Alphonso Davies is one of the revelation players of this campaign. The Canadian arrived in winter 2019 from the Whitecaps to Bayern in exchange for 10 million euros, a figure that seemed high by a young MLS player and that now, sounds right, after he has quadrupled his price after winning the ownership in the Bavarian left wing.If that price has been ‘inflated’ it has been for pure merit. The side became a fixture of the defense of Bayern since November and adds eight assists in 21 games, where he has left good performances.The potential, according to its discoverer, was intuited but Manchester United did not seem enough. The old scout of the Red Devils, Jorge Alvial, tells Manchester Evening News how he sent up to 40 reports about the player when he was just 14 years old but the club never bet on him. “He was the first player I recommended to United. The first time I saw him play was in the Dallas Cup and he was a very good player. He was only 14 years old. He returned to Vancouver and one day, watching videos I said “Wait, I remember this player. It’s Alphonso.” I called the club, was newly hired, and asked to go see him in Canada. I recommended it immediately. I had a heartbeat with him, more perhaps than when I recommended Pulisic to Chelsea with only 14 years. When I saw him, he did not train well or was with good coaches for his development but he knew that in United or in any club, he would make the leap. “In addition to his qualities, he was also captivated by his character. “I was talking to him. It’s what I do when I work as a scout. I talk to them and I can see if they are smart, ambitious, if they want to improve … He was not the typical kid who wants to be a superstar and make money. He had everything and what he could do at that age on the field … I thought he was a superstar, “he said.Thus, as was due to United, he wrote up to 40 reports about the Canadian that did not help Davies end up as a red devil. “Two years ago, I recommended it to United. Without hesitation a second. I wrote up to 40 reports about him when he was there.”, he explained in the Mancunian newspaper.
The news earlier today that Nintendo has given the 3DS a major hardware upgrade and called it the new 3DS and new 3DS XL came as a welcome surprise. A second stick, bigger display on the new 3DS, NFC, micro SDHC, faster wireless, longer battery life, and even a faster CPU all sound like fantastic additions. There’s just one problem: the upgraded CPU will be required to play some new games.That fact has come to light with the announcement that Wii hit Xenoblade is being ported to the new 3DS. I say new 3DS because this game will require the additional processing power of the new CPU Nintendo has chosen to use. This also means it can rely on the second stick and extra shoulder buttons for input. Therefore, if you own an existing 3DS or 2DS, it simply won’t play as far as we know. In other words, if you want to play Xenoblade on 3DS, you’re going to have to purchase the new hardware, too.Another way of looking at this is Nintendo has decided Xenoblade is inaccessible to the 44 million+ gamers who already own a 3DS. And it’s certainly not going to be the only game that’s released as new 3DS-compatible only. The extra horsepower on offer will be utilized by developers, we just have to hope a toggle exists to allow games to run on older hardware, too, albeit with a few graphical/gameplay compromises. However, if a game needs the second stick and extra shoulder buttons, this clearly won’t happen.The new 3DS is a great device, but with it Nintendo is potentially splitting its own handheld market. A lot will depend on just how many developers choose more performance over more potential players. Hopefully those 44 million devices already on the market act as a very big reason not to choose performance.With that bad news out of the way, it seems as if Xenoblade on the new 3DS is going to be a great port. As you can see in the video below, you can’t really see much difference from the Wii version.