Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective doesn’t come out here until January 11th, but thanks to Capcom and GameSpot, you can play a free Flash demo of the game online now!
Though I didn’t play through the entire thing, it seemed like a tutorial and introduction to the story, which you could probably figure out from most of the videos we’ve posted. Still, it’s a chance to see the game’s great animation and a hint of its humorous script.
Cave Story DSiWare is out! It doesn’t have the option to play with updated graphics and music like the WiiWare version, but this is portable, uses the second screen for map/weapons, offers a modified Sanctuary Time Attack mode, and has the new unlockable music player. Also, this is 200 points cheaper than its console counterpart.
From the early impressions I’ve read, Cave Story DSiWare doesn’t seem to have any audio or framerate issues. Independent Games Festival chairman Brandon Boyer, however, isn’t happy about the button assignment and wishes players could customize this.
Check out a vid of some guy playing the game on his DSi, as well as Cave Story Europe news after the break!
I’m sure both you and your wallet are experiencing severe fatigue right now due to a long weekend (and week, even) of sale announcements. So here’s another one! There’s no way I can pass up alerting you to the first Cyber Monday sale — first sale of any kind, in fact — at Attract Mode. Here’s what’s available (still no e-boning):
It’s bad enough that retailers have people literally buying into the idea of Cyber Monday, a scheme to extend the shopping-filled Thanksgiving weekend; they had to go and call it Cyber Monday, as if it were actually a date devoted to people having virtual sex and/or bangin’ a website.
But no, some dudes thought it brilliant to associate this day of online sales with the word Cyber, though you’ll rarely find deals for robotic parts to outfit your cybernetic body. Whatever! At least it means there are plenty of cheap games on Amazon that you can take advantage of:
This afternoon’s upcoming lightning deals will feature more sales, like Dragon Quest IX for $19.99, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future/Diabolical Box for $17.99, Pokemon SoulSilver/HeartGold for $24.99, and more. Those sales begin around 4:20 PM Eastern (1:20 PM Pacific). You can track them all here.
In the event you want to buy Reformat the Planet, 2 Player Productions’ awesome NYC chiptune/Blip Festival documentary, but don’t want to get it from Fangamer and get cool t-shirts and buttons and stuff, well, you can preorder it now from Amazon, to ship out December 7. That’s when the DVD set will be released to the wider world of retail — it was released exclusively through Fangamer in August. It was also a component of most of the prizes in our unbelievable contest.
While I’m on the subject of 2PP DVDs you should own, the DVD set of Penny Arcade: The Series, Season 1 is available from Penny Arcade’s shop. I watched every episode of the web show as soon as I could, and this set has all of that first season, plus tons of extras.
We tend to focus on Nintendo deals here, particularly of the DSi and XL variety lately, but for those of you looking to expand your handheld horizons, Amazon has a great sale for a PSP-3000 bundle that’s as cheap as a DS Lite.
For $129, you can get a PSP-3000, a copy of Little Big Planet PSP, a Karate Kid remake UMD (lol), a 1GB memory stick, and a $15 game credit for Amazon. Free shipping, too! This could be an early Christmas present to yourself — or to me! I still need one to play Persona 3 Portable…
Old Golden Sun commercial finally makes sense thanks to Dark Dawn
Back in 2001 when Nintendo released the first Golden Sun for GBA, the company produced this neat commercial that seemingly had nothing to do with the game.
Check out some of the insane explanations Youtube commenters came up with to justify the commercial:
"It’s just showing the maestro controlling the orchestra in a epic battle like we control the players in the game thus explaining ‘role-playing’, as Golden Sun was one of the first RPGs on the GBA system."
"The commercial is supposed to be describing how culture (a mainstay of RPGs) is more advanced with the GBA… and uses the Nintendo high end RPG for the system as a simple plug for the game."
Developer Camelot Software Planning must have either loved the ad or wanted to somehow clear up all the confusion from almost a decade ago, as it’s paid homage to the commercial in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn with a Crystal Dragon summon and a similar opera house scene:
More than two years since Level-5’se soccer/RPG series debuted in Japan, Nintendo has announced plans to publish the first Inazuma Eleven game in Europe on January 28. It makes sense considering the franchise’s anime tie-in has been playing in that region for several months now — the U.K. won’t get the title until the anime begins airing there.
This is no guarantee the game will make it to the States, as the sport isn’t popular here, and it’s not like the translated versions of Last Window or the Tingle RPGs ever crossed the pond either. But hey, at least there will be an English edition somewhere out there, and those willing to pay import prices will be able to play it in North America.
In other Level-5 news, shots of Ni no Kuni's DS box and bundled book on display at stores, after the break!:
"DoneJohn" by UncleBibby. Following last week’s WarioWare DIY-created “Mega Micromusic” album, another interesting DS-based work: a cover of The Legend of Zelda's dungeon theme made entirely in the $8 DSiWare music app Rytmik!
There are so many ways to make music with the DS: two Korg DS-10 carts (and the upcoming M01), two Jam Sessionses, six different Music On instruments from Abylight, Rhythm Core Alpha, Electroplankton, tapping on the case with your hands…
Remember all that unused artwork (many of it NSFW) that Gammick and EnjoyUp didn’t include in Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ final release? Well, here’s more of it!
Since this was originally supposed to hit stores in Europe, design company Ikari Studio created a couple boxart options for the region. Since it later turned into a DSiWare release — it will hit U.S. DSiWare soon, too — we never saw the covers. Spanish site Gen16 scored an interview with Ikari, though, and posted the art and other great pieces.
Jump past the post break for the second unused “Zombi BBQ” packshot. Oh, and click the art for larger images!
If you’re looking to fill out your DS collection, you can get the newly released but already unappreciated 999, Super Scribblenauts, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, Etrian Odyssey III, Sonic Colors, Dragon Quest IX, Picross 3D, Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, and a bunch more.
On the PSP side, you can grab Ys: The Oath In Felghana - Limited Edition, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger Darkdeath Evilman, Ys Seven, Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake, and several dozen other games.
If my Tiny Cartridge output has been limited, terse, and kind of angry lately, it’s because I’ve been having my ass kicked by Donkey Kong Country Returns over the last few days. You can see the results here — and, to be clear, I mean the resulting Joystiq review, not my bruised ass.
The review seems to have been received better than I expected, because most of the comments when I looked were angry about my joke about the DK Rap, and not about the actual stuff I said about the game.
DKC Returns is just a really polished, brilliantly designed platforming game. But I’m glad I get to stop playing it for a while, at least in such concentrated doses. For the sake of my blood pressure. I may have said some things to my television that I regret.
Speaking of things I can enjoy now that I’m not playing it, Gamexplain’s Andre Segers noticed a Mr. Game & Watch cameo (above) in the background of one of the Factory levels. I didn’t notice it, probably because I was developing hella tunnel vision at that point.