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Nintendo just uploaded the first-ever Australian Nintendo Direct. And in their inaugural down under address, the consolemaker has confirmed the redesigned New 3DS and New 3DS XL will make their Australian debut on November 21. Nintendo’s Australia arm also confirmed that the New 3DS-exclsuive remake of Xenoblade Chronicles will be released in Australia in 2015.
First unveiled on September 1, the New 3DS and New 3DS XL include a bevy of improvements over the original models. A second analog stick, designed for more precise camera control, and additional trigger buttons bring the handheld more in-line with the Wii U controller layout. NFC support is included out of the box for Nintendo’s Amiibo figures and bigger screens allow for improved 3D functionality. When it launches in Australia, the new handheld will be available in three different packages:
- New 3DS (White) - $219.95 AUD
- New 3DS XL (Metallic Black) - $249.95 AUD
- New 3DS XL (Metallic Blue) - $249.95 AUD
The New 3DS and the New 3DS XL won’t be released in North America or Europe until sometime next year. Presumably, the Xenoblade Chronicles remake will also make the trip across the Pacific in 2015.
For all the jokes about Nintendo’s conservatism, sometimes they really can surprise you. A Japan-only Nintendo Direct presentation on Friday revealed that the company is working on a “New 3DS” and “New 3DS XL,” which will sport a second analog stick, more buttons, built-in NFC functionality, and more.
Yes, you read that right. Nintendo has grafted three additional buttons onto the New 3DS (a second analog stick and two new trigger buttons up top). The handheld has also been given a power boost, allowing for “Super Stable” 3D play and built-in NFC functionality for Nintendo’s upcoming line of Amiibo figures. A bigger set of screens will also give gamers a better look at the new 3D effects.
To wring every bit of power out of the New 3DS, Nintendo has announced that games designed to run exclusively on the new hardware will be produced. The first such game, a remake of Xenoblade Chronicles, will be available in Japan this October alongside the launch of the New 3DS itself.
So where does that leave 3DS fans in North America and Europe who want to get their hands on this new handheld? They’ll have to wait until 2015 as Nintendo has no plans to release the New 3DS in either territory until next year.
Welcome to Warp Zoned’s second annual Golden Pixel Awards. It was definitely a good year for gaming. With the fight over Mass Effect 3‘s ending, the resurrection of Sleeping Dogs, and the launch of the Wii U, we were treated to 12 months of interesting stories.
So sit back and relax as we reward the best (and worst) games of 2012 with a series of accolades based on their rather unique accomplishments.
The Apocalypse List
The bombs have fallen, the economy has collapsed, food is scarce, the zombie hordes are scratching at your door, and you’ve boarded yourself up in a bunker that’ll stand for a hundred years. What better way to spend your time in “The Vault” than by playing Warp Zoned’s favorite games from 2012? It doesn’t matter if you call it a “Top Ten List” or “Our Favorites From 2012,” but these are the games we plan to keep playing even if there was no game industry to keep making games. (more…)
It’s April 6 and Xenoblade Chronicles has finally (FINALLY!) made its way onto store shelves in America. Correction, make that one store’s shelves. Xenoblade Chronicles is exclusive to GameStop. If you’re looking for a review to reassure you that buying one of the last big Wii games is a good idea, you’re in luck, we’ve had one lying around since the game’s European release:
Director Tetsuya Takahashi and writers Yuichiro Takeda and Yurie Hattori have managed to craft a world both unusual and yet familiar, allowing us to accompany Shulk and his band of heroes as they travel across two worlds, dealing with Gods and monsters alike. We share in their accomplishments and wallow in their grief. Xenoblade Chronicles is not just a game; it is an experience you will miss when it is finally over. It manages to raise questions about our own beliefs and spirituality as well as about the role of machines in our lives, and all while, offering up one of the greatest game playing experiences of this generation.
March is over and that means Spring is… well… Spring’s been here for a while now, I guess it’s just a tad more official with the turning of the calendar page.
That said, we’ve got a few new releases that’s sure to interest you including the Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS3, Xbox 360), which compiles Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening. It’s joined by the long-awaited Kinect Star Wars and it’s companion R2-D2 Xbox 360 Bundle. The GameStop-exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles will also be available this Friday, April 6. You may squeal now.
What else is new in stores this week? Hit the jump to find out. (more…)
Nintendo has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles will be released exclusively through GameStop on April 6. In addition to the release date, Nintendo has revealed that the game will be packaged in the beautiful (and fan-chosen) wraparound cover to your left. Click on the cover to get a larger look at it.
But that’s not all! Nintendo also announced that XSEED has picked up the North American publishing rights to The Last Story. No release date was announced, but it’ll be available this year, sometime after the release of Xenoblade Chronicles.
“Together, these two games level up the excitement for RPG fans in America,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “Whether roaming the vast landscape of Xenoblade Chronicles or choosing crossbows to battle with or against companions in The Last Story, gamers will recognize these titles as benchmarks for the genre.”
Is Pandora’s Tower next? I’d bet good money we’ll see it sometime before the end of 2012.
As the US announcement trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles builds to a crescendo, one character tells another, “Sorry I kept you waiting.” It’s possible this is just a random line that fit well with the flow of the trailer, or it’s Nintendo subtley saying “we’re sorry” to all its fans. I prefer the latter explanation.
Either way, the first Xenoblade Chronicles trailer is suitably epic for what may be the Wii’s swan song. It’ll be available exclusively at GameStop stores next Spring.
If there’s one thing I appreciate in this world, it’s a good RPG, and according to our Scottish cohort Andrew, Xenoblade Chronicles is a DAMN good RPG. But it was always a point of sadness for me knowing that Nintendo had no plans to bring what was apparently one of the best JRPGs of the year, if not the generation, to US shores. Well, it turns out plans have been made.
Xenoblade Chronicles will hit US shores in the Spring with a retail price of $49.99, and the only place you’ll be able to find it is at your local GameStop (or GameStop.com).
Whether or not Nintnedo’s decision to localize this game is a result of Project Rainfall, which was an initiative from a large group of American gamers who were campaigning for the localization of Xenoblade Chronicles (along with other Japanese/European-only releases The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower). So far, Nintendo hasn’t announced any plans to localize the other two games.
I, for one, am giddy as a Japanese schoolgirl over this news, and I know I’ll be at GameStop for the midnight release of what is apparently one of the best RPGs of our time.