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Minecraft Vita photo
Minecraft Vita

Minecraft on PS Vita is the definitive portable version


Where was this two years ago?
Oct 21
// Brett Zeidler
You know what Minecraft is, your parents know what Minecraft is, and your grandparents just don't understand why that younger family member is on the iPad all the time. It's everywhere, but why has it never received a proper ...
New 3DS photo
New 3DS

Switching face plates on the New 3DS looks easy enough


Screwdriver required for the lower plate
Oct 10
// Jordan Devore
Feels like the New 3DS was only just announced the other week, but it's already available in Japan. Nintendo has been busy uploading videos like this one which details how to swap out the system's face plates. Interestingly, the stylus can be used to pry them open. Neat design! There are also a ton of videos showing the various 3DS themes.
Nintendo 3DS XL photo
Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo wants to tempt you with two other 3DS XL designs


The NES edition was a bit of a missed opportunity
Sep 10
// Brittany Vincent
Just when you thought you were ready to jump ship for a New 3DS, Nintendo announces several more systems in an attempt to sway you into buying yet another 3DS XL you don't need. And that's not even counting the sweet Persona ...
New 3DS photo
Available in both regular and XL sizes
[Update: Nintendo has confirmed that DS games will still work, and to not expect an international release anytime in 2014.] Nintendo has revealed yet another 3DS unit -- the "New Nintendo 3DS." It'll feature bigger scree...

Pokémon photo
Pokémon

Mega Slowbro looks happier in motion


Turn that frown upside down
Aug 18
// Jordan Devore
There are certain Pokémon who warrant getting a Mega Evolution for the ensuing stat increases, and others who you just want to see in a new form. Slowbro is unquestionably one I was curious about for the latter reason...
Danganronpa 2 photo
Danganronpa 2

Weirdos abound in this latest batch of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screens


Seriously, lots of weirdos
Aug 15
// Brittany Vincent
What can I say? It's a screenshot kind of day. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is on the horizon, and NIS definitely doesn't want us to forget about it. Especially with the amount of weirdos in the game, as evidenced above.&nb...
Pokémon photo
Pokémon

There are still more Pokémon Mega Evolutions out there


Surprise, I bet there are even more still
Aug 08
// Brittany Vincent
CoroCoro magazine has revealed a gaggle of additional Mega Evolutions to appear in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, including Mega Altaria, Mega Lopunny, and Mega Salamence. It seems that these are...
Taiko Drum Master photo
Taiko Drum Master

Spice up your 3DS XL with these Taiko Drum Master cases


I'd prefer a new game, but these are fine too
Aug 04
// Brittany Vincent
These Taiko Drum Master (Taiko no Tatsujin) pouches are extremely cute, but there's got to be a limit to the amount of cases, pouches, sleeves, and portfolios I need for my 3DS XL. I think I might make an exception for these ...
Handhelds in Japan photo
Handhelds in Japan

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


Thanks to Yo-Kai Watch 2 and new bundles
Jul 16
// Brett Makedonski
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...
Blue baby butt face photo
Blue baby butt face

Go kill half millipede, blue butt face Gigas in Soul Sacrifice Delta


Also, new costumes
Jul 04
// Steven Hansen
I actually played a bunch of the Soul Sacrifice demo, but never ended up diving into the full thing. Soul Sacrifice Delta has been updated with a new encounter and some whacked out threads (definitely some of the weirder...
Tales: Reve Unitia photo
Tales: Reve Unitia

The Tales of the World: Reve Unitia box art is as gorgeous as expected


The game looks pretty cool, too
Jun 21
// Brittany Vincent
Tales of the World: Reve Unitia is an awesome-looking tactical Tales game, and its official Japanese box art looks just as swanky as the game does. For the uninitiated, Reve Unitia is a strategy role-playing game that include...
End of Serenity photo
End of Serenity

Kemco's PSP role-playing game End of Serenity available June 24


PSP gathering dust? Here's something to play
Jun 20
// Brittany Vincent
Back in April, Natsume and Kemco teamed up to announce the upcoming PSP RPG End of Serenity, previously a mobile adventure that's made the jump to handheld. Now, End of Serenity has been graced with a release date so you'll k...
Final Fantasy Explorers photo
Final Fantasy Explorers

Check out these additional Final Fantasy Explorers factoids and screenshots


Throwback to your favorite jobs, holla!
Jun 19
// Brittany Vincent
If you're a rabid Final Fantasy fan such as myself, you're probably eagerly scouring the web for any additional details you can find about the upcoming projects, namely Final Fantasy Explorers. Square Enix released a bushel o...
Harvest Moon photo
Harvest Moon

Here's the Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley trailer you wanted


Natsume got it (mostly) right, at least
Jun 18
// Brittany Vincent
Just the other day I brought you the "trailer" for XSEED's Story of Seasons, where many of you were concerned with what's going on with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. It looks like Natsume's finally come out with an official...
Senran Kagura photo
Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus looks great in a 3D environment


This new trailer really shows off its assets
Jun 16
// Brittany Vincent
For the longest time while watching this latest Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus trailer, I thought I was looking at a bowl of Jello sitting on a table that someone wouldn't stop tapping. But then I realized it was actually a v...

Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer

Jun 16 // Natalie Kipper
Story of Seasons puts additional emphasis the "lifestyle" aspect of the game. For the first time, there will be other farmers in your town to interact with. At times, you may be competing with them (like during festivals) and at other times, you will be working together. The Japanese game's subtitle translates to "Connect to a New World" and you can really see that theme appearing over and over again. One of the nice touches in which that idea plays out is the lack of a shipping box. I know, I know. Heresy, right? But, hear me out. Rather than just stuffing your goods in a box and never knowing where they go, Story of Seasons has you trading with other countries in the game's world. Send the citizens goods that they particularly crave and you'll get a postcard back. Little touches like that endear me to this title.  The game wants you to connect not only with the NPCs but also with other players. Using Wi-Fi, players can visit each others' farms. That may sound a tad simple but the rewards you reap from the experience flesh out the feature. Visiting friends can help with things like cheering you on as you work or watering your crops. Your friend's efforts may lead to rare crops growing. Sounds like incentive enough to me. Speaking of rare crops, Nintendo collaborated with the developers on this project, adding in some traditional Super Mario Bros. flora to the ecosystem. Thanks to this partnership, your farmer will be able to grow a Fire Flower, Super Mushroom, and a Super Star (okay, so that last one isn't really flora). These crops aren't just for show either. They'll have special effects. The Super Star, for example, will prevent crops from going bad for a period of time. What might have been considered the more tedious parts of previous games in the series are now streamlined. I'll freely admit how grateful I am that, right off the bat, 3 by 3 square plots can be seeded, watered and harvested at once. To most people, it may sound like a small thing and yes, in previous incarnations you could eventually upgrade your equipment to do this but I just love that the developers got rid of the process altogether. I think the new, quicker method actually adds to the experience, allowing you to focus more on other aspects of the game.  Beyond farming, customization looks like a big part of the experience. You can design the look of your farmer along with the layout of your farm as well as certain areas of the town. Some of the previous titles gave you free reign over your town's layout but Story of Season's has limited it to sections of land that you win ownership of during festival competitions. I can see some people being disappointed at this design choice but it looks like there will still be plenty for those customization maniacs to meticulously plan. And can we just take a moment to admire the game's aesthetic? Look through the screenshots in the gallery and if those happy critters in the lush meadows don't warm the cockles of your potentially jaded heart, I don't know what game will. I certainly came down with a case of the warm fuzzies. Get ready to reconnect with the land when Story of Seasons releases this winter.
Story of Seasons photo
The pastoral life never looked so friendly
Fans of farming and lifestyle sims are no doubt familiar with the confusion surrounding the Bokujō Monogatari series. Natsume owned the trademark on the English title, Harvest Moon, but XSEED had the relationship wi...

Pokémon  photo
Pokémon

Get the lowdown on additional Mega Evolutions in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire


All these Megas and you still won't evolve with me
Jun 14
// Brittany Vincent
There's no shortage of new Pokémon information, is there? Check out this new video and additional screens of the new Mega Evolutions featured in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and try not to wish too ha...
Shantae photo
Shantae

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse will steal all your booty this summer


Sashay, Shantae!
Jun 09
// Brittany Vincent
The latest entry in the Shantae series is nearly here, and it's making its way to a 3DS or Wii U near you this summer. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is WayForward's latest successor to the excellent Shantae: Risky's Revenge...
Story of Seasons photo
Story of Seasons

New Harvest Moon being localized as Story of Seasons


Coming to 3DS this winter
May 30
// Brittany Vincent
Call it stereotypical of me if you will, but I'm a huge fan of Harvest Moon and its spinoffs -- even the wannabe games. That's why I'm so excited to see Story of Seasons releasing via XSEED this upcoming winter. After 18 year...
Pokémon 2DS photo
Pokémon 2DS

Pokémon 2DS bundles soon to populate Australian store shelves


Gotta catch 'em all, again
May 29
// Brittany Vincent
Australian gamers who have yet to pick up Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be able to purchase one of two new Nintendo 2DS system bundles on June 26. Both bundles offer the 2DS Black + Blue system for AU$179.95, and...
Limbo for free photo
Limbo for free

PS Plus members get caught in Limbo for free on PS Vita


It's such a wonderful place
May 27
// Brett Makedonski
One of my favorite experiences at a trade show was at E3 in 2010. I was set to have hands-on time with Limbo and time to chat with the guys at Playdead. However, they were less interested in talking about their game, and...
Bit Boy!! Arcade photo
Bit Boy!! Arcade

Bit Boy!! Arcade is colorful and strange


The trailer's kind of odd, too
May 24
// Brittany Vincent
Bit Boy!! Arcade has a second trailer, though I'm quite sure I never saw the first one. But I did investigate, and for a game with WiiWare origins shrunken down to the 3DS, it looks quite good. I'm not sure how I missed it, ...
Nintendo 2DS photo
Nintendo 2DS

This Sea Green 2DS is another I want to add to my stash


Sea Green or Peach Pink? I can't choose!
May 23
// Brittany Vincent
Hey, Nintendo. Listen up. I'm going to need you to stop releasing new 2DS colors for just one moment, please. Because I haven't gotten the Peach Pink 2DS just yet, and now you're showing off this gorgeous color scheme. I coul...
Yo-kai Watch photo
Yo-kai Watch

I just really want this Yo-kai Watch 3DS XL, okay?


I don't really care if I have to import it
May 21
// Brittany Vincent
Is there a time in your life when you can have too many Nintendo 3DS units in your home? If I were to purchase every single system I like on a whim, I think I'd find out soon enough. This Yo-kai Watch 3DS XL is the bee's knee...
Nintendo 2DS photo
Nintendo 2DS

Celebrate Kirby: Triple Deluxe's European release with Pink + White 2DS


I think it could fare to be pinker
May 16
// Brittany Vincent
Kirby: Triple Deluxe has landed in Europe, and Nintendo wants you to celebrate the event with the Pink + White 2DS, an adorable slice of fluff that's Kirby pink. Oh, and it's not available in the US. And it doesn't come with ...
Nintendo 2DS photo
Nintendo 2DS

Pick up a 2DS now through May 17 for just $99


I don't care if it's 'for kids,' I still kind of want one
May 14
// Brittany Vincent
Looking for a reason to pull the trigger on a 2DS but can't bring yourself to because of the price? Nintendo has tweeted a special deal via Target just for you. Starting right now through May 17, pick up the curiously-shaped...
Soul Sacrifice Delta photo
Soul Sacrifice Delta

Here's a trailer to remind you Soul Sacrifice Delta launched today


Reminder that it's also digital only
May 13
// Brett Zeidler
I was never able to really get into Soul Sacrifice when I played it around this time last year, which probably had something to do with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate still getting plenty of attention from me at that point in tim...
Nvidia Shield photo
Nvidia Shield

Portal on Nvidia Shield next week, Half-Life 2 coming too


Okay then
May 08
// Brett Makedonski
Hey, have you played Portal before? It's supposed to be pretty neat. I won't spoil anything for you, but there's a lady that's really funny and she talks about a cake. On the off-chance that you have played it, do you wa...
Xbox handheld? photo
Xbox handheld?

Phil Spencer doesn't think Microsoft will get into gaming handhelds


That's probably wise
May 06
// Brett Makedonski
Nintendo and Sony seem to have a lock on the dedicated gaming handheld scene, with the former doing much better than the latter. Of the three major console manufacturers, Microsoft is the odd man out, as it's never shown any ...

Happy 25th Anniversary, Game Boy!

Apr 21 // Brittany Vincent
Eventually, Dad surprised me with Pokémon Yellow and a green Game Boy Pocket a few years later. Then, when my cousin bragged about his purple Game Boy Color, I knew I had to have one too. It only snowballed from there.  But there's one thing that has never changed: the admiration for this handheld that's stuck with me through dalliances with the Game Gear and other technological goodness. I thought the Cybiko might be my new love briefly, but I was blinded by the ability to have mobile AIM for all my RPs. I was stupid. On May 18, I will be the same age as my favorite handheld gaming system, and it's pretty cool to say I grew up with it. So buy yourself an entire cake and eat it, Game Boy, because we've had a hell of a time, you and I. What about the rest of you? What are some of your stories? Favorite games? Join us in celebrating and let us know!
25 years of Game Boy photo
We're almost the same age!
With fond memories of SolarStriker and Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, today I wish the original Game Boy a very happy 25th anniversary. The little handheld that could came into this world kicking and screaming, setting a...


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