A 40 out of 40 from Famitsu is not an easy task. With its four-person review panel, the Japanese publication doesn’t come across many games that garner four 10s. In fact, there have only been 15 perfect scores in the magazine’s 25 year history. Well, make that 16.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword became the latest game to receive a 40 out of 40 from Famitsu, making it the third game in the series to earn a perfect score from the publication (the last one being The Wind Waker).
Plenty of extremely positive reviews (and a 7.5) have been coming in, but we’ll have to wait until Sunday before we can find out if Skyward Sword actually lives up to the hype.
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The folks at Marvelous are looking to add more to the Rune Factory formula for the series’ 3DS debut and the latest issue of Famitsu has a breakdown of some of the new things you can expect to see in Rune Factory 4.
The biggest change you’ll notice will be in the way courtship works. Instead of jumping from being friends to being married, Rune Factory 4 introduces a sort of dating period where you can be more a bit more intimate with someone, but not fully committed. During this period, you can still flirt with other potential partners.
Rune Factory 4 takes a cue from the Wii and PS3’s Tides of Destiny and lets you play as either a guy Lest or a girl Frey. No matter your decision, both characters will start the game with no recollection of their past (a seemingly reoccurring trope in the Rune Factory universe).
Since you can now play as a male or female, it means that there will be both male and female suitors as well. So far only two possible lovers have been revealed: Margarete, a elf girl who plays music at the dining hall and Vishnal, a guy training to be a butler.
The farming and dungeon-crawling elements made the Rune Factory series so addicting will, once again, return for Rune Factory 4.
Development on the game is about halfway done and it should be out in Japan sometime later this year.
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Masahiro Sakurai has decided that his company, Project Sora, will dedicate all their efforts to completing Kid Icarus: Uprising before moving on to work on the 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros.
Sakurai made this announcement a while back in his interview with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, but he restated it in his regular column in the Japanese publication Famitsu and elaborated on the current development situation:
“We’ve got two new games out in the open when there’s no extra time to work with them at all. It makes me cringe, and I’m not sure it’s the smartest thing to make gamers wait for several years, but the early announcement was made chiefly in order to attract new team members.”
I think it’s safe to say that we can expect Super Smash Bros. to miss the Wii U launch window and I wouldn’t hold my breath on seeing the 3DS version in 2012.
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In a huge feature in the latest issue of Famitsu, head of the 3DS hardware team Hideki Konno revealed that the 3DS main feature, 3D gaming, wasn’t a part of the original plans for the DS’ successor.
Famitsu asked Konno what he kept in mind when creating the followup to the system that serves as Nintendo’s representative platform, the DS. The initial target that was in place for creating the DS successor was to make a new system that was backwards compatible. This meant that certain design choices had to be kept in place — things like having two screens and the bottom screen being a touch panel. Because of this, Konno placed his focus on features that were added later, including 3D.
It wasn’t until after Konno joined the hardware team back in 2008 that Nintendo tried revisiting 3D effects (They had experimented before with the Game Boy Advance SP and GameCube). As part of some early tests, the hardware development team tried out some 3D displays with the Wii. Needless to say, they liked what they saw.
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It looks like Famitsu still loves their virtual puppies. The popular Japanese publication has released reviews for a bunch of the 3DS games launching this week over there, nintendogs + cats being one of them.
nintendogs + cats – 10/9/9/10 = 38/40
Super Monkey Ball 3D – 9/8/8/7 = 32/40
Ridge Racer 3D – 8/8/7/9 = 32/40
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles – 9/9/8/8 = 34/40
Super Street Fighter IV 3D – 9/8/8/9 = 34/40
PES 2011 3D – 8/8/8/8 = 32/40
Professor Layton and the Mask or Miracle – 8/8/8/8 = 34/40
EDIT: Dead or Alive: Dimensions will not be out in time for the Japanese 3DS launch.
From the same issue of Famitsu that revealed Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Over Clock, we have new info regarding the 3DS version of Tecmo’s Dead or Alive fighting series.
According to the popular publication, Dead or Alive: Dimensions will have a “Chronicles Mode” – a sort of story-based training mode where players are taught moves while being filled in on the Dead or Alive mythos. The developers say that lesser-known elements from the series’ story will be fleshed out in this mode.
The move list in Dimensions will be able to do more than tell you what commands to input. By tapping a move on the list, characters will automatically perform it. The Dead or Alive games don’t exactly have the most complicated inputs, but I’m sure there are people who will find this feature useful.
Dead or Alive: Dimensions will be out in time for the 3DS’ launch EDIT: in North America.
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One of the games Atlus announced for the 3DS way back when it was first revealed to the public is actually a upgraded port of a current DS game. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Over Clock is, for the most part, the same as its DS counterpart – a game which is, admittedly, still sitting unfinished in my game case (screw the Last Day boss battle).
However, scans out of Famitsu reveal that Over Clock will sport some slightly improved visuals (note the crisper-looking character portraits and less blurry sprites):
Also coming from Famitsu is info that the game will feature full voice acting with over 20,000 voice samples. Some of the talent on board for the game are Atsushi Abe, Ayako Kawasumi, and Mamiko Noto.
It’s worth noting that, judging from the resolution of the images floating around, it looks like Over Clock will keep all the stat menus on the top screen, relegating all the action to the non-3D capable bottom screen.
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It was revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu that Resident Evil Revelations, Capcom’s attempt at survival-horror on the 3DS, will bridge the story between Resident Evil 4 and 5.
Revelations will star the original Resident Evil duo, Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, and take place on a luxury cruise liner.
Perhaps the biggest news regarding the game is the statement from Revelartions producer Masachika Kawata saying that the game will bring about a return to more puzzle and exploration-based gameplay and an attempt to put the “horror” back in the survival-horror series.No comments
Producer Tetsuya Nomura revealed some new details regarding his latest project, Kingdom Hearts 3D, in an interview with Famitsu.
On the development front, the core mechanics of the game are done and are now being tested to see what works and what doesn’t.
Players will be able to play as Riku and Sora over the course of the game’s story. The two will have different playstyles, highlighting the differences between both characters.
What should be great news to Disney fans, Nomura said that the dev teams goal is to have all of KH3D’s levels be never-before-used Disney worlds. He didn’t say which worlds would make it into the game or if old Disney worlds will return. However, original locales from previous games, like Traverse Town, will return.
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The latest issue of Famitsu has screens and info on a brand new Rune Factory heading to the Wii and PS3. Titled Rune Factory Oceans, the game is the first in the series to be released on a non-Nintendo console.
As the name suggests, Oceans has a large nautical theme. Where in the previous console Rune Factory, Frontier, you explored a giant floating whale-shaped island in the sky, Oceans has you voyaging across the seas on a giant named Ymir.
Many of Rune Factory‘s game mechanics (and Harvest Moon‘s, transitively) will return in Oceans. There are three lovely ladies for you to woo and marry (the lower left corner of the scan): Odette, purple-haired one; Iris, the one with light brown hair and Lili, the blonde-haired one.
Rune Factory Oceans is scheduled to dock in Japan February 24th.No comments