It’s been a long wait, but SEGA has finally launched four new 3D Classics on the Australian 3DS eShop. 3D Outrun, 3D Fantasy Zone, 3D Fantasy Zone 2 and 3D Thunder Blade are all available as of now. Pricing is set at $6.50 each.
Nintendo Everything: 3DS eShop
Iwata on the Virtual Console – looking into making games with limited resources, lack of titles with new platforms
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata opened up on the company’s handling of the Virtual Console during the latest shareholders meeting.
Iwata explained that creating Virtual Console titles “require detailed manual work, such as testing if the software runs smoothly on each platform, or making sure the content is appropriate under the various standards currently in place.” Although some fans say that Nintendo tends to release classic games slowly, it’s difficult to speed up the process since doing so would take up resources for brand new titles.
Nintendo is “currently researching how we can efficiently develop Virtual Console titles with limited human resources.” Iwata also pointed to one big issue, which is “how to resolve the situation in which we can only release a few Virtual Console titles at a time when we release new platforms.”
Read on below to check out everything Iwata stated about the Virtual Console.
Regarding your question on the scale of Virtual Console title sales, the download sales as a whole for this (75th) fiscal year are 31.3 billion yen, and I have shared publicly that this is a 30 percent increase from the last fiscal year, but we have not disclosed the individual sales of Virtual Console titles only.
Virtual Console itself is a service that began when we developed Wii so that consumers can play past titles on new platforms, and we continue to distribute various titles now. However, back when we started this service, there were some points that we could not sufficiently foresee about how big this business would grow to be and how the business would expand. For example, Virtual Console titles are generally developed based on the original game software, but this does not mean that we can develop numerous Virtual Console titles simply if we have the original game software. Development of Virtual Console titles require detailed manual work, such as testing if the software runs smoothly on each platform, or making sure the content is appropriate under the various standards currently in place. Thus, we occasionally receive opinions that our pace of releasing new Virtual Console titles is slow, but if we use much of our human resources on such detailed manual work, we would not be able to develop new titles, so we are currently researching how we can efficiently develop Virtual Console titles with limited human resources. One of the big issues for our system development is how to resolve the situation in which we can only release a few Virtual Console titles at a time when we release new platforms.
In addition, regarding the possibility of making all titles available on Virtual Console, I can say that it is possible for Nintendo titles with a few exceptions, since we generally have the intellectual property rights for such titles. However, as to third-party software publishers’ titles, if they are producing the software based on a license from another copyright holder, for example, we may not be able to easily use the same title for the system that exists now because we do not have a license from the copyright holder at the time. This often becomes a problem with reruns of TV shows or Internet broadcasting. Therefore, since we can only release Virtual Console titles of third-party software publishers if they come to an agreement with the copyrights holders upon negotiating terms and conditions that were not included in their original contract, please understand that there are some titles that we cannot easily release despite many requests. We will make our best efforts to satisfy our consumers with our Virtual Console title lineup.
Nintendo released a new video today showcasing a few European digital game highlights from June 2015. You can watch it below.
This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:
Wii U Download
Roving Rogue – $7.99
Quadcopter Pilot Challenge – $8.99
Wii U Virtual Console
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – $9.99
Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 – $39.99
Mercenaries Saga 2 – $4.99
Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies Mood Matrix
Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies Court Record
Ace Attorney Trilogy Pixel Art
Ace Attorney Trilogy Main Characters
Pokémon: Mega Charizard Y & Mega Rayquaza
Pokémon: Eevee Collection: Espeon & Umbreon
– Bombing Bastards and Spot the Differences: Party! from Sanuk Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 9.
– Ittle Dew is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 30.
– Plenty of Fishies is 40 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 31.
– Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies from Capcom is 44 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $16.79) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 16.
– Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy from Capcom is 25 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $22.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 16.
– Talking Phrasebook – 7 Languages is 40 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 9.
– European Conqueror 3D, The Legend of Dark Witch and Tappingo from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 23.
– Toy Stunt Bike is 50 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 30.
– Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, 4 Elements and more games from Tulip Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 1.
Splatoon: New Game Mode and Splatfest – Tower Control, a new game mode that finds Inklings riding a tower into the enemy’s base, has been added to Ranked Battle. In addition, the theme for the first Splatoon Splatfest is “Cats or Dogs” and starts July 4. Learn more here: http://splatoon.nintendo.com.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Independence” Tournament – See how your Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with their friends and around the world. The new “Independence” tournament runs from July 2 to July 6. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications on future tournaments, and click here for more information about multiplayer tournaments. Good luck, agents!
Source: Nintendo PR
Bandai Namco have released a lengthy new trailer for Monolith Soft’s upcoming RPG, Project X Zone 2: Brave New World. Unfortunately this trailer doesn’t reveal any unannounced characters, but it should satisfy those who wanted to see some of the newcomers and new systems in action. It also gives a brief look at the bonuses included with the limited “Original Game Sound Edition” like the new version of Legend of the Valkyrie starring Namco X Capcom’s Xiaomu.
This week’s video additions to the Wii U/3DS eShops are as follows:
Splatoon – Splatfest Incoming
Nintendo Minute – E3 Vlog
Roving Rogue Trailer
KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker Trailer
Quadcopter Pilot Challenger Trailer
Art Academy: Home Studio Launch Trailer
Splatoon – Splatfest Incoming
Nintendo Minute – E3 Vlog
Art Academy: Home Studio Launch Trailer
Source: Wii U/3DS eShops
This week’s 3DS eShop charts are as follows:
1. Smash Controller
2. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog
3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
4. Mario Kart 7
5. Fire Emblem: Awakening
6. Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
7. Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
8. Super Mario Bros. 3
9. Zelda: Oracle of Ages
10. Super Mario 3D Land
11. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
12. Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure
13. The Legend of Zelda
14. Gunman Clive
15. Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
16. 3D Streets of Rage
17. Star Fox 64 3D
18. Fantasy Life
19. Kid Icarus: Uprising
20. Super Mario Bros.
1. Zelda: Tri Force Heroes E3 2015 Trailer
2. Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon E3 2015 Trailer
3. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS Here Comes a New Challenger
4. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam E3 2015 Trailer
5. Stretchmo Trailer
6. Hyrule Warriors Legends E3 2015 Trailer
7. Super Mario Maker – E3 2015 Trailer
8. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer E3 2015 Trailer
9. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS New Content 6/14/15
10. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games E3 2015 Video
11. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS Roy Seals the Deal
12. Fire Emblem Fates E3 2015 Trailer
13. Metroid Prime: Federation Force E3 2015 Trailer
14. LEGO Jurassic World Launch Trailer
15. Star Fox Zero E3 2015 Trailer
16. Nintendo Digital Event – E3 2015
17. Yoshi’s Woolly World E3 2015 Trailer
18. Skylanders SuperChargers E3 2015 Trailer
19. Kirby: Right Back At Ya! Volume 1
20. Splatoon Direct 5/7/15
Source: 3DS eShop
A listing on the eShop reveals that 3D Streets of Rage 2 is coming to North America on July 16. SEGA will be making it available for $5.99, much like other 3D Classics. You can view some screenshots from 3D Streets of Rage 2 in the gallery below.
SEGA has another couple of 3D Classics launching this summer. 3D Gunstar Heroes is due out in August, followed by 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in September.
Nintendo World Report uploaded a new video of SteamWorld Heist. In addition to giving us the latest off-screen footage, it also has developer commentary from Image & Form. Take a look at the video below.
Petit Computer #3 SmileBASIC has been out on the Japanese 3DS eShop for quite awhile now. Since its release, users have come up with all sorts of apps and games.
SmileBoom has now launched Petit Computer Magazine: First Edition, which bundles together a few games made in Petit Computer #3 SmileBASIC. Here’s what we know about it:
– Petit Computer Magazine doesn’t require Petit Computer #3 SmileBASIC (it’s a standalone purchase)
– Users can commercialize their products and find ways to develop new ones using BASIC, a hobbyist programming language
– The collection will include user nominated titles that won awards for their originality, humor, design, and artfulness
– 36 unique games
– SOLID GUNNER, a title developed using the new SmileBASIC 3 software, will also be included in the collection
– SOLID GUNNER: contemporary shooting game with retro-style looks that doesn’t rely on walls of projectiles for difficulty
– The program has also been used to create themes for the New Nintendo 3DS
– Hakase and Mr. Syntax, characters who’ve merited advertisements, official websites, and books, have had themes created for them using SmileBASIC 3
– 200 yen each for the themes
– Petit Computer Magazine: First Edition is 300 yen