…And I want to emphasize exclusively to the New Nintendo 3DS.
The cherry-picked SNES titles games will be titled at $8 each and no, no discount will be offered if you already bought the game on the Wii or Wii U. This tweet I found sums up the quiet rage among gamers who likely already bought the games being released on the Wii or Wii U.
It also highlights my initial suspicion the Nintendo is doing to 3DS owners what it did to Wii owners and is trying to force standard 3DS/XL owners to buy a New Nintendo 3DS/XL with this move. Nintendo poorly explains here why SNES VC games will work on the New Nintendo 3DS but not the original 3DS Hardware. Like one commenter to the article plainly says, Nintendo continues to act like it’s still 2005.
The simple fact is there is too much evidence to the contrary that GBA and SNES games can’t run on a standard 3DS. For one, I own 10 GBA Ambassador titles on one of my 3DS consoles. Before folks pull the arguement “those are not true VC titles since they lack true 3DS VC-exclusive features”, Nintendo could fix the problems but is choosing not to so they can push the Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS. The lack of willingness is there and it seems they are choosing to waste money developing new hardware simply because they can.
That’s just strike one. Strike two: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds contains the SNES title it is the sequel to on the game card. Let’s take it a step further: Star Fox 64 3D, Orcarina of Time and Majora’s Mask–all three Nintendo 64 titles that were redone and released as standalone titles on the 3DS. Nostalgia’s something else, yes?
Strike three would be the fact that the 3DS can stream Netflix, Hulu and You Tube Videos. All three take a considerable amount of processing power but all three run perfectly fine. That said, the Vita does ’em all WAY better and can also stream Crunchyroll (WOOT!).
…Nintendo shot itself in the foot releasing the New Nintendo 3DS period. It only has one exclusive game, which itself is a Wii port. Nintendo severely underestimated even its most dedicated fans’ willingness to buy and re-buy everything they put out.
The fact that I haven’t bought a New Nintendo 3DS two years after its release should be a testament to that as well as how frugal I’ve become. There’s als othe fact Nintendo has yet to do what Sony, Apple and Steam have done and that is create a universal account system.
For those who don’t know what that means, here’s an example:
I bought Tales of Hearts R digitally on my black Vita last year. When I bought my Aqua Blue Vita in December, I was able to download the entire game and all the DLC content I bought for it at no additional cost.
For another example, I bought Clannad on Steam in December (WOOT!) using my desktop. The next day, I downloaded the visual novel and all of my progress from when I played it on my desktop to my laptop at no additional cost.
Steam is the undisputed king when it comes to universal accounts: You only need to buy a game ONCE on and it’s yours to redownload if you have multiple computers like I do.
Sony shows how it can be done with consoles: I have Dynasty Warriors 8 Extreme Legends for both the Vita and the PS3. I can transfer progress on the PS3 version to my Vita using their cloud system and pick up where I left off in the Vita version.
…On that note, more and more Sony titles have cross-save. The upcoming Star Ocean 2, which will be released on both the Vita and PS4 will have cross-save as well ^_^
In closing….yeah. Nintendo needs to get it right. It’s already bad enough I have two Nintendo IDs just for having two 3DS consoles. I honestly feel like I’m being punished >.>;