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.
The Spring season is now upon us, and with Spring comes warm weather and the start of outdoor sporting events. Qualifier matches for FIFA 2018 are underway, the PGA Masters Tournament will be taking place in just a few days, the Kentucky Derby and the French Open are just over a month away, and soon it will be opening day of the baseball season. Spring brings the start of many types of sports, and Nintendo is inviting gamers to partake in the festivities with the release of Mario Sports Superstars for the Nintendo 3DS. Mario Sports Superstars offers the player with a variety of sporting events to appreciate. In this sports compilation release, players can participate in games of soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, and horse racing. Whereas titles like Mario Tennis Open and Mario Golf: World Tour for 3DS offer a lighthearted and whimsical approach to the sports they headline, the sports presented in Mario Sports Superstars are done so in a more authentic manner. Nevertheless, special power-ups and skills remain existent for players to make use of as tools of excitement. Although the five sports featured in the game are quite different from each other, the main offerings of each sport are identical – meaning all five sports provide the player with the same single player and multiplayer game modes. In single player, you can compete in Tournament or Exhibition play. In Tournament Mode, you compete in a multi-cup challenge as you work your way towards the Champion’s Cup and vie for victory against challenging opponents. Successfully completing the Champion’s Cup will award you with a Star version of a playable character, who will have increased stats. You can also unlock Star characters by purchasing the Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards. Star characters are tied to the sport in which you unlocked them. So a Star Mario unlocked while competing in the Champion Cup from baseball can only be used in baseball. You will have to unlock a Star Mario in tennis, soccer, golf, and horse racing in order to use them in each sport. Tournament Mode serves as the game’s campaign with its Cup and character unlock structure, but there are other solo activities to enjoy. Exhibition Mode is available for when you want to play a quick match with custom rules and settings. You can shorten the length of a match and have the option to disable power-ups- along with a handful of other convenient options. There is also a Training Mode, and there is a lot of entertainment to be found here. The training is dependent on the sport selected, but they do share some common training mode mini-games. All sports have a Ring Challenge in which you are tasked with the trial of scoring a set amount of points within the allotted time. Completing a Ring Challenge will unlock a higher difficulty and when you complete the Hard ranking you will unlock a new playable character. There are other training mini-games specifically tailored for each...
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 ...]