You may remember Digital: A Love Story, the unique and touching 2010 freeware indie game. I know that I do. Today, creator Christine Love has released a sequel with a title that has been run through an antonym generator. While the title may seem similar, the game itself is very different, with the user interface taking a sleek, futuristic look as opposed to the retro PC interface of its predecessor. By all accounts, according to both the game’s site and my short time with the free trial, the game looks to be much more ambitious than Digital, allowing for actual player choice and containing multiple endings. In any case, it better turn out to be a more ambitious and expansive game, seeing as the full title is being sold for $ 15. So far, I very much enjoy what I’ve played of the game, which can be found at its site right over here.
(The following paragraph contains spoilers for the Extended Star Wars Universe)
Who is Kyle Katarn? The smuggler- turned scrappy Rebel Alliance member- turned Jedi from the Dark Forces series and its subsequent Jedi Knight and Jedi Outcast games, of course! Who knew that he also was stabbed through the chest by Jacen Solo, now Dark Lord of the Sith “Darth Caedus”, when Katarn was sent with a Jedi strike force to remove Solo/Caedus as Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance in 40 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin)? Me. I know that.
I’ve been reading Star Wars extended universe novels and graphic novels since I was twelve. I own exactly 111 Star Wars novels and 20 graphic novels. Though I am admittedly not a huge fan of the newer generation of The Clone Wars media, nothing shames me more than the excuse of a backstory and time period that was forced out to create The Old Republic (don’t worry, by the way; Katarn is dragged away to a sewer and manages to survive- you’re welcome).
Let me begin by saying that I do not own the game. I have seen the game played and it looks like WoW plus some fun player choice. WoW is fun; Mass Effect is fun; TOR must be fun. The originality of the gameplay can be disputed, but I’m not trying to address that. What truly bothers me is the absolute laziness behind creating the lore.
The sheer amount of content put out certainly is great, but I am disappointed at how everything looks so similar to the original movie trilogy: Republic vs. Empire. The troopers are in white armor. The Imperial officers wear grey uniforms and have crisp accents. The Empire has triangular Star Destroyer-esque ships. The Sith symbol just so happens to be incredibly similar to the symbol of Palpatine’s Empire. These are all relatively minor points, but together signify a glaring lack of originality for the sake of a pretty clever marketing scheme attempting to attract anyone and everyone who has seen and enjoyed Star Wars.
So let’s get nerdy and specific shall we? An overarching theme I have noticed is the inconsistency in acknowledging that Palpatine’s Empire emerged from the Republic. It did not appear out of nowhere as a new threat with its own symbol, ships, and soldiers. All of these things, as we know them from Episodes IV-VI, were seen as elements of the Old Republic and its clone army in Episodes I-III. Either the writers/George Lucas did something incredibly clever by doing this, which didn’t carry over to the rest of the writing of the prequel films, or LucasArts continued its tradition of heavily linking visual memory to its marketing by creating inconsistencies and stifling original ideas. This applies to TOR because the Sith Empire actually did appear out of nowhere yet shares noticeable characteristics with Palpatine’s.
Not Stormtrooper armor though, the Republic gets to keep that and now we casually forget that whole Empire-from-Republic-in-the-prequels deal. White Stormtrooper armor was exclusive to the creation of the clones and there are no white armor-clad troopers from any of the adjacent eras of this new Galactic Civil War era. Let’s flip-flop again and look at the Sith Empire’s symbol, which is a very close match to the Imperial symbol in Episodes IV-VI. The prequel films do emphasize the Republic ships with this on them and I find it hard to believe that, after the Sith wriggle back to where ever they magically appeared from for TOR, the Republic just adopted their insignia.
|Republic Emblem- the ACTUAL precursor to that of Palpatine’s Empire|
The origin of the Sith Empire is also in question. Apparently, a Sith Emperor survived the Great Hyperspace War and escaped into the Unknown Regions. First, there were no Sith “Emperors” during the Great Hyperspace War. There was one Dark Lord of the Sith who ended up on Yavin 4 after he murdered all of his rivals and subsequently lost the war. He died there after building those big temples you see in Episode IV. Here is a great example of taking something from the original films that is recognizable and making it more interesting. I was intrigued to learn an evil mastermind built these temples to do crazy experiments in and the Rebellion used them for a base thousands of years later. It felt like Star Wars canon became a little more interconnected; one more compelling piece to the puzzle. The Galactic Civil War is just jammed with all of these out of place references as if a child just jumps on the screen and screams ‘AHHHH!! DID YOU HEAR THAT SHIT?!’ right after someone tells you the Organa family founded Alderaan. There’s a difference between including a callback to the original movies as an easter egg and using nostalgia to market your game (and effectively making inconsistent canon).
|This is what many Wookiepedia pages look like now!|
Anyway, back to this Sith Emperor. For the purposes of TOR, one survived, but frankly, no one should care. How many players have actually read Tales of the Jedi and know what the Great Hyperspace War even was? I’m not being condescending to the more average Star Wars fan, I just believe that, since they’ve created a character from virtually nothing anyways, why not use the opportunity to make something more rich? Revan and Malak were incredibly engaging characters that emerged from the Mandalorian Wars, which was completely created for KotOR. Players actually wondered what happened to Revan after he disappeared. This Emperor is actually absent from the game and replaced by a Dark Council, which begs the question: why does he even exist? Or maybe it’s a she, a little diversity might ease my troubles here a little, but I doubt that will happen. Possible future content is a convenient excuse, but it is also another tie in to the already popular movies.
Again, I’m not here to judge gameplay. Ultimately, what I gather from this game is: “We can use Star Wars brand recognition to reskin WoW and steal customers who find Warcraft material stale”. Clearly this is not the defining factor of this game and should not hugely affect how the game is rated, but it is a blatant marketing scheme at the expense of the Star Wars universe. If you want to play TOR only because you love Star Wars and hope that it will expand the universe, you may as well stick with WoW. Just wait for Mass Effect 3 if you want a good story and consequential player choice. I do have a lot of negative things to say, but I’d like to go out on something positive. This game is actually very fun to play and has great mechanics, which is exactly why it deserves good ratings. They did not need Star Wars for that.
It’s that time again for another EXCITING and RIVETING episode of everyone’s favorite – TSFT Podcast! Today we talk some news, headlining with Nintendo’s Press Conference, THQ Layoffs, and cancellation of Blizzcon. We also answer a few reader questions, and spotlight our very own Muaz Zekeria. Wonderful intro, as always, by Alphadeus. You can stream it directly from below, or click below to download! (iTunes is on hold until further notice, should be back up very soon!)
Yesterday, DC Comics confirmed their plans to expand upon the Watchmen universe. For those of you that are comic book fans, you are most likely livid. I as well was full of a certain white hot rage until I calmed down and looked further in to it. For those in the world that haven’t read the book, well I guess you wouldn’t be so angry. You should probably give it a read through though if you want any of this to make sense.
While this move from DC is most certainly another attempt to milk their masterpiece, I figured I would take a few words and lay down the foundation of what the Watchmen are. Some of these new fans have only come to the series with the film tragically enough.
In 1985 DC Comics dove in and bought out the character rights of a failing rival comic book company called Charlton. Charlton had been all over the map with their books and only really had a small group of super powered characters worth picking up. Of those, the Blue Beetle, Peacemaker, The Question and Captain Atom would eventually be incorporated in to the DC Universe with each character serving in some form on DC’s premiere team, the Justice League.
One of their most intriguing new writers, Alan Moore, was asked to write a proposal for the heroes that would in turn be a deconstruction of the genre. This was too risky a venture for DC’s newest properties, but the idea was good enough to push forward. With a few changes to the characters names and looks, the Charlton heroes were then turned in to the Watchmen.
Alan and artist Dave Gibbons would craft what many would call the greatest graphic novel created. A simple murder mystery tale that was less about the mystery and more about the lives these people had.
The death of a hero is just a means of exploring the lives of these former heroes in the midst of the Cold War. They then went and explored the team ensemble that changed the way the world would view super heroes.
These weren’t larger than life super heroes, they were troubled individuals working a job that would lead anyone to insanity. They were men with doubts, men with fears. The most sane and normal of the group proving to be the most out of touch with humanity and vice versa. It’s themes and characters would inspire books about it, homage drawing from it and fans discussing it for decades after its release.
It wasn’t until a few years back that Warner Bros finally decided to capitalize on their property. Watchmen went on to inspire a video game prequel that was based off of a film adaptation. With this strong push from the company, it was finally time to revisit the world in the medium that created it.
Before Watchmen will be 7 inter-connected stories written and drawn by some of the best in the business. This is the 2nd attempt at exploring the Watchmen world outside of the main book. The first being Watchmen the End is Nigh.
With the books being billed as inter-connected, there will most likely be some occasional cross over from title to title. Therefore, each writer on a book will be pulling double duty on another character with a different artist.
Below I’ve broken down the books by writer and have written what I expect of them based on the talent behind it.
|Writer: Brian Azzarello|
Rorschach is a twisted and paranoid individual with more questions than answers. He has a terribly troubling past that often lets the reader over look his brutal sense of justice. He is an insane man that showcases how crazy this universe had become. This is a man who separated himself from humanity as soon as he heard of Kitty Genovese. He would take to hurting those who hurt others, steadily growing more brutal as each crime was stopped.
This is easily the biggest title of the series as Rorschach really came out of the original as the fan favorite.
Azzarello’s history with titles like 100 Bullets, Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, and Batman: Joker leads me to believe he’s a capable choice to handle the gritty complexity of Rorschach. Rorschach has a lot more action to offer the series over the other books and should play out like an unhinged Batman book. I’m a bit surprised this is only going 4 issues, but Rorschach should be making a few cameos in Nite Owl.
Lee Bermejo was Brian’s artist on both Lex Luthor: Man of Steel and Joker and has been working with Brian in various other books. His style on both has catered to a lot of inner monologue stuff so this is right up his alley. Rorschach isn’t a talker so this is a pretty good pairing. I really don’t think it will be hard for the two to get a quality book out with their experience together.
The Comedian was the victim of the brutal attack that left him beaten and thrown out the window of his penthouse apartment to crash to his death. His death kicked off all of the events in Watchmen and though his scene was short, his presence in the book was tremendous. He was a cruel man that could find a joke in anything and had no moral compass to tie him down. He was by far the most ruthless and is simply an unlikable character from beginning to end.
Comedian is still well within Azzarello’s comfort zone as a writer, I’m just not sure Comedian has the potential many of the other books have. This is a universally reviled character. He does truly monstrous things without a second thought and even though he has the ability to be a deep character, it’ll be very hard to turn this in to something remotely pleasant to read.
J.G. Jones does a lot of cover work and not a lot of interiors. This would normally be a count against the man if it weren’t for the fact that his full issue work has been with some of the big boys. Wonder Woman: the Hiketia, Grant Morrison’s Marvel Boy and Final Crisis were big titles, but ultimately, Wanted is what you need to look at for this book. His use of shadow could work really well with this title and he’s always been good with leather. I do kind of hate what he did with the cover though. His paints on Y the Last Man and WW: the Hiketia was much better.
|Writer: J. Michael Straczynski|
If the cover picture is to be believed, this book is actually about Nite Owl II. Nite Owl II took over the mantle of the original Nite Owl after he retired and used his knowledge of technology to create a better suited replacement. Because of his mentor, Nite Owl really is a hero because he wants to be.
Which is why he was so awkward in Watchmen. The world didn’t need his heroics and he became fat and lazy because of this. The great triumph of the character was to see him return to his costume.
J. Michael Straczynski is best known for his long runs on Spider-man and Fantastic Four. These books contained a bevy of characters with issues and that will easily be brought to a character as insecure as Nite Owl. I don’t think JMS is particularly flawless as a writer, however rise to the occasion characters are his thing and he’s done them particularly well.
This is probably the easiest of the books to write as Nite Owl doesn’t have the complexities that some of the other characters have.
The most interesting thing about this project will come from what the father and son team of Joe and Andy can produce. The Kubert’s are kinda like comic art royalty and Andy’s work on Batman is more than enough credential for Nite Owl. His father Joe’s classic style of line work and inking will hopefully lend a feel to the book similar to Dave Gibbons work. We can already can clearly see his use of ink on the cover and it’ll be interesting to see what happens with Andy’s very strict line work. Andy has also worked beside Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons on Batman vs Predator, so there is hope that he’ll transcribe some of that feeling behind Nite Owl.
Dr. Manhattan was a normal scientist who’s workplace accident granted him power over the atom. He’s a man far more advanced than any man imaginable and thus throughout the Watchmen, we see him moving farther and farther away from his humanity. He is akin to a god trapped inside the body of a man.
Straczynski’s Supreme Power gave him a lot of room to work with god like figures that were pretty detached from normal people. That’s Dr. Manhattan in a nut shell. I’m pretty good with JMS on this. The thing that’s throwing me for a curve ball is Adam Hughes.
Adam Hughes is a pinup girl guru which has me thinking this title will focus more on the relationship that Manhattan had with Silk Spectre II more than anything else. The cover alone supports that theory. As a character, Dr. Manhattan is not very interesting solo. It’s his interactions with humans around him that really makes the story.
JMS’s years of experience with the Fantastic Four helps this as Dr. Manhattan and Silk Spectre’s relationship is similar to Reed and Sue’s. To be honest though, this wasn’t the story I wanted to hear. Watchmen did amazingly well in showcasing Manhattan’s fall away from humanity. I’m just afraid this will only serve to fill in the stuff that doesn’t need to be filled in.
|Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke|
The Minutemen are the first generation of heroes from the Golden Age that left the world in the hands of the Watchmen. They are the first group of super heroes. Their story was never fully realized in the comic book, but their relationship was well documented. For those looking for a comparison, the Minutemen were the JSA to the Watchmen’s JLA. They were the original heroes.
Darwyn Cooke wrote DC’s New Frontier which actually over qualifies him for the Minutemen. If you wanted a true “Before Watchmen” title, this would probably be it. I’ve yet to read a bad Darwyn Cooke book and out of the two books he’s writing, this has the best chance. The Minutemen were never fully realized in the the title and the tales accounting for their rise to fame and eventual falling out were the foundation for all of the issues the Watchmen faced. It’ll be interesting to see how Darwyn’s pulp art style works in line with the shockingly dark end to the Minutemen.
This fits Darwyn’s style magnificently and I’m dying to read this.
Silk Spectre had a history very similar to Nite Owl. Her mother was originally on the Minutemen and she in turn replaced her mother in the Watchmen. The major difference is that Silk Spectre was always living down her mother’s role instead of embracing it like Nite Owl. This self-loathing carries with her as she grows weary of the tights.
Before Watchmen’s Silk Spectre looks to be about the two women who filled the role. Judging by the very detailed cover, we’re getting a glimpse in to the entire history of the character. Darwyn’s only real work focusing on a heroine was way back in 2001 with Catwoman. He had a short run of four issues and a graphic novel, yet his recent works have been very male-centric (particularly with Parker). For this reason, I’m glad he’s teaming up with Amanda Conner on art just to bring him back in focus.
Amanda Conner does extremely well with females characters. She uses a lot of expression in her faces that tends to create some wonderful reactions in the people she draws. While I’m not sure she’s the match I would want for a book as gritty as Watchmen was, her cover looks to showcase what she is going to bring to the comic. It’ll be interesting to see how she can represent Spectre II’s weariness as she goes further in to the story.
Sadly, I don’t think 4 issues will be enough for what this title could have become.
|Writer: Len Wein|
Ozymandias is the world’s smartest man. He’s driven, intelligent and is vastly different from many of his contemporaries in the Watchmen. Ozymandias is a man that sets out to change the world and does it. He is the one character of the book that has the most back story to fill in.
Fortunately, we have Len Wein helming the project. For those having trouble figuring out who Len Wein is, he’s the guy who edited the Watchmen. He crafted the story for Watchmen: The End is Nigh and he also played a part in creating characters like Swamp Thing and Wolverine. This is a man that left his mark all over the industry throughout his career and now he’s returning to the book he helped make in to a success. Ozymandias is easily the most interesting book as anybody would guess after reading Watchmen.
To help the book is Jae Lee who is probably best known for his work on Fantastic Four 1234 and Inhumans. He has fantastic lines that go really well to showcase a lot of the finer details on textures. His work with FF1234 showed how gritty his style can go and it’ll be interesting to see what can happen with a pure looking character like Ozymandias.
Tales of the Black Freighter was a novel within a novel. It used a completely unrelated tale read from the point of view of a child and his comic book to coincide with many of the events happening in the Watchmen universe. It was a dark and terrible tale of a man trying to defend his home at any cost.
And here we have Len Wein, the editor of Watchmen, doing a cursed sea faring tale similar to the one in the original book. I guess the best way to top that off is by throwing the original colorist of Watchmen together with him.
Now I’m extremely skeptical about this. The talent behind this is fine, but the Watchmen worked this haunting story inside the pages of the series and it was brilliant. Fantastically so. Now we’re going to emulate that same idea again?
It worked originally because a focused Moore and Gibbons worked it in to the their title through key events. Throwing 2 new pages in to 35 books can’t be consistent. It’s an interesting idea that has 2 people that can make it work (especially when you consider Len’s experience as an editor), however I’m extremely skeptical of how this move will play out.
We have talent behind this project. As much as I’d like to believe that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons are the only ones that could do another Watchmen, there is likely no chance of that. Alan Moore is not interested in his property anymore and I can guarantee you, it wouldn’t have been as good as you think it could be. Dave Gibbons hit the Watchmen out of the park in the 80s, but his career hasn’t been nearly as good as his works with Moore.
With the focus on fresh, hot talent this has a chance to be something good. We have a writer and inker that worked the process with Gibbons and Moore. In fact, all of these books have pretty brilliant choices to back their authors up. While I might cringe at a Dr. Manhattan Adam Hughes book, his ability to accentuate the sexuality in his characters makes for an interesting dynamic in the messed up relationship between Silk Spectre and the title character. I’ve seen absolutely nothing regarding a story or a preview, but I’ve seen what this talent can do and it’s pretty perfect for what’s being offered.
Unfortunately, do we really need any of this? There is no point of Watchmen that really needs to be expanded upon in sequels, prequels or side stories. It’s unfortunate that a title that could be considered a masterpiece necessitates a prequel, but worst off is that it’s unfocused. Before Watchmen will be kicking off this event with an Epilogue book from a collaboration of different artists and story tellers.
I know there are plans to have this inter-connect, which shouldn’t be difficult with 4 writers to throw ideas around with. However, Watchmen was never a part of a franchise. It told the story in one thought out series and was made all the better because of this. Spanning this universe to nearly triple the number of issues is a bit much and I don’t think the Crimson Corsair can keep up.
I have my doubts about the necessity of this project as well. I don’t need more Watchmen, but it was Dave Gibbons who turned it around for me. “The original series of WATCHMEN is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell. However, I appreciate DC’s reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire.”
I still have my worn trade of Watchmen sitting on my bookshelf. Nothing these books can do will make it any less of a masterpiece. However, at this stage each of these books has the chance to make Watchmen even better. At least DC is putting established talent behind this project to attempt success.
Well, this is some exciting news. Ghost Trick, one of my (gosh darn favorite games of 2011) is getting a release on the iOS platform tomorrow in America. According to the iTunes App Store page for the game, it is going to be released somewhat of an episodic format, with the first two chapters being offered for free in order to rope in customers. The rest will be available as in-app purchases.
Previously only available in Japan, I am extremely happy that this iOS port is making its way to the States, because what follows will be the game reaching the hands of many that would have otherwise not played it or given it a second thought. Despite the game’s high praise and recognition in some circles of online gamer communities, it tanked commercially, which is really quite a shame. In addition, I’d love to see the beautiful graphics and smooth animations on a high-quality iPhone screen. The game already looks amazing on a low-res DS, so I can only imagine what the iPhone port is like. Did I mention that I don’t even own an iProduct? THAT IS HOW MUCH THIS GAME EXCITES ME!
|[Infinite Themes dissects a series' seemingly endless amount of thematic elements]|
Nisemonogatari is out and it has people talking. Shall we talk about its predecessor Bakemonogatari and what makes it so successful?
More than anything Bakemonogatari wants to be deep. It wants to be known to the world as a thought provoking anime that reinvents the tired old tropes of the past. It tries so hard that some people say that it’s bloated with philisophical nonsense and that the show wears these desires on its sleeves.
But just because it tries so much harder doesn’t mean the show doesn’t succeed does it? Yes the characters all monologue topics on fear, loneliness, trauma, and isolation incessantly just to drive home the fact that the writers soapbox these ideals with a megaphone. I don’t however, want to argue on whether it weakens or strengthens the show’s message though and instead I just want to focus on what the show so desperately wants to convey to us beneath all of its style and fanservice.
To keep things simple I’ll do as the show does and divide up the message into arcs starting with Hitagi Crab.
Oh and spoilers.
So we’re all weighted down by our emotions, memories, and traumas correct?
And this “weight” is a burden?
But this burden of ours is also our substance, our basis and foundation as individuals and to live without them is to lose our very individuality?
This is the central theme of the arc titled Hitagi Crab. And when Senjogahara is tearfully begging her manifested emotional crab to return to her this “weight” that she gave up to escape the pain that bearing the yoke of emotions have caused her it’s spelled out quite clearly what exactly is tormenting our heroine.
But we’ve all figured that out yes?
The show practically spells it out at the end but that doesn’t make anything it said not true. There’s a weight that every individual carries and it builds over time the more we experience. Your first kiss, your first breakup, your first death, birth, finding a 20 on the ground. All of it builds up and though some memories fade, the experiences never truly go away. Sometimes it drives people to their deaths, and sometimes it makes them stronger, but to everyone it’s a constant reminder that they have lived a life they can call their own.
First Lesson: The Individual Carries His Own Individuality on His Back.
Bearing the past on your back transitions quite nicely to our next heroine though.
Mayoi’s story was actually a lot more painful to watch than Senjogahara’s. It plays on a parent’s worst fear of losing their child and a child’s worst fear of being separated from their parents.
There’s a connection held above all other bonds and that is the relationship between parent and child. My psychology teacher (Yeah I was one of those guys who took psychology and thought he understood the entire human condition…A prick basically) had an idea that in order to be a parent one needs a parenting license which involved tests and background checks and though I don’t necessarily agree it clued me in on just how important people took this parenting idea.
You’re a small child and you’re lost?
Are you lost physically or emotionally?
You’re lost because you don’t understand why your parents, who are supposed to love each other, fight all the time?
You’re lost because you know about the idea of a “family” how it’s a mother, father, and children yet you only have one of those?
And now you’re scared because you’re so young and you can’t yet rely on yourself to find your way out?
If there is a primal fear for adults (or parents rather) it’s losing their child. At the same time there is a primal fear for children which is to lose their parents. Modern rules have changed these centuries held instincts though. With divorce rates rising and more common it’s normal for children so young to experience this sort of confusion. The confusion of living with both parents for eight years then never seeing one of them again. The family dynamic has changed and I don’t know whether or not the show was making commentary on it but one thing is for certain: Children are meant to be taken care of.
When they’re left alone and confused and unaided they become lost. Emotionally or physically do you remember ever getting lost as a child? We see the large figures around you seemingly have become more giant and more faceless, the buildings becoming more monolithic and monotone, identical in nearly every way. Panic sets in and we cry louder than ever until our parents see us and call our names and afterwards, no other face in that crowd matters to you but theirs. Our crying stops almost immediately and we run towards the single familiar element in the sea of unknown.
Now imagine if you were to be lost forever.
But Mayoi finds her way home in the end and the singular moment when she returns to her mother speaks for itself.
But who’s to say anything about anything. Here I am typing away at a laptop trying to write about a weird little show that tries really hard to be really edgy and succeeds for some people and fails for others. With its fourth wall smashing, fanservice, and disorienting speech patterns I’ve been imitating while typing this. Who knows, I could be completely wrong. By the way do you like Nisemonogatari so far?
Last week Satoru Iwata assured a new dedication to the SpotPass feature on the 3DS. Beginning on February 6th, the Nintendo Zone is going to be adding game demos and episodes of the Pokemon TV show. The content will be offered to users only while connected to a Nintendo Zone’s wireless signal so it sounds like this is a streaming only affair.
Not being a person that knows where his local hotspots are around me, I decided to see where exactly I could sit down and enjoy this feature. Using the Nintendo Zone page, I found quite a few restaurants like Starbucks and McDonald’s that were partnered up for this. I’m not sure I’ll ever go out of my way to stream an episode of Pokemon on a 3DS, but its nice knowing the feature is there.
For more information, you can see the full press release below:
Nintendo 3DS™ owners are getting access to a wealth of fun entertainment and information that they can access on the go. Starting Feb. 6, Nintendo Zone™ will offer a variety of new content, including playable demos of select Nintendo 3DS video games and a dedicated Pokémon™ section that will feature full-length episodes of the Pokémon TV series. All of this exciting new content is only available when owners are wirelessly connected to a Nintendo Zone location.
“Nintendo 3DS continues to deliver fun and engaging new experiences, especially for users who connect their systems to the Internet,” said Zach Fountain, Nintendo of America’s director of Strategic Partnerships. “Nintendo 3DS is our most connected system ever, and Nintendo Zone offers a wealth of exclusive content to users who take their systems with them when they are away from home.”
Nintendo Zone also includes trivia games featuring the latest Nintendo 3DS software, exclusive coupons available only at Best Buy for discounts on Nintendo 3DS games and a showcase of Nintendo 3DS games that includes videos, screen shots and one-click links to game websites. The Pokémon section will also include information and videos about the newest Pokémon video games, Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon news.
Nintendo Zone content can be accessed at more than 29,000 locations at restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, airports and malls in the United States and Canada. Nintendo 3DS owners can find a Nintendo Zone location by visiting http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/nintendozone.
Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
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