Apr 23

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Coming to North America

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Square Enix officially announced the sequel to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for North America.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call will launch for the 3DS later this year with a MSRP of $39.99. The game features more than doubles the amount of content in the original game with more than 200 songs and more than 60 playable characters.

Source: Square-Enix.com

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Apr 23

Nintendo Shuttering Taiwan Subsidiary

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Nintendo will close down their Taiwanese subsidiary, Nintendo Phuten, by the end of May, according to GNN. The majority of the company’s employees will leave before the end of this month.

Nintendo Phuten mainly handled hardware and software sales in Taiwan, but with the branch’s closure, that responsibility will be passed on to Nintendo Hong Kong.

No reason was given for the subsidiary’s closure.

Source: GNN [via Polygon]

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Apr 23

Mario Golf: World Tour Website Updated With DLC Videos

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Curious to see what’s in the recently-announced DLC packs for Mario Golf: World Tour?

Nintendo updated the game’s website with short videos showcasing the new courses and characters.

Regardless of your feelings towards DLC or Nabbit, you have to admit, his hole-in-one animation is pretty amazing.

Image: NeoGAF

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Apr 22

New Fatal Frame Movie, Novel, Manga and Wii U Game Announced

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It’s been six years since the last Fatal Frame game (two if you count the spin-off Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir), but Tecmo Koei is looking to reinvigorate the Fatal Frame franchise in a big way in Japan.

In addition to a brand new game for the Wii U, the company has a live-action movie in the works directed by Ring of Curse director Mari Asato. It is set to star Aoi Morikawa and Ayami Nakajo. The movie is planned for a fall release.

A Fatal Frame novel is being penned by Multiple Personality Detective Psycho and The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service writer Eiji Otsuka. It will be released in August.

No release date has been given for the Fatal Frame manga, but we know that it will be done by Drops of God writer Shin Kibayashi and published by Kodansha.

Source: Gematsu

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Apr 22

New Ace Attorney Game Revealed in Famitsu

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Ace Attorney series creator Shu Takumi mentioned that a new game in the series was in the works, and now the latest issue of Famitsu has information on the next Ace Attorney game coming to the 3DS. It will take place in the past during Japan’s Meiji period and have a new protagonist. Takumi will be directly involved with the project.

According to @CourtRecords_, the game is called Dai Gyakuten Saiban – Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken (Grand Turnabout Trial – The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke). Presumably, the person shown in the magazine scan is an ancestor of Phoenix Wright.

Source: @lite_agent, @CourtRecords_ [via Tiny Cartridge]

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Apr 22

Mario Golf: World Tour Has Day One DLC and A Season Pass

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Toadette, Nabbit and Rosalina are coming to Mario Golf: World Tour as paid DLC, along with six new courses.

The new content will be broken up into three packs and have a staggered release:

  • The Mushroom Pack – May 2
    • Contains two 18-hole courses and Toadette
  • The Flower Pack – May
    • Contains two 18-hole courses and Nabbit
  • The Star Pack – June
    • Contains two 18-hole courses and Rosalina

Each pack is priced at $5.99, but a Season Pass containing all three packs will be available at launch for $14.99. Season Pass holders will get each new pack as they come out and, as a bonus, they will get an additional character: Gold Mario.

Online Trial Tournaments will be available, giving players a chance to try out the DLC courses for free.

In the press release for the DLC announcement, Nintendo points out that Mario Golf: World Tour contains as many courses as previous games in the series – 10 courses with 126 holes. The DLC packs will add 6 more courses with 108 new holes on top of that.

Mario Golf: World Tour launches on May 2 in North America for $29.99.

Source: Press Release

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Apr 21

Flipnote Studio 3D Still Planned for Release in North America

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Nintendo of America is still working on releasing Flipnote Studio 3D in the eShop, according to a reply from customer service.

The application has been on an indefinite delay since last July/August and Nintendo hasn’t given an official statement explaining why.

Last November, Nintendo shut down Friend Galleries for the Japanese version of Flipnote Studio 3D in reaction to the controversy surrounding Swapnote and minors.

Source: NeoGAF

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Apr 21

Capcom Releases New Trailer for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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The latest trailer for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is filled with more than two-and-a-half minutes of monsters, hunting, and the hunting of monsters (there’s also a little bit of monsters hunting hunters).

The game hits Japan this fall, but it won’t be out in North America until early 2015.

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Apr 21

The Game Boy Turns 25

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On April 21, 1989, the Game Boy launched in Japan.

The product of legendary game designer Gunpei Yokoi, the Game Boy encompassed his philosophy of “Lateral Thinking of Withered Technology.” Yokoi believed in the importance of gameplay over new technologies, that fun experiences could be crafted with older, more abundant and better understood hardware.

It was because of that non-reliance on cutting-edge tech that the Game Boy to win out over the more powerful handhelds of that generation, like the Game Gear, Lynx and TurboExpress.

The Game Boy may no longer be around in name, merely laying dormant until Nintendo decides to dust it off, but its spirit and philosophies continue to live on today in the DS and 3DS.

Happy birthday, Game Boy.

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Apr 20

This Week in Games: “I’d Make A Hobbit Reference, If I Knew About The Hobbit” Edition

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LEGO The Hobbit

Still, all you really need to know is that LEGO The Hobbit is coming out for the Wii U this week.

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