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…
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!
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…
Remember when Nintendo used to target casual gamers, back in the DS and Wii era? Well, if this statement by Miyamoto is right, it looks like they’ve changed their ways in regards to that, and aren’t going to be aiming any more titles at them.
In Miyamoto’s own words (from an Edge interview). First up, on casual gamers/gaming in general:
These are the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland. Their attitude is, ‘Okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.It’s kind of a passive attitude they’re taking, and to me it’s kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games].
And about Nintendo’s move from targetting them:
Fortunately, because of the spread of smart devices, people take games for granted now. It’s a good thing for us, because we do not have to worry about making games something that are relevant to general people’s daily lives.
So yeah, that’s sure something. Looks like those Wii generation gamers are Nintendo customers no more, and that the company has finally decided to ignore them altogether.
Or perhaps we should say ‘ex Nintendo of America employee’, since rumour has it that the leaker was fired from the company over it and that Nintendo actually plans to sue them, for some reason or another. It was apparently an internal leak, with the employee in question being responsible for sending copies of the game to the ERSB for rating.
They also say that while it’s possible we might see more from him (and that he somehow still has a copy of the game), that he might be less willing to post information online now that the company are looking to sue him for leaking information to the press.
But what do we think about it? Well, read on if you want to find out!
Well, that sure helps their credibility, doesn’t it? If they were actually fake, Nintendo would probably leave them up and think nothing of it.
Yet now they’ve been taken down… that pretty much says they’re real. Good job Nintendo, your acts of obvious ‘censorship’ (in the loosest sense of the word) has just added to the leak’s credibility in a way never before thought possible.