A Closer Look at Nintendo’s Recent Announcements Regarding Smart Devices, New Hardware, and Membership Programs

Nintendo’s announcement today that it would start developing software for mobile platforms came as a major shock to say the least. The company has been actively denying that it planned to develop games for mobile platforms for years and has consistently argued that controlling both hardware and software is key to it’s success.

Yet, here we are.

Unsurprisingly, reactions have been all over the place, and my personal feelings toward the news have mirrored that chaos for most of the day. However, when I took the time to look closely at Nintendo’s official presentation notes, my nerves steadied and I started to feel more comfortable with the company’s plans. I originally outlined my reaction to some of the most interesting excerpts for an upcoming episode of Nintendo Fun Club, but I don’t want to wait until we record to weigh in on the subject. So here are my thoughts, point by point:

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Episode 84 – 50 inch bottoms

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News:

Chrono Trigger turns 20!

Xenoblade Chronicles X’s battle theme turns 16!

Games: OlliOlli, 3D Out Run, Theatrhythm Dragon Quest

Music:

FOB – Thriller

Xenoblade Chronicles X – Battle Theme

Chumped – Name That Thing

My 3D Out Run review

My Theatrhythm Dragon Quest demo impressions

Episode 83.5 – Revenge of the Sith Lords Are Our Specialty

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New .5 Episode Series Announcement:

Episode 83.5 kicks off our monthly series of Star Wars-focused bonus episodes. Each month for the remainder of 2015 we’ll release an episode of Nintendo Fun Club focused on a different Star Wars game released for Nintendo platforms, as well as some additional discussion of Star Wars related topics. This month we talk the GBA and DS Revenge of the Sith games and the recently rebooted Star Wars comics series from Marvel!

Music:

Ash – Lose Control

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (GBA) – March to the Temple

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (GBA) – Title Screen

Blink-182 – A New Hope

Episode 83 – Rainbow Connection

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News:

Color Game Boy game mysteries revealed! (spoiler: it’s magic)

Rodea the Sky Soldier coming to NA on 3DS and Wii U thanks to NIS America!

Curve’s OlliOlli to offer cross buy functionality on Wii U and 3DS

Games: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Resident Evil Revelations, Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, Pokemon Shuffle

Music:

The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

Fifteen – Rainbow Connection

How the Nintendo 3DS became my favorite portable game system of all time (a love story)

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This past weekend, it happened- the Nintendo 3DS became my favorite portable game system of all time. Everything had been building to this point for a while, but the combination of the phenomenal New 3DS XL hardware, Majora’s Mask 3D, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate pushed it over the edge. The hardware has reached its final form, its true potential, and it has a robust library of 1st and 3rd party games totally in my wheelhouse. But for a system to be a “favorite” it needs more than tech, and yes, even great games. It needs memories- personal connections. And I have had quite a few fantastic experiences revolving around the system. Continue reading

Episode 82 – A fashion disaster is not the end of the world

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News:

Netflix (possibly) developing a live-action Legend of Zelda series

Games: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, New 3DS XL, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, 3D Fantasy Zone, Flipnote Studio 3D, Wave Race 64, Style Savvy Trendsetters

Music:

Pennywise – 30 Seconds ’til the End of the World

Fenix TX – Flight 601 (all I’ve got is time)

The weird world of DS Lite music skins

Most North American Nintendo fans have come to terms with the reality that we’re not getting the regular New 3DS this week, and thus no super kawaii Kyary Pamyu Pamyu faceplates. But Kyary is far from the first musician to feature on the exterior of a Nintendo handheld. At some point, probably around 2008, a company called MusicSkins LLC (maybe aka Zing Revolution) created A TON of DS Lite skins that may or may not have been licensed. Continue reading