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Leaked Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's footage shows Megas fighting it out, plus bike rides

17 comments Max Navarro - 10:31am (PST) Like Share

Where are the trumpets

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Yesterday, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire received a trailer highlighting some of the new mega evolutions and glorious 3D graphics available in the titles. Today, some leaked gameplay footage showing off various Mega Evolutions and random gameplay event like capturing a Pokemon has found its way online. Where the footage was taken from is unclear, nevertheless PokeBlip has found the footage and uploaded it for us all to take in.

Trainers can watch two of the mega evolutions which are brand new to the Pokémon series -- Diancie and Metagross. Mega Diancie, an oddly beautiful and sparkly stone creature, shows off its graceful attacks by taking down all of the Hoenn starters, Swampert, Blaziken, and Sceptile. Next comes Mega Metagross in perfect form, bullying Swampert with Meteor Arm, an attack definitely beneficial to the Pokémon species. If I were ever to be punched out, I definitely wouldn't want it to happen by something that increased its attack stat after each punch. 

Other than that, a nifty mechanic returning from Pokémon X and Y is showcased here: experience points are rewarded after a catching a Pokémon, such as the wild Zigzagoon in the trailer. Players also get a look at the male protagonist as he wheels around Fortree City and near Lavaridge Town on his Acro Bike, then the female protagonist takes the stage, speeding away through Cycling Road on her Mach Bike. Long-time players will enjoy seeing these long-beloved areas once again, this time in 3D. And to top it all off, the evolution screen itself has evolved (pun intended) with a nifty new background.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are coming exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS on November 21, 2014.

Editor's note: This post was originally posted as off the footage was official, but that has since been corrected and the has text edited to represent that.

 
 

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham's latest trailer sees Brainiac and the shrinking world

2 comments Max Navarro - 1:29am (PST) Like Share

Is Joker taking a selfie?

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A new trailer was recently released for the upcoming Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. This trailer shows off a new main antagonist, Brainiac, and introduces players to his ultimate goal -- to shrink planet Earth to a pocket-sized sphere to add to his personal collection of famous places.

Brainiac, a maniacal, intelligent super villain promoted from his role as a minor villain in Lego Batman 2, aims to take over the world using Lantern Rings. By taking control of heroes and other villains who stand in his way, the green android makes it quickly known that he is a force to be reckoned with -- even Batman, hero of heroes, is seen fighting Robin in the very beginning of the trailer. If a villain has complete control over the conscience of all of humanity, what can a measly group of heroes do? Surprisingly enough, quite a bit. Teaming up with the Legion of Doom, Batman and friends must travel through the Lantern Worlds to stop Brainiac from shrinking and destroying Earth as they know it. 

The Lego game series may have some dramatic cinematic trailers, but the games are known for their lighthearted design and gameplay. Despite a rather dark and foreboding cutscene such as in the trailer, players can expect a much more chipper and fun gameplay experience. The Joker singing about having the whole world in his pants doesn't imply a particularly moody game.

Unfortunately Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is not out, but it will be available for Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS, Sony's PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and PC systems by the end of 2014. 

 
 

Azure Striker Gunvolt to launch with free download for Mighty Gunvolt

2 comments Leo Chan - 1:30pm (PST) Like Share

Get some 8-bit as part your balanced 16-bit breakfast

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Azure Striker Gunvolt hits the Japanese eShop today with a special surprise: a complimentary download code for the newly announced Mighty Gunvolt, an action platforming title scheduled for a winter 2014 launch that promises to blend Capcom's classic NES Mega Man titles with Konami's Kid Dracula. Even better, the official English Gunvolt Twitter account confirms that the upcoming North American Gunvolt release will also come with free Mighty Gunvolt downloads.

Mighty Gunvolt features Gunvolt, Beck from Mighty No. 9 and... Ekoro from GalGun as they tackle five levels of retro action, right down to the 8-bit NES style graphics. Two Mega Man inspired heroes in a Mega Man inspired title that comes free with another Mega Man (X) inspired title; Inti Creates knows what sort of retro love letters you're looking for, but keep in mind the free Mighty Gunvolt offer won't last forever.

Make sure to grab Azure Striker Gunvolt before November 19th if you want two games for the price of $14.99 USD, as the promotion only lasts three months following the release of the title on eShop this August 29th.

 
 

Mega Slowbro gets his own trailer, check out the wobbling critter in action

18 comments Max Navarro - 6:26pm (PST) Like Share

I'm nicknaming mine Slowburrito

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Following the recent leak of two new Mega Pokémon, Mega Audino was officially revealed through a trailer released by Nintendo. Unfortunately though, Mega Slowbro was nowhere to be found -- probably crawling along somewhere behind the cameraman. Either way, here he is now with his own trailer to make a splash against the Hoenn starters.

Should players prefer to keep Slowbro instead evolving it into Slowking, players can give Slowbro its Mega Stone and see where that goes. Mega Slowbro retains his water/psychic typing, and regardless of its abilities before mega-evolving will gain the Shell Armor ability, which stops enemies from landing critical hits. Of course, all of this is in exchange for allowing Shellder to eat the poor thing. When Shellder consumes Slowbro, sparking the mega evolution, the defense and special defense stats greatly improve. Step out of the way Slowking, there's a new best Pokémon in town.

Game Freak describes the new evolution as follows.

Slowbro is a Water- and Psychic-type Pokémon and one of two evolved forms of Slowpoke, the other being Slowking. When Slowbro Mega Evolves into Mega Slowbro, its energy gathers in the Shellder clamped onto its tail. As a result, the hardness of its shell is boosted, making its armor incredibly strong. In battle, Mega Slowbro balances on its tail, wearing Shellder as an impenetrable armor over its body.

Mega Slowbro has the Shell Armor Ability, meaning opponents can never land a critical hit, making Mega Slowbro a defensive threat in battle. Its Defense and Sp. Attack also increase, making it a great teammate for long battles requiring high endurance.

For the trainers jumping out of their seats to get the oddly adorable and slightly memetic Mega Slowbro, a bit of a wait is in the way. Mega Slowbro will not be available until the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, coming to North American Nintendo 3DS systems on November 21, 2014. Even with all of these new forms being announced, the real question is -- what's the next Mega Pokémon?

 
 

Pokemon Company planning project announcement, stream schedule for August 26

38 comments Max Navarro - 3:21pm (PST) Like Share

Pokémon Pinball OR/AS hype

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The Pokémon Company is set to unveil a new project soon. Through a special stream on NicoNico, fans will be receiving news regarding an upcoming installment to the Pokémon series -- be it a new manga, game, or anime -- at 9PM EDT on next Tuesday, August 26th.

So what exactly could this new reveal be? Though the stream announcement really gives no information about the reveal other than that it will be a new addition to the Pokémon series, there are a few small little details to be highlighted. The Pokémon Company promises "a shocking announcement", which implies something major -- which makes us hope for a game. Other than that, everyone seems to be in the dark. Fan speculation has brought a few things to light, including curious trademarks made in the past by Game Freak and Nintendo.

This time last year, a strange image surfaced from the Pokémon Game Show that showed a Lucario and Blaziken locked in battle, running on what seemed to be a Nintendo Wii U. At the time, Game Freak confirmed that it was just a concept, but trademarks for Pokkén Fighters and Pokkén Tournament also snuck in in August 2013. From there, rumors began to blaze over the internet about what exactly the conceptual image might have been, and we might get our first official footage of the title on Tuesday. Of course, it's also been quite a while since we've gotten a new Pokémon Pinball title, so this could perhaps even be a remake of Pokémon Pinball Ruby/Sapphire to partner with the upcoming 3DS titles.

Considering Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have not hit the market yet, it's probably a safe bet to assume that this will not be a main series title, but anything goes in the gaming world. Nevertheless, all that can be done until the stream begins is wait with baited breath. Details are scarce, so all guesses are just hopes and dreams for now. In the meantime, Pokémon fans can sit back and discuss more recent news, such as the inclusion of Mega Slowbro and Audino in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. After all, who doesn't want a daily dose of Pokémon knowledge?

 
 

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley introduces Skills for animals, trailer shows return to basics

11 comments Max Navarro - 9:36pm (PST) Like (1) Share

BUHGAWK

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Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley for the Nintendo 3DS has recently received some new information through one of Natsume's developer diaries. The Harvest Moon series is known for bringing its characters closer to nature with the quirky and cute animals, plus a major focus on land cultivation. The Lost Valley's direction is to bring the formula back to the basics.

A major point in the series, animals, have gotten a neat renovation. Each animal, from the puffy sheep to the admittedly spunky-looking chickens, now has a personality. Referred to as their "skills," animal traits can be mixed and matched within various barns to personalize the way farmers lay out their farms. These traits make a large difference in the way the animals interact with each other and with the farmer, so it's best to keep the creatures happy by paying close attention to every individual traits.

Animals in The Lost Valley can favorite seasons and choose whether or not they prefer to be clean. Elegant animals love to be clean, and absolutely despise any mess. Maybe it's best to keep animals with this trait together in one barn, but what happens if they like different seasons? Traits can be bred on to offspring, then leveled up to optimize the perfect animals for a farm.

Of course, skills don't just happen. Well, a few of them do, but most are taught by feeding the animals. If I had the option to learn from eating, life would be good, but alas, that's reserved for Harvest Moon animals. After making various feeds, farmers can  serve their pets and teach them any variety of traits that can be passed on. No word regarding a maximum or minimum number of skills has been given just yet.

The last batch of information from the developer diary comes in the form of a history of development. As Natsume began work on The Lost Valley, it was codenamed "Back to Basics," meaning just what it implies. The upcoming installment of Harvest Moon on the 3DS will feature four animal types -- cows, chickens, horses, and sheep.

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley will be available for the Nintendo 3DS in the third quarter of 2014 for North America and European fans will have to wait until 2015. In the meantime, Natsume also provided a trailer to tide over the eager fanbase.

 
 

Post-launch support for Hyrule Warriors announced, expect long-term releases through DLC

16 comments Max Navarro - 3:06pm (PST) Like (1) Share

Team Tingle + Error lives!

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Through an official post on Twitter, Koei Tecmo revealed plans for long-term support of their upcoming title, Hyrule Warriors. Fans may be excited to hear that the company has every intention of keeping the game alive for quite a while, possibly through the release of new characters, weapons, and stories.

Legend of Zelda games are already full of content that provide hours and hours of gameplay. Post-launch content and updates have been up to this point near nonexistent, however. As reference, the last downloadable content offered in a Legend of Zelda title was a game-breaking glitch fix in Skyward Sword. Koei Tecmo looks to capitalize on hungry adventurers needing more than that to tide them over.

Koei Tecmo's translated tweet can be found below.

“New information to commemorate the release. Hyrule Warriors is a “festive Zelda title” that was made with much effort. In order to have you folks enjoy it for longer, we’re currently planning long-term updates and a large-scale mode expansion. We’ve received a few bug reports, so we’ll be working on that as well.”

For these reasons, the development staff will be working in the midst of Obon (Japanese holiday). Keep it a secret from everyone!”

Knowing the Dynasty Warriors series, it is almost guaranteed that playable characters will be added to the title as time goes on. I doubt a hidden Moblin character will be released, but it sure would be fun to have more enemies added to the roster. It's a secret to everybody; sound familiar? 

Hyrule Warriors will launch on the Nintendo Wii U starting September 19th in Europe, September 20th in Australia, and September 26th in North America. Hyrule Warriors is already out to strong reviews in Japan, but other parts of the world still have a little while longer before checking the game out. 

 
 

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric gets a new trailer, Metal Sonic makes an appearance

6 comments Max Navarro - 9:04pm (PST) Like Share

Anyone else getting a Dr. Nefarious vibe?

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Sonic the Hedgehog has taken on a few odd enemies in the past, but none like Lyric. Details have been pretty scarce regarding the main antagonist of the Sonic Boom titles, but a trailer at Gamescom has an update. Curiously enough, another famous Sonic antagonist appears at the end. Could this be a new playable character reveal, or just a teaser of a secondary antagonist? Either way, Metal Sonic flies into action in the last seconds of the trailer, leaving behind some unanswered questions.

Who is Lyric and where did he come from? Lyric has been described as a "snake-like creature from an ancient race" by Sega, which leaves some questions. He looks like a snake with a kremling head, but that may just be me. Nevertheless, the half-robotic tyrant was discovered by Sonic and friends in some now-opened ruins during a leisurely attempt to thwart Dr. Robotnik's weekly plan. His goal? Change all organic beings to robots. That sounds oddly familiar.

Hopefully more details will be released soon that differentiate Lyric and Ratchet and Clank's Dr. Nefarious. However, the robo-snake may not be the only evil that Sonic and co. have to worry about this time around -- Metal Sonic, one of Eggman's favorite inventions, also makes an appearance near the end of the trailer. Following his most recent appearance in Sonic Generations, Metal Sonic proved to players all over the world once again that nothing good ever happens when he's around. I suspect that, being a robotic version of Sonic the Hedgehog, Metal Sonic might be just a nasty cog in Lyric's plan.

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal will come to the Nintendo 3DS on November 11th, 2014, while Wii U owners will have to wait until November 18th, 2014 to pick up Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

 
 

Super Smash Bros. recruits Meta Knight, the Halberd flies once more

20 comments Rory Young - 7:04pm (PST) Like (1) Share

Kirby's armored alter ego returns

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Another Super Smash Bros. veteran has returned to the roster. Kirby's alter ego, his shadow, his black knight, Meta Knight has been confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Super Smash Bros. 3DS. Considering Super Smash Bros. 3DS is just a month away from release in Japan, Nintendo must be running out of fighters left to reveal. Kirby, however, can rest easy knowing that he, King Dedede and now Meta Knight will each be returning.

The anti-hero was essentially confirmed yesterday, when Sakurai's picture of the day showed a Mii Fighter in Meta Knight's armor. Considering the fighters mimic the playstyles of other fighters, to an extent at least, it made sense that Meta Knight was just awaiting his official reveal. It will be interesting to see exactly what the Mii Fighter's Meta Knight armor means in terms of gameplay. Maybe it's just a skin for the sword fighter and doesn't carry with it any other gameplay ramifications?

With potentially few roster spots, the question become who is left? There are a number of extremely important champs from Smash history that will cause riots if left off of the list. Ice Climbers? Falco? Dr. Mario? For all that is holy's sake, Ness and Jiggly puff still haven't been confirmed! Nintendo has some explaining to do in these weeks to come. Well, at least we all know Wario will probably wrangle one of the last spots for himself.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS will launch October 3 in North America and Europe, with Super Smash Bros. Wii U to follow that up with a holiday release. That is, if it isn't delayed as Nintendo so loves to do.



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FIFA 15 teases Ultimate Team Legends line-up, including former England captain Bobby Moore

2 comments Matt Newbould - 2:20pm (PST) Like Share

There'll be no mistaking Valderrama that's for sure

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For some years now EA Sports has put a lot of effort into making FIFA Ultimate Team a major focus of the franchise and that is no different for the upcoming FIFA 15. Up until now a lot of the information released about the game has been aimed at the atmosphere around the matches and the control of the players themselves. An all new trailer that debuted at Gamescom today, however, showed off FIFA 15's new FIFA Ultimate Team Legends in all their glory. 

The current roster of 41 players will be gaining a series of notable additions for FIFA 15 including a trio of Manchester United and Danish national team players. The brothers Brian and Michael Laudrup are on hand to represent Denmark along with Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel. Roy Keane and Laurent Blanc make up the rest of the ex-United contingent. While two legends of the English National team also make the cut with ex-Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer and World Cup winning captain Sir Bobby Moore showing England fans just how far they've fallen considering the abysmal showing during the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

The full list of players revealed: Franco Baresi, Laurent Blanc, Andreas Brehme, Emilio Butragueno, Roy Keane, Michael Laudrup, Brian Laudrup, Bobby Moore, Jay-Jay Okocha, Roberto Carlos, Peter Schmeichel, Alan Shearer, Hristo Stoichkov and Carlos Valderrama.

Unfortunately, once again FIFA Ultimate Team Legends is set to be an Xbox exclusive, available once FIFA 15 drops. That's September 23 in North America, September 25 in Europe and September 26 for the UK on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita.

 
 
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