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Nintendo Fails Online — Again

Nintendo has had so many missteps in the realm of online gaming, I’m not so sure they still deserve to be as beloved in the hearts of as many gamers as they somehow yet remain. Even I still have a misplace affinity for the company. Sure it’s largely nostalgic in nature, but I still somehow own both of Nintendo’s newest systems … and I didn’t want to. I wanted the 3DS, sure, I’ll admit that one. But the Wii U? Absolutely not. No interest in owning/playing/looking at that system. The only reason I do is because of the Legend of Zelda special edition system. My obsessive purchasing impulses kicked in on that one.

The original Wii was a smash hit during my college years, because it was the perfect passive gaming system. You put a group of drunken co-eds in a house with a Wii, and you KNOW there is about to be some epic (motion-controlled) bowling showdowns. Hell, I wanted the Wii so badly, I bought it for $50 above MSRP from a guy who had decided to sell his and go for an Xbox 360. But the Wii debuted without any sustainable online connectivity at a time when everything was moving online, not just gaming. Facebook had begun to launch en masse to the public and not just to college  kids, “tweets” were making their way into national news stories, the iPhone was a mere 6 months away, the original Xbox had found success with their online pay-service, Xbox Live. The closest they had mustered – so far – were eShops for the Wii and DS systems. Tiny microcosms consisting of some retro game releases and a smattering of original downloadable titles.

Jump-cut to: Today. My Xbox Live account is 6 years old. Various roommates of mine over the years have owned Xbox 360s, so even when I didn’t have one myself, I had an account because I was always near a system. Online operability is so intrinsically necessary in today’s world for a whole host of reasons, the most important of which is convenience. Sure I downloaded a load of the older NES, SNES & N64 games on my Wii, but the process was unintuitive and complicated. Thankfully all of the newer systems now just allow you to link a credit card to your account and download, but there was a time when it was required that you purchase proprietary points and use those in lieu of actual currency. Hell, because Nintendo had no account-based system, your purchases were not tied to you, but rather to your console.

In the last month+, Nintendo has actually taken the step toward unifying purchases and information into one account (almost a decade after everyone else) by introducing the Nintendo Network unified account. This is not to be confused with the Club Nintendo account (which they also sort of use to verify purchases, but not in any substantial way.) No, this is a real effort to broaden their online capabilities and unify users on both of their current platforms regardless of which they may own. Your Mii & (Nintendo’s avatar version of yourself) and your account nickname is now the same on both your Wii U and your 3DS. For once, Nintendo actually seemed to be righting some wrongs and gearing up for the real world of online gaming and operability.

BUT… that wasn’t the case. In October, Nintendo released latest games the still wildly popular Pokémon series, Pokémon X & Y. They announced then that two compatible services would be launched in December which would allow you to store your Pokémon in the cloud – Pokébank – and transfer them from older DS games -Poké Transfer. That due date was two days ago. Ever the woefully unprepared, Nintendo discovered that this big plan of theirs was in fact too taxing on their servers. (Servers which, I can only guess, had not been upgraded for the occasion.)

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At this point, there’s no word on when the services will be officially introduced beyond this pitiful message found on Nintendo’s website:

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company International have postponed the launch of Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter – two software applications that were originally scheduled to launch for Nintendo 3DS on Dec. 27 – due to a large volume of traffic to the Nintendo Network service. Due to the high traffic, players are having trouble setting up Nintendo Network IDs and downloading content in the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. We truly regret the inconvenience, and wish to reassure everyone that providing a solution is our top priority. We apologize for the delay and thank you for your continued patience.

I hope they get their shit together. I really do. But things just aren’t looking up.

Three Dimensions Of Porn… Thanks To Nintendo?

One of the best pieces of #nerdjizz-worthy news arrived on my doorstep in my inbox this morning. To say that I’m elated with the following announcement would be an understatement – Dominic Ford has released a Nintendo 3DS-compatible page of their popular website. It is a showcase of some of Ford’s best 3D images and is viewable only with the glasses-free 3D technology found on the Nintendo 3DS. The site will eventually host 3D movies as well.

If you own a 3DS like I do, all you have to do is head over to http://dominicford.com/3ds to take advantage of seeing beautiful, naked men in three dimensions, without wearing glasses! Says Ford, “The Nintendo 3DS, as well as new 3D mobile devices, are exciting to us because they allow our 3D images and movies to be seen in full color and without the need for 3D glasses.”

As of right now there are a collection of 20 or so photos ready for your viewing pleasure. Aside from the obvious naughty factor of seeing images on a gaming device of Spencer Reed, Shane Frost or new Dominic Ford-exclusive Bryce Evans clad only in smile, the images can be saved to the Nintendo 3DS memory! I have a feeling that I’m going to need a bigger SD card.

What you see there now is only a taste of what’s to come. Soon, there will be an expanded photo section and as mentioned above, video will be available soon. Speaking from experience, I know it’s going to be rather hard for me to hold the 3DS in that viewing ‘sweet spot’ while my right hand is, well, preoccupied. Nonetheless, it will be ultimately worth it. The two great loves of my life are porn and technology, and Dominic Ford has combined them perfectly.

And if the 3DS isn’t your cup of tea for porn consumption, Ford isn’t stopping at small-screen distribution with the glasses-free modus operandi. While anaglyph (blue/red glasses) allows viewers to watch Ford’s 3D content on any regular display, Ford has always seen this technology as a stepping stone. “We are glad people enjoy watching the anaglyph versions of our content. But watching the 3D TV formats on a 3D TV or via new glasses free devices like the Nintendo 3DS is eye-opening to those who have never seen our content in full color. The 3D is cinema quality.”

For more information, visit dominicford.com or click below.



Augmenting Your 3DS Reality

Now this is exactly the kind of thing that will keep me occupied on day one when I get my 3DS. (It launches on Sunday, by the way.)

Via Engadget.

Metroid is DOA?

Okay, so in this instance I’m referring to the game Dead or Alive and not the fact that the Metroid series is seemingly dead on arrival after that last entry, Other M. Because let’s face it, Other M was an awful entry into Samus’ canon.

What I’m referring to is an apparent level in the forthcoming Dead or Alive Dimensions for the Nintendo 3DS themed upon Metroid, including a constantly hovering appearance by Ridley! After the disappointing turn on the Wii by Team Ninja, it seems surprising that Nintendo would allow them to continue using the property. But then again, that’s business for you. I’m sure there’s some sort of contractual stipulation overflow from Other M that gives Team Ninja rights to do so.

Regardless, I’m just happy this go-around is much more measured. At least Samus won’t be a playable character. Speaking of having Samus as a playable character in a fighting game, I just had a thought as to how awesome a portable Smash Brothers title would be on the 3DS! Here’s hoping that comes to light within the first year of the device’s lifespan.

Watch the video below examining the Metroid-themed stage.

Nintendo 3DS to welcome its own “Cave Story”

Did any of you nerds play Cave Story? Either the original or the WiiWare version? I downloaded the demo and gave it a try. I liked it, and understand the charm that kept many of the fans enthralled.

Well, the Nintendo 3DS is getting it’s own version of the game. The 3DS launches at the end of next month, and then sometime in May, the eShop (aka, the 3DS “app store”) will be open. I’ve already mentioned that when the eShop launches, one of the titles that will be available is Link’s Awakening so I’m going over to GameStop today to reserve my system.

Yep. I’m one of those guys that reserves shit ahead of time. Want to fight about it?

From Pop Herald:

According to multiple reports, a remade Cave Story will arrive in Nintendo 3DS, and the indie game will turn into a”2.5D” game or enhanced 2D experience using illusion of space courtesy of the 3D capability of the 3DS.

Nintendo 3DS to welcome its own “Cave Story”.

Sweet Mother of Zelda!

I know I was just talking about it yesterday, and this might be overkill, but look at these screenscaps from Infendo! I officially am going to reserve my 3DS tomorrow. I mean, wow. Ocarina of Time looks absolutely blessed on this device, and the portability is an added bonus! Ultimate nerd boner.

Up close and personal: Zelda Ocarina looks lovely on 3DS – Infendo

Re-Awakening Link

As of a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been playing through one of my all-time favorite handheld games, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. I hadn’t touched this title in years because both the cartridge and the Game Boy for which it was made were in storage. Having saved them from their needless exile, I’ve been rediscovering exactly what kept me so enthralled as a child.

I’ve recently read that Link’s Awakening will be available on the upcoming Nintendo 3DS as part of the 3DSware Store, along with many other classic Game Boy titles. After I beat the original cartridge, I plan on playing the Game Boy Color version. After that, I’ll play the 3DSware version. After that I’ll likely play the 3DSware version of Ocarina of Time. After that, Link’s newest Wii adventure, “Skyward Sword” will be available.

Basically, there’s going to be a whole lotta Zelda in my future.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Super Mario in 3 Dimensions!

There’s finally some news as to what sort of outing the worlds most famous plumber will be making on Nintendo’s forthcoming handheld. Miyamoto hinted that he want’s to release news of the true-3D Mario as soon as possible. Follow the link to read more over at GameSpot!

Super Mario Bros. 3DS en route – News at GameSpot.

Nintendo 3DS: Price/Date Announced.

Price and date details emerged about the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS.
Price: $250
Release date: March 27th

I have to admit, I’m a little surprised at the price point. I thought that the Thanksgiving downward price shift of the existing DSi and XL models signaled that Nintendo’s family of handhelds would never breach the $200 threshold.
But, then again, this is the first self-dependent 3D handheld machine, requiring no glasses, so I suppose the price can be justified. Regardless, I’m gonna get one, and I’m going to play the updated Ocarina of Time on that bitch like there’s no tomorrow.

Thanks to hungandthick for the heads up on the HuffPo article below:

Nintendo 3DS Price, Release Date Announced.