Nightly News Roundup: 07.27.2012

Get to know your 3DS, inside and out.

By Pierre Bienaimé. Posted 07/27/2012 15:58 Comment on this     ShareThis

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This 3DS Didn’t See Nothin’

A few game news websites were abuzz yesterday as Nintendo’s Consumer Relations division showed off a battery of stress tests designed to assure 3DS’ durability. Among them: the compression test (which simulates the rough world of packaging and transportation) and the drop test (is what it sounds like).


“Extreme conditions with constant temperatures or humidity” are also fair game.

I would think this type of practice isn’t new over at the big N: old Nintendo consoles have a reputation for just sailing on.

Source: Nintendo via Kotaku

Check Out this Commercial for 3DS XL

Yup, it sure does look to have 90% bigger screens (“the biggest screen ever on a Nintendo handheld console”).

There’s a strange dissonance to this commercial. The content is cheerful enough: a new Nintendo console is born! Mario’s bouncing around with his usual yahooing! But the ambient music and low lighting? Makes me feel like I’m catching a sneak peek at some alien autopsy. Does that sound PEGI 7 to you?

Anyway, here are the system’s release dates by region!

Japan: July 28, 2012
EU: July 27, 2012
NA: August 19, 2012
AU: August 23, 2012

Source: My Nintendo News

Sakurai In Control, Says Tekken Series Director

With Project Sora disbanded and Namco Bandai announced as a partner-in-dev for the next Super Smash title, the series’ future felt a little up in the air. In a recent interview with Dusty Cartridge, though, Tekken Series Director Katsuhiro Harada shared some info on the nature of the partnership:

That being said, although we’ll help provide support on technology and other things involved [in] creating the game, I’m currently very focused on the Tekken series. Some people might say online that I’m going to be involved in the development process or not but that shouldn’t really be an issue because the game design is going to be handled [by] Masahiro Sakurai.

Harada also touched on the possibility of Namco Bandai characters appearing in the game, again pointing to Sakurai as the man with a decision to make:

The sole decision will probably be made in a way that if more people want Tekken characters in it then Sakurai might choose to do so, if not then so be it.

Source: Dusty Cartridge

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