Written by pikaby
Wired.com's interview with Hideki Konno of Nintendo reveals lots of choice bits of information for the upcoming 3D handheld.
On analog control for 3DS:
Wired.com: There’s now an analog slide pad on the
device. Is this additional control feature related to the 3-D graphics?
Konno: There is no direct relationship; it’s not
that we created the slide pad because the system supports 3-D. But I
have been developing console games for a very long time, and I think
analog control is necessary. I want to have Mario Kart with analog
control. Not only myself, but also Mr. Miyamoto was insisting that our
next handheld have analog control.
It was long overdue stuff anyway- left and right, you'll hear DS fans crying out to the gods for an analog stick (that isn't in a hand-cramping PSP position). Shame about the D-pad being in the lower position now- it's gonna be awkward playing old DS games.
About 3DS' Tag Mode:
Wired.com: You mentioned Tag Mode, which will let
users exchange game data regardless of what game they’re currently
playing. So if I want to trade Nintendogs with someone, it’ll be saved
on the hardware, not the cartridge?
Konno: In the hardware, we have the capability that
when you first play a game that supports Tag Mode, it will save to a Tag
Mode data slot in the hardware system. We are planning to support
multiple games at the same time: Mario Kart, Nintendogs, Animal
Wired.com: And so there must be a menu in the
hardware where you can manage the data, delete the data for games you
aren’t using anymore …
Konno: Yes, we’ll prepare a Tag Mode Viewer, where
if you look at the viewer you’ll be able to see that, for example you
were able to connect with 50 people in Nintendogs and got their data, or
got 100 people in Animal Crossing.
Like a more glorified version of the DS Download Play service, this. But I wonder what people are going to do with all those save files? Also, 3DS does it on its own without the player's consent? Brr...
Wired.com: When I start thinking about data storage,
I start thinking about downloadable games. 3DS will have some sort of
downloadable game library, a 3DSWare, right?
Konno: I can’t talk about specifics today,
unfortunately, but like WiiWare and DSiWare there should be downloadable
content for this platform.
*wiggles eyebrows* Virtual Console, handheld edition. Now.
On 3DS' motion capabilities:
Wired.com: There’s an accelerometer and gyroscope in
the 3DS. Does that mean it pretty much does what the Wii MotionPlus
Konno: Yes, the same type of motion sensing is
Pretty unenthusiastic answer. If only we knew how it stacks up compared to the Motion Plus.