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First look at Yokai Watch 2's boxarts, screens ⊟

Yokai Watch has been killing it in Japan, thanks to Level-5’s transmedia approach and the popular animated series there, so I don’t anyone’s surprised that the publisher is releasing a sequel. The game was already kind of Pokemon-y but with spirits, and this follow-up will be even more so, coming out with two versions (Founder and Head) this July 10, each coming with exclusive rare medals. 

Anime News Network provided the following description:

Keita and company will travel back in time to Sakura New Town in the Showa era, thanks to the power of a mysterious yokai (Japanese spirit or demon). The key to the story will be Keizo, a boy from the past who looks like Keita, and Dekanyan, a cat yokai with an amazing secret.

Yokai Watch 2 will also have new events such as climbing the school flagpole to better find yokai, and bicycle races. If players have already gone through the first Yokai Watch game, they can make friends with special yokai in Yokai Watch 2.

You can watch two announcement trailers here. Level-5 hasn’t revealed anything about bringing the series to the U.S., but there have been hints.

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  • Source animenewsnetwork.com
J-League x Pokemon 3DS XLs ⊟
If you live in Japan and love Japanese soccer, you might have a shot at one of these. The three Pokemon-themed 3DS LL systems above will be given away at Marinos (white), Urawa Reds (red), and FC Tokyo (blue) games, with the number of systems distributed depending on the score of the home team.
Fans will also get special Pikachu-playing-soccer Pokemon cards, and can even meet Pikachu! A suspiciously human-sized Pikachu, but still. That’s just more Pikachu to hug.
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J-League x Pokemon 3DS XLs ⊟

If you live in Japan and love Japanese soccer, you might have a shot at one of these. The three Pokemon-themed 3DS LL systems above will be given away at Marinos (white), Urawa Reds (red), and FC Tokyo (blue) games, with the number of systems distributed depending on the score of the home team.

Fans will also get special Pikachu-playing-soccer Pokemon cards, and can even meet Pikachu! A suspiciously human-sized Pikachu, but still. That’s just more Pikachu to hug.

BUY Pokemon X and Y, upcoming games
  • Source inside-games.jp
Mario Golf golf bag ⊟
Get out on the links and let people know you mean business. Specifically, Nintendo’s licensing business, to the tune of nine hundred dollars.
I’m actually really impressed that so soon after Nintendo announced intent to license its characters for more products, we already have this and the Mario Kart Power Wheels.
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Mario Golf golf bag ⊟

Get out on the links and let people know you mean business. Specifically, Nintendo’s licensing business, to the tune of nine hundred dollars.

I’m actually really impressed that so soon after Nintendo announced intent to license its characters for more products, we already have this and the Mario Kart Power Wheels.

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  • Source twitter.com

"Something’s wrong with Funghi today…" ⊟

I gotta play these Touch Detective games. That’s a gap in my DS knowledge for sure. And I want to be caught up for the eventual localization of this game, Touch Detective 3 (right? Right? Atlus?)

BUY Touch Detective games, upcoming releases
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.

BUY River City games, upcoming games
  • Source inside-games.jp

Nendoroid Link: The Wind Waker figure ⊟

It’s even more adorable than I expected! Releasing in Japan this August (priced at ¥3,704, or $36.47), this figure from Good Smile includes the sword, shield, heart container, several facial expressions, and more.

Thanks to Thomas P. for the tip!

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  • Source goodsmile.info

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

Spelunker cartridge cosplay ⊟

Okay, so it’s just a t-shirt with the Famicom cartridge design on it. This is just one of the designs on Japanese site Dune, and I want all of them. But mostly this one.

At this point I think I should remind you that Spelunker HD is amazing, much better than the original. It’s, perhaps, the hidden gem on the PlayStation 3’s PSN. Via miki800, of course.

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  • Source miki800.com

The new Game Center CX game looks great ⊟

Not Game Center CX 3, mind you — most people are calling that import booty butt. No, I mean Arino of 3rd Street, which the fan-translation group SA:GCCX introduced on April 1st.

So, even though GCCX3 and apparently the GCCX feature film are both disappointing, at least the series’ fans are making up for it with productions like this and the GCCX2 translation. The latter is coming along nicely, and that group’s lead Aaron Chmielowiec says he’s interested in eventually translating Namco Bandai’s retro minigame collection for DS, TV Game Exam/Our Video Game Exams! I’ve heard that game isn’t too great either, but it’s a DS import I never expected to see a translation for.

BUY Retro Game Challenge, GCCX2, Retro Game Master DVD set
Tales of the World: Reve Unitia coming to 3DS ⊟
Weekly Shonen Jump has revealed a new Tales game for 3DS, called Tales of the World: Reve Unitia. There aren’t many details yet, but it seems to use the same world and characters as the Android game Tales of the World: Tactics Union (from which the above art originates).
I’m not the guy to tell you about Tales games, but my understanding is that the Tales of the Worlds series involves crossovers between other Tales games. This one (and Tactics Union), according to ANN, has Natalia Luzu Kimlasca-Lanvaldear from Tales of the Abyss, Meredy from Tales of Eternia, Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia, and Jade Curtiss from Tales of the Abyss.
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Tales of the World: Reve Unitia coming to 3DS ⊟

Weekly Shonen Jump has revealed a new Tales game for 3DS, called Tales of the World: Reve Unitia. There aren’t many details yet, but it seems to use the same world and characters as the Android game Tales of the World: Tactics Union (from which the above art originates).

I’m not the guy to tell you about Tales games, but my understanding is that the Tales of the Worlds series involves crossovers between other Tales games. This one (and Tactics Union), according to ANN, has Natalia Luzu Kimlasca-Lanvaldear from Tales of the Abyss, Meredy from Tales of Eternia, Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia, and Jade Curtiss from Tales of the Abyss.

BUY Tales of the Abyss, upcoming releases
Kirby gets his own Pink + White 2DS in Europe ⊟
It’s like an inverted version of the Peach Pink 2DS North America will receive for Disney Magical World's launch (I prefer the one we're getting in the States). Like that system, this limited edition hardware won't include a pre-installed game copy when it releases alongside Kirby: Triple Deluxe in Europe on May 16. Nintendo, however, will put out a new silver 2DS carrying case on the same day.
Here’s a new Kirby: Triple Deluxe trailer for Europe, too.
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Kirby gets his own Pink + White 2DS in Europe ⊟

It’s like an inverted version of the Peach Pink 2DS North America will receive for Disney Magical World's launch (I prefer the one we're getting in the States). Like that system, this limited edition hardware won't include a pre-installed game copy when it releases alongside Kirby: Triple Deluxe in Europe on May 16. Nintendo, however, will put out a new silver 2DS carrying case on the same day.

Here’s a new Kirby: Triple Deluxe trailer for Europe, too.

BUY Kirby: Triple Deluxe, upcoming releases

7th Dragon fan translation patch released for real ⊟

I had been trying to wrap my head around this all morning — Cavespeak purportedly put out an “Etrian Odyssey Retold” patch for the first DS game this morning, an obvious April Fools’ Day prank. But then someone pointed out that the readme was worth a look, which for some reason had notes about a 7th Dragon fan translation patch?

So is it an Etrian Odyssey prank? A 7th Dragon joke? Or a real 7th Dragon fan translation release disguised as an Etrian Odyssey gag? It appears to be a legit release, according to these in-game shots Knurek posted.

7th Dragon, by the way, was an awesome Imageepoch-developed DS RPG that never released in the West. It’s very much like Etrian Odyssey — with the difficulty scaled back a bit — which was inevitable considering that series’ composer and initial director worked on this.

Cavespeak warns that this isn’t a complete translation and it could be buggy:

"This translation is a compromise, given limited time and ability. It is affectionately unfaithful and rewrites more than is ideal or necessary. I hope players will forgive my indulgence in translating the game myself, which was a way to improve my Japanese and keep the project a total secret. I was surprised at how charming the original was, and tried hard to preserve that in my translation. But this is not even in the same league as the Etrian Odyssey localizations or top-tier fan efforts.”

If you want to buy 7th Dragon to rip the ROM and apply the translation patch, there are some reasonably priced used copies on Amazon.

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  • Source neogaf.com