If you live in Japan, and you have a copy of Kid Icarus Uprising, Nintendo just made collecting AR cards a lot more fun. Nintendo released chocolates based off of Kid Icarus Uprising. With every bag contains an AR card, so Japanese gamers can eat chocolate while they scan their cards.
In the US, however, extra AR cards will only be given out at special events. Though you can always just scan the Japanese chocolate ones online, which is what I can see a lot of people doing. They sure are going all out for this game, aren’t they?
Different site this time, and no evidence of the game being for pre order in shops, but it sounds interesting regardless.
Apparently now an Italian retailer has listed some other ‘unannounced’ games for the 3DS as well, such as Kirby 3D, Final Fantasy 3D and Dragonball 3D.
It’s not exactly evidence these games exist in any form, although I do find it interesting that they’re letting people pre order the titles and that the Kirby ‘game’ even has a five star rating on the same page.
Not that I have a clue who any of these characters are due to their character bios being written in Japanese, but it’s a bunch of new artwork fans of the series will probably want to see anyway (and that fan sites will arguably want to archive):
Finally, we also have the magazine scan, which shows more pictures and screenshots of the game. Probably more information too, but I can’t read any of it due to having absolutely no grasp of the Japanese language whatsoever.
Still, that’s some Fire Emblem stuff for you. What do you think of this artwork and the magazine scan provided?
With the rise in the number of 2D platformers with a multiplayer option (New Super Mario Bros Wii, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Kirby’s Return to Dreamland being key examples), I personally think now would be a good time to revisit this idea.
First though, here’s a quick history lesson. You see, Nintendo have been working on trying to implement multiplayer in the 3D Mario platformers for a rather long time. Indeed, right back in the 90s there was a plan to make a ‘Super Mario 64 2’ on the 64DD, and that was supposed to feature multiple playable characters and at least two player co-op as well. While no real screens seemed to surface of the game (Nintendo only mentioned the features planned when confirming the game was cancelled), this was what people imagined it would work like:
They then tried again those years later in Super Mario 64 DS (remember it was called Super Mario 64 x 4 at one point after all). Yet alas, while we got cool screens like the one showing all four playable heroes flying around with the wing cap at once, the game itself was a strictly single player affair outside of a boring, limited multiplayer mode.
But since then, Nintendo has never even tried to bring co-op into the 3D Mario games (outside the 2nd person being able to move a cursor around in the Mario Galaxy series). However, here’s why I think a 3D Mario platformer with such a feature should be released on the 3DS at some point in the future.
1. The 3DS is the first handheld with new 3D Mario games, and it avoids camera issues
The first point being what makes such a game feasible (Super Mario 3D Land was the first ‘new’ handheld 3D Mario game after all), the second being what makes it possible.
So why is the camera such a problem usually? Well, let me explain. In a platformer which has co-op multiplayer, or any such game with the feature in general, you need to be able to keep all players on screen at the same time. In a 2D game, this usually works by having the camera generally follow the player in the lead (or player 1 if such a designation exists) while sort of zooming out the camera to show everyone up to a certain point. Then, if you’re too far away you’re either killed or warped to the group/first player. Think of how New Super Mario Bros Wii, Super Smash Bros Brawl’s Subspace Emissary or Donkey Kong Country Returns does it.
Because according to a certain member at a well known Donkey Kong discussion forum, EB Games is advertising such a game as available to pre order.
It’s not a faked photo either, the member who posted it, Scraps69, took the photograph of the game on the shelf himself at a recent visit to said store. Here’s the picture in question (I hope the site doesn’t mind me using it, especially given how I link back to the topic below):
As you can see, that’s clearly a Donkey Kong 3D box on the shelf. And while I do call the reliability of the shop into doubt a bit based on the fact they’ve got the 3DS Smash Bros to pre order and stock artwork representing it, keep in mind all other games on the above shelf have either been released or confirmed by Nintendo. Which sort of implies someone has told the store management such a game is due to be released in the foreseeable future.
None the less, there’s some ‘evidence’ a new Donkey Kong game for 3DS could be on the way. Would it be a new Donkey Kong Country title by Retro Studios? Quite possible if the stock artwork used reflects the general style of the game. How about a Donkey Kong 64 remake? Again it’s possible, although you’d think they’d still have the ’64’ in the title (note how both Super Mario 64 DS and Star Fox 64 3D both retained their original titles despite being released on a new console). Finally, there’s the depressing possibility it could just be a spinoff game like the ones made by Paon.
Still, seems like possible evidence of a new Donkey Kong game coming to 3DS soon, and its backed up by a fairly reliable source. Just take it as a rumour for now based on the fact the box art seems to be just stock images and that only one shop/franchise seems to be accepting pre orders for it.
Edit: Not just the one store. Gamespot apparently has a page for the game (see under source, second link). As does GameFAQs, since it’s tied to Gamespot. And so does Metacritic.