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Latest Monster Hunter Ultimate trailer debuts at the Tokyo Games Show, fear the Dara Amadyura

1 comments Rory Young - 1:55am (PST) Like Share

I have no idea what a Dara Amadyura is

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At least three months before Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate could even potentially be released in North America and Europe, but here we are at the Tokyo Games Show seeing a near-final product. Today Capcom showed the latest trailer for the updated 3DS title and it's about as close to a true "Launch Trailer" as we'll be seeing, though it's for Japan's October 11 launch and not ours. The polish and completion level should be clear, as it teases a dozens of monsters, warriors and weapons.

Unfortunately I'm not enough of an expert on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate or its predecessors to list each of the monsters or even the weapons. Still, the amount of content shown is expansive. Several weapon shots and monster previews tease the new content which will be exclusive in the Ultimate version of Monster Hunter 4. That includes 16 more monsters, 7 returning from previous Monster Hunter games and 8 all new, and new weapons Insect Glaive and Charge Blade. Technically these weapons were already a part of Monster Hunter 4, but they'll be fresh for western audiences.

Oh, and don't forget the new feature that lets players hop onto monsters' backs. Oddly enough, however, this feature isn't shown at all during the trailer. Maybe it's not as significant as western marketing makes it out to be?

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is planned for release in North America and Europe in early 2015. It launches in Japan on October 11, so hopefully Capcom can hammer down localization after that and we'll get a real release date.


Sakurai cites 3DS' limited hardware for Ice Climbers absence in Super Smash Bros.

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The longer we remain separated, the colder our hearts grow

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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U may have a robust roster that even fans can't deny is impressive and larger than expected. That doesn't mean that some fighters haven't been left behind. Wolf, Lucas and several other fighters are missing from the now finalized roster, but no single character will be as sorely missed as Ice Climbers. A roster regular in both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Ice Climbers has been intentionally removed and the reason why is quite surprising -- it's the 3DS hardware.

One's first thought might be that the Ice Climbers were removed due to the fact that they are well out of the spotlight over at Nintendo. They're not exactly Mario or or Link is what I'm saying. Nevertheless, it appears that project director Sakurai had still intended to retain the brother/sister duo in his version of the fighting franchise. After all, they have working code for the fighter already in their source. Updating Ice Climbers for new hardware couldn't be that much more difficult, right?

Yet that's exactly the limiter that blocked Ice Climbers from joining the roster. In his bi-weekly column on Super Smash Bros., Sakurai explains that Ice Climbers is not in the game because of limitations from the 3DS hardware -- it's simply not powerful enough to handle both Ice Climbers at the same time. Where other characters are singularly controlled by the player, Nana is an entirely AI controller character paired tasked with staying caught up with the player's Popo. The extra hardware required for this was apparently more than the development team was willing to use for a single character. 

Sakurai did note that Ice Climbers was up and running on Wii U prior to being cut bringing the character to 3DS. Perhaps, just perhaps, that could mean that after Nintendo is done putting money behind this "roster parity between 3DS and Wii U" campaign, they'll release Ice Climbers as a Wii U exclusive DLC character. 

Super Smash Bros. 3DS is currently available in Japan and will release in North America and Europe on October 3. The Wii U release of Super Smash Bros. still has no official release date, though early leaks imply a November 21 date. It's already a rather ridiculous success.


Super Smash Bros. for 3DS sells a million copies during first week in Japan

14 comments Leo Chan - 12:18pm (PST) Like Share

The Smash is strong even on handheld

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Nintendo confirms that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS has already reached a sales milestone of one million units during its first week on the market in Japan. This figure includes both physical retail sales and digital downloads, meaning Smash Bros. on 3DS technically hasn't sold through Nintendo's entire shipment to Japanese retailers just yet.

Nevertheless this puts the new Smash Bros. in seriously good company alongside other first-week million sellers on 3DS in Japan like Pokemon X/Y, Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 and Level-5's Yokai Watch 2. Whether or not this sets the stage for the bar to be raised even higher outside of Japan remains to be seen; the handheld version of the game remains on track for an October 3rd launch across North America and Europe.

Nintendo is currently offering a demo for Smash Bros. on the 3DS eShop for Platinum-level Club Nintendo members, with the floodgates opening for everyone this Sept. 19th.

The Wii U version of the anticipated follow-up to Nintendo's Smash Bros. series meanwhile does not yet have a firm release date this year, but it will also be interesting to see if Super Smash Bros. for Wii U can reach similar heights in light of Mario Kart 8's relative success. Will the Smash Bros. hype last through this holiday season?


Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS receives a demo, fight through the Club Nintendo barrier Sept 19

28 comments Max Navarro - 3:46pm (PST) Like Share

A demo appears!

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Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS is launching on October 3 in North America, but Nintendo is giving fans the opportunity to get a tiny sneak peek at the friendly, but still competitive, fighting game with a free demo. Until September 19, when everyone will be able to access a limited-use demo, Nintendo is offering select Platinum-level Club Nintendo members the chance to play a small version of the game an infinite number of times.

The new demo features five playable characters of new and old, like Mario, Link, Pikachu, Megaman, and Villager. In addition, smashers have access to one rather popular stage, Battlefield, and local multiplayer. All this may seem limited at first glance, especially compared to the full title and everything it has to offer, but think about it: Megaman is playable! What could possibly be cooler than that? He is a rather smashing character, after all.

Don't worry about being left out though. Nintendo realizes that even the craziest, most passionate Smash Bros. players have friends, and as such is giving away four codes -- one to keep, three to share with companions -- to each member that receives an email from them. Everyone deserves a chance to beat their friends with a shovel at least once. If you feel really left out, Nintendo has promised to make the demo available to all 3DS owners starting September 19, just a few weeks before the game's official release.

Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS can be purchased digitally or as a card starting October 3. For the most avid Smash Bros. fans out there, Nintendo has also announced that the snazzy special-edition Nintendo 3DS XL with Smash characters and logo on it will be available when the demo goes public. Unfortunately, it does not come pre-packaged with the game, but buyers can at least download the free demo as some sort of novelty.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire trailer debuts Mega Rayquaza, demo confirmed for western release

33 comments Rory Young - 7:52am (PST) Like Share

Stupid Wally, looking all cool with his Mega Gallade

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An all new, content filled Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire trailer has just been released and man, why does Nintendo have to do this to me early on a Friday morning? First, a quick summary. We've got Mega Rayquaza being debuted, official confirmation that the Mega leaks from earlier this week are all real, plans to bring a Special Demo of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to North America and Europe, confirmation of the Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Global Link's return, and did I mention Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon have some crazy new abilities? And don't even get me started on what Team Magma is up to. 

Let's start off with the Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon news. Both of these so-called "reversions" will be acquiring exclusive abilities that should turn a few eyes. Primal Groudon picks up the "Desolate Land" ability that changes the weather to extremely harsh sunlight and prevents the opponent from switch it while it's ongoing. Yes, that means all Water-type attacks will go squelch. Similarly, Primal Kyogre uses Primordial Sea, changing the weather to heavy rain which will squelch Fire-type attacks.

Additionally, Primal Groudon picks up Precipice Blades, "a powerful attack that can hit multiple opponents with an upward surge of sharp rocks,"  and Primal Kyogre gets Origin Pulse, "an attack that can slam multiple opponents with water massed into ballistic orbs." Banned? Banned.

Next up is the confirmation of four Mega Evolutions being added in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Mega Camerupt and Mega Sharpedo will be working for Team Magma and Team Aqua, respectively. Mega Camerupt gains the ability Sheer Force when evolving, raising the power of all attacking which have an additional effect (though those effects are then lost). Its stats will all increase, though at the expense of Speed. Mega Sharpedo gains the Strong Jaw ability when evolving, raising the power of attacks like Crunch. Makes sense. Depending on which of the two games  folk pick up, they'll be beating on one of these two Megas.

Also Mega Evolving on a 3DS soon is Mega Gallade who will be wielded by a young trainer named Wally, who comes from Petalburg City. Nintendo implies that we'll be seeing Wally throughout our journey, as we'll see his Ralts go big an strong, eventually reating Mega status. Gallade's Mega form gains Inner Focus, preventing flinches. Its Attack and Speed will also be boosted, which I think means it's a terrible Pokemon and no one should use it ever except for me. Yes, that is what this means.

Our last Mega update, there's a Mega Pokemon I missed in my last update -- Mega Rayquaza. Not much has been shared about Mega Rayquaza, beyond that he, "is somehow related to the mystery of Mega Evolution." Also, it's a big, bad-ass looking snake monster, so there's that.


Finally there are a couple of smaller announcements which should put a smile on a few Pokemon trainers' faces. There's now confirmation of a Special Demo Version of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire coming to both North America and Europe. No dates for the demo's release have yet been announced, but Nintendo did say that players will require a code to access the demo. Perhaps it will be tied to the upcoming Pokemon X/Y distribution events?

Not surprisingly, both the subscription-based Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Global Link will be making a return in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. It's not like Nintendo would create these cool things and then leave them out of their new games, right?

To close out this ridiculously long article (why, Nintendo, why?) there's a brand new Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Ruby trailer to check out. The trailer shows off Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon's new abilities, as well as showcasing the four latest Megas in action. It's  definitely worth checking out.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will be available starting November 21 exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS.

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Super Smash Bros., Persona Q and classic NES special edition Nintendo 3DS bundles revealed

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What a wonderfully torturous position for fans to be in

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On the back of Nintendo announcing all new 3DS hardware, literally named the New 3DS, the company has decided that maybe they're not done trying to maximize sales of the regular 3DS just yet. Today the company revealed three new special edition 3DS bundles for release this holiday season. Please note that none of these bundles actually package in games, they're simply stylized to get fans pumped to buy a 3DS later this year.

First of the 3DS platforms is the Super Smash Bros.-themed 3DS XL handheld. Covered in the iconic roster of the upcoming fighting game, fans will be able to pick either a blue version or a red version of the handheld. Oddly enough, this bundle will be released September 19, well ahead of the October 3 launch of Super Smash Bros. 3DS. The package will sell for $199.99 and again -- it does not come with the game.

Second is another awesome game-themed 3DS handheld. This is one we've seen previously released in Japan, but held little hope to see it launched in North America. I'm talking about the Persona Q 3DS XL, covered in arcane runes and sporting a unique blue sheen. It looks surprisingly like a book. Again, the handheld will retail for $199.99 and again, it will not come bundled with the game it sports on its front. One final note, it appears that this 3DS XL's release date is not yet finalized, or perhaps it's being pushed back to November 25 when Persona Q itself will be released.

Finally, and we've saved the best for last, Nintendo has revealed a classic NES controller-themed 3DS XL. Coming in that glorious classic grey with black accents and big red buttons, this 3DS XL's color scheme is a huge nostalgia bomb for fans of the original Nintendo console in North America. Available starting October 10 for $199.99, I have to once again note that this 3DS XL does not come bundled with an NES or one of its controllers. *sigh*

Here we have Nintendo placing its fans in the torturous position of either buying one of these three awesome 3DS XL packages this holiday season, or waiting until next year for the New 3DS to be released. Either way, Nintendo wins.

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September Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Mega leaks, Gallade, Sharpedo and Camerupt

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Mega Shark, Mega Camel and Mega... superhero?

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Another month, another batch of CoroCoro magazine leaks for the upcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire releases! While a full translation and analysis of the leaks will take some time, there are a few obvious details worth sharing immediately. Those obvious details being three all new Mega Evolutions!  Who has been blessed with the Mega Evolution gift this time around? Let's take a look behind our three mystery doors!

Who is that behind door number one? Why, that's Mega Gallade! Gallade, the male evolution of the Psychic/Fairy Pokemon Kirlia, is a 100% male Psychic/Fighting Pokemon. It's unclear whether or not Mega Gallade will retain that typing, though he certainly looks like a fighter based on his image. We see that his arms have grown a red, sharp edge to them, and his gladiator-esque helmet has grown an additional flourish as well. Also, Mega Gallade's chest spike has all but disappeared, seeming to be more of a superhero logo than anything else.

Door number two, please come on down! Introducing Mega Sharpedo! Sharpedo, which evolved from Carvanha at level 30, is a Water/Dark shark and his Mega Evolution looks like he's gone full submarine rabies. Seriously, this Pokemon had crazy eyes before, but now with the yellow speed stripe it has gone Mega Crazy. Add in some spikes on his nose, some armored chin protection and the movement of his trademark forehead star to his dorsal fin and one has to ask, "Who the heck made this ridiculous design?"

Our final door, who could it hide? Both door one and two were so special, that there's no way door three can disappoint! It's... Mega Camerupt. Oh. Numel's volcanic evolution has reached its eruption point, with its dual humps joining to create one explosive Mega Bump. Magma freely flows down Mega Camerupt's back to produce waht almost seems to be a Bowser shell. Add in some Super Saiya-jin hairstyle, some new black boots and a Zoro-esque M mask and Mega Camerupt is... still just a cow looking thing with a volcano on its back.

That's all for the Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire leaks for now. As the CoroCoro leaks get translated we'll be sure to update this post and/or post additional news covering the new information. And of course, we anxiously await Nintendo's official confirmation (and glorious art assets) in the next week or two. Stay tuned, Pokemon fans.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are 3DS-exlusive remakes of the Hoenn games from 2002, updated for the modern, Mega era. Pick up either or both games starting November 21 in North America and Australia, November 28 in Europe.

All CoroCoro scans sourced from Thanks to Dragoon for the tip!

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Gore Magala figure conquers Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's Collector's Edition for North America

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For once, why not save a monster and keep it as a paperweight

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Monster Hunter players are by nature collectors. They'll spend hours on end hunting down the most dangerous of foes in game, all to collect items with which they'll craft the most amazing of gear. Whether or not that joy of collecting translates to retail products is another matter entirely, but Capcom plans to provide an option for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate anyway. Should fans want in on the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Collector's Edition, $60 is comfortable price of admission. 

Lucky for collectors, there's even a monster for hunters to conquer in the package. The headlining item in the package is a Gore Madala monster figure, exclusive to the game's Collector's Edition. Capcom says this thing will come in a special translucent style, which could mean they just didn't want to pain the things. I'm kidding, I'm sure the figure still looks awesome. Here's all of the other fancy junk that will be bundled up in the Collector's Edition:

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Retail Copy
  • Gore Madala Figure
  • Felyne in Gore Magala Armor Pin
  • Monster Icon Lanyard
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Supply Item Box

Altogether not a hugely impressive package for a Collector's Edition, until you remember that's it's only $60. That's just $20 over the standard $40 retail price and offers some cool stuff that collector's might be excited about. It's definitely, at the least, an upgrade over just the standard edition and that's all collectors really want, isn't it?

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is a 3DS exclusive title that will be released in North America and Europe in early 2015. No proper release date has yet to be confirmed.


Pokemon X / Y Shiny Gengar and Mythical Pokemon Diancie distribution events at GameStop this fall

26 comments Jacques Lanfear - 2:54pm (PST) Like (2) Share (1)

Pokemon Christmas has come early...

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The momentum is beginning to build for the upcoming release of Pokemon: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, and as such the Pokemon Company International have announced today that two limited time distributions will be occurring at participating Gamestop stores in the United States. The events will be running from October 13 to the 26 for a Shiny Gengar holding a Gengarite Mega Stone, along with the particularly desired Diancie during the period of October 27 through to November 16 on Pokemon X & Y via a special code-card. Who says that the US doesn't get events? 

Those fortunate to receive a Diancie via the special in-store code card distribution will be able to transfer it into Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire when it's released on November 21. Not wanting to feel left out after obtaining a Diancite Mega Stone in-game, players will be able to Mega Evolve Diancie during battle and unleash its ferocity upon other trainers to rule the world! ... or perhaps just have a great match. Those attending the events will be able to pre-order Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire whilst in-store -- how convenient! 

If we didn't quite feel pampered enough, in addition to the Pokemon distributions fellow fans will be able to purchase the TCG Gengar Spirit Link 2-Pack containing: two 10-card booster packs from the Pokemon TCG: XY‹Furious Fists expansion and a Gengar Spirit Link Pokémon Trainer card. These are otherwise unavailable nationwide until their November 5 launch where appropriately Diancie, Gengar-EX and Mega Gengar-EX will make their Pokémon TCG first appearances. 

A comprehensive run-down of the XY‹Phantom Forces Expansion as known are as follows: 

  • Two more additions as Mega Pokemon-EX cards enter the scene; Mega Gengar-EX and Mega Manectric-EX.
  • Seven new Pokemon-EX cards including; Gengar-EX, Manectric-EX, Malamar-EX, Florges-EX, Dialga-EX, and Aegislash-EX.
  • Four freshened up full-art Pokemon-EX Rare Ultra cards.
  • Two groundbreaking ³Team Flare Hyper Gear² Pokemon Tool cards which when used can hinder the opponent's Pokemon.
  • Seven ³Team Flare² Trainer cards featuring Lysandre and Xerosic.
  • New ³Full Metal² Dialga-EX‹Special card that features etched artwork and solid ³metal² colour.
  • As well as Diancie's debut in TCG


To top it off Pokemon TCG: XY‹Phantom Forces Booster packs will be sold for $3.99 alongside two pre-constructed 60-card themed decks for those wanting to take the plunge into the immersive Pokémon Trading Card Game, which will be priced at $12.99 each.

With this event splendor heading to the US in the coming weeks, be sure to circle a calendar and prepare your 3DS with that Pokemon X / Y cartridge for October 13 to the 26 to snag a Shiny Mega-Gengar, and October 27th through to November 16th for the elusive Diancie. Note again that these distribution events will only be available at participating GameStop locations.


Run Like Hell! sprinting onto the PS Vita September 16, catch up!

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Yes, it's basically a 2D Temple Run

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No time for that cup of coffee! Run Like Hell! will leave players in the dust when it arrives on the PS Vita. From the developers at Mass Creation, known for their quirky design mechanics and skillfully crafted hand-drawn graphics, the premise is simple: add one tropical island, stir in some hungry cannibals, a pinch of fear and you end up with a fast-paced adrenaline adventure.

Leaping over the ancient desert ruins, icy glaciers, dense undergrowth, while simultaneously dexterously avoiding the native's assaults and lurking traps can make it a bit strenuous to focus on the beautiful scenery provided. With the promise of over 50 levels, along with a scattering of bonus locations, the procedurally generated maps aim to keep the pace quick and allow for a modest amount of replayability.

Run Like Hell! appears to shine its brightest with the availability of multiplayer and its various modes of gameplay.

  • The Great Escape: The standard Story-Mode
  • Arcade: Endless Mode, keep running 'til you drop.
  • Online: Sub-divided into Versus, Tournaments, and Challenges.

Online multi-player will certainly be a welcome addition to what is essentially a Temple Run for the Vita. Challenge your friends, steal those power-ups and laugh as they become the tribes dinner. A ranking system for the top players will also become available through online multi-player activity, in addition new character designs can be unlocked such as a Ninja, or a Zombie. Just give us Ninja-backflips and I'm there! 

Prepare those running shoes for September 16 as Run Like Hell! crosses the line to our Playstation Vita's.

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