Nightly News Roundup: 2010.11.10

Celebrate Nov. 10 in style with the announcement of Madden for 3DS, Nintendo’s trademark shenanigans, and a new feature revealed for Mistwalker’s “The Last Story.”

By Evan Campbell. Posted 11/10/2010 20:41 1 Comment     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

EA Announces Madden for 3DS

Electronic Arts and John Madden plan to bring the old pigskin to Nintendo 3DS early next year. After missing a couple of seasons for Nintendo DS, Madden NFL Football will return by calling an audible and being a 3DS title close to the system’s launch, according to EA in a press release and fact sheet (via GoNintendo).

EA says the game will feature the traditional Season Mode, the Wii-centric 5-on-5 mode, and Call Your Shots, in which you can alter the routes of wide receivers. Sadly, Franchise Mode looks to be on the injury reserved list for this iteration. The publisher also emphasized the importance of stereoscopic 3D in the title, saying, “Madden NFL Football brings the NFL to life like never before with a presentation optimized for 3D-viewing, including 3D specific cameras that provide all-new levels of depth.”

Along with the sheets filled with words, EA also released a few screenshots of Madden NFL Football for 3DS (which Nintendojo has courtesy of GoNintendo’s Flickr set, where you can check out more). As you can see below, the game looks to be graphically close to the Wii version of the game, though the 3D effect is impossible to check out here.

Source: GoNintendo

Nintendo Files For Donkey Kong Trademark

“It’s on like Donkey Kong!”

Don’t plan on saying that unless you want to add a ™ mark, as Nintendo announced in a press release (sent via e-mail to Nintendojo) that it has filed for a trademark of the popular catchphrase. According to Nintendo, the saying “has been used in popular music, television and film over the years, pointing to Donkey Kong’s status as an enduring pop-culture icon and video game superstar.”

Obviously, Nintendo’s announcement is all about publicity for the return of DK in Donkey Kong Country Returns, a Wii title developed by Retro Studios. The game hits stores Nov. 21.

At the same time, this makes one wonder how far Nintendo will go with trademarks. Will Nintendojo not be able to say, “It’s A-ME, Mario!” and “Hey, LISTEN!” without the ™ mark?

Source: Nintendo Press Release

Go Online in The Last Story

Nintendo and developer Mistwalker kept their lips sealed for a long time regarding a big feature for The Last Story. According to IGN, the Japanese RPG features online play, allowing six players to join up and play together.

The online mode is split up into two categories: competitive and cooperative. IGN states that the competitive portion pits six players against one another, in a RPG face-off with the game’s battle system. For those with more friendly inclinations, the cooperative mode allows six people to join forces to tackle some of the title’s bosses. This particular mode sounds similar to the Monster Hunter franchise, which is very popular in Japan.

Speaking of Japan, The Last Story hit stores there Jan. 27. Nintendo of America has not announced any plans regarding the game. The same holds true for Europe.

Source: IGN

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