So here is a new one. Nintendo are set to launch a new app for the 3DS deemed Nintendo Badge Arcade. This freemium app works a lot like the free mini-game in Smash Bros., where players can randomly win (or pay for tries) to win badges to decorate their home screen.
In true Nintendo style, these badges will be from the company’s main franchises. Here are some further details:
Owners of Nintendo 3DS family systems can already customise their system’s HOME Menu with a range of colourful themes, and they’ll soon be able to take that personalisation to a whole new level with Nintendo Badge Arcade, coming to Nintendo eShop as a free download* from 13th November.
In this lively arcade run by a chatty rabbit, players can take a shot at crane games and similar classic amusements, collecting badges based on Nintendo games and series like Mario Kart, Splatoon and Animal Crossing. Badges can be used to decorate the HOME Menu, with some even usable instead of the standard system icons that access, among others, Nintendo eShop and StreetPass Mii Plaza – perfect for total HOME Menu makeovers.
Every day, visitors to the arcade get five free plays on a practice machine: it only offers dummy badges, but players can win free plays for the machines packed with real badges. Plays can also be bought at a price of AU$1.30 / NZ$1.70 for five plays.
Players can show off their unique HOME Menu designs via Miiverse, and check out other creators’ designs for inspiration. There’ll be plenty to discover in the weeks and months following launch too, as the badges and machines on offer will change regularly, opening up even more customisation possibilities.
So whether you’re creating a Mario Kart-style starting grid or adding a splat of colour with the Splatoon badges, there’ll be plenty of new ways to liven up your Nintendo 3DS family system’s HOME Menu when Nintendo Badge Arcade launches in Nintendo eShop on 13th November.
You can check out the screenshots below of the badges and app in action. Even though this seems a tad like freemium gambling of sorts, I guess I am down – as personalizing any menu with Nintendo characters does sound fun. I would stay tuned for now as the Nintendo Direct due tomorrow is sure to cover this.