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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Aug, 2016 At 06:03 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Today Nintendo discussed their full plans for PAX West 2016, which includes and indie game show with another round of Nindies at Night and more footage of their previously announced games.

Here are Nintendo’s full plans for Pax West 2016.

Nindies@Night: For the second year, Nintendo will kick off its PAX West activities with an event at the EMP Museum in Seattle. The event is free and open to the public and will give people a chance to sample both first playable and anticipated video games from our Nindie community. Playable games include Axiom Verge (Thomas Happ Games), Jotun: Valhalla Edition (Thunder Lotus Games), Shantae Half-Genie Hero (WayForward/XSEED), Severed (Drinkbox Studios), World to the West (Rain Games), FAST Racing NEO – NEO Future Pack (Shin’en) and SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form) for the Wii U console, and Runbow Pocket (13AM Games), Punch Club (tiny Build Games), Severed (Drinkbox Studios), Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 (INTI CREATES), Noitu Love: Devolution (MP2 Games) and Gurumin: A Monsterous Adventure (Mastiff) for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Attendees will also have the chance to snag some giveaways and prizes, while supplies last. Additionally, all attendees will have access to EMP’s Indie Game Revolution exhibit, which includes newly installed titles from the Nintendo independent community. The Nindies@Night event takes place 8 p.m.-midnight on Sept. 1 at the EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N in Seattle.

Indie Lounge at PAX West: For anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the Nindies@Night event, we are bringing the same playable Nindie content to PAX West in the convention center on the sixth floor in Room 612. Developers will be there to demonstrate their games and answer questions, and giveaway free swag. Indie Lounge hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday to Sunday, and noon-6 p.m. on Monday.

Nintendo’s Booth: PAX West attendees can swing by the Nintendo booth (South Hall, Booth No. 2335) to check out a variety of fun games and products. In addition to a number of fun activities themed to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Nintendo plans to have playable versions of the Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and YO-KAI WATCH 2 games on hand. Additionally, visitors can check out cool displays of amiibo figures and the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition hardware, which launches Nov. 11.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Photo Experience: A photo booth will be set up at the Nintendo booth for fans to take some fun photos with two legendary Pokémon and Pokémon trainers. Additionally, fans who pre-order Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon onsite will receive a collectable gift.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past Developer Discussion: The producer of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past from Square Enix will host a game-focused developer discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Hydra Theater.

PAX West 2016 runs from September 2 to September 5.

Source: Nintendo PR

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It was initially announced when Dragon Quest XI was revealed that the game would be coming to the NX. Square Enix then backtracked but it has now been confirmed that the game is coming to the NX. The developers are targeting a simultaneous release across platforms.

The following is from the October issue of Nintendo Dream.

 

 

Masahiro Sakurai: Well then, I would like to ask about each of your new games. First, Dragon Quest XI. The 11th installment in the series will be released simultaneously on Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4, and including NX it’s coming out on three platforms, right?

Yuji Horii: That’s right. The use of hardware is different for each system, so it’s quite a challenge.

Sakurai: Thank you for working so hard.

 

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Sakurai: I see. Including things like the release date, it gets dreadful when development is inevitably drawn out and the debugging piles up… But shifting away from the release date, they’re not going to be released apart from each other, right? Since Dragon Quest games are story-driven.

Horii: That’s right. Spoilers will emerge if we release one version earlier. (Laughs.)

And there we have it. The game will be coming to the NX. Now we just need to see the NX be revealed.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Aug, 2016 At 11:19 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarThe Pokémon Company released the following today.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—August 19, 2016—At the 2016 Pokémon World Championships today, The Pokémon Company International gave its passionate fans a first look at new Pokémon coming to the highly anticipated Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, available exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The fascinating Alola region Pokémon will appear in the latest generation of Pokémon video games that will launch in North America on November 18. Additionally, TPCi announced Pokémon-GX, a new kind of card coming to the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) as part of the Sun & Moon Series, at the brand’s premier fan event in San Francisco.

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The newly revealed Alola region Pokémon include:

Name: Crabrawler
Type: Fighting
Crabrawler is a Boxing Pokémon that really hates to lose. It can be found clinging to buildings with its powerful pincers that also pack a powerful punch, or gathering around trees in search of Berries, its favorite food.

The following Alola Region Pokémon were also recently revealed:

Name: Stufful
Type: Normal/Fighting
Stufful may have a small body, but this Pokémon has extraordinary strength. Despite its cute, fluffy appearance, Stufful dislikes being touched and will flail its arms in protest. Stufful evolves into Bewear.

Name: Sandygast
Type: Ghost/Ground
Sandygast emerges when the grudges of fallen Pokémon soak into the sand after battle, and its tunnel-like mouth can suck the vitality from people and Pokémon. Sandygast also features a new Water Compaction Ability, never before seen in other Pokémon, where its Defense stat goes up by two if it’s hit with a Water-type move. Sandygast evolves into Palossand.

Name: Palossand
Type: Ghost/Ground
Palossand disguises itself as a sandcastle, with its shovel on top serving, it is believed, as a radar to search out prey. Unsuspecting small Pokémon are dragged into Palossand’s body through its sandy vortex so it can steal their life force.

 

 

 

These Pokémon look really cool and we are extremely excited for the chance to play as them in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Aug, 2016 At 11:36 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Next Level Games has just seen the release of their 3DS game Metroid Prime Federation Force and they are currently hiring for more employees. The following positions are shown on their website.

 

 TOOLS PROGRAMMER 
– GAMEPLAY PROGRAMMER 
– NETWORK PROGRAMMER 
– RENDERING PROGRAMMER 
– ENVIRONMENT ARTIST 
– MATERIAL ARTIST

 

What could they be working on next? We don’t know but we are excited to find out in the near future.

 

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Run-and-Gun games are a classic staple of gaming. From Contra to Metal Slug, the games have been a crucial part of gaming and one of the most influential genres. So when Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition was announced for Wii U, I became excited at the chance to play a new game like that for Wii U. But was it any good? Well, that is a matter of debate….but I would argue that it very much is a good game.

The game plays very similarly to other Run-And-Gun games but it also goes back to a classic pixelated art style. This art style helps the game stand out with a unique look which can draw in more players. The music is okay and while not the best, it does do its part to help capture that retro feel for the game. The music and art combined work great to create that classic feel and the audio effects and visual effects beyond are a step above other Retraux games in this style.

The gameplay in this is fantastic and insane in many ways. The bosses are over the top, the levels are well made to create a sense of intensity and a feeling that everything will continue to be topped as you progress. Some of these bosses have to be seen to be believed. The game is no cakewalk but once you beat it, you can unlock a hard mode which takes things to the next level of intensity. The game takes the right influences from retro games and the right ideas from modern games. It is a fun Run-and-Gun game that is very much worth your time to check out and play. It is not very expensive and can give you quite a bit of enjoyment. So all in all, I must recommend this game and suggest you do try it out.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2016 At 08:22 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Natsume sent out the following today

 

Pre-Order A Cute Plush Bluebird or An
Adorable Plush Bobcat!

Burlingame, CA. – Aug. 18,
2016 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher
of family-oriented video games, has announced today special bundles that
will be available this fall for Harvest Moon: Skytree
Village, the all-new Harvest Moon title for the Nintendo
3DS coming this October! The special bundles include a 5-inch custom
Bluebird plush and a 12-inch Bobcat plush. Fans will be able to
pre-order the bundles from the Natsume Amazon Store in the near
future.

The special bundles will include the
following:

Harvest Moon®: Skytree
Village Bluebird
Bundle

For a suggested retail price of $39.99 USD,
players will receive a retail copy of Harvest Moon: Skytree
Village with a limited edition 5″ plush Bluebird. Now have your
very own source of Blue Feathers!

Harvest Moon®: Skytree
Village Premium Bobcat
Bundle

For a suggested retail price of $49.99,
fans will receive a retail copy of Harvest Moon: Skytree Village with a
premium 12″ Bobcat. This is the purr-fect pet!

“Harvest Moon fans not only love our high
quality Harvest Moon titles, but also love collecting the charming plush
we have produced over the years,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO
of Natsume. “Any fan of the series knows that the blue feather plays a
key role in the Harvest Moon world, so having a bluebird will be a
must-have item for any Harvest Moon fan! And the Bobcat is a fantastic
addition to the larger plush collections we introduced a few years
ago.”

In addition, Harvest Moon: Skytree Village
will also be able to be purchased without the plushes at participating
retailers or Nintendo’s eShop for $29.99 USD.  Currently, Gamestop
is accepting pre-orders for the title.

About Harvest Moon: Skytree
Village (Nintendo 3DS)

Times have changed in the land known as the
Oasis of the Harvest Goddess. Many people used to live in Skytree
Village, and the land was lush and green. However, the power of the
Harvest Goddess gradually began to wane, and the land became parched and
dry.

With a completely new story, players will
be challenged to restore the seven legendary Skytrees that make the town
so iconic and bring power and prosperity to the land around them.
Along the way, they’ll meet a new cast of characters (with a few
returning familiar faces!), alongside a brand new art style, new
character models, and more.

With user-friendly tutorials, players will
immediately be able to jump into the thick of things, customizing their
farm by raising and lowering the land, creating rivers, ponds, and more.
Upgraded tools will assist farmers in shaping the land more efficiently,
and afterwards they can kick back and relax in their boat to do a spot
of fishing! It won’t be long before they’ll need to weigh anchor to care
for their newest herd animal: the Poitou donkey!

Key Features of Harvest Moon:
Skytree Village:

Play as a boy or a girl, woo bachelors and
bachelorettes, and start a family!
Completely new story with tons of
interesting new characters.
New crops and flowers to
discover
New fishing mechanics: expand waterways and
catch rarer fish
A full town with many residents, each with
their own personalities and quirks.

Players can follow the latest news for all
of the beloved Natsume franchises at www.natsume.com and
by scooping all of the latest Natsume updates, contests, screen shots
and more at www.natsume.com/facebook and www.twitter.com/natsume_inc.

This is cool news for fans of the Harvest Moon series and hopefully the game does well when it is released.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2016 At 07:44 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarHere are the  Nintendo Digital Downloads for the week of August 18 2016.

 

Wii U Download

Armikrog – $8.99 (available Tuesday)
Adventure Party: Cats and Caverns – $12.99
Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition – $2.99
Collateral Thinking – $2.99
MikroGame: Rotator – $1.99
Poncho – $9.99
Word Logic by POWGI – $9.99
Ziggurat – $14.99

Wii U Virtual Console

Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs – $9.99

3DS Retail

Metroid Prime: Federation Force – $39.99 (available Friday)
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward – $29.99 (available Friday)

3DS Download

Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition – $2.99
Kingdom’s Item Shop – $5.00
Power Disc Slam – $7.49
Touch Battle Ninja – $4.99
Word Logic by POWGI – $9.99

New 3DS Download

Brick Race – $1.49

3DS Themes

Style Savvy: My Room
Monster Hunter Generations Hunter’s Journey
Monster Hunter Generations The Fated Four
Ashley’s Recipe

eShop Sales

Wii U / 3DS

– Summer Savings! Nintendo fans are invited to celebrate the last days of summer with our Summer Savings event, which offers discounts of up to 30 percent on select games. Shop online at www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals or in Nintendo eShop during the sale, which starts at 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 18 and runs until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
– 1001 Spikes (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Cave Story (Nintendo 3DS) and more games from Nicalis are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 29.
– 3D Game Collection (Nintendo 3DS), Queen’s Garden (Wii U) and more games from Joindots GmbH are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
– 99Moves (Wii U), Darts Up 3D (Nintendo 3DS) and more from Enjoyup Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 15.

Wii U

– U Host is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $7.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 25.
– Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is 50 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
– Explody Bomb and Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
– Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles is more than 65 percent off (reduced from $5.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 24.
– Art of Balance is 25 percent off (reduced from $8.99 to $6.70) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 8.
– Inside My Radio is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $9.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
– Hot Rod Racer is 50 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.

3DS

– Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $8 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sep t.15.
– Carps& Dragons is 50 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 16.
– Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 29.
– Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition is 50 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $14.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 6.

Activities

Nintendo 3DS Summer Gaming List Sweepstakes – What is your favorite Nintendo 3DS game of the summer? Share your pick in the Summer Vacation Sweepstakes community on Miiverse and you could win the digital version of eight games from our Summer Gaming List! Click here for full details.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase will not improve your chances. Open to US residents 13 and older. Void where prohibited. To enter via Miiverse, post to this community before 8/31/16 10PM PT. Or enter by postcard (postcard entries must be postmarked between 8/18/16 and 8/31/16 and received by 9/6/16). Limit one entry per person, regardless of method. 5 randomly selected prize winners will each receive one (1) download code for each of the following games: Kirby: Planet Robobot, Mario Kart 7, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Disney Art Academy, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and either Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (ARV for each prize package: US$279.92). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. See full rules for details, including how to enter, prize information, and other terms and conditions. By entering the Sweepstakes, you agree to the Rules. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc., 4600 150th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA, USA.

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2016 At 07:17 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Nintendo’s PR team sent out the following

 

There is so much more to Style Savvy: Fashion Forward than just playing dress up. The refreshingly deep Nintendo 3DS game, which launches on Aug. 19, teaches fashionistas of all ages about creativity, fashion and management skills. The game lets you enjoy an incredibly fun lifestyle, while also learning the ins and outs of the fashion world! By taking on five different professions with their own game mechanics and challenges, you can help customers look and feel glamorous, while also shaping fashion trends all around town. Think you know fashion? Put your sense of style to the test!

“There’s a reason fans have fallen in love with the Style Savvy series,” said Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director. “The games are a pleasant surprise for anyone that plays them, and the feeling of nailing your looks and pleasing customers in the game is as satisfying as ever in Style Savvy: Fashion Forward.”

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward features five different professions that you can master: boutique manager, designer, hair stylist, makeup artist and model. Each one has unique gameplay and can be switched on the fly. That means you can play the game while focusing on the one job you really want, or mix it up and dip your feet into everything.

 

As a boutique manager, you recommend clothing based on customers’ requests and personal styles. By selecting from an eventual collection of more than 19,000 pieces of clothing and accessories, you can gain your customers’ trust, which, in turn, will make them want to purchase more items at your store. But make sure you keep your shop well stocked! Stop by the Exhibition Hall’s wholesale outlets to stock up on fashion items that are constantly changing. Play your fashion cards right and everyone will be wearing your clothes and following your style trends.

Taking on the role of designer will push the limits of your creativity. After you receive a request for a new article of clothing, you can enter your shop to create it. By speaking with locals around town, you will discover new patterns to use in your creations. You can even discover what’s “hot” by using the awesome in-game Fashion 101 guide to learn about real-world fashion topics like accent colors and clothing styles. Once you perfect your line, you can sell your clothes in the shop or collect commissions to make even more clothes. Will your clothes be the hit of the new season? Or will they end up in the bargain bin? You won’t know until you try!

Some customers will enter your shop looking for a chic new haircut or flawless makeover. That’s when your hair styling and makeup artist skills come into play. Asking the right questions and finding the right look will determine which style is right for each customer. If you’re confident you know what they want, grab your tools and get styling! Customers that love your choice will come back for future appointments and, most importantly, recommend you to more people around town.

Designing all these clothes and inspiring all these new fashion trends is great, but what good is being a fashion mogul if you can’t show off your work? By choosing to be a top model, you can model for photo shoots in the Photo Studio and at fashion shows, or even share your styles via the StreetPass feature to showcase some of your best looks. If you have wireless internet access, you can also visit a friend’s shop to explore and take pictures, compete in Miiverse contests and swap designs online with friends. You can even personalize a miniature dollhouse that holds showrooms and spare rooms, which you can furnish and decorate with items. These custom dollhouses can also be shared via StreetPass.

A wide variety of different amiibo figures like Mario, Peach, Rosalina, Samus and Isabelle can also be used in the game. Each different character provides a new, exclusive clothing item or accessory related to that character. For example, tap the Kirby amiibo while playing to get a stylish (and adorable) pink Kirby purse. Discovering the fashion items that each amiibo provides and putting them to good use is a big part of the fun.

Source: Nintendo PR

 

This is an interesting looking game from Nintendo and we hope to cover it more in the future.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2016 At 04:07 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarThe Pokemon Company  revealed a brand new Pokémon  for Sun/Moon at Gamescom 2016 today. Here we meet the new Pokémon Turtonator. You can see the trailer below.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Aug, 2016 At 07:41 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Natsume Sent out the following.

 

 

2016 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher
of family-oriented video games, has announced part of the roster for
their upcoming RPG brawler for the Nintendo 3DS, River City:
Tokyo Rumble. Some of the characters players will be able
to take control of are series favorites such as Misuzu, Shinji, Riki,
and, of course, Kunio himself.

“We’re excited to be able to deliver such a
diverse cast of characters for River City fans,” said Hiro Maekawa,
President & CEO of Natsume. “We know that a lot of River City fans
have been waiting to play as some of their series favorites in English
for a long time now, so we can’t wait to hear what series fans and
newcomers alike think of the game and its eclectic cast of
characters.”

Here’s a partial list of the River
City: Tokyo Rumble characters:

KUNIO – Kunio seeks to
take back Tokyo from the massive Lion Alliance gang. Kunio is a thug
with a heart of gold who looks out for his pals and fights for
justice.

RIKI – A misunderstanding
with Kunio roped Riki into the fray. Riki fights for justice, but when
he gets really mad, he snaps and goes berserk.

MISAKO – Misako frowns on
delinquents, but makes an exception for Kunio.

SHINJI – Shinji went to
school with Riki and is older, so he expects to be respected. He demands
respect from his lowerclassmen, with fists if
necessary!

MISUZU – Physically huge,
Misuzu intimidates people and has a tough personality to match. Treat
this delicate flower like a lady, or she’ll introduce you to her
fists!

RANDY – Returning from
River City Ransom, twins Randy and Andy make up the Double
Dragons!

SABU – Gunning for revenge
against Kunio, who previously humiliated the Sanwa Gang. Fans of
Renegade should remember this bad guy!

TEX – Usually easygoing,
until something gets him riled. Then he turns nasty! Watch out for his
spin attack!

TIGER CLAW – The younger
of the Double Tigers wrestling brothers!

This game is looking good and we hope to cover it more in the future.

 

Source: Natsume PR

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