Here’s The First 50 Minutes Of Final Fantasy Explorers On Nintendo 3DS

Final Fantasy Explorers has just been released in Japan so you’d expect Tilmen to have gotten his hands on Square Enix’s latest JRPG for the Nintendo 3DS. Thankfully he has, and he’s recorded fifty minutes worth of gameplay to share with everybody. Sadly Square Enix hasn’t said when we can expect the game in the west, but judging from the footage I’m sure a lot of you will be anxious to get it. Hopefully we will hear something sometime next year, fingers crossed.

New Themes Are On The US Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop

Well, those Nintendo 3DS themes you’ve been waiting for have arrived in the US. There’s an assortment of themes including a lovely blue Super Mario theme and also the Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D theme. Each theme is available on the Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop for $1.99. Which theme are you going to purchase?

  • Super Mario: Blue
  • A Merry Mario Holiday
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Jingle’s Toy Day
  • Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

Thanks to those who sent this in.

Nintendo Launches Collectable Badge Center For Nintendo 3DS In Japan Which Changes Home Menu

Nintendo has added yet another new feature to the Japanese Nintendo 3DS home screen. The new application is called the Collectable Badge Center and it enables you to add Nintendo themed badges and pins to the Nintendo 3DS home menu. You can check out this new addition to the Nintendo 3DS in the video embedded above.

collectable_badge_centerThanks, NintenDaan and David S

Nintendo DS Version Of Frozen: Olaf’s Quest Outsold The 3DS Version And Is One Of The Most Popular Games Of 2014

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Everyone loves Frozen so it comes as no surprise that the video game adaptation inspired by the movie has been a massive success in the United Kingdom. In fact it’s the Nintendo DS version of Frozen: Olaf’s Quest which has proven the most popular and has easily outsold the Nintendo 3DS version of the same game.

The success of Frozen was a bit of a surprise. We thought it’d do well. We’d done some decent movie licences before, such as Sony’s Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. We thought this one was going to be maybe a little bit bigger as it was Disney, but nowhere near the stratospheric sales that we’ve experienced.

We thought Frozen would be our last title on DS to be honest. Nintendo hasn’t been manufacturing the console for a few years, but we thought that there is a big user base our there, and there is a second hand, hand-me-down market for the old DS consoles. We launched Olaf’s Quest on DS and it’s still outselling 3DS. And we’ve got Disney’s next big film out in January, Big Hero 6, and we’re bringing that out on 3DS and DS. If you’d said to me 18 months ago you’d be bringing out a DS product in January 2015 I’d have laughed.

Thanks, Shuhei Yoshida

Nintendo Releases Another System Update For Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo has unleashed a new system update for Nintendo 3DS. Available via wireless Internet connection, the latest patch for the handheld includes further improvements to overall system stability, and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience. Earlier this week, another system update for 3DS was released and introduced changes to the HOME Menu, in addition to implementing improvements to system stability and usability.

Rune Factory 4 Available Now On Nintendo 3DS In Europe And Australia

Marvelous Europe and XSEED games today announce that the highly anticipated simulation RPG, Rune Factory 4 , is available to download in Europe and Australia on the Nintendo 3DS system. It can be purchased exclusively on the Nintendo eShop for £24.99/€29.99 and $49.95AUD respectively.

Rune Factory 4 is the latest installment in the critically acclaimed Bokujo Monogatari spin-off series, which revolves around the same addictive life simulation and farming activities that its father franchise, now known as STORY OF SEASONS, is famous for. The Rune Factory series, however, also incorporates classic action-JRPG elements into the mix, all framed in a stunning fantasy setting. Taking place in the Kingdom of Norad, players must fill the shoes of a Prince or Princess and aid the people of a small, picturesque town named Selphia in achieving lasting peace and prosperity.

Created by acclaimed series producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto, Rune Factory 4 is by far the most ambitious title in this storied series. Boasting countless items, crops, weapons and other pieces of equipment to find and grow, as well as a substantial story with richly developed characters, innumerable hours of enjoyment await within the humble confines of this download. Players can farm and find romance among the town’s singles and also explore the wilderness and surrounding dungeons to defeat or tame monsters. It’s a mix of play styles that has garnered well-earned praise both from fans and critics alike.

“It’s been a long time coming, but we are so happy that Rune Factory 4 is now available for all.” commented Steven Tarry, Marketing Manager, Marvelous Europe. “The reception from people since the launch date was announced has been fantastic, and we hope that everyone will enjoy the game as much as we do!”

Metroid For The Nintendo 3DS Was In Development And Was Cancelled

Those undercover sleuths over at Unseen64 have been informed that there was a Metroid title in the works for the Nintendo 3DS. The game was in development by Next Level Games who were the developers behind the beloved Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon on the Nintendo 3DS. We previously heard that they were working on a Metroid prototype which was canned so they moved onto development of Luigi’s Mansion. Unseen64 have a good reputation regarding uncovering cancelled games, so I don’t doubt Metroid was once in development.

“Anywho, I have recently been privy to some cancelled Metroid stuff. I hope we can share some of that some day soon. It’s a bit complicated.”

“It’s all a bit of a minefield, unfortunately. I try to be careful about sharing things that could endanger someone’s career.”

“This is a Metroid 3DS game, to be clear.”

Thanks, Kim