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Detective Pikachu

That Detective Pikachu game has been revealed for 3DS


'Birth of a New Partnership'
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
We knew some sort of Detective Pikachu game was coming at some point, but now we have final confirmation. It's called Birth of a New Partnership, and it's due for a February 3, 2016 release date on the 3DS eShop in Japan, at ...

Review: Final Fantasy Explorers

Jan 26 // Chris Carter
Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS)Developer: Square Enix, RacjinPublisher: Square EnixReleased: January 26, 2016MSRP: $39.99 Right at the character creation screen, it's immediately evident that Final Fantasy Explorers is a dated game. It was released in 2014 in Japan, after all, and the limitations of the tool itself will not inspire any confidence. I actually got a laugh out of the initial male avatar -- it had typical chibi-like features but a rock-hard manchild set of abs. It won't matter much when you're all suited up in gear, and the game has a Goku hairstyle in its small pool of options, so it gets a pass. Like many other entries in the series, Explorers revolves around crystals (of course), and the overall plot is kind of secondary to leveling up, acquiring cash, and completing missions, which lead to those sweet, sweet boss battles we all crave. You'll roam about in a Monster Hunter-esque hub world complete with shops, upgrade centers, and a few other fixins (like a one-mission-bonus-granting fortune teller who takes Play Coins as payment) as you take on new quests that lead you out into the overworld. Combat is based around AP, which fuels your abilities and is used when sprinting. The game has a rudimentary lock-on feature, the option to use the Circle Pad Pro (or the New 3DS nub) to control the camera, L or R toggles menus for your powers (with four mapped to each trigger, for a total of eight active abilities), an auto-attack button, and that's really it. To dodge or do anything fancy, you'll need to equip a skill for it, and even then, it's a bit rigid in nature. Make no mistake, this is not a high-intensity twitch action game. [embed]335296:61957:0[/embed] You'll get the keys to the kingdom so to speak after roughly 30 minutes of tutorials, where Explorers will provide you with five jobs (classes) right away: Knight, Monk, Ranger, White Mage, and Black Mage. Thankfully, it isn't as rigid as a lot of other RPGs in that jobs and abilities can often overlap. With the exception of, say, a Knight using bow-based skills while equipped with a sword, players can thankfully experiment a bit. Almost anyone can use magic, including the always helpful Cure spell. It's a great concession for newcomers and veterans alike. You can really mess around with nearly everything available to tool up your dream build -- which includes silly "Trance" modes featuring fan-favorite characters like Cloud. As time goes on it only gets deeper, as an impressive 21 jobs are at your disposal. The freedom to do what you want is even better when playing with a party (both locally or online). Team synergy and class makeups aren't necessarily bound by the RPG Trinity (tank, healer, damage), but are composed a bit more loosely, to the point where everyone can have fun with what they want to play -- like a Dragoon that can use his jumps along with evasion techniques from other jobs for maximum mobility. Speaking of multiplayer, there is support for lobbies online (rather than shoddy matchmaking), which allowed me to get into a number of games even before launch. If you're going at it solo, you can bring up to three other monsters with you on your travels, with the caveat that the AI isn't very intelligent or nearly as effective as players. By the time you fight Shiva several hours in, it picks up, but as a general rule Explorers is a slow burn. Now, I did have fun working my way up the ladder, earning more jobs, and crafting my own equipment, but it's a bit too slow going at times. As such, the "it gets better after you put time into it" argument comes to mind, but plenty of games do allow for an enjoyable early game to accompany the payoff. That's not the case here, to an extent. If you do end up sticking with it though, you'll find a 100-hour RPG full of stuff to do, including an endgame that involves fighting all of the core bosses again with new strategies in tow. Like many games filled to the brim with different classes, a lot of my time was spent trying out new jobs. While some of them don't feel wildly different from one another, the dichotomy between the three core playstyles (melee, ranged, and magic) is strong enough to feel like you're playing a different game. Final Fantasy Explorers has a litany of pacing issues, particularly when it comes to its quests and, visually, it feels like a DS-era game at times. But players who are willing to jump in with both feet will find a lot to love, and that goes double if you're planning to play through the adventure with a friend. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.] 
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Eidolon Hunter
If one wanted to delve into the world of Final Fantasy for the first time, the barrier to entry is generally rather high. You have a host of 50-hour JRPGs, several daunting MMOs, and a number of complicated and deep tactical spinoffs. Final Fantasy Explorers tries to ease people into the world of Black and White mages with a different, gentler approach, albeit with its own set of flaws.

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Pokemon Shuffle

Use this code for 3,000 coins in Pokemon Shuffle


20160123
Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
You can never have enough coins in Pokemon Shuffle, particularly if you're playing on mobile and are trying to catch 'em all, which I foolishly am. There's no escaping this fate, but I've come to accept that. After spending I...
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Yo-Kai Watch

The Yo-Kai Watch anime is coming to the UK, 100 more territories


Global domination by Level-5
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
If Yo-Kai Watch isn't a massive hit outside of Japan, it seems like Level-5 is intent on making it happen. Nintendo still hasn't boasted about the sales figures yet in the US, which has me wondering whether or not i...
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Fire Emblem Fates

Nintendo expands upon same-sex relationships in Fire Emblem Fates


'Making changes is not unusual'
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
With all the controversy surrounding Fire Emblem Fates (what arena of gaming doesn't have controversy surrounding it these days?), Nintendo has finally spoken up on the matter of same-sex relationships and the dreaded dr...
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New 3DS XL

Europe is getting that Hyrule Edition New 3DS XL in March


Kept you waiting, huh?
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
Just in time for Hyrule Warriors Legends, Nintendo is bringing the gorgeous New 3DS XL Hyrule Edition to Europe on March 24, 2016. (Though, again, the game isn't included. As per usual.) Are you still holding out for this mod...
Roy photo
Roy

The Roy amiibo is going up for pre-order today in-store and online at GameStop


Store exclusive
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
[Update: Many of my sources have confirmed that you could pre-order Roy in stores minutes before it went live online. They are also reporting that most stores don't have anyone waiting in line to pre-order, which was the...
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Wii U

Here's some HD footage of Linkle in Hyrule Warriors Wii U


Transfered
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
The vast majority of the footage so far for Hyrule Warriors Legends has been by way of the 3DS, but it's not exactly the most impressive platform for showing off the new characters. Compliments of NintenDaan on YouTube, we no...
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Sega

Surprise! That Sega 'classic' announcement hype was Sega 3D Classics Collection


CJ called it
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
Remember when Sega said a new announcement was coming today, and that classic gaming fans should be excited? Well, I don't think you're going to be very excited. Sega has confirmed that it is indeed the Sega 3D Classics Colle...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam


Also, Minecraft Story Mode
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
After weeks of dry spells other than some gem Virtual Console releases, it's finally time for a rocking Nintendo Download! On Wii U, fans are getting Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1, which is a nice change of pace from Ninten...
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Fire Emblem Fates

Fire Emblem Fates is having controversial scenes removed from the Western release


No more slipping Soleil magic powder
Jan 21
// Joe Parlock
The Western release of Fire Emblem Fates will be removing a scene that caused controversy last year, when some interpreted a subplot to be about the drugging and forced gay conversion of a lesbian character. Soleil, a charact...
Hyrule Warriors Legends photo
Hyrule Warriors Legends

Hyrule Warriors Legends will also support amiibo on 3DS


More daily items
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
Hyrule Wariors Legends is nearly out in Japan, and as a result, more concrete info is coming out of the woodwork. Due to pre-loading, fans have learned that the file size is 16,101 blocks (2GB). Additionally, there's only one...
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Tri Force Heroes

Nintendo officially adds Tri Force Heroes to the Zelda timeline


A few years after A Link Between Worlds
Jan 20
// Joe Parlock
For a series about an elf in tights saving the world, The Legend of Zelda has one hell of a convoluted timeline. Somewhere around Ocarina of Time, the timeline split into three branches: one with A Link to the Past and A Link...
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Bravely Second

Bravely Second: End Layer launches April 15 in North America


Props on that packaging
Jan 19
// Jordan Devore
Bravely Second: End Layer (video game names are just the best) hits North America on April 15, 2016, Nintendo confirmed today. If you're in Europe, you'll only have to wait until February 26. The collector's edition comes wit...
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New 3DS XL

This Fire Emblem New 3DS XL doesn't come with the game


Don't look at me like that, Corrin!
Jan 19
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo is bringing this lovely Fire Emblem Fates-themed New 3DS XL to North America on February 19, 2016 for $199.99. There are multiple versions of the upcoming RPG -- Birthright, Conquest, and then a third story, Revelati...
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Final Fantasy Explorers

Final Fantasy IX gets the Final Fantasy Explorers snub


FFVII, X over-represented
Jan 19
// Steven Hansen
The upcoming Monster Hunter-ish Final Fantasy Explorers is a more nondescript, job-system-based affair, but that doesn't mean your favorite characters are absent. While in Trance mode, your character can use previously equip...
Hyrule Warriors Legends photo
Hyrule Warriors Legends

New Hyrule Warriors Legends spot reminds us that there's no campaign co-op


Also, I hope you have a New 3DS
Jan 19
// Chris Carter
I don't know why it didn't cross my mind, but the upcoming 3DS edition of Hyrule Warriors Legends will not have campaign co-op. This video confirms as much, noting that you can play levels side-by-side with a friend to s...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

The upcoming Pokemon Virtual Console re-releases won't have restore points


No save state
Jan 19
// Chris Carter
More information has come to light regarding the new Pokemon Generation 1 re-releases, particularly as it pertains to save state functionality and connectivity. For starters, players will not have the option for "restore...
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Project X Zone 2

Project X Zone 2 is getting a 3DS demo later this month


Right on, demos
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
Did the holidays completely warp your sense of time? Because Project X Zone 2 is coming out next month internationally. And before it's out, you'll have a chance to play its demo in North America. It'll arrive on January 26, ...
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Yo-Kai Sangokushi

Yo-Kai Watch is getting yet another spinoff with Yo-Kai Sangokushi


Coming later this year in Japan
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
Despite the fact that we don't really have a whole lot of info regarding the franchise's fate in the west, Yo-Kai Watch continues its domination in Japan. In addition to three core entries and multiple spinoffs,&nbs...
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Monster Hunter Stories

Monster Hunter Stories still looks damn cute


Set for Japan this year
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
Capcom really hit it big with Monster Hunter. Now in addition to all of the other spinoffs that the series spawned over the years, Stories is now in the picture, and it's damn cute. It'll feature less stressful game...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Metroid: Zero Mission


Also, Space Hulk
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
Surprise! There isn't a whole lot today, yet again. It's a trend! Maybe Nintendo is saving all its love for the NX? On Wii U we have Metroid: Zero Mission on the Virtual Console (GBA), as well as Near Earth Objects, Spac...
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amiibo

Are you okay with amiibo unlocking a significant portion of a game?


Only if it's readily available
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
As amiibo have become more and more prevalent in the gaming world, controversy quickly followed. In the past, Nintendo has handled the entire process very poorly, ensuring that many of the rare figures were retailer exclusive...
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Bravely Second: End Layer

European Bravely Second: End Layer Collector's Edition confirmed


Details of playable demo also revealed
Jan 14
// Vikki Blake
Bravely Second: End Layer will be coming to Nintendo 3DS across Europe on February 26, 2016 with a Collector's Edition and playable "prelude adventure" demo. The “epic role-playing adventure” is a sequel to the ac...
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Avengers

Lego Avengers has some free DLC for PS3 and PS4 players


20 characters and a level
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
Lego Marvel's Avengers is coming to a bunch of a platforms on January 26, 2016, but folks who pick up either the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 version will have a head start in terms of characters. And if you're anything lik...
amiibo photo
amiibo

Another amiibo-centric game is on the way from Nintendo


Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge
Jan 13
// Chris Carter
Support for amiibo figures has been a bit mixed for me. Some games use them wonderfully in an ancillary manner (Captain Toad), and others utilize them in a way that adds a significant amount of gameplay (Shovel Knight), which...
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Story of Seasons

A sequel to Story of Seasons is coming to Japan this year


Not-Harvest Moon 2
Jan 12
// Alissa McAloon
Story of Seasons, also known as that one Harvest Moon game that isn't actually Harvest Moon, is getting a sequel in Japan this year. Like the original, Story of Seasons: Good Friends of Three Villages is a 3DS ...
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New Amazon perk

Amazon Prime members can now save 20 percent on new games


Valid up until two weeks after launch
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
Amazon Prime members are getting a nice bonus starting today: 20 percent off newly released physical video games (including pre-orders) shipped and sold by Amazon. The discount is offered on new titles until two weeks after l...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

Pokemon gets a special 3DS bundle for its 20th anniversary


With both Red and Blue
Jan 12
// Brett Makedonski
February 27 marks the 20-year anniversary of the release of Pokémon Red and Blue in Japan. In those 20 years, the lovable game about pocket monsters has grown into a marketing mammoth. Like an earlier An...
Hyrule Warriors photo
Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors Legends has more Linkle footage for you


Another producer video
Jan 12
// Chris Carter
If you're constantly looking for more Hyrule Warriors Legends footage, the game's producer has been doing quick looks recently, including this new bit that heavily features Epona and (8:56) Linkle. There's even a bit of...

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