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We already heard about Iwata noting that Ocarina of Time 3D will be released before Skyward Sword. Here’s his exact quote:

“One of the Wii titles scheduled to be launched this year is, as you know, “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.” Last year was the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. For your information, the year 2011 also marks the 15th anniversary of Pokémon and 25th anniversary of Dragon Quest, among others. Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo told me that he had a strong feeling that the new play control realized by Wii MotionPlus, which is now integrated into our Wii Remote as Wii Remote Plus, could significantly expand the comfort of the game play, especially when used in games like “The Legend of Zelda.” His team is now entering into the final completion stage of the game. Talking about The Legend of Zelda franchise, what people called a masterpiece in the days of Nintendo 64, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” has been in the process of being remade for Nintendo 3DS, and this Nintendo 3DS version is expected to hit the market earlier.”

This quote is quite interesting, since it could mean we won’t see Skyward Sword for some time. Last year, Nintendo said that the game could have been released had it used Twilight Princess’ art style. It seemed as though only a few dungeons needed to be completed, and the team was working on polishing the game’s graphics. However, Reggie Fils-Aime stated that Ocarina of Time 3D won’t ship before E3, and if Skyward Sword is coming after that, perhaps we’ll see the title in November?

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We’ve heard a few conflicting reports regarding the availability of the 3DS’ Internet browser and eShop. Based on an official statement straight from Satoru Iwata, it appears that the features will not be released until May. The thing is, it seems as though it applies to pretty much all regions. Iwata told the following to investors…

“The first system update is scheduled for late May, at almost the same time around the world. Upon this update, you will be able to use some features including:
• Nintendo eShop,
• Transfer of Nintendo DSiWare from Nintendo DSi to Nintendo 3DS, and
• Internet Browser.”

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– First firmware update in May: eShop, Internet browser, DSiWare transfers
– Software sales, video, demo downloads on the eShop
– The “shopping channels” for Wii/DSi were based off browser tech, suffered from slow screen switches and control latency as a result
– With the eShop, Nintendo wanted to make a service in which players would visit even if they weren’t interested in something specific (a “place that’s fun to window shop”)
– VC, DSiWare, 3DS-specific games, and 3D classics available on the eShop
– Download a free video player from the eShop
– Need the player to watch free 3D videos from Fuji TV and Nippon TV that will be distributed daily via SpotPass
– DSiWare transfers use the eShop
– Nintendo wanted the transfer ability available day one, but couldn’t do so since it uses the shop
– Transfer 3DS games from one system to another in the future
– These transfers will be limited
– The 3DS transfer feature will be available in a future update
– Automatic uploads and automatic software downloads through SpotPass to be made available in future firmware updates

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Tower of Pandora

– Japanese title is Pandora no Tou: Kimi no Moto e Kaeru Made
– Subtitle: Until I Return To Your Side in English
– Game almost finished with development
– Details will be gradually released shortly

Rhythm Heaven Wii

– Play by yourself
– Can also be played with others
– Releasing this year

Kirby Wii

– Iwata apologized for the long wait
– HAL has been working away on the game
– Releasing this year

– Nintendo localizing Just Dance and GoldenEye 007 in Japan

Zelda

– Skyward Sword is in the final phases of development
– Releasing this year still
– Ocarina of Time 3D will be released first

Pokemon

– Pokemon Typing DS releasing in April (Japan)
– Comes with a bluetooth keyboard
– Can communicate with the keyboard due to a built-in bluetooth reader in the cartridge
– Nintendo is progressing with a variety of Pokemon developments for Wii and 3DS

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This information comes from Satoru Iwata, who was asked about Sony’s newly announced NGP…

“They’re trying to appeal to customers from a different direction than us. The customers will decide which is correct. Nintendo is not the kind of company that thinks about how we oppose other company’s product.”

Iwata also talked about the 3DS. Pre-orders in Japan are off to a good start, though Iwata is more interested in seeing continued sales rather than a “rocket start.” It was also revealed that a 3DS firmware update will be made available at the end of May to enhance wireless functionality and allow DSiWare transfers.

Lastly, regarding the possibility of putting original titles on non-Nintendo hardware, Iwata said “So long as I am CEO, it definitely will not happen.”

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Asphalt 3D boxart

Posted on 6 years ago by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News | 0 comments | 0 Likes

Thanks to Chauncey for the tip!

“Nintendo has always been at the forefront of active gaming. Getting up, moving around. Obviously the Wii launched that. As you touched on, we’ve also done it with a number of handheld games. We had a game called Personal Training Walking that leveraged a pedometer. And obviously the most recent two Pokemon games leveraged a similar type of system. What [the Game Coins feature] does, it’s just another reason to encourage people to get up and walk around. Why? Because we want them to be carrying their Nintendo 3DS, going through Street Pass, Spot Pass types of activity. That’s how it all ties together.”

I have to admit that Game Coins is an interesting feature. I tend to carry my DS around in any case though, and I expect I’ll do the same with the 3DS.

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Hints of Conduit on 3DS

Posted on 6 years ago by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, Videos | 0 comments | 0 Likes

Skip to around 30:50 to hear some talk (well, hints…) about Conduit heading to the 3DS. High Voltage has previously expressed interest in the system, so it can definitely happened. Nothing confirmed just yet, though.