As I am sure you are aware, the next Xbox console is all but confirmed to be only usable online. Likewise, I am most definitely not the first to tell you that this poses a problem for the many people in the world without high-speed Internet. In the U.S. alone, approximately one third of people lack broadband. However, even if you ignore these figures, requiring an Internet connection to play your single and multiplayer games will still be problematic. Consider the recent SimCity debacle. Now, imagine your entire console game system acting in the same manner. Having trouble? Here’s a picture to help.
If you’re into video games as much as I am, You probably already know about the Nintendo 3DS. I like to call it “The Wonder Portable” simply because it will be the first time a handheld is more powerful than its manufacturer’s current console. I have yet to see the 3D in action, but judging from 2D screenshots alone (particularly from the Resident Evil game) it would still be the best game system ever made. This is because Nintendo is finally releasing their top-tier games with current-gen graphics. It also looks like third parties will finally start developing AAA games for a Nintendo platform again. Just check out these sexy graphics.
The big news of this post is somewhat funny. Nintendo announced that they will announce the release date and pricing of the 3DS on September 29. That’s only 39 days from today. I am so excited that I may just literally jump through the roof when I hear the news. I know for a fact that Nintendo will be at New York Comic-Con this October, and I happen to have tickets. With the announcement of the release of the 3DS so soon before Comic-Con, I am almost totally sure that they will be showcasing the handheld there. If they do, expect to read (or watch) my impressions on this very website. As for the release date, I expect a Sunday in mid-November because:
A. Nintendo always releases things on Sundays and launches major systems near Thanksgiving; and
B. The regular Nintendo DS systems and games have stopped selling large quantities. If Nintendo wants to make money, they need to release their atom bomb of a handheld soon. If I were to bet my money on a single day of the month, I would say November 21st.
Until next time, this is Screath, signing out.