Annoyed at how you can’t play Japanese Nintendo games on an American or European games console? Still wondering why, despite everyone else getting rid of it, Nintendo’s consoles are still region locked?
Well, you may be in luck. While nothing has officially been confirmed as of yet, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has been hinting at the possibility of the company getting rid of region locking altogether. Here are his comments on the matter (in response to an investor question on the subject):
Iwata: The game business has a history of taking a very long time with localization among other things, such as having to deal with various issues of marketing in each particular country, or games that have made use of licensed content that did not apply globally, and had all kinds of circumstances, so to say, that region-locking has existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers. In the history of game consoles, that is the current situation. As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us. Conversely, unlocking would require various problems to be solved, so while I can’t say today whether or not we intend to unlock, we realize that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future.
As you can see, he’s clearly interested in the idea. And while some of his comment is arguably rather questionable in regards to Nintendo itself (does Nintendo EVER license content for only one region?), it does at least mention that issues on Nintendo’s end are responsible for the practice (rather than it being for the benefit of customers).
Personally? I kind of like it. Okay, I’d probably prefer the tune from Haunted Towers or Treacherous Mansion myself (since their theme songs are much better than the Gloomy Manor one ever was), but hey, it’s nice to see Luigi’s Mansion 2 getting such attention this time of year.
You can find the full theme (as taken from the original game) in the full article after the break, if you just feel like hearing it again.
They’re all in Japanese (as you’d expect), but they show much, much more of the game than ever before. Have a look:
Pretty nice videos aren’t they? I especially like the comparisons between the original GBA versions of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire and their remakes, because they show just far the series has come in the last few years or so.
But what do you think? Are these new trailers and TV spots making you even more excited for the new Pokemon games?
Take this with a pinch… no wait, a whole bucket of salt. But apparently, someone online is claiming they have a special copy of Super Smash Bros for 3DS with DLC characters like Mewtwo and Wolf unlocked. Here’s the video:
Apparently, we’re getting more footage on Saturday. But is it real? If you want our thoughts on the matter, click the link below and keep reading!
Don’t own Super Smash Bros for 3DS yet? Want to try out the game for free? Happen to live in Japan?
Well if so, you’d better be quick; Nintendo of Japan has posted that the demo will be removed from the eShop on October 31st. Here’s the official announcement about it, along with a translation to English:
『大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS』のニンテンドーeショップでの体験版配信は10/31（金）までです。ご興味のある方は配信期間内にお試しください。
Super Smash Bros for 3DS is available on the eShop until October 31st. Please try it now if you don’t want to miss out.
And as we all know… where Nintendo of Japan goes, Nintendo in other regions follows. So we can likely expect the demo to be removed from the English eShop services some time near the end of this year, perhaps even mere days from the Japanese end date.
Better test out that demo if you don’t own the game and haven’t tried it already!
It’s required in order to play online, and features various ‘stability improvements’ to fix the game and make it a bit more fun to play. As per the last one, it will not be possible to play the game online without downloading and applying this new update.
To quickly get it, scan the below QR code and download it from the eShop:
You can find more information about the update and what it does via the link to the official site below:
Remember the Super Smash Bros double pack that Nintendo announced a while back? The one that let players buy two copies of the 3DS game in the same box? Or how I mentioned that Pokemon should do the same thing?
Well, it seems like someone at Nintendo is listening to us! Because now, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are available in the form of a convenient double pack! With both games in one box, for those die hard Pokemon fans who don’t want to have to trade with someone else!
Here’s a picture:
It also comes with a nice free gift in game, namely 200 potions you can use to heal your Pokemon! Yeah, because apparently the early game is so difficult that 200 cheap healing items is going to be necessary for anyone…
Still, the deal’s a pretty nice one if you ask me. I mean, both remakes in a nice box with some free gifts? That’s definitely something we could have done with back in the days of Red and Blue. Or Gold and Silver. Or every single generation including the latest one.
But there are two very interesting things to note here. Namely:
1. The Virtual Boy wasn’t even released in Europe, and Polarium hasn’t had a game for more than ten years. So it’s very unlikely that these trademarks are being used purely to safeguard the names.
Above: You wouldn’t wait ten years to register a trademark for this. Not unless you had plans for a sequel or rerelease.
2. They’re not being renewed, they’re being registered for the first time ever. The two trademarks in question were literally just registered today.
Above: Filed on the 21st of October 2014.
This means that Nintendo has to have some sort of plan for the two of them. Like say, a new game in the Polarium series for the 3DS or Wii U eShop. Or a Virtual Boy Virtual Console section, where games like VB Wario Land and Mario Clash are downloadable online.
So yes. Nintendo apparently has some sort of plan for the Virtual Boy. Will it tie into Super Smash Bros 4? Will it involve the Virtual Console finally having games for the system available? Post your thoughts below or at Talk Nintendo.com today!
A short while back, we posted about how hackers had found evidence that DLC was in the works for Super Smash Bros 4. But while the character select screen arrows found in the Super Smash Bros for 3DS data files were a pretty big clue in themselves, they weren’t exactly a guarantee of extra content. After all, lots of stuff ends up ununused in video games. For all we knew, those arrows could be from a scrapped sixty character roster that was in development before the game’s release date.
But now, it seems like some more decisive evidence has been found. Consisting of Japanese text strings found within yet more files, these actually spell out DLC in the clearest way possible. So let’s dive in and take a look!
First up, some data that supposedly displays messages for DLC:
『だいらんとう大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS』 のついか追加データをSDカードにつく作ります
SDカードがさ差さっていません でんげん電源をき切って SDカードをさ差してください
SDカードをにんしき認識できませんでした でんげん電源をき切って SDカードをさ差しなおしてください
ついか追加データがこわれているため SDカードに 『だいらんとう大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS』 のついか追加データをつく作りなお直します
Don’t understand what the above means? Well to put it simply, it’s saying to insert an SD card to save downloaded data to. Or in other words, to save content you bought as DLC on.
They’ve already long been found by people playing the Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo (as seen here), but now Nintendo themselves have posted up pictures and information of them on the official site. So here’s all the info the official website has for these Pokemon:
Let’s start with Mega Glalie. Looks pretty scary with this new appearance, right?
And if the creepy looks weren’t enough… well, the backstory given on the official site makes it even worse. In Nintendo’s own words:
The excessive energy from its Mega Evolution gushes out of its mouth, blasting away and destroying its jaw. It is no longer able to close its mouth
So yeah. It destroys its own jaw when it Mega Evolves and can’t close its mouth as a result. Kind of creepy that, isn’t it?
Looks aside, its typing is the same (just Ice), but it gains the ability Refrigerate, which turns all its Normal type moves into Ice ones. Pretty cool, even if its typing means it’ll probably last about five minutes in battle before getting completely wiped out.