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3DS Support From Nintendo Will Continue Until Switch Is A “One-Per-Person System”

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Despite the Nintendo 3DS getting off to a rough start, it has gone on to become a very successful handheld with a very strong gaming catalog. However, considering how many years it has been available and the recent release and popularity of the console/handheld hybrid Switch, many wonder how much longer the 3DS has.

Well, it looks like Nintendo will be supporting the handheld for a while longer, if recent discussions from their latest earnings report is to be believed. Current Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has said that the demand for the handheld has been what they have expected recently, and expect that it will continue that way for the foreseeable future. He said the following:

“Consumers purchased 3DS systems in numbers we expected last fiscal year. It has an ample software lineup at a price point that makes the system affordable especially for parents looking to buy for their kids. We expect that demand to continue during this fiscal year as well, so we will continue to sell the product.

Given that Switch is a home gaming system that can be taken on the go, this situation may change if it grows from being a one-per-household system to a one-per-person system. But the price of Switch is not something with which most parents would buy a system for every one of their children in a short period of time. Moving forward, we will work to ascertain what kinds of play people want at which price points, and as long as there is such demand, we will continue to sell the 3DS system. I see the product coexisting with Nintendo Switch at this point in time.”

Nintendo 3DS launched in 2011, and has since had several different updated versions release. While 3D was the main gimmick that the console was sold on, it ended up being a feature that most ignored and shut off entirely due its poor execution. Nintendo would later improve the 3D function with the New Nintendo 3DS, but the damage was already done by that point.

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To keep Apex Legends running for an additional “10 to 15 years,” Respawn opens a third studio

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Apex Legends developer Respawn has created a third studio in order to keep the popular battle royale genre running for another “10 to 15 years”. Madison, Wisconsin is where the new studio is situated.

This third studio (the first two being headquartered in Los Angeles and Vancouver) will largely focus on Apex Legends in order to ensure a continuous and, most importantly, sustainable production pipeline. It may, however, contribute to other Respawn products in the future. Ryan Burnett, who previously served as director of engine production at Epic Games and had a distinguished 14-year career at Raven Software, the Call of Duty Studio, will serve as the studio’s head.

Senior VP of operations at Respawn, Daniel Suarez, claims in-depth in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz that “Because we intend to stick with this for the long haul, team health is unquestionably a top priority for us. We’re eager to see Apex become a franchise that endures for ten, fifteen, or more years because we think it will. We can’t just accomplish everything at once, exhaust ourselves, and be unprepared to do it over the long run.”

Consistency (as well as adequate production runway) are essential to make Apex Legends’ 90-day turnaround for new seasons of content realistic. Suarez observes that the introduction of new characters to the game takes a lot longer than you might anticipate “It takes us between a year and a year and a half to become proficient in a Legend. We are therefore making preparations well in advance.”

Only a few weeks ago, parent company EA fired more than 200 Apex Legends quality assurance testers in an impromptu Zoom call, raising concerns among some fans about the game’s future.

Do you support Respawn’s decision to open a third studio? Do you believe Apex Legends will still be around in 15 years?

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On the PS5, Kingdom Eighties brings micromanagement and vintage nostalgia

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Kingdom Eighties, a micro-strategy game coming out for the PS5 in 2023, is a loving tribute to that legendary time period.Eighties will be a stand-alone novel like earlier books in the Kingdom series, such as Two Crowns or New Lands.

You take on the role of the leader, a camp counselor tasked with protecting the village against enigmatic creatures known as greed. Bike around the neighborhood with youngsters like The Champ, The Tinkerer, and The Wiz, who will support you in combat and each contribute something unique to the table while doing your best Stranger Things impressions.

Your thoughts about Kingdom Eighties Have you played any of the other Kingdom games?

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Currently available on PS5, PS4, and 18 more PS + Extra, premium games

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Just now, another great update for PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium came out.There are 17 titles in all that are available for these higher membership tiers in March, which is a wonderful collection that should have something for everyone. In Europe, these games are now available for download on the PS5 and PS4, and they will soon be released in North America.

Here is a list of everything included as a reminder:

PS Plus Extra: March 2023

  • Tchia (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) | Review
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Rainbow Six Extraction (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (PS5) | Review
  • Life is Strange True Colors (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Life is Strange 2 (PS4) | Review
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (PS4) | Review
  • Street Fighter V Champion Edition (PS4) | Review
  • Untitled Goose Game (PS4) | Review
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PS4) | Review
  • RAGE 2 (PS4) | Review
  • NEO: The World Ends With You (PS4) | Review
  • Haven (PS5, PS4) | Review

PS Plus Premium: March 2023

  • Ridge Racer Type 4 (PS1) | Review
  • Ape Academy 2 (PSP)
  • Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (PSP)

Tchia, an independent open-world adventure, debuts on PlayStation Plus Extra on the first day of this month. In addition to everything else mentioned above, members will also have access to this endearing new game. The three classic games mentioned above are also available to PS Plus Premium subscribers. Both Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Ape Academy 2 provide a set of trophies, which is always a welcome extra.

According to our most recent poll, the majority of you are happy with the new games and oldies that were added to the catalog this month, and we don’t blame you. It’s a fantastic choice. With these more recent membership tiers, Sony seems to be finding its footing after a somewhat poor start.

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