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Review: One Piece Unlimited World Red photo
Review: One Piece Unlimited World Red
by Chris Carter

One Piece games are kind of up in the air at this point in terms of quality. Just when I thought Pirate Warriors had solidified that seal of quality from the franchise, Romance Dawn snuck up and stole most of that good will.

Thankfully One Piece Unlimited World Red is not only a much more valiant effort by a completely separate developer (Ganbarion), but it avoids the trap of having to re-explain the story all over again, as Red is an original tale.

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1:30 PM on 07.17.2014

Puzzle & Dragons Z ships over 1.5 million on 3DS

Puzzle & Dragons Z shipments have exceeded the 1.5 million mark, GungHo Online announced today. The Nintendo 3DS iteration of GungHo Online's trendy role-playing puzzle game launched last December, topping charts in its o...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Steel Diver is being updated in a big way, coming in August

Steel Diver was ultimately a semi-bland experience for me, but it was a great grasp of the free-to-play market by Nintendo, as they showed that they can do it better than publishers who have been exploiting it for years. They...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Nintendo Download: Mr. Driller 2

The Wii U is taking a week off it seems, as there are only a one game on the menu for today -- Mr. Driller 2 -- a GameBoy Advance Virtual Console title. Little Inferno is discounted by 50% until July 24th....

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Sakurai talks Chrom, why he isn't playable in Smash Bros.

Yesterday we learned that Lucina will be a clone of Marth in the new Smash Bros., which is fine by me, but Chrom will not be making the final cut. Director Sakurai explains that he was initially considering adding Chrom,...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Yumi's Odd Odyssey gets a permanent price drop on 3DS

If you've been on the fence about Yumi's Odd Odyssey due to its high price, I have good news -- it's just been discounted permanently in the US. Previously the 3DS eShop game was $29.99, but now you'll find it for $...

Chris Carter





4:30 PM on 07.16.2014

Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita see a surge in sales in Japan

There's been a lot of talk lately about the gaming scene in Japan. Some reports indicate stagnation that may be worrisome, particularly with regard to the console market. Others find those claims to be exaggerated and no real...

Brett Makedonski

4:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Level-5's latest RPG has people dancing in the streets

Yo-Kai Watch 2 is officially a hit. The 3DS role-playing game from Ni no Kuni studio Level-5 sold 1.28 million copies in first four days on the Japanese market. Good lord. Actually, the latest estimates put the ope...

Kyle MacGregor



Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play photo
Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play
by Chris Carter

During a hands-on Nintendo event, I was given the option to play a number of upcoming games -- naturally, I gravitated towards Fantasy Life, which I've been waiting a few years to see in action overseas. Developed by the famous Level-5, Fantasy Life dropped in 2012 in Japan (and sold very well), and we've been asking for a localization ever since. Now we're getting it, as the game is set to drop on October 24.

The concept of Fantasy is dead-simple: you have 12 "lives" (jobs, essentially) to choose from, which derive from three principles -- combat, gathering, and creation. Although there is a core storyline that you can technically "beat," all 12 jobs have their own sub-story, and every job can fight in combat. In other words, it doesn't feel nearly as limiting as other simulators, so you can play the way you want to rather than shackle yourself to a certain archetype.

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11:30 AM on 07.16.2014

Every Club Nintendo Platinum reward is digital this year

Well, this is disappointing. Although Nintendo used to release cool products like hats and statues for its Club Nintendo Platinum members, this year it's all digital. Yep, both the Platinum and Gold ranks are digital-only, wi...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 07.16.2014

All of Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire's gym leaders have giant eyes now

The one thing that irked me about Pokemon X and Y was the 2D art, which seemed to shy away from the series' trademark look to a more homogenized anime blob style. Brawly's re-design has to b the worst. He wears those creepy toe shoes.  Compare for yourself below.

Steven Hansen

7:30 AM on 07.16.2014

Finally, I can be the female Saiyan I always roleplayed as in AOL chatrooms

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 is a port of the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes and is a card battling fighting game. So, you already know I'm interested. It contains more than 2000 cards to collect and fight with an...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Yo-Kai Watch 2 sells 1.28 million in just four days

[Update: Japanese sales tracking authority Media Creates estimates the figure of Yo-Kai Watch 2 opening weekend sales to be over 1.31 million.] Yo-Kai Watch 2 sales eclipsed 1,281,096 units after a mere four days on the ...

Kyle MacGregor

5:15 PM on 07.15.2014

Loads of Monster Hunter 4G limited edition items and accessories

As we wait until 2015, Japan is getting Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in October and, with it, a chance to clutter players' living spaces with more kitschy junk.  The limited edition (above) comes with four figurines an...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Lucina has the same moves as Marth in Super Smash Bros.

Lucina, originally introduced to us as Marth in Fire Emblem: Awakening, will in fact share his move set in the upcoming Smash Bros. Masahiro Sakurai explained on the Miiverse: "Her physical ablilites are identical to Mar...

Steven Hansen



I'm pumped to dress up Pikachu like a little fancy man photo
I'm pumped to dress up Pikachu like a little fancy man
by Max Scoville

One of my favorite parts of Pokémon Black & White was the ability to haze your magical pets by dressing them up and having them perform musical theatre, so putting Pikachu in drag in Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby sounds awesome to me. If you want to watch the full Pokémon trailer in all its awkwardly-paced Nintendo-approved sterile family-friendly glory, here it is.

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