You’ve christened your Alchitect. You’ve connected with friends. And you’ve settled in for another journey to the World of Veil. Everything is ready to go — then the lag hits.
The occasional poor connection in online games is frustrating and inevitable, but not insurmountable. The good news is that you don’t need schooling in alchemy to overcome any connection issues you might experience in Heroes of Ruin. In fact, there are several easy steps you can take right now to ensure your wireless network connection is fast and stable.
• Gaming with a good Internet connection (low latency, high bandwidth) is critical. Just as important, though, is the need to properly set up your wireless network. Nintendo offers excellent information on their website about diagnosing and fixing connectivity problems.
• Not all routers are created equal. Some routers become unstable if it’s been a while since their last reboot, so try restarting. Also, update to the latest router firmware, if possible.
• Beware of wireless congestion, especially in apartments and dormitories. Use a Wi-Fi scanner such as NetStumbler to find the Wi-Fi channels that are in use. For optimum bandwidth, configure your router to use a channel that is at least 5 channels away from everyone else. Nintendo recommends channels 1 and 11 as they do not overlap with channel 6, the default for most routers. Also, beware of wireless noise sources such as cordless phones, baby monitors, wireless headsets and keyboards, and microwave ovens. Cook those pizza rolls before you set foot in Nexus!
• Beware of other drains on your network connection. Streaming video or other high-demand Internet usage can make your connection too slow for gaming. You should also try to remain physically close to your wireless router. You don’t need to hug the machine, but try moving into the same room and avoiding obstructions if you’re experiencing a poor connection. The further you are from the wireless router, the more your signal is prone to interference.
• Remember that the host gets more network traffic than the other players, so if you’re playing with some friends, whoever has the best connection should host.
• Lastly, if you get an error code during network play, you can get more information and help from Nintendo by entering the code here.
The development team at n-Space, Square Enix and Nintendo worked tirelessly for months to ensure a top-quality experience for all Heroes of Ruin players, but if you encounter connection problems, these are your best first steps. Good luck slaying those Wireless Interference Dragons and we’ll see you in the World of Veil!
It was a big week for Heroes of Ruin — and things are only going to get bigger next week!
Just days before Nintendo publishes our multiplayer, action-adventure game in Europe, reporters at the Electronics Entertainment Expo are praising Heroes of Ruin. IGN nominated Heroes of Ruin as Best 3DS Game and PureNintendo awarded Heroes of Ruin their Best RPG award! Meanwhile, gamers in Europe are salivating for the Heroes of Ruin demo hitting the European eShop today. And gamers in North America will soon experience the exhilarating demo for themselves!
Heroes of Ruin, one of the most ambitious titles yet developed for the Nintendo 3DS, includes multiplayer experiences, voice chat, daily challenges and other features to provide an unprecedented Nintendo 3DS experience. It debuts in Europe on June 15 and North America on July 17.
Check out this GameTrailers interview with our very own Tim Schwalk and the many excerpts below to see why we’re so excited to share Heroes of Ruin with you. We look forward to crossing paths with you soon in Nexus!
E3 2012: Heroes of Ruin Preview
by Andy Hoover of Nintendojo
Heroes of Ruin is a solid dungeon hack featuring exactly what you expect from the genre: multiple character classes, mountains of diverse loot, and co-op play. When it comes to classes, Heroes of Ruin sports four for your choosing. These classes, the Alchitect, Gunslinger, Savage, and Vindicator, definitely resemble the genre’s usual cast of magic users, tanks, ranged fighters and so on, but n-Space has tweaked the formula to add a bit of their own flavor.
E3 2012: Heroes of Ruin Hands-On Impressions
by Mike Katsufrakis of Co-Optimus
For a 3DS game, Heroes of Ruin has better co-op features than we usually come to expect from a portable title. Four player drop-in/drop-out co-op is supported for both local or online play, and there’s even full voice over IP chat integrated out of the box.
Heroes of Ruin drops in less than a month
by Eugene Allen of Infendo
Drop in, drop out online multiplayer? Diablo-esque gameplay on a handheld? Thousands of equipment combinations to chose from? Check, check, check…sign me up. Looks like we won’t have to wait much longer for the game to drop on 3DS consoles everywhere, seeing as how the stateside release date is July 17, and I for one can’t wait.
Square Enix does E3
by Mark O’Beirne of Clickonline
Apparently [with Heroes of Ruin,] Nintendo’s Wii-U mantra of “Together. Better” has crossed other boundaries.
Grab your Portal of Power and your favorite Skylander! We’re excited to reveal that n-Space is developing Skylanders Giants for the Nintendo 3DS!
Skylanders Giants is the sequel to Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, the breakout hit of 2011 that merged the physical and virtual realms with an innovative line of figures designed to come alive within the game. Skylanders Giants introduces new characters for use with the iconic Portal of Power, including powerful new Giants and several new Skylanders.
Skylanders Giants recognizes all figures from the original game, allowing newcomers a wide array of play options and rewarding longtime fans with recognition of figure levels and customization. These significant benefits will help all Skylanders Giants players overcome enemies, solve puzzles, find powerups and more.
Included with each Nintendo 3DS Skylanders Giants starter pack is Tree Rex, a mighty Giant; the Skylanders Pop Fizz and Cynder; the Skylanders Giants game; and a Portal of Power. Series veterans can easily continue their adventures with the Skylanders Giants booster pack, which includes Tree Rex and the game.
Skylanders Giants introduces 16 new characters, including super-sized Giants with powers to match and new LightCore Skylanders that illuminate. Additionally, classic characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure will return to the fray with new capabilities.
Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure became the #1 best-selling kid’s video game title worldwide in 2011 based on revenue inclusive of toys and accessories. Its immense popularity has continued into 2012, remaining the #1 best-selling console and handheld video game between January and April 30 worldwide based on revenue inclusive of toys and accessories.
Join us as we call upon the elements of Air, Earth, Fire, Life, Magic, Tech, Undead and Water and prepare to return to Skylands! Skylanders Giants for the Nintendo 3DS will be available this fall from publisher Activision.
And look for other Nintendo 3DS games from n-Space, including Heroes of Ruin, releasing June 15 in Europe and July 17 in North America; RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D, releasing later this year; and Jaws: Ultimate Predator, released November 2011.
— Dan / n-Space