Well, this is certainly a smart way to take advantage of the new system! Apparently, the makers of the upcoming 3DS homebrew channel are not going to release the exploit used until the New Nintendo 3DS comes out, so that they get a way to look at how the new system works before it’s patched.
Here’s the reasoning as explained by lead dev Smealum:
I’ve worked way too long and hard on this to throw it away. This exploit is our best chance to get a look at the new 3DS coming out in one month. Using this as an entrypoint … gives us a fighting chance to defeat whatever new shit might be in there.
Either way, the 3DS Homebrew Channel thing is going to be coming in 2015 now, rather than the 2014 release date previously predicted.
Yes really. You get to buy two copies of Super Smash Bros for 3DS in one box. No, not a copy of Smash Bros 3DS and one for Wii U. Just two copies of the 3DS version.
So what’s the point of it? Honestly, I don’t have the slightest clue whatsoever. Perhaps they think that certain Smash Bros fans are so desperate for the game they’ll buy two copies of the exact same title because it comes in a fancy little box. Or maybe they think that some people want to buy their friends copies of the same game for no apparently obvious reason. Maybe it’s for website owners so they can give away one copy in a site contest. Either guess is as good as any, and I strongly suspect the marketing team hadn’t really thought this through very well.
Back in the olden days of gaming, videogame and console names followed a few simple rules. If it was a sequel, you’d add a number to the end of the title. If it was a new console, you’d completely change the name to make it clear it was brand new. And if it was on a Nintendo system? Oh you’d better believe they’d be an extra word stuck before or after the title to make it clear that this game was only on this new system. You know, like Super, 64 or Wii. It made things easy to understand and follow.
Recently though, this all seems to have changed. Nintendo’s marketers and developers seem to have gone a bit insane with the confusing names and descriptions, with many of their latest works being named in a way that at best, confuses the hell out of anyone that isn’t already a die hard Nintendo fan…
With Nintendo’s announcement of the New Nintendo 3DS in recent days, much has been said about the possibility of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire requiring or benefiting from the new system and its greater technical capabilities. But while that possibility can pretty much be entirely ruled out due to simple common sense (the games have already been advertised for both 3DS amd 2DS, with the latter not getting a ‘new’ counterpart), is it possible that Pokemon Z might be a New Nintendo 3DS exclusive instead?
I think so, and here’s why…
Yes really. Taken from Nintendomination on Twitter, the roster shown in the picture is apparently the official starting roster for Super Smash Bros 4. In other words, minus the secret/unlockable characters you get later.
And for whatever reason, Wario isn’t shown on it. So now not only do we apparently have a really, really bad amount of Wario series representation in the Smash Bros series, but the main man himself isn’t even one of the characters you start with. Isn’t that just great of Nintendo?
In other news, the starting character roster has apparently now been revealed. I’m just a tad peeved that Wario got completely left out of it. But what do you think about this?
And by ‘Nintendo takes part’, I don’t just mean Reggie either. Oh sure, he took part (and spectacularly to boot), but pretty much every major figure at Nintendo of America is also shown taking the challenge too. So if you want to see Reggie Fils-Aime, Scott Moffit and just about everyone else in charge at Nintendo of America get drenched, watch the video below!
What do you think of Nintendo of America’s Ice Bucket Challenge video?
We’ve seen the usage of flash carts to play pirated copies of 3DS games. We’ve seen tech demos and homebrew running on 3DS systems via unreleased console hacks by notable people. But up until now, we’ve never really seen the 3DS properly ‘hacked’. Oh sure, hacked Pokemon in X and Y are possible and some people are playing games without paying for them, but neither are really on the same level as anything in the Wii or DS ‘scenes’, where games were filled with all manner of hacks and cheats and various other things due to the hardware and software being ripped right open.
Now though, it seems like things are about to change. With a homebrew capable 3DS and a tool called a decrypter void (as well as a bit of trickery on the hardware side), people have now found out how to decrypt 3DS game ROMs. As in, figure out how to get them working in a format that can be more closely examined and have resources ripped out of them, like in the games available for other systems.
So what does this all mean? Well, the following to be honest…
So earlier today, the New Nintendo 3DS was revealed by Nintendo. With new features, a new and updated design and slightly better processors, it was quite a surprise to just about everyone, especially with a Xenoblade Chronicles port being announced alongside it.
But while some people are complaining that Nintendo is potentially fracturing their userbase, or that the new system is somehow some bad idea due to it having more features, I think it’d best to remind everyone that something just like this has actually happened before.
Namely, with the Game Boy Color. The situation with that system is pretty much a perfect point by point copy of the situation we’re seeing today with the New Nintendo 3DS. Here’s why…
1. Both systems added major new features
So while the New Nintendo 3DS has an added second analogue stick and Amiibo functionality, the Game Boy Color added its own new features too. Like the IR port thing you could find on top of the system, the one used in Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal’s Mystery Gift feature:
It was also used in a couple of other games (like the Pokemon Trading Game Game and its sequel, available for the same system) too.
2. Both systems had exclusive games not playable on the older version of the console
Another similarity here, is the availability of exclusive games only playable on the later system. Think only being able to play Xenoblade Chronicles on a New Nintendo 3DS is annoying? Well, good job you weren’t buying games in the Game Boy era then, since near enough every major game of the time was Game Boy Color exclusive! Like Wario Land 3…
Or Pokemon Crystal…
Or the Zelda Oracle games…
Or heck, just about every major game released from 1998 onwards. Had an old school Game Boy only capable of displaying monochrome graphics? You were pretty much up a creek without a paddle, since Nintendo weren’t making games for you any more. And even the games you could still play (like Pokemon Gold and Silver and Wario Land II) were designed to be just plain better on a Game Boy Color, so you were getting the worse versions all the way.
Ouch. We always knew Nintendo weren’t doing as well as they used to be, but to lay off 320 people? That’s a pretty serious sign that times are hard at the company, especially given their kind tendency to avoid getting rid of staff whenever possible. Here’s the official company announcement about the staff changes:
As previously communicated in June 2014, approximately 130 permanent employees will be released by Nintendo of Europe (Germany) at the end of August 2014 as part of a set of measures to better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.
As a separate measure, Nintendo of Europe is reorganizing its European Localization Development (ELD) department, where it currently uses a number of temporary agency workers in translation and testing activities, in order to increase flexibility and cost-efficiency in the long-term. It is intended that there will be an increase in outsourcing future translation and test activities to third-party companies on an as-needed basis, and very sadly this has meant having ended the contracts of 190 temporary agency workers, who were formally notified of this decision in June 2014.
Either way, the ex employees included around 130 full time Nintendo of Europe staff and an additional 190 from the Germany based localisation department. And while it’s always going to be sad news to see people lose their jobs in this precarious economic climate, I have to admit it was almost inevitable. Nintendo of Europe just weren’t selling Nintendo’s games and systems to enough people, and their marketing just wasn’t doing anything positive for Nintendo’s reputation across the continent. So they were going to be in this situation regardless of what happened (even if it was always going to be hard on the unfortunate staff working there).
We hope these people can find new jobs soon, and that Nintendo of Europe won’t have to get rid of any more people.
This probably shouldn’t be much of a surprise for long term Super Smash Bros fans (given that he was a playable character in both Melee and Brawl and had roughly zero chance of being cut from the fourth game), but one of the new trailer confirms that Ganondorf is indeed back as a playable character.
Here’s a screenshot from the trailer proving it, with Ganon being just off screen:
See that small bubble to the right? Yep, that’s Ganondorf right there. No idea whether he has new attacks or anything (he’s never officially shown on screen in the video), but hey, it’s nice to at least confirm that he’s playable in the new Super Smash Bros game.
Are you happy to see Ganondorf return as a playable character?