I almost forgot that this will be shipping out in a week! Unfortunately the more expensive limited edition has been sold out for some time now, but you can still put in a half-price preorder ($19.42) for the standard hardcover.
I’ve already seen a number of people who prefer the cel-shaded graphics of the GameCube edition (or the gorgeous visuals on a Dolphin setup), but I’m just as excited about the other additions in this enhanced Wii U port:
Off-TV GamePad play support
And if we’re all good boys and girls, maybe Nintendo will throw in some new content, too?
Starting next month, Nintendo will combine its console (130 engineers) and handheld (150 engineers) teams into one group that will work together, share their knowledge, and optimize their development processes, according to a Nikkei report.
The company aims to bolster connectivity between its portable and home systems, as well as improve online features. Nintendo also looks to speed up its hardware development cycle to match those of tablets and smartphones — so it’s possible we could see even faster console updates (or new console releases) as a result of this change!
That seems a little steep considering this is just a standard 3DS, and the Mario Kart 7 3DS XL bundle has the same price (albeit for an older game). Also, in the press release it sent out today, Nintendo of America makes no mention of this package including a prepaid ¥1,000/$11 eShop card like the Japanese edition.
What it does include is the limited edition blue 3DS with a 4GB SD card and a digital copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening. As with the game, it ships on February 4.
Something I neglected to mention before, by the way: the North American release will feature dual-language support, so you can listen to Japanese voice acting if you prefer.
The mainline Pokémon series will make its debut on 3DS with three new starter creatures (Fennekin, Froakie, and Chespin), as well as new but unspecified features meant to take advantage of the system’s capabilities. This trailer also mentions that “the more you battle together [with your Pokémon], the stronger your bond will become.
Fuckin finally. A truly different looking, and different feeling Pokémon game after 18 fuckin years of rehashing basically the same graphics and battle screens and everything. Even the new starters are a little bit better than the last 2 or 3 games’. Awesome!
This is going to be the year, right? This is going to be the year when you finally get your shit together, when you get your life organized and make a mark on this world. This is your breakout year.
All you need are some GTD tools to make it happen, you tell yourself. And it just so happens that Hobonichi, the Japanese company headed by Mother/Earthbound series creator Shigesato Itoi produces a popular planner, and it’s now available in English.
The Hobonichi Planners are like a combination schedule book, diary, notebook, and scrapbook, and they are filled with eclectic quotes and “fun items of interest about Japan and countries around the world.” And come December 31, you can pop the book on your shelf, and pick up the next year’s planner, creating a multi-volume chronicle of your life.
The planners run for around $29, but the fancy leather covers cost $168 — that’s how they get ya. Shipping will set you back another $14 to $17, too. There are also fancy limited edition covers on the Japanese site, and some of them even let you slip in a custom design like the official Mother 3 cover.