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October’s PlayStation Plus games have been revealed. Unlike previous months which have been somewhat lacking, this month packs quote the punch with good games.

The full list of games available on 4th October can be seen below:

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This week marked 30 years of the Castlevania series, a series near and dear to my heart. My first time playing this series was actually with Circle of the Moon on the GBA when I rented it while on vacation one year. It didn’t make a lasting impression on me, nor did Harmony of Dissonance some time later. The moment I became enthralled with Castlevania wasn’t actually when I played a game in the series. No, it began when I opened the pages of Gamepro one month and saw a preview of Castlevania Aria of Sorrow. I don’t know why, but once I saw those preview images I knew I had to play this game when it came out. And play it I did, becoming obsessed with finding every secret, getting every soul and so on. This was a game that hooked me and made me a fan of the series.

I did not own the original games on the NES or Super Castlevania IV on the SNES, but thanks to the virtual console, I have been able to play these classics. I think they still hold up well, to an extent. Castlevania 1 is punishingly hard, and 3 is even harder but added so much innovation. Simon’s Quest is of course the black sheep of the series but it did lay the groundwork for what would come later with Symphony of the Night. These are all amazing games on the NES, with the first game being an amazing homage to classic horror cinema, an aspect that while downplayed later on in the series, is still there even in recent entries.

Super Castlevania IV was where the series really got good. It was still hard, but now it was fair. Your failures were your own fault, and the bosses still a challenge but no longer unfair. The music was some of the best in the entire series and everything seemed on a greater scale than before. This continued with Rondo of Blood and Bloodlines. While some feel Bloodlines is not as good as IV, I think it is on equal ground. It had its own contribution to the story and helped make the novel by Bram Stoker canon with the games. It was the goriest entry in the series but also one of the best designed.

Rondo of Blood was the big transition in terms of storytelling. It didn’t just introduce cut scenes, it also introduced hidden stages which was a game changer for the series. It led directly into Castlevania SOTN as well. SOTN changed how the games were played, but it did so by combining what came before in Simon’s quest, Dracula’s Curse and Rondo of Blood, with elements of the Zelda series. It led to that style of games being called metroidvania, instead of just metroidlike.

The series has been put on hold by Konami, and with Koji Igarashi having left, it seems unlikely we will get a new entry. But we do have IGA’s upcoming game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, to look forward to. Castlevania may have turned 30 this week, but the series still brings in new fans every day!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Sep, 2016 At 09:11 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Natsume Sent out the following

 

NATSUME LAUNCHES RIVER CITY: TOKYO RUMBLE FOR NINTENDO 3DS

The Classic Franchise Returns to the West!

Burlingame, CA. – September 27, 2016 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today launched the RPG brawler River City: Tokyo Rumble for the Nintendo 3DS in North America. The game is available in both digital and physical formats!

River City: Tokyo Rumble for 3DS follows the story of a hot-blooded high school student named Kunio and his good friends. When a nefarious gang moves into Tokyo to try to take it over, it’s up to this self-proclaimed “fighter for justice” and his buddies to make sure the streets stay safe!

Players will punch, kick, and use a variety of weapons such as soccer balls, iron knuckles, chains, and even bicycles to knock some sense into those devious gang members. Taking on jobs, leveling up abilities, and stopping for a snack or two at local food joints are just some of the action-packed mayhem players will experience. Luckily, smiles are free.

“We have already gotten early feedback that River City: Tokyo Rumble is a ‘cant-put-it-down’ experience, and we love hearing that reaction,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. “The series has an amazing following, and we know that this will be another great addition for fans and newcomers to the series alike!”

River City: Tokyo Rumble is now available for $29.99 USD.

We hope to bring you more news on this game in the next little while here at Real Otaku gamer

By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Sep, 2016 At 04:22 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarWayForward has a announced that a new Shantae beach theme will be available for 3DS in NA and Eu regions this week. It will include panoramic view, music and voices. Check out the announcement tweet below.

 

 

 

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No GravatarHere are this week’s video game releases by date and then by platforms

09/26

  • Chernobyl VR Project – Oculus, Valve Vive (9/26)
  • Smash+Grab – Windows (9/26)

09/27

  • Contra (Arcade Archives) – PS4
  • Clustertruck – Mac OSX, Windows
  • Darkest Dungeon – PS4, PS Vita
  • Dead Rising 2 – PS4
  • FIFA 17 – PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Forza Horizon 3 – PC, Xbox One
  • King’s Quest – Chapter 4: Snow Place Like Home – PS4, Xbox One
  • Hitman Episode 5: Freedom Fighters (Colorado) PS4, Xbox One, Windows
  • Lichtspeer – PS4
  • Mount & Blade: Warband – PS4
  • River City: Tokyo Rumble – 3DS
  • Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice – 3DS
  • Soul Axiom – Wii U
  • XCOM 2 – PS4, Xbox One
  • Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls – 3DS
  • Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits – 3DS
  • Zheros – PS4

09/28

  • Wand Wars – PS4 (9/28)
By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Sep, 2016 At 04:38 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarNintendo has released this handy video discussing some Tips, hints and clues for playing Severed. The hit indie game came to Wii U and 3DS yesterday and you can read our review here. You can watch the new video below.

 

 

 

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Drinkbox Studios has released some excellent games over the years including the amazing metroidvania style game Guacamelee!, and now have brought their latest masterpiece to Nintendo systems. Severed is a first person game focused on touch screen controls and a creepy atmosphere. How did it hold up in the transition to Wii U? Rather well actually.

When playing Severed, you will almost certainly be focusing exclusively on the gamepad and not the TV due to the emphasis on the touch screen. Severed is one of the best uses of the Wii U gamepad I have seen, especially since it takes full advantage of the touch screen capabilities while also giving you some traditional controls as well. The interactions with the environment happen in a variety of ways, such as swiping the screen to remove obstacles, find hidden gems and moving gears to open doors.

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The game has an amazing horror atmosphere and the music helps that. It gives you a sense of creepiness and a feeling that you are always in danger. There is always some terror waiting for you, lurking where you do not expect. The first person perspective combined with the way you move, work well with the music to create one of the best feelings of anxiety ever. I cannot say enough good about the music, it really does its job well.

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There are some negatives though. The game’s combat can be very difficult to get a hang of and can be unforgiving at times. Adapting to multiple enemies will take a lot of time and effort, as you will need to learn to keep moving and make certain enemies a priority while not ignoring other enemies. Its not all bad and once you get the hang of it, you can do very well. Its just that there is some difficulty in learning this. Its fun once that’s out of the way so be patient.

Severed is a great experience and I would recommend it, just be aware you will need some patience with it.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Sep, 2016 At 08:38 AM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Here are the Nintendo Downloads for North America for the week of September 22 2016

Wii U Download

Double Breakout – $7.00
Laser Blaster – $1.99
Severed – $13.49
Titan’s Tower – $1.49
Wings of Magloryx – $14.99

Wii Retail for Wii U

Donkey Kong Country Returns – $19.99

3DS Retail

River City: Tokyo Rumble – $29.99 (available Tuesday)
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse – $49.99

3DS Download

Noah’s Cradle – $5.00

New 3DS Virtual Console

Final Fight 2 – $7.99
Final Fight 3 – $7.99

3DS Themes

Sonic series: 25th Anniversary (free)
Sonic series: Boom Style
Sonic series: Classic Style
Sonic series: Sonic Style
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eShop Sales

Wii U / 3DS

– The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Nintendo 3DS and Wii U), Wipeout Create & Crash (Nintendo 3DS and Wii U) and more games from Activision are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 30.
– Grumpy Reaper (Wii U), Toys vs Monsters (Nintendo 3DS) and more from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 20.
– Dan McFox: Head Hunter (Nintendo 3DS) and Word Party (Wii U) are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 29.

Wii U

– Dual Core is 30 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $6.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 2.
– Steel Rivals is more than 25 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $5) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 12.
– Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to 99 cents) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 3.
– The Quiet Collection is 40 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 26.
– 3Souls is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.90 to $2.90) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 29.

3DS

– Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $39.99 to $24.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 3.
– Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 29.

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Sep, 2016 At 04:53 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarDid You Know Gaming and ProJared have put out a new video detailing things you may not have known about Monster Hunter Generations. There are some interesting name details and gameplay ideas that are discussed within. Check out the video below.

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Sep, 2016 At 02:32 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarThe Pokémon Company and Nintendo have released a new trailer for Pokémon Sun & Moon that shows off the Pokémon exclusive to each version. The trailer also shows off new features and Z moves and is full of exciting content. Take a look below.

 

 

 

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