It’s not technically 3DS or Wii U related news, but I just have to post this simply because of how over the top ridiculous the whole situation is. No, you’re not seeing things. Someone in Japan apparently sent death threats to Nintendo of Japan executives and talked of a bomb threat against their headquarters. The suspect was a 25 year old man from the Akita Prefecture, who admitted to the crime upon being arrested.
As of just a few hours ago, Nintendo and Game Freak have uploaded a nice promo video for the Pokemon X and Y soundtrack to their official Youtube channel. They’ve also posted some new details about what songs are included. So what is it like? What’s included? Find out in the full article!
And before I begin, I’d just like to warn you that this is a pretty damn terrible story. It’s a pretty horrible tale of SwapNote, child predators and criminal acts, but one that’s thankfully contained to Japan from what I can tell. What is the story? Find out in the full post…
That’s already pretty impressive, but do you know what was even more so? This was in Japan. The region that doesn’t really like Zelda games that much and pretty much bought hardly any copies of the most recent titles whatsoever. Yet within five minutes of Amazon Japan putting 700 bundles online, the whole lot was completely sold out.
Well, that’s kind of unexpected. I mean sure, there’s that webcomic out there that comments on how Pokemon somehow becomes more ‘socially acceptable’ among college students, but I would have thought the amount of kids buying the latest games in Japan would be significantly higher. Read on to find out more about this trend.
They’re named ‘Clear Black’ and ‘Pure White’ and are being released on October 10th in Japan. Which coincidentally, is exactly the same day the redesigned Playstation Vita is released too! Here are some pictures: Personally? I’m not sure about these design wise. Pure White is already kind of a misnamer given the top screen’s inside colour, and both designs look fairly… simple to be honest. Still, they might well be enough to kill whatever hope the Vita had left in the region and to illustrate that Sony’s days in the handheld games console race are numbered… What do you think of these new designs? Source: http://www.dualshockers.com/2013/09/24/nintendo-to-launch-two-new-3ds-colors-in-japan-on-the-same-day-as-the-new-ps-vita
It’s not officially confirmed, but Nintendo have indeed trademarked the word ’2DS’ in the region, so it at least sort of implies that they’ve got some sort of plan to release the thing over there as well as in ‘Western’ regions of the world. Here’s what a list of recent Japanese Nintendo trademarks says they’ve registered: 任天堂株式会社 商願2013-66010 Nintendo 2DS 商願2013-66367 Mario Party: Island Tour
Well, this is a nice offer for those very few people interested in the game who happen to be living in Japan. Yes, if you register the game on the Japanese Club Nintendo between the 26th of September and 4th of November, you get a soundtrack CD for the game absolutely free. This soundtrack has 50 tracks and a pretty nice front cover too:
Here’s a new Japanese TV commercial for Pokemon X and Y: As you can see, it seems like the hordes of wild Pokemon contain more than on species, with the one in the video having a lone Sudowoodo among a whole bunch of Ōrottos. There’s also other stuff, but you’ll have to watch the video to find out what. And so that’s a new TV commercial for the game. Like it? Think it should be translated and used to advertise the games in other regions?
Unfortunately… it seems they’ve completely missed the biggest problem in the entire game, the non functional gyro controls bug and gone after a bunch of others that about 1 in 2 million players actually ever encountered. Here’s what the patch supposedly fixes: The freezing that occurs against Antasma under certain rare circumstances, where the battle won’t proceed. A completely unheard of bug where the Massif Bros can’t break certain patches of ice on Mount Pajamaja Other random problems that stop the game running smoothly.