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Marth looks different… ⊟
This mysterious pink puffball in the mask… could it really be the legendary hero Marth? But… isn’t that also Marth standing next to him? Gods, I’m so confused! The image are via these Famitsu scans. Note the lack of visible feet!
Okay, that’s a lot of Marth. I can’t account for the mystery pink Marth, but Lucina seems to be somewhat clone-like in play compared to OG Marth, which Masahiro Sakurai explains in this translated column:

"Lucina uses the same techniques as Marth, a fighter with whom I’m sure most of you are already familiar. I even went so far as to make their strength, speed, and special attacks almost identical.
However, what sets Lucina apart is the fact that the strength of her attacks is uniform along the blade. Marth’s playstyle emulates the elegant swordplay of a fencer by dealing more damage when he strikes with the tip of his blade, but the damage Lucina deals is evened out. Thus, I think Lucina will be much easier than Marth for novice players to play with.”

He says tweaked characters like that play differently enough to earn their own slot, unlike simple alternate costumes like Wii Fit trainer. “When two such similar characters function in an even slightly different manner, I give them a separate spot on the roster since that will affect battle records and whatnot.”
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Marth looks different… ⊟

This mysterious pink puffball in the mask… could it really be the legendary hero Marth? But… isn’t that also Marth standing next to him? Gods, I’m so confused! The image are via these Famitsu scans. Note the lack of visible feet!

Okay, that’s a lot of Marth. I can’t account for the mystery pink Marth, but Lucina seems to be somewhat clone-like in play compared to OG Marth, which Masahiro Sakurai explains in this translated column:

"Lucina uses the same techniques as Marth, a fighter with whom I’m sure most of you are already familiar. I even went so far as to make their strength, speed, and special attacks almost identical.

However, what sets Lucina apart is the fact that the strength of her attacks is uniform along the blade. Marth’s playstyle emulates the elegant swordplay of a fencer by dealing more damage when he strikes with the tip of his blade, but the damage Lucina deals is evened out. Thus, I think Lucina will be much easier than Marth for novice players to play with.”

He says tweaked characters like that play differently enough to earn their own slot, unlike simple alternate costumes like Wii Fit trainer. “When two such similar characters function in an even slightly different manner, I give them a separate spot on the roster since that will affect battle records and whatnot.”

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Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki muses about Life ⊟
The screencap comes from this… let’s call it NSFW video. It’s pretty reprehensible, but at the same time I think it’s hilarious that so many people put so much work into such a terrible joke?
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Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki muses about Life ⊟

The screencap comes from this… let’s call it NSFW video. It’s pretty reprehensible, but at the same time I think it’s hilarious that so many people put so much work into such a terrible joke?

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Club Nintendo’s platinum/gold prizes are game downloads ⊟

Yeah, this year’s Elite gifts from North American Club Nintendo are not exclusive physical goods like they were in previous years – Mario hats, figurines, etc. They’re not even the old standby calendar. 

Instead, this year you can select one of 16 Wii U or 3DS games as a free download, ranging from full retail games (like Game & Wario) to fucking Ice Climber.

Club Nintendo has gone down while I was writing this post, but you can get the reward here when it comes back up. Though I like my Club Nintendo Mario hat and all, I’m not hating on a free copy of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

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Yumi’s Odd Odyssey now $20 ⊟

Not a sale, not a promo – Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, the localized version of Sayonara Umihara Kawase, has had a permanent price drop as of yesterday, to $19.99 on the eShop.

I never properly reviewed it, but I like it a lot, and $20 is an even more appealing price for it! And, uh, I should get back to that now that I’m sorta between games. I suspect a lot of people are between games just at the moment.

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Fez print by Dan Clarke ⊟
In celebration of the really quite good Polytron game (now on Vita!), Dan Clarke is printing up this also very good print, featuring weird connected rounded pixel things forming the image of main character Gomez.
Only 30 will be printed (wow), 25 in black and 5 in blue. They’ll ship this month.
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Fez print by Dan Clarke ⊟

In celebration of the really quite good Polytron game (now on Vita!), Dan Clarke is printing up this also very good print, featuring weird connected rounded pixel things forming the image of main character Gomez.

Only 30 will be printed (wow), 25 in black and 5 in blue. They’ll ship this month.

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  • Source cargocollective.com

So much Monster Hunter 4G crap ⊟

With Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate announced for Japan, here comes an overwhelming monster-sized assortment of tie-in items. Literally tied in (as in attached to the game) is the limited edition, which comes with four figurines and a random plush when purchased from e-Capcom.

There are also way too many accessories, like screen cleaners, SD cards?, stickers, cases, earphones, this treasure chest looking thing… Anyway, go ahead and throw all of your Monster Hunter 4 accessories in the trash, because there are 4G items now. Via Ruliweb.

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Have some cosplaying Pikachus ⊟

What is happening in this Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire artwork? How did we get to a point where Pikachu is dressed as a demure high society lady and a luchador?

This new trailer… doesn’t explain it at all, but does show footage of a trainer petting all these cosplaying Chus in Pokemon-Amie. Plus there’s stuff about the Elite Four, gym leaders, Mega Metagross, Secret Bases, etc., all less important than a Pikachu with big fake eyebrows.

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Skullgirls Encore is coming to Vita ⊟
Definitely missed this over the weekend! But if I did, it’s likely some of y’all did as well, and this is some hot news. Skullgirls Encore, the post-Indiegogo, updated version of the gorgeously animated 2D fighter, is coming out on Vita this year (and PS4)!
I have this on PS3 but haven’t been able to play it much because it’s on PS3. I’m totally looking forward to getting into this on a handheld.
I’m really impressed with the way Lab Zero has kept updating the game post-launch, and I’m especially impressed with the way Lab Zero (cool people I like) bring in people like TinyCast’s own Christian Nutt to work on the game. Full disclosure, I guess! I’m biased as hell! 
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Skullgirls Encore is coming to Vita ⊟

Definitely missed this over the weekend! But if I did, it’s likely some of y’all did as well, and this is some hot news. Skullgirls Encore, the post-Indiegogo, updated version of the gorgeously animated 2D fighter, is coming out on Vita this year (and PS4)!

I have this on PS3 but haven’t been able to play it much because it’s on PS3. I’m totally looking forward to getting into this on a handheld.

I’m really impressed with the way Lab Zero has kept updating the game post-launch, and I’m especially impressed with the way Lab Zero (cool people I like) bring in people like TinyCast’s own Christian Nutt to work on the game. Full disclosure, I guess! I’m biased as hell! 

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  • Source blog.us.playstation.com

You see, in Monster Hunter, you (on average) pick up a decent amount of stuff for crafting. And you generally have one weapon that you’ve got the hots for. in Soul Sacrifice, it’s a bit more complex. You have six spaces for spells in a mission, every single spell has a limited number of uses per mission (which can be topped up by sacrificing some grunts) and for every mission you complete you get handed somewhere between one or two new spells.

Doesn’t sound so bad, but to properly upgrade a spell? You need sixteen copies. Beat a mission and of an individual spell you might get one or two copies. So your options are: grind, or piggyback on to some multiplayer games where the other players are much higher level (to be honest, I didn’t even work out how to play online until about half-way through, as you have to quit out to a menu I forgot all about).

Mathew Kumar drops science on Soul Sacrifice, in his blog Every Game I’ve Finished. Six months in, Kumar is officially “launching” his site, which is already loaded with impressions/reviews/essays on games he’s finished, mostly on Vita.

Dude just… casually, conversationally, effortlessly writes brilliant insights about games. It’s a good read, and a good resource, as it’s helped me gather my own thoughts about a couple of games.

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Rainy Day

Brave Wave • Rainblocks

Don’t see many soundtracks to iOS games on Bandcamp, but it’s rare to have an iOS game with a soundtrack by Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae. 

The Rainblocks OST is on Bandcamp now, produced by our friends at Brave Wave, and you should go check it out! All the tracks are available for preview, and you can pay whatever for the album anyway. 

Oh, and check the game out! It’s a really simple puzzler that gets very difficult very quickly, and somewhat redeems the awfulness of slide puzzles by adapting them into something not awful. 

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Rabi Laby 3 on 3DS eShop ⊟

For those of you wondering if Agetec was still around, here’s proof of continued life. Rabi Laby Episode 3, the latest in Silver Star’s cute puzzle-action series, released on 3DS eShop in North America last Thursday, published by Agetec.

Like the other games in the series, this one has you controlling both Alice and Rabi, both with different capabilities, to unlock doors and escape from each level. Maybe I’m finally going to get around to playing one!

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Kirby 3DS accessories are so adorable ⊟

My finger is hovering over the “add to cart” button on that pouch featuring Kirby, Whispy Woods, and friends. Or it would be if I weren’t writing this. The card case, hard covers, and the other Nintendo 3DS pouch are pretty great too. Via NintendoTweet.

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