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Minecraft: Story Mode is Telltale's next episodic series, mixing 'new characters with familiar themes'

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They don't outright call it an adventure game, but what else would it be?

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Minecraft wouldn't have been at the top of my list for properties Telltale Games would want to turn into an episodic series, but nevertheless that is exactly what has happened. Today Mojang and Telltale Games announced Minecraft: Story Mode, a narrative-driven episodic series based on... well, Minecraft.

Everyone is hopefully as confused as me at that idea, considering Minecraft has only a minimal amount of story. Telltale Games seems to have a plan in mind, however. They've reached out to the increasingly large Minecraft community, or at least specific members of said community, to make Minecraft: Story Mode "as Minecrafty as possible." Telltale notes that it won't be creating an "official" story for Steve, nor explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It's... rather unclear what Telltale's plans are.

The best hint is perhaps this small portion of the official statement provided by Telltale Games in its announcement:

"Telltale's game series will mix new characters with familiar themes, in an entirely original Minecraft experience, inspired by the Minecraft community and the game that continues to inspire a generation."

Minecraft: Story Mode is a stand-alone release from adventure game creators Telltale Games. It'll be released episodically, just like the rest of Telltale's games, starting in 2015. It'll be coming to PlayStation consoles, Xbox consoles, PC, Mac, iOS and Android-based devices. While it's never outright called an adventure game, it is called a narrative-driven experience based on player choice. I'm pretty sure that means adventure game.

 
 

Theatrhythm expands past Final Fantasy, Square Enix announces Theatrhythm Dragon Quest

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Dragon Quest it is and what a glorious choice they made

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Square Enix had previously announced that they planned to expand their Theatrhythm franchise past Final Fantasy. The success of the original title and its Curtain Call follow-up must have been persuasive, because less than a year after Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call's release in Japan and just months since its release in the west, Square Enix has announced the next series to be released. I'm excited to announce Theatrhythm Dragon Quest.

Yes, a franchise near as popular as Final Fantasy has been chosen (though perhaps not as popular in the west), with just as astounding a soundtrack to boot. The musical game will likely include a ton of tracks from the main franchise, as well as the Monsters, Mystery Dungeon and Slime spin-off series. Perhaps it will even dabble in the anime series. Still, nothing will compare to those grand, cheerful epics of the big main franchise games that defined JRPGs for years to come.

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest is schedule for release in Japan starting March 26, exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS. Speculating a bit on a western release, Final Fantasy Curtain Call was launched in April in Japan and then September in the west. With a Japanese launch in March, we can cross our fingers for a pre-holiday season launch! That's if we're lucky.

The only question to ask is, after Final Fantasy and now Dragon Quest... what comes next?

 
 

Dodge Roll Games' Enter The Gungeon has gun on gun violence, debuts at PlayStation Experience

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Bullet on bullet crime is no laughing matter

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Is this what our world has come to? Guns shooting bullets with bullets? I don't even know how to read that previous sentence, but when I try it makes my insides cry. Enter the Gungeon is that feeling come to life, a "radial shooter" bred with a dungeon crawler to create inhuman fast-paced insanity. The game debuted yesterday morning during the PlayStation Experience keynote and is planned for release on PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux in 2015.

The narrative premise of Enter the Gungeon is as brilliant as its title -- the hunt for a gun that can kill... the past. Just from the perspective of someone who has never played or heard of the game beyond yesterday's announcement, it sounds like a great explanation for a game where players will go through the ssame type of content over and over and over again. The past gets destroyed so it can be relived once more.

What's really quite interesting about Enter the Gungeon should be obvious. It's the style and humor that developer Dodge Roll Games has made so blatant. The enemies are quite literally bullets with guns. They're equipped with all sorts of wild weaponry that makes the action exhilarating every second of every game. It looks like pure mayhem. The only disappointing issue is that it looks quite a bit like Nuclear Throne, though I hope that's just a coincidence.

Enter the Gungeon is a Devolver Digital published title planned for PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux. It's planned for release in 2015, so you can bet your butt it'll be up in Steam Early Release in the blink of an eye.

 
 

Double Fine to follow up Grim Fandango remaster with Day of the Tentacle

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The greatest protagonist to ever live: Hoagie

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In glorious day where both Final Fantasy VII and Suikoden II were announced for rerelease on modern platforms, what more could a humble boy ask for? I want Day of the Tentacle too, damn it all. Ask, and ye shall receive. Tim Schafer took the stage at the PlayStation Experience keynote today first to remind everyone that Grim Fandango is being remastered for the PlayStation 4, but didn't leave the stage until he also announced that Day of the Tentacle would be remastered next.

Yes, the Maniac Mansion spin-off featuring three unlikely losers (unlikely that they're involved in an adventure that is, as they're very likely losers) fighting through time itself to defeat an insane tentacle come to life. It's an adventure game, and I don't mean any of this modern Walking Dead adventure game stripped to a couple of conversation options and quick time events. I mean LucasArts sets you loose in a hotel and you've got to search the place in order to knock over a stereo speaker to dislodge gum holding a quarter which you use to... hell, I don't even remember. It's a good think Double Fine is bringing it back.

Day of the Tentacle will be remastered for PlayStation 4, PS Vita and also PC and Linux. Its development will kick off as work is completed on Grim Fandango. I can only imagine what projects will follow those two titles up. Loom? Indiana Jones? No, it's got to be Full Throttle, doesn't it? Look forward to more information soon.

 
 

Suikoden II coming to PS Vita and PS3, Konami and Sony deliver one of the best JRPGs ever made

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Get this onto PlayStation 4, I don't care how

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I say, with no doubt, that Suikoden and Suikoden II are two of the best JRPGs ever made. I recall fondly the hours upon hours that I spent recruiting followers, the 108 Stars of Destiny, in order to create the perfect run. Of course, that isn't so simple an ordeal as the RPG is highly challenging, which makes every battke won an accomplishment in itself. Today Konami and Sony announced that both RPGs will be coming to the PS1 Classics via PSN.

It's a bit bogus that the PlayStation Classics collection isn't yet available on PlayStation 4, otherwise I was prepared to make a whole argument about picking up Suikoden and and Suikoden II instead of Final Fantasy VII. For now though, the excitement will have to be limited solely to PlayStation 3 and PS Vita owners. Those are the only platforms which support PS1 Classics -- and even then only some of them apiece.

December 9 is when Suikoden II will launch via PSN. Keep in mind that up until this point the physical release of Suikoden II was so limited that it was selling for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on auction sites. It's that good of a game. It's almost worth paying that much. Luckily, PS Vita and PlayStation Vita players won't have to.

 
 

Neoseeker's Holiday Gift Guide 2014: PlayStation Vita

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All of the best PlayStation Vita titles likely coming to PlayStation Plus in 2015

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Another year has passed for the PlayStation Vita and it's becoming more and more clear that the handheld just hasn't found its niche in western gaming. Luckily, however, it has found its niche as an excellent PlayStation 4 peripheral. Consider that PlayStation Plus adds in ridiculous value for the handheld in free games and that Japan keeps pumping out surprisingly great RPGs and action games for the handheld and it's still a great platform to pick up.

Not to mention that due to the relative focus on PlayStation 4 with regards to marketing and so on, many outlets are certain to offer giant PS Vita sales this holiday season. It's the perfect time to pick up the handheld, as well as some of its best games from 2014 at a discount. Unfortunately there aren't any big holiday releases on the handheld, but there's a brilliant backlog just waiting for the taker.

Here's Neoseeker's PlayStation Vita holiday guide for 2014, guaranteed to deliver the best the handheld has to offer this year.


PlayStation Vita Exclusives

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair / Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Danganronpa and its sequel are my personal favorite releases for the PS Vita in 2014. Sure, they're technically a bit older, but both have only just reached North American shores this year. Both are devious, disturbed muder mysteries filled with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney puzzles and mystery solving -- though with a bit more mature content. That's just the beginning of Danganronpa, however, because the wonderfully written characters and complicated murder mysteries hide a deeper, darker, and wholesale weirder plot that only Japan could come up with.

Metrico

Metrico isn't difficult to describe. It's a platforming game where the players adventure through graphs, charts and other visual representations of data. Data which changes depending on the player's action -- moving up, down, left, right, jumping, or circling around obstacles. The experience that Metrico provides is much less simple. It's like wandering through a forest with trees you've never seen before. Metrico is a beautiful journey, but one that's easy to get lost in.

  • Who it's for: Accountants, number crunchers, puzzlers, platformers and indie oddity fans
  • Also consider: Fez, Limbo, Thomas Was Alone

Soul Sacrifice Delta

A wave of Japanese action games based loosely around the success of Monster Hunter reached western shores in 2014, but Soul Sacrifice Delta is the best of them.  Adding on to the already successful Soul Sacrifice, players will find themselves accepting missions to battle giant and terrible demons, which they'll either kill, absorb, or newly decide on neutral options for. Delta is bigger, better and more action packed than before, and it's a great title for any Vita owner to pick up.


PlayStation Vita Compilations

God of War Collection

While the God of War Collection only bundles together God of War and God of War II, that's still a great package for two of the PlayStation 2's best action games. Take on the role of Kratos and learn his story as he fights for vengeance against the gods that betrayed him and his family. Should he become the enemy he hates along the way, that would be rather ironic, wouldn't it? Eh, that's too serious of a theme to consider in a God of War game. 

Ratchet & Clank Collection

Oh no, this isn't a Ratchet & Clank: Future trilogy collection. We're going all the way back to the original Ratchet & Clank. This bundle includes Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. See how a single game spawned a franchise of, what, it's something like eight or nine games now. See how big the original weapons were,  how adorable Ratchet & Clank began, and how few polygons were necessary to make it all.

The Sly Collection

If God of War and Ratchet & Clank don't fit your fancy, then all I've got left for you is The Sly Collection. Sly is more of a throwback to the classic Banjo Kazooie days of platformers. That is, it's more about the platforming, the exploration and less about the action -- though there's plenty of that too. Sly's also an outstanding and fun character and experiencing his story from the beginning will tie you to the franchise forever.


PlayStation Vita Standouts

Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition

It's Minecraft. On the PlayStation Vita. Is there really anything else to say? It's potentially the most important game in the past decade, an open-world adventure where players build their own stories, craft their own experience, and lay the road in whichever direction their imagination takes them -- all with the basic blocks spread out in the world around them. It may boil down to punching trees, but Minecraft is a game -- the game -- for everyone. All ages. All play-styles. Now on Vita.

Final Fantasy X / X-2 Remaster

While it's arguable whether Final Fantasy X was the one of the last great episodes in the series, there's no denying that it was hugely popular. Tidus' story begins anew as Square Enix has remastered the epic RPG and its sequel with HD textures and updated visuals and audio. It may not be that classical style we expect from earlier Final Fantasy games, but it's iconic in its own way. At least, I think it is. Who knows, it might all just be a dream.

Tales of Hearts R

While Tales of Hearts R isn't going to revolutionize the RPG or even mix up the expectations fans have from the Tales of franchise, it will be a solid heavily anime-influenced JRPG that's easy to love. Kor Meteor is back in a remake of the classic JRPG remade just for the PlayStation Vita. It's a fantasy epic the likes of which only the Tales team could produce and it's definitely one of the best games on Vita in 2014.


PlayStation Vita Downloadables

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate is about flying a little 2D spaceship into terrifying environments with the goal of of rescuing little scientists that have been stranded. Do this by using powers and technologies to pass through obstacles including various types of manipulatable liquids. It's an  absolutely beautiful 2D game  without a priority on shooting that every PS Vita owner should have in their collection.

Luftrausers

From the creators of Super Crate Box and Ridiculous Fishing comes a mobile shooter that's meant to be played in quick, fun sessions. Luftrausers placed the player in the shoes of a fighter plane as they battle ongoing waves of battleships, jets and assorted other flying enemies. The mission? Take out as many enemies as possible. As the player finds success, they can permanently upgrade their plane to be more powerful the next time around. It's a straightforward and exhilarating game that again, can be played in short bursts or marathoned for hours on end.

Frozen Synapse Prime

A sequel to the highly popular top-down strategy title Frozen Synapse is here, and it's basically just a whole lot more Frozen Synapse. Control a square of sci-fi soldiers through treacherous maps filled with opposing soldiers. Turn by turn, players will inch towards their objective by taking on enemies with precision and patience. It's a bit overwhelming at first, but once caught up in the action Frozen Synapse Prime is wickedly addicting.


Unfortunately it seems that Sony is deprioritizing their PlayStation Vita marketing in favor of the PlayStation 4 this holiday season. The handheld probably sells better positioned as a PlayStation 4 peripheral, as it's completely functional as both a controller as well as a roaming second screen. Play in the bathroom! The result is that there are no bundles for the PlayStation Vita this holiday season. Odds are there will be some very kind deals on the hardware alone at various retailers though, so keep an eye out as Black Friday approaches.

That's all for the PlayStation Vita holiday guide this year. Like last year, let me give a final reminder that with a PlayStation Plus subscription alone PS Vita owners have an oustanding library of games (often brand new) to play month after month. One alsmost doesn't even need to buy any other games. Not to mention some of the  best games on the platform unlock instantly just by subscribing. 

Have a happy holiday, everyone, and please share any games you feel are missing from our 2014 list in a comment.



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Neoseeker's Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Nintendo 3DS

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What games would your typical everyday 3DS owner want? All of them

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There's truly no greater gift for a gamer than a Nintendo 3DS. It's the one-size-fits-all platform, offering excellent experiences for gamers of all shapes, colors and genre preference. Take it with you on the go or dive into bed and play by LED light, the 3DS is the Swiss army knife of video games. That's also what makes it so hard to choose a 3DS game for a 3DS owner -- there's such variety! This holiday gift guide will try to provide a wide look at titles for the 3DS, but keep in mind that there's really no bad choice here.

Lucky for us 3DS owners, we've escaped another year without having to upgrade our hardware. The 2DS debuted over a year ago, a smart option for new 3DS investors, but old hat 3DS players can hold strong until 2015. The New 3DS, a backwards compatible handheld with more power, has been released in Japan but has not reached western shores. That's likely for the best, as there aren't many games that use the new hardware. Don't worry about that for now though, but do expect a potential upgrade come 2015. If you're the sort of person that loves to buy new hardware as it launches then maybe skip buying a brand new 3DS this holiday season. Just wait for the New 3DS in 2015.

As for notes about software, please be aware that the 3DS big flagship holiday release, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, won't be available until November 21 (Nov. 28 in Europe). Otherwise, the rest of 2014 only has a few smaller releases, including nostalgic mini-game compilation Ultimate NES Remix (Dec. 5) and the 3DS ultimate adventure collection, Phoenix Wright Trilogy (Dec. 9). In 2014, however, the spring holds the release of big titles like The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Story of Seasons, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

It's as good a time as ever to be a Nintendo 3DS owner. There's such a wonderful and affordable back-log of games to play and as you're about to see a horde of new titles from 2014 worth picking up as well. Have a happy 3DS holiday, everyone.


Nintendo 3DS - For Adventurous Hearts

Pokemon Omega Ruby / Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (Available starting November 21)

If the only reason to buy a Nintendo 3DS was the annual or bi-annual release of a Pokemon game, then it would be worth it. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, the two versions of a modernized Pokemon remake, add features like flying, hideouts and a good amount of new Mega Evolutions. If you don't know about Mega Evolutions, think about a normal Pokemon... only Mega. Mega Pokemon. It's self-explanatory. Hoenn, the region of the new games, is a cult favorite and is certain to be hugely popular no matter what. Pokemon is bigger than its own games, anymore -- it's a cultural event for handheld gamers.

  • Who it's for: Collectors, pet lovers, Pokemon battlers, on-the-go gamers, all-ages, traders, the very best like no one ever was, happy people that love to feed cute animals cupcakes
  • Also consider: Pokemon X, Pokemon Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Fire Emblem: Awakening

Super Smash Bros. 3DS

It was only a matter of time before Super Smash Bros. came to handheld devices. Luckily a perfect storm came together where a Super Smash Bros. for Wii U alone might not be profitable enough and the 3DS' online functionality reached a point where it is reliable enough for Wi-Fi fighting. Thus became Super Smash Bros. 3DS. With a huge roster and controls that any gamer, young or old, can have fun with, this is the 3DS fighting game to get. Did I mention it has online matches? That's just the bee's knees.

  • Who it's for: Fanfic writers, those looking for a good Sonic game, competitive brawlers, eSports, online gamers, those who can't play more complicated fighting games
  • Also consider: Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, Mario Kart 7, Mario Party: Island Tour

Azure Striker Gunvolt

Keiji Inafune isn't making Mega Man anymore, but he is hard at work making intense side-scrolling shooters. Azure Striker Gunvolt mixes that Mega Man side-scrolling with more plot-heavy Japanese shooters,  along with gameplay bordering on SHMUP action. Did I mention that it comes from the developers of the Mega Man Zero franchise? That should be enough to persuade most retro shooter fans to join in the fun.

  • Who it's for: Mega Man fans, those unwilling to wait for Mighty No. 9, 
  • Also consider: Shovel Knight, Cave Story, Mutant Mudds

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

I've always seen Shantae as a mix between the classic Aladdin 2D side-scroller, Mega Man, and Donkey Kong Country, but really there's any of a dozen games Shantae takes inspiration from. Despite the number of influences, this 2D side-scroller is a beast of its own, featuring genie Shantae as she fights and adventures through level after level of action. Co-opting several gameplay features from developer Wayforward's Mighty Switch Force, this may be Shantae's best game yet.

  • Who it's for: Assassin's Creed fans angry at the lack of pirates this year, fans of shooter/platformer hybrids, fans of Kickstarter darlings, 
  • Also consider: Shovel KnightCastlevania: Lord of Shadows - Mirror of Fate, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Mighty Switch Force

Nintendo 3DS - For Clever Minds

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney

Let's just go over this step by step. Professor Layton? He's in there. Phoenix Wright? He's in there too. Their supporting casts? Included. Are they facing off in a non-canon dramatic story? Yes. Are both their franchise's specific puzzles and adventure game modes included in the game? Yes! Then why are we even sitting here. This is a meeting of two of the best franchises on the 3DS in what might be the best game from either franchise. It's that good.

  • Who it's for: EVERYONE! Seriously, Professor Layton AND Phoenix Wright? Go, go now!
  • Also consider: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

Yes, a second Professor Layton title on our holiday guide. That's only because there wasn't a third Professor Layton game released in 2014, because it would absolutely be on this list as well. Unfortunately, Azran Legacy is the last in the series and so it won't be on our gift list ever again. That means that if you want some of the most warm, fun and brilliantly put together puzzle games on the 3DS, this is your last chance.

  • Who it's for: Gentlemen, sudoku addicts, Disney and Pixar fans, Miyazaki fans, puzzle nerds, probably best if Luke just sits this one out
  • Also consider: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Virtue's Last Reward, Ghost Trick

Bravely Default

In a world where traditional fantasy RPGs are a near-extinct genre, Bravely Default proves that these types of games can't just be made -- but rather thrive. Aping and to a degree parodying Final Fantasy games, Bravely Default itself becomes the new franchise to watch if you want fantasy RPGs with turn-based combat and jobs. It does fall victim to the genre's own tropes, but if you hunger for that type of game then there's really no other option.

  • Who it's for: RPG traditionalists, story-mongers, roleplayers, those with 100+ hours free on their schedule
  • Also consider: Tales of the Abyss, The Keep, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Inazuma Eleven

It's sad, but Inazuma Eleven may be the best true RPG to launch on 3DS this year. No hate to Bravely Default, but Inazuma Eleven is true to those fundamental RPG storytelling and gameplay mechanics in ways modern games just can't manager. That's in large part because it is a classic RPG, re-released for the 3DS this year. Okay, so it's a bit odd that it's a soccer RPG, but trust me as soon as you're into the action and recruiting new club members it feels perfectly at home for RPG fans.

  • Who it's for: RPG fans, sports fans, growing-up story fans, fans of The Goonies, hooligans
  • Also consider: Mario Golf: World Tour, Inazuma Eleven Go: Shadow, Mario Tennis Open

Nintendo 3DS - For Creative Hands

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Final Fantasy music is beautiful. You'd be hard-pressed to find a franchise that consistently delivers the best soundtracks in gaming with every release in the series. It's an absolutely brilliant decision by Square Enix to create a rhythm game franchise and kickstarting it with Final Fantasy themes. In the future they might do other soundtracks, but for now it's just Final Fantasy. And with Curtain Call there's more Final Fantasy music to play through than before, so how can that be bad?

  • Who it's for: Orchestras, Zidane, music fans, rhythm game addicts, fans of Final Fantasy, those who used to be fans of Final Fantasy until Final Fantasy XIII made them cry forever
  • Also consider: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Elite Beat Agents, Rhythm Heaven, HarmoKnight

Pokemon Art Academy

Learning to draw is tough. Having a game that helps you learn to draw is awesome, but sometimes even that isn't good enough to keep a player's attention. However, if you add in Pokemon and tutorials to draw and paint said Pokemon, then it becomes a whole lot interesting. Plus, who among us hasn't drawn their favorite Pokemon in the corner of their notebooks while they're bored before? Those people, I'm certain, do not exist.

  • Who it's for: Artists, aspiring artists, doodlers, folk who pretend to have artistic talent but don't like me, Pokemon nuts
  • Also consider: Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!

Fantasy Life

Where Animal Crossing: New Leaf owned the social gaming and simulation category last year, Fantasy Life is following in its footsteps in 2014. Harvest Moon and not-Harvest Moon (it's complicated) aren't where they need to be, so Fantasy Life is stepping in. Best of all, it's from Level-5, that studio behind Professor Layton, Ni no Kuni and Inazuma Eleven, which means it's got style in droves. It has its issues, for sure, but you could do worse if you're a slice-of-life/simulation fan. It's just a bit more fantasy-themed than modern life.

  • Who it's for: Escapists, roleplayers, Animal Crossing fans, casual players, all ages, crafting fans
  • Also consider: Havest Moon: A New Beginning, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Disney Magical World, Rune Factory 4

Color Zen

There's just something relaxing and rewarding about connecting colors and shapes. It's like coloring inside the lines, or playing operation without making the annoying buzzer go off. Mix in some chill music while you connect those shapes and colors, as well as a level difficulty curve that feels clever rather than burdensome, and Color Zen is one of those surprise downloadable titles that makes you so quickly understand why the 3DS is such a perfect device for certain experiences.

  • Who it's for: Color lovers, puzzle lovers, folks who love relaxing games
  • Also consider: Pushmo, Picross e4

Unfortunately for bundle hunters, it doesn't look like Nintendo is going out of their way to offer anything new this holiday season. Folk will have to look out for older bundles for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3DS Land or assorted others. Keep in mind these are likely to be rare and potentially pricier than stand-alone handhelds.

Nintendo, rather than bundles, will be offering a couple of special edition 3DS handhelds with fancy colors and artwork on the covers. Here's what Nintendo's got for holiday 2014 in terms of 3DS offers and note again that they do not include a game bundled with them:

  • Nintendo 3DS XL Super Smash Bros. Edition - $199.99 - Coming in either red or blue, these 3DS XL handhelds feature the Super Smash Bros. logo and artwork of the full roster on the cover.
  • Nintendo 3DS XL NES Edition - $199.99 - Themed after that iconic Nintendo Entertainment System controller, the NES edition of the 3DS XL is a glory to behold and a must-have for any retro gamers looking for a new 3DS XL this holiday season.
  • Nintendo 3DS XL Persona Q Edition - $199.99 - A stylized 3DS XL with a blue diamond pattern on the front with art designed to make the handheld appear to be a book -- the LeGrimoire du Coeur to be specific. Does not include Persona Q. Exclusive to GameStop.

As mentioned earlier, Nintendo is likely to release upgraded 3DS hardware in 2015. The standard 3DS and the XL are both excellent gift ideas, but if there's an option to hold off until next year to buy the handheld then try to wait for the New 3DS. It will be backwards compatible!

Thanks to everyone who took the time out to read through Neoseeker's Nintendo 3DS gift guide for 2014. If you seen an omission that absolutely cannot stand, please leave a comment potentially snowballing into a mob which I'll tyrannically censor until overthrown ending with the game finally included in the list.



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Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire to feature space battles?

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The question now becomes what Pokemon can survive in space?

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The latest issue of the Japanese magazine CoroCoro has leaked online and while there aren't any new Mega Evolution reveals yet, there is something very interesting. One of the pages, folded out even, features a battle between Mega Reyquaza and Deoxys. It's not the combatants that matter here, however. It's the setting. The two are going full out in SPACE. They have left to atmosphere for their duel. Is Pokemon going to have its first space battles soon?

The question we're all asking ourselves is whether we can trust this image. It is a big piece of custom art, obviously. What we could be seeing is just a teaser for the anime or an upcoming movie. However, upon closer examination there's a small square screenshot featuring the exact same space background. A screenshot that could only imply that Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are indeed going into space.

What does this really mean? Maybe it's just a funny fake background in a gym that uses holograms for it's fields of battle. I'd like to hope that flying around on Pokemon will provide the opportunity to fly into space. We'll see, we'll see.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are planned for release on November 21 exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. European 3DS owners will unfortunately have to wait an extra week when the gam releases on November 28 there.

 
 

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D announced for Nintendo 3DS, the Moon smiles

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The Moon made them do it

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Congratulations to those dedicated Majora's Mask fans who have been begging endlessly for Nintendo to release the game once more for a modern platform. Your work has paid off as of this afternoon's Nintendo Direct. Nintendo has officially announced that Majora's Mask will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. Expect the 3D-enabled por to be released in spring of 2015.

As I said, it'll be a straight port, but with 3D enabled. Otherwise Nintendo doesn't seem to have any intention to alter the experience in any way. For those unfamiliar, Majora's Mask is a direct sequel to Ocarina of Time, though beyond Link's inclusion is otherwise its own standalone experience. Players have three days to solve a mystery in typical Zelda fashion before a corrupted Moon crashes into the planet and ends it as we know it.

Majora's Mask, when it was first released, wasn't as well-received as Ocarina of Time due to its darker tone and more limited structure. The idea that players' activities are constrained by time is not a feature players often look forward to. Ever since, however, there's a vocal minority of fans whose love for the more mature story has only grown. It's their passion for the game that has led to its rerelease on 3DS.

The Legend of Zelda of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D will be released on Nintendo 3DS in spring of 2015. Check out this nostalgia inducing trailer and despair.

 
 

Nintendo Direct for Nov. 5 Live-blog: Should we expect a Pokemon and Smash Bros. focus?

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What surprises does Nintendo have in store?

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Hey everyone, the live Nintendo Direct is about to start so let me keep this short and simple. The focus today is on upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles. We expect there be a lot of focus on Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire as well as Super Smash Bros. Wii U, since the holiday season is approaching, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a big announcement or two revealed today as well. Hopefully that includes some love for both platforms.

Check out the livestream, embedded below, at 2:00pm PST and we'll be adding a live-chat in forums as well. Just check out live-blog below the livestream where I'll link the live-chat. Meta, I know, but it's super cool hanging out with the community so it's worth it. POKEMON.

 
 
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