Square Enix has today confirmed that the intriguing Final Fantasy Explorers for the Nintendo 3DS is heading over to the west in 2016. The JRPG will be arriving in the United States on January 26th and in Europe on January 29th. The latest Final Fantasy game invites players to “band together to form an elite squad of Explorers with your friends, braving hordes of monsters in hopes of conquering a newly discovered Grand Crystal – every Explorer’s dream.”
In a world where toy robots constitute more than just child’s play, can a group of middle-school children fight the forces of corruption to save that world from the brink of disaster? The answer awaits in Little Battlers eXperience, a role-playing game with real-time battle action launching 4th September on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, which gives players a near-infinite amount of possibilities to customise their own LBX robot and bring it to life in battle.
Little Battlers eXperience is the first game for Nintendo 3DS in the next hit series from developer LEVEL-5 – the force behind series like Inazuma Eleven and Professor Layton – which also spans a successful anime series, manga and toy line. The game follows the first season of the anime, set in the year 2046 and telling the story of Van Yamano, a middle-school student who is a fan of the palm-sized LBX robots: a range of toys that were previously deemed too dangerous to control. Since the invention of Battle Boxes – dioramas made from an advanced type of fortified cardboard – kids can safely let their LBXs duke it out in dedicated arenas via remote control units.
The story kicks off when a mysterious woman entrusts Van with a special “AX-00” model LBX that she says could either save the world… or destroy it. Van soon finds himself in battle with a rival at school, as he tries to secure the Armor parts for his Achilles set. But as an evil organization called the New Dawn Raisers sets its eyes on Van’s prized possession, the stakes are about to get a lot higher – not only for Van and his friends, but for the whole world!
Customisation is key when it comes to besting your opponents – whether that’s the New Dawn Raisers or your mates down the road. So with more than 130 different models and over 4.000 individual parts to collect, it’s down to you to build a truly unique LBX, assigning Weapons, Armor and Core Units before you watch your creation come to life in battle.
These battles take place in the aforementioned Battle Boxes, which may look like little dioramas but in fact conceal miniature worlds inside. As you control your LBX from a third-person perspective, make sure you use the environments to your advantage, dashing and jumping to manoeuver your LBX in place for a well-timed attack. From melee attacks to long-raged assaults, your actions will deplete your Tension Gage and when that runs out, your power and speed will be dramatically reduced, so use your wits and adapt your play style to your LBX and its load-out.
Be on the lookout for heavily damaged opponents: you could risk a Breaking Blow to see them off once and for all, but failure will cause your LBX to overheat, which limits your movement speed and leaves you open to attack…
Up to 6 players can compete in battles via local wireless multiplayer, but whether playing solo or with friends, keep in mind that LBXs gradually wear out as they battle. If the Maintenance Gage depletes fully, the LBX parts won’t gain as many Tune-up Points at the end of a successful battle, so be sure to grease up your LBX to keep it in fighting shape.
Free Add-on Content will be made available via SpotPass on a weekly basis from launch until June 2016. Players just need to connect their Nintendo 3DS family system to the internet in order to download new LBX Cards, Quests and Capsule Toys. Some LBX models will be made available exclusively via Nintendo Zones, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements!
Build the best LBX in the world and watch it come to life in battle as you take down the evil New Dawn Raisers from 4th September in Little Battlers eXperience on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Source: Nintendo PR
To celebrate the launch of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 2nd October, Nintendo of Europe is launching a range of new products – including all-new hardware bundles – to give fans of the series and new players alike a variety of options to enjoy a one-of-a-kind handheld gaming experience like only Nintendo offers.
From 2nd October, Animal Crossing fans with a penchant for interior or exterior design can go all out with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Join the Nook’s Homes family business and make hundreds of your favourite animals happy by designing their dream home – some might even ask you to spruce up their garden! Go beyond home decor and try your hand at bigger projects like a school or a café and assign unexpected roles to some of your favourite animal friends.
At launch, a limited number of copies of the game sold in stores will come with one special amiibo card that allows the player to call up the card’s character and let their imagination run wild designing a house for them. What kind of home would you build for Tom Nook or Isabelle? Additional amiibo cards will be sold separately in packs of three. Out of these three, one card will always be a special amiibo card, meaning it features a character whose house you won’t be able to build without using its amiibo card. Each card can be used across multiple copies of the game, so they’re perfect for collecting and trading with friends.
Owners of New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL systems can tap the amiibo card to the NFC area on the bottom screen, while owners of original Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems can purchase the NFC Reader/Writer accessory to enjoy amiibo functionality in compatible software.
The launch of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for Nintendo 3DS will be accompanied by the following additional releases on 2nd October:
- New Nintendo 3DS + Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Pack: a white New Nintendo 3DS system with a digital copy of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer , a unique set of cover plates and one special amiibo card
- New Nintendo 3DS XL Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Edition: a white New Nintendo 3DS XL system with a unique, game-themed cover design, a digital copy of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and one special amiibo card
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer + NFC Reader/Writer Pack: a physical copy of the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, one special amiibo card and the NFC Reader/Writer accessory
- Standalone NFC Reader/ Writer accessory
- New Nintendo 3DS cover plates No. 5 (featuring K.K. Slider), 6 (featuring Isabelle) and 27 (featuring a variety of animals from the series).
- Series 1 Animal Crossing amiibo cards Pack: each pack contains 1 special amiibo card and 2 regular amiibo cards)
Whether you’re new to the Nintendo 3DS experience or an existing system owner, the perfect bundle for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer from 2nd October.
Source: Nintendo Europe PR
That’s right, if you are in Europe and decide to purchase the Animal Crossing amiibo cards then you will have three fewer cards than your US counterparts. Nintendo fans in the United States will get six amiibo cards while those of you in Europe will only get three. Hopefully that will be reflected in the price.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time was known to be coming to Wii U Virtual Console — however, now we know the Nintendo DS RPG classic will be arriving this Thursday, July 16th in Europe. The price will match other Nintendo DS games that have been released for Wii U Virtual Console, specifically €9.99 / £8.99. Nintendo DS games have, of course, been available on Wii U Virtual Console since the April 1st Nintendo Direct. Partners in Time released in North America on Virtual Console on June 25, 2015.
Want to get your hands on some bargains this week from the Wii U eShop? Well Nintendo Europe is holding a massive sale in indie titles beginning on 9th July and ending on 23rd July. Basically if you own one of the titles listed below then you qualify for discounts on any of the others listed. There’s fourteen Wii U indie titles available, so there’s bound to be something for everyone.
14 Wii U titles presented by 7 studios from 6 countries are on sale on Nintendo eShop in the Epic Indie Sale. If you own one or more of following titles on your Wii U, you can download the others at a discounted rate. This offer ends on July 23.
- BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games) – €4.79/£3.99 (Normally €11.99/£9.99)
- EDGE (Two Tribes Publishing) – €0.79/£0.71 (Normally €1.99/£1.79)
- Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games) – €5.99/£5.19 (Normally €14.99/£12.99)
- Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Drinkbox Studios) – €5.59/£4.79 (Normally €13.99/£11.99)
- Mighty Switch Force! 2 (WayForward) – €2.00/£2.00 (Normally €5.00/£5.00)
- Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition (WayForward) – €3.99/£3.59 (Normally €9.99/£8.99)
- RUSH (Two Tribes Publishing) – €0.79/£0.71 (Normally €1.99/£1.79)
- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (WayForward) – €6.79/£6.39 (Normally €16.99/£15.99)
- Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party (KnapNok Games) – €3.59/£3.20 (Normally €8.99/£8.00)
- Swords & Soldiers (Two Tribes Publishing) – €1.19/£0.99 (Normally €2.99/£2.69)
- Toki Tori (Two Tribes Publishing) – €0.79/£0.69 (Normally €1.99/£1.79)
- Toki Tori 2 + (Two Tribes Publishing) – €5.99/£5.19 (Normally €14.99/£12.99)
- Trine 2: Director’s Cut (Frozenbyte) – €6.79/£5.39 (Normally €16.99/£13.99)
- Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte) – €5.19/£4.39 (Normally €12.99/£10.99)
The long-awaited sequel to Project X Zone has sadly been delayed until early 2016 in Europe. I’m not entirely sure what this means for those of you in the United States as the game might be delayed there too. I will update the post once I hear something. With the bad news out-of-the-way, Bandai Namco has released a brand new action-packed trailer for Project X Zone 2 which you can watch, below.