Spirit Camera augmenting 3DS reality April 13

Nintendo, Tecmo Koei bringing AR-heavy horror game from Fatal Frame studio to North American portables.

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Not much has been made of the 3DS's augmented-reality features beyond what Nintendo packed into the handheld's box. Nintendo will take a step toward rectifying that matter on April 13, announcing today that it will deliver Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir on that date for the 3DS.

The presence of creepy children is a time-honored gaming tradition.

As its name suggests, The Cursed Memoir falls within the horror genre, and it sees players interacting with a girl named Maya, who comes to life through a 16-page AR Book included in the game. Players will see Maya in their own surroundings by way of the 3DS's cameras, and they'll be tasked with breaking the curse that has been placed upon her.

The Cursed Memoir will also include ways for players to take pictures of their own environments for use within the game. Nintendo notes that players will be dogged by malevolent spirits around every corner.

The game launched in Japan for the 3DS earlier this month. It is in development at Tecmo Koei by the team behind the Fatal Frame series of survival horror games. As a gauge for the game's spook factor, The Cursed Memoir has been rated T for Teen.

Discussion

20 comments
Magic_Panda92
Magic_Panda92

I'm not slating the game, I think it will be a good idea. I just want a game that is going to try and simulate horror infront of me to scare the real crap outta me.

FFadikt
FFadikt

Hopefully this becomes successful, then maybe the team behind Fatal Frame can make one for the Wii U?

vega13mv
vega13mv

my room is a creepy attic, it's the perfect backdrop for this kind of game, i might get it for just that reason.

AvnKnight
AvnKnight

Looks and Sounds like something worth the time.

mooseifer69
mooseifer69

@Magic_Panda92 Fatal Frame 1 was rated T and that was pretty creepy.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@Magic_Panda92 Dude Minecraft isn't even T,and every time I hear a Creeper hiss I get chills down my spine and I proceed to run frantically in whatever direction I'm facing. What is with people these days thinking a game has to be M to be cool,mature,or scary? At any rate,I'm not into the horror genre,but hopefully this gets the AR idea out there and helps it to get used in more games.

Magic_Panda92
Magic_Panda92

T for teen and its meant to be scary..why not M!?

GreenReuben
GreenReuben

Never played a fatal frame game, they tend to stay in japan, hopefully this one makes it over seas, the 3ds seems like the perfect platform for it.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Just a question:Is this a full 3DS game or just a book by itself?

jabutl02
jabutl02

yeah and don't forget Luigi's Mansion, scary!

thenerd64
thenerd64

No I have not heard of it. And my point was not to say that Nintindo has never made a horor. No, It was to say that more often than not they do not produce horror games.

Halloll
Halloll

@thenerd64 y u no remember Eternal Darkness?

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@thenerd64 Youve never heard of (Eternal Darkness)!? (O.O);

thenerd64
thenerd64

Cool Nintendos first horror game. I think I might buy that

GreenReuben
GreenReuben

@Tekcor AR varies, take a look at the gameplay footage for bravely default flying fairy (ar card isn't needed past the initial set up) or you could look at gameplay videos on youtube.

nintendo-naut
nintendo-naut

Yeah! C'mon guys, let's start knocking it before we've even seen gameplay let alone *played* it! Judge! Judge! Judge! Judge! Judge!

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

I think a remake of either Fatal Frame I or Crimson Butterfly (or both) would be great on the 3DS. Using the gyro function to aim the camera or even implementing an AR function similar to this title would be a really unique/fun new way to experience some of the best survival horror titles of last generation.

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

That looks really creepy, definetely getting this.

endorbr
endorbr

Somebody needs to set these developers straight that augmented reality is DOA. Nobody cares about seeing spaceships or aliens or ghosts around their bedroom or on the bus or in the bathroom stall. If and until they can transport the player into the game reality like a holodeck then they can keep it.

Tekcor
Tekcor

After using the AR features on my 3DS, I can easily say this: I don't care. The framerate is awful, and you have to hold the thing so close to the card that it really defeats the purpose.