All posts tagged: Nintendo 3DS

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King – Review (3DS)

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King was a historic release when it landed on the PlayStation 2 back in 2006 for many reasons: it was the first Dragon Quest video game under the SquareEnix banner, it was the first time Dragon Quest did not have to use its Western placeholder of Dragon Warrior for legal reasons, it was the first Dragon Quest in full 3D, and it was the first Dragon Quest title to feature a full English dub and an excellent one at that too. Dragon Quest VIII did for its franchise what Final Fantasy X did for its own: upping the production values and realising the fantasy setting to its full potential. For many including myself, it was our first foray into the brilliant fantastical world of Dragon Quest, and it honestly felt like the first true encounter with the Japanese Role Playing genre. Over a decade later Dragon Quest VIII makes it way to the 3DS with a truckload of new features  and improvements to boot. Back in 2006 I’d think you were …

Dragon Ball Fusions Confirmed For Western Release In February 2017

Reader, you’re very much aware of this particular video game, right? Us at SnapThirty have been following it ever since it was announced for Japan, and we’ve been hoping for a Western release ever since. Dragon Ball is one of the most popular Anime of all time in Western regions so most games based on the much-loved series does indeed make it to local shores, but when we’re talking about a strange game like Dragon Ball Fusions it’s always hard to determine whether or not the same can be said for it. If you’re not aware of this game; basically it’s an RPG set in the world of Dragon Ball, with a strong emphasis on “Fusion“, meaning that most characters you will be able to encounter and recruit throughout the story can be fused together. Exciting, right? Heck yeah, it is! Bandai Namco Entertainment, being such a great company, have done us Western Dragon Ball fans a huge favour by today announcing that they will be localising Dragon Ball Fusions and releasing it in Europe, …

Pokemon Sun And Moon – CoroCoro Scans Reveal Nekkoala And Iwanko

Usually, waiting for a video game’s release is a hellish time for die-hard fans looking to get their hands on the latest and greatest titles. For Pokemon fans it is a time to reflect, theorise, and speculate, taking into account the snippets of information they’re delivered systematically from the moment the game is announced to the moment it is released. The latest title that has audiences in grand anticipation is that of Pokemon Sun and Moon; a pair of games that, much like previous titles, will take players on a journey unlike the last, always pushing for us to experience bigger and better things. A few weeks ago the world was introduced to Rowlett, Litten, and Poplio; the starters of the new generation, but they’re not the only Pokemon to be featured in the game, no way! As the months and weeks pass, Game Freak and Nintendo will be introducing us to more and more of the new generation’s long list of new Pocket Monsters with the latest being a narcoleptic koala called Nekkoala, and a …

Level-5 Reveals Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi And Tempura Versions Alongside Official Release Date

It seems as though Level-5 have remained somewhat silent for quite a while now. With the release of the first Yo-kai Watch video game in the West way behind us at this point in time, everything went dark, even on the Japanese front. After a few months of nothing but radio silence, Level-5 have revealed through the pages of the latest CoroCor0 magazine issue that the upcoming addition to the series, Yo-kai Watch 3, will come in two different versions; Sushi and Tempura. Despite the fact that the latest game will take place in a fictional American town populated by overtly American Yo-kai, the third in the series of Yo-kai Watch games will still remain inherently Japanese. Alongside the announcement of the two different versions, the magazine also revealed that the game will be released across Japan for the Nintendo 3DS on the 16th of July this year; only a few months away. The most exciting thing about this, in my humble opinion, are the images of some of the new Yo-kai that have accompanied …

Bandai Namco Announce Dragon Ball: Project Fusion Nintendo 3DS Game

What is your favorite thing about Dragon Ball, reader? Personally, I enjoy seeing two characters fuse together, simply because I’ve always been a fan of the staple fusion characters Vegeto and Gogeta. I mean, what’s better than a character with the overwhelming power of Goku combined with the devastating arrogance of Vegeta? Simply…nothing. That’s why the prospect of a Dragon Ball video game that relies heavily on the fusion aspect of the series excited me to such a large degree! Bandai Namco Entertainment have announced this week, through Japan’s V-Jump magazine, a brand-new Nintendo 3DS title called Dragon Ball: Project Fusion that, as I mentioned previously, is an RPG that gives the spotlight to the fusion ability introduced late in the series’ run. So far, not a lot has been revealed regarding how this game will play. All the V-Jump announcement detailed was that it is an RPG and that it will revolve around fusion, backing it’s statement up with an image of life-long enemies Goku and Broly partaking in the Fusion Dance; something many …

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final’s Key Visual Features A Familiar Face

There’s nothing more exciting than a Nintendo Direct presentation. Nothing. Not a single thing. Well, maybe a few things, but it’s definitely close to the top of the list! While everyone is reeling over Cloud’s addition to the Super Smash Bros. roster, or the re-release of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, there’s a whole bunch of us out there who paid close attention not to the Western presentation but the Japan-only presentation that featured some pretty exciting little additions of which were left out of the stream only made available to us video game fans living outside of glorious Nippon. After going through the motions of a standard Nintendo Direct presentation, the video game juggernaut decided to throw us Shin Megami Tensei fans a little bone in the form of another trailer for the upcoming sequel Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final, which had only been announced a few weeks ago. Alongside this trailer, which doesn’t reveal TOO much about the upcoming game, the Nintendo Direct presentation also gave audiences a nice look at the game’s key visual …

Breaking News: Yo-Kai Watch Isn’t Pokemon, So Let’s Stop Comparing Them

As many of you long-time readers would know; us here at SnapThirty set our sights on Level-5 and Nintendo’s “next big thing” Yo-Kai Watch for as far back as we can remember. Ever since it first hit the big time over in Japan, we’ve kept a close eye on it, making sure to keep tabs on the “goings on” of this, at the time, exciting new franchise. It’s now been something along the lines of a year and a half, since the beginning of the website, and only now after all this time has the first of a series of many Yo-Kai Watch video games hit the West. North America is the first Western continent to get their hands on a localised version of Yo-Kai Watch and, like any die-hard fans, us here at SnapThirty have scoured the web in the hopes that the North American gamers who’re currently playing through the new game are enjoying it. Yo-Kai Watch is a Japanese role-playing game that revolves around battling and befriending quirky creatures, and it seems as though many …

Prematurely Rock The Dragon – Pre-Launch Trailer For Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden Released

Bandai Namco Entertainment hopes you’re all ready to play a damn good Dragon Ball Z fighting game the likes of which we havn’t seen on a handheld title for quite some time. As you probably already know; Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is about to be released around the world for the Nintendo 3DS. For us living in what is considered to be European regions, we’ll be getting the game on the 16th, but if you’re living in North America and surrounding area…you’ll have to wait until the 20th. Sorry, everyone. That’s okay though! Because Bandai Namco Entertainment have given the whole world the ability to prematurely rock the dragon with their latest trailer for the upcoming game being released only briefly before that of the video game. The new trailer pretty much goes over all the features of the game that we’ve come to know and love by this point in time but that doesn’t make it any less exciting, in fact, it works brilliantly to remind us all of why we should be overly …

Level-5 Announces Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Moon Rabbit Team

Video game franchises like Pokemon have taught us that most games coming with two different versions will, eventually, spawn a third. We saw this originally with Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, and we’re beginning to see it in other franchises too, most notably is that of Yo-Kai Watch who’s second game has more than one version, each with differentiating Yokai to befriend. You may have heard of Yo-Kai Watch Busters; it’s the pair of spin-off titles that introduce the world of Yo-Kai Watch to the gameplay mechanics of an old-school beat em’ up title that has you beating enemies, meeting friends, levelling up, and everything in between. At first, as mentioned, there were just the two games; Red Cat Team, and White Dog Corps, but now Level-5, through the pages of CoroCoro magazine, have announced that there is going to be a third game in the Yo-Kai Watch Busters series with it’s main Yokai being USApyon, and it’s called Moon Rabbit Team. The new game will launch in December of this year alongside a free …

Project X Zone 2: Brave New World Hits Australia And New Zealand February 2016

Yeah, it’s fine knowing that a game like Project X Zone 2 exists, but what’s better is knowing exactly when you’ll be able to get your hands on it and experience it for yourself. For a while now, us living outside of Japan have had the privilege of being able to witness this upcoming crossover title from afar; watching Japanese trailers, seeing Japanese screenshots, etc. Bandai Namco Entertainment Australia have decided that Aussie (and Kiwi) fans of the new game and it’s wonderfully-developed predecessor deserve to know exactly when they’ll be able to see this game on local shelves. Unfortunately it’s still a while away…but at least we know when to expect it.  Mark it on your calendars, people! The 19th of February, 2016! That’s the official release date for Project X Zone 2: Brave New World across Australia and New Zealand on the Nintendo 3DS, and the day you’ll be ringing your boss pretending to be sick so that you can get the day all to yourself. Sure, you have plenty of time to play …

Dragon Quest XI: In Search Of Departed Time Announced For The PS4 And 3DS

You know, it’s awesome that Square Enix are getting creative with their off-shoot Dragon Quest titles like Heroes, Builders and Monsters Joker 3, but what the fans really long for deep inside is another addition to the main line of numerical titles; one that’s made specifically for the new age of video games, and one that’s not just an updated re-release of an older title. This is why Square Enix’s announcement of Dragon Quest XI: In Search Of Departed Time is so incredibly exciting! Announced at a special Dragon Quest-centric conference, Square Enix revealed this new title saying that it is currently in development for both the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo 3DS. It was also briefly mentioned that a title may be considered for Nintendo’s mystical new console; the Nintendo NX. Apart from actually revealing the game to audiences, Square Enix did their very best not to say anything more than what they needed to in order to get the worldwide Dragon Quest audience hyper excited for the upcoming title. Showing two early gameplay …

We All Need A Little Support – Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden AU/NZ Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed

Come on! Surely you know by now that there’s a new Dragon Ball Z video game for the Nintendo 3DS that’s only a few months away! It’s called Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden and it’s going to bring the incredibly face-paced action of Dragon Ball Z to the most popular handheld system of the new age. Bandai Namco Entertainment are bringing this game down to Australia and New Zealand, and with it they’re also bringing some pretty exciting preorder bonuses that will surely be must haves for fans of the long-running series and it’s video games. Head into local video game retailers now to pre-order the game because doing so will get you some pretty nice in-game bonuses: Not only will you be given a download code for a previous Dragon Ball Z fighting title Super Butoden 2, which is making it’s way to the West for the very first time thanks to the new game, but you’ll also be getting six support characters that can each be added to your Dragon Ball Z dream team. …

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden – European 3DS Bundle Announced

We Europeans are a lucky bunch! Sure, I live in Australia and it’s not technically Europe but we tend to get a lot of the same things as the great continent so when I see video game news pertaining to it I automatically include us Aussies! Bandai Namco Entertainment’s European branch have today revealed a fantastic Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden bundle for Europe that’ll send you Euro Dragon Ball Z fanatics up the proverbial wall. What’s better than the release of an Arc System Works-made Dragon Ball Z title that throws back to older video games yet still has enough meat on it’s bones to keep you playing for hours on end? How about a version that also happens to come with it’s very own Dragon Ball Z-theme Nintendo 3DS? Yeah, that’s much better! Actually, you may have to flip that around: Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe have announced a special edition DBZ-themed Nintendo 3DS that is set to be released on the 16th of October; the same day as the game’s solo release. This …

Yo-Kai Watch To Air On Disney XD Later This Year, Celebrate With English Theme Song

Yo-Kai Watch has been on the minds of the SnapThirty crew for quite some time now. We’ve kept up with it since it’s conception and have followed it through all the way to it’s almost Western release. Luke Halliday, fellow writer and good friend, recently went to Japan wherein which he spent a great deal of his money eating, sight-seeing, and buying Yo-Kai Watch merchandise much like any other smart man would. It’s safe to say that we literally cannot wait for this franchise to hit the West. I’ve begun buying and building Yo-Kai Watch figurine kits, Luke has purchased trading card game decks despite not being able to read Japanese, and a lot of what comes our of our mouthes are either the Japanese theme song from the Anime or Whisper’s very own “sou desu ne“. We’re hooked, so you can see why we’re so excited that Densetsu Entertainment USA in conjunction with Level-5 Inc. have just announced that the English version of the Anime will be airing on Disney X D sometime later …

Capcom Announces Mega Man Legacy Collection, Fans Not Impressed

Talk to enough people about Mega Man and you’ll soon come to realise the Blue Bomber is close to being pretty much dead. Fact is; it has been this way for quite some time, which makes it even more unfortunate. Some will say the kid robot still has what it takes to match more contemporary video game mascots but Capcom has already replaced him with Street Fighter’s Ryu and the man that created him no longer works for the company…so yeah. Capcom, in an attempt to satiate the fans’ need for the side-scrolling legend, have announced a new video game collection that compiles the first six Mega Man games in the series’ lineup. You’d think this would be pretty exciting for those of us out there who still very much love the series, but…you’d be wrong. After surfing the web for a bit, scouring comment sections and forums, I’ve come to understand that this attempt at reviving Mega Man has not worked entirely in Capcom’s favour. While few people showed genuine interest in the collection, …

New Fire Emblem If Characters Revealed – Mercenary, Samurai And A Fox-Eared Man Join The Cast

One of the most anticipated upcoming 3DS titles would have to be Intelligent Systems’ Fire Emblem If, which is what it has been titled in it’s country of origin; Japan. The franchise was reborn not too long ago with the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening; a game that had people fall in love with tactical role-playing games all over again. This is why the new game has people in such an anxious uproar. Set for a release in Japan on the 25th of June, those of us living outside of Japan are going to have to wait until next year to get out hands on what will surely be the Nintendo 3DS’ greatest JRPG title to date. It is fine though…because of the internet: Thanks to this wonder of science, news shared anywhere in the world will travel to all other parts of the world for the rest of the Earth’s population to see. This means any information released regarding Fire Emblem If over in Japan will quickly fall into the laps of those looking for …

Mighty Things, Small Packages – Mighty No. 9 Signature Edition Announced 

 Overnight, Comcept and Deep Silver who’re now the publishers of Keiji Inafune’s attempt to revive Mega Man announced an interesting special edition pack for their upcoming title Mighty No. 9. For the longest time we had heard no word regarding this modern day side-scroller and then all of the sudden we’re given this; the Mighty No. 9 – Signature Edition which comes packed with a copy of the vidro game, a 6.5 inch figurine of Beck himself, and a replica of Keiji Inafune’s signature which will be placed on the box of the pack. The most exciting feature of this Signature Edition would have to be the posable figure of Beck which not only stands at a pretty nice 6.5 inches tall, as mentioned, but also comes with three interchangeable faceplates to match your mood. The awesome thing about this edition as a whole is that it will only set buyers back about $60, but you’ll have to investigatw local video game retailers just to make. Prices change all over the world. The price of …

A Mystery No More – First Promotional Trailer Released For Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon

There was another Nintendo Direct Presentation over the weekend, and you know what that means don’t you? Yep! More awesome news from an even awesome-er video game company! With the release of Splatoon this weekend, love for Nintendo is at an all-time high, so the latest presentation came at a perfect time. Out of everything shown through the video event, one of the more exciting items on the list was that of the first promotional trailer for the upcoming Pokemon spin-off title Super Mystery Dungeon for the 3DS which was only announced about a week or so ago. Nintendo work fast, baby! The new video only goes for a short minute but that’s fine because it tells us everything we need to know about the new game at this point in time, and what’s that exactly, Frank? Well, the video revealed that every Pokemon will be fightable or recruitable in this new title…yeah…literally every single Pokemon. At the beginning of the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games, much like in the mainstream titles, you’re asked to pick a starter Pokemon …

X Marks The Spot – Capcom And Nintendo Announce Monster Hunter X

 You somehow made your way through Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, good on you! I couldn’t. I tried…but I simply wasn’t good enough. You though, you’re something else! You’re a G-Rank Hunter and you should be proud of that. Like any industry veteran, you decide that it’s time to retire now that you’ve reached the top. You hang up your greaves and you start living the life of maybe a successful shop owner instead. It’s now time for you to relax. The months go buy and all of the sudden you hear word of a new Monster Hunter title…what? You thought you were out of the business for good, but this new game…this new Monster Hunter game…it’s hooked you. You thought you were out but it’s pulled you back in! You grab your previously hung-up greaves and rush out the door ready for new adventures! Once a Hunter, always a Hunter! Nintendo and Capcom, over the weekend, revealed that there’s a brand-new mainstream Monster Hunter title in the works that goes by the name Monster Hunter X. …

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again – Dragon Quest VIII Announced For The 3DS

How’s this for a resurrection story: Dragon Quest VIII was released on the Sony PlayStation 2 some eleven years ago and was met with legendary success. Yep, audiences absolutely adored the Dragon Quest title but it took Square Enix and the team behind the great series a decade or so before they even thought about re-releasing it. It’s initial revival came not too long ago when Square Enix released a more condensed version of the highly-revered title for both Android and Apple smart devices. Ditching things like the voice acting and an actual engaging control system, this game still did very well…somehow. I suppose, despite what it lacked, it was still mostly the same game people enjoyed all that time ago. Well Square Enix have gone and done it again, today announcing that they now plan to bring the title to the Nintendo 3DS. Unlike the last time it was re-released, this iteration of the game will bring about certain upgrades like updated visuals, soundtracks, new storylines and even a new character. Set to hit …

First Batch Of Screenshots Released For Project X Zone 2

People love crossover titles. This is something I’ve always believed. The fact that Project X Zone is getting a sequel is just another sign that my belief is one that is more concrete than many others. There’s no one on the face of the Earth that doesn’t enjoy a bit of cross series, cross platform, cross generation battling, and anyone that days they don’t like that is a damn liar! Excuse my little rant, I get very passionate when it comes to games like this. Monolith Soft, the company behind the development of the game, have today released the very first batch of screenshots from the upcoming crossover sequel. Looking similar to the original game but sporting some nice new differences, Project X Zone 2: Brave New World looks like it’s going to feature a bunch of new characters from video games not featured at all in the first game. The most noticeable is Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima from Sega’s Yakuza series. Alongside the new characters there are some old favorites like Megaman X, …

A Cute Look At A Harsh World – “Monster Hunter Stories” Announced For The Nintendo 3DS

Hey, wussies! Is Monster Hunter a little too hard for you huh? Oh you need something that’s a little easier for you? That doesn’t hurt your hands when you play it? That doesn’t make you cry like a little baby when you botch a Hunt? Well Capcom have just announced a new Monster Hunter spin-off that’ll have you counting EXP instead of how many deaths you have until mission failure. Monster Hunter Festa’ 2015 was held in Tokyo over this past weekend and it was at the tournament finals that this new game was announced. Titled Monster Hunter Stories, this new RPG title will take the world of Monster Hunter to a place I don’t believe it’s ever been before. Capcom stated that this is going to be an RPG title unlike any other and I think it’s simply because of the Monster Hunter setting. Unfortunately not much else was said about the game apart from that it will revolve around a different type of Monster Hunter class, the Monster Rider. These Riders are skilled but have chosen not …

Azure Striker Gunvolt Announced For Western Release, Made Available To Purchase Soon After Presentation

Any fan of “Megaman” or any of Keiji Inafune’s other similar works will be very excited to know that his latest video game masterpiece “Azure Striker Gunvolt” has not only just been announced for a Western release but almost immediately made available to purchase on the Nintendo eShop. Allow me to explain: April’s Nintendo Direct Presentation has just finished and with it, much like every other presentation, comes a whole bunch of awesome information about Nintendo games. One that took me by surprise but excited me a great deal is the release of Inafune’s “Azure Striker Gunvolt” which is set to be released on the 2nd of April which, if you’re living in Australia where I am, is today! Now while I havn’t been able to get onto the eShop to check if it is already out thanks to the huge rush of people wanting to check out the presentation and the games it was promoting, so I’m not quite sure if it has been released as of yet. The fact is that, by tomorrow, …

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – Review

It all started back in 2004. That year the Earth was introduced to a brand-new threat, one that could prove detrimental to the enjoyable existence of human beings but one that is a necessity for it’s survival. The first Monster Hunter game hit the PlayStation 2 with one hell of a bang and ever since then it’s only grown more and more popular. It’s one of those video games that people love to hate. Much like Dark Souls, Monster Hunter pushed gamers to their limits as they blazed their own trail through a world overrun with deadly wildlife. With a simple story and some incredibly deep gameplay mechanics, Monster Hunter quickly grew to be a series loved by people around the world. You, the player, fill the shoes of a rookie Hunter trying to make their way in a dangerous world. While dangerous creatures roam every forest, every canyon and every swamp, life goes on. It has to. Industry must continue to prosper, people must continue to live and hunters, well…they must continue to hunt. The …

Quick Thoughts on Nintendo Anime Channel

So the other day Frank drugged and dragged me into the game store just to buy Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in what was a re-enactment of Weekend at Bernie’s. I woke up with a copy of Monster Hunter in my hand and the 3DS already turned on, so I decided to just go ahead and play, and not question why Frank’s purple fedora was resting on my bed. But before I could get into Monster Hunter, my 3DS surprised me with a download it had done without my permission, it was none other than the Nintendo Anime Channel that I learned about at Nintendo Direct not long ago. This app is completely free, and in fact your 3DS will simply insist you own it. The 3DS YouTube app may have been useless, but the Nintendo Anime Channel proves to be otherwise. The Nintendo Anime Channel is a simplified streaming service that allows you to enjoy anime on the go, and the content here is Nintendo’s own home-grown anime product. At this point there are eight …

It’s Time To Meet The Full Character Cast Of “Kenka Bancho 6: Soul and Blood”

Here’s something I bet you didn’t already know: “Kenka Bancho 6: Soul and Blood” has today been released over in Japan. Yep, it sure has. Why am I upset? Maybe because I’m not Japanese, I don’t live in Japan and right now I don’t have the latest video game from possibly my favorite series of all time. Fans of SnapThirty will know that I have a certain “soft spot” for the sub-sub-sub-sub-genre that movies like “Crows Zero” and games like “Kenka Bancho” slot into so for me to not have this game in my hands right now is just heart-breaking. Luckily for me, and everyone else like me out there who love this series, Spike Chunsoft have released a launch trailer which basically takes audiences through the game’s character cast from the main character to the main antagonist. Even though it’s all in Japanese, I think true fans will be able to get the just of what is going on. There’s a lot of punching, a whole bunch of kicking, some radical hairstyles and some …

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – New 3DS Bundle Announced

Special edition bundles make my heart go “Doki Doki” and there’s no other out there that will make it beat faster than a “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” New 3DS which has just been announced! Yes, Capcom and Nintendo came together and announced last night through the first Nintendo Direct video presentation of the year that, come the 13th of February, G-Grade hunters will be able to get themselves both a styling New 3DS with the latest of the “Monster Hunter” franchise “MH 4 Ultimate” which, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know is looking to be one hell of an exciting video game release. Gamestop in North America has the sole rights for the distribution of this bundle but, as far as we know, Europe has no singular seller so, Euro Gamers, you’ll just have to check out your local retailers to see just who’s going to be releasing the bundle. As far as pricing goes, nothing has been specified. Even if Nintendo and Capcom did slap a price on the bundle, it …

The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – Release Date Announced Alongside Special Edition 3DS

Here we go! What we’ve all been waiting for! A release date for the upcoming “The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask” Nintendo 3DS remake is finally here and what’s so surprising is that it’s going to be made available very soon! Clearly, this is one of the most anticipated Nintendo 3DS titles to be released in 2015 but now, after last night’s Nintendo Direct Presentation, fans of the series wanting to grab themselves a copy of the game wont be waiting too long for it because on the 13th of February this year the game is getting a release alongside a special edition New Nintendo 3DS. Isn’t that amazing!? We’re lead to believe that the date above is for both North America and Europe seeing as Nintendo never specified a difference in release dates so, far now, assume a simultaneous release. If there’s an update, you can expect to find it here. For now, check out the latest trailer for the game and start preparing to play the game that gave so many kids such …

Our Hearts Are Burning! A New “Fire Emblem” Has Just Been Announced

Nintendo, with their presentations, always bring about good news. Never bad news. The latest good news is that there is a new “Fire Emblem” 3DS title on the way and, judging by the trailer that came with the announcement, it’s looking like another fantastic addition to the already brilliant series of video games. This new game that has yet to be named has been in development for quite some time now and features the exact same team that worked on the previous title “Fire Emblem: Awakening”. That’s no surprise though, seeing how will the last game sold, let alone just how damn good it was to play. Yusuke Kozaki is back, once again, to design each of the characters and Shin Kibayashi, a successful Japanese comic book writer, will lend his talents to the story telling side of video game production. It’s obvious that this new gamer is going to rock our socks off but for the sake of first-hand experience I think you should watch the trailer that Nintendo showed last night and that …

Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth – Side:P3 and Side:P4 Manga Series’ Announced

Just incase you thought the world doesn’t have enough “Persona” media floating around. At the end of last year the crossover RPG title “Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth” was released and the “Persona” fandom went absolutely ballistic. Finally the two most popular instalments of the series have been brought together for one hardcore romp through the fields of fan service. Featuring a whole bunch of awesome characters alongside some interestingly old-school gameplay mechanics, “Persona Q” was a hit! Not that anyone thought it wasn’t going to be. It’s pretty much guaranteed, at this point in time, that if a “Persona” game gets released people are going to like it. Now, much like the rest of the video game series, “Persona Q” will be getting it’s very own Manga series. No, actually, it will be getting TWO new Manga series: One for Persona 3 and one for Persona 4. The assumption is that, although separated, the Mangas will still follow the story of “Q” rather than the individual stories of “Persona 3” and “Persona 4” that …

Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker – More Information On The “Durarara!!” Crossover Released

About a week ago, through the Japanese video game magazine “Famitsu”, a screenshot from the upcoming ATLUS RPG remake “Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker” was shown alongside some information that detailed a crossover between this game and the Anime/Light Novel series “Durarara!!” that has three of the more popular and powerful characters appearing as demons. Not much was said in the short description of the crossover, all that had been said was that the characters would appear in the game but what you could do with them still remained somewhat a mystery. ATLUS has, over the weekend, released two new trailers for “Record Breaker”: One goes over the StreetPass functionality of the remake while the other happens to tell audiences a little more about what we can expect from the crossover. Celty, Izaya and Shizuo will appear in “Record Breaker” as powerful demons that you can obtain through the Nintendo 3DS’ SpotPass functionality much like what has been implemented in the last few “Pokemon” video games. Each of the characters will come with their own …

“Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker” To Feature “Durarara!!” Character Cameos

“Why?”, you ask? Because it’s freaking awesome, that’s why! No, no, there’s a pretty legitimate reason as to why “Durarara!!” characters would appear in “Record Breaker”, we’ll get to that very soon. So there’s a new “Devil Survivor” game on the way and it goes by the name “Record Breaker”. This “new” game is basically an updated version of the original “Devil Survivor 2” but for the Nintendo 3DS which in and of itself is pretty damn exciting but today the internet has been set ablaze with news that the popular characters Celty Sturluson, Izaya Orihara and my personal favorite Shizuo Heiwajima from the series “Durarara!!” are set to make an appearance in the upcoming game alongside hundreds of demons from the “Shin Megami Tensei” series of which “Record Breaker” is a part of. Why mention the demons, Frank? Well the picture we’re shown of Celty in-game happens to feature all of her stats which can mean a couple of things: Either these characters are going to be obtainable as demons or fightable as enemies …

One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X – More Amiibo Costumes Revealed

A few days ago, fellow SnapThirty writer Kane Bugeja reported on a piece of news that detailed the newly released “One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X” fighting game’s ability to use the recently released line of Amiibo intractable figurines to change the costumes of certain characters to resemble the character model connected to the game. Luffy can be dressed up as Mario and Luigi, Zolo can be dressed as Link and Sanji can be dressed as Fox McCloud. Well, Nintendo and Bandai Namco Games have gone ahead and revealed the rest of the Straw Hat crew and their Amiibo costumes and they’re looking just as good, if not better, than the ones revealed three days ago. In the image you can see Nami as the Wii Fit Trainer, Franky as Donkey Kong, Brooks as Marth, Chopper as Kirby and Robin as Samus Aran. As of right now, this game has only been announced for Japan and has already been made available in the great country. We don’t know whether or not the game is going to get …

Square Enix Announces “Theatrhythm Dragon Quest”

For every good video game, there’s an equally as enjoyable soundtrack. This is something I’ve believed for the entirety of my career as a critic and it’s not a mindset I’ll be dumping anytime soon. Any game that lacks good musical style is a game not worth playing in my opinion and I think it’s safe to say that Square Enix has this aspect of video game making mastered. “Final Fantasy” games almost always feature a booming orchestral sound that fits the “high fantasy” style of story that has been around for countless years but it’s not just “FF” that features the good stuff. Oh no! If you’ve played any game from the “Dragon Quest” series you’d understand that each and every Square Enix game is done to the highest calibre and that always includes a damn good soundtrack that fits like a surgical glove. While a little different from the tracks heard in “FF” games, “Dragon Quest” titles feature lovely songs that will now be compiled and made playable thanks to the upcoming Nintendo …

“Etrian Mystery Dungeon” Is Coming To The West!

Maybe you’ve yet to hear, but there’s a new “Etrian Odyssey” game on the horizon for the Nintendo 3DS that is set to get a release in the Spring of 2015. This new game, titled “Etrian Mystery Dungeon”, is going to be a mix between both the “Etrian Odyssey” and “Mystery Dungeon” series of RPG-style video games…just in case the name didn’t quite give it away. This was recently announced for Japan but, in even more recent times, it has been announced for North America which means, like many other games, there’s a very high chance it will be making its way around the rest of the Western world. ATLUS announced this just today and with that they also released a bunch of screenshots from the English version of the game for us to all enjoy. If you’ve played any of the games from either of the series’ you may have a pretty good idea of what’s to be expected with this new title. Hell, if you’ve played games from BOTH of the series’ you …

Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth – Now Available Across Europe

Well, friends, it is finally here. “Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth”, the much-anticipated “Persona” cross-over title, has now reached the shores of Europe and is now available across the continent. North America got themselves the game sometime last week but now it is the European gamers’ turn to try their hand at some old-school dungeon crawling on a contemporary console. Are you a fan of “Persona 3”? Awesome! Your favorite characters are in this game! Are you a fan of “Persona 4”? Even awesome-er! Your favorite characters from THAT game are also in “Persona Q”! Are you a fan of original characters created for specific cross-over title! Wow! So awesome! Those types of characters are also in this game! “Persona Q” practically has everything and it’s not now across Europe, so heading into your local video game distributor and grab this new Nintendo 3DS title before the limited edition tarot card version gets sold out. If you don’t know what this version is, it’s actually no different from the standard version of the game …

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Feature One Of The Greatest Video Game Openings Of All Time

Now every gamer, apart from those living in Europe, SHOULD have their hands on the new “Pokemon” video game remakes “Omega Ruby” and “Alpha Sapphire”. The game will be hitting local shelves around Europe within the next couple of days. “ORAS”, as the duo have been abbreviated as, has been one of the most anticipated video game duos of the year and it has arrived without a hitch, delighting new and old fans of the series the world over…once again, apart from Europe. For Now. The games feature a whole line of upgrades both as remakes and as the two latest games in the “Pokemon” franchise to be released. With all these upgrades comes a sense of nostalgia as you look back on what the original games were and how far the series has come. From a high quality Professor Birch being chased by a Poochyena to the updated designs of both Archie and Maxie, everything about this game seems to be bringing smiles to “Pokemon” fans’ faces across the globe but, for me, nothing …

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – Deoxys Returns Alongside Something Called The “Delta Episode”

Be honest, reader, have you ever wanted to jump onto the back of a Rayquaza and shoot of into space like an astronaut hitching a ride onto the outside of a speeding rocket ship? Oh, you have?! Well damn, it looks like today is your lucky day! The Pokemon Company, over night, released a brand-new trailer for the upcoming Game Freak remakes “Pokemon Omega Ruby” and “Pokemon Alpha Sapphire” that re-introduces audiences to the mighty galactic force known only as Deoxys. Actually, to be honest, it may be known by more names than that but I know it as Deoxys so that’s what I’m going to be calling it. The new trailer confirms that the intergalactic psychic-user will make a return, just in case you didn’t already assume it would, but it also introduces audiences to something brand-new, something called “Delta Episode”. This new storyline will have players fight for not only the safety of the world but for the safety of the Hoenn region but for the safety of the entire world. Pokémon Omega …

One Piece: Grand Battle! X – Ten Minute Gameplay Video Released

Oi! You there! Scurvy sea dog! Did I just hear you say you want to see MORE gameplay of the upcoming Bandai Namco Games 3DS title “One Piece: Grand Battle! X”?! Well that’s good because it turns out Bandai Namco are willing to oblige. It’s a great Thursday because the video game developer/publisher juggernaut has just released a brand-new trailer for the upcoming Shonen Jump video game that goes for a whopping ten minutes. Yep, that means you’ll be seeing ten whole minutes of all new footage from the game and most of it will be gameplay. There’s absolutely nothing better, except for maybe a Western release date which we’re still yet to get. That’s OK though because at least it will be getting a release somewhere and that somewhere just so happens to be Japan…as usual. With a heart full of jealousy I say this; the game is set for a release on the 13th of November which, for those of you following the calendar…is today. This means the video is more for us …

Yokai Watch 2 Ships Three Million Units In Japan Alone

This game has been on my mind quite a bit as of late. I don’t exactly know what it is that’s keeping thoughts of playing this game thrashing around in my brain. It could be the cute visuals, it could be its similarities to the “Pokemon” franchise, it could even be because it’s a game that focuses on Japanese mythology. Let’s just say, as of right now, it’s a mix of all of those things and it’s driving me crazy because it’s not gotten a release in the West…yet! Level 5, the team behind the game, must be going absolutely bananas over in their development office because this game has taken Japan by storm. Already there are two titles in the series of 3DS games: “Yokai Watch” and “Yokai Watch 2” with a third on the way titled “Yokai Watch 2: Headliner” which is more of an upgrade on the previous title rather than a brand-new game in the series. Similar to how “Pokemon Yellow” is almost the same as “Pokemon Red” and “Pokemon Blue” …

Persona Q – It’s Time To Meet The Occupants Of The Velvet Room

ATLUS knows that a lot of us already know the characters of both ‘Persona 3’ and ‘Persona 4’. They’re games based around two things; fighting and making friends, so it’s obvious that once you come into contact with another character, you’re probably going to know them very well by the end of the game. For the sake of those who’ve not played the games and for the sake of those who have terrible memories and need a bit of reminding, ATLUS have released a set of four trailers for their upcoming dungeon crawler, RPG ‘Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth’. These four videos will spotlight the four inhabitants of the Velvet Room. Yes, all four of them! You’ve got Marie, Margaret, Elizabeth and Theodore. The whole team is here to play! Even better than just simply having them around is that they all play quite an important role in the events of the game both story-wise and gameplay-wise. Margaret spends most of her time in the Velvet Room. She can help you and your party …

One Piece: Grand Battle! X – Doflamingo Battle Trailer Released

OK, so, reader…I’m in a little bit of trouble right now. I’ve decided to take my boat out for a spin and it looks like I’ve ventured into dangerous waters. I can hear screaming and chanting from outside and I haven’t bother to stick my head out of my cabin to look just in-case I see something I really shouldn’t have. Luckily I have this super awesome, high-powered internet connection so I can write an article about it. OK, I just looked and I think those sounds are coming from…pirates! Oh no! Not pirates! Anything bu-wait…wait, I think they’re ‘Once Piece’ pirates. That means, that means they’re the good guys! ‘One Piece: Grand Battle! X’ is the upcoming 3DS game based on the Anime/Manga series of similar name. It features a combat system much like that of the older ‘Jump Superstars’ DS title and chibi-style graphics that look as though they pop on the 3D screen of the handheld console. Any good Anime fan will know of this game and any great Anime fan will …

Sin Like You’re Supposed To With The Upcoming ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Video Game

We’ve now officially entered the age of ‘Seven Deadly Sins’. In Australia, the Manga releases have just kicked off with most graphic novel retailers already selling the third volume. The Western fandom for the critically acclaimed Shonen series is slowly but surely growing bigger and bigger with each passing day. Recently, the Manga has been adapted into what looks to be a well-animated and wonderfully paced Anime series. Unfortunately for the aforementioned Western fans…it has yet to have been picked up by any simulcast distributor. Surely you understand we’re not too happy about that. That’s OK though because we know that, sooner or later, the series is sure to be picked up and released locally. To add to the burning passion of the series’ fans, Bandai Namco Games recently announced that there is a ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Nintendo 3DS game in the works but showed nothing of this game as part of the announcement…until today. The beautiful people over at Bandai Namco Japan have released the very first trailer for the upcoming beat-em-up game alongside …

Persona Q – Naoto Shirogane and Ken Amada Character Trailers Released

ATLUS have today released two more character trailers for their upcoming Nintendo 3DS video game ‘Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth’ and they just so happen to focus on the smallest of the two groups that make up both the ‘Persona 3’ and ‘Persona 4’ cast respectively. Naoto Shirogane, the literal shortest of the ‘P4’ team, is a self-proclaimed ace detective and one hell of a gunfighter. She, together with the Persona Sukuna-Hikona, is a perfect backup brawler that can dance with the best of them and isn’t one to back down prematurely. Though her everyday life is filled with gender confusion and questions that need some serious answering, she wont let that effect her in battle. Ken Amada from ‘P3’, on the other hand, is just a kid so it’s understandable if he doesn’t feel as ‘at home’ on the battlefield as the rest of the cast. That doesn’t mean he wont do his all to protect his friends. With a spear in hand and Nemesis the Persona at his back, this young man …

Terra Formars Video Game Announced – Riddled With Censorship?

This definitely seems to me like the worst time to announce something like this for the newly adapted Anime series ‘Terra Formars’. Based on a much-loved Manga series of the same name, the new Anime has only just begun airing and, to the surprise of everyone involved…it kind of sucks. Why though? Because, seeing as it’s Japanese time slot is quite early in the night, it is absolutely riddled with censorship which means we’re not seeing the things that made the Manga so gripping. More specifically; the death and destruction. It was just announced over the weekend that a ‘Terra Formars’ video game has been in the works for quite some time and is set for a release on the Nintendo 3DS in 2015. Being developed by a seemingly unknown studio, ‘FuRyu’, I’m not sure hopes are high for the success of this game considering the bad taste left in audiences mouths after the first few episodes of the Anime. Being someone trying to stay positive about all things, I hope the game comes out …

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – Megaman Collaboration Revealed

Interesting…It looks as though, from what was just announced, Capcom hasn’t entirely forgotten about their one-time mascot ‘Megaman’. Their upcoming Western release of ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’, much like the Japanese version of the same game, will come with a slew of additional content coming in the form of collaboration material. ‘Mario’, ‘The Legend Of Zelda’ and now…’Megaman’ will all be featured in some way, shape or form throughout the game. Palico, your feline companion who has been present from the beginning of the ‘Monster Hunter’ series, will now be able to equip a special armour to make it look like the Blue Bomber himself. Adding to the overall illusion is a hammer based upon Megaman’s trusty dog sidekick Rush that Palico can wield while helping you take down dragons, serpents, large bugs and everything in between. Capcom released a video regarding the new collaboration that we’ve provided for you below. ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ for the 3DS will be hitting the west sometime in early 2015 so prepare start honing your hunting skills and …

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – Mega Beedrill and Pidgeot Revealed

Two more generation one Pokemon have been revealed to be able to Mega evolve in the latest issue of Japan’s much-loved gaming magazine ‘CoroCoro’, neither of which us here at SnapThirty saw coming. Representing Viridian Forest of the Kanto region, the two latest Mega evolutions are none other than Beedrill and Pidgeot. Revealed alongside them is the Mega Evolutions of Latios and Latias but any true Pokemon fan would have already known about them seeing as they were leaked many months ago back when Pokemon X and Y was first released. Though that doesn’t make it any less exciting. After Mega Evolving, Pidgeot gains the ability ‘No Guard’, an ability that acts exactly how it sounds; it makes it so enemies can always be hit, even during invulnerability periods like when a Pokemon uses Fly. Beedrill, also retaining its type combination of Bug and Poison, gains the ability Adaptability which changes STAB moves from a 1.5x buff to a 2x buff. Not much has been revealed about Mega Latios and Latias apart from that you …

Super Smash Bros. For The 3DS – Review

Arguably, the latest addition to the ‘Super Smash Bros.’ series of crossover fighting video games is the most anticipated of its legendary lineage. It may be that the internet has grown and hype is now something that explodes and expands beyond all fathomability. It may be that we’re just more excitable in this day and age. It may also be that Nintendo have been secretly drugging us to become more addicted to their games. Regardless of all that, I believe it’s that it is the first of the series to come to a handheld console. That, alongside some other seriously impressive factors like upgraded graphics and large character roster, has made the game so sought after and, now that it is released and I’ve been playing it, I can see exactly why. Not that I didn’t have an idea about it beforehand. The original ‘Super Smash Bros.’ hit the Nintendo 64 just over fifteen years ago back in 1999 and ever since then the series has just gotten better with each new title. Featuring fan …

Pokemon: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – Mega Rayquaza Confirmed

Let’s be honest, reader: Mega Rayquaza being a ‘thing’ comes as no surprise, seeing as Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre have already been confirmed…it doesn’t make it any less exciting though! Yosha! Here it is, finally confirmed, it’s Mega Rayquaza! Fellow SnapThirty writer and friend Beau was right when he speculated about this particular evolution in a previous article and now he can brag about it until the cows come home. This new evolution was confirmed through a huge Nintendo livestream focusing entirely on the upcoming Pokemon video game remakes ‘Omega Ruby’ and ‘Alpha Sapphire’. For the most part, the stream just featured gameplay footage of the things we’ve already seen about the game…but then came Mega Rayquaza. This bad boy (or girl), once Mega Evolved, gains the brand-new ability Delta Stream which brings about a weather effect that cancels out all other weather effects and makes it so flying types are no longer prone to the moves that they’d usually be weak against. That’s not all though, not by a long shot; Mega Rayquaza …

Persona Q: Get To Know Junpei And Newcomer Zen With These New Trailers

ATLUS, you magnificent bastards! You’ve gone and delivered us another set of trailers for your upcoming ‘Persona’ title ‘Shadow Of The Labryinth’ and us fans of the series love you for it! Yes, you read correctly, ATLUS have today released three new trailers for ‘Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth’ and this time they focus on the cap-wearing superstar himself Junpei Iori as well as an original character for the game, a man they call Zen. Alongside these two trailers comes another video that shows us the ‘Persona 3’ side of the story. It shows all of our favorite ‘Persona 3’ characters in one place as well as their initial meeting with the cast of ‘Persona 4’. The main focus though are our friends Junpei and Zen who will star in the game alongside a whole bunch of other ‘Persona’ favorites all of which can be added to your team and used as you see fit. It’s the ultimate ATLUS crossover title! ‘Persona Q’ is set for a release, as mentioned, on the Nintendo 3DS …

Kenka Bancho 6: Soul & Blood – First Trailer And Story Info Released

Yosha! This is what I’ve been waiting for! Last week it was anounced that a brand-new ‘Kenka Bancho’ video game title by Spike Chunsoft is set to be released on the Nintendo 3DS sometime in the near future and fans of the series the world over threw up their bloody hands in an act of pure excitement. This week, today to be specific, Spike Chunsoft has officially opened up the website for the game and with this comes the games very first trailer as well as a story synopsis alongside some of it’s more interesting features. The trailer, though incredibly short, is good enough to get any true fans heart racing and features everything that made the series popular but with what looks to be a whole bunch more, including upgraded graphics and a new style of cell-shaded cutscene made to look like the pages of a Manga. There’s still been no word on a release date for Japan or otherwise, but Western fans are still hoping that we get lucky enough for the game …

Persona Q – European Release Date Announced

ATLUS, alongside their European distribution partners NIS America, are extremely excited to announce the official release date for their upcoming ‘Persona’ Nintendo 3DS title ‘Shadow Of The Labyrinth’. ‘Persona Q’, the new game that combines the characters of ‘Persona 3’ and ‘Persona 4’, will be hitting video game retailer shelves across Europe on the 18th of November this year! In just a couple of months this game will be made available both digitally and physically to all European gamers and those of you out there who pre-order the game from participating vendors will receive eleven tarot card replicas of which have featured in both the ‘Persona 3’ and ‘Persona 4’ video games. These cards also come with the special ‘Wild Cards Premium Edition’ but for those of you who don’t want to spend all that money yet still want these cards, this is the perfect offer. ATLUS suggests you get in as early as possible with your pre-orders because these tarot cards are limited so it’s first come first serve. Persona Q takes the beloved …

Persona Q – Shinjiro Aragaki and Yukiko Amagi Character Trailers Released

Both dressed in red; one’s a stone cold beast and the other is a bodacious babe. Isn’t it obvious who I’m referring to? It’s Shinjiro Aragaki from ‘Persona 3’ and Yukiko Amagi from ‘Persona 4’. They’re just two of the many stars of the upcoming ‘Persona’ Nintendo 3DS title ‘Shadow Of The Labyrinth’ and ATLUS thinks it’s about time they get their chance to shine bright with their very own character trailers. Aragaki and his Persona pal Castor are head-to-head brawlers. They take no back seat to the action and are always willing to act as any team’s vanguard duo whereas Miss Amagi and her Persona Konohana Sakuya prefer to take a stand somewhere in the rear guard, using magic to back up their teammates. Both characters will be able to work together brilliantly with one backing up the other as they mow down the enemies that stand before them. Don’t take my word for it though because, who knows, I could be wrong. What you should do is check out the two character trailers …

Spike Chunsoft Announces New “Kenka Bancho” Game

Here’s the deal: If you’re a constant reader of the site than you’d know how big a fan of the video game series ‘Kenka Bancho’ I am. The first and only time the West was able to legally get their hands on a video game from this series was all the way back in 2009 with the release of ‘Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble’ on the PlayStation Portable thanks to the wonderful people over at ATLUS. Ever since then there’s been a hole in my heart than can only be filled by experiencing the punky action of juvenile Japanese delinquents going head-to-head in fist fights. About a month ago, in the last ‘Nintendo Direct’ video presentation, a new game was teased that had fans of the series the world over scream out in hopes that what they were seeing was a new ‘Kenka Bancho’ title, well thanks to the latest issue of Famitsu online publication it has finally been confirmed. The game is called ‘Kenka Bancho 6: Soul & Blood’ and it is going to be …

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call – Review

Music really does make a video game. There are some titles out there that are absolutely brilliant: They’re exciting, they’re engaging, they’re simply fun to play BUT they’re also missing something fatal…music. A good soundtrack could turn an ‘OK’ game into a ‘great’ game but I feel as though it is a video game aspect that is sometimes overlooked. I’ve seen plenty of games fail due to a boring or badly composed soundtrack but one series that doesn’t fall victim to this is ‘Final Fantasy’. Back in 2012 we saw the first culmination of the great series’ music. It came in the form of a spin-off title called ‘Theatrhythm Final Fantasy’. Playing like a typical rhythm game, ‘Theatrhythm Final Fantasy’ featured an abundance of songs from many of the different ‘Final Fantasy’ games and also played host to odd but interesting gameplay mechanic that made it feel more like an RPG. Well the game did very well and Square Enix decided that maybe they should go ahead and develop another one. This game is called …

Bravely Second – Meet The Three Musketeers

Seeing as how well Square Enix’s ‘Bravely Default’ Nintendo 3DS video game sold, it’s no surprise that a new one had already already announced to be in development only a few months after initial release. With new games, obviously, comes new stories and the tale that is prepped to be told in the upcoming sequel ‘Bravely Second’ is one that centers around three skilled warriors who call themselves the ‘Three Musketeers’. Yuu, Jean and Nikolai will occpy most of your team in ‘Bravely Second’ and will be utilizing their combat training to help you cut down every enemy that stands in your way. Square Enix have today released a new Japanese trailer for the game that introduces you to these three men. Though entirely in Japanese, I’m sure you’ll all somewhat understand what it is that’s being said. It helps that information regarding these characters have been floating around on the web for a while now. Japan will be getting ‘Bravely Second’ sometime this Winter and us in the West will hopefully be getting it …

Persona Q – Chie Satonaka and Akihiko Sanada Character Trailers Released

What’s more exciting than one protein junkie? How about TWO protein junkies?! It’s a beautiful morning in Sydney Australia and I’ve woken up, much like many others, to a new pair of ‘Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth’ character spotlight trailers courtesy of ATLUS themselves. I tell you, there’s no better way to start the day. Both ‘Persona 3’ and ‘Persona 4’ feature a character type that are focused on one thing and one thing only; one of them happens to be a freak for meat and the other surely spends most of his free time at the gym. I think you all know who I’m talking about…it’s Chie Satonaka of ‘Persona 4’ and Akihiko Sanada of ‘Persona 3’! One is a world renowned ‘kick chick’ and the other could definitely give Rocky a run for his money and they’ve both come together today to share the spotlight in their very own character trailers. ‘Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth’ isn’t too far away from being released but that doesn’t matter to ATLUS, they’ll keep …

Persona Q – Yosuke and Mitsuru Character Trailers Released

We all know the drill by now right? ATLUS, the Japanese video game developer and publisher, have a huge audience and they’re not the types to leave their fans wanting more for too long. That’s why almost every single week they release something new regarding their upcoming video game releases. While most publishers do this, none do it as frequently as ATLUS and I think it’s safe to say that’s why we love them. Well ‘Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth’ – the ‘Persona 3/Persona 4’ crossover title for the Nintendo 3DS – is only just around the corner and ATLUS have today released two new English trailers spotlighting just two of the many characters to take center stage in the upcoming RPG. Yosuke Hanamura and Mitsuru Kirijo have returned for this new game and they’re looking cuter than ever! Along with the return of the characters themselves comes the return of their voice actors and actresses, of which you’ll be able to hear in the do of trailers we’ve provided for you below. ‘Persona …

The Great Ace Attorney – Very First Trailer Released

Don’t listen to those other people, reader. Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year, Tokyo Game Show weekend is the most wonderful time of the year! Capcom’s upcoming title ‘The Great Ace Attorney’, the next video game in the ‘Ace Attorney’ series of games, was announced a little while back to the delight of fans the world over. Not but a week ago it was revealed that the game’s protagonist Ryuunosuke will be partnering up with none other than fictional history’s greatest detective Sherlock Holmes. Set during the Meiji Era of Japan, this upcoming game is definitely on the radar for fans of the series and, in fact, most video game fans invested in Japanese pop culture. ‘The Great Ace Attorney’ will take the series back to a time not yet explored in any of it’s predecessors so, as you can imagine, it has got a firm grasp a large audience’s attention. Capcom has today, as part of TGS celebrations, released the first ever trailer for the game and it is looking …

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Is Now Available Across Australia and New Zealand

Hey, ‘Final Fantasy’ fans! Listen up because this ones just for you! Square Enix are extremely proud to officially announce that their rhythm game sequel ‘Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call’ is now available across Australia and New Zealand for the Nintendo 3DS. Sugoi! It has been one hell of a lead up to this game and I know there are a bunch of you out there ready to get your hands on what is looking to be a fantastic sequel to a fantastic ‘Final Fantasy’ spinoff title. To celebrate the occasion and to entice those of you out there who are still ‘on the fence’ about whether or not they want to buy this game, Square Enix has released a launch trailer which we’ve provided for you just below. A sequel to the first rhythm action game released in 2012, THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY® expands on the original in every way, with over three times as many songs and twice as many playable characters as its predecessor. The sequel also boasts two new game modes: Quest …

Sherlock Holmes Joins The Cast Of ‘The Great Ace Attorney’ Video Game

Laws aren’t just new things, you understand this right? It may seem like the past was filled with nothing but murderers, thieves and charlatans but I’m here to tell you that the stories are highly exaggerated. While the law wasn’t exactly enforced as strictly as it is now, Capcom are telling us that the past still had a need for a judicial system. The upcoming Nintendo 3DS title and the next game in the ‘Ace Attorney’ series. Titled ‘Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken’ or simplified as ‘The Great Ace Attorney’, this game will take place all the way back in the Meiji Era of Japan; a time of evolution and growth for the country. The protagonist of the game, a man named Ryuunosuke Naruhodou, is a direct descendant of the man we’ve come to know and love…Phoenix Wright. Oh how times have changed! Capcom has revealed that Ryuunosuke, in the new game, will partner up with one of fictional history’s greatest detectives; Sherlock Holmes. What came with this announcement was nothing but a …

ATLUS Reveals New Nintendo 3DS XL ‘Persona Q’ Edition

This one here is for all those true ‘Persona’ fans. The ones that can always go for a little more ‘Persona-themed’ pieces of merchandise in their lives. The legendary people over at ATLUS have today revealed a brand-new 3DS XL system for the Americas that feature a design that has been depicted throughout the entire ‘Persona’ video game series. ‘Le Grimoire Du Coeur’, a mystical and all-powerful tomb containing information on every single known Persona, is what this new 3DS XL edition will resemble, but that’s only on the front of the system. The back will depict the varies cast from the upcoming ‘Persona’ title ‘Shadow Of The Labyrinth’. This new edition has only been announced for the Americas seeing as ATLUS stated that units will only be available for purchase through GameStop stores. The estimated price for the console is currently US$199.99 but there is always time for it to fluctuate so keep an eye out for what exactly you’re paying when you go to purchase your unit. The new 3DS XL editions are …

New “Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call” Demo Now Available

It’s time to get those instruments tuned up! Square Enix have today announced that a brand-new demo for their upcoming ‘Final Fantasy’ spin-off title ‘Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call’ has just been made available through the Nintendo eShop across Australia and New Zealand. Shake all that rust off and get into the swing of things with the new demo which, in case you need more incentive to download, will actually help you to unlock more characters in the full game once it gets a release. Featuring two songs, ‘J-E-N-O-V-A‘ from ‘Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children’ and ‘Edgar and Sabin’s Theme’ from ‘Final Fantasy VI‘, this demo gives you thirty chances to perfect those tasty tunes before you’re cut off and have to wait for the full release. Square Enix have made it so that it is easy to transition from demo to full game with extra characters being added to your base roster from the very beginning as a sign of ‘thanks’ for playing through the demo. Being released alongside the demo is another episode …

Compare The Pair – ATLUS Releases “Persona Q” Protagonist Trailers

Persona 3 or Persona 4: Which has the best protagonist? Is it the grey-haired, grey-eyed Yu Narukami, or is it the headphone-wearing Makoto Yuki who takes the cake as top main character? ATLUS’ upcoming ‘Persona’ title for the Nintendo 3DS ‘Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth’ has both the cast of ‘Persona 3’ and ‘Persona 4’ come together for one hell of a hair-raising adventure through a dark and mysterious labyrinth located under Yasogami High School. Because of it’s ‘crossover’ layout, the game has players chose one of the two main characters from their respective ‘Persona’ titles. Despite being two completely different characters, no matter which you chose, players will be able to follow the same overall story with small changes being in the way you interact with the rest of the cast. ATLUS have today released two English trailers for the game; one of which focuses on the ‘Persona 3’ protagonist Makoto Yuki and the other focusing on the ‘Persona 4’ protagonist Yu Narukami. The trailers showcase both the young men in combat and …

Shulk Of ‘Xenoblade Chronicles’ Fame Joins New ‘Super Smash Bros.’

Feel the power of the Monado! Shulk from the much loved Wii video game title ‘Xenoblade Chronicles’ has just been announced as the latest addition to the upcoming ‘Super Smash Bros.’ character roster and fans are absolutely loving it! It was but a week ago that someone with early access to the game leaked a couple of images of the in-game character selection menu which happened to feature a couple of extra character not yet announced. I chose to focus on the fact that Ness will make a return but it seemed as though the rest of the internet instead decided to focus on a little guy named Shulk, main character of ‘Xenoblade Chronicles’ and the wielder of the extremely powerful Monado blade. Well Nintendo came out today and release both a batch of screenshots and an announcement trailer for Shulk, confirming his inclusion in the game and dismissing all doubt placed upon that particular ‘leaker’ and his/her ‘believability’. The new game is set for a release on the 13th of September in Japan, the …

‘Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call’ – Legacy Of Music Episode 6 Released

If you’re a fan of the ‘Final Fantasy’ franchise or simply a lover of rhythm-based video games, I’m sure you’re aware of the upcoming Square Enix title ‘Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call’, the sequel to the much loved game of similar name for the Nintendo 3DS. Every couple of weeks we’re shown more and more of what this game has to offer and most of this information comes in small videos titled ‘Legacy of Music’. Each of these episodes feature different themes that usually revolve around specific ‘Final Fantasy’ titles. Episode 6, the video that has just been released, focuses on one ‘Final Fantasy’ title that Western audiences have been waiting on for quite some time. It’s a little game called ‘Final Fantasy: Type-0’ and it will be one of the series titles featured in the upcoming rhythm video game. Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighbouring empire. Featuring Ace, Machina, and Rem as playable characters and …

Mega Audino Confirmed For ‘Omega Ruby’ and ‘Alpha Sapphire’ Through Official Video

Here it is! Mega Audino! It was only a couple days ago that something magical happened, something that all ‘Pokemon’ fans pray for while in anticipation of a new video game, something a news writer like myself jumped on almost instantly! That something is…an accidental leak. YES! The official Korean site for the upcoming ‘Pokemon’ video game remakes ‘Omega Ruby’ and ‘Alpha Sapphire’ messed up the other day by releasing official art, information and screenshots of two new Mega Evolutions; Mega Audino and Mega Slowbro. Well Nintendo have now released an official announcement video for one of the two Mega Evolutions (Mega Audino) that has confirmed it’s legitimacy. As previously reported; Mega Audino becomes a combination Normal/Fairy-type when it Mega Evolves and gains the ‘Healer’ ability which, when in Double or Triple Battles, gives the adjacent Pokemon a 30% chance of having it’s status ailments healed. It’s a dynamo when it comes to multi-battles it seems. ‘Omega Ruby’ and ‘Alpha Sapphire’ for the Nintendo 3DS are set for a release in Japan, North America and …

Welcome Back To The Battlefield, Meta Knight! Character Confirmed For New “Super Smash Bros.”

Did you really think they WOULDN’T  bring him back? No, of course not! Everybody loves Meta Knight and not just because he’s just a bad-ass Kirby…well, maybe a little bit. The official website for NIntendo’s upcoming ‘Super Smash Bros.’ title for the 3DS and Wii U was updated today to include some screenshots, each of which focusing on an old character that we’re glad to see return to the battlefield: It’s none other than Meta Knight himself! With no re-introduction trailer having been released, fans will just have to be happy with the new screenshots showing this combat veteran in action. Returning with all his very own moves, obviously with slight changes to adjust balancing issues, Meta Knight is once again a force to be reckoned with, but that’s obviously isn’t it? The new game is set for a release on the 13th of September in Japan, the 3rd of October in North America/Europe and the 4th of October in little ol’ Australia. -30-

Mega Salamence, Altaria and Lopunny Revealed For Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Just when you start craving more, Nintendo delivers you exactly what it is you want! That’s why they’re royalty in the video game industry. The latest issue of Japan’s ‘CoroCoro’ magazine, as usually, has revealed much about the upcoming remakes including three more ‘Pokemon’ who have landed themselves a ‘Mega Evolution. Salamence, Altaria and Lopunny are the latest ‘pocket monsters’ to transcend the typical three tier transformation system and into infinity! With their new transformations come new looks and new abilities: Mega Salamence gains the ‘Aerilate’ ability which turns all ‘Normal-type’ moves into ‘Flying-type’ moves and gives the power a 30% boost. This ability was originally only available to Mega Pinsir. Mega Altaria, the now brutal Dragon/Fairy-type combination, gains the ability ‘Pixilate’ which is an ability similar to ‘Aerilate’ but instead of changing ‘Normal-type’ movies into ‘Flying-type’ moves, it turns them into ‘Fairy-type’ moves. Mega Lopunny, who becomes a ‘Normal/Fighting-type’ combination, gains the ability ‘Scrappy’ which allows ‘Normal-type’ and ‘Fighting-type’ moves to land when going up against ‘Ghost-types’. A perfect ability for Mega Lopunny who …

“One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X” Very First Trailer Released

You want a trailer, yeah? Do you think you can handle it?! Oh, you do? Well then, lucky for you because the very first trailer for the upcoming ‘One Piece’ Nintendo 3DS title ‘Super Grand Battle! X’ was just released and, let me tell you; it’s looking damn fine! It was only about two weeks ago that this new game was announced through the Japanese ‘Shonen Jump’ magazine but fans no longer have to drool over simple screenshots of the new game, instead we’ve been gifted a high-octane, battle-heavy trailer that shows all of our favorite ‘One Piece’ characters in their combat element…it even features some that we don’t like. With a whopping 85 characters filling it’s roster, it’s a little hard to skim over this game without being even a little interested in picking it up. Featuring characters from most, if not all, parts of the ‘One Piece’ series (including the movies), this game is looking to be one hell of a brawling title. Similar to ‘Super Smash Bro.’, ‘One Piece: Super Grand Battle! …

Monster Hunter 4 – Capcom Reveals Weapon Design Contest Winner

It was a while back and you may not remember but Capcom started up their very own weapon design contest for their upcoming video game release ‘Monster Hunter 4’. Though the game has already been released in Japan, Capcom decided that they would give their Western hunters a chance to be immortalized in the next big hunting title. The contest was opened up to designers from both North America and Europe with a European winner being announced a while back. This Hunting Horn titled, ‘The Emperor’s Speech, was designed to resemble a pig sitting on a throne which oinked when used. The winner from North America’s weapon design took a different route, trading comedy for ‘badassitude’, for lack of a better word. This glaive-type weapon is titled ‘Clockwork Contraption’ and comes with it’s very own robotic beetle…if having a huge steampunk spear wasn’t cool enough for you. This weapon will feature in the Western release of the game, alongside ‘The Emperor’s Speech’, which will get a release in North America and Europe on the Nintendo …

Be The Hero You Want To Be! Link’s Equipment Confirmed For Monster Hunter 4 Western Release

You know, reader, I actually hunt monsters for a living. Yeah, I actually do…in my mind, but that doesn’t mean it is any less real! OK…it kind of does, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t dream of one day being a world-renowned monster hunter! Ok…it kind of does. Luckily for dreamers like myself longing to take down the beats of mythology, there’s a video game called series called ‘Monster Hunter’ by industry royalty Capcom and it’s latest iteration, simply titled ‘Monster Hunter 4’, features an armor and weapon set that’s quite familiar. Nintendo and Capcom have come together once again to bring S-Rank hunters something very special and immeasurable exciting. It was just announced that hunters outside of Japan will be able to get their hands on an equipment set for their character that almost perfectly resembles the ‘Hero of Time’ himself, good ol’ Link. Now hard-core fans of the series will know that this was announced for Japanese versions of the game long ago but now they will feature on Western version of the …

Set Sail With “One Piece: Super Grand Battle X” Just Announced For The Nintendo 3DS

Here I was, settling in, enjoying my copy of ‘One Piece: Unlimited World Red’, thinking to myself; “wow…life can’t get much better than this”. I jump onto the computer to see if any work is to be done and I come across a piece of news straight from Japan’s ‘Jump’ magazine announcing a brand-new ‘One Piece’ video game titled ‘Super Grand Battle X’ for the Nintendo 3DS. I haven’t even been able to finish ‘Unlimited World Red’ and already I’ve been given something to even more excited about! I’m so full of joy that I’m actually on the verge of being angry. ‘One Piece’, why do you haunt me so! The announcement of the upcoming game comes in the form of a magazine scan from, as mentioned above, ‘Jump’ magazine. The scan shows the ‘Straw Hat’ crew in all their chibi glory and also happens to feature some screenshots from the game itself and they look to be sticking with the ‘Super Deformed’ style. Players will be able to choose from 85 of their favorite …

It’s Time To Robattle With A Newly Released Duo Of Medabots 8 Trailers!

The future is here, Medababy! Have ever wanted to have your own robot friend that you could care for, customise, polish up and then send into battle against other possibly-deadly robots? I know I have! The next in the series’ line of video games, ‘Medabots 8’ is about to be released in Japan to one heck of an amazing critical reception. Even though the franchise has died off over here in the West, it is still going strong in Japan with a massive fanbase that just keeps demanding more games. Two new gameplay videos were just released and both focus entirely on the battle system of the new pair of games that are quite reminiscent of previous ‘Medabots’ titles but with little tweaks and changes to make the combat mechanics smoother and more enjoyable. Players will be able to have their robot pals target specific body parts of their opponents. Utilizing this properly will have you take out an enemy’s best weapon or their legs to slow them down or their torso for some huge …

“Fire Emblem: Awakening” Stars Join The New “Super Smash Bros.” Roster Alongside Veteran Fighter Captain Falcon

We’ve been waiting for some new characters to be announced for the upcoming party brawler ‘Super Smash Bros.’ for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, well here they are! Nintendo, through a live streaming event, released a brand-new character introduction trailer for the upcoming fighting game but, to the delight of audiences around the world, it wasn’t a trailer only introducing a single character like the teaser for this stream detailed…no, we got something much more than that! Lucina, Robin AND Captain Falcon have now been confirmed as playable characters for the new game! Robin, in case you are a little confused as to who this actually is, is the main character from the ‘Fire Emblem: Awakening” game. This character is one that you customize to your liking, making it look however you want it to and naming it after yourself, if you so wish. He/She alongside the game’s mysterious protagonist Lucina will come together for ‘Smash Bros.’ to fight the forces of evil on whatever stage it is they choose…also, Captain Falcon who puts …

Japanese Gamers To Receive A Hefty New “Bravely Default” Demo

If you’ve been reading articles on this site ever since it first went live, you’d know that I consider the Japanese gaming population to be quite a lucky one. They get everything! Us living in countries outside of Japan are lucky to get even half of the video game releases they do and even then we usually miss out on certain things like DLC. ‘Square Enix’ today revealed that they will be releasing a new demo for their highly popular contemporary RPG title ‘Bravely Default’. It is odd for a video game demo to be released long after that of the full game’s but, well…here we are! There’s something different about this demo though. ‘Square Enix’ have done something quite gutsy while at the same time extremely intelligent; they’ve rereleased the ‘Bravely Default’ demo but this time players will be able to access the first four chapters of the game which actually tells about half of the story. Keep in mind that this is a 50+ hour RPG title. This means Japanese gamers will be …