Youkai Watch Confirmed for 3DS
Given the west’s general aversion to 3DS development, not to mention the media’s perpetual doomsaying in the wake of the mobile gaming explosion, it’s refreshing to see a developer embracing the console as wholeheartedly as Level-5. After an initial deluge of announcements, when the company revealed at least ten projects in the works for the new handheld, it seems we can now add another title to its growing list of support.
The game in question, Youkai (ghost) Watch, was first announced at last year’s special Level-5 Vision event, but the developer neglected to mention which platform it would be heading to. Fortunately, the latest issue of CoroCoro magazine confirms that it will indeed be coming to the 3DS. You can view the announcement trailer below:
There’s no word on if the title will make it outside of Japan once it is released, but given the company’s history, I’d say there’s a fairly good chance we’ll see it stateside at some point down the line. Youkai Watch is expected to hit Japanese stores sometime in 2013.
“Triple A” Square Enix Port Heading to Wii U
3DS isn’t the only Nintendo console receiving more support; according to the LinkedIn profile of Chris Slater, the Technical Project Manager at Tantalus Media, there will be a port of an “AAA” Square Enix game coming to Wii U.
You may remember Tantalus Media as the developer behind the Wii U port of Mass Effect 3, which will be available alongside the console at launch (and has effectively been undermined by the announcement of Mass Effect Trilogy, but that’s another story). According to Slater’s profile, the game in question will actually be ported by StraightRight, for whom he will be working on a short-term contract. There’s no word on which Square Enix title the company will be bringing over, but many suspect it to be the new Tomb Raider, which will be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March, 2013. Any game would be better than nothing (unless you’re Ubisoft).
Pilotwings Added to Club Nintendo
Nintendo fans looking for something new to play may want to log into their Club Nintendo accounts, as the company has just added the original Pilotwings to its rewards catalog.
Released for the Super NES back in 1991 (and currently available on the Wii Shop for 800 Wii points), Pilotwings is a flight simulator renowned for its (at the time) impressive Mode 7 graphics. The game retails for 100 coins, and will be available on the service until October 28, after which it will be replaced by a new downloadable reward.
3DS owners also have the chance to download 3D Classics: Urban Champion from the service, which runs for 150 coins. Like Pilotwings, the game will only be available for a limited time (in this case October 21), so those interested in the title (and not dissuaded by its poor critical reception) may want to purchase it before it disappears from the catalog.
Source: Club Nintendo