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.”
Burger King is currently offering two Wii promotions. First up, when you purchase a BK Crown Card, you are entered for a chance a Wii. The second is that kids meals currently have mini Wii toys, along with a promotional coupon from EA Games. The ten Wii kids meal toys offered are:
Whirl ‘n’ Twirl Princess Peach, Mario Kart Yoshi, Chain Chomp Launcher, Light-Up Luma, Rumbling Tumbling Diddy Kong, Float and Go Boo, Mario to the Rescue, Galaxy Blast Mario, Flip & Stick Donkey Kong and Metroid Challenge
Each toy comes with EA Games coupon codes for $5 off four selected Wii games you purchase through the EA Online Store: Littlest Pet Shop, Nerf N-Strike, Boom Blox and Boogie SuperStar. The promotional codes are in the back of the coupon book. The coupon codes in both of my kids’ books were the same, so I’m assuming that is the case everywhere. They are:
$5 off Boogie SuperStar or Boom Blox: EABK47381
$5 off Littlest Pet Shop or Nerf N-Strike: HASBRO
If you find different codes, let me know and I will post them. You can find images of the toys at Burger King’s kids site: Club BK.