Nintendo 3DS Disappointment, 1st Edition: No Online Game Store At Launch

An essential feature of the Nintendo 3DS will not come at launch, says Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata at a recent investor conference. The feature will come as an OTA update  — in May. And interestingly enough, said feature that will be missing is none other than the digital game store.

A web-connected next-gen 3D gaming device with no built-in game store. Disappointment, indeed.

Keep in mind, the 3DS launches on March 27th for $249. That’s a long ways away for two essential features on an already threated (in some ways) device due to the NGP/PSP2 launching at the end of the year. Via: Electronista

Dell Streak 7 out February 2nd, $200 on contract, $450 off contract on T-Mobile

Anyone remember the Dell Streak? If you do, just think bigger by about 2 inches or so. The Streak 7 uses Android 2.2 with the Dell Stage UI, has HSPA+ “4G” capability with speeds up to 21MBps, a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 16GB of internal storage, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera with a 5MP on the back, and pricing at $200 on contract or $450 without. Considering a review of the Streak 5 with the same Stage UI is coming soon (or should have been published as of yesterday here), you can expect a Streak 7 review won’t be that far off. Via: T-Mobile

Exclusive: The Minecraft Official Soundtrack To Launch In Mid-February, For $4

Hear that geeks? In a recent Twitter conversation with C418 (but he didn’t actually respond to mine, he just did so publicly), the genius creator for the Minecraft soundtrack, revealed the release date and pricing for the Minecraft Alpha music album, which is before the Beta one that all of us know and love. The date? Not set in stone, but it’s mid-February. The price? $4. Where? Probably on his site. I don’t know about you, but I’m buying it. Via: Twitter (@C418)

Verizon Sets 3AM On February 3 As iPhone 4 Pre-Order Time

Mark that. 3AM Eastern Standard Time, February 3. That’s the time the iPhone 4 pre-order system goes online, and probably when Verizon’s site goes down (hopefully not?). Pricing is as follows: 16GB and 32GB black iPhone 4s at $199 and $299 respectively, for $70 you get 450 minutes and unlimited data, wireless mobile hotspot is another $20, and finally SMS is 250 for $5 and unlimited for $20. Hopefully you won’t go into debt on this iDevice purchase. Via: Verizon iPhone 4 Waiting Page

Google Is Holding A Honeycomb Event On The Web And At Headquarters

So, what is this? It’s news of Google holding an Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” event, mainly being more than just the quick glimpses seen at CES and multiple screenshots seen floating around the web.

The event will be held at 10 AM PT to 1 PM PT (the actual event will only be 90 minutes) on Wednesday, February 2. And if you want to watch it live on the web, well then, YouTube has you covered right here.

Via: TC, Mobilized

Gamer’s Rejoice: Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo Headed To PC

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There’s been plenty of backlash of the Xbox 360 Crysis 2 multiplayer demo exclusive that went live a few days ago. Just imagine: it was PC players that made Crysis famous, and now EA and Crytek turns on them! Gasp! Well now, according to the official Crysis 2 Twitter account, all of that is about to change: there will be a multiplayer demo for PC as well, now only leaving PS3 players in the dark. Go PC nerds/geeks/gamers!

The PSP2 (or NGP) Won’t Cost $600 At Launch, Says Sony

Remember the PSP2 that was recently announced (actually I mean it’s called the NGP, for now)? It’s the successor to the PSP, and it’s the most powerful portable gaming hardware to date. Well, while the hardware is both huge and seemingly awesome, price is a factor. Rumors swirled, and soon your NGP would cost $600. Cue on Sony to blast this one. Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida stated that “It’s not going to be $599,” and obviously that Sony “will shoot for an affordable price that’s appropriate for the handheld gaming space.”

It better be Sony. It better be. Via: EuroGamer

Bummer: Motorola ATRIX 4G Won’t Do 1080p At Launch, Will Need Update

Uhh, unexpected? The Motorola ATRIX 4G, a handset so undeniably cool on AT&T that has yet to be released, that it can’t support 1080p HD video recording or content using the Tegra 2 processor — at launch. Hopefully soon thereafter, the promised update will appear. Keep in mind without 1080p, the Atrix would still have 720p, its slick speeds, awesome dock which is a laptop, and the name — Atrix 4G sounds a little like pwnage, no? Via: Motorola