November 2010

As reported on Siliconera, Bishamon, a Silicon Studio’s product, is used to make special effects like fire, smoke, explosions, lightning, and particle blasts. This middleware was also used in Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals and Gyromancer.

They are now working on a version of Bishamon for the Nintendo 3DS, which has real-time stereoscopic output. These special effects are sure to show up in 3DS games in the future.


Nintendo Everything gives us the line-up of the most wanted 3DS, Wii and DS titles from the readers of Nintendo Power:


1. Paper Mario
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
3. Mario Kart
4. Kid Icarus: Uprising
5. Star Fox 64 3D


1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
2. Epic Mickey
3. Mario Sports Mix
4. Conduit 2
5. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars


1. Pokemon Black/White
2. Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
3. Okamiden
4. Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie
5. Plants vs. Zombies


Jeremiah Slaczka, Scribblenauts creative director, is reported by CVG as saying that, in his opinion, the 3DS is cooler than Microsoft’s Kinect and Sony’s Move.

He went on to say that 5th Cell is “in the R&D phase” of making a 3DS game. He mentioned to Game Informer magazine that, “We have people playing around with it. The 3D camera is probably the most interesting thing that’s the least talked about.”

Jeremiah Slaczka


Reported on Default Prime, you can now preorder your Nintendo 3DS from Gamestop or EB.

If the sales of this new system is anything like the launch of the Wii, it might just be a good idea to put your name down for one of these early. They require a $25 deposit to hold one.



Aussie-gamer has revealed some interesting new details about the upcoming game for the 3DS, Super Monkey Ball.

They report that there will be two control methods to choose from – the 3DS motion sensor, and the 3DS slider which allows for more accuracy when rolling the monkey ball around. This will give gamers the chance to determine which one is best suited for their playing location.

Also, there will be several game modes available, two of which are Monkey Race and Monkey Fight. These will allow you to link with up to four other players by WiFi. The character line-up, which includes GonGon, AiAi, MeeMee, and Baby, will be familiar to Monkey Ball fans.

New screenshots are now available, but there is no release date yet.

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More details about the upcoming 3DS demo event have been revealed on andriasang. This will be the first time the public will be able to try out the new system.

This much anticipated show will be held on January 8, 9, and 10 just outside of Tokyo in the Makuhari Messe convention center. Details about the games will be disclosed at a later date.

Nintendo World 2011


Reported on GamingBits, you can now pre-order your Nintendo 3DS at GameStop Canada and EB Games in Canada. Below is a pre-order list from one of the GameStop stores.  It shows the release date to be March 20, 2011 and selling at a price of $299.99.

However, gamers are encouraged to check with the stores for confirmation – no news is concrete unless it actually comes from Nintendo. This news is not something we should take as fact just yet.



During a Q & A session with Nintendo of Europe, Warren Spector gave his thoughts about the Nintendo 3DS.

Here’s a portion of that interview:

NoE: Finally, what do you think about the Nintendo 3DS?

Warren Spector: At E3, as I was watching the Nintendo 3DS part of the press conference my jaw got progressively closer and closer to the ground – mid way through I just started standing up and cheering!

3D? Very cool. Glasses-free 3D? Thank you! And then it’s a 3D camera and you can watch 3D movies without glasses! I knew nothing about that stuff and at that point I was going, “I want the first one off the line, I want to own this now.” It’s amazing, I mean, how can such things be? It’s a little miracle.

Disney has a culture of innovation that goes back 80 years and Nintendo has a culture of innovation. The two companies need to be working together, because their corporate cultures are so similar – and that is instantly apparent in the Nintendo 3DS.

Warren Spector