Japanese developer Imageepoch – most known for its stellar work on the tactical RPG Luminous Arc – has announced a new 3DS game named Stella Glow. Currently in development, Stella Glow arrives for Japan as a simulation RPG on the back of the studio’s tenth anniversary. While in-depth translations are yet to come through from the Famitsu announcement, the game will focus heavily on fantasy magic, along with a storyline teeming with witches and their abilities to use song magic.
Stella Glow will also feature strategy-focused battles and four main characters pictured in the scan above. While Imageepoch’s DS title Luminous Arc was released in 2007 for North America and Europe, it’s hoped the same can be said for Stella Glow, though confirmation of such may not happen until much later in the development.
Nintendo has released three new Nintendo 3DS themes in Japan and they’re all Halloween based. Thankfully, the ever reliable NintenDaan has uploaded a video showcasing these Japanese exclusive themes. You can check out the three lovely new themes in the video, above.
Nintendo Japan has shown off the second batch of faceplates for the New Nintendo 3DS. The second set of faceplates will be arriving on November 21st and include plenty of lovely designs. Then on December 13th Nintendo will release a Yokai Watch 2 faceplate.
CyberConnect2 company president Hiroshi Matsuyama has revealed at Machi Asobi this weekend that the company is working on what he describes as a “shocking project.” Matsuyama wouldn’t say any more on the subject, but said an announcement is due at the end of the year. CyberConnect2 made the fantastic Solatorobo on Nintendo DS.
“It should be around the end of the year that we can announce a shocking project from our company.”
The folks over at GameXplain have gotten their hands on the New Nintendo 3DS which launched in Japan over the weekend. The YouTube channel shows off a number of the new features included the added C-Stick as well as a tour of the new system. You can watch the system tour above and the C-Stick video, below.
The New Nintendo 3DS went on sale in Japan this weekend and it appears as though a lot of gamers decided to rush out and upgrade with most stores in Tokyo alone selling out of the product. So now the New Nintendo 3DS is out what do those who purchased it think to the new device? Here’s some thoughts.
Thoughts on the new C-stick
- “The C-stick is actually pretty good!”
- “It’s much better than I’d imagined.”
- “I thought the C-stick would be useful, but it really is totally different to what I’d imagined. The rubber feels very hard on the tip of my thumb.”
- “The C-stick is pretty much as I expected it would be. Those of you who have used a Thinkpad laptop’s red button can probably imagine how it feels.
The larger, improved screens
- “The new anti-blur screen far exceeded my expectations.”
- “The 3-D screen is superb! It’s so much easier to see.”
- “I was surprised at how much better the new 3-D screen works.”
- “Colours on the New LL’s screen are deeper than the old model.”
- “The whites are a kind of pee-yellow…”
- “The New 3DS’ screens seem yellower than the old 3DS’.”
- “Yup, Nintennyo [nyo means urine in Japanese] 3DS.”
The wood effect
- “A lot of people are saying good things about the wood-effect [cover].”
- “[Nintendo] should just launch the New 3DS in wood as standard.”
- “I changed my covers from standard black to wood-effect–it’s really cool. I like the way, when [the 3DS is closed], it almost doesn’t look like a portable games console.”
- “Moving to the Home menu is super fast”
- “Overall, the console is much speedier than the old one.”
- “Launching and closing applications, opening the browser etc is much faster.”
- “It doesn’t feel as good [to touch] as the old one.”
- “The New 3DS feels cheaper than the old model to me. It’s more toy-like.”
- “How does the slide pad feel compared to those on previous models?”
> “The same.”
> “The slide pad’s surround is now shallower, so it looks easier to clean. The pad itself hasn’t really changed.”
- “The Start and Select buttons are now much more accessible.”
- “The speakers seem a bit more powerful now.”
- “I’m seriously impressed at how the sound quality has improved between the LL and New LL.”
- “I tried loading the Niconico Douga app. Compared to the Vita version it’s pretty bad, but I guess it can’t be helped.”
- “Monster Hunter on the New 3DS is just too good.”
- “I have no regrets about upgrading.”
The latest edition of Japanese gaming publication Famitsu reveals the games that Japanese consumers are most looking forward to. Unsurprisingly Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which was released this weekend in Japan, tops the list followed by Final Fantasy XV. Here’s the most wanted games in Japan this week.
1. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 1253 votes
2. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV – 843 votes
3. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 695 votes
4. [PS3] Persona 5 – 693 votes
5. [PS3] Tales of Zestiria – 691 votes
6. [3DS] Bravely Second – 619 votes
7. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 554 votes
8. [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers – 471 votes
9. [PS4] The Evil Within – 376 votes
10. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 364 votes
11. [PS4] Dragon Quest Heroes – 351 votes
12. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 339 votes
13. [PS3] Shining Resonance – 302 votes
14. [PS4] Persona 5 – 285 votes
15. [PS3] The Evil Within – 281 votes
16. [3DS] Derby Stallion Gold – 249 votes
17. [PS4] Bloodborne – 220 votes
18. [PS3] Dragon Quest Heroes – 213 votes
19. [PSV] God Eater 2 Rage Burst – 196 votes
20. [3DS] The Great Ace Attorney – 195 votes
21. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey II Untold: The Knight of the Fafnir – 192 votes
22. [3DS] PoPoLoCrois Bokujou Monogatari – 181 votes
23. [PS4] Yakuza Zero – 159 votes
24. [PSV] Phantasy Star Nova – 154 votes
25. [PS3] The Last Remnant – 151 votes
26. [PSV] Kan Colle Kai – 143 votes
27. [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night – 142 votes
28. [PS3] Yakuza Zero – 139 votes
29. [PS3] Resident Evil HD – 137 votes
30. [PS4] Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – 135 votes