The Neoseeker Podcast crew of Darknet, Vector, Ecto, and Akira_EX is back for the fourth episode of the Neoseeker Podcast, the podcast by Neoseekers for Neoseekers! It's the Podcast's first E3 show, and for this special occasion the guys are joined by special guests Storm and RabidChinaGirl! On the docket for episode four, The E3 Big Show, are:
  • Microsoft's E3 conference
  • Nintendo's E3 conference
  • Sony's E3 conference
  • The other E3 conferences
  • The games at E3 we're excited about
  • The notable noshows from E3
And of course, the crew gives their take on the games, movies, or shiny gadgets they have gotten their hands on recently, and the questions sent to the Neoseeker Podcast mailbox!



Have any comments or thoughts? Leave them here or post them in the Neoseeker Podcast forum. Any questions you want to ask the on-air podcast crew? Send PMs to me, the Neoseeker Podcast! Rate up the Neoseeker Podcast over on GameGrep or check it out on the main page!

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I think it would be neat to start a 3DS preview series, looking at the various publishers who have shown their interest in the 3DS and check out their plan of action. We'll being looking at their confirmed games, and of course, a little history on company tendencies and speculation on what else these publishers can come up with. If you've never heard of these publishers, now it's the time to get to know them.



Atlus Co., Ltd. is a Japanese developer and publisher noted for the development of three series: the flagship Megami Tensei, Trauma Center, and Etrian Odyssey. In Japan, Atlus is the primary publishers of games from Japanese developer Sting Entertainment, having inked that deal in 2009.

The Megami Tensei series combines classic RPG gameplay with the wonders of demon fusion, not being afraid the push the boundaries of what is acceptable content-wise. Gods, demons, and fighting them both are par for the course in the Megami Tensei series, which have branched out to various spinoff series that have its roots in the original formula, like Devil Summoner, Digital Devil Saga, and the now widely-popular Persona series.

One of Atlus's key strengths is their North American localization arm Atlus USA, which was established in 1991 and is based in Irvine, CA. In a landscape filled with the NIS's and Ignition's of the world, Atlus USA has been a god among niche game localizers, steadily increasing in quality from the PlayStation days where Working Designs was king. The best part is that Atlus USA isn't tasked with just localizing the mothership's output; they can branch out and acquire the rights to those smaller Japanese titles that do not have a major American arm.

Interested in more? Check the rest of 3DS Preview Time: Atlus in the brand new General Nintendo 3DS forum!

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The Neoseeker Podcast crew of Darknet, Vector, Ecto, and Akira_EX is back for the second episode of the Neoseeker Podcast, the podcast by Neoseekers for Neoseekers! The guys are joined by special guest and Neoseeker staff writer chautemoc. On the docket for episode two are:
  • Gaming as Art
  • Activision: Evil or Just Business?
  • Movies and Games
And of course, there is also mini-reviews of the games the crew has recently played, and your questions sent to the Podcast Mailbox.

As mentioned at the top of the podcast, you can win yourself a copy of the Legendary Edition of Microsoft's upcoming Halo Reach for the Xbox 360. Check here for more details.



Have any comments or thoughts? Leave them here or post them in the Neoseeker Podcast forum! Any questions you want to ask the on-air podcast crew? Send PMs to Neoseeker Podcast! Like what you hear? Rate up the Neoseeker Podcast over on GameGrep!

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Featuring Neoseekers Darknet, Vector, Ecto, and Akira_EX, the pilot episode of the Neoseeker Podcast, the podcast by Neoseekers for Neoseekers, is now available! On the docket for the inaugural installment are the following:
  • The classic games that shaped the industry
  • Mini-reviews of games recently played
  • Favorite developers
  • Listeners' Mailbox
  • What games to look forward to


Have any comments about the pilot episode? Leave them here or post them in the Neoseeker Podcast thread! Any questions you want to ask the on-air podcast crew? Send PMs to Neoseeker Podcast! Like what you hear? Rate up the Neoseeker Podcast over on GameGrep!

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The Tokyo Game Show 2009 is once again upon us, going from September 24th to 27th at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, Japan!

And better yet, it's here to take over Neoseeker as well!




[Tokyo Game Show @ Neoseeker]


You can catch all of the sights, the sounds, the games, and the energy of this year's gaming convention in the heart of Japan and talk about all of the juicy bits that will be making its way out of the Tokyo Game Show through all of the news outlets.

But wait, where can you do this?

All of the general discussion can be found over in Loungin' in the Tokyo Game Show 2009 Discussion Thread: Game, it's so energetic!. For those Neoseeker oldies who need to get away from the hustle and bustle of Loungin', kick it back in the Oldies Lounge.

Loungin' or the Oldies Lounge too lackluster in regards to gaming? Never fear, the coalition of the General PS3, General 360, General PSP, General DS, and General Wii moderators and forums are here to satiate your appetite for hot Japanese games.

Tokyo Game Show 2009 Discussion: "Game, It's So Energetic!"
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[Keynote: Kaz Hirai - Sony Computer Entertainment's New 2009 Strategy]


Time: September 24, 2009 - 10:30am JST/UTC+9

Live Blogs:
http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2009/09/24/kaz_hirai_tgs_keynote/
http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3176155
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/tgs-2009-sony-keynote-live




[TGS Lineups]
[Games are listed by EXHIBITOR'S BOOTH; some companies are not at TGS, but their games are at other booths]
  • Abylight
    • [WW] Stop Stress: A Day of Fury
  • Acquire
    • [PSP] Class of Heroes 2
    • [PC] Fragoria - Playable
    • [PSP] Kentoushi Gladiator Begins
    • [PSP] Way of the Samurai 2 Portable
    • [PS3/PSN] Wizardry The Labyrinth of Lost Souls
    • [PC] Zipang - Playable
  • the Behemoth
    • [PSN/XBLA] Castle Crashers
    • [360] "Game 3"
  • Capcom
    • [NDS] Ghost Trick - Playable
    • [PSP] Last Ranker - Video/Stage Event
    • [360/PS3] Lost Planet 2 - Playable
    • [WII] Monster Hunter 3 (tri~) - Stage Event
    • [NDS] Okamiden: Chisaki Taiyou - Playable
    • [WII] Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles - Playable
    • [NDS] Rockman.EXE Operation Shooting Star
    • [WII/PS3] Sengoku BASARA 3 - Video/Stage Event
    • [WII] Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars - Stage Event
  • D3Publisher
    • [PSP] Atom
    • [360/PS3] Eat Lead
    • [PSP] Exorcistor
    • [NDS] Fuyu no Sonata DS
    • [NDS] Kurayami no Hate de Kimi wo Matsu
    • [PS2/PSP] Last Escort Club Katze
    • [PSP] Machi-ing Maker 3
    • [NDS] Signal
  • Koei Tecmo
    • [NDS] Again: Eye of Providence - Playable
    • [IPHONE] Annie's Wild Shot - Playable
    • [IPHONE] Dead or Alive BlackJack - Kasumi Version - Playable
    • [PC] Dead or Alive Online - Video
    • [PSP] Dynasty Warriors 6 Special - Playable
    • [PC] Dynasty Warriors Online - Playable
    • [PS3/360] Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce Multi Raid Special - Playable
    • [PSP] Haruka naru Toki no Naka de 3 - Playable
    • [PS3] Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Playable
    • [PS2/PC] Nobunaga's Ambition Online - Playable
    • [PS3] Quantum Theory - Playable
    • [IPHONE] Rio BlackJack - Playable
    • [WII] Samurai Warriors 3 - Playable/Stage Event
    • [PC] Sangokushi Online - Playable
    • [IPHONE] Sangokushi Touch - Playable
    • [PS3] Trinity Zill O'll Zero - Video
    • [PS3/PC] Uncharted Waters Online - Playable
    • [PSP] Undead Knights - Playable
    • [PSP] Warship Gunner 2 Portable - Playable
    • [PSP] Winning Post 7 2009 - Playable
  • Konami
    • [360/PS3] Darksiders
    • [PSP] Fairy Tail - Stage Event
    • [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker - Playable/Stage Event
    • [360] Ninety-Nine Nights II - Playable
    • [WII/PSP] Silent Hill - Shattered Memories- - Playable
    • [PSP] Tokimeki Memorial 4 - Playable/Stage Event
    • [PS3/360/WII/PSP] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 - 360/PS3 Playable
  • Level-5
    • [NDS] Atama no Taisou 3 & 4 - Video
    • [MOBILE] Club Girl
    • [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 2 Flame/Blizzard - Playable
    • [MOBILE] Inazuma Eleven Future - Video
    • [NDS] Mystery Room - Video
    • [NDS] Ninokuni - Playable
    • [NDS] Professor Layton and the Specter's Flute - Playable
    • [NDS] Sloane & McHale's Mysteries 2 - Video
    • [PSP] The Little Battlers - Video
  • Microsoft
    • [XBLA] 0 Day Attack on Earth (Square Enix) - Playable
    • [360] Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft) - Playable/Video
    • [360] Alan Wake - Video
    • [360] Bayonetta (Sega) - Playable/Video
    • [XBLA] Bomberman Live: Battlefest (Hudson) - Playable
    • [360] Borderlands - Video
    • [360] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Square Enix) - Video
    • [360] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (Konami) - Video
    • [360] Crackdown 2 - Video
    • [360] Dragonball Rising Blast (Namco Bandai) - Playable/Video
    • [360] Fable III
    • [360] FIFA 10 (Electronic Arts) - Playable/Video
    • [360] Forza Motorsport 3 - Playable/Video
    • [360] Front Mission Evolved (Square Enix) - Playable/Video
    • [360] Halo 3: ODST - Video
    • [360] Halo Reach - Video
    • [360] Infernal: Hell's Vengeance (Russell) - Playable/Video
    • [360] Lost Planet 2 (Capcom) - Playable/Video
    • [360] Mushihime Futari ver1.5 (Cave) - Playable/Video
    • [360] NieR Gestalt (Square Enix) - Playable/Video
    • [360] Ninety Nine Nights II (Konami) - Playable/Video
    • [XBLA] Ray Storm HD (Taito) - Playable
    • [360] Resonance of Fate (Sega) - Playable/Video
    • [360] Samurai Spirits Sen (SNK Playmore) - Playable/Video
    • [360] Shadow Complex - Playable
    • [360] Shin Sangoku Musou Multi Raid Special (Koei Tecmo) - Playable/Video
    • [360] Splinter Cell Conviction - Video
    • [360] Steins;Gate (5pb) - Playable/Video
    • [360] Tekken 6 (Namco Bandai) - Playable/Video
    • [360] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 (Konami) - Playable/Video
  • Namco Bandai
    • [PSP] .hack//Link - Playable
    • [NDS] Anpanman to Touch de Waku Waku Training - Video
    • [PSP] Battle Spirits Heroes Soul - Video
    • [PSP] Battle Spirits Kiseki no Hasha - Playable
    • [NDS] Blue Dragon: Ikai no Kyoju - Playable
    • [NDS] Dora Base 2 - Video
    • [PS3/360] Dragonball Rising Blast - Playable
    • [NDS] Element Hunters - Playable
    • [NDS] Family Trainer 1&2 - Video
    • [NDS] Fresh Pretty Cure! Asobi Collection - Video
    • [PSP] Fullmetal Alchemist: Senaka wo Takuseshi Mono - Playable
    • [PSP] God Eater - Playable
    • [PC] Gundam Network Operation 3 - Video
    • [PSP] Gundam VS Gundam NEXT Plus - Playable
    • [NDS] Idolm@sters Dearly Stars - Playable
    • [NDS] Kaiju Busters - Playable
    • [PS2] Kamen Rider Climax Heroes - Video
    • [NDS] Kimi ni Todoke: Sodateru Omoi
    • [PSP] Macross Ultimate Frontier - Playable
    • [PSP] Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's Portables - Video
    • [PSP] Naruto Shippuuden Narutimate Accel 3 - Playable
    • [NDS] Summon Night X: Tears Crown - Playable
    • [PSP] Queen's Blade: Spiral Chaos - Playable
    • [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii - Video
    • [WII] Tales of Graces - Playable
    • [PS3] Tales of Vesperia - Playable
    • [NDS] Tamagotchi no Nari Kiri Channel - Video
    • [PS3/360] Tekken 6 - Playable
    • [WII] Super Robot Taisen NEO - Playable
  • Q-Games
    • [PSP] PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe
    • [PSN-3] PixelJunk Shooter
  • Sega
    • [360/PS3] Bayonetta - Playable
    • [PSP] J.League Pro Soccer wo Tsukurou! 6 Pride of J - Video
    • [NDS] Little Busters! Converted Edition (Prototype) - Video
    • [PSP] Lunar: Harmony of the Silver Star (GungHo Software) - Playable
    • [WII] MadWorld (Spike) - Video
    • [NDS] Nine Hours, Nine People, Nine Doors (Spike) - Video
    • [PSP] Phantasy Star Portable 2 - Playable
    • [NDS] Poupe Girl DS (Alvion) - Playable
    • [WII/NDS/PSP] Puyo Puyo 7 - Playable
    • [360/PS3] Resonance of Fate - Playable
    • [WII] Super Monkey Ball Step & Roll - Playable
    • [WII] The House of the Dead: Overkill - Playable
    • [360] Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life (Prototype) - Video
    • [NDS] Umihara Kawase Shun Second Edition (Genterprise) - Playable
    • [WII] Up (E Frontier) - Playable
    • [PSP] Valkyria Chronicles 2 - Playable
    • [WII] Wacky World of Sports - Playable
    • [PS3] Yakuza 4
  • Sony
    • [PSN-3] Angel Senki (Q Entertainment) - Playable
    • [PS3] Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft) - Playable
    • [PS3] Bayonetta (Sega) - Playable
    • [PSP] BLEACH: Soul Carnival 2 - Playable
    • [PSN-P] Crystal Defenders (Square Enix) - Playable
    • [PSN-P] Disgaea Infinite (Nippon Ichi) - Playable
    • [PS3] Dragonball Raging Blast (Bandai Namco) - Playable
    • [PSP] Dynasty Warriors 6 Special (Koei Tecmo) - Playable
    • [PS3] Dynasty Warriors Strike Force Special (Koei Tecmo) - Playable
    • [PSP] EchoShift - Playable
    • [PSN-3] Fat Princess - Playable
    • [PS3] FIFA 10 World Class Soccer (Electronic Arts) - Playable
    • [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix) - Playable
    • [PS3] Front Mission Evolved (Square Enix) - Playable
    • [PS3] God of War III - Playable
    • [PSP] God Eater (Bandai Namco) - Playable
    • [PSP] Gran Turismo - Playable
    • [PS3] Gran Turismo 5 - Playable
    • [PSN-3] Gravity Crush - Playable
    • [PS3] Heavy Rain - Playable
    • [PSP] Hot Shots Tennis Portable - Playable
    • [PSN-3] Hustler King - Playable
    • [PS3] inFamous - Playable
    • [PSP] Jak X Daxter - Playable
    • [PSP] Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (Square Enix) - Playable
    • [PSP] LittleBigPlanet Portable - Playable
    • [PSN-P] LocoRoco -Midnight Carnival- - Playable
    • [PS3] Lost Planet 2 (Capcom) - Playable
    • [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker (Konami) - Playable
    • [PSP] Minna no Sukkiri - Playable
    • [PSP] MotorStorm Raging Ice - Playable
    • [PS3] Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (Koei Tecmo) - Playable
    • [PSP] Persona 3 Portable (Atlus) - Playable
    • [PSP] Phantasy Star Portable (Sega) - Playable
    • [PSN-P] PixelJunk Shooter (Q Games) - Playable
    • [PS3] Quantum Theory (Koei Tecmo) - Playable
    • [PS3] Ratchet & Clank Future 2 - Playable
    • [PSP] SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals Portable - Playable
    • [PS3] Tekken 6 (Bandai Namco) - Playable
    • [PSN-P] Thexder Neo (Square Enix) - Playable
    • [PS3] Uncharted 2 - Playable
    • [PSP] Undead Knights (Koei Tecmo) - Playable
    • [PSP] Valkyria Chronicles 2 (Sega) - Playable
    • [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 (Konami) - Playable
    • 2 Unannounced PS3 Titles
    • 3 Unannounced PSP Titles
    • 1 Unannounced Game Archives PSN Title
  • Square Enix
    • [NDS] 4 Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden - Playable/Video
    • [PS3/360] Batman: Arkham Asylum - Video
    • [NDS] Cross Treasures - Video
    • [PS3/360/PC] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Video
    • [PSN-P] Crystal Defenders - Playable/Video
    • [PSP] Dissidia: Final Fantasy Universal Tuning - Video
    • [MOBILE] Dragon Quest III - Playable/Video
    • [NDS] Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie - Playable/Video
    • [NDS] Dragon Quest IX: Hoshizora no Mamoribito
    • [ARC] Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road II
    • [MOBILE] Dragon Quest Motto Fushigi no Dungeon - Playable
    • [MOBILE] Final Fantasy IV - Playable
    • [WW] Final Fantasy IV: The After Years - Video
    • [PS2/360/PC] Final Fantasy XI: Vana'diel Collection 2 - Video
    • [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII - Playable/Video
    • [PS3/PC] Final Fantasy XIV - Video
    • [WII] Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers - Playable/Video
    • [PS3/360/PC] Front Mission Evolved - Playable/Video
    • [WII] Full Metal Alchemist: Daughter of the Dusk - Playable/Video
    • [PSP] Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep - Playable/Video
    • [MOBILE] Kingdom Hearts Coded - Video
    • [ARC] Lord of Vermillion II - Video
    • [360] NieR Gestalt - Playable/Video
    • [PS3] NieR RepliCant - Video
    • [MOBILE] Seiken Densetsu 2 - Playable
    • [PS3] Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope International - Playable/Video
    • [PSN-P] Thexder Neo - Playable/Video
  • Ubisoft
    • [PS3/360] Assassin's Creed II
    • [PS3/360/NDS] James Cameron's Avatar: The Game
    • [WII] Rabbids Go Home
    • [WII] Red Steel 2
    • [360] Splinter Cell Conviction
Abbreviations:
  • [360] Xbox 360
  • [ARC] Arcade
  • [DSi] Nintendo DSi
  • [IPHONE] iPhone
  • [MOBILE] Mobile (Cell phone)
  • [NDS] Nintendo DS
  • [PC] PC
  • [PS2] PlayStation 2
  • [PS3] PlayStation 3
  • [PSN-3] PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3
  • [PSN-P] PlayStation Network for PlayStation Portable
  • [XBLA] Xbox Live Arcade
  • [WII] Wii
  • [WW] WiiWare





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This is Scribble@Neo, Scribblenauts @ Neoseeker, the latest in the @Neoseeker campaign, promoting Warner Bros.'s DS puzzle title Scribblenauts. Scribblenauts is the emergent puzzle action game from the folks over at 5TH Cell, headed and co-founded by Managing Director Joseph M. Tringali, Creative Director Jeremiah Slaczka, and Business Director Brett Caird. The studio's body of work includes well-received DS platformer Drawn to Life and DS tower defense Lock's Quest.

The company's latest project is Scribblenauts, the media darling of the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, and winner of many Best of Show awards, toppling favorites such as Uncharted 2 and Modern Warfare 2.





Scribblenauts boasts a 22,000+ word in-game dictionary in its tiny cartridge, where you can write or type in any object that you can think of (that's not a proper noun, copyrighted or inappropriate), and it will be replicated in-game, with the qualities of the real life object. This is possible because Objectnaut, 5TH Cell's main game engine in which each object is given a set of properties based on the object's characteristics. For the programmers out there, the general idea of the system is akin to implementing interfaces in Java.

Of course, aside from the various ordinary everyday objects, there are some items in the game that are pretty out there, that you wouldn't expect:




One now-famous forum post concerning Scribblenauts that launched the media and internet love for the game is Post 217 by Feep on the NeoGAF forums (all of which are in the game, by the way). Here is the post that turned Scribblenauts from sleeper hit to internet darling in all its (censored because of Neoseeker) glory:

quote Feep, Post #217, NeoGAF
I had played all the big titles at E3. Private showings of God of War III, Heavy Rain, Alan Wake. But at 4:00 on Thursday, I was wandering around the show floor, wondering what else I had to see. I saw a small little booth for "Scribblenauts!" in the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment section. I mean, who goes to that booth? But I remember hearing about it on GAF, and so I decided to check it out.

Best game of E3? Without a *bleep*ing doubt. Anyone who says otherwise did not play Scribblenauts. Best game of all time? Jesus Christ, I don't know, maybe. It's a game that challenges your IMAGINATION. No other game has ever done that.

So listen to this story. I was in the early levels; I didn't quite have an idea of how ridiculously in-depth the database was. I was summoning things like ladders, glasses of water, rayguns, what have you. But I reached a level with zombie robots, and the zombie robots kept killing me. Rayguns didn't work, a torch didn't work, a pickaxe didn't work. In my frustration, I wrote in "Time Machine". And one popped up. What the *bleep*? A smile dawned on my face. I hopped in, and the option was given to me to either travel to the past or the future. I chose past. When I hopped out, there were *bleep*ing dinosaurs walking around. I clicked one, and realized I could RIDE THEM. So I hopped on a *bleep*ing DINOSAUR, traveled back to the present, and stomped the s--- out of robot zombies. Did you just read that sentence? Did you really? I *BLEEP*ING TRAVELED THROUGH TIME AND JUMPED ON A DINOSAUR AND USED IT TO KILL MOTHER*BLEEP*ING ROBOT ZOMBIES. This game is unbelievable. Impossible. There's nothing you can't do.

Holy *bleep*ing s---.
Oh, and by the way, are you not a fan of American English? The North American version will support Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, French, Spanish, and other variants. For those in the United Kingdom, your version of the game will account for British English.



Of course, the game isn't all about spawning random items to test the game's word database. You control the titular Scribblenaut, Maxwell, with one goal in mind: collect the Starite in each level armed with a pen and paper. There are over 200 levels in Scribblenauts, split between Puzzle stages and Action stages.



In Puzzle stages, you have to solve the puzzle presented in the level in order for the Starite to appear. In Action stages, you can see the Starite, but you'll need write up some items and platform your way to the goal. If you complete a level meeting certain requirements, you will gain "Merits", which are in-game achievements for each level. You can replay any level at any time, but the game will remember up to three playthroughs which items you have used. In a replay, you can't use an item that you have used before in that level up to those three previous playthroughs. Aside from merits, you earn "Ollars" with each completed level, which is an in-game currency that allows you to customize Maxwell.



With this sort of near-infinite replayability, Scribblenauts is a game that challenges your imagination. Any Joe Schmoe can take an axe to a tree to get the Starite down, but can you think of a better way to do it?

















Platform: Nintendo DS
Developer: 5TH Cell
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Players: 1
MSRP: 29.99 USD
Release Dates: NA: September 15, 2009 | EU: October 9, 2009 | AU: September 30, 2009
Official Site: NA



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This is Layton@Neo: Professor Layton @ Neoseeker, the latest campaign on the @Neoseeker tour for and promote Nintendo's puzzle-solving adventure title Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box for the Nintendo DS. Developed by RPG house Level-5 (Dragon Quest VIII/IX, Inazuma Eleven, White Knight Chronicles, Rogue Galaxy, Dark Cloud), Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box puts you in control of the titular professor and his assistant Luke as they seek out the mysteries surrounding the fabled Elysian Box and the death of Layton's mentor Dr. Andrew Schrader.





Professor Hershel Layton and his number one assistant Luke are back once again. Having already solved the mystery behind the curious village of St. Mystere in the duo's previous adventure, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, our favorite professor and apprentice take a ride on the Molentary Express with a mission.

The honorable Professor had received a letter from his mentor, Dr. Andrew Schrader, who had been in search of the elusive Elysian Box, a box which purportedly kills anyone who opens it. Lo and behold, the doctor has finally obtained the box, and wants to give the old artifact a go. When Layton and Luke arrive on the scene, however, it's too late: the good doctor is now a dead doctor who has died of unidentifiable causes, with the only clue being a ticket for the Molentary Express.








At the heart of each of the Professor Layton games are puzzles. These puzzles can be found as you point-and-click around the train while controlling Layton, inspecting various objects and talking to various people. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box will contain over 150 different puzzles of multiple types, from number puzzles to logic puzzles to all sorts of puzzles that will utilize the touch screen. The original Professor Layton game contained 135 puzzles.

Each puzzle has a score you can obtain for correctly answering the puzzle, counted in Picarats. The amount of Picarats you can earn for a puzzle will decrease with every incorrect answer, so you want the maximum score you'll need a correct answer on the first try. If you get stuck on a puzzle, you can spend a hint coin which are strewn all around the world in various nooks and crannies that only the touch of the stylus can uncover. You can use up to three hints per puzzle, and if you still need help after that, you'll need to start thinking harder.



Like in Professor Layton and the Curious Village, there are extra puzzles and mysteries to uncover stowed away in the good professor's trunk. Like before, to get the parts and items necessary to complete these puzzles, you'll need to solve the puzzles tucked away inside the Molentary Express. These three extra puzzles include a camera that you'll have to put together, a hamster you need to get into shape, and a tea set where you need to combine some ingredients to concoct a delicious beverage.



Also like in the first game, there are Layton's extra challenges available, and weekly puzzles able to be downloaded via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, providing almost no stop to the fun. Utilizing a password found in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box will unlocked that special content that was tucked away in Professor Layton and the Curious Village, and vice versa.












Platform: Nintendo DS
Developer: Level-5
Publisher: Nintendo (NA/PAL), Level-5 (JP)
Players: 1
MSRP: 29.99 USD
Release Dates: NA: August 24, 2009 | EU: September 25, 2009 | JP: November 29, 2007 | AU: September 24, 2009
Official Site: NA | JP



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Just arrived today from NCSX:







Wiimote comparison:













Nunchuk comparison:







This thing is sexy

Sorry for image quality; used DSi camera

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LKS@Neo is back with another entry ready and set to give you more information about XSEED Games' Little King's Story for the Nintendo Wii. This go-around we'll be going over some of the job classes you'll first encounter in your first days as the soverign of the Kingdom of Alpoko.





At first, your kingdom is solely populated by the hapless Carefree Adult. They're pretty lazy, and they would rather be lounging around than actually working. Catch them on a good day, and you can even see them taking a nap around town. Their skillset pretty much limits them to digging with their barehands; being so useless that they don't carry tools, they can't do much else.

What's a king to do with such useless subjects? Force them into employment, that's what.



One of the first jobs you can make your Carefree Adults into is the Hardworking Farmer. But before you can force your adults into field labor for free, you're going to need to build a Farmhouse in your kingdom first.

The Hardworking Farmer's main speciality is Excavation. They dig holes at triple speed, and are the only ones who can dig into small cracks. Once these small cracks are made larger by farmers, then other jobs can get in on the digging action. If they're the ones digging, they'll find better treasures in the ground than say a Carefree Adult, but the Farmers are the only ones who can uncover health-restoring hot springs.



The other thing you can do in your small kingdom is to force your citizens into military service. By sending Carefree Adults into a Guard Hut, you can turn them into Grunt Soldiers at no cost.

The Grunt Soldier has no real speciality, but they can fight pretty well. They take the fight to heart, even to the point of clinging onto their enemies to take them down. Unfortunately, they're as dumb as a rock, so they can't do much else. I guess that's what it means to be a grunt.

This is only a small sampling of the jobs that the game has to offer, because you can't take over the world with only farmers and soldiers.










Platform: Wii
Developer: CiNG, Town Factory
Publisher: XSEED Games (NA), Rising Star Games (PAL), Marvelous Entertainment (JP)
Players: 1
MSRP: $49.99 USD
Release Dates: NA: July 21, 2009 | PAL: April 24, 2009 | JP: September 3, 2009
Official Site: NA | PAL | JP



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What, did you think we were one and done with LKS@Neo? Not a chance. You got your introduction to Little King's Story @ Neoseeker, but we're nowhere close to raising the white flag.

Like any great king, Corobo can't do it alone. His top advisors in Alpoko Kingdom weigh in with their views and ideas and help Corobo keep on conquering.





He's the Little King. Corobo Bred is his name, conquering the world is his game. Once just a timid lad, he happens across a mysterious and powerful crown that makes people follow his orders, and promptly becomes the king of Alpoko. He also has quite the way with the ladies. I think it's because of his boyish looks; the ladies can't resist them.



Howser Oreganostein is a bull knight. He and his trusty steed Pancho have been searching for a true king for upwards of 35 years. Once he happens across the crown-ified Corobo, he sees the potential in the little king. Howser's endless ambition and helpful advice is the major proponent of Corobo's initial drive to world domination.



One of Corobo's friends, Liam Rice is the Little King's self-appointed Anything Minister that will handle everything and anything. He's pretty arrogant and lazy, though, and doesn't really give a good first impression.



Verde Sous is another one of Corobo's friends that self-appoints herself as Alpoko's Records Minister. She's pretty uptight, rude, arrogant, and condescending, who gets even more so when Corobo starts macking it up with the lady princesses out there. I think she's jealous.



Known for his mind and impossible wealth of knowledge and information, Skinny Ray is an old man on a bike looking like he's awesome. His knowledge is surprising yet valuable, although he's pretty redundant and repeats things alot.

Oh hey, a group shot-



Wait, who's missing?



[The Official Little King's Story Thread of Conquering Lands, Wooing Princesses, and Commanding Citizens]
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Platform: Wii
Developer: CiNG, Town Factory
Publisher: XSEED Games (NA), Rising Star Games (PAL), Marvelous Entertainment (JP)
Players: 1
MSRP: $49.99 USD
Release Dates: NA: July 21, 2009 | PAL: April 24, 2009 | JP: September 3, 2009
Official Site: NA | PAL | JP



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This is LKS@Neo: Little King's Story @ Neoseeker, a small little campaign to build the hype for and promote XSEED Games/Marvelous Entertainment/Rising Star Games' kingdom-building RTS/sim Little King's Story for the Wii. Co-developed by CiNG (Trace Memory, Hotel Dusk) and Town Factory, Little King's Story puts you in the shoes of the young Corobo Bred, who finds a mysterious crown that grants him the power to charm people and have them follow his commands.






Corobo isn't exactly the strongest tool in the shed, but hey, he's a king! Why not have your loyal, faithful followers fight for you? Think of it sort of like Pikmin, except with people, and not weird little animal/plant things.



Unlike Pikmin though, these guys have lives. They live, they breathe, and need some care from the ruler of the kingdom. But they'll listen to you and give it their all. Don't forget your daily upkeep of the kingdom, because a growing empire needs money too. It's got needs.




That magical crown makes him Corobo king of his dinky little village, but true kings have aspiration for more global conquest. His little burg Alpoko needs to grow, baby.



There is a big, big world to explore, and exotic kingdoms that needs to be fought. Each kingdom has its own theme, and their own strengths and weaknesses. So do your citizens, especially when they start training up to be some sort of specialized job, including Soldier, Hunters, Farmers, and the like.

Conquer a kingdom, and you earn the kingdom's lands, the vast riches, and the hand of the kingdom's princess, ready and waiting to ride off into the sunset with our little player.
















Platform: Wii
Developer: CiNG, Town Factory
Publisher: XSEED Games (NA), Rising Star Games (PAL), Marvelous Entertainment (JP)
Players: 1
MSRP: $49.99 USD
Release Dates: NA: July 21, 2009 | PAL: April 24, 2009 | JP: September 3, 2009
Official Site: NA | PAL | JP



@Neoseeker is a new campaign created to promote games within Neoseeker while staying unique to Neoseeker. It is a combination of game, forum, and news awareness by combining and strongly linking discussion and game news through a game's Profile, Forum, GameGrep news, Neoseeker articles, and General Platform forum(s). The Neoseeker logo and swoosh are copyrighted by Neo Era Media, Inc. and the company is not affiliated with the @Neoseeker campaign.

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So, if you haven't checked out my (incomplete) gaming collection/backloggery, you can see I like to buy/collect a lot of games. I'm no Kadey, that's for sure. If you also know me, I like to import games.

So I was browsing my favorite import retailer Play-Asia, looking for a $43 filler for my $7 second set of DSi screen protectors so I can apply one of those nifty $5 off $50 coupons (Yeah, that's right, I looked for a $43 filler to use a $50 coupon). I settled on [NDS] Sigma Harmonics, [NDS] Emblem of Gundam, and two Super Famicom games, SD Gundam Generation: Babylonia Kenkoku Senki (D Generation) and SD Gundam Generation: Colony Kakutouki (F Generation).

That package arrived today:



Now, you see, I didn't exactly read the Play-Asia descriptions right, because lo and behold, when I opened D Generation:



Hold the phone! These aren't what Super Famicom carts look like!

Apparently, the SD Gundam Generation games for the Super Famicom utilized the Sufami Turbo, which was created by Bandai and released in 1996 in Japan, to combat rising software storage costs. Unlike the Aladdin Deck Enhancer released by Camerica in the US, this was actually approved by Nintendo provided Bandai handled all the manufacturing and costs, which they did. This is what the Sufami Turbo looks like:



There are two slots: Slot 1 and Slot 2. The game you're actually playing goes into Slot 1, but some Sufami Turbo games (like the SD Gundam Generation games) support linking, so you can put another game in Slot 2 and it'll link to the game in Slot 1. In the case of the SD Gundam Generation games, you can use the exclusive units from the game in Slot 2 in the main game in Slot 1.

But, you see, being made in 1996 and all, the Sufami Turbo is not exactly easily obtainable.

I mean, both of them were under $10 a pop, so I have really little regrets, but imagine my surprise when I saw the cartridge when I opened them up.

So remember kiddies, here's an important lesson: read what exactly you'll about to import. But, if you're really a gamer, you'll import anyway and then read what exactly you need to play it!

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Well, the old idea failed before it even got off the ground. Between Neoseeker's actual news section and GameGrep, I didn't have time to repost NPD numbers a third time. Ah well.

So let's reboot this blog!

But this blog's going to be all about the video games, and whatever else important stuff might come up.

I prefer the Wii over the 360 and PS3, and DS over the PSP, so you'll see stuff slanted thataway.

Nothing against the systems, but aside from a few games I already own, there's really only a handful of games on those systems that are actually interesting.

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Welcome everybody! This is the first entry in my newly-created blog, which will cover mainly the goings-on of the video game industry, from consoles to handhelds, gaming websites to companies, etc. Now, this won't be a "So I'm playing this game today and this happened", a "OMG Politics", or a "Dear Blog, this is what happened to me today" type of blog. This will be just a running commentary on the games industry, with all the events that will happen, from various weekly Media Create numbers, to NPD numbers, or sounding off on some of the more prevalent issues current circulating the industry. Heck, I'll even put the spotlight on some games that I think need some more recognition.

I also have a blog over on Cheap Ass Gamer, but there's a grand total of four entries and I really haven't kept up-to-date on it.

If you want to keep up with the news that affect the gaming industry, check it out on GameGrep.

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