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Volume 1 Remix Preview
One day left to put your money down for a Shortsleeves cassette! I’ve mentioned before that The Shortsleeves are one of my favorite chip groups, and they’re kickstarting a tape that will include all of its old materials, new songs, and remixes from friends. The audio embedded here contains samples from two remixes: Bear & Walrus with "In the Memory", and sylcmyk taking on "OceanSideArcade".
But lemme holla at you for a sec while you’re in a crowdfunding mood. These nice folks need your support:
- My once coworker and indie games tastemaker Brandon Boyer got screwed over by Humana and cancer — help him pay some bills
- Elizabeth Simins produces great comics about being bad at games
- DB0 makes it possible for people to play one of my new obsessions, Netrunner, online through OCTGN
- Anna Anthropy creates beautiful games
- Merrit Kopas runs Forest Ambassador, which is like a Tiny Cartridge for free and accessible games
If you have suggestions for other Kickstarter/Patreon/Whatevers that you think should be highlighted, make sure to mention them in our comments! I’m sure I’ve forgotten some important ones — these are just what immediately popped up in my head.
Let’s talk more about Azure Striker Gunvolt ⊟
For those who missed it in the early hours, Inti Creates (Mega Man ZX/Zero) and Keiji Inafune announced this 3DS eShop game for this summer. Enjoy all these screenshots from 4Gamer — I would have posted GIFs, but Tumblr hates all the cyan in the trailer.
So here’s who’s working on the game, according to Destructoid:
- Keiji Inafune - Executive Producer
- Yoshihisa Tsuda - Director
- Yoshitaka Hatakeyama - Art
- Takuya Aizu - Producer
- Ippo Yamada - Music/SFX
This is actually what I hoped Mighty No. 9 would be — in fact, almost everyone above is working on that project too. Here are a couple links for you to read play-through impressions and watch the first trailer for Azure Striker Gunvolt.
TinyCast 025 - Nintendo WiFi's Missed Connections
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TinyCast 25! We spend this episode eulogizing Nintendo’s WiFi Connection service — speculating about its sudden death, discussing the difficulties of preservation, and lamenting the online features we’ll miss. We also go on tangents about game ports and Children of Mana for some reason.
OMG, Azure Striker Gunvolt is the new Mega Man ZX ⊟
Inti Creates (Mega Man Zero/ZX) announced this beauty at BitSummit, and it’s coming out exclusively for eShop this summer in Japan. Considering there are English subtitles and an ESRB rating is pending, a North American release for Azure Striker Gunvolt seems like a sure bet.
Nya Nya Nya! Cat Puppet Mario Time ⊟
If watching these videos is inspiring you to host your own Cat Mario show, you will soon be able to import a similar hand puppet! Rakuten has its Cat Mario puppets priced at around $20 (before shipping and handling), and says it will release this June. Credit to @farmboyinjapan for spotting the product, and to Supper Mario Broth for the GIF.
Yumi’s Odd Odyssey will be here March 20 ⊟
After Natsume’s tease yesterday, I half-expected Sayonara Umihara Kawase/Yumi’s Odd Odyssey to release this morning. That didn’t happen, but we now have news that the fish-themed puzzle platformer will release in North America in two weeks — March 20! It’ll be $29.99.
The above art comes from Stup-jam!
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Cute Yoshi’s New Island wallpapers ⊟
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Akiba’s Trip 2 will disrobe in the U.S. ⊟
Acquire’s PS Vita and PlayStation 3 game about vampires feasting on the energy of otaku in Tokyo’s Akihabara district — vampires who you can only destroy by stripping off the clothes that protect them from sunlight — is coming to PS Vitas and PlayStation 3s in North America this summer with both physical and digital releases.
Xseed is publishing the game as Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed for the States, and intends to offer Japanese audio (it’s looking into offering dual audio). Yes, it’s pretty much all fanservice, but as Xseed’s Hatsuu points out, “the game is equal opportunity stripping for both males and females, even if Japanese marketing shows only females.”
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Conception II demo hits March 25 for 3DS, Vita ⊟
And it will offer demo completion bonuses that players can import into the full game, similar to Bravely Default. The Spike Chunsoft RPG, which has you making star babies who fight alongside your hero in turn-based battles, will release on April 15 in the U.S. and some time in the second quarter of the year in Europe (this demo news is just for North America, by the way).
Publisher Atlus also provided screenshots and details on Mecunites, “giant death robots” that your Star Children can join to form and unleash “a mega-devastating single target attack, an AOE attack, and a heal that heals allies for 100% of health.”
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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.
This Game Boy has seen better days ⊟
Nate-Alig meant to paint this and create a whole series of marred consoles, but it sounds like an injury kept him from completing the project. Presumably the Game Boy still works — I mean, if the system can survive a Gulf War bombing and still load up Tetris fine, these nicks shouldn’t faze the old brick.
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Here’s the back of the Yoshi 3DS XL ⊟
I’m coming around to this limited edition system’s design — the eggs on the white back are cute. Nintendo of America formally announced the hardware this morning, pricing it at $199 for a March 14 release. As we suspected, the system does not include a digital or physical copy of Yoshi’s New Island.
[Update (thanks to @MikeMcWhertor): The URL for this post tho..]
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