Nintendo: Bring PictoChat to 3DS Please
With the eShop slated for May, Nintendo would be wise to bring the DS pack-in to its newest handheld.
The familiar saying, "you never appreciate something until it's gone" rings true, especially when it comes to PictoChat.
Originally released as pack-in software for the DS in 2004 (and subsequently included with each new DS), PictoChat is a communication utility that allows up to 16 people to wirelessly jump into a chat room. From there, they can write/send messages using an on screen keyboard. A simple sketch tool also lets them draw.
To be fair, we only used PictoChat a couple times per year, usually at large video game events like the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), mostly during the Nintendo press conferences. Once inside a chat room, we exchanged rumors concerning the show and expressed enthusiasm at newly announced products. Other times, we just drew giant wieners.
Was it the best thing to happen to DS? Absolutely not, but it's something we expected to have at all times, and the fact that PictoChat didn't make the jump to 3DS doesn't make sense. What does Nintendo have to gain by omitting it?
That said, we'll take both the DS and 3DS to E3, one for PictoChat, the other for StreetPass.
Unless, of course, Nintendo does the right thing by releasing PictoChat with the 3DS eShop as a free download. Hell, we'd even pay two bucks for it.
Come on, Nintendo. Do the right thing. Those 3D dongs can't draw themselves.