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Welcome to the third dimension! On this site you will learn everything about Nintendo's Virtual Reality experiment, the Virtual Boy. Released back in 1995 only in Japan and North America, the system failed all along the line and disappeared from the market less than a year later, quietly and without any official word. Only 22 games were released for the Virtual Boy during its short lifespan. Here we want to build a memorial for this unique oddity of videogame history. Dedicated to its brilliant creator, Gunpei Yokoi.

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Planet 3DS launched

Since the initial announcement of the Nintendo 3DS on March 23th, I've been excited about the idea of another 3D console by Nintendo, 15 years after the ill-fated Virtual Boy, which almost instantly manifested itself in plans to create a website about it.

The name "Planet 3DS" was quickly chosen and the domain registered on the same day. A rather lenghty period of finding a concept for the site followed in which I found two equally enthusiastic co-editors, Herman and Max, but also scrapped just as many ideas as I had for the site. Noticing I was going in circles, I created another site in the mean time. Poké, build for my friends from Team Pokémé, is based on WordPress and phpbb and was a perfect test run for Planet 3DS, which will now go the same (or at least a very similar) route.

Since Herman will be attending E3 2010 and the unveiling of Nintendo 3DS from June 15th to 17th, we of course had something like a deadline for getting the site up and running, but many other commitments came in the way. The result of this is the quickly put together, temporary site we have now. Should be enough to get you all the news from E3 until I can find the time to start working on the final site design. I still don't have a definite concept for the site, but we'll see how it develops, so for now, Planet 3DS is hereby going live and open to the public.

Stay tuned for some great days next week when E3 2010 takes place. As mentioned above, Herman will be attending and providing us with the hottest info, photos and video footage every evening. Meanwhile, Max will be in the US as well, albeit not at E3, but in South Carolina, New York City and Washtington D.C., and talk to the press, while I will try to post while being at work. Heh.

Planet 3DS

Nintendo 3DS announced

So it looks like there was a lot of truth in the rumours we reported about two weeks ago...

According to a press release posted on Nintendo of Japan's Investor Relations website this morning, they are going to release a successor to the Nintendo DS series, called "Nintendo 3DS", which will be capable of displaying 3D images without the need for special glasses. It's said to be released within the next 12 months. More details will be announced on the upcoming E3, starting on June 15th.

March 23, 2010

To Whom It May Concern:
Re: Launch of New Portable Game Machine

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch "Nintendo 3DS"(temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.

"Nintendo 3DS"(temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed "Nintendo DS series", whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.

We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.

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Virtual Boy 2?

The latest issue of japanese gaming magazine "Game Labo" contains a rumour about a "Virtual Boy 2", which is under development not as a standalone system, but rather as a peripheral to the Wii. It's said to be released around the end of this year.

So, not really a "Virtual Boy 2" as they call it, but stereoscopic goggles for the Wii? Game Labo are known for their fishy rumours, but if there's any truth in this, we might learn more on Game Developer's Conference 2010, held in San Francisco from March 9th to 13th.


New Album by everlud

By the way, my band "everlud" has released a new album called "Von großen Hürden und kleinen Romanzen" ("Of big Obstacles and small Romances") on June 21st. For you non-krauts, it can currently only be ordered from us directly for 8 EUR. Two of the ten songs can be heard or downloaded on our new homepage.


"everlud" Release

It's here. On you can now download the first album of my band everlud, for free. For more info (in german) just click the album cover below.