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At E3, Tecmo Koei announced Samurai Warriors 3D for Nintendo’s upcoming handheld. Like Dead or Alive: Dimensions, though, the company has given the hack-and-slash title a new name: Samurai Warriors Chronicle. That’s the only piece of new information we have about the project, but it’s possible we’ll receive new details soon – perhaps as soon as next Wednesday.


As things stand now, Tomonobu Itagaki is making Devil’s Third for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 only. That could change sometime in the future, however. Itagaki recently stated that it’s possible the title could be released on other platforms in addition to Sony/Microsoft’s home consoles:

“”We’re developing it so that it can be brought to as yet unknown hardware as well. Specifically, the various areas of technology are scalable… More than that (the 3DS/PSP successor), although I can’t say this easily because I don’t have any information, it’s possible that Nintendo could release a higher end console. Something like that.”

Devil’s Third won’t be out until 2012 at the earliest. By then…who knows. Perhaps at that point we’ll be getting ready for the Wii’s successor. If that’s the case, Itagaki could consider bringing Devil’s Third to that console.

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The information below supposedly comes from a GameStop employee…

“The computers for Gamestop have added the Nintendo 3DS in the system now, along with 18 games and 14 acessories listed as available for taking pre-orders on Sept 29th. They also have a listed a shipping date of Nov 22nd. (Since postal services are out on weekends, the Nov 20/2010 Sat is the most logical release date, as the orders would be delivered on Monday the 22nd)”

There’s no question that a release in late November is a possible time frame for launch… But I just have trouble believing a story like this – especially since we don’t even know if this person is truly a GameStop employee. I’m glad this will all be cleared up in a little less than two weeks.

Thanks to Thomas N for the tip!

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Treasure has made quite a few titles for Nintendo’s portable systems in the past. Based on a comment from Masato Maegawa, President of Treasure, it seems likely that the company will make at least one title for the 3DS as well. At the moment, Treasure doesn’t have any projects in development for the platform. However, they are very excited about the system. So don’t expect anything soon, but it’s probable that we’ll see something from them in the future!

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This information comes from Team Ninja head of development Yosuke Hayashi…

“The 3DS in and of itself is easy to develop for. It’s a handheld platform, which makes it relatively easy from a development standpoint. But being 3D, other than just the specs, we have to figure out how to use it well, how to use that effect. That’s something we’re having fun with, trying to figure that out. Up until now, 3D [in games] has not been an everyday experience. We think that with the 3DS, this will be the first time that anybody can get a 3D experience just about anywhere. It’ll be just a part of everyday life. So we’re trying to put out a 3D fighting game and see how that goes, and learn from that experience. We’ll go from there to see where 3D should go, and how we can use 3D to make a deeper experience in the future.”

“We knew that we’d be asked about the past, and about Team Ninja going forward, and what that’s going to mean. We know that in making a new Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden we’re going to be compared to our past titles. We’re prepared to be judged by our work. We want people to take an honest look at the work that we do. If we were to make a new franchise that would be the easy way out, because people would have nothing to compare it to. But for us to go back and say we’re going to make a Ninja Gaiden or Dead or Alive, and we’re actually daring to do that, that’s a statement for us. We’re prepared to back that up with the games themselves.”

An easy platform to develop for is a pretty big factor in getting third-parties to support a certain system. In this case, the 3DS is probably somewhat close to the DS. I’m sure a lot of developers are happy about that!

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Matt Bozon/Sean Valesco/Adam Tierney on their interest in the 3DS…

Matt Bozon: “We are full speed ahead. Personally I’m a big fan of 3D comics and (I’ll say it) Virtual Boy. So, this is everything I love with none of the negative elements that keep those kinds of things trapped in offbeat or nostalgia circles. 3DS is a true stereo visual experience that needs no special equipment. It’s going to fly off the shelves, and we’ll be there with the rad games.”

Sean Valesco: “I love the glasses-less 3D, it’s amazing. I’ve wanted analog control forever, and the extra processing power means we can do a lot more, too. The only caveat is that the top screen and touch screen are much more differentiated than the DS, meaning that you can’t ever touch the 3D gameplay. It will be interesting to see how developers tackle this hardware, but needless to say I am over the moon!”

Adam Tierney: “I like that I can finally see something in 3D without having to wear goofy glasses. I’m very excited to be working on the system.”


Even though we don’t know when the 3DS will be released, we do know one thing about about a highly anticipated title for the system. At Konami’s Tokyo Games Show press conference, Hideo Kojima confirmed that the game won’t be released until next year. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as Kojima did say at E3 that he was still experimenting with the system. Hopefully it’ll be out sooner rather than later, though!


The image below comes from EA’s My Garden page

As you can see, My Garden is apparently going to be released in Spring 2011. EA stated in a press release earlier today that the project will be a launch title for the 3DS, so unless the listing above is inaccurate, that would indicate that the the handheld won’t hit store shelves until 2011 in North America and Europe. Still, an official confirmation from Nintendo would be nice!

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