Nintendo News

So in the last couple of days Nintendo have been holding press conferences in Australia and the US where they’ve announced several things. The most obvious being the release date of the DSi XL in the US while the surprises were that Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid Other M have both been given release dates, and not just release dates in the autumn like we all expected, release dates in the May to June timeframe, with Galaxy 2 coming first and Metroid no more than a couple of months after. These are also presumably coordinated worldwide launches for both.

Whether or not I actually buy these games when they come out or not (Mario Galaxy 2 is more likely but I need to play more of the first before that), I am excited for everyone who is either a hardcore Nintendo fan or just a gamer wanting good stuff to play regardless of platform. Nintendo could have easily just done what we’re so used to seeing in the games industry, which would be to just put out both games in the Autumn / Winter timeframe and just rely on the long term successes like Wii Fit and Mario Kart and all the others to carry them through the year until then. After all, New Super Mario bros. will eternally have new in the name so therefore it will continue to sell.

However, Nintendo haven’t sat back and let the profits roll in for once and instead are being really aggressive by putting both these big games out in mid-year. Of course, they’re partly doing this to leave room in their release schedule for Zelda and possibly another game or two later on in 2010.

The sceptics will surely be pointing out that with the massive profits they make on hardware and software (which costs far less to develop than for other systems) they should have been making much more great games since it became clear that the Wii was going to be a runaway success, which of course it has.

While that is true, take solace in the fact that Nintendo are seemingly finally getting their act together.


Taking a gaming break, and DSi XL

Recently I’ve been taking a break from gaming for a few reasons. I’m making a concerted effort to spend less money on games I won’t play enough to justify, and just games in general.

However, there are plenty of games that I am interested in that are coming out often so it’s not like I’ll have nothing to play, far from it in fact. I just want to spend more time on other interests and only spend money on the games I know I’ll love as opposed to taking risks on games I’m not sure about, and buying based on purely hype.

I also want to mention that in the end I did order a DSi XL. It’s been a long time since I bought my DS lite and I almost can’t look at it anymore because of how old school it feels. That, and the nice large screens on the XL make it hard to resist.


I’m not sure why but I’m really tempted …

I’m not sure why but I’m really tempted by the DSi XL. It’s just hard to look at my DS lite anymore because it feels so low tech by comparison. It’s partly imagining playing SoulSilver on the new one that gets me excited.

That and any possible good DSiWare games if they ever release anything. The price is also surprisingly decent. I expected it to go for considerably more than the DSi but it’s actually not too bad, especially for someone who hasn’t upgraded yet.

The colour selection is a bit limited and I would have preferred a white one, but the dark brown looks quite cool.