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Yes, there was a calculator for Game Boy ⊟

Long before iOS apps, or even DS “non-games,” the Infogenius series cornered the then-nonexistent market for productivity software on handheld game consoles. Seen above is Spell Checker and Calculator, but Frommer’s Travel Guide, Spanish Translator, French Translator, and Personal Organizer and Phone Book were also sold in 1991.

The most remarkable InfoGenius cart is the Personal Organizer,” according to a ubiquitous column by Chip and Jonathan Carter (seriously, I’ve found it in like five different newspapers). “Simple Game Boy controls let you store names, addresses and phone numbers. You can keep track of appointments and events with the day planner and find dates through the year 2000 with a calendar.”

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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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  • Source twitter.com
Here’s where you can preorder Nendoroid Link ⊟
I felt like looking at that picture of Good Smile’s Nendoroid Link – uh, I mean, performing a service for our readers – so I decided to round up some preorder Link links, for the wonderful Wind Waker figure due to ship this August.
Note! None of the quoted prices include shipping, as… I don’t know where y’all live.
NCSX: $43.90
AmiAmi: 3250 yen ($31.74)
HLJ: 3519 yen ($34.39)
Good Smile Online: 4000 yen ($39.06)
J-List: $48.50
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Here’s where you can preorder Nendoroid Link ⊟

I felt like looking at that picture of Good Smile’s Nendoroid Link – uh, I mean, performing a service for our readers – so I decided to round up some preorder Link links, for the wonderful Wind Waker figure due to ship this August.

Note! None of the quoted prices include shipping, as… I don’t know where y’all live.

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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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  • Source gonintendo.com

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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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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  • Source archives.sega.jp
I’m angry about how cool this Princess Peach Wiimote Plus is ⊟
I definitely don’t need any more Wii Remotes, but the new Princess Peach Wii Remote Plus is too, too good. Like when the Mario and Luigi versions came out, I’m upset by how tempted I am to drop $40 on one of these when they hit stores later this month.
I love how the blue buttons suggest her earrings and brooch! And the d-pad is her crown.
Now I wait as people clamor for a Toad Wiimote they don’t actually want, just out of some semi-OCD need to complete the Super Mario Bros. 2 cast.
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I’m angry about how cool this Princess Peach Wiimote Plus is ⊟

I definitely don’t need any more Wii Remotes, but the new Princess Peach Wii Remote Plus is too, too good. Like when the Mario and Luigi versions came out, I’m upset by how tempted I am to drop $40 on one of these when they hit stores later this month.

I love how the blue buttons suggest her earrings and brooch! And the d-pad is her crown.

Now I wait as people clamor for a Toad Wiimote they don’t actually want, just out of some semi-OCD need to complete the Super Mario Bros. 2 cast.

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Conception 2’s Classmating seems innocent, but the rest of the game… ⊟
Despite being about creating babies with your high school classmates, Conception 2 is surprisingly chaste in regards to its signature feature. “Classmating” is successfully portrayed as totally innocent and nonsexual, at least in the couple of hours I’ve played.
Which makes it so much more jarring when the game gets bawdy elsewhere.

Conception 2’s Classmating is basically a religious ritual overseen by a priest, involving the magical energies of a young man and woman commingling in a special matryoshka thing to create Star Children, non-human fighters who look like chibi kids. 
I mean, this is definitely a metaphor for actual procreation, and not even a veiled one. Even so, it’s treated as a relatively benign event. The player character frequently introduces himself to female students with something like “Well, we’re going to be Classmating a bunch, so we should know one another!” to a generally casual, upbeat agreement. Spike Chunsoft went to great pains to make Classmating seem totally innocent, just a way for two kids to use their star power to generate tiny cowboys.
Meanwhile, your friend Chlotz is constantly talking to you about how attractive other students are, and trying to get you to get closer to female students. One scene involves you and Chlotz being sent to find a new student who ranks high in combat potential; because she’s a high-ranking student, Chlotz assumes she’s going to be tall and large-chested, because… I’m actually not sure why.
Image via Valwinz
Oh, and that priest? Who is also the school’s headmaster? He seems to take Classmating seriously, but he’s not at all above commenting on the attractiveness of the teenagers around him.
The girls are just as weirdly obsessed with their own bodies. At one point, two students have a conversation about their relative breast sizes out of nowhere, and there’s a particularly embarrassing scene in which a bunch of students get drinks from a vending machine, leading to… well, this line:

Basically, here’s what I think is happening. The central mechanic of the game, which is just barely removed from being actual sex, is treated respectfully and tastefully as a side effect of being novel. What I mean is that there isn’t an existing anime/game template regarding this kind of metaphorical coupling, and so it ironically avoids the usual material.
Whereas the rest of the game is textbook Moe High School Anime, or at least fits my limited image of it, and thus subject to all the tropes that come along with that, including the dumb best friend, the male protagonist humiliated by accidental double entendres, and “waaah, they’re huge!”
Bear in mind, I haven’t completed the game; it’s possible the Classmating gets more moe-infused and the daily life less so. This is just a weird juxtaposition I noticed early on.
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Conception 2’s Classmating seems innocent, but the rest of the game… 

Despite being about creating babies with your high school classmates, Conception 2 is surprisingly chaste in regards to its signature feature. “Classmating” is successfully portrayed as totally innocent and nonsexual, at least in the couple of hours I’ve played.

Which makes it so much more jarring when the game gets bawdy elsewhere.

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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.
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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.

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  • 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

Freedom Wars, Soul Sacrifice Delta, Oreshika 2 coming to North America ⊟

Woo Freedom Wars! The Gravity Rush team’s new game (actually, Sony says, a collaboration between “JAPAN Studio, Shift and Dimps”) will be out this year, with eight-player online coop and a weird single-player story about fighting monsters to reduce your million-year prison sentence.

Also coming over, according to today’s announcement: Soul Sacrifice Delta on May 13, and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, “an RPG in which you take charge of an ancient Japanese clan that have been cursed with a maximum lifespan of just 2 years.” This Alfa System-developed sequel has players controlling multiple generations. Neat!

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  • Source blog.us.playstation.com

Objection! shirt by Maximo Lorenzo ⊟

It comes with a little attorney’s badge button! Nice touch, Fangamer. Of course, if you want a more realistic fake attorney’s badge, they’ve got you covered. It should get you all the respect given to defense attorneys in the game.

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  • Source fangamer.net