Could Dillon’s Rolling Western be available in Europe next week?

Remember this game, the one that had a cowboy armadillo defend his home town in a mix of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog and a shooting game, the one everything thinks could have its protagonist in the next Super Smash Bros?

Well, according to rumour, it could be available in Europe NEXT WEEK.  No joke, next week.

Yes, the game could be available next Thursday. If this is for real, this is awesome news, and you should definitely be excited for this Nintendo published eShop game!

Is development already switching from the PS Vita to the 3DS?

Take this with a pinch of salt, since it’s still a rumour and has no evidence behind it, but something very interesting has been mentioned in a recent Gamasutra article.  Apparently, a major source in the Japanese video game industry mentions that:

Major Japanese companies are canceling all projects intended for the Vita and are changing development to the 3DS

Now, Sony obvious denies this, saying that the quote is extremist, exaggerated and not hinting at a real trend.  But is it possible that quite a few developers really have given up on the Playstation Vita and are moving their big franchises to the 3DS?  Because the sales for Sony’s competitor console have indeed been flat recently, and the initial reaction to the thing hasn’t been anywhere near as positive as expected in Japan.  There were even months the original PSP was outselling its supposed successor, a very awkward situation if there was one.

If this news is true, it paints a very bleak picture for the PSP’s future, and more to the point, a very positive one for the 3DS. Who can honestly not want more triple A titles from major Japanese publishers on the 3DS?  To have many of the console’s exclusives become 3DS exclusives can only be a good thing, can it not?

Imagine say, Capcom cancelling their PS Vita titles and then announcing Mega Man 12 for the 3DS or such like.  That’s the kind of thing the quote implies could happen if this rumour turns out to be true.

So is it possible Japanese developers are already giving up on the Playstation Vita and moving all development to the 3DS?


Has Mario Kart 7 died down already?

Because only about three months after the game is out, it seems barely online on any internet forums I visit even plays the game any more. True, this kind of thing has also occurred to Super Mario 3D Land popularity wise as well as Ocarina of Time 3D before it, but both of those are single player games and by definition will get old once 100% completed.  Mario Kart 7 isn’t.

But why is this?  I’ve seen a ton of people recently say they’ve stopped playing it or get bored with the game, and heck, even the odd person comment how they’ve actually sold the game.  Well, here are my thoughts on perhaps why Mario Kart 7’s online is getting a bit quiet and why it seems the hype for the game has died down:

1. Christmas is over.  Maybe with everyone going back to work/school/university a significant amount of people have found less time to devote to playing online.  Then again, they seem to devote a decent amount of time to forums, including the one for this website, so maybe that excuse isn’t too accurate.

2. There’s a current feeling of too much randomness, maybe no metagame.  In Mario Kart DS there was ‘snaking’, in Mario Kart Wii bikes and wheelies, but there seems to nothing to keep a good player doing better than random chance to dictates here.  Maybe that’s what might have affected it.  Certainly seems time trials have lost a lot due to it.

3. Various glitches like the Wuhu Mountain Loop glitch. Perhaps people just got too fed up of the glitch abuse and moved on to something else.  But even with that, surely there have to be some new players either unaware of it or happy to keep using it, right?

Still, why do you think Mario Kart 7 seems have died off a bit recently?  Are there any reasons I missed?  And heck, since I’m a bit bored about now, if you want to race me my friend code is below:


First 3DS Downloadable Content Released… in Japan

But thankfully, it’s neither expensive nor for any game you care about, so it’s not as if you’re going to be having to pay for extra Mario Kart characters or tracks, or Mario 3D Land levels.  No, instead, it’s for an unknown app called ‘Tobidasu Print Club Kiradeco Revolution’, which allows you to edit photos taken with the 3DS camera.

Nintendo has released three decorative kits, costing about 100 yen or 80p each, one with a spring theme, one with a Mario Kart theme and one with a general Mario theme.  You can see these in the pictures below:

Personally, I don’t care for any of this.  It also doesn’t help the image quality of the stamps or whatever is pretty much terrible, and you can see the white outline where Nintendo have cut it out from official artwork with Microsoft Paint.

But it’s here, downloadable content is on the way!

Tekken 3D Launch Trailer

New launch trailer for Tekken 3D!  Haven’t watched it yet, but it’s supposedly a fairly decent trailer for the game.

What do you think of it?