Nightly News Roundup: 03.19.2012

Nintendo says Nikkei is full of it, a new promo video for Spirit Camera, and a special Luigi-themed reward is added to Club Nintendo.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 03/19/2012 22:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Nintendo Denies Plans to Release 3DS in Asia

Last week, Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported that Nintendo was planning to bring its 3DS console to South Korea in as early as April of this year. According to the report, the company was hoping to make more headway in the country and other untapped Asian markets, looking to also release the system in Taiwan and mainland China by the following summer. Nintendo has gone on record to deny these claims, saying Nikkei’s piece is “based on speculation” and “isn’t anything [the] company is possibly announcing.”

What’s particularly interesting about this story is that it isn’t the first time Nintendo has denied one of the newspaper’s reports. Last month, Nikkei claimed that the company was looking to revive certain third-party franchises for 3DS, even citing cult hit Seaman as the first such project. Nintendo quickly dismissed the report, but other stories have always borne some kernel of truth to them– the publication was the first to break news of 3DS’s existence, for instance, and it successfully predicted the DSi XL. Whether or not these reports will likewise bear fruit remains to be seen, but given that the company recently trademarked “iQue 3DS”  in China, it seems all but guaranteed that the console will make its way over there before the end of the year.

Source: Kotaku

New Promotional Video for Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir

Earlier today, Nintendo released a new promotional video for Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir, the upcoming augment reality horror game for 3DS. An offshoot of the Fatal Frame series, Spirit Camera has players finding and battling ghosts in the environment around them, using the console’s outer cameras to interact with the bundled AR notebook. The promotional video is a dramatization of this concept, following a young couple as they inadvertently discover a haunted diary in the basement of their house.

Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is slated to hit North America on April 13. A European release date has yet to be confirmed.

Source: YouTube

Luigi 3DS Pouch Added to Club Nintendo

Luigi fans will be pleased to find out that a new Luigi-themed 3DS pouch has been added to Club Nintendo’s rewards catalog.

The pouch, shaped like the plumber’s emblematic cap, is made of a durable nylon material and contains an inner pocket for a single game card. Fans can purchase the pouch for 450 coins.

Source: Club Nintendo

2 Responses to “Nightly News Roundup: 03.19.2012”

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    lukas85 says...

    Ninte do should release the 3ds in china and korea , i mean, its the biggest market in the world in terms of people, why do you want to loose such a big bussiness oportunity? For me its a dumb decicion not to release the 3ds there. Also, product placement costs would be very small, because the 3ds is manufactured in china.

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