At the E3 Expo in LA, Nintendo its new portable gaming system, the 3DS, that lets people view games in 3D, without the need for special glasses. Nintendo also announced a list of games in development for the Nintendo 3DS.
At the unveiling, Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto said that “the dimension of depth in 3D makes it easier for players to judge distances while giving developers a new tool to create games and experiences that play with both height and depth.”
The Nintendo 3DS has three cameras - one inner and two outer - to deliver the 3D effect and take 3D pictures. It also includes a motion sensor, a gyro sensor and a Slide Pad that allows 360-degree analog input. The games in the development pipeline for the Nintendo 3DS include:
Kid Icarus: Uprising
StarFox 64 3D
DJ Hero 3D
Resident Evil: Revelations
The Sims 3
Super Street Fighter IV 3D
3D may be just the ticket to boost lagging gaming sales, though it doesn’t look like it will help Nintendo this upcoming holiday season. The company did not say when sales of the Nintendo 3DS would begin, but it has been rumored that the device would go on sale by March 2011. Price TBD.
Last week, a post on Gamespot.com started a buzz across the net about a possible new The Legend of Zelda release sometime next year. In an interview with Lazard Capital Markets’ Colin Sebastian, he states that new releases will help push modest industry growth next year, and one could possibly be the next installment of The Legend of Zelda. Although he admits it is pure speculation at this point, the timing makes sense and would give Nintendo a huuuuuuge boost in game sales in a difficult economic year.
“With this year’s release of Wii installments for Super Smash Bros., Animal Crossing, and Mario Kart, there are few cherished Nintendo series in need of a new-generation debut. That means it’s about time for the publisher to start a second lap of its greatest hits, and if one industry analyst’s prognostication is accurate, leading off that lap could be a second installment of The Legend of Zelda.”
The first reviews are in for Animal Crossing: City Folk and it appears that while the game hasn’t delivered any new innovations, it is still a lot of fun to play, particularly for those who have not expereienced the previous versions on other platforms. Readers have given the game high marks, though site editors have been a bit more critical. Here are summaries of the top reviews:
Gamespot.com says: Animal Crossing: City Folk looks, sounds, and plays a little too much like its predecessor on the DS to be worthwhile if you already own that game. The visuals are cute and colorful, but dated. The cheery audio isn’t as impressive on the Wii in 2008 as it was on the DS in 2005. Furthermore, the gameplay is largely unchanged and, unless you’re at home with your Wii at all times of the day, it’s better suited to the DS. With all of that said, City Folk is every bit as engaging and entertaining as its predecessors and so, if you managed to miss out on those and have an hour or so to spare every day for the next year, you’d do well to move in. 300 Gamespot readers have rated it a 9 out of 10, while their 7 editors give it a 7.3.
Wii Fanboy reports: Animal Crossing: City Folk, despite lacking large strides in the innovation department, still manages to be an impressive well of fun gaming activity. Fans of the series will see this game as exactly what they want: more of the same. Score: 8/10.
IGN declares: Animal Crossing: City Folk wasn’t made for Animal Crossing fans. It was made for those that missed out the first two times. And for those people, you’ve got yourself a fine product. To those that helped make the first two games a success: maybe Nintendo will thank you some other way, because City Folk is only for you if you want to go through the same things all over again. IGN readers have given the game an 8.6/10 rating, while their editors give it a 7.5.
To get folks fired up for the November 16 release of Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii, Nintendo is hosting an outrageous animal costume contest.
Animal lovers can show their creativity by submitting their most creative images of animals dressed in costumes or even as characters from Animal Crossing. The selected top 50 photos in the “Animal Crossing Welcome Waggin’ Costume Contest” will win membership to the Welcome Waggin’ Committee. They will also get a Wii game console, a copy of Animal Crossing: City Folk, a Wii Speak microphone, and more. In my opinion, that’s worth an embarrassing pet photo or two…
Expanding on the popularity of the Animal Crossing series, Animal Crossing: City Folk lets every member of the household partake in the fun of an animal-filled town. Players use the the wiimote controls to customize their own characters and environment. Also, for the first time, players can take their adventure “downtown” to the city, complete with shopping and theater adventures. It’s also the first game to make use of the Wii Speak microphone, a new accessory that we previously wrote about which enables players to use voice chat over a broadband Internet connection.
Daily photo picks and details about the “Animal Crossing Welcome Waggin’ Costume Contest” will be posted at www.WelcomeWagginContest.com. Entries will be accepted Oct. 27 - Nov. 16.