Pokemon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 out October 7 in North America
So what’s a Pokemon sequel like? You’ll find out October 7, when Pokemon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 arrive in North America. If you plan to play one of them on 3DS, you can also pick up Pokemon Dream Radar, the AR shooting game, the same day, and collect Pokemon to import into the main game.
This is how you know Pokemon is a big deal: Nintendo is releasing an eShop game on a Sunday. Also the millions of franchise games sold, long-running TV show/comics/merchandising/etc.
Maybe this week is an anomaly, perhaps we’ll never get it this good again, but right now at this very moment, it all seems to be coming together for the 3DS’s eShop.
Today we have two new eShop games, Marvel Pinball 3D and Bomb Monkey, both of which I’ve been told in good faith are quality. Ta-dow. Then there’s the free demos for Rhythm Thief and Kingdom Hearts 3D (released several days ago). Money. Throw in two DSiWaregames that look pretty decent, and baby, you got a stew goin’.
Amazingly, there’s more: along with its '8-bit Summer' campaign for Virtual Console and its hiring of a new dude to manage the company’s online plans, Nintendo of America also announced a new “Game of the Weekend” promotion that begins tomorrow with a $4.99 sale for awesome indie game VVVVVV (usually $8).
And yet, despite all of this good news, you’ll find some whining today about wanting the Theatrhythm demo that hit Europe last week. Mannnnnn, that’s messed up.
In a Famitsu Q&A, Nintendo revealed that it will release an XL-compatible version of the Circle Pad Pro accessory in 2012. Good news, people who want to play Monster Hunter Tri-G on a Japanese 3DS XL! Maybe if the accessory continues to exist, it’ll pick up more support from upcoming games. Nahhhhh.
The page above is one of the sample pages Famitsu posted for the feature that includes this news. That page doesn’t have anything to do with the Circle Pad Pro, but it’s such a nice screen size comparison!
Square Enix and Silicon Studio’s 3DS RPG Bravely Default: Flying Fairy will be released in Japan October 11, in both a standard edition and a Collectors Edition exclusive to the “e-Store.” Note that it’s the Square Enix e-Store, an online store run by the publisher, and not the 3DS’s eShop.
The ¥12,800 Collectors Edition comes with the game, an art album, a soundtrack, an “original protect case” for your 3DS, and an AR poster.
In Japan, this news is accompanied by the release of yet another demo, featuring battles. Having not played any demos beyond a barely interactive AR demonstration, I’m so ready to start seeing more of it as it approaches (Japanese) release.
Minor 3DS firmware update still manages to block a few flashcarts
Nintendo has rolled out a new firmware release for the 3DS across all major territories, but before you get excited, according to the company’s Japanese site, the only notable addition is there are more character options for your password when storing credit card data on eShop.
Other than that, there’s the vague mention of “improved system stability and convenience” in this 4.2.0-9 update’s change log, and you should know by now what that means — several flashcart owners have reported problems loading their devices after installing the firmware.
Anyone else surprised that the Nintendo 3DS is more than a year old now and hardly any progress has been made by would-be 3DS pirates or homebrew developers? Nintendo’s persistent efforts to lock out these devices probably has a lot to do with this.
We’re still working through last week’s Nintendo Direct – we got the megatons up immediately and the minitons soon after, but a few interestingtons remain. Like this announcement, very briefly mentioned in the Japanese presentation.
Starting last week, Nintendo packaged up sets of Kid Icarus Uprising AR cards and sold them. Each 20-card set (Second Coming of Palutena or Devil King and Magnus, roughly) costs 263 yen from Nintendo’s site.
I still like Kid Icarus AR cards! Mostly because I still like Kid Icarus so dang much.
Still don’t have my favorite RPG ever? I happened upon this deal while I was randomly browsing Amazon, like I tend to do on a Saturday afternoon. That’s a great price for 50-plus hours of exploration, fighting, alchemy, and magical fruit.
And while I’m on the subject of Dragon Quest, here’s 11 minutes of Dragon Quest X footage from this week’s Nintendo Direct.
Make sure to sit in front of your computer screen tonight, because Nintendo will stream another of its consumer-targeted presentations to talk about upcoming games.
The Japanese stream — usually the important one with the most news — starts at 11PM EDT. Nintendo of America will post a Nintendo Direct segment at midnight, and Nintendo of Europe will put up a video with its president Satoru Shibata tomorrow.
Apparently the Japanese presentation will focus on “3DS details for Japan that weren’t given at E3,” which sort of makes up for the system’s poor showing at the event. I expect, though, we’ll mostly hear about games that have been already announced and are releasing this year (e.g. Culdcept, Etrian Odyssey IV, possibly the new Animal Crossing), with maybe one or two new titles revealed.
I guess Nintendo had some time left on the contract with whoever printed its Kid Icarus cards, because it’s giving away more cards with a 3DS game. Specifically, Culdcept, which makes total, total sense!
Registering the 3DS game with Club Nintendo in Japan will grant players a set of 54 Culdcept cards. In addition to looking like the in-game cards, each card will also have some introductory information about its use.
More than a decade after the Game Boy Color title’s release in Japan, someone has completed a fan translation for Pokemon TCG 2: The Invasion of Team GR.
For those who played the original, which did release in the U.S. back in 2000, there are a few notable additions in this follow-up from Hudson Soft according to Wikipedia:
"It includes new enhancements such as the ability to play as a female character named Mint, a training mode to help new players, a Deck Diagnosis to rate the effectiveness of a player’s deck, and a new group of antagonists known as Team Great Rocket.
The game features all cards from the original game, along with new cards from the fourth set, Team Rocket, as well as cards originally exclusive to Japanese vending machines and the Pokémon TCG Instructional Video Intro Pack, bringing the total number of cards to 445.”
I wouldn’t go in expecting a grade A translation here, as Artemis251 admits to using “online translators and context clue ad-libbing” for his patch, but it’s possible that might not be a big problem with a game like this.