I’ve Never Understood Nintendo’s Stance on Publishing RPGs in North America

It was announced this week that The Last Story is going to be published in North America by Xseed Games. This comes after Nintendo announced late last year that Xenoblade Chronicles would also be making it’s way over. Normally, not big news, except that it took a dedicated effort from fans to get Nintendo to realize there’s a demand.

To me, there’s something very wrong when your customers have to beg you to make a product available to them and you, as a company, regularly refuse to do it. I’ve just never really understood Nintendo’s localization stance. As far as I can tell the first and only real bomb (sales-wise, it’s considered by many, me, to be a classic) of an RPG was the excellent Earthbound on the SNES, which had problems and these problems, not the quality of the actual game caused the poor sales (box size forced the game to not be easily displayed in standard display cases, the bizarre “This Game Stinks” ad campaign).

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Nintendo Officially Announces 3DS

Nintendo officially announced their next handheld, the Nintendo 3DS. The game will display games in glasses-free 3D. Other interesting items of note:

  • Features improved graphics over the DS
  • Two cameras on the outside of the device for 3D picture taking
  • The 3DS launch game will be Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • 3D depth slider on the side of the device
  • Round numb analog stick called the “Slide Pad”

Full specs below…

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Monster Hunter Tri Detailed For North American Release

Nintendo and Capcom released a ton of new details for their upcoming release Monster Hunter Tri at the Nintendo Summit today. Highlights include free online play, voice support (Wii-Speak), a bundle with classic controller for only $59.99, and a pre-order Monster Hunter Tri Points Card worth 500 Points ($5.00) available through Gamestop. The card can be used towards games in the Wii Shop or Nintendo DSi Shop channels.

Monster Hunter Tri will be released April 20th.

The full press release, below…

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Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Other M, More Announced At Nintendo Summit

Nintendo announced a number of new release dates for upcoming releases, as well as pricing and release date for the DSi XL today at the Nintendo Summit in San Francisco.

  • The WiiWare remake of Cave Story will be released next month, March 22.
  • Metroid: Other M (Wii) will be released June 27.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) will be out May 23.
  • The DSi XL will retail for $189.99 and be out next month, March 28.
  • Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (Sin & Punishment 2, Wii) will be out June 7.
  • Picross 3D (DS) release date is May 3.
  • Dragon Quest IX (DS) will be out this summer (no specific date) and be published by Nintendo in North America.
  • Monster Hunter Tri (Wii) will be released April 20th. There is a bundle with the game and a classic controller for $59.99, which is a good deal considering the classic controller typically sells for $20 alone.

Lots of good stuff coming, sooner than expected, for the Wii and DS.

Nintendo 2010 Line-Up

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Pretty interesting list of games. I think I’m most looking forward to Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey from Atlus on the DS (March 10). Capcom also has some pretty good games coming: Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom on Wii, Phoenix Wright on WiiWare, Ace Attorney Investigations on DS, and Mega Man 10, the sequel to the download-only Mega Man 9.

The whole list, below:

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Now Playing: 06/28/09

Art Style Pictobits

I haven’t done a “Now Playing” in like a year and a half, so I figured “why not randomly do one today”. Yesterday, I upgraded to a DSi and have been playing a ton of PiCTOBiTS and BOXLIFE, as well as some Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswakers on XBLA. Gamestop had a pretty good trade in deal (though I’m pretty sure it’s still a rip off) for the DS and DS Lite trade ins, $40 for the DS, and $70 for the DS Lite. Since we had two DS’es and a DS Lite laying around, the DSi upgrade was pretty much free. Sure, I could have probably get more for them on eBay, but I didn’t feel like dealing with that this week.

PiCTOBiTS and BOXLIFE are both downloaded puzzle games (DSiWare) that you would normally have to pay for, but Nintendo has a pretty cool promotion going on right now, you receive 1000 points for free, enough to buy both games (that offer ends 10/05/2009). Both are amazingly fun and addicting (PiCTOBiTS soundtrack is great), below are two game play videos…

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