One particularly hardcore ( or crazy) 3DS fan had a Mii AR card tattooed just below his left wrist. He won't ever have to worry about losing his card... but he might have to worry about explaining this to future children. It does work, as you can see in the picture, but only in dim lighting. This is probably one of the cooler gaming tattoos I have seen, but it still far too permanent for my tastes. The 3DS will be out another six years, but that tattoo will last for life.
In an effort to give third party developers a fair shot at success on their systems, Nintendo is now spacing out their releases to give other developers a chance to shine. In reality it will probably only result in Nintendo fans waiting longer between their gaming fixes, but it's nice to see that Nintendo is trying. Nintendo has yet to announce the release date of high profile games like Animal Crossing 3DS, Mario Kart 3DS and Super Mario 3DS in order to assess the third party release schedule. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata had this to say about the new strategy:
According to Sinobi Blog, known for their quality retail leaks, Nintendo is providing Japanese stores with very limited copies of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS for the game's launch. The intention is to avoid the bargain bin sales that plagued the last major Zelda release, Spirit Tracks. Apparently retailers are not allowed to place orders for more copies and Nintendo will be handling the situation very closely. Japanese gamers better reserve their copies early!
Source: Sinobi Blog
Gaijin Games and publisher Aksys have unveiled Bit.Trip Saga, a collection of the six Bit.Trip games found on WiiWare, for Nintendo's 3DS. I can't wait to see these games in 3D, particularly Bit.Trip Runner. The collection will be found at retail, so now everyone who requires a physical copy of their games can feel free to dive in. Interestingly enough, just a few months ago I asked Gaijin Games for just such a collection on twitter, only for the Wii. While it may not be on the system I asked for I am still glad it is on its way, more people need to experience these excellent games.
In order to entice gamers into using the 3DS' downloadable game service, eShop, Nintendo will be giving away free copies of ExciteBike that utilize the system's 3D capabilities. It sounds like Nintendo is serious about promoting their service this time around, something that is reassuring after the lackluster performance of DSiWare. The eShop will launch with a firmware update coming sometime in May so be sure to get on there and get your free copy of this NES classic.
Nintendo is still making them but Gamestop isn't selling them. In an effort to bolster 3DS sales Gamestop has decided not to order any more stock of the DS lite after their current supply runs out. A bit odd, considering the 3DS is in no danger of being a failure. If that were the case they should have stopped selling the PS2 the moment the PS3 came out. Oh well, what do I care if Gamestop throws away money. They should have no problem moving 3DS units when long awaited games like Ocarina of Time 3D, Starfox 64 3D and a proper Mario title come out.
Shigeru Miyamoto has said that Nintendo is aiming to release Super Mario 3DS this year in a recent interview with GameBlog.fr, meaning we might see the tanooki suit in 3D much earlier than anticipated. But then again, probably not considering Nintendo rarely releases games on time anymore *cough* Skyward Sword *cough*. How awesome would it be to have both a Mario platformer and kart racer out in time for Christmas though?
Not many people I know are clamoring for a Centipede reboot. But the fact that Wayforward Games, known best for gems like Shantae, Contra 4 and A Boy and His Blob, is behind the game might make you reconsider. The trailer (found after the break) doesn't look all that hot, but maybe the gameplay will be good. I wish Wayforward would stick to what they are good at, sprite based games, but I am still going to give this one a shot. Both versions of the game unique elements that play to that system's strengths. Want 3D and touchscreen controls? Go 3DS. Want pointer controls for precise aiming? Go Wii. Look for Centipede Infestation on your Nintendo system of choice this Fall.
Nintendo has announced a boss rush mode for Ocarina of Time 3DS, meaning you might die in a Zelda game for the first time in nearly 15 years. I do appreciate the extras Nintendo is throwing in to this remake, but would still like to see an extra dungeon or item make its way in to the game. Nintendo has been great at adding a bit of challenge to their games lately, due in part to the addition of the super guide. This feature will be present in Ocarina of Time 3DS as well, offering hints if you get too stumped. I wonder how many people will admit to using it in the water temple...
01. Pokémon White Version (NDS)
02. Pokémon Black Version (NDS)
03. Homefront (360, PS3, PC)
04. Dragon Age II (360, PS3, PC)
05. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, NDS, Wii, PC)
06.Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC)
07. Crysis 2 (360, PS3, PC)
08. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, PC)
09. MLB 11: The Show (PS3, PSP, PS2)
10. Fight Night Champion (360, PS3)
Nintendo DS - 460,000
Nintendo 3DS - Just Under 400,000
Wii - 290k
Xbox 360 - 433,000