Nintendo to publish Yo-Kai Watch in the West

Nintendo will publish the original Yo-Kai Watch in the United States, Europe, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, the company announced.

The game centers on a young boy who gets a special watch that lets him befriend and help mischievous Yo-kai and later summon them to fight other Yo-kai. Players can overcome challenges and help various characters solve everyday problems with the help of these Yo-kai, which resemble anything from inanimate objects to mythical creatures.

The publisher clarifies that, while “youkai” translates to “ghost” or “spector,” Yo-kai “are not ghosts, monsters, or creatures.” Rather, “Yo-kai are, quite simply, Yo-kai. They cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are everywhere. Whether born from the soul of a deceased human, or an everyday object discovering its higher purpose, their personalities are distinctly humanlike.”

The game originally launched in Japan in July 2013. It’s since seen the release of a three-version sequel. And just this morning, developer Level-5 announced Yo-Kai Watch 3, Yo-Kai Watch Busters, and Yo-Kai Sangokushi.

A release date was not announced.

Read more at Gematsu

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Mega Gallade, Sharpedo & Camerupt Revealed

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Here we have it: Another batch of Mega Evolution reveals straight from the wonderful land of Japan! The scans from this month’s ‘CoroCoro’ magazine have been leaked online and they reveal the Mega Evolution forms of Gallade, Sharpedo and Camerupt. Alongside the Evolutions, ‘CoroCoro’ also released some more information regarding the ‘Primal’ forms of both Groudon and Kyogre.

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Mega Sharpedo, once evolved, gets a huge overall stat boost and gains the ability ‘Strong Jaw’ which boosts the power of biting moves by 50%. Mega Camerupt becomes slower once it has evolved but gets a significant boost in all other aspects. It also gains the ability ‘Sheer Force’ which “removes additional effects to increase move damage”, as it is described in-game.

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Mega Gallade has yet to receive any specific details on how it has changed statistically. Primal Groudon and Kyogre will also gain new abilities once they have Mega Evolved: Kyogre will get the ‘Sea Of Beginnings’ ability which will activate an environmental effect called ‘Strong Rain’. Groudon will get the ‘Land Of Endings’ ability which, much like Kyogre’s, will activate an environmental effect called ‘Strong Sunlight’.

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We’re now only two months away from the official worldwide release of the game on the 21st of November (28th in Europe…sorry, Euro gamers) and anticipation could not be higher! Let the trumpets sound as we fly back in time, revisiting old friends, re-battling old enemies and reliving one hell of an awesome adventure!

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AKB48 Idols Joins The Battle in New Super Smash Bros. [UPDATE: With Real Promo]

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The girls from popular Japanese mega-idol group AKB48 are featured in the latest promotional video for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. I’m pretty sure this won’t come to North America or Europe, but I could be wrong. There might be some other awesome Mii Fighters for North America or Europe, so stay tuned. The clip opens with the Mii creation of Mayu Watanabe. She then “joins the battle” as a Mii Fighter, with her fellow idols Yuki Kashiwagi and Minami Takahashi also participating.

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Bayonetta 2 Is Gonna Be Awesome

There was a Nintendo Direct earlier today, and it was all about Bayonetta 2. The Bayonetta 2 Direct explains pretty much all the new combos, weapons, costumes, as well as a new playable characters in the game. If you plan to watch the Direct then I won’t spoil you any further, watch the 30 minute long video below.

While we already knew Bayonetta would have Peach and Samus costumes, there is also a Fox McCloud outfit which is new. As mentioned above Bayonetta 2 will also feature variations of the Nintendo costumes found in the Wii U Bayonetta port, with Princess Peach, Daisy, Link and Samus included. The Nintendo Direct also confirmed more alternative outfits, such as a stylish Chinese-influenced ensemble.

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The best thing about getting Bayonetta 2 on Wii U is that you could get the first game for free on physical release. As for the digital version on e-Shop, you can buy both games separately. If you just plan on getting Bayonetta 2, but not the first one, it might be cheaper just to buy it separately. They didn’t mention the price for each of the game, so we don’t know. Buying both on Nintendo e-Shop will give you a discount price of $59.98, 1 cent cheaper from buying the physical game.

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How excited are you about the game? Would you get a Wii U to play this game? I know some of my friends would get a Wii U just for this game. As for me, I already own one, so it’s of course a day 1 buy for me, having enjoyed playing the first game on PS3.

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Persona 5 Announced for the PS4

Persona 5 was first announced for the PlayStation 3, but today it was announced that it is also coming to PlayStation 4. Sony showed off a teaser for the game during their pre-TGS Sony press conference today. The game will be released in Japan in early 2015. The new trailer, the first in ten months, gave us our first proper look at the game with an animated cinematic. No gameplay, though. All eyes will now be on Tokyo Game Show in a few weeks time to see if there’ll be a proper blowout.

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Everything You Need To Know About The New Japan Nintendo 3DS Direct

Nintendo of Japan just did a 3DS Direct today. There were some surprises from Shulk being revealed as a new Super Smash Bros. character, to Xenoblade being remake for the 3DS, and also a new 3DS version which is called the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. There was the announcement of Bravely Second coming to Japan in Winter as well as a new Monster Hunter 4G bundle with the New 3DS XL bundle. If you haven’t watch the Nintendo Direct(or you can watch it above), we have everything that you need to know in this post. It will contain informations about North America as well as Europe, besides Japan. Below are everything you need to know about the latest Japanese 3DS Direct.

 

Xenoblade Protagonist Shulk Joins the Smash Bros. Roster

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Swordsman Shulk, the hero of Xenoblade Chronicles, will be playable in the upcoming Smash Bros. games, Nintendo announced today during their 3DS Nintendo Direct. Click here to see the short trailer for Shulk Smash Bros. reveal.

 

Bravely Second Will Be Out This Winter in Japan

According to today’s Nintendo Direct, the eagerly-awaited Bravely Second will be released on the Nintendo 3DS this Winter in Japan. There is no news about it coming to the West.

 

Nintendo 3DS To Get Custom Themes For Home Menu

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The Nintendo 3DS is getting custom themes, Nintendo of America announced today. Note that these are for the regular 3DS and 3DS XL models, and not just the “New” model revisions that were announced for Japan this morning. Following a system update in October, the Nintendo 3DS Home menu will be capable of equipping different themes that change the menu background, icons, folders, music and sound effects. Themes will be available for purchase from a “Theme Shop” that will be added to the Home menu. More details will be announced at a future date.

 

Register Smash Bros. on Both Wii U and 3DS and Get a Soundtrack Disc for Free

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As another offering for fans, those who register both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the games in Club Nintendo(before a set time) you can claim the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U: Premium Sound Selection, a free soundtrack CD packed with tunes taken from and inspired by the games. Further details on the timings pertaining to this offering will follow at a later date.” This offer is available to members in Europe and North America as well besides Japan.

 

Nintendo Confirms amiibo Launch Range of 12 Figurines

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$12.99 each in North America. The initial launch line-up of amiibo figurines will have 12 characters — Mario, Peach, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Kirby, Fox, Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer. These are naturally targeted at Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, though the previously confirmed range of other games will support the figures. Though no pricing has been given for Europe, Nintendo of America has confirmed that the figurines will be $12.99 each in the region, and are available to pre-order from major retailers. The press releases state that more figures will come in future, of course, though there may be lingering disappointment that Nintendo hasn’t been able to boost the initial line-up shown at E3 for launch.

 

Xenoblade Chronicles Announced For New Nintendo 3DS 

During the stream, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that a remake of Xenoblade Chronicles is currently in the works and will be released for the New Nintendo 3DS models. The remake is something they’ve previously wanted to do for the Nintendo 3DS, but were not able to due to its lack of CPU power, but now that it’s getting a boost with the newer version, it has been made possible. Satoru Iwata also mentioned that several other titles are in development exclusively for the New Nintendo 3DS. These will not be playable on the old 3DS models.

 

Nintendo Shows Off 38 “Kisekae Plate” Changeable Covers For New 3DS

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Today’s announcement of New Nintendo 3DS models brought us plenty of interesting details, including the fact that the smaller model will have the unique feature of easy-to-use interchangeable faceplate covers — branded as “Kisekae Plates” in Japan — that slide across the top and bottom sections. As this smaller, less expensive model is likely to be targeting children, especially, this seems like a clever move to tap into that collectible urge while offering plenty of affordable options. Nintendo Japan is showing off 38 different designs that will be available, with prices ranging from 1000 Yen — the majority are 1500 Yen — up to one option at 3000 Yen. That’s a price range of around $9.60 / £5.80 to $28.80 / £17.40.

 

​Nintendo Announced a New 3DS and 3DS XL

It’s called the New Nintendo 3DS. It’s faster with bigger screens and better battery life. It also has a new analog pad called the “C-stick.” The New Nintendo 3DS comes in White and Black. There is also a New Nintendo 3DS XL that comes in Metallic Blue and Metallic Black. Note that in Japan, the 3DS XL is called the “3DS LL.”

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The New 3DS also has colorful, revamped face buttons. The new C-stick will be used in Dragon Quest X: OnlineFinal Fantasy Explorers, and Monster Hunter 4G to control the in-game camera function, and in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS to unleash Smash Attacks. 

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The game card slot, however, has been moved to the front left side. You can also see the power button and where the touch pen is housed.

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The New Nintendo 3DS has a new function, which is a cool and welcome change the screen can automatically adjust brightness depending on the lighting. Using this function isn’t only easy, but it means better battery life. The New Nintendo 3DS also has an improved 3D function. With the original 3DS, if you viewed the 3D effect from the side and didn’t stay in the “sweet spot,” the 3DS became all blurred. However, the New 3DS has improved 3D, enabling players to continue to see the 3D effect even if viewed from an angle. Nintendo figured out how to stabilize the 3D. The New 3DS uses the portable’s camera and gyro sensors to track the player’s face. And the New 3DS can then make adjustments, ensuring the 3D effect isn’t blurred. 

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The New Nintendo 3DS is also equipped with a NFC reader/writer in its bottom screen, which means players can put Amiibo toys directly on the portable to have the New 3DS read them. For those who need extra storage, the New 3DS will use a Micro SD card. The New 3DS also has a more powerful CPU, which means players can download games and content quicker. This means that better-looking games can be developed for the New 3DS, but also that there will be New 3DS-exclusive titles, such as the already announced  Xenoblade Chronicles.

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The New Nintendo 3DS is priced at 16,000 yen ($154) and the New Nintendo 3DS XL is priced at 18,800 yen ($181). Both will be out October 11 in Japan. 

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The New 3DS is faster and bigger with improved hardware and a better battery life. While the New 3DS is slightly heavier, the New 3DS XL is actually lighter. The battery life for the New Nintendo 3DS is from 3.5 to 6 hours, while the battery life for the New Nintendo 3DS XL is from 3.5 to 7 hours.

 

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate-New 3DS XL bundle

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate-New 3DS XL bundle will be going on sale in Japan on October 11. It will cost 25,600 yen, or roughly $245, and it includes the game, and a 3DS XL unit with a nice silver finish from Nintendo’s upgraded 3DS line.

 

New 3DS ‘Filters’ The Internet In Japan

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In what seems to be a new form of parental control, New 3DS consoles will come with a pre-installed filter which limits what websites can be visited using the built in web browser. The filter can be turned off for a fee of 30 yen ($0.29), which is deducted immediately upon registering a valid credit card. According to Nintendo, the filter will be used to “prevent children from looking at harmful websites” on the New 3DS, and the fee (and credit card registration) is required so that children cannot disable the filter without their parents’ consent.

 

Ultimate NES Remix Coming To 3DS This November

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It has been revealed today that the Wii U eShop series NES Remix is making the leap to the 3DS in the form of Ultimate NES Remix. The game which will be released on the 3DS eShop and in stores will boast quick-fire challenges from 16 8-bit classics. It will also have online leaderboards and a Championship Mode. The game will launch in North America on November 5th, with the European release coming two days later. Both eShop and physical releases planned.

Azure Striker Gunvolt Review

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When this game was revealed during BitSummit earlier this year, I felt a surge of hype running through my body. Coming from Inti Creates, the company that developed Mega Man Zero & ZX series for GBA and DS system, the game has a slight resemblance to those series but at the same time branding its own uniqueness to distinguish itself from all the previous Mega Man series.

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For the record, this game is really a score and time attack based game. Not to say that it’s the most important aspect, but those are the stuff that makes the game look boring. You can just play through the stages slowly, but to be honest playing that way will bore you, at a fast rate. Tagging multiple enemies and then zapping them with Gunvolt’s septimal power (which is his lightning) will rack you with bonus points which will improve the score/kudos generation. The challenge in this game lies on how you can zap through most of the enemies at high pace while avoiding those attacks from the enemies. I just can’t express how crowded the screen can be with the enemies in the small screen plus your lightning sphere generated around you just like the screenshot below. Good luck in avoiding any projectiles.

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The only worth of having better ranks are just the chance of picking more materials which can be used for making equipments post-stage. Crafted equipments give Gunvolt extra capabilities (when it’s equipped of course). Certain equipment reduce damages, improve Gunvolt’s attack and some of it may enable Gunvolt to perform Multi-jump or Air Dashes. Other than that, the ranks are just for bragging rights. Yeah, who doesn’t want to have all the stages in this game at S+ rank, (The ranks are from C to S+) and then showing off the screen cap over Miiverse. Expect lots of ‘Yeah’ from other users on your screenshots if you manage to get that rank on any stages.

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Gunvolt is also capable of manifesting several special skills (which is gained by leveling him up) ranging from offensive (such as Astrasphere) to defensive skills that can either heals or restore Gunvolt’s EP energy. Those skills have a cost to be used and have a cool down time before the same skill can be used again. So you can’t just spam healing skills again & again. But don’t worry, this game doesn’t have limited lives. In other word, you’ll be back by the checkpoint every time you die. If you’re lucky, there’ll be some help from Lumen but this will pull down the stage rank to C. By the way, you can actually avoid from activating any checkpoints in the game. Activating the checkpoint means you’ll be converting your Kudos points into scores. So there’s a risk vs reward in it for those who wants to rack up more Kudos as the higher the current Kudos value, the higher the multiplier that came with it.

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In my opinion, the develovers did a good job in designing Azure Striker Gunvolt’s stages. It is a good homage to Zero/ZX stage designs added with its own unique feel. Remove Gunvolt sprite from the screenshot and edit it with Zero/Vent/Aile sprite and you think that’s a legit Zero/ZX screenshot. While most of the stages are linear, there are hidden path in some of the stages. Take your time & explore them even if it will cost your stage rank. It’s a bit sad that 3D effects are a bit subtle and hard to be seen. But hey, it’s good for your eyes isn’t it?

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I won’t say much about the story but keep in mind that Gunvolt is originally considered a terrorist before he stopped working directly with his group, but even after that he is still in touch with most of them, and takes contract missions from his former group. The story is quite short with most of the characters in the game, and it doesn’t have much backstory. Plus the removal of Japanese voice acting for the story, makes it less enjoyable although I can see why they remove it. On the bright side, the localization was done by 8-4. The translation of the story and texts are top notch in my opinion. Kudos to them for working on it, and even manage to release it in North America in just less than 2 weeks after the Japanese version release.

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Luckily, the removal of voice acting doesn’t mean the eight Lumen songs were removed, it is still there. Racking up Kudos will play one of the songs randomly as long as the Kudos is maintained. The music in this game is quite nice too, considering the one that is handling the soundtrack is Ippo Yamada, the same composer that handles Zero/ZX series. It’s kinda sad that so far there’s no official word whether they’ll release the OST, either in physical or digital form.

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