Oct 21, 2011

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New 3DS Firmware Brings 3D Video Recording & More

New 3DS Firmware Brings 3D Video Recording & More

Nintendo streamed a pre-recorded message this morning, outlying the future plans for the 3DS, including information on the rumored firmware update, plans for Hulu, new eShop titles, Mario Kart 7‘s streetpass features, and more.

One of the biggest announcements of the message was about the upcoming new firmware for the 3DS, which should be available at the end of next month, and will enable video recording, as well as allowing you to transfer software from one 3DS to another, something Nintendo has never previously allowed (within same generation consoles), but which consumers have been wanting. Here are the details of the firmware update:

  • Coming out at the end of November.
  • Movie recording
    • Record up to 10 minutes of video.
    • Options to adjust playback speed and shoot stop motion clips.
  • StreetPass additions
    • New dungeon in Find Mii for 3DS owners who’ve beaten the first one. Features two-character attacks, new monsters, and new backgrounds (presumably new treasures, too).
    • New Puzzle Swap puzzles —  Donkey Kong Country puzzle shown.
    • StreetPass Mii Plaza has a new interactive map that shows what areas people are from.
  • Transfer software from one 3DS to another.
  • Unspecified eShop improvements planned.

The other big news was in regards to Mario Kart 7, which promises to have very strong community features:

  • Installs a Mario Kart Channel on the 3DS menu that collects StreetPass info, such as ghost data, win/loss records, number of collected coins, etc.. You can select a player’s data, and choose to race them online.
  • Daily ghost data downloads.
  • Race against up to 7 ghosts at the same time
  • Online races for up to 8 players, 60 frames per second.
  • “Community features” lets you create groups with other players to set up custom rules for courses, track leadeboards, and more.

Nintendo also announced several new games, although it isn’t clear if all (or any) of these are also planned for a North American release:

  • 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure is coming. See below for info about 3D Classics: Kid Icarus.
  • Picture Lives! will come out in the U.S. as Freakforms: Your Creations, Alive! next month.
  • WiiWare’s hole-in-the-wall-style game Anatous (or ThruSpace) will receive an eShop follow-up with 250+ stages and a custom level editor.
  • Nimble Sakura Warrior (pictured) – Awesome-looking third-person samurai game that has you dodging attacks and slashing at enemies. Like Infinity Blade, but with an Okami-esque aesthetic and lots of cherry blossoms. Out next month.
  • Swapnote – An app that lets you exchange messages, drawings, audio files, and more with others via StreetPss and SpotPass. Maybe this could be used as an online messaging system/PictoChat replacement?? This will be given out for free this December.
  • Dillon’s Rolling Western – That awesome third-person action/tower defense game starring a cowboy armadillo will release in Q1 2012.
  • Banpresto’s Lost Heroes - New 3DS game that brings together Ultraman, Gundam, and Kamen Rider.
  • Etrian Odyssey-style dungeon crawling RPG.

Nintendo is offering some great promos (Japan only as of right now, of course), including entering for a chance to win one of three unique 3DS shells.

I have to say, I’m most interested in the prospect of being able to transfer software from one 3DS to another. I’m hoping this means that if you decide to upgrade to a new 3DS (either because of color or new model), you can take your purchases with you.  If so, that definitely increases my inclination to get a 3DS this holiday instead of waiting for the inevitable “3DS Lite” or “3DS XL.”

[Source: Tiny Cartridge]