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Playing GH3 on Wii and Castlevania The Dracula X Chronicles on PSP.

If you live in the UK, you know that getting games months after the US and Japan is a cause for anger and imports. With handheld games, this is fine as there are no region locks on DS and PSP games. But with home consoles, this has been getting to be a bit bothersome.

An example of this is the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Brawl has been released in Japan for almost a month, and releases in the US on the 9th of March. But the best that Europeans get is "second quarter of 2008". I know that it's not to be whinged about (Australia has no release date, pity them) but it's still a few months after it's been released in two of the major gaming continents.

There are times when Europe gets a game before the US or Japan, but whenever this happens there tend to be problems with translations or text (anyone who got The Minish Cap would know about this).

The reason that most games get delayed in the UK is because of translations and localisation. Most people in the UK speak english as their first language, so translating a game into a bunch of languages we aren't likely to use is a waste of time. And this isn't the age of when TVs in the UK only run on 50Hz. Most of the TVs we have can and will run without 50Hz quite easily now. If you believe the UK should be split up from Europe in terms of release dates, then click here and sign the petition. I didn't create the petition, but have signed it, and all British gamers should too if they want less delays in terms of new games.

Today's Brawl update is, rather obviously, Olimar's Special Moves. As you guessed, most of his attacks are dependent on his having Pikmin, and the type you have will affect your attacks slightly.

B-Neutral: Pikmin Pluck

Yeah, there he goes. Getting those Pikmin. Not much to say on this pic.

You can have up to 6 Pikmin following you, and you can get a Pikmin with this attack so long as you're on solid ground. Also, different Pikmin are more likely to appear in different levels. Like Pikmin 2, there are 5 types of pikmin Olimar can use. They are:

Red Pikmin

It has a high attack power, its attacks are fire-based and it's immune to fire. So, just like the original game with the addition of fire attacks.

Yellow Pikmin

These can be thrown further and have a slight arc when thrown, they're easy to hit enemies with and have an electric property when attacking enemies. Same as Pikmin 2 with the added property. Its ears look wierd though. Probably just me :S

Blue Pikmin

Not much to say here 'cept they're strong when thrown and they'll last longer than other Pikmin.

Purple Pikmin

Not the most agile of the Pikmin, but it has a very high attack power and will slam onto enemies when thrown.

White Pikmin

The quickest of the five, when this type is thrown, it'll do poison damage when latched on to a character.

You'll be able to tell which Pikmin you'll throw next by seeing which one's directly behind you whilst you walk.

Also, it looks like they may be arranged by whether they have a leaf, bud or flower.

You will need Pikmin to pull off Smash attacks, some midair attacks and throws. So if your team dies, pull up another bunch, or you're in the brown stinky stuff.

At least the Pikmin have souls... which normally disintegrate in the first strong wind they encounter :(

And now, for the rest of the Special attacks.

B-Forward: Pikmin Throw

See Diddy? I told you you shouldn't've smirked at them! They're crazy!


The Pikmin will do damage for as long as they're attached, and the more there are, the faster damage is accumulated.

Up-B: Pikmin Chain

Imagine seeing him do this in the original game! It would've been a laugh. Anyway, as you can probably tell, the more Pikmin you have, the greater your chance of survival.

Down-B: Pikmin Order

Whistle for any Pikmin that've strayed from the pack. This'll also change the Pikmin that gets thrown first.

Sakurai assures the reader that the way he plays is easier than it looks.

…uh-huh. Right.

And, just to keep people from thhinking otherwise, that isn't Louie, that particular Olimar just has a Yellow Pikmin stuck in his skull. He's taunted by his fellow shipmates because of this.

And those were the special moves. New character Monday please?! (although it isn't very likely, we'll probably get Olimar's Final Smash)

Also, something for Pokémon Diamond/Pearl Fans, play Pokémon D/P on the 12th. Look here for info.

Today's Brawl update gives us Snake's Final Smash. It's called:

The Grenade Launcher.

Use it, and he looks like he's calling someone. Then…

Gravity Jump!

In the air, he grabs what is apparently a rope ladder from the helicopter he called in, and takes aim.

Dunno about you, but that may get annoying in some battles.

Once you can move the aiming reticule, press the Attack Button to fire. You get 6 shots but, like the special ops agent he is, he isn't going to go around without ammo.

He just reloads! Does Pit look as if he's burning up on re-entry?

Anyway, you can keep shooting until you either run out of time for the Smash, or after you've unloaded 12 shots on the targ- I mean characters in the background.

He then climbes up the ladder and returns to the front lines, where there'll be some very annoyed combatants.

Sakurai suggests that you "shoot all your rounds rather than run out of time leaving ammo behind" and says if you shoot indiscriminantly, your shots may be dodged.

He also suggests to aim at two people who are fighting with each other. Rather cheap isn't it? I say aim at whoever's avoiding the fight. Teach them a lesson.

That's right, a new Character! I had a gut feeling he'd be in it. Preeeesenting.... Pikmin and Olimar!

This is made of pure freakin' win!

He shall apparently join the fray with the Pikmin in tow and can pluck them from the ground as his allies. Whether this means he can get more of them or nnot is beyond me. But Without the Pikmin, Olimar can't pull off a Final Smash, and the Pikmin tend to scatter sometimes too, apparently.

But, holy crap man! This is something worth waking up to!

The Pikmin's eyes... they look like they can pierce YOUR SOUL!

Olimar and the 'Min down in Norfair. I'll bet the red one survives the heat.

Yes. Just yes.

You can laugh, Diddy, but before you know it, you're Health Pie will be in the red, then BAM! 50 Pikmin.

If you're wondering, I'm only going to do Character Updates. But seriously, I wonder how he'll play. I can think of what his Alt. suits will be and how he'll grab (probably). He is now the first character I'm gonna play when this gem comes out.

PS. I'm slow on the uptake.

PPS: There was a remixed version of the World Map, but I can't seem to embed it :S

…the Official Keyboard! Sony have said they're hard at work on making one, and should be ready mid 2009.

The above is a Logitech, but it was aborted.

Here's the link.

It seems that Sony are adamant in turning their handheld into a multimedia device that does everything except feed the cat. (which will likely come in '09)

After the revelation that there'd be Skype on the PSP, it seems now that there'll be a GPS Peripheral coming to it.

Now you'll never be lost :B

As it says on the Sony Website:

"Explore the world with GPS on your PSP. Utlizing the GPS peripheral and the latest mapping software on UMD, your PSP will provide 2D/3D locations, driving directions, POI's, and even downloadable city guides. With an easy search feature and customizable settings, GPS on PSP is the easiest way to navigate new areas and cities."

Here's the Kotaku link, as linking to the Sony website may not work due to its Flash Nature.

I'd make a crack about the games but it's too early in the morning and I can't think of one. -.-