Nightly News Roundup: 2011.02.23

3DS wasn’t always 3D, Capcom releases a pair of new Okamiden trailers, and special DSi bundles announced for Pokémon Black and White.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 02/23/2011 22:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

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3DS Was Once 2D, Motionless

In an interview with Famitsu magazine, Hideki Konno, head of Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 1 and manager of 3DS hardware development, revealed the 3DS was originally quite different from the iteration unveiled to the world last summer. According to Konno, the system was initially incapable of producing the auto-stereoscopic effects for which it has become famous when he first joined the project: “I became involved with development starting in 2008, but at that time, it didn’t have 3D visuals.”

Nintendo’s history of experimentation with 3D has been a common topic in the developer’s many interviews since the system was revealed, and Konno reiterates the company’s justification for its inclusion into its next portable console: “With this system, you could say the timing was just right for us. It was the right time to start thinking about using the latest in high-tech and try out glasses-free 3D. The technology we got to demo was really impressive, and starting in early 2009, we began to think that it was time to bring it to games.”

Also of interest, Konno revealed the 3DS’s gyroscopic sensors were only added to the console just before its public unveiling at E3 last June:

“We officially went with them just before E3 last year. The boat had really left the port by that point– the hardware team had the final specs and just had to work it all out. Then, in the midst of that, Miyamoto said ‘This isn’t enough; we can really change things if there’s a gyro sensor in there.’ We had a prototype for the sensor already, so we got everyone together to try it out, and the conclusion we came up with was ‘Well, if we can do things this fun with it, I guess we’ve got no choice.'”

Source: 1Up

Two New Trailers for Okamiden

Capcom has uploaded onto its official YouTube channel two new trailers for its upcoming DS title, Okamiden. Each one highlights a new character, and both can be viewed in their entirety below:

Source: Capcom Unity YouTube Channel

Special Pokémon DSi Bundles Coming to America

Nintendo announced today it would be releasing limited-edition Pokémon DSi bundles to commemorate the launch of Pokémon Black and White Versions in North America. The bundles, pictured below, are set at a suggested retail price of $179.99 and include, in addition to one of the games, a DSi system of the corresponding color with mascot legendaries Reshiram and Zekrom etched onto the outer casing, as well as a Pokémon-themed carrying case. The bundles go on sale March 6, the same day Black and White are scheduled for release in the territory.

Source: Nintendo

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