I was lucky enough to receive a media invite to the Nintendo Switch Hands – On event in Melbourne so naturally I dragged along bestie, Neko to come and join in the fun with me. We had loads of fun, ate and drank heaps…and played games too! And we also got some cool swag for coming along! Thanks to Nintendo for the awesome opportunity, we both loved it!!
Nintendo had a big night last night finally revealing the covers off of their next home console. Known for the longest time as the “NX”, we now know that it’s called the “Nintendo Switch” and it looks very interesting.
There seems to be a couple of different control methods consisting of a controller that has two ends that slide off and slide into the tablet console itself. This then enables you to take it with you and play on the game for literally a console on the go experience. You can then play it as a traditional handheld or prop the tablet up with a handy kickstand on the back, slide the two ends off and have one in each hand.
There also appears to be a more standard looking controller much like the Wii U had the Wii U Pro controller for when you didn’t want to use the tablet as a controller. The games they showed in the clip looked very cool as well. Zelda, Mario Kart, Splatoon and a basketball all looked really vibrant with nice visuals. The end of the video mentions a March 2017 release date which isn’t that far away at all. I’m pretty much sold already, it looks amazing!!
World famous F1 Red Bull driver, Sebastian Vettel, was recently in Japan for the Grand Prix which takes place in the Mie Prefecture. The event takes place over three days and during some down time, he headed into Tokyo ton unwind and have some fun. And what better way to do so than to hit up an arcade and play a few rounds of Mario Kart arcade?
The workers at the arcade were thrilled when they realised they had a racing celebrity in their midst. Needless to say, there was someone on hand to film the occasion and upload it to YouTube. Vettel took some time out to greet some fans, have a few words with the locals and also partake in some Taiko no Tatsujin.
Here are some of the comments from the people who were lucky enough to be in attendance.
Hunh, I never knew before, but he’s pretty handsome.
Seeing a superstar in a game arcade is just too surreal.
He was using Yoshi! Well, I’m using Yoshi from now on, too!
I’m glad to see him enjoying Japan!
The way he places his hands on the wheels is just like a pro.
Now we have some exciting 3DS from Nintendo Japan, the Kyoto powerhouse responsible for changing a plumber into a household icon. Dates for both Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, both on the 3DS system, were announced in the last 24 hours so with a virtual drumroll…November 13 marks the day Super Mario starts embarrassing Goombas again while the newest Mario Kart drifts around corners on December 4th.
Big day for Nintendo announcements with the news of a red 3DS being released, pictured below, which hits stores on September 9th as well as StarFox 3D. Looks like the Xmas sock might have some goodies packed into it as the 3DS finally starts to receive some much needed AAA titles 🙂
Only the other day I was at EB in the city asking about a release date for Resident Evil Mercenaries to which the sales guy shrugged his shoulders. I was browsing the EB site, checking the 3DS section when I came across this tidbit of information…Mercenaries has a release date of 7th of July!!! This is awesome, the stream of AAA titles for the 3DS will hopefully continue with this one and see us through until Mario Kart, the new Mario game, Resident Evil Revelations and Snake Eater 3D are released!
Part 2 dealt mainly with 3DS announcements and the usual suspects, Mario Kart, Star Fox, new Mario game, Kid Icarus and Luigi’s Mansion 2. Reggie then came out and spoke about Mario Kart footage which looked mint! Footage of the other games followed which allowed amazing especially the new Mario game 🙂 Kid Icarus: Uprising is looking particularly tasty with some excellent flying scenes showcased as well as some AR card trickery.