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No GravatarMiitopia may be coming out on July 28th but with the new demo, I was able to try it out for myself.

The game might seem simple at first, but in the 3+ hours I played the demo, it is anything but. This game is something that all RPG fans new and old will enjoy.

The story is a whimsical one where an evil Lord has appeared and taken away all of the Mii character’s faces. It is up to your chosen hero to stop him.

Of course, this is where the fun starts. Sure you can just cast yourself as the hero but who will be the villain? With the amount of Mii character’s out there the possibilities are endless. I chose to cast No Face from Spirited Away as my Dark Lord. But you could make it your boss, an ex, or anyone as long as there is a Mii of them.

As you play the game you meet a mayor and the villain comes to steal the town folk’s faces. This is also a fun moment as you can either cast the villagers or let spot pass do the work. I ended up having a village run by Tingle of Zelda Fame. Steve Urkel, Dr. Egg Man and Princess Daisy were also cast.

The battle system is standard RPG fare as it allows you to choose a class and fight in turn-based battles. But things can get wacky when you get more characters. When you create your characters you choose a nature. This nature can cause the characters to act out in ways you may not expect. Mixing characters and their natures will lead to different fighting styles.

My main character, for example, Stark, has the cool personality so he is just the coolest. Using his power he can find weak points when he attacks and dodges enemy attacks. So cool is a mite overpowered.

My mage character is kind so she is more apt to help out. My thief is laid back so he isn’t always excited about the battle, while my popstar is an airhead and sometimes loses focus.

This battle system makes things fun and should allow newer RPG fans to find a new game type to love. Beating enemies will free the faces and that is also a nice touch.

It really is interesting seeing what faces appear on the enemies because it makes them sometimes appear rather humorous. At one point I ended up fighting a living Boulder with Eggman’s face it was funny.

Miitopia’s fun also hinges around your characters and their relationships. If your characters like each other they will often team up and interact positively. But if their natures are at odds it may lead to trouble. Like when my laid-back thief his behind my pop star. She was certainly upset he would do this. Now I haven’t had characters dislike each other but I’m sure they end up causing problems for the person they hate.

Miitopia is certainly an RPG game for any and all to enjoy. It’s simple to a point that you can pick up and play it anytime for younger kids and busy people. Yet, it is deep in ways you may not expect.

If this game at all catches your eye, I think it is totally worth downloading the demo. Plus the save data will transfer over to the main game if you decide to buy it. All in all, I am excited to see what else this game has to offer. I really do want to take down the Dark Lord and explore this new RPG world. Since it comes out next month there isn’t long to wait.

If you like RPGs and casting your friends and literally any Mii in weird roles this game is for you. Miitopia comes out on July 28th but the demo is out now! Download it and at least start saving faces from the Dark Lord. You might just find you have spent 3 hours in the demo and you truly do want to spend more time in this zany world!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jun, 2017 At 12:18 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo is making it clear they want to get into the world of eSports and just took another step forward in that pursuit.

The company has opened a new twitter account called Nintendo Versus, which will serve as the company’s eSports focused twitter account. it will discuss tournaments and other evemnts.

You can see their first tweet below.

This is big for Nintendo and for eSports. Good on them for taking this step.

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Sega sent out the following

 

 SEGA® and ATLUS® today announced a bumper line-up for E3 2017 across two neighboring stands in the West Hall, showcasing a diverse selection of games in the publisher’s biggest E3 showing since 2013.

 
“We’re really pleased to see Yakuza and Sonic back on the biggest stage for video games, and having the first public hands-on for Total War: WARHAMMER 2 underlines a really strong showing from SEGA and ATLUS this year!” said John Clark, Senior Vice President for SEGA Europe Ltd. “We look forward to welcoming trade visitors but we’re especially looking forward to having the public come and see our line-up this year, it’s great for E3 and it’s great for publishers. We’re confident there’s something for everyone on the SEGA stands this year.”
 
“From a bleak story about 13 heroes and their mechs in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, to the emotional, final story arc of Kazuma Kiryu in the Yakuza series as he goes from a lone fighter to a loyal protector, to nostalgic gameplay from titles like Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, and longed-for sequels such as Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, SEGA and ATLUS are positioned to deliver a very gratifying line-up for all E3 attendees this year,” said Naoto Hiraoka, President and CEO of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. and Senior Vice President of Publishing for SEGA of America, Inc.
 
“We’re thrilled to have not just one, but two great Sonic games coming out this year for all the major consoles plus PC,” said Ivo Gerscovich, Chief Brand Officer for Sonic the Hedgehog. “Both games will be on the E3 show floor for everyone to try. Sonic Mania, which we recently announced is available for pre-order, will be showcasing new demo stages while Sonic Forces will have its first ever hands on experience. Come by and see why this is the year of Sonic.”
 
West Hall, Booth #4312
 
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Yakuza Kiwami
 
Visitors will be able to reacquaint themselves with the legendary Kazuma Kiryu in a double header of hard-hitting Yakuza™ action, playable on the show floor: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the latest entry in the long-running series and Yakuza Kiwami, a rebuilt-from-scratch HD remake of the original 2005 PlayStation 2 hit, Yakuza. Attendees who visit the booth will also have the opportunity to receive special Yakuza-themed swag (as long as supplies last).
 
Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces
 
If breakneck speed is more your thing, we’ve got you covered! Booth #4312 will feature playable stations for the ultimate celebration of past and future with Sonic Mania™, an all-new 2D adventure with stunning HD retro style graphics running at a smooth 60FPS and featuring all your favorite classic characters. Sonic Forces™, from the development team behind Sonic Colors™ and Sonic Generations™, will be your second dose of speedy Sonic action where you will get to experience fast-paced gameplay as Modern Sonic, thrilling platforming as Classic Sonic, and powerful gadget action as your own custom Hero Character! Those who come by to play Sonic could receive a special Sonic E3 giveaway item.
 
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
 
ATLUS will have an exclusive new trailer for the hotly anticipated Western release of Vanillaware’s 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, a story of battle-ready youths, humanity and…giant mechs. Plus, be sure to  take a photo with the 13 Sentinels mech standee to receive a gorgeous poster featuring Vanillaware’s signature flair (while supplies last).
 
Three Highly Anticipated Nintendo 3DS Titles
  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth — 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. Practice your map-making and FOE slaying skills with the playable hands-on demo on the show floor. Oh, and there will also be a live demo! 
  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology — Once again take the reins of Alistel operative Stocke as he unlocks the power of the White Chronicle relic and gains the ability to travel between two alternate timelines in this enhanced retelling of a JRPG classic. Watch a live demo of Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, only for show attendees.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux — Demon aficionados can look forward to a new Redux trailer. New story content, additional endings, a new dungeon to explore and more await those who wish to brave the spatial distortion known as the Schwarzwelt! 
Be sure to check out the demos and trailers for a chance to get a colorful assortment of stickers!


West Hall, Booth #4300
 
Total War: WARHAMMER II, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces
 
In neighboring booth #4300, Creative Assembly™ are unleashing the Lizardmen on the public for the first time in Total War™: WARHAMMER® II. The second game in the Total War: WARHAMMER trilogy is set in a whole new part of the Warhammer world, introducing four new playable races in an epic narrative campaign. In a spectacular quest battle taken from the game, E3-goers can seize control of a Lizardmen army as they march against the High Elves, who they’ve caught meddling in the dormant ruins of an ancient Lizardmen portal. Additionally, there will be playable stations for Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania at the booth.
This is a great lineup of games, and I would not be surprised to see some new announcements as well. E3 is just in a couple of days, its time to get excited.
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Atlus sent out the following

 

Get ready to flex your cartography skills, travel through time to prevent the end of days, and journey into a spatial anomaly straight from your favorite sci-fi horror movie because ATLUS is publishing three legendary JRPGs in the Americas. That’s right, Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux will be arriving to the Americas exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems. Etrian Odyssey V and Radiant Historia will be fully voiced in English while Strange Journey Redux will retain its original Japanese voices.

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth – The fifth main installment of the long-running Etrian Odyssey series is finally arriving! Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth chronicles the quest of a new adventurer (hey, that’s you!) as he or she attempts to reach the top of the towering Yggdrasil Tree. For it is said that whoever braves the dangers of the dreaded Yggdrasil Labyrinth and reaches the summit will have their greatest wish fulfilled…
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 Odyssey game 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.
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology – It’s been six years since Radiant Historia was released on Nintendo DS in 2011, but it’s time to return to Vainqueur and unlock the time traveling power of the White Chronicle once again in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. This beloved classic is an expanded Nintendo 3DS port of the original game that will contain a great deal of added gameplay/story content, updated presentation, and new ways to experience the adventure!
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology features:
  • An Enhanced Retelling of the Original – You’ll once again take the reins of Alistel operative Stocke as he unlocks the power of the White Chronicle relic and gains the ability to travel between two alternate timelines. With his new-found powers, Stocke will need to right the wrongs of the past in order to prevent the total annihilation of the world. This time though, things are a bit different. Redesigned character art, new character voice-overs, a brand-new opening animation by A-1 Pictures, new theme song, event illustrations, five new tracks from original composer Yoko Shimomura, and additional difficulty settings will enhance the experience in this fresh take of a beloved story.
  • Exhilarating New Story Content– Stocke will now encounter a mysterious new character named Nemesia who will teach him more about his world’s history and unlock a third timeline to explore the ripple effect of some of his actions with episodic “what-if” scenarios. If you’re a Radiant Historia purist who simply wants to play through the original game’s story, we have you covered! Perfect Chronology offers two different modes: Append and Perfect. Append mode allows you to beat the original game before having the option to start a NewGame+ with the added content, while Perfect mode lets you play through the game with the inclusion of the third timeline from the beginning.
  • A Classic That Can’t Be Missed – Even though there’s an abundance of expanded content to delve into, the heart and soul of Radiant Historia remains the same. If you missed out on the original game in 2011, the upcoming port is the perfect chance to play a modern classic. With an exciting positioning-based battle system, memorable characters, and thrilling time-travel mechanics, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is an essential for JRPG fans.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux – A spatial distortion full of demons appeared in Antarctica, threatening to engulf the Earth in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. The United Nations responded by tasking a team of highly advanced specialists with piercing the anomaly and figuring out how to stop it from the source. Well, get ready to don your Demonica once again in this new expanded port: Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux. Expect new story content, additional endings, a new dungeon to explore, and more in the return of this sci-fi tinged SMT adventure.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux features:
  • A Stranger Journey Back – In Strange Journey Redux, you play as a brave United Nations soldier investigating a spatial anomaly called the Schwarzwelt–a dome of dark energy that threatens to consume the world. Inside, you’ll find it home to a nightmare mirror of our own Earth, populated with demons dying to meet you. The game touts brand-new illustrations by Masayuki Doi, updated visuals, UI tweaks, and more to make this journey back into the Schwarzwelt… even stranger.
  • Additional Story Content and a Brand-new Character – You won’t be retreading the same nightmarish path as before because a brand-new character named Alex will play a major role in how the story unfolds. Much about her is a mystery, but there is one thing you know for sure: she’s got a bone to pick with you. Joining her are new demons you might recognize from other SMT entries, new endings, and a new dungeon to die in–I mean, discover.
  • A True Shin Megami Tensei Adventure – With its twisted demonic sci-fi story, addictive demon-collecting fun, and multiple narrative paths to explore, Strange Journey Redux is an essential ATLUS JRPG adventure that can’t be missed!
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will release fall 2017, while Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux will launch in early 2018. All three games will be released for the Nintendo 3DS™ system and will be priced at $39.99. Titles have not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information please visit the links below:
Websites

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Mythhttp://atlus.com/etrian5/Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology – http://atlus.com/radianthistoria/

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux – http://atlus.com/strangejourney/
This is amazing news, and I am sure many fans of these gams will be delighted to here this. Hopefully they make for great experiences.
Source: PR Email
By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jun, 2017 At 08:18 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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In the last bit of news from today’s Pokémon Direct, it was announced that Pokémon Gold and Silver will be coming to Nintendo 3DS via the virtual console.

This will be similar to when Red, Blue and Yellow came to the 3DS virtual console.

The games will come on September 22nd.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jun, 2017 At 08:40 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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During today’s Pokémon Direct, it was also announced that Pokémon UltraSun and UltraMoon will be coming to Nintendo 3DS.

The game will feature an alternate story to the one seen in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon and will have Pokémon that were not in the original games. There are also additional features and content coming in these versions.

The games will release on Nov 17.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Jun, 2017 At 09:09 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has announced a new Pokémon Direct for tomorrow at 10 am. No news was given for what this is about and the direct will last around 6 minutes. Could this be the rumored Pokémon Stars?

 

 

Will you be watching?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2017 At 09:26 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Pokemon developer Game Freak is recruiting for a new game. The company has put out an official job listing for a programmer who will be involved with some sort of RPG on 3DS.

We have no  further details, and nothing more is included in the listing. Could this be a new Pokémon game? We know a new entry in the series is supposed to come to Switch, so could this be something new instead?

We will have to wait and see.

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2017 At 09:20 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is the Nintendo Download for the week of 5/25/17 in North America

 

Switch Retail

Astro Duel Deluxe – $14.99 (available Tuesday)
Disgaea 5 Complete – $59.99
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers – $39.99 (available Friday)

Switch Download

ACA NeoGeo The King of Fighters ’99 – $7.99

Wii U Download

Block Zombies! – $4.99
The Girl and the Robot – $9.99

3DS Download

Drone Fight – $3.99

3DS DLC

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia DLC – All DLC packs, as well as the individual components included in each pack, can be purchased separately, giving players the flexibility to buy as many or as few as they want. The full version of the Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia game is required to use downloadable content.

Season Pass ($44.99, 22 pieces of content): The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Season Pass includes all five DLC packs as they release. By purchasing the Season Pass, fans who want to receive all DLC will save more than 30 percent compared to purchasing all 22 pieces of content on their own.

DLC Pack #2 – Undaunted Heroes Pack ($9.99, three pieces of content): In addition to a new dungeon (The Inner Sanctum), this pack also includes two challenging new maps that stronger, more seasoned heroes will want to tackle.

DLC Pack #3 – Lost Altars Pack ($14.99, 10 pieces of content): The mysterious dungeons included in this pack hold the power to upgrade characters to exclusive classes that don’t appear in the main game.

eShop Sales

Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Activities

New Pikmin My Nintendo Rewards: Celebrate all things Pikmin with these fun rewards:

Adorable Pikmin Working Together Nintendo 3DS theme (Nintendo 3DS)
30 percent off on the original Pikmin game (Virtual Console for Wii U)
15 percent discount on the Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 3 game for the Wii U console
Online access to Pikmin 3: Prima Official Game Guide
Three Pikmin 3 DLC Packs*:
Pikmin 3 Map Pack 1 Collect Treasure! Stages 7-10
Pikmin 3 Map Pack 2: Battle Enemies! Stages 7-10
Pikmin 3 Map Pack 3: All-New Mission Stages 12-15

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 May, 2017 At 11:57 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu recently spoke with USGamer about their upcoming projects. The talk turned to discussion of their new Switch games and some interesting details were mentioned.

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack is only confirmed for a physical release in Japan so far, but they are working on getting a publisher for a physical release in North America and Europe as well. They also noted that they have completely refined the system of upgrades from the original Mighty No. 9, with it now involving character customization via chip modules that you get as you progress. These unlock new customization options such as modifying the arc of the shot or addition weapons and so on. Inti Creates noted they feel this sets it apart from the original game.

There are two major ways to get these. First of all, many of them are hidden throughout the stages. In fact, there’s an ability you can use in the Switch version called dowsing — when you get close to a hidden item you’ll feel the HD rumble kick in. Maybe there’s a hidden wall or something that you have to destroy that contains hidden modules. And then, when you defeat bosses, you can select one of many rare drop items.”

He also revealed that Comcept and Keiji Inafune are completely uninvolved with the game and have give Inti Creates full control of the project as they see fit.

“We made this game completely on our own, with no input from Keiji Inafune or Comcept. Basically, we said, ‘We want to use these characters,’ and they said, ‘Go ahead!’ We were happy that they gave us the OK to use these characters, for free. But in terms of the game itself, there’s no involvement from Concept. This is a labor of love by Inti Creates with characters we really adore.”

Inafune and Comcept may have given up on the IP but it seems Inti Creates is determined to make Mighty No 9 a series that fans can love. Perhaps they can make it the Mega Man successor we truly want.

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