Nintendo's Press Conference: Digest Version
All the major announcements from today's big press event.
That a second hand live blog of the Nintendo Conference 2010 press briefing from earlier is a bit tough to read, so here's a digest version with all the major announcements from the event.
3DS Price and Date
3DS will be released February 26, 2011, priced ¥25,000. It will be available in Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black colors. This date is for Japan. Nintendo's regional offices will make announcements of their own later
Capcom is making Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D in addition to Resident Evil Revelations.
Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino and Square Enix super producer Tetsuya Nomura hinted at more 3DS development after Layton and Kingdom Hearts 3DS.
A video reel shown at the event showed clips of Kid Icarus, Super SFIV, Resident Evil Revelations, Samurai Warriors, Dead or Alive, Pro Baseball Spirits (I believe this is new), Metal Gear Solid, Paper Mario, Chocobo Racing, Super Monkey Ball, Professor Layton, Star Fox, Animal Crossing and Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.
I believe Akari Uchida from Konami either announced a new Love Plus game or hinted at one. It also seems that he suggested using the 3DS's Tag Mode to tell lies to your girlfriend.
Nintendo did not share a launch lineup.
Nintendo is teaming up with Fuji TV and other broadcasters to distribute free 3D videos to 3DS owners
NTT East and NTT West will be promoting internet use through the 3DS, similar to programs implemented for the DSi and Wii. 3DS owners will also eventually be able to access Wi-Fi from NTT BP's Wifine service
3DS will have its own Virtual Console. Game Boy games, Game Boy Advance games and other classics will be playable in 3D.
Nintendo is improving the download sales functionality of the system. It says that it will be integrating functionality for sales and promotions. (I don't know what that means either.) The system's download interface will let you switch screens faster and will have a smoother response time.
Nintendo is readying a new "Itsunoma ni Tsuushin" download service which beams content to your 3DS -- stuff like rankings, ghost data, free software, and notices. This can be used anywhere, even from DS Station and Nintendo Zone hot spots. The 3DS will automatically seek out Wi-Fi spots and grab the data for you.
You'll be able to use a Mii Studio tool to create Miis on the 3DS. Compared to the Mii functionality on the Wii, you'll find more parts in the 3DS implementation.
The Mii Studio can use the 3DS camera to take your picture. You can then adjust the various parts your resulting Mii to your liking.
You can convert Miis into a QR code, which can be placed on SD for transport to your computer, where you can put it on a home page for instance. Other players will be able to scan the code to get your Mii.
Miis that you gather using Tag Mode will appear in a Mii Plaza. The game the Mii's owner last played will be shown as an icon.
A few bits other things that were announced about the system:
CEO Satoru Iwata made a big point about the system's stronger Tag Mode functionality. As previously detailed, this can be used to have multiple games communicate with each other while your 3DS is in sleep mode.
3DS will come with a set of AR games built in. "AR" stands for "Augmented Reality."
You'll be able to press the HOME button to pause games and access a variety of system features on the spot, including the internet.
The system has a built in "memory notebook," which stores information about the number of steps you've taken (I'm not sure if this is your actual steps or your Mii's steps) and your software play time.
You can use the 3DS's internal and external cameras simultaneously to take pictures which can then be combined into a synthesized image.
Non 3DS News...
In non 3DS news, Last Story is due for January 27 release. Zelda was listed at the event as the previously announced 2011. Iwata formally announced development of the Wiimote Plus, which combines a Wiimote and Wii Motion Plus. Nintendo is readying a Mario 25th anniversary DSi LL system.