Well it’s about time! Nintendo will be teaming up with Japanese mobile developer DeNA to develop smartphone games featuring Nintendo IP. They will also be developing a new multimedia service that will replace Club Nintendo and work across Nintendo devices, smartphones, tablets, and computers. Full story here.
Though they’re looked back on now as the oddball, waterlogged entries of the Pokemon series, Ruby & Sapphire are still my favorites. They hold a special, nostalgic place in my heart, so naturally I had high hopes for the remakes, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS. They mostly do the originals justice—Game Freak has yet to make a bad Pokemon game. However, there are still a few gripes that I have with it, which I will elaborate on later, that mainly have to do with a trend that Pokemon games have been following lately. But overall, they are fantastic games that I highly recommend for fans of the series.
I finally did it. After receiving Pokemon Y from my host family in Japan, having to buy a Japanese 3DS because the 3DS is region-locked, and a failed attempt at playing the game in Japanese, I beat it. I’ve been playing Pokemon since Gold/Silver when I was in 3rd grade, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Pokemon is still my favorite video game franchise. Needless to say, each new game holds a special place in my heart. So let’s get right into it!
Okay I can already tell this is going to be the Pokemon game to end all Pokemon games.
Nintendo has confirmed that starting on September 20, alongside the release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, the Wii U Deluxe will drop to $299. Nintendo also has a bundle prepared that contains a Wii U Deluxe, Zelda Wind Waker HD, and a free digital copy of Hyrule Historia. (I have the physical book, it’s awesome.) The gamepad is also Zelda-themed. If I weren’t leaving for Japan on September 15, I would buy this in a heartbeat. I really hope this will still be around next year…
This is a joke, right?
“Imagine a 3DS only…without 3D”
I guess it makes sense to market this to kids younger than seven, which is the recommended minimum age to play the 3DS. It is compatible with all DS and 3DS games, and has all the same features of a 3DS, except it is flat instead of the clamshell design of the 3DS, and it only outputs 2D images. For $129, that is a fair bit cheaper than the regular 3DS, so I suppose parents might consider buying this for their five year-old first-time gamers. Other than that, I can’t see anyone buying this.
It also just looks really hard to hold and play. And it’s pretty ugly. Come on Nintendo…
It comes out October 12, alongside Pokemon X&Y.
As much as I’d love a new Pokemon Stadium-like game, I really hope this is an RPG. I loved Colosseum and XD.