Nintendo Direct for 3DS Dazzles
This is big news and has been covered on most major sites already, so I’ll just sum it up:
More details on Mario Golf: World Tour‘s online features were revealed, which are basically Mario Kart 7‘s features, really. The release date of Mario and Luigi: Dream Team will be July 12th in Europe and August 11th in North America. A new Mario Party game has been announced for 3DS, which will come out this winter. It seems to be more feature-complete than Mario Party DS, but it’ll also be using the AR Card functionality for some minigames, which may limit its portability if that can’t be disabled. A new Yoshi’s Island game was announced for 3DS. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will have an optional, easier difficulty setting. A feature that will be exclusive to non-Japanese releases of Animal Crossing: New Leaf is that there will be Spot Pass house designs available.
The final Professor Layton game will be released overseas (Nintendo’s always been the publisher, if you weren’t aware). Nintendo has also picked up the rights to Square Enix’s Bravely Default, and will release it in Europe in 2013 and North America in 2014. All of the Guild02 games are also coming overseas (see the “Some Other Stuff” section for further details).
A new Zelda game for 3DS has been announced. It will take place in the world of A Link to the Past and will make use of the 3D for altitude, among other things like perspective changes by turning into a painting. The press has taken to calling it A Link to the Past 2, but no subtitle was announced, and that subtitle isn’t necessarily likely. The 3DS Virtual Console ports of the Oracle games from the Zelda series will be made available in May.
There were also a few Wii U announcements thrown in. Pikmin 3 will be released on August 4th in North America, and will feature flying Pikmin. The new Wii U system update, which will revise a lot of the internal processes for more speed, etc, will be released later this week. Then the show-stealer showed up.
Earthbound (known in Japan as MOTHER 2) will be made available on the Wii U Virtual Console worldwide later this year. This marks the first time it’s been available outside Japan in almost 20 years, and the first time it’s been released anywhere aside from the US and Japan. This move was apparently done due to fan demand on the Japanese Miiverse community for the game. If you’ve never heard of the game, it’s the game Ness comes from. Its sequel, MOTHER 3, is the game that Lucas is from. Ness and Lucas as in the ones in Smash Bros.
Upon hearing this news, the person who made the fan translation for MOTHER 3, who has a strong background in professional localization, has offered his script, plus any edits they demand, for free in an open letter to Nintendo.
Ace Attorney 5 Has DLC Costumes
An avalanche of information for Ace Attorney 5 has been revealed. Free DLC costumes for the 3 protagonist attorneys will be available at launch.
The second case of the game appears to be some sort of flashback with Apollo in his normal outfit, with the main setting being a festival of some kind. It is also worth noting that, while Apollo’s Percieve and Kokone’s Heart Scope are mentioned in their character bios, Phoenix’s Magatama is not mentioned. Also, Phoenix is now the “chief” Wright Anything Agency, which did not change its name back after the fourth game, but Trucy is noticeably absent from all information revealed so far.
Pre-orders for the game will include a Phoenix Wright figure, with him in his new uniform. But if you don’t like his new outfit, his free DLC outfit is his old suit. Apollo’s is some casual wear and Kokone’s is a school uniform.
The main prosecutor for this game appears to be a man named Jin Yugami, the “Distortion Prosecutor”. He is currently serving a sentence for murder, yet he was chosen as the prosecutor anyway. The quote in his bio on the official site is “…Heh. To cut someone down in court, one must use the blade called ‘evidence’.” The game will be released on July 25th in Japan.
Some Other Stuff
- The following games have won a spot on Steam: Record of Agarest War (Agarest Senki in Japan, which meant the same thing – will be put out under the European title Agarest: Generations of War), Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, Battle Worlds: Kronos, City of Steam, Cradle, Dead State, Dead Trigger, Death Inc., Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey, Elsword, Faceless, Frozen Endzone, Legend of Dungeon, Pinball Arcade, Planet Explorers, Rush Bros. and Shovel Knight.
- A free to play PC game in the Monster Hunter series has been announced for China. It will be called Monster Hunter Online.
- High School of the Dead has joined the Neon Alley line-up on very short notice.
- The third Puella Magi Madoka Magica movie will run in September in Japan. Aniplex ran the first two movies in select theatres all over the world, and it’s been licensed for sub-only release later this year.
- In response to poor reception on recent titles, Capcom will be restructuring to focus on fewer franchises, will re-focus to in-house development instead of outsourcing, and will add more focus to DLC. There are many reasons why this isn’t too great an idea, but I’m confident my readers already know.
- A game named ORION: Dino Beatdown, which was rightfully ripped apart in reviews by both critics and average gamers, has been patched and put on Steam’s new release list as ORION: Dino Horde without any acknowledgement that it’s simply a patch and name change. The developer has been banning people from the game’s section of the Steam forums for complaining. Do not buy this game.
- The new Mewtwo-like Pokémon I mentioned two weeks ago has been confirmed to be an alternate forme of Mewtwo.
- The “Edge” trademarks held by Tim Langdell have been revoked. This comes after years of him suing every game or game developer who had a title or name with “Edge” anywhere in it.
- The last of the THQ bankruptcy auctions have taken place, but there is currently no word on who won the rights to Homeworld and Darksiders, which were the biggest properties remaining. All that’s been confirmed are a few groups who failed to win.
- Sega has announced a remake of Castle of Illusion. Castle of Illusion HD will be released digitally for the 360, PS3 and PC later this year.
- The PS2 game RPG Maker 3 has been announced for PSN. Don’t know why you’d want that when the PC has newer revisions of the program, but OK.
- Level-5 has announced that they will be localizing all of the games from Guild02 for 3DS. Guild01‘s games, bar one, were released on the Nintendo eShop last year. One of those games, Liberation Maiden, received a mobile port and is now receiving a sequel… but the sequel will be a PS3 visual novel from a new, male character’s perspective.
- Speaking of visual novels, Arc System Works of BlazBlue and Guilty Gear fame has announced more information on their new title, XBlaze. It will be a visual novel instead of a fighting game. BlazBlue told its story that way, so I’m confident they can pull it off.
- Square Enix has filed two trademarks in Japan. They are for games supposedly called Millenium Hero and Hagun Student Council. No further information is available.
- Some butthurt people have been running chargebacks on their pledges to the Skullgirls team’s IndieGoGo campaign due to the characters whey wanted to win in the vote for 2 of the 3 new DLC characters lost in the first round. As a result, the PayPal account for the studio has been frozen. Really, people?
- Microsoft is attempting some sort of campaign with the 360’s Xbox Live service in Japan. If people play 1 million combined hours on a handful of games (none of which really appeal to the Japanese market), they will pay out a really negligible amount of Microsoft points. The console was dead on arrival in Japan, and excluding things like The iDOLM@STER from that list doesn’t help.
- While everyone was busy paying attention to the aftermath of the explosions at the Boston Marathon, CISPA quietly passed the House in America.