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Yo-kai Watch

Yo-Kai Watch launches in the west in November on 3DS


No longer 2016
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
The original Yo-Kai Watch was originally supposed to be released in 2016, but Nintendo bumped it up recently to "Holiday 2015." Now we have a firm release date courtesy of Nintendo of America -- November 6. Lev...

3D Gunstar Heroes revitalizes Treasure's debut action title

Aug 19 // Alessandro Fillari
Released towards the end of the Sega Genesis' life in 1993, Gunstar Heroes was Treasure Co.'s first title, and it was certainly a hell of a debut. While it quickly became a favorite among action fans and gaming press, it mostly went under the radar for many Genesis owners. Though the spotlight was on the release of the upcoming Sega Saturn, Gunstar Heroes still managed to become a cult hit among hardcore gamers. But over the years, it's cemented itself as one of the Genesis library's most loved and sought after titles, and even saw a sequel in Advance Gunstar Heroes for the GBA. This made it a prime candidate for the remaster treatment in Sega's 3D Classics series. Speaking with producer Yosuke Okunari, he spoke at length about the respect and admiration they have for the hectic and punishing action title."This was Treasure’s debut game. Everything they ever wanted to do, but couldn’t up until then, is poured into and represented in this game," said the producer while reflecting on the title's legacy. "The game’s volume and difficulty balancing is really spot on in my opinion, and you can feel the passion of the original dev team when you play the game even now. Their follow-ups, Dynamite Headdy and Alien Soldier, were really good games in their own right, and while the games' volume and difficulty were appropriate for its own day, they might not stand up so well in modern standards [In regards to difficulty curves]."Taking place in in a world where a massive army of mercenaries are seeking world domination, it's up to a family of crime-fighters known as the Gunstars to stop them. With the evil Colonel Red (called Colonel Grey in Japan) having acquired four powerful gems to power a massive robot capable of conquering the world, the brothers Gunstar Blue and Gunstar Red have to put a stop to the army's evil plans, all the while finding the whereabouts of their missing brother, Gunstar Green.Unfortunately for me, I missed out on Gunstar Heroes back in the day. While most of my attention was on titles such as Streets of Rage, Mortal Kombat, and Sonic, this one totally slipped past me. It sucks, because my seven year old self would've lived for this type of game. In similar style to Saturday morning cartoons or Japanese anime, the action and tone of the story is extremely over-the-top and takes place in episodic order, allowing you to go about clearing the game in anyway you want.For the uninitiated, Gunstar Heroes blends together high-octane shooting with some light-brawler action set across a series of unique and challenging levels. In the vein of classic side-scrolling shooters such as Contra, two players can utilize a variety of weapons, ranging from close-range flamethrowers, energy beams, and homing lasers. Moreover, players can even select aiming modes with Free-Aim (moving and shooting) or Fixed-Aim (stop and shoot), to suit their play styles. Even at close range, the Gunstars know how to handle themselves. Unlike the Contra guys, the Gunstars can throw, kick, and dive attack enemies that get too close for comfort. Utilizing all these skills is quite easy, and you'll be able to kick ass with ease.I was pretty blown away by the performance of 3D Gunstar Heroes on the 3DS. The original was quite an achievement on the Genesis, and seeing it in action in 3D is a trip. The visuals in the game use a number of graphical tricks and gimmicks that made the action really pop, and the 3D option really does a lot to enhance those aspects of Gunstar's visual design. Some bosses even have some quasi-3D animations and visuals, which was extremely impressive back on the Genesis. With 3D Gunstar Heroes, the overall performance is rock solid. Even with the 3D enabled, I was blasting enemies with screen-filling weapons and watching foes rush the screen with no drops at all. The folks at Sega saw porting over Gunstar Heroes as a major challenge, and actually put it off until they had more games under their belt."When we went about these Genesis 3D conversions, back when we first got the project off the ground, we thought that if we could get Gunstar into what we considered ideal 3D, then there was no way it wouldn’t be a good game," said the producer. "However, we knew that we had to wait until the development team had the experience needed to go about converting the sheer number of stages and all the odd perspectives the game used. In three years, M2’s team has worked on 13 titles (and then some), and they were finally ready to handle Gunstar since they now had the speed and skills to pull it off."Of course, one of the most admired aspects of Gunstar Heroes is its unique power-up system. While you select a core weapon at the beginning of each mission, power-ups acquired while out in the field will act as modifiers to your main weapon. For instance, using the lightning gun with the chaser power-up (green homing laser), it turns the lightning weapon into a homing laser that targets nearby enemies and clings to them until death. The weapon combos get pretty gnarly as you switch things up, and each combo changes the gameplay and strategies up considerably. In keeping with its focus on challenge, the original game only allowed core weapon selecting before the beginning of a mission. This design was to ensure players would commit to a weapon and stick with it for the level. Unfortunately, it was very often players would choose poorly and be stuck with an ineffective weapon for a level that may call for something more versatile. While many of the more skillful gamers could make it work, most players would often have to restart and pick a better weapon. This was one area the developers at Sega wanted to improve upon. With the addition of the brand new 'Gunslinger' mode, players can now switch between core weapons on the fly. While many hardcore fans might find this a bit sacrilegious, the developers had a lot of discussions about the new mode, and even took some inspiration from other titles from Treasure's library. "In Gunstar Heroes, there’s a lot of weapons, but the opportunity to change weapons is somewhat limited, so sometimes you get all caught up in using that one combination you like," said Okunari while discussing their work on Gunslinger mode. "It’s possible that people just never had the leeway to try different weapons or control modes. But by using Gunslinger Mode, you can now try a different weapon combination on that boss that used to give you a hard time back in the day, and you might find that you can beat them a lot faster. It’s a chance to try playing the game the way the developers originally intended. This does have the impact of lowering the difficulty. The 3DS’s controls are different from the Genesis, and we want people who played games back but maybe not so much now to be able to have fun with it. The gamers back then are probably more or less the same age as me, and they might not have the same skills they used to, you know?""This is something we can say for all the ports, but the SEGA 3D Classics development team were all fans of the games back when they were released. We know what makes these games good, so we didn’t need all that much time to figure out what sort of support features a person needs to play the game in today’s world," continued the producer. "The core of Gunslinger mode comes from a sequel made by the same development team called Alien Soldier, a game with a bit of a cult following that was only released in Japan and Europe. The key lies in this game. In Alien Soldier, you can choose from a number of weapons and control modes at will right out the door."Thankfully, I can say that the new mode is in keeping with the core Gunstar experience. The game was still tough as hell, even with the extra room to experiment and adapt to challenges with the weapon switching. I was pretty impressed with how well balanced the game is. Even with the larger arsenal, the enemies still can overwhelm and outmatch the player. I'm more than certain fans of the original will find a lot to like with Gunslinger mode. With the increased access to weapons, you'll be able to get to core of what Gunstar Heroes is about without much hassle.All in all, I have to say that 3D Gunstar Heroes is a pretty stellar port of the original. While I'm still kicking myself for missing out on this one back when I was a kid, I still managed to recall those days of wonder and excitement while spending some time with this installment. I feel as though this entry will bring in a lot of new admirers to the series. In many ways, Treasure was ahead of the curve when it released this title, but not that many people realized it. Thankfully, 3D remastering has done the original justice, and it'll give new players curious about this cult favorite the chance to give it a shot. But take heed: all the hype about this title's challenge was not exaggerated one bit. Be ready for this one.
Sega 3D Classics photo
Lock and Load on August 20
It's been pretty wild re-experiencing many of these past titles in Sega's 3D Classics series. In the last few months, we managed to get 3D remasters of several games that have defined Sega's legacy as one of the most famous g...

Picross 3D photo
Picross 3D

Japan is getting a sequel to Picross 3D, with amiibo support


Nice
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
Picross is a series you don't hear about too often, but it has a rather loving fanbase. You're about to get some love back in the form of a new game, which is heading to the 3DS in October in Japan. Set to debut on the first of the month, it will launch for 3,000 yen, and will be available both digitally and physically. Hopefully it arrives overseas!
DBZ Extreme Butoden photo
DBZ Extreme Butoden

This Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden 3DS bundle is off the chain


Makankosa-want
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
The Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden 3DS package has been reworked, and now it includes a New 3DS unit, cover plates, a pre-installed version of the game, and the SNES game Super Butoden. This bundle is only available in select...
Homebrew photo
Homebrew

The Homebrew Launcher comes to 3DS, despite Nintendo trying to stop it


Download YouTube while you can!
Aug 17
// Joe Parlock
Homebrew has become a bit of a Hydra for Nintendo recently. They pulled down IronFall due to an exploit which allowed non-approved software to be run on the 3DS, and in response almost the same exploit has now also been rele...
3DS photo
3DS

South Korea is getting the smaller New 3DS


Coming this September
Aug 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Remember back when the New 3DS released, and North America only got the XL version? Well, it seems we weren't alone. Following the system's North American and European launches in February, the upgraded portable came to South...
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Ironfall: Invasion

Nintendo pulls 3DS game over homebrew exploit


Ironfall: Invasion removed from eShop
Aug 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Ironfall: Invasion is a decent little shooter for Nintendo 3DS that you likely haven't heard of; and now that you have, you can't play it, as Nintendo has removed the game from its online store. The move came mere days after...
Legend of Legacy photo
Legend of Legacy

Legend of Legacy dated, with bonus launch edition


Ooo shiny
Aug 14
// Chris Carter
You can get your hands on Legend of Legacy from developer FuRyu on October 13 in North America, and it sports a special launch edition. It'll come with a box, a hardcover artbook, and a 10-song soundtrack. It will b...
Never coming here photo
Never coming here

If Chao Garden and Animal Crossing had a love child, it would be Monster Hunter Diary


Cameo by Tom Nook!
Aug 13
// Jed Whitaker
Today in "things I really want to be localized but probably never will," I've come across Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX, an upgraded port of a PSP game from 2010 that was developed by From Software, strang...

Nintendo Download: Pandora's Tower

Aug 13 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, I can't resist the call of Pandora's Tower again. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.  
Nintendo Download photo
Also, Garfield Kart
Pandora's Tower is awesome. It's also coming out on the Wii U today for $19.99. In addition, you'll find Wind-up Knight 2 on the eShop. That's basically all she wrote for the Wii U. It seems as if Freedom Planet has been...

Woah Dave! Cross-Buy photo
Woah Dave! Cross-Buy

Woah Dave! is out next week on Wii U, Cross-Buy with 3DS


Out on August 20
Aug 13
// Chris Carter
I didn't really dig Woah Dave!, but a lot of people did, and those folks will be able to enjoy it on Wii U next week. As announced by developer Choice Provisions, it will be Cross-Buy with the 3DS, and if you already own...
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Forever A Loan

Are Animal Crossing amiibo cards worth $6 per six pack?


Walmart is listing them as such
Aug 12
// Jed Whitaker
Walmart is listing Animal Crossing amiibo cards on its website for $5.96 for a pack of six, so essentially a dollar a card. That isn't that surprising as they go for around the same price when imported from Japan, though...
Dragon Quest XI photo
Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI's first screenshots look amazing


No matter which version you choose
Aug 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Square Enix unveiled Dragon Quest XI for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS late last month at an event in Tokyo, where the publisher gave attendees a nice long look at the game. Today, the company has shared the first ...
Dragon Ball Z Extreme photo
Dragon Ball Z Extreme

PSA: Arc System Works' Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden demo is out in US


It's on 3DS eShop now
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
Bandai Namco announced a Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butoden demo for Europe recently, but come to find out, it's actually available in North America too. All you have to do is search the 3DS eShop manually for "Dragon Ball Z,...
Rodea: The Sky Soldier photo
Rodea: The Sky Soldier

Rodea: The Sky Soldier delayed again


Now planned for November
Aug 12
// Kyle MacGregor
NIS America has once again delayed the release of Rodea: The Sky Solider. After initially planning on a September release, the publisher pushed the game back a month. Now it's happening again. The new target dates are Novembe...
Shiny Rayquaza photo
Shiny Rayquaza

Grab your Shiny Rayquaza now in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire


You can do it from your home
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
[Update: Nintendo has just informed Destructoid that this promotion will last until September 14, 2015.] Own a copy of Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire in the North America region? Boot it up now and in the Mystery ...
MonHun cats photo
MonHun cats

My cat would never wear one of these Monster Hunter hats


Cuuute
Aug 10
// Jordan Devore
Capcom outfitted some adorably round-headed cats with Felyne hats for a YouTube video and, oh, I guess there's footage of Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX in here, too. The PlayStation Portable spinoff game is...
GameStop amiibo photo
'Exclusive pre-order event'
[Update: you can grab the 3-pack online now at GameStop's website in the US. My guess is this is leftover pre-orders from the event, and will shut down once the allotment is out.] [Update: Here's a link to pre-order...

Fire Emblem Fates photo
Fire Emblem Fates

Fire Emblem Fates might get one bundled package in the west


Sure, I'll take it
Aug 10
// Chris Carter
Take this with a grain of salt, but the west might be getting a package for Fire Emblem Fates. For those of you who are unaware, in Japan, Fire Emblem if as it's called, was released with two different versions -- Birthright,...
Dragon Quest VIII photo
Dragon Quest VIII

Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS has a new dungeon, ending


'Surprise developments'
Aug 07
// Chris Carter
Dragon Quest VIII was released all the way back in 2004 on PS2, but its legacy has withstood the test of time. It's still regarded as one of the best entries in the series, and later this year in Japan, it will hit the 3DS. N...

Here's what the first ever Super Smash Con looks like

Aug 07 // Chris Carter
[embed]297294:59877:0[/embed] That right there [above] is the major tournament area, where players are hard at work qualifying for the major tournaments. The turnout is actually pretty good, as most of the massive parking lot at the expo center was filled, but there's plenty of space to walk around inside, and a plentiful amount of arcade cabinets and console stations. In addition to a smaller arcade section and a small gaming museum exhibit, there's a ton of indie game setups, as well as homebrew spots and retro areas to game in. My favorite part was probably the little signs that displayed random factoids about the series, like "17 of the 36 characters in Mario Kart 8 also appear in Smash." It's not at the size of say, the current era of MAGFEST (there were only 12 exhibitors or so here, and although they are across the street from a hotel, the expo center isn't as massive as your typical con), but again, it's a great start -- I'm looking forward to getting back to catching the matches throughout the weekend.
Super Smash Con photo
I'd say it's a success
Today is the first major day for the first Super Smash Con, taking place in Virginia this weekend. While I covered the major happenings here as well as all the pertinent info you'll need for tournaments and streams, I also ha...

Gal Gunvolt photo
Gal Gunvolt

Gal Gunvolt is out this week in Japan


A Mighty Gunvolt port with the DLC
Aug 07
// Chris Carter
Mighty Gunvolt might have been released late last year on 3DS, but Inti Creates has been in the process of porting it to the PS4 and Vita, and as of this week, it's out in Japan. Sadly, the developer has confirmed that there...
Monster Hunter X photo
Monster Hunter X

Watch hunters rock the bow and heavy bowgun in Monster Hunter X


Looking good
Aug 07
// Chris Carter
Monster Hunter X is coming in November in Japan on 3DS, and now you can get a quick look at the bow and heavy bowgun playstyles, with some new enemies in tow. Capcom and Nintendo are absolutely killing it with the Monster Hu...
Shovel Knight photo
Shovel Knight

Check out this Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows info blowout


This game still has a lot of DLC left
Aug 07
// Chris Carter
Nintendo UK caught up with Yacht Club Games, and chatted a bit about what to expect in the new Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows DLC coming up. As a note, although they state that it will be coming to "Nintendo platforms...
LBX: Little Battlers photo
LBX: Little Battlers

Play LBX: Little Battlers eXperience at some GameStops this Friday


August 7
Aug 06
// Chris Carter
Keen on trying out LBX: Little Battlers eXperience? GameStop has you covered tomorrow, provided that you live near a location on this list. From 3-6PM during your own local time, GameStop will provide demos on New 3DS un...

Nintendo Download: Super Smash Bros. N64 DLC

Aug 06 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, it's the N64 levels all the way. I also enjoyed Astral Breakers for the most part, despite some issues. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
Nintendo Download photo
Also, Astral Breakers
It's an interesting week for the eShop, especially after a few poor showings these past few weeks. As of a few days ago, players were able to snag Super Smash Bros. DLC for both Wii U and 3DS, including Peach Castle and Hyrul...

Final Fantasy Explorers chasing that Monster Hunter cheese

Aug 05 // Steven Hansen
[embed]296955:59743:0[/embed] It seems like modest fun, though. Things like the Fortune Teller, Item Shop, and Work Shop were closed down during my demo, but I took on a Flame Djinn hunt (Final Fantasy summon mainstay Ifrit), switched to my Dragoon pants, and embarked on a flaming dungeon with Chocobo and Goblin allies in tow. The targeting system feels a bit lose and using the d-pad for camera direction means your thumb's off the circle pad, but combat doesn't ask anything too complex. There's a basic attack button, while the shoulder buttons bring up special attacks, and doing real-time dragoon Jumps is fun. There are also even more limited special attacks accessed by pressing both shoulder buttons. Ifrit did do me in two times, but all reviving costs (with the boss' health still depleted whatever you got it to) is three minutes against the clear time. It seems like it'll be a grindy time-waster, but maybe the familiar trappings can catch folks who otherwise struggled to get into Monster Hunter. Not me, though. I'll keep listening to the Chrystal Chronicles OST. That'll do.
Hands-on at gamescom photo
Hands-on at gamescom
Square Enix is bringing Final Fantasy Explorers west come January, so I went ahead and played it here at gamescom (we also previewed it back in 2014 at Tokyo Game Show). The clearest thing to me is that I will never get anoth...

Mega Man Legacy photo
Mega Man Legacy

Capcom dates Mega Man Legacy Collection for August, 3DS and physical coming in 2016


That was fast
Aug 05
// Chris Carter
Well we sure didn't have to wait long for Mega Man Legacy Collection. Capcom has announced that it will arrive on August 25 of this year digitally for $14.99 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The 3DS edition won't arrive until 2016, ...
LEGO Marvel photo
LEGO Marvel

LEGO Marvel's Avengers pushed back to January 2016


Block quotes
Aug 05
// Steven Hansen
LEGO Marvel's Avengers will miss its fall 2015 release and instead come to North America on January 26 and Europe on January 29. Some real missed holiday sales opportunity there, looks like, especially with it coming to every...
Mighty No. 9 photo
Mighty No. 9

Comcept finally confirms that the Mighty No. 9 2016 delay is REAL


Told you
Aug 05
// Chris Carter
Late last week, Mike Futter at Game Informer and I broke the news that Mighty No. 9 might be getting a last-minute delay. It was set for a September release date, but rumblings suggested that it would be pushed into 2016...

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