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Yoshitaka Amano’s Final Fantasy Explorers art ⊟
A very intense take on the honestly pretty cute 3DS game. Like, I don’t know if I’m down for exploring if these dudes are going to be staring down at me the whole time. Via @lite_agent.
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Yoshitaka Amano’s Final Fantasy Explorers art ⊟

A very intense take on the honestly pretty cute 3DS game. Like, I don’t know if I’m down for exploring if these dudes are going to be staring down at me the whole time. Via @lite_agent.

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Devil Survivor 2: Break Record out in Japan this January ⊟

Yeah, a trailer for a port of a game that already came out may not seem like a big deal, but… I like this trailer!

The game comes out January 29 in Japan. As for North America and Europe, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Final Fantasy Explorers adds Cloud, FF “Legends” ⊟
We have a new trailer for Final Fantasy Explorers, Square Enix’s multiplayer action-RPG coming to the 3DS in Japan this December. Along with showing off various classes, the video demonstrates the previously announced Trance / Legends Characters feature, which allows you to temporarily transform into popular characters from the mainline series like Final Fantasy VII's hero Cloud.
You can also see Lightning, Squall, Terra, and silhouettes for other characters in the clip. Watch the new Tokyo Game Show trailer after the break:
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Nope, no announcement for the West yet.
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Final Fantasy Explorers adds Cloud, FF “Legends” ⊟

We have a new trailer for Final Fantasy Explorers, Square Enix’s multiplayer action-RPG coming to the 3DS in Japan this December. Along with showing off various classes, the video demonstrates the previously announced Trance / Legends Characters feature, which allows you to temporarily transform into popular characters from the mainline series like Final Fantasy VII's hero Cloud.

You can also see Lightning, Squall, Terra, and silhouettes for other characters in the clip. Watch the new Tokyo Game Show trailer after the break:

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Hands are on the new 3DS ⊟
Right now at Tokyo Game Show 2014, hands are touching Nintendo’s new hardware. Gentle fingertips are resting on the lower backs of 3DS XLs. Palms are pressed against the handheld’s face, testing its texture. Thick thumbs are pushing its soft analog bump, nudging the rubber nub in different directions.
Those hands are not ours. We could not afford to send our mitts to Tokyo, small as they may be. Thanks to the keyboard and mice that our fingers are touching right now, though, we are able to communicate to you what those hands across the Pacific are experiencing, via blockquote technology.
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Let’s start with that new analog nub Nintendo’s thrown north of the ABXY buttons. Some of these impressions read like erotica:

"I didn’t want to stop fiddling with it. I found myself controlling the camera in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate with the little C-stick constantly. Not because I had to, mind you, but because it just felt so nice. It’s rubbery, soft, and inviting. I kept sliding my thumb above the X button and giving it gentle little nudges and pushes just to see the camera move around. It felt awesome, and I loved using it.” - IGN
"Since it’s a small nub, that seemed ideal for camera movement in that you can easily push it. I tried pushing on it as hard as I could to actually see if I could break it, but the nub appeared very sturdy. I am curious to see how it will hold up over extended play. However, this C-Stick isn’t really something you can flick, which makes me wonder how it will feel to use in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. … The C-Stick is an extremely welcome addition for camera controls." - Kotaku
"It’s not like the circular analog Slide Pad; it’s a firmly planted, sturdy rubbery nub that requires a bit of force to use and has almost no detectable range of motion. In a game like Monster Hunter, it’s good for controlling the game’s camera — certainly better than other options — but it’s not quite a second analog stick.” - Polygon

There’s a lot of praise for the improved viewing angle for the New 3DS’s stereoscopic 3D:

"The stereoscopic 3D on the upper screen looks sharper than ever. Nintendo promises a wider viewing angle for 3D viewing, and tilting the New 3DS from side-to-side showed that the handheld will live up to that promise. The same expanded viewing angle doesn’t apply when you’re tilting the New 3DS up and down, but the better 3D view is welcome regardless of its limitations." - Polygon
"The 3D effect is better. Way better. That blinding, jittery flicker that current 3DS users are used to seeing every time they move the handheld with the 3D slider up is mostly gone. I guesstimated around a 45 degree tilt in any direction before the 3D effect ‘broke’ for me. That made me want to play with the 3D slider up the entire time." - IGN
"It actually surprised me how good the effect looks now. This is something I’ve long hated on the original 3DS and have rarely used because it made my eyes tired. Instead of making you feel like you are crossing your eyes, the new 3DS effect has more of a shadow-box effect than you get with the current 3DS. Instead of feeling like the game is popping out, it’s as though the New 3DS is drawing you into the game." - Kotaku

Back to controls, there are also two additional shoulder buttons:

"The ZL and ZR buttons seem like they might be a big tough to reach or reliably touch, but they’re good too. I found it easy to rock my index fingers from the outer shoulder buttons to the inner shoulder buttons without much trouble." - Polygon
"The new added shoulder buttons (ZR and ZL) required more of a reach to use, but since they stick out slightly, they were easy enough to use." - Kotaku

Several outlets also noted that the New 3DSes they tried out had a glossy back, which didn’t feel as nice as a matte texture. That might only be the case with the XL/LL units used for these demos, and not the standard-sized New 3DSes.
The New 3DS models launch in Japan on October 11 (no release plans for the West have been announced). Play-Asia seems to have run out of preorder units, but the retailer will likely stock them once the system releases. You can currently reserve a limited edition Pokemon ORAS New 3DS and New 3DS accessories, though.
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Hands are on the new 3DS ⊟

Right now at Tokyo Game Show 2014, hands are touching Nintendo’s new hardware. Gentle fingertips are resting on the lower backs of 3DS XLs. Palms are pressed against the handheld’s face, testing its texture. Thick thumbs are pushing its soft analog bump, nudging the rubber nub in different directions.

Those hands are not ours. We could not afford to send our mitts to Tokyo, small as they may be. Thanks to the keyboard and mice that our fingers are touching right now, though, we are able to communicate to you what those hands across the Pacific are experiencing, via blockquote technology.

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Etrian Odyssey Untold II boxart ⊟
When the 3DS remake releases in Japan on November 27, first-run copies will include a soundtrack CD and a booklet with illustrations from character designer Yuji Hinata. We haven’t heard any release plans for Etrian Odyssey Untold II: Knight of Fafnir in the U.S. yet, likely due to Atlus wanting to keep our attention on Persona Q's upcoming launch.
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Etrian Odyssey Untold II boxart ⊟

When the 3DS remake releases in Japan on November 27, first-run copies will include a soundtrack CD and a booklet with illustrations from character designer Yuji Hinata. We haven’t heard any release plans for Etrian Odyssey Untold II: Knight of Fafnir in the U.S. yet, likely due to Atlus wanting to keep our attention on Persona Q's upcoming launch.

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Great Ace Attorney trailer ⊟

Dying over here. The detective-work stuff! The art and animation look positively Ghost Trick-y. Sherlock Holmes in particular would fit right in. Here’s a rough English transcript for the video.

So that’s Tokyo Game Show, already worthwhile on the morning of day 1.

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New Pokemon 3DSes, covers up for preorder ⊟

These limited edition Pokemon 3DSes, which will be hawked exclusively through Japan’s Pokemon Centers, aren’t going to up for sale long, so you’re going to want to preorder one pronto. They’re $336.99 each at Play Asia, but take note that they’re the New 3DSes that come with suede cover plates and custom Home menu themes. You can get either the White one with Kyogre or the Black system with Groudon.

And while the non-limited-edition New 3DS systems aren’t up for preorder anymore, you can reserve one of the 38 different cover plates for the system. They’re priced at $19.99 each, which is more than I expected, but I’m probably going to buy one anyway as soon as I somehow manage to pick a favorite. New 3DS charger stands (available in Black, White, Mint, and Pink) are available to preorder too. Thanks to NintendoTweet for the links!

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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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Attack on Titan CHAIN boxart, trailer ⊟

Spike Chunsoft will release Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN, an update to last year’s seemingly rushed 3DS game, in Japan this December. The update will be available as paid DLC (around $20) to owners of the original game, as well as a standalone retail game.

CHAIN adds four-player online co-op play with limited text chat and rankings, improved controls, interface enhancements, balance tweaks, and Circle Pad Pro support. It will also offer new stages, missions, modes, characters, voices, Titans, Titan behaviors, costumes, weapons, and more.

Watch the new trailer past the post break:

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Limited Edition New 3DSes for Pokémon ORAS

While North America and Europe received a new trailer and details about an upcoming 3DS eShop demo for Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Japan enjoyed an announcement for these special edition handhelds.

Starting November 21, Japan’s Pokémon Centers will carry a limited quantity of these New 3DSes with the Kyogre and Groudon custom plates — if Google Translate is correct, they have a suede texture to them, which is baller AF. While they will include custom Home menu themes, they will not have pre-installed copies of the games. They’re priced at ¥19,000, or around $177.

You can watch the Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire trailer and read details about the upcoming demo after the break:

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You can make your 3DS XL look like a bunny too ⊟

My wife has a pink rubber case that makes her phone look like a bunny. She is the silliest person I know. Are you the silliest person you know? If so, here is the perfect case for you.

Following up its popular Nyan cases that make 3DSes look like cats, Cyber Gadget is now making pink and black silicone rubber ears for 3DS XLs. The covers go on sale in Japan next week for ¥1,380 (around $13), and will likely appear in import shops that you can buy from soon.

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Here’s Sherlock Holmes in the Great Ace Attorney ⊟

The little girl is Capcom’s version of Watson, a pink-haired 8 year old. Don’t underestimate her, though — Iris Watson is a genius with a medical Ph.D., and the author of novel series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

The 3DS game is set to release in Japan next spring. Thanks to Kotaku for posting these scans and details from the latest issue of Famitsu.

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