The question is not if, the question is when. When will Nintendo finally cut their loses and dump the Wii U and allow other hardware companies to enjoy Nintendo exclusives? The answer is either really soon, or never. Sound confusing? Well that is because it is complicated. Nintendo has suffered losses in the past, but this is the very first time that Nintendo is being pressured by the shareholders to just give up the pipe dream of the Wii U being a thing (like that pun?), and start playing well with others. Nintendo does have enough money to get throughRead More
Since the inception of the eShop, Nintendo seems to have always been a step behind on its internet strategy. The biggest flaw of the 3DS was if you downloaded an eShop game, your save was tied to that game file. Meaning, if you ran out of room on your SD Card, and you wanted to delete a game file, your save was dead too presuming you can’t back up the entire game to a PC. Thanks to a new update, the 3DS eShop full games can now have a local save backup in the event you have to delete yourRead More
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning Publisher: Natsume Developer: Marvelous Interactive Software Released: February 23, 2012 (Japan) November 6, 2012 (North America) Available On: 3DS Every Harvest Moon that comes out, I purchase. Not because I’m totally in love with the game, I am, but because I love to see what they do with each game and the ease of the user interface for the series. In A New Beginning (we’ll shorten this long title to ANB) your character moves into a small town that is losing people at a rather rapid pace courtesy of the failing economy in the town.Read More
E3 is upon us again and people have been itching to know what new detail about the next-gen console or the new game is going to be announced since the last E3 the year before. Wait, what’s E3 you ask? For all you gamers not getting with the lingo here, E3 or Electronic Entertainment Expo is an annual video game convention/fair where all the major game developers and publishers show off their new product. Unlike other video game conventions, E3 is exclusive to the industry and many of its facets. So the public will have to make do with internetRead More
Games that Defined the Generation Two weeks ago, I asked the Gamevain staff to write up their picks for games of the generation. Per my usual, I gave as little restrictions as possible, because I will publish anything. The result has exceeded my expectations. Mark kicked us off with some amazing titles that will be remembered for years. Anne Marie reminded us that influential can come from the most humble origins, and Austin removed generational barriers to bring us a fantastic lineup that will continue to shape how games are made. So what does that leave me with? I’ve beenRead More
I found myself over the last couple weeks staring at a blank notepad wondering how I was going to preview Animal Crossing. To me, it will join Harvest Moon and Etrian Odyssey IV as the reasons you need to own a 3DS. And that is why it is so hard for me to preview this game as nothing I can say will do the game justice. Overall, it plays like every other Animal Crossing game: you run up and down on what is a cylindrical world talking to the townsfolk, running errands, and remodeling your town all whilest collecting piecesRead More
Tokyo Crash Mobs is a game you can get with money on the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS. It is a puzzle game where you throw people, roll people, and watch movies that boarderline on a stoner’s ambien dreams. Also, I freakin love it! It will probably pass by your attention because graphically, it looks like absolute shit. It looks only slightly better than when people discovered the magic of CD ROMs could place real actors into games. While this is no “Make My Video with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch,” it does use surrealism, clever mechanics, and challengingRead More
It’s great to see Etrian Odyssey IV getting the demo treatment. This series is unfairly overlooked by even the RPG enthusiast crowd, partially because the games still cost an arm and a leg. Combine that with extremely punishing difficulty, and you have a formula for niche. That’s why I’m super the excited to see the latest in the series will get a demo! Not only is this great news for new comers, but old hats should look forward to this as well since your progress in the demo data is transferable to the retail release! Here’s a trailer to getRead More
Dear Gamestop: Today, I went to my local store to pick up a preorder of the 3DS XL. Thanks to your trade in incentive of $100 extra towards my purchase with the trade in of my existing 3DS, this much desired product was within my price range. I couldn’t be more excited to get my greedy little mitts on it either; however, after I got my product, this is where the trouble began. As you may or may not know, Nintendo does not – at the time of writing – have any unified account system that stores all purchase dataRead More
In an effort to generate huge sales for Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, it was announced at E3 that US auto racer Danica Patrick will be featured in this game. Come on! No one cares! No one wants to see Sonic behind the wheel of a car. He has supersonic speed, hence the name. Why the hell would he need to drive a car?! Fans of Danica Patrick should shake their heads in shame at this misuse of this beautiful woman. But don’t worry this game won’t see another sequel. (Thanks Ian)
4-Player game. In/Out co-op. Play either as Rayman in the solo campaign, or with 3 other friends as Blobox or 1of2 Teensies. Available June 5th for the Nintendo 3DS!
Check out this trailer for Time Travelers. The trailer is in Japanese but the game looks rather interesting. The game is being developed by Level 5 Studios and is set in a reconstructed Tokyo after a mysterious entity destroys the city. Time Travelers has an anticipated release date of July 12, 2012 for Nintendo 3DS, PSP, and PSVita.