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Nintendo 3DS features Game Coins system

Posted 9th of January, 2011 at 10:13 pm by Lucario Lucario is online now

On the official Japanese Nintendo 3DS website, Nintendo have highlighted a new feature called "Game Coins". On the top screen when browsing the home menu two different stats appear, the first is the amount of steps you have walked that day which then fades away to reveal the amount of Game Coins you currently have.

Game Coins are tied in with the pedometer feature of the Nintendo 3DS, and it appears that Game Coins are accumulated depending on the amount of steps you take. Nintendo have revealed that these Game Coins can be spent to unlock new features in compatible games, if that's the case then this new system is like a built-in PokéWalker where the more you walk, the more you can unlock.


Game Coins is still shrouded in mystery at the moment, let's hope Reggie's body is ready to shed more light on this mysterious feature on January 19th.

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Posted 9th of January, 2011 at 11:37 pm by Lvaneede Lvaneede is offline
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Im not sure if I really like this feature.
Posted 9th of January, 2011 at 11:46 pm by Eggmond Eggmond is offline
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It's an interesting idea. Basically it promotes people to actually take their 3DS out with them wherever they go to accumulate these coins.

Probably a smart thing if they want street pass to take off as most people only take their DS out if they know it's a lengthy trip or they know they are gonna be playing it.
Posted 9th of January, 2011 at 11:58 pm by Scatt-Man Scatt-Man is offline
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Nintendo want a group of 5 fobs or Asians to roll us as we're buildin' up our coins so we'll have to buy replacement systems. It's all a part of their plan.
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 12:02 am by Gus the Crocodile Gus the Crocodile is online now
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Do these things encourage people to walk, or just to shake the device a lot? People generally don't like having to wait for content to be unlocked if they can avoid it. But I'd say Nintendo is less concerned about that than they are about putting up the appearance of caring about children's physical health.

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Probably a smart thing if they want street pass to take off as most people only take their DS out if they know it's a lengthy trip or they know they are gonna be playing it.
So look at the reverse question: why do people not take a bunch of stuff they won't need out with them all the time? Because at best it's inconvenient to carry it all around, and at worst it's a good way to get your fancy electronic devices stolen. Neither seems a good thing to put people through.

Though it's probably aimed at kids with school bags, mitigating at least the inconvenience. Still, aren't kids then going to be taking their 3DS around with them anyway, Nintendo? You know, because they enjoy playing it? The whole thing just seems completely unnecessary, the only real effect being to train kids to expect rewards for doing every little thing.
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 12:05 am by Lucario Lucario is online now
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Seems like Nintendo's spin on a Trophy/Achievement system to me but Eggmond makes a great point.
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 12:39 am by Jader7777 Jader7777 is offline
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Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 01:15 am by Esoth Esoth is offline
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I think this is only as good as what the game developers do with it. I quite like this feature, but that's because my DS always goes with me when I go out, as it's always in my bag so I can play when commuting on public transport.

I can see how people wouldn't like it, but I can also see it taking off. Heaps of people took their Pokewalker everywhere
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 01:50 am by Gookanheimer Gookanheimer is offline
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BUT YOU'LL ONLY BE ABLE TO WALK FOR THREE HOURS
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 02:36 am by Eggmond Eggmond is offline
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Do these things encourage people to walk, or just to shake the device a lot? People generally don't like having to wait for content to be unlocked if they can avoid it. But I'd say Nintendo is less concerned about that than they are about putting up the appearance of caring about children's physical health.

So look at the reverse question: why do people not take a bunch of stuff they won't need out with them all the time? Because at best it's inconvenient to carry it all around, and at worst it's a good way to get your fancy electronic devices stolen. Neither seems a good thing to put people through.

Though it's probably aimed at kids with school bags, mitigating at least the inconvenience. Still, aren't kids then going to be taking their 3DS around with them anyway, Nintendo? You know, because they enjoy playing it? The whole thing just seems completely unnecessary, the only real effect being to train kids to expect rewards for doing every little thing.
Did I ever say that it was a good feature from our perspective?

I am certain that there will be people out there, maybe even some of you, that will start to take your 3DS out with you, in a bag, or in your pocket, to build up some coins, if there are worthwhile unlockables available and that's what Nintendo want you to do.

Also, sitting their and shaking a 3DS or a Pokewalker isn't that good an alternative to just taking it with you where you go. I mean, not gonna lie, I tried the whole shake the Pokewalker thing and I just found it was tedious as I actually had to put some form of effort into getting watts. where as just wearing it at work, or when I walked to school or something, was surprisingly easier. Though I suppose shaking it would be a faster method of gaining coins.

This feature also gives Nintendo another reason to appeal to the expanded audience as it seems like they are encouraging 'fitness' which is always a plus in the eyes of the parents worried about their kids becoming fat.
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 02:47 am by Scott
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Do we know it's actually linked to the pedometer, or is htat just an assumption because it switches from steps to coins to steps in the display?
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 02:51 am by hsb39 hsb39 is offline
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Suggesting we take out the $400-ish system that has 3 hour battery life probably isn't the *best* idea. I'll pace around the house like normal. Can't wait for someone to attach it to a fan like the Pokewalker.
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 02:55 am by Eggmond Eggmond is offline
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Is it really that odd to suggest taking a PORTABLE gaming device OUT?

I would of that that is half the point....
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 03:00 am by Scott
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HSB was saying that the battery life seems to counteract the idea of taking the device out with you during the day.

Maybe the Pedometer works when the system's turned off and uses no battery life?
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 03:03 am by Eggmond Eggmond is offline
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HSB was saying that the battery life seems to counteract the idea of taking the device out with you during the day.

Maybe the Pedometer works when the system's turned off and uses no battery life?
I agree that it has a lot going against it in terms of people taking it out.

however I think you are on the right track and the pedometer will work while in standby mode, much like street pass. And isn't the 3-5 hour thing referring to when you actually have the system open and are playing a game, or watching a movie, or something like that, not when it is in standby?
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 03:33 am by Lucario Lucario is online now
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Do we know it's actually linked to the pedometer, or is htat just an assumption because it switches from steps to coins to steps in the display?
Yes it is linked some how and as you said, I'm sure the pedometer works when the system is off so it will last way longer that way.
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 03:43 am by Boo! Boo! is offline
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I'm pretty sure pedometers don't use very large batteries at all (if at all), guys. So, uh, don't worry about it sucking battery. It probably runs when off or standby or something. Probably off (or whatever equivalent).
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 04:29 am by Dave Dave is offline
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I'd rather the Game Coins be earned playing games, much like achievements. We don't need another pedometer.
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 04:40 am by Chase Chase is offline
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I'm pretty sure pedometers don't use very large batteries at all (if at all), guys. So, uh, don't worry about it sucking battery. It probably runs when off or standby or something. Probably off (or whatever equivalent).
Thank you for making sense on this topic. I have once left my DS Lite on Sleep for weeks in end (it had my infamous Tetris DS score of 99 999 999 as the system would not save it).

The idea is novelty as best but I hope Nintendo make good use of it. Chances are the system will be on stand by mode to allow quick turn on rates and the ability to automatically update the firmware (as Nintendo have aggressively pushed).
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 04:54 am by Scott
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I think at this time it's a bit of a leap to assume it's definitely connected to the pedometer functionality. It's only connection is the fact that the display switches between steps and game coins. Just because they use the same space doesn't necessarily mean they're part of the same thing.
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 05:09 am by Lucario Lucario is online now
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It has been confirmed, the Japanese text was translated and it says it is connected to the pedometer and accumulates depending on the amount of steps you take.
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 06:20 am by TSPhoenix TSPhoenix is offline
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Its a neat idea that I kinda expected the 3DS to have actually, but if you get fixed coins for walking and have to share them between all your games I can see it being a pain for someone who games a lot. Basically the more games you play the more you have to walk which is completely unrealistic.
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 06:22 am by Kiru Kiru is offline
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Jader wins.
Posted 10th of January, 2011 at 10:10 am by Jader7777 Jader7777 is offline
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I know, can you believe it?

Ah... to think that someone, somewhere got my joke.