So we all know that the Wii U hasn’t been doing as well as it was expected to, and is nowhere near on par with the sales of the Nintendo 3DS handheld system. As a fellow Nintendo fanatic myself, I of course own a Wii U and love it. I think the system is extremely underrated, and not taken as seriously as it should be. But in the midst of the turmoil over the Wii U, perhaps Nintendo already has their next move in check. According to a rumor, this might very well be the case. Someone quoted as a very reputable source, told NintendoNews.com that Nintendo was already working on its next gaming console. The rumor even has the specs of the alleged new system. This new system that has been rumored will be pretty new to the playing field, as it will be not only a home gaming console, but will double as a portable handheld gaming system. The supposed system, being called ‘Nintendo Fusion’ is said to be comprised of two parts, the Fusion DS (For portable use) and Fusion Terminal (For home use). The specs were stated as follows:
Bluetooth v4.0 BLE Command Node used to Interface with Bluetooth Devices such as Cell Phones, Tablets
16 Gigabytes of Internal Flash Storage (Possible Future Unit With 32 Gigabytes)
Nintendo 3DS Cart Slot
SDHC “Holographic Enhanced” Card Slot up to 128 Gigabyte Limit
Mini USB I/O
3300 mAh Li-Ion battery
Now I must admit, these specs do sound pretty out there. But imagine in a few years, this will be totally doable for a big company like Nintendo. We also have to sit back and think though, the Wii U has only been out for a little over a year, and we’re already getting leaks of an all-new console from Nintendo? Makes this rumor seem even more unlikely. But then again, we can never be too sure. Who knows what Nintendo has up their sleeve, as they choose to stay pretty secretive of their plans until they are good and ready to share them with the world. Another tidbit of info that’s making this rumor seem even more legitimate, is the fact that Nintendo recently updated their web domain www.NintendoFusion.com, a website that was originally purchased by Nintendo for a rock concert tour they hosted back in 2003 called the Nintendo Fusion Tour. But here’s the thing…the website was updated just a mere couple of days ago, on January 21st, to be exact. Why continue to hang on to the web domain, and then just randomly update when the rock tour is all done and over with? Here is the information about the website after the recent update:
Domain Name: nintendofusion.com
Registry Domain ID: 98528369_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.melbourneit.com
Registrar URL: http://www.melbourneit.com.au
Updated Date: 2013-04-02T09:18:58Z
Creation Date: 2003-05-29T19:33:46Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2014-05-30T05:33:46Z
Registrar: Melbourne IT Ltd
Registrant Name: Nintendo of America Inc.
Registrant Organization: Nintendo of America Inc.
Registrant Street: 4820 150th Avenue NE
Registrant City: Redmond
Registrant State/Province: WA
Registrant Postal Code: 98052
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.4258822040
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +1.4258823585
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name Server: DNS1.NINTENDO.COM
Name Server: DNS2.NINTENDO.COM
Last update of WHOIS database: 2014-01-21T12:17:01Z
With all of this information, we can only dream that this is true, but until Nintendo states otherwise, this remains as just another rumor swirling around the interwebs.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is nearly upon us North American gamers, and as such, many of us are already thinking of things such as the name of our town, the clothes we’ll wear, and even the flag we will design to show the uniqueness of our town.
However, the first thing you have to do when you are set to arrive in the town, is answer Rover’s questions.
These are simple questions that to many, don’t actually hold any importance, but they are more than you would think.
Your character’s face will be changed according to your responses, there are a total of 12 different outcomes for your characters, and here they are, shown for each gender.
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And the 2nd row…
And the last 4…
With this, you can choose the way your character’s face will look in the game, use of this list is up to the player, making your experience a controlled one right from the get-go, give it a try tomorrow, when the game is finally released.
Fire Emblem Awakening is a game that you do not want to miss out on. If you own a Nintendo 3DS, then you need to give this game a chance and if you don’t own a Nintendo 3DS… well, this game is reason enough alone to go out and purchase one. If you are new to the Fire Emblem series, don’t worry, you do not need to play the past Fire Emblem games to be able to jump right into this one. The Fire Emblem series has always centered on being strategy based. Think of this game as chess but the “chess pieces” have fancy abilities and in Fire Emblem: Awakening, can develop relationships with each other. In the beginning of the game, you are able to almost completely customize your character. You are able to change your characters voice, hair, and other features. This is just the first step where Nintendo traps you into feeling almost attached to the characters. As you play the game (with the character you made) you are able to make choices that affect your entire gameplay. Do you want to add your level 3 Mage to the front lines in the off chance that you might be able to level her? There are plenty of things to think about before making a move in this game.
In Fire Emblem Awakening, if one of your party members dies (unless you are not playing classic mode) they are gone for good. You can’t use magical revive spells or “Phoenix Down” like items… they are ultimately gone for the entire game which also means that party member that the character you made who fought next to you in numerous battles who you also became close to and got know is gone for the entire game. For example, I was really fond of the Pegasus Knight, Sumia., however, she was incredibly weak in the beginning of the game. I took my chances though in hopes that I could sneak in a few levels to get her beefy but unfortunately an archer came along and well…. Goodbye Sumia! Losing a party member would not be so bad but developing relationships and friendships in Fire Emblem: Awakening is what makes the game so great. Before my Sumia died, my main character had just gained relationship B with her. I witnessed a heartwarming cut scene involving her and my character. Besides growing slightly attached to Sumia, I had also developed better attack strategies involving her and my character. In Fire Emblem Awakening, when a character gains a relationship rank (C, B, A, or S) it also benefits the characters in battle. When they are next to each other on the battlefield, the chance increases that the character will defend their friend or attack right after. This battle system in the game is fairly easy to get used to and it also gives the player more incentive to spend time pairing characters in battle to witness fun cut scenes or just get their characters in a quirky romance.
Besides the fun battle system, Fire Emblem Awakening features a neat class system. Almost all of your characters will start out as either a first class or even a secondary class if you obtain a new party member towards the end of the game. Obtaining a certain level like level ten for instance grants you the ability to change your class (if you are still using a primary class) to a secondary or master class. For example, everyone starts out with Chrom who is initially a “Lord” class. When he obtains level ten with the use of a “master seal”, you will be able to change Chrom’s class to a “Great Lord” which not only boosts party member’s stats but in Fire Emblem Awakening, it also adds the ability to use an extra weapon that could not be used as a “Lord” class. Besides being able to change party member’s to their “ultimate class”, with an item called a “secondary seal” players can also change their character’s class to another primary class completely. For instance, Panne is a Taguel that uses a Beaststone. Taguels cannot be promoted to a master class, however, if the player wants to change Panne to a different class then it can be done with a “secondary seal”. Panne can then change from a Taguel to a Mage or an Archer. Weapons in the Fire Emblem Awakening are just as customizable as your party mechanics. With the ability to customize stats on most weapons, your options are endless in this game to play as you want with the party and weapons that you want.
The gameplay in Fire Emblem Awakening was very satisfying. Nintendo continues to pump out very cheap downloadable content maps for the game so even if you finish the main story, you can still play additional maps ranging from $2.50 to $5.00. If you do not want to dish out any extra money then you can challenge yourself after finishing the game by restarting the game on a harder difficulty. The story is touching and focuses a lot of friendship and teamwork as you learn from using the battle system.
Visually this game is absolutely gorgeous and it was completely meant to be played in 3D. I switched back and forth between 3D and no 3D and found myself wanting to experience the game more in 3D. The music was also very catchy. This game is very aesthetically pleasing and it really proves that the 3D on the 3DS is not a gimmick but incorporates the player into the world of Fire Emblem Awakening.
Fire Emblem Awakening is truly a game that you donot want to miss out on. If you are fond of role-playing games, games that involve strategy, or want to play a game that looks perfect in 3D then this is the game for you. With beautiful graphics, music, and fantastic characters that you will fall in love with, this game was a wonderful experience and I can honestly say it is the best Nintendo 3DS game I have played thus far.
The PlayStation Vita, or as I like to call it, the PSV, is Sony’s newest piece of technology in portable gaming. It was originally unveiled at a press conference earlier this year, and furthered detailed at E3 2011. Although much has been revealed about games and features, there are still many questions and concerns to be answered.
So what is known about the PSVita? First off, the PSVita will be avaible as two different models. The Wi-Fi only model for $249 USD and the Wi-Fi/3G version for $299 USD. According to Sony the Wi-Fi/3G version will be available at AT&T stores, as AT&T was announced as the exclusive provider of 3G service for the PSV. There are some questions as to a difference in hardware between the two, such as more RAM in the Wi-Fi/3G model over the Wi-Fi only, but has not been confirmed at this time. The cost for the AT&T coverage is also unknown at this time.
Physically, the PSV has many changes from the previous PSP. One of the most requested features from gamers has been added, the introduction of a second analog stick. This will allow for better support of games with moveable cameras on the PSV, especially first and third person shooters. Another big addition are the front and rear touch screens, lending itself to innovative controls not available on the PS3. This allows for much easier creating and editing in games like ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet. Front and rear cameras will enhance the users augmented reality experience. The display is an OLED screen measuring 5 inches with a 16:9 aspect ratio at 960×544 pixels and approximately 16,770,000 colors. The device overall is slightly larger than the PSP Go, adding 2 inches to the overall length, 1/2 inch to the width, and 1/8 inch to the thickness.
Some features available on the PSP Go have not moved on to the PSV. There is no “video out” option, so gameplay cannot be displayed on a TV. The only bluetooth devices that will function with the PSV are headsets, removing the previous ability to sync a PS3 controller to the PSP Go. Internal storage has been removed and replaced with 2 media slots. With the question of currently existing services like remote play, Skype, SenseMe, and comic content for PSP being available on PSV, as well as support for Youtube, flash content, and files, there is only a vague response. According to Sony “We are evaluating the opportunity to offer non-gaming applications/content and will announce details at a later time”.
The PSP Go only supported digital content, and the previous PSP models used UMD’s (universal media discs). The PSV will allow for digital content as well as a new physical game medium. This new medium is a flash memory based card which will also store game save data and additional downloadable content purchased, allowing for all data related to that game to be saved on the same card. A second slot will be used for storage media. The type of media is not yet confirmed, but will be necessary if you plan on purchasing digitally downloaded games and non-gaming content, since the PSV has no internal storage. Pricing for games, both digital and card based, has not been determined at this time. PSP games, PS minis, and PSone classics titles offered on the PS store will be playable on the PSV. At this time Sony has no plans to make PS3 or PS2 titles compatible with the PSV.
Before Sony’s E3 Conference, the PSV was going to be a day one buy for me. Now I am a bit skeptical with all the features and those yet to be announced. Hopefully Sony will make use of the technology and make the PSV a true evoltuion in portable gaming.