In addition to including around 150 puzzles, Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy will have free daily puzzles for the first year, following release. This means after a year there will be around 500 total puzzles, meaning it will have the most puzzles in the series history. Sadly, the puzzles were not detailed, but this is a huge bonus for fans. Especially anyone who wants to be the first to solve a puzzle or not have them ruined. Even if you pick up the game, months after release, there will still be new problems to solve and content to explore.
When I met with Level-5 to discuss Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy at E3, one of the topics was the difference between the mobile and 3DS version. Due to preconceptions, they found it difficult to convince gamers that the mobile version of Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy was not a simplified or scaled down version of the 3DS game. What they assured us is, whether you buy it on the 3DS or for mobile devices, you'll receive the same game with minor changes. The main difference is set up, since the 3DS has multiple screens and images can be arranged better or at least differently. The other is mobile devices will have the opportunity to purchase additional costumes for Katrielle Layton, which will be included, for free, with the 3DS version. Outside of these two things, the puzzles and content are exactly the same. So if you'd rather get Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy early on a mobile device or wait for the 3DS, rest assured that you're not missing out.
Part of what makes spinoffs exciting is the promise of something new. It doesn't have to be huge, such as a new genre, just something that makes it stand out from other titles. In the case of River City: Knights of Justice, it's a fantasy take on the River City series. At its core, River City: Knights of Justice is the game fans enjoy. It's still a beat em up game, with fairly simple controls. You can punch, kick, jump, grab and attack enemies, with some minor changes. In this title you can use various magic spells and you face fantasy based enemies. There is are ghosts, wands and even magic, which you can use to defeat enemies. Stats are even displayed in a way that matches RPGs from the '80s and '90s. Beyond simply changing things to match the new setting, there are small touches. With a more European vibe, Kunio-kun is called Alexander, a reference to localization changes in the past, with other tweaks and changes. River City: Knights of Justice also takes several staples from older RPGs. For instance, you can move from town to town by using a map and it's possible to run into random encounters along the way. Winning these fights will allow you to continue on your adventure, where as failing is death. With it set to release on June 20, 2017, it makes for a different adventure with old friends.Maybe not a massive departure, but enough to make it feel like a new experience.
Following all the excitement from E3, a number of fun titles are releasing this week. Kicking off this week is Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, the latest expansion for the online MMO. In addition to that, the popular asymmetrical competitive multiplayer game, Dead by Daylight, hits consoles. JRPG fans can expect God Wars: Future Past, with Cave Story + on the Switch and Dead Rising 4 DLC on Xbox. Tuesday 6/20 Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (PC/PS4) Dungeon Defenders II (XBO) Nex Machina (PC/PS4) Dead by Daylight (PS4/XBO) God Wars: Future Past (PS4/Vita) Cave Story + (Switch) Dead Rising 4: Super Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf (XBO) Wednesday 6/21 Super Bomb Rush! (XBO) Air Missions: HIND (XBO) Thursday 6/22 Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (Switch) Friday 6/23 Get Even (PC/PS4/XBO) Ever Oasis (3DS) Chess Ultra (XBO) Broken Age (XBO) Secret World Legends (PC) Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan (XBO)
It's a big day for Metroid fans. Whether you prefer 3D or 2D Metroid games, this E3 has something for you, because Nintendo just announced one of each. Metroid Prime 4 Yes, the long-anticipated new Metroid Prime game is finally on its way. While Nintendo didn't reveal any details about it, Metroid Prime 4 is ...]
If there wasn't enough exciting Pokemon news, Pokemon Gold and Silver are heading to the 3DS Virtual Console. Similar to Pokemon Red, Blue and Green, they will support Pokemon Bank functionality, along with all the features of the original games. It will release Sept. 22, just in time to get ready for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon.
Following countless rumors of Sun and Moon heading to the Switch as Pokemon Stars, Nintendo surprised people by announcing Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon for the 3DS. This version includes a new story, changed legendary pokemon, seen above, pokemon not seen in the original and more. Those interested can pick it up Nov. 17, 2017. Finally, anyone interested can check out the trailer for this and other upcoming Pokemon games below.
Following the release of Tekken 7, this week has a number of exciting additions. Headlining this week is the highly anticipated Morrowind expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online. With a new class, armor, dungeons and, of course, Morrowind, it looks to be an expansion more than worth the money. Joining it is WipEout: Omega Collection, some indie games and two niche JRPGs. Tuesday 6/6 Dark Rose Valkyrie (PS4) Dirt 4 (PS4/XBO/PC) WipEout: Omega Collection (PS4) The Town of Light (PS4/XBO/PC) The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind (PS4/XBO/PC) Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! (PS4/Vita/PC) Farming Simulator 18 (Vita/3DS) Neighborhorde (Xbox One/PC) Wednesday 6/7 SUPERBEAT: XONiC (PS4/XBO) Thursday 6/8 Wonderboy: The Dragon’s Trap (PC)
The Pokemon Company has announced that some cool looking new Pokemon merchandise will be available to buy in Japan later this month. Many people are thinking this might be a subtle hint on Pokemon Stars. As you can see on the official website, many Pokemon items such as a bag, pillow, soft toy, keyrings, backpack and more can be purchased in Japan on May 20th. All of the items have a night sky/star theme to them. They even posted the saying for the theme as "Look Upon the Stars". You can see some of the images in the screenshot provided above. Plus click below to see what the merchandise itself looks like. The reason some people are getting excited is because it's rumored the next major game in the franchise is called Pokemon Stars. It's speculated this game is due out for the Nintendo Switch in the near future.
You may have remembered that Nintendo released the 2DS a few years ago. Well that model is getting an upgrade with the all-new 2DS XL coming later this year. The original model of the console had a flat design that was different to the 3DS. Now with the 2DS XL, it has the same clamshell style of design. Not to mention its bigger and better looking. It still has the same specs as a 2DS which is pretty much a 3DS without the 3D effect. This means you have a huge library of games to select. The new console is out in North America on July 28th, 2017 for a recommended retail price of $149.99. Check out the trailer below for more details. It is worth getting if you don't like the old design of the console.
After months of waiting, Corrin, Cloud and Bayonetta are getting amiibo. Unlike previous amiibo, these include alternate looks, which include Bayonetta's look from both games, Cloud from the original and Crisis Core and both of Corrin's genders. You can find these on July 21. Three new Link amiibo were also revealed. These include Kid Link with a mask and Link in two forms. You can find these on June 23.
In honor of Kirby's 25th anniversary, Nintendo announced three new games for the Nintendo 3DS. The first is Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, which is a multiplayer free-to-start game that releases later today. The game includes various modes, four different classes and plenty of other exciting features. In addition to that, a new mission based Kirby game is set to release this fall. Kirby's Blowout Blast boasts over 25 stages and plenty of other content. Finally, a new multiplayer action title is set to release later this year.
During todays Nintendo Direct, the latest entry in the Pikmin series was announced. Unlike previous titles, Hey Pikmin is a 2D platformer, that makes use of the mechanics found in Pikmin. The title is currently set to release on July 28 and will also have a unique amiibo featuring Pikmin too.
The release date for Dragon Quest 11 has been revealed for Japan. This is for the 3DS and PS4 versions of the game. As announced via a livestream, Square Enix revealed that Dragon Quest 11 will be out on 3DS and PS4 in Japan on July 29th, 2017. No Western release date has been announced as of time of publication. Square Enix chose not to announce a release date for the Nintendo Switch version yet. All they said is that they cannot discuss the Switch release date yet. It's possible Nintendo wants to save the announcement for another time. Square Enix also released a new trailer for the game where you can see below. It's in Japanese, but it still gives you a good look at the game.
A new Pokemon named Marshadow will eventually be put into Pokemon Sun and Moon. Details on how you can encounter him will be revealed at a later date. The Pokemon Company announced via a press release: "A new Mythical Pokémon has been discovered in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Marshadow cannot be encountered in normal gameplay. More details, including how Trainers can get this Pokémon for their game, will be announced at a future date." You can see more of the Pokemon in the video posted below. It might be a rare Pokemon so you may not encounter it was easily as other ones. As formation comes our way, we'll be sure to let you know how and when you can see this new Pokemon in the near future.