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Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play photo
Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play
by Chris Carter

During a hands-on Nintendo event, I was given the option to play a number of upcoming games -- naturally, I gravitated towards Fantasy Life, which I've been waiting a few years to see in action overseas. Developed by the famous Level-5, Fantasy Life dropped in 2012 in Japan (and sold very well), and we've been asking for a localization ever since. Now we're getting it, as the game is set to drop on October 24.

The concept of Fantasy is dead-simple: you have 12 "lives" (jobs, essentially) to choose from, which derive from three principles -- combat, gathering, and creation. Although there is a core storyline that you can technically "beat," all 12 jobs have their own sub-story, and every job can fight in combat. In other words, it doesn't feel nearly as limiting as other simulators, so you can play the way you want to rather than shackle yourself to a certain archetype.

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11:30 AM on 07.16.2014

Every Club Nintendo Platinum reward is digital this year

Well, this is disappointing. Although Nintendo used to release cool products like hats and statues for its Club Nintendo Platinum members, this year it's all digital. Yep, both the Platinum and Gold ranks are digital-only, wi...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 07.16.2014

All of Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire's gym leaders have giant eyes now

The one thing that irked me about Pokemon X and Y was the 2D art, which seemed to shy away from the series' trademark look to a more homogenized anime blob style. Brawly's re-design has to b the worst. He wears those creepy toe shoes.  Compare for yourself below.

Steven Hansen

7:30 AM on 07.16.2014

Finally, I can be the female Saiyan I always roleplayed as in AOL chatrooms

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 is a port of the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes and is a card battling fighting game. So, you already know I'm interested. It contains more than 2000 cards to collect and fight with an...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Yo-Kai Watch 2 sells 1.28 million in just four days

[Update: Japanese sales tracking authority Media Creates estimates the figure of Yo-Kai Watch 2 opening weekend sales to be over 1.31 million.] Yo-Kai Watch 2 sales eclipsed 1,281,096 units after a mere four days on the ...

Kyle MacGregor

5:15 PM on 07.15.2014

Loads of Monster Hunter 4G limited edition items and accessories

As we wait until 2015, Japan is getting Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in October and, with it, a chance to clutter players' living spaces with more kitschy junk.  The limited edition (above) comes with four figurines an...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Lucina has the same moves as Marth in Super Smash Bros.

Lucina, originally introduced to us as Marth in Fire Emblem: Awakening, will in fact share his move set in the upcoming Smash Bros. Masahiro Sakurai explained on the Miiverse: "Her physical ablilites are identical to Mar...

Steven Hansen



I'm pumped to dress up Pikachu like a little fancy man photo
I'm pumped to dress up Pikachu like a little fancy man
by Max Scoville

One of my favorite parts of Pokémon Black & White was the ability to haze your magical pets by dressing them up and having them perform musical theatre, so putting Pikachu in drag in Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby sounds awesome to me. If you want to watch the full Pokémon trailer in all its awkwardly-paced Nintendo-approved sterile family-friendly glory, here it is.

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3:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Every 3DS Super Smash fighter, stage in next month's CoroCoro

Following surprising Fire Emblem additions to Super Smash Bros, CoroCoro announced (translation via GoNintendo): "We're including an additional jam-packed volume containing all of the characters and stages for the u...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby's secret bases are the base-t

Somehow, the revival of secret bases is enough to have me considering Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. I wasted ages originally seeking out the best laid out base so I could build a rocking pad with music mats, wa...

Steven Hansen

7:30 PM on 07.14.2014

Senran Kagura's Head Mount π-Play is really quite titillating

Senran Kagura series producre Kenichiro Takaki and some of the rest of the Marvelous staff decided to have a bit of a laugh at the expense of VR headsets and the hype surrounding them, and the result is just about what you'd ...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 07.14.2014

Here's a new batch of Super Smash Bros. screenshots with Captain Falcon, Lucina, and Robin

Following this morning's announcement that Lucina and Robin from the Fire Emblem series would be joining the fray along with Super Smash Bros. mainstay Captain Falcon, Nintendo has released a new batch of screens showing off ...

Darren Nakamura





3:30 PM on 07.14.2014

I'm going to freelance for all the outlets in Final Fantasy Explorers

Finally! A game that understands me on a personal level. Final Fantasy Explorers will feature Freelancers. Kind of like me, except these freelancers can create equipment for themselves using raw materials. When you start out,...

Brittany Vincent

3:00 PM on 07.14.2014

Play Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate at Tokyo Game Show

September's Tokyo Game Show will play host to a playable demo of the upcoming Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for 3DS. While the game itself will be available this fall as we reported a couple of days ago, 4Gamer (via Gematsu) repo...

Brittany Vincent

1:30 PM on 07.14.2014

See Dragon Quest X on the 3DS for the first time

Dragon Quest X is coming to the 3DS in Japan, which will hopefully boost its sales a bit. It'll use "ultra steaming tech" to bring high quality visuals to the portable, alongside of extra buttons and a keyboard by way of the...

Chris Carter

12:45 PM on 07.14.2014

Cosplay Pikachu and Mega Metagross look neat in this Ruby/Sapphire video

If you haven't been paying much attention to the recent Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire details to come out of Japanese magazine CoroCoro and promptly appear online in blurry scans, not to worry -- it's pretty m...

Jordan Devore