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Virtual Console

Iwata on slow Virtual Console releases: 'Please understand'


He said it again!
Jul 02
// Jordan Devore
If we're lucky, we get a couple of Virtual Console releases a week. Nintendo sure likes to take its sweet time. What's the holdup? One investor asked exactly that during the company's 75th annual shareholders meeting, now tra...

Nintendo Download: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Jul 02 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, I can't resist another playthrough of Ocarina of Time, even if I already have the N64 cart, the 3DS remake, and the GameCube compilation disc. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
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Also, Roving Rogue
It's an odd day for the Wii U eShop, as the only big update is Ocarina of Time, which now can be played natively on the platform without going through Wii emulation. The Wii U is also getting Roving Rogue and Quadco...

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Sad face here

Consent and gay conversion issues in Fire Emblem Fates


This just feels creepy
Jul 02
// Jed Whitaker
Fire Emblem Fates dialogue spoilers ahead, you've been warned. [Update 4: "Localization decisions for this game will be made when it comes to the U.S. in 2016. We have nothing to confirm at this time." - Nintendo [U...
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Etrian Odyssey

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 is getting a demo this month


Expect a review later this July
Jul 01
// Chris Carter
Unsure on whether or not to pull the trigger on Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight in August? Atlus has you covered with a demo, which will allow you to play the intial portion of the story. As is the routine with At...
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Japanese charts

Fire Emblem Fates outsells Persona 4: Dancing All Night


Good thing Nintendo didn't kill it
Jul 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Last week was a great time to be a portable gaming enthusiast in Japan, as not one, but two highly anticipated titles launched on Thursday in Fire Emblem Fates and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Fire Emblem Fates was far and a...
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Disney Magical World

Disney Magical World 2 is coming to the 3DS in Japan


Also known as 'Magical Castle'
Jul 01
// Chris Carter
Disney Magical World was released in the west last year, and it was a decent entry-level Animal Crossing game that resonated with a younger audience. Bandai Namco has just announced a full sequel, which is titled Disney Magical Castle 2: My Happy Life in the east. Evidently the full unveiling will happen on July 6, at which point we'll get more information on some updated features.
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Shovel Knight retail

Shovel Knight headed to retail with a proper instruction manual


'No two-page inserts here!'
Jun 30
// Jordan Devore
Shovel Knight is one of those games that's so good, you want as many people as possible to hear about it, play it, and hopefully dig it as much as you do. To that end, some good news: Yacht Club Games is pushing for a retail ...
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No girls allowed

Why you can't be female in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes


Link isn't very masculine
Jun 30
// Jed Whitaker
Update: Comments are paused as moderation was getting out of hand. Videogames! -niero In an interview, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes director Hiromasa Shikata explained why players can't choose to be a female cha...
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Xeodrifter

Xeodrifter is officially Cross-Buy on 3DS and Wii U


Submitted to the Wii U eShop
Jun 30
// Chris Carter
[Update: Renegade Kid has clarified that due to "technical limitations," they may not be able to offer a Cross-Buy code for previous owners. New owners should get a code though.] Xeodrifter, which initially launched on the 3D...

Review: Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3

Jun 30 // Chris Carter
Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (3DS [reviewed], PS Vita)Developer: Omega ForcePublisher: Tecmo KoeiMSRP: $29.99Released: June 30, 2015 In a sense, although Chronicles 3 is a continuation of the existing Chronicles offshoot series, it actually ends up being bite-sized take on Warriors 4, but with a few twists in tow. Players will create their own warrior right off the bat and follow a more personalized story, putting them smack in the middle of famous figures like Takeda Shingen. It's a strategy fitting for a portable, even if it takes some liberties when it comes to gameplay. What this does is it allows Samurai newcomers to instantly acclimate themselves without having to know any background on the franchise whatsoever. Even with the last full iteration, it was tough to glean a lot of ancillary backstory about armies and characters unless you had kept up with the series. With Chronicles you can just jump right in, and it will assist you in filling in the blanks. There's a bit of choice involved in the pre-battle cutscenes, but it's mainly an illusion and more of an excuse to learn more about the cast. This goes double for the story, which doesn't really change, and is more of a predetermined narrative for your character. Having said that, the "bonding" system does allow you to unlock new scenes (and a few levels) the more you battle (or pay to drink tea) with fellow officers. [embed]295006:59270:0[/embed] For the most part, gameplay is roughly the same: there's your standard attacks and combo openers as well as supers. It's fast, and despite claims of being "repetitive," it's still a damn fun approach to beat-'em-ups. Chronicles 3 takes things a bit further though (as it has in the past) and allows you to swap between four characters in the battlefield at will, which is better than Samurai's recent two-character mechanic, and a great way to always keep you in the action. Instead of running back and forth constantly, you can just switch to someone else. The main storyline took me roughly 10 hours to complete, then it's off to individual battles while you grind up your character and earn gold to buy new outfits. Instead of a bunch of different bonus gametypes, you'll have a simple challenge mode at your disposal, which is basically a score attack on a timer. Most of your enjoyment will derive from grinding it out for rare weapons and fighting enemies across the span of the entire campaign all at once. It's fun, but its appeal is definitely limited and your mileage may vary. I would have preferred more modes. Sadly, the 3DS hardware has not been kind to Chronicles. The game looks incredibly generic, especially in comparison to the detail that was put into Samurai Warriors 4's new character models. You can't even make out faces for enemy soldiers a lot of the time, much less the set pieces in the background. As a reminder, this review is based off the 3DS version (the only one that was provided), which does have the added benefit of constantly displaying the map on the bottom screen. The 3D effect enhances the experience a bit, but sadly, also contributes to some slowdown. It's never unplayable, but it does make things worse and I don't recommend using it. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 is held back by the switch to the 3DS, and I recommend just picking up the past core entry instead. In the meantime, I'll attempt to locate a Vita version to see how it compares to Warriors 4, which was also released on the Vita earlier this year. With some of the performance issues smoothed out, this personal story would be more worth telling. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Not quite as punchy on a portable
Samurai Warriors 4 was a noticeable advancement for the series, and added a number of interesting mechanics like instant character switching and more varied move sets for each character. It even solved a few common compl...

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Fire Emblem maker

I'm hooked on this Fire Emblem character creator


Don't mind if I do!
Jun 29
// Jordan Devore
Since Fire Emblem Fates isn't going to release outside of Japan until next year, let's melt some time away with this web-based character creator put together by LuminescentBlade. I want to see your angsty people. [Via Tiny Cartridge]
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Mega64 nails it again

Entitled terrorists at Mega64 demand Nintendo cancel Metroid Prime: Federation Force


Petitions are so OVER!
Jun 29
// Jed Whitaker
Mega64 never ceases to entertain me and its just-released Metroid Prime: Federation Force petition spoof is proof of that. I mentioned the petition during E3 and some people took it that I was attacking all Metroid ...
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Pokemon Shuffle

Pokemon Shuffle is (Rapi)dashing over to mobile devices


Can you Diglett?
Jun 29
// Brett Makedonski
You know the Beedrill by now: Popular games usually come to multiple platforms. It's especially true when those games are laden with microtransactions designed to wring Whiscash out of the player. It'd be Oddish if that ...
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Onto the next iteration
If you haven't spent all your Coins yet at Club Nintendo US, now would be a good time to do so -- the service is closing forever tomorrow. It will officially close at 11:59 PM PST on June 30, 2015, so get moving! Yo...

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Early axis

Nintendo considering its own early access system


Early axis
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Early Access. Everyone's doing it. Microsoft just announced the Xbox Game Preview at E3. Nintendo's Damon Baker told Polygon, "We don't have anything to announce, but I can say that we're certainly exploring options and capab...
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Gunman Clive

Both Gunman Clive games are coming to Wii U


Awesome news
Jun 29
// Chris Carter
The Gunman Clive series is a favorite among eShop enthusiasts. Consisting of just two games on 3DS, they're very simple experiences that can be beaten in less than an hour, but they're both cheaply priced, below the aver...
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Fire Emblem Dates XXX

Strip and get your poke on with Fire Emblem Fates characters


Who needs a stylus anyways?
Jun 26
// Jed Whitaker
The Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates -- called Fire Emblem If there -- is available to purchase as of yesterday and new information and spoilers are starting to pour out. If you consider minor features of a gam...
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Attack on Titan 3DS

Attack on Titan 3DS maneuvers to Europe next week


Plus a discount for North America
Jun 26
// Kyle MacGregor
After a short delay, Shingeki no Kyojin: Humanity in Chains is launching across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand next week on July 2, Atlus USA announced today. If you're curious as to why the Nintendo 3DS game is being rel...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Art Academy: Home Studio


Also, Star Fox Command
Jun 25
// Chris Carter
Brace yourselves -- Art Academy: Home Studio is hitting the Wii U eShop today. If you own SketchPad, you'll net $4.00 off Home Studio. Also on Wii U is a Never Alone port, Shiftlings, Star Fox Command, and Mario &am...

Rodea: The Sky Soldier might be a bumpy ride

Jun 25 // Kyle MacGregor
Rodea: The Sky Soldier was initially conceived as a Wii game, but it came too late in the day for a system nearing the end of its life cycle. It needed to be reworked as a Wii U and 3DS title. The thing is, the Wii is a special console, and Rodea was developed with its unique attributes in mind. Motion controls are a tad different than standard inputs, and the transition between the two seems to have left an indelible imprint on Rodea's design. Taking to the skies in this aerial action game doesn't come as second nature. With the press of a button, Rodea lifts into the air and hovers for a moment as you aim where you want him to go. He can't fly indefinitely, though, and will fall to his death unless you find another object for him to bounce off within an allotted time frame. It seems like the type of interface that would work seamlessly with the Wii's IR pointer, but on Wii U GamePad, I found myself flying off at odd angles, often coming frustratingly close to objectives that seemed just out of reach. Perhaps it's the sort of thing that comes with practice, but in a brief demo on the E3 show floor, only got a glimpse at what sort of joys Rodea might have to offer.  Though it never felt intuitive, there were flashes when I managed to soar through the air with some semblance of precision. And in those fleeting moments I could really feel Yuji Naka's (Sonic Adventure, NiGHTS into Dreams) fingerprints all over the game, as I bounded from one floating isle to the next, collecting rings in this ethereal obstacle course. More than anything, my time with Rodea: The Sky Soldier made me oddly happy the Wii U version is coming tethered with a copy of the game on Wii. I'm not sure how much easier it will be to pilot on its original platform, but it feels like that's how it was intended to be experienced. Either that or flight isn't a skill easily mastered in a few mere minutes.
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Awkward aeronautics
My first flight with Rodea: The Sky Soldier wasn't a smooth one. But perhaps that's to be expected of a title that's seen such a turbulent development history. The project went dark shortly after its initial announcement in 2010, then underwent a change of platforms -- something that seems all too apparent after a few minutes with the final product.

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The classic series returns with remixes
Mega Man Legacy Collection bundles the first six Mega Man games for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and 3DS. I played a bit at E3. Gut reaction: it's probably going to be worth the $14.99 asking price. You might be wondering what's up wit...

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New 3DS in America

Is the New 3DS coming to America or is Reggie trolling us?


You know, the one with the backplates
Jun 24
// Jed Whitaker
The Nintendo of America boss, Reggie Fils-Aimé, has seemingly teased the release of the standard-size New 3DS for America. "We've certainly taken note of all of the readers and consumers that expressed desire for the b...
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Miiverse bans

Nintendo is making it harder to get around Miiverse account restrictions


Listen up, kids and squids
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
[Art by megablurdxl] Miiverse is a wacky place full of strange people. I love it. But I don't know that I'll ever fully understand what is and isn't considered inappropriate in the eyes of moderators and users who seem to arb...
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Fire Emblem

Awakening saved the Fire Emblem series from cancellation


'Wasn't making numbers'
Jun 24
// Brett Makedonski
Fire Emblem has a rich history, with 11 titles and 25 years to its name. However, around the turn of the decade, Nintendo planned to kill off the series, as it just wasn't successful enough. Awakening changed those ...
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Yo-kai Watch Busters

Get a closer look at Yo-kai Watch Busters


Who you gonna call?
Jun 24
// Chris Carter
As if the prospect of a Yo-Kai Watch Ghostbusters parody wasn't hilarious enough, you can now watch ghost cats suit up and fight giant monsters in the newest trailer for Yo-kai Watch Busters. I want it! It's due out in ...
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That's so Raven

Same-sex marriage confirmed for Fire Emblem Fates!


The fates have spoken!
Jun 23
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo has confirmed in a statement to Polygon that same-sex marriage is an option available to players in the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates for 3DS: We can confirm that Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS, whic...
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Dragon Ball Z

Was there ever any doubt? Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden confirmed for west


From Arc System Works
Jun 23
// Chris Carter
After we found out that Bandai Namco had rated Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden for Australia, it was only a matter of time until it a localization was announced. Dragon Ball games typically do very well and are a no-brain...

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is the mashup fans didn't know they wanted

Jun 22 // Jed Whitaker
Each character's jump is mapped to a different button, meaning to jump up one ledge requires three button presses; multiply that by hundreds of jumps and you'll understand how annoyed I was with the mechanic. Even in the demo, the amount of pressing three separate buttons just to move through the overworld felt excessive. I couldn't imagine doing this through the entire game. Hopefully an option is added that allows all characters to jump at the same time by the time the game releases next year.  Trio attacks and papercraft battles are two additions to the series. Paper Mario allows characters to team up for trio attacks which are timed attacks that play more like a mini-game from WarioWare than the normal timed attacks. One trio attack has your enemies falling from the sky as paper as you whack a ball at them with tennis rackets. Papercraft battles have the heroes standing on top of a giant papercraft Mario and using it to rush down other giant papercrafts to defeat them. Both trio attacks and papercraft are rather minor yet welcome additions to the series.  On-point writing, great dialogue, fun turned-based attacks with a timed button press element -- all staples of both the Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario series are still here and nearly unchanged, which is not at all a bad thing. Fans of either series will more than likely be pleased with this new crossover title, even if it mostly feels like another Mario & Luigi title. The series have always been rather similar other than aesthetic.  Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is scheduled for release on the Nintendo 3DS in spring of 2016 worldwide.
Mario & Luigi: PJ Preview photo
Too many jumps, too many jumps!
Are you a fan of the Mario & Luigi series? You know, the handheld RPG games that star everyone's favorite brothers in hilarious adventures? Then you'll be quite familiar with how Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam pla...

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Nintendo

Nintendo talks Humble Bundle performance, indie strategy


Good news
Jun 22
// Chris Carter
Nintendo of America's senior manager of marketing, Damon Baker, had a chance to chat with Gamasutra recently, and talked a bit about how the publisher is doing in the indie department -- in short, it's pretty much all good ne...
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More DLC is basically confirmed
It looks like there's going to be more to Hyrule Warriors Legends on 3DS than meets the eye, if this Famitsu interview with producer Yosuke Hayashi is any indication. Apparently the inspiration for a portable version is ...


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