From Mercenary to Magician, Carpenter to Cook, prepare for a life filled with endless choice and epic adventures on 26th September when Fantasy Life, a role-playing game containing dynamic life simulation elements, releases in Europe on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems.
Set in the fantasy world of Reveria, choose to live your life your own way, and at your own pace, with 12 Life classes to choose from, a vast open world to explore, hundreds of items to collect and craft, and countless characters to get to know throughout the land. At the heart of the game is the innovative Life system, which allows you to switch between Life classes at almost any point in the game, with your choices not only upgrading your character, but also shaping your journey along the way.
More details for the game will be revealed leading up to launch on 26th September. In the meantime, to catch a snapshot of the 12 different Life classes in Fantasy Life, the game’s opening movie can be viewed above.
Nintendo Europe will be running a special promotion for those of you that own either NES Remix or NES Remix 2. If you own either of those titles then you’re eligible to get 50% off select NES titles on the Wii U eShop. These games include The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, and Dr Mario. The promotion begins on the 24th of July. Which games will you be purchasing?
A study provided by the Game Developers Conference has revealed that the vast majority of European developers are looking to develop solely for mobile device, PC, and Sony’s PlayStation 4. Interestingly 33 percent of developers says that are looking to develop for the PlayStation 4, and 23 percent for the Xbox One. There were no hard figures for Nintendo platforms.
- The vast majority of European developers are currently making games for the PC and mobile platforms. 58 percent of surveyed companies are currently working on a PC title, and 65 percent are developing for mobile.
- Both consoles are gaining developers, but the PS4 has the edge. Almost 20 percent are currently producing a title for the PS4 and 33 percent expect their next games to be on the console.
- In contrast, only 13 percent of surveyed developers are working on a game for the Xbox One right now, and only 23 percent expect to release their next games on the system.
- Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly accepted form of financially supporting a game’s development. A full 41 percent of all European developers surveyed are planning on using crowdfunding for future games.
For Wii U and 3DS owners in Europe, Nintendo has a few treats in store for fans this Thursday. With a big following, the Pokemon Trading Card Game for the Virtual Console hits the 3DS eShop and retails at a cracking price point of €4.99/£4.49. So if you’d like to throw yourself back into a nostalgia cocoon for Pokemon TCG, featuring more than 200 Pokemon cards based on the original decks, as well as new and exclusive cards, you can do so on July 10.
Nintendo is also offering a special discount to those who have bought NES Remix or NES Remix 2. From July 10 until July 24, fans of the Wario Ware-styled game can grab the first of second – providing they own one of the two Remix games – for €6.99/£6.29 rather than the standard price of €9.99/£8.99. For all other offers beginning this Thursday, check out the list below.
- Pokemon Trading Card Game (Nintendo, GBC VC) – €4.99/£4.49
- Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai Demo (Shin’en Multimedia) – Free
- Nintendo Pocket Football Club (Nintendo) – €11.79/£10.79 (Ends July 13, regular price €14.99/£13.49)
- Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (Shin’en Multimedia) – €4.99/£4.25 (Ends July 24, regular price €8.99/£7.66)
Wii U eShop:
- Pop’n Twinbee (Konami, SNES VC) – €7.99/£5.49
- Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND: 2-hour Ticket (Nintendo) – €2.99/£2.69
- NES Remix (Nintendo) – €6.99/£6.29 for people who own NES Remix 2 (Ends July 24, regular price €9.99/£8.99)
- NES Remix 2 (Nintendo) – €6.99/£6.29 for people who own NES Remix (Ends July 24, regular price €9.99/£8.99)
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will arrive for European 3DS owners this November. According to NIS America’s newly launched European Online Store, the upcoming dungeon-crawler will target a November 28 release date, despite no official confirmation from Atlus. The Persona Q publisher previously confirmed Persona Q – which is the first of the franchise to appear on the Nintendo handheld – would release for North America this Autumn, though retailers are pointing to a November 25 release date.
Not only will Europe receive a physical release of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, 3DS owners also have a chance to grab the Wild Cards Premium Edition, which was announced for North America last month. Here’s a list of all the extras included in the special edition, which has yet to receive a European price point. However, the North American edition will retail for $79.99.
- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth game.
- Persona Q-themed protective Nintendo 3DS
- “Sounds of the Labyrinth” music CD
- Exclusive art book
- Eleven Persona Tarot Cards
- Collectible outer box.
NIS America has stressed that the premium edition – as Altus said for North America – will be extremely limited in availability, so if you’re looking to pre-order it in Europe, you can do so, here, on July 14.
Tecmo Koei – the publisher behind such franchises as Dead or Alive, Dynasty Warriors and most recently the Zelda spin-off Hyrule Warriors – are set to switch around its company name in Europe. As announced on Twitter yesterday, the company will be known as Koei Tecmo from July 1.
In a similar case earlier this year, Bandai Namco (Namco Bandai as before) changed its company name to follow suit with the Japanese division. Tecmo Koei America has yet to confirm the name change but it will be, no doubt, on the cards for the company’s unity in the near future.
Atlus has confirmed that both Shin Megami Tensei IV and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will arrive in Europe later this year. Though Persona Q will receive a physical release some time in 2014, Shin Megami will be a download-only title in the 3DS eShop and targets a Q3 launch window. Whether Europe will also receive the Persona Q Wild Cards Premium Edition, newly announced for North American fans, is currently unknown.
Square Enix has today announced Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call will launch in Europe this September. Following the recent news that North America will receive two special edition versions of the rhythmic game, it now appears European fans will get to join in on the Final Fantasy-themed action as well.
Both the Collector’s Edition and the Limited Edition will be available to pre-order in the European store, here. The Collector’s Edition is priced at £44.99 / €54.99, while the Limited Edition retails for £29.99 / €34.99 – the same as the standard version. For those who pre-order the game, you will automatically receive the limited edition which comes with a 5-track remix CD. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call will launch on the Nintendo 3DS on September 19 in Europe.
Nintendo of Europe has announced Chibi-Robo: Let’s Go Photo! will land on the 3DS eShop this coming July. The news arrives just shortly after the company announced Europe would receive Pullblox World for the Wii U next month. Chibi-Robo: Let’s Go Photo! was originally released in Japan last July under the name Chibi-Robo: Real Life Action. The 3DS game allows you to take control of a tiny house-cleaning robot and makes heavy use of the handheld system’s camera.
In Chibi-Robo: Let’s Go Photo! players must snap pictures of everyday household items so the miniature robot can interact with them in various ways. Once items are scanned into the handheld, they are then registered in Chibi-Robo’s collection booth named ‘Nostaljunk’. The game also has a host of mini-games and other features for players to interact with as well. Chibi-Robo: Let’s Go Photo! will arrive on the European eShop on July 3.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Clash Duel Carnival, and is the first 3DS game based on the animated Zexal series.
Konami has announced it will bring popular 3DS title Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal World Duel Carnival to Europe. Planned for release this June, the competitive card game was released in Japan last winter under the name
Released as both a digital eShop download and in retail stores, the game is scheduled to launch on June 26. According to Konami’s press release, three exclusive and highly collectable cards will be packaged with the physical cartridge, namely Snow Plow Hustle Rustle, Night Express Knight and Special Schedule. There’s currently no word on whether this will reach North America, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled in the mean time. For more details on the game, you can check out the press release below.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival is based on characters and events from the popular TV series. The game centres on the titular World Duel Carnival where 11 playable characters are vying to compete. Each character has a bespoke card deck, and this allows users to get straight into the action as they select their favourite character and enter hard-fought duels with the cards they hold.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival also allows the player to develop their character’s deck, with advanced users able to build a custom deck from the 5,500 cards the game contains. Similarly, a total of 40 characters from the TV show feature in the game, who players will meet as they prepare for the tournament. Newcomers to the series will also be able to hone their skills courtesy of the game’s tutorial elements, making Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival the perfect jump-on point for newcomers to the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!