The last game I bought was SM3DL in January so it's time for a new game purchase. Which one should I get out of Kid Icarus: Uprising, Tales of the Abyss, Sonic Generations and Starfox 64 3D?
Also, Sonic and Starfox are half the price of the other two so essentially I could get both of them for the same price as only one of the others (if that equates to anything).
Well, it's definitely between Kid Icarus and TotA (I have them both). If you like lengthy games that will last you a while and also has a great battle system, get Tales of the Abyss. If you like a kind of lengthy, fast-paced game with great multiplayer, get Kid Icarus. In my opinion both are on-par overall, but it depends on what you're looking for.
I've heard Sonic Generations is a mixed bag (and is inferior to its console and PC brethren), so I'd probably cross that off.
I can't speak to Tales's quality, but personally I don't like the Tales games in general.
Kid Icarus is great and surprisingly robust in terms of length and overall effort, and StarFox 64 is a classic game that still holds up well today (despite being very light on content by today's standards). If you really like the original SF64 and you're looking for some nostalgia, SF643D is a very faithful enhanced port that finally does the series justice.
In terms of totally new games, Kid Icarus is the clear winner of the four.
You know, I've read that the Colors! 3D people are considering updating it too. They know that people want drawing over Wi-Fi with friends, and they also expressed interest in improving the community and gallery aspects of the app (for instance, being able to join contests and such right from the app).
It's already a lot of fun, and with any luck, the app will get even better.
Just got addicted to F-Zero: Maximum Velocity on my 3DS. Holy crap guys, I've been laughing at Captain Falcon all of these years when I should have been making him fall off of a giant highway and make him explode!
I mean, yeah, I absolutely suck at it (those jump pads make me fly right off of the track xD), but man is it fun. I'm slowly mastering the super strange "floating" physics for this game, but I think I got it down. I know how to blast turn and all of that, but I want to learn how to turn without needing that. So far my fastest time on the Bianca City track (Pawn series) is 2:01. I assume that sucks compared to what most people can muster.
Anyways I'm having a blast, if any of you ambassadors haven't been playing this much, I suggest you do! It'll give you a reason to give your 3DS the middle finger when you realize that the first car (Hot Violet) is the best.
Lengthy videos of Etrian Odyssey IV, Culdcept and Kid Icarus will follow.
I'm stopping the "live blog" here. Thanks for reading!
12:38: Next, new side scrolling Super Mario Bros.!
This will be released in August.
The game is titled New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Iwata says Nintendo is aiming for the new 2D Mario standard.
12:37: First, Animal Crossing!
Iwata says that development is going well. It will be released in the Fall.
The name is Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori.
Tobidasu can mean jump out -- it refers not just to the 3D, but to the game's wireless support.
12:37: Next, two more 3DS titles!
12:37: Next, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy:
New download songs for FFXI, FFXIII, FFVII and ... I didn't get the last one... will be released tomorrow.
12:37: Monster Hunter 3G will get a couple of challenge quests.
12:34: Next, Fire Emblem Awakening.
Iwata mentions and shows the first piece of download content that was released simultaneous with the game. This is available for free through May 31.
There will be more download content on 4/26, priced „250 and „350. Both items are past Fire Emblem characters drawn by guest art designers.
12:33: You can watch additional Kid Icarus Uprising technique videos after the broadcast.
Iwata also mentions a soundtrack campaign that's currently running through Club Nintendo.
12:31: Next, Kid Icarus Uprising!
They're going to show a video showing some gameplay techniques.
(I wonder if this is what Sakurai was talking about in his Twitter update...)
12:29: A 3DS firmware update is coming soon.
This will add folder functionality to the home menu. You can store up to 60 items in a single folder. You can also give names to each folder. The first character of the name is shown in the folder's icon.
The firmware will also add support for software version up/patches. Nintendo's first patch will be Mario Kart 7. The patch will fix some shortcut issues with the game. Iwata apologies for causing players inconvenience.
Konami's New Love Plus and Squenix's Kingdom Hearts 3D will also get patches.
12:26: Next, Culchobit, a soccer game that we've seen in past Nintendo Direct broadcasts.
(I'm pretty sure I spelled it differently in each blog... sorry!)
Nintendo will be holding some sort of promotion involving real soccer players and celebrities. They will show videos of people playing against one another starting in late May.
The final name is Pocket Soccer League Culchobit. A release is set for July 12, priced „4,800.
12:23: Next, an update on Culdcept for 3DS.
The game has download play, says Iwata. You can use it for cooperative play -- one person who doesn't own the game playing co-op against the CPU with someone who does own it.
A Culdcept introduction video will be shown after the Nintendo Direct video.
A tournament will be held in the Fall.
Nintendo will also be giving cards to buyers.
Nintendo is also starting a Culdcept Twitter -- 3DS_Culdcept.
Culdcept is due out on June 28.
12:21: Next, Mario Tennis Open, which is due on May 24.
Also use your Miis from Mii Studio.
You can also make use of around 200 items with your Miis. The items change properties -- speed, spin, etc.
12:20: Out in 2012...
12:19: The biggest crossover fight in history!
12:19: Crosses time, dimensions and makers!
12:18: Yes we will!
12:18: Next, Project X Zone! Will we get our first gameplay footage?
12:17: Next, Rune Factory 4. Iwata notes that players can now sell items to people around town.
Rune Factory 4 is due out on 7/19.
12:16: Next, the 3DS Taiko Drum Master Chibi Dragon game which was announced a couple of weeks back.
Iwata shows off the game's new adventure game, where Don-chan and his baby dragon friend work through a story.
The new Taiko Drum Master will be released on July 12.
12:15: Next, Little Battler eXperience Explosive Boost, an updated 3DS version of a PSP title.
Iwata details what's improved for the 3DS version (without mentioning PSP, of course).
3DS Little Battler eXperience is due on July 5.
12:13: Next, Etrian Odyssey IV. Atlus provided Nintendo with the latest gameplay footage.
A demo of some sort will be released after today's broadcast. The full game is due on July 5.
12:12: Next, Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D. This was also previously announced for May 31.
Iwata notes that the game has some monsters from Dragon Quest X (I believe these were shown in past screenshot updates).
There will be some bonus goodies for those who have Joker save files, said Iwata.
12:11: Guild 01 is due on May 31. This was previously announced.
12:11: That head thing is really on the box...
12:11: First up, Level-5's Guild 01, with a new trailer that was made just for Nintendo Direct.
12:10: Next, third party titles for May and beyond.
12:08: Due out on July 14 is Pokemon Zenkoku Zukan Pro for 3DS, an updated version of the previous Rittai Zukan VW Pokemon viewing/management app, which will stop being sold before the new version comes out.
Pricing for this is „1,500.
12:07: First, Pokemon AR Searcher, out on June 23. This is an AR shooter. Pokemon that you catch via the app can be carried into Black & White 2.
This app will be available for „300.
12:06: Following the trailer, Iwata summarizes the basics of Pokemon Black & White 2. The June 23 release date was already announced.
He notes that the game can be played on 3DS too via backwards compatibility. But there will also be two 3DS specific download games.
12:04: Next, a look at the new Pokemon games. First, a trailer for Pokemon Black & White 2.
12:02: Iwata speaks about the success of Just Dance in Japan. He notes that rather than "localized," Nintendo "culturalized" it, meaning they made it more appropriate for the local audience.
Just Dance Wii 2 is now in development, says Iwata. It's the Japanese "culturalized" version of Just Dance 3.
A release for Just Dance Wii 2 is planned for July.
12:02: Here's Iwata!
12:01: Nintendo will be holding a 20th anniversary campaign for Kirby, says Iwata.
3D Classics Kirby will be released on 4/25. Nintendo will release Memorial versions of classic Kirby games on Wii starting this summer. Also, Club Nintendo will have Kirby goods.
Details will be shared at the Nintendo official site gradually.
I'm using 4 of them right now, one for NES games, another one for GBA games, another for "other" downloaded games from the eShop, and a last one for Demos.
I considered the possibility of making some more, so my menu was nothing but a few folders, but I said "Nah" in the end.
I just wish there was a better visual difference between them than just a single character, like icons, or more characters (even 3 would be awesome) or even simply different colors. I guess I'll get used to it (I kinda already did) but it would still be nice.