It has been revealed during today's Japanese Nintendo Direct that Nintendo is refreshing its 3DS line of consoles with new features.
The revised hardware will include NFC as standard — for Amiibo support — a second, smaller Circle Pad, additional shoulder buttons and improved 3D viewing angles. The upper screen will also have less blur.
Nintendo has moved the placement of some key features — such as the cartridge slot and existing buttons — and has confirmed that the system will also use MicroSD instead of SD.
It is also suggested that hardware CPU has been improved, with elements such as downloading and Miiverse running faster than on a standard 3DS console. A port of the Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles is in the works which will only run on these new systems.
The two new models will have their own set of accessories — such as charging docks — and the smaller model will have interchangeable covers, like the GBA Micro.
Interestingly, Nintendo will be refreshing both the original 3DS and the 3DS XL (know as the 3DS LL in Japan). The systems will launch in Japan on October 11th. The New 3DS will retail for 6,000 Yen (around £93) while the New 3DS XL will cost 18,800 Yen (around £109). No release date has been confirmed for the west, but Nintendo UK has already confirmed that it won't hit Europe until 2015 at the earliest.
The leaks were true, it seems
It has been confirmed during today's Japanese Nintendo Direct that Shulk will be joining the roster of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS.
The existence of the character — taken from Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii — was leaked last week in a set of videos, which were quickly pulled from the web. Nintendo has refused to comment on whether or not the videos are legitimate, but today's confirmation suggests that they are.
Also announced during the Direct was a two-CD soundtrack for the game.
$12.99 each in North America
Following today's somewhat extraordinary Japanese Nintendo 3DS Direct, in which new hardware was revealed. Nintendo of American and Nintendo Europe have released separate information, with the focus on previously confirmed products; in the case of North America we finally have more concrete details on amiibo.
The initial launch line-up of amiibo figurines will have 12 characters — Mario, Peach, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Kirby, Fox, Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer. These are naturally targeted at Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, though the previously confirmed range of other games will support the figures. Though no pricing has been given for Europe, Nintendo of America has confirmed that the figurines will be $12.99 each in the region, and are available to pre-order from major retailers. The press releases state that more figures will come in future, of course, though there may be lingering disappointment that Nintendo hasn't been able to boost the initial line-up — shown at E3 — for launch.
During its most recent Direct livestream, Nintendo announced that the critically acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles will be heading over to its handheld system.
After a huge number of surprises, Nintendo still had bombshells to drop on us. This surprise came at the end of the presentation after the announcement of Shulk's presence in Smash Bros. and of course the revised versions of the 3DS and 3DS XL, but was no less shocking.
The title was heralded as one of the greatest Wii games to come out at the end of the console's life by critics and fans alike. Unfortunately due to its release date, the game was not widely distributed, and still holds most of its value, so to have the game re-released to a whole new audience is a deeply encouraging thought.
There's no word on a release outside of Japan yet
Both eShop and physical releases planned
It has been revealed today that the Wii U eShop series NES Remix is making the leap to the 3DS in the form of Ultimate NES Remix.
The game — which will be released on the 3DS eShop and in stores — will boast quick-fire challenges from 16 8-bit classics. It will also have online leaderboards and a Championship Mode.
The game will launch in North America on November 5th, with the European release coming two days later.
Nintendo has revealed that dashboard themes are coming to its 3DS range of consoles.
This information was showcased during today's Japanese Nintendo Direct, with The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds and Super Mario Bros. themes shown off very briefly. These will be distributed via the eShop.
The ability to change themes will be added in a system update expected in October.
Charizard also lurking in German GameStops
Attention, Pokéntomologists in Europe and Australia! From now until 8th September, the PokéBall Vivillon can be downloaded onto copies of Pokémon X & Y.
This special-patterned Vivillon was previously distributed at Gamescom and in North America. Vivillon nuts shouldn't miss the chance to add to their collections.
Those in Germany looking for something hotter should keep an eye on the local GameStop. Participating stores will be offering serial codes to download a Charizard with the brand of Charizardite opposite to which game you receive it on (so Charizardite Y on Pokémon X and vice versa). A similar promotion was held at GAME stores in the UK. There's a little confusion as to when exactly these codes are available, but the Global Link has them as available from 2nd-30th September
A trailer for Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, apparently meant for PAX Prime, has surfaced on the Internet. From what it shows, the world of the 3DS Sonic Boom is one of robot-suited snakes, not very portable-looking video phones, and Shadow giving the routine he gives everyone, including kind old ladies ahead of him in the checkout line.
Aussie Nintendo fans will no doubt remember a golden period during 2012 when fully grown adults reverted to children Australia-wide, all because the international fast-food chain McDonald's released an exclusive set of Happy Meal toys based on the Pokémon Black & White series. Not to mention each toy bundled with one of twelve Pokémon Trading Cards.
Fast forward to 2014, and a relatively similar promotion is once again doing the rounds at Australian Maccas nationwide. This time the focus is on the X & Y series, with a total of 8 toys and 12 cards to collect – certainly a step up on the previous offering which didn't include as many toys.
Rather than figurines with unique features though, this time the toys are basically spin disc Pokéballs that fire Pokémon ranging from the iconic Pikachu, to one of the latest legendary monsters on the block, Xerneas. The cards themselves are based on the available toys, and as with all McDonald's promotions this deal is for a limited time only with each Happy Meal purchase.
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