Russian Wii U website Wiiu.pro claims that they have insider information that a Nintendo Direct may air tomorrow evening. The site believes that it’s related to the new Nintendo 3DS XL which was unveiled last Friday. However, we do know that the device won’t be coming to the west until sometime next year.
The creator of Final Fantasy Hironobu Sakaguchi was asked by a panel at PAX whether they would create a new Last Story title for the Wii U to which he casually answered, “Ok, yeah, you talk to Nintendo.” Sakaguchi also said light-heartedly that if he did make the game he would also like it to be for Sony’s PlayStation 4.
Tilmen from Nintendomination has received information from a source which claims that the new Nintendo 3DS console is codenamed Snake. The source also claims that CPU clockspeed has tripled and the ram speed has doubled. The console also reportedly has a L2 Cache and the GPU and VRAM are the same. Of course this should be taken with a grain of salt. We don’t know a whole lot about the specifications of the new Nintendo 3DS console. We know that it has an improved CPU over the previous iteration and we heard a rumour stating that the new Nintendo 3DS has double the RAM and nearly double the VRAM.
Coders who were looking through the recent Nintendo 3DS firmware updates have potentially discovered some new information about the recently unveiled new Nintendo 3DS. The coders claim that Nintendo has extended FCRAM from 128MB to 256MB and added 4MB of VRAM. We won’t know for sure until Nintendo provides some specifications for the new model.
“New 3DS” is the latest 3DS console from Nintendo due for release in 2015. It was announced on 29 of August 2014. It will feature “New 3DS”-specific titles that are not playable on older 3DS models, which may imply new encryption keys(though blocking title-launch of those titles on old hw could be done other ways too as well).
According to official sources, the following changes have been made hardware-wise:
- Faster CPU
- Better 3D screen technology
- MicroSD-slot instead of normal-sized SD-slot
- NFC support
- Two circle-pads instead of one
- New buttons ZR and ZL
Based on disassembly of certain sysmodules for code added/changed with in the 8.0.0-18 update, it appears that the “New 3DS” has the following changes:
- They extended FCRAM from 128MB to 256MB.
- They added another VRAM (?) of 4MB.
Going by the 8.0.0-18 update, which added support for the mem-regions listed above, it appears that the “New 3DS” will use the exact same system-titles as the original hardware(with a new system update at launch, for old/new hw, as both seem to use the same system-titles).
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YouTuber BalrogTheMaster claims that Nintendo has found the person who leaked the Super Smash Bros 3DS footage earlier today revealing unannounced characters and many other things. He claims that the leaker was an employee of Nintendo of America who was in the process of sending content to the ESRB for rating. Of course this isn’t confirmation, but if it’s true, then the Nintendo Ninjas caught him or her rather quickly.
A YouTube user has uploaded some supposed footage of Super Smash Bros 3DS online. The recently uploaded videos show Shulk, Bowser Jr, and Ganondorf. The legitimacy of the videos can’t be confirmed, but there are lots of discussions happening online.
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Taiko no Tatsujin, the rhythm based games created by Namco, may be getting a sequel on the Wii U. The news was discovered by NeoGAF member HeroOfLegend who spotted the site, http://wiiu2.taiko-ch.net, which is currently giving an error message of “test page”. Interestingly the same thing happened with the previous game before becoming official. The series has done fairly well in Japan, but has yet to come to the west.