Jul 22

SDCC 2016 Impressions: Style Savvy: Fashion Forward

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Style Savvy Fashion Forward SDCC 2016

As much as people like to make fun of the Style Savvy series for essentially being the video game version of dress-up, they are really well made versions of dress-up. The previous game, Style Savvy: Trendsetters, sucked up hours of my life in pursuit of leaving my mark on the fashion world.

In Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, gameplay is pretty much unchanged from the previous game. You basically listen to a customer’s request then pick out clothes, hairstyles or makeup accordingly. You can sort clothing by specific styles or brands, making it incredibly easy to put together an outfit that matches your customer’s tastes.

The real appeal of the game comes from trying to make an outfit that looks good. There is no real bonus or benefit to doing so. You could randomly pick whatever pieces of clothing, as long as it fulfills a customer’s requirements, and just take their money. Personal pride is really the driving force behind wanting to craft the perfect outfit that matches the look and personality of your customer.

Another part of what makes the Style Savvy games so fun are the characters you meet. The people you get to dress up aren’t just generic dolls propped up for you to throw clothes at. They have a fair amount of personality to them. In the demo, you meet a young girl who adores Callie, a local celebrity. As you go with her around town, she makes several requests – which also serve as introductions to the different things you can do in the game – to help her change her image and look a little more like Callie. It’s little quirks like these that go a long way in making the game’s world feel lively.

North America is the last of the major markets to get Style Savvy: Fashion Forward. It comes out on August 19, but a demo is scheduled to arrive in the 3DS eShop on August 4.

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Jul 21

SDCC 2016 Impressions: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice

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Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice drops veteran defense attorney Phoenix Wright into a new land filled with a different set of laws and a strong dislike of lawyers.

The justice system in Khura’in is closely tied to the country’s spirituality. Courts consult a “Pool of Souls,” a shallow basin set into the floor of the courtroom, where spirit mediums can channel and present a victim’s last moments. Based on what they see, judges will hand down their verdict with no chance of defense from the defendant.

The demo quickly starts with Phoenix in court watching tour guide and new friend Ahlbi Ur’gaid about to be ruled guilty for the murder of security guard Paht Rohl. Phoenix, being Phoenix, disregards the country’s beliefs and hatred of lawyers and steps up to defend Ahlbi, despite his protests.

After explaining how the country feels about defense attorneys, the judge allows Phoenix to cross examine Ahlbi to try and cast doubt on the court’s original decision. From here, the game goes right into traditional Ace Attorney stuff. Phoenix gets to press Ahlbi, find inconsistencies in his words and present evidence to help prove his client’s worth.

The game does mix things up a little by introducing Insight portions of testimony. These segments play out similarly to regular cross-examination sections, but they are accompanied by the visions from the Pool of Souls.

During these portions of the game, Phoenix is able to scan and pause the vision to single out inconsistencies with what the victim saw, felt or heard, then use that to blow open contradictions in someone’s testimony.

It’s not exactly a big addition to the game. It doesn’t detract from the experience, but it also doesn’t feel like a mechanic that would be implemented in future Ace Attorney games.

After teaching players how to go through Insight segments and tension in the courtroom building up, the demo abruptly ends, with Phoenix proclaiming he’ll prove Ahlbi’s innocence in the full game.

Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice will launch in the 3DS eShop this September in Europe and North America.

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Jul 21

eShop Thursday: “There’s a Demo for Blast Ball Right Now” Edition

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Metroid Prime Blast Ball

Oof. It’s pretty rough for a game when it gets left out of Nintendo’s eShop press releases, but that’s what happened with the Metroid Prime: Blast Ball demo. You can get it now for a limited time. There are special servers up so you can make use of the demo’s online play, but once these go down, the only way to play online will be in Metroid Prime: Federation Force.

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Jul 20

Monster Hunter Generations Gets Monthly DLC Updates

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Monster Hunter Generations Mario Luigi Palico

Just like with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Capcom will continue to support Monster Hunter Generations with free monthly content updates.

New DLC packs will come out on the first Friday of every month through the early part of 2017.

The first pack, which went live when the game launched last week, is a sampler of what players can expect to get in the coming months.

Quest: Mario: The White Donkey Kong?
Objective: (Prowler) Slay 20 Blangos
Rewards: (Palico) F Mario Set; (Palico) F Luigi Set

Quest: The King of Lynians!
Objective: (Prowler) Defeat a total of 20 Felynes and Melynxes
Rewards: (Palico) F Happy Set

Quest: Flames of Savagery at USJ
Objective: Hunt a Glavenus
Rewards: (Palico) F Meowstar Set; (Hunter Armor) Promising/Lucid Sets

Quest: Fan Club: Remobra Removal
Objective: Slay 12 Remobras
Rewards: (Head Armor) Shadow Shades; (Torso Armor) Rider Jacket; (Leg Armor) Black Leather

Quest: Initiate: Operation Moofah
Objective: (Prowler) Deliver 20 pieces of Moofah Fur
Rewards: (Palico) F Catboard Set

Challenge Arena Quests:

Event: Slay a Gore Magala
Event: Slay a Zinogre
(Prowler) Event: Slay a Royal Ludroth
(Prowler) Event: Slay a Volvidon

Extras

20x Guild Card Titles
1x Guild Card Pose
5x Guild Card Background
1x Pet Outfit

Palicoes

Happy
Nyanbo
Univer
Mario

Item Pack

99x Honey
50x Mega Potion
20x Mega Dash Juice
50x Well-done Steak
20x Lifepowder
30x Hot Drink
30x Cool Drink
10x Shock Trap
10x Pitfall Trap
30x Tranq Bomb

The next pack is scheduled to drop on August 5.

Source: Capcom-Unity

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Jul 20

Future Animal Crossing: New Leaf Update to Add amiibo Support

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A new update to Animal Crossing: New Leaf will let you tap in Animal Crossing amiibo cards to have specific villagers visit your town and possibly move in.

The game’s amiibo page also indicates support for figures, but it doesn’t specify what those will unlock. Additionally, it appears that there will be ways to unlock content based on other Nintendo properties, like Splatoon.

Source: @animalcrossing

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Jul 20

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Sells 50,000 Units in June in the U.S.

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While critical reception for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE has been generally positive, it does not appear to have translated into sales as the Wii U RPG sold approximately 50,000 units in June in the U.S., analyst ZhugeEX reports.

The number doesn’t reflect digital sales, which should give it a little boost, but nothing significant.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE launched in the U.S. on June 24.

Source: @ZhugeEX

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Jul 19

Ubisoft CEO Believes the NX Can Recapture the Casual Market

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Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot commented briefly on Nintendo’s upcoming console, code named “NX,” during a recent financial conference call, playing up the system’s potential to capitalize on the casual market.

“On the NX, what we have seen is really great, so we think having a new machine coming is going to help the industry to continue to grow and to take lots more casual players back in the industry.”

Nintendo is still being very secretive about what the NX will be capable of, but they have confirmed it will launch in 2017. Details on the system are expected to be revealed sometime before then.

Source: Dual Shockers [via My Nintendo News]

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Jul 19

Nintendo Urging Zelda Producer to Create a New IP In Addition to Running the Zelda Series

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Eiji Aonuma WWHD

In addition to serving as producer on the Legend of Zelda games, Nintendo wants Eiji Aonuma to craft a new IP for the company, Aonuma told EDGE magazine.

While he couldn’t go into details, he did provide one little hint as to what we could possibly see from a new Aonuma IP,

“Actually, Nintendo has been telling me to create a new IP,” Aonuma said. “But then, they’re also telling me to make more Zelda games. I can’t really share much; I’m not sure I’m allowed to say anything. But I really like the idea of a game where I can live as a thief. That’s all I’ll say.”

Aonuma is currently working on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the latest installment in the long-running franchise, which is scheduled to launch for the Wii U and NX next year.

Source: Gamespresso [via Nintendo Everything]

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Jul 19

New Pokémon and Hyper Training Announced for Pokémon Sun and Moon

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In the latest trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon, not only do we get our first look at Mimikyu and Bewear (Kiteruguma in the Japanese release) in English, we also get a preview of four more pokémon set to make their debuts.

  • Wimpod
    • Turn Tail Pokémon
    • Type: Bug/Water
    • Ability: Wimp Out
      • If this Pokémon’s HP drops below half in battle, it will run away or swap out for another Pokémon
  • Bounsweet
  • Comfey
    • Posy Picker Pokémon
    • Type: Fairy
    • Ability: Flower Veil/Triage
      • Triage gives this Pokémon’s restorative moves gain the highest priority in battle
  • Mudsdale
    • Draft Horse Pokémon
    • Type: Ground
    • Ability: Own Tempo/Stamina
      • Stamina increases this Pokémon’s Defense by 1 when it’s hit by an attack

The new pair of games will also introduce Hyper Training, a new method of strengthening your pokémon that appears to involve increasing their Individual Values.

Changes are also coming to the Pokémon Global Link, including giving players the ability to organize their own online competitions.

Pokémon Sun and Moon are set to launch on November 18 for most of the world and on November 23 in Europe.

Source: Pokémon Sun and Moon official site

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Jul 18

Pokémon GO Pushes Nintendo to Break Single Day Stock Trading Record in Japan

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Pokemon GO Logo

Thanks to Pokémon GO and the resurgence of the Pokémon phenomenon, Nintendo became the most traded Japanese stock in any one day since 2000, trading approximately 476 billion yen (≈ $4.5 billion) worth of shares last Friday.

Bloomberg reports that the total value of Nintendo’s outstanding shares are currently sitting at $37.3 billion, doubling their worth since last March when the company reported a value of more than $17 billion.

Pokémon GO only began rolling out in various countries a couple of weeks ago, but it has already exploded in terms of popularity and it is clearly translating into positive financial results for Nintendo.

Source: Bloomberg [via Gamasutra]

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