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The places you’ll go in Game Center CX 3 ⊟
I’ve made my opinion clear on Game Center CX: Arino in District 3's art direction (for its meta-game at least), and these screenshots do little to budge me from that initial assessment. That said, I love the variety of areas in the city you can visit and play games at.
As with Game Center CX 2, you and Arino can leave your house for a change of scenery, visiting other locations to find games to play. In addition to a game shop and arcade, you can head down to a toy shop, a mom-and-pop candy store, a model kit shop, and a department store roof (Japanese department stores often have amusement/kid stuff on their top floors).
Those different places offer various events/challenges you can complete for their games. And as you clear challenges and progress through the story, years pass and the city changes (this all takes place in 1980s Japan). For example, your school bans its students from going to the arcade in the mid 80s, and specialty game shops begin popping up in the late 80s.
Game Center CX 3 releases in Japan on January 23 — nope, no North American release plans yet, if ever. Yay, region locking.
Tiny Galaga cabinet made from a DS ⊟
One DS Lite, one copy of Namco Museum DS, and … a ton of work later, redditor button-masher created a miniature arcade cabinet. I’d like to direct your attention to the tiny coin door, with its tiny lights, and the exquisitely miniature little joystick. Amazing. (Via @Greenspeak)
So I’m worried about Game Center CX 3 again ⊟
Not because of the minigames — those are actually looking better than they initially seemed. It’s the screenshots of young Arino and his friend playing games and going around town. I don’t know what G.Rev is thinking with this art style, but it doesn’t have the charm of the first two GCCX releases. It’s like Ray Barnholt said, this looks like a knock-off of the older games. :o/
As for the minigames, here’s what I like: Wing Hero has a gimmick that lets you blow on the mic to save your plane from crashing, Saurus Boy appears to be a fun platformer in the vein of Demon Returns (from GCCX2), the maze game has a curious hidden treasure thing going on, the falling blocks thing reminds me of an even more retro The Incident, and BreakShoot seems very Windjammers-ish.
We have Game Center CX 2 & 3 news! ⊟
Here’s what we now know about Game Center CX: Arino in District 3 (that’s the subtitle according to Siliconera): it releases in Japan on January 23 as a retail title — it will even have a limited edition package that will be revealed at Tokyo Game Show next week.
And remember how we were a little worried that the initial set of revealed GCCX 3 minigames looked hella basic? It turns out that there will be 15 minigames in the final release, so some of them are bound to be more complex, right? Some of them will even have versus multiplayer, and the main game will feature a town map with places you can visit to play games (e.g. like at a candy shop or arcade), if Duckroll’s details are to be trusted.
Oh, and we have stuff to report on with the fan-translation for Game Center CX 2! So, Aaron Chmielowiec (Aaron in Japan) just swooped in and decided he was going to get things done, and already appears to have made significant progress. I’m not sure how this affects the original fan-translation team’s efforts, but that project stalled some time ago. Aaron now seems to be facing the same roadblock with GCCX2's adventure games that the team hit.
“Translating the game is no problem; a lot of it is already done, and English logos have been made too,” says Nina Matsumoto, who worked on the fan translation with the original team. ”The hard part is hacking the game. Apparently the story adventure game is encoded in a way that makes it virtually impossible to dump the text? Or something like that.”
Anyway, idgaf, I’m doing the Dhalsim dance (GIF credit to Valanirii).
First look at Game Center CX 3! ⊟
Arino visited G.Rev’s office to check on the team’s progress with Game Center CX 3 for 3DS, and he even tried out a couple of its retro-style games in his TV show’s latest episode (Shadow of the Ninja challenge).
The first game he tried out was a Mario Bros. style platformer — the gimmick is that your wizard hits blocks and gets enemies to fall into them. He also played Wing Hero, which looks like a Sky Kid-esque horizontal-scrolling shoot’em up. And we caught a glimpse of another platformer, a maze game, something that looked like foosball, and some other Atari-looking joint. Credit to MitsuMaple for these shots!
Yeah, these all look simple, but you’ll remember the original Game Center CX/Retro Game Challenge from IndiesZero started off with some hella basic titles. That one ended up with eight games total, while its sequel featured 14 (including variations of Rally King, Haggleman, etc.). Oh, and we haven’t heard anything about a Western release yet..
Excellent Doraemon 3DS, and okay One Piece 3DS XLs
Unfortunately, that fantastic Doraemon 3DS is a Taiwan exclusive, and a contest prize at that. Those two 3DS LLs will be sold normally in Japan. The “Chopper Pink” one is pretty cool.
Project X Zone discounted to $29.99 at Amazon
That’s something like 15 cents for each character in this Sega x Capcom x Namco Bandai game. And 5 cents per fan service scene like this Jill sandwich convo (Credit to Satoshi Mochida for the pic).
LOL Mega Man fans :o(
Related: Capcom doesn’t deserve Mega Man. Maybe I’ll have to pick up Project X Zone for more scenes like this.
Project X Zone launch trailer for today’s release
Amazingly, there are other games besides Animal Crossing: New Leaf that are still being released — games in which characters spend their time punching people in the face and shooting guns at each other, instead of collecting furniture and catching bugs. One of those games is Project X Zone, the RPG/crossover game featuring dudes from Sega, Namco Bandai, and Capcom (not Nintendo).
I am sure this is a fun game. I’m just not sure if my 3DS is capable of playing anything besides New Leaf right now. I tried to make time to open Swapnote the other night, but before I knew what was going on, I found myself roaming around my Animal Crossing town and hitting rocks with a shovel.
"8-Bit Invasion" by Philip Skundric
So, Tumblr Radar pretty much nailed it when it thought I might like this image, posted by Dotcore. Nice work, algorithms.
BUY Space Invaders Extreme (DS/PSP), upcoming games
Two minutes of video game characters just messing up each other’s faces in Project X Zone
It’s everything you’d expect and want from a trailer for a massive crossover game — ridiculous special attacks, team combos, and arbitrary HP numbers hopping off characters like passengers jumping from a sinking ship.
PREORDER Project X Zone, upcoming releases