Vita probably doesn’t yet have the level of sales required to support a blockbuster title.

Still, what do you think of this game?  I think it looks like it could be interesting enough, and we can never happen too many good RPGs.

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!