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Emulation

The first commercial 3DS game's been successfully emulated


Don't get your hopes up just yet
May 12
// Joe Parlock
Emulation’s in a weird legal grey area that’s all kinds of fascinating to me. The actual bit of software designed to play ROMs is legal, but the BIOS file that makes it run? You usually have to acquire them throug...

Review: Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains

May 11 // Chris Carter
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (3DS)Developer: Spike ChunsoftPublisher: AtlusReleased: May 12, 2015MSRP: $39.99 Just like the TV show, you'll embark upon a campaign that takes place across multiple points of view -- Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Levi, and Sasha. It re-explains the gist of the anime, where humans are under constant threat from mysterious Titans, and have subsequently sealed themselves into cities with giant walls. Thankfully it picks up after Eren, the main super shonen hero has been trained, and it doesn't waste much time with the Battle of Trost happening in mere minutes. The actual cutscenes are not new information or footage, as they are ripped directly from the anime, and the dialog is only in Japanese. It's a recap of sorts of the show, but with a lot of filler cut for time, which is definitely a good thing. Battles take place in an arena-like format, kind of like a baby God Hand, but not nearly as open or interesting. In other words, there's enough room to move about and locate boxes to slash, but they're not packed with secrets or anything.Amazingly, Humanity in Chains' gameplay emulates the feeling of zipping about in the show. You can use the R trigger to "Spider-Man swing" around cities at will, which is a blast. Y allows you to aim your hooks (you can even do it in the air), and players will be doing most of their combat in the air, which makes for a fairly action-packed experienced -- if you want, you can beat some missions without ever touching the ground. [embed]291391:58445:0[/embed] Most of your attacks will be swooping in to engage Titans (and their weak spots at the nape of their neck) with a timed QTE of sorts. It's cinematic, with a zoomed-in camera to boot, but it's also functional and easy to use -- and it's ever so satisfying to cut off an arm or a leg even if you don't get a killing blow. The Circle Pad Pro or New 3DS nub can be used as a camera if you have either one. I wouldn't recommend playing with 3D on, as it slows the frame rate down to a crawl, even on the New 3DS, which is a massive disappointment. The action is all very cool looking and fun to play, if a bit muted by enemies who practice similar mechanics, and déjà vu  environments (with plenty of retreading and re-used maps). Part of the reason the Titans aren't all that compelling to fight is that the AI is fairly easy to counter, and a lot of foes are kind of just "there," wandering around. Still, it does accurately capture the feeling of the show, and when Titans are aggressive, it's an odd balancing act that works. I'd actually claim that it looks more badass than the anime does on a consistent basis. After a couple of hours into the roughly 10-hour campaign you'll unlock "World Mode," the real meat of the game. Here you'll access the sole multiplayer component of Humanity in Chains (both offline and online with matchmaking), as well as an RPG-heavy system that allows you to create a character, level him up, and recruit new members into your party. It's a lot more involved than I thought, forcing you to scale up your base of operations, purchase supplies, pay to recruit soldiers, and embark upon missions much tougher than the story. You'll have to repeat a lot of missions to grind up more currency, but if you're so inclined you can also start up online sessions (which were smooth, in my experience) to mix things up a bit, and hire "mercenaries" by way of StreetPassing friends. My favorite aspect of World Mode is access to more open plain levels, where you can't rely on fluttering about on invisible buildings, and have to rely on horseback riding and pinpoint Titan attacks. It still has a lot of the same closed city maps though, so it's not a game-changer. Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains often can't shake the limitations of the 3DS platform, but it captures most of what makes the anime's world so captivating. If you can deal with similar environments and a lack of compelling objectives outside of the rat-race of World Mode, you'll have a lot of fun here. But in some ways, it feels like a tech demo for the next title. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Now with slightly less crybaby Armin
If you even have one friend who enjoys anime, odds are you've heard of Attack on Titan. As a fan myself it seemed right up my alley, and my weekly anime club ended up giving it a shot last year. Sadly, I wasn't impressed. Whi...

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Marth

That Marth amiibo restock may have already came and went on Amazon


Mash F5
May 09
// Chris Carter
When Nintendo announced the Marth amiibo restock for this year, I had a feeling it wouldn't end well. It was originally scheduled for April, then May, and now that the month is here, the publisher is still completely silent a...
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Nintendo

Nintendo has shipped 10.5 million amiibo worldwide


Almost seven million came from NA
May 08
// Chris Carter
When people constantly ask about why there's so much amiibo coverage across the net, I always tell them -- "because there's a demand for it." Now I can prove my point with cold hard numbers, thanks to the recent Nintendo inve...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mega Man May begins with Mega Man & Bass


Also, High Strangeness
May 07
// Chris Carter
Mega Man May is a go, and thanks to you guys, my choice of Mega Man & Bass is now available on the Wii U eShop. It's a Virtual Console release of the GBA version, which isn't ideal, but at least it will get it into t...
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Nintendo

Nintendo is back to making a profit


Ninty's rolling in dough again
May 07
// Laura Kate Dale
Earlier this morning Nintendo released its results for the last financial year, ending May 31 2015, and we have good news. Nintendo is back to profitability! After several fiscal years of losses Nintendo is climbing back up a...
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MonHun 3DS theme

Style your 3DS with this free Monster Hunter theme


Hunter's Weapon Gallery
May 04
// Jordan Devore
After paying money for a silly Slowpoke theme, I told myself that would be the end of it. No matter how many tempting new 3DS themes might come out, I'd have to resist. One was enough. (Miraculously, that policy has extended...
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Silver Mario amiibo

Silver Mario amiibo appears in GameStop's system


Nintendo is still bafflingly silent
May 04
// Chris Carter
Wave 4 of the amiibo craze is rapidly approaching on May 29, and despite the fact that we have all of the exclusives sorted, one mystery remains -- the Silver Mario amiibo. It was found alongside of the Gold Mario that launch...
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Region-free 3DS

How to make your 3DS region-free right now


Homebrew isn't back, though
May 04
// Brett Makedonski
The 3DS hacking community keeps fighting back every time Nintendo thwarts their efforts. Late last year, "reverse engineer extraordinaire" Smealum found an exploit in the obscure game Cubic Ninja which enabled any homeb...
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Yumi on Vita

Sayonara Umihara Kawase+ is a great Vita port that comes with the original SNES game


And a few more stages
May 04
// Chris Carter
Roughly a year ago, Yumi's Odd Odyssey, a localization of the latest game in the Umihara Kawase series, hit the 3DS. Like its predecessors it involved the simple premise of guiding a young girl across a series of pi...

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 is now better than ever

May 04 // Kyle MacGregor
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker (3DS)Developer: AtlusPublisher: AtlusReleased: May 5, 2015 (NA), Fall 2015 (EU)MSRP: $49.99 Tokyo is in shambles. Earthquakes have ravaged the city, knocking out all lines of communication, derailing trains, and flattening entire buildings. There are fires, riots, refugee camps, oh, and an army of demons that threaten humanity's continued survival. Enter a band of plucky teens with demons of their own to save the day and stave off the apocalypse. That's the lead-in to the "Septentriones Arc," the main story from the original Devil Survivor 2, which is now accompanied by a second campaign called the "Triangulum Arc." The epilogue picks up right where the first part leaves off, leaving our heroes to deal with a new threat. The continuation isn't quite a full-blown sequel so much as it's a sizable expansion, one that should keep you busy for an extra couple dozen hours on top of the base game. Thankfully, the Triangulum Arc is available from the get-go; so if you've already played through the main story and just want to see the new content, you needn't start from square one. Of course, newcomers will want to begin with the Septentriones Arc. Despite including a quick refresher at the outset of the journey, the new campaign likely won't make much sense to neophytes jumping into the narrative in media res.  [embed]291439:58422:0[/embed] In addition to the new campaign, Atlus has put in the effort to upgrade the overall experience. After doing a side-by-side comparison with the original game, Record Breaker's music really caught my ear. The soundsmiths at Atlus really cleaned up the audio quality, making it sound way more crisp and clear while eliminating a scratchy, fuzzy quality that mars the DS release.  On top of the enhanced sound quality, the team at Atlus USA went ahead re-localized the entire script and kitted it out with full English voiceover, which is a massive improvement over the text-only original. Being able to hear the cast goes a long way to helping flesh out these characters, especially given how lively and rich many of their performances are. The visuals are also a shade nicer. Again, looking at the games side-by-side, I noticed Record Breaker looks a tad sharper and features slightly more vivid colors. The camera perspective in battle has also been pulled back, which make the sprites appear less chunky. One of the major complaints a lot of folks seemed to have with Devil Survivor 2 when it launched in 2012 was the difficulty. In our review, Dale North said "the first game's difficulty bar was already set pretty high, but Atlus has turned it up even higher in this sequel with battles that are so difficult that [he] came dangerously close to snapping [his] DS in half." This time around there are multiple difficulty settings, which hopefully should help you keep your system intact. At its core, Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is still a satisfying fusion of classic "MegaTen" and strategy gameplay. And with the new story content and other additions and enhancements, this is definitely the best version of the game. Whether it's enough to warrant a second purchase is debatable, but given a choice between the two, this is without question the one to get.
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Record Breaker is finally here, and it was worth the wait
If you've ever wanted to experience Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 or wondered what happened to its colorful cast of demon tamers after the credits rolled, now is the time. Atlus is about to unleash Record Breaker, a new version of the 2012 tactical role-playing game that not only improves the title, but expands upon it with a new arc that advances the story.

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Karous 3DS

Trailer for 3DS shmup asks 'is life meant to be shitty?'


'Was I right to do this?'
May 03
// Jonathan Holmes
Karous is a vertical shmup about two hugging sisters that was released by Korea-based developer Milestone Inc. back in 2006. It was later ported to the Dreamcast, and then again to the Wii as part of the Ultimate Shooting Co...
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Attack on Titan 3DS

Copyright forces Atlus to rename Attack on Titan


Complications cause delay for Europe
May 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains appears to be having some difficulty coming to Europe, as a copyright claim has forced Atlus to rename the game and delay its release. The publisher didn't provide specifics on when we...
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Monster Hunter 4

Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate May DLC lineup is very nice


Mega Man, Sonic, and Chun-Li
May 01
// Chris Carter
Capcom is constantly adding more content to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and thankfully, it's free. This month you'll be able to access a new Metroid hunter outfit, as well as Mega Man, Blanka, Chun-Li Palico equipment. Some f...
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Puzzle & Dragons 3DS

If the demo is anything to go by, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is great


Expect thoughts on the final version at launch
Apr 30
// Chris Carter
Free-to-play games often have a bad reputation, especially on the mobile platform. Puzzle & Dragons is one such game to rise to the occasion, offering up a good amount of gameplay for free, and has completely dominat...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits


Also, Paper Mario
Apr 30
// Chris Carter
It's a nice week for Nintendo systems, with a mix of new content for both platforms. On the Wii U we have amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, a demo of sorts that will allow you to play retro games by way of amiibo figures....
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Fire Emblem If

Fire Emblem If's third campaign is harder than White, easier than Black


Black Kingdom has additional victory requirements
Apr 29
// Steven Hansen
More lukewarm Fire Emblem If news (out June 25 in Japan, 2016 in North America). Remember, the game is being sold Pokemon style (or Oracle of Ages/Oracle of Seasons style) with separate Black and White releases with a third, ...
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Advance Wars!

PSA: Download your Club Nintendo elite rewards before Friday


Advance Wars!
Apr 29
// Steven Hansen
Club Nintendo is shutting down. The ability to accumulate coins ended alongside March's turn to April. April is the last month that Gold (300 coins) and Platinum (600 coins) members can download elite status gifts, which mean...
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Mewtwo

You can now buy Mewtwo in Super Smash Bros. if you didn't use the promotion offer


$4.99 for both platforms
Apr 29
// Chris Carter
If you bought the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros., you were likely already enjoying the fruits of free Mewtwo DLC for a while now. But starting now, anyone can buy him for $4.99, which will net you the character o...
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DL see?

Super Smash Bros.' Sakurai explains studio's reversal on paid DLC


Lucas joins The Fray, dies from a water overdose in a beige 2004 Dodge Stratus
Apr 28
// Steven Hansen
In November of last year, Super Smash Bros. head Masahiro Sakurai aptly referred to the man-made Pokemon Mewtwo's appearance as Smash Bros. DLC as an "experiment." Sakurai, who has called modern DLC a "scam," said, "I think t...
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Dementium

Dementium: The Ward could have been a Silent Hill game


'Konami said they wouldn't let a 'team like us' handle the Silent Hill property'
Apr 28
// Vikki Blake
As the Internet continues to blink with incredulity at Konami's decision to spike one of the most exciting E3 teasers of all time, Silent Hills, here's another head-scratcher of a decision made by the Japanese ...
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Shovel Knight

Learn the real names of the enemies in Shovel Knight


Know your Blorbs from your Beetos
Apr 27
// Jordan Devore
Clearing Super Mario World for the first time and discovering that the fiery, big-eyed dinosaurs who leap out of the lava are named Blargg was quite the revelation. Come again? Blargg? I can't remember what I called the enemy...
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Celebi

Pokemon Shuffle hits 3.5m downloads, enjoy a new Celebi event


1000 Coins
Apr 27
// Chris Carter
With Pokemon Shuffle as a free download on the 3DS with a huge IP behind it, why not give it a try? It appears as if 3.5 million people have done just that, as Nintendo has announced in-game that it has hit that very mileston...
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Shulk amiibo

So how about that May 1 Shulk amiibo restock


Has it shipped for you?
Apr 27
// Chris Carter
The mad rush of amiibo ordering really started at the tail end of Wave 2, once consumers realized that the rare trend (Pit, Little Mac) was not going to stop. After the Trinity in Wave 1 people were on already edge, but the m...
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Mewtwo

You will no longer be banned for using Mewtwo online in Super Smash Bros.


No, Mewtwo isn't OP
Apr 24
// Chris Carter
Super Smash Bros. had some issues at launch with people getting banned for using certain characters, and with the debut of the Mewtwo DLC came another problem. The glitch lied in playing Mewtwo offline, which led the game to ...
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Nintendo

Nintendo UK boss promises to restock amiibo...again


I'll believe it when I see it
Apr 24
// Chris Carter
Stop me if you've heard this before -- Nintendo acknowledges that amiibo are "selling better than expected," and then vows for restocks. It advertised a restock of Marth in April, who has seemingly been shadow-delayed until M...
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Puzzle & Dragons

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is still looking rad


Nice strategic twists
Apr 23
// Chris Carter
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is still on the horizon, and it's looking better every time I see it. This newest video from Nintendo highlights some of the deeper aspects of the puzzler, including party memb...
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Pokemon Omega Ruby

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire gets new patch, kicks you offline without it


Update, yo
Apr 23
// Chris Carter
Although Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold like gangbusters, as Pokemon games often do, I haven't seen a lot of buzz about it in my usual circle of Nintendo enthusiasts. Maybe it's because Generation 3 doesn't g...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2


Also, Mario Kart DS on Wii U
Apr 23
// Chris Carter
It's a Mario Kart kind of day, with DLC Pack 2 for Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart DS on Wii U. Also on Wii U is Suspension Railroad Simulator and the Mewtwo Smash DLC. I remember when there was a time where typing "DLC...






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