It’s out in Japan. It’s out in Australia. It’ll be out in Europe soon and now we know when we’ll get it here in America. I’m talking about the New 3DS XL. The system, which boasts a new C-Stick to give more control to the player as well as two new shoulder buttons, more processing power and better 3D visuals, will be available for purchase on February 13th. The system will set you back $199.99. In addition to the features already mentioned amiibo support is also included allowing you to use your figure fighters in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS as well as other games coming soon. The system uses head tracking technology to allow you to move around while using the system without losing the 3D visual effect.
It will come in standard red or black editions, but there are also bundles being planned. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be launching on February 13th and will be getting a special limited edition bundle. The system, which will retail for $229.99, comes with a silver version of the system with Monster Hunter graphics embossed on the top. It will also include a copy of the game pre-loaded onto the system.
Legend of Zelda fans won’t be disappointed as a Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, gold edition of the system has been announced. This new Limited Edition system will run you $199.99, but will not have a copy of the game included.
All of these systems will be available on February 13th. The Limited Editions and bundled systems will only be available at Gamestop. A little disappointing is the lack of a smaller version of the system here in North America. The standard version of the New 3DS with the interchangeable face plates will not be available for purchase in North America.
If you’ve ever traded a game into Gamestop then you probably wish you could get more money for that trade-in. According to a recent report that may be exactly what’s coming as Gamestop has announced that they will be revamping their trade-in program.
Currently there is a convoluted tier system with 10 different price points for games that are traded in to their stores. The new plan that will be in place beginning on August 18th reduces that to four points. According to Gamestop documents, “With this program, we will not have complex multi-tiered trade promotions for the associates to remember and less math for the customer to understand what they are getting for their games.” This will reportedly allow for as much as up to 20% extra credit for trades.
If you’re thinking about trading some of your old library for credit to buy some new games you might want to hold off for a couple of weeks as it sounds like you’ll be getting more money out of the deal. That’s not a bad thing is it?
If you want the chance to get your hands on Mario Kart 8 a few days before it launches you’ll be able to get a test drive at select Gamestop stores this weekend. On May 17th and 18th over 2,700 Gamestop locations will have playable demos of Mario Kart 8 available between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. These events are being labaled Mario Kart 8 Test Drive Days. Also anyone that pre-orders, or has pre-ordered, the game will get a double sided poster.
For more information about the event and to see if a location in your area will be hosting this event check out Gamestop’s official page.
The next installment of the Skylanders franchise, Skylanders Swapforce is coming soon. To get you excited about the game Activision is giving you some incentives to plop down your money early. If you pre-order the game at Gamestop you’ll get an exclusive Light Core version of Hex, an undead Skylander. Anyone choosing to pre-order the game from Target will receive the first ever magic pre-sell cards that will unlock in game upgrades when placed on the Portal of Power.
Regardless of where you choose to pre-order the game from you’ll get the chance to play with the new 16 SWAP Force characters that you can mix and match into more than 250 combinations. You can also use the more than 100 characters that are currently available for purchase.
I’m really excited about this one. I’ve enjoyed playing both games so far with my family. Activision has done a good job so far building quality gaming experiences around these toys to get you to buy them and it’s worked. I have a huge box full of figures and I’m planning on getting plenty more when the new set launch later this year. What about you? Are you interested in Skylanders at all?
For the second week in a row, we have a two hour podcast. This has to stop. It’s already too late for this show so you might as well listen to it… or as much as you want to anyway. We got the normal crew back for the show this week. Enjoy our voices and witty-ish banter as we talk about Runner 2, Nano Assaults, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, Epic Mickey 2, Journey, Flower and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition. After we talk for too long about the games we’ve been playing, we hit the news of the week in a “lightning round” fashion. Download, listen, enjoy!
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I’m saddened by the events recently that happened at THQ. I thought they were a publisher that was making a lot of the right moves. Ultimately it didn’t work out and things took a turn for the worse. Many people blame on specific thing on their demise, the uDraw Tablet. That was a device that actually sold really well on Wii, but failed miserably when the company tried to apply it to the Xbox 360 and PS3. I thought the device was neat. It had some fun games (Marvel Super Hero Squad and the Spongebob game especially). It was a device that got used pretty well around my house on the 360.
My son was given a version of the uDraw tablet for the Wii at Christmas by a family member. As part of my recent purge of some game related clutter I was going to trade in some of the games I had for the 360 tablet. Alas, I couldn’t. Gamestop will not accept anything related to the uDraw tablet in trade. They said everything for that device, and games are worth a penny to them so they won’t accept them.
It’s sad to see.
I recently found out a number of stores in the Tulsa area received Wii U demo stations this past week and I headed down to GameStop to check it out. The following is an email I sent to the rest of the Nintendo Okie crew outlining my initial thoughts with the system.
I found out that the GameStop over at 71st and Memorial (not in the mall) had a Wii U demo station and I headed over there a few minutes ago on my lunch break to check it out. My goodness was I impressed. The controller itself, I thought, had some weight to it, but it wasn’t uncomfortable in any sense. I could hold it easily in one hand and use the touchscreen. They only had the Rayman Legends demo available, but I was much more impressed with that game based on the two levels that I played than I was with Rayman Origins. That Black Betty level was fantastic fun. Rhythm game/runner and it was a lot of fun.
I really liked the way that you interacted with the game through traditional gameplay and using the screen to do different things. The different ways that they used touch and tilt on the GamePad along with the game on the TV was interesting and I could see that being a lot of fun. It didn’t allow for off TV play, but I can only imagine that there are going to be a lot of times that you have to use the GamePad in addition to the TV so that would essentially be impossible with a game like that.
The sticks were good. They controller fit perfectly into my hands and all of the buttons as well as the touchscreen were easy to reach. The only thing that’s going to be weird is having to remember to move your hands up for the right stick rather than down like we’ve been trained for so many years, but I think that would just come with time.
Overall, really impressed with the limited amount of time I had with it (about 15 minutes). Hopefully they’ll have some more demos available soon so that I can see how some different games are going to play
So early on I’m fairly impressed with the hardware itself and the one game demo I got a chance to play. Due to financial considerations I won’t be able to get my own system until February and it’s going to be a long wait.