January 19 was a day for great news! Found out why below!
Nintendo 3DS News
I haven't really announced much stuff on this lately, but there are a lot of things to cover, especially with the Nintendo World convention in Japan a week ago, and the January 19 conference in New York (which can be seen far below in 35 minute video form) and Amsterdam respectively a couple of days ago. First things first, the Nintendo 3DS finally has an American release date and price! Yes, it's true, you can pick a shiny new 3DS on March 27 for $249.99! Or, if you would like to get it as soon as possible so you can rub it in your friends' faces, preorder it on Amazon.com!
Anyway, now for the other news. There is a new gameplay video featuring clips from announced 3DS games, shown at Nintendo World, that can be seen below, starring your favorites such as Kid Icarus: Uprising (see extended gameplay video below), Mario Kart 3DS, Paper Mario 3D, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (see extended gameplay video below), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3D, and Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition among some. Check it out below.
However, some of the awesome stuff on the 3DS won't be available on Day One. That is to say, if you get your 3DS on March 27, you won't be able to:
- Transfer games from your DSi to your new system
- Download games from Virtual Console and 3DSWare
- Browse the web
- Watch 3D movies
right away. Stinks a bit, and we don't know when Nintendo plans to release these features, but this gives you enough time to play your beloved launch titles. Oh, and speaking of downloading games, you won't have to use "Nintendo Points" like on your Wii or DSi to get stuff on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. You get to use actual currency. That is to say, it no longer costs "1000 points" or whatever, it just says "$10", and then you put up your credit card number and pay the cash. Simple as that. And, uh, I don't mean to disappoint you, but the 3DS is region-locked (meaning you can't play games from other countries), and it has a VERY limited battery power -- 3-5 hours for 3DS games and 5-8 hours for regular DS games, depending on screen brightness. Heh heh...
Oh yeah, and there's the fact that the 3DS may lack "Pictochat." However, they now have "Friend Lists" on your trusty 3DS, of which you can add up to 100 folks per friend codes. To boot, you can have "universal friends." Yep, that's right, you can online-message some guy from China with a whiff of your stylus. Cool, huh? ... No? Well, maybe visiting the official US website for the device will pull you over?
Well, that's just about all the rap I've got on the 3DS. Go on and check out the Kingdom Hearts info down there, will ya?
The Kingdom Hearts Series News
Kingdom Hearts 3D
Okay, so I bet you noticed that little tidbit of Kingdom Hearts 3D gameplay in that first video up there. Well, for us non-E3-attending folk, that was the ONLY footage of the game we had; just a mere 8 seconds. That is, until the Square Enix 1st Department Premiere conference in Japan on January 19, ironically the same day as the Nintendo conference. Anyway, there, lots of games were showcased, such as numerous Final Fantasy-related titles. Only two Kingdom Hearts games were shown, Kingdom Hearts 3D and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix. The two only had mere trailers. But this was grand! A full-length trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3D... or should I say, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance!
Yes, creator Tetsuya Nomura had said that the "3D" in the title had stood for something important, and not just "Three-demensional." Of course, not only just a few days ago had we finally found out what that meant. Anyway, the trailer, which can be seen below in 1080p HD, though in Japanese, shows that Sora & Riku set off to take their Mark of Mastery exam, somehow put back in their old KH1 outfits rather than their new KH2 ones, and are seen on Destiny Islands, Traverse Town (where we see some AWESOME combo gameplay), and what seems to be a world based on Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, where Sora jumps off the top of Notre Dame and falls down for some reason... O_o...
Anyway, that's about all we got on Kingdom Hearts 3D for now, but the news still isn't done!
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
Anyway, I mentioned Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix a few paragraphs ago. This is a re-release of the regular Birth by Sleep with more features and boss battles... and it's only released in Japan. But, as with every other Final Mix in the series, this game features a new secret ending, or preview of the next game, different from the ones in the regular version, but is very similar to that. The secret ending in this game is different, as you get to PLAY it. The secret ending takes place where the Final Episode in the regular Birth by Sleep left off, with Aqua in the Realm of Darkness. Here, you get to play as Aqua as she battles strong heartless in the Realm. But, here we're not for gameplay, but for the cutscenes.
The cutscenes here are very interesting. They... well, let me just show you:
As you can see, the video ends with a single phrase: Birth by Sleep-Volume Two-. So what does this mean? Well, it means that the "mystery game" that Nomura has often referenced is this, and that "Birth by Sleep Volume Two" is the next game in the series, covering the last plotholes during what happens before the first Kingdom Hearts. It also means that Birth by Sleep is SUCH a main game that it gets a sequel... -_- ... But never mind that! Now, the questions pour in. Will it be for PSP, or the fabled PSP successor? Will it show how Organization XIII was formed? WHEN WILL KINGDOM HEARTS III COME OUT?! And so on and so forth...
Anyway, that's it for the blog, folks. I guess this is goodbye. Well, see ya...
Oh wait! Just so you know, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, a DS remake of the Japanese-only Kingdom Hearts coded, has been released in America, so get your butt over to Wal-Mart or GameStop and get it! Okay... NOW I'm done...
... not! Heh heh, I just did that to spite you. Okay, now I'm REALLY gone...
Do the three dots make you think that there's more to be said? That's not the case. Look, I'm going to close this blog with a dot, dot, dot. Look. ... Cool, isn't it? Er, I mean, farewell...