Oct 9

Hyrule Warriors Legends’ Skull Kid Story Mode is Presented Storybook-Style

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Hyrule Warriors Legends Skull Kid Story

Not only will Skull Kid from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask be a playable character in Hyrule Warriors Legends for the 3DS, he will also get a story campaign, according to the latest details released by Koei Tecmo. Even better is the fact that Skull Kid’s story will be told using storybook-style visuals, like the one seen above.

Other tidbits revealed by the developers:

  • If you buy Hyrule Warriors Legends, you will be able to use Skull Kid in Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U.
  • By positioning allied characters around large bosses (using the new “Player Change” and “Ocarina Warp” mechanics), you can trigger “Smash Burst Power” effects, like magic meter regeneration.
  • The number of allies gathered will affect which “Smash Burst Power” effects trigger.
  • The Earth Temple, Wind Temple and the Forest Spirit Makar will all appear in the new Wind Waker stage.

Source: Gematsu

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Oct 8

eShop Thursday: “Blast (Processing) from the Past” Edition

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Ah, cheesy 90s marketing buzzwords, one of the best things to come out of the 16-bit (another generally useless marketing gimmick) console war. The poster child for “Blast processing,” Sonic the Hedgehog 2, speeds onto the 3DS under SEGA’s 3D Classics banner.

Today is also the start of the “Friends of Runbow sale.” If you buy Runbow on the Wii U, you can save 30 percent on a selection of 3DS and Wii U indie titles.

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Oct 7

Miiverse Gets Another Redesign

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Miiverse Update 10-7-2015

Nintendo rolled out a new layout for Miiverse today, building and improving upon the major revision made last July.

Play Journals, where users can post about what they are playing at that moment, are now front and center on the new home page. The most popular posts get to be prominently featured in the auto-scrolling feed.

Communities, drawings and discussions also take up more front page real estate now, with more emphasis placed on what’s currently trending.

Source: Press Release

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Oct 6

Skull Kid Will Be Playable in Hyrule Warriors Legends [Update: Correction on Phantom Ganon]

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Skull Kid Majora's Mask 3D

[Correction: Originally reported that Phantom Ganon’s appearance was based on The Ocarina of Time, but it is actually The Wind Waker.]

Skull Kid, the primary antagonist from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, will be a playable character in the upcoming 3DS release of Hyrule Warriors Legends.

His fighting style involves using an ocarina and a fairy, according to the latest issue of Famitsu. Also announced in the magazine, the The Wind Waker iteration of Phantom Ganon will make an appearance as a boss.

Source: Blog.esuteru.com [via Gematsu]

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Oct 5

Shin Megami Tensei IV Final Heading to 3DS on February 10, 2016

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SMT IV Final

A semi-sequel to Shin Megami Tensei IV is coming to the 3DS early next year in Japan, Famitsu revealed.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Final is set in the same universe as the original SMT IV, but the content will be brand new, as opposed to minor tweaks on the first game.

Many of SMT IV‘s staff is returning to work on Final. However, Satoshi Oyama, who served as Chief Programmer on the previous game, will be directing this project.

A 10-page spread will be in the Weekly Famitsu issue coming out on October 8. There will be overviews of the game and cast, along with interviews with the developers.

Atlus will also host a live stream at 7:00 p.m. JST on October 11, where they will reveal more on the game.

Source: Famitsu [via NeoGAF]

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Oct 4

This Week in Games: “Don’t Stick the Chibi-Robo amiibo In An Electrical Socket” Edition

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Chibi-Robo amiibo

It really should go without saying, but it’s not like it’ll even fit, anyway.

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash is the only game coming out this week.

The amiibo bundle version also heads to stores the same day. Surprisingly, it’s still available for pre-order on Amazon.

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Oct 3

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes’ Online Play is Region Restricted

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Pocket Gamer’s early hands-on with The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes revealed that online play in the multiplayer co-op Zelda will be restricted to players from the same region.

No official reason has been given for the decision to lock out players from other regions, but presumably, the restriction is there to reduce the likelihood of unstable connections and high latency. Those of you who have played Splatoon with players from Japan will know how bad lag can get in those matches.

If you don’t want to play with other people, the game does offer “doppels,” paper dolls you can take control off that will fill in the roles of other players. There is also local co-op and it even supports download play, so only one person needs a copy of the game.

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes comes out later this month on October 23.

Source: Pocket Gamer

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Oct 2

October’s Free Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate DLC is Out Today

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The penultimate free DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is now available to download. Capcom also put out a video detailing all the new content, which includes the following:

  • 12 new quests
    • Includes 2 Arena challenges
  • 5 new weapons
    • Fan Club Bamboo Rod Long Sword
    • Ms. M.H. Puppet Sword & Shield
    • Teddybear Hammer
    • Frilly Pink Parasol Light Bowgun
    • Commemoration Sword Greatsword
  • 1 new complete armor set
    • GX Hunter Armor
  • 4 new Unique armor pieces
    • Fan Club Tracksuit
    • Chaoshroom
    • Acorn Helm
    • Palico Bro
  • 1 new Palico equipment set
    • Melodic set
  • 1 Bonus Palico
    • Oliver
  • 1 Guild Card background
  • 8 Guild Card titles

All the items can be redeemed in the game’s DLC menu. The final set of DLC will be released on November 6.

Source: Capcom-Unity

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Oct 1

eShop Thursday: “BARF!” Edition

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River City Ransom Barf

The 2001 Daft Punk/River City Ransom music video was originally going to go in this post to go along with the game’s Wii U Virtual Console release, but all the YouTube mirrors have been taken down. So, instead, we’ll have to make do with River City’s most popular phrase.

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Sep 30

New DLC Stages Added for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

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A new update went out for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, introducing a new set of paid DLC and adding the Duck Hunt stage to the 3DS version of the game for free.

Headlining the latest DLC pack is the Super Mario Maker stage. Its main gimmick is that the stage layout is randomized each time you play on it. You can buy it separately for the Wii U or 3DS for $2.49 each or you can get them packaged together for $3.49.

After originally appearing in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Wind Waker-themed Pirate Ship stage makes its return. The stage is only available for the Wii U version for $1.99.

Rounding things out is a new wave of Mii Fighter costumes and accessories:

  • Toad Hat
  • Viridi Wig
  • Hunter’s Helm
  • Rathalos Helm
  • Fox Hat
  • Captain Falcon Helmet
  • Business Suit (All)
  • Toad Outfit (Brawler)
  • Viridi Outfit (Swordfighter)
  • Hunter’s Mail (Swordfighter)
  • Rathalos Mail (Swordfighter)
  • Fox Outfit (Gunner)
  • Captain Falcon’s Outfit (Brawler)

Outfits are $0.75 each for either the Wii U or 3DS versions and $1.15 each for both versions. A Mii Fighter costume bundle is also available for $5.25 per version or $8.05 for both.

There is also a bundle containing all of the new DLC. The Wii U version costs $9.73, while the 3DS version is priced at $7.74. The Wii U and 3DS combo pack goes for $13.53.

Source: @NintendoAmerica, SmashBros.com

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