One of my favorite aspects of the Nintendo 3DS is the ability to play AR (augmented reality) games. I love the AR games that were included with the system itself and to this day am still waiting on a Face Raiders sequel that seems unlikely to ever happen, though I do keep my fingers crossed that some day it will be a thing. That said, I very much welcome any and all new AR games on the system. Bubble Pop World is an entirely dedicated AR game, which allows you to play using the included question box AR card that came with the 3DS system. Let’s see how it plays…
Tappingo developer Hugo Smits is working on a game creation rapid-prototyping tool for the 3DS tentatively called Gomba. It’ll feature a game engine, level editor, simulator, debugger and a C-like scripting language. It’s Windows only for now (no word yet on whether or not it will be an eShop app) and comes out as a beta this summer.
You can check out more details at Hugo’s blog here:
Update: I heard from Hugo and he had a bit more details to share about Gomba and confirmed that he does in fact have plans to release an app of some sort in the eShop that will let you play your game creations on your 3DS. Here’s what he had to say:
It’s a development tool for developers. The big thing here is that you do not need devkits or a Nintendo developer license and that you can play the games on both PC (Simulator) and a normal retail 3DS. For this to happen I will release a eshop app, which will function as a player. Games can be read by this player through QR codes (either scanning or sd card).
You cannot actually make games on your 3DS itself.
It’s purely meant as a tool for indies to quickly build something on the 3DS. See if their idea actually works, before they buy devkits,etc.
Please note; The tool does NOT allow programming the 3DS itself. This will NOT allow the 3DS to get hacked. And the Simulator is NOT a emulator. It works in basically the same way as how a flash player can run flash movies. So if you would make a flash player for a different platform (say the 3DS) you can run those movies on the 3DS.
I don’t know about any specific miiverse functionality. But you will be able to share the QR codes on a special website. Developers will also be able to share their project / source-code.
The eshop app will cost as little as possible.
Even though gamers cannot program, they can at least enjoy all the free indie games made with tools
Been awhile since I’ve played a Castlevania game. The most recent in the series that I’ve had a chance to play was Portrait of Ruin. To my own shame, I never did complete that game, as I recall getting stuck at a point where I found it difficult to progress any further and I had grown tired of it by that point anyways. In fact, I can’t recall the last time I finished any Castlevania game. Is this some sort of curse? Regardless, I feel a bit determined to finish this new one so that I can just say for sure that I did. Maybe this time will be different. I’m hoping it will be, as I really love these sorts of games, assuming they’re well balanced and not too eager to make sure I bite the dust every few minutes. So with that, let’s see how Mirror of Fate pans out…
Renegade Kid (sale through April 3)
Mutant Mudds : $5.99
ATV Wild Ride 3D: $5.49
Bomb Monkey: $1.99
Shin’en (sale through April 10)
Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai: $6.70
Nano Assault EX: $7.49
Art of Balance TOUCH!: $5.20
Atlus (sale through March 31)
Shin Megami Tensei IV: $29.99
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor: $19.99
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: $19.99
Etrian Odyssey Untold: $19.99
Etrian Odyssey IV: $19.99
Code of Princess: $19.99
Some of my favorite games are the simplest and quickest to pick up and play. I love a good puzzle game that I can take with me anywhere and play a quick round or two when I’m out and about. Tappingo seems like such a game and I thought I’d give it a go to see how it fits among all the other little puzzlers out there. Let’s take a look…
The very first update for Steel Diver: Sub Wars is available right now in the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Be sure to go to the Settings/Other section and select Updates and you should see it there.
Included in the update:
- Morse code chat rooms removed
- Online multiplayer more stable, less disconnect errors
- Some subs have adjusted attributes for more game balance
- 1 minute for morse code chat before battles instead of 2 minutes
- 3 seconds of waiting between morse code messages