Game and Watch Gallery 2 heading to eShop

Unusual choice of game I must admit, but apparently its heading to the Japanese version of the 3DS eShop on March 21st.

If you don’t know what this series is all about, I guess I can explain.  Basically, it’s a bunch of Game and Watch games that were released in batches on the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance some time ago.  You had two versions of each as well, with one version having the old school graphics and sound and starring Mr Game and Watch, and the other having all new graphics and music and starring various Mario characters.

Here are the screenshots provided:

As you can see, the screenshots all show the Mario versions of the games included.  There’s a sort of charm to this game in general too, although I cannot comment too much due to never playing the original games.

Is this game going to end up on the eShop over here? Maybe.  It’d be pretty good if it did.

Testing new post

This post will be posted to the official Nintendo 3DS Daily Twitter channel to prove our auto posting system works.

Note that most of the content we’ll be posting on Twitter won’t be the same as the website here, it’s just that I have it set up so every new post/guide/review posted here gets posted to Twitter as well for conveniance.


My thoughts on… Spin-offs.

The problem with spin-offs is that there are so many of them. It’s impossible to call them generally good/bad. If I go: “Spin-offs are ALL bad”, I’ll have 100 people complaining: “What about Mario Kart?” If I say: “All spin-offs are brilliant”, I’ll have a hundred people going: “What about Pac-man Party?” See my problem?
Nintendo has flirted with the idea of spin-offs quite a bit. Nintendo just seems to spawn series out of series. Just for example, the Super Mario games alone have given us: Paper Mario, Mario&Luigi, Mario Party, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros (though every series spawned that), Dr. Mario, the list goes on.
Admittedly, some of those are practically their own series now, Mario Kart being the obvious example. But even MK was seen as crazy. Can you imagine the conversations Nintendo had about it?
Employee 1: What shall we do with Mario now?
Employee 2: Let’s put him in a kart and make him race his friends and enemies. I can really see that catching on.
Employee 1: You’re crazy! The world’s favourite platforming hero racing?!

An example of a spin-off which became a series.

See what I mean. That’s exactly what Mario Kart is, crazy. In fact, all spin-offs are. Who would have thought 26 years ago that Mario would be playing tennis, soccer, golf, baseball, partying, karting, taking up a medical profession and beating up his fellow franchises? Not me, certainly.
Of course, not all spin-offs are as successful as Mario’s. Pac-man party is the one I mentioned above. Before, Pac-man was the unassailable yellow circle who could do nothing wrong. Now, he’s a bit of a joke, building castles to make cookies. I mean, seriously?
Of course, even the Legend of Zelda has had a spin-off (not including the CD-i games). Link’s Crossbow Training was extremely enjoyable if underrated. Taking place in the Twilight Princess universe, it’s the equivalent of TLOZ: The Mercenaries.
Which brings me on to another topic, spin-offs based on minigames. And by now, you’ve probably guessed what I’m going to say.
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries was a hash of the modes from Resi 4+5 (I may have to be corrected on that one). It was an enjoyable game, but sadly felt a small bit light on content. That’s unavoidable though if you create a game out of a minigame.
Well, spin-offs have certainly waxed and waned in terms of quality over time, but we’ve certainly seen some good ones, and hopefully many more to come.

SEGA Game Gear Games now Avalible for Download

Starting today on the eShop Virtual Console, Sega Game Gear games will be available for download. Today you can get Sonic Triple Trouble, Shinobi and Dragon Crystal.

Sonic Triple Trouble

These aren’t the best Game Gear games ever, but there’s certainly more to come. Happy playing!

EB Games told to Destroy Donkey Kong 3D and Kirby 3D Displays

Well, I guess the fun’s over and the rumour turns out to be false.  Because as the title of this post suggests, EB Games has been told to destroy the displays used for three mysterious and likely non existant games; Donkey Kong 3D, Kirby 3D and Luigi’s Mansion Wii (no really).

Now unfortunately it seems the rumour mill will keep on going with a few sites (such as the source for this information itself) implying that this is down to a request by Nintendo to avoid giving away upcoming games.  But it seems more likely now that it was a mistake on EB Games part and the company is now trying to avoid misleading people.  Oh well, guess that ends this fiasco.