Nintendogs

Demo this dog, dang it!

Look, I know Nintendogs + cats isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Honestly, I understand (animal haters!) But now that eShop has a FREE DEMO of N+c available for download RIGHT NOW, every 3DS owner should give it a spin. Why? To witness some pure Nintendo magic; this is one of the most amazing and effective uses of 3D in any title for the platform. Try starting the demo up with 3D switched o...

Bits, bobs, and a fun fact from the 3DS world

Just a  little  gathering of 3DS mini-news and trivia: So far, so good for Nintendo Video: as promised, the company delivered three new 3D videos via Spotpass. Bearshark is, by far, the most fun and twisted of the bunch–and it’s interesting to see a tradional hand-drawn Loony Tunes tribute in 3D. The second new arrival, OK Go’s music video All is not Lost, is beautifully done a...

Tell Infendo about your StreetPass experience

I think we can all agree that StreetPass is one of the most alluring features of the Nintendo 3DS. Unfortunately for me, I live in a small town with a population of about 2,000, and it’s an hour to the closest Wal-mart, and five to the closest mall. My count of StreetPass encounters to date comes to a total of…zero. But I am glad to hear that many of our readers have been more fortunat...

Nintendo sends a surprise guest to some 3DS owners

North American owners of Nintendogs + cats got a Spotpass notice on their devices yesterday, telling them that the 26th President of the United States had dropped by for a visit, bringing along his bull terrier, Pete. The notification included a bit of historical background about the dog’s infamous reputation (he was accused of ripping the pants off a french ambassador.) Now, this is fun. If...

Review: Nintendogs + cats = Strange, lovable and amazing

If you’re looking for a cartridge that includes Samus Cat, classical music, 3D dog poop, birds flying at your face, Elvis hairdos, RC helicopters and an entire house themed around Super Mario Brothers…boy, have I got a game for you! Or, non-game, I should say. Though it contains excellent competition events, Nintendogs + cats—like its predecessor—is not really a game at all. It’s a s...

My picks for launch title 3D Awards

We’ve entered a new era, and glasses-free 3D is now a very real option for modern gameplay. Nintendo’s 3DS launch lineup presents a wide range of approaches in utilizing the new feature, with varying results. Based on extensive time with much of the lineup, here are my entirely subjective pretend-awards for best uses of the third dimension:

3DS buyers: What are your impressions after your first play-through?

I’d never played or even seen 3DS in person until I picked it up this afternoon. I’m having a great time with it…or I was until the battery ran out after three hours. Sad battery reality aside, here are some quick initial thoughts: 1. Love the whole user environment, and the camera’s going to get a lot of use. 2. Face Raiders is a blast. It lessens the sting of the hardware...

Oh no! 3D deja vu!

I should have seen it coming, but when I pre-ordered Nintendogs….plus Cats, I was caught off-guard when the clerk asked, “Which version?” For some crazy reason, I’d assumed Nintendo had consolidated the line into one definitive volume this time around. The idea of releasing three different versions of Nintendogs was a charming idea back in 2005. But today, when we all know ...

3DS hands-on report – PAX East 2011

I spent nearly 45 minutes playing with a variety of games at the Nintendo booth during PAX East. Here’s a quick rundown:

The top 5 Japanese sales for 3DS during launch week

1. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (Nintendo) 2. Samurai Warriors Chronicles (Koei) 3. Nintendogs + Cats: Shiba & New Friends (Nintendo) 4. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Capcom) 5. Ridge Racer 3D (Bandai Namco) It’ll be interesting to see how our launch titles fare since Professor Layton isn’t even announced for North America yet. Anyone surprised by these results?

Breaking – Nintendo reveals 18 launch titles for 3DS

Nintendo has revealed the list of 18 games set to launch with the 3DS system on March 27th: • Pilotwings Resort™ • Steel Diver™ • nintendogs™ + cats • Super Street Fighter® IV 3D Edition • The Sims™ 3 • Madden NFL Football • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D • LEGO® Star Wars® III: The Clone Wars™ • RIDGE RACER® 3D • Super Monkey Ball™ 3D • BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERSE™ ...

Nintendo news round-up: Chibiterasu still insufferably adorable and other tidbits

– Okamiden’s US release date of March 15th will be here before you know it. Check out three new trailers (one, two, three), and a couple of tempting pre-order bonuses: the Brush Touch Pen and Okamiden Art Screen Cleaner from Gamestop, and an ungodly cute-beyond-words Chibi Keychain Plush from Capcom. (Press Release) – A new winner of the Nacho Mama Tees t-shirt in our t-shirt giv...