Though Mother 1 has an English NES prototype floating around, this version, this version features a retranslated script, bug fixes, and various tweaks, as well as some enhancements by Tomato. The Mother 2 script is still in Japanese (menus have been translated), but it’s not like you can’t already play it in English with Earthbound.
You’ll need a copy of Mother 1+2's ROM (one you acquire through relatively legal methods, we hope) to install the patch before running it on a flashcart or emulator.
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride is not only back in stock at Amazon, it’s now discounted to $19.99 for a limited time! It’s a Lightning Deal, though, so it will end in four hours or whenever the online retailer runs out of copies, which should be soon.
In case you’re unfamiliar with this particular entry from the series’ Zenithia trilogy, it’s one of the highestregarded titles from not just the DQ series, but the JRPG genre.
“This is a simulation game in which players can create virtual clay pots. Players use on-screen gestures to transform lumps of clay that spin on a wheel; players can also customize their pottery with unique patterns and colors.”—
ESRB description for Let’s Create! Pottery for DSi (I’m assuming DSiWare). This is a port of a Mac OS/iOS game in which you, for real, pretend to make clay pots.
We reported late last night that Atlus’ Shigeo Komori, director of the last two Etrian Odyssey games, is helming a mysterious new DS game called Nora and the Engraving Studio: The Witch of the Misty Forest* — we now have more info and assets to share on the title!
Other folks working on the game that JRPG enthusiasts might recognize are scenario writer Shinichi Yoshiike (Atelier series), character designer Yuji Himukai (Etrian Odyssey), and composer Michiko Naruke (Wild Arms).
We saw a trailer last week for Planetaria, and now Nintendo has opened a site for its Game Seminar 2010 offerings, revealing all four student-made projects that we’ll never get to play.
Planetaria is a game about guiding a comet to pick up stars.
The Tentai Show puts a black hole (or something) on either screen. The player guides the bottom one back and forth to destroy meteors, causing the top one to move in a symmetric path. So you have to keep an eye on both screens. (There’s a video.)
Pull Pull Pulipy is a platform in which you stretch a worm-like character to reach items.
Flowoooot has the best name ever, and is about guiding a group of little creatures through underwater mazes. It looks exactly like Soul Bubbles!
The full schedule can be found here, for those of you have access to the Japanese Nintendo Channel or a Nintendo Zone download station in that country. The Tentai Show is currently being offered.
Atlus and Shigeo Komori, director of the revered Etrian Odyssey first-person RPGs, is working on a new Nintendo DS title called Nora to Koku no Koubou: Kiri no Mori no Majo (Nora and the Engraving Studio: The Witch of the Forest of Mist), according to a report from this week’s issue of Famitsutranslated by Andriasang.
Other than that, we know nothing else about the title, but I’m sure we’ll hear more about it soon. I’m just surprised Atlus is creating new IPs for the DS, and hasn’t moved the project to 3DS. That makes two DS titles we have to look forward to from the publisher — this and the Devil Survivor sequel (presuming they make it to the States).
These DS save data accessories have been available for some time now on semi-sketchy sites, but this one is notable for a recent firmware update that adds support for 3DS games. The $25 device connects a DS or 3DS cart to your computer via USB, in order to grab save data off the cart, and even replace it (sort of like a DS Dex Drive).
I believe this just backs up save data and not whole ROMs — this review doesn’t mention anything about copying games. Which is a good thing from the perspective of “this thing isn’t a piracy device.” And I’d love to be able to download saves for stuff without having to have the whole game on a flashcart. Let us know if you know more about this doodad!
Speaking at an investors’ briefing yesterday, Nintendo’s CEO and president Satoru Iwata shared the company’s plans for promoting next month’s big firmware update for the 3DS, which will bring the built-in web browser, DSiWare transfers, and the eShop to the system.
When the eShop debuts — offering DSiWare games, Virtual Console releases, 3DS demos, “3D Classics”, and more — the service will offer a 3D-enhanced version of NES racer Excitebike for free in Japan to entice users. It’s not clear yet if the eShops in North America and Europe will also receive Excitebike or any other title for free.
Iwata also mentioned that while the 3DS’ Virtual Console will feature Game Boy and Game Boy Color releases to start, the company hopes to offer games from other platforms in the future. Nintendo previously announced that Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 titles will eventually appear on the portable Virtual Console shop.
Nintendo trotted out three new clips for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D last night: the opening video for the revamped remake, and demonstrations for 3DS-specific features with the gyroscope and touchscreen.
In case you didn’t see it reported on a million other sites, Nintendo revealed that its rumored Wii successor, “Project Cafe”, will appear in playable form at E3.
The new home console is expected to launch in 2012, likely some time after the end of the fiscal year (March 2012). According to speculation on gaming forums and blogs, Project Cafe will feature large touchscreens built into its controllers, high definition visuals equal to or better than the Xbox 360’s, and your mama. It’s all true.
If you still haven’t played Dragon Quest IX, our favorite DS release in 2010, you can pick up the masterpiece online for just $6.99 today. $6.99! That’s some crazy value even if you only intend to play through the main campaign, and not spend hundreds of hours exploring treasure maps and collecting alchemy ingredients.
There are plenty of other sales going on that I’ll post from our DS Dates blog (follow it!), where we publish notable game and accessory discounts on the reg:
The Japanese game company 5pb just merged into its parent company and restructured into a company called “Mages.” On the occasion of this restructure, (potential) sales numbers for all the company’s games (probably) leaked out onto Hachimaki, revealing that the 2009 DS adventure/RPG Item Getter: The Relationship Between Our Science and Magic was a total bomb.
According to Hachimaki, Item Getter sold just 970 copies! I kind of want to get a copy now, because those butt sales suddenly make the game more interesting. And it’ll either become rare because nobody bought it, or super cheap because stores are still flooded with copies. $54.90 is rough for a novelty loaded with Japanese text…
Nintendo is discontinuing its production and shipments of DS Lite systems, according to an internal GameStop memo. It makes sense, considering it’s a five-year old model and has been succeeded by three other upgrades currently on shelves: the DSi, DSi XL, and 3DS.
Still, for most of you, it was your main portable hardware since it was launched in 2006, introducing you to Dragon Quest IX, Professor Layton, Game Center CX, and many other unforgettable games. Who cared that its D-pad was mushy and its right hinge was prone to cracks, when its simple design was so slick and its screen was so much brighter than the original DS model?
If the reports are true, then this also marks the end of Nintendo handhelds with a GBA slot. :o(
What were your favorite DS Lite-specific memories? Your favorite color variants or limited edition releases? I always had a fondness for the import-only RX-93 ν Gundam DS Lite for SD Gundam G Generation Cross Drive.
Following yesterday’s reveal of the Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version, Capcom has opened the Japanese site for the 3DS title. It features info about the game and the downloadable (paid) demo, along with a 3D model viewer for new characters Barrett and Aero. You can inspect Barrett in close detail and from multiple angles to confirm for yourself that the Prototype Version protagonist is, in fact, not Mega Man WHAT THE HELL CAPCOM (Kidding [kind of]).
I’m also pretty excited about the new downloads. All the previous wallpapers are there, for both phone and PC, as well as a new Barrett wallpaper — and Servbot Twitter icons, which you better believe I downloaded right the hell as soon as I saw them. There might have been some audible cheering.
Here’s another meme that I’d never heard of until today, ported to the DS courtesy of Foxi4. Between this, the two Nyan_Cat programs, RickRollDS, and CaramellDansen, there is an abundance of homebrew meme apps.
"Some time ago, if you googled 2204355 and clicked ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’, you would have been taken to a fullscreen flash animation of this KFC dude dancing to the chiptune (za)alf2.xm. The tune is a remix of the theme song from the 80’s TV-show ALF, by Zalza from Sweden.”
I know lots of dudes think KFC is gross, but I grew up on their breaded hot wings, and when they brought them back two or three years ago, I pretty much looked like this dancing guy, two-steppin’, a wing in each hand like it wasn’t a god damn thang.
Pick up five hot wings, break out half a cup of steamed white rice, and, baby, you’ve got a meal going.
Speaking with Edge today, game design legend Shigeru Miyamoto gave fans a hint of what to expect from the Super Mario game coming to Nintendo 3DS:
“It’s a combination of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario on N64. It won’t convey the message if I talk to you today, but if you play it at E3 that will give you more understanding of what I’m talking about.”
Despite its influences, Miyamoto said the game is meant to be “completely original”. He also promised to ship Super Mario before the end of the year (which I have trouble believing!), and explained that the raccoon tail featured in the logo is pretty much “what you think it is”.
Killaware has declared bankruptcy, according to a report from Inside-Games. The company, founded by two ex-Atlus employees (as this excellent Gamasutra interview mentions) is known for its DS adventure game Lux-Pain, as well as Another Time Another Leaf. The developer’s website is no longer active.
Lux-Pain was released in North America in 2009 by Ignition, who marked the occasion by giving me worms. It got some pretty mixed reviews, but had an interesting concept at least: invisible worms that you had to find in the world and scrub away with the stylus, so they couldn’t control people.
A fellow going by the name of Julian_Gollop has posted a curious message on the GameFAQs board for Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (which doesn’t have the amount of activity a game of this caliber deserves):
"I am interested to hear your opinions on what you would like to see improved or added for a sequel to GRSW — if we ever get the chance to make it. Try to prioritize your suggestions — what are the 2 or 3 most important things for you? (of course we would like to do everything, but time and resources would be limited).”
Of course, online support (DLC, multiplayer, etc.) is the first item everyone wants to see. Second, naturally, is a chapter about Mint’s unrequited affection for Banshee, and his drone-based attempts to win her heart. What the rookie engineer doesn’t know, though, is that Banshee has been hurt in the past, and she uses her optical camo to hide from not just enemy soldiers, but her own feelings.
I’m not 100 percent sure Mr. Gollop, maker of X-Com and producer of Shadow Wars, actually posted that message, but you should share your sequel ideas anyway! Other than the online stuff, I’m hoping for procedurally generated missions and more Command Powers.
Here’s something that we discovered right after posting our daily deals update at DS Dates. Amazon is offering a two-for-$50 deal on a selection of 3DS games.
Before you get too excited, it’s not the greatest selection, lacking any first-party games or Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition. But if you’ve been reading a certain website’s ongoing, effusive coverage of Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, you’ll be happy to know it’s in here, along with other maybe-worthy stuff like Ridge Racer 3D and Rayman 3D.
Ocarina of Time 3D adds Boss Challenge, Super Guide-style features
Along with its touched up graphics, first-person perspective gyroscope controls, and Master Quest content, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D includes two new additions: a Boss Challenge feature and a Super Guide-esque hint system.
After unlocking the Boss Challenge feature at a certain point in the game, players will be able to “face any of the previous Bosses they have defeated once again” or “confront them one-by-one, all in a continuous battle.”
The hint system is similar to what we’ve seen so far in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns, offering “a helping hand through bite-sized videos available in-game which will provide hints on how to solve the puzzles encountered during your journey.”
And while we’re talking about this remake, let’s see some new comparison shots of the N64/3DS titles: