If you’ve ever had to pack away your 3DS console right in the middle of a rousing game of Star Fox 64 3D because your commercial airline flight was about to take off, fret no more. The FAA is letting up on their restriction of electronic devices like gaming systems and tablets, as a new report indicates that airplanes are not nearly as affected by the devices as previously thought. While cell phone calls and texting will still be banned, and all devices must continue to stay in “airplane mode,” the FAA will no longer require passengers to power off other devices, like Nintendo 3DS consoles, during takeoff and landing.
Michael Huerta, administrator of the FAA, was quoted as saying, “The world has changed a lot in 50 years,” referring to the fact that the restrictions on electronic devices have been in place for a full five decades. No definitive date has been given on the lifting of these restrictions. Instead, the FAA is allowing each individual airline to decide how gradually they will implement the new rules, but Huerta seems confident that soon enough, Nintendo fans will be able to battle Andross to their heart’s content from takeoff to touchdown. Here is Huerta’s full quote regarding the policy modification:
“The world has changed a lot in the past 50 years, let’s take a fresh look. It will take some time for each airline to certify their fleet is safe, but we expect implementation to be soon.”
The popular iOS and Android game Doodle Jump will be making its way over to the 3DS and DS systems some time this year. A Doodle Jump game was announced back in June for both Nintendo handheld systems, but developers Lima Sky had yet to plan the specifics.
Doodle Jump Adventures for the 3DS will introduce Adventure Mode, which features 48 levels chock full of power-ups and boss battles. Fans of Doodle Jump will be pleased to hear endless mode will feature once again as well. Doodle Jump Journey for the DS isn’t as expansive as the 3DS counterpart, but it does feature Endless Mode with the three original themes – classic, jungle and space – from the mobile app. Lima Sky co-founder Igor Pusenjak said the following in support of the two addictive titles set to launch later this year:
“Nintendo is synonymous with great platformers, adorable characters and on-the-go gaming. Doodle Jump is a natural fit on Nintendo’s handhelds. We’re thrilled to bring the Doodler to audiences that have yet to meet him while bringing great new adventures to our existing fans.”
More news about a senseless death over a Nintendo console has emerged this week, as a mother of four children named Shizu Shigeta is now being tried in Tokyo for killing her five-year-old over his Nintendo DS. While on trial, Shigeta admitted responsibility for the death of her son, who she sealed inside two garbage bags after arguing with him about the handheld console and the mess he had left in their living room.
On September 1st, 2012, stressed from work and lack of sleep, Shigeta became angered by the mess her children had made in the house. She tossed her son’s DS into a garbage bag with several toys, then consumed several sleeping pills and a glass of shochu whiskey, only to awake the next morning to her five-year-old, Koshi, inquiring about his missing DS. Furious over her son’s attitude, and still reeling from her night of intoxication, the mother of four lashed out at the boy, asking him “Would you rather breathe or play DS?”
Koshi responded by saying “I’d rather play DS,” at which point the mother became enraged, binding the boy’s hands and feet with twine, and covering his eyes and mouth with tape. She then sealed him inside two garbage bags and passed out. By the time she awoke from the boy’s father arriving home, Koshi was unconscious. He died three days later from hypoxic encephalopathy, or brain damage caused by lack of oxygen.
Having been forced to listen to recounts of the incident in court, Shigeta claims to only recall “fragments” of the event. Amazingly, on account of the circumstances and her apparent devastation over her son’s death, the prosecution is only asking for a sentence of four years in prison.
Developer Luc Bernard, known for producing Mecho Wars and other iOS and Android titles in recent years, had once planned on bringing his Holocaust survival game Imagination Is the Only Escape to Nintendo DS. Now, he is attempting to crowdfund the game for PC and Mac, but has revealed in an interview that he would love to bring the game to Wii U.
He also admitted that Nintendo was “horrible” to him and other indie developers back in the days of Nintendo DS and WiiWare, and that it was a struggle to bring Imagination Is the Only Escape to the DS, an endeavor that ultimately failed. But Bernard did say that Nintendo has become far more accommodating in recent years, and recent improvements in Wii U’s development software may make it easier than ever to port a game like Imagination Is the Only Escape to the console after it is released as a computer game.
The unique Holocaust title finds a young boy named Samuel attempting to escape the horrors of the Holocaust through a fantasy adventure in which he is befriended by a fox. The serious themes made it a controversial title back when Bernard was trying to bring the game to DS, but the quotes on the project’s Indiegogo page reveal that several major publications have triumphed the game’s educational merits, arguing that, like books, video games should be a medium that addresses real-life cultural issues.
What do you think? Would you like to see this game eventually brought to Wii U, or is the content inappropriate for a medium that focuses primarily on entertainment? Tell us your thoughts.
Ghostlight has announced that Devil Survivor 2 will be coming to Europe after all. The company previously said that they needed 1,800 pre-orders for the boxed copy to even make its late September release. Thankfully, they have achieved this target. Those gamers that preordered Devil Survivor 2 will see their names included in the game’s manual. The company says that they will be providing a confirmed release date as soon as they complete the manual and put the game into manufacture.
n-Space, a developer whose games have been published by both Activision and Disney on Nintendo systems, says that they are no longer developing for Nintendo systems due to a “low demand” for publishing on Nintendo systems. n-Space produced several popular titles for the Nintendo DS system, including Goldeneye and five Call of Duty games. On the 3DS, they are responsible for Skylanders: Giants as well as Heroes of Ruin, a title published by Square Enix that did not sell as expected. n-Space, who once had a very close relationship with Nintendo, hopes that they will once again see games greenlighted for Nintendo consoles, but for the time being, they are not working on any projects. Dan O’Leary of n-Space had the following to say:
“It’s kind of a sad thing to say, because for a long time n-Space has been known as a Nintendo-friendly developer. We certainly have loved all our time working with them.
“We think their hardware’s great. We think more often than not they have the right mindset in the difficult game world we live in. There’s just very low demand right now for their work through the publisher side. Which is ironic, I think that’ll probably swing back.
“The news was just talking about how Nintendo was beating everybody with hardware sales. The DS and 3DS sales curves have been slower than publishers would have liked. That may change, but I can tell you right now we’re not working on anything.”
Pokémon Red Version and Blue Version were the first installments of the Pokémon series and first released in 1996. Since then, the franchise has sold more than 172 million units, making it the second best-selling video game franchise of all time – falling only behind Nintendo’s Mario series, which has surpassed 200 million units sold. The next installments of the main series of Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Y, will be released worldwide on October 12th for Nintendo 3DS.
For those of you who are fans of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise, UK publisher Ghostlight has been looking to localise the Nintendo DS game Devil Survivor 2 over the past couple of weeks. Ghostlight has been working hard to rectify this issue and take a leap of faith with the fans to try for a European physical release of the game. In order to see if this was something the fans wanted, the publisher opened up an exclusive pre-order list on their website offering the title in two respective bundle packs – however, they need 1,800 pre-orders for the boxed copy to even make its late September release.
Now, Ghostlight has informed us that they have collected 627 pre-orders so far, which pits them just over one-third in required pre-orders. So if you’re looking for a European release for Devil Survivor 2 to add to your Shin Megami Tensei collection, then now is the time to put forward for a pre-order. But make sure you get your order in before the closing date in two weeks on August 30, as that will be the make or break period for Ghostlight’s campaign. The two bundle packs are listed below, and if you’re looking to purchase either of these, then you can see a handy mock-up of what the boxed release will look like above.
Bundle 1: Standalone Release
Devil Survivor 2 (DS)
This special edition will be factory sealed and include an exclusive A4 folded poster featuring the cover art. Anyone pre-ordering the game will have the option to include their name in the manual and also as a bonus, pre-ordered units will feature a special gold coloured Devil Survivor logo on the inlay.
Pre-Order price £24.99/€29.99
The game will be available to all PAL territories.
Bundle 2: Devil Survivor Pack
Devil Survivor 2 (DS) & Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS) with a £10.00 discount!
Both games will be factory sealed and as with Option 1, anyone pre-ordering the bundle will have the option to include their name in the DS2 manual.
Pre-Order price £49.98/€59.98 (usual price £59.98/€69.98)
Regrettably, we will not be able to ship this bundle to Germany due to an existing distribution agreement.
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure. San Diego’s Comic-Con event gave us a new glimpse into which characters would be playable in the next LEGO game, including none other than the legendary comic book creator himself, Stan Lee. Rivalling Spider-Man by swinging from LEGO webs and turning into a version of the ‘green-mean killing machine’ The Hulk, Lee might just be the newest and best character. Bearing in mind that Lee has had a cameo version in practically every Marvel film to date, he was bound to swing into action in this title.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes just got even bigger with a playable superhero and heroine cast vying for the crown against
There’s also a whole host of new playable characters – many of which feature in the trailer above – including Rhino, Green Goblin, Juggernaut, the Thing, Invisible Woman, Dr. Doom, Magneto, Jean Grey, Storm, and lots more. Agent Coulson was also confirmed to appear in the game voiced by Avengers actor Clark Gregg. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is set for an Autumn release on Wii U, 3DS, and DS.
Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has told GamesTM that he had thought about bringing the smash hit franchise Smash Bros to previous Nintendo handhelds. Sakurai said that they never really had the opportunity to bring the series to Nintendo handhelds as they didn’t have the capabilities to fully realise the Smash Bros universe.
“It’s not that I haven’t wanted to – I thought about it, I did. To be honest, we purely didn’t have the opportunity, it just never came up. And also, to speak freely, if you look at a handheld device preceding anything before the GBA, I don’t know that it would have the capabilities to fully realise Smash Bros.”