For the Frog the Bell Tolls, the rad Game Boy RPG by Intelligent Systems, is going to be officially re-released on 3DS Virtual Console on Japan. That totally won’t happen here, because the English version only exists as a great fan translation, but it’s worth pointing out if only to remind you guys of the great fan translation!
It’ll be out September 5, along with Kirby’s Pinball Land and Cho Wakusei Senki Meta Fight, known here as Blaster Master! Man, what a killer week. In Japan.
There were a few surprising newses in this morning’s Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation, including the surprise that Satoru Iwata was outside today instead of in the Nintendo offices! Or he was in the part of the Nintendo building where the green screens are kept. I don’t know. Anyway! News!
Professor Layton’s “final” adventure is coming out on 3DS in Japan next year! Professor Layton and the Legacy of Super Civilization A, as I’ve seen it translated (on Kotaku) starts with a letter inviting Layton and Luke to investigate the discovery of a living mummy! Gasp! Puzzles!
There’s a Pink/White 3DS LL, coming to Japan on 9/27. Man, that’s early to be releasing new colors.
Rhythm Hunter HarmoKnight is a new eShop rhythm game from Pokemon developer Game Freak! It’s a NON-POKEMON game from Game Freak, in 2012! You jump and attack to the beat of music. It’s due in Japan September 5.
Denpa Ningen 2 is on the way to eShop from Genius Sonority. Denpa Ningen is the eShop RPG about finding cute little dudes in your real-life environment via AR, then training them to battle.
There’s a special Culdcept 3DS LL/XL, for the winner of a tournament.
ANOTHER Bravely Default demo is coming out in Japan, the last one. You can import your data into the game when it comes out October 11.
Those waiting for Square Enix’s countdown page to unveil a 3DS sequel to The World Ends With You, I hope you prepared for the disappointment we all knew would come.
The company posted a product page for an upcoming music album, which promises new remixed tracks from a not-yet announced iOS port of the original DS game. :o(
So, it’s likely that the iOS edition is what the countdown site will debut on the countdown page in two days. Though Brian Gray, a frequent translator for Square Enix titles, hints that there’s more news we don’t know about yet.
Fangamer is bringing some of its old shirt designs back – along with a few new ones – through a Kickstarter drive for its “Retrowear” line. The designs in the line include various Mario, Metal Gear, Metroid, and of course Earthbound designs from the company’s history, along with some mystery designs.
This is a true Kickstarter as preorder: $22 gets you any one shirt, or $45 for any jacket, with additional items available on top of that. Or you can pay over a thousand bucks to party with Fangamer at various events!
I’m happy to see Fangamer using Kickstarter to expand and offer more cool shirts. Of course, if you’d like to help Fangamer out with a little cash in another way…
The NES/Famicom version of Ninja Gaiden will be released on 3DS Virtual Console on August 29 in Japan, bringing its exciting combination of machine gun guys and narrow platforms to a nice portable format.
In a perfect world, I’d be able to share Virtual Console games across platforms, but real talk, I know I’d just buy it again for $5 given the chance. And that’s why the problem hasn’t been fixed.
So it’s not actually a Castlevania series game, Koji Igarashi isn’t involved in its development, and it looks like a low-budget production, but bear with me here.
This DS and 3DS tie-in for the Hotel Transylvania animated film has a lot in common with the Konami series: the game takes place in Dracula’s home, there’s plenty of undead enemies to vanquish, and you’ll explore the game in what seems like a Metroidvania fashion!
Square Enix has posted a new countdown site, and numerous clues on the page — its Japanese title, its music, its typeface, Tetsuya Nomura and Gen Kobayashi’s involvement, etc. — point toward a follow-up to cherished Nintendo DS RPG The World Ends With You.
Before you break out the celebratory GIFs, we still don’t know if this will be a handheld/console release, a mobile-only affair, or what. Perhaps it’s a collectible card game for Japanese arcades, who knows. Or maybe it’s everything you ever dreamed during those lonely years when all hope for a sequel seemed lost, and the only way you could fall asleep was by imagining Neku spooning you.
Remember a few months ago when we all thought an adventure game was the unlikeliest, most anachronistic thing ever to be brought back by a Kickstarter? Double Fine truly changed the world, and now we’re at this point: Cheetahmen II: The Lost Levels.
Action 52 prototype owner Greg Pabich launched this all-caps Kickstarter to fund the production of new NES cartridges with a completed version of the unreleased Cheetahmen II game, a game known for two things: annoyingly catchy music, and being terrible.