The Quest Log: April 28, 2017

Nintendo Announces 2DS XL

Completely out of left field, Nintendo have unveiled the next iteration of their ultra-popular portable console. The 2DS XL features the same buttons and layout of the 3DS XL but without the, you know, 3D. While the glasses-free three-dimensional graphics were once the selling point of the console, support for it has been slowly fading over the last few years. Nintendo released a 2DS in 2013, which lacked both the 3D effects of the 3DS and the clamshell portability. This time, it looks like they’re giving us the best of both worlds with a lower price point to boot. At $150, the console’s an incredible value when you take into account its vast library of games.

Industry Pioneer and Inventor of the N64 Analogue Stick Retires

A Nintendo veteran is retiring this month after 45 years with the company. Genyo Takeda contributed to a ton of gaming tech during his illustrious career, but one of the standouts is certainly his invention of the analogue joystick on the N64’s controller. While plenty of 64 owners will no-doubt remember the joystick as fragile and rudimentary, it’s hard not to recognize it’s importance on the modern gaming landscape. Takeda also worked closely on the Wii and WiiU, and while his presence will certainly be missed in the industry, the guy’s certainly earned some time off, I’d wager.

Resident Evil 7’s “Not a Hero” DLC Has Been Delayed

Capcom released a video earlier this week in which the directors of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard personally apologized for the delay of their upcoming “Not a Hero” DLC. Citing concerns over the quality of the content, they’ve promised to continue working on it until it’s better. It’s a refreshing display of candor and transparency that’s all too needed in the industry. And my philosophy to game releases has always been: release it when it’s done. Feels like a good move here.