December 2010

We already know that caution should be used when allowing children under 6 years of age to play on the new Nintendo 3DS because of eye concerns. Siliconera reports about the new details on the lock feature that will be available on the new Nintendo 3DS.

This locking feature can to used to disable the slider, which converts viewing from 2D to 3D. Once it has been locked, a PIN will be needed to access the 3D feature.

This will give parents more control on their children’s playing habits.

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Showing on 3DS Buzz are new screenshots from Marvelous Entertainment’s Animal Resort for the Nintendo 3DS. This game is based on photography – you take photos of the animals in a zoo setting. The graphics of the animals are quite striking as you can see.

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From an article on Kotaku, we learn that Nintendo has updated their warnings about playing games on the 3DS.

They suggest you take a break after 30 minutes to reduce any adverse problems. This makes sense considering that we already know that 3D causes eye fatigue faster than regular software.

The advice from Nintendo is “If your physical condition worsens or you become ill, please stop playing at once.” They also stated that 3D affects different people in different ways.

The use of the slider is encouraged for long lasting enjoyment, especially for young children, because when they watch 3D too much, it can affect them when they get older. Nintendo also stated that, “Since the Nintendo 3DS can be changed to 2D to avoid any effects on young children’s vision, it is possible for anyone to enjoy playing it.” Since parental controls will be included on the 3DS, this probably is a hint that children should play in 2D.

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Running from January 8-10, Nintendo fans will be able to attend the Nintendo World 2011 in Japan. A list of games that will be on display has been revealed by Nintendo.

Here are the games that will be playable at the event:

  • AR Games (built-in tech demos to showcase the system’s 3D camera and motion controls – Nintendo)
  • Dead or Alive: Dimensions (Tecmo Koei)
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo)
  • Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D The Naked Sample (Konami)
  • Nintendogs + Cats (Nintendo)
  • Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo)
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Level-5)
  • Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom)
  • Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai)
  • Samurai Warriors: Chronicle (Tecmo Koei)
  • Steel Diver (Nintendo)
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo)
  • Winning Eleven 3D Soccer (Konami)


3DS Buzz has it that there will be a neat logon face recognition feature for Konami’s virtual dating game for the 3DS, “Project LovePlus. Should someone else happen to use your system, their face will not be recognizable and they may get some feedback like “Who are you?”

Being greeted by the sight of your face should make this game more personal and quite engaging.

Project LovePlus


More screens and info have showed up on andriasang about Sega’s upcoming game for the Nintendo 3DS, Super Monkey Ball 3D. Here are some of the updates:

Monkey Ball Mode is the same as classic Monkey Ball – you collect bananas while guiding a monkey around in a ball.

For 3D mode, the slide pad is used to control the action. For more direct control, the motion sensor controls come into play.

There are three stages – Arabia, Jungle and Space. Stories are told like a 3D picture book, when a stage is selected.

Some familiar characters include AiAi, MeeMee, Baby and Gongon. There will also be a Monkey Race mode, which is a racing game with a variety of courses, and a Monkey Fight mode, a fighting game you can compete in to see who gets the most bananas. Both of these modes have four-player wireless play.

Super Monkey Ball 3DArticle

Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura was reported on Siliconera as saying that there “may be a major overhaul in the selection of Disney worlds,” in Kingdom Hearts 3D. He also mentioned that most locales in the game will be entirely new. So far the Disney worlds for Kingdom Hearts 3D have not been decided on yet.

The trailer that was shown at E3 this year, depicted the sky raining Soras. This was done to give the idea that impossible things can happen in the game.

More details should be released at Square Enix’s 1st Production Department conference in January, so stay tuned.

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A few new screenshots have surfaced from Konami’s “Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights” for Nintendo 3DS. With this new batch, we get to see a glimpse of some gameplay elements like exploration and combat. This will surely be one to keep an eye on!

Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights for Nintendo 3DS

Konami's Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights for Nintendo 3DS

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