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11:30 AM on 07.02.2014

Tomodachi Life gets a special demo this week

If you're still on the fence about Tomodachi Life, you can grab a demo today to see what all the fuss is about. For those of you who already have the game you're probably familiar with the "Welcome Version" demo -- it's the s...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 07.01.2014

Mountain is a great app to run in the background

When I was younger, I used to stare at this one screensaver for hours on end. It involved a guy getting stuck on a desert island, and he would get involved in various antics for what seemed like days. I'd rarely ever see a re...

Chris Carter

4:00 AM on 07.01.2014

Like me, The Sims 4 keeps getting 'Smarter and Weirder'

In a new gameplay trailer released today, fans were given a sneak peek at the latest entry to the Sims franchise, The Sims 4. Many of the old Sims tropes abound, such as electrocuting yourself when you attempt to learn how t...

Brittany Vincent

10:45 AM on 06.30.2014

Team17 to publish post-apocalyptic strategy-sim Sheltered

In years past, Team17 has mostly been known as the studio behind Worms, but lately the studio has been expanding that image by publishing other UK-based, independently-developed games. Last month we saw the publisher pick up...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 06.28.2014

Goat Simulator is receiving a North American retail release via Deep Silver

Not too long ago, we announced that Goat Simulator would be receiving a retail release in the UK. A boxed version of the bizarre farm animal simulator was awesome news, but North American gamers were still relegated to the di...

Brittany Vincent



Review: PlayStation Vita Pets photo
Review: PlayStation Vita Pets
by Brittany Vincent

Of the many digital venues I'd expect to see a virtual pet simulator, the PlayStation Vita was certainly not one. PlayStation Vita Pets is an interesting diversion, not only because of the bizarre system it released on, but the fact that is breaks all the "pet simulator rules" I've become accustomed to. Forget Nintendogs -- these puppies don't need a leash and they surely aren't relegated to frou-frou accessories. They don't need you to make sure they go on walks, either, because they've got their own thing going on. Did I mention they talk?

Where most games are content to offer a selection of pooches for you to groom, walk, and train as you see fit, British studio Spiral House apparently sought to revolutionize the genre, and it's clear from the very beginning that this isn't your average Dogz or Catz clone. It's easy to dismiss as an uninspired piece of shovelware, but those who give it a look will undoubtedly end up pleasantly surprised by its refusal to adhere to traditional pet-raising convention -- even if it does have some accidents here and there.

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6:30 PM on 06.20.2014

Castaway Paradise is the iPad's answer to Animal Crossing

I took one look at Castaway Paradise and I knew it would be perfect for me. Lately all I seem to want to do is live vicariously through my digital avatars across different platforms. The colorful atmosphere of Castaway Parad...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 AM on 06.20.2014

Nintendo delivers celebrity Miis for Tomodachi Life, including Shaq

Remember those celebrity Miis that were "coming soon" for Tomodachi Life? Well they're here, and you can scan them in using the gallery below. Included in the celebrity drop are Shaq, Christina Aguilera, Shaun White, Deb...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 06.19.2014

Adventure Bar Story is a delightful bar simulator you'll want for your 3DS

It's a great time to own a 3DS, or any handheld, really. But there's about to be positive deluge of awesome 3DS titles headed to retail shelves, and Adventure Bar Story is one I'm hoping to see with it. It's headed to Japan f...

Brittany Vincent

8:00 AM on 06.18.2014

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

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...

Brittany Vincent

6:15 PM on 06.16.2014

Story of Seasons gets one of the lamest trailers of all time

Story of Seasons and Natsume's Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (full story on that debacle here) are undoubtedly two games that I'm looking forward to play on my 3DS the most, but with trailers like these, it's as if XSEED jus...

Brittany Vincent



Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer photo
Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer
by Natalie Kipper

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 with Marvelous AQL, the series' developers.

So when XSEED wanted to bring Marvelous AQL's Bokujō Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi to the States, they couldn't call it a Harvest Moon title. And thus, Story of Seasons was born. I was able to get a look at the Nintendo 3DS game and couldn't have been more enchanted.

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2:30 PM on 06.13.2014

Check out the inner workings of Level-5's Fantasy Life

After announcing Level-5's Fantasy Life life-simulation RPG during Nintendo's Treehouse event, the product development team took some time out to stream the game to provide some additional details on how the game works and w...

Brittany Vincent

7:55 PM on 06.11.2014

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley's '3D' aspects explained

After that strange Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons debacle that Kyle so kindly set straight for us, it's good to see more details emerging regarding the actual branded Harvest Moon release, The Lost Valley. The game's E3 inform...

Brittany Vincent

1:15 PM on 06.06.2014

Don't Starve: Giant Edition will be a good fit for PlayStation Vita

Klei Entertainment said it was looking into bringing Don't Starve to PS Vita and the studio confirmed today that it's moving forward with the port. This version will launch with the Reign of Giants DLC included -- that's two ...

Jordan Devore



Review: Tomodachi Life photo
Review: Tomodachi Life
by Darren Nakamura

Nintendo catches a lot of flak for relying too heavily on its established franchises. Though it has been producing new properties, few have gained traction among hardcore gamers since Pikmin. Tomodachi Life might be overlooked for the same reasons. Its use of Miis and its nebulous gameplay could lead to some labeling it as too casual.

Do not fall into that trap. Tomodachi Life is one of the best Nintendo games in years.

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