Why is this composed of different photos hastily overlapping one another? Is that guy supposed to be “grunge”? Why the food metaphors? NEVER COMPARE VIDEO GAMES TO FOOD. And always and forever, why THAT font?
Wait, what? A Tomodachi Collection DS fan translation? ⊟
I was disappointed that Nintendo never brought Tomodachi Collection, its weird life sim starring the Miis on your DS, to North America. It hasn’t announced plans to bring its 3DS sequel New Life here either, even though the series is popular in Japan. Thanks to this incomplete fan translation patch Jjjewel released for the DS game a couple weeks ago, though, some of you can now try it out and see what you’re missing. As usual, you’ll need a copy of the ROM (we hope legally acquired) to get this to work.
This patch comes with a number of other caveats (e.g. grammar errors due to Jjjewel not being a native English speaker, only partial translations for job descriptions/Mii News/songs, and Japanese minigames requiring you to guess your way through them), but right now it’s the only way to experience this series if you can’t read Japanese. Jjjewel says “most of the important stuff that you need to play the game are translated” and may release future patches, though there’s no guarantee on that.
In case you missed it, here’s our guest article on why Tomodachi Collection: New Lifecould be “a better hang-out” than Animal Crossing on 3DS.
Nintendo just shut down SpotPass delivery of Swapnotes worldwide, after determining that some users were exchanging “offensive material.”
We are very sorry for any inconvenience to the many consumers who have been using this service responsibly; however this decision was made considering the point that many minors also use this feature of Swapnote. Thank you for your understanding.
My interest in Swapnote dropped precipitously once the Wii U and the Miiverse launched, but I still enjoyed getting periodic notes from friends who are, unlike me, good at drawing things. Thanks, Nintendo, for killing that whole app because one mom found a naughty, low-rez photo on her kid’s 3DS.
Hold. The Frickin’. Boat. You’re telling me that this GAME-exclusive box that plays the treasure chime when you open it — initially reported as a preorder bonus but now part of a collector’s edition for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds in Europe — also has slots that can hold your DS and 3DS games? I am going to straight-up break every clay pot in this joint if Nintendo doesn’t bring this to the States.
Likewise for Japan! I dislike downloading physically-available Nintendo games for many reasons (poor pricing, no resale value, no long-term account system), so this is a problem I have: too many 3DS carts.
I can’t believe I want this stupid thing. How does Nintendo keep convincing me to buy hardware I ALREADY OWN only now it’s a different color and includes a carrying case.
Correction: OK, the golden 3DS XL and the “collector’s edition” of the game are sold separately? But the 3DS includes the game so…how do I get both? HOW?
"Pikmin 3 doesn’t get us any closer to answering the Big Question of the Wii U: Why do we want to play games holding a personal pan pizza sized controller with a giant screen in the middle of it, anyway? That’s not a rhetorical question. I am actually actively seeking the answer."
Chris Kohler is kind of a downer on all things concerning console gaming these days, but he’s not wrong. I love playing Wii U games on the pad when my family is watching TV, but I’d love a game that made purposeful, entertaining use of the GamePad even more. Is that game ever coming out?
At this point I’d even settle for HD ports of DS or 3DS titles. Seriously, tell me The Castlevania Handheld Collection for Wii U wouldn’t be superb.
“You had a 50/50 chance and you weren’t even close”*
I spoke out about this on Twitter but I want to elaborate how much it bothers me that Nintendo elected to include a generic male villager from its mega-hit Animal Crossing franchise in the next Smash Bros game.
The first objection is the most obvious: this is a game chock full of male characters. Obviously a fighting game based on a video game company’s legacy is going to skew male; Nintendo doesn’t have a time machine to undo decades of sexist choices. But just look at this list of Smash Bros characters. You can count the number of women on one hand with fingers to spare. This was an easy way to offset that M/F ratio and Nintendo blew it.
What makes this choice insulting is the nature of Animal Crossing: this is a very successful series of games that is extremely popular with women. The latest version on 3DS has sold nearly four million copies in Japan alone. It’s far and away the most popular console game of 2013. Do you really think hordes of men are driving those record sales? Not a chance. I’ve seen the ads and I’ve seen it first-hand: my wife has been consumed by the game since December. It’s practically the only game she plays.
Cross-promotions go both ways. Put a Phoenix Wright inUltimate Marvel vs Capcom 3and suddenly a whole new audience will be curious about his next game. Likewise, people who already knowAnimal Crossingbut notSmash Bros(again, that is a LOT of people, many of whom are women) will hear this crossover news and they will be curious aboutSmash Bros. Does having a boy villager instead of a girl turn them away? No, but i wager it doesn’t lure them in the way a girl might.
And please, don’t talk to me about Smash Bros being “for guys.” It’s for EVERYONE. Nintendo is in no position to pretend otherwise. Besides, fighting games which are marketed to guys still feature plenty of women on the roster. Those women are often weirdly sexualized, sadly, but they are women. Hell, I’d say that’s yet another reason to choose a female Animal Crossing villager: she’d be the lone asexual female option. Even Samus Aran is a sex object now - stupid Zero Suit.
Picking a girl from Animal Crossing wasn’t even a 50/50 choice, it was the obvious choice. Instead they went with a boy, perpetuating the idea that a male character is the “default” character. So yeah, maybe through alternate costumes it’ll be possible to switch the Animal Crossing villager’s gender, but that doesn’t change the fact that every poster, every website, and every ad is going to feature the boy-version.
At least there’s Wii Fit Trainer…
*name that Bond villain!
All I got from this was “I’m mad that Nintendo is adding a male character in a game called ‘Smash Brothers’! I am outraged!” This has honestly been the only complaint I have heard about the gender. Seriously, this website isn’t happy about anything (and yes, I am generalizing). I just wanted to get that off my cheat before I blacked out for the night.
You got me: the name of the game is “Smash Brothers” so it shouldn’t have any girls in it at all! Samus, Peach, Zelda, GTFO this game is for bros not hoes. Also, I guess this means everyone in the game is now related, because the word Brothers is right there staring us in the face.
Starbucks and McDonald’s, among others, provide about 28,000 Wi-Fi access points, which are connected automatically to Nintendo 3DS, in the U.S. and 24,000 in Europe.
We are going to perform a system update that introduces a framework that uses these access points as StreetPass relay stations by this autumn.
This will involve taking a Nintendo 3DS system in Sleep Mode to an access point which will then connect automatically and send StreetPass data to a server. At the same time, the Nintendo 3DS system also receives the StreetPass data of another user from the server. In this setting, data is not exchanged directly, but rather through a StreetPass relay station. Hence, as opposed to, say, Person A and Person B directly exchanging game data, data will be transmitted in sequence from Person A to Person B, and then onto Person C and so on.
Satoru Iwata introduces a new StreetPass Relay feature for 3DS. Basically, you go to Starbucks, then someone ELSE goes to Starbucks, and you both get Streetpasses, even if you’re not there at the same time.
So maybe American people will get to get some Streetpasses now, even if they’re not at E3!