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Final Fantasy Explorers adds Cloud, FF “Legends” ⊟
We have a new trailer for Final Fantasy Explorers, Square Enix’s multiplayer action-RPG coming to the 3DS in Japan this December. Along with showing off various classes, the video demonstrates the previously announced Trance / Legends Characters feature, which allows you to temporarily transform into popular characters from the mainline series like Final Fantasy VII's hero Cloud.
You can also see Lightning, Squall, Terra, and silhouettes for other characters in the clip. Watch the new Tokyo Game Show trailer after the break:
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Nope, no announcement for the West yet.
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Final Fantasy Explorers adds Cloud, FF “Legends” ⊟

We have a new trailer for Final Fantasy Explorers, Square Enix’s multiplayer action-RPG coming to the 3DS in Japan this December. Along with showing off various classes, the video demonstrates the previously announced Trance / Legends Characters feature, which allows you to temporarily transform into popular characters from the mainline series like Final Fantasy VII's hero Cloud.

You can also see Lightning, Squall, Terra, and silhouettes for other characters in the clip. Watch the new Tokyo Game Show trailer after the break:

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Cooking with Cooking Mama ⊟

I’m posting this “Nerdy Nummies” video here partly to go along with the news that Cooking Mama 5 is now out in North America… and partly because MAN I want to eat those chocolate cornets.

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Sonic x Monster Hunter 4G is happening ⊟

Special DLC lets you dress a Felyne in a Sonic costume if you want to. There’s also this much less upsetting item, the Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn.

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Great Ace Attorney screens ⊟

More at 4Gamer. And then just… just watch the trailer again.

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Hands are on the new 3DS ⊟
Right now at Tokyo Game Show 2014, hands are touching Nintendo’s new hardware. Gentle fingertips are resting on the lower backs of 3DS XLs. Palms are pressed against the handheld’s face, testing its texture. Thick thumbs are pushing its soft analog bump, nudging the rubber nub in different directions.
Those hands are not ours. We could not afford to send our mitts to Tokyo, small as they may be. Thanks to the keyboard and mice that our fingers are touching right now, though, we are able to communicate to you what those hands across the Pacific are experiencing, via blockquote technology.
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Let’s start with that new analog nub Nintendo’s thrown north of the ABXY buttons. Some of these impressions read like erotica:

"I didn’t want to stop fiddling with it. I found myself controlling the camera in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate with the little C-stick constantly. Not because I had to, mind you, but because it just felt so nice. It’s rubbery, soft, and inviting. I kept sliding my thumb above the X button and giving it gentle little nudges and pushes just to see the camera move around. It felt awesome, and I loved using it.” - IGN
"Since it’s a small nub, that seemed ideal for camera movement in that you can easily push it. I tried pushing on it as hard as I could to actually see if I could break it, but the nub appeared very sturdy. I am curious to see how it will hold up over extended play. However, this C-Stick isn’t really something you can flick, which makes me wonder how it will feel to use in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. … The C-Stick is an extremely welcome addition for camera controls." - Kotaku
"It’s not like the circular analog Slide Pad; it’s a firmly planted, sturdy rubbery nub that requires a bit of force to use and has almost no detectable range of motion. In a game like Monster Hunter, it’s good for controlling the game’s camera — certainly better than other options — but it’s not quite a second analog stick.” - Polygon

There’s a lot of praise for the improved viewing angle for the New 3DS’s stereoscopic 3D:

"The stereoscopic 3D on the upper screen looks sharper than ever. Nintendo promises a wider viewing angle for 3D viewing, and tilting the New 3DS from side-to-side showed that the handheld will live up to that promise. The same expanded viewing angle doesn’t apply when you’re tilting the New 3DS up and down, but the better 3D view is welcome regardless of its limitations." - Polygon
"The 3D effect is better. Way better. That blinding, jittery flicker that current 3DS users are used to seeing every time they move the handheld with the 3D slider up is mostly gone. I guesstimated around a 45 degree tilt in any direction before the 3D effect ‘broke’ for me. That made me want to play with the 3D slider up the entire time." - IGN
"It actually surprised me how good the effect looks now. This is something I’ve long hated on the original 3DS and have rarely used because it made my eyes tired. Instead of making you feel like you are crossing your eyes, the new 3DS effect has more of a shadow-box effect than you get with the current 3DS. Instead of feeling like the game is popping out, it’s as though the New 3DS is drawing you into the game." - Kotaku

Back to controls, there are also two additional shoulder buttons:

"The ZL and ZR buttons seem like they might be a big tough to reach or reliably touch, but they’re good too. I found it easy to rock my index fingers from the outer shoulder buttons to the inner shoulder buttons without much trouble." - Polygon
"The new added shoulder buttons (ZR and ZL) required more of a reach to use, but since they stick out slightly, they were easy enough to use." - Kotaku

Several outlets also noted that the New 3DSes they tried out had a glossy back, which didn’t feel as nice as a matte texture. That might only be the case with the XL/LL units used for these demos, and not the standard-sized New 3DSes.
The New 3DS models launch in Japan on October 11 (no release plans for the West have been announced). Play-Asia seems to have run out of preorder units, but the retailer will likely stock them once the system releases. You can currently reserve a limited edition Pokemon ORAS New 3DS and New 3DS accessories, though.
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Hands are on the new 3DS ⊟

Right now at Tokyo Game Show 2014, hands are touching Nintendo’s new hardware. Gentle fingertips are resting on the lower backs of 3DS XLs. Palms are pressed against the handheld’s face, testing its texture. Thick thumbs are pushing its soft analog bump, nudging the rubber nub in different directions.

Those hands are not ours. We could not afford to send our mitts to Tokyo, small as they may be. Thanks to the keyboard and mice that our fingers are touching right now, though, we are able to communicate to you what those hands across the Pacific are experiencing, via blockquote technology.

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Etrian Odyssey Untold II boxart ⊟
When the 3DS remake releases in Japan on November 27, first-run copies will include a soundtrack CD and a booklet with illustrations from character designer Yuji Hinata. We haven’t heard any release plans for Etrian Odyssey Untold II: Knight of Fafnir in the U.S. yet, likely due to Atlus wanting to keep our attention on Persona Q's upcoming launch.
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Etrian Odyssey Untold II boxart ⊟

When the 3DS remake releases in Japan on November 27, first-run copies will include a soundtrack CD and a booklet with illustrations from character designer Yuji Hinata. We haven’t heard any release plans for Etrian Odyssey Untold II: Knight of Fafnir in the U.S. yet, likely due to Atlus wanting to keep our attention on Persona Q's upcoming launch.

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Great Ace Attorney trailer ⊟

Dying over here. The detective-work stuff! The art and animation look positively Ghost Trick-y. Sherlock Holmes in particular would fit right in. Here’s a rough English transcript for the video.

So that’s Tokyo Game Show, already worthwhile on the morning of day 1.

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I don’t know why Tappingo 2 is better, but it’s way better ⊟
I liked Tappingo a lot. I played through a bunch of puzzles, thought “pretty cool game!” and wrote up some impressions. It was, in fact, a pretty cool game.
Tappingo 2 is the same exact thing, with new puzzles, and it’s consumed hours of my life. And I have no idea what made that happen this time.

Tappingo is a Picross-esque puzzle game in which you extend criss-crossing lines to a prescribed number. It’s really damn hard to explain: say a block has a 2 on it, that means you need to extend it 2 spaces out in some direction. The line won’t stop extending until it hits another block, so you need to plan out the puzzle to get everything to spread out the right amount. Doing this correctly generates a picture of, like, an orange, or Big Ben, or Max from Mutant Mudds, or any one of 100 things in Tappingo 2.

The only real difference between the games, besides 100 new puzzles, is the “zoom” feature, which lets you zoom in on an area of a large puzzle (which normally displays half-size to fit the whole puzzle on screen).
Is that enough to get me more hooked? It is way, way easier to play big puzzles now. The puzzles quickly get larger than one screen, jumping from about 30 seconds to complete (that feels good) to seven or eight minutes each. 
Or maybe it’s that, combined with the fact that I just came off of Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney and have a case of puzzlebrain. Or maybe the puzzles are just easier. How embarrassing that would be for me, to find out that the reason I’m feeling so much better about this puzzle game is that it’s been dumbed down a bit…
Anyway, I can’t nail down exactly what it is that changed between Tappingo 1 and 2. The sequel is just a better game in some ephemeral but real way, and is now one of my favorite puzzle games in recent memory! I may not be able to explain why I’m recommending it, but I have no problem making the recommendation.
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I don’t know why Tappingo 2 is better, but it’s way better ⊟

I liked Tappingo a lot. I played through a bunch of puzzles, thought “pretty cool game!” and wrote up some impressions. It was, in fact, a pretty cool game.

Tappingo 2 is the same exact thing, with new puzzles, and it’s consumed hours of my life. And I have no idea what made that happen this time.

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Theatrhythm: Curtain Call is out ⊟
I totally forgot the 3DS rhythm game came out this week, but it’s stores, in the eShop, and in boxes that are on their way to your doorstep, if they haven’t already arrived (provided you preordered your Curtain Call copy online).
It’s also in this launch trailer Square Enix put out yesterday:
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Everyone I’ve talked to who is playing the game right now says it’s amazing and immediately better than the original, which was pretty frickin’ rad already. Props to David/John for the comic panels generated at Awyisser. 
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Theatrhythm: Curtain Call is out ⊟

I totally forgot the 3DS rhythm game came out this week, but it’s stores, in the eShop, and in boxes that are on their way to your doorstep, if they haven’t already arrived (provided you preordered your Curtain Call copy online).

It’s also in this launch trailer Square Enix put out yesterday:

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Final Fantasy Explorers’ ”Light” demo, bonus FF1 ⊟

Well, this is rad. First-run packaged copies of Final Fantasy Explorers will include a code for a 3DS version of the original Final Fantasy, which looks to be based on the iOS/PSP/etc. version. It’ll be sold separately on the eShop a month later.

In other Explorers news, a demo called “Final Fantasy Explorers Light” will be released in advance of the game, featuring the first chapter and both single- and online multiplayer modes. Via GematsuGAME Watch.

Neither of these announcements have been confirmed outside of Japan, because Final Fantasy Explorers hasn’t been confirmed outside of Japan.

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New Pokemon 3DSes, covers up for preorder ⊟

These limited edition Pokemon 3DSes, which will be hawked exclusively through Japan’s Pokemon Centers, aren’t going to up for sale long, so you’re going to want to preorder one pronto. They’re $336.99 each at Play Asia, but take note that they’re the New 3DSes that come with suede cover plates and custom Home menu themes. You can get either the White one with Kyogre or the Black system with Groudon.

And while the non-limited-edition New 3DS systems aren’t up for preorder anymore, you can reserve one of the 38 different cover plates for the system. They’re priced at $19.99 each, which is more than I expected, but I’m probably going to buy one anyway as soon as I somehow manage to pick a favorite. New 3DS charger stands (available in Black, White, Mint, and Pink) are available to preorder too. Thanks to NintendoTweet for the links!

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Here’s SteamWorld Heist ⊟

The followup to the rad SteamWorld Dig diverges from the platform-digging of that game, for a turn-based strategy game in which you “board enemy ships and command your crew in a unique variety of turn-based combat.”

That’s right, instead of down into the dirt, Heist looks up into space, giving the series a nice C.O.W.Boys of Moo Mesa-esque combination of space travel and western. It’ll be out Spring 2015 on… something! It’s been shown on a 3DS, at least.

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