Nintendo announces the 2DS

2DS

Gamer’s looking to experience Nintendo’s new handheld library (like the upcoming Pokemon X and Y), but unable (or unwilling) to shell out the cash for a 3DS will be happy to hear that Nintendo is releasing a cheaper alternative.  Dubbed the 2DS, this new hardware will allow gamers to play classic DS and 3DS games at the lower entry fee of $130.  The system doesn’t have the clam shell design of DS systems past and doesn’t have a 3D display, but does offer the capability to play games made for the 3DS without the risk of eyestrain.

It’s no doubt this new entry in the DS family will confuse consumers (and more than likely disappoint eager children this holiday season), but it’s, in my opinion, a needed move by Nintendo to try to expand the 3DS user base.  Having a cheaper system out there will drive up hardware revenue and have a positive impact on attach rate as well as boost the sales of the system’s upcoming killer app – the aforementioned Pokemon games.

The 2DS goes on sale October 12.

Pokemon X & Y gameplay trailer 5

Because I love me some Pokémon, I’m going to post this new gameplay trailer.  You’re welcome.

“Moon” rights revert back to Renegade Kid next year

Moon

I’m not going to lie, I loved Renegade Kid’s DS outings.  The Dementium games were refreshing and terrifying handheld experiences and Moon demonstrated that Samus isn’t the only character capable of starring in a captivating first-person adventure.  Both properties demonstrate the kind of quality on a Nintendo console uncommon in third-party developers, so I’m all for seeing more.  With Moon being one of the few games out there to successfully replicate the feel of a Metroid Prime game, the idea that there might be more in the future is certainly exciting.

Renegade Kid had a five-year contract with publisher Mastiff for Moon, those five years are up in 2014.  Jools Watsham, the co-founder of Renegade Kid, has hinted that with the property being back in the hands of its creators, that there might just be more in the future.  In a conversation with Polygon, Watsham stated, “We… are very fond of Moon, and have always wanted to continue the story of Major Kane…. We purposely left it open-ended at the end of the first game for this reason…. [W]e absolutely intend to support Moon with future development efforts. We’ll have more news on our plans soon.”

 

Source:  Polygon

A Link Between Worlds trailer

The sequel to A Link to the Past now has a title:  The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.  This sequel to the beloved SNES title is heading exclusively to Nintendo’s 3DS this November.

Super Smash Bros heading to Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo revealed in their Nintendo Direct E3 show that they’ve got two Super Smash Bros. games in development right now.  One for the Wii U and one for the 3DS.  The game also brings in new challenger Mega Man.

 

Pokemon X & Y add new Pokemon type

I know I’m a little behind on the Nintendo Direct stuff, but I’m a busy guy.  Not really, but that’s the excuse I’m sticking with.

In their ND E3 conference, they unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming Pokemon XY versions that showed off the games’ new fairy type.  The type will be strong against dragon type Pokemon, an update Game Freak hopes will help bring a little more balance to their monster collection/fighting games.

In addition to the new Pokemon type is a new mode in the game called “Pokemon-Amie” which makes virtual pets out of your Pokemon.  You’ll be able to bond with your pocket monsters Nintendogs style by feeding them, petting them, and even mimicking them with your movements captured by the 3DS’ front-facing camera.  I’ve never really been big about all the features they’ve added over the years that are like the talent show and even the Dream World, but this seems like something I’ll totally spend some time with.  It seems much more worthwhile than dressing your Pokemon up for scripted stageplays.  What I’m saying is, I love catching and leveling Pokemon, I hate dressing them up, but I’ll totally pet the shit out of them.

Sonic: Lost Worlds Trailer

Sonic: Lost Worlds is heading exclusively to Nintendo consoles later this year.  It follows the announcement of an exclusive Sonic deal between Sega and Nintendo; Lost Worlds is first game in that partnership and it now has a trailer.  Fans of Sonic games may see some Sonic Xtreme DNA in this upcoming title–Sonic Xtreme was the canceled 3D Sonic game for Sega’s short-lived Saturn.

AVGN Adventures Heading to Nintendo Consoles

The angriest gamer you’ve ever heard is getting his own video game adventure!  Titled Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures and planned for release on PC through Steam, this retro-styled action platformer is also heading, appropriately, to Nintendo’s most recent consoles:  the WiiU and 3DS.  James Rolfe, the man behind the Nerd, got his start as the Angry Nintendo Nerd with his review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES.

No word on whether or not the game will be coming to XBLA or PSN, but I’m sure we’re all keeping our fingers crossed that no matter what platform this lands on, hopefully it’s not a steaming pile of donkey dung smothered in skunk anuses.

 

Source:  Destructoid

A Link to the Past Sequel Headed to 3DS this Holiday

Nintendo has announced via Nintendo Direct that a new Zelda title set in the world established in SNES classic A Link to the Past will be coming to the 3DS this holiday season.  The game features 3D visuals presented in a classic top-down fashion.  The effects available on the 3DS will give a new dimension to puzzle solving by enabling a better perspective on environment heights and things of that nature.  The 3D visuals won’t be the only thing changing how puzzles are done with Link having the ability to become a 2D painting on a wall to work his way around certain environmental obstacles.  For more insight on the upcoming handheld adventure, check out the video below:

Batman: Arkham Origins Announced

It’s official:  a prequel to the Arkham games has been announced.  The game is set to take place before both Arkham Assylum and Arkham City and is being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal.  The first two installments of the franchise were developed by Rocksteady Games.  This change shouldn’t drastically change the property as WB Montreal is familiar with the Arkham franchise having ported Arkham City to the WiiU.  Batman: Arkham Origins will be released on current-gen home consoles and PC on October 25, 2013.

In addition to Arkham Origins, an additional prequel game is being developed for 3DS and Vita.  Titled Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, this portable entry in the franchise will take place after the events of its home console counterpart.  Blackgate is being developed by Armature Studios, which was formed by staff from Nintendo’s Retro Studio (developer of the Metroid Prime series and Donkey Kong Country Returns).  The game will be a 2.5D Metroid-vania style game and is set to release alongside Arkham Origins.

 

Sources:  Game Informer, Joystiq