Nintendo's Japanese Press Conference: Top 10 Announcements
This morning's Nintendo press con, which took place in Japan, rivaled anything we've seen from the Electronic Entertainment Expo, as the publisher unleashed some big guns to prepare for the holiday shopping season and beyond.
Fans shouldn't be surprised by the wealth of announcements. The company landed in hot water with investors over weak 3DS sales, and the community deserved to know more about the system's future.
Bottom line, the big N needed to make a splash and did so marvelously.
Of course, some surprises were better than others, so with that, here are the five that stood out the most.
#10 Misty Pink 3DS
Although we have no interest in carrying pink 3DS systems, it's always good to see Nintendo bringing new colors to market. In this case, the publisher wants to appeal to the ladies, by no means a bad thing. Besides, we automatically associate the color pink with fighting breast cancer. Would be cool for Nintendo to market the system this way in the U.S.
#9 3DS update brings 3D video recording
Sometime in November, the 3DS will receive the ability to record 3D video, a feature that definitely sounds cool on paper. We just hope it looks nice.
#8 Zelda themed pre-paid cards
Can you say, collectible? Nintendo plans to deliver pre-paid cards featuring exclusive Zelda artwork. 3DS cards feature Link battling Ganon, while the Wii cards show the hero flying.
#7 First person Mario Kart
This was totally unexpected. Mario Kart 7 comes with a first person mode that works in tandem with the 3DS gyroscope. Not sure if it'll give us motion sickness, but for now, the footage looks wonderful.
#6 Kid Icarus: Uprising delayed to 2012
This is one of those "glass half full" situations. On one hand, it's sad to see such a high profile video game get pushed into next year. On the other, Kid Icarus: Uprising's multiplayer needed work, and Nintendo chose to give this promising adventure the attention it so rightfully deserves. Well done.
#5 Release dates
We've known for months that Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 were slated to arrive in November and December, respectively. Well, Nintendo finally made things more concrete with firm release dates of November 13 and December 4. Makes creating those holiday wish lists easier.
#4 Skyward Sword's length
Switching to consoles for a bit, we learned that the Wii's last hurrah, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, will come with 50 to 100 hours of gameplay, complete with a boss battle challenge mode. That makes it one of the most value packed titles in history.
#3 Mario Tennis 3DS
Nintendo skipped bringing a new Mario Tennis to DS, so it's great to see a proper sequel on 3DS, one that looks almost as good as its console counterparts on GameCube and Wii. We think the company has a wonderful opportunity to do some great things with 3D, particularly bringing the ball towards players' faces.
#2 Monster Hunter 4
This was huge. We expected Capcom to put the next Monster Hunter on PlayStation Vita, after achieving big success with the franchise on PSP. Then Nintendo comes out of nowhere with Monster Hunter 4 on 3DS. Just cross your fingers that it's an exclusive.
#1 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Anniversary Edition
Nintendo first announced the DSi and 3DS version of Four Swords in June, but chose to keep the details under wraps. That changed during the press con, when the publisher pulled back the curtain on a revamped offering, complete with wireless four-player co-op and a brand new single player mode. Even better, it'll be free from September 28, 2011 to February 20, 2012.