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Nintendo Direct: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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Today’s 3DS-centric Nintendo Direct bombarded fans with things to (mostly) be excited about.

The Good

Nintendo finally announced the North American release of the much anticipated ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL’. The refreshed release of the popular handheld features a number of new enhancements designed to offer the smoothest and most engrossing iteration of the portable, yet. ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL’ features a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons, super-stable 3D via face-tracking technology and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The portable comes at MSRP of $229.99 and will be available on February 13 2015.  (Expect some hands-on impressions from Proto in the near future.)

Those after something with a little more pizzazz than the standard ‘New Red’ or ‘New Black’-iterations, can look toward the SKU featuring artwork inspired by ‘The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D’ which will be available at EB Games, Future Shop, Best Buy and Amazon.ca.

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Finally, for those vocal gamers who have been asking, “where my Huntaz at?” ponder no more, as the answer is definitively EB Games! A ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL’ based on ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ will have the game pre-installed, and be available exclusively at EB Games in Canada with a suggested retail price of $259.99.

 

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February 13 2015 will be a day of pillage your wallet will remember for years to come, as the day also marks the release of ‘The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D’, (the 3DS remaster of the N64 classic), Capcom’s ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ for 3DS, and ‘ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY+’ from Bandai/Namco.  This does not even take in to consideration the third-wave of amiibo that are set to drop that month.  You’ve been warned.

 

The Bad

To clarify, I mean this in the Michael Jackson-sense of the word. Bad, like I’m out of the corner wearing my leather. Bad, like I’m about to dance-fight my rival.  You get what I’m saying? Ah, you get it.

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Nintendo announced starting today, players can purchase and download Wii games directly to their Wii U HOME Menus via the Nintendo eShop on Wii U – no need to access Wii Mode. The first game that is now available is ‘Super Mario Galaxy 2’. The future lineup includes ‘Punch-Out!!’ (January 22) and ‘Metroid Prime: Trilogy’ (January 29). The Wii U GamePad can be used to control Wii games that were compatible with the Wii Classic Controller. The games will be on sale for an introductory price of $10.99 each during their first week of availability, and $21.99 after.  I’m personally very excited about this. Call me lazy, but I was not a fan of having to jump in to Wii-mode to play some older titles.  Between this and the availability of the GameCube controller-adapter (if you can find one, that is), Wii U’s Virtual Console-horizon looks mighty bright!

The Ugly

The ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL’ does not ship with an AC Adapter.  There, I said it.  It’s certainly not a deal-breaker AND I can concede that more purchasers than not, likely already have a compatible charger AND I know that the 3DS XL shipped without a charging cable in other regions, but this is anti-consumer, and sets a bad precedent (bad, like the regular usage of the word, not like M.J.)

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