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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Jan, 2018 At 10:45 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo sent out the following

 

-Starting on Feb. 3, Super Mario 3D Land and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, two of the most acclaimed Nintendo 3DS games of all time, and Ultimate NES Remix, a wildly fun mashup of classic NES games starring classic Nintendo characters, are joining the Nintendo Selects library and will be available at a suggested retail price of only $19.99 each ($29.99 in Canada).

The Nintendo Selects library features a wide variety of games for various Nintendo systems, which can each be purchased for the suggested retail price of only $19.99. In addition to the newly added Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Ultimate NES Remix games, other games in the library include classics like Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. For a full listing of games in the Nintendo Selects library, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-selects.

“For people that received a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system as a holiday gift, these three games are ideal ways to start their gaming library,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We’re excited to offer these must-have games for a new, low price.”

In Super Mario 3D Land, players run, jump and power up with Mario through multiple colorful worlds. The game is a fun combination of 3D gameplay combined with the more traditional linear designs of classic 2D Super Mario games.

Set in the world of the classic Super NES game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds continues the adventure of the legendary hero of Hyrule. In this critically acclaimed tale, Link can transform into a living painting to cross into a dark parallel world, travel along walls and solve challenging puzzles.

Fans who love retro games and the NES Classic Edition system will also love Ultimate NES Remix, which features rapid-fire challenges and mashups from some of the most recognizable games on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Players take on creative and nostalgic challenges from classic games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda and Punch-Out!!

Anyone looking to play these games on a shiny new system can pick up one of the many systems in the Nintendo 3DS family:

  • A white-and-red Nintendo 2DS system pre-loaded with the New Super Mario Bros. 2 game is available at a suggested retail price of $79.99* ($109.99 Canadian).
  • A blue-and-black Nintendo 2DS system pre-loaded with the Mario Kart 7 game is available at a suggested retail price of $79.99 ( $109.99 Canadian).
  • A white-and-orange New Nintendo 2DS XL system that plays all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D is available at a suggested retail price of $149.99 ($199.99 Canadian).
  • A black-and-turquoise New Nintendo 2DS XL system is also available at a suggested retail price of $149.99 ( $199.99 Canadian).
  • The space-themed New Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL is available at a suggested retail price of $199.99 ($239.99 Canadian).

Remember that 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 https://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

*Nintendo 2DS plays Nintendo 3DS games in 2D only.

These are great deals. Will you be picking any of these up?

 

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By Stark Wyvern On 13 Jan, 2018 At 08:35 AM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Fifth installment of Etrian Odyssey is upon us, and it is certainly a brilliant RPG. This RPG is different from most in that you get to create your party and make them whatever you wish them to look like. While there are four core groups and each have their own job types, you get to design the rest.

This RPG is not the first of its kind that I have played, as I greatly enjoyed Persona Q which was of the same vein. Exploring the dungeon in a first person view makes for quite an exciting experience. Never knowing when monsters will appear is also quite magnificent.

Jumping into the game, I created my party, and decked them out as I saw fit. It was a little hard, figuring out what types of characters to bring to battle, but eventually I decided to pick one from each group. I found that each group had different powers that would aid me, though I had no idea if I had chosen right.

Etrian Odyssey V then tasks you with a quest and after some shopping and maybe a save, you are sent to the dungeons. With beautiful, yet, somewhat funky music blasting, you find yourself in a forest. This is where the fun begins, and you begin your dungeon trek. Exploring this forest you learn that you need to make a map of your surroundings. Quite a novel experience really. You need to place down markers, so that on subsequent journeys into the areas you will be able to get through them easier. It might be time consuming but it also makes you very aware of your surroundings.

The battle system is fairly simple in that you have three characters in the front and two in the back. Choosing the right characters and classes can break or make it for you. You’ll need to know where characters need to be to effectively fight these foes. There are also unison skills which can help your team as well as skill points to buy individual skills.

All in all Etrian Odyssey V Beyond Myth, is a good game. While, it might not be up everyone’s alley, it is certainly worth trying the demo. The sheer ability of customization is great, and the fact that you can give any character any voice is hilarious and actually quite nice. So, boot up your 3DS or 2DS, form a party, and get dungeoneering! This demo is available right now on the 3DS Family of Systems.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Jan, 2018 At 10:55 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo sent out the following

 

On Jan. 26, an adorable New Nintendo 2DS XL system featuring Pikachu’s iconic face launches in stores at a suggested retail price of $159.99. The New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition system is just as electric as the Pokémon itself, with an eye-catching yellow design featuring a stylized close-up of Pikachu’s face. This special edition system is a must-have for Pokémon fans! As with all Nintendo 2DS systems, the New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition system plays Nintendo 3DS games in 2D.

 

“The New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition is a charming addition to the Nintendo 3DS line-up that is sure to delight Pokémon fans of all ages,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With a massive library of games, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems continues to deliver one-of-a-kind experiences for every type of gamer.”

There’s even more in store for Pokémon fans in 2018. Announced earlier today, the new video game Detective Pikachu will launch on March 23 in stores, in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and at Nintendo.com at a suggested retail price of $39.99.

In this new adventure, players team up with a witty, tough-talking Pikachu to uncover clues, solve mysteries and encounter familiar faces from the Pokémon world. For the first time in a video game, this Pikachu can communicate with the player. With the help of Pikachu’s surprising voice, players can interact with other Pokémon in a whole new way as they embark on an adventure through the streets of Ryme City.

Also launching on March 23 is a special edition Detective Pikachuamiibo figure. This extra-large amiibo can unlock cutscenes if tapped in the Detective Pikachu game, revealing a combination of hilarious content that might also provide a hint. This same content can be accessed in the game without the amiibo, but tapping the amiibo will allow players to unlock content more quickly. The Detective Pikachu amiibo figure will be available at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Fans who can’t get enough Pokémon can also download the classic 2D Game Boy Color game Pokémon Crystal when it launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Jan. 26 for only $9.99. The game, an expanded version of the popular Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games, was the first in the Pokémon franchise to allow players to choose between a boy or girl playable character, and was the first game to introduce animations during Pokémon battles. The Nintendo 3DS version of the game is updated with wireless battling and trading, and is compatible with the Pokémon Bank app (annual service charge applies). Pokémon Crystal is now available for pre-purchase in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

 

The 2DS and 3DS line isn’t dead yet. Will you be picking this up?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Jan, 2018 At 10:25 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Pokémon Company sent out the following

 

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo today announced Detective Pikachu, a new video game scheduled to release exclusively on the Nintendo 3DSTM family of systems both digitally and at retail on March 23, 2018. An action-adventure title, Detective Pikachu finds the hero of the title – a unique Pikachu in the Pokémon world – partnering with Tim Goodman and searching for evidence and clues to solve a series of cases, while also investigating the disappearance of Tim’s father, Harry Goodman.

When he arrives in Ryme City looking for his missing father, little does Tim know he would meet a Pikachu, but more amazingly a Pikachu who he could communicate with. There’s more to this Pikachu than a detective hat – he’s one lovably gruff, tough-talking sleuth, with a taste for good coffee.

This Pikachu claims that he worked with Tim’s father, and the two pair up to discover his whereabouts. Together, Tim and Detective Pikachu will encounter a number of mysteries in Ryme City and will need to talk to witnesses and gather their testimony in order to discover the truth. Cases that would be impossible for Tim to solve alone can be cracked with the help of this Pikachu, because he is able to obtain vital clues and information from other Pokémon.

Detective Pikachu includes all the chapters of the 2016 Japan-exclusive Nintendo eShop release, Detective Pikachu – Birth of a New Duo, but adds further content that completes the story. The game features new locations to explore, as well as a colorful cast of both Pokémon and human characters.

For those players who are new to sleuthing and may need some help in uncovering the evidence, Detective Pikachu features an Easy Mode, where the title character will provide handy hints on what to do or where to go next.

A special Detective Pikachu amiibo is also planned for when the game launches. It’s larger than a regular amiibo, and it allows players to view all the Pika Prompts (short video clips) from chapters they have completed, including ones they missed finding earlier. These clips feature Pikachu’s quips and antics – and may even contain a hint.

Will you be solving crimes with Detective Pikachu? Let us know!

 

Source: The Pokémon Company

By Ramon Rivera On 9 Jan, 2018 At 11:21 AM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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I really like to drive; there is nothing more relaxing than taking your car for a ride around the city to clear your mind.  But I also love the speed, love to see what is the top speed I can get on my car.  However, due to obvious reasons, it’s not possible to do it in the city.  Luckily for me, racing games are here to stay. Classics like Outrun and Top Gear were influential during my childhood.  Now, 80’s Overdrive captures the best of said franchises and create a great experience that no racing fan should miss.

If I could describe 80’s Overdrive, I would say that is a love letter of the golden era of 16 bit racers.  The pixel rich visuals are a treat to your eyes, and the game play is simple but engaging in a way that, once you are hooked, you won’t notice time flying by.  The game’s Career Mode is where you will undoubtedly be spending the majority of your time. You purchase a car and then take it out to compete in a range of ranked road races. Each one carries an entry fee, but the cash prize for winning is more than worth the initial outlay.  From time you time, you’ll get the chance to earn bonus money by collecting items, causing a certain amount of damage to a rival or – most usually of all – finishing dead last. These variables add a little spice to the racing action.  Finishing first in the races boosts your global ranking which not only pushes you up the leader board but also unlocks other races around the world. The cash you earn can be used to enhance your current vehicle, giving it a faster top speed, better steering, and more stability.  This is especially important as it reduces your recovery time, should you get into a bump. It’s also possible to equip nitro boost, which can be deployed a limited number of times per each race, provided you’re hitting your top speed.

Another aspect that I like of 80’s Overdrive is the music, which contains suitably atmospheric tracks from the likes of Angst78, Aceman, Karolis, Vectorwolf and Vocoderion, which in my opinion adds to the feel of the awesome 80’s the game is based upon. The time-attack mode, the most obvious nod to the Out Run games before it.  Simple by nature, time-attack tasks players with reaching checkpoints within a time limit.  Reaching a checkpoint adds more time to the clock and seamlessly leads players to another location for their synth-driven journey to the next checkpoint. Racking up points the further you drive, it is telling that the clock tracking your time driven measures in seconds, minutes, and hours. Dodging traffic and veering around tight corners while attempting to beat your best time is the most unadulterated fun 80’s Overdrive offers, especially considering failure yields no further consequence beyond starting again.

Bottom Line: 80’s Overdrive is an amazing racer with rad tunes beautiful pixel graphics and nods to popular culture icons of the 80’s (like Mr. T and the Delorean).  It is a game that any 3DS owner out there should not miss on.

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 28 Dec, 2017 At 07:59 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here are this week’s Nintendo Downloads for Europe

 

 

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (Image & Form) – €19.99/£14.99
In SteamWorld Heist you command robot pirates in epic tactical shootouts, it’s turn-based strategy with a twist: By manually aiming your weapons you’ll pull off insane bullet-bouncing trick shots!

SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition is fully optimized for Nintendo Switch. It comes with “The Outsider” campaign, including a mysterious ally and a shipload of weapons, upgrades, hats, and missions previously only available as DLC.

As the captain, you board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. Overcome the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your recruits with unique abilities, weapons – and even stylish hats!

MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST DEMO (Inti Creates) – Free
Rather than make a direct sequel to their bite-sized 2D action game Mighty Gunvolt from 2014, Inti Creates has made the next instalment in the Mighty Gunvolt series a brand new full-sized game that features characters from multiple universes with Gunvolt (Azure Striker Gunvolt) and Beck (Mighty No. 9) taking the stage once again, but in a much deeper and more expansive world that differs greatly from the original in many ways.

Energy Cycle (EvgeniyKolpakov) – €2.99/£2.69
‘Energy Cycle’ – new puzzle game from the developers of ‘Energy Balance’. When you click each cell on the game field – it changes colour, and the colours of adjacent cells horizontally and vertically. Your task to bring all the cells to the same colour. Sounds pretty easy, but try to do it!

Sparkle Unleashed (10tons) – €7.99/£6.99
Sparkle Unleashed is an exciting marble shooter match-three action puzzle with impeccable polish and superbly smooth gameplay!

A secluded world of mystery has succumbed to an ominous darkness. You must travel through the fallen lands, light magical braziers and banish the darkness once and for all.

Unlock amazing powerups and use the ones you like the most to overcome increasingly challenging levels, Chained Orbs, Rock Orbs and Survival challenges. Can you carve a path of light through the darkness?

ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’96 (HAMSTER) – €6.99/£6.29
“THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’96” is a fighting game released by SNK in 1996.

A total of 27 playable characters are available. New game mechanics such as the Emergency Evasion, short and mid-hops make their entry for the first time in the legendary Series, adding a new depth to the fights. The story focuses on the second chapter of the Orochi trilogy.

Mecho Tales (Arcade Distillery) – €8.49/£7.49 (€6.79/£5.99 until January 4)
An all-new adventure in the world of Mecho Wars! Run and shoot through platforming levels filled with spikes, bottomless pits and an army of deadly robots. Go it alone or team up with your friends in 4-player local multiplayer. Directed by Luc Bernard.

Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure DELUXE (Reign Bros, available December 29) – €19.99/£17.99 (€15.99/£14.39 until January 12)
Stikbold! is a hard-hitting, fast-paced dodgeball sports game set in a colourful and quirky 70s universe. With brand-new content, improved features and gameplay for up to 6 players, the Switch-exclusive DELUXE edition is perfect for any party or social gathering.

DragonFangZ – The Rose & Dungeon of Time (toydea) – €19.99/£17.99
Rose is a human and a dragon half. One day, she wanders in the world called “Tree of time” with a fairy instead of parent. The treasure falls asleep deep under the dungeon in the world. So, they try dungeon to return to their home with the power of treasure! Your courage and growth will be the power to clear the dungeon!

Tactical Mind (QubicGames, available December 30) – €2.99/£2.69
Spawn your pawns wisely, level them up and destroy the opponent’s Crystal! Play a progression-based Single Player campaign, or duke it out with a friend on one of the fourteen local Multiplayer maps. Become a Master of Pawns with your tactical mind.

Downloadable Content
MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Ray (Inti Creates) – €1.99/£1.79
MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Copen (Inti Creates) – €1.99/£1.79
MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Kurona (Inti Creates) – €1.99/£1.79

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST DEMO (Inti Creates) – Free
Rather than make a direct sequel to their bite-sized 2D action game Mighty Gunvolt from 2014, Inti Creates has made the next instalment in the Mighty Gunvolt series a brand new full-sized game that features characters from multiple universes with Gunvolt (Azure Striker Gunvolt) and Beck (Mighty No. 9) taking the stage once again, but in a much deeper and more expansive world that differs greatly from the original in many ways.

Add-on Content
MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Ray (Inti Creates) – €1.99/£1.79
MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Copen (Inti Creates) – €1.99/£1.79
MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Kurona (Inti Creates) – €1.99/£1.79

Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
The new themes will be available on December 29.

Hello Kitty hidden by quotes (Sanrio) – €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty plays with quotes and words

Hello Kitty between giant flowers (Sanrio) – €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty plays with huge and giant flowers

Hello Kitty is sleeping (Sanrio) – €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty is sleeping with her friends in the middle of nature

Hello Kitty super pop style (Sanrio) – €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty pop and street style

tokidoki’s Donutella & Sweet Friends (tokidoki) – €0.99/£0.89
This theme features tokidoki’s Donutella & her Sweet Friends in their sweet colony on planet Earth.

tokidoki’s Under the Sea (tokidoki) – €0.99/£0.89
This theme features tokidoki’s Unicornos & Mermicornos frolicking under the sea.

tokidoki’s Unicorno Starry Skies (tokidoki) – €0.99/£0.89

This theme features tokidoki’s unicornos as they gallivant amongst the starry skies.

What will you be getting?

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 28 Dec, 2017 At 07:05 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Its that time of the week again, Nintendo has shared the weekly download for December 28 2017

 

 

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition – Prepare to command robot pirates in epic tactical shootouts. SteamWorld: Heist is a turn-based strategy game with an action twist: By manually aiming your weapons you’ll pull off insane bullet-bouncing trick shots. The Ultimate Edition includes “The Outsider” campaign, which features a mysterious ally and a shipload of new weapons, upgrades, hats and missions.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Style Savvy: Styling Star – Make over up-and-coming singers, actresses and models to inspire them to stardom and awaken their inner fashionistas. As a boutique manager, you’ll style customers’ clothes, makeup, nails and hair in this fully outfitted game with 20,000+ fashion items to earn. Share your ideas online with other players and take the fashion world by storm! A free demo version of the Style Savvy: Styling Star game is also available for download in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

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Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Dec, 2017 At 09:07 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Inti Creates sent out the following

Happy New Year from Inti Creates!

The year 2018 is almost upon us, and we are beyond stoked to be able to announce a huge sale on a host of our games on the Nintendo Switch eShop and Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America!
From Jan. 1 at 12:00am (PT) til January 14th at 11:59pm (PT), we will have the following games on sale!

[3DS] Blaster Master Zero 30% OFF ($9.99?$6.99)
[NSW] Blaster Master Zero 30% OFF ($9.99?$6.99)
[3DS] MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST 30% OFF ($9.99?$6.99)
[NSW] MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST 30% OFF ($9.99?$6.99)
[NSW] Azure Striker Gunvolt: STRIKER PACK 20% OFF ($39.99?$31.99)
[3DS] Azure Striker Gunvolt 60% OFF ($14.99?$5.99)
[3DS] Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 60% OFF ($14.99?$5.99)
[3DS] Gunvolt: The Anime 30% OFF ($2.99?$2.09)
[3DS] MIGHTY GUNVOLT 60% OFF ($3.99?$1.59)

This is a fantastic sale. What will you be picking up?

 

Source: Inti Creates PR

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Inti Creates sent out the following

On December 28th, Mighty Gunvolt Burst is set to get a Version 1.3 update that includes three new playable DLC characters and a demo version that will be available on the eShop for players to try!

The new DLC characters, also dubbed as the “Rivals” DLC group, represent the counterparts to the game’s heroes with RAY (Mighty No. 9), Copen (Azure Striker Gunvolt), and Kurona (Gal*Gun 2) joining the fray! Each character has their own unique abilities and skills that provide a completely new gaming experience.

Inti Creates also noted that the game has passed 80,000 sales.

 

The following changes are also being made to the game.

– When clearing the Gateway or Cyberspace Coliseum stage without taking damage, the additional bonus points (+3000) earned for a no damage clear are not awarded.
– On Joule’s customization screen, incorrect text in the Help Guide would occasionally display instead of the proper text.
– (3DS Only) When the thumbnail for “Pixel Sticker No. 176” appears, the wrong image will sometimes appear.
– Other minor bug fixes have also been implemented in order to improve game performance.

Lastly, there will be a demo for Mighty Gunvolt Burst going live on December 28.

 

Will you be checking this new content out?

Source: Inti Creates PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Dec, 2017 At 01:36 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Inti Creates has announced that more DLC will be coming to Mighty Gunvolt Burst, this time focusing on the protagonist’s rivals.

 

The heroes of Mighty Gunvolt Burst have gotten all the attention so far, so it’s about time for their rivals to show up! RAY (Mighty No. 9), Copen (Azure Striker Gunvolt) and Kurona (Gal*Gun 2) character DLC will be available on Dec. 28th for $1.99 each!
More details coming soon!

Are you excited for the DLC?