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DSC02511Despite popular opinion, Nintendo is actually a company of iterative refinement—a company that does not simply rest after unleashing its creations, instead finding ways to subtly improve on them. This is especially true in their hardware offerings, all but one (the beleaguered and short-lived Virtual Boy) receiving some sort of incremental upgrade during their respective lifetimes. Remember those mystery ports on the NES and SNES? Though often appearing stunted from a technological standpoint, Nintendo always seemingly looks ahead and somehow sneaks in some sort of improvement in their consoles or handhelds, mysteriously forcing their consumers hands and snaking in a quick payment when, really, the “old” version of the hardware worked just fine.

Whether it’s slapping add-ons to the system (the Famicom’s Disk System), miniturization (SNES Jr., Game Boy Pocket), slight spec bumps (Game Boy Color and this very piece of hardware), or correcting a terrible, terrible mistake (the Game Boy Advance SP and its actually-legible scren), all of us have paid for a “standard” mid-cycle Nintendo upgrade one way or the other.

DSC02514I suppose where I’m getting at with this is, yes, Nintendo has a giant hard-on for improving their existing hardware, for better or for worse. Enter the “New” Nintendo 3DS. In what’s probably the least-creative console rebranding this side of the PlayStation twos through fours, the New Nintendo 3DS (or NN3DS, as abbreviated by absolutely nobody) is simply just that, a newer, mid-cycle version of its vintage-2011 Nintendo 3DS handheld awkwardly slotting in a couple years before its real successor comes out. Unlike the Nintendo DSi right before it, Nintendo isn’t immediately halting sales of the “older” 3DS units in lieu of this iteration, instead puzzlingly choosing to market this in North American regions as a premium version of the 3DS hardware. Irritatingly, Nintendo of America has decided to not release the New 3DS XL’s smaller sibling at all, choosing to keep the “old” 3DS and XL, as well as its forlorn stepsibling, the adorable but maligned 2DS. It doesn’t take a marketing degree to realize that they’ve made a mess out of this.

That aside, the short story with the New 3DS is that its actually a worthwhile upgrade to the original 3DS and 3DS XL. Much unlike how a typical Nintendo fan fails to refine him or herself into a nuanced adult, the NN3DSXL feels like a more premium, mature product. Even the intangibles such as heft and gloss were taken into account when crafting Nintendo’s final revision of the 3DS product. On paper it sounds like a dicey cash-grab, but when you actually have one in your hands, the New 3DS XL looks, sounds and feels exactly how the handheld should have been in the first place.

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Small things, such as the volume slider being relegated to the top of the clamshell instead of its irritatingly easy-to-cajole former home on the bottom half of the console, turn into vast improvements once you spend some more time with the console. Little nuances, such as the brightness controlling itself automatically, or the Wi-Fi no longer needing to be switched on and off, pop in every now and then and remind the end-user that, yes, this is a better 3DS than the one you had. And of course, there are the tiny, irritating screw-ups that remind you that this is a Nintendo product: the MicroSD slot being nigh-inaccessible is definitely a Luddite decision that the tiny Kyoto company would make. I’m not even surprised that the New Nintendo 3DS doesn’t come with a charger: they know their target audience for these things, and their target audience has like four or five of those things kicking around from the DSi’s heyday. Whatever, I don’t even use them—I vastly prefer and recommend those knockoff USB chargers from China. Plug ’em into a sentient box that has a USB port (such as a cable/digibox) and voila, instant charging station.

DSC02515One immediate drag with owning a New Nintendo 3DS is the system transfer process. I can count the number of digital games I have with one hand, yet it still took four hours to move less than four gigabytes worth of data from my old 3DS XL to my New 3DS XL. It’s almost useless to hope for at this point, but it’s 2015 and the fact that Nintendo still doesn’t have a unified account system at this point is borderline laughable. I can literally run to the store, buy a new 2000-series Vita, download roughly 64GB of game data and saves from the cloud, make myself a mean osso bucco, and still clock in less time than it takes for a standard 3DS system transfer to finish. It’s insane.

Let’s talk about super-stable 3D: it’s awesome. Forget the bad, disjointed 3D experience from the old 3DS, that’s dead and buried now. The New 3DS tracks your head with some sort of proximity sensor and adjusts the 3D image in real-time to compensate, making playing in 3D on the darn thing actually feasible now. I hardly ever use the 3D feature on my old 3DS because it was such a pain to get into that “sweet spot” to enjoy the effect, but I have 3D permanently turned on with my New 3DS and apart from the quick jitter ever now and then when it fails to adjust for whatever reason, its totally seamless and immersive.

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DSC02512As for the new control features, they’re alright. The C-stick feels a lot like the eraser-nubs on old IBM Thinkpads, and is surprisingly solid-feeling once you get a hang of it. After clocking in a few hours on Monster Hunter 4 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, sweeping the camera across the screen came as second nature, and the little nub deftly did its job when needed. I can’t see the C-stick ever working for FPS games, but given the fact that so few of those come the system’s way, I’m sure it’s not even a concern. I forgot the ZL and ZR triggers even existed, given how sparingly MH4 used ’em. I suppose we’ll have to wait for a “real” NN3DS exclusive to come out before we even see the little buttons get used.

DSC02517A small sidebar on software compatibility: it may be placebo effect, but games do in fact load faster on the New 3DS. Newer titles like Majora’s Mask and Smash Bros. aren’t a surprise since they were probably developed with the New 3DS in mind, but even older titles that I’ve revisited such as Snake Eater 3D (still a bad port) and Pilotwings Resort (super-underrated, even as a launch title) seemed snappier to load. My hope is that Nintendo and its third-parties patch out some of the older titles to fully take advantage of the New 3DS’ hardware, even to improve simple things like framerate and draw distance.

So for better or for worse, the New Nintendo 3DS is just that: its a New Nintendo 3DS. Despite the minor spec-bump, the system still sports sub-iOS level graphical capabilities, an insultingly low-resolution screen (exasperated by the XL’s massive berth) and shockingly bad online capabilities (the eShop is still a poorly-designed nightmare). Still, there’s a reason these things crush the competition, and thats simply thanks to an amazing software lineup. For those that happen to enjoy the 3DS’ roster of fine videogames, the New 3DS XL is almost a required purchase as it improves the 3DS experience so much.

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Now that our abrasive hashtag has your attention, on to some real news: according to a recent report from Nikkei, Nintendo will announce this week that they will start creating content for iOS and Android devices, in the form of free promotional mini-games, apps, and trailers for upcoming releases. #Nintendoomed they are not, this doesn’t mean that the company is heading towards the mobile game ghetto but it does make for some interesting headlines, doesn’t it?

Sharp readers may remember that Nintendo, by way of The Pokemon Company, released several Pokemon-related apps for smartphones, acting in a similar fashion as promotional tools. Sony in particular has been doing very well with their PlayStation app for smartphones, which one would imagine be Nintendo’s template for success in this sort of venture.

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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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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Nintendo sure is the master of puzzling corporate decisions. Surely, the company realizes that people are still confused about the whole Wii/Wii U naming structure; but here they are again, releasing what is literally the red-headed stepchild of the Wii family, the Wii Mini. Later this month, confused parents will head out to toy stores and make some of the biggest mistakes of their collective adult lives by purchasing the Wii Mini instead of the Wii U. Christmas will come early for little Johnny as he discovers the red-and-black box of joy that features the following endearing back-of-the-box bulletpoints:

  • No online support, despite being packed-in with a game that heavily relies on it,
  • No SD Card slot, ergo no WiiWare
  • No component output (enjoy your glorious 480i games… in 2013)
  • No GameCube support

Just… why.

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.

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)

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 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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With last night’s Mini Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that the Sega 3D Classics games will be coming to the North American 3DS eShop.

This will give Altered BeastEcco the DolphinGalaxy ForceShinobiSonic the HedgehogSpace Harrier, Streets of Rage and Super Hang-On 3D support, much like the Nintendo 3D Classics that are already available in the eShop.

No specific dates were given but some of the games mentioned are already available in Japan.

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Nintendo Direct Mini Reveals Nintendo 3DS game news

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Nintendo Zone StreetPass enhancement: Via a Nintendo 3DS system update available soon, owners will be able to visit any Nintendo Zone location to have virtual StreetPass encounters with other Nintendo 3DS owners in a relay format. Whenever a Nintendo 3DS owner goes to a Nintendo Zone location and has the StreetPass feature enabled, they will be able to StreetPass with the last person to visit that location. This enhancement gives everyone more opportunities to StreetPass with other players. Best of all, visitors will be able to get StreetPass data for all their StreetPass games at once. There are more than 25,000 Nintendo Zone locations across Europe that you can visit to go online with Nintendo 3DS and browse the Internet, visit Nintendo eShop and access content.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Image Share reminder: Hold down the L and R Buttons at any time in Animal Crossing: New Leaf to snap a picture of the game screen and save it to the SD card. Players can then access the Nintendo 3DS Image Share website through the Nintendo 3DS browser to upload the pictures directly to their social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
SEGA 3D Classics series on Nintendo eShop: Classic SEGA games enhanced with 3D for Nintendo 3DS are coming to Nintendo eShop soon. The games include Altered Beast™, Ecco the Dolphin™, Galaxy Force™, Shinobi™, Sonic the Hedgehog™, Space Harrier™, Streets of Rage™, and Super Hang-On™. [/show_hide]

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I was updating my Streetpass Plaza software last Saturday morning when suddenly a rabbit popped out of nowhere and started peddling me new and fun games to make Streetpass more exciting and playable.  The rabbit (with a tablet) started brainwashing, I mean, started showing me pictures of this new game called Monster Manor where you and SP’d pals try to uncover the mysteries of the manor by finding new hallways, rooms, items (and ghosts!) inside.  It’s Find Mii made better, so I told the rabbit, yeah why not? Let’s buy the game!

He eventually showed me three more games and said that if I buy it now I can get one for free, and when I came to, I found out that I charged my credit card $15.00 and had the four games bundle downloading in my 3DS (which you cannot download during while the 3DS is asleep).

You and your marketing, Nintendo.

Anyway, that’s not to say that I’m regretting the purchase. In fact, the games are all very good and fun to play. Indeed, it makes Streetpass-ing more fun as you have tons of stuff to look forward to at the end of the day!

miiforce1The first game I played was Mii Force which is developed by Good-Feel. It’s a bullet hell-lite game for casual Nintendo folks. The premise of the game is that you are a squad leader of the space police patrolling the peaceful galaxy, when suddenly the Bone Gang appeared to terrorize planets under your protection. It is up to you to recruit space cadets who will help you defeat the gang in a side-scrolling shooter game in bite-sized stages.

What makes it fun is that your recruited Streetpass pals have different arsenal that you can customize your main ship with. Some of the weapons I have encountered so far are fire, lasers and bombs but you can actually assign them either as your main weapons on the front or as a power up at the back.

Next is Flower Town by GREZZO. To be honest, this seems to be the weakest game out of the bundle as there is not a lot of fun stuff to do in it. The game is about a town of horticulturists trying to one-up each other by raising the nicest flowers their clay pots can produce. Your Streetpass friends help you out in the form of watering your flower pots to grow them or pollinating your plants, among other things. You have a journal to document your plant’s progress as well as a mentor named Mr. Mendel who teaches you neat stuff about plants now and then. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I guess it’s a relaxing break from all the battling space aliens, ghosts and whatnot on the other games. Treat it as your freebie game from the pack, if you decide to buy all of them.

warriorsway1Warrior’s Way by Spike Chunsoft is a military strategy game. You play as a ruler of a kingdom and you build a castle of your choice (shogun, medieval or futuristic) with your trusty butler, Wentsworth. In this game, you have to build your kingdom by getting troops from your Streetpass friends to fight for you and conquer nearby lands or other monarchs that you meet. Each Streetpass will net you more troops depending on their Mii Plaza population.

The game’s core mechanic is rock-paper-scissors. Basically, there are three warrior classes (cavalry, archers and pikemen) which are stronger than the other, as well as weaker from another class. When you go into a battle, you divide your troops accordingly and command them to fight your enemy. The classes will only be revealed when you finally attack and your casualties will depend whether your troops are stronger than the enemy’s. Some maps have resources that you can use to upgrade your castle. I am not sure what the upgrades are for yet though as I’ve only done it once. Oh, also, you can only invade once per game session or until you get a new bunch of people in your plaza.

monstersmanor1Last of the bunch is Monster Manor by PROPE which plays very much like Find Mii. You are the owner of a detective agency and you investigate a mysterious manor with your detective employee. Everytime you Streetpass someone, you will be able to receive a puzzle piece which unlock parts of the manor that you can explore. Straight lines form a hallway and if you form a square or bigger in your map, this will become a room. Rooms are special because you can get special items that can aid you in your investigation like weapons. Ghosts are weak to various types of weapons so you can mix and match and play their weaknesses.

Another good thing about the bundle is the introduction of the plaza ticket. Completing stuff in the games rewards you with plaza tickets that you can exchange for cool headgears for your Mii in the exchange booth that you can find in your plaza. So far, I got the fire flower, super mushroom, 1 Up mushroom and the star.

All the Streetpass games use the Play Coins also so you can hire extra people to play with, like in Find Mii. Better stock up on Play Coins and bring your 3DS everywhere so you can have more people to play with (as well as earn some coins). This is one feature of the 3DS which makes it fun to bring around. My poor Vita sits on my desk at home while the 3DS gets around. Sony, you better pick up the pace.

My favorite among the four is Mii Force because it is the most “playable” out of the bunch and feels like a real game. The gimmick of Streetpassing people works well with the game as each person has unique weapons that you can use to your advantage. The new Streetpass games cost $4.99 a piece, but you can get all four for $14.99 as its introductory bundle price. This bundle offer is only available upon buying your first game. If you pass up on it and decide to only buy one, you cannot get the bundle price anymore. My suggestion: get all of it with your free $30 eShop credits from registering Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV tomorrow. Enjoy and hope to Streetpass you soon!

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The game’s box art.

The remake of the original Etrian Odyssey for the Nintendo DS now dubbed Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl will be released for North America on October 1, 2013. The game will feature a story mode with pre-created characters complete with their own personalities with voice acting in animated cut scenes by MADHOUSE and during story and battle scenes.

While Etrian Odyssey Untold is meant to be an entry point for newcomers to the series, the game will also feature new dungeons, improved graphics and even orchestrated music to get fans of Etrian Odyssey since the beginning interested  in the game, such as myself. Also, if the whole story mode isn’t your cup of tea, you can still play this new game in classic mode which offers the traditional Etrian Odyssey gameplay with all the convenient functions found in Etrian Odyssey IV.

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl will be available on October 1, 2013 at retail and on the eShop for $39.99.

More details will be  made available in the near future at http://www.atlus.com/untold.

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miiplazaYou might have seen the new look on your 3DS’ Mii Plaza when you updated your handheld a couple of days ago and scratched your head trying to understand what’s going on with the changes and the new Streetpass games that are being offered.

There’s an explanation section in Mii Plaza that gives you more information about this but here’s a video from Nintendo that explains it all without you having to flip through menus.

There are four new games being offered at $4.99 (Mii ForceFlower TownMonster Manor and Warrior’s Way) each but if you decide to get them all, there’s a bundle priced at a discounted $14.99. That’s just half of the free $30 you get for buying Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei 4. You are buying them aren’t you? Ok, good.