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Catching up with Magical Beat ⊟
I’ve had Arc System Works’ Magical Beat for a few weeks now, and I haven’t really been able to post impressions for various, totally not exciting reasons. But I wanted to make sure you all knew about this neat Vita puzzler, because its concept totally captured my imagination – and it’s a fun execution of that concept!
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Basically, Magical Beat is a Puyo Puyo-type falling block game in which you drop three-block units to match three or more adjacent blocks, clearing them off the screen and sending junk to your opponent’s side.
The twist is that you have to drop the pieces to the beat of the (J-Poppy, Miku-y) background music. I mean, you don’t have to; but you’ll want to if you want the blocks to actually go where they’re supposed to and not flop disappointingly into random spots on the screen.
This simple change in the puzzle game style – the rhythm element – makes Magical Beat feel totally different from any other puzzle game I’ve played, and makes me wonder why nobody tried such a mashup before.
Sure, there’s Lumines, but with Lumines it’s different. The music and the puzzling meld together in that game to induce a sort of flow state, guiding your brain into effortless block gymnastics while your conscious mind descends into a trance.

Magical Beat’s music, on the other hand, adds pressure, forcing you to be on high alert at all times while you juggle puzzle strategy and rhythm. It’s the anti-Lumines in that the music is almost a disruptive element, a way to make the game more challenging.
It’s not quite at “puzzle game classic” yet – it’ll need a few more iterations with additional single- and multiplayer modes to add variety – but Magical Beat really feels like a worthy puzzle game. It adds something new, or at least combines two old things in a novel way.
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Catching up with Magical Beat ⊟

I’ve had Arc System Works’ Magical Beat for a few weeks now, and I haven’t really been able to post impressions for various, totally not exciting reasons. But I wanted to make sure you all knew about this neat Vita puzzler, because its concept totally captured my imagination – and it’s a fun execution of that concept!

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Gunvolt out August 29 in US ⊟
Inti Creates’ debut self-published game, Azure Striker Gunvolt, will be released in North America on August 29 for $15. Big day for 3DS releases, suddenly, with that and Layton vs. Phoenix Wright!
I mean, those two things can coexist just fine.
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Gunvolt out August 29 in US ⊟

Inti Creates’ debut self-published game, Azure Striker Gunvolt, will be released in North America on August 29 for $15. Big day for 3DS releases, suddenly, with that and Layton vs. Phoenix Wright!

I mean, those two things can coexist just fine.

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Here’s Pokemon’s Mega Audino ⊟

A new Mega Evolution for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Mega Audino gets the Healer ability in Mega form no matter what it has in its regular form. Its “jacket” thing also evolves into sort of a nightgown situation.

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HONEY

MEISHI SMILE • LUST

Making their New York City debut, Meishi Smile will be playing Friday night’s stage at lWlVl. Founder of the Zoom Lens label and collective, Meishi Smile will likely be delighting the crowd with some excellent j-club, shoegaze, and j-pop jams (I’m personally hoping to hear some bed squeaks).

"HONEY" is a track from Meishi Smile’s first album that came out earlier this year, which also features an excellent chippy remix of the same track by gigandect.

Reminder: Tickets for August 22nd and 23rd’s lWlVl festival in NYC are still available. If you’re into a lot of the music we post on this blog, you will not want to miss it!

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS borrows difficulty system from Kid Icarus: Uprising ⊟

The “Fiend’s Cauldron” was one of the coolest things about Kid Icarus: Uprising (screenshot on the right), a dynamic difficulty system that let you fine tune exactly how tough you wanted each stage to be – with greater rewards for success, and greater losses of in-game currency for failure. The scaling difficulty really worked, and it was exciting. And now it’s back for Smash Bros.’ single-player mode!

This kind of weird stuff is why I love Sakurai games. Nobody else would dare take a whole mechanic directly from his last game – a game that didn’t really perform all that well and didn’t get much attention – and graft it wholesale onto a AAA holiday release.

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Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode in Seattle ⊟
Awesome game goods shop Fangamer and amazing game/art collective Attract Mode continue their tradition of cool events I can’t go to, with Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode in Seattle.
If you’re going to be around for PAX (or around but not at PAX) and you want to play cool games like Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, hear cool music from Mega Ran and frikkin Virt, and see cool art by basically everybody ever (with pieces to buy and in-person autographs, what) then be there August 30!
Speaking of Fangamer, a bunch of amazing posters on the site (like Love for Handhelds, a favorite around here) are on sale for eight damn dollars!
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Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode in Seattle ⊟

Awesome game goods shop Fangamer and amazing game/art collective Attract Mode continue their tradition of cool events I can’t go to, with Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode in Seattle.

If you’re going to be around for PAX (or around but not at PAX) and you want to play cool games like Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, hear cool music from Mega Ran and frikkin Virt, and see cool art by basically everybody ever (with pieces to buy and in-person autographs, what) then be there August 30!

Speaking of Fangamer, a bunch of amazing posters on the site (like Love for Handhelds, a favorite around here) are on sale for eight damn dollars!

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Limited Edition Smash Bros. 3DS XL unveiled ⊟

So far it’s only announced for Europe, but I would be surprised if Nintendo of America didn’t support such a big release with special edition hardware in the States. This bundle, which includes a pre-installed digital copy of Smash Bros., will launch alongside the 3DS game in Europe on October 3.

The company also announced Meta Knight will return as a playable fighter.

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Hey, guys, did you hear? Mega Slowbro ⊟
I neglected to mention Mega Slowbro’s existence this morning, and now Patricia Hernandez and every other Poké person has put up much better posts than I can hope to make. So, let’s just get it over with. Here’s Mega Slowbro. The creature popped up on the official Korean Pokémon website (along with Mega Audino) this morning. Its special ability is “Shell Armor.”
Serebii offers these details:

"It has boosted Defense and Special Attack. Energy was focused in the Shellder biting Slowbro’s tail, and the result was that the hardness of the shell increased and it became an immensely hard suit of armor that can be damaged by no one. When the battle begins Mega Slowbro uses its tail to stand up straight and it propels itself like a spring."

Mega Slowbro is super cute and super pitiful, and this Mega evolution solidifies his status as Pokémon’s Ralph Wiggum. Look at the poor fool. It can barely move in that thing. Credit to Ferrari94 for the GIF.
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Hey, guys, did you hear? Mega Slowbro ⊟

I neglected to mention Mega Slowbro’s existence this morning, and now Patricia Hernandez and every other Poké person has put up much better posts than I can hope to make. So, let’s just get it over with. Here’s Mega Slowbro. The creature popped up on the official Korean Pokémon website (along with Mega Audino) this morning. Its special ability is “Shell Armor.”

Serebii offers these details:

"It has boosted Defense and Special Attack. Energy was focused in the Shellder biting Slowbro’s tail, and the result was that the hardness of the shell increased and it became an immensely hard suit of armor that can be damaged by no one. When the battle begins Mega Slowbro uses its tail to stand up straight and it propels itself like a spring."

Mega Slowbro is super cute and super pitiful, and this Mega evolution solidifies his status as Pokémon’s Ralph Wiggum. Look at the poor fool. It can barely move in that thing. Credit to Ferrari94 for the GIF.

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3D printed Space Invaders toilet paper holder ⊟
This, this is why we’ve invented 3D printing technology. In the past, it would have been difficult and costly to produce a toilet paper holder shaped like a Space Invader – too difficult to make even this entirely necessary item practical.
But because we can now produce items quickly and easily from a machine, given only a 3D model, you can buy your very own Space Invader in a variety of materials and colors, for only twenty bucks, from Etsy user TheTajMahalo. This is what the future looks like: a blocky alien from 1978 kindly handing you your TP, forever. Via Miki800.
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3D printed Space Invaders toilet paper holder ⊟

This, this is why we’ve invented 3D printing technology. In the past, it would have been difficult and costly to produce a toilet paper holder shaped like a Space Invader – too difficult to make even this entirely necessary item practical.

But because we can now produce items quickly and easily from a machine, given only a 3D model, you can buy your very own Space Invader in a variety of materials and colors, for only twenty bucks, from Etsy user TheTajMahalo. This is what the future looks like: a blocky alien from 1978 kindly handing you your TP, forever. Via Miki800.

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I would be down for this female Link ⊟
Nintendo and Tecmo Koei have shared what looks like concept art for a gender-swapped version of Link, according to these photos taken of the Hyrule Warriors strategy/art book for Japan. The design looks great, even if it’s hard to tell her apart from the Dragon’s Crown Elf — then again, I guess bows, flowing cloaks/tunics, and thigh-high boots are common accoutrements when designers set out to create elves.
You can preorder the English version of the Hyrule Warriors Game Guide, which includes a 70-page art section, from Amazon here (currently discounted by 30%). Thanks to Layiko for the photo (via GoNintendo).
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I would be down for this female Link ⊟

Nintendo and Tecmo Koei have shared what looks like concept art for a gender-swapped version of Link, according to these photos taken of the Hyrule Warriors strategy/art book for Japan. The design looks great, even if it’s hard to tell her apart from the Dragon’s Crown Elf — then again, I guess bows, flowing cloaks/tunics, and thigh-high boots are common accoutrements when designers set out to create elves.

You can preorder the English version of the Hyrule Warriors Game Guide, which includes a 70-page art section, from Amazon here (currently discounted by 30%). Thanks to Layiko for the photo (via GoNintendo).

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"Anime," Atlus sales on PSN ⊟
Personas! A couple of sales going on PSN this week give you a chance to save on Japanese games. The “Anime Sale" has deals like BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend for $3.75 (w/Plus) and Ys I&II Chronicles for $7.49.
There’s also an Atlus sale, because of course there’s an Atlus sale, but it’s a good one! Lots of Sting games, Personas, and Banchos for $5 each!
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"Anime," Atlus sales on PSN ⊟

Personas! A couple of sales going on PSN this week give you a chance to save on Japanese games. The “Anime Sale" has deals like BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend for $3.75 (w/Plus) and Ys I&II Chronicles for $7.49.

There’s also an Atlus sale, because of course there’s an Atlus sale, but it’s a good one! Lots of Sting games, Personas, and Banchos for $5 each!

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Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd out November 18 ⊟

…in the US, November 21 elsewhere — for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. There’s also… pre-order DLC! Sure, why not. Pre-ordering the game from “select retailers” gets you the “Americana” costume, which is kind of American-ish, I guess. And GameStop pre-orders (and people who already have Project Diva F!) get an “Extra Character Pack” with three other Vocaloids.

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