Monday, September 1, 2014

New 3DS Specs Leaked

Ever since the New 3DS was announced by Nintendo, people have been looking for the specs of this new system. Nintendo told us that it had a better CPU, but they did not say how much better. Since this system launches in October in Japan, many developers already have the specs on the new system, which brings us to our leak.

Apparently, some of the developers who already got the specs for the New 3DS have leaked the information online. Take what you read with a grain of salt, but here are the "leaked" specs:

  • Clockspeed for the CPU has been tripled
  • RAM speed has been doubled
  • L2 (Level 2) Cache added
  • GPU and VRAM remains the same

The codename for the New 3DS was apparently Snake, and developers have claimed that they got these specs directly from Nintendo. Despite this, these specs have still not been officially confirmed by Nintendo.

"Resident Evil Revelations 2" Confirmed But No News on a Wii U or 3DS Version

It has recently been confirmed by Capcom that "Resident Evil Revelations 2" is in the works. You can check out the teaser trailer for the game above. Unfortunately, the game has not been confirmed for the Wii U or 3DS. This is odd since "Resident Evil Revelations" was on both systems. So far, the game has been confirmed for PC, Xbox360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nintendo Announces the "New 3DS," Which is Faster, Stronger and Offers Better 3D

Today, Nintendo of Japan announced a brand new 3DS. It was later confirmed by both Nintendo of America and Europe that this system will come out in other areas as well. The system, which is being called the "New Nintendo 3DS," will launch later this year in Japan and 2015 in North America and Europe.

The New 3DS has a number of great features and will be available in a standard model and an XL model. Here  is a list of the new features:

  • Better 3D - The New 3DS now offers better 3D. No more worried about holding the 3DS in that "sweet spot," as the 3D can be viewed from multiple angles.
  • Second Analog Numb - The New 3DS comes with a second, smaller analog numb on the right side of the system. This will allow for gamers to controller the in-game camera when playing games like "Monster Hunter 4."
  • Stronger CPU - The new 3DS does not only look newer, its stronger too. Nintendo did not say just how much stronger the system is, but they did say that it loads and downloads games faster, surfs the internet and Miiverse faster and will be able to play exclusive games that are not playable on the current 3DS.
  • NFC Build-in - The system will have NFC technology built in. This is obviously for the new Amiibo figures that Nintendo announced at E3.
  • ZL and ZR Buttons - There are two new buttons on the top of the New 3DS, the ZL and ZR. They are smaller and located next to the standard L and R buttons.
  • Battery - The battery last for up to 7 hours.
  • Micro SD Card Slot - Not only does this system support standard SD cards, but it takes micro SD cards as well.
  • Better Internet Browser - The Wii U has one of the best console browser I have ever seen, a lot of this is thanks to the fact that it supports HTML 5. Now, the New 3DS supports it too!
  • Back Up Via PC - You can now back up all of your saved data and games via your PC. This can be done wirelessly.
  • Changeable Covers - The standard 3DS will have the ability for users to change out their covers. This will allow everyone to have a unique looking 3DS, and also means that the days of having to upgrade for a "color change" are gone.
  • Colored Buttons - The X, Y, B, A buttons on the standard New 3DS  are now colored to match the old Japanese Super Nintendo controllers. The buttons of the New 3DS XL are not colored, but the outline of the letters are.

The fact that this system will play games that wouldn't be playable on the current 3DS and 3DS XL is reason enough to think about getting this new system. One exclusive game for the New 3DS is the port of the hit Wii game "Xenoblade Chronicles." This game does not only support the new second analog numb, but it also requires the stronger CPU of the NEW 3DS.

Last but not least, Nintendo also announced a new update coming to all 3DS systems. This is an update that gives you the ability to customize your 3DS background and theme. This gives users just a little bit more freedom to add a bit of their personality to their system.


Shulk Joins "Super Smash Bros" Roster

A new challenger approaches! Joining the battle is Shulk from "Xenoblade Chronicles." You can check out the new reveal trailer above!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Gone Home" Coming to Wii U eShop

In a recent video (which you can watch HERE), Damon Baker of Nintendo revealed that "Gone Home" is coming to the Wii U eShop. The date for the game was not revealed, but he did say that they were extremely excited. It is great to see more indie games make their way to the Wii U.

Nintendo Shares Wii U Demographics During Unity Wii U eShop Video

Nintendo just recently put out some interesting information in their "Nintendo Unity 2014" video. You can watch the 30 minute video above. During this video they are addressing developers and showing them why the Wii U is a great platform to release games on. The stats showed that more than 60 percent of all "Shovel Knight" sales during the first week were on Nintendo Platforms.

They also showed that Nintendo has been moving away from being considered a "kid" platform. In fact, nearly 79 percent of Wii U owners are between the ages of 18 and 34. Out of those owners, 46 percent are between the ages of 25 and 34.

What may come as kind of a shock is the fact that 94 percent of Wii U owners are male; only 7 percent are female. Another stat was that 90 percent of Wii U consoles are online. Out of that, 70 percent of these users connect to the eShop on a regular basis. In short, the eShop is doing pretty damn good.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Details About "Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden"

Here are some new details about "Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden."  This information came from this week's latest issue of the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.

  • Game is broken up into missions. You can choose which mission you want to play. When you beat a mission, you unlock new missions. You can also go back and play older missions.
  • The goal in the game is to find people. Once you find them, you have to bring them back. Once this is done, mission complete. However, you have to watch out for ghosts that are lurking about.
  • Each of the characters in the game have their own reasons for going to the mountains. Their reasons are explained as you gather more details.
  • Tracking people is done following their "scent." You can get a person's scent from documents, hair and other items.
  • If you find a person's memories, you can use them to follow their past footsteps to see where they went.
  • The game is played on the TV, with the map displayed on your GamePad.
  • The "touch system" to pick up items has made a return.

"Mario Kart 8" Mercedes-Benz DLC and 2.0 Update Now Live

It is finally here! After Nintendo's scheduled maintenance early this morning, "Mario Kart 8" users can now download the Mercedes-Benz DLC and the update that will bring "Mario Kart 8" up to version 2.0

First up, the Mercedes-Benz pack is free DLC for the game. The DLC can be found on the eShop or via the new Shop inside the "Mario Kart 8" game (more on that in a minute). The DLC adds the following new karts to the game: Mercedes-Benz GLA, 300 SL Roadster and the Silver Arrow.

Now let's talk a bit about the update that brings "Mario Kart 8" up to version 2.0. This update is  pretty big, clocking in at around 136MB. Here is what the update includes:

  •  In Game Shop - There is a new in-game shop that you can use to buy new DLC. The first DLC you can get for free, and that is the Mercedes-Benz DLC Pack. Future DLC packs will be offered here later. This includes the DLC pack that is coming out in November that will add Link, Cat Peach and Tanooki Mario to the game, as well as new courses. There will be another DLC pack in May of next year that will include Animal Crossing characters and Dry Bowser, as well as more tracks.
  • Statistics - On the main start page, you can now gain access to your player statistics. This includes your win-loss record, favorite characters and courses, number of boosts, number of super boosts, coins collected, etc.
  • Map Display - You can now display the map on your TV or on your GamePad.  To enable this feature, simply press the (-) minus button on your controller of choice.
  • Default Menu Option - Now, after a race, the default menu option that is selected is "Next Race" instead of "Watch Highlight Reel." Small fix, but very welcome.
  • Kart Memory Function - Now, even when your Wii U is off, the game will remember your favorite vehicle combination.
  • Race and Battle Ratings - The max race and battle ratings have been increase from 9,999 to 99,999.
  • Online - The stability of online races and battles have been fixed, as well as a number of other online fixes.