Attract Mode selling custom arcade cabs, three Game Over IV prints
Remember those neat arcade cabinets that we featured from the Attract Mode x Babycastles show a few months ago? They were painted by artists Hilary Florido and David Mauro, and featured designs inspired by shoujo manga and ’80s beat’em-ups, respectively.
Both of the cabinets — originally sticker club machines before these attractive make-overs — are now for sale on Attract Mode! They’re a bit pricey at $1,200 each, but you would be buying “a centerpiece from a watershed moment in NYC’s game-oriented history.” You can see a couple more shots of the setups and other related stuff I’ve been meaning to talk about after the break.
Amazon just upped the store credit it’s giving to customers who preorder Pokemon Black or White from $5 to $10. Now, if you put in a reservation for either version of the upcoming game (system bundles not included), you’ll receive $10 to buy other junk at the online shop — and if you get both versions, you’ll pick up a $20 credit.
While we’re talking about monsters of the pocket variety, today is the last day you’ll be able to buy the “Top Percentage” shirt you see above from the fine folks at FYPBlog ($24 U.S., $30 international, shipping included).
Since I haven’t played a Pokemon since Red/Blue, I had no idea what the joke on this shirt is referring to. Having researched the meme and seen the Facebook page, though, I am now thorougly amused by all this.
Nintendo and Best Buy are giving you another opportunity to pick up crucial Dragon Quest IX maps — and try out Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation if you have yet to do so.
Best Buy stores across the US are holding events February 26 and March 5, from noon to 4pm, during which people can gather, play multiplayer, trade maps, and most importantly, pick up the exclusive Orgodemir treasure map for DQ9. You’ll also get a free poster.
DQ6 demo stations will also be set up, but this is primarily being billed by Best Buy as a DQ9 event, which is a bit weird given that it came out in July of last year and DQ6 came out like a week ago. But that’s okay, because DQ9 is so, so, so good and any chance to grab more maps is welcome.
Speaking of chances, I don’t get one, since there are no stores holding events anywhere near me. :(
I know most of you are already digging deep in your pockets to pay for a 3DS and its pricey launch games, but if for some reason you want to buy a limited edition DSi with Pokémon Black and White three weeks before the new portable hits, Amazon is taking preorders for the bundle.
The bundles include a Black or White Nintendo DSi etched with a Reshiram or Zekrom design, a matching carrying case, and a copy of the game — all for $179.99!
Or you can just get forget the bundle and get Pokemon Black or White for only $34.99, and score a $5 promotional credit from Amazon. Both the games and bundles will hit stores on March 6.
As part of a full day filled with video game deals, Amazon is selling Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation for just $24.99. The deal ends in an hour or whenever the shop runs out of stock (which should be soon), though, so act quick!
Five weeks away from the new handheld’s launch here, Nintendo of America has revealed what games will be coming with the 3DS. There aren’t really any surprises here, other than that all three major first-party “launch window” games — Steel Diver, PilotWings Resort, and Nintendogs + Cats are hitting on March 27.
Iiiiiin case you missed it, I registered my Official Opinion about the DS remake of Dragon Quest VI over at Joystiq late last week. In a nutshell shellmet, it’s a good Dragon Quest, but really hard and not as streamlined as DQ9, which of course you’d expect.
Speaking of missing things, please don’t miss our contest over at DS Dates: just follow DS Dates on Tumblr, Facebook, or Twitter to enter for a “Be My Valenslime” shirt and a Liquid Metal Slime figure! I’m so, so jealous in advance of whoever gets that figure. You have through the 23rd.
New PilotWings Resort, Steel Diver, and Nintendogs + cats trailers
The Nintendo Channel has posted three new trailers for three first-party games — I know hardly anyone checks the Wii service, but that’s why we have Samaritans like NintenDaan to rip and uploads these videos online!
Steel Diver looks way fun, but I’m worried that there isn’t much more to it than what you see here. What’s the story behind the game? Is there enough content and compelling mechanics to keep you entertained for more than a couple hours? Anyway, jump past the break for the clips:
As covered before, this isn’t an exact replica of the original haunted game, as it’s a modification of Pokémon FireRed for the GBA, not the Pokémon Game Boy releases.
I haven’t tried it out myself, as I don’t have a backup of FireRed to test the patch on, so I can’t say much about the quality or progress of the patch, but you can check out a screenshot and a video for an old build after the break:
Here’s a chance to try one of the best-received games on WiiWare without having to admit to your hardcore gamer-dude friends that you used WiiWare. For Valentine’s week, Over the Top Games has discounted the PC and Mac versions of its Greek mythology-themed side-scroller, NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits, to just $1.99. You can download the game DRM-free from the dev’s site. I believe the deal ends in a few hours, so act quick!
I’ll be taking advantage of this deal myself, having played the WiiWare demo and liked it, but never having picked it up because I’m a jerk/overloaded with games.
"Solstice Speed Run", a mash-up of Ghostface Killah’s "Run" and music from the NES’ Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos. God, that raucous, grimy beat is a perfect fit on Pretty Toney’s anthem for fleet-footed dealers.
"Run! If you sell drugs in the school zone Run! If you getting chased with no shoes on Run! Fuck that! Run! Cops got, guns! They givin’ out life like by the ton Run! If you ain’t do shit, you it That next felony, nigga, is like three zip”
This is the second track on Safety Words’ 2009 mixtape full of Ghostface/NES remixes, productions combining “Criminology” with Golgo 13, “Triumph” with The Legend of Zelda, and “Charlie Brown” with those bangin’ thumps from Battletoads’ pause music.
There’s not nearly as many Raekwon vesrses on there as I’d like, but it’s probably the most solid chiptune/rap release I’ve ever heard.
Face Raiders and AR Games aren’t the only fun titles pre-installed on the 3DS — Nintendo also has two small games meant to make StreetPass a little more exciting.
For those kids just tuning in, StreetPass is a feature in that automatically exchanges user and game data between two systems that cross each other’s paths even when they’re sleeping (e.g. Dragon Quest IX's tag mode).
It’s a gimmick designed to get you carrying your 3DS everywhere, and it has two games, StreetPass Quest and StreetPass Puzzle, integrated to the experience.
It does, however, reveal that the project is seven strong — coder Xvirus (Shiren the Wanderer DS 2 translation), four translators, GCCX expert and SCROLL publisher Ray Barnholt serving as editor, and Tiny Cartridge reader Ryuza working on the graphics and web site.
Now, let us all pray this is one of the few DS translation projects that actually sees completion.
Spelunker is a Teacher, and his anime looks fantastic
Above is the opening credit sequence for Spelunker Sensei/Spelunker is a Teacher, the animated film in which the easily-killed explorer from Spelunker tries to live a normal life as a teacher. Above is the opening, featuring a rock version of the Spelunker theme song with Engrish lyrics, sung by legendary Sega musician Takenobu “Daytonaaaaaaaa” Mitsuyoshi.
You must listen to it.
Here’s the ending sequence:
Join me after the break for bonus Spelunker video wonderfulness.
Amazon is holding another one of its "Buy A Game, Get One 50 Percent Off" sales, and while most of the DS options in the selection are junk, there are a few gems scatted around in the 340+ Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, DS, PSP, and PC/MAC titles on offer.
Voicemail message from Albert Wesker. D.C. Douglas, voice actor for the Resident Evil villain, has posted a fun collection of voicemail messages and ringtones from Albert Wesker. You can listen to them all here, and even download them so long as you agree to donate to a charity of your choice.
That full set of AR cards revealed earlier today prompted speculation that the pack-in items would come into play for augmented reality games with Pikmin, Zelda, Mario, Samus, and Kirby on the 3DS. That’s likely not the case!
Game journalist Alex Donaldson spent some time with the different cards and offers these impressions: