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Animal Crossing New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D $20 each ⊟
Plus Game & Watch Donkey Kong for $1.50, Kirby’s Dream Land 1 & 2 for $2.50 each, Pikmin 3 deal, and more. This week’s North American eShop Smash sale is pretty dang good! Check out all the discounts here.
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Animal Crossing New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D $20 each ⊟

Plus Game & Watch Donkey Kong for $1.50, Kirby’s Dream Land 1 & 2 for $2.50 each, Pikmin 3 deal, and more. This week’s North American eShop Smash sale is pretty dang good! Check out all the discounts here.

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  • Source nintendo.com

Ace Attorney Trilogy graphics compared ⊟

On the left, the DS version. On the right, the 3DS version. Looks nice!

The text seems quite readable, though I think that new, anti-aliased font is going to make it harder for me to painstakingly assemble authentic-looking screenshots.

Can you believe I had time to do that once???? I don’t even recognize the person who made that.

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Cool Japan-themed 3DS eShop game 

No, it’s not a game about the Cool Japan tourism campaign, unfortunately. Ishi-Sengokuden Sadame is Intergrow’s top-down action RPG thing with traditional Japanese creatures and stuff in it, and I think it looks interesting.

It’s got multiple playable characters, an armor and weapon upgrade system, and even a system that lets you import other players’ characters as partners. Not bad for an eShop game. It’ll be out in Japan this year.

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  • Source inside-games.jp
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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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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  • Source jp.square-enix.com

Smile BASIC looking super useful ⊟

The 3DS sequel to Petit Computer, the DSiWare BASIC compiler, will be shown at TGS this week (an event I won’t be attending….) and publisher Smileboom has shown off some new screens and features along with it.

These are some example games made to show what’s possible with the 3DS compiler, including an adventure game, fighting game, and a platformer. Included with the software is a sprite and in-game art editor! There’s also some kind of program that interfaces with Korg M01D? Via ColtraineGF.

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  • Source smileboom.com
Smash Bros. demo out in North America… today! (if you’re a Club Nintendo Platinum member) ⊟
If you’re not a Platinum-level member of Club Nintendo, Duck Hunt dog is lapping up your tears right now. But you’ll be able to get the trial when it releases to the general public (in Europe and North America) on September 19! Only the Club Nintendo codes will have an unlimited play count.
Platinum-level Club Nintendo members (presumably from points accumulated last year), keep an eye on your email inbox for your download code! Thanks to Ronnie Raccoon for the GIF above!
[Update: Platinum-levelers will receive FOUR codes! So start sucking up to one of these elite members if you don’t expect to receive a code.]
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Smash Bros. demo out in North America… today! (if you’re a Club Nintendo Platinum member) ⊟

If you’re not a Platinum-level member of Club Nintendo, Duck Hunt dog is lapping up your tears right now. But you’ll be able to get the trial when it releases to the general public (in Europe and North America) on September 19! Only the Club Nintendo codes will have an unlimited play count.

Platinum-level Club Nintendo members (presumably from points accumulated last year), keep an eye on your email inbox for your download code! Thanks to Ronnie Raccoon for the GIF above!

[Update: Platinum-levelers will receive FOUR codes! So start sucking up to one of these elite members if you don’t expect to receive a code.]

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Mighty Gunvolt standalone out Dec. 1 for $4 ⊟

Interested in the tiny 8-bit Mighty Gunvolt, but not the actual Gunvolt game with which it’s bundled? That seems weird, but Inti Creates is looking out for you anyway. The Nintendo page for Mighty Gunvolt reveals a December 1 release date for North America and a $3.99 price point for the spinoff. I haven’t seen anything for Europe yet.

The game is still being given away with purchase of Gunvolt, through November 28. The code shows up on your eShop receipt. I loved Gunvolt, but only just now got around to checking this out, and it’s really fun! Especially for a little bonus thing.

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Tappingo 2 out today ⊟

Plus a Theatrhythm Curtain Call demo, and… Street Fighter 2010, why not. We’ve got a review code for Tappingo 2, but haven’t had a chance to check it out yet – we’ll have impressions as soon as possible.

You can always check our Releases page for the latest, assuming we’ve had time to update it. I’m, uh, working on updating it right now.

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Let’s make Protect Me Knight 2 boxes ⊟
Click on the box here for a full-size version. Then you can print out some art and fold your own charming Game Boy-style box for this charming retro game by Ancient. 
The actual game comes out on 3DS in Japan only on September 10, but this totally sweet craft project is available anywhere printers are.
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Let’s make Protect Me Knight 2 boxes ⊟

Click on the box here for a full-size version. Then you can print out some art and fold your own charming Game Boy-style box for this charming retro game by Ancient. 

The actual game comes out on 3DS in Japan only on September 10, but this totally sweet craft project is available anywhere printers are.

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  • Source ancient.co.jp

You’ll have to purchase 3DS menu themes ⊟

Maybe you assumed this, but I just ran across this bit in yesterday’s 3DS news press release: “Themes will be available for purchase from a Theme Shop that will be added to the Home menu.”

So it’s a separate shop with a separate icon? Weird. But the whole thing actually seems smart, I must grudgingly admit. It’s kind of a lot of work to make custom icons and music for each theme, so it wouldn’t make sense to make it free; and impulse-buy things like this will probably be a tempting use of leftover eShop funds.

Interestingly, for each of the custom faceplates Nintendo showed for the standard-sized 3DS yesterday, there seemed to be a matching Home menu theme. I wonder if the faceplates come with themes?

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Tappingo 2 delayed for a good reason ⊟

Nintendo of America helpfully advised Hugo Smits to push the release of the eShop game Tappingo 2 to next week, September 4. Had it been released this week, it would surely have been buried by Gunvolt and Layton vs. Ace Attorney.

So you can play it next week instead – with cool retro console puzzles and indie game sprites, like the Mutant Mudds and Toki Tori puzzles above.

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