Nintendo is preparing new games and technologies that clearly demonstrate that portable game systems are alive and well. Nintendo also plans to dominate the field.
When Nintendo introduced the 3DS portable video game system, it shocked the world with a 3D screen technology that didn’t need special glasses. A new model of the portable game system, the Nintendo 3DS XL, with a screen that’s 90% larger, is headed to stores in late August, according to an announcement by Nintendo. The larger screen demonstrates further advances in 3D technology that does not require users to wear 3D decoding glasses. It’s a monumental achievement for mobile game players. Nintendo hopes it will further revive the mobile game market that some believe has lost share to games available on Smartphones.
The distinctive point of mobile game systems from Nintendo and its rival Sony is in the software. Games on Nintendo 3DS (or 3DSXL) and Sony Playstation Vita http://www.jr.com/category/games/playstation-vita/ are far more sophisticated than app games on Smartphones. For those seeking better mobile gaming, Nintendo and Sony provide a higher class of entertainment. Nintendo, however, offers it in 3D.
During E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, earlier this month, Nintendo revealed some new games expected for release by the upcoming holiday season.
New Super Mario Bros. 2: This new side-scrolling installment in the fan-favorite Super Mario Bros. franchise launches Aug. 19 as the Mushroom Kingdom bursts with more coins and gold than ever before. Players can transform into Gold Mario and Raccoon Mario, and challenge friends to beat their high scores in the new Coin Rush mode. Also, for the first time in a hand-held Mario title, players can enjoy a cooperative two-player mode for the entire game via a local wireless connection.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (KONAMI): The classic action adventure franchise arrives on Nintendo 3DS this fall. Combining 3D graphics with timeless 2D game play, the game marks the return of fan-favorite character Alucard, the son of Dracula himself.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon: This action-filled game starring Luigi launches for Nintendo 3DS this holiday season. Players can expect more haunted mansions to explore and new ways for Luigi to take on a wild assortment of ghosts in this new adventure. In addition to using the strobe function of his flashlight to stun ghosts, Luigi must solve puzzles and reveal hidden details in the environment to unlock new areas in the mansions.
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney Interactive): This new game combines classic Disney characters with rich, imaginative environments that players can experience in 3D for the first time. The game itself is inspired by the classic Castle of Illusion game and features new ways for Mickey Mouse to interact with the game world using paint and paint thinner.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star: Launching this holiday season, this classic action role-playing franchise gets a fresh 3D look in its hand-held debut as Mario uses stickers found in the game to win battles and solve puzzles.
Scribblenauts Unlimited (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment): In this new game, players help Maxwell, the game’s hero, explore an unbound world and solve robust puzzles and challenges. The game continues the series’ tradition of allowing players to create nearly any object they can think of.
Kingdom Hearts 3D (Square Enix, Inc.): Celebrating the franchise’s 10th anniversary, the latest title from Disney Interactive and Square Enix launches July 31 with StreetPass features, AR Card compatibility and support for the Circle Pad Pro accessory.
Additional third-party games on the way for Nintendo 3DS this year include Transformers Prime from Activision, Rabbids Rumble from Ubisoft, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Heroes of Ruin from Square Enix, Inc.
To get fans excited for these games, Nintendo announced the immediate availability of new content in the Nintendo eShop, including trailers for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Paper Mario: Sticker Star, plus a playable demo version of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Nintendo 3DS owners with broadband Internet access can visit the Nintendo eShop anytime to find games, demos, trailers and other content available for download.
In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS system, to the Nintendo DSi Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and to the Wii Shop Channel for the Wii console at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Thursdays.
Nintendo also launched an introductory episode of Threediots, its first original short-form comedy series, produced by Consolidated Baily, exclusively on its Nintendo Video service, which delivers free handpicked comedy, animation, Hollywood, gaming and music videos to Nintendo 3DS owners. More than 70 percent of Nintendo 3DS systems in the United States have connected to the Internet, and applications such as Swapnote and Nintendo Video have been downloaded more than 1 million times each domestically.
As games have different ratings through ESRB, Nintendo game models permit parental game controls.
The cooler days of autumn seem to be filled with promise and fun as more will turn to fun with Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL. Nintendo is intent to make those moments fresh and exciting.