New Ace Attorney title coming, set in Meiji period with Phoenix Wright's ancestor

A new Ace Attorney game for Nintendo 3DS is on the way under the direction of series creator Shu Takumi, according to leaked pages from the most recent issue of Famitsu magazine. According to the leaked pages, the game will be set in Japan's Meiji era (Sept. 1868 through July 1912) and star an ancestor of the series' famous lawyer, Phoenix Wright. His name is Naruhodou Ryuunosuke (pictured below in a tweet from Twitter user Light Agent). In the scan, he is pictured carrying a sword and the article describes him as having a keen sense of justice and quick to put himself in danger. The new game's full title is Dai Gyakuten Saiban — Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken, which translates to Grand Turnabout Trial — The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke. Takumi has worked on the Ace Attorney...

Mario Golf: World Tour season pass consists of three DLC packs for $14.99

Nintendo will be offering a season pass for Mario Golf: World Tour that bundles together three add-ons for $14.99, the company announced today. Mario Golf: World Tour, which launches May 2 on Nintendo 3DS, includes 10 courses with a total of 126 holes of golf. Six additional 18-hole courses, for a total of 108 extra holes, will be released in the three downloadable content packs Nintendo is working on. Each of the DLC packs will contain two new courses and one new playable character. The season pass will kick off with the Mushroom Pack, which comes with Toadette, on May 2. Later that month, Nintendo will release the Flower Pack, which includes Nabbit. And June will see the launch of the Star Pack, which features Rosalina. Each add-on will be sold for $5.99, which means the season pass...

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call coming to North America in 2014

Rhythm role-playing game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, the sequel to Nintendo 3DS music title Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, will launch in North America this year, Square Enix announced today. Curtain Call retains the original game's miniaturized art-style and includes 60 characters from players to choose from, including newcomers from series spin-off titles like Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children, Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, as well as more recent games, including Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy 13 and massively multiplayer online RPG Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. The game will also feature more than 200 tracks from titles spanning the entire Final Fantasy franchise. The sequel features a Quest Medley mode, in which players can build and battle...

Monster Hunter 4G trailer is all about the monsters

The latest trailer for Monster Hunter 4G shows the game's deadly creatures in action, giving players a look at these beasties ahead of the Nintendo 3DS title's release. The trailer above features a desert-like environment packed with monsters, pockmarked by rocky structures and hidden caverns, all under the bright glare of the sun. The trailer shows a player character locked in heated combat with a handful of the creatures, which use attacks ranging from water streams to sand blasts to brute force with tooth and claw. 4G is an updated edition of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which was released in Japan for 3DS in fall of last year. Monster Hunter 4G will launch in Japan in fall of this year while the original Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will launch in North America and Europe in early...

NES Remix games skipped 3DS because they needed Wii U's power, dev says

Nintendo made NES Remix and NES Remix 2 on Wii U and not Nintendo 3DS because the games required the increased hardware capabilities of the Wii U, said series director Koichi Hayashida in an interview with IGN. Both NES Remix and NES Remix 2 (screenshot above) are compilations of NES games that break up those classic titles into bite-sized "remixed" segments. Many of the games that appear in the NES Remix franchise, including Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda, are already available on Wii U and 3DS as part of Nintendo's Virtual Console service. But the NES Remix titles are restricted to Wii U. According to Hayashida, part of the reason for that is that he was already familiar with the Wii U's architecture from his time working on Super Mario 3D World. But there's a deeper...

This is how you get a lightsaber in Disney Infinity

There is a way to get Star Wars' iconic lightsaber in Disney Infinity — it just takes a bit of effort and a lot of cash. In the video above, Stephen Alva Wood of YouTube channel Nerdflip runs down how to obtain the coveted item. By using all 29 NFC figurines within the game and raising all characters to level one, players can unlock a green lightsaber, a weapon used in the space epic by Jedi including Luke Skywalker and Yoda. According to Wood, unlocking the lightsaber means players have spent at least $500 on Disney Infinity figurines at this point. In late 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm — and the rights to the Star Wars franchise — in a $4 billion acquisition deal. More recently, the Disney Store Facebook page responded to a comment from a fan that there were no plans to add Star...
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Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth videos detail damage-dealing Boost system

Atlus shared two new videos for upcoming Nintendo 3DS title Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth today detailing the game's combat system. In battle, players will have access to the Boost System, a tool allowing players to deal higher amounts of damage. When in Boost mode, characters will be able to attack opponents at no cost to personal resources. The more characters there are in Boost mode, the higher a chance of being able to execute a powerful All-Out Attack. But like in previous Persona games, players are going to want to suss out their enemies' weak points before making their moves. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, a dungeon-crawler featuring the casts of Persona 3 and Persona 4, will launch for 3DS in Japan on June 5 and later this year in North America.

A look back on Harvest Moon, the unlikely console farming simulator

Long, long before there was FarmVille, there was Harvest Moon, which overcame a troubled development and skepticism of its appeal to become an enduring series, mostly on Nintendo platforms. Did You Know Gaming presents a comprehensive history of the origins of the series and what Yasuhiro Wada strove to create back in 1996. Wada wished to create a nonviolent role-playing game that reminded him of childhood memories of the countryside, and felt that despite giving players approximations of real-world chores, he still could find a level of engagement that kept them interested and involved. Evidently he did, as Harvest Moon's format spawned 17 successors, three of them on PlayStation platforms. Harvest Moon 64, launched in 1999, is said to be the closest to what Wada envisioned when he...

PS3 bundled with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for $269 at Walmart

A new PlayStation 3 bundle with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is listed on Walmart's website for $269. The 500 GB system also includes the 2012 movie The Amazing Spider-Man, which is available to watch through Vudu's streaming service. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for an April 29 release in the U.S. on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC. A previously planned Xbox One version has been delayed indefinitely. For more on the game, be sure to read our interview with its developers at Beenox from earlier this month.

Conception 2 review: bad romance

Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars never really reaches maturity. Children of the Seven Stars is the first and only of two Conception titles to make it out of Japan, and as with its predecessor, it folds a dating sim into a dungeon crawler-heavy experience. Spike Chunsoft is using the same pick-up line role-playing games have all but run into the ground: wanna save the world? But the franchise seeks to earn a name for itself by making things a little — well — risqué by sexually charging its otherwise bland ideas. Conception 2 confuses shock value with interesting gameplay and leans on a skeezy hook to carry it through a 40-hour-plus experience. For all its flashy ideas, Conception 2 delivers an unimpressive, unsatisfying performance. A concentrated dose of dungeon...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Xbox One version 'TBD,' says Activision

The existence of the Xbox One version of upcoming action game The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been called into question, with Activision telling MCV its fate is up in the air. The game, slated to launch on April 29, is being published for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox 360. All mentions of the Xbox One version have been removed from the game's official website, with Activision stating that version is "TBD." "We want to inform you that we are revising our release plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One," Activision said in a statement to MCV. "When and whether The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released on Xbox One is TBD." When contacted for comment, a representative for Activision told Polygon that the company is "working with Microsoft in an...

Why Square Enix uses DRM

Square Enix uses digital rights management to earn profits and protect its intellectual property, Square Enix America's senior manager of business and legal affairs Adam Sullivan told TorrentFreak. Square Enix has "a well-known reputation for being very protective of our IPs," Sullivan said, and it employs DRM to further that goal. "The primary benefit to us is the same as with any business: profit," he said. Though he acknowledged that some players have problems and there is "no perfect solution yet," DRM also has other benefits that help developers. "When F2P began trending, lots of people thought it would be the death of DRM. I remember talking with one F2P developer who couldn't imagine why hackers would want to attack his game, since it was free and all. Two months later they...

Cult County to launch on Nintendo 3DS if minimum crowdfunding goal is met

Renegade Kid's upcoming horror game, Cult County, will launch for Nintendo 3DS — in addition to its other platforms — if the game meets its minimum crowdfunding goal, the developer announced on Kickstarter. Cult County is a first-person, atmospheric title described as The Walking Dead meets Silent Hill 2. The game takes place in a small, West Texas town where protagonist Gavin Mellick begins unraveling clues about a "cultish" group new to the area. The game was originally planned for release exclusively on Nintendo 3DS, but grew "beyond the scope" of the handheld system. When Renegade Kid began crowdfunding efforts for the game on Kickstarter, a 3DS port was added as a stretch goal. "We sent the call out on Twitter, and we got a tremendous response," the update reads. "Two-hundred...

Mario Kart 8, Kirby Triple Deluxe, more playable at WonderCon 2014

Nintendo is bringing five new titles from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS libraries to WonderCon 2014 this weekend, including Mario Kart 8 and Kirby Triple Deluxe, the company announced today. Two of the games — the 3DS titles Yoshi's New Island and Disney Magical World — are already available. Nintendo's WonderCon lineup also includes Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario Golf: World Tour, both of which are launching May 2 on 3DS, and Mario Kart 8 (screenshot above), which is set for release May 30 on Wii U. WonderCon 2014 takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., from April 18-20. For more on the aforementioned games, check out our recent previews of Mario Golf: World Tour, Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario Kart 8, and our full review of Yoshi's New Island.

Toys for Bob and the story behind Skylanders

Beasts are peeking out of every nook and cranny in the office, a crazy infestation of plastic chaos.The figurines sit on shelves, hang on walls, tumble on desks in states of unpainted nakedness, dismantled and incoherent. They gurn, snarl and claw in an infinity of static poses. This is the place where the little plastic creatures of Activision's breakout monster hit Skylanders are conceived and birthed, the headquarters of Toys for Bob, a tiki-pirate-ship-themed ex-aircraft hanger in Marin County, California. Since its introduction back in 2011, the Skylanders video game and toy series has generated upwards of $2 billion in lifetime sales. It is one of the top 20 game franchises of all time, with 175 million toy sales. The Skylanders monsters have captured the imaginations of...

Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Super Mario 3D Land and other 3DS games now $29.99

Nintendo is cutting the price of five popular Nintendo 3DS games down to $29.99 from their normal price of $39.99, the company announced today. Beginning April 22, Nintendo 3DS owners can snag Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D Land at this new discounted price both at retail and as downloadable titles through the 3DS eShop. According to Nintendo, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D Land are the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time in the U.S. with each selling through more than 2.15 million copies, both physical and digital editions. Additionally, Nintendo notes that all five of the above titles have collectively sold 9 million combined retail and downloadable units.

Lego The Hobbit review: safe fairyland

Lego the Hobbit is the best way to engage with the fictional world of The Hobbit short of reading the original book. Traveller's Tales' Lego games have always added a humorous spin to whatever property they were paired with. The team has found a perfect match in The Hobbit — the lighter, friendlier prequel to JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. Lego the Hobbit takes inspiration from the slightly overblown recent films and runs with it, creating a plastic universe that's warm, funny and inviting. The storytelling is succinct, the gameplay is familiar and comfortable, and the world itself is a pleasure to explore, lending to a sense of adventure grander than the tiny plastic bricks would lead you to expect. Lego the Hobbit doesn't stray far from the formula set by...
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Level-5 announces Youkai Watch 2 for 3DS

Level 5 will launch a sequel to Nintendo 3DS ghost taming role-playing game Youkai Watch — Youkai Watch 2 — on July 10 in Japan, according to the latest issue of CoroCoro magazine. Anime News Network reports that Level-5 will release two editions of Youkai Watch 2, the Ganso (Founder) edition and the Honke (Head) edition, both of which allow players to earn a different rare medal. The title will also reveal the origins behind the youkai watch, the mysterious accessory protagonist Keita uses to interact with ghosts. He and his friends will travel back in time to Japan's early 20th-century Showa era, meet a new ghost-taming boy named Keizo and face off against a powerful demon. The game will also include new events for Keita, including climbing trees to hunt for new ghosts and bicycle...

Watch Keiji Inafune design Mighty No. 9's robot enemies

The latest Kickstarter backer update for Comcept's Mighty No. 9 details the state of the game as well as what players can expect from the enemies and environments robot protagonist Beck will encounter on his journey. The grunt enemy robots, shown as sketches in previous updates, are undergoing additional polish and nearing their final forms, according to the update. The video above shows Inafune giving feedback on the humanoid-type enemy robot, which he noted should still be less human-like even though it is built like one. These upright standing robots, instead of holding shields and guns, have their shields integrated into their torso; when they need to use them, their torso rotates around to bring the shield from its back to the front of its body. The update also includes artwork...

Tomodachi Life hits 3DS June 6, combining universal gameplay with Western hooks

It's difficult to describe the Tomodachi series, and Bill Trinen knows it.In fact, when Nintendo of America's director of product marketing first got his hands on a Westernized version of the previously Japanese-only Nintendo 3DS game Tomodachi Life, he wasn't sure he was going to get into it. It wasn't until he started playing the game, which corrals Mii characters together and lets players watch then interact and interact with them, that its appeal dawned on him. "The thing that surprises me about Tomodachi Life is how it gets its hooks in you in unexpected ways," Trinen told Polygon in a recent interview. "You know, when I first started playing the game, I was a little unsure of whether or not it was going to be the kind of thing that I would really enjoy. Very quickly, I found...
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