Shigeru Miyamoto is a happy fella. And who can blame him? The Nintendo gaming topdog is finally seeing his dream of a 3D Mario game coming true, with news from the Game Developers Conference that a title is in the works for 3DS, Nintendo’s latest handheld that launches on March 27th.
And whoop-de-doo, the latest instalment from our favourite lardy Italian is being developed by the team behind the Mario Galaxy games for Wii. Good news for plumber fans – but it doesn’t stop there.
Nope, because speaking in his keynote address to the GDC, Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata also revealed a tie-up with AT&T to give 3DS users free wi-fi hotspot access, a cheeky Netflix service to get movie trailers in 3D, and, best of all, plenty of ways to bring your existing handheld games onto your new baby.
The Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console will give you access to not only Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, but also a cheeky range of titles from Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 systems. And in keeping with our insatiable lust for adding dimensions to everything, “3D Classics” will introduce select classic video games remastered in 3D.
All very nice, but there is one thing that truly made me smile. The lovely Mr Iwata also promised a solution for Nintendo DSi / XL owners to transfer their DSiWare games to their new 3DS. That’s a class move, Mr Nintendo – a rare bit of non rip-off gaming that the pikesters at Sony could take notice of for the launch of their Playstation phone.
Still, I got to be honest and say I’m unlikely to get one – 3DS will be a kids toy, and it’s guaranteed that the good titles will be drowned in a flood of 3D horse grooming and crappy multidimensional brain training. But Iwata, i still like your style, so I’ll admit this much: