Steven already brought you the hardware and software sales figures that capped off Nintendo's 2014, so let's take a look at what's ahead for Japanese, European, and North American 3DS and Wii U players. It's release schedule ...
Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield.
Three decades after its original release, Duck Hunt is making a return to consoles. The classic shooter is coming to Wii U on December 25, Nintendo of America announced today.
Duck Hunt debuted in Japan in 1984 before launching in North America the next year alongside the NES. The experience centers on shooting ducks and clay pigeons out of the sky, which will now require Wii Remotes in lieu of NES Zappers. Those iconic light guns just don't work with modern televisions. Also, the old light bulb trick is probably a thing of the past as well.
At least now when that damn laughing dog makes fun of your shooting skills, you can always boot up Super Smash Bros. and pummel that chuckling canine into the ground.
Code Name: STEAM launches on Nintendo 3DS March 13, 2015, Nintendo announced this evening at the Game Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. The strategy game comes from Fire Emblem developer Intelligent Systems, and will feature both local and online multiplayer.
Nippon Ichi Software'shtoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (yes, that's seriously the title) will launch on February 24, 2015 in North America and in Europe the very next day.
The PlayStation Vita puzzler follows a pair of fireflies helping guide a young girl through a maze of ruins. NIS president Sohei Niikawa has compared the title to an indie game in the past, it being an experimental project developed by a small team at the Disgaea studio.
The game will get a physical release via NISA's online shop exclusively in the United States.
Omega Quintet is coming to North America and Europe next spring, publisher Idea Factory International announced today. The PlayStation 4 role-playing game stars a group of idols who must save the world from darkness with their sonic weapons.
The title is both Compile Heart's first foray into the new generation and the first PS4 title to take advantage of PlayStation Move. It released in Japan this October, selling in excess of 9,000 copies in its opening week.
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is heading to Steam next month, H2 Interactive has announced. It will feature both online and local multiplayer as well as English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese language options.
The pulbisher released Calamity Trigger, the first title in Arc System Works' vaunted fighting game series, on Steam earlier this year. Perhaps we can look forward to seeing Chrono Phantasma on PC sometime in 2015.
The anime-style 2D fighting game was developed by Japanese independent studio French Bread with netcode assistance from BlazBlue maker Arc System Works. The European release is being handled by NIS America, who are also targeting a 2015 launch.
Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy is punching and piledriving to PlayStation Vita in North America on December 2.
The action game, developed by Guilty Gear and BlazBlue developer Arc System Works, is said to feature four-player co-op and luchadores. Yes, you'll be able to beat up monsters with the power of friendship and lucha libre moves. Sounds like a romp.
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is coming to PlayStation 3 in North America on March 10, 2015, Koei Tecmo has confirmed. Gust's latest role-playing game will then arrive on European shores a few days later, March 13. Who's ready to get craftin'?
The otaku beat-'em-up arrived on PS3 and Vita back in August, and earned a favorable appraisal from our own Brittany Vincent. In her review, Brittany called the game "an interesting culture shock of a good time," recommending it to fans of quirky Japanese games.
The PS4 version vaunts a number of enhancements unseen in the original release, include upgraded visuals, a host of customization options, chat commands that can impact gameplay during livestreams, plus more dialogue scenes and folks walking around Akihabara.
It also bundles in all downloadable content released for the PS3 and Vita iterations as standard, but carries a slightly more expensive price tag at $50.
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit launches in North America on November 11, Marvelous announced today. The PlayStation Vita exclusive will then arrive in Europe the following day.
The rhythm game is a spin-off of "the popular bouncy ninja series," which sees the girls set aside their weapons for a change to engage in a cooking competition. Bon Appétit features ten "infectious" songs as standard, with more coming later as downloadable content.
Marvelous says all character and costume DLC from Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus is compatible with Bon Appétit. Furthermore players who purchase the "Gessen x Hebijo DLC pack" will have access to the game's soundtrack via a bonus music app.
Both the base game and expansion will retail for $15 apiece.
The 3DS farming simulator marks the first occasion Natsume has internally developed a Harvest Moon title. All previous entries in the series came as localizations of Marvelous' Bokujō Monogatari franchise, the latest of which is coming west this winter as Story of Seasons.
Terra Battle launches on iOS and Android devices on October 9, Mistwalker announced today.
The tactical role-playing game is the latest brainchild of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, who drew inspiration from shogi to devise a combat system based around flanking enemies.
Mistwalker plans to continue adding new content as the install base grows. The studio's outlines for various milestones include new music from famed composer Nobuo Uematsu, co-op and versus battle modes, and a console game set in the same universe.