New Mario Tennis Open Trailer

Recorded directly from the Japanese official site, hence the video player bar that can be seen along the bottom:

It’s mainly a compilation of all the video footage spread out across the official website (albeit compiled by Nintendo and added to the about page), so it doesn’t really seem to contain that much new information.

However, there is some indication that Koopa may be a playable character in this, since at least one Mii costume option seems to be based off of him (and assuming most of the costumes are based on playable characters, it makes sense to assume the real one may be an unlockable character)

Still, it’s worth watching anyway.

Rayman rated for eShop?

Not Rayman Legends as far as I can tell either, but the old Game Boy Color version of the first Rayman game from back in the Playstation 1 days.  It seems to be pretty much a cut down version of the original, in the same sense as Donkey Kong Land 2 and 3 were for the later Donkey Kong Country titles, with one difference…

It was the one title in the series where you actually fought Mr Dark directly.  Interesting minor change from the main version on home consoles where the villain just summoned remixed versions of the main bosses to attack you.

Still, seems like a nice enough way to promote the upcoming release of Rayman Legends, right?  Have the Game Boy one available on the eShop/Virtual Console (alongside the DSiware remake of the Playstation version that’s already there) so newer players can figure out some of what’s going on.

Midnight Purple 3DS Officially Announced

Turns out that EB Games listing was correct after all, since Nintendo have now gone and covered the new 3DS colour on their official website.  It looks very nice too, although hardly enough of a reason to buy a second 3DS console for.

Here are some pictures of the Midnight Purple 3DS:

None the less, it’s nice to have another choice of colour, right?  Would anyone here have bought this version of the 3DS if they didn’t already own one?  Heck, is there anyone who likes the purple colouring so much they’d go out of their way to buy a second 3DS just to get it?

Mario Tennis Open; New Screenshots, Luma confirmed!

Yes we know that we’ve seen pictures of a Luma as a playable character in Galaxy Tennis (and to some people, that was apparently enough proof in itself), but with the latest batch of Mario Tennis Open screenshots, you can now see proof that he’s playable in all normal modes/normal courts too.

Voila, Dry Bowser and Luma in one screenshot, on Bowser’s Castle court.  Evidence enough of both being secret characters for sure.

There are other screens though.

Sorry, but something still bugs me about the Yoshi costume, it just looks too ridiculous.

Information about Miis and the various StreetPass options.  Maybe this has some use in Japan or one of those American cities where people are both living close enough together to encounter other gamers and stupid enough they carry expensive electronic equipment around with them everywhere, but I doubt most people will get any use out of it all.

Dry Bowser and Luma playing tennis again.

Have to ask something here… what the hell do game designers like about making things pass through rings?  It’s basically become a video game cliche by now…

Now this is an interesting mode. It’s not quite platforming with tennis skills like I initially thought, but it’s certainly a unique way to play Super Mario Bros 1, don’t you think?  Wonder if anyone’s going to attempt to create a real life version, since a toned down one seems within the realm of possibility…

Nintendo really likes ink being sprayed on the camera in modern games.  Probably because it lets them show off their precious 3D.

Also, what’s the icon on the bottom left?  Does that mean the person playing is doing terrible and has already lost two ‘lives’ or something of the sort?

Miis and Donkey Kong.  Personally, I hope Donkey Kong wins, Miis are overrated anyway.

So that’s some new Mario Tennis screenshots, which look pretty nice.  What do you think of the new screens of this game?

Wow, Fire Emblem Awakening Has Some Great Music!

Someone on Youtube has been uploading some of the themes from the game, and they sound absolutely fantastic from what I’ve heard.  It’s not exactly the full soundtrack by any means, but have a good listen to all this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6UFusrLzKs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M0OKXAlWBk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgDDGOwXh4w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwOVC8h45lw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wj4nUXKYGs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpOJ9XSv8qw

Unfortunately, the tracks aren’t labelled in any way, so there’s no indication of when in the game any of the music posted above is actually played.  Still, sounds really nice, to the point it’s sometimes hard to tell the music wasn’t orchestrated.

What do you think of Fire Emblem Awakening’s music?