While most of us in the UK were pretty much asleep, in Japan there was a pre-TGS conference revealing more information about the future of the Nintendo 3DS.
It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the system, from the price cut back in August to the secondary circle pad add-on that was revealed last week.
During the event they revealed a bit more information about the add on including:
*It's priced 1,500 yen (roughly £12)
*It uses x1 AAA Battery
*Out December 10th in Japan
My only concern is how long it will last before replacing it with a new one, it feels like the 90s again where most of the portable gamers had to save up money or ask mum to buy a new pair of AA batteries. It would be decent if this AAA battery can last as long as a TV remote or a Wireless Keyboard.
The add on itself looks like Nintendo's way of making the portable future proof, except that it looks half done. I can imagine a redesigned model will support up to date features built in and not like the ill fated Megadrive/Genesis add ons. Look at the Wii remote for example, the Motion Plus accessory was only an add-on in 2009 but in late 2010 technology became so advanced that Motion Plus features were built inside newer Wii remotes calling it the Wii Remote Plus.
This isn't an official image but look at how much neater it looks! Now that is a good example of how a potential redesigned 3DS could look like.
Compared to the official image (Original 3DS model with the secondary circle pad add on).
Enough of dissing the model. Some of the games that were meant to be out this year got delayed until 2012 thanks to the support of this add on. The most notable example of this is Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D.
The system also has the upper hand now when it comes to play dual stick first person shooters in speckless 3D! Some of the 3D Action/platformer/adventure games will benefit with better camera controls. I also forgot to mention that it will have more shoulder buttons, all of these inputs are nearly as much as a PS2 controller but without the 'pushing sticks', and with a touch screen instead.
But more importantly, it enables the 3DS gamers who had the system since March 2011 to buy a simple add on and not be forced to buy a newer, up to date model to enable them to play the newest games that uses or requires add-on control support.
There has been a good amount of announcements including 2 Monster Hunter Games coming out on the 3DS, that's right 2. Monster Hunter is pretty big in Japan so I can imagine the 3DS selling pretty well during the Christmas holidays. Monster Hunter 3G is out December 10th 2011 in Japan while Monster Hunter 4 is in development.
Two of the must have 3DS games has release dates worldwide now!
Super Mario 3D Land
Japan: November 3rd
USA: November 13th
Europe: November 18th
Mario Kart 7
Europe: December 2nd
USA: December 4th
Japan: December 7th
To make things awkward for the European fans, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is out on the same day as Super Mario 3D Land! Ahh
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords freebie has a release date and a new name:
Out Sepember 28th and renamed as: The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition. In this version you can play the original Four Swords solo, and it contains 2 new areas (6 levels) exclusive to the DSiware freebie.
That's it for now. Expect a new post later on this week!