Nintendo had a big ol’ pre-TGS 3DS conference yesterday in which they dropped a whole bunch of knowledge in the hopes that you won’t consider your 3DS purchase a colossal waste of time and money. Um, yeah. Rather than write a ton of posts on all of the details, I’m going to address them one by one here.
1. Fire Emblem and Mario Tennis will both be making their 3DS debuts. Mario Tennis will have some sort of motion controls. Fire Emblem will have co-op.
2. Monster Hunter 4 will be coming to the 3DS, which is bad for the Vita, but good for Japan and utterly inconsequential for North America.
3. Kid Icarus Uprising has been delayed, and won’t make its 2011 release. Don’t worry though, as Nintendo will release videos for the 3DS’ movie channel to help keep you interested. Joy.
4. Also on the video front, Nintendo will release an update for the 3DS that will allow you to record 3D video. Expect dozens of hilarious home movies where someone gets hit in the face with a rock or live chicken because they thought it’d be cool to capture that in 3D.
5. The circle pad attachment is a real thing. It uses one AAA battery and will be released in Japan in December for 1500 Yen (about $20). It only supports certain games such as Monster Hunter 3D and Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D. It still looks silly.
6. In an attempt to get six year old girls to also waste their money on the 3DS, a new pink colored console will be released in Japan in October. I realize that’s a generalization, but my six year old girl lists pink as her favorite color, so you go with what you know.
7. Mario Kart 7 will let you play in first person mode and use the gyroscope to steer. This is yet another game that uses motion control despite the fact that the sweet spot of the 3D screen makes motion controls pretty much unusable. At times like this, I really don’t know what Nintendo wants this device to be.
8. North America and Europe 3DS owners will be able to download a free version of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords on September 28th. The game will have a single player mode as well as some new levels and the ability to whistle to call attention to your shenanigans.
9. Nintendo investors weren’t particularly impressed with the conference and Nintendo’s shares dropped as a result. Honestly, I can’t blame them as I’m not all that impressed either but most of what was unveiled isn’t exactly in my wheelhouse.