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Rhythm Core Alpha 2 Demo - Kris Keyser

Rhythm Core Alpha 2 Demo

Kris Keyser

What happens when a chiptune artist makes music with an eShop app?


A while back, we received a review copy of SoftEgg’s DSiWare music app Rhythm Core Alpha 2. While I don’t make music, I do have several friends in the area who do, so I handed my 3DS to my good buddy Kris Keyser and asked him to give me his view of this excellent but somewhat advanced music-making software.

I should say that I didn’t show Kris the manual or point him at the excellent tutorial videos on their YouTube channel; I wanted his impressions jumping into it cold.

This track is what Kris managed to make in a week. He sent it along with these Rhythm Core Alpha 2 impressions:

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Publisher Dream, an upcoming DSiWare title that has you running a game company. You’re in charge of developing, licensing, and publishing “cShop” games in this Circle Entertainment sim — if the premise sounds familiar, that’s because Kairosoft made a splash last year with a very similar smartphone release, Game Dev Story.
A few details posted by Nintendo Life:

“You’ll be able to develop up to four games at the same time, publish games from smaller studios, and make staff happy by adopting a cat. Fans of indie games on DSiWare may also get a kick from some other developers making a cameo as employable staff: these will include Keith (Tanukii studio), Peter (Moragami), Seigai (Flyhigh work), Chris (CIRCLE) and Hugo (Goodbye Galaxy games).”

Circle Entertainment laid the groundwork for this kind of sim with Bookstore Dream a few months back, which was decent and inexpensive at 200 Points. I’m hoping the company keeps this cheap, while somehow finding ways to improve upon Game Dev Story’s formula.
Buy: Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL consolesSee also: More DSiWare news and media

Publisher Dream, an upcoming DSiWare title that has you running a game company. You’re in charge of developing, licensing, and publishing “cShop” games in this Circle Entertainment sim — if the premise sounds familiar, that’s because Kairosoft made a splash last year with a very similar smartphone release, Game Dev Story.

A few details posted by Nintendo Life:

“You’ll be able to develop up to four games at the same time, publish games from smaller studios, and make staff happy by adopting a cat. Fans of indie games on DSiWare may also get a kick from some other developers making a cameo as employable staff: these will include Keith (Tanukii studio), Peter (Moragami), Seigai (Flyhigh work), Chris (CIRCLE) and Hugo (Goodbye Galaxy games).”

Circle Entertainment laid the groundwork for this kind of sim with Bookstore Dream a few months back, which was decent and inexpensive at 200 Points. I’m hoping the company keeps this cheap, while somehow finding ways to improve upon Game Dev Story’s formula.

Buy: Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL consoles
See also: More DSiWare news and media
Nintendo DSi making a cameo in Summer Wars. I’ve not seen the film, so I don’t know why he’s plugged something into the side, around where the SD card slot should be.
Apparently the DSi is featured in the anime quite a bit!
Buy: Summer WarsSee also: More anime-related posts[Via everyone was born with wings]

Nintendo DSi making a cameo in Summer Wars. I’ve not seen the film, so I don’t know why he’s plugged something into the side, around where the SD card slot should be.

Apparently the DSi is featured in the anime quite a bit!

Buy: Summer Wars
See also: More anime-related posts
[Via everyone was born with wings]

Workers testing, repairing, and cleaning Nintendo DSes at GameStop’s Refurbishment Operations Center in Texas, preparing them to be re-sold as pre-owned systems.

Buy: A new Nintendo 3DS XL Red or Blue,  Nintendo 3DS
See also: This is how Nintendo tests your DS
[Via Kotaku]
The 3DS XL is about two weeks out, so naturally it’s time for a couple new DSi colors. Man, I don’t know.
The Matte Red and Matte Blue DSi variants are shipping to US retail “as early as this week,” Nintendo announced on Twitter. The current retail price for a DSi is just $100, which is a pretty nice argument in its favor.
Buy: Nintendo 3DS XL Red or Blue,  Nintendo 3DS
See also: More Nintendo DSi news and media

The 3DS XL is about two weeks out, so naturally it’s time for a couple new DSi colors. Man, I don’t know.

The Matte Red and Matte Blue DSi variants are shipping to US retail “as early as this week,” Nintendo announced on Twitter. The current retail price for a DSi is just $100, which is a pretty nice argument in its favor.

Buy: Nintendo 3DS XL Red or Blue,  Nintendo 3DS
See also: More Nintendo DSi news and media

Smileboom’s Petit Computer, that neat DSiWare app that lets you code games right in your own handheld, is coming to North America this summer thanks to Go Series publisher Gamebridge, bless their hearts.

Some of you might remember us writing about this before, noting how users have re-created classics like Tiny Trek and After Burner with the BASIC programming app. This is the mkII edition that came out in Japan in February with new features like voice synthesis, SD Card saving, and QR code sharing for your games.

It probably won’t be as approachable as WarioWare DIY when it comes to making your own video game snapshots, but it’s perfect for making an epic RPG starring Tiny.

Buy: Nintendo 3DS XL Red or Blue,  Nintendo 3DS
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more  
See also: Why the '8-Bit Summer' gives me home for the eShop

3DS and DSi customized with a 16-bit Sega Mega Drive/Genesis look by Nicolas Verlet (click for larger images). Very cool! Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for someone to make a real version of this Famicom-inspired Nintendo 3DS.

Buy: Nintendo 3DS console (Flame Red, Pearl Pink, Black, & Blue)
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more 
See also: More eShop news and media
[Via Kotaku, GameOvr]

Nintendo gives DSi & XL a huge markdown

Starting May 20, you’ll be able to pick up a Nintendo DSi for $99, and a DSi XL for $129 — a pretty big markdown for their previous prices, $149 and $169 respectively.

I’m not sure how gamers can justify buying one of these over a 3DS, now that the new handheld is receiving a steady stream of quality titles, but this deal is for kids or parents who balk at spending $169 on the latest device.

It’s not like DSi is completely dead yet — interesting games like Amoebattle are still releasing to DSiWare, and Pokemon Conquest is releasing to stores soon.

Plus, the DSi XL massive screens are a beauty.

Buy: Nintendo DSi / XL systems
Club Nintendo  (U.S.) updated its selection of downloadable games, which you can grab by trading in the coins you receive from registering titles you’ve purchased.
The new rewards include Kirby’s Dream Land (3DS Virtual Console), Dr. Mario Express (DSiWare), Dr. Mario Online RX (Wii), and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Wii Virtual Console), all available until January 31, when Nintendo will introduce a new set of games.
Buy: Nintendo 3DS (Flame Red, Black, & Blue)
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more
See also: Previous Club Nintendo rewards

Club Nintendo  (U.S.) updated its selection of downloadable games, which you can grab by trading in the coins you receive from registering titles you’ve purchased.

The new rewards include Kirby’s Dream Land (3DS Virtual Console), Dr. Mario Express (DSiWare), Dr. Mario Online RX (Wii), and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Wii Virtual Console), all available until January 31, when Nintendo will introduce a new set of games.

Buy: Nintendo 3DS (Flame Red, Black, & Blue)

Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more

See also: Previous Club Nintendo rewards

While a (relatively small) portion of the DS playing world has moved onto 3DS, a group of hackers has still been toiling away at the DSi, releasing the “final” version of the DSiWarehax exploit.

This program uses one of four DSiWare games (Sudoku, Guitar Rock Tour, Legends of Exidia, or Fieldrunners) to enable homebrew in DSi mode, meaning it has access to the DSi’s extra RAM and the SD card. You can run it straight from the DSi menu when installed.

"This update comes with a catch!" according to GBATemp announcement. “If you currently do not have one of the 4 exploitable titles you will not be able to get them.” This is because you have to update your DSi firmware to download them, and you need an older version of the DSi firmware to operate the hack.

The usual caveats apply. DS hacks are useful and cool when used for things like running homebrew software or translation patches for games you own. But if you use them for piracy-related reasons, you are breaking the law, and you are also just the worst. Seriously, I cannot stress enough what a dick move that is.

Buy: Nintendo 3DS (Flame Red, Black, & Blue)

Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more

See also: More Nintendo DS homebrew

[Via GBATemp]

Japanese teen arrested over murder spree threats posted with Nintendo DSi

Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department  arrested a 15-year-old boy this morning after the minor posted online threats to randomly kill bystanders at Shinjuku Station.

In a message published anonymously on popular local forum 2ch, the teen said he would work with two others — one would drive a car into pedestrians while the others would stab people. The attack seemed purposely modeled after 2008’s Akihabara massacre.

"I’ll launch a random attack near the entrance of the expressway bus terminal near Shinjuku Station at 9 p.m. on Feb. 11. If you don’t want to die, don’t participate in the game," said the boy in his online posting.

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Personalized Nintendo DSi with a Hyrule crest (click for a larger image). Finnish artist Ritariassa added this simple design to his system’s lid with a permanent marker.
He says he’d like to take it further, possibly adding gold to the crest to make it stand out more, but I think it looks fine the way it is. I mean, not every Legend of Zelda mod needs to be as ornate as this beautiful thing.
I presume the flashcart you see in the portable is for media and homebrew purposes, not for pirating games.

Preorder: Special Edition Red Nintendo DSi XL bundle
Buy: Nintendo DSi XL (Blue, Burgundy, & Bronze), Standard Nintendo DSi (White, Pink, Black, & Blue)

See also: More personalized systems
[Via Ritariassa]

Personalized Nintendo DSi with a Hyrule crest (click for a larger image). Finnish artist Ritariassa added this simple design to his system’s lid with a permanent marker.

He says he’d like to take it further, possibly adding gold to the crest to make it stand out more, but I think it looks fine the way it is. I mean, not every Legend of Zelda mod needs to be as ornate as this beautiful thing.

I presume the flashcart you see in the portable is for media and homebrew purposes, not for pirating games.

Preorder: Special Edition Red Nintendo DSi XL bundle

Buy: Nintendo DSi XL (Blue, Burgundy, & Bronze), Standard Nintendo DSi (White, Pink, Black, & Blue)

See also: More personalized systems

[Via Ritariassa]