It's hard to imagine a world where Pokemon doesn't exist. But 20 years ago, we were all living in that world. Pokemon made its debut on February 27, 1996. With such a big anniversary, Nintendo has a few surprises up their sleeve for everyone.
When you buy a collectable figure, you've got a couple of options. You can take it out of the packaging, and enjoy playing with it, or leave it in the box, to remain in mint condition for all of its days. Unfortunately, if you're into collecting amiibo, you don't have much of a choice if you actually want to use them for their intended purpose. Thankfully there is at least one that you can use, while still leaving it sealed in its packaging.
Compared to running the very same OS on a smartwatch, seeing Windows 95 booting up on a New Nintendo 3DS might look tame in comparison. It could potentially also be more useful. Perhaps that is why there is a bit more excitement surrounding this port of one Microsoft's earliest operating systems to Nintendo's current gaming handheld. While the project might be a big deal for a holiday vacation project, the biggest question perhaps will be "what now?".
It's been over two years now since Nintendo debuted its 2DS handheld system in the US, dropping the 3DS's clamshell hinge as well as 3D functionality in favor of a slate-like form factor with a budget-friendly price. Now the odd portable is arriving in Japan for the first time, but in the form of special Pokemon-themed editions. The four models come in transparent red, blue, green, and yellow, and coincide with Nintendo's release of updated versions of the original Gameboy Pokemon titles.
Loading times are the bane of every gamer. As seconds of loading screens add up to precious minutes over time, you start to wonder just how much more of the game you could play, if it would only load faster. I've even put down games, just because I hated dealing with constant, long loading screens (I'm looking at you GTA Online). Well, if you've picked up Monster Hunter X and feel like you're wasting too much time waiting on the game to load, Nintendo has a way to fix that.
After questions and speculation and outcries and impatient waiting, Nintendo fans located in the U.S. will be able to get ahold of the smaller New Nintendo 3DS starting next month. Earlier this year, Nintendo announced the larger of the two new models in the US, but was careful to avoid giving any explicit statement either way about whether the smaller unit would be arriving in North America. Now the video game company has made an official statement, saying the device will be available starting September 25.
The makers of Dragon Quest, not only the most popular RPG, but the biggest games series of all time in Japan, earlier today announced the eleventh title in the main series. Developers Square Enix held a 90-minute long live-stream broadcast to announce Dragon Quest XI for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS, with a tentative release sometime next year. But even more shocking was the fact that the game was announced for the "NX," Nintendo's mysterious next game system.
Perhaps there is very little doubt in anyone's mind that the Wii U is on its way out, especially after Nintendo confirmed the existence of its NX successor. But the ball might actually be rolling sooner than most of us have presumed. Considering Nintendo's notoriety as a slow moving dinosaur, it is almost unfathomable that Nintendo would be putting the axe to its somewhat failed attempt at a current gen console. According to WIRED, however, the signs are quite strong. And perhaps more importantly, rapid change might exactly be what the doctor prescribed.
This week Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime spoke up this week on the future of handheld gaming machines for the USA. Speaking without giving direct confirmation to writer Stephen Totilo of Kotaku, Fils-Aime suggested that "some special SKUs might show up", this after speaking about North America and the lack of a release of both new 3DS handhelds to this environment. Could it be that the Japanese market's desire for the 3DS XL and non-desire for a smaller device was informing Nintendo on the USA?
E3 2015 may not have officially started, but Nintendo couldn't help gushing Super Smash Bros. news today including YouTube replays and fresh characters. In an announcement this morning, Nintendo confirmed that Ryu from the Street Fighter franchise, and Roy from Fire Emblem, would join Lucas from Mother 3 as new playable fighters for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the game. Meanwhile, there are also new amiibo figures on the horizon.