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.

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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.

Project X Zone Trailer

Project X Zone, the crossover tactical RPG featuring Namco, Capcom, and Sega characters, has a new trailer featuring characters from the Sega-published Resonance of Fate.  Project X Zone will be released exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS on June 25th in North America and July 4th and 5th in Australia and Europe respectively.