Without a high frame rate, a fighting game starts to feel more like a slideshow than a stream of fluid motion. Luckily, the next Smash Bros. game won’t have this problem since, even in full 3D, it will run at 60 frames per second. This is partly achieved because assist trophies will be running at the slower frame rate of 30 frames per second but, in either case, the final product should appear quite smooth.
Since the next Smash Bros. game is coming to both 3DS and the Wii U, some of the most exciting features will surely relate to how the games connect. Unfortunately, as confirmed by Masahiro Sakurai during the recent Nintendo Direct event, these features will be announced “at a later date.”
I imagine we’ll hear about them at E3.
We’re less than an hour and a half from the next Nintendo Direct broadcast — a live stream that will focus entirely on the upcoming Smash Bros. game for 3DS and Wii U. You can watch the stream above when it starts and I’ll also be posting all of the details to the blog.
We’ve learned a lot about the next Smash Bros. game over the past few months but there’s a lot more to learn, like the extremely important release date. If we’re lucky, such details will be revealed within the next 48 hours when Nintendo hosts a Nintendo Direct broadcast completely dedicated to the next Smash Bros. games on the 3DS and Wii U.
Here are the times:
- 3pm Pacific (April 8th)
- 6pm Eastern (April 8th)
- 11pm UK (April 8th)
- 8am AEST (April 9th)
I’ll post the stream to the blog closer to the time and will of course be reporting on all of the details.
(I’ve been absent from the blog this past week while recovering from minor surgery but I’m mostly healed and should be active again from here on out.)
A while ago, Renegade Kid announced Cult County for the 3DS — a first-person shooter in the survival-horror genre. The developers have recently announced though that the game is no longer coming to the handheld device. Instead, it’s coming almost every other platform: Steam (PC, Mac & Linux), Wii U, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita, and they’ve also launched a Kickstarter project to help it on its way.
I’m certainly surprised by this fairly dramatic shift in plans, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it’s the right call to make. Renegade Kid does have other projects coming to the 3DS, in either case, so it’s not like the platform is being slighted.
Nintendo has confirmed that this Disney Magical World-themed 3DS XL is set for release in North America on April 11th. You can check after the break for an extra photo or click here to preorder via Walmart.
The winner of the recent Pokemon Dragon King Tournament in Japan is one lucky fellow. He took home the above 3DS XL which is completely one-of-a-kind, featuring the Mega Charizard X artwork and the winner’s name on the outside.
This has to be the best looking 3DS XL so far.
In the 3DS version of the next Smash Bros. game, a default setting places a thick, black outline around the characters to help them pop out from the background. This setting can be customised though, as demonstrated above the for the first time. I think I’ll probably leave the outline enabled though.
For this year at least, Nintendo won’t be attending PAX East. This is obviously disappointing to hear if you’re planning on heading to the event and the official response from Nintendo isn’t going to really change anything:
“Interacting directly with our fans and letting them play our games firsthand is a key component of our approach. That doesn’t include PAX East this year, but we will offer our fans a variety of opportunities to get their hands on Nintendo products in 2014. Keep an eye on our social media pages for more information about where we’ll be and what you can play.”
They will be returning to Gamescom this year but I still think they’re going to continually rely less on events that aren’t one-hundred percent under their control.
Cut the Rope: Triple Treat is now available on the 3DS and the launch trailer can be found after the break. I’d say it’s definitely best to wait for reviews on this one though.