Apr 27

Dementium: The Ward Was Originally Pitched As A Silent Hill Game for the DS

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In the wake of the official cancellation of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s Silent Hills, Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham shared with his Twitter followers that he originally pitched Dementium: The Ward to Konami in hopes of turning it into a Silent Hill game for the DS.

Speaking with IGN, Watsham revealed that Renegade Kid actually approached Konami twice about making a portable Silent Hill – once in 2007 and again a few years later.

During the first pitch, Konami reportedly didn’t take much time to consider the prospect, only meeting with them for a few minutes before a representative told them they  “wouldn’t let a team like [Renegade Kid] handle the Silent Hill license.”

Things did go a little better the second time they talked with Konami. They even had Dementium II running in third-person as a sort of proof of concept that a Silent Hill-type game could be done on their engine. Unfortunately, their representatives refused again, this time saying that they “simply didn’t want to venture into the DS space with a horror title at that time.”

It’s disappointing to hear about what could have been, but on the bright side, Renegade Kid did manage to turn the Dementium games in to a franchise. A remake of the first Dementium is coming the 3DS eShop later this year.

Source: @JoolsWatsham, IGN

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Apr 27

Pokémon Shuffle Adds Celebi Special Event in Celebration of 3.5 Million Downloads

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More than 3.5 million people have downloaded Pokémon Shuffle off the 3DS eShop. To commemorate the achievement, Nintendo has launched the “Celebi Special Stage” event, which will run from April 27 to May 18. This will be players’ only chance to capture the legendary pokémon, as it is unattainable through normal game play.

When added to your party, Celebi’s skill Stabilize will randomly remove one enemy disruption from your play area.

Source: Pokemon Shuffle Official Site

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Apr 27

Gengar Joins Pokkén Tournament

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The Shadow Pokémon Gengar will be a playable character in Bandai Namco’s upcoming arcade fighter Pokkén Tournament.

The character was announced this past weekend during a special stream for the game on Niconico. You can see a small sample of Gengar’s moveset in its reveal trailer, along with confirmation that it will be able to Mega Evolve into Mega Gengar.

With the addition of Gengar, Pokkén Tournament‘s playable roster is now up to seven. The game is due out in Japanese arcades sometime this summer.

Source: Niconico [via NeoGAF]

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Apr 26

This Week in Games: “Looking Ahead” Edition

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There’s nothing coming to retail as April comes to a close. However, May looks pretty promising with Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker, Puzzle & Dragons, Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX and Splatoon all coming out.

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Apr 25

Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby Updates Required for Online Features

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Update 1.5 for Pokémon X and Y and 1.4 for Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby went up recently and, while optional, are required if you plan to use the following online features:

  • Connecting to the Internet using the Player Search System
  • Using Wonder Trade
  • Using Game Sync
  • Connecting to the Global Trade Station
  • Redeeming a Mystery Gift

The notes for both updates don’t mention any specific changes, only that “Adjustments have been made to make for a more fun gaming experience.”

You should receive a prompt to update you game the next time you start it up, but you can also search for the latest update manually in the 3DS eShop.

Source: Nintendo Support, 2

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Apr 24

Xenoblade Chronicles X Still Coming in 2015

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Members of the Nintendo Treehouse confirmed during today’s presentation of Xenoblade Chronicles X that the game is on track to come out in North America before the end of the year.

The game is set to come out next week in Japan, but there is still a lot of work to be done for the English localization. It was revealed during the showcase that there are many planned changes to in-game menu items and terms. One of the more prominent changes is that mechs are now “Skells” instead of “Dolls.”

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Apr 24

Nintendo UK Marketing Head Talks About Meeting Demand for amiibo

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Nintendo U.K. head of marketing James Honeywell admits that the company… underestimated the demand for amiibo, especially from collectors, but he is doing what he can to make sure people will be able to find the figures in stores.

“We hope to do a better job of satisfying these needs in the future with more stock,”Honeywell told MCV,” and, while there are always going to be some times when we can’t on certain characters, I suspect that is also part of the appeal.

“What we hadn’t anticipated was the number of collectors wanting to get them all – this has seen demand exceed supply in some areas. Although, if you search around, you can still find some of the more hard-to-find Amiibo sitting on shelves.”

While discussing sales, Honeywell talking about the older demographic that currently comprises the majority of amiibo purchases.

From what we’ve seen the core audience for Amiibo at the moment are our older fanbase who have the love and disposable income to get in first, but increasingly with the launch of new Amiibo compatible titles like Mario Party 10 with the Super Mario Classic range and upcoming titles like Splatoon, we are now starting to see younger fans buying into the unique gaming experiences on offer. We hope this will continue to grow throughout the year and will culminate at peak with lots of kids asking for their own Amiibo. They really are the perfect stocking-fillers.”

Source: MCV

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Apr 24

Nintendo Releases Mewtwo Bug Fix for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS

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Last week, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS players reported an “irregular save data” bug that occurred after using Mewtwo in several single-player modes and prevented them from playing online, but the latest update for the game reportedly fixes this problem.

Nintendo has only officially announced the version 1.0.7 update for Japan, but it appears to already be available for everyone. You should see a prompt to download it the next time you turn on the game.

Source: Nintendo.co.jp [Google Translate]

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Apr 23

eShop Thursday: “Finding Out The B Button Does Something” Edition

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Mario Kart 8‘s free 200cc update is out today along with the game’s second paid DLC pack, which features content from Animal Crossing.

If that weren’t enough Mario Kart for you, Mario Kart DS is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console this week.

Capcom is planning to bring more classic Mega Man games to the Virtual Console and they want you to decide which one you want to see released first next month.

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Apr 22

Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven Release Confirmed for June 2 in North America

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XSEED Games announced that Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven, the new 3DS RPG from Yoshifumi Hashimoto, the producer of Story of Seasons and the Rune Factory series, will launch on June 2 in North America for $39.99.

As is almost standard with the publisher, first print copies of the game will come with a 28-track bonus soundtrack CD, featuring almost every song in the game. Unfortunately, the one major omission is the game’s main theme, which couldn’t be included on the album due to song rights issues. The song will, however, still be in the game itself.

Source: Email

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