Japanese Pokemon Event: Ash’s Pikachu, Serena’s Pancham & More Available

They have been a few events for European and North American owners of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and now it is time for the Japanese to get in on some of the action. The latest Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire event allows Japanese gamers to get their hands on Ash’s Pikachu, Serena’s Pancham and more. You will be able to get your hands on these at various Pokemon Centers and Pokemon Stores throughout Japan. There’s no word regarding whether a similar promotion will make its way over here in the west.

  • Ash’s Pikachu: Obtainable between August 24 and August 30
  • Serena’s Pancham: Obtainable between August 17 and August 23
  • Latios: Obtainable between August 31 and September 6
  • Lugia: Obtainable between September 7 and September 13

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Yuji Horii Talks Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI was revealed earlier this week and Japanese publication Weekly Jump features an extensive interview with series producer, Yuji Horii. There’s quite a bit discussed including the theme of the story, the different platforms it will be available on at launch, and also the main protagonist of the game who Horii describes as your typical “cool hero”. The only downside is that Square Enix hasn’t committed itself to a western release for the game, but it is still early days.

Please tell us your role in Dragon Quest XI, Mr. Horii.

Horii: “I took on a supervisor-like role starting with Dragon Quest X, but I’m back on the scene in full force for Dragon Quest XI. I’m really shepherding it from start to finish, beginning with scenario creation. I want to also be involved in the final optimizations of the battles, etc.”

What’s the theme of this game’s story?

“This time it’s also the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest, and we have the subtitle “In Search of Departed Time.” We’re putting a heavy emphasis on that 30th anniversary. The story itself has the theme of “time.” So, we’re hoping that people who have followed the series all along will have that sense of nostalgia, and that new players will have a sense of fun and excitement. The same may be said of the supported platforms. It’s already been announced, but Dragon Quest XI will be released on two: PlayStation 4 and 3DS. Furthermore, on 3DS, we you can enjoy both 2D and 3D. You can choose to play in either old pixel-style 2D graphics or fleshed-out 3D. Of course, you can switch [between modes] in the middle of the game, as well. Including the leading edge PlayStation 4, with 2D, quasi-3D [Editor’s Note: he’s talking about the chibi 3D from the 3DS version], and full 3D, we’re giving you various types of Dragon Quest so you can follow its historical evolution.”

You guys also revealed the logo…

“The logo gives off the impression that we’re turning back to Dragon Quest I, but the dragon in the background is actually facing in the opposite direction from the Dragon Quest I logo. It’s been a long time since we had the number behind the title, as well. [Editor’s Note: The last Dragon Quest title to have the number behind the logo was Dragon Quest III.] In many ways, it is a sign that we’re returning to our origins, while still evolving. It takes the idea of Dragon Quest I, but we’re beginning anew with Dragon Quest XI.”

What’s the reason you’ve chosen to make Dragon Quest XI for these two platforms?

“Well, we knew wanted as many people as possible to be able to play it. We’d like people to be able to really settle in and play on a console, but at the same time it was great to have so many people playing Dragon Quest IX when it came out on a handheld, so we were really torn over which system to put it on. In the end, we just said, ‘Well, why don’t we just make it for both platforms?!’ and kicked off the project. We thought about what style would be best for each platform, and the results are what we have now. It’s pretty interesting that you can play the latest game in 2D pixel form, right? Of course, you can fully enjoy the story of Dragon Quest XI even in this mode.”

When do you think the game will be released?

“We’re working hard with the goal to release it before the Dragon Quest 30th anniversary year ends, so please look forward to it.”

What other things are in store for the 30th anniversary?

“Actually, we’ve been planning a lot of events. Most of it still has to be kept secret, but I want to stir up even more excitement than the 25th anniversary. We’re thinking about various projects, and a lot of games are coming out, so please look forward to the future of Dragon Quest.”

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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Special Unboxing Video

NintenDaan has managed to get his fortunate hands on the special edition Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Nintendo 3DS XL console, a copy of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, special Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer New Nintendo 3DS cover plates and also the NFC Reader / Writer directly from Japan. With all these goodies at his disposal one can not blame him for creating an unboxing video for these items. Be sure to watch it below.

Best Buy: Buy One Nintendo 3DS Game, Get One 50% Off

If you are in the market for some new Nintendo 3DS games then you are in luck. US retailer Best Buy currently has a fantastic offer on. The retail outlet currently has a buy one Nintendo 3DS game and get another for 50% off promotion running at the moment. There’s plenty of great titles to pick up too including Super Smash Bros, Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, Fantasy Life, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D for New Nintendo 3DS and a few more. You can check out all the game available in this promotion, here.

Take your fun on the go with great games for your Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL or the New Nintendo 3DS XL. When you buy one select Nintendo 3DS game, you’ll get a second at 50% off. Plus, Gamers Club Unlocked members get an additional 20% off.

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Here’s The Japanese Box-Art For Monster Hunter X

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The next instalment of the immensely popular Monster Hunter series arrives in Japan in November. What we haven’t seen thus far is the box-art for Monster Hunter X. Thankfully it has been uploaded by Amazon Japan which currently has the game up for pre-order. Sadly we do not know when Monster Hunter X will arrive in the west, but sales for the last game Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate were extremely good.

Thanks, Evan

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Villager Amiibo Works With Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

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If you own the Villager amiibo figure then you will be pleased to know that it is compatible with the forthcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS. So far the NFC figure is the only one known to work with the game which utilises the Animal Crossing Cards. With the addition of the Villager amiibo figure, it bumps the number of supported amiibo up to a staggering 101. If you scan the Villager amiibo into Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer you will receive a special gold Villager statue. You can watch the first 39 minutes of the creative video game, right here.

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Final Fantasy Explorers Will Be Playable At Gamescom

We already know that Final Fantasy Explorers is finally coming to the west, but what we didn’t know is that the game will be playable at Gamescom next week. Despite the game not being released here until January 2016, it is encouraging that they have a playable english build up and running. If you’re in Europe then you will be able to purchase the game on January 29th and if you live in the United States you will be able to play it on January 26th.

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