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Review: Citizens of Earth
by Brittany Vincent

The Fifth Element came on TV the other day, and it really got me thinking about mise-en-scène versus characterization. It’s one of my absolute favorite movies, and is an exemplar of sci-fi in cinema without being too derivative of other works. The grittiness of futuristic New York, the contrast between earthtones and bright colors in the costume and set design, and the excellent choreography of the action scenes come together to make a great movie.

What’s a movie though without characters that entertain, blossom with personality, and can be empathized with? Would The Fifth Element be as entertaining without the bluster of Bruce Willis, the innocent sexuality of Milla Jovovich, or the ridiculous Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod? Can well-crafted artwork, concept, and background come together to make a good production regardless of the characters within it? Those are the questions that Citizens of Earth brought to mind.

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10:30 PM on 01.19.2015

Australia gets second wave of Majora's Mask New 3DS units

Nintendo's Australia and New Zealand region Twitter account noted that, as is the case elsewhere, "Due to overwhelming demand, New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora’s Mask Edition is currently unavailable for pre-order in AU/NZ." ...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 01.19.2015

Majora's Mask New 3DS XL listing pops up on Play-Asia

If you've missed out on getting a Majora's Mask themed New 3DS XL from GameStop and Best Buy, there seems to be hope yet. A listing for the system has appeared on Play-Asia, with pre-order availability "coming soon." So ...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 01.18.2015

Here's the latest way to region unlock your 3DS

Last November, Nintendo talked a little about rethinking their policies of region locking. Seems like common sense to me. The gains they'd make in consumer goodwill by allowing a few games to more easily make it overseas wou...

Jonathan Holmes

2:30 PM on 01.16.2015

Yet another Majora's Mask 3D trailer to tide you over

Nintendo sure has hit the marketing hard for Majora's Mask 3D in the few days since its wildly popular Direct. It seems like the 3DS remake has been everywhere lately. There's just under a month to go until release, and it remains to be seen whether there's enough steam to push the hype train at full power for that long. Final stop: Termina.

Brett Makedonski

2:00 PM on 01.16.2015

The New 3DS' nubbin' will fare better than the Circle Pad Pro

Roughly a year and a half after the 3DS launched in 2010, the Circle Pad Pro was announced. Due to numerous complaints about the lack of a second analog stick on the portable, Nintendo relented, in the weirdest way possible -...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 01.16.2015

People bought many a Wii U and amiibo in 2014

According to a media release from Nintendo, the Wii U sold almost 30 percent more hardware and over 75 percent more games in 2014 than the previous year, likely fueled by the one-two punch of Mario Kart 8 (1.7 million physica...

Mike Cosimano



Are you still going to upgrade to a New 3DS? photo
Are you still going to upgrade to a New 3DS?
by Chris Carter

When the New 3DS was announced, we held a poll asking you if you wanted to pick it up. 36% of you said "yes," 29% said "no," and 34% said "it depends on the exclusives." Now that Nintendo has debuted a bunch of news with its recent Nintendo Direct, did you switch your view?

So what's changed? Slight improvements for upcoming games like Majora's Mask and Monster Hunter 4 -- which basically involve faster boot times and a c-stick to control the camera. Also, Xenoblade Chronicles on 3DS actually has a release window, and the on-board amiibo functionality has been highlighted with games like Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Keep in mind though that an amiibo adapter is still planned for "non-New" 3DS units at some point (the current rumor is between amiibo waves 3 and 4).

On the negative side, the prospect has gotten worse for some, as it has been announced that there will be no AC adapter included, and the XL is the only model that's going to be released in the US.

With all this in mind, do you still want it, still hate it, or have you come around to it by now?

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I unboxed the New 3DS XL and tickled its sensitive nub photo
I unboxed the New 3DS XL and tickled its sensitive nub
by Bill Zoeker

After a Nintendo press event yesterday, I was sent home with a review unit of the New Nintendo 3DS XL. I figured it would be a good idea to record my opening of it so that I could share my trademarked cynical indignation with you all. So, sorry about that. But, you get to see what thing looks like right out of the box! Shiny toys!

It's a pretty standard package, with the glaring exception of the lack of an AC adapter. Nintendo gave IGN the predictable company line, "Rather than raise cost of New Nintendo 3DS XL by charging consumers for a component they may already own, we are giving them the option to only buy if they need an AC adapter."

Cool. You know, except that this device is an upgrade of an existing device, and people might want to sell the obsolete model. Not to mention, people who don't already own a compatible power plug will be praying there will be one in stock when they go to buy the New 3DS XL, and will probably get stuck with a shitty third-party knock-off.

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2:00 PM on 01.15.2015

Nintendo: New 3DS XL doesn't include AC adapter to cut costs

Yesterday, Nintendo announced the New 3DS XL for North America. It's coming out February 13 for $200. Dampening this excitement was word that Nintendo has no plans to release the smaller size New 3DS in North America. That an...

Steven Hansen

11:30 AM on 01.15.2015

Nintendo Download: 3D After Burner II

On the Wii U, we have Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight on the Virtual Console. Nintendo calls this an "NES classic," but I beg to differ. Also on the Wii U eShop, there's Electroic Super Joy: Groove City, Family Tennis SP...

Chris Carter

7:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX dances to 3DS in May

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is coming to Nintendo 3DS in late May, Sega announced today. The cutesy rhythm game styles Hatsune Miku and friends after the Good Smile Company's trendy Nendoroid figures, which explains why th...

Kyle MacGregor





6:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Etrian Mystery Dungeon crawls to 3DS on April 7

Etrian Mystery Dungeon will arrive in North America on April 7, Atlus USA announced today. The project is a collaboration between Atlus and Spike Chunsoft, pairing the character classes and skill trees of Etrian Odyssey with Mystery Dungeon's exploratory roguelike design.  Atlus plans to include a bonus soundtrack disc with all pre-orders and first-run copies of the game.

Kyle MacGregor

5:46 PM on 01.14.2015

Missed out at GameStop? Best Buy has Majora's Mask New 3DS XL for pre-order (Not anymore)

[Update: And it's gone!] The Majora's Mask-themed New 3DS XL sold out at GameStop in minutes, before many of us on the west coast even woke up or had open stores to run to.  Now is your chance if you missed out. It's up for pre-order on Best Buy's website.

Steven Hansen

3:45 PM on 01.14.2015

Hell yes, hell yes, Rhythm Heaven 3DS

During Japan's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced there would be a new Rhythm Heaven game for 3DS this year. It will feature over a hundred minigames, 70 of which comes from past entries in the series, 30 of which are new. It's coming to Japan this summer. Hopefully we get word of a North American release.  Hopefully this makes it in:

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 01.14.2015

16 minutes of Majora's Mask on 3DS because Nintendo loves you

Have you managed to secure a fancy Majora's Mask New 3DS XL, but want to know what to expect from the remake? Don't worry; Nintendo of Japan has your back. In this 16-minute video, we get to see early game day one ...

Brett Makedonski