Category Archives: 3DS

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Here’s A Look At FuRyu Upcoming Nintendo 3DS JRPG Legend Of Legacy

FuRyu have just released a delightful trailer for the Japanese role-playing title, Legend of Legacy. The game is coming to Japan on January 22nd, 2015 for 5,980 yen and will be available digitally and at retail. There’s no word of a western release for Legend of Legacy, but the game was only announced last week.

“The story of gods’ legacy and truth begins on Avalon, the legendary land that has awakened from an eternal slumber. The player can select between seven protagonists for their party of adventurers on the island of Avalon”

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Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads In The US

Nintendo of America has announced which games you’ll be able to download from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop this week. The high-profile title for the Wii U is the fast and frantic Hyrule Warriors which is available on the eShop and at retail. Here’s the games you can get your hands on this week.

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Hyrule Warriors – It’s time to fight. Cut down entire legions of enemies as Link, Zelda and other characters from The Legend of Zelda series using over-the-top, powerful Dynasty Warriors-style moves. This legendary adventure through the beloved locales of Hyrule will have you battling the fiercest enemies inThe Legend of Zelda history. Collect materials and rupees to enhance your characters, upgrade weapons and dominate. Hyrule Warriors will be available on Sept. 26. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival – The firstYu-Gi-Oh! video game for Nintendo 3DS brings characters and stories from the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL animated series to life. Play as one of 12 characters, each with his or her own storyline, and battle with 40 Duelists from the TV show to compete in the World Duel Carnival. Enjoy multiple game modes, a tutorial and customization options as you play with more than 5,700 cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh!trading card game. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • NintendoeShop Sales
    • It’s your last chance to save up to 40 percent on select games starring fighters from the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. This week includes games featuring Kirby, Donkey Kong and other classic characters. Check out the games at http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers.
    • Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party is 30 percent off (reduced from $11.99 to $8.39) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 12 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
    • Armillo is 37 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 6 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
    • Swords & Soldiers is 33 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 9 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
    • Glory of Generals is 30 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $6.99) until 8:59 am PT on Oct. 9 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Coming soon:

  • Castlevania: Dracula X – Oct. 2 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon – Oct. 9 (Virtual Console on Wii U)

Also new this week:

Thanks, Dennis B

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New Miiverse Change Implemented Today

The ever so informative Marty from Nintendo has informed Miiverse users that there has been an update to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS social network. For those that use the web version of Miiverse you’ll be pleased to know that the search function is now in a more prominent place at the top of the community list. You can also now search for Wii U and 3DS owners using the search box and this change will also pass over to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Miiverse. You can read about the changes, below.

1) We changed the position of the community search function in the web version of Miiverse. The search box is now at the top of the community list.

2) Previously you could only search for users in the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Miiverse, but you can now search for them in the web version too. The search box is at the top of the activity feed in the web version. We plan to move it there in the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Miiverse in a future update.

Thanks, Kallum S

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WayForward Says Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse Will Be Updated To Support New Nintendo 3DS

Matt Bozon, Director of the Shantae series, has announced that the company is extremely excited about the prospect of the new Nintendo 3DS which launches next month in Japan. Bozon says that WayForward Technologies are already working on an update patch for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse that will take full advantage of the new hardware from Nintendo. The company also confirmed that Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will run at a blazing 60 frames-per-second on a regular 3DS with the stereoscopic 3D turned on.

“We’re really excited about the New 3DS! We have an update for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse already underway, which will add a ‘quick select’ control scheme, as well as other minor improvements to the game. Look for that to arrive closer to the launch of the New 3DS in the US.”

Thanks, Michelle

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National Tournament Series Celebrating Launch Of Smash Bros Nintendo 3DS Starts October 4th In US

Fans that have what it takes to compete with the best Super Smash Bros. players in the country are about to get a chance to win a trip to New York to show off their skills. On Saturday, Oct. 4, a day after the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, 15 GameStop stores around the country (as well as the Nintendo World store in New York) will host local tournaments for the newly launched all-star fighting game featuring three rounds of four-player battles.

Participants for the 64-player local tournaments on Oct. 4 are selected on a first-come, first-served basis with no pre-registration required. Participants may bring their own Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS systems and/or Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS games to the tournaments, but are not required to do so.

The winners of each local tournament will win a trip to New York to participate in the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS National Open Tournament at Nintendo World on Oct. 11, which will be broadcast live on Nintendo’s channels on Twitch and YouTube starting at 6 p.m. ET. During the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS National Open Tournament, character customization will play an important role in the action, allowing the top 16 players to engage in an all-out, no-holds-barred battle showcasing all the game has to offer.

The winner of the final tournament will not only bask in the glory of victory, but also win a trophy and champion’s robe. Additional details on how fans can attend the event at Nintendo World will be announced in the future. Nintendo World will also be giving fans an opportunity to purchase Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS before its nationwide launch. Starting at 8 p.m. ET on Oct. 2, Nintendo World will host a smashing fan gathering, allowing attendees to be among the first to purchase Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Each local tournament will begin at 11 a.m. local time on Oct. 4. The participating locations and starting times for each local tournament are as follows:

Location Address
GameStopWinfield Shopping Center 966 Blossom Hill RoadSan Jose, CA 95123
GameStopAnaheim Town Center 2004 East Lincoln Ave.Anaheim, CA 92806
GameStopc/o Barnes & Noble 960 S. Colorado Blvd.Denver, CO 80246
GameStopThe Brickyard S/C 6451 W. Diversey Parkway, Suite G-9Chicago, IL 60707
GameStopDedham Mall 336 Providence HighwayDedham, MA 02026
GameStopSt. John’s Plaza 9150 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 16Ellicott City, MD 21042
GameStopSWM Skibo S/C 1590 Skibo RoadBonnie Doone, NC 28303
GameStop32 E. 14th Street 32 E. 14th St.New York, NY 10003
GameStopBellevue Square 242 Bellevue SquareBellevue, WA 98004
GameStopTower Shops 2140 S. University DriveDavie, FL 33324
GameStopLake Brandon Shoppes 11025 Causeway Blvd.Brandon, FL 33511
GameStopSWM Sand Lake Corner 8115 S. John Young ParkwayOrlando, FL 32819
GameStopChamblee Village 1841 Chamblee Tucker Rd., Suite 3AChamblee, GA 30341
GameStopc/o Barnes & Noble 3003 W. Holcombe Blvd.Houston, TX 77025
GameStopc/o Barnes & Noble 2201 Preston Rd., Suite EPlano, TX 75093
Nintendo World 10 Rockefeller PlazaNew York, NY 10020

 

On Sept. 27, to give fans time to practice for the main event, 100 GameStop locations around the country (including the 15 listed above) will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy the same demo version of the game that is currently available in the Nintendo eShop.

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Sega 3D Classics Collection Announced For Retail Release In Japan

Sega has announced its plans to group several of its 3D Classics into one package for a retail release. The upcoming collection includes the 3D renditions of Space Harrier, Fantasy Zone, Outrun, Streets of Rage, Shinobi 2, Ecco the Dolphin, Space Harrier and Out Run. Priced at 3,980 yen, it will launch in Japan on December 18th for Nintendo 3DS. There’s currently no word on whether the compilation will hit the West.

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Fantasy Life UK Review

A dozen lives to lead in a visually stunning world awaits players in Fantasy Life. But while its union between life simulation and RPG is a marriage made in Reveria for some, others may find the simple storyline diminutive and the variation between jobs a little thin.

From the developers behind the logic-prevailing world of Professor Layton and the sports-filled space of Inazuma Eleven, Level-5 brings the previously Japan-only title Fantasy Life to western players for the first time. In a text-rich environment, players can choose up to twelve lives in the vast land of Reveria and exude their prowess in weaponry and magic battles, crafting or healing. But just like reality, it takes time to master your new life as Hunter, Magician, Blacksmith, or Tailor, as well as the other eight lives available in the game, so players will never find themselves at a loss for new objectives.

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Which life will you choose first; gutsy Paladin, masterful Magician, or the trusty Hunter?

After customising an avatar, players will be dropped into the beautifully lush world of Reveria, bulging at the seams with Level-5’s trademark charm both in characters and the surrounding scenery. But it’s not until you meet a talking butterfly named Flutter that this seemingly peaceful land will shortly feed itself unknowingly into the jaws of annihilation. A strange phenomenon has corrupted the tame beasts roaming Castele, Port Puerto, and Al Maajik, sending them into a wild craze and attacking humans at will. Charged with saving the land from the plummeting Doom Stones by King Erik of Castele, you’ll buddy up with Flutter to reforge past alliances, fulfilling her Bliss requirements along the way.

Fantasy Life’s main storyline can be completed in around ten hours, chiefly due to its half-baked RPG format with no need for levelling up or grinding. However, it’s no detriment to the storyline which provokes emotion and stimulates character attachment in its seven-part drama. But just when you believe there’s more to come with its comical approach to doomsday, it sits placidly in novella terrain. Though perfect for children or newcomers, it misses its mark among seasoned RPG players.

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Now if only there was a genie one could spend three wishes on in Al Maajik.

Those who crank up their 3D slider are rewarded justly when travelling around Reveria. While Castele and Port Puerto are prosperous in allure with historical features, azure oceans and sandy-washed beaches, it’s Al Maajik which truly fascinates the eye. Amidst the desert haze, magic carpet houses, hovering furniture, magical lamps, and rainbow-coloured portals dance across the town as a miniature pop-out Agrabah from Disney’s Aladdin. Since the game’s textures and lighting are perfectly encapsulated within the 3DS screen, tearing your gaze away to read text is solely an afterthought. And coupled with Fantasy Life’s music, it’s a perfect bubble to keep yourself contained within.

With a choice of twelve lives, savvy players should choose three lives for an efficient run. Pick up your sword and shield as a Paladin and venture into the Grassy Plains or caves, then grab your pickaxe as a Miner to chip away at those precious ores, and finally bring those materials to a Blacksmith bench and craft glorious weapons. The game’s ease of switching between lives at various Guild Offices around Reveria is one of the best features in the game, but the many life specific quests received means you’ll be endlessly looping between X, Y and Z for completion, resulting in slightly stale gameplay.

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Learn how to craft items such as potions or food for health along the way in an Alchemist or Cook’s life. It means you can have your cake and eat it too!

While crafting is largely the same in each life – whether as an Alchemist, Blacksmith, or Cook – and simply requires mashing the A button in quick succession, holding A down, and gently tapping A at the correct moment, beast-slaying requires a little more thought. Enemies can either be defeated by quickly tapping the A button with your equipped weapon, or players can use a range of special attacks and supercharge them to unleash ultimate damage. And with a variety of weapons on offer, buying different items with the in-game currency or “dosh” will certainly provide hours of enjoyment.

For those who choose to kick back and relax in Fantasy Life and let non-player characters join them on any given quest, unfortunate coding within the game will render them more troublesome than they are worth. Other than physically popping out from behind your avatar, NPCs will also stick like glue to walls and corners if too great a distance is travelled, while your avatar can seamlessly walk through them as if they were merely ghostly apparitions. The game also suffers from mild frame rate drops, particularly in the vicinity of large enemies, following NPCs, and trailing bounties. It’s jarring and ultimately brings players out of the gorgeous world when we desperately want to be drawn in.

Though Fantasy Life faces a few pitfalls with occasional NPC slip-ups and repetitive gameplay, its visually worth its weight in Al Maajik gold. If only the game’s well-paced and superbly crafted storyline was just a little longer, Fantasy Life would saddle up and race off into the sunset with a fist full of dosh and a near perfect score.

8/10