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).
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.
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.
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.
Nintendo of America has announced a December 7th release date for The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, just in time for the holiday shopping season. I wonder why they would wait so long to announce the date?
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…