Nintendo will add functions to its 3DS and target women to spur demand, after sales of the device slumped and led the company to slash its profit forecast to a 26-year low.
A new firmware for the portable Nintendo 3DS systems available in November will include a
feature to allow users to record movies in 3-D, President Satoru Iwata
said at a briefing in Tokyo today. The system update will also provide
new experiences for people who have conquered all the StreetPas
challenges in StreetPass Mii Plaza.
The company also plans to unveil a pink version of the product next
month to attract female customers and introduce a tennis game next year
starring Nintendo's flagship character Mario, he said.
Nintendo will introduce a slide pad and buttons to allow users to play
the "Monster Hunter 3G" easier for 1,500 yen in December. The new
peripheral will be released in Japan on Dec. 10.
Nintendo's holiday season lineup that features two Mario games - one
platformer and one racer - for Nintendo 3DS. The season also sees the
arrival of the largest game-development project in Nintendo history: The
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii system.
On Nov. 13, Nintendo will release the Super Mario 3D Land game for
Nintendo 3DS. Mario Kart 7 will be available Dec. 4 and will include a
new optional first-person driving mode that is controlled using the gyro
sensor. The game also introduces new playable characters like Lakitu and
Metal Mario, and a tricks system like the one in Mario Kart Wii.
Nintendo is offering a free classic game for a limited time. The Legend
of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition will be available to download
between Sept. 28, 2011, and Feb. 20, 2012. Fans can download the
Nintendo DSiWare version of the game using their Nintendo DSi or
Nintendo DSi XL systems, or by accessing the Nintendo eShop with a
Nintendo 3DS system (wireless broadband Internet access is required for
download). The game allows up to four players who have downloaded the
game to play cooperatively and has also been enhanced with a new
single-player mode. Unlike the original, all multiplayer game play is
handled wirelessly. Once players finish the main quest, they will unlock
new stages and abilities to expand the game's replay value.
Fans of Nintendo's downloadable games will be getting a special Zelda
treat as well. Between Oct. 3, 2011, and Feb. 20, 2012, select retailers
will carry limited-edition cards . The Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card, which
is used in the Nintendo eShop of the Nintendo 3DS system, features an
image of Link battling Ganon. The Nintendo Points Card, which can be
used in the Wii Shop Channel or Nintendo DSi Shop, shows Link flying
high in a scene from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
In other game news, families can look forward to making fun holiday
memories with new games like Fortune Street (Dec. 5) for the Wii console
and Fossil Fighters: Champions (Nov. 14) for the Nintendo DS family of
systems. Third-party publishers will also release game titles including
Just Dance 3 (Oct. 7) for the Wii console from Ubisoft, Go Vacation
(Oct. 11) for the Wii console from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.,
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure (Oct. 16) for the Wii and Nintendo 3DS
systems from Activision Publishing, Zumba Fitness 2 (Nov. 15) for the
Wii console from Majesco Entertainment and Mario & Sonic at the London
2012 Olympic Games (Nov. 15) for the Wii and Nintendo 3DS systems
published by SEGA.
Beyond the holiday season, Nintendo is already making plans for 2012.
Nintendo is revealing a previously unannounced 3D Mario tennis game for
the Nintendo 3DS system. Mario Tennis (name not final) will launch in
Also in 2012, Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to enjoy a new 3D
installment in the Animal Crossing franchise. This version will include
a number of options not available in previous versions. These include
the ability to become the head of the village and boost its development,
a way to install certain items in the village to make its
characteristics more personalized for each player, and the ability to
view homes of other players who are tagged through StreetPass
In 2012, Nintendo 3DS fans will also see the arrival of new games in the
Luigi's Mansion and Paper Mario franchises.
In one final bit of news, the development team for Kid Icarus: Uprising
for Nintendo 3DS has determined that more time is needed to complete the
game. As a result, the game will now launch in 2012. Nintendo is also in
the process of developing 3D Kid Icarus animations with Japanese anime
production houses. These animations will be made available free of
charge via the Nintendo Video service to Nintendo 3DS owners worldwide.