Hey, I totally forgot to link to this over here, but I should have, since we’re all about the Kunio games: I played the 3DS Renegade remake at Tokyo Game Show a couple weeks, and it was… okay. Not River City Ransom good, but not Renegade bad. You can read other tales of ambivalence at Siliconera, Wired, and 1UP.
1UP also posted a Retronauts episode devoted to Kunio games, including all the good ones and not just this maybe-not-very-good one!
In other Kunio news, Arc System Works updated the official Japanese site for the new game (Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun Special) with screens of Battle Royale, the 4-player fighting mode with stages based on other Kunio games, including the Crash ‘n the Boys/River City Sports games and that samurai one. This 3DS Renegade game will be out in Japan December 15.
The eShop is having a great week — first it saw the free release of Four Swords Anniversary yesterday (also free on DSiWare), and now it has Game Boy classic Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for $3.99. According to an Australian OFLC rating update, the beloved Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 is coming to the 3DS’s portable Virtual Console service in the West soon, too.
Also on the eShop today: 3D trailers for Super Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Mario Kart 7, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Animal Crossing, Paper Mario, and Mario Tennis. Japan has had these since TGS, but we’re finally getting them.
Puzzler Crystal Caverns of Amon-Ra ($4.99) and action game Bugs ‘N’ Balls ($1.99) are on DSiWare now, too.
On September 29 at 8PM Japan time (an inconvenient 7AM Eastern), Square Enix will broadcast live video from its SQ Party LEVEL 1 concert in Tokyo, featuring songs from recent arranged albums including the chip-focused SQ Chips, which Eric tells me is good. I’m going to listen to these samples today…
RE:NDZ, DJ OMKT, and Sexy-Synthesizer, among others, will be performing at the show, so maybe it’s worth getting up early and opening up a tab for some work music.
I think every person in the world, including uncontacted tribes of people that have never seen modern technology or interactive entertainment with their own eyes, can agree that Pilotwings Resort, for the amount of content it offers, is not worth the $40 pricing it released with.
Does $20 sound more reasonable to you? If so, you can pick the game up at Amazon for that price right now! Other DS/3DS deals currently on the online shop:
Nicalis has offered us five codes for Cave Story+, its updated Mac release of Cave Story based on the WiiWare version. Would you like to welcome fall with a nostalgic trip through Pixel’s masterpiece? Doesn’t that sound comforting, like a cool breeze coming in on a warm day? (Not that I’d know, we haven’t really had “cool” anything here in Austin in months…)
We’re giving away five copies of Cave Story+ this week, from now until Friday at 11:59PM EDT. All you have to do to win, is go into the comments section of this post, and … describe Balrog. We’ll pick our favorites and dispense codes. Good luck, and thanks to Nicalis for the generosity!
Furry. Kemono. Call them what you will; associate them with the worst kinks on the internet. But anthropomorphic animals are also the symbol of a long-decayed video game era, lost to the encroaching desert of the medium’s Westernization.
They dwelt in an era made of happy-go-lucky worlds, now eroded by the obsessive pursuit of pseudo-Hollywood photorealism; creativity sacrificed as hypertrophic muscles contract, in response to the button-mashing of foolproof controls.
Obviously enough, there are still developers refusing to follow this sea change: software houses swimming against the current to preserve values that everyone else gave up on for the sake of easy revenues.
So, a few weeks ago we basically bribed a bunch of our readers to say nice things about Tiny Cartridge, offering everyone free games and merch in exchange for lies about how much they love this site. What can I say, it was our third birthday, and we needed some reassurance.
Anyway, here are the best liars winners we picked!
I know portables have one foot in the grave, has anyone noticed how many great DS/3DS games are coming out? Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked hit, followed by Star Fox 64 3D, then Bit.Trip Saga (from our terrific sponsor Aksys), and now Kirby Mass Attack and Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2.
This week, we’ll get Solatorobo, and we still have Aliens: Infestation, Cave Story 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, and Mighty Flip Champs to look forward to.
So, those are the games that you can expect to appear more often in these weekly round-ups soon. And here’s this week’s list of notable posts:
Holy crap, Bit.Trip fans are crazy talented! When we launched ou fanart contest earlier this month, we never expected to receive as many entries as we did — all of them capturing our amusement and the spirit of Commander Video simultaneously (like the awesome one by 2D animator Jack Sabbath above).
We really wish we could have given prizes to all of you to thank you for putting so much effort into your tributes, but since our wallets are filled with more moths than legal tender, we’re only able to select three.
We do want to share all of the pieces we received, though, because, seriously, you guys blew our minds with some of these. See them all after the break!:
Want to make sure you’re within range of a Nintendo-approved wi-fi hotspot at all times? Now you can find hotspots operated by Nintendo’s 3DS connectivity partners, AT&T, Best Buy, and Simon Malls, with a Google Maps app on their site.
Why would you seek one of these out instead of just using wi-fi at home, or wherever? These are supposed to offer exclusive content like 3D trailers, though I don’t know if that’s ever really happened. Well, now you know exactly where you can find out.
Nanashi no Game (Nameless Game), the Epics/Square Enix survival horror DS series that never made it to the States after focus-testing killed its prospects, will likely see a prequel in Japan, according to Siliconera.
The fan translation project for the original Nanashi no Game, by the way, appears to be going well. The team is working on applying some fixes to the patch, and “most of the bugs seem to be ironed out at this point”.
In the meantime, what with Halloween coming up, why not go through our old Nanashi no Game posts to check out those funny clips of Japanesegirlsplayingthrough it?
It was a close call, but it looks like 3D Porch, the site for uploading and sharing 3DS photos and wigglepics, won’t be closing after all. Site admin Phil Dhingra says he can reduce his hosting expenses to break even on the service (thanks to some suggestions and free hosting offers), and has turned the uploading feature back on. Yay!
On a related note, I was browsing photos at the site and kept seeing these ads for The Babe Dimension (SFW), a $1-a-month membership site that features “3D pictures of Hot Chicks streaming directly to your 3DS web browser.”
It’s all very silly and pervy, but the site claims to be raising cash to help save endangered pandas, though it’s not specific on how your money will accomplish that. Of course, this could all be a scam, and some Ukrainian mobsters might end up emptying your bank account, kidnapping you, and feeding you to ravenous pandas kept as pit fighters, so, uh, keep a look out for that.
If you see a blue notification light on your 3DS today, it’s likely this cryptic SpotPass message titled “Notification TEST English”. There’s not much explaining the memo other than what you see above, which for some reason features “Opt out” buttons. Tapping “Launch Software” brings you into the eShop.
There’s speculation over what this could be:
Perhaps someone at Nintendo accidentally sent this out while testing the SpotPass delivery system.
Nintendo is preparing to send Shop notifications for when it releases new games every Thursday.
You have an English test coming up. Better study.
We have contacted Iwata Comics star Satoru Iwata for clarification on the unexplained message, and will update this post if we receive any comments from his staff.
“Development is totally done, the game is at Nintendo and hopefully they will give me some good news really soon. The game is packed with a lot of content, and a second trailer is coming very soon to show all this off.”—
Goodbye Galaxy Games’ Hugo Smits delivers an update about the status of Flipper 2, the DSiWare sequel that has now apparently been renamed Flush the Goldfish.
While the first Flipper was an isometric, touch-controlled game about manipulating the environment, this is a one-button platform action game in which each screen maps a different action to the single button.
Good luck, Hugo! Hope you survive Nintendo lot check! Those who haven’t given up on DSiWare would certainly like a new game for it.
It’s not often that we post about Steam deals or PC games, but this week’s “Midweek Madness” deal is something that will likely be of interest to a lot of you dudes. The “Indie 2D Bundle” collects Bit.Trip Runner, NightSky, NyxQuest, Swords and Soldiers, and World of Goo — all cool indie games that are, were going to be, or will be on WiiWare — for ten damn dollars.
All of them except NightSky are Mac/PC compatible (NightSky is currently PC only), and all of them normally sell for ten bucks each. You’d have to be a fool or someone with an old computer to pass this up! It expires at 4PM Pacific.
In an interview with Famitsu, Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura revealed that the cameo from Neku, star of DS cult hit The World Ends With You, in Kingdom Hearts 3D's TGS demo could be taken as a hint of future plans.
Though Nomura didn’t state that a sequel or a new game is in development, there’s also talk that TWEWY's Shiki and other characters may play a part in this project.
Speaking of Kingdom Hearts 3D, here’s a new trailer for the game with Neku (another mirrored video!):