News: This Week’s News Round-Up

What a week it’s been for Nintendo news this week! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to give you the latest scoop as it happened due to more computer problems. That’s why we’re giving you this article instead – a round-up of the best, most exciting Nintendo news from this week.

Monday 25th July

Amazon discontinue Cosmos Black Nintendo 3DS in the USA

Due to reports of damaged consoles being shipped from Amazon.com, they placed the item under review. Here’s Amazon’s comment:

Item Under Review

While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page, it is not currently offered by Amazon.com because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it’s described here.

We’re working to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

An Amazon representative then replied to a Neogaf member who asked, on behalf of the forum, why the console was cancelled:

The reason why this is under a review
The flip-screen is loose when its opened, please inform them that Nintendo has confirmed as long as the upper screen locks into place, the unit is within Nintendo’s design specification. Customers can call 1-800-255-3700

Another comment from Amazon acknowledged the following:

We received customer feedback that there may be an inventory issue with the Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS. The integrity of the product is not under review. Customers are still able to purchase the Amazon.com offer of the Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS, however the Amazon.com offer of [the] black Nintendo 3DS has been removed until the inventory issue is resolved. There is no problem with the Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS units themselves. This is an internal inventory problem that was brought to our attention from customer feedback and we are looking into it and will resolve as soon as possible.

The Cosmos Black Nintendo 3DS is now back on sale in the Amazon.com marketplace.

Tuesday 26th July

Gears of War developer express their interest in the Wii U

Despite not stating whether they’re working on a game for the Wii U, the developer claimed that the tech demos you saw running on the Wii U at E3 were based on their own Unreal Engine technology.

We haven’t made an official announcement about that platform. And while we loved the Wii, it just wasn’t a fit to make a game that would go across Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii. It just wasn’t possible. So going forward, we’re working with those folks and we’re very interested in the Wii U.”

“At the launch event at E3, some of the products that you saw running on Wii U were based on Unreal Engine technology. So that kind of gives you an idea of where we are in that space. You can certainly use our engine on that platform – it’s a natural fit from a technology perspective,” Capps added. “It opens up some doors that weren’t open before on current generation consoles because it is going to be a powerful box. I’m sure [Epic VP] Mark Rein would love anyone who’s interested to know how official our support is to get in touch with him!

Yasuhiro Wado working on a Nintendo 3DS title

The developer behind the popular Harvest Moon series claims to be currently working on two games: one for the Nintendo 3DS, and another for an undecided console.

I’ve got a 3DS game in the pipeline right now, and I’ve got another game that we haven’t decided the platform on, but which I am hoping to bring to Wii U.

Team Meat’s next game coming exclusively to Wii U

Although they still don’t have Nintendo 3DS development kits, the developer behind the critically acclaimed Super Meat Boy, Team Meat, claimed via Twitter to be working on a Wii U game.

we are deving it for wii U

Metal Gear Solid: The Snake Eater 3D delayed

Unfortunately, the marketing director of Konami France revealed that Hideo Kojima’s upcoming Nintendo 3DS game has been delayed for a second time. Originally intended for release in the summer of 2011, the game got pushed back to Christmas. The game is now scheduled to release in 2012, so you can scratch that off your wishlist.

 

Wednesday 27th July

Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions to follow Mercenaries 3D’s footsteps

When Capcom decided to release the latest game in their Resident Evil franchise with a single, non-removable save file, an uproar ran through the online gaming community. Pac-Man developer Namco Bandai seem to think that the same issue will not hold back sales of their upcoming Nintendo 3DS game, as they’ve confirmed that Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions will feature a single save-file.

Wii U Professor Layton ports possible

In an interview with Famitsu, Akihiro Hino, chief of Level 5 said the following regarding ports of Nintendo DS games on the Wii U:

because stylus-based games like Professor Layton can now be played, Level 5 can consider ports.

Thursday 28th July

Nintendo to cut Nintendo 3DS price by a third

From August 12, you’ll be able to get your hands on a Nintendo 3DS for around £160. Here’s the president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata’s explanation:

Nintendo is to cut the price of 3DS worldwide in the next few weeks in order to accelerate its market penetration toward the year-end sales season

Free NES, Game Boy Advance games for pre-August 12th Nintendo 3DS owners

If you’re like us, you’ll have bought your Nintendo 3DS back in March when it first released. If so, you may well be disappointed to hear that the RRP of the console is being slashed by such a hefty amount. Don’t be. If you update your Nintendo 3DS to the latest firmware and connect your Nintendo eShop account to your Club Nintendo account before August 12th, you’ll be a part of Nintendo’s 3DS Ambassador Programme. Don’t worry, a fancy title isn’t your consolation prize, but ten free NES games, and ten free Game Boy Advance games.

That’s right, on September 1st, you’ll be able to download your ten free NES games from the Nintendo eShop, while the Game Boy Advance titles will be added before the end of the year.

Super Mario and Mario Kart for the Nintendo 3DS named and dated

If you’re a fan of Mario, chances are that you’re anticipating the upcoming Super Mario and Mario Kart games for the Nintendo 3DS. If so, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll be able to get your hands on Super Mario 3D Land this November, and Mario Kart 7 sometime in December.

Friday 29th July

Nintendo release schedule highlights delays

You can check out our release schedule page if you’d like to know when your most highly anticipated games are being released, but if you’re looking forward to Kid Icarus’ revival, the recently-revealed software schedule from Nintendo clearly states that Kid Icarus: Uprising is not shooting for a 2011 release in Europe. Also worth noting is the fact that the eagerly anticipated Xenoblade: Chronicles is still not scheduled for a release in the USA.