The second 3DS Card Fight game Card Fight!! Vanguard: Lock On Victory!! has been dated for 5 June priced at ¥4,980 and I think the same price on the eShop. Website below. In other news: Hamatora: Look at Smoking World was earlier this week dated for 17 July and Island Days was moved to 26 June.
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To astute readers of this blog they will recall that I have already reviewed Tomodachi Collection (read), even more astute readers will be able to point out that that Tomodachi Collection is the 3DS sequel and this here review is of the DS original. Originally released in 2009 and amassing over a massive 3.2 million in sales yet remarkably not amongst the top twenty selling DS games of all time, Tomodachi Collection is the best selling DS game not localised in the West (although partial translations exist).
One analogy that best summarises my feelings on Tomodachi Collection is one with Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’. Being the only film Hitchcock remade with the 1934 original starring Leslie Banks and Edna Best in the lead face roles with Peter Lorre as the heel and the 1956 colourised remake featuring the celebrated James Stewart and Doris Day as the two stars being essentially the same film but many refinements and alterations in an attempt to make the ‘ultimate’ version.
Which is the greater of the two films largely depends on which you watched first: the initial suspenseful concepts are first introduced alongside Peter Lorre’s excellent villianary in the original yet arguably are only fully devloped and realised in the second version. Only with the hindsight of appreciating these concepts of the original can one truly favour the 1934 black and white version, without and the remake is arguably the better version. Which conveniently brings me back to Tomodachi Collection.
Tomodachi Collection: New Life is more of a remake of the original than a full sequel, yet like Hitchcock’s remake is full of both alterations and refinements most effectively in the easiness of importing Miis and the vast improvements in the graphical field yet the initial concepts (the interaction with the Miis: the feeding, playing with, relationships, the singing etc etc) are first introduced in the original and again the introduction of these concepts cannot truly be appreciated if the player is introduced to them with the 2013 version.
These concepts -whilst appearing monotonous to the uninitiated- are in actual fact hugely addictive. Largely -and erroneously- compared to Nintendo’s other life sim Animal Crossing: Tomodachi Collection doesn’t involve you controlling a playable character as such but more-so yourself (as in the real YOU) holding the stylus and buttons interacting with the Miis on the Tomodachi Island. Starting off with your first Mii creation you then create more Tomodachis (friends) for your Mii to interact with.
As the island grows, the activities too grow with the first being the food store and later fashion emporium, interiors store, stage (whilst the graphics are vastly inferior in this DS version, the music is fully voiced and awesome), dream sequences and so much more. The goals are there are no goals with the game to be played and enjoyed at the player’s pace. Unlike the original Tamagotchi toys, your Miis are self-sufficient and can feed themselves if you’re unable to play for a few days but as the official Q&A states are ‘delighted’ when you are able to do so!
Essentially I played the 3DS ‘New Life’ first and whilst the DS version is improved upon in every way in the sequel, it does introduce the addictive concepts which aren’t expanded upon significantly although I would argue sufficiently. Other advantages that this DS original holds other than being the first of its kind is the easiness to play on any DS or 3DS system unlike the region-locked sequel. With partial translations available online; recommendations are easy to make to anyone where the 3DS version is not an option.
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01. Charisou DX 2 Galaxy
02. SIMPLE DL Vol. 24
03. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
04. Puyo Puyo Mini Version
05. Urban Trial Freestyle
06. Dragon Quest Monsters 2
07. Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear
08. The Legend of Zelda 1
09. Pokémon AR Searcher
11. Soriti Horse
12. The Adventure of Link
13. Gunman Story
14. Super Mario Bros. 3
15. Puzzle & Dragons Z
16. Touch Battle Tank 3D-2
17. SIMPLE DL Vol. 16
18. Chat Chat Everyone
19. Kirby: Triple Deluxe
20. Bird Mania 3D Winter
Or Keiji Inafune brings a 2D game to the 3DS! Coming this Summer, Azure Striker Gunvolt is a day one buy although no definitive date nor price have been confirmed. The first video is at http://youtu.be/9Wm8-DsVqHE
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The 3D remake of the Megadrive shmup Steel Empire is finally coming to the 3DS priced at a hooge ¥2,980 on 19 March. I’m still unsure about whether to bite at that price. Watch the second video at http://youtu.be/F_4iwfo3fiU
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Excellent box art for the latest Pac-Man adventure (it’s actually Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures in the West) Pac World which has been dated for 19 June in Japan on 3DS priced at ¥4,740 at retail and the same price on the eShop.
Nintendo have uploaded both the second video (promoting Super Mario 3D World-oh and Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze) and a website for the amazing Neko Mario Time at http://www.nintendo.co.jp/nekomariotime/index.html
Mechanic Arms are bringing the Satanic strategy game Maison de Maou to the 3DS eShop at some point in 2014. Originally on Xbox 360, the 3DS version will include new features and make use of the second screen. View a gameplay video (non-3DS version) at http://youtu.be/bLx1y9A2so8 and the 3DS site below.
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01./00. Harvest Moon: New World 116.922 / NEW
02./00. Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear 60.216 / NEW
03./01. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 43.258 / 648.950
04./03. Youkai Watch 35.243 / 496.333
05./04. Kirby: Triple Deluxe 15.302 / 504.328
06./06. Puzzle & Dragons Z 11.546 / 1.320.260
07./05. Pokemon X / Y 11.505 / 4.295.345
08./02. Kuroko’s Basketball 8.962 / 52.049
3DS hardware up but still only 35.999 with PS4 second week a lowly 52,697. Great start for Harvest Moon (pictured). Quiet next week with Doraemon, Anpanman and Senran Kaugura best price. Full chart listings at http://www.famitsu.com/biz/ranking/2 notes link >
Awesome next week on the 3DS eShop with the puzzler Pokémon Battle Trozei, the platformer Kuroko Style, the super cute Okariku Fishing 3D and the Famicom game Elevator Action. Looks like an expensive week! Oh, and a Hero Bank demo up right now!
Arc System Works are bringing the cute fishing game Okariku Fishing 3D to the eShop next week for ¥500. There will be three game modes: campaign, free competition and survival. Wii U owners can also pick up a Okiraku Tennis SP!
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This weekend sees the third and final of the trio of weekend Nintendo sales with Paper Mario: Super Seal (Sticker Star) at ¥3,840, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins at ¥280 and Mario Open Golf at ¥350. Wii U owners can also get discounts on Super Mario Kart and World!
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One thing stood out in a recent interview with Justin Broadrick on the eve of the release of the first Godflesh album in 13 years where he said it will contain the spirit of the classic Streetcleaner but not necessarily the sound. Why am I adding this? Because A New World Magi is exactly how I imagine the likes of the Famicom games Dragon Buster and Getsu Fūma Den et al reimagined in 2014: keeping the entire spirit of the original games but without the limitations of pandering to nostalgia.
The direct sequel to last year’s Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic (this game is based on the sequel The Kingdom of Magic) and basically the same engine and controls but managing to be better in every single way with improved graphics, an excellent soundtrack (plus full voice acting in the story scenes), better controls (the first game had a flawed door/chest opening method), a better camera (although still not perfect) and an all round more cohesive, solid and more importantly fun experience.
Classed as an Action RPG and playing like the cave and dungeon environments of the aforementioned Famicom games fully realised in full 3D. Perhaps a more modern example would be of a 3D Zelda but without the puzzles combined with a One Piece: Unlimited World R and Toriko: Ultimate Survival. Magi to the absolutely uninitiated is a manga and later anime series in Japan starring a Harry Potter-esque protagonist (Aladdin) and his companions.
With a team of three players (played individually) and entirely action based with the player fighting a number of excellent animal/monster combinations. You have both HP and MP at your disposal with a number of attack moves, an excellent summon and the ability to link on the bottom screen to enable one of the other members of your team to help you out. You can change player too at anytime (all three have different qualities with the blond Alibaba controlling more Link-like).
A New World Magi continues a run of excellent giant boss battles found in Japanese 3DS games with huge monsters rivalling those found in the latest One Piece and Toriko adventures. The game’s not without several faults: there is a fair bit of repetition which is almost inherent of the genre, the scenery can be samey with it being all too easy (but still kinda fun) to get lost and the camera isn’t perfect (still better than Toriko, and the 3D Zelda lock-on helps in combat).
Despite these few game flaws, and whilst A New World Magi is hardly an essential purchase: it is greatly recommended to all Magi and/or Action RPG fans; the game is mostly playable without knowledge of the Japanese language nor of the cast and characters of the Magi world and not only is it superior to the prequel it doesn’t require one to play the original game in order to enjoy what may well be one of the highlights of 2014.
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● Slightly late update in the third anniversary of the Nintendo 3DS: slow-ish news week with the Nintendo Video service being canceled along with the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection also set to be canceled on both DS and Wii (this will not affect any DSiWare). In-fact more DSiWare is coming to Japan with the new puzzler Zakros as well as localisations for both Mighty Flip Champs and Mighty Milky Way. Other eShop news with Bird Mania 3D Winter and Gargoyle’s Quest II (Famicom) both announced for next week, Kuroko Style for the week after and Steel Empire confirmed for later in March.
● And in site news: new reviews for the excellent Youkai Watch (8/10), the fun but limited Oshare Hamster to Kurasou (5/10) and the superb R-Type (9/10). Later on tonight will see A New World Magi reviewed with Tomodachi Collection (DS version) to follow shortly! I’m hoping next week’s review will be Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear although I haven’t had time to play it much thus far with Kumamon ★ Bomber Puzzle de Kumamon Taisou planned for the week after. The Release Schedule should also be up-to-date. That’s all for now, thanks for following!1 note link >
I probably spent close to as much time as a child in the Bydo Empire as I did in The Mushroom Kingdom, Hyrule and Potos although whilst Bowser, Ganondorf and Thanatos have all been slain multiple times; I never quite defeated the Empire. Hello Save States and welcome to the Virtual Console the classic Irem shoot-em-up: R-Type.
Without the definitive shoot-em-up on the system; the Virtual Console plays host to the likes of Recca, Gradius and Salamander which whilst awesome played on a home console are ‘just’ excellent on a portable screen due to the sprites/bullets being a bit too chotto. Chain Blaster and StreetPass Squad both resolve the sprite size issue and whilst both excellent games are hardly definitive. Again, welcome R-Type.
Originally released on the PC Engine on two game cards (split into four levels apiece as the game was too packed for the tiny card) but stuffed into one card for the TurboGrafx release and just 31 blocks on the 3DS. If the shoot-em-up check list includes excellent power-ups and awesome power-ups then arguably one should add beefy sprites to the list where a portable system is involved.
And the answers are a capslocked YES, lower-case yes and a somewhat. The power-ups of R-Type are second to absolutely none with the detachable Force pod being simply awesome. Boss-wise R-Type is impressive but unfortunately peaks with the level-one Giger-y Dobkeratops (pictured). The sprite size issue is mostly alleviated although the backdrops and franticness of the latter stages are somewhat problematic (not game breakingly so, and the final stage is again clean).
R-Type has indeed aged incredibly well with great graphics, a very good soundtrack and a solid difficulty curve. Great level design too with an emphasis not necessarily in total carnage but more-so in tactical carnage, letting some of the Bydo Empire survive in order to preserve your own survival which is somewhat fitting due to the Darwin-esque origins of the R-Type name.
Again benefitted not only in the Save State function of the Virtual Console but in the added PC Engine screen resizing and button remapping features which make the 3DS version of R-Type objectively the best of the portable versions; superior to when played on the PC Engine GT or indeed the excellent Game Boy’s original version and the GBC’s DX colourised version
Not to say R-Type is perfect as not only several aforementioned faults (the clutter of stages 5-7), the inconsistency of the boss graphics, but also in the highest speed power-up being largely uncontrollable and the frustration of the un-killable four inverted swastika like obstacles that haunt you on what I assume is the final boss (still not beat!) but all fail to prevent R-Type being simply a delight to play and what is now the shoot-em-up to beat on the 3DS.
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