Here’s A Lengthy Look At Theatrhythm Dragon Quest

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest has just been released in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS and YouTuber NintenDaan has managed to get his hands on a copy. It’s a lengthy video, but if you’re a fan of the Theatrhythm series I’m sure you’ll be more than happy to sit through it. We’ve yet to get a release date, or confirmation as to whether this is coming to the west, but I sure hope it is. You may remember that Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda said he aware of the demand for Dragon Quest titles in the west, so let’s cross our fingers.

Thanks, gamerprince1999

Nintendo Will Be At NicoNico Chokaigi

Nintendo Japan has announced that it will be attending NicoNico Chokaigi which takes place next month. There will be plenty of things to keep attendees entertained including the Super Smash Bros Wii U 2-on-2 World Grand Prix. This will see various Apex 2015 attendees take on some of Japan’s finest Super Smash Bros players. The winners of the tournament will receive a New Nintendo 3DS with a completely original face plate. Aside from the Super Smash Bros event there will be time for attendees to go hands on with Splatoon which launches the next month. There’s also a Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire competition, and stage shows for the following games: Dragon Quest Ⅹ, Pokken Tournament, The Great Ace Attorney, and Super Mario 30th anniversary from Center CX (featuring Mario Maker).

Thanks, MasterPikachu6

GameStop: New Nintendo 3DS XL – Majora’s Mask Edition Gaming Bundle Available

You’ve all been waiting for it, so here it is. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL is once again available to purchase on GameStop. You’ll need to get it as part of a bundle that will set you back $329. However, that bundle includes the New Nintendo 3DS XL, Majora’s Mask 3D, Code Name: STEAM and A Link Between Worlds, plus a Majora’s Mask game guide.

Thanks,  Ronald B and Joe N

IronFall: Invasion Update Now Available In The US

Those of you in North America who have a copy of the action-packed IronFall: Invasion will be pleased to know that the 1.1 update is now available to download from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The latest update brings a number of notable improvements including the ability to cover during a mad sprinting session and a four second invisibility after respawn in the multiplayer mode. Here’s a detailed log of all the changes available in IronFall: Invasion version 1.1.

Improvements (Paid version).

Campaign and Multiplayer:

  • Magnetization on the Y axis when entering aim mode.
  • Ability to cover during the sprint.

Multiplayer:

  • “Quick Online Match,” new option.
  • “Demo ON/OFF” and greater variation in arena selection.
  • “Free For All – Don’t bet,” players earn credits when they finished in second place.
  • Four-second invincibility after a respawn.

Improvements (For All)

Campaign and Multiplayer:

  • Possibility to use much faster settings for the camera and aiming.
  • Easier to turn during a sprint.
  • U-turn easier to achieve

Multiplayer:

  • Weapon balancing (Grenade Launcher, Explosive Rifle, Shotgun).
  • Improved efficiency of the “Shock Gun” weapon.
  • “Free For All,” player’s score canceled if leaving the current session, (alternative: score canceled when the player leaves the current session.)
  • Version number detection.

Thanks, Kallum

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Review

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Shulk, Reyn and the rest of the crew return in this 3D remastered version of Xenoblade Chronicles which is exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS. It goes without saying that the original was one of the best Japanese role playing titles that we’ve had in recent years with an immersive storyline, huge and lush landscapes to roam around in, and a fantastic real-time battle system. If you have a passing interest in role playing games then the game is without doubt an essential purchase.

Xenoblade Chronicles takes place in an unusual universe where two titans, the Bionis and the Mechonis, have battled it out to the death. As with all things, time passes, and the lifeless gigantic bodies of the titans remain. Vegetation has grown on the titans, humans have built settlements, and life continues to evolve on the Bionis and the Mechonis. There are two main races in Xenoblade Chronicles, the Mechon and the Homs, both of whom are battling it out with each other for supremacy. Your job begins on the body of the Bionis where you have no choice but to repel the threat of the Mechon who invade your colony and in turn lead you to uncover the secrets of a mystical weapon called the Monado.

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Those of you who have completed the Wii version of Xenoblade Chronicles and are expecting visual refinement really won’t be blown away, as the game features slightly blurry and muddy textures that are generally devoid of any real detail. However, the game looks technically competent, though I have to admit that I personally expected slightly more from the New Nintendo 3DS – which is coincidentally required to play this particular game. I expect the vast majority of you will purchase this game for the engrossing gameplay and fluid storyline which are without a doubt top-notch.

So you’re probably wondering how are the 3D effects on the New Nintendo 3DS? Well, the 3D effects are subtle, but from what I’ve played they don’t significantly improve the overall experience. Again, I was slightly disappointed with this especially as it was one of my first games on the New Nintendo 3DS. This shouldn’t turn you off of the game though. Maybe I was expecting too much from the game which is the first to take advantage of the New Nintendo 3DS. However, as I said before, do not let this put you off.

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I was a huge fan of the original on the Wii and sang its praises back in the day. The game has aged extremely well as it’s still the engrossing and compelling game that it was when it launched back in 2011. Even if you have a passing interest in JRPG’s then you need to play it. I’ll admit that the original was one of the first Japanese RPG’s I’d played in years and it has since made me search out notable games of the genre. I love the battle system, I love the characters, the sprawling landscapes, the detailed storyline, and I’m sure you will too.

So is this a good showcase for the New Nintendo 3DS? It’s hard to say. It’s not really a looker and not a game that you will use to wow your friends. But it’s genuinely an essential game and it really feels miraculous playing this on a handheld. Sure, visually it’s not anything to write home about, but a great game is a great game and from a gamer’s perspective this is one of the best games of recent times. Is it the game to buy a New Nintendo 3DS for? Maybe not if you’ve got the original on the Wii. But if you haven’t, then yes, you really do need this game.

8.5/10

 

New Action-Puzzler Pazuru Revealed For Nintendo 3DS

Game designer Jay van Hutten and developer Moragami have teamed up to work on Pazuru for Nintendo 3DS. The game is described as an easy-to-learn but hard-to-master action-puzzler. It revolves around a ninja named Pazuru, who is challenged to use his acrobatic skills to twist, bounce and toggle his way to collect all of his lost stars in as few actions as possible. Pazuru will launch on March 26th in Europe via the Nintendo eShop, with a North American release to follow.

Both The Regular New Nintendo 3DS And XL Were Submitted Again To The US FCC

The New Nintendo 3DS And The New Nintendo 3DS XL have been submitted to the FCC. This doesn’t mean that the regular New Nintendo 3DS is destined for North America anytime soon as some sites have reported. NeoGAF member UncleSporky has pointed out that Nintendo submitted both devices to the US FCC back in September. Here’s what he had to say about the matter.

All that’s happened here is the photos they submitted to the FCC have run out of their confidentiality period.  Both of them were submitted with some aspects of the submission being confidential until 3/23/15. I think this is standard practice, they took the maximum allowable length of time for the photos to become public.

Two devices were submitted to the FCC at the same time, with photos of the device being confidential until the same later date. One device has released and the other has not. You can draw your own conclusions from there.

Thanks, Nintendo Impact Gaming and Joey