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Nintendo's PAX East 2013 lineup includes Pikmin 3, Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Nintendo is bringing a handful of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles to PAX East 2013, including major upcoming games such as Pikmin 3 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the company announced today. Nintendo's PAX East slate features seven Wii U titles and nine 3DS games, as well as the Wii Street U app. The lineup contains a mix of unreleased titles and games that are already available. Here's the full list: Wii U: Pikmin 3 The Wonderful 101 Lego City Undercover Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Need for Speed Most Wanted U New Super Mario Bros. U Nintendo Land Wii Street U 3DS: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Animal Crossing: New Leaf (guided demonstration) Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity HarmoKnight Kersploosh! Monster Hunter 3...

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Harmoknight for 3DS coming to Europe March 28, demo March 21

Pokémon developer GameFreak's rhythm platformer Harmoknight will launch on Nintendo 3DS in Europe on March 28, with a demo dropping a week prior on March 21, Nintendo Europe announced today. The company announced the release dates in a tweet along with a link to the Harmoknight eShop page. In Harmoknight, players will defend the planet Melodia from hostile takeover by evil aliens, who have also captured a princess. Players will guide protagonist Tempo and his magical staff through more than 50 stages on a quest to save his world. The game also includes several musical challenges and environments featuring songs and elements from the Pokémon games. In a recent Iwata Asks feature, GameFreak producer Junichi Masuda told Nintendo president Satoru Iwata that the company reorganized its...

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Harmoknight demo, Mega Man 3 for Virtual Console come to Nintendo 3DS eShop

A demo for Harmoknight, Pokémon developer Game Freak's rhythm-action platformer, is now available for Nintendo 3DS through the system's eShop. The demo features a tutorial that teaches players the basics of Harmoknight's rhythm-based gameplay and can be played 10 times before becoming inactive. The full version of Harmoknight will be released on March 28 for $14.99. Also new on the 3DS eShop is a downloadable version of Ubisoft's Rayman Origins and Capcom's Mega Man 3. The Virtual Console release of the 1990 NES game costs $4.99. Additional eShop updates for North America can be viewed here.

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Game Freak changed company structure to encourage new projects

Game Freak, the developer behind the Pokémon franchise and upcoming rhythm side-scroller HarmoKnight, altered its company's internal structure to "initiate new projects" while still being able to commit to Pokémon titles, producer Junichi Masuda said. Speaking with Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata during an "Iwata Asks" interview, Masuda explained that the company was "absolutely committed" to meeting fan expectations. "We have structured things so that if you come up with an idea for a game, you can write a proposal for it," Masuda said. "If you can then get two other people to support it, you will be given three months to make it." Masuda continued that if the project is worth pursuing, the company gives the team three more months to work. After six months, it's passed to...

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HarmoKnight coming to North America on March 28

HarmoKnight, the upcoming rhythm-based side-scroller from developer Game Freak, will be available for Nintendo 3DS on March 28 from the Nintendo eShop, it was announced during today's Nintendo Direct. A demo of the game will be available two weeks ahead of launch on March 14. Players will get the chance to create rhythms and harmonies using attack and jumping actions in the game. By collecting music notes, hitting the environment like a hi-hat and taking out enemies, the player will add to the soundtrack of the game and make action-driven songs ranging from marches to rock tracks. In addition, advanced modes will also be available, including an unlockable speed mode. HarmoKnight was first announced last year and was released to Japan on Sept. 5, 2012.

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HarmoKnight from Pokemon developer Game Freak coming to North America, Europe in 2013

Nintendo confirmed today that the "fun but challenging rhythm platformer" HarmoKnight from Pokemon developer Game Freak will be released for Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe in 2013. In HarmoKnight, players control a young warrior named Tempo who battles his way through automatically scrolling levels, collecting floating notes and slashing at enemies. While some of the action is played out on strictly side-scrolling levels, the game switches to a 3D perspectives during other moments. HarmoKnight offers a bit of Pokemon fan service in the form of bonus levels featuring music from past Pokemon games. HarmoKnight was revealed this summer during a Nintendo Direct presentation in Japan as Rhythm Hunter HarmoKnight. The game was released through the Nintendo eShop on Sept. 5 in...

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'HarmoKnight' developer Game Freak wants to bring the game stateside

Pokemon developer GameFreak wants to bring its latest title, music-based platformer Rhythm Hunter HarmoKnight for Nintendo 3DS, to a worldwide audience, reports IGN. "In terms of a North American or European release, it's definitely something we'd like to do, but we're working out the details with Nintendo now and seeing what would be the best way to get that to players," producer Junichi Masuda told IGN. HarmoKnight is the brain child of GameFreak employee James Turner, who along with his team of 25 has been working on the title for about a year and a half. The game is a result of company policy on encouraging employees to create and pursue their own ideas. If at least three other employees agree to work on the project, GameFreak will green light it for production. "One of the nice...

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'Rhythm Hunter HarmoKnight' is the next game from Pokemon developer GameFreak

Pokemon developer GameFreak announced their newest game in today's Nintendo Direct presentation, Rhythm Hunter HarmoKnight. HarmoKnight is an action platformer with rhythm-based combat. As shown in the video below taken from today's presentation, players collect floating notes to power up and attack enemies while staying in synch with the music. Terrain varies, with the game's tiny samurai flying through levels in a mine cart or surfing. The game will also features musical cameos by select songs from previous Pokemon game soundtracks. Rhythm Hunter HarmoKnight will be available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in Japan for ¥1,800. We have reached out to Nintendo for comment on an international release.

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  • Nintendo eShop
    • Released 03/28/2013
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Game Freak
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