Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Gameplay Trailer for the Wii U Game "Rodea the Sky Solider."


Check out this new trailer for "Rodea the Sky Solider." This game is coming to the Wii U later this year. Here is a little description about the game from NIS America:

"1,000 years ago, Emperor Geardo of the Naga Empire sent an army of machine soldiers to invade the sky kingdom of Garuda. Thanks to the efforts of Princess Cecilia and Rodea, a machine soldier who promised to protect Garuda, Emperor Geardo's assault was thwarted. 
In present day, a spirited inventor named Ion discovers an abandoned robot that has fallen into disrepair in the heart of a scorching desert. Upon completing her repairs, the robot stirs to life and reveals itself to be none other than Rodea. Stunned to find himself in the future, Rodea learns that the Naga Empire is no more and that Garuda has known peace for 1,000 years. 
But this peace was not meant to last, for the forces of Naga have returned to wage war against Garuda. Remembering the promise he made 1,000 years ago, Rodea takes to the skies to defend Garuda from the Naga Empire once again."

               

Big Update Coming to Miiverse This Summer


Nintendo looks to continue improving Miiverse with a huge update that is coming this Summer. Before we get into all the specifics, you should know that after this update you will be limited to posting 30 post on Miiverse a day. I don't think that will be a huge problem for most, but it will keep down on the people who spam certain communities.

Your Album


Have you ever wanted to take screenshots of games and not share it with the Miiverse community. Now you can! Your album will be a place that you can post screenshots and keep them private. In short, it's a great place to post your personal gaming memories. You can store up to 100 screenshots at a time.

Play Journal


Now you will be able to keep a record of your own unique gaming experience by writing journal entries. Each Play Journal will include a screenshot that shows what was happening in the game as you wrote about your gaming experience. These gaming experiences will be shared with others, and the Play Journal will be replacing the ability for you to post directly to your Activity Feed.

Here is how Nintendo is going to break up posts in Miiverse:

Play Journal Entries

Here you'll find everyone's Play Journal entries for the game. Try to find people who are at the same part of the game as you are or who are playing the game in interesting ways!

Drawings

In this section, you'll be able to see all the artwork other users have created about the game, in order of popularity. This should make it even easier to find great artists to follow.
◆ You won't be able to post handwritten posts to the Play Journal Entries or Discussions sections.

Discussions

If you want to ask questions or start conversations about the game, this'll be the perfect place for you to be. Remember, tags on posts make it easy to find other people who want to talk about the same stuff you do.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tower Control Mode to be Added to "Splatoon" Tomorrow


Nintendo continues to add more support for "Splatoon" on the Wii U. Starting tomorrow, a new ranked battle mode called "Tower Control" will be added to the game. In this mode, both teams rush towards a tower located  in the middle of the map and try and ride a single floating pad to the top of the enemy's base. Once the player gets in the pad, the tower starts moving automatically.

It's great to see Nintendo continue to add more support for "Splatoon." Although the game was lacking in content when it first came out, Nintendo has released new maps, weapons and modes to keep the game interesting. In August there is a big update for the game which will improve matchmaking.
           

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SEGA 3D Classics On Sale in the NA eShop


If you have been waiting for a good time to pick up some of the SEGA 3D classics from the Nintendo eShope, now is your chance. Currently, there are a list of these classic SEGA games on sale for a limited amount of time. Each of the following titles can be purchased for just $2.99:

  • Altered Beast
  • Echo the Dolphin
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Space Harrier
  • Streets of Rage
  • Super Hang-on
                

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Nintendo Confirms "Fire Emblem Fates" Will Have Same-Sex Marriages


For the first time ever in a Nintendo game, "Fire Emblem Fates" is going to allow for same-sex marriages. When talking about the game, which launches June 25 in Japan and next year for Europe and North America, Nintendo said:

“Fire Emblem Fates comes in two different versions, called the Conquest and Birthright editions,” Nintendo said in a statement. “In the U.S., Conquest and Birthright will both be sold separately, as is already the case in Japan. For those who have purchased either the Conquest or Birthright edition, a third edition will be made available as downloadable content at a later stage. Details on how the three storylines will be made available in other regions will be announced at a later date. "
“In the Conquest edition of the game, there is a male character that the game’s player may have his/her male main character marry after they bond in battle. Similarly, the Birthright edition features a female character that a female main character may marry after bonding in battle. Both of the aforementioned characters can be encountered in the third edition of the game. 
“We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and, at the same time, we will always design the game specifications of each title by considering a variety of factors, such as the game’s scenario and the nature of the game play. In the end of course, the game should be fun to play. We feel that Fire Emblem Fates is indeed enjoyable to play and we hope fans like the game.”
         

Friday, June 19, 2015

RPG/Farming Hybrid "PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale" Coming to a 3DS Near You


Typically there are a lot of games shown off at E3 that don't get the coverage they should. This year's E3 was no different. One game that flew under the radar this year for the Nintendo 3DS is "PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale."

For those who don't know, PopoloCrois is an RPG series that has a long history in Japan. It has been on multiple consoles over the year and now it is finally coming to the US. However, you may of also noticed the name "Story of Seasons" inside the title as well. Yes, this is referring to the same "Story of Seasons" we saw released on the 3DS.


In short, this is an RPG/Farming hybrid. Think along the lines of the Rune Factory series. However, instead of using live action combat, PopoloCrois focuses purely on turn-based RPG elements. The game is done in the art style of PopoloCrois, but it has a number of elements from the "Story of Seasons" game as well. For example, you will get to start a farm, catch bug and mine. The games also has a relationship system. However, players aren't just mining and farming to make money like in "Story of Seasons." In this game, they are also trying to craft new items that they can use in battle.

With relationships, farming, turn-base combat and crafting new items, "PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale" is sure to keep players busy for hours. Look forward to hearing more about this game as it moves closer to its winter launch date.



More Details About "Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories"


Not to long ago, Natsume announced "Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories." The game is coming out on a number of devices, including iOS, Android, PC and Wii U. Despite some people getting to play a demo of the mobile version during E3 this week, no one has seen any screenshots of the PC or Wii U version. However, Natsume did give a bit more details about the upcoming game in a press release.

When speaking about the game, the President and CEO of Natsume Hiro Maekawa, said:

"From the farm to the town, we wanted Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories to evoke the feeling of a classic Harvest Moon game with modern twists! We’re also excited to finally bring the Harvest Moon series to the Nintendo Wii U, PC, and mobile platforms, where fans have definitely told us they want to see the series." 

While recent Harvest Moon games have strayed away from the classic formula, "Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories" is going to take a page right out of the classic Harvest Moon games and has been inspired by the classic old-school gameplay of "Harvest Moon" and "Harvest Moon 64.". That being said, Natsume said that they are still adding a exciting twist to the gameplay.

The story revolves around players being asked to revitalize a farm. Along the way, players will need to befriend the villagers of the town in order to unlock their seeds of memories. These seeds can be unlocked in a number of ways, such as giving villagers their favorite items, raising your first cow, catching a huge fish and so on. In order to catch all the seed, players will have to challenge themselves and become a true farming master.

Animals of course play a big role in the game. Players can raise chickens, sheep and cows. They can also ride a horse and keep a dog as a pet. However, farmers can also care for some new animals such as a bobcat. This animal starts off as a while creature but players can work to befriend it.

In this game, players will have a lot to keep them busy. They will need to farm, raise animals, cook, forage, fish and mine. In order to get more work done, players will have to upgrade their tools using the high-quality items  they come across in the mines. Games will also participate in festivals and contest such as the Starry Night Festival and the Cooking Contest. In total, there are ten marriage candidates, five girls and five guys.

I am a big fan of the Harvest Moon series and the last one on the 3DS really let me know. The game was hardly a Harvest Moon game and it tried to much to capitalize on that "Minecraft" feel. Hopefully this game will offer a more traditional Harvest Moon experience.