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.
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.”
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.
We weren’t really given a title, but Nintendo promised that the world being created by the developer of Xenoblade Chronicles is going to be an open-world experience and give players the ability to pilot flying mechs. It will be released in 2014 with Nintendo promising more news about it in the future. Trailer below:
Developer Retro Studios is bringing back the beloved Donkey Kong Country franchise again with a new title in the series: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The developer is well-known for the Metroid Prime franchise as well as their revival of the DKC franchise with Donkey Kong Country Returns which released on the Wii in 2010. I’m excited to see this next installment as Retro never disappoints. DKC: Tropical Freeze is set to release on Wii U this November. Trailer below: