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North American Release of Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir Announced

by Patrick Barnett - January 17, 2012, 9:44 am EST
Total comments: 5

This 3DS Fatal Frame spin-off is coming stateside with a new name.

Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is coming to North America on April 13, Nintendo of America announced today.

Spirit Camera, referred to in Japan as Shinrei Camera, is a spin-off of the Fatal Frame series and was developed by Tecmo Koei. 

A horror game that uses both the system's cameras for augmented-reality, players can see events from the game transpire in their own home. The game comes with a 16-page book full of images that make use of the 3DS's AR abilities. Focusing the 3DS cameras at the images will reveal movies or even bring characters to life for an interactive experience.

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.


ejamerJanuary 17, 2012

Sounds gimmicky, but also fun. Very interested to hear impressions and/or reviews.

Still wish the Fatal Frame Wii game had made it's way over even with some flaws in the control scheme. Prices to import now are more than I can justify, so I guess this will have to take it's place.

BlkPaladinJanuary 17, 2012

Definitely going to get this.  It looks like an amusing use of the AR abilities of the 3DS.

Fatty The HuttJanuary 17, 2012

Finally a game that will use th AR. I thought there would be a nice flood of em by now.

NinSageJanuary 17, 2012

I'm glad but there are many other 3DS games that I'm much more interested in coming to the states.  Let's just hope this is the first announcement of many!

vamp21January 18, 2012

I for one can not wait for this. I enjoyed the Fatal Frame series on the PS2. I've been watching the trailers and hoping for a U.S. announcement. I'm glad we will be getting Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. This is a first day purchase for me.

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