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This information comes from a Scribes update on Rare’s blog, and a fan asked if the company would make a Banjo-Kazooie game for the 3DS…

“Banjo-3DSie confirmed! Although by confirmed I do mean 100% utterly speculative. We haven’t done much in the handheld ’space’ since DKR DS and Pocket Paradise – could we dip our toes in again at some point? Possibly. 3DS? Not for me to say. Bandai WonderSwan? No.”

It has been awhile since Rare made a game for the DS, but Diddy Kong Racing and Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise were solid titles. It’d be interesting to see what the company would create for the 3DS…

– Miyamoto believes that the range of players narrowed a great deal when Super Mario become Super Mario 64
– Miyamoto also believes that Nintendo’s developers successfully used the strong points of 3D to deliver new game experiences, but they also continued working on games that can be played by everyone in 3D
– The above led to Super Mario Galaxy
– Doesn’t completely solve the problem, though, which is why the New Super Mario Bros. series exists as well
– “When asked ‘what will we do on 3DS,’ the answer is, of course, we’ll make both [2D and 3D Mario titles]. They both have their own appeal.”
– 3D type of Mario game (which also applies to Zelda), it isn’t always easy to perceive depth
– Can see more clearly what’s closer to you with the 3D effect
– Miyamoto feels that the 3DS’s 3D effect also “gives a great feeling of existence to Mario, Link and others”
– This is important for Miyamoto’s games since they’re made with character “weight” in mind (making the player feel like the character has weight in its movement)
– Regarding 2D Mario games, Miyamoto noted that depth-based effects are already present in many of the games, such as a Wiggler or Bullet Bill flying at the screen from afar
– Miyamoto: “It’s difficult to tell when they will hit the player, so we were only able to use these lightly. However, we’ll be able to use this type of thing quite a bit on the 3DS.”
– Iwata: “You went more in-depth than I’d been expected. This is the first I’ve heard of this.”
– Miyamoto in response to Iwata: “No good? Don’t tell any game magazine people.”


LovePlus 3DS details

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This information comes from producers Akari Uchida and Akihiro Ishihara…

“We want to make it into a benchmark-type title for the 3DS. I can’t say too much, but we want to make full use of the 3DS’s capabilities.” – Uchida
– Team is using different features that may not even seem to work well together, such as combining the 3D graphics and switching from horizontal and book-style holing modes
– “We’ve thought quite a bit if horizontal holding is truly good, or if we should give up on the 3D output and keep it in book mode. One part of the answer we came up with is in the promotion movie.” – Ishihara
– Many hints in the teaser trailer released
– Team is trying to find a way to import data
– Asking for Nintendo’s help on the above
– Making the game so that players will want to start the game from the friendship part of the relationship, even if data can be imported
– Taking the form of “recollection”
– “Because the expressive ability has increased, we’d like players to enjoy themselves like they watch a movie remake. Also, we think it might be nice if we could include some ‘what if’ elements. It would be interesting if you could go back in time and enjoy different developments.” – Uchida
– “Recollection” an important part of the game
– “One of the concepts of Love Plus for Nintendo 3DS is ‘fall in love again with your girlfriend.’ We’re considering what can be done to make players fall in love with their girlfriend again after they’ve imported their data.”
– Main reason for focusing on recollections is so that the player feels “I love my girlfriend the most at this very moment” even after they’ve been going out together for two or three years
– “When you’re in a lengthy relationship, it’s unavoidable that you’ll forget the feelings you had at the beginning. But we’re taking various measures to make you remember those feelings once again. This is something that can be done because this is a game.” – Ishihara
– Want to improve on the game’s story
– Will focus on previously untouched areas, may see a new side of the girlfriends
– There will be “major changes” but nothing was said specifically
– “Because this is a major version up, we’re looking at it thoroughly and making changes to almost all areas. We’re taking it up a level. When we’ve reached the point where we can share information, we’re certain you will be surprised.” – Ishihara
– “This is just an idea right now, but we think it would be nice if the game could recognize not just your face but your friends faces too, and you’d be able to introduce them to your girlfriend.” – Uchida
– “There would surely be people who would introduce their girlfriend to their parents.” – Ishihara
– Difficulty with voice recognition because it’s dependent on hardware
– Team will be trying “different solutions” for voice recognition
– Improvements in sound quality and other areas
– Voice content alone could be about 60 hours
– “Regarding the data for graphics and sound, the thing boyfriends most want, we’ll definitely be upping the quality. As a result, the memory will likely be filled up.” – Uchida
– Uchida wants players outside of major cities to consider themselves lucky this time, unlike with LovePlus+, in which it was necessary to live in a big city to take advantage of Tag Mode/DS Station downloads
– May use StreetPass, though the team only heard about the feature recently
– “Regarding networking, we’re aiming to be at the forefront of all third parties, and maybe even first party as well. We may end up being the first to use a number of the services. With this meaning, we’re placing a big focus on wireless functionality.” – Ishihara
– DLC could be included with the network functionality
– Uchida joked that people would get mad if they made it paid DLC
– No match making will be included for network features (most likely means no girlfriend fighting)
– Not removing any of the girls
– Not putting in girlish looking boys
– Won’t chase after the girlfriends’ moms
– Jokingly: “I’d like to make Mama Plus at some point. Rinko’s mom is also quite lovely.” – Uchida


StreetPass Plaza details

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– Can see avatars of other 3DS owners that have communicated with your system
– See the person’s screen name (unclear if this is a system-wide name that will be used)
– Last game the person has played also available
– Look at the last time communication occurred between the both of you
– See how many times the two systems have communicated in total
– Turn on/off features based on privacy the 3DS owner wants


I doubt that many of you will be able to understand what Iwata is saying, but at least you can watch the small snippet of nintendogs + cats footage!

This information comes from Satoru Iwata…

“Of course, we cannot say it will never happen, but we are not thinking of it for the near future. Those who really wanted it would have already bought it so now we need to reach those who considered it but never got around to buying it.”

“Hopes are high for the 3DS as the first device that can show 3-D movies to reach a mass market.”

Wii sales haven’t been too bad in the United States, but they’ve clearly fallen off in Japan. It’s possible that the Super Mario Bros. console will sustain sales a bit, but I’m not too sure how effective that will be in the long run. Unlike last year, Nintendo doesn’t have a huge title for the holidays – As much as I think Donkey Kong Country Returns will be a great product, I’m not expecting its sales to come anywhere close to New Super Mario Bros. Wii.


Mega Man Legends 3 heroine results

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Poor Inafune… His creation came in last. Are you guys pleased with the results? Or would you have preferred to have seen a different character come out on top?


3DS shop details

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– Wasn’t detailed at Nintendo’s conference last month due to time constraints
– Visit “racks” corresponding to different themes when you load the shop
– Software that fits the theme can be found on each rack
– When you select a game, you can see details, view movies, download a demo, and see the opinion of other players
– If you choose software details, you can see a description, play status, other information
– Can also directly visit a game’s home page
– Section on the shop where games are listed in order of latest releases and most popular
– Search functionality
– Can cast recommendation votes for games


First look at the 3DS shop

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Thanks to the folks for sending this news tip our way!

– Taking place on January 8/9/10
– At the Makuhari Messe just outside Tokyo (TGS venue)
– More details, which may include a name for the event will be revealed later
– Satoru Iwata shares the news in a special video message, was recorded in the room where the Iwata Asks columns are held
– Iwata once again said that the 3DS would likely face new hurdles, including trying to deliver the message of 3D visuals to consumers
– Demo event a response to the above
– January event the first time ever that the public can play the 3DS anywhere in the world
– No additional large scale events planned at the moment, but other consumers will have an opportunity to sample the 3DS before release

Thanks to Thomas N for the tip!