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Capcom has announced that the much-awaited Monster Hunter 4 is going stateside “early 2015”. The english-speaking world will get the equivalent of Monster Hunter 4G in Japan — an enhanced version of the vanilla Monster Hunter 4 that has more content. Much like what Monster Hunter 3G was to Monster Hunter 3.

Unlike MH3U before it that had both 3DS and Wii U versions, MH4U is only announced for the 3DS. And I don’t have a problem with that.

This one has online multiplayer (finally!) so the days of meeting up in a coffee house to play are over.

Nooice!

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This is not your momma’s Zelda.

The only Zelda game I have thoroughly played is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the great classic on the SNES system back in the day. I have always loved how a top-view adventure RPGs can package a lengthy and deep adventure concisely and this new sequel A Link Between Worlds is no exception. While game design and development choices have made me or possibly you cynical about sequels to great classics, rest assured that this is not a soulless shell of a quick cash grab that we have been repeatedly exposed to over the last decade of games.

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That worm dude boss is bigger than this but is still 100% annoying.

While the entire world of Link Between Worlds looks familiar to those who have played A Link to the Past, the similarities end with the familiar locations. Each scene is not a carbon copy of its SNES predecessor nor are the dungeons or bosses in any way rehashed (except for one distinctively annoying worm). Some of them may look derivative (like the Thieves’ Hideout boss) but they don’t play the same. It’s a brand new game with modified mechanics and different challenges (where you still have to collect the same pendants to get the Master Sword, lol) so you can have your slice of nostalgia pie and enjoy an entirely new experience.

One major deviation from the Zelda formula is the immediately availability of most tools (Hookshot, Ice and Fire Wand, etc.) which are rented from one of the supporting characters of the game, the mysterious Rovio. Others may find this change detrimental to the game, I on the other hand appreciate this streamlining. You are not required to take on any dungeon or boss in any particular order. Rented weapons are lost upon dying so there is a bigger sense of urgency to stay alive while you earn enough rupees to purchase the rent weapons so that you can retain them even after getting killed and upgrade them. Yes, you can upgrade all your tools in Link Between Worlds primarily to make your life easier in boss fights if they become too difficult for you.

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Stick to the walls, bub.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds also features a new art direction for all the characters. Personally I don’t like it that much but it is certainly pleasing to the eye and the 3D display for once (in a blue moon) is actually utilized in a way for you to solve puzzles easily. While it seems like you are playing on a 2D field, you need to think three-dimensional to get the job done.

Good Points:

  • There are a lot of secrets to discover and challenges to overcome in order to achieve full content completion.
  • A Link Between Worlds has the best 3D visuals to-date. If your eyes can take the strain of 3D display, go for it, it’s worth the effort.
  • This is the first game in a long time I felt compelled to play a game continuously every chance I got. The game’s pace proceeds so well that you just want to continue your adventure and see things to the end.

Bad Points:

  • The game is rather short. It will take you roughly 20-30 hours to complete the adventure if you don’t go with any guides. The game is absurdly easy to finish if you consult a guide (why play a game in the first place if you do consult a guide for your first play-through).

X-Factors:

  • If you find even Hero mode too easy, you can always intentionally “gimp” your character by avoiding optional upgrades for your weapon, armor, hearts, and empty bottles. It will be hell, you might enjoy it.
  • The StreetPass function of the game gives the latest Legend of Zelda game additional replay value. Although a bit shallow and gear dependent, it’s always fun taunting a friend for having a weak-ass Shadow Link.

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NeoGaf, infamous for leaking out video game dev info, has a post about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS. Details about new characters and mechanics are apparently revealed.

Among them are the ones about Donkey Kong nemesis King K. Rool and Punch Out‘s Little Mac (the Wii remake version) joining the roster, as well as Fire Emblem: Awakening‘s Chrom being added and will co-exist with the Smash veteran Ike from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn. The one about Samus’ archenemy Ridley we already knew about before. There are also new stuff about assist trophies, costumes, and stages.

As always, this is not confirmed to be true but more often than not, Nintendo leaks from NeoGaf are pretty much reliable.

Hit the source link below for all the details in the actual post.

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Grand Theft Auto V is this week’s game.

That’s it. Thanks for coming!

Here are this week’s vidyas:

 

Hot Wheels Worlds Best Driver (Wii U/3DS Retail)

We Sing: 80s (Wii U Retail)

Cut the Rope (3DS eShop)

Rage of the Gladiators (3DS eShop)

Star Wars Pinball (3DS eShop)

AiRace Speed (3DS eShop)

 

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Capcom Fighting Evolution (PS2 Classic)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (PS3 DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack Pack (PS3 DLC)

Real Boxing (PS Vita PSN)

 

Grand Theft Auto V (Retail)

Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver (Retail)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack (DLC)

 

Foul Play (PC Steam)

Borderlands 2 – Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 (PC Steam)

Ironclad Tactics (PC/Mac)

Takedown: Red Sabre (PC/Mac)

Urban Trial Freestyle (PC Steam)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (PC Steam DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack (PC Steam DLC)

Announced during Japan’s recently concluded Monster Hunter Direct Presentation, Capcom and Nintendo announced that players will be able to outfit themselves with the equipment of the one and only (not really) Hero of Hyrule in the upcoming Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS.

The iconic green tunic, as well as the Master Sword and a Hylian Shield will be equippable by blademasters while Link’s bow will be the weapon for gunners. The set will be available via download so let me have a sigh of relief knowing that I wouldn’t need to hunt 100 Ganons just so his rare tescticle component will drop (though that sounds strangely fun).

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It was also announced during the presentation that your Felyne companions will have access to Mario and Luigi costumes.

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Monster Hunter 4 will be released in Japan on September 14. No announcement of a western release yet, but at this point they better! Or I’m gonna cry.

Rayman Legends is finally out this week, though you might want to steer out of the way of the PS Vita version of the game as we heard it’s missing some content (until they patch it). Diablo 3 makes its way to consoles as promised, and you can get jiggle with it with Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate *mmphh*, and a new adventure awaits you with the Strawhats in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2.

Here are this week’s vidyas:

 

Rayman Legends (Wii U Retail)

eShop Releases (TBA)

 

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Diablo 3 (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Rayman Legends (PS3/Vita Retail/PSN)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PS3 PSN)

Castle of Illusions (PS3 PSN)

Chaos Code (PS3 PSN)

Hunter’s Trophy 2: America (PS3 PSN)

Kickbeat (PS3/Vita PSN)

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 (PS3 PSN)

Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity (PS2 Classic)

Borderlands 2 – Costume Packs (PS3 DLC)

Borderlands 2 – Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 (PS3 DLC)

Grid 2 – Destruction Derby (PS3 DLC)

Metro: Last Light – Tower Pack (PS3 DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Dubstep Gun (Remix) Pack (PS3 DLC)

 

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (Retail)

Diablo 3 (Retail)

Rayman Legends (Retail)

Castle of Illusion (XBLA)

Freefall Racers (XBLA)

Borderlands 2 – Costume Packs (DLC)

Borderlands 2 – Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 (DLC)

Grid 2 – Destruction Derby (DLC)

Metro: Last Light – Tower Pack (DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Dubstep Gun (Remix) Pack (DLC)

Minecraft – Mass Effect Mash-up (DLC)

 

Borderlands 2 – Costume Packs (PC Steam)

Borderlands 2 – Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 (PC Steam)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PC Steam)

Castle of Illusion Castle of Illusion (PC Steam)

Grid 2 – Destruction Derby (PC Steam)

Huntsman: The Orphanage (PC/Mac)

Metro: Last Light – Tower Pack (PC Steam)

Outlast (PC Steam)

Rayman Legends (PC)

Saints Row 4 – Dubstep Gun (Remix) Pack (PC Steam)

Total War: Rome 2 (PC Steam)

Total War: Rome 2 – Greek States Culture Pack (PC Steam)

Squenix fans rejoiced when it was announced a few months ago that the much-clamored 3DS RPG — Bravely Default: Flying Fairyis going to get a western release.

Meanwhile, Japan will be getting an enhanced version of the game titled Bravely Default: For the Sequel (srsly?). This version features an improved UI, a streamlined battle system, dual audio and more detailed environments.

With the delay of the western version you would think that it is only right that the enhanced version should be the one we get, right?

Today, Square Enix, via their official Bravely Default twitter account announced that this is the case.

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Still no specific release date but awesome news is awesome.

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In an odd show of backpedaling and hubris, Nintendo has decided that the 3D effect isn’t quite what attracts people to the 3DS: it’s the games. Hence the launch of the new, entry-level Nintendo 2DS. The 2DS is a cut-down version of the existing 3DS hardware, containing the same guts inside (including Wi-Fi and all connectivity options), without the ability to display games in 3D. The design is odd, to say the least—it’s a standalone, non-clamshell device that looks more akin to the Game Boy line than its DS predecessors. Instead of “closing” the clamshell to put the device to sleep, there’s a rocker switch that flips the screens to “off.”

Putting it bluntly, it’s a weird piece of tech and a weird choice for Nintendo, overall. It seems geared towards the lower-end youth market but the front-facing design kind of kills that idea, because that was the appeal of the DS (and the GBA SP) line in the first place: you can flip down the system to protect the screens. Still despite the puzzling design, the sad fact is at $129, we here at 30lives will still buy the darn thing just to have it.

The Nintendo 2DS launches on October 12 (alongside Pokemon X and Y). Stay tuned for our hands-on review shortly thereafter!

Anyone excited about Madden NFL 25?

Anyone?

*crickets* *tumbleweed*

Okay!

Here are this week’s vidyas:

 

Wario Land 3 (3DS eShop Virtual Console)

 

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3 Retail)

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Killer is Dead (PS3 Retail)

Lost Planet 3 (PS3 Retail)

Madden NFL 25 (PS3 Retail)

Crimson Sea 2 (PS2 Classic PSN)

Floating Cloud God Saves the Pilgrims in HD (PS3/Vita PSN)

The HD Adventures of the Rotating Octopus Character (PS3 PSN)

Spelunky (PS3/Vita PSN-CrossBuy)

Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (PS3/Vita/PSP PSN)

 

Killer is Dead (Retail)

Lost Planet 3 (Retail)

Madden NFL 25 (Retail)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Apocalypse (DLC)

 

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition (PC Steam)

The Chaos Engine (PC/Mac Steam)

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC)

Game Dev Tycoon (PC/Mac Steam)

Guardians of Middle-earth (PC Steam)

Guardians of Middle-earth DLC Bundles (PC Steam DLC)

Lost Planet 3 (PC Steam)

Memoria (PC/Mac Steam)

Pixeljunk Monsers Ultimate Edition (PC Steam)

Shelter (PC/Mac Steam)

The Saints are back in their 4th game: Saint’s Row IV — out this week and that should tide you down before GTAV releases in September. The spin-off The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is also launching this week. It’s an FPS set in XCOM‘s universe. And also, Disney Infinity goes to retail for all major platforms. Anything for you this week?

Here are this week’s vidyas:

 

Disney Infinity Starter Pack (Wii/Wii U/3DS Retail)

Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Wii U Retail)

Super Luigi U (Wii U Retail)

 

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (PS3 Retail)

Disney Infinity Starter Pack (PS3 Retail)

Saints Row IV (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PS3 Retail)

Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers (PS3 PSN)

Divekick (PS3/Vita PSN)

Kessen III (PS2 Classic)

Naval Ops Commander (PS2 Classic)

Saints Row IV Season Pass (PS3 DLC)

The Walking Dead (Vita Retail)

 

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified  (Retail)

Disney Infinity Starter Pack (Retail)

Saints Row IV (Retail)

Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Retail)

Divekick (XBLA)

Saints Row IV Season Pass (DLC)

 

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (PC)

Divekick (PC) [Steam]

Hate Plus (PC/Mac) [Steam]

Might & Magic X: Legacy (PC)

Ravaged: Zombie Apocalypse (PC) [Steam]

Saints Row IV (PC)

Saints Row IV Season Pass (PC) [Steam] DLC

Sir, You Are Being Hunted (PC/Mac)

Skullgirls (PC) [Steam]

Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PC)

Stuck at home with nothing new to play? Fret not, Atlus is here to save your day (and wallet)! You can buy select Nintendo 3DS Atlus titles at a discounted price until August 31st on the eShop so now is the best time to catch up on your backlog.

Code of Princess drops to $19.99 from its usual price of $29.99. This is great for side scrolling action fans who are on a roll from the recent hit Dragon’s Crown.

If you’re more into Shin Megami Tensei, Soul Hackers is also on sale for $29.99. This is a remake of the 1997 game optimized for the 3DS so get it if you passed before.

Finally, we have Etrian Odyssey IV, also for $29.99. I bought it months ago but still remains in its sealed packet so this makes me sad.

See? No more excuse for you to be bored this day even if you’re at home! Stay dry and safe, guys. Spend the time off with your 3DS instead of going out.

First sighted as part of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (The Collection) listing at Play-Asia, it has been confirmed that not only will the HD-fied version of this previously Nintendo 3DS exclusive title be part of that collection, it will also be offered as a stand-alone digital download from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace for the PS3 and Xbox 360, respectively.

The 3DS version was plagued by low frame-rate issues and that’s the main reason I’m still yet to finish it (you can find our official review here). I’m pretty sure this will be the best version to play for the second part in the Mirror of Fate trilogy before Lords of Shadow 2 is released.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD has a release date of October 31st. Perfect for a Halloween playthrough.

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Hey Nintendo folks! We’ve got new(ish) games in this week’s Nintendo eShop update!

Wii U is still stockpiling on classic games via the Virtual Console. This week sees the release of Galaga ($4.99), a classic shoot-’em-up that weaned us back in the 80’s before we moved on to classier shmups and bullet hell games. What was your favorite?

Speaking of shooters, well… Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist is also now on the Wii U with new controller-specific functions exclusively for the Gamepad. Release date is on August 20th and it can be had for $59.99.

Discounted games Trine 2: Director’s Cut is available for $7.99 until September 5th from its original price of $19.99, and BIT.TRIP Presents RUNNER 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is going for $11.25 (from $14.99) until August 29. Also, BIT.TRIP has a new DLC for $3 which features six new playable characters so you might want to throw that in if you’re planning to buy the game.

As for the 3DS, you can get Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D ($4.99, originally released for WiiWare) if you’re into shooters (is it shooter week for Nintendo or something), and then there’s the 10-in-1 Arcade Collection which reminds me of those shady cartridges everybody owned back then for the NES. It’s going for only $2.99 so maybe it’s a good deal for retro fans?

Retail releases for Barbie Groom and Glam Pups and My Western Horse 3D (both at $29.99) which I will refuse to talk about, because principles.

Speaking of retro, Donkey Kong is now available for the 3DS Virtual Console collection for the usual price of $4.99.

Nothing to pick up this week, so I guess I’ll go back to Hydeland and try to beat Infernal this week. What about you?

Good Nintendo releases this week for a change. Mario and Luigi: Dream Team is officially out (though some local stores already broke streetdate last week) and Ducktales Remastered makes a comeback (multiplatform). Payday 2 is also this week and I’m hearing good things about it. Check it out if you are one of them FPS dorks.

Here are this week’s vidyas:

Angry Birds Trilogy (Wii/Wii U Retail)

Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff (Wii/Wii U/DS/3DS Retail)

Ducktales Remastered (Wii U eShop)

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS Retail)

Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D (3DS eShop)

 

Payday 2 (PS3 Retail)

DuckTales Remastered (PS3 PSN)

Mars: War Logs (PS3 PSN)

Thunder Wolves (PS3 PSN)

Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches (PS3 DLC)

A-Men (PS Vita PSN)

BreakQuest: Extra Evolution (PS Vita PSN)

Fruit Ninja (PS Vita PSN)

Open Me! (PS Vita PSN)

 

Payday 2 (Retail)

Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff (Retail)

Charlie Murder (XBLA)

Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches (DLC)

 

Betrayer (PC Steam)

Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches (PC DLC)

DuckTales Remastered (PC Steam)

Europa Universalis 4 (PC/Mac Steam)

Hammerwatch (PC/Mac/Linus Steam)

Payday 2 (PC Steam)

Space Hulk (PC/Mac Steam)

Unholy Heights (PC/Mac)

Worms Clan Wars (PC Steam)

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Here’s a newly released Monster Hunter 4 trailer from Capcom. This action-packed video features the new NPCs and the new Wyvern bosses.

Graphics are amazingly well done considering it’s on the 3DS. And this one has native online multiplayer support — the one thing missing from Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the 3DS.

Dear Capcom,

Western release announcement or GTFO!

Thanks.

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The Titans aren’t so big after all — they fit inside the 3DS!

Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin in Japan), the manga/anime series about a group of kids imitating Spider-Man while killing Yao Ming is getting a 3DS game release this year. It is being developed by Spike Chunsoft (who made the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games and that warrior StreetPass game) and it seems to be an action game.

And that’s all we know so far! (LOL) We are promised to get more details about it on September 9th.

*High-fives all around* because why not?

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The awesome crossover game Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney was released for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan last year without a hint of a western release, much to the dismay of fans in the english-speaking parts of the world.

Well, it’s finally coming! During last night’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney was announced for a 2014 release for North America and Europe.

*High-fives all-around*

It’s the official release week for Dragon’s Crown (the image above is from the game’s fantastic unlockable gallery)! If you have a PS3 and/or PS Vita then this should be an instabuy for you or else we can’t be friends anymore. Meanwhile, Pikmin 3 arrives for the game-starved Wii U and Tales of Xillia finally sees the western light!

Here are this week’s vidyas:

Disney Planes (Wii/Wii U/DS/3DS Retail)

Pikmin 3 (Wii U Retail)

Cloudberry Kingdom (Wii U eShop)

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS Retail)

SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop)

Dragon’s Crown (PS3/PS Vita Retail/PSN)

Tales of Xillia (PS3 Retail)

Ibb and Obb (PS3 PSN)

The Red Star (PS2 Classics)

Superfrog HD (PS3/PS Vita PSN)

Little Acorns (PS Vita PSN)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (XBLA)

Saints Row 4: Inauguration Station (Demo)

Divinity: Dragon Commander (PC) [Steam]

Guacamelee! (PC) [Steam]

Guncraft (PC) [Steam]

Papers, Please (PC/Mac) [Steam]

Saints Row 4: Inauguration Station (PC) [Steam]

The Sims 3: Dragon Valley (PC/Mac)

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Pretty soon, the Vita won’t be the only handheld where you play as women with grotesque body proportions. Equal-opportunity achievers XSEED will soon grace Nintendo 3DS owners everywhere with the presence of a popular Japanese title known as Senran Kagura Burst. Based on an anime/manga of which I have no knowledge about (one which I’m assuming admittance to possession/viewing would probably land me on an FBI/NSA joint watchlist), all I know is the game and its separate Vita companion title burned up the charts in Japan when they were released.

Senran Kagura Burst is set in an academy which serves as a front for an underground school where female students are secretly trained in the art of ninjutsu. Consisting of two separate storylines, Skirting Shadows introduces players to the “good shinobi” of Hanzō Academy while its counterpart, Crimson Girls, turns the tables to tell the same tale from the rival Hebijo Academy’s point of view.

Players assume control of the five primary female characters in each academy who aspire to become full-fledged shinobi. Within the “Ninja Room” hub located in each academy, character interactions reveal the thoughts and feelings of the students before and after each game mission. Novel-style story scenes then precede other missions, offering a deeper look into the world of Senran Kagura. The drama of the battle adventure unfolds as players complete combat assignments for each of the main characters, including retrieval missions, multi-character battles and epic boss fights. During combat, damage to the girls is revealed through the gradual destruction and removal of their shinobi outfits.  The original Japanese voice-overs have been left intact and will be accompanied by English subtitles.

Literally the game’s only hook is that the chesty protagonists’ clothes get continuously-damaged (which I’m going to coin an industry term for: RapeRipped(TM)) as battles get more and more intense. You do get two games in one—an up-port of the original Senran Kagura and a direct sequel built from the ground up, SK Burst—so it’s a pretty good deal, potential embarrassment notwithstanding.

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Got the $30 eShop credits from registering your Shin Megami Tensei IV and Fire Emblem: Awakening codes in Club Nintendo? Here, let me help you spend it!

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  • Virtual Console library is getting bigger each week. This week marks the release of SNES classic Kid Icarus for your current gen Nintendo console… /cry. Get it for the usual $4.99.

3DS

  • Chain Blaster is available at $6.99, or you can get the demo first to see if it’s something to your liking.
  • Angler’s Club: Ultimate Bass Fishing 3D is available for $29.99.
  • Picross e2 can be had for $5.99.
  • Cute Witch! Runner is on the Nintendo DSi for $1.99.

Zzzz… On second thought, keep the $30 and just add a few more bucks to get Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies or something. Or maybe spend it on Megaman 1-6 like I did.