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3DS & PS Vita Go Head To Head At TGS, Final Fantasy X HD Confirmed And More

The Tokyo Games Show has been taking place over the last few days, and as one might expect, most of the big news has come from Japan’s two big hitters in the industry, Sony and Nintendo. With a lot of the focus being on the respective handheld consoles the two companies have on sale, this could be an interesting read fro those who like gaming on the go.

  • It was Nintendo who had their conference first, so I’ll start with them. It seems that the Big N are very keen to drive on with the recent rise of sales for the 3DS, following price cuts around the world, and address the lack of quality titles currently available for the system. Before the conference they confirmed Mario Tennis 3DS (which will make use of gyro controls), Monster Hunter 4 and a co-op Fire Emblem 3DS game, while during the actual conference Square Enix announced a new 3DS RPG (bizarrely called Bravery Default Flying Fairy…). Nintendo also revealed a new pink colour job for the 3DS – clearly designed to attract more female gamers methinks.
  • The big news as far as the hardware itself is confirmed is that the second analogue stick add-on is indeed real. The controversial add-on will be released in Japanon the 10thDecember for 1,500 yen, and will require one AAA battery to work…and a 3DS to attach it to. Not all of the titles that have already been released will be compatible with the add on though. Smooth moves Nintendo. You’ll also finally be able to record videos in 3D following a system update due this November.

    Really should have been implemented for a start to be honest
  • Nintendo also released a smattering of new information for titles already confirmed for the 3DS. Amongst the headlines, Metal Mario and Latiku have been confirmed as playable characters in Mario Kart 7, which will also include a first person mode not seen before in the Mario Kart series. Super Mario 3D Land, Paper Mario 3DS and Metal Gear Solid 3DS also got new trailers and gameplay footage. So basically, if you have a 3DS, it will not be until December time that you will really be able to start maximising the full potential of your console.
  • And so now onto Sony’s conference. The first big headline is the release date for the PS Vita: December 17th in Japan. The handheld will release with 26 launch titles, including Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Ridge Racer and Uncharted: Golden Abyss. On top of this, Sony have made the bold promise of having 100 titles available around the launch window. This would make it one of the strongest launches for any console that I can remember. In a disappointing side note, the PS Vita’s battery life will only last for about five hours before it needs recharging. For more details and all the tech specs for the Vita, hit this link.
  • And then suddenly out of nowhere – FINAL FANTASY X IS TO GET A HD REMAKE????? Yep, in a move that no-one anticipated, it was revealed that for the 10th anniversary of the game it will be getting the full HD treatment (as quite a few PS2 games are doing nowadays) and will be available on the PS3 and the PS Vita. Not worth buying a PS3 for, but I must say I am jealous. Click here to read my review of the original on the PS2.
  • To roundup Sony, they gave out figures of how many PS3’s have been sold worldwide since its release – the answer is 52 million. As a Xbox 360 owner, I find it very interesting to see how markedly the gap between the 360 and PS3 has dropped in terms of sales figures over the last two years – they are both still light years behind the Wii in this generation though in overall sales.
  • As I write, Final Fantasy XIII-2 has got its international release dates confirmed: December 15th in Japan, January 31st in America, and February 2ndin Europe. They are also releasing a special edition 320GB PS3 with the game in Japan; no word on whether anyone else will get their hands on it

    Looks pretty swish if you ask me
  • Halo Anniversary will be getting a Halo 2 map for its multiplayer mode, and that map is Headlong. It will be renamed ‘Breakneck’, and will get the visual spit and polish that comes with the Halo Reach engine. Could this mean the possibility of more Halo 2 maps in the future for either Anniversary or Reach?
  • THQ have revealed a bit more about how you will be able to customise WWE 12 to your own taste. Alongside the traditional creation modes for wrestlers, storylines, finishers and entrances, you can now also create your own arena – so if you want to recreate a vintage WCW or nWo arena, you now can.
  • The excellent Red Dead Redemption is to get a Game Of The Year Edition featuring all of the DLC released for the game, set for release on October 14th. If you can’t wait that long, then Take Two have announced that Civilization V will also be getting the GOTY treatment on the 27th September, with a full digital soundtrack and all of the DLC released for the game. 

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Nintendo 3DS Price Cuts: Where To Go For The Best Deals

Well, we were expecting them, but when Nintendo announced the price cuts for their 3DS consoles (set to come into effect tomorrow) I’m not sure there would have been many who expected to be able to get one for just over £100. And yet, this is seemingly the reality, as rival outlets prepare to engage in all out price warfare over Nintendo’s handheld device.

The 3D gimmick hasn't caught on as Nintendo hoped...so they've chopped the price to attract the punters

The huge cuts come not too soon after Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, admitted that the 3DS needed stronger launch titles and the implementation of the e-Shop from day one. So the question is, now that the price has been more than halved since its launch earlier this year, do you want to buy one, and where is the cheapest place to get it? Below are the prices that stores have said they will be selling the 3DS for in Britain, both online and in the high street.

  • If you want to try your hand at online retailers, you would be best off avoiding Play.com at the moment – strangely, they still have the prices at £197, a figure that I would expect to sharply drop, as close rivals Amazon have the 3DS listed at £155, and with that price difference you can easily get a game and have some change spare. Other retailers are still quite pricey online; Dixons are plumping with £169.99, and HMV have gone for £189.99. Your best bet online is with Gamestop, who have the black 3DS at £135 with free delivery
  • If you choose to venture into the high streets (or at least the ones left alone by fucking idiot rioters), then GAME and Gamestation would likely be your first places to visit. Game are offering the 3DS bundled together with The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3DS for £160 (which is a very decent deal indeed), and Gamestation are offering bundles from £170, and the hardware alone from £150. Remember, students get discounts at Gamestation, so if you are waiting for your loan to come through you could save a few coppers by going with them.
  • But of course, as with any price war, it’s the supermarkets who are going to be leading the charge. Morrisons, who recently were doing a 3DS with Ocarina Of Time for £200, have said they will charge £120 from tomorrow for the 3DS. Not bad, but considering my local Morrisons barely has a gaming section at all, you might be hard pushed to actually get the console. So, the last option is the ever-humble Tesco, who have a barnstorming offer of just £115 for a 3DS. Not so much a price cut as a price massacre on the original RRP of £250. If the thought of buying a games console with your weekly food shop terrifies you however, you can go to Curry’s or PC World within a 30 miles radius of a Tesco (pretty much a guaranteed thing to happen), and they will price match and take off an extra 10%, because they are nice like that. Seems daft not to take them up on the offer to be honest.

And just as a reminder, the 3DS is getting some games before Christmas, in the form of Super Mario 3D Land on November 13th and Mario Kart 7 on December 4th. Happy shopping 🙂

EDIT: Since I wrote this article, Amazon have matched the Tesco deal at £115. Expect the other online retailers to get competitive as well very soon.