It has been one year since the release of the 3DS and although it has been a rocky start, it has proven more than worthy of being a successful portable system. One of the main features that makes this system amazing is the streetpass feature. Everyone knows the basic features of the streetpass , but it does more than its intended to do. One thing people overlook about this feature is how close it brings 3DS users together. It does small basic functions that say a lot in the real world, and it’s the first system that you do not have to connect and meet via a virtual lobby hoping people will connect.
Every day, when you walk in a mall, school, or just anywhere populated, you meet people via streetpass. It shows you how many people share the same passion you do for games. You notice the kind of places you can find 3DSers, and you will also, like myself, start to hang around the areas that have traffic. I find myself going to certain areas of my city just to see who shows up on my plaza. Surprisingly enough I get a regular amount of Miis, both new and regular visitors. For some, you can tell who they are because most people make their Miis to look like themselves. Others have fun characters they create, from cartoons or other media. I remember my first streetpass hit was “Hank Hill”. Funny how his dream was to “run a company”. Another perk to this feature is downloading information with other 3DSers or online. This adds more entertainment to our games, such as the feature on Mario Kart 7, were streetpassers can exchange their Mii drivers along with ghost data and a personal track and karts. This game also offers spotpass for ghost tracks online. The best part about the spotpass feature in general is having your 3DS download information without having to open the system and connecting manually online. The system does this on its own. Places like a local Starbucks or Mcdonald’s does not even require you to search for and connect to their access point; It connects automatically!
I want to share with you the day I had today with my 3DS system. I headed to downtown on a regular day to see a friend. I spent some time in a coffee house to kill time until he was free, received some messages on my swapnote app. This application in itself is very nice for me because I see it as a way to keep talking to my forum buddies via electric mail cards. As I drew some funny moments that happen to me via swapnote, my friend was finally free. At the school cafeteria we played the Resident Evil DBG and then called it a day. Back at my home I check my 3DS and the green light is shining. I got 3 passes today, which is average for me. 1 new Mii, 2 returning Miis. One replied personally “…nice hair…” which is expected. This is because my Mii is a likeness of myself, but today, I had put on the Peach accessory that I have unlocked via Find Mii 2. Being a boy this obviously came to that streetpasser as a surprise, and I hope I get more amusing reactions such as this in the future. After getting some puzzle pieces and a short trip on Find Mii 2, I had received more replies via swapnote and a streetpass character for Mario Kart 7.
When I was a child, the first handheld I had was a Gameboy. This had 4 shades of black and a campbell’s soup color wall. It took 4 double A batteries to run and the cartridges were as wide as 2 GBA games. Back then, the features of the 3DS would have been crazy talk on a Gameboy, and here I am 2 decades later, with multiple games, gyro sensors, and many internet-based features, internally stored. I know for some people they don’t think about this, but just take one moment to reflect what a Nintendo handheld was before, and what it is now. It does more than just play games like before, it is also a way to make friends outside the system itself. The 3DS is going to be a year old March 25th, and so far it seems to be steadily heading into the right path to the best gaming portable yet.
So.. The Legend of Zelda is famous for it’s diverse range of characters, particularly in Skyward Sword where the characterization of NPC’s was taken to a whole new level. But today, I want to focus on the villains this game series has given us. First o all, new adventure series is complete without an over-arching villain, and TLOZ is no different. Ganondorf has been a huge part of the Zelda series and made his debut in the original game, and was last seen in Twilight Princess. Strangely though, he’s made a few conspicuous absences in recent games, notably Skyward Sword.
However, he has made a notable impression on other villains in the series, including Onox (from Oracle of Seasons) and Demise from Skyward Sword. These villains had the same muscular frame, and towered over Link in their respective games. This ‘model’ of a villain is widely accepted as the series’ stereotypical bad guy. But should it be?? No, it shouldn’t. We’ve seen a diverse range of villains in all recent games and a few in less so recent ones. Who? I here you ask?? Well, just look at these…
And that’s not all of them… What about Veran? Or Malladus? Or Bellum? All not like the muscular hunks we’ve seen and know well. So, Zelda has diversified it’s range of villains hugely. Instead of a dark king on a quest for power, we’ve had a mask, a narcissistic demon, and a squid. Very untypical. As we saw in Skyward Sword, personalities are now also captured through body language. Each character had an ample supply of facial expressions and movement was fluid. So, I think it’s safe to say that Zelda villains will just keep getting better from here on in. Just wait for the WiiU… HD Zelda and it’s villains!! I’d say even Ghirahim couldn’t resist busting a few ance moves when he hears that. Who knows, maybe even Ganondorf will demonstrate some boogey in the next game… I really sincerely hope not, however. It would ruin my image of him FOREVER… And on that note I’ll end, goodnight!!
A few days ago, the debut trailer for Assassin’s Creed was revealed. Now Ubisoft has confirmed that the game will come out for the Wii U. Ubisoft actually announced it on E3, but it hasn’t been confirmed before now. This series hasn’t been available on any Nintendo consoles before, so it will probably raise the popularity of the Wii U when it comes out. I’ve heard that this game is pretty big, although I haven’t played any games from the series before. Assassin’s Creed is supposed to be released the 30th of October for the PS3, Xbox and Windows PC, but the Wii U version is said to be released before the end of 2012. I guess developing the game for a brand new console takes some time.
A few days ago it was revealed that Game Freak are releasing a new DLC for Pokémon Black and White. It’s a Zekrom for Pokémon Black owners, and Reshiram for Pokémon White owners. This event has already been for Japan some months ago, because of the release of the new movie. However, the ones sent to every other country has this description:
“1st Year Anniversary”, which probably refers to the fact that it’s one year since Black and White’s release. This event is available for all countries except for Japan, and will be started on the 10th of March. The event will be available until the 8th of April.
In addition to this event, there’s also a new Dream Home in the dream world. If you bring the Reshiram or Zekrom you get, to the new Dream Home you’ll get a Reshiram or Zekrom C-Gear Skin.
Admittedly it’s not exactly the best handheld Castlevania game ever released, and apparently reception to it was mixed at the time, but it’s nice to know we’re likely to get Castlevania games on the eShop in general. Here are some screenshots of it:
Well, it’s showing its age a bit and looks fairly basic for the series (although then again, it is an original Game Boy game, and it’s definitely cooler looking than Super Mario Land). But hey, it’s a step in the right direction towards great games like Castlevania Aria of Sorrow, Castlevania Circle of the Moon and Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance being available in the distance future. If they can finally start putting up Game Boy Advance titles.
What do you think of this game’s announcement on the 3DS eShop?