Today’s 3DS News; Absolutely Nothing of Importance

No seriously.  Today’s 3DS related news as reported by various other places comes down to:

  1. Ubisoft may be working on game based on Avengers movie (hooray, rumoured licensed games!  How exciting!)
  2. Vampire: Master of Darkness heading to 3DS Virtual Console (some Castlevania like Game Gear game heads to eShop in future)
  3. Miscellaneous details about Kingdom Hearts 3D
  4. 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.

Shigeru Miyamoto says Vita isn’t a strong product?

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?


UnchainBlades ReXX; More Screenshots!

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.

Ubisoft aren’t done with Rabbids; Rabbids Rumble coming soon

Presumably to a Nintendo platform, and likely the Wii U or 3DS at that.  It’s not as bad as it was previously, I mean Rayman’s actually getting regular new games rather than being ‘replaced’ by the rabbids like he was in the early Wii and DS days, but it’s still potentially one more Rabbid game than we need.

Not to mention, where exactly can they even go for this series now?  The rabbids went home in their last Wii game, and the whole mini game collection gimmick has long outworn it’s welcome (you can sort of blame the sheer amount of shovelware on the Wii for this).  The premise sounds a bit like a fighting game of some sort, although whether anyone would want to play as the Rabbids in such a game is rather debatable.

Still, a new Rabbids game looks like its coming, and it might be for 3DS.  What do you think?


Kid Icarus Gathering: Revisited

Hello Everyone. As you may have known I had made a previous report at a Kid Icarus Gathering at a Best Buy location. This time I attended a Gathering at Gamestop, and the experience is VERY different. Upon entering there was a crowd of people, more than half with their 3DSes out playing games or exchanging friend codes. On the far left there was a table set up with the same AR cards and 2 3DSes for people to try out. There was a lot of people exchanging AR cards and Nintendo reps handing them out.  It was a very lively environment and everybody seemed reluctant to leave.

Two events took place. First was an AR card tournament. You choose your best card and face it off against another rival. The winning card moves on to the next round. Someone also kept track of the winnings on a small laptop. The second event was the main one, the Together mode tournament. I was able to squeeze in on that one ONLY because someone had dropped out. The teams were split into four groups: Palutena, Hades, Medusa and Magnus teams. I was placed on the Medusa team(yay!) and the matches were quickly underway. The tournament consisted of “free for all”, with a 5 minute time limit. I placed 1st place with 21 kills. Team Medusa! After that, the top player of each team faced off in a 5 minute battle again. This time I placed 3rd place. The 1st place winner won a Kid Icarus shirt. Everyone got AR card packs. I also got a neat 25th B-day Zelda poster.

It was a great experience, way better than the first one I had. I made 2 new friends and exchanged friend codes with like 5 other people. I hope Nintendo can set up more Gatherings in general, both to make new friends and get a hold of more AR cards, which is very hard to do since they seem to be very scarce.  I also got 28 gems via streetpass and 37 miis for Find Mii 2. I was able to complete a whole puzzle panel! Next Gathering for Kid Icarus seems to be Comic con. I hope you can all come by, you can also get a chance to meet me as well. Till next time!