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Fire Emblem

See how Nintendo altered the Fire Emblem Fates 'petting' minigame


It's basically the same
Feb 05
// Chris Carter
Fire Emblem Fates has been getting a lot of flak for cutting its "skinship" petting minigame in the western localization, but now that the game is in the hands of a select few (I got my copy earlier this week), we can se...
Timmy & Tommy Nook amiibo photo
Timmy & Tommy Nook amiibo

Timmy & Tommy Nook amiibo, a Target exclusive, up on Amazon


Haha what
Feb 05
// Chris Carter
Outside of the US, you lucky folk have generally not had to deal with the exclusive amiibo nonsense. Pre Wave 5, it was pretty damn terrible, but now Nintendo has gotten it together and has started actually providing lots of ...
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Bayonetta Impressions

Bayonetta is a showstopper in Super Smash Bros.


Stupid sexy Bayonetta
Feb 04
// Patrick Hancock
Here's the step-by-step experience I have had with Bayonetta's character in Super Smash Bros. First, take her into the training room and understand how her moves work. Then, play some matches against the CPU. Feel confident, then go online. Immediately get hit by an opponent's Bayonetta with a gigantic combo. Welp.
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition


Also, Bayonetta and Corrin in Smash
Feb 04
// Chris Carter
The Wii U is getting a few gems today, one of which takes the form of DLC. As far as full releases go, Shutshimi and Resident Evil Wii Edition are in, as are FreezeMe and Peg Solitaire. Super Smash Bros. i...
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Smash DLC

Bayonetta and Corrin are now playable in Super Smash Bros.


The DLC era has ended
Feb 04
// Chris Carter
Late last night, Bayonetta and Corrin finally arrived in Super Smash Bros., signaling the end of the DLC era for the game as the final content drop. They came with a bunch of new Mii costumes, and a Bayonetta level. At this p...
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JRPG

Sega JRPG coming to Americas this summer


For Nintendo 3DS
Feb 03
// Kyle MacGregor
7th Dragon III Code: VFD is coming to the Americas this summer, Sega has announced. Despite being the fourth entry in the 7th Dragon series, Code: VFD will be the first to release in the West, as the 2009 Nintendo D...
Detective Pikachu Intro photo
Detective Pikachu Intro

Great Detective Pikachu catcalls a lady in the intro for the game


Even more evidence for Danny DeVitochu
Feb 02
// Jed Whitaker
Great Detective Pikachu is officially released in Japan (that was fast) and the introduction and following sequence have been captured and uploaded to YouTube. In it, Detective Pikachu has a dream about being in a car c...
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Nintendo

Nintendo updates its list of top-selling Wii U and 3DS games of all-time


3DS dominating Wii U
Feb 02
// Brett Makedonski
Nintendo has updated its list of best-performing first-party software to reflect its recent earnings report. Unsurprisingly, Mario is making his presence felt all over the charts, especially when it comes to kart racing. As o...
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amiibo

Several new amiibo are up for pre-order today at GameStop


Also, Jigglypuff restocks
Feb 02
// Chris Carter
[Update: Everyone is live online. Here's ROB (Famicom), Ryu, Rover, and Kapp'n. Roy is still available online.] According to a leak from a GameStop, the following amiibo are going up for pre-order today -- Kapp'n, Rover, Fami...
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Nintendo

Nintendo announces that it has moved over 20 million amiibo


And even more cards
Feb 02
// Chris Carter
Nintendo isn't keen to share everything, but it's happy to tell us about its amiibo sales. Yesterday it released another financial earnings report, detailing that it has pushed "20.5 million units" in terms of the figure...
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LEGO Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a thing that's happening


Because of course it is
Feb 02
// Kyle MacGregor
In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, the next entry in Warner Bros. and TT Games' popular LEGO video game series is based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the companies presumably would have liked to a...
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Knuckles Smash

Oh, a weird-lookin' Knuckles Mii is coming to Smash too


Wednesday, Wednesday, WEDNESDAY!
Feb 01
// Brett Makedonski
This Wednesday's arrival of Bayonetta and Corrin as the final Super Smash Bros. DLC isn't quite the entirety of the last Smash DLC. Easily overlooked is the sixth wave of Mii Fighters, Nintendo's avatars dressed in silly cost...
Fire Emblem Fates photo
Fire Emblem Fates

Are you okay with Nintendo's decision to split Fire Emblem Fates?


It's a tad confusing
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
We've known about the packaging strategy for Fire Emblem Fates for a while now, but at this point, we've collectedly had time to marinate over it and really think about what we're going to do. After all, the game is comi...
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Pokemon

Pokemon's Mew anniversary event kicks off today


Worldwide
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
In case you haven't heard, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company are running a 20th anniversary celebration, complete with mythical 'mon events. This month is Mew, which you can acquire by way of a serial code distribution. In the...
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Bravely Second

It looks like the 'Tomahawk' outfit in Bravely Second was changed to a cowboy


Localizations
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
Some time ago, a rumor was flying around that a Native American outfit in Bravely Second, titled the "Tomahawk" class, was altered for the western release. Strangely enough that alteration was the polar opposite job in the fo...
Danny DeVitochu 2016 photo
Danny DeVitochu 2016

More evidence that Danny DeVito needs to be the voice of Detective Pikachu


Humans are filthy, dirty filthy
Jan 29
// Jed Whitaker
Some saint created the above trailer showing off what the English release of Great Detective Pikachu could be like if Nintendo takes notice of the petition to cast Hollywood sweetheart Danny DeVito in the starring role....
Detective Pikachu photo
Detective Pikachu

You've got the right stuff, Detective Pikachu


This freakin' game
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
I've been following Great Detective Pikachu for years, and what a journey it has been. There was a time when we just had a scant few seconds of nightmarish facial-capture footage to go on for the 3DS game and even then, in it...
DeVitochu photo
DeVitochu

Fans petition Nintendo to get Danny DeVito to voice Detective Pikachu


I signed it, so should you
Jan 28
// Jed Whitaker
Sairith Aramor has started a petition to get Nintendo of America to hire Hollywood superstar Danny DeVito to voice the English localization of the recently announced Detective Pikachu.  "There are a number of us tha...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Final Fantasy Explorers


Also, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
If you're a Final Fantasy fan you're in luck this week. The Wii U is kicking things off with Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA VC), as well as Shadow Puppeteer, Joe's Diner, Level 22, and LEGO Marvel's Avengers,&nb...
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Bravely Second

Bravely Second shows off some new jobs, including Astrologian


Also, Exorcist and Charioteer
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
If Bravely Second: End Layer is simply more Bravely Default, I can deal with that. Of course it will have some new stuff to go with its story continuation, including nine new jobs. That includes Guardian, Exorcist, Wizar...
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Mega Man

Mega Man Legacy Collection Special Edition spotted


But it's apparently not official
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
The physical editions of the Mega Man Legacy Collection are coming next month, and Amazon has just sprung a brand new bundle on us. It comes with a Mega Man statue and collectible E-Tank. If the former meets the latter, ...
Detective Pikachu photo
Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu appears to be set in Boston


Pikachu would probably get wrecked
Jan 28
// Laura Kate Dale
Detective Pikachu is a weird thing that will soon exist. Pikachu the Pokémon travels around the human world, speaking our languages and solving our crimes. It's an unexpected turn for the franchise for sure. Perhaps weirder still, it seems that Pikachu is walking around the streets of Boston.
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No petting humans

Nintendo removes character petting during Fire Emblem Fates localization


Get your pet on in Nintendogs instead
Jan 26
// Jed Whitaker
Kotaku has confirmed with Nintendo that the ability to pet your characters has been removed from the English localization of Fire Emblem Fates. "Yes, that is the case [that petting isn't in the English version]," a Nintendo r...
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Hyrule Warriors Legends

Hyrule Warriors Legends is adding a save data reset option in a patch


You can't do it now
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
Hyrule Warriors Legends came out last week on 3DS in Japan, and people are already clamoring for a pretty basic feature -- save data reset. Yep, if you just want to replay the game from a fresh file or resell your game with n...

Nintendo 3DS's spring is an oasis of JRPGs

Jan 26 // Steven Hansen
Project X Zone 2 is full Japanese gaming fan service with appearances by the likes of anyone from Street Fighter's Ryu to Devil May Cry's Dante and Vergil to Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki to SPace Channel 5's Ulala. It's coming to 3DS February 16. Bravely Second: End Layer hits Europe on February 26 and the states on April 15. There are 12 new jobs in this old school JRPG from Square Enix, including Catmancer, a class that trains cats to use enemies' skills (like the past game's Vampire). Another involves throwing cake at people. It also tried to "take the pain out of the grinding" with a "let it ride" system where random battles will flow into one another so you don't have to run back and forth to trigger another. The caveat is that if you finally lose, there goes all the accumulated experience from those battles. It also "might be longer than Bravely Default." Plus, here are some actual lines of dialogue from Bravely Second: End Layer. Note: "Ba'als" is pronounced "balls." Like balls. "She studies Ba'als." "Ba'al buster Magnolia Arch is on the job." "A new Ba'al is headed this way and it's my job to bust it." "It's...it's huge [referring to a Ba'al]." "I'm Magnolia Arch and it's time to bust some Ba'als." The localization team went Ba'als to the wall with this joke. Oh, hey, Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow -- yes, the originals -- are coming to the 3DS eShop on February 27? Time to find out how well that game is actually balanced 20 years later. Also to argue over which version's sprites were best. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past are also coming to 3DS in 2016, with Dragon Quest VII coming first. It won't have random battles, instead getting treats like Dragon Quest VIII with enemies on a world map and other additions.
JRPG spring lineup photo
Six within a month
Fire Emblem Fates is just a few weeks away (February 19) and I'll finally have a reason to re-glue my face to my 3DS and play nosy match-maker. But the two versions of Fates are just, uh, two of the JRPGs (and adjacent genres...

Hands-on with Fire Emblem: Fates comes with Maid service

Jan 26 // Steven Hansen
That's not all that's new. There are little touches abound. Phoenix Mode revives dead allies right after the turn, so it's super-casual. There's a first-person view in the battle mode (though if you're anything like me you'll turn the 3D fights off anyways in favor of faster sword-shaking-sprites and falling numbers. "My Castle" mode -- real-time barracks -- is built up with Dragon Vane Points to build shops and daikon gardens and springs, netting you items. You can visit other castles over StreetPass or protect your own in one-on-one battles. There's also local and online multiplayer (with handicaps to account for level discrepancy) for direct battling. The first DLC map will feature Awakening characters and be free. On the pure turn-to-turn side, there are new classes like Butler and Maid whose Live to Serve ability grants them health when they restore an ally. Turrets also litter the battlefield, though they can only be operated by characters with the same affinities (magic users on the Fire Orb, archers on the Ballista). Their range and area of effects are great for weakening oncoming, far off troops, though these weapons won't drop enemies below 1HP. I started out in Conquest's 10th chapter with my big-bosom sister Camilla (she of the famous gif). This is the more challenging of the two with less resources and opportunity to grind. And the scenario was very back-against-the-wall, needing to defend a sea port for 10 turns. Rolling out with a crew you're not familiar with slowed me down at first, but I was handling things pretty ok. Later in the fight the opposing force took advantage of a spot on the field that those with dragon's blood (like the customizable lead Corrin) can activate abilities. In this case, it cleared all the water from the port and allowed full traversal between canals and waterways. Later, in Birthright, I used it to call down a bolt of lightning that reduced high-HP'd, opposing boss Camilla down to 1HP to finish her off easy (in Birthright she's fighting against you). I'm still pretty turned off by the three storyline paths that make for an $80 game, but everything else about Fates feel like smart additions to a solid core. Well, except the protagonist turning into a weird Pokemon-looking dragon for certain attacks. I imagine I'll pick my one canon/point of view and stick with it, though that also might mean waiting for the third Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation.
Fire Emblem preview photo
Waifu wars return to 3DS next month
Fire Emblem Fates has been out in Japan for a while, but I love Awakening's person-story-focused shipping mechanics, which really elevates the game into something consuming, so I messed about in both of the upcoming US versio...

Detective Pikachu photo
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.] 
Final Fantasy review photo
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.

Pokemon Shuffle photo
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...
Yo-Kai Watch photo
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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