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Kotaku Gets Hands-On With The New Nintendo 3DS

Online gaming publication Kotaku recently got some hands-on time with the new Nintendo 3DS at this week’s Tokyo Game Show. Kotaku writer Brian Ashcraft tried the device with a copy of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and says that the Slide Pad appears to be the same Slide Pad as on the current Nintendo 3DS models. However, he says the biggest surprise isn’t the controls or the new C-Stick but the  improved 3D effect which he says is truly improved. Ashcraft says that you can move your head around and still get a clear 3D image. Sounds like some impressive first impressions.

“In the Monster Hunter 4G demo, the C-Stick was used exclusively for the camera. Since it’s a small nub, that seemed ideal for camera movement in that you can easily push it. I tried pushing on it as hard as I could to actually see if I could break it, but the nub appeared very sturdy. I am curious to see how it will hold up over extended play.”

“However, this C-Stick isn’t really something you can flick, which makes me wonder how it will feel to use in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. But, like I said above, the C-Stick is an extremely welcome addition for camera controls.”

“The Slide Pad appears to be the same Slide Pad on current 3DS models, and I personally didn’t notice a difference. The Dpad and the face buttons all felt nice (the buttons were slightly clicky), and everything else appeared to be in good working order. The new added shoulder buttons (ZR and ZL) required more of a reach to use, but since they stick out slightly, they were easy enough to use. The back of the handheld, however, was glossy plastic, and I kind of wish Nintendo would have gone with a nice matte finish.”

“The biggest surprise was not the controls. The improved 3D effect is truly improved. It actually surprised me how good the effect looks now. This is something I’ve long hated on the original 3DS and have rarely used because it made my eyes tired. Instead of making you feel like you are crossing your eyes, the new 3DS effect has more of a shadow-box effect than you get with the current 3DS. Instead of feeling like the game is popping out, it’s as though the New 3DS is drawing you into the game.”

“To help pull off the 3D effect, Nintendo installed new face tracking software. You can move your head around and don’t have to constantly fiddle with your positioning or the slider to keep the 3D effect. The tracking wasn’t completely smooth, however, as there is some herky-jerky panning to calculate the effect.”

“As I was playing the New Nintendo 3DS, I couldn’t help but wish this had been the handheld Nintendo launched the platform with. It really seemed to deliver in ways that the original 3DS, a fantastic portable in its own right, does not. And that, no doubt, is the point.”

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Hyrule Warriors DLC Makes The Game’s Main Villains Playable And Dark Link

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Nintendo has announced special DLC packs for Hyrule Warriors that makes the game’s main villains playable. The DLC will be coming to Europe on October 16th and makes Cia, Volga and Wizzro playable. Nintendo also says that the first of 4 paid DLC packs for Hyrule Warriors arrives on 16/10. Pre-purchase all 4 and download a Dark Link costume straight away.

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Thanks to those who sent this in

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Here’s A Sales Comparison Of Super Smash Bros Sales In Japan

Twitter user Oscar Lemaire has put together a graph showing how well the Smash Bros series has done on the formats it’s been released on in Japan via Famitsu numbers. As you can see, the launch week for Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS was the biggest ever for the franchise. No doubt the Nintendo 3DS version will remain the best-selling until we get a new entry in the future.

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Thanks, Kallum S

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Hyrule Warriors Averages 74 On Metacritic

Reviews for Hyrule Warriors have poured onto popular review site, Metacritic. The Zelda and Dynasty Warriors fusion is currently sitting on a 74 on the review aggregation site. Video gaming site Polygon gave the game a 5.5 stating that “Team Ninja and Omega Force have forced Zelda’s universe into the confines of a beat-em-up, but much of the charm and appeal was strained out in the process.” However, Eurogamer give the game an 8 stating that “The marriage of Zelda and Musou is an unexpected success, then – a game that recounts the Zelda myth not just in a new way, but in a whole new language.”

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Nintendo France Advert Says Smash Bros Coming November 21st, Company Says It’s A Mistake

An advert appeared on French Nintendo site P-Nintendo which seemingly advertised Super Smash Bros Wii U with a release date of November 21st. Nintendo France says that this was a mistake, but it seems to correspond with previous rumours which suggest that Super Smash Bros Wii U will be coming to the US on the 21st.

Thanks, Thosol01