Thursday, February 12, 2015

Nintendo... don't fix a good thing + From the source: Nintendo X Sega... I've got RANTS in my pants!

It's Friday... the week flew by like someone trying to cross the finish line before the blue shell comes crashing down, but another episode of Nintendo-Demand is here just before the love birds out there... put the gameplay on hold (or rev it up together). Before I got... Flipnote Studio 3D is now available at Club Nintendo, Enjoy!


Nintendo... sometime's you fix what isn't broken! (New Nintendo 3DS)

First off... some people interested in the New Nintendo 3DS won't have existing 3DS hardware to use a plug for the new one. Even if the price of the NN3DS were $10 more... a plug is needed to avoid it being an annoying situation (similar to the annoyance with the PS Vita and required purchase of the memory cards). If something is essential... don't leave a customer hanging (ever!).

Also... to switch memory card sizes, blows (seriously Nintendo). You aren't thinking of the gamers out there that are lucky enough to simply get the New Nintendo 3DS... and you switch up the memory cards? You decrease the ease to migrate from one system to the next with the same memory cards, and... lets not forget about where the freaking memory card slot is located.

Couldn't make it easy huh?
You made the ease of swapping out cards on the fly... a process that requires a screwdriver, and that's screwed up for the people that can't afford to get the ones that hold more data (imagine swapping those things out and wishing that the bottom casing of the New 3DS was more of a snap plate). The customer has to be kept in mind... in all aspects.


From the source: Nintendo

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Feb. 12, 2015 13:00 UTC

Save the World from a Terrible Fate in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

Play on the New Nintendo 3DS XL System to Experience Enhanced Features
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- “Dawn of the First Day. 72 Hours Remain.” With these iconic words, Link begins his suspenseful three-day journey to save the world from a crashing moon in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D game, launching the same day as the New Nintendo 3DS XL system on Feb. 13The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D is a remastered and enhanced version of the classic that’s unlike any other adventure in The Legend of Zelda series, and New Nintendo 3DS XL offers the smoothest and most engrossing portable gaming experience possible.
"Dawn of the First Day. 72 Hours Remain." With these iconic words, Link begins his suspenseful three ...
"Dawn of the First Day. 72 Hours Remain." With these iconic words, Link begins his suspenseful three-day journey to save the world from a crashing moon in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D game, launching on Feb. 13. (Photo: Business Wire)
While the game is playable on any Nintendo 3DS family system, players that pick up New Nintendo 3DS XL can experience The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D with added features, like the ability to control the camera with the C Stick and experiencing the game’s remastered and detailed graphics using the new face-tracking 3D technology built into the new system. Playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D on New Nintendo 3DS XL is the best way to experience this memorable adventure.
“There’s a reason The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is consistently mentioned as a favorite entry in TheLegend of Zelda series by many,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With the launch of this new enhanced version and New Nintendo 3DS XL on the same day, a whole new generation of fans can experience the fantastic adventure for the first time on an equally fantastic portable system.”
In The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Link has three days to save the world of Termina from the apocalypse. He must race against the clock and manipulate time itself to solve puzzles, collect treasure and battle bosses … all within 72 suspenseful in-game hours. Players have the ability to slow down, speed up and restart the clock as needed through songs performed on Link’s ocarina.
As the clock counts down and the moon ominously hovering above gets closer and closer, Link will become intimately familiar with the world around him and the lives of the doomed denizens of Termina. Characters in the game have their own lives – lives that will end in three days once the moon comes crashing down. As Link meets these fascinating characters, he can help them in various ways. He might reunite loves torn apart by evil, or teach troubled twin dancers a new routine for the Carnival of Time. He may even assist a little ranch girl by preventing alien invaders from stealing cows! Many quests in the game can only be completed at a specific in-game time, so players must be diligent in tracking what needs to be done, who needs to be helped and what time it all needs to be accomplished.
Luckily, all of this pre-apocalyptic activity can be tracked in one of the game’s most important items: The Bombers’ Notebook. In The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, this vital item has been improved to work with the touch screen. In addition to an overhauled design focusing on ease of use, players can now set alarms that will remind them of an event, as well as organize tasks to see what Link has already completed and what he still has to do.
To help him complete his quests, Link will discover and equip more than 20 unique masks throughout the game. Some of these masks can be worn to improve Link’s abilities, like the Bunny Hood that allows him to run faster or the Great Fairy’s Mask that attracts stray Fairies hidden around Termina. Some masks get characters to divulge new information, while others, like the Deku, Goron and Zora masks, transform Link into an entirely new creature! The masks add strategy and variety to the game play, and are great for players that love collecting items and discovering hidden secrets.


Nintendo... Zelda... Netflix (ummmm)

We aren't going to get into the talk about whether Zelda will actually be available for our viewing pleasure on Netflix or not... but if it is... I hope it is something Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka and Eiji Aonuma can be proud of. I don't see Nintendo allowing such a project to be fumbled... but I hope that these guys have their hands in it and it feels extremely authentic.

From the source: Nintendo Downloads

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Feb. 12, 2015 14:00 UTC

Nintendo News: Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content for Nintendo Systems

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, a masked Skull Kid drags Link into the world of Termina, w ...
In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, a masked Skull Kid drags Link into the world of Termina, where the moon is falling from the sky. (Photo: Business Wire)
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D – Available Feb. 13 – In this re-mastered and enhanced 3D version of the Nintendo classic, a masked Skull Kid drags Link into the world of Termina, where the moon is falling from the sky. Lucky for Termina, Link can reverse time and relive his last 72 hours in limitless ways. Each time, he’ll don any of his 20+ masks collected throughout the game, help different citizens, battle different bosses and ultimately change the fate of a world. This is the definitive version of a dark classic. Click here to view the trailer. In addition, to help celebrate the game’s release, Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is hosting a Miiverse drawing event! For more details, check out Mr. Aonuma’s message in the Art Academy SketchPad community in Miiverse.
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – Available Feb. 13 – Experience big game hunting with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, available exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS system. Join up with a traveling caravan of hunters to explore new lands in pursuit of larger-than-life beasts. Play alone in a robust single-player experience or join with up to three other players via a local connection or online via Wi-Fi to tackle hundreds of quests and take down ferocious monsters. Click here to view the trailer.
    • ACE COMBAT Assault Horizon Legacy + – The critically acclaimed aerial combat series flies onto Nintendo 3DS.ACE COMBAT Assault Horizon Legacy + delivers supersonic flying, exciting dogfights and high-altitude acrobatics all in enhanced 3D. In addition, players can take control of customized, real-life aircraft with Nintendo characters like Mario, Bowser and more.
    • 3D Fantasy Zone – This classic arcade shooter was first released in 1986, and is now available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. Take command of the spaceship Opa-Opa to fight bizarre enemy invaders in this cosmic challenge.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Blek – Blek is a unique, award-winning game about imagination and personality. Everything you draw keeps moving, and watching your creations move is like magic. Blekcan’t be explained in words. Click here to view the trailer.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • BREATH OF FIRE – The Dark Dragons are in search of six keys to release the devious goddess Tyr. In the Dark Dragons’ destructive wake, Ryu will need to rediscover the lost powers of the Light Dragons, rely on his companions and save his sister – and the entire world. Will he succeed in his quest?
Nintendo eShop Sales:
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • There are just a few days left to save up to 75 percent off Rayman LegendsAssassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and other select Ubisoft titles in the Ubisoft Game Sale.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Knytt Underground is 50 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $6.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 26.
    • Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party is 50 percent off (reduced from $11.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 26.
    • Paper Monsters Recut is 37 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 19.
    • ZaciSa’s Last Stand is 65 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.69) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 25.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Disney Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay is 33 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) from Jan. 13 until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 9.
    • Disney Frozen: Olaf’s Quest is 33 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) from Jan. 13 until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 9.
    • 3D Game Collection is 16 percent off (reduced from $5.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 27.
    • Funfair Party Games is 12 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $6.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 27.
    • Murder on the Titanic is 25 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 27.
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
  • New themes this week include:
    • NES: Sword-Swinging Link
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: Dire Moon
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: Gold Edition
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Gore Magala & Seregios – Available Feb. 13 (Free with purchase of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.)
Valentine’s Day Activities:
  • National StreetPass Weekend – Valentine’s Edition
    • Show your love for gaming during this weekend’s StreetPass event. From Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, you can get up to six StreetPass tags from other Nintendo 3DS users from more than 29,000 Nintendo Zone hotspots across the U.S. and Canada. It’s a great opportunity to collect Mii characters from new locations to help fill up puzzle panels in Puzzle Swap and help out in StreetPass Mii Plaza games. You can also enhance game play in StreetPass-enabled games you already own such as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSPokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. To find a Nintendo Zone location near you, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/nintendozone. For more information about StreetPass, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/features/streetpass/.
  • PlayNintendo.com Valentines
    • Send a legendary message to your friends with printable Valentines featuring characters from The Legend of Zelda. Explore more Nintendo Valentine’s Day fun at http://play.nintendo.com/valentine!
Price Reductions:
  • Battleminer for Nintendo 3DS is $7.99 (reduced from $9.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Feb. 12.
  • Jett Tailfin for Wii U is $12.99 (reduced from $24.95) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Feb. 15.
Also New this Week:
  • Pong Pong Candy (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Paparazzi (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Available Feb. 17


From the source: Sega

3D FANTASY ZONE: OPA-OPA BROS. TOUCHES DOWN TODAY FOR NINTENDO 3DS

SEGA announced today that 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Bros.™, part of the second series of classic titles re-mastered exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, is now available in the Americas and Europe to download in the Nintendo eShop.

3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Bros. is the popular side-scrolling shooter, first released for the SEGA System-16 board in 1986, in which players control a sentient spaceship named Opa-Opa to fight bizarre invader enemies. The re-mastered version combines stereoscopic 3D visuals with a host of additional features to deliver cutting edge gameplay with a classic feel. 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Bros. also introduces a new feature called the “coin stock” system that allows players to accumulate coins for use across play sessions and to unlock in-game abilities. Furthermore, the game features an unlockable mode in which players are able to play as Upa-Upa, the little brother of Opa-Opa, upon completion of the game.

3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Bros. is available now for download in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Sega, honestly... you have enough resources to release a new 2D game or a remake of a classic. Is it too much to ask from a larger 3rd party game developer that's still showing Nintendo love? It doesn't have to be huge games, but it would be good to see more from Sega on the eShop side that goes beyond just classics.

- How's about a NEW Toe Jam & Earl game w/ online multiplayer?

- How's about a NEW Shining Force game for the 3DS?

- How's about... doing a freaking kickstarter for a Shenmue remake and make it digital-only (with a collectors editions on disc with a Ryo Hazuki figure and artbook)? Excuses aren't good enough if details can be poured into other games (the budget doesn't have to be outrageous, and there are fans remaking games that deserve to have jobs based on their talent and dedication to remake game out o. I'm not coming down on the Opa-Opa Bros. game (just so we're clear)... but it would be good to see more.