Tuesday, 13 September 2011

News: Nintendo's pre-Tokyo Game Show Conference Round Up

Today saw Nintendo's pre-TGS Show kick off with news primarily focused on the 3DS.  The conference announced both to Japan and the world some exciting new titbits about the future of the console and what gamers can expect over the next several months.

Nintendo didn't disappoint: revealing not only release dates for both new 3DS hardware and software, but also dropping in some information on the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword title for Wii.

Starting with Skyward Sword then: Myamito-San himself confirmed that the title would have between 50-100 hours of gameplay, including a boss challenge mode and a second play through incentive in order to further prolong the life of the title.  That promises to be one of the longest Zelda titles to date.     

With regards to new hardware, Nintendo announced a new pink version of the 3DS console in order to reach out to female gamers and also provided further details on their new circle pad peripheral.  The "3DS Slide Pad Extension" will be released before December in Japan for 1,500 yen (£12) and will require 1 AAA battery to run.  Further details were also given on software that will support the additional pad, including: Monster Hunter 3G, Resident Evil Revelations, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble and Dynasty Warriors vs. Kingdom Hearts 3D.

The 3DS itself is also getting some updates to both Streetpass and the 3DS eShop (including new mini games and a Mii Plaza).  In addition you will soon be able to record 3D videos on the system in addition to the 3D photos you can already take.

Nintendo also revealed several new software titles along with release dates for a few of the hotly anticipated 3DS titles.  Newly announced titles included: A new Mario Tennis game, a new RPG developed by Square Enix: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy and a new Fire Emblem title.

Mario Kart 3DS and Super Mario 3D Land got release dates in Japan and the US with 3D Land arriving on November 3rd and November 13th respectively, with Mario Kart arriving November 4th in the States and November 7th in Japan.  Kid Icarus Uprising  was also given a January 2012 release date in Japan, but no date was given for other regions.  Nintendo of Europe haven't confirmed the European release dates for these titles as of yet, but it's a pretty safe bet that they will be around the same time.

One of the biggest announcements came at the end of the show with Nintendo confirming Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS.

We'll be sure to keep an eye on the game show and let you know any further details as we have them.  Are you excited about the 3DS again?  Or does Nintendo still need to do more to save it's system?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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