One interesting project over at Ubisoft is a UbiArt title based on the hit cartoon series Gravity Falls. The game is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and has the same unique visual style as Child of Light and Valiant Hearts. The game is scheduled to be released on November 3rd. Here is some key information about the game.
- ENTER GRAVITY FALLS – Explore the Mystery Shack, the Gnome Forest, & more, powered by beautiful UbiArt graphics
- MADE IN COLLABORATION WITH CREATOR ALEX HIRSCH – Experience the show’s signature humor & fan-favorites brought to life
- SOLVE AN ALL-NEW MYSTERY – Learn new lore about inhabitants of Gravity Falls & unlock secrets of the town’s past
- PLAY AS BOTH DIPPER AND MABEL – Switch between characters & use their unique powers and abilities
On July 17, 2015, Nintendo won a patent case in federal court in Oakland, California. Judge Saundra Armstrong found that eight of Nintendo’s popular hand-held systems, including the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance systems, do not infringe a patent asserted against those products by Quintal Research Group, Inc. Judge Armstrong therefore dismissed the case. Quintal is a patent-assertion company run by the named inventor of the asserted patent, who is also a patent lawyer.
“We are very pleased to have this case dismissed,” said Devon Pritchard, Nintendo of America’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. “The result in this case continues to prove that Nintendo will vigorously defend its innovations against patent lawsuits and will not pay to settle cases simply to avoid litigation. Nintendo continues to support patent reform efforts that reduce the unnecessary and inefficient burden cases like this one place on technology companies in the United States.”
XSEED is extremely proud of how well Story of Seasons has sold in North America as the publisher says it is the company’s fastest selling video game in North America. XSEED says they have shifted over 100,000 units to date in North America since its release on March 31st. In addition to this, the company has said that they have sold over 160,000 units of Rune Factory 4 which launched in North America in October 2013.
While the gaming community anxiously awaits a good new Sonic game, Japanese gamers will be able to download the classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in 3D form on Nintendo 3DS next week. In order to celebrate, SEGA released a trailer (below) showing off the game and introducing co-op play. When playing in co-op, other friends who also have a copy of the eShop title can join along as Tails and help take down Dr. Robotnik. The Western release of the game is confirmed, with no official date set.
Square Enix is pumping out Dragon Quest titles like nobody’s business. Not that I’m complaining. Anyway, a leak by Japanese publication Jump Magazine states that the company has a brand new Dragon Quest Monsters title in development which is named Dragon Quest Monster Joker 3 and is destined for Japan. Details are rather scarce at the moment, but no doubt Square Enix will lift the lid soon.
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.
Don’t get too excited but a new Nintendo 3DS firmware update is now available to download. As you probably expected it is simply a stability update and doesn’t appear to include any additional features or new functionality. The firmware is version 9.9.0-26. It’s available to download now manually if you go to system settings > other settings > system update. If you would rather wait then it should automatically come to your system.
Further improvements to overall system stability, system security, and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience