Nintendo: How to Be Premature and Last 100 Hours
When asian men speak loudly and wield swords to hundreds of cheering people, it can mean one of two things: a Japanese revolt or a Nintendo press event. Thankfully, when Nintendo staged their pre-TGS conference, the only people rebelling were the early adopters of the 3DS. But, Nintendo had plenty in store for their new handheld this time around.
The 3DS got some much needed software support in the form of 2011 release dates and 2012 games announced. Among the star-studded first party list are Super Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Tekken 3D and Animal Crossing 3D. And in case your reason for stalling purchase of the 3DS was colour (as opposed to the high price tag, lack of games, developers, and sales) then have no fear: the pink 3DS was announced. Armed with the sound reasoning of a slightly higher female base in the gender distribution, Nintendo has decided to release a pink version of the handheld on October 20th. The Mii Plaza will be receiving a face lift around this period as well.
Details were also shed on the new Mario Kart: new camera options will allow racers to take on a first person view for the first time ever, and kart customization will be introduced in the next installment. The show was stolen however by the announcements of a new Fire Emblem and Monster Hunter 4 both for the 3DS in the coming months.
A few issues went unaddressed: further Wii U details were not given aside from the fact that Skyward Sword will have upto 100 hours of gameplay, and the 3DS right analog peripheral was not covered either. All in all however, a great showing from the Big N before TGS kicks off this weekend.