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Shovel Knight is really fun, so watch this video  ⊟

Nintendo took its time posting this Shovel Knight/Yacht Games video from its E3 Treehouse stream, but that’s okay because we get to watch it now just days before the 3DS/Wii U/PC game’s formal release.

Also, the video comes out right after I’ve had time to play it, and I can now tell you how awesome it is. JC is loving it, Fran is enjoying it, and I’m having a blast with it as well. Shovel Knight takes a bunch of fun bits from Duck Tales, Castlevania, Mega Man, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (that’s a lot of fun bits to pull from), successfully combining them all into a thing of beauty. Pick it up when Shovel Knight releases to the eShop later this week.

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TinyCast 35 - Electronic Entertainment Exhaustion - Tiny Cartridge

TinyCast 35 - Electronic Entertainment Exhaustion

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Join three dudes who weren’t at E3 for E3 discussion! Smash Bros., Code Name STEAM, and all the things we totally accurately predicted.

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Here’s the Code Name STEAM event ⊟

Or at least the first bit of it, from Nintendo’s developer roundtable Wednesday night. There’s lots of nice gameplay footage to see!

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Oh god, these Yoshi’s Wooly World prototypes ⊟

These way cute prototype pics of the Wii U game popped up in this afternoon’s Treehouse E3 stream segment with producer Takashi Tezuka. Like everything else awesome shown at E3, it won’t come out here until some time next year. The actual game is super adorable too.

Thanks to Ewzzy for the tip and for posting the shots online!

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Meet Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire's new Mega Pokemon ⊟

Let’s learn about the new Mega Evolution versions of the Ruby/Sapphire starters, from the Pokemon Company:

  • Mega Sceptile gains the Dragon type through Mega Evolution, making its Dragon-type moves more powerful. It also gains the Lightning Rod Ability, which absorbs the damage from Electric-type moves to raise its own Special Attack.
  • Through Mega Evolution, Mega Swampert gains an improved Attack stat which makes it even more formidable when using the Fighting-type move Hammer Arm. Additionally, Mega Swampert gains the Swift Swim Ability, which doubles its Speed when the weather is rainy.
  • Mega Blaziken, first discovered in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, gains some new tools through Mega Evolution, in addition to its increased Attack. It has the Speed Boost Ability, making it faster with each passing turn, making the incredibly powerful Flying-type move Brave Bird, extremely rare for a non-Flying-type Pokémon like Blaziken to have, even fiercer in Pokémon battles.

Mega Diancie also makes an appearance! In addition, players will now meet Mega Steven – oh wait, no, just Steven. He’s a guy who helps you learn about Mega Evolution.

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La-Mulana Vita trailer ⊟

Oh man, I forgot this was happening! I still haven’t played La-Mulana, and I still really want to. According to this PS Blog post, it’s coming out in December!

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This Super Smash Bros. 3DS trailer moves really quickly ⊟

And so does E3, which is why I’m just now posting this after it went up today. Phew!

Did any of you check out the game at a Best Buy event? I packed up my toddlers and went, but the line was out of control and I had nooooooo chance of playing. :(

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First look at Codename S.T.E.A.M. ⊟

Here are the first screenshots from Intelligent Systems’ turn-based action strategy game coming to 3DS next year! S.T.E.A.M., by the way, stands for “Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace”.

More details about the steampunk, Valkyria Chronicles-ish game here!

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New 3DS game: Codename S.T.E.A.M. ⊟
Nintendo’s big mystery project is a cel-shaded steampunk game developed by Intelligent Systems (Fire Emblem, Advance Wars). It’s a turn-based action strategy title in which you control soldiers from a group called S.T.E.A.M that’s led by Abraham Lincoln and fights invading aliens. Yeah.
The gameplay sounds very Valkyria Chronicles-ish, in that it’s third-person shooting/action, and you can switch between the four characters in your squad. There are even Action Points for movement/commands — your units run on steam, and have boilers on their backs with gauges indicating how much they have left. You’ll also have Overwatch attacks that let you attack enemies during their turn.
While character designs in Codename S.T.E.A.M. are inspired by Silver Age comic books from artists like Jack Kirby and Bruce Timm, the bug-like alien enemies riff on HP Lovecraft creatures. The weapon designs for main characters are based on animal motifs that tie into their personalities (e.g. an eagle rifle). No word yet on whether there’s a steampunk cat.
Apparently the game will not have online play, but it will have multiplayer that’s online? Yeah, that sounds contradictory, so I’m not sure what that means. Maybe play-by-email-style multiplayer?
It’s not scheduled to release until 2015. :o( Shout-outs to Polygon and @AshPaulsen for their updates from the event!
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New 3DS game: Codename S.T.E.A.M. ⊟

Nintendo’s big mystery project is a cel-shaded steampunk game developed by Intelligent Systems (Fire Emblem, Advance Wars). It’s a turn-based action strategy title in which you control soldiers from a group called S.T.E.A.M that’s led by Abraham Lincoln and fights invading aliens. Yeah.

The gameplay sounds very Valkyria Chronicles-ish, in that it’s third-person shooting/action, and you can switch between the four characters in your squad. There are even Action Points for movement/commands — your units run on steam, and have boilers on their backs with gauges indicating how much they have left. You’ll also have Overwatch attacks that let you attack enemies during their turn.

While character designs in Codename S.T.E.A.M. are inspired by Silver Age comic books from artists like Jack Kirby and Bruce Timm, the bug-like alien enemies riff on HP Lovecraft creatures. The weapon designs for main characters are based on animal motifs that tie into their personalities (e.g. an eagle rifle). No word yet on whether there’s a steampunk cat.

Apparently the game will not have online play, but it will have multiplayer that’s online? Yeah, that sounds contradictory, so I’m not sure what that means. Maybe play-by-email-style multiplayer?

It’s not scheduled to release until 2015. :o( Shout-outs to Polygon and @AshPaulsen for their updates from the event!

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Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley's “3D” gameplay explained ⊟

Did you enjoy staring at a lil’ cow last night? Then you’ll like these other new Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley screens released by Natsume during E3.

In addition to this media, the game’s E3 brochure page explains the claims of novel “three-dimensional” gameplay:

This is the first game in the Harvest Moon series that can truly be called three-dimensional, as you can use your shovel to dig up and stack soil! That hill you see across the way that you can’t reach even if you jump? Try stacking some soil, climbing on top of the newly created “platform,” and jump again! This time you’ll be sure to reach it, and discover a new part of the land you couldn’t explore before!”

You can also use your shovel to dig downwards! Don’t like traveling all the way to the river to catch your fish? Just dig down into the soil to create your own fishing hole near your house!

Sounds like Natsume took the loss of Story of Seasons as an opportunity to build some Minecraft-esque elements into a Harvest Moon. This is a genius move.

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What was up with that Vib-Ribbon stuff at Sony’s E3 press conference? ⊟
Monday night, during Sony’s E3 presentation, the subject of 1999 rhythm game Vib-Ribbon came up twice, seemingly randomly – accompanied by custom graphics on the stage projection. One time, a mention of the adorable, abstract NanaOn-Sha game was used to transition to a Mortal Kombat X trailer, if you can believe it.
But no Vib-Ribbon game was announced.
So what was the deal with that odd shoutout? I asked a Sony PR rep, who told me it was shown simply because SCEA president/CEO Shawn Layden (who was presenting at the time) likes Vib-Ribbon a lot. (And it was mentioned during the conference, I believe, that he had been involved in the publishing of the original.)
So on the one hand, yeah, weird to bring that up and not announce anything. But look at it this way: the new SCEA guy is a Vib-Ribbon fan, and that’s a good thing.
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What was up with that Vib-Ribbon stuff at Sony’s E3 press conference? ⊟

Monday night, during Sony’s E3 presentation, the subject of 1999 rhythm game Vib-Ribbon came up twice, seemingly randomly – accompanied by custom graphics on the stage projection. One time, a mention of the adorable, abstract NanaOn-Sha game was used to transition to a Mortal Kombat X trailer, if you can believe it.

But no Vib-Ribbon game was announced.

So what was the deal with that odd shoutout? I asked a Sony PR rep, who told me it was shown simply because SCEA president/CEO Shawn Layden (who was presenting at the time) likes Vib-Ribbon a lot. (And it was mentioned during the conference, I believe, that he had been involved in the publishing of the original.)

So on the one hand, yeah, weird to bring that up and not announce anything. But look at it this way: the new SCEA guy is a Vib-Ribbon fan, and that’s a good thing.

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Professor Layton meets Phoenix Wright August 29 ⊟
Although I heard they might have actually met a few months ago in Europe… 
Nintendo’s publishing this one! I had to look it up to make sure, because there are so many logos on that box.
Oh, and just a heads up, we’ve given our Upcoming Game Releases page a long-needed update with today’s announcements! Put in your preorders!
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Professor Layton meets Phoenix Wright August 29 ⊟

Although I heard they might have actually met a few months ago in Europe… 

Nintendo’s publishing this one! I had to look it up to make sure, because there are so many logos on that box.

Oh, and just a heads up, we’ve given our Upcoming Game Releases page a long-needed update with today’s announcements! Put in your preorders!

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