Late last week, the official Bloodstained twitter dropped an 8-bit bomb that Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon would be coming to consoles and PC “soon”. How soon? Well Iga himself announced that the game is coming out May 24th for 3DS, PS4, X-Box One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Judging from the gameplay trailer introduced by Koji Igarashi, the players will be swapping between characters Zangestsu the sword and chain wielding demon hunter, Mirium the Knife throwing and whip cracking slayer, Alfred the spell wielding alchemist, Gebel the shape shifting human hater. All of these swaps will be on the fly which promises to lead to unique gameplay scenarios.
The world is still in anticipation of the release of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night hopefully coming later this year. Until then, it looks like we can look forward to this fully immersive adventure from Koji Igarashi and Inti Creates!
News, and subsequently news stories, can be very fluid. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes stories will slip through the cracks. Well, the Proven News Wrap-Up is here to fix all that! Below are what we have determined to be the top stories of the week. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.
1) Radical Heights Joins Battle Royale Party
With the continued success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, the potential of a surge in of games diving into the Battle Royale genre was always in play. Boss Key Productions, the makers of Lawbreakers are next to step into the ring with Radical Heights. Radical Heights takes the typical formula for battle royale, but adds in its own features to make it stand out. Most notably, collecting cash to buy weapons and other items. This cash will carry over from game to game, giving players a “bank” that they can make withdrawals from if they need some quick dough. Radical Heights also separates itself with its game show style presentation, giving a context to gameplay that other battle royale games don’t have. Radical Heights is in Early Access on Steam and is free-to-play.
2) Billy Mitchell Banned From Competition and His Scores Removed
For those who don’t know the name, Billy Mitchell is a competitive gamer who made a name for himself on arcade games such as Donkey Kong. Twin Galaxies, the organization that tracks and gaming high scores and records have concluded that some of Mitchell’s scores on Donkey Kong were done using an emulator, thus breaking the rules. The result, Twin Galaxies has removed the scores and also banned Mitchell from future competitions. In the world of high score video game competitions, this is a big deal. To play on anything other than an original arcade setup immediately brings any high scores into question. Good on Twin Galaxies for performing a thorough investigation and taking action.
3) Shovel Knight Hits Two Million Copies Sold
Shovel Knight is widely considered as one of the most successful Kickstarter games of all time. The 2-D platformer has found success on every platform it has come to (which is pretty much every platform you can think of) due to its old-school platforming and challenging gameplay. One of the most impressive things about Shovel Knight has been its continued success. Since its initial launch, the game has had multiple DLC expansions (with another one coming) and guest appearances in games such as Blaster Master Zero and Yooka-Laylee. Of all of the platforms, PC and 3DS lead the way, accounting for 48.3% of sales. Behind that, the Switch sits in third at 17.6 percent.
Did we leave out any of the big stories of the week? Leave them in the comments below!
Two new classes have been announced for Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, the RPG coming to Nintendo 3DS next month.
The Rover class specializes in long-range combat, fighting from the back line. Rovers also have an extensive knowledge of nature which allows animals to fight on their side and gives them a buff in unknown territories.
The second class that was introduced was the Necromancer. This class allows the player to summon the undead to fight on their side. Along with being used for combat, the Necromancer can also sacrifice the undead to heal and buff allies, or debuff opponents.
Check out the trailer for both of the classes below. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth launches on October 17 for Nintendo 3DS. A demo of the game is also available now.
The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have revealed new information about Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon. The new details cover story details, Z-Power Rings, and new character styles.
The new story of Ultra Sun/Moon will feature Necrozma along with the previous legendaries from Sun/Moon Solgaleo and Lunala. Secrets about Necrozma and the Alola region as a whole will be revealed in this story.
Along with the story details, a new Z-Power ring was announced for the game. This item can be activated to use more Z-Moves. Players will also be able to purchase a physical version of the power ring. This toy will interact with the games.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will launch for the Nintendo 3DS systems on November 17. Check out the latest trailer for the games below:
Atlus Games has announced that they will release Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux for the 3DS in the Americas. These games will join a stellar JRPG lineup on the 3DS, with Atlus’ trio expected to launch between fall 2017 and early spring 2018. See the details below:
Adventures Abound! – Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Travel to the Americas
ATLUS Will Bring a Trio of Nintendo 3DSTM JRPGs to the Americas
IRVINE, Calif. – June 7, 2017 – Get ready to flex your cartography skills, travel through time to prevent the end of days, and journey into a spatial anomaly straight from your favorite sci-fi horror movie because ATLUS is publishing three legendary JRPGs in the Americas. That’s right, Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux will be arriving to the Americas exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems. Etrian Odyssey V and Radiant Historia will be fully voiced in English while Strange Journey Redux will retain its original Japanese voices.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth – The fifth main installment of the long-running Etrian Odyssey series is finally arriving! Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth chronicles the quest of a new adventurer (hey, that’s you!) as he or she attempts to reach the top of the towering Yggdrasil Tree. For it is said that whoever braves the dangers of the dreaded Yggdrasil Labyrinth and reaches the summit will have their greatest wish fulfilled…
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth features:
A Choose-your-own-odyssey Feel – Starting with the creation of your party to exploring the uncharted labyrinth of the Yggdrasil Tree, Beyond the Myth is all about choosing how your own adventure unfolds. Test your survival skills by wisely navigating the winding floors of Yggdrasil, using shrewd tactics when battling gruesome beasts, making the right decisions during various “scenarios,” and more. To meet these challenges, the home base city of Iorys is ready for all your buying/selling, recruiting, and information-gathering needs!
Gameplay Fit for a True Pathfinder – It wouldn’t be an Etrian Odyssey game without the life-or-death need to map your progress. For those new to the series, the bottom screen of the 3DS displays a top-down, tile-based map that must be filled out while dungeon crawling. Players can use the map to mark the locations of treasures, doors, enemies, environmental obstructions, and more. Expect the unexpected at every turn-and then make a note on the map so it’s not so unexpected next time!
Epic Turn-based Battles – There’s a reason why no one has ever reached the top of Yggdrasil. Dangerous creatures and utterly terrifying FOEs-high-level mini-bosses, for you newcomers-roam the labyrinth on every floor, so prepare to test your mettle with challenging turn-based battles. Proper planning is a must and balancing strong party composition is absolutely crucial for success. You’ll need the right team to unleash Union Attacks and level the playing field!
Expanded Character Creation and Customization – With four unique races, 10 distinct classes, more customization options than any previous game in the franchise, and a streamlined skill tree/class advancement, you can shape a party to whatever your heart desires.
A Magical Art Style and Score – Longtime series illustrator Yuji Himukai and renowned composer Yuzo Koshiro return to add their signature magic to the art and music in the game.
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology – It’s been six years since Radiant Historia was released on Nintendo DS in 2011, but it’s time to return to Vainqueur and unlock the time traveling power of the White Chronicle once again in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. This beloved classic is an expanded Nintendo 3DS port of the original game that will contain a great deal of added gameplay/story content, updated presentation, and new ways to experience the adventure!
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology features:
An Enhanced Retelling of the Original – You’ll once again take the reins of Alistel operative Stocke as he unlocks the power of the White Chronicle relic and gains the ability to travel between two alternate timelines. With his new-found powers, Stocke will need to right the wrongs of the past in order to prevent the total annihilation of the world. This time though, things are a bit different. Redesigned character art, new character voice-overs, a brand-new opening animation by A-1 Pictures, new theme song, event illustrations, five new tracks from original composer Yoko Shimomura, and additional difficulty settings will enhance the experience in this fresh take of a beloved story.
Exhilarating New Story Content– Stocke will now encounter a mysterious new character named Nemesia who will teach him more about his world’s history and unlock a third timeline to explore the ripple effect of some of his actions with episodic “what-if” scenarios. If you’re a Radiant Historia purist who simply wants to play through the original game’s story, we have you covered! Perfect Chronology offers two different modes: Append and Perfect. Append mode allows you to beat the original game before having the option to start a NewGame+ with the added content, while Perfect mode lets you play through the game with the inclusion of the third timeline from the beginning.
A Classic That Can’t BeMissed – Even though there’s an abundance of expanded content to delve into, the heart and soul of Radiant Historia remains the same. If you missed out on the original game in 2011, the upcoming port is the perfect chance to play a modern classic. With an exciting positioning-based battle system, memorable characters, and thrilling time-travel mechanics, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is an essential for JRPG fans.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux – A spatial distortion full of demons appeared in Antarctica, threatening to engulf the Earth in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. The United Nations responded by tasking a team of highly advanced specialists with piercing the anomaly and figuring out how to stop it from the source. Well, get ready to don your Demonica once again in this new expanded port: Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux. Expect new story content, additional endings, a new dungeon to explore, and more in the return of this sci-fi tinged SMT adventure.
A Stranger Journey Back – In Strange Journey Redux, you play as a brave United Nations soldier investigating a spatial anomaly called the Schwarzwelt-a dome of dark energy that threatens to consume the world. Inside, you’ll find it home to a nightmare mirror of our own Earth, populated with demons dying to meet you. The game touts brand-new illustrations by Masayuki Doi, updated visuals, UI tweaks, and more to make this journey back into the Schwarzwelt… even stranger.
Additional Story Content and a Brand-new Character – You won’t be retreading the same nightmarish path as before because a brand-new character named Alex will play a major role in how the story unfolds. Much about her is a mystery, but there is one thing you know for sure: she’s got a bone to pick with you. Joining her are new demons you might recognize from other SMT entries, new endings, and a new dungeon to die in-I mean, discover.
A True Shin Megami Tensei Adventure – With its twisted demonic sci-fi story, addictive demon-collecting fun, and multiple narrative paths to explore, Strange Journey Redux is an essential ATLUS JRPG adventure that can’t be missed!
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will release fall 2017, while Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux will launch in early 2018. All three games will be released for the Nintendo 3DS™ system and will be priced at $39.99. Titles have not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information please visit the links below:
Nintendo just wrapped up an eight minute direct focusing on upcoming news for the Pokémon franchise. The presentation started with the reveal that Pokkén Tournament would be making its way to the Switch with Pokkén Tournament DX(Deluxe). The announcement was followed by a trailer, showing off new playable characters for the ported fighting game. Along with the original 16 characters, five new playable Pokémon will be included. There will also be 3v3 battles, ranked battles, and lobby-based friend matches for online play. The game will be playable at E3 next week and will be released on September 22.
On the handheld side, Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon was also announced for the 3DS. The games will feature an alternate story, with Pokémon that didn’t appear in the original versions. It will release on November 17. Finally, Pokémon Gold/Silver were revealed for release on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. They will both launch on September 22.
A week before E3, Nintendo has announced that they will be having a Pokémon Direct Tuesday morning. The direct will begin at 7 a.m. PT and is expected to last somewhere around eight minutes. At this time, Nintendo hasn’t released any other information about the stream at this time.
Nintendo’s E3 direct will take place a week from Tuesday at 9 a.m. PT.
With E3 rapidly approaching, more companies are starting to reveal what fans and journalists can expect from them at the event. Nintendo has now revealed their plans for the three-day video game showcase.
Nintendo will start tings off with on June 13 at 9 a.m. PST with their Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 video presentation. The video will highlight games that will be launching on the Switch this year. It has also been announced Super Mario Odyssey, will playable for the first time ever on the show floor. Arms and Splatoon 2 will also be featured with live tournaments that will be streamed for those who can’t attend.
After the spotlight video plays Sunday morning, Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 will return to feature gameplay and showcases of upcoming games for both Switch and 3DS. More information on this can be found by visiting Nintendo’s E3 website.
Nintendo just wrapped up their latest Nintendo Direct. The direct targeted upcoming titles for both the Switch and 3DS. The major focuses of the direct were information on Splatoon 2, Arms, and Switch accessories.
Splatoon 2 will launch on July 21. Highlighting the presentation was an introduction of a new cooperative mode, “Salmon Run”. The familiar team-based battles were replaced by 4 players working together to fight off waves of “Chum” and “Steelhead Bosses” who were corrupting the map. Defeating these enemies gave players power eggs which helped them in their fight.
Along with the new mode three new amibo for Splatoon 2. Check out the full Splatoon portion of the direct below:
Arms, Nintendo’s upcoming fighting game will launch for the Switch on June 16. Along with the release date, the presentation showed two new gloves, new stages, and the latest member of the roster Minmim. Two additional game modes were also revealed. The first will be a two-on-two fighting mode. The second allows players to earn coins which can be used to purchase new gloves. Check out the full Arms presentation below:
Release dates for additional Switch accessories have been announced. First, on May 19, stand-alone docks will be available for purchase. On June 16, a new color for the Joy-Con controller (neon yellow) and a battery pack for Joy-Con controllers will be released.
Additional Launch Dates for Switch and 3DS Titles
Nintendo also has released an updated list of release dates for their games which can be found below:
ByeBye BoxBoy! – April 12
SNK Classics: Samurai Showdown 4 – April 13
Puyo Puyo Tetris – April 25
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – April 28
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition – May 11
Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia: Echoes – May 19
Disgaea Complete – May 23
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers – May 26
Nintendo has released their list of the new content coming to their online stores this week.
Virtual Console on Wii U
Pokémon Snap – The Nintendo 64 cult classic is now on the Wii U console! Travel to Pokémon Island to embark on a safari and take the best possible in-game photographs of 63 different Pokémon. The island has many types of climates and environments to explore, along with secret activities and hidden passages to discover. Some of the Pokémon can be a little shy and won’t pose for the camera unless you tease them with special items. After you’re done, submit one picture of each Pokémon to Professor Oak, and he’ll judge it based on size, pose, technique and number of Pokémon captured. Can you snap the perfect shot?
Kirby and Yoshi Join My Nintendo’s Rewards Lineup – My Nintendo is kicking off the New Year with discount rewards on select digital games featuring Kirby and Yoshi. Fans can redeem My Nintendo points for discounts on the following digital games at https://my.nintendo.com:
Get a New Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS System During the Holidays? – You already know your new Nintendo system plays awesome games, but here are a few more ways to make the most out of your new system. Visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/get-started to learn more.
In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and the Wii Shop Channel for the Wii console.
Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in either Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account.
Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon will be latest expansion to the Pokémon Trading Card Game franchise. In this expansion, players will receive a warm welcome to the tropical Alola region and start their journey with Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio. They then have the chance to seek out the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo-GX and Lunala-GX to witness the awesome power of a new kind of Pokémon: each Pokémon-GX brings an attack so devastating that you can use only one of them per game! Discover dozens of never-before-seen Pokémon, Alola forms of some familiar favorites, and new ways to battle in the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion! Key Features of the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion
More than 40 brand-new Pokémon: Many of the exotic and tropical Pokémon that Trainers have come to love in the new Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games join the Pokémon Trading Card Game in this expansion!
New Alolan Pokémon: Regional variants of many classic Pokémon who have a new look in Alola will appear in the Pokémon TCG. Many of these Alolan Pokémon have a free attack, one they can use with no Energy attached!
Introducing Pokémon-GX: These super-powered Pokémon will have a huge impact on the game.
Legendary Pokémon: Solgaleo and Lunala, the Legendary Pokémon from the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, join the Pokémon TCG as new Pokémon-GX.
New card design: The beauty of the Alola region is reflected in the new art and design of the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion.
Booster packs: Packs of 10 additional cards selected from the expansion will be available.
Three new theme decks: These 60-card preconstructed decks are designed to introduce players to the Pokémon TCG by enabling them to play right away.
Sun & Moon theme decks and booster packs include an in-pack code card that unlocks virtual cards from the Sun & Moon expansion for play in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online at www.pokemon.com/tcgo . The Pokémon TCG Online is also available for iPad via the App Store and Android tablets via Google Play.
The Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion will be available for purchase at all participating stores at the start of 2017.
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – There’s more to discover than ever before in the Animal Crossing: New Leaf—Welcome amiibo game. This updated version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf adds new features and activities, as well as support for all Animal Crossing series amiibo figures and cards. Discover new villagers, explore the Campground, and interact with characters—all with the tap of compatible amiibo cards or figures.
Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
Demon’s Crest – Firebrand must set off to recover the six magical stones of the Demon Crest before the realms of humans and demons fall into the hands of his evil nemesis, Phalanx. In this Super NES action platformer, breathe fire, claw walls and hover across seven intense levels as you fight to save the realms from eternal unrest.
Virtual Console on Wii U
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon – Discover the origin of classic character Marth in this Nintendo DS retelling of the original Fire Emblem game. Alternate turns with the enemy and shape your army to suit your strategy by selecting from dozens of units with unique spells, abilities and weapons. Each unit has its own strategic benefits, so guide them wisely or risk losing them on the battlefield.
Wii Retail on Wii U
Metroid: Other M – Join Samus for an action-packed space adventure that takes the best elements of first- and third-person gaming to create a seamless blend of gameplay, story-telling and cinematography. Players hold the Wii Remote controller sideways while navigating and battling in third person. However, at any moment, players can switch immediately to Wii Remote pointer controls to examine and explore the environments in a first-person perspective.
Nintendo eShop sales:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week include Brunch Panic, The Keep and Rorrim, plus several more. Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals .
After becoming the most pre-ordered video games in Nintendo history, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon – the latest games in the wildly popular Pokémon franchise – have now become the fastest-selling games that Nintendo has ever launched in the Americas. In less than two weeks, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems sold a combined total of 3.7 million units. That’s an 85 percent increase over PokémonX and PokémonY – the previous record holders for Nintendo’s fastest-selling games – during the same period when those games launched in 2013.
“With these huge sales figures, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon have proved themselves as two of the hottest video games to buy this holiday season,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With great reviews and outstanding fan response, these next iterations in the Pokémon series are sure to please any player in the family.”
All Pokémon-related software has sold more than 280 million units* worldwide since launching with the Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version games in 1996. The Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version games are both available for download in Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. Other notable launches in the Pokémon series include Pokémon Xand Pokémon Y (15.64 million games sold globally life-to-date), Pokémon Omega Rubyand Pokémon Alpha Sapphire(13.18 million games sold globally life-to-date).
In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Trainers-in-the-making head to the game’s new Alola Region – a series of tropical islands – to catch, battle and trade Pokémon. By discovering new Z-Moves, Pokémon can unleash powerful attacks in battle. The new Poké Ride feature allowscertain Pokémon to help people get to places they wouldn’t be able to reach by using human strength alone. In addition to three new partner Pokémon, players can catch a host of new Pokémon, as well as the unique regional variants of some familiar favorites.
Check out a trailer for the games below:
Nintendo has released their weekly list of downloadable content. The big title this week is the latest entry to the Pokémon series, Sun and Moon.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon – Embark on a new adventure and catch, battle and trade new Pokémon on the tropical islands of the Alola Region. Discover Z-Moves and unleash these intense attacks in battle. Call upon Pokémon with Poké Ride to discover new areas across the region and take on the Island Challenge Trials to become the Pokémon Champion! Who are you going to choose as your partner Pokémon: Rowlet, Litten or Popplio? The Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games will be available on Nov. 18. Until then, don’t forget you can download the Pokémon Sunand Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version and meet the Pokémon that can be found in the full versions of the games. Ash-Greninja, the Pokémon that appears alongside Ash in the animated TV series Pokémon the Series: XYZ, will also appear as a member of your team and can be transferred to the full version of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon once purchased when the games launch Nov. 18.
Swapdoodle – The Swapdoodle game is an easy way to write messages, draw 3D pictures and share them with your Nintendo 3DS friends. Swapping doodles is a snap thanks to stamps based on the icons of played games and your Mii character. You can also purchase in-game add-on packs that have doodle lessons of Nintendo characters!
Wii Retail on Wii U
Wario Land: Shake It – Wario returns to form, with all the jumping, power-dashing and butt-stomping we’ve come to expect. With the Wii Remote controller turned sideways, veterans and newcomers alike can run, jump and smash their way through hectic side-scrolling stages. By shaking the Wii Remote, you can shake down your enemies, free coins from treasure bags and even cause in-game earthquakes. Purchase and download this vibrant Wii console platformer on the Wii U console today!
Virtual Console on Wii U
Excitebike 64 – Grind your way through the extreme sport of motocross and attempt more than a dozen outrageous tricks, such as heel clickers, cliffhangers and bar hops. Select from six different riders – each with her or his own unique style – and race across 20 stadium tracks and outdoor courses. You can also create your very own courses or race against up to four friends (additional controllers required for multiplayer mode; sold separately).
Nintendo has released this week’s list of content that will be available on their family of platforms. This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village – Exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS system, this game lets players revive the land and save a village. It features new and easy farming mechanics, updated tools, terraforming and a new animal: the Poitou Donkey. Play as a boy or girl, interact with a new cast of characters, get married and start a family.
Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
Mega Man X3 – After discovering a virus that is turning intelligent and peaceful robots known as Reploids into rogue Mavericks, scientist Dr. Doppler successfully creates an antivirus to the phenomenon. The reformed Reploids then move into Dopple Town, a place where humans and Reploids can live together in harmony. But when an outbreak occurs causing the Reploids to turn back into Mavericks, Maverick Hunters Mega Man X and Zero are sent to contain the situation. Choose either Mega Man X or Zero as you run, jump, dash, scale walls, avoid obstacles and fight enemies in eight challenging stages. At the end of each stage, defeat the boss to gain a special weapon that will aid you in the upcoming battles.
Virtual Console on Wii U
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles – Swarms of undead creatures and mutated terrors rule the streets, pestilent hordes born of Umbrella’s botched biowarfare research. Gather your firepower, choose various routes and pathways and prepare to face the horror as you uncover the dark truth that could take Umbrella down forever.
Rhythm Heaven Fever – Perfect your rhythm with over 50 mini-games and remixes in this quirky, charming rhythm game. Catchy music and crazy scenarios will teach players to feel the beat. It’s easy to learn and tough to master…but aim for accurate performances, as players will be rewarded with in-game medals and bonus content.
With the new year comes new quests and great adventures, and 2017 will be no different when the DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King game comes to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on January 20. This handheld retelling of the classic RPG will be back and bigger than ever, with two new playable characters, more side quests and the ability to battle monsters on the go.
The story begins when a jester, Dhoulmagus, comes to Castle Trodain and steals the King’s sceptre. He then uses its power to turn his majesty into a troll, the Princess into a horse and the castle inhabitants into plants. The only one left unscathed from this attack is a castle guard who escaped the curse and must now step up to save the kingdom he’s sworn to protect. Only by traveling the lands, recruiting allies and following the trail of destruction that Dhoulmagus leaves in his wake will The Hero be able to retrieve the sceptre in order to restore Trodain back to its former glory.
As players dive into the rich story of DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, whether they’re visiting for the first time or coming back to relive the adventure all over again, they can enjoy full voice acting in all plot-important cutscenes, and new story content that will provide more back story about The Hero and the villainous Dhoulmagus. Further additions include additional quests to complete and dungeons to explore, and even a new alternative ending.
Returning heroes may also find elements of DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King have been streamlined for this hand-held outing. The new Quick-Save function allows players to save and exit the game at any time. And for warriors in a hurry, battling foes is also much faster with the introduction of the “Speed Up” feature, allowing heroes to cut their way through each encounter with much greater haste.
Those who wish to capture mementos of their quest to restore peace to the land will now find it’s easier than ever before, as at any time outside of battles and cutscenes players can pause the action and take a photo of their adventure thus far. These photos can be customized in a variety of different ways, including allowing The Hero and his companions to perform special poses, adding stickers and filters, or putting a frame around the image to add a personal touch to their memory. Once the player meets Cameron Obscura in Port Prospect they’ll also be able to unlock Cameron’s Codex, where they’ll be rewarded for taking pictures of certain subjects, monsters, and situations.
All of these images can be saved to the SD card and shared to other DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King owners via the StreetPass feature. Once these photos have been shared, other players can give them a thumbs up, and the more of these the image earns, the higher the chance of receiving a new item.
The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo have released new information for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, coming November 16 for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Along with the final evolutions for the three starter Pokémon, the new trailer also shows off the guardian deities of the Alola Region and other game features. Below is a list of all the new Pokémon that were shown:
The Arrow Quill Pokémon Decidueye is the fully evolved form of the Grass- and Flying-type first-partner Pokémon Rowlet. Decidueye attacks with astonishing speed, plucking arrow quills from its wings to send them hurtling towards its target with precise aim. This Pokémon is able to move about whilst completely masking its presence from others. Decidueye is the only Pokémon that can learn the move Spirit Shackle. This new Ghost-type move hits an opponent and makes it unable to leave the battle—it can’t flee or switch out.
The Heel Pokémon Incineroar is the fully evolved form of the Fire-type first-partner Pokémon Litten. As Incineroar’s fighting spirit increases, the flames it produces within its body burst from its navel and waistline. These flames resemble a championship belt, which it uses to unleash its moves. Incineroar is the only Pokémon able to learn the move Darkest Lariat. This new Dark-type physical attack allows Incineroar to deal damage to an enemy whilst ignoring the effects of any stat changes on that enemy.
The Soloist Pokémon Primarina is the fully evolved form of the Water-type first-partner Pokémon Popplio. As Primarina dances, it releases balloons of water and controls their movement using the sound waves from its voice. Primarina uses some of these balloons to jump on and maneuver in battle whilst others explode when touched, which can trigger chained explosions. Primarina is the only Pokémon that can learn Sparkling Aria, a new Water-type special move which heals the burns of any target it strikes.
The Nebula Pokémon Cosmog is extremely rare, known only to a select few across Alola. Named by the Aether Foundation, Cosmog is very curious, and its gaseous body is so lightweight that it’s sent flying when the wind blows. When light falls on the Pokémon, Cosmog can absorb it and grow bigger.
Alolan Persian is highly intelligent and doesn’t like to grow attached to its Trainer, making it something of a difficult Pokémon to have as a battle partner. The round face of Alolan Persian is a symbol of the rich Alola region, and it is held to be a Pokémon of great beauty. Its exquisite coat shines with the glow of high quality and enchants both humans and Pokémon. For this reason, it is a very popular Pokémon in the Alola region.
Also unveiled were three Alola region guardian deities—Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu and Tapu Fini:
Tapu Lele is the guardian deity of Akala island. This Pokémon scatters glowing scales that have physical effects on others—providing stimulation to their bodies and healing their illnesses or injuries. Tapu Lele has the Ability Psychic Surge, an Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With Psychic Surge, the field will be turned into Psychic Terrain, which boosts the power of any Psychic-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground and prevents them from being hit by priority moves.
Tapu Bulu is the guardian deity of Ula’ula Island. This Pokémon has the power to manipulate vegetation and cause it to grow. It can use this power to make its wooden horns change shape and grow larger. Tapu Bulu has the Ability Grassy Surge, an Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With Grassy Surge, the field will be turned into Grassy Terrain, boosting the power of any Grass-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground and restoring a bit of HP to them each turn. It also halves the damage taken from the moves Earthquake, Magnitude and Bulldoze.
Tapu Fini is the guardian deity of Poni Island. This Pokémon is able to attack by manipulating water. It does not like to risk being harmed during battle, so it creates a thick fog to disorient its opponents and lead them to their own destruction. Tapu Fini has the Ability Misty Surge, an Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With Misty Surge, the field will be turned into Misty Terrain, halving the damage taken by Pokémon on the ground from Dragon-type moves and preventing them from being afflicted with status conditions or confusion.
All of the guardian deities can use the special Z-Move Guardian of Alola. When using this Z-Move, the Pokémon closes its shell and a huge avatar appears from the ground to attack the opposing Pokémon, dealing damage equal to 75 percent of the target’s remaining HP.
In previous adventures in the Pokémon series, the Pokémon League was always the ultimate stage for battle. The Pokémon League housed the Elite Four (four Pokémon Trainers with powerful Pokémon partners) and the Champion (who reigned as the region’s top Trainer), all awaiting challengers. In the Alola region, there is no Pokémon League yet—but it seems that there are plans to construct one at the peak of a certain mountain. After your major achievement in completing the island challenge, will the day come when you also take on the Pokémon League to become the strongest Pokémon Trainer?
Somewhere in Alola, you’ll find the Battle Tree. It’s a place where Trainers who have completed their island challenge, or who are strong enough to have done so, battle one another. You can scout an opponent you’ve won against so they can partner and fight alongside you in future battles. You may even see some familiar faces, including the Trainers Red and Blue from the Kanto region!
Check out the trailer below to see all of the new Pokémon in action:
Nintendo has announced new content for the eShop that will be available starting today.
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Disney Magical World 2 – Live your dream life in the Disney Magical World 2 game alongside fan-favorite Disney characters. Adventure with Elsa and Olaf from Disney Frozen, dance with Disney Princesses and soar with Mickey in Magical Dream parades, all the while snapping photos to share your memories. The magic is in your hands, so use your wand to solve a ghostly mystery along the way. Disney Magical World 2 will be available on Oct. 14.
Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure – From the legendary game developers at Nihon Falcom comes Gurumin 3D. Join Parin and her monstrous pals through a fun, colorful and fast-paced action-RPG featuring real-time combat, dazzling stereoscopic 3D graphics, 35+ hours of playtime and fully voiced characters by an all-star cast of voice actors. Click here to see the trailer.
Severed – Take control of a one-armed warrior named Sasha who wields a living sword on her journey through a nightmare world. The Nintendo 3DS version features dual-screen options and in-game achievements. You can even buy the Nintendo 3DS version of Severed and receive a free digital version for the Wii U console (and vice versa). Severed features a special introductory price for a limited time until Oct. 20 at 8:59 a.m. PT. Click here to view the trailer.
Virtual Console on Wii U
Animal Crossing: Wild World – Get ready to start a new life in this Nintendo DS classic! Whether you want to decorate your home, catch bugs or fish, join in on special events or just chat with the locals, there’s always plenty to do. Accessorize your life with more than 600 items. Design constellations, clothes and flags, and take part in events as the seasons come and go.
Kirby Canvas Curse – When Kirby gets turned into a ball by an evil witch, your hand-drawn rainbow paths become the only way he can find power-ups and reach the gates in each world. In this fun and colorful Nintendo DS action-platformer, stun enemies, destroy barriers and detonate bombs – all by using the stylus. Unlock special features by collecting medals in each stage and completing in-game tasks.