That’s right, if you haven’t already done so you need to pull out your 3DS and perform a system update. When you do you’ll now have access to the Miiverse.
The process to link your Nintendo Network ID to the 3DS is pretty simple. Just enter your NNID, your password and the email address associated with that ID and boom, you’re done. You can then head over to the Miiverse and start posting. The new icon is located on the far right of the top row of icons on your lower screen. You can access from inside games by pressing the Home button. You can also post screenshots for any of the games that currently have Miiverse support. Right now that support is a little limited as only 14 titles on the 3DS have communities. You can access Wii U communities from a button located on the bottom of the communities page and post to those from your 3DS as well.
The support isn’t fully as you cannot make friend requests or send messages directly to friends on your Miiverse friends list from the 3DS. Those features are limited to the Wii U version of the social network. You can, however, still search for users and follow them directly from the 3DS Miiverse and they’ll show up on Wii U as you would expect. You also can only have one NNID associated with a 3DS so if you have multiple people that use the same system they’ll have to post from one account.
If you’re worried about not having an internet connection to post Nintendo has thought of you as well. Miiverse on 3DS includes an offline mode where you can store up to three messages that will post as soon as you have an internet connection established. That’s good for those that might be playing on a commute and want to capture a moment to post, but currently don’t have an internet connection. Just make your post in offline mode and it will be available when you get the connection to the internet back.
There were a couple of other changes that were not talked about previously to the update. One is a slight change to how you access the camera on the 3DS. You now have to press both shoulder buttons to access the camera’s, removing any chance of accidental camera launches. The other is the removal of system transfer limits on the 3DS. You can now move data between any of your 3DS systems an unlimited number of times. The only restriction is having to wait seven days if you want to do so again. No need to worry about locking data to one system if you transfer back and forth between systems.
I spent about an hour last night after the update went live checking out different 3DS communities, chatting with friends and posting a couple of Animal Crossing screenshots. You should do the same and if you haven’t friended me or followed me on Miiverse check me out. My NNID is SmileyRyder.
If you’re trying to log onto the eShop at any point today there’s a better than good chance that you’re going to encounter error messages. That’s because Nintendo has taken the service down for maintenance that will last until 11:00pm EST tonight.
The word is that this is setting the groundwork for the announced system update that will combine eShop balances between the Wii U and the 3DS. It also appears that the Miiverse will be coming to the 3DS after the maintenance has concluded, though that has not been 100% confirmed at this point. You’ll be able to sign into your Nintendo Network ID on the 3DS for Miiverse posting and to unify your eShop balances. If you haven’t created a Nintendo Network ID at this point you’ll be able to do so on the 3DS to access these features.
Once the eShop comes back up we’ll let you know and tell you if any new features are available.
Mutant Mudds Deluxe is coming to PSN on December 17th for $9.99. The enhanced version of the original game features new levels and Granny as a playable character. The game will feature cross-buy for PS3 and PS Vita when it releases in a couple of weeks. It will also feature cross-save functionality so no matter where you are you’ll be able to continue right where you left off.
Mutant Mudds 2 has been talked about a few times by Renegade Kid over the last few months. The follow up to the highly successful platformer which began life on the 3DS has now been announced to be delayed. Jools Watsham announced recently that they were temporarily putting Mutant Mudds 2 on hold to complete work on other projects including two upcoming 3DS games, Treasurenauts and Cult County. Treasurenauts, another side scrolling platformer, which features a Mudds hero Maxwell, will be available early in 2014 with the latter game coming a few months after that. Speaking on the delay, Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham told me:
The delay of Mudds 2 is in no way a shift away from the title. We’re super excited about Mutant Mudds 2 and eager to jump back into it. We just want to focus all of our attention on Treasurenauts and complete that game before turning all of our efforts to Mutant Mudds 2.
In addition to those titles he also mentioned another 3DS title would be announced with an expected release sometime around the middle of 2014. Just what that game is at this point is anyone’s guess. He’s a tricky man.
If you’re worried about not getting more Mutant Mudds action have no fear the 3DS release of the game will be getting a free update “sometime in 2014” that will add more content to the already fantastic game.
Monster Hunter is a big deal in Japan. Within the first four weeks of availability in the country Monster Hunter 4 sold over three million units. In the seven weeks since that time the game has managed to tack on an additional million units bringing the total to over four million. At this rate everyone in Japan will have a copy of the game by next Tuesday.
The series, as a whole, is closing in on thirty million units sold worldwide. Most of that coming from inside Japan, but the game is gaining traction in other markets as well. Capcom still won’t talk about whether or not Monster Hunter 4 will ever see a release outside of Japan however.
If you’re still thinking about picking up Pokemon X/Y and/or a 2DS you might want to wait until Friday. Nintendo has announced that two new 2DS bundles will be hitting stores, beginning on December 6th.
Target will be offering a bundle that consists of a red 2DS system and a copy of Pokemon X. Toys ‘r’ Us will be offering a bundle consisting of a blue 2DS system and a copy of Pokemon Y. Both bundles will be available for $149.99.
Have no fear if you’re the type of person who needs every exclusive new version of a system released. These will just be the standard 2DS systems with no special or exclusive graphics printed on them.
The 3DS continues to roll on towards market dominance in the handheld space. For the last few months it has been on top of the charts in terms of systems sold. It may be unseated by shiny new consoles for a while, but it certainly continues to hold off the threats from competitors in the mobile market. Target sure seems to be happy with how well it’s selling. Consider this quote:
At Target, where nearly all doorbusters were available on Thanksgiving Day, “traffic and sales were among the highest Target has seen in a single day,” the retailer said in a statement. In the early morning hours, when the doorbusters first became available, Target.com saw two times more orders over last year at that time. The top sellers included: iPad Air, several large screen TVs, Nintendo 3DS XL and Zoomer the Robot Dog, which sold out by mid-morning.
While it was almost guaranteed that anything electronic was going to sell out on Black Friday it’s nice to see the 3DS mentioned by name. I’m pretty sure Nintendo is happy with this news as well.
Nintendo has released yet another limited edition 3DS system themed around one of their recent releases. This time it’s a silver 3DS XL with a custom picture of the Mario Brothers from Mario & Luigi Dream Team. This new system goes on sale with a copy of the game pre-loaded in the memory for $199.99. It’s available as of today, the “Cyber Monday of Luigi”.
How many times have you bought a 3DS since the original launch and is anyone interested in picking this one up?
Do you know what ecchi means? Yeah, I didn’t either when I started this game, but by the time I was done with Senran Kagura Burst, I was all too familiar with the term.
Ecchi (エッチ etchi?, pronounced [et.tɕi]) is an often used slang term in the Japanese language for erotic fantasy and sexual innuendoes. As an adjective it is used with the meaning of “dirty”, “naughty”, “frivolous”; as a verb (ecchi suru), with the meaning to do something dirty, naughty, or frivolous.
Thanks, Wikipedia. If you’re still with me to this point, and you don’t think you’d be offended by such a game, let’s take a closer look at Senran Kagura Burst. Read more…
The Wii U is a year old and while I’m having a great time with my system, and have since I got it, the reaction has been pretty mixed. Sales aren’t hitting the levels that Nintendo had hoped and third parties aren’t exactly showing the biggest support for the system. That’s not what I’m here to talk about though. Those thoughts are best left for another day. There are a couple of things I’ve been thinking about a lot and it’s something that I think could really benefit the Wii U and that’s the 3DS and the GameCube. Let me try to explain my thoughts.
The 3DS is on a roll. It’s been hugely successful in the last year or two, and that’s after a floundering start that is very similar to what the Wii U is going through right now. The internet was full of posts about how the 3DS was dead and that mobile phones were going to be the death of Nintendo. We’re still waiting for that to happen and in the meantime the 3DS has exploded in popularity. The library has grown to include some of the best games of this generation and it only seems to be gathering momentum, despite the constant death threats from Apple and other mobile devices. They’re threatening, but Nintendo doesn’t seem to be scared.