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Nintendo Bringing Fatal Frame Spin-Off to America

Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is arriving in the US this April for the 3DS.

Today, Nintendo announced its intentions to publish Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir for the 3DS in America. Better known as a spin-off of the Fatal Frame series, the horror game will make use of the cameras in the 3DS system to provide augmented reality gameplay. Players won't have to wait long for the title, as it's due in roughly three months on Friday, April 13.

The game stars Maya, who is cursed by a woman in black. Players must help her escape this mysterious woman's clutches by utilizing the AR features of the 3DS. To assist in the endeavor, the game will come with a 16-page booklet known as the "diary of faces." As players progress through the game they will have to scan the pages of the book with their 3DS camera which will product a variety of effects - scanning may trigger a movie to play revealing past events; other times evil spirits will spawn and attack from all directions.

The Tecmo Koei-developed title saw release in Japan just five days ago on January 12. For more information, be sure to check the official press release seen to the right.

Press Release


Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir Unleashes Supernatural Thrills on Nintendo 3DS

Built-In Camera and Augmented-Reality Features Offer Hair-Raising Hand-Held Fun

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hand-held gaming fans with a taste for scary stories and paranormal activity have something special to look forward to this year. Nintendo of America has confirmed plans to launch Spirit Camera™: The Cursed Memoir, an immersive, horror-themed game developed exclusively for the portable Nintendo 3DS™ system, across North America on – when else? – Friday, April 13. The game uses the built-in camera functions and augmented-reality features of Nintendo 3DS to enhance a sinister, spellbinding storyline, incorporating players’ own pictures and surroundings to create a personalized 3D horror experience.

Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir introduces a mysterious girl named Maya who has been hiding in the shadows of an old house. Players must help Maya break free from a terrifying curse by aiding her escape from the clutches of a malevolent woman in black. By using the Nintendo 3DS system’s built-in camera, players can view Maya in their own surroundings as the game’s eerie events unfold.

Included with the game is a 16-page AR Book, known as the “diary of faces” in the game’s Story Mode, which serves as a gateway into this haunting experience. As players view the book’s images through the lenses of the Nintendo 3DS camera, they enter its pages using augmented reality. At times, pages will come to life in the form of movies, revealing past events that offer insights into the mysteries surrounding the diary. In other moments, characters will emerge from the pages into the player’s world via augmented reality in the form of evil spirits that attack from all directions.

“Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir will give Nintendo 3DS owners an extraordinary new way to enjoy the system’s augmented-reality features and 3D capabilities,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Everywhere they go, they’ll be able to transform their real-world surroundings into a chilling hand-held adventure.”

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

For more information about Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir, visit http://spiritcamera.nintendo.com.


 

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Nick DiMola Director

01/17/2012 at 09:00 AM

Only one word for this news: AWESOME.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

01/17/2012 at 12:58 PM

Players must help her escape this mysterious woman's clutches by utilizing the AR features of the 3DS.

Did they try something like this on the 3DS before?

Didn't it suck?

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

01/17/2012 at 04:30 PM

Yes! Read my review of The Hidden for the particulars. This sounds less goofy, though. Someone should be able to make this general concept work.

Esteban Cuevas Staff Alumnus

01/17/2012 at 02:10 PM

Great. Another game for me to be afraid of.

Mongoose

01/18/2012 at 12:17 AM

Definatley want to see more of this title in action. I like the concept of AR games, but there hasn't been much buzz about it. This should have some cool jump scares.

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Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir Unleashes Supernatural Thrills on Nintendo 3DS

Built-In Camera and Augmented-Reality Features Offer Hair-Raising Hand-Held Fun

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