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Ace Attorney Trilogy packs a fresh translation

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
10 minutes ago - 4:30 PM on 08.22.2014
Ace Attorney Trilogy packs a fresh translation photo

When Capcom re-releases the Phoenix Wright trilogy on 3DS this winter, the upgrades won't be purely visual -- the localization has been touched up, too.

Writing about Ace Attorney Trilogy in a blog post, localization director Janet Hsu says it "has received a much needed touch-up job, including some re-translations that I hope will help the dialogue flow more naturally, and tweaks that should make some of the more difficult cross-examinations easier to solve using, dare I say... LOGIC *gasp!*"

The compilation will also have full Japanese text for the three games which, as Hsu says, could be a terrific way to learn "idioms, slang, legal terms, and natural-sounding Japanese in general."

Between this stuff, the new art, and remastered music and sound effects, Ace Attorney Trilogy is sounding increasingly worthwhile for fans of the series.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Localization Blog: Hello Again! [Capcom-Unity]




Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




Ouya sets sights on China in hopes of success

Kyle MacGregor, Contributor - Destructoid
40 minutes ago - 4:00 PM on 08.22.2014
Ouya sets sights on China in hopes of success photo

The Ouya hasn't been embraced in the West, so now the company behind the Android microconsole finds itself turning to China in search of an audience, Reuters reports.

Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi is brokering a partnership with Ouya to bring a stable of games to its new line of set-top boxes and smart televisions.

Negotiations are still ongoing, but Ouya founder Julie Uhrman has visions of a dedicated Ouya channel on Xiaomi devices by year's end. She described the move as a potential "turning point," as Ouya hopes to strike gold in supplying software to the planet's third largest gaming market.

Ouya scores Xiaomi partnership to take games to China [Reuters]



I'm loving these PlayStation Network Flash Sales

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
1 hour ago - 3:30 PM on 08.22.2014
I'm loving these PlayStation Network Flash Sales photo

In the latest Flash Sale on PlayStation Network, a number of great PS3 games and several PS Vita titles have been reduced to $9.99 each. These offers are valid through the weekend:

  • Metro: Last Light
  • Darksiders II
  • DmC Devil May Cry
  • BioShock Infinite
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • BioShock 2: Ultimate Edition
  • God of War: Collection PS3
  • God of War: Collection (PS Vita)
  • Starhawk Ultimate Edition
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PS Vita)
  • Wonderbook: Walking with Dinosaurs
  • The Sly Collection
  • The Sly Collection (PS Vita)
  • Prototype 2
  • Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires
  • Persona 4 Arena
  • Tales of Graces f
  • Street Fighter X Tekken (PS Vita)
  • Lost Planet 3
  • Resident Evil Revelations

This list leaked earlier in the week (thanks, Psycho Punch) and since then I've been contemplating jumping on Dynasty Warriors. Are any of these games tempting you?



Friday Night Fights: Everybody have fun tonight

Bill Platt, Community Playdate Manager - Destructoid
1 hour ago - 3:00 PM on 08.22.2014

Happy Friday!

Boy, it sure has been a week, huh? I think it's time to take a step back, relax a little bit, and just have some fun. You know what, that's what I'm going to do right now.

Hopefully the video above will help everyone get in a better mood.



Here's an obligatory unboxing of the white PS4

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
2 hour ago - 2:30 PM on 08.22.2014

So it's come to this, Friday videogame news. Okay. You win.

I'm not usually one for console unboxing videos, but the glacier white PlayStation 4 is a thing of beauty. The console shown in this video from PlayStation Access is bundled with Destiny, though it'll eventually be possible to order the system on its own, at least in Europe.

Peeling off that thin layer of plastic on electronics is reason #436 why it's good to be alive.



This list of Smash Bros. 3DS composers should make you happy

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
2 hour ago - 2:00 PM on 08.22.2014
This list of Smash Bros. 3DS composers should make you happy photo

This morning, Dale told you about the sound test mode in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and how it'll let you listen to the music even while your system is closed in sleep mode. Nintendo has also come out with a list of musicians working on the game -- it's extensive, to put it lightly.

That list includes ACE (Xenoblade Chronicles), Shota Kageyama (Pokémon X/Y), Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger), Nobuko Toda (Metal Gear Solid 4), and Junichi Nakatsuru (Katamari Damacy), just to name several. Find the full lineup below.

Lately, I've been leaving the and Brawl soundtrack on in the background while working and I wish I would've thought to do that sooner. It's like a greatest hits album of my favorite Nintendo tunes and, oh yeah, it's over seven hours long. Can't wait to hear the new soundtrack.



Ray's the Dead lives on with a new and improved Kickstarter

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
3 hour ago - 1:30 PM on 08.22.2014

I liked Overlord, I loved Pikmin, and I'll probably dig Ray's the Dead.

You might remember the game from its successful Steam Greenlight campaign, its showing at Sony's E3 2013 press conference, or that canceled Kickstarter. Ragtag Studio is back with another crowdfunding campaign, one with a significantly lower funding goal. "We ended our first campaign early for a variety of reasons, most notably, that we thought we could do things better."

It's looking better than ever, and in the time since the last Kickstarter attempt, work that was going to be contracted out has been handled in-studio. The team also over-estimated the cost of licenses for current-gen game development, lowering the budget further. As such, Ray's the Dead only needs $30,000 this time -- and it's nearly there with 30 days to go.

After hearing the song in the trailer, I had to look up who was responsible. Why, it's Jake Kaufman, of course! Good stuff as usual. Ray's will be out next year on Windows, Mac, Linux, and PS4.

Ray's the Dead [Kickstarter]



Super Smash Bros. 3DS has a cool Sleep Mode music feature

Dale North, Editor-In-Chief - Destructoid
3 hours ago - 1:00 PM on 08.22.2014
Super Smash Bros. 3DS has a cool Sleep Mode music feature photo

Fellow game music fans are going to love this.

Masahiro Sakurai showed off a new Super Smash Bros. 3DS sound feature yesterday on Miiverse. While in Sleep Mode, users will be able to listen to the game's music. Basically, sound test mode + closed portable system = the coolest dedicated soundtrack Walkman ever.

The sound test mode gives access to all of the game's soundtrack, including the new arranged songs as well as songs from past Smash Bros games. Even character voices are included.

Sakurai said that by touching the 'Play in Sleep Mode' option, you'll be able to listen to songs while your 3DS is closed. The L and R buttons let you skip through tracks; loop and shuffle modes are also available. Nice!



Square Enix's Back to School Sale cuts 50 percent off games

Dale North, Editor-In-Chief - Destructoid
4 hours ago - 12:30 PM on 08.22.2014
Square Enix's Back to School Sale cuts 50 percent off games photo

Here's how Square Enix's Online Back to School Sale works: the first game is 20 percent off, adding a second takes it to 30 percent off, going all the way up to 50 percent off for three or more games. So, if I'm reading this right, you can buy as many games as you'd like from the available titles for half price.

Note that this is only on select titles, but includes some new games like Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Drakengard 3, and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. I love how Chrono Cross is always on sale like it isn't one of the greatest JRPGs ever made.

Check out the online store for the full list of available titles. 



The Witcher Battle Arena debuts first gameplay, beta is Android-only

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
4 hours ago - 12:00 PM on 08.22.2014

CD Projekt Red has shown off the first footage of their upcoming game The Witcher Battle Arena, which is set to involve MOBA confrontations between multiple characters. A new beta is kicking off, which will feature two maps and eight playable fighters.

It'll feature characters such as Letho, Philippa, Eithne, Iorveth, Saskia, Zoltan, and enemies like golems. Also, you got your wish this time, guys -- the beta is for Android users only.

The Witcher Battle Arena [The Witcher.com]



Play Titanfall again for free on Origin

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
5 hours ago - 11:30 AM on 08.22.2014
Play Titanfall again for free on Origin photo

If you missed the initial free offering for Titanfall on EA's Origin service, you have another chance to try it out. As part of Origin's "Game Time" promotion, you can add Titanfall to your library and give it a chance for 48 hours.

The service is a bit different from Steam's limited window weekends. Instead, your "clock" won't start until you've launched the game for the first time. So if you can't get to it for a while, you'll still get your full 48 hours -- though the clock will run once you start it up regardless of whether or not you're playing.

Once you're done, you can buy the game and pick up where you left off.

Titanfall is back on Origin Game Time [EA.com]







Charles Martinet, the voice of the Mario series, opens up adorable Vine account

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
5 hours ago - 11:00 AM on 08.22.2014
Charles Martinet, the voice of the Mario series, opens up adorable Vine account photo

Charles Martinet seems to really enjoy voice acting. When he's not providing the English voices of basically every Mario game ever, he plays with various toys based on the same universe in real life -- at least, if his Vines are any indication.

Martinet has opened up a Vine account recently, and it wholly consists of various Mario characters in situations on the street. Mario and Luigi are the stars of most of the videos, but Wario makes and appearance every so often.

Charles Martinet [Vine]



It looks like there sure is a lot of stuff to keep you busy in The Crew

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
5 hours ago - 10:45 AM on 08.22.2014

As if a coast-to-coast roadtrip across the United States wasn't enough to keep you preoccupied, The Crew has plenty of activities planned to ensure that there will never be any downtime. Racing, wrecking, collecting, soaring, and exploring are all on the docket, but there's surely more. Maybe you could even do some sightseeing; it sounds low-key, but sometimes you just need to make time for you, ya know?



Zen Pinball 2 is getting some new Wii U tables soon

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
6 hours ago - 10:30 AM on 08.22.2014
Zen Pinball 2 is getting some new Wii U tables soon photo

The Wii U version of Zen Pinball is going to catch up to its predecessors soon, as Zen Studios has just confirmed an update scheduled for August 28th. On that date Zen Pinball 2 will get Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, Doctor Strange, and The Walking Dead tables.

Each table will run you $2.99. Be sure to check out the Guardians table in particular, as our own Brett Zielder says it's probably the best one yet. I'm glad that at least a few third party companies are being diligent about bringing updates and DLC to the Wii U.



Is this really the solution to P.T.'s final puzzle?

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
6 hours ago - 10:15 AM on 08.22.2014

Hideo Kojima's interactive teaser P.T. has been a hot topic of discussion for the past week and a half. While part of the talk has been centered around the great experience and the reveal of Silent Hills, many have just been trying to clarify what exactly is happening with P.T.'s final puzzle.

There are a lot of different methods circulating as to how exactly players can trigger P.T.'s end sequence. The problem is that none of them are really consistent. This video may have it all figured out, applying reasoning for the steps instead of blindly stabbing in the dark. There may be a few leaps in logic, but at least it all seems plausible -- especially for something that Kojima created.



Pokémon Art Academy North American release date confirmed

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
6 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Are you all set to be the very best at drawing Pokémon? Well in October you'll get the chance, as Nintendo has just announced the North American release date for Pokémon Art Academy -- October 24th.

Described as a "2D art-instruction game," you'll be drawing all sorts of Pokémon with a number of shading and blending options. There are also a number of unlocks promised, involving Mega Evolutions, and you can save your artwork to a Miiverse gallery.