Capcom Monster Hunter Portable 3 Sale Records In Japan

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, the PSP game that released just recently, has shipped in almost 3 million copies in Japan thus setting in a new record in that region. The game has become Capcom`s fastest selling game of all time. The role playing based game sold these record number of copies in just 17 days […]

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, the PSP game that released just recently, has shipped in almost 3 million copies in Japan thus setting in a new record in that region. The game has become Capcom`s fastest selling game of all time. The role playing based game sold these record number of copies in just 17 days bringing in the worldwide sales of the series to a whopping 16 million. The terrific success of the game is reported to have quadrupled the sales of PSP following the games release.

Consequently, apart from becoming the fastest selling Capcom title, the game has also helped PSP achieve in a new sales record in Japan. Incidentally, the game has not been able to replicate its Japanese success in the UK although Monster Hunter Tri on Wii had  spent in just a week on the UK top 10. Capcom has still not confirmed and is yet to announce whether Monster Hunter Portable 3rd will be released in the UK and Europe.

8GB Nintendo 3DS Cartridges Production Underway At Macronix

Upcoming Nintendo 3DS cartridges could be having a memory size ranging between 1 to 8 GB as reported by Gamrade. Macronix, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of ROM chips for Nintendo is reported to have set up a complete production line of ROM chips ranging from 1GB to 8GB in size, ready to match a […]

Upcoming Nintendo 3DS cartridges could be having a memory size ranging between 1 to 8 GB as reported by GamradeMacronix, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of ROM chips for Nintendo is reported to have set up a complete production line of ROM chips ranging from 1GB to 8GB in size, ready to match a wide variety of requirements like the Nintendo 3DS cartridges.

The development of these bulky chips is reportedly in response to market reports concerning 3D game requirements, indicating that the storage for the 3DS will be 1GB or greater. These 8GB cartridges will be increasing the storage capacity of the Nintendo DS by as much as sixteen times. Currently the largest cartridge being used for the DS is 512MB .

There has also been a rumor that Nintendo will be enforcing some sort of a 2GB limit on the 3DS games (well, this is just a rumor). There are very few details regarding this part of the story. Nevertheless, Nintendo is surely showing a significant improvement in their cartridges storage considering that the biggest cartridge for the DS currently  is only 512MB.

Nintendo 3DS Launch Date Confirmed

Just a day after German tabloid Bild made a bold speculation about Nintendo launching their new 3DS console on November 11 this year, the official date is out. And Bild is wrong by a big margin. According to the official statement released today, the company shall be launching the new 3D-capable portable gaming console in Japan on February 26, 2011. That’s quite sometime away. The statement also noted the price of the console in the domestic market as 25,000 yen that is close to a $299 price point.

There is no word on when the consoles will make their way out to the other countries. Nintendo has said that they will make separate statements regarding the launch of Nintendo 3DS in USA and Europe and given earlier speculations, that should be close to March 2011.

The console was earlier believed to be launched in Japan by November 20 after a product designer revealed that his designs for the 3DS were launching on that day. Hopefully, the latest statement from the company has put these speculations to rest.

Nintendo 3DS Launch In Japan On November 11?

It seems like we can’t write enough about the speculations surrounding the launch date of the upcoming Nintendo 3DS. Earlier this month, a Japanese product designer had tweeted about his 3DS product launching on November 20 giving us an indication that Nintendo could be launching the device on that day. However, according to a report on the German tabloid, Bild, the Nintendo 3DS could be launching on November 11 in Japan. The report further states that the subsequent launches in the North American and European markets could happen in the end of 2010 and early 2011 respectively.

Bild is not exactly known for reliable reporting and has often been criticized for reporting on unconfirmed reports. The latest report thus needs us take the news with guarded skepticism. But it does not mind. Nintendo is expected to reveal official launch dates very shortly. The company shall be making the announcement on September 29 in Tokyo. That’s tomorrow.

Meanwhile check out the rumored features and specification of the upcoming Nintendo 3DS here.

Rumored Nintendo 3DS Features And Specifications Revealed

Though a lot has been spoken already about the upcoming Nintendo 3DS portable 3D gaming console, we are yet to hear anything official about the technical specifications. Well, that won’t happen until we move closer to the launch date, but from sources IGN spoke to, we have been able to round in on a few of the technical specifications. So these are some specs that the new Nintendo 3DS is likely to have

  • 2x 266MHz ARM11 CPU
  • 133MHz GPU
  • 1.5GB flash storage (with SD card expansion)
  • 4MB Dedicated VRAM
  • 64MB RAM

IGN further notes,

“While we were unable to determine which variation of the ARM11 processors the 3DS will feature, we now have a better sense of the system’s capabilities. Currently there are a number of devices being powered by the ARM11, including the Zune HD, a variety of Android smartphones, and prior to the introduction of Apple’s A4 processor, the iPhone and iPod touch. “

So there you go. That’s not a bad specs list and is good enough for us to want one. How do you feel about it? Tell us in the comments.

Nintendo 3DS Launch Date Set For November 20?

We have written about rumors surrounding the launch date of the upcoming Nintendo 3DS on more than one occasion. The 3DS was, and still is, largely speculated to arrive ahead of the Christmas shopping season in the US. The UK launch on the other hand is speculated to be in 2011. Now, if we are looking for more precise dates, we may have just got one. According to a tweet posted by a Japanese product designer, the launch could be set on November 20. This comes after the designer posted that 11 of the products that were designed by him for the 3DS would launch on that day. The tweet has since then been deleted and reposted with vague details, but that only reaffirms our suspicions even further.

Nintendo 3DS is a hotly anticipated portable gaming device that can produce 3D effects without the need for special glasses. Officially, the product is scheduled to be launched before the end of this fiscal year ending March 2011.

Nintendo 3DS eReader App In The Works?

Nintendo 3DS may continue to keep its wireless connection via Wi-Fi active when the game console itself was in sleeping mode. This connection could be used to download timely news and information – This was revealed by Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata in a recent interview to Japanese newspaper Nikkei thus triggering speculations that an eReader application could be in the works for the upcoming portable console.

Nintendo unveiled its latest 3D supported gaming console at E3 recently and has tipped the device to launch during the Christmas holiday season. The device is expected to come with an onboard storage system allowing users to install games locally. The latest speculation is built over these existing speculations that will allow users to download news and other ebooks to their local storage to use the Nintendo 3DS game console as an eReader as well.

With tablet PCs like the iPad encroaching on the territories of eReaders and gaming consoles, these portable device manufacturers too have been found looking for ways to expand the horizon of their offerings to remain competitive. It will be interesting to see how this competition pans out in the long run.

[via Andria Sang]

Nintendo 3DS Onboard Storage For Game Installation?

This was not disclosed during the unveiling of the Nintendo 3DS. However, a Japanese business newspaper claims that the upcoming Nintendo 3DS gaming console may allow users to store multiple games on an onboard storage device in place of the conventional cartridges.

According to Kotaku, the move can be in an attempt to curb piracy since it will make the use of R4 cartridges to store multiple games unnecessary. However, that line of thought seems unlikely since this move will actually make it easy for pirated games to be stored more conveniently on an onboard storage.

The reason for the move may then be to make the game more portable. Cartridges are seen as a technology that can inconvenience portability and Nintendo’s move may be to fight just this. But this is rumor after all, and so have a pinch of salt ready.

[via Kotaku]

Nintendo 3DS UK Launch In 2011

Here’s some early morning disappointment for UK based gamers looking to get their hands on the next big thing from Nintendo. A senior source from the company has confirmed that Nintendo 3DS shall not be reaching the English shores anytime this year.

The information comes courtesy T3 who write that the launch is now tentatively scheduled for early 2011. That would mean holiday shoppers may now have to strike 3DS out of their shopping list.

Nintendo 3DS is a next generation portable gaming console that will provide 3D gaming experience to users without the need for them to wear 3D glasses. The console was earlier expected to reach UK ahead of its launch in the US and Japanese market.

[via T3]

Nintendo 3DS To Launch During Christmas Holidays 2010

We have heard a few rumors about the Nintendo 3DS of late. Last week, there were speculations that the soon to be launched device might possibly incorporate a 3D camera. These reports have now been confirmed by Nintendo CFO Yoshihiro Mori.

Now we are also hearing that the Nintendo 3DS shall come with a widescreen display. Currently, the displays are in the 4:3 ratio. Also, it has been confirmed that the 3DS will come with additional security features like DRM encrypted gaming cartridges to prevent privacy.

The launch is expected to happen during the Christmas holiday season. This is noted from a FCC filing which has requested for confidentiality that expires just in time for the holiday season.

[via Kotaku]