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Nintendo Building New R&D Facility

March 31st, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

In a move that will bring Nintendo of Japan’s research and development center closer to their main headquarters, the company has begun work on a new $12 million facility in Kyoto.

The news comes from Japanese newspaper Nikkan.

Actual construction on the building won’t begin until January 2012, but it should be completed sometime in 2013.

Source: GamesRadar

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Two More Characters Still Planned for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

March 31st, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

According to Nintendo Power, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will have eight playable characters.

We know Chris Redfield, Jack Krauser, Claire Redfield, and Hunk are in. And with Tuesday’s announcement of Jill and Wesker, that leaves two more spots open.

Who could they be for?

RE2/4‘s Leon Kennedy would be a likely candidate. Personally I’m hoping for someone random like Brad “I’m getting the Hell out of here” Vickers.

Source: Official Nintendo Magazine

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Nintendo Europe Confirms Xenoblade Localization

March 31st, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

Nearly a year after its release, Monolith Soft’s Wii RPG Xenoblade will be making its way out of Japan.

Nintendo of Europe sent out a press release announcing Xenoblade Chronicles for European territories. No release date has bee given yet, but more news will be posted on the game’s website in the near future.

There’s been no word from Nintendo of America in regards to bringing the game out in North America, but it could just be that NoE was the first to announce it.

I really hope that this isn’t like Another Code: R

… or Disaster: Day of Crisis

… or Jam with the Band.

Source: Nintendo.co.uk [via GoNintendo]

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Nintendo Reports Company Record Day-One Sales for the 3DS

March 30th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

[Photo: Anders Krusberg, NoA]

While declining to give concrete numbers, Nintendo said the 3DS broke the company record for highest day-one sales for any of their systems.

Figures won’t be available until April 14, when the NPD Group releases the first-week sales numbers for the U.S.

Nintendo issued a statement on the achievement,

“Nintendo worked hard to get as much product as possible to retailers on day one to meet demand, and we will continue with these efforts moving forward.”

I guess they succeeded in getting plenty of product to retailers, since they were able to break sales records and there’s still 3DS’ available.

Source: Gamasutra

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Mysterious Lists Dates Kid Icarus, Zelda, Starfox for Summer

March 30th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

According to a distributor list, some of Nintendo’s top 3DS offerings will be out by May and June.

The list, which reportedly contains the release dates for Kid Icarus Uprising, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and StarFox 64 3D, was discovered by Spanish site Escuadron Pikmin. It should be noted that these date have not been confirmed and should still be taken with a grain of salt.

  • Raving Rabbids 3D – April 1
  • Puzzle Bobble Universe – April 22
  • James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes – May 6
  • Driver Renegade – May 6th
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries – May 6
  • Kid Icarus Uprising – May 6
  • Starfox 64 3D: May 6
  • Dead or Alive: Dimensions – May 27
  • Sports Island 3D – June 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – June 17
  • Naruto Shippuden 3D – June 17

Source: Cubed3

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X-Ray Used to Find Out How Much RAM Is In the 3DS

March 30th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

One of the 3DS’ 512Mb dies as seen through an X-Ray

Since Nintendo is pretty stingy with tech specifications on their hardware, it’s up to other parties to find out just what is inside.

Using X-rays, reverse engineering company Chipworks was able to determine the exact part and product number for the RAM inside the 3DS. It turns out the handheld has 2 dies of 512 Mb (bits not bytes), giving it a total of about 128 MB (bytes not bits).

For reference, these are the amounts of RAM in other devices (via Wikipedia):

The RAM in the 3DS, made by Fujitsu, reportedly has a data rate of 3.2 GB/s. That’s very quick — double the rate of DDR2 — and in-line with Nintendo’s design philosophy since the days of the N64 where access latency limited developer’s abilities.

Source: ifixit [via NeoGAF]

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Tokyo Game Show Management: TGS May Be “Reduced”

March 29th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

Even during Japan’s rebuilding and energy conservation, this year’s Tokyo Game Show will go on.

Kotaku Japan was able to get in contact with the management for TGS. According to them, there are no plans to can the show, but the current situation in the country may have an effect on it.

“Currently, we are not thinking of canceling or making the show smaller. Depending on the situation from here on out, it is possible that the show is reduced.”

Management didn’t say exactly “how” the show might be reduced, but Kotaku did note that because of economic issues, some developers and publishers may back out of attending.

Source: Kotaku Japan [via The Speed Gamers]

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Jill and Wesker Join the Cast of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

March 29th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

 

The Master of Unlocking and Mola Ram Albert Wesker will be playable characters in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, which is scheduled for release this summer.

If you pick up The Mercenaries, you’ll get a free demo of the other Resident Evil game: Revelations.

Source: Capcom-Unity, GameSpot

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Screenshots of Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime 3DS

March 29th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime 3DS, the sequel to the first Rocket Slime on the DS (which was actually a sequel to the Japan-only Slime MoriMori Dragon Quest for the GBA) will be the first Dragon Quest game to make its way to the 3DS.

Square-Enix has put out a small batch of screenshots which have our heroic little slime exploring the high seas and taking part in ship-to-ship battles.

Source: Nintendo Everything [via CVG]

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3DSes Still In Stock Around the U.S.

March 28th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

Despite talk of large amounts of pre-orders (both online and in store), it looks like the 3DS is still available on store shelves across the country.

GameStop has been reporting “strong demand” for the system, but there still seems to be plenty of extra 3DSes to go around.

Modojo randomly checked in with stores in the New York/New Jersey area and found that four out of the six GameStops they visited still had 3DSes in stock. Best Buys and Targets in the area also seemed to have

It’s hard to say what’s the cause for surplus. There is definitely demand for the system — pre-orders told us that. It could be that Nintendo actually overestimated how many people would actually go out and buy a 3DS.

That may sound bad, but it beats waiting for new shipments like when the Wii launched.

Sources: Modojo, Industry Gamers [via Destructoid]

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