As we near the end of the first quarter, we have a couple of really exciting games releasing. After years of waiting, the latest Mass Effect, Mass Effect: Andromeda, is set to finally release. Joining it is the sequel to the moderately successful monster hunter game, Toukiden 2. In addition to that, some indie games are also set to release. Tuesday 3/21 Toukiden 2 (PS4/Vita/PC) Death Tales (PS4) Everything (PS4) Touhou Double Focus (PS4/Vita) Touhou Genso Wanderer (PS4/Vita) Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4/XBO/PC) Friday 3/24 Mario Sports Superstars (3DS) Zero Escape: The Nonary Games (PS4/Vita)
Some new screenshots have been released for both the PS4 and 3DS versions of Dragon Quest XI. The game will be out later this year. The PS4 screenshots of Dragon Quest XI look gorgeous. It's sure to be one of the best looking JRPGs when it comes out. The 3DS version obviously isn't as flashy, but it still looks good for the handheld. The game will also be out for the Nintendo Switch, although no screenshots for that version have been shared. The PS4 version has been built with Unreal Engine 4 so that's why everything looks so smooth. Anyway, you can look at the screenshots for both versions below. Click on the images in order to see the pictures in full view. Hopefully a release date for the game is announced very soon by Square Enix.
One of the Nintendo 3DS’ strongest attributes is its diverse software library, and its ability to deliver enjoyable games across many genres. The Nintendo eShop has been a haven for fresh new game experiences, and Nintendo has led the way with many original game ideas. Examples of such titles include: Box Boy, Dillon’s Rolling Western, and Sakura Samurai. You can add another game to the list of quality eShop exclusives as Tank Troopers is now available and it’s a blast. Though it misfires by lacking online multiplayer, the game still manages to hit its target by delivering a capable campaign and amusing local multiplayer mode. Tank Troopers offers three main modes: Multiplayer, Single Player, and Download Play. The single-player doesn’t offer any form of a story, and instead favors providing the player with an assorted range of objectives – in total, there are 30 missions to complete. You can approach these missions in two ways: Custom Tank – where you can use a custom tank and characters, or Take Orders – where you are assigned a tank and characters to use in order to complete the assigned mission. Aside from the option of using a custom tank and custom characters, there is little to differentiate the two modes; but by offering an alternative style of play it provides the game’s campaign with additional replay value. In terms of mission variety, the objectives range from the basic kill a certain amount of enemies to scoring a certain amount of points within the time limit, defeating enemies before time expires, or even something as random as shooting gigantic balls through a series of goals. Missions do get more difficult as you progress through the game, and you’ll have to complete the most current mission in order to continue advancing. If you find yourself stuck on a specific mission, your only option is to persevere and continue to try to improve your style of play until victory is achieved. Certain characters may offer a special skill that will assist you in being successful. For example; one early mission tasks you with destroying 5 enemy turrets that are hidden by fog, but the character – Tred Hunter – has a super-radar ability that will reveal the turret when you close in on its location. Learning the benefits of the characters and their distinct skills will prove beneficial as you progress through the campaign and make missions less cumbersome. When a mission is completed, you are graded based on your performance. An S-Rank is the highest rank achievable, and it will be quite a daunting task to accomplish. Completing a mission also awards you with money that can be spent in the Garage on characters, tanks, and other custom options that can be used in Custom Tank mode or during multiplayer. Controlling the tank requires a little patience, but, generally speaking, the game controls very well and isn’t all that clumsy. You use the 3DS circle pad to steer, the A-button to move forward, and...
Considered by many to be the premier Japanese RPG of the PlayStation 2 era, Square Enix’s Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King was a revolutionary title for its time. If you happened to miss out on its 2005 debut release, you are in luck for the title has been given a chance at new life on the Nintendo 3DS, and in its conversion from home console to portable RPG the title underwent some changes that ultimately improve the core game experience. The 3DS game library has amassed quite an impressive array of RPG titles, and Dragon Quest VIII can stand alongside the best of them. This is one journey you won’t regret taking. The narrative Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King offers starts off as your standard RPG fare – you and your companions are tracking the evil Dhoulmagus, whom is responsible for cursing the Kingdom of Trodain and murdering innocents. At the advent of your adventure, you are accompanied by the hooligan Yangus, the cursed King Trode, and his daughter, Medea, whom is also cursed and has been turned into a mare. What makes Dragon Quest VIII such a delight to play is how the story evolves from a straightforward RPG to a compelling and surprising tale filled with unexpected events. A strong narrative partnered with an imaginative cast of characters makes for an entertaining and engaging adventure. When a captivating narrative is coupled with strong voice acting, the plot becomes more powerful and leaves a lasting impression on the player. Dragon Quest VIII features remarkable voice acting, and that allows the game to deliver an emotional experience that will move you and have you feeling connected to not only the characters, but to the events transpiring in the game. What makes Dragon Quest VIII such a portable joy is the sense of freedom the game provides and its impeccable pacing. After a brief introduction, the game opens up and allows you to explore the world and discover the secrets the environment holds. Locations are large in size, but also diverse in offerings. Whether you are traversing through a town, or navigating your way through a dungeon, the game makes you feel like you are a part of the world. It doesn’t feel like you are simply moving from location to location; instead the sense of progression feels natural and authentic. One significant change made to Dragon Quest VIII for Nintendo 3DS is that random encounters are now a relic of the past. While the PlayStation 2 version of Dragon Quest VIII featured random encounters, the new 3DS version eliminates that encumbrance in favor of showing the enemy monsters walk around the world map. Though a minor alteration, this modification increases the enjoyment one will have with the game as it allows you to freely enter or avoid combat. If you rather focus on completing a mission or reaching a destination, you can now do so without the interruption of battle; thus making the game...
Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo's latest foray into the world of mobile gaming, proves to be an interesting take on the incredibly popular free-to-play mobile gacha RPG. Games like Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and Bravely Frontier are some of the biggest current examples of this genre, having players “summon” playable units of their favorite characters. It's ...]
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is a masterpiece of an RPG. Filled with memorable and lovable characters, a story that is both simple and full of depth, strong gameplay, and fantastic music, no one should miss out on this experience. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Developer: Square Enix Price: ...]
The sales of Pokemon Sun and Moon have been very impressive since the game came out last November. The game has already outsold Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. Sales have been updated for Pokemon Sun and Moon and the duo has sold over 14.69 million copies as of December 31st, 2016. This is an impressive number as it doesn't include sales for January 2017. To put this into perspective, Mario Kart 7 on 3DS has sold over 14.82 million copies while Pokemon X and Y sold 16.06 million copies. Sun and Moon is third as it edged out the 13.68 million units sold by Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Pokemon truly is a huge franchise and it will be interesting to see how popular a Switch version of the game will be. After all, the Switch is both a home and handheld console. A Pokemon game on Switch could be a very big seller!
Nintendo released an extended gameplay trailer for the recently announced Fire Emblem Warriors at last night's Fire Emblem Direct conference. The new trailer offers players a peek at how Fire Emblem Warriors will play, with Fire Emblem Awakening‘s main character, Chrom, slashing up crowds of enemy soldiers. Fire Emblem Warriors releases for the Nintendo Switch and New 3DS and New ...]
Nintendo announced Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for the 3DS at last night's Fire Emblem Direct conference, a remake of the never-localized NES title Fire Emblem Gaiden. Shadows of Valentia features free-roaming 3D dungeons alongside "classic Fire Emblem gameplay with a modern twist". Amiibo of both main characters, Alm and Celica, will be released alongside the game on ...]
Even though everyone is talking about the Switch, this week also has a couple interesting titles releasing. The biggest is the sequel to the former Vita exclusive, Gravity Rush 2. Joining it is a couple of exciting indie games, along with a western Fate title. Tuesday 1/17 2064: Read Only Memories (PS4) Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (Vita) Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (PS4/Vita) Dead Effect 2 (PS4) Joe's Diner (PS4) Quest of Dungeon (PS4) Siegecraft Commander (PS4) RWBY: Grimm Eclipse (XBO/PS4) Friday 1/20 Gravity Rush 2 (PS4) Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)
A new update is now available for Pokemon Sun and Moon on the 3DS. The patch takes the version number up to 1.1. Patch 1.1 of Pokemon Sun and Moon is available on the eShop and is only 37MB in size. The patch notes can be seen below as posted by PowerUpGaming. Fixes glitch that caused battles to not continue when Z-Memento and Z-Parting Shot were used on Battle spot Fixed a glitch that determined the wrong winner if the Rocky Helmet caused both players to lose their final Pokémon Fixed a glitch where Pokémon wouldn’t learn moves after they evolved such as with Kadabra and Confusion Various Bug Fixes The game(s) is out now exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS console.
Console gaming is not what it used to be in Japan, but this week things have been a bit different. Both the PS4 and 3DS reached sales milestones thanks to the Christmas season. As announced by Media Create, this week the PlayStation 4 console sold over 90,000 units while the PS4 Pro sold over 10,000 units. Since the console's launch, sales in Japan have now reached over 4 million units. Unlike in the West, sales of the PlayStation 4 have been slower compared to Sony's predecessors. However, the 4 million mark is a good milestone to reach. Japanese gamers have shifted to mobile gaming which is why console gaming has not been so popular lately. One device that continues to be popular though is the 3DS. The portable Nintendo console has now sold over 22 million units since launch. We can thank the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon for the upswing in sales.
Servers for the demo of Metroid Prime: Federation Force Blast Ball will be shutting down forever by the end of the month. If you want to keep playing, you will need to buy the full game. Nintendo announced on the eShop: "Thank you for your continued support. The online multiplayer feature for the Metroid Prime: Federation Force Blast Ball demo will be discontinued at 12/31/2016 23:59, PST. The discontinuation of this demo feature will not impact the online multiplayer feature available in the full version of the game." This is common practice in the video game industry as servers cannot be supported forever. Nintendo also recently shut down the servers for Devil's Third on Wii U too. If you don't want to buy the full game, you have until tomorrow to play the demo as much as you want before the servers are dead forever.
Nintendo UK is celebrating the new year in style as it has announced a sale on the eShop where you can buy full games for a fraction of the price. Many Wii U and 3DS software will be discounted. The cheaper prices come into effect on 29/12/2016 until 23:59 (UK time) and ends on 08/01/2017. It's not just limited to Wii U and 3DS games as some virtual console games are also cheaper. You can check out the official website for a full list of Nintendo games that are going to be on sale. Many favorites are discounted such as the likes of Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Land, Lego City Undercover, Splatoon, and many more.
Amazon has revealed the best selling video games during the Holiday season. The top games were Final Fantasy XV and Pokemon Sun and Moon. Amazon just announced via a press release that Pokemon Sun, Pokemon Moon and the PS4 version of Final Fantasy XV were the top 3 best selling games of the Holiday season. Pokemon Sun and Moon had one of the biggest game launches of 2016 so it's no surprise it's a top seller. Not to mention Pokemon Go helped people get interested in the franchise again. Final Fantasy XV has been popular among Western gamers shipping 5 million copies at launch. The game is getting a far better reception over Final Fantasy XIII back in 2010. It's interesting to see Amazon didn't mention other big hitters in the top 3 list. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 didn't make the pole positions. It's possible more people bought them closer to launch than during the Holiday.
While 2016 was a rough year for Nintendo, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild not releasing, Pokemon Sun and Moon saved the day and brought back the joy found in the original titles. Pokemon Sun and Moon starts by offering some much needed twists to its standard formula. Gym leaders were replaced by challenges, HMs were finally removed, exciting new Pokemon were added and even some new takes on old ones. Best of all, Pokemon Sun and Moon has a more focused narrative, making for a more exciting journey. Sure, at its core Pokemon Sun and Moon is very similar to previous titles, but the changes make for an experience that fans and newcomers alike can enjoy.
Nintendo has announced the release date for the 3DS version of their adorable yarn-themed playformer, Yoshi's Woolly World. Having originally released for the Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World takes players to an intricately woven version of Yoshi's world, with new amiibos made specifically for the game. The 3DS version of the game will include a "Craft Yoshi Mode", ...]