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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.”
"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.
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.
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.
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!
…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.