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

Fresh Batch Of New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates Available To Pre-order At Nintendo UK Store

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The Nintendo UK Store has begun advertising a fresh batch of colourful New Nintendo 3DS cover plates. These new faceplates are now available to pre-order and will be released on April 2nd. If you want them then they will set you back the recommended retail price of £12.99. Who couldn’t resist this latest batch?

Rumour: Zelda Majora’s Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL At GameStop On Wednesday

If you missed out on the limited edition Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D New Nintendo 3DS console then you’ll be pleased to know that GameStop will apparently have new stock in on Wednesday. The console will be available for purchase on the GameStop website as well as the stores for the first time. However, once they’re gone, they are gone. If you’re thinking of getting one from your local store then it’s best to call first to make sure they will have some in.

  • One per customer
  • 4 per store
  • Extremely limited
  • Not expected to get anymore in the future.

Thanks, JackBuilt

Moon Chronicles Season Pass Is Now 50 Percent Off

moon_chronicles_season_passThe season pass for Renegade Kid‘s Moon Chronicles is now 50 percent off the original price. The pass, which was initially listed for $9, can now be purchased for $4.50. It enables players to conclude Major Kane’s cosmic adventure with Episodes 2, 3 and 4. Each episode can also be purchased separately, but the season pass contains all three remaining episodes for a lower price.

New Firmware Update Available For The Nintendo 3DS Includes Home Menu Layouts

Hurray! We’ve got a brand new system update for the Nintendo 3DS which is just waiting to be downloaded. This time it’s not just a stability update, but it also brings a few new welcome changes. Nintendo has added a Home Menu Layout setting which allows you to save and load 8 layouts on the Home Menu. The notes say you can add different theme and software icon arrangements. There’s also been some changes to the Theme Shop with additional categories added. You can read all the changes in the latest update, below.

Changes to HOME Menu:

A Home Menu Layout setting has been added to HOME Menu Settings. Users can save and load up to 8 layouts of the HOME Menu with different theme and software icon arrangements

Changes to Theme Shop:

Additional categories have been added under “View More” for easier navigation of the Theme Shop

Improvements to system stability and usability:

Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS Systems Only:

Changes to HOME Menu Settings
amiibo Settings has been added to HOME Menu Settings. amiibo Settings allows users to register an amiibo owner and nickname, delete data written to an amiibo by supported software, or reset an amiibo*

*This feature will require a peripheral device scheduled to launch in 2015