For the most part, I don’t bother to preorder things. It rarely feels necessary. But since the Animal Crossing: New Leaf will probably sell-out quite quickly, preordering might be a good idea. At the moment, it’s available via Best Buy for $219.99, so there’s at least that one available option to secure the game and uniquely-designed system.
Some of the biggest news from the past few weeks is that Nintendo is not hosting a major press conference before E3. Michael Pachter, an industry analyst, has reacted to this by saying it’s both good and bad, and you can find his reasons after the break. But it sounds like he thinks Nintendo will back at E3 next year, while I’m thinking they want to move away from it as much as possible to do their own thing. I don’t think we’re going to see Nintendo hosting press conferences at E3 in the same capacity as before.
According to a listing on GameFly.com, Mario Golf: World Tour might be released in North America on the 25th of August. The site isn’t always completely accurate with unannounced dates, but they have been right in the past, so think of it as a coin toss with slightly better odds.
Not afraid of spoilers? You’re braver than I, but if that is the case, there’s a video after the break that shows the first fifty-minutes of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The difference from previous extended videos, of course, is that it’s the English version.
So, as reported previously, Nintendo is not hosting a major press conference before E3 like in previous years (or like Sony and Microsoft). They will, however, be hosting their own, mini-press conference. This, as it turns out though, will focus on the Wii U rather than the 3DS. I’m sure there’ll be some 3DS news, but I’m guessing most of it will either arrive in a Nintendo Direct broadcast before or after E3.
A video after the break confirms that Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D doesn’t have idle animations, which isn’t that significant of an omission, but while I have your attention, you might also like to check out a bit of other footage from the game. It’s also after the break.
SEGA has revealed that Sonic the Hedgehog with stereoscopic 3D is set to be released in Japan on the 15th of May in Japan. It’ll cost ¥600 in Japan, although we’re not sure if it’s set for release outside of Japan.