Reader Discussion: Should The New 3DS Get Exclusive Games?

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Nintendo is known for improving and iterating on its handheld hardware. Even going back as far as the original Game Boy, these systems have had incarnations in various sizes with different features. Nintendo continues the trend with the New 3DS, but not all games released for the system will be compatible with older versions of the 3DS hardware.

This morning, Nintendo announced that the excellent Xenoblade Chronicles (read our review here), formerly a Wii exclusive, will be coming to the New 3DS. However, if you have a regular 3DS (or a 2DS), the game won't play on those systems. 

Is this a good move for Nintendo? Exclusive titles certainly help drive hardware sales, but on the other hand, it could lead to confusion regarding which games will play on which 3DS-branded system – especially if we see more exclusives in the future.

Nintendo Prices Amiibo Figures

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Nintendo Prices Amiibo Figures

We still don't have a release date for Nintendo's Skylander-like Amiibos (or, for that matter, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, which will use them). However, the company has priced the toys and revealed new titles that will make use of them.

Each Amiibo figure will cost $12.99 and the first 12 figures are available for pre-order now. The pilot set includes:

Mario
Donkey Kong
Peach
Yoshi
Link
Samus
Villager
Kirby
Fox McCloud
Pikachu
Marth
Wii Fit Trainer

The figures will play a role in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and other titles (as yet undisclosed). The figures are also compatible with 3DS via an external peripheral and the New 3DS natively. For more, check out our coverage of Amiibos from E3.

Our Take
Pricing and pre-order news is all well and good, but it's almost September and there's no release date for these or Super Smash Bros. Wii U. It's time for Nintendo to pin down the date.

Xenoblade Chronicles Coming Exclusively To New Nintendo 3DS

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Monolith Soft's Xenoblade Chronicles, an RPG that originally released on Wii in 2012 to rave reviews, is heading to the New Nintendo 3DS, and will not be compatible with previously released versions of the hardware. The game will take full advantage of the machine's new speed and C-stick functionality.

The game is slated to drop at an unspecified time in 2015. No details were provided for other regions.

Bayonetta 2 Launches On October 24

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Bayonetta 2 Launches On October 24

Nintendo has announced that Bayonetta 2 has a firm release date. The title will make its previous "October 2014" release, arriving at the tail end of the month.

Bayonetta 2 for Wii U will come bundled with a copy of the original game. Nintendo and developer Platinum Games have also included Nintendo cosplay options for the witch. You can read our most recent preview for more information.

Our Take
Bayonetta 2 hitting its October mark is important for Nintendo and the Wii U this fall. With Smash Bros. for Wii U and Captain Toad still undated, knowing there is a first-party title locked and loaded after Hyrule Warriors is crucial.

Nintendo Unveils New 3DS

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Nintendo Unveils New 3DS

The 3DS army of machines continues to grow. During this morning's Direct video conference, Nintendo revealed the latest addition: The New Nintendo 3DS. a faster version of the beloved handheld that features better battery life, larger screens, better 3D, and a new "C-stick" analog pad.

The New Nintendo 3DS is slated to release in Japan on October 10 and will be offered two ways: The standard edition (retailing for 16,000 yen ($154), and the XL version for 18,800 yen ($181). Release dates for other territories are yet to be announced.

The standard edition ships in two colors: black and white. The XL version is being offered in a metallic black and metallic white. All of these versions feature new face button colors which mimic the color arrangement from the Super Famicom. The hardware features slight changes, like the game card reader moved to the front of the device along with the stylus and power buttons.

Twitch Viewership Numbers Rival Those Of Major Cable Networks

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Twitch Viewership Numbers Rival Those Of Major Cable Networks

New data shows just how popular the game-streaming service Twitch has become.

Twitch, which was recently purchased by Amazon for a nearly a billion dollars, is posting viewer numbers that rival ratings for some of the biggest cable networks in the world. A recent New York Times article shows the explosive growth of Twitch, and compares it to peak-hour viewership for cable networks like CNN, E!, MSNBC, TruTV, and MTV. In recent months Twitch's peak viewership has hovered around 700,000 concurrent viewers. This is better than CNN (495,000), E! (565,000), and is starting to compete with MTV (773,000). The story also shows that Twitch viewership has more than doubled in the space of only two years.

[Source: New York Times via Joystiq]

Guncraft Takes Aim At Xbox 360

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Exacto Games' Minecraft-inspired shooter is coming to console for the first time.

Guncraft is just what the name suggests: a Minecraft-style sandbox title with shooter gameplay. It's been popular on PC and is now being released for Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade. The 360 version is a deluxe edition of sorts; it includes all previous PC DLC, some new maps, 2-player splitscreen, and other new content. It will be released sometime later this year.

[Source: IGN]

Mario Almost Starred In Nintendo's Splatoon

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Mario Almost Starred In Nintendo's Splatoon

Nintendo's upcoming Wii multiplayer shooter Splatoon is a rarity for the company: a new IP. However, it was almost a Mario game.

In an interview with Edge magazine, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto revealed, "There were heated debates over who the main player character should be. Whether it should be Mario, or a squid. When we talked about the possibility of it being Mario, of course we could think of the advantages: anybody would be willing to touch it as soon as we announced that we had the new Mario game. But at the same time, we had some worries. If it were Mario, we wouldn't be able to create any new IP."

Obviously, the company opted to make Splatoon its own franchise. So far, it looks like it could be a pretty fun alternative to more serious shooters on the market. Watch the trailer below.

Leap Motion Moves Into VR

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Leap Motion Moves Into VR

VR is on the horizon, while gesture-based gaming is yesterday's fad. But that doesn't mean that VR and motion-based gaming can't combine forces. Leap Motion – creators of the self-named device that lets you play PC titles with your hands – has launched a mount and a new software update for the Leap Motion that lets you use it and the Oculus Rift together.

The Oculus Rift isn't out to the public apart from the dev kits, but Leap Motion has its controller up and running with the headset, and it even can keep track of your hands before they enter your field of view.

Check out the trailer below for a quick demonstration of what's possible or go to the Leap Motion site.