And the first screenshots of the game can be seen below:
If you don’t know what this game is about, it’s an upgraded port of an RPG that was originally released on the Sega Saturn and original Playstation. It was made by Atlus (who you should probably know at least something about) and it’s a spinoff of the Megami Tensei. It was also supposedly never released outside Japan, so if this 3DS port turns out to get localised, it’ll be the English speaking world’s first official experience of the game
I’m not sure about the storyline or various other stuff since I’ve obviously never played any games in the series that it’s a part of, but it might turn out to be a good game, and we can never have too many 3DS RPGs, can we?
Still, what does everyone else think of this game? Does anyone wish it’d be translated and released in the US or Europe?
It’s only a rumour as of this time, but apparently EB Games is listing it under Hardware recently. Now admittedly this is kind of dodgy ground already, remember what happened the last time EB Games was supposedly stocking unannounced products?
Remember those listings for Donkey Kong 3D and Super Smash Bros 3DS? Same store/company.
It’s made even more dodgy by the fact the primary source for this information is a topic on GameFAQs, which can be found at the link below:
A lot of sites are taking this as accurate, but I’m not sure myself. It wouldn’t be too hard to make something up on that site given how many fake rumours have been spread by their members and how forums are hardly the most reliance source on the planet. Not to mention it’s the second time in the spotlight for EB Games and rumours, and their track record isn’t too strong. The topic additionally has comments about how the listing for this 3DS edition has been coming and going on Gamestop’s sites pretty much constantly for a while.
Also, have to love how all these sites are immediately assuming a US release date when EB Games is an Australian video game retailer.
But here’s hoping the rumour does turn out to be somewhat accurate this time around, having the Midnight Purple 3DS as available to buy in more regions would be fantastic news. Some people must want a purple 3DS, right?
It’s not got the update for Mario Kart 7 included (so unfortunately the Wuhu Mountain Loop glitch still works as of the time of writing), but it does have various other new features which are of interest.
For example the eShop has been redesigned quite a bit. Instead of just one long row of menu options along the middle of the screen it’s been split into a small grid with various new categories listed along the bottom. Now you can choose eShop download titles, Virtual Console titles and DSiWare titles specifically in addition to the option to choose by series or whatever other arbitary category Nintendo had set up previously.
Software search features have also been improved (you can filter your search by various addition criteria such as game price), view best selling titles and do various other things.
However the main addition seems to be the new menu system for the 3DS home menu. You can make your own folders and shove various things in them I think. Haven’t really been using the feature much, don’t own enough eShop and Virtual Console games and apps to really make the idea of categorising them by folder viable. But hey, whatever works I suppose.
Nintendaan1/NC/whatever made a video showing the features here:
In Japan. In the US and Europe on the other hand, we don’t even have the second game there yet. What the hell Nintendo?
None the less it’s obviously going to be a great game, and it’s also one that unfortunately very few people ever played the first time around (it was the lowest selling of the entire series). But if you want another good platformer, or want an experience which is as close to Metroid or Castlevania as you can get without losing the concept of seperate levels, buy this game when it comes out.
It also has everyone’s favourite credits theme, one of the best pieces of Nintendo music composed at the time and which nicely caps off the enjoyable adventure. Listen to it below:
Or see some screenshots from the Japanese eShop game page:
The map screen looks really nice for a Game Boy Color game and is full of colour and detail. There are four sections of the world that you see like this and after getting a new treasure some change will be made to the map screen as well as the environment of any nearby levels. This allows you to get more treasure and find more exits and bosses.
Wario’s different transformations play a much bigger role in this game than in most others in the series. This was the one game which had the most of them as well as designed them to be used to solve puzzles.
Frozen Wario’s first appearance was in this game I think.
Mini games like Wario Golf were playable in Wario Land 3. I hear they were pretty fun too.
All in all Wario Land 3 was a great game, and with its upcoming release on the 3DS eShop, people who haven’t played it back on the Game Boy Color should give it a try.
Okay, this is very much not what people would consider 3DS news, but with everyone wondering what that mystery image in Nintendo Power is referring to, could it be about the next Call of Duty game?
Because look at this image again:
Doesn’t that look a whole lot like a picture of Russia to anyone else? In fact Zelda Informer’s article kind of inspired me here, it was only after they mentioned they mentioned the similarity that I even considered it could be a Call of Duty game.
But it makes a lot of sense. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 images are springing up all over the internet, the announcement for a new Call of Duty game is set to be within the coming month and I’m pretty sure the original Black Ops was set during the Cold War.
Obviously a game set in Russia during the Cold War would be a complete no brainer for the Call of Duty series and Activision, right?
However there’s one thing about all this that makes me wonder even more, and that’s why Nintendo Power might be referring to Call of Duty in the first place. It’s never been a series that Nintendo fans have cared about and the Wii was never the priority for the last four games as far as what version the most effort was put into. But we haven’t seen a new Call of Duty game on 3DS yet.
So perhaps thats what Nintendo Power is all excited for. A Call of Duty game on 3DS would be a pretty big step up from the ones released in the DS era, don’t you think? Given the 3DS is much better in regards to its technical power, I’d even go as far as saying it could possibly run a Call of Duty game that looked and played not too much differently from the Playstation 2 and Wii versions. That’d be a potential reason why a Nintendo owned magazine would cover this news, it’d be a major franchise available on Nintendo’s latest handheld and would likely leave the Vita with no plausible way to compete in the Western world.
If it was a few months earlier it could potentially have been referring to Metal Gear Solid 3D which has a very similar setting, although the February 2012 release date for the game makes any news about it extremely unlikely.
But maybe I’m just grasping at straws in regards to this. Maybe it turns out the announcement is covering some no name eShop title or somehow either Fire Emblem or Advance Wars has suddenly ended up set in Russia. It’s all possible. None the less I hope you people can see how I came to this conclusion and why the possibility of this mystery game being Call of Duty Black Ops 2 seems extremely likely.