Nintendo has announced that it has partnered with SEGA for Sonic Lost World. The game will be exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. More details regarding the game should be released at a future date.
Want a first look, hands-on experience to play new Wii U and 3DS games? Well, the Nintendo Unleashed Tour will allow you to do just that, and it’s happening at the ExCel Centre in London as part of the MCM Comic Con event. From May 24 – 26, the Nintendo Unleashed stand will allow you to get up close and personal with first and third party titles – including Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Project X Zone – at the largest pop culture event in the UK. Here’s a list of the games that will be on show and playable according to the press release:
- Game & Wario
- RESIDENT EVIL™ REVELATIONS
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut
- Rayman Legends
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
- Coaster Crazy Deluxe
- Toki Tori 2
- Cloudberry Kingdom
- The Cave
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
- Pokémon™ Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- Project X Zone
- Mario Kart 7
- Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
- Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo
- 3D Space Harrier
- Luigi’s Mansion 2
- Cut the Rope
Visitors will be able to play demos, multiplayer modes and talk to expert staff about the upcoming games. And Nintendo UK reminds those who are visiting to bring along their Nintendo 3DS console to rack up some all important StreetPass hits. If you live in the UK will you be planning on visiting the MCM expo this year?
It’s about time Pac-Man dusted off his shoes and entered the gaming arena once more. Namco Bandai has officially announced a new spin on an old franchise, and it’s coming to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will be based on the animated series created by Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad, and will take place in the Pac-World universe that has been usurped by the evil Netherworld ghost leader, Betrayus.
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will feature a revamped universe, but will still hold its origins dear to its heart by giving the player classic ghost encounters, harking back to the original and nostalgic game. The title will be available on the Wii U, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for North America, Europe and Australia, plus a side-scrolling version of the game will be released for the Nintendo 3DS – a release date is yet to be confirmed.
Nintendomination has released a video showcasing the first 50 minutes of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Naturally, the gameplay footage reveals plenty of story plot points. If you’d rather play the game spoiler-free, it would be best to skip this video. We’ve already seen many exciting details emerge about the game, such as Sable and Mabel’s roles within New Leaf, as well as the fact that all New Leaf DLC will be free. The popular life simulation game hits store shelves June 9th in North America and June 14th in Europe, and will be available at midnight on the eShop in each region. Will you be getting New Leaf at retail or digitally?
Capcom’s financial results for the past quarter have come in today, showing that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate had tremendous global success. As such, Capcom will be heavily focusing promotional efforts on Monster Hunter 4. Capcom has also decided to shorten development times, reduce outsourcing, and focus on restructuring development methods.
A new trailer for Project X Zone has been released that showcases Capcom characters featured in the game. The trailer shows off dialogue between these characters, as well as action heavy segments in the game. Heavy attacks and finishing moves are shown for each character as well. Project X Zone will be released in North America and Europe on June 25th and July 5th respectively.
According to an interview on MCV, Nintendo have said that 2013 is the unequivocal year for the 3DS as the next 12 months are absolutely crucial for the continuing success of the handheld console. In fact, Nintendo is adamant that 2013 will see the grand conversion of many DS owners, hopping on the proverbial 3D wagon, and purchasing a 3DS. The sheer influx of triple A games – Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion and Pokemon X/Y – hitting the console this year will certainly provide ample opportunity for DS owners to upgrade.
Nintendo’s UK marketing manager Shelly Pearce said: “Our aim is obviously to upgrade as many DS owners as possible and with our strongest ever software line up and with games which appeal to all of our different audiences, this year really is the year of 3DS.”
Backed by vigorous marketing schemes and television advertising, the 3DS will not lose touch with its consumers, as it continues to build its social communities through media and events. And Shelly Pearce believes that there really is something for everyone on the console: “[The] 3DS has really come into its own over the last two years. The 2013 software line-up is the strongest we’ve ever had and combined with a diverse back-catalogue that includes both Nintendo favourites like Mario, Professor Layton and Zelda as well as titles like Kid Icarus and Heroes of Ruin or New Style Boutique, there really is something for everyone.”
Fuelled by strong starts for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and the continued strength of Fire Emblem Awakening, Nintendo 3DS crossed 20 million total units of software sold at retail in the United States, according to the NPD Group.
Some notable sales numbers achieved by Nintendo in March include:
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon sold nearly 365,000 physical units in March, and has now sold more than 415,000 combined physical and digital units to date.
- Fire Emblem Awakening sold an additional 64,000 combined physical and digital physical copies in March, and has now sold more than 240,000 combined units to date.
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity sold more than 145,000 combined physical and digital units for the month.
- Total sales of Nintendo 3DS software at retail increased by more than 50 percent over March 2012.
That momentum should only grow in the next few months as Nintendo prepares for a massive slate of Nintendo 3DS software releases, including: LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins on April 24, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on May 24, Animal Crossing: New Leaf on June 9 and Mario and Luigi: Dream Team on Aug. 11.
Good news for the US, Nintendo have released an update for the 3DS Swapnote software on the eShop which boasts a host of new features. Unfortunately, Europe will have to wait longer than initially planned as the new update for Swapnote – known as Letter Box in the EU – didn’t arrive in the eShop last week as scheduled. Nintendo have yet to confirm a new release date for Europe.
Meanwhile, here are the new features Utah3DS has listed that you can expect:
- At first start-up, the app will ask if it can send anonymous data about how you use the application to improve future products. Option to enable or opt out available.
- You can now use a different color on each page of a message
- Take photos and record audio while writing, no longer required to import from SD card
- You can now filter your notes by who sent them, to quickly find a note from a certain sender.
- Delete multiple notes at once
- Pressing the ‘B’ button now has an undo/redo function
- After writing a message, press the ‘A’ button to see how it will be played back
- A bubble beside each message will indicate how many replies it has received
- Slide the Circle pad left to slow down writing/drawing animations from notes, or slide the circle pad right to speed up the animation