After Nintendo announced their new Super Mario AR cards in a recent Nintendo Direct, another 3DS title is set to get the ball rolling by integrating the AR cards into core gameplay. Detective Conan: Marionette Symphony - a title exclusive to Japan - focuses on a detective who was turned back into a child after drinking poison. The Japanese multi-media franchise, developed by Chunsoft, will feature an AR Conan to give players hints and tips to solve various cases. The hints the player receive will depend entirely on what case needs to be solved and the animations, or movements, will react accordingly.
With the integration of the AR cards in gameplay, there is a strong possibility we may see card sets becoming a staple in other Nintendo releases as well – Professor Layton perhaps? Detective Conan: Marionette Symphony will be released in Japan on April 25 for the Nintendo 3DS.
With the success of LEGO City Undercover on the Wii U, LEGO fans may be itching to play a new IP by this summer and that’s where LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey enters. Set in a fantasy world sporting eight animal tribes, foes battle it out to claim control of ‘Chi’ – a powerful element which is a both a source of life and ultimate destruction. In Laval’s Journey, you play as a warrior (Laval) and, along with a band of allies, must fight for justice in Chima.
So far, details are scarce on the action-adventure game developed by TT Games, but it’s set to release for both the Nintendo 3DS and DS in the coming summer months. Will you be adding it to your collection?
After Chotto Nintendo Direct announced yesterday their upcoming releases for the eShop on Nintendo 3DS, Super Mario fans will also get to feast their eyes on prepaid Augmented Reality card sets featuring characters from the franchise. The prepaid cards are set for release in Japan on April 23, but there has been no confirmation if they will be launched in Europe or North America.
The software entitled “Isshoni Photo”, directly translated as “take a picture together” will be available to download for free on the 3DS via access from a special QR code on the packaging. It will allow the player to interact with the characters, moving them to different locations to take pictures, as well as enabling the creation of classic in-game animations. Currently, there are three cards available from launch including Goomba, Mario and Princess Peach – ranging in price from 1,000 to 3,000 yen. Three other characters have also been confirmed, which include Koopa Troopa, Luigi and Bowser – again, all at similar prices – but Nintendo have yet to announce the official date.
Looking for an Easter bonanza deal that won’t break your bank? Independent Development Studio Nnooo are hosting an escapeVektor sale between March and April on both the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. If you missed out on this little gem, now is your chance to pick it up cheaply with 50% off the game, taking it down to a mere £4.49/€5/$4.99. Plus, for an extra sweet deal, you can also purchase the soundtrack for 75% off the original price.
The retro-styled arcade game is available on the eShop from today until April 11 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and from April 4 to April 18 in North America. Alternatively, if you’re seeking the game earlier in North America, you can get it on the PlayStation Vita from now until April 9 at the same price.
Circle Entertainment is set to launch another downloadable title for the 3DS next week, after releasing its new trailer for Witch and Hero today. Styled as an 8-bit action game, it hails back to legendary pixelated heroes such as Zelda and Mario, giving the gamer a real sense of nostalgia. It promises a full spectrum of levels with two difficulty settings, along with trial and infinite modes to challenge your inner-hero.
Arriving in Europe on April 4, you play as a hero accompanied by a witch to take on the evil Medusa. Destroying towns and villages, Medusa also turns your accomplice to stone, meaning the hero must take on the wicked monsters by himself – sound familiar? Don’t worry though, Europe isn’t the only one getting the sword-play, a date for North America is coming soon and will be announced shortly.
Famed Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has attacked the handheld market in the latest edition of his show, Pach-Attack. Pachter admits that Nintendo owns the handheld market and that’s one of the reasons why Microsoft hasn’t released a handheld gaming device. Pachter also says that while the PlayStation Vita is a great piece of hardware he believes that the device is a bit of a joke as third-party developers just aren’t supporting the system.
“The reason is that the handheld market sucks, and to the extend there is a handheld market and Nintendo owns it.”
“The Vita is a joke. It’s a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful piece of hardware and nobody owns one. The reason nobody owns one is It’s too good, It does too much. Developers aren’t making games for it because the market is too small.”
“You’re not going to get a big install base with the Vita at this price, and even though It’s a really slick device, if there is not a lot of people who own it, you’re not going to get a lot of sotfware. And It’s a vicious cycle, if you don’t have software, you’re not going to buy the Vita. If you don’t have Vitas, you’re not going to get software. So, the Vita sucks, Sony has no prayer of making money on the Vita.”
“The handheld market is not as big as It used to be. With the 3DS I think Nintendo is probably going to continue to do ok, 15 million a year, that’s a nice market for handhelds. With the Vita on the market, they (Sony) are going to make 5 million a year, why do we need a third (handheld)? All that would happened is that demand of 20 million handhelds will get split three ways instead of two. Nobody makes money selling five millions units a year.”
Nintendo has been told to pay a former Sony employee a whopping $30.2 million in damages due to an infringement over glasses-free 3D technology by a New York federal jury. Seijiro Tomita, who had previously spent 30 years at Sony, sued Nintendo in 2011 for infringing his glasses-free 3D tech. Tomita told the jury that he had met Nintendo back in 2003 to discuss the technology. The jury found Nintendo in the wrong and dished out the $30.2 million to Tomita as compensatory damages.
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Nintendo Europe has announced that gamers will be able to download a demo for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The game description reads, take up arms and venture into a world of spectacular surroundings and challenging monsters in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. With all-new monsters, equipment and weapons and over 200 action-packed quests to tackle, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is the most expansive game in the series to date. In this action RPG, take more than just satisfaction from your hard-fought victories: carve conquered monsters to gain their bones, horns, hides and more, then have them fashioned into weapons and armour to steel you for the even tougher battles ahead. It is the hunter’s way.
The Sonic Team have announced that they will be doing a live stream on February 2nd and 3rd during Japanese online TV show Puyo-Puyo. February 2nd is known amongst Sonic fans and SEGA employees as Sonic Day due to their tradition with making big announcements. We already posted that a new Sonic game is apparently in development and will be revealed on February 2nd. The game is set to be released on Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PC, and next-gen consoles. The staff members joining the Puyo-Puyo team are as follows.
- Tadashi Takezaki/SEGA
- Takashi Iizuka/Producer
- Jun Senoue/Sound Dilector
- Kazuyuki Hoshino/Art Director
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced during a special video update on Friday that the Nintendo 3DS save data transfer tool, which enables Nintendo 3DS owners to move saved data across from their cartridges to the digital versions, will be released in Japan in March. Iwata declined to give out any additional information about the data transfer tool, but hopefully we should hear something in due course.