Black 3DS XL Announced for North America

Well, if any of you have been keeping up with the tech rumor mill lately, it has been discussed whether or not Nintendo would be releasing a black-colored variant of their popular handheld. Well, according to the statement that was released this morning, you will be able to purchase a full, single-tone black 3DS XL on August 11, the same day that Mario & Luigi: Dream Team becomes available. To be honest, I believe that this is the sharpest looking “normal” color to date.

Eric

Nintendo is Bringing a Host of Games to Comic-Con!

Walking into Comic-Con, it’s not uncommon to be surrounded by people dressed as Mario, Link and other Nintendo video game legends. These iconic characters, and the games they star in, are beloved by generations of video game fans. This year, Nintendo is giving Comic-Con visitors and Southern California residents the chance to play a giant assortment of upcoming games starring these celebrated characters. People will be able to enjoy hands-on time with games like Super Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3 and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U, as well as Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS. In addition, Nintendo is hosting a variety of fun activities, including giveaways for The Wonderful 101 and one-of-a-kind experiences celebrating the Year of Luigi (available while supplies last).

“Comic-Con gives us a chance to interact with thousands of current and future Nintendo fans,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “We have fun games and activities for everyone, and Comic-Con will be the first time for many people to see how these games play in person.”

Nintendo will have a presence in two locations during Comic-Con. The first is on the show floor in the San Diego Convention Center, where the focus will be on Pikmin 3 for Wii U, with game-play kiosks and unique photo opportunities.

Visitors who do not have a Comic-Con badge can still join in the Nintendo fun by visiting the huge Nintendo Gaming Lounge at the adjacent San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel. The list of playable games scheduled to appear includes:

Wii U

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD from Nintendo
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze from Nintendo
Super Mario 3D World from Nintendo
Pikmin 3 from Nintendo
New Super Luigi U from Nintendo
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Nintendo
Rayman Legends from Ubisoft
Skylanders SWAP Force from Activision
Disney Infinity from Disney Interactive
Sonic Lost World from SEGA
The Wonderful 101 from Platinum Games
Bayonetta 2 from Platinum Games
Just Dance 2014 from Ubisoft
Nintendo 3DS

Yoshi’s New Island from Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds from Nintendo
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team from Nintendo
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D from Nintendo
Sonic Lost World from SEGA
Shin Megami Tensei IV from ATLUS (Index Digital Media, Inc.)
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
In addition to all of these games, visitors to the Nintendo booth and Gaming Lounge will encounter a host of fun activities. Attendees that stop by both the Nintendo booth at the convention center and the Nintendo Gaming Lounge at the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel will receive a mask (while supplies last) designed to resemble the masks worn by the heroes of The Wonderful 101. Fans who dress up like the characters from The Wonderful 101 will be have a chance to win a Wii U system and copy of the game when it launches on Sept. 15. And at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, Nintendo invites everyone who is dressed up or wearing a mask to gather for a group photo.

To get all those Pokémon trainers-in-the-making ready for the upcoming releases of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for Nintendo 3DS, a Pokémon-themed area will be set up in the Nintendo Gaming Lounge to allow visitors to relax, take photos with the Pikachu costumed character and participate in giveaways.

The yearlong celebration of the Year of Luigi will also continue at the show. Not only will visitors be able to play New Super Luigi U for Wii U and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for Nintendo 3DS, but the Luigi costumed character also will be available to take memorable photos with visitors. Visitors will also be able to collect fun items such as Mario & Luigi: Dream Team pillow cases, Luigi hats and Year of Luigi coins (while supplies last), as well as sign the giant Luigi yearbook, a memento chronicling Luigi’s 30 years in video games.

The Nintendo booth (No. 235) is located at the San Diego Convention Center at 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92101. The Nintendo Gaming Lounge is located on the first floor of the Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel at 333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92101.

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New Pokémon X & Y Details, Next CoroCoro Issue Will Contain Big Scoop

My Nintendo News

Pokemon_X_Pokemon_Y_logoJapanese publication CoroCoro magazine has released new details for the Pokémon X & Y games due for worldwide release October 12. There’s a whole wealth of information which has been reported by Serebii, which includes the name of the evil team, new features to the Player Search System (PSS), confirmation of the Pokémon types for the legendaries, as well as an onslaught of other juicy details for the highly anticipated title. CoroCoro’s next issue – due out August 12 – has said in its teaser that it will contain the biggest scoop of the century. Let us know what you think that might be in the comments section below. Meanwhile, check out the bullet points below for the juicy details and the various scans here.

  • Xerneas is Fairy-type, has the ability “Fairy Aura” which powers up Fairy-type moves. Also has a special move named Geo Control.
  • Yveltal is Dark/Flying. with an…

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Throwback Review: Metal Gear Solid (Part One)

I’ve been playing through the copy of MGS that I picked up at a new second hand shop downtown, and I’ve just finished disc one. Seeing as this is at least the halfway point, I figure that this is a good time to sit back and write about my playthrough while it is still fresh in my mind.

If you have never played through this game before, I’ll give you a short synopsis. It goes a bit like this: You play as Solid Snake, a legendary war hero whose mission is to stop a group of terrorists called “FOX-HOUND” from detonating a nuclear warhead on America. They simply want the remains of someone called “Big Boss” in return for not dropping  the warhead. So you are dropped off at their base, an island in Alaska called “Shadow Moses Island” to do your heroic duty. The gist of the game is then simple: find and destroy a machine called Metal Gear that allows them to launch a nuke.

My thoughts on the story so far: Fan-friggin-tastic! The story is superb, never straying too far from the main point, but including enough cheesy science fiction goodness that any geek would be in pure bliss from! That being said, there is one flaw that I found, and a small one at that. Big Bosses’ remains. They reference them as some sort of big deal, but then neglect to mention them for another four hours of the game. My question is: Why? Why bring something “important” like that up and fail to reference it barely at all? It is the story’s only big flaw that I can find.
Final verdict on the story: 9/10

My thoughts on the gameplay so far: the game is a stealth based action game, from a bird’s-eye view, and right from the start I could sense that the camera would be my biggest enemy in the whole game, and it was. There have been times where I was up against a wall, when all of a sudden, the camera would change angle, making Snake change positions and wind up getting seen by a guard, much to my dismay. That being said, save for the couple of problems with the camera, the gameplay is straight on. The controls are incredibly tight, and the fun never really ends as far as gameplay goes. Just the tiniest mechanics that the developers put in this game simply fill me with glee. MGS’s gameplay is unforgettable.
Final verdict on the gameplay: 8/10

That brings us to the end of this review on disc one of Metal Gear Solid. The score as it stands now is 8.5/10, but we’ll see what this game gets when I go even more in depth with part two.

Thanks much for reading,
Eric

Nintendo eShop Sale!

Nintendo is putting some of their more popular digital titles for the 3DS and the Wii U on sale until later in  July, so if you’re in the market for some digital titles, you might want to check these out!

The Titles are:

Mighty Switch Force! (3DS)- $4.99 until July 11

Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition (Wii U)- $6.67 until July 11

Order Up!! (3DS)- $4.99 from July 8 to July 22

Planet Crashers (3DS)- $4.99 from July 8 to July22

Get these deals before they’re gone!

Intro Post

Hello readers, friends, family, and random internet browsers.

This is the first post that I am publishing on my own site, and whether or not you care, I would like to thank all of you for visiting  my site, this has been a dream in the making for a few years now. I hope to post as often as I can, and give you new content like game reviews on a (Semi?) regular basis. I’m hoping that this site will eventually fulfill all of your needs as far as a technology blog can, and that this will satisfy your tech craving!

Thanks much!

Eric