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!
Makes me wonder who in the gaming industry hasn’t done this yet. Microsoft has. Rare has. Suda51 has. All we need are Sony’s lead executives and Shigeru Miyamoto, and that should be about everyone!
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?
Yes, that’s what literally what they’re calling it. Fortunately, unlike the not so well named ‘New Super Mario Bros’ series or the supposed ‘Yoshi’s New Island’ game for the 3DS, Nintendo’s New Nintendo 3DS is actually a very different console indeed.
As in, it actually has more memory/RAM than the original 3DS (leading to exclusive games only available for the new system model) and an extra analogue stick like in all the old ‘Nintendo 4DS’ designs you see on internet forums. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new features and tech, so read on if you want to find out everything the system has to differentiate it from the original…
Well, looks like quite a few interesting things have been happening today, at least as far as Nintendo goes. And to start off the list, we have Shulk’s official announcement as a newcomer in Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U.
For those who don’t know who he is, Shulk is the main character in the much acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles title released on the Wii. A popular RPG brought to foreign shores after many petitions to Nintendo to bother to localise it, Xenoblade Chronicles became one of the most well loved new Nintendo titles and IPs of some time, and did extremely well. And so with both a port of Xenoblade and new installment Xenoblade Chronicles X coming to the Wii U, Shulk was deemed important enough to be added to Super Smash Bros.
Here’s the official trailer for his announcement:
But what do we think about this announcement? Well, if you want to find out, then keep reading…
On the official website, in a new section called ‘Music’.
But do you know what’s best of all here?
They actually use music from Mario & Luigi Dream Team! Yeah I know, this site really likes singing that game’s praises. But come on, it’s a game with a soundtrack that was just made to be remixed in Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U. Like this:
Or the tons of boss themes from the game itself that sound even better. After all, would anyone not like hearing Antasma’s battle theme remixed in the new Super Smash Bros title?
That aside, there are a bunch of other cool themes that are posted on there, so if you want to see the full list (and listen to them for yourself), click the link below and keep reading!
Just read it, seriously. It’s pretty much in a nutshell why I’ve stopped reading any non Nintendo specific gaming sites altogether, because they’re utter trash written by narcissistic, selfish jerks who seen to despise the very existence of a gaming community.
More accurately, one’s been announced for Japan, with the live stream airing from 12pm UK time (about 7:00 am Eastern time). No word on whether a US or UK one will also be airing around the same time (nothing on the official sites hints at one in any shape or form), but hey, it should still be interesting for anyone wanting cool info about the latest 3DS games. Because hey, you know Super Smash Bros is right round the corner, right?
So yes, just a heads up. It’s just a pity we won’t be covering it live here at Nintendo 3DS Daily…