Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Details About "Xenoblade Chronicles X" Revealed in Latest Issue of Famitsu

The latest issue of the Japanese gaming publication Famitsu is out, and with it comes some new details about the upcoming Wii U game "Xenoblade Chronicles X." The magazine had an in-depth, 10 page spread about the game. Below are some of the the details that people have translated from the magazine.

  • The director of the game, Tetsuya Takahashi, has logged over 300 hours in the game.
  • It is five times larger than "Xenoblade Chronicles" on the Wii.
  • There are 8 different unions the player can join.
  • Players can fully customize their avatar. This includes their hair color and style, eyes, race, gender and much more.
  • Wii U GamePad will be used to display a map. Characters and quest locations will appear on this map.
  • By touching a previously visited location on the map, players can warp there. This is a very welcome feature considering how big the environments are going to be.
  • The game has online functionality, but it will have passive options.
  • Battles are more fast paced.
  • You can have 4-player parties, with the AI controlling three of your part members.
  • New healing system called "Soul Voice." This means you no longer have to have a member of the party dedicated to healing.
  • There are 90+ songs in the game.
  • Two new character are Guin and Nagi.

Look for this game to hit the Wii U later this year.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Streaming Wii U Games to the New Nintendo 3DS XL Might Be Possible

People have been wondering what's inside the New Nintendo 3DS XL since it was first announced. Well, according to some hackers who have gotten their hands on some imported versions of the New Nintendo 3DS XL, it appears that the system has a video decoder that supports H264. This is note worthy because this is the same video decoder that the Wii U uses to stream its content to the Wii U GamePad. This has many people now speculating that you may soon be able to stream Wii U games to your New Nintendo 3DS XL. This is a feature that probably wont be available at launch, but something that will be made possible in a future update.

The feature I would really want is the ability to play my 3DS games on the big stream. Maybe that will be made a possibility someday.

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Adventure Bar Story" Coming to North American 3DS eShop

Last year, "Adventure Bar Story" was released on the Japanese 3DS eShop by RideOn Japan. Now, it appears that this game is coming stateside thanks to Circle Entertainment. Above you can see the Twitter post as well as a few English screenshots. The game features a mix of RPG elements with tavern simulation. No word yet on when the game will be released, but it should hit the 3DS eShop in North America in the very near future.

Gameplay Video For "90s Arcade Racer" on Wii U

Check out this video showcasing the first ever gameplay of the Wii U eShop game "90's Arcade Racer." If you are a fan of old racing games like Daytona, this game is going to be right up your ally. It looks like it has a lot of fun courses and some challenge. Can't wait to hear more about this upcoming game.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Area Effect Announces "Izle" for Wii U eShop

A studio made up of former Ubisoft workers, Area Effect, has just announced a new game for the Wii U eShop. The game is called "Izle." This is another Kickstarter project, and is set to be released on the Wii U eShop next year. If they get the funding they need, the game will also hit Steam and other next generation consoles.

Here is what they had to say about the game:

“Izle invites its players to build their own world by summoning the power of the gods and terraforming a variety of islands. Each unique island is randomly created and ready for players to explore, harness abilities and forge items into endless possibilities to create new character classes. Izle is currently in its Alpha stage.”
You  can check out a trailer for the game above.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Video of "Final Fantasy" Remasted on the Japanese 3DS eShop

If you haven't already heard, Square Enix has remade "Final Fantasy" for the 3DS eShop in Japan. To celebrate the release of this game, here is 25 minutes of gameplay. As you can see, the visuals have been completely overhauled and there are cut scenes. Now, let's just hope that this game eventually gets brought over to the North American 3DS eShop. One can dream ...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

After 6 Years, Club Nintendo is Closing Its Doors in North America

After being around for just 6 years, Nintendo has decided to close down its Club Nintendo operations in North America. While this is said news for someone like me who has been a member of Club Nintendo since it first opened shop, Nintendo said that they have to close Club Nintendo in order to make way for a new loyalty program for its fans.

Details on the new program have not been detailed yet. However, Nintendo did say that you will hear something else about this new loyalty program later this year. For now, consumers have until March 1st to add any remaining Club Nintendo points they have lying around. All coins will be deleted and Club Nintendo accounts will be closed on July 1st, 2015.

However, do not run out and spend your coins just yet. Nintendo said that they are going to add dozens of downloadable games in February as a way for people to spend their remaining coins. Also, Nintendo said that they will be offering a limited number of exclusive physical rewards

Last, if you are a Club Nintendo member, you will receive a free download code for "Flipnote Studio 3D" in February that can be redeemed on the 3DS eShop.

It is said to see Club Nintendo come to an end, but I am happy they are starting a new loyalty program. It is safe to say that Club Nintendo had gotten a little stale over the years, and its time for Nintendo to do something more for its loyal fan base.

Monday, January 19, 2015

TreeFall, the Team Behind "The Letter," is Bringing More Games to the eShop in 2015

I am sure that most of us remember the eShop game, "The Letter." This was a game that was released by TreeFall Studios. The game actually sold decent, but not because it was a great game. It sold because it was cheap and had such bad reviews, that people had to see just how bad this game was.

Now, TreeFall has announced that they are putting out  a number of games in 2015. In fact, they held a little press conference about it. You can see said press conference above. While the games do look better than "The Letter" (which isn't saying much),  I don't see much here to get excited about. "PitterPot" seem to be the title that had the most to offer.

What do you think of their lineup of games?