NintenDaan has got his hands on Fire Emblem Fates which has recently launched in Japan. But, that is not all. He’s also got hold of the Special Edition of the game, the New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates and the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game. That’s a lot of Fire Emblem merchandise. As we reported earlier today the game shot to number one in the Japanese video game sales charts, which you can view here. Enjoy the unboxing video!
The long-awaited Rodea the Sky Soldier is coming to Europe and the United States in October. To drum up some more interest for the flight based platformer, NIS America has unleashed a brand new trailer. The game, which is developed by none other than Sonic creator Yuji Naka, has been in development for what seems like forever. It started out as a game for the original Wii and 3DS back in 2010 and has since shifted development to the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. If you decide to pre-order the game then you will get the original unreleased Wii version as a bonus.
The next expansion in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon TCG: XY—Ancient Origins, will hit retail stores nationwide on August 12. The expansion introduces 8 Pokémon-EX cards and 3 Mega Pokémon-EX cards including Mega Tyranitar-EX. Hoopa-EX will also make its grand entrance along with 11 new full-art Pokémon-EX cards including Shiny Primal Kyogre-EX, Shiny Primal Groudon-EX, and Shiny Mega Rayquaza-EX. The all-new expansion brings 90 new cards to the table, including 14 Trainer Cards.
The initial response to Metroid Prime: Federation Force at this year’s E3 probably wasn’t what Nintendo had anticipated. However, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says that the company has no problems transforming beloved franchises and making them feel new again. Reggie also said that fans shouldn’t worry about Metroid Prime: Federation Force and asks them to trust him and the company to ultimately deliver a great game.
“We’re taking our great IP and transforming them and making them new again — making them fresh and appealing for the fan who feels they know the franchise. But we’re giving them new things to enjoy.”
“What the fan at home saw was something in the Metroid Prime universe that they weren’t expecting. The reaction has been negative. There’s no sugar coating it.”
“This is an example where fans who aren’t able to get their hands on the game may be at a bit of a competitive disadvantage. Everyone who has played what we are showing regarding Metroid Prime, they’ve come across really pleased,” he continued. “My ask is that fans trust us.”
“Mr. Aonuma has said that he is challenging many of the conventional wisdoms of Zelda gaming in this new Zelda, and that’s what we do. We believe we have to do that to keep the franchises fresh,” Fils-Amie said.
“We believe that in order to propel the franchises forward, we have to be the ones to constantly challenge the paradigms, challenge the conventional wisdom, challenge what we thought was the essence of the particular franchise, and a particular form of gameplay.”
July will be featuring some Etrian Odyssey love, as Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight will be getting an eShop Demo on July 14th. Similar to prior Etrian demos, players will be able to sample the first section of the story mode and save data (which can then be transferred if you purchase the full game). Alongside this announcement was the video (seen below) reveal of the new class, “the Protector.” Unlike other classes, the Protector’s role is to boost the defenses of the party and act as a damage sponge.
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is the reamke of Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard. The game is set to release exclusively on Nintendo 3DS on August 4th in North America and February 12, 2016 in Europe.
IGN has quizzed the developers behind The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes and have asked them the all-important question as to why you can’t play as a female in the game. To be fair IGN couldn’t really get a straight answer out of the team, other than they have female developers helping out on the title and the fact that you can’t play as a female hasn’t been an issue with them. Here’s what was said.
IGN: So earlier, I brought up the similarities in the approach. The outfits remind me of gear-driven games like Monster Hunter and MMOs. Part of what ties into equipment-driven games is a player has a choice between choosing a male or female. I’m curious if, in this game, players will have a choice between a male avatar or a female avatar, especially since the story doesn’t seem tied to a specific gender?
Hiromasa Shikata: I’m going to tell you a little bit about the story quickly and we’ll circle around, here. There’s this kingdom, an event happens, and the king needs heroes. So, he puts out a call for heroes to gather and one of those is this guy Link. He sees this audition, basically, ‘Heroes needed; apply here.’ And, that’s the start of his adventure.
The story calls for this sort of legend/prophecy where heroes will come together to help solve a problem. And in that, they are male characters. So, because the game is set with that as the story background, you cannot choose a gender; you are a male character.
IGN: I guess I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t express some slight disappointment with that, especially because there is a Zelda outfit Link wears in the game. It just feels like it’s one step closer to giving the Zelda series’ female audience the chance to explore that universe from another perspective.
Shikata: Understood. I understand what you’re saying, and just as general information, we do have a lot of female staff members who are playing this game and enjoying it. It doesn’t seem to be a big issue to them. They still are getting emotional investment in this game. And to be honest, Link isn’t the most masculine of guys in the world, depending on how you want to project yourself into the character.
Forbes recently had the opportunity to catch up with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime after this year’s E3 event. The publication quizzed Reggie regarding why there was no new Nintendo hardware showcased at the show. Fils-Aime pointed towards the New Nintendo 3DS as a piece of hardware they have recently launched and also teased that they may release “new variants”. Whether he just means releasing additional colour schemes for the New Nintendo 3DS XL, or alternatively bringing over the standard New Nintendo 3DS, remains to be seen. Here’s what Reggie Fils-Aime had say at this year’s E3 event.
“Our focus is over the current six- to nine-months. In our handheld space, we’ve just launched the new Nintendo 3DS XL. So from that standpoint, there is no new hardware coming over the next six- to nine-month period. There might be some new variants. The thing about the handheld space, consumers love new designs, new colors. And we’ll continue to offer those types of experiences. But there’s not going to be a fundamentally new piece of handheld tech coming out.”