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3DS Gets Spooked with Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir

Posted by James Newton

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Nintendo of America has announced plans to bring Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir over to North America on Friday 13th April.

The augmented reality adventure, developed in conjunction with Tecmo Koei, comes with a 16-page book containing special AR markers that, when viewed through the Nintendo 3DS, unleash all manner of scary goings-on.

Will you be spending your Friday 13th in the company of 3D ghosts?

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.”

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User Comments (26)



Cipher said:

Maybe I'm getting my hopes up, but maybe this shows Nintendo of America is coming round to the idea of starting to publish Fatal Frame titles in North America? Granted, this is a spinoff and it's probably been picked because of its AR functionality, but still...



alLabouTandroiD said:

Very interested in seeing the 3DS's AR used in meaty games. July 13th release in Europe please. (If it's good.)



Karakato said:

So this is the Fatal Frame Spinoff that was released in Japan recently right? I'm a bit surprised since the fourth game was never brought to the US. As of now, I'm still interested, but will wait for more thoughts.



bboy2970 said:

this looks very interesting for sure. I'll wait to hear some form of review or impressions from various sources though before I decide to buy. This could be a great AR showcase for 3DS.



saikun said:

Been looking for this game some time ago. The name is awful though.... what's wrong with "Fatal Frame"??

Any release date for Europe?



Rapadash6 said:

Wow, between this and Fortune Street, NOA is releasing some pretty obscure stuff lately that I wouldn't expect them to. Meanwhile Last Story will likely sit in the vault never to see light on American shores.



retro_player_22 said:

Why not localize Fatal Frame IV and bring it over along with this as well. As much as I like this spin-off game, I like the main game more.



Scissors said:

Was not expecting this to make it to America. Honestly though this will probably not be that great, it's looks more like a novelty than anything. I'd much rather have Fatal Frame 4. Will still probably pick it up though cause I'm a Nintendo whore.



brandonbwii said:

I too didn't expect this to reach these shores. I was really excited about it the first time I watched the trailer. The description doesn't make the game sound as exciting as my first impressions, but I'm still hoping for the best. There NEEDS to be a game on 3DS that shows that augmented reality gaming can lead to good times.



LittleIrves said:

Sounds cool... but I'm curious how a horror-ish game will work with using the AR camera stuff since typically you'd need a brightly lit room for the camera to work. I like the idea. But perhaps I'd be more willing to give it a shot on a downloadable game than a full-fledged retail title. Sort of like I've thus far enjoyed the XBLA Kinect stuff way more than any retail game. We'll see...



FonistofCruxis said:

I would much rather have Fatal frame IV as that looks much better than this and this doesn't look as scary either but I guess it looks decent.



AVahne said:

Since they're releasing this Fatal Frame spin-off over here, I hope this mean that Nintendo has decided that they'll finally think about localizing Fatal Frame IV! And I hope they'll also localize the Fatal Frame II remake for Wii, that I don't think has released in Japan yet.
And a game like this that seems extremely Japanese is hopefully an indication that more very-Japanese games like Monster Hunter 3G, Code of Princess, Hatsune Miku and the Future Stars Project Mirai, and others are on the way here!



Oregano said:

Fatal Frame IV wasn't released because it had game breaking glitches which Tecmo wouldn't fix. Nintendo was planning on releasing it and had even started running ads.



SyFyTy said:

I'm still awaiting those two DSi eshop titles that linked AR with a pokemon type concept.. "Spirit (something or other)" there were two, Night Version and day version, or light and dark, something like that;, never happened.. also there have been 3 titles similar to this idea announced for 3ds, only 1 arrived and that tanked. But I love the concept...



Son said:

I hope this game freaks me out like Fatal Frame (1st). The story and gameplay should be lengthy as well.

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