Nintendo confirms old 3DS Games to be available via eShop

This is from another Nintendo Direct.  Apparently, their older 3DS titles (such as Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Ocarina of Time 3D and Mario Tennis Open will be heading to the eShop soon and will be able to be bought digitally like New Super Mario Bros 2.  The eight titles announced for this treatment first are:

  1. Super Mario 3D Land
  2. Mario Kart 7
  3. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D
  4. Mario Tennis Open
  5. Star Fox 64 3D
  6. Pilotwings Resort
  7. Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
  8. The 3D Encyclopedia of Flora an Fauna

You can watch the announcement here:

I have to wonder about their choices though.  Where’s Kid Icarus Uprising and why isn’t that being made available via digital distribution?  And who the hell wants a 3D encyclopedia of plant and animal life on the eShop more than actual games?

Still, if you missed out on classics like Mario Kart 7, Ocarina of Time 3D and Super Mario 3D Land, here’s your perfect chance to make up for it and get them online!

Here, have some QR codes for coloured Yoshis in Mario Tennis Open!

Well, we all knew this would be coming, that someone online would decide to upload all the QR codes as they’re released to let us unfortunate souls not living near one of Nintendo’s HQs actually get the different coloured Yoshis as playable ‘characters’.  So here are some QR codes.

First up, the codes for Black Yoshi and White Yoshi, for the PAL version of the game.  Just scan these in and you should be set:

White Yoshi:

Black Yoshi:

And for those of us in the US, here’s the code to unlock Pink Yoshi, thanks to GameExplain and their new video.  Just scan it from the video:

And yes, fear the worst everyone, Nintendo has freaking region locked the QR code unlockables!  So do you want to unlock a certain costume or character?  Better hope Nintendo have made an event where it’s being released, and someone has decided to go to the event, photograph the codes and upload them to the internet, since the codes for other regions won’t work on your copy of the game…

But these codes above should save a bit of aggravation, and mean you won’t have to go to some crappy Nintendo event at a store miles away from where you live in the foreseeable future.  Guess that’s one good thing about the whole system, you can at least scan the code someone else uploaded online.

Oh, and I bet you people anything that Nintendo uses exactly this system for the sixth generation of Pokemon and the various event only legendaries/alternate formes.

Still, enjoy the QR codes everyone!

Nintendo’s Mario Tennis Open ‘Report’ Videos are Interesting

If interesting is the right word to describe disturbingly edited tennis balls giving their commentary on the game modes in Mario Tennis Open.  No, I didn’t make that bit up, they’ve got tennis balls with glasses and eyepatches discussing Mario Tennis.

Have Nintendo been on something recently?  Did Nintendo of America suddenly decide to follow Japan’s lead in making extremely strange commercials and promo videos?  Either way, you can see the videos below:

Here’s hoping these videos aren’t played on TV, I don’t think my sanity could take it.  Nor could any normal person’s image of Nintendo fans when you think about it, the videos look about as embarassing as the commercials released for Super Mario Sunshine which had kids singing about cleaning up the environment…

What do you think of these special ‘report’ videos Nintendo are releasing?

Mario Tennis Open Launch Trailer

It’s a launch trailer for Mario Tennis Open, in case you’re still undecided about buying the game and need some more persuasion from Nintendo and their marketing team.  However, given how much most people here tend to like the Mario sports games and how quite a few regular visitors have bought this game quite a while ago, there’s not much to do other than enjoy the video and congratulate yourself on how you bought a Mario game before the general public did.

Here’s the trailer:

It’s a good game though, although maybe a bit lacking in options and game modes compared to the likes of Mario Power Tennis.

Still, there’s a trailer for the game, go out and buy it if you like Mario spinoffs, etc.

There aren’t new characters in Mario Tennis Open

Sorry people on Nintendo 3DS Community who thought that Rosalina might be a new character for Mario Tennis Open, Nintendo has officially come out and said otherwise.  From their recent press release:

Track down the playable Yoshis by finding the Mario Tennis Open QR codes


a massive Yoshi hunt will soon become available ahead of the upcoming Mario Tennis Open launch on 25th May. The hunt, entitled The Yoshi Chase, will involve tracking down a series of different-coloured Yoshis, playable in Mario Tennis Open, through corresponding QR codes released over the coming weeks through various channels.

Looks like the QR code characters are all a bunch of different coloured Yoshis unfortunately.  Of course, they couldn’t make these QR codes easy to find, oh no:

the Black Yoshi will be distributed first exclusively through 30 Asda stores on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May, between the hours of 9.30AM and 5.30PM

Oh joy, it’s like the days of Pokemon again, where you had to trawl all through the local game stores and hope the one near you was giving out Mew/Celebi/Deoxys.  Considering they mention Asda specifically, that makes it even worse because in the UK they don’t have any kind of monopoly in their market, they’re only one of about five major brands of supermarket.  It’s extremely common to have a town without a single one of their stores in it, making this method of promotion nearly worthless.

And yes, it’s just Yoshi:

White, Blue and Red Yoshi will follow at a later date.

Hooray for complete unoriginality!

Have Nintendo come up with a worse set of unlockable characters than the ones in Mario Kart 7?  I think they may just well have. Still, at least this is merely QR codes, something you can at least share on the internet.  Useful for the large majority of us in the UK who don’t feel like going to a supermarket they never buy anything from for a stupid Nintendo promotion.

Still, sorry people, looks like the secret characters in Mario Tennis Open really are just a bunch of different coloured Yoshis.