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First look at Yokai Watch 2's boxarts, screens ⊟

Yokai Watch has been killing it in Japan, thanks to Level-5’s transmedia approach and the popular animated series there, so I don’t anyone’s surprised that the publisher is releasing a sequel. The game was already kind of Pokemon-y but with spirits, and this follow-up will be even more so, coming out with two versions (Founder and Head) this July 10, each coming with exclusive rare medals. 

Anime News Network provided the following description:

Keita and company will travel back in time to Sakura New Town in the Showa era, thanks to the power of a mysterious yokai (Japanese spirit or demon). The key to the story will be Keizo, a boy from the past who looks like Keita, and Dekanyan, a cat yokai with an amazing secret.

Yokai Watch 2 will also have new events such as climbing the school flagpole to better find yokai, and bicycle races. If players have already gone through the first Yokai Watch game, they can make friends with special yokai in Yokai Watch 2.

You can watch two announcement trailers here. Level-5 hasn’t revealed anything about bringing the series to the U.S., but there have been hints.

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Boxart battle: Tomodachi Life US vs. EU ⊟

I’d love to know the specific strategies that led Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe to create such different executions of similar ideas for their Tomodachi Life boxes.

The European version looks mostly similar to the Japanese boxart, right down to the placement of most of the characters. You may notice that some of the Japanese Miis have been replaced, though (look at the kneeling “No, I really love you” dude)! 

I really like the logo on the US version!

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Glorious Shin Megami IV OST box ⊟
I’ve embedded an unboxing of the recently released Shin Megami Tensei IV OST posted by @xanthax after the break. There’s not too much exciting stuff included in the set besides the neat sticker and the five million tracks on the four discs, but this was a great excuse to share this legendary cover that we somehow never posted when it was originally unveiled. It’s so awesome and perfect and I would not mind having that framed as a poster in my office.
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Play-Asia still and AmiAmi should still have these in stock.
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Glorious Shin Megami IV OST box ⊟

I’ve embedded an unboxing of the recently released Shin Megami Tensei IV OST posted by @xanthax after the break. There’s not too much exciting stuff included in the set besides the neat sticker and the five million tracks on the four discs, but this was a great excuse to share this legendary cover that we somehow never posted when it was originally unveiled. It’s so awesome and perfect and I would not mind having that framed as a poster in my office.

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Never seen that with a 3DS game cover ⊟

You can see what I mean when you skip to the 2:18 mark of this LinandKo unboxing for Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World. At first it looks like the inside cover is taking advantage of the box’s eco-friendly gaps, as we’ve seen in some other designs, but when you pull out the jacket, it’s a spot-the-difference game! Marvelous AQL is giving people plenty of value for their money with this 2-in-1 game pack.

Did you know that this is the fastest-selling Harvest Moon release in Japan? It’s already moved 131,000 copies during its first week in stores there, nearly exceeding Marvelous AQL’s lifetime forecast of 150,000. The series has performed well on 3DS, but something about this entry must have really resonated with buyers. Maybe it’s the Angora rabbits?

If you can’t wait for Natsume to announce/release this game for the West, here are some English “Let’s Play” videos posted by LinandKo.

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Mario Golf: World Tour boxes for Japan, U.S. ⊟

Japan wins again, mostly for making sure that Mario’s shirt and overalls didn’t fade in the wash. Don’t forget to wash your colors in cold, y’all.

Though Mario might not even be running his outfits in the washing machine, since he’s playing underwater anyway.

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Ace Attorney 123's boxart, charms tho ⊟

When people in Japan preorder Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection from the E-Capcom shop, they’ll not only get the standard bonuses (desktop wallpaper and a remixed music track), they will receive a cute 7cm charm randomly selected from a set of three.

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  • Source famitsu.com
Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Boxart ⊟
There’s a lot of emphasis here on the animals, what with the new Safari feature being introduced to Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World. This releases in Japan on February 27. Don’t forget that North American publisher Natsume is selling a few of its games with a $10 discount on the eShop, including its Harvest Moon 3DS titles.
Stark contrast between this cover (via Infernal Monkey) and the other one Marvelous AQL unveiled this week.
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Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Boxart ⊟

There’s a lot of emphasis here on the animals, what with the new Safari feature being introduced to Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World. This releases in Japan on February 27. Don’t forget that North American publisher Natsume is selling a few of its games with a $10 discount on the eShop, including its Harvest Moon 3DS titles.

Stark contrast between this cover (via Infernal Monkey) and the other one Marvelous AQL unveiled this week.

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  • Source neogaf.com
MAQL going HAM with Senran Kagura's EU release ⊟
First off, Senran Kagura Burst will get a physical release in Europe, instead of the eShop-only treatment the brawler received in the U.S. Europe wins again.
And MAQL Europe isn’t half-stepping with the cover — this is the full step here. Offensive or not, I am in awe of the publisher’s nerve. While its parent company picked a relatively subdued design for Japan’s boxart, the publisher was like “go hard or go home” for the EU cover. It’s going hard. 
There’s a European trailer for the game and what looks like a robust(y) community on the official site.
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MAQL going HAM with Senran Kagura's EU release ⊟

First off, Senran Kagura Burst will get a physical release in Europe, instead of the eShop-only treatment the brawler received in the U.S. Europe wins again.

And MAQL Europe isn’t half-stepping with the cover — this is the full step here. Offensive or not, I am in awe of the publisher’s nerve. While its parent company picked a relatively subdued design for Japan’s boxart, the publisher was like “go hard or go home” for the EU cover. It’s going hard. 

There’s a European trailer for the game and what looks like a robust(y) community on the official site.

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Bravely Default collector’s edition boxart for U.S. ⊟

It’s the regular boxart, in greyscale. Not that thrilling to describe I guess, but classy! As seen on Amazon, via @NintendoTweet. Here’s the UK CE for comparison. And Japan.

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New LovePlus+ boxart and 3DS XL ⊟

I almost forgot that Konami announced another one of these updated games for the dating sim series. I always find the odd text on the packaging for these releases amusing: “We travel 365 days a year. Laughing in the rain, holding your hand under the sun. Our journey has just begun… LOVEPLUS”

No surprise that there will be three limited edition 3DS XLs for each of the game’s love interests, which Konami seems to do with each update. When these hit Japan next spring, each ¥32,000 ($320) set will include “the game, a 40-page visual & creation book, an illustration sheet with drawings of the lady in question, and a binaural CD with ten minutes of her engaging in intimate conversation with you,” according to Crunchyroll.

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Didn’t know Rune Factory 4 did this! ⊟

Not many 3DS games release in North America with inside cover art that takes advantage of these eco-friendly boxes! There’s Kid Icarus: Uprising and… Maybe something else I’m missing?

[Update: Commenters and peeps on Twitter have pointed out that Theatrhythm, Kingdom Hearts 3D, and Nintendogs have had this inside cover art too]

Thanks for going the extra mile for people who bought physical editions, Xseed! And thanks to Graceadee and Starryglass for the photos. Oh, and here’s a Rune Factory 4 launch trailer.

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Attack on Titan 3DS boxart ⊟
Along with this box design, we also now have a minute-long gameplay trailer for the licensed 3DS game — you can see a lot of swinging around town with the 3D Maneuver Gear here. I think it looks fun, but almost everyone else is saying this is trash?
Here’s something related that isn’t awful: Attack on Tiny! Perfect crossover art from reader Lord Toon, who posts a lot of awesome stuff on his Tumblr, oftentimes stuff with Tiny on them!
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Attack on Titan 3DS boxart ⊟

Along with this box design, we also now have a minute-long gameplay trailer for the licensed 3DS game — you can see a lot of swinging around town with the 3D Maneuver Gear here. I think it looks fun, but almost everyone else is saying this is trash?

Here’s something related that isn’t awful: Attack on Tiny! Perfect crossover art from reader Lord Toon, who posts a lot of awesome stuff on his Tumblr, oftentimes stuff with Tiny on them!

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