Nintendo has uploaded another new Kirby: Triple Deluxe trailer in the run up to its release at the start of May. The next weekly upload has given us an insight into the pink ball’s overwhelming cute factor, with his fire-breathing, hammer-wielding platform skills and colour-sucking Hypernova mode.
This time Kirby takes us through an underwater level with new items and an ice level where perfecting a Snowman is the key to unleashing even more cutesy-pie shenanigans. Kirby: Triple Deluxe is due for release on the Nintendo 3DS on May 2 for North America, and May 16 for Europe.
Professor Layton and Luke Triton team up with Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey to unravel the mysteries of Labyrinthia. But whispers of witchcraft permeate the town and fear of the Great Witch Bezella’s uprising has never been more prominent. The battle between legal and logic over magic and fantasy is both dramatic and compelling until the Story’s End.
Level-5 and Capcom bring together the meeting of two brilliant minds in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney in their first crossover game – and it’s utterly enthralling. Inspired by children’s classic fairytales, Professor Layton and his trusty sidekick Luke find themselves in the curious town of Labyrinthia after meeting Espella Cantabella, a young girl on the run from witches. While there’s no wardrobe in sight, both the professor and Luke discover Espella’s book – Historia Labyrinthia – and are swallowed into the pages à la The NeverEnding Story.
Meanwhile, Phoenix and Maya are in London for a spot of legal action, but are weaved into Espella’s story and Labyrinthia rather by accident. But when all four meet in the town, they must work together to uncover the Storyteller’s secret.
For fans of both the Ace Attorney and Layton series, there is a pleasing balance of courtroom drama and puzzles scattered throughout the storyline. Movement and investigation follow the Layton design and format, with 70 puzzles to solve and 200 hint coins to find, while the witch trials track the Ace Attorney design with a few tweaks. However, due to the nature of the storyline, the witch trials are often lengthy and are far less frequent than the brief but well-paced investigation process, leading to somewhat lopsided gameplay.
Newcomers will be overjoyed at the variation in puzzles, though fans of Layton may find the difficulty level too easy, with most solvable in a short amount of time. Hidden puzzles or ones offered by characters are much more diverse in difficulty, with Puppy Postal Patrol, Unusual Music Box and Chalice Challenge outshining in design. Court room drama gives players more scope to make mistakes and the addition of using Layton’s hint coins is well utilised, offering a selection of answers rather than pointing out the obvious.
The wacky, off-the-wall characters are still present for Ace Attorney fans, where outrageous conversations provide much amusement for otherwise serious scenes, plus the exceptional voice acting brings depth and distinct differences to their personalities. Capcom and Level-5 have blended together wonderful drama, combined with a thrilling story full of intriguing twists. And the emotion between the characters, melting seamlessly with the game’s soundtrack, brings a lump to the throat rather unexpectedly.
In terms of aesthetic design, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is divine. The 3D works beautifully between the foreground and background images, with the medieval setting exuding in creativity. The design team appear to breathe new life into the mythical town and are at home in the fictional places, just as in Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. The art style between Capcom and Level-5’s franchises, at first, seem quite off-putting but begin to transform and mould in perfect harmony as the story progresses.
However, an unfortunate flaw in the game’s design arrives with numerous characters on-screen at once. While cross-examining testimonies, Phoenix can question a number of witnesses on the bench, but in doing so, the frame rate can drop considerably in both 2D and 3D. While it’s not a major fault, it does weaken the visual appeal of a near-perfect game.
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a fantastic merge of two brilliant minds and, combined with a gripping yet fiery story, is also an absolute gem for the genre. Hopefully there are no objections from Capcom and Level-5 for a sequel.
Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid has added the Nintendo 3DS as a platform choice for Cult County. The first-person survival horror game was originally due to launch on Nintendo’s current handheld, though disappeared as an option when the indie developer initiated its Kickstarter campaign.
In an update on the game’s Kickstarter page, Renegade Kid has shared delight in bringing back the 3DS as a platform choice, following an overwhelming amount of feedback from fans on Twitter. If Cult County meets its initial funding goal of $580,000, the Nintendo 3DS will join the Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PS Vita and Steam as a platform choice. With 16 days to go, just under $40,000 sits in the funding pot – you can donate by visiting the game’s Kickstarter page, here.
This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. The only new 3DS software to enter the charts is Crayon Shin-chan, which sells just over 16,000 copies and debuts in fifth place. Though the latest Mario Party title and Yokai Watch continue to sell well, figures are still erring on the side of caution following the dominance of the mobile market. 3rd Robot Wars Z for PlayStation 3 is Japan’s chart-topper, but EA’s Titanfall comes in 9th place, selling just over 10k.
The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U suffer a blow in the hardware charts this week, with sales of the PlayStation Vita topping the combined sales of the 3DS by a mere 2k. Sales for the Wii U are also at its lowest in a number of weeks, where it’s been roughly averaging between 7 and 10k. Here’s the top 20 software and hardware charts.
Nintendo has unveiled it will be showing off five of its hottest games at WonderCon later this week. Budding Mario Kart 8 racers will be able to get their heart rates pumping with playable tracks at the event, while both Nintendo 3DS gems Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Mario Golf: World Tour will be playable before release as well. The annual convention will take place in Anaheim, California, between April 18 and 20. Below is a list of the Nintendo games playable at WonderCon.
Marvelous AQL has announced a milestone mark for Rune Factory 4 and has sold 200,000 copies in Japan. The simulation game has also had equal success in North America where it faced numerous stock issues at retailers. But even uttering the name of the title in Europe is quite possibly a sore spot for fans following the game’s cancellation.
However, if you’re lucky enough to own a Japanese 3DS and haven’t yet purchased Rune Factory 4, it’s prime time to do so. With the milestone mark achieved Marvelous AQL are launching a two-week sale for the game, where it will be discounted to half price. Starting April 23 until May 7, Rune Factory 4 will be available to download in the Nintendo eShop for 2,685 yen compared to the usual 5,369 yen. Plus if you are fluent in Japanese, you can check out Marvelous’s video above in celebration of the achievement.
Nintendo of America has issued wrongly sized Yoshi T-Shirts to Club Nintendo members after the reward was made available again earlier this month. The green dinosaur was so in vogue with fans that his t-shirts sold out in a few short days, but due to an unfortunate hiccup from the Club Nintendo team, members received sizes that were simply too large or too small for them.
However, Nintendo has since been notified of the problem and has apologised for the inconvenience. Those who ordered a Yoshi T-shirt from the US Club Nintendo website will receive a confirmation email detailing that Nintendo will ship the correctly sized product at no extra charge, plus members can also keep the original T-shirt – handy if you have a sibling or friend who missed out on the chance to nab one. Did you get an incorrectly sized tee? Let us know in the comments below.
Atlus has uploaded a brand new trailer for the launch of Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars for the Nintendo 3DS. The breed-to-survive RPG is now available from retailers and the Nintendo eShop in North America, so if you’re a dungeon-crawler fan make sure you check out the trailer above, which details all the glorious features of the title.
The publisher also reiterated the game’s Q2 release date for Europe via press release, specifying a launch some time in May. However, Conception II will only be available as a digital download in the Nintendo eShop.
Along with its launch trailer, Atlus confirmed free DLC for Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars, which gives you a bunch of new quests and items for your journey. The details of when the DLC will be available in North America are listed below.
While Sonic Boom has left some fans of the franchise startled with its intriguing artistic design, most cannot wait to see what the game’s developers Big Red Button have to offer the blue hedgehog and his friends. In a recent interview with ONM UK, Big Red Button’s CEO and visual director Bob Rafai has shared interesting information surrounding Sonic Boom’s CryEngine 3 use.
The game’s development team boasts talent from the likes of Naughty Dog, High Impact Games and Heavy Iron Studios and has enhanced the standard version of CryEngine 3, in order to provide the best for fans of the SEGA franchise on the Wii U. Rafai says CryEngine 3 cannot normally utilise split-screen gaming but, due to working with the engine’s creator, the team has managed to feature a split-screen display both on the GamePad and the TV.
“You associate CryEngine with lush, tropical, beachy things. These are also things with which Sonic is associated, so they work together. We worked in close contact with Crytek in Germany, and the team there is pretty excited about that as well. In the end, it was simply the right choice for the project.”
Kirby: Triple Deluxe is less than a month away from its release, so the lovable pink ball has been busy making sure his website is up to expected standards. Nintendo’s given him the rainbow colour treatment and presented Kirby fans with a spectacular website, detailing his abilities and the mini-games featured within the title.
Even if you haven’t been following the various trailers for the game, you can quickly get up to speed by taking some time to peruse the European site. We’re not saying Kirby will get mad, but just in case he decides to unleash Hypernova mode, you can take a look here. Kirby: Triple Deluxe will be available on May 2 in North America and May 16 in Europe.