We have all been stuck in hopelessly boring situations: waiting in line, stuck on a long plane trip, listening to people. All those those aforementioned things suck! However there is a new and awesome way to pass time, especially if your a Formula 1 fan. Codemasters has released F1 2011 for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system! So not only can you race around the world on the go but you can do it in 3D with no dorky glasses! This is not a super condensed version of the console game either. Players still get all the teams, cars, and tracks from the 2011 F1 season, multiplayer via LAN or wi-fi with up to four players, season co-op mode, and there is even an exclusive 3DS feature in which players can put their fastest lap-times up against passers-by via the 3DS’ “streetpass” feature.
You can find the game at Best Buy or Gamestop or any other major retailer for about 40 bucks which makes this a great and easy to find gift for the racing fan in your life, just make sure they have a Nintendo 3DS. If not you can pick one up for about 170 bucks. If you are the racing fan and you are reading this then trust us when we tell you this game is a must for your wish list this year. Stay tuned for more suggestions!
Well, Nintendo finally had their conference last week and we got to see what they were working on along with West Coast Customs: life-sized real working “Mario Karts” to promote the new “Mario Kart 7″ game coming to the Nintendo 3DS next month. We were pleasantly surprised with what West Coast Customs created. Honestly we were fearing some type of gaudy Nintendo Cadillac Escalade.
After the reveal we spoke with Don James, Executive VP of Operations for Nintendo America to ask him about what brought about the collaboration with West Coast Customs, his thoughts on Nintendo getting into OEM automotive in-car-entertainment, and more. You can watch the interview and the full Nintendo press conference below.
By the way pay close attention to the audio at the end of the conference video for some “interesting” dialoge!
We started with this story a few weeks ago. First wondering why Nintendo was going to the LA Auto Show in the first place and then learning of their collaboration with West Coast Customs. Well, we just got to the LA Auto Show and this display was the first thing we saw. It looks like the gamers were right in their speculation that Nintendo is here at the show to promote Mario Kart 7 coming out for the 3DS next month. All that is left now is to see what West Coast Customs did with the concept.
You may remember a short while ago we discovered that Nintendo would be holding a press conference during the LA Auto Show. The news caught the attention of Autoblog, G4tv, and various other automotive and video game enthusiast outlets all of which were scratching their heads. We got the speculation train rolling by guessing that perhaps Nintendo was going to announce some kind of in car entertainment collaboration with an OEM at the show. Well this morning Nintendo put out a press release which confirms their reason for attending the Los Angeles Auto Show…kind of..
As you may have guessed from the image above Nintendo has teamed up with famously polarizing custom car builders West Coast Customs on a promotional project. Nintendo has not said what the project car is or what it will be promoting but a few video game sites that linked to our original story suspected that Nintendo’s LA Auto Show appearance may have something to do with the new Mario Kart 7 game that is slated to be released for the 3DS handheld system in early December. Even if that part may prove to be correct, what car could West Cost Customs have built to match a game like that? Did they turn a Cadillac Escalade into a giant go-kart? Who knows!
What we do know is that the Nintendo CEO himself Reggie Fils-Aime will be on hand for the big reveal along with West Coast Customs helmer Ryan Friedlinghaus. Something else to note is that despite not being on the official LA Auto Show map Nintendo WILL have a booth in the West Hall lobby and the Nintendo/West Coast Customs creation will be there for the entirety of the show, not just the media days. So, if you are not a member of the media you still get to see this mystery creation if you plan on attending the LA Auto Show this year.
We have to admit despite Nintendo providing more information on their appearance at the show, this news only makes us more curious about what we are going to see. It is no secret that the builds at West Coast Customs are not everyone’s “cup of tea” so to speak. We anticipate that the reaction from both the automotive and video game industries will be, “interesting” to say the least! Stay tuned to MotorworldHype.com as we will be attending the big reveal!
Nintendo will be making an unlikely pit stop at the 2011 LA Auto Show, marking the video game company’s first-ever appearance at an automotive trade show. Members of the media are invited to an exclusive presentation by Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime and special guest Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder and CEO of West Coast Customs, to unveil an exclusive collaboration between the iconic gaming brand and one of the most recognized names in the custom automotive industry.
The presentation will take place during the LA Auto Show’s Nov. 17 Press Day at 12:10 p.m. Consumers will also be able to visit the Nintendo booth from Nov. 18-27, when the show is open to the public.
Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime and founder and CEO of West Coast Customs, Ryan Friedlinghaus
Last week we got the officiall email that the press conference schedule for the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show was released. Upon looking over the schedule we saw something that immediately grabbed our attention. Published plain as day was a press conference slot for Nintendo of America. Nintendo at the LA Auto Show?! If you think we are joking you can see it for yourself HERE. Baffeled, we reached out to Nintendo to see if we can get an official comment or statement regarding their presence at one of the biggest auto shows on the west coast.
This is the response we got from Nintendo of America:
We’ll have more info coming soon, but nothing more to announce at this time.
With no answers yet we are still scratching our heads trying to figure this out with the few clues we have. The biggest clue as you can see below is that Nintendo’s conference is supposed to take place in the West Hall Lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you look at the map of the show’s layout you will see that Nintendo does not have its own designated area on the show floor which leads us to believe that Nintendo’s conference will likely be an announcement of a collaboration with one of the OEM’s showing in the West Hall. Although this is purely situational-based speculation on our part. As you saw above there is still no answer from Nintendo or their reps as to their actual reason for attending.
As of now the manufacturers slated to exhibit in that hall are the following: Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Lincolin, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Ram. Since Nintendo’s area of business is gaming and entertainment we can only conclude that they will be announcing some type of in-car-entertainment partnership with one of the aforementioned OEM’s. Although, we could not begin to tell you which one of those it could be. We could possibly eliminate Nissan from the list since they have relationship with Sony Playstation mainstay Gran Turismo but beyond that, it could be any of the OEMs in that hall.
Could Nintendo be announcing the integration of their up coming Wii-U tablet controlled console into a family sedan or SUV? Will Mario be the next spokesperson for Lotus? Will each new Ford truck come with a Yoshi? Has Nintendo invented a way for us to finally shoot red turtle shells at people who annoy us on the freeway?
I guess we will have to wait a while to find out the real reason why Nintendo will be attending the LA Auto Show but, so far it has been pretty fun to guess! As soon as we know more we will fill you in.