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I’m angry about how cool this Princess Peach Wiimote Plus is ⊟
I definitely don’t need any more Wii Remotes, but the new Princess Peach Wii Remote Plus is too, too good. Like when the Mario and Luigi versions came out, I’m upset by how tempted I am to drop $40 on one of these when they hit stores later this month.
I love how the blue buttons suggest her earrings and brooch! And the d-pad is her crown.
Now I wait as people clamor for a Toad Wiimote they don’t actually want, just out of some semi-OCD need to complete the Super Mario Bros. 2 cast.
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I’m angry about how cool this Princess Peach Wiimote Plus is ⊟

I definitely don’t need any more Wii Remotes, but the new Princess Peach Wii Remote Plus is too, too good. Like when the Mario and Luigi versions came out, I’m upset by how tempted I am to drop $40 on one of these when they hit stores later this month.

I love how the blue buttons suggest her earrings and brooch! And the d-pad is her crown.

Now I wait as people clamor for a Toad Wiimote they don’t actually want, just out of some semi-OCD need to complete the Super Mario Bros. 2 cast.

BUY Super Mario 3D World, upcoming releases
Conception 2’s Classmating seems innocent, but the rest of the game… ⊟
Despite being about creating babies with your high school classmates, Conception 2 is surprisingly chaste in regards to its signature feature. “Classmating” is successfully portrayed as totally innocent and nonsexual, at least in the couple of hours I’ve played.
Which makes it so much more jarring when the game gets bawdy elsewhere.

Conception 2’s Classmating is basically a religious ritual overseen by a priest, involving the magical energies of a young man and woman commingling in a special matryoshka thing to create Star Children, non-human fighters who look like chibi kids. 
I mean, this is definitely a metaphor for actual procreation, and not even a veiled one. Even so, it’s treated as a relatively benign event. The player character frequently introduces himself to female students with something like “Well, we’re going to be Classmating a bunch, so we should know one another!” to a generally casual, upbeat agreement. Spike Chunsoft went to great pains to make Classmating seem totally innocent, just a way for two kids to use their star power to generate tiny cowboys.
Meanwhile, your friend Chlotz is constantly talking to you about how attractive other students are, and trying to get you to get closer to female students. One scene involves you and Chlotz being sent to find a new student who ranks high in combat potential; because she’s a high-ranking student, Chlotz assumes she’s going to be tall and large-chested, because… I’m actually not sure why.
Image via Valwinz
Oh, and that priest? Who is also the school’s headmaster? He seems to take Classmating seriously, but he’s not at all above commenting on the attractiveness of the teenagers around him.
The girls are just as weirdly obsessed with their own bodies. At one point, two students have a conversation about their relative breast sizes out of nowhere, and there’s a particularly embarrassing scene in which a bunch of students get drinks from a vending machine, leading to… well, this line:

Basically, here’s what I think is happening. The central mechanic of the game, which is just barely removed from being actual sex, is treated respectfully and tastefully as a side effect of being novel. What I mean is that there isn’t an existing anime/game template regarding this kind of metaphorical coupling, and so it ironically avoids the usual material.
Whereas the rest of the game is textbook Moe High School Anime, or at least fits my limited image of it, and thus subject to all the tropes that come along with that, including the dumb best friend, the male protagonist humiliated by accidental double entendres, and “waaah, they’re huge!”
Bear in mind, I haven’t completed the game; it’s possible the Classmating gets more moe-infused and the daily life less so. This is just a weird juxtaposition I noticed early on.
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Conception 2’s Classmating seems innocent, but the rest of the game… 

Despite being about creating babies with your high school classmates, Conception 2 is surprisingly chaste in regards to its signature feature. “Classmating” is successfully portrayed as totally innocent and nonsexual, at least in the couple of hours I’ve played.

Which makes it so much more jarring when the game gets bawdy elsewhere.

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First look at Yokai Watch 2's boxarts, screens ⊟

Yokai Watch has been killing it in Japan, thanks to Level-5’s transmedia approach and the popular animated series there, so I don’t anyone’s surprised that the publisher is releasing a sequel. The game was already kind of Pokemon-y but with spirits, and this follow-up will be even more so, coming out with two versions (Founder and Head) this July 10, each coming with exclusive rare medals. 

Anime News Network provided the following description:

Keita and company will travel back in time to Sakura New Town in the Showa era, thanks to the power of a mysterious yokai (Japanese spirit or demon). The key to the story will be Keizo, a boy from the past who looks like Keita, and Dekanyan, a cat yokai with an amazing secret.

Yokai Watch 2 will also have new events such as climbing the school flagpole to better find yokai, and bicycle races. If players have already gone through the first Yokai Watch game, they can make friends with special yokai in Yokai Watch 2.

You can watch two announcement trailers here. Level-5 hasn’t revealed anything about bringing the series to the U.S., but there have been hints.

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  • Source animenewsnetwork.com
J-League x Pokemon 3DS XLs ⊟
If you live in Japan and love Japanese soccer, you might have a shot at one of these. The three Pokemon-themed 3DS LL systems above will be given away at Marinos (white), Urawa Reds (red), and FC Tokyo (blue) games, with the number of systems distributed depending on the score of the home team.
Fans will also get special Pikachu-playing-soccer Pokemon cards, and can even meet Pikachu! A suspiciously human-sized Pikachu, but still. That’s just more Pikachu to hug.
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J-League x Pokemon 3DS XLs ⊟

If you live in Japan and love Japanese soccer, you might have a shot at one of these. The three Pokemon-themed 3DS LL systems above will be given away at Marinos (white), Urawa Reds (red), and FC Tokyo (blue) games, with the number of systems distributed depending on the score of the home team.

Fans will also get special Pikachu-playing-soccer Pokemon cards, and can even meet Pikachu! A suspiciously human-sized Pikachu, but still. That’s just more Pikachu to hug.

BUY Pokemon X and Y, upcoming games
  • Source inside-games.jp
Mario Golf golf bag ⊟
Get out on the links and let people know you mean business. Specifically, Nintendo’s licensing business, to the tune of nine hundred dollars.
I’m actually really impressed that so soon after Nintendo announced intent to license its characters for more products, we already have this and the Mario Kart Power Wheels.
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Mario Golf golf bag ⊟

Get out on the links and let people know you mean business. Specifically, Nintendo’s licensing business, to the tune of nine hundred dollars.

I’m actually really impressed that so soon after Nintendo announced intent to license its characters for more products, we already have this and the Mario Kart Power Wheels.

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  • Source twitter.com

Freedom Wars, Soul Sacrifice Delta, Oreshika 2 coming to North America ⊟

Woo Freedom Wars! The Gravity Rush team’s new game (actually, Sony says, a collaboration between “JAPAN Studio, Shift and Dimps”) will be out this year, with eight-player online coop and a weird single-player story about fighting monsters to reduce your million-year prison sentence.

Also coming over, according to today’s announcement: Soul Sacrifice Delta on May 13, and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, “an RPG in which you take charge of an ancient Japanese clan that have been cursed with a maximum lifespan of just 2 years.” This Alfa System-developed sequel has players controlling multiple generations. Neat!

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  • Source blog.us.playstation.com
Price cut on five 3DS staples ⊟
This little dude (a Dr. Who 3DS XL from Nessa, via My Handheld) looks pretty happy about something. Maybe it’s Nintendo of America permanently cutting the price for five of its biggest 3DS releases.
Starting April 22, you’ll be able to buy the following games from the eShop or retailers for $29.99 each:
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Mario Kart 7
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario 3D Land
All of those games have hovered around $30 for a while at some point, and a couple even launched at only $35. Still, yay for cheaper games. I haven’t spent enough time with DKCR 3D or NSMB 2 to deliver a verdict on them, but the other three are must-buys if you are the type of person who likes to play games that are fun. Otherwise, they’re alright to skip.
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Price cut on five 3DS staples ⊟

This little dude (a Dr. Who 3DS XL from Nessa, via My Handheld) looks pretty happy about something. Maybe it’s Nintendo of America permanently cutting the price for five of its biggest 3DS releases.

Starting April 22, you’ll be able to buy the following games from the eShop or retailers for $29.99 each:

All of those games have hovered around $30 for a while at some point, and a couple even launched at only $35. Still, yay for cheaper games. I haven’t spent enough time with DKCR 3D or NSMB 2 to deliver a verdict on them, but the other three are must-buys if you are the type of person who likes to play games that are fun. Otherwise, they’re alright to skip.

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Objection! shirt by Maximo Lorenzo ⊟

It comes with a little attorney’s badge button! Nice touch, Fangamer. Of course, if you want a more realistic fake attorney’s badge, they’ve got you covered. It should get you all the respect given to defense attorneys in the game.

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  • Source fangamer.net

Pokemon chopsticks: gotta pinch em all ⊟

I think these Pokemon chopsticks available on J-List are pretty cute, and might be a good way to encourage a kid to learn to use chopsticks (mine aren’t yet at the age for chopsticks, or utensils, or Pokemon). 

Mostly, I like that the three available options are Pikachu, Charmander, and… Snorlax. How random! Does that mean that some kids’ favorite Pokemon is the one who sleeps constantly and gets in the way? That’s actually pretty cool.

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"Something’s wrong with Funghi today…" ⊟

I gotta play these Touch Detective games. That’s a gap in my DS knowledge for sure. And I want to be caught up for the eventual localization of this game, Touch Detective 3 (right? Right? Atlus?)

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As a huge Nintendo fan & longtime gamer, its amazing to be inside Tomodachi Life on #3DS as me. Game on!

Christina Aguilera on Twitter, referring to her inclusion in Tomodachi Life as the first included celebrity Mii.

Now compare that sentiment with these screenshots Nintendo released of Ms. Aguilera:

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  • Source twitter.com

Anyone else playing Disney Magical World? ⊟

I almost forgot it came out late this week, but this launch trailer reminded me. What does everyone think about it so far? A suitable replacement for Animal Crossing: New Leaf? Nintendo seems to think so — it sent out an email last night to people who have registered New Leaf that read in its subject line, “You played Animal Crossing, now try this new game”.

Here are a bunch of AR cards from Japan that you can scan to get free stuff in Disney Magical World (e.g. furniture, outfits).

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