It was announced earlier today that the regular New Nintendo 3DS with the changeable cover plates is finally coming to the United States. It will be available September 25th and will be bundled with the endearing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. You can pre-order the system now for $219 at GameStop. The bundle also includes two cover plates and one amiibo card.
At the GameStop Managers Conference in Las Vegas, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle on Sept. 25. The bundle includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The more compact New Nintendo 3DS system joins New Nintendo 3DS XL, which has been available since Feb. 13.
In addition, a Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch exclusively in GameStop stores on Oct. 30 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, just in time for the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes(sold separately) on Oct. 23. The system is gold-colored and features an intricate Hylian Crest on the front.
Other news revealed at the GameStop Conference included the debut of three new Wii Remote Plus controllers inspired by classic Mushroom Kingdom characters Bowser, Toad and Yoshi.
“More than 15 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “These new models offer additional fun ways to experience some of the great upcoming Nintendo 3DS games launching in the next few months.”
New Nintendo 3DS incorporates all the same enhanced features as the New Nintendo 3DS XL system, including a wider range of controls, face-tracking 3D and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The compact system also features interchangeable cover plates that can be easily swapped out to change the look of the device. Two cover plates inspired by Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer are included in the bundle.
Various amiibo cards launch with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game on Sept. 25. Tapping compatible amiibo cards while playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a way to meet favorite Animal Crossing characters with their separate personalities and design requests in the game. People who own the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems can still use the cards to enjoy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designerby purchasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The wireless accessory also launches on Sept. 25 and allows players to enjoy amiibo figures and cards on all other systems in the Nintendo 3DS family.
Joining previously released Wii Remote Plus controllers themed after Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, three new controllers inspired by Bowser, Toad and Yoshi will launch exclusively at GameStop at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. The Bowser and Toad controllers will launch alongside the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console on the 11th of September, while the Yoshi version will hop on the back of the Yoshi’s Woolly World launch on Oct. 16. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that are compatible with Wii Remote controllers.
Bowser, the newest member of the Photos with Mario series of Nintendo eShop Cards, is coming this fall – exclusively at GameStop. Customers can add $10 to their Nintendo eShop accounts and get the new Bowser AR card at no additional cost. With the Bowser AR card, players can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to play and pose with Bowser and other Mushroom Kingdom characters in the free Photos with Mario app
Yacht Club games Sean Velasco has revealed to Destructiod during PAX Prime that Nintendo won’t be producing the Shovel Knight amiibo. Instead, the third-party figure will be produced at the same factory that produces the Disney Infinity figures. Hopefully it will retain the same quality as other amiibo figures.
“We’re basically licensing the amiibo technology from Nintendo, and they’ve been overseeing it every step of the way,” Velasco said. “From the design, to how the amiibo functions in the game, to making sure that it was all just perfect in every way.”
“But we’re the ones that are dealing with the manufacturing and distribution, we’re the ones that are talking with the toy and sculpture people. Even things like the packaging.”
Devil’s Third producer, Tomonobu Itagaki, has taken to Facebook to express his disappointment at the mixed review scores for his latest opus. However, Itagaki has thanked the fans that decided to take a punt and pick the Wii U title up. He says that he doesn’t believe that reviewers here in the west reviewed the game fairly. We gave the game a respectable 7/10 and you can read that, here.
Thank you for playing our Devil’s Third.
I believe that those of you who actually have the game in your hands are more than satisfied with how interesting and fun the game is.
Unfortunately the scores we’ve been receiving in Europe are pretty awful.
Some of the criticism we’re getting is constructive and fair – I can accept that.
But in general, I’m going to guess that most of the people reviewing the game weren’t given a chance to evaluate it properly.
Just as one example, we designed the online multiplayer mode to be enjoyed together with tons of people, but it seems dozens of reviewers were only allowed to try the game in a closed environment.
That’s extremely unfortunate for everyone involved. As you can imagine, no one can effectively evaluate the playability of multiplayer games under these conditions.
For me though, I value the feedback you guys can offer much more.
Please enjoy the game for yourselves.
After that, let me know everything about what you’re thinking, so that we can make a better future.
Gamers, let’s build a future together smile emoticon
Thanks as always.
US gaming publication Polygon has captured eighteen minutes of high-speed action in Shin’en’s forthcoming futuristic racer, FAST Racing NEO. As you can see from the footage it is running at a buttery smooth 60fps and looks mighty impressive for a digital only title. The developers say that FAST Racing NEO is due for release in December exclusively on the Wii U eShop.
Karolin Gu, who is a talented Japanese designer, has been drawing one Pokemon once a day since June. Gu has posted the results so far on Instagram and has no plans of stopping yet. So far she is up to Pokemon number seventy-two, which is Tentacool, and she plans to get every other Pokemon sketched up. Be sure to check out her Instagram page, right here.
Last week Pokemon Shuffle arrived on iOS and Android devices in Japan and now the free to play title is available in the west. Reports currently suggest that it’s only available at the moment on Apple devices, but Android users shouldn’t fret as it is arriving on the Google Play Store hopefully later today. Those who wish to download it should be aware that it is more geared towards micro transactions than the Nintendo 3DS version which is available on the eShop.