Nightly News Roundup: 04.05.2012

The 3DS proves that Nintendo knows what it’s doing, Mario Tennis Open gets exciting new features, and Xenoblade’s producer explains what the JRPG needs to survive.

By Dustin Grissom. Posted 04/05/2012 21:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup3DS Continues to Soar in Japan; Holds 65% of the Hardware Market

Man, what ever happened to the 3DS failing and Nintendo being doomed? A recent report declares that the 3DS accounts for 65% of all hardware sales in Japan. This means that the 3DS is outselling every other system in Japan with a ratio higher than 2:1. That’s pretty impressive, so I don’t think Nintendo has anything to worry about.

Source: Engadget

New Features for Mario Tennis Open Revealed

As more details for Mario Tennis Open get revealed, I become both excited and disappointed.  On the plus side, these new features, such as the ability to play through classic Mario stages by stomping Goombas and collecting power-ups with the use of just a ball and racket, seem really cool, but when more of the game gets fleshed out, it becomes clear that the RPG structure of previous Mario Tennis titles may not be returning.  Am I the only one hoping for the return of the Mario Tennis RPG?  Express your thoughts in the comments, but for now, check out some of these cool new features in the video below!

Source: GameXplain

Xenoblade Chronicles Producer: JRPG’s Aren’t Dead

This generation of games seems to be sorely lacking in innovative, well-made JRPGs that give a spark of life to the genre as a whole. Luckily, it seems that Xenoblade Chronicles may be the title that gives the genre the innovative kick in the pants it needs to drive it forward. Here’s what the producer of Xenoblade Chronicles, Tetsuya Takahashi, had to say:

“Players always want more innovation, not just in RPGs, but in all games. If players don’t get as much of a sense of innovation from RPGs, that means that the genre is aging and dying and that we need to rouse ourselves into more intense action. However, we don’t believe that RPGs are dead yet. RPGs give you the chance to experience saving the world (albeit in a simulated way). I want to believe that this experience has meaning in our modern world, which is so difficult to save.”

Source: 1UP

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