Last week Nintendo held their 2010 Press Conference in Japan – as always it’s a time when exciting new Nintendo developments are announced. You can watch the full briefing in English or Japanese over on the Nintendo web site.
As well as all the normal sales stuff Nintendo also reminded us that this year is 25th Anniversary of Super Mario and a commemorative game is on the way. They also announced that Donkey Kong will be making its return in the new year and that in the not to distant future the wii motion plus will be built into standard wii controls forming the wii remote +.
A big part of the presentation was given over to the Nintendo 3DS – a 3D version of the popular handheld gaming device that was first announced at E3 earlier in the year.
I’ve embedded a YouTube video of the new 3DS features below. I don’t have a clue what it says because it is in Japanese… but I already want one (it’s a huge step up from the DSi).
I love the social aspect of the new 3DS, particularly how it can connect with other devices in the near by area even when it is standby mode. It is also interesting that some games even play themselves with other people around you – even while they are still in your bag (see the Street Fighter example in the video).
The video also shows the Nintendo 3DS being used to take real photos and then having a Mii automatically generated. This new feature is called ‘Mii Studio’ and enables players to easily make Miis from Nintendo 3DS pictures. Mii Studio also generates a QR code which allows Miis to be easily shared between friends using the 3DS camera.
A number of games are being developed for the 3DS to coincide with launch day. The video below shows the ones that were showcased at the Nintendo 2010 Conference.
As you can see from the video above there are a few titles that will be of interest to education – in particular 3D Nintendogs and 3D Professor Layton. The 3D cameras on the 3DS also screams Augmented Reality (AR) and rumors are some AR games will come pre installed on the 3DS.
One other interesting development is that is that in Japan Nintendo will be doing a test run of offering 3D television programming from Nihon Terebi and Fuji TV through the Nintendo 3DS. I think this development will be worth watching as the company starts to develop the device as a platform (how long until the phone is built in?).
UK pricing is still a little bit unclear but it will be the most expensive DS console yet and around the £200 mark. It also won’t be out for Christmas as originally planned and it looks like it will be hitting the UK high streets around March.
Finally, I love the statement at the end of the presentation that outlines Nintendo’s Strategy in one line
‘Gaming Population Expansion so that anyone regardless of their age, gender and past game play experience can enjoy’
These all look like great developments so good luck to them and roll on March!