Iwata Talks 3DS Games, Hints at Several Unannounced Projects
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed some very interesting pieces of information regarding the company’s plans for its upcoming 3DS system at his investor’s meeting this past weekend. Foremost, Iwata reiterates the importance of having a consistent stream of software available for the platform and maintains that Nintendo has taken measures to ensure the system avoids the dreaded post-launch drought most others experience by carefully spreading out all of its own releases throughout the year. Intriguingly, he also teases the existence of several secret 3DS projects, mentioning the company is hard at work on a few unannounced titles that are expected to see release before the year’s end.
Also of note, Iwata admits one of the reasons for Nintendo’s paltry amount of first-party launch offerings is to allow third-party publishers the chance to achieve early success on the platform. He also states the company has a number of titles that have already been completed and are being withheld for release at a later time:
“Please also note that if the third-party publishers were reluctant to support Nintendo 3DS, which would have been an unfavorable situation for the company, Nintendo itself would have needed to publish more of its software for the launch day. Before the launch of new hardware, we always start the preparation of multiple software titles for the launch and, among them, we decide which one or ones should be launched simultaneously with the hardware and which others should wait, by taking into consideration the development completion level of each software title and how many of each type of the software shall be available at the same time. We made the launch software decision not because there would be only one Nintendo title ready on time. In fact, the development for some of Nintendo’s own titles had already been completed before the completion of our launch title, nintendogs + cats.”
Iwata also offers some brief opinions on Sony’s “NGP” system as well as the viability of 3G in a portable console in the meeting, all of which can be read in the link that follows.
Nnooo Releases Second Dev Diary for Spirit Hunters Inc.
Nnooo, developer of the myLife series of apps available for download on DSiWare, has released the second of its developer diaries for its upcoming title Spirit Hunters Inc. The game is described as a “social role playing game in which the player hunts, battles and captures spirits which inhabit our world,” and it makes use of the system’s camera to integrate these spirits into the player’s surroundings. The title has yet to receive an official release date, but it will be available for download before the end of the year.
Nintendo Giving Away Ash’s Pikachu
Gamers who visit a participating Toys “R” Us store in the United States between today and February 13 with a copy of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold or SoulSilver will be eligible to download a very special version of Pikachu in their games. This specific Pokémon is notable because it is a digital replica of the one owned by Ash Ketchum in the never-ending anime series. It comes at level 50 with a Naughty nature, and it knows the attacks Thunderbolt, Iron Tail, Quick Attack, and Volt Tackle. Gamers will need to at least have obtained the Pokédex and have no more than two Wonder Cards in their possession in order to receive the mouse. Full instructions on how to download the Pokémon can be found in the link below.