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Picross e4 out May 1 ⊟

This great eShop series continues next Thursday in North America, with the addition of some 20x15 puzzles! That’s too many x too many.

Yikes. You also unlock puzzles by having save data from previous games!

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Here’s that Cave Story you ordered, Europe ⊟
On May 1, Cave Story will finally arrive on the 3DS eShop, an occasion commemorated by the amazingly Kool artwork above, tweeted by Nicalis.
Personally, I’ll commemorate this announcement by replaying Cave Story, like I do too often. Or not often enough. I’m still not any damn good at Cave Story.
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Here’s that Cave Story you ordered, Europe ⊟

On May 1, Cave Story will finally arrive on the 3DS eShop, an occasion commemorated by the amazingly Kool artwork above, tweeted by Nicalis.

Personally, I’ll commemorate this announcement by replaying Cave Story, like I do too often. Or not often enough. I’m still not any damn good at Cave Story.

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Why does Bike Rider DX2 have Crayon Shin-chan DLC? ⊟

Whatever the reason for a totally unrelated anime/manga character in a bike racing game, it’s pretty cute. The DLC is out now in Japan; still waiting on this eShop game elsewhere – the latest estimate is sometime in May.

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Inafune-san concluded that Gunvolt keeps ‘braided hair’ in US version too. Because he emphasises the design.

The Gunvolt Twitter account reveals that one of the main character design changes has been rolled back for the North American release. 

Luckily for Gunvolt's dignity and protection, Inti Creates is still covering his bare midriff for localization in the U.S.. Why did he ever have a bare midriff in his armor? Is he just really, really unconcerned about anyone shooting at his stomach? “Who would aim for the stomach,” he thinks, “when I've got this braid to target?”

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Sayonara Umihara Kawase greets Europe April 24 ⊟

Now you can leave Natsume’s poor community manager alone, as Yumi’s Odd Odyssey has a release date in Europe. Japanese publisher Agatsuma Entertainment is handling the EU version, which it calls “Sayonara UmiharaKawase” and describes as “a rubbering action.”

The EU version will cost 24.99 Euro, which is relatively comparable to the $29.99 the US version costs. I wonder if there are any localization differences other than the title! Via Tenki.

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  • Source agatsuma-games.com

Whoa, 3D OutRun has two new songs in it ⊟

Not sure why, but M2 went ahead and added new music (and a new car?) to the 3D Classics version of OutRun, coming out April 23 in Japan: “Cruising Line” by Manabu Namiki and “Camino a Mi Amor” by Jane-Evelyn Nisperos. 

There’s also… a new car, three different simulated cabinets, four screen modes, totally remappable controls, replay saving (with multi-speed playback), mid-race saving, customizable volume for game audio, engine noise and ambient arcade machine sound…

This is deluxe even for Sega 3D Classics! M2 has OutDone itself.

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Here’s the first screen of the Kunio RPG ⊟
Well, it’s Kunio hitting a bunch of dudes, except Kunio has HP and MP! And the dudes are orcs or something?
I think I love this. I was wondering how Arc System Works/Million would adapt the Kunio style to a fantasy RPG for Nekketsu Mahou Monogatori (Hot-blood Magic Tale), and the answer appears to be “not at all.” Even the genre listed on the official site, “Nekketsu 2D Action” suggests that this is the familiar gameplay in a new wrapper.
Kunios gonna Kunio.
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Here’s the first screen of the Kunio RPG ⊟

Well, it’s Kunio hitting a bunch of dudes, except Kunio has HP and MP! And the dudes are orcs or something?

I think I love this. I was wondering how Arc System Works/Million would adapt the Kunio style to a fantasy RPG for Nekketsu Mahou Monogatori (Hot-blood Magic Tale), and the answer appears to be “not at all.” Even the genre listed on the official site, “Nekketsu 2D Action” suggests that this is the familiar gameplay in a new wrapper.

Kunios gonna Kunio.

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  • Source inside-games.jp

I’m down to Smash some Cat Heroes ⊟

This new 3DS eShop game by Tom Create looks kinda dumb, but in the best way. Smash Cat Heroes is like a Dynasty/Samurai Warriors game, but 2D and starring cat versions of sengoku-era warriors. So basically hammering on the B button unleashes huge combos against cat enemies! And special moves that go “shoosh” and “argh!”

This will be out April 17, for $4. And speaking of small games on eShop, there’s  a sale on G-Style games starting April 12, and I recommend checking out Crazy Construction. There’s a demo!

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  • Source tomcreate-games.com

Sonic Powered’s Skypeace ⊟

This is a 3DS game about someone who really knows how to video chat.

Okay, it’s actually a Jetpack Joyride-type game about flying around on a surfboard thing and picking up thousands of coins.

I can’t really tell, but it looks like you have direct movement control over the character rather than simply holding the touchscreen to control altitude, which seems like it would make the game way easier. Unless the levels get that much more difficult to compensate.

Anyway, this is out… today in Japan for just 300 yen.

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  • Source sonicpowered.co.jp

Less hair, belly button for Gunvolt in the U.S. ⊟

Not a less hairy belly button mind you — I assure you that Gunvolt, alias STEVE VOLT, has a belly button that’s just as smooth in Japan as in North America. But we won’t get to see that sleek tummy or his braids Stateside, due to the UNACCEPTABLE censorship in our version, all due to some rogue producer at Inti Creates.

Yes this might seem trivial, but it’s a slippery slope (much like Gunvolt’s velvety navel), one we shouldn’t stand for when this releases to the 3DS eShop this Summer. Thankfully there are heroes out there voicing their dissent over the matter, who will hopefully persuade Inti Creates to reconsider this foolish decision. Thanks to Rockman ZX for bringing this to our attention.

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Rusty’s Real Deal is Really about Deals ⊟
I assumed Nintendo would take a soft touch with its experimentation into free-to-play, but I was incredibly wrong. Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball is not a mass-appeal baseball minigame collection with microtransactions, at all. If anything, I’d call it a visual novel about microtransactions, with baseball elements. It is a game whose primary mechanic is haggling, with a story about selling. 
It would be insidious if it weren’t so silly.

The primary goal in Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball is to learn more about Rusty’s miserable, sad life. Rusty Slugger is a washed-up baseball player with ten kids, marital problems, and a sports shop that is failing to pay the bills despite his hard work.
image via Capsule Computers
He’s just loaded up on off-brand “Nontendo” video games in an effort to shore up business, and is desperate to unload his wares on you, his sole customer (and sudden puppy caretaker, and confidant, and…)
He’s so desperate to sell this stuff, and so worried about his awful, miserable existence, that it’s not hard to talk him down on the prices. Coached by one of his kids, you offer him various helpful items (earned through minigames) and your ear, and in no time you’ve haggled him down to his lowest price. 
Then you buy a game, play it for a bit to unlock more items, and go back to the shop to find out more about Rusty and go through the process all over again. 
Honestly, the baseball games are the least interesting part of it! They’re fine – simplistic, but addictive, batting, fielding, pitching, umpiring, etc. challenges. Each one has a lot of variation and replayability, and takes no time at all to get into. However, they really seem like they’re just there to earn you items for the real game of Helping a Depressed Dog.

The game makes me just… uncomfortable, which isn’t entirely a bad thing. The fact that the whole experience is designed to encourage haggling, while also offering narrative reasons to feel bad for the person you’re haggling with is hilarious. Like, Rusty’s fictional troubles aren’t enough to make me want to spend any more real money than is necessary, and Nintendo knows that. It’s an ironic, comedic twist.
However, the fact that it’s a game whose story advances only when you spend more money… that’s for-real uncomfortable. Man, I don’t know about that. Like, I’d probably be okay laying out the $16 it would require to unlock everything (at minimum prices and maximum haggling), but that’s only after deciding, in advance, that I’d be okay spending that much. I’m not enthused about the idea of having money drawn out of me a little at a time on a cliffhanger.
Well, as much of a cliffhanger as “sad dog takes cooking class” could be.
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Rusty’s Real Deal is Really about Deals ⊟

I assumed Nintendo would take a soft touch with its experimentation into free-to-play, but I was incredibly wrong. Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball is not a mass-appeal baseball minigame collection with microtransactions, at all. If anything, I’d call it a visual novel about microtransactions, with baseball elements. It is a game whose primary mechanic is haggling, with a story about selling. 

It would be insidious if it weren’t so silly.

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Rusty’s Real Ultra Machine ⊟

I’m working on impressions of this bizarre game, but here’s a quick thing: the pitching machine used in some of the minigames is a real Nintendo toy, the Ultra Machine! It also shows up as the heads of AI players… in suits…

The Gunpei Yokoi-designed toy used specially designed soft foam balls, some featuring indentation to create curveballs. And now it’s used as a real pitching machine in a game, in a game! 

It’s also shown up in a few other Nintendo games, including WarioWare and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

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