Ah, the Nintendo 3DS. Why must something so cool have hardly any games to play on it? All the biggest news about the handheld always seems to be geared towards the future… Upcoming game this, software update that. What’s happened to the now, Nintendo? Well, at least we have Zelda! Again! Today’s Industry Chatter will focus on the 3DS, present and future.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is unsurprisingly still the top selling 3DS game out there. It tops all of the lists, including Amazon’s. Underneath Zelda come a number of games that have yet to be released for the system, including Super Mario 3DS, Mario Kart 3DS, and Paper Mario 3DS. For these games to be on the lists of top-selling 3DS games before they are released, it really shows how poor the launch lineup has been for the handheld. We are months into the life of the 3DS, and still our sights are set on what lies ahead! Luckily, Zelda has boosted the sales of 3DS, and the system has finally begun outselling the PSP in Japan thanks to the game’s release. Hopefully some of the other upcoming remake games like Star Fox 64 3D and Cave Story 3D will have a similar effect on the system’s sales; I’d hate to see developers abandon it early on because it’s selling so poorly.
Lets move on to some happier 3DS chatter, shall we? Nintendo is holding a press conference for the system on July 19th in the UK. Speculation suggests that it could be to announce a new television streaming type of software for people in Europe. That’s not the most exciting news ever, but at least we’re moving forwards right? I’m still waiting to hear an update about Netflix coming to the system; I think the ability to stream 3D movies and movie trailers could be a big selling point for Nintendo. We had the OK Go music video and we’re hungry for more! Either way, make sure to tune in on the 19th in case Nintendo decides to surprise us with something new and exciting!
Next, we have some news about Super Mario on 3DS, and it’s about the power-ups! Yoshiaki Koizumi (the game’s director) told Official Nintendo Magazine that while he can’t say how many different power-ups there will be in the game, that there will be enough to keep us happy with variety. He also said that the Tanooki Suit is not the only classic power up that will make an appearance in the game, and that’s great news! Now all we have left to do is wonder and speculate about what may lie in store for us… I’m personally hoping for the frog suit. That one was funny.
Let’s talk third parties! By now you’ve probably already heard about or experienced Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D‘s single save file ridiculousness. Well, Capcom’s vice president has stated, “I think it’s also fair to say in light of the controversy it’s generated I don’t think you’re going to see something like this happening again.” That’s good. I’m glad that it responded to the bad press so quickly. Seriously, though! They should never have done that in the first place! A single, non-deletable save file is just a horrible idea! Even the original Zelda had three save files!
Bob Sabiston, the developer who brought you Inchworm Animation for DSiWare, has stated to Joystiq that he would love to make a 3DS version of the software. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we could see some new Inchworm content down the road. Until then we’ll have Nintendo’s Flipnote Memo, which was supposed to release last Thursday but kinda just…. didn’t. Rumour has it that we’ll be seeing it in September, which I hope turns out to be true, because I had a lot of fun with the original on the DSi. It was a great time-killer.
Even though most of… well, everything about the 3DS is filed under ‘Coming Soon,’ at least it gives us a lot to think about! All I can say is at least we have Zelda. Time to kick back and play some Master Quest.