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Harvest Moon: Skytree Village Introduces Romantic Interests

Natsume Inc., has revealed three aspiring brides for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game, Harvest Moon: Skytree Village. The game will launch this fall, but players can get a sneak peek of the marriageable candidates and gameplay in the newly released game trailer.

Meet the Bachelorettes:

Jeanne is a shy girl training to become an herbal doctor.  While she is extremely intelligent and excellent at her job, she can also be a bit goofy, which makes her an endearing, fun-loving gal! “I… I…I’m Jeanne! I’m…studying to be an herbal doctor!”

Elise is the daughter of Bastian, the Chef and owner of the restaurant and Inn in town. Elise is an aspiring apprentice chef.  A bright and cheerful girl with a certain je ne sais quoi about her, her dream is to become a great chef just like her father! “Enchanted to meet you! My name is Elise!”

Melanie is the granddaughter of Gus, the blacksmith in town. Melanie is a successful interior and apparel designer, running her own shop; Melanie’s Designs. She’s a strong-willed city girl who came to Skytree Village because she heard of its legendary beauty. “So, whatever-your-name-is, am I, like, even in the right PLACE? Is THIS the Harvest Goddess’ land?”

Do the bachelorettes match up nicely with the three unique bachelors in the game: Dean, Cyril and Gabriel? You decide!

Harvest Moon: Skytree Village is available now for pre-order. Check out the new trailer below:

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Paper Mario Color Splash Highlights New Content Available on Nintendo Platforms

Nintendo has released this week’s list new games, sales, and other content available for download. Highlighting the list is the latest addition to the Paper Mario series, Paper Mario: Color Splash. Check out the full list below.

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Paper Mario: Color Splash – A mystery’s afoot on Prism Island and only Mario can solve it by restoring the land’s vanishing colors with his new Paint Hammer. Puzzling battles await, but never fear – there’s always a clever way to deal out the powerful Battle Cards up his sleeve. These fresh layers of strategy make this one of the most action-packed Paper Mario adventures ever! Paper Mario: Color Splash will be available on Oct. 7.

  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis – It’s opening day of the new Super Mini Mario World theme park, and Donkey Kong has kidnapped the guest of honor Pauline. In this Nintendo DS action puzzler, it’s up to you and an army of freshly assembled Mini Mario toys to rescue her. Guide your Mini Marios through more than 80 perilous stages while looking out for mini-minions.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
    • Mega Man X2 – Fresh from defeating Sigma and his Mavericks, Mega Man X tracks down the remaining rogue Reploids to an abandoned factory where they are continuing their rebellion. While Mega Man X is kept busy by eight new Mavericks, a new threat plots to resurrect a secret weapon that is all too familiar. Download this Super NES classic starting today!

Nintendo eShop sales:

Also new this week:

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 and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii Shop Channel for the Wii console.

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Pokémon Sun and Moon Announce Special Demo, Reveal Starter Evolutions, and Mega Evolutions

The Pokémon Company International showcased a bunch of new information for the latest games in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, coming November 18 and available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

The evolved forms of the three first-partner Pokémon, Dartrix, Torracat and Brionne, were unveiled:

Dartrix

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Type: Grass-Flying
The Blade Quill Pokémon Dartrix evolves from Rowlet. Dartrix attacks by throwing its knife-edged feathers, and it possesses extremely sharp senses. This Pokémon can detect opponents behind it and can throw feathers to strike them without even seeing them. This Pokémon cares a great deal about its appearance, grooming its feathers in every spare moment it has.

Torracat

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Type: Fire
The Fire Cat Pokémon Torracat evolves from Litten. This Pokémon produces flames for its attacks from a bell-like sac attached at the base of its throat. Torracat has a great love for battle and will attack relentlessly. Its mane can sense what is going on around it, even in the dark, and is able to detect the presence of hidden enemies.

Brionne

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Type: Water
The Pop Star Pokémon Brionne evolves from Popplio. Brionne can dance in perfect time with others and is always cheery and positive. A very hard worker, Brionne learns dances by imitating other members of its colony and can sometimes even learn dances from humans. As this Pokémon dances, it creates balloons and slaps them into its target, making them explode and deal damage to its opponents.

In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, communication features are gathered together in the new Festival Plaza. Players will be able to see other people playing near them, or other players that are connected to the internet to battle or trade. By talking to people and listening to their requests in Festival Plaza, players can receive Festival Coins. There are cool stores to spend Festival Coins in, such as dye houses, goody shops (where rare items are sold) and even bouncy castles for Pokémon to train in. As players gather more Festival Coins, their Festival Plaza will rank up, yielding rewards and making more activities available. Players will even gain the ability to host missions, where multiple players can work together to try to achieve certain goals.

Another new feature that was announced was Poké Pelago. In Poké Pelago, Pokémon that are stored in a PC Box can explore a variety of isles, play on athletic equipment and enjoy other fun activities. If players send many Pokémon to Poké Pelago, they can develop more facilities on the isles and also develop new kinds of isles. As these isles are developed and increase in number, they will allow players to obtain items and even raise Pokémon.

Mega Evolution is making a return as well. Pokémon that were able to Mega Evolve in previous Pokémon games will also be able to Mega Evolve in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The Mega Stones for Pokémon with the capability to Mega Evolve that appear in the Alola region may be received from characters in the game or obtained from special shops.

The Pokémon Global Link will be updated for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon and will be available from the games’ launch date. The updated Pokémon Global Link site will have new features, including new online competitions, global missions and more. More information and features on the upcoming site can be found here.

The Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version was also unveiled and will be available to download directly from Nintendo eShop or via the official Nintendo website starting on October 18. The Special Demo Version introduces players to the Alola region and features Ash-Greninja, the Pokémon that appears alongside the hero Ash in the animated TV series Pokémon the Series: XYZ. Players will be able to transfer their Ash-Greninja from the Special Demo Version to their full version of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon once the game launches on November 18.

 

Check out the starter evolutions and more in the trailer below:

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Bandai Namco Announces Dragon Ball Fusions for the Nintendo 3DS

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe has announced today  DRAGON BALL Fusions, a new portable Dragon Ball Action-RPG experience for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system. DRAGON BALL Fusions is scheduled to launch in  the west December 13th, and in Europe, Middle East and Australasian territories in February 2017.

Currently in development at Fukuoka, Japan based Ganbarion Co., Ltd; DRAGON BALL Fusions is the latest Dragon Ball experience to appear on the Nintendo 3DS platform. DRAGON BALL Fusions is an Action-RPG game that combines fighting, customization, and collecting elements to bring the Dragon Ball world to life. The game features a huge roster of character appearances stretching across the Dragon Ball anime series and movies. Players will have the opportunity to enter an all new original Dragon Ball story in DRAGON BALL Fusions’ Adventure mode or prove their fighting prowess in Multiplayer Battle mode.

DRAGON BALL Fusions also enables players to combine the powers between characters to create endless combinations of powerful characters. Players looking to share their DRAGON BALL Fusions fun will be able to use the Nintendo 3DS’ camera to take pictures with friends and fuse them with Dragon Ball characters or trade special moves with nearby players.

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New Details for Pokémon Sun and Moon Revealed

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo revealed new information for the latest games in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, launching world wide November 18th and November 23rd in Europe and will be available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Newly revealed Pokémon include:

Passimian
Type: Fighting
The Teamwork Pokémon Passimian attack by throwing Berries at their foes. They tend to live in troops of 20–30 Passimian, who all follow one leader. These tribes work in teams to train and improve their skills. This Pokémon has the Ability Receiver, an Ability which no previous Pokémon has had. With the Receiver Ability, Passimian can inherit the Ability of an ally who faints in battle. Passimian only appear in Pokémon Sun.

Oranguru
Type: Normal/Psychic
The Sage Pokémon Oranguru live in the solitary deeps of the Alolan forests and, in fact, were once known as ‘the people of the forests’. Oranguru hold a fan-like object made of leaves and are known to be kind to other Pokémon in the forest, often giving injured Pokémon medicine or hungry Pokémon food. This Pokémon can exclusively learn the new move Instruct, a move which can make the selected target use its most recent move again immediately. Oranguru only appear in Pokémon Moon.

The previously revealed Puppy Pokémon Rockruff can evolve into a different form depending on whether you are playing Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon.

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Lycanroc (Midday Form)
Type: Rock
In the world of Pokémon Sun, Rockruff is bathed in profuse amounts of solar energy, and Solgaleo’s influence causes this Pokémon to evolve into Lycanroc’s Midday Form. This form is known for speedy movement which can confound its opponents. A very loyal Pokémon, Lycanroc Midday Form dodges opponents’ strikes whilst attacking with the sharp rocks of its mane. Lycanroc Midday Form can learn Accelerock, a new move unique to the Pokémon, which is guaranteed to strike first, damaging opponents by slamming into them very quickly.

Lycanroc (Midnight Form)
Type: Rock
In the world of Pokémon Moon, Rockruff is bathed in an abundance of lunar energy, and Lunala’s influence causes this Pokémon to evolve into Lycanroc’s Midnight Form. This Pokémon will sacrifice its own safety to strike down its foes. The stronger an opponent is, the more excited Lycanroc Midnight Form becomes, its eyes glowing with the thrill of battle. This Pokémon feels a deep trust towards a Trainer who can draw forth its true power.

Two new Pokémon-specific Z-moves were also announced for some fan-favourite Pokémon:

Pikachu
Exclusive Z-Move name: Catastropika
Pikachu’s exclusive Z-Move, Catastropika, is a super-powered attack move where Pikachu borrows its Trainer’s strength, wraps itself in extra-high-voltage electric power, and charges into its opponents. This is Pikachu’s most powerful attack.

Eevee
Exclusive Z-Move name: Extreme Evoboost
Eevee’s exclusive Z-Move, Extreme Evoboost, gathers together Sylveon, Jolteon and more – all of the eight Pokémon that Eevee can evolve into – and grants their powers to Eevee. This highly powerful move raises Eevee’s Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def and Speed by 2.

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The popular character-customisation feature makes a return in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Personalise your character’s clothing, hairstyle and eye colour as you venture through the Alola region. Now, you can even dye your fashions to change their colour and make sure you pull off your favourite look whilst out adventuring.

The Pokémon Refresh feature lets you care for your Pokémon. After a battle, Pokémon can sometimes end up rumpled and dirty. Pokémon Refresh lets you clean them up, care for them, feed them Poké Beans and even cure status conditions like poisoning and paralysis that were inflicted on them in battle. Pokémon that have been looked after in Pokémon Refresh can grow very affectionate and will battle to the utmost for you. This means that sometimes they may avoid attacks from opposing Pokémon or even hold out when they’re on the verge of fainting. Take good care of all your Pokémon in Pokémon Refresh, and they will be great allies on your adventure.

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WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES, THE LEGO GROUP AND LUCASFILM ANNOUNCE LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

The No. 1 LEGO® Videogame Franchise Triumphantly Returns with an In-Depth Journey Through the Latest Star Wars Blockbuster

Experience Exclusive New Story Content from Star Wars Universe that
Provides Deeper Insights into the Film’s Most Memorable Moments, while Allowing Players to Build, Battle and Fly Through the Galaxy Like Never Before

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm today announced LEGO® Star Wars: The Force Awakens™, marking the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise, allowing players to relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a fun-filled, humorous way that only a LEGO game can offer. Launching on June 28, 2016, the game will introduce brand new gameplay mechanics to build, battle and fly through the galaxy like never before, as well as new story content exploring the time between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing additional insight about the new movie and its characters.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will be available for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Xbox One, Xbox 360, the Wii U™ system from Nintendo, the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems and Windows PC.

“We’re extremely proud of the LEGO Star Wars videogames, truly an incredible franchise that has sold more than 33 million copies and helped ignite a passion for numerous fun-filled LEGO games enjoyed by countless gamers around the world,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be pushing the series forward with innovative new gameplay mechanics, while also exploring new parts of the universe that are sure to excite and delight both LEGO and  Star Wars fans, as well as newcomers to our games.”

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“We are thrilled to be bringing back the LEGO Star Wars videogame franchise, which kicked off such a beloved series of LEGO titles more than a decade ago,” said Ada Duan, Vice President, Digital Business & Franchise Management, Lucasfilm. “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens allows players to experience the new film in a unique way that only TT Games can provide, combining signature humor with epic Star Wars action. With exclusive story content exploring new details about the movie and its characters, it’s a perfect fit for fans young and old.”

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“We are delighted to return to the Star Wars Universe and continue the journey with the franchise that started it all for LEGO videogames.” said Niels Jørgensen, Vice President, Digital Games for the LEGO Group. “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will offer an amazing gaming experience covering not only the movie but also exclusive content with all the fun and humor you would expect from a LEGO game, while delivering the epic Star Wars adventure fans expect”

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes players deeper into the new film than any other game with all of the heroic characters from the movie, including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and BB-8, as well as Kylo Ren, General Hux and Captain Phasma, while also exploring iconic Star Wars locales, such as Jakku and Starkiller Base.

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This action-packed adventure introduces new gameplay features, including the enhanced “Multi-Builds” system, where players can choose from multiple building options to advance the game. Gamers will be able to engage in intense new Blaster Battles for the first time, utilizing surrounding environments to drive back the First Order. Fans can also experience the thrill of high-speed flight gameplay through arena-based battles and dogfights in space, while utilizing a multitude of vehicles along the way, including the legendary Millennium Falcon.

PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 players will have access to exclusive downloadable content, the Droid Character Pack and the Phantom Limb Level Pack. For information on LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, visit the PlayStation Blog.

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Super Smash Bros. Direct Details

Cloud, Bayonetta, and more Fire Emblem characters await.

Today, at 2 P.M. PST, Nintendo gave their last Super Smash Bros Direct; and boy did they deliver. The director of Smash Bros., Masahiro Sakurai, went into further detail of Cloud and the character has been releases as of this writing.

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Mr. Sakurai also announced two new fighters to join the ranks of Smash Brothers sometime in February. Corrin and Bayonetta! Corrin is the protagonist from the new Fire Emblem entries Birthright and Conquest. Smash Bros. will have a male version and female version of the character (Much like Robin and Wii Fit Trainer) . Bayonetta is of course the heroine from cult classics, Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 and will be sporting costumes from both entries of the series. On top of these three unique and extremely detailed characters, Nintendo announced two new stages, a hand full of new song tracks and a closet full of Mii costumes. Exact package details are as followed:

Release December 15th:
Cloud Strife WiiU: $5.99 3DS: $5.99 Combo: 6.99
*Two Costumes (FFVII/Advent Children)
*New Stage Midgar featuring Stage Summons

Release February 2016
Corrin (m/f) WiiU: $4.99 3DS: $4.99 Combo: 5.99
*WiiU Version will get two new tracks that will show up on existing Fire Emblem stages.
*3DS Version will get trophies of Xander and Ryoma.

Bayonetta WiiU: $5.99 3DS: $5.99 Combo: $6.99
*Two costume designs
*New stage Umbra Clock Tower
*Tracks from both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 as well as original mixes for Smash
*Trophies of Jeanne, Bayonetta, Rodin and Cereza

As for the Mii Costumes, they did not give exact details on pricing or grouping of items but they are as followed:

Release today:
Chocobo Hat
Geno Costume (Gunner) from Super Mario RPG

Release February 2016:
Bionic Armor (Brawler)
Takamaru (Sword) from The Mysterious Murasame Castle
Ashley (Sword) from Wario Ware series
Gil (Sword) from The Tower of Druaga
Miles “Tails” Powers (Gunner) from Sonic the Hedgehog series
Knuckles (Brawler) from Sonic the Hedgehog series

Of course no Smash Bros. presentation is complete without Amiibo announcements! Nintendo has confirmed that Ryu, Roy and Rob (Famicom Colors) will be released on March 18, 2016. Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta are all confirmed to be getting the Amiibo treatment sometime in the future!

 

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Ships One Million Units On The 3DS In The West

In a press release by Capcom today, it was revealed that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS has shipped one million units over retail and digital since its release in North America and Europe on February 13th, 2015.

Now, I’m new to press releases, in fact, this is my first one actually getting one sent to me, but Capcom says shipped instead of sold. The reason that concerns me is that when a company says they’ve shipped that many, that means that’s how many copies they’ve sent out to retailers. Now, it is curious that Capcom includes digital as part of this ship number, as quantities of digital copies will be sold out, because you’re downloading a file to your system, not buying a box.

Either way, I don’t think companies like Capcom understand what we want to hear when it comes to how a title is performing on the market. All ship numbers are is how much demand there is, not how many copies have been sold.

For more on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and all things Capcom, make sure to keep checking back here each and every day.

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E3 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Release Date

Nintendo’s cash cow, Pokemon, and its new iterations Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, will be released for the 3DS and will be on store shelves November 21st.  It was announced today during Nintendo’s E3 press conference.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes of the 2003 hits: Ruby and Sapphire.

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