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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Sep, 2017 At 04:09 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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If you’re looking to dish out more damage while adventuring in the Yggdrasil Tree, you can’t go wrong with having a Pugilist in the party. These masters of martial arts and bare-knuckle brawling are ready to punch some beasts in the face, so be sure to slot them in the front line and let them loose. Besides being able to inflict game changing binds and paralysis on enemies, Pugilists can sacrifice HP in order to deal out some very punishing attacks. It’s never a bad idea to roll around with someone whose fists are considered deadly weapons.

 

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth features:
  • A Choose-your-own-odyssey Feel – Starting with the creation of your party to exploring the uncharted labyrinth of the Yggdrasil Tree, Beyond the Myth is all about choosing how your own adventure unfolds. Test your survival skills by wisely navigating the winding floors of Yggdrasil, using shrewd tactics when battling gruesome beasts, making the right decisions during various “scenarios,” and more. To meet these challenges, the home base city of Iorys is ready for all your buying/selling, recruiting, and information-gathering needs!
  • Gameplay Fit for a True Pathfinder – It wouldn’t be an Etrian Odysseygame without the life-or-death need to map your progress. For those new to the series, the bottom screen of the 3DS displays a top-down, tile-based map that must be filled out while dungeon crawling. Players can use the map to mark the locations of treasures, doors, enemies, environmental obstructions, and more. Expect the unexpected at every turn–and then make a note on the map so it’s not so unexpected next time!
  • Epic Turn-based Battles – There’s a reason why no one has ever reached the top of Yggdrasil. Dangerous creatures and utterly terrifying FOEs–high-level mini-bosses, for you newcomers–roam the labyrinth on every floor, so prepare to test your mettle with challenging turn-based battles. Proper planning is a must and balancing strong party composition is absolutely crucial for success. You’ll need the right team to unleash Union Attacks and level the playing field!
  • Expanded Character Creation and Customization – With four unique races, 10 distinct classes, more customization options than any previous game in the franchise, and a streamlined skill tree/class advancement, you can shape a party to whatever your heart desires.
  • A Magical Art Style and Score – Longtime series illustrator Yuji Himukai and renowned composer Yuzo Koshiro return to add their signature magic to the art and music in the game.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will release on Oct. 17 for the Nintendo 3DS™ system and will be priced at $39.99. The game has been rated T by the ESRB. For more information please visit the website: http://atlus.com/etrian5/.

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth is looking fantastic. Do not be surprised if this is another big hit for the series when it launches here!
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Before PAX West in Seattle could even get underway, the surprises are starting to flow. During the Nintendo’s Nindie@Night event in Seattle, Yacht Club announced a new Shovel Knight amiibo 3 pack featuring characters from the game’s Treasure Trove saga.

“By tapping three new amiibo figures based on King Knight, Plague Knight and
Specter Knight while playing Shovel Knight, players can unlock exclusive armor
sets, new challenge stages and the ability to summon fairy companions to accompany
players on quests.”

 

Here is the trailer: 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Aug, 2017 At 06:40 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has put out a new trailer for Metroid: Samus Returns.

Welcome to Planet SR388, a world of subterraneous labyrinths, vicious alien lifeforms, mysterious secrets…and a deadly Metroid infestation. Legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran is the galaxy’s only hope—in this video, learn more about the incredible arsenal at her disposal and the many obstacles she must face.

This is a great trailer and really helps set the mood for Metroid: Samus Returns, a game which is hotly anticipated.

Are you planning on getting this?

By Stark Wyvern On 22 Aug, 2017 At 10:04 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Disclaimer: Game came from my own collection

Miitopia is a game that I had been unsure of when I first learned of its existence. It made sense that it would exist but I had no idea how it would function. After seeing footage though, I was hooked as this game really did have a chance to be great. After playing through the main story line, I have found that this is really a great game.

Miitopia is a solid RPG title that brings in Nintendo’s beloved Mii characters into their own Fantasy set game. This game thrusts your main character, who can even be you, onto a grand adventure. With many different jobs to choose from, it is up to you to pick the right job for you. Joining you are 9 other characters who you can make anyone you wish. Make them friends, family, celebrities, anyone you choose, and you get to pick jobs for them and eventually change jobs. Another big part of this game is the relationships that form. Pairing up characters can be done in the inn or out in the field and even in battle. Your characters relationships can really turn the tide of battle in your favor or your enemies. If all your characters hate each other of course you won’t get all of the extra damage.

The story itself is a solid one, involving an evil lord played by whoever you choose, stealing the faces of people everywhere. You can choose a character for this demon or have it auto picked. My villain ended up being Team Flare’s Boss Lysander of Pokemon X and Y fame. This villain is powerful and you will need to gather and train your friends. An interesting thing that happens is when he comes and spirits your friends away multiple times. This forces you to choose a new job and start journeying with three new characters.

Along the way, you will meet a variety of other characters who help you, while journeying through dungeons to find keys and other lost items you eventually defeat your foe. But like in most JRPGS the story is far from over as a new boss appears. Since I don’t plan on spoiling it though, I will just say as soon as this boss is defeated, you will be granted more character slots. With new characters to raise this game becomes infinite in a lot of ways. You can always start the game over, or you can grind levels of new characters in the same file.

There is always new quests to take once the boss is defeated. There really is so much to do as there are even extra jobs to find. This game really is something to be played. You not only get to cast the characters but the randomness of it all is just fantastic. Miitopia is out now on the Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems. So gather your miis and head out on a quest to take down the Dark Lord!

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 12:54 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atooi announced today that new platforming adventure Chicken Wiggle – from the creators of Mutant Mudds and Xeodrifter – is now available to download via the Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand for $14.99 / €14.99.

The response from players and press has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Jools Watsham, owner of Atooi and designer of Chicken Wiggle, “the variety and quality of levels players are sharing on-line is eggcellent!

Play, Create, Share!

Chicken Wiggle offers an adorable PLAY mode with 48 levels jam-packed with fun and imaginative gameplay devices and enemies, which are all available for players to utilize themselves with the built-in robust level editor in CREATE mode.

Browse a wealth of levels created by players around the world in SHARE mode, where you can download, play, and rate levels found in various categories, including Popular (highest rated), Latest, and Official Atooi (made by Atooi level designers). You can also enter your own search tags or a specific level ID to locate a friend’s level.

Chicken Wiggle looks to be an amazing game, which is no surprise given its developer’s history. Will you be checking it out?

 

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Aug, 2017 At 04:13 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Get ready to flex those cartography muscles again because Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will be launching in the Americas on Oct. 17! All of the mysteries, dangers, and FOEs that inhabit the Yggdrasil tree will be revealed very soon, so make sure your calendar is clear of any distractions. The release date in Europe will be announced at a later time.
They say that whoever reaches the top of the colossal Yggdrasil will have their greatest wish fulfilled. So what’s so hard about hiking up a tree? Well, besides being a gigantic labyrinth, the Yggrasil tree is home to many nightmarish creepy crawlies and terrifying FOEs just waiting for a tasty treat to come waltzing by. But don’t let that dampen your adventurous spirit because the Etrian Odyssey V launch edition contains many treasures that will strengthen your resolve! Here’s what you’ll get when you pre-order or otherwise grab the limited launch edition of the game:

24-Page Art Book – Beautiful character art and concept sketches by the illustrious Yuji Himukai cover the pages of this magnificent art book. The unique explorers that will fill up your party are a wonder to behold.

  • 6-Track Music CD – A grand journey is utterly droll without music, so get into the adventuring mindset with an enchanting soundtrack crafted by long-time series composer Yuzo Koshiro!
  • Outer Box – The Yggdrasil tree and eager adventurers adorn this colorful outer box which protects the precious treasures it holds within.
Fencer Class
It just wouldn’t be smart to traverse the Yggdrasil tree without someone who is pretty handy with a blade, so why not have an Earthlain Fencer watch your back when exploring? The Fencer is master of both rapier and shield, and let’s just say that during fights they really like to get straight to the point. Quick on their feet, Fencers excel at evasion, stabbing, initiating defensive buffs, stabbing, chaining together attacks with other party members, and stabbing. They can further specialize in their agility by sacrificing unnecessary equipment for speed or go all in with their swordsmanship to become a whirlwind of pain.
This is an awesome looking game. Will you be getting it when it launches?
Source: PR Email
By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Aug, 2017 At 03:20 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atooi sent out the following

 

Atooi announced today that new platforming adventure Chicken Wiggle – from the creators of Mutant Mudds and Xeodrifter – will be available to download via the Nintendo 3DS eShop on August 17, 2017 in North America and Europe for $14.99 / €14.99.

The stars of Chicken Wiggle are an improbable duo: a young chicken and his new best buddy – a wiggly worm – nestled in his backpack! Together, they team up for adventure to jump, peck, and worm-grapple across a myriad of perplexing platforming levels – full of fun gadgets, tricky hazards, and sneaky foes – determined to rescue their friends from the wicked witch in her sky towers.

Create & Share Levels On-line!
But wait, there’s more! Aspiring game designers and playful doodlers alike can spend hours of fun hatching their own levels with the user-friendly level creator included with the game. You can even choose different gameplay rules, art themes, and provide custom hints, tips, and search tags. Once you’re ready, it’s easy to share your creations on-line with other Chicken Wiggle players via the community portal. Now, anyone can be a game designer on the go!

Players seeking more levels to play after completing Chicken Wiggle’s main story mode will find a wealth of unique levels to download, play, and rate for free! Level categories include Official Atooi (made by Atooi level designers), Popular (most hearts), and Latest. You can also enter your own search tags or a specific level ID to locate a friend’s level.

You can see a trailer here

A website for the game can be found here

 

Atooi, one of the two studios to come from the split of Renegade Kid, has some great pedigree behind their game design and a lot of experience. This looks like another classic in waiting and should be an awesome experience.

 

Will you be buying it?

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Atlus sent out the following

 

There are a lot of monsters that call the Yggdrasil home. Sure, cold hard steel and explosive gunpowder can usually get the job done, but sometimes a little more “oomph” is required when dealing with these pesky beasts. Thankfully, the Celestrian’s Warlock class provides a magical spark to these engagements. And when we say spark, we actually mean ancient power that can summon raging fireballs, monstrous hailstorms, amplify other magical abilities, and more! As they level up, Warlocks can further specialize in base elemental skills (fire, ice, and lightning) or branch out to learn new elemental earth and wind spells.

 

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth features:
  • A Choose-your-own-odyssey Feel – Starting with the creation of your party to exploring the uncharted labyrinth of the Yggdrasil Tree, Beyond the Myth is all about choosing how your own adventure unfolds. Test your survival skills by wisely navigating the winding floors of Yggdrasil, using shrewd tactics when battling gruesome beasts, making the right decisions during various “scenarios,” and more. To meet these challenges, the home base city of Iorys is ready for all your buying/selling, recruiting, and information-gathering needs!
  • Gameplay Fit for a True Pathfinder – It wouldn’t be an Etrian Odysseygame without the life-or-death need to map your progress. For those new to the series, the bottom screen of the 3DS displays a top-down, tile-based map that must be filled out while dungeon crawling. Players can use the map to mark the locations of treasures, doors, enemies, environmental obstructions, and more. Expect the unexpected at every turn–and then make a note on the map so it’s not so unexpected next time!
  • Epic Turn-based Battles – There’s a reason why no one has ever reached the top of Yggdrasil. Dangerous creatures and utterly terrifying FOEs–high-level mini-bosses, for you newcomers–roam the labyrinth on every floor, so prepare to test your mettle with challenging turn-based battles. Proper planning is a must and balancing strong party composition is absolutely crucial for success. You’ll need the right team to unleash Union Attacks and level the playing field!
  • Expanded Character Creation and Customization – With four unique races, 10 distinct classes, more customization options than any previous game in the franchise, and a streamlined skill tree/class advancement, you can shape a party to whatever your heart desires.
  • A Magical Art Style and Score – Longtime series illustrator Yuji Himukai and renowned composer Yuzo Koshiro return to add their signature magic to the art and music in the game.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will release fall 2017 for the Nintendo 3DS™ system and will be priced at $39.99. The game has been rated T by the ESRB. For more information please visit the website: http://atlus.com/etrian5/.
Launch Edition
They say that whoever reaches the top of the colossal Yggdrasil will have their greatest wish fulfilled. So what’s so hard about hiking up a tree? Well, besides being a gigantic labyrinth, the Yggrasil is home to many nightmarish creepy crawlies and terrifying FOEs just waiting for a tasty treat to come waltzing by. But don’t let that dampen your adventurous spirit because the Etrian Odyssey V launch edition contains many treasures that will strengthen your resolve! Here’s what you’ll get when you pre-order or otherwise grab the limited launch edition of the game:
24-Page Art Book – Beautiful character art and concept sketches by the illustrious Yuji Himukai cover the pages of this magnificent art book. The unique explorers that will fill up your party are a wonder to behold.

  • 6-Track Music CD – A grand journey is utterly droll without music, so get into the adventuring mindset with an enchanting soundtrack crafted by long-time series composer Yuzo Koshiro!
  • Outer Box – The Yggdrasil and eager adventurers adorn this colorful out box which protects the precious treasures it holds within.

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth is looking better and better by the day. This seems destined to be another Atlus hit. Will you be getting this?

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 31 Jul, 2017 At 01:00 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo of Canada sent out the following

 

 

Even though summer break is over in a matter of weeks, it doesn’t mean your summer adventures have to end. With the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, incredible adventures through amazing worlds are always at your fingertips.

On Aug. 25, a sleek white-and-red Nintendo 2DS system with the New Super Mario Bros. 2 game pre-installed is hitting store shelves. And just recently, the New Nintendo 2DS XL system launched in stores the same day as two awesome new games: Hey! PIKMIN, a new type of Pikmin game, and Miitopia, a charming, personalized adventure starring Mii characters. The Nintendo 3DS family of systems has thousands of games to choose from, including beloved franchises like Super Mario, Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda.

“Nintendo 2DS is the ideal system for parents that want to introduce their kids to the creative world of Nintendo that they grew up with,” said Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director. “Its budget-friendly price and huge library of games will provide hours of entertainment for the whole family – whether after school, on the weekends or even while traveling.”

This fall is packed with a variety of new games (in addition to the existing library of games), which can be played on any system in the extended Nintendo 3DS family, including in 2D on Nintendo 2DS. Monster Hunter Stories, the next game in the hit Monster Hunter series, launches on Sept. 8; Metroid: Samus Returns, the return of legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran, launches on Sept. 15; and the wackiest Yo-kai adventure yet, YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters, launches on Sept. 29. That’s a month full of exciting adventures!

Monster Hunter Stories serves as an introduction to the popular franchise, which finds you discovering and customizing the skills of a wide variety of fantastical beasts. A free demo for Monster Hunter Stories will be available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Aug. 10. In the meantime, fans can check out a new trailer and learn more information about the game by visiting http://monsterhunterstories.nintendo.com/.

Bounty hunter Samus Aran is back in the Metroid: Samus Returns game, a side-scrolling adventure full of hidden pathways and underground chambers that lead you into the depths of a hostile alien planet. The game features immersive 3D visuals, powerful weapons, and special moves and abilities. For more information about Metroid: Samus Returns, visit http://metroidsamusreturns.nintendo.com/.

Whether you or your family missed it the first time or want to fall in love again, the YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters game delivers the full YO-KAI WATCH 2 experience and a variety of new features, including new Yo-kai to befriend, exclusive quests and the ability to hop on the Hexpress to a new resort area. Players who already own YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits or YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls can also transfer their save data to pick up where they left off. For more information about YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters and to see a new trailer, visit http://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/games/detail/yo-kai-watch-psychic-specters-3ds.

With these games – and many others to choose from – the Nintendo 3DS family of systems offers exciting adventures for all ages. Remember that the Nintendo 3DS family of systems features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/3ds.

Nintendo is doubling down on the 3DS line, even with the release of the Switch. This is good for those who have the system.

Source: Nintendo PR

By Stark Wyvern On 19 Jul, 2017 At 05:56 PM | Categorized As Featured, Games To Watch, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Picture this if you will, a young boy on Christmas opening a package to find a Nintendo Gamecube. That in and of itself is exciting but when this console is accompanied by Super Smash Brothers Melee and Pikmin this young boy knows he is in for something new. Back in 2001 I remember opening up Pikmin and popping it into my Gamecube. I was so excited to play this game, little did I know I was going to regret this excitement. Pikmin is one of those games where everything you do is critical. As a young boy I had never come across a game like it before. I had never played a game where if you do something wrong, you risk even being able to complete the game. I was and still am not the best and these types of games. It can often take the fun out of it for me.

Hey Pikmin however, feels like a great introduction to this cute series. You meet all of the wonderful Pikmin and Olimar, and it is like a simpler game that could certainly bring in new fans to the series. I am sure my younger self would have enjoyed playing this game before being dropped into an alien world. Through ultimately playing Pikmin I learned something new about games, that this kind of challenge can be good for you.

Hey Pikmin starts off like all other Pikmin games with Olimar traveling through space. He soon crashes and is told he needs to collect. This time he has to collect Sparklium and 30000 pieces of it. This is done primarily by collecting shiny buds. The game itself is a platformer like anyone knew from Nintendo and their footage. It throws out the old style in favor of a platformer and it works surprisingly well. The demo itself only shows off two levels, and both contain red Pikmin , with additionally containing Rock Pikmin as well. The Red pikmin are light and the Rock Pikmin break whatever they hit if possible, and you lead them and use them like in any other Pikmin game. Of course, you collect items that Olimar nicknames., and there is one item in the demo that made me smile.

All in all this demo is in a way like a soft reboot. Now, obviously we won’t lose the original style games but this like a simpler game to entice younger players in. Again I really think my younger self would have enjoyed playing this instead of the original Pikmin games. But honestly, I realize that Pikmin might not have become what it is today if this was its start. It is a solid game but it does leave some to be desired, then again it really isn’t meant to be all that challenging.

 

Hey Pikimin launches July 28th for the 3DS Family of Systems, the same day as Miitopia.Feel free to try out the demo and find out for yourself what you think of this new entry in the loved Pikmin series! While it may not be the best game in the series the demo is at least worth giving a chance too!He