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BRKfest - three-day chip music festival next week ⊟
Likely the biggest chip music showcase in the Midwest, BRKfest, will return to Cincinnati, OH on July 25-27! The extravaganza will host dozens of bleep bloop artists, including Cheap Dinosaurs, Glomag, Corset Lore, and Chipocrite — see more of the announced acts here. The festival will also offer merch and open mic opportunities.
Though I live in Cincinnati, I somehow managed to never hear about this annual event until last month. Sooooo it’s time time to fix that. I plan to head over to the Chameleon for at least one or two nights — you should too! Click these links for more details about the event and to purchase a pass/shirt. And here’s a BRKfest trailer to get you pumped!
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Fantastic Animal Crossing 2DS case ⊟
You don’t see many outstanding Nintendo 2DS cases, so I’m happy to feature this one from Beandog Labs. Look at all those pockets for your tiny cartridges!
This line of 2DS/3DS/XL/Vita custom cases can get a little expensive with prices starting at $50 (Beandog also has sells cheaper pouches), but it includes a microsuede interior to make sure your systems are scratch-free, hidden magnetic closures on the corners, a small ring on the side for charms, your choice of art featured on the design, and the option to have your name or other text printed on the inside.
The women of Smash ⊟
The original Smash Bros. had a single playable female character with Samus, while Melee and Brawl had three to six, depending on how you look at them (Samus/Zero Suit Samus, Peach, Nana, and Zelda/Sheik). Meanwhile, the new Smash Bros. has 12 (out of 40 characters, including those with female/male options)!
Sure, a few are based on the same character now split into two separate fighters (Zelda/Sheik and Samus/Zero Suit Samus), and four have male counterparts (Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Robin, and Mii), but that’s still a lot more options for people who prefer to play as female characters!
And there might be even more female fighters revealed soon, as we don’t have the full roster. Japanese magazine CoroCoro will reportedly show all of the characters and stages planned for the 3DS version in its August 12 issue. Thanks to Regina for the pic, and Stef for pointing out the new Smash Bros.'s dramatic increase in women.
I keep watching this Lucina and Captain Falcon fight ⊟
I thought for sure Wii Fit Trainer was going to be my new main when Smash Bros. releases, but today’s trailer has me considering Lucina and Robin (I can’t remember the last time I picked a male character as my go-to in a fighting game?). Watching this over and over might also push me to picking up Fire Emblem: Awakening again and finally completing it.
Kozaki Yusuke art for the new Smash Bros. fighters! ⊟
Even though I’m disappointed that Nintendo went for the predictable characters versus the more interesting (Sully and/or Donnel) to fill Smash Bros.' roster, I ain't even mad because we get new art from Kozaki Yusuke to celebrate today's reveal. Yusuke, if you're not familiar with the name from our past posts, is the incredibly talented character artist who worked on the No More Heroes series, Liberation Maiden, and Fire Emblem: Awakening.
I never knew Captain America fought Zechs Merquise ⊟
Looks like he did in this totally legit licensed Famicom game for the Marvel property. Thanks to Atari 5200 Controller for the pic.
TinyCast 037 - Cool Japan
Tiny Cartridge • TinyCast
TinyCast 37! Though we set out to talk about Dragon Quest X 3DS and Mighty No. 9, we got sidetracked by Hatsune Miku, Bravely Default spoilers, and Imageepoch’s latest facepalm. We recorded the episode before this morning Nintendo Direct; otherwise, we would’ve dropped in some Blue Hearts for the music to celebrate Kenka Bancho likely coming to the 3DS.
Final Fantasy Explorers looks great ⊟
We got our first look at Final Fantasy Explorers, the MonHun-ish 3DS action RPG with Final Fantasy classes, in this morning’s Nintendo Direct. I picked out some choice bits from the trailer to make GIFs out of, but you can watch the full presentation here.
The game releases in Japan this winter. Nope, we don’t know anything about a Western release yet.
Was that a Kenka Bancho game for 3DS? ⊟
If you missed this morning’s Japan-only Nintendo Direct for third-party 3DS games (I hope it wasn’t because we had the wrong start time in our post!), you missed this mystery title that looked like a new Kenka Bancho title.
Regular readers will remember us raving about the Kenka Bancho releases on PSP, or at least over the beat’em-ups’ use of awesome punk music in their trailers — Atlus even brought one of the games to North America as Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble back in 2009.
The only video footage we saw of the mystery game is in the GIF above, but banchos shooting eye lasers at each other is a pretty specific giveaway.
Famicom Prime! ⊟
It’s Nintendo’s answer to the Mega Drive Megatron! Shame it’s just an illustration from Kamizono, and not an actual figure. However, we do have this fighting robot controlled with a Famicom controller!
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Super-Secret Bases return for Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire ⊟
When the latest Pokemon remake releases this November 21, you’ll be able to create and decorate a Secret Base, share it with others using QR codes, and set rules for what kind of battles other trainers can have there, making it like your own gym.
"When you visit another player’s Secret Base, that base’s members will be hanging out there. You can talk to them or even battle them! If you find base owners that you like, you can scout them as one of your Secret Pals and bring them back to your own Secret Base. Once you’ve become Secret Pals with someone, you can continue to have Pokémon battles against them, and also have your Pal use “special skills” to support you on your adventure.
Another fun aspect of Super-Secret Bases is a capture-the-flag activity. Examine the flag beside the Secret PC in another player’s Secret Base to obtain it! You can take one flag per day from each base visited. Visit lots of Secret Bases and collect lots of flags to improve your team’s rank and get rewards, including increasing the skills of your Secret Pals. Flag colors will change based on a team’s rank, so you can tell another team’s rank at a glance—and others can tell yours!”
Attack on Titan x Pokemon x nope nope peace out ⊟
These frightening mash-ups come from Beth Emery/Zsparky, who has a gallery you can check out at DeviantArt. That Cubone and Colossal Titan mix is rad, but that Smiling Bulbasaur and its teeth are terrifying.