Adventure Time 3DS/DS Collector’s Edition revealed along with new dialogue and screenshots

The Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?! Collector’s Edition contents have finally been revealed. It contains the game, a gold sword stylus, a map of the Land of Ooo, a Book of Beasts guide-book and an Enchiridion SteelBook case. It’ll cost an extra $10!

There are also some new screenshots that were shown in Nintendo Power.

Adventure Time creator, Pen Ward gave Kotaku some dialogue that he wrote to be used in the game.

At some point in the game, Jake needs to be a bridge to carry you across into a new section of the game. But you have to wait until Jake wants to be a bridge in order to do it. The dialogue I wrote around it—which I’m not sure if this is going to end up in the game because I just wrote this the other day and it was kind of late—[is as follows:]

Hot Dog Princess would say, “Jake, before you go can you do me a kindness?”

Jake would say, “Sure HDP.”

And Hot Dog Princess would say, “Make your body into a bridge for me. A goopy flesh bridge so I can walk all over you. I wanna smoosh my tiny hot dog feet into your nasty back!”

Jake says, “No that’s super weird.”

And she says, “Please just think about it. Keep it in your mind.”

Jake says, “Well now I have to, because it’s gross.”

And then when you get to the bridge portion of the game, Jake will freak out and remember this crazy Hot Dog bridge fantasy and say, “Oh Glob! Hot Dog Princess’ bridge fantasy is eating away at my psyche. I have to know if I’m into being a bridge. Finn, walk across my back.”

And Finn says, “I am comfortable with this.”

And then they walk across the bridge together and Jake says, “Phew, I can safely say I’m not into being a bridge. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s not something I’d want to do over gorges willy nilly. What I’m saying is: I’ll be a bridge. Only sometimes, at designated markers.”

And Finn says, “Ok, that’s very helpful.”

And Jake interrupts and says, “But I don’t like it. I don’t like being a bridge. I don’t like it.”

What do I think of all this? I think it’s…MATHEMATICAL!

Nintendo announces HarmoKnight, a rhythm platformer developed by Pokemon devs Gamefreak for the 3DS eShop

During Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced a rhythm platformer for the 3DS eShop developed by the folks over at Gamefreak (known for developing the Pokemon games).

 

An Iwata Asks interview gives more insight on the game. The rhythm-platformer was the idea of Gamefreak employee James Turner (UK). Pokemon game director Masuda directed the game and commented on the difficulty of starting projects not involving Pokemon due to the heavy focus on Pokemon within the company. It was also said that the game started off as a side-scrolling DS game at first.

Iwata speaks on the future of dedicated gaming handhelds

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Iwata spoke with Totilo of Kotaku on the future of dedicated gaming handhelds such as the 3DS versus the rise of smartphones like the iPhone.

“I think that if we are able to provide experiences on handheld devices that consumers cannot get on another device, then we will continue creating software and hardware going forward, and if it comes to a point when we’re not able to do that, I think, yeah, you will see portable handheld gaming devices go the way of the Dodo, I guess.”

Iwata mentioned some statistics to address the argument that the dedicated handheld market is shrinking. He disagrees with that premise.

“I think a lot of this discussion is based on the premise that the handheld gaming device market is shrinking or vanishing and I don’t think that is true and I’d like to address that,”

“As of last week, 3DS sales in Japan reached seven million, and that’s the 77th week post-launch. If we look at DS and DS Lite which people were saying, ‘oh my gosh this thing is selling like hotcakes, it’s crazy!’ it reached the seven million mark at week 72. And for the Nintendo DS that was two Christmases. For the 3DS it’s only been one Christmas. And we also had a large earthquake in Japan. And of course now there’s a smartphone boom in Japan, we’re right in the middle of it. [Note from Stephen: The Nintendo 3DS has sold 19 million units worldwide since launch, as of late June.

He also mentioned a niche that dedicated handhelds fill that smartphones do not.

“I think within games you have two needs that people fill. One is the time-filler need. The other is that it’s a very important time for me and I want to have a rich experience. Those are two separate needs, I think.” His implication was that Nintendo handheld gaming satisfied the latter need in a way that smartphone gaming typically did not.

Square Enix Teaser Site, sequel to The World Ends With You coming?

the world ends with you ds square enix

Square Enix has launched a new teaser site. There have been a number of things that point to this being related to The World Ends With You.

One interesting bit is that the countdown uses the same font as the DS game. The second is that the music that is being played is “Calling” from TWEWY with extra layers of instruments added each day (with lyrics on the final day). One other notable bit is that the footer says “CHARACTER DESIGN:TETSUYA NOMURA & GEN KOBAYASH”  which people may know worked on TWEWY. Could this mean a sequel to the critically-acclaimed DS RPG on the 3DS? We’ll find out soon!

Nintendo of America updates Nintendo 3DS/DS 2012 release schedule

Nintendo has unveiled their updated Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS 2012 game lineup.

From puzzles and mysteries to fashion and photo fun, the diverse lineup of games set to arrive for the hand-held Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL systems during the remainder of 2012 truly has something for everyone. Nintendo today revealed launch dates for several upcoming games, including packaged games that will be available in stores as well as downloadable games and applications that consumers can purchase digitally via the Nintendo eShop. What’s more, theAug. 19 launch of the Nintendo 3DS XL system will let players enjoy their games on an even larger scale, with screens 90 percent larger than those on the original Nintendo 3DS.

Upcoming games and software for Nintendo 3DS include new installments in several of Nintendo’s fan-favorite franchises as well as great games from third-party partners. Newly dated games on the way include the following (details subject to change):

  • Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! (Oct. 1) – Users of any artistic skill level can learn painting and drawing techniques that can be applied to real-life art projects, with optional, additional lessons available for purchase.* The game also lets users share and download certain game content via SpotPass.*

Art Academy Nintendo 3DS

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