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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

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Day #2 of unemployment. So far, it’s not all bad. That is, aside from the stunning lack of money being made.

Oh well. I remain optimistic. And, on the bright side, I have all kinds of time in the world for Riddlethos now! So, let’s HLL like we’ve never HLL-ed before, eh?

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I know I’m not Canadian, but I can dream. Eh.

dsiNintendo Announces DS Successor in Form of “3DS”

In a surprise move (to me, at least) Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that his company will be releasing the “Nintendo 3DS” (working title) sometime during the “fiscal year ending March 2011.” Reportedly, the 3DS will display three-dimensional graphics without the necessity of glasses.

It’s worth noting that Nintendo is specifically calling this thing the “successor” to the massively popular DS. That’s reason to believe that it’ll be more than just a regular DSi spruced with 3D capabilities.

Various Japanese publications have leaked some specs for the device. Japanese newspaper Nikkei reports that the screens will size in at approximately 4 inches diagonally; 2 inches smaller than the DSiXL. (Not that anyone cares about the DSiXL). Fellow newspaper Asahi states that the screens will be a “parallex barrier LCD” manufactured by Sharp.

This strikes me as both an odd and predictable move from Nintendo. That may not make sense at the moment, but allow me to explain: It’s odd that they would announce plans to develop a system based entirely around a cutting-edge technology – that doesn’t seem like their style. But then I recall that, 95% of the time, 3D is still little more than a gimmick. And gimmicks are absolutely Nintendo’s style.

But, I’ll wait until I see the actual software, and how titles will utilize the 3D capabilities before I pass judgment. (VG247)

iPhone’s Share in Handheld Market Grows

…at the expense of both the DS and the PSP. Especially the PSP. According to a Flurry report, the iPhone’s share in the handheld gaming market went from 5% to 19% in the year 2009.

As a result, the DS dropped from 75% to 70%, and the PSP dropped from 20% to a mere 11%. Ouch!

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This is a trend that I’m fairly sure will continue. I’m not ready to call it the “future of handheld gaming,” but the iPhone has its place in the handheld market. Speaking personally, the iPhone is where I do all of my portable gaming these days. I almost never play my DS or PSP, but it’s just so easy to whip out my iPod touch and, for example, play Final Fantasy I for ten minutes, five minutes, or 30 seconds. I mean, I guess I could do the same with my DS, but I’m not in the habit of bringing it with me everywhere. I think my example could be applied to a lot of iPhone gamers out there. (VG247 via Flurry)

The Witcher 2 Trailer Debuts

“Hey! It looks just like Dragon Age!”

Now, boys and girls, it’s important to recall that The Witcher actually came before Dragon Age. Years before, in fact, but it didn’t quite get the recognition it deserved, because it was a PC exclusive. Even so, it sold well over a million copies, and received rave reviews across the board. A console port was in development for a time, but much to the chagrin of myself and many RPG fans, it was canned.

I don’t play PC games, but I actually downloaded and played a demo for The Witcher. It ran like shit, but it was actually a lot of fun. The Witcher 2 will be coming to consoles, so watch this trailer and get excited.

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Yes, Final Fantasy Agito XIII Still Exists

This is according to the game’s art director, Yusuke Naora. Speaking on Square Enix’s Japanese Twitter account, Naora didn’t say much – he essentially just confirmed that the game still exists, but it will probably be a while before we see any new information on the game, or any game in the Fabula Nova Crystallis compilation.

Final Fantasy Agito XIII was originally intended to be released on Japanese cellphones, but has been re-tooled as a PSP game.

I have no problems waiting. I’m still only twelve hours into Final Fantasy XIII. (VG247)

Holy Shit: See Heavy Rain’s Scott Shelby in Real Life

So apparently there was some 2005 movie with Clive Own called Derail. Also in this movie was Sam Douglas, the man who provided the voice and face of Heavy Rain’s private investigator, Scott Shelby. Now, in this movie, for the thirty seconds or so that he appears, he played the exact same character. Like… down to the grey trench coat and haircut. It’s fucking weird as hell. And strangely awesome at the same time. Take a look and see what I mean.

QUICKIE: Little Big Planet 2 Confirmed, With PlayStation Move Support

Huh? Oh, PlayStation Move? It’s their new-fangled motion controller. Or whatever. And according to some Dutch site called Tweakers, it’ll be used for Little Big Planet 2. I don’t really care, but I figured some of you people might. (VG247 via Tweakers)

That Tweakers link is in all Dutch, by the way.

Well that’s enough for now. Look for some God of War III stuff later today, and if you’re unlucky, some more Pokeyman-related garbage from Ethos, since everyone REALLY wants to hear about what monsters he has in his little band. Of monsters.

Ahem. Goodbye for now.

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Friday, September 18th, 2009

“Better late than never” is fast becoming our slogan here at Riddlethos.com, but we know you still love us. I mean, what’s NOT to love about a brand-new Hey! Look! Listen!? That’s right, nothing. Now let’s get to it, because I have to leave for work soon.

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The Witcher 2 “Internal Video” Leaked
“Leaked.” Right. Seriously, the big, bold “INTERNAL USE ONLY” is just a BIT much, wouldn’t you say? In any case, this is proof that another Witcher game is, in fact, in the works. I was denied the pleasure of playing the original Witcher because my PC doesn’t have the juice, and CD Projekt wasn’t nice enough to finish the PS3/360 port of the game. But I suppose life is just tough like that. Check out the trailer on YouTube

Valkyria Chronicles 2 Coming to North America
Now THIS makes me happy. As you all know, I adored the original Valkyria Chronicles. And while I was slightly disappointed at the fact that the sequel was being made into a PSP game, I recognize that I should just be happy to see the series continue at all. Valkyria Chronicles 2 is set two years after the original game, and focuses on a civil war currently tearing through Gallia. Check out the short announcement trailer here. (1UP).

Do want... or do I...?

Do want... or do I...?

BioShock 2 Street Dated
Well folks, sounds like we might have an honest-to-God release date for BioShock 2 on our hands here. Take-Two announced this morning that the game will hit stores on February 9, 2010. The game was originally pushed back in order to “perform better in the marketplace” – meaning, presumably, that Take-Two didn’t feel confident enough to allow BioShock 2 to compete with other big-name releases such as Modern Warfare 2. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t take that as a positive sign. I’m still excited for BioShock 2, but I’ve got a whole bucket of reservations to accompany that excitement. I can only hope to be proven wrong.

That’s all I’ve got for today, folks! Look for more in this weekend’s News Roundup, which I promise will be more substantive that last week’s trainwreck!

Oh, wait… actually… I don’t promise anything. So. We’ll just see what happens.