Xenoblade Chronicles get!


My copy of Xenoblade Chronicles arrived from Europe today. As you probably already know, the game has already been released all over the world, with no plans to release it in North America. The game is said to be a 100 hour RPG just for the main game, so I know this one will last me a while. I hope I enjoy this, and I am sure I will since this is my first RPG on the Wii other than Pokémon.

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Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure announced by SEGA


We’re pleased to announce Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. In Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure, players are immersed in the mysterious rhythmic adventure in the city of Paris, recreated in stunning 3D vision on Nintendo’s new handheld console. Pump up the tempo in early 2012 with the most mysterious musical adventure to hit the Nintendo 3DS yet.

“Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure blends rhythm, puzzles and a compelling story set in one of the world’s most exciting cities in a way that has never been seen before,” says Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. “This unique blend makes creative use of the Nintendo 3DS’ technology, offering an engaging, challenging and most importantly fun experience throughout.”

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure sees players enter the secret life of Raphael, infamous among Parisians as an honorable thief for stealing famous works of art, only to return it days later. Dive into Raphael’s world and help him find the Wristlet of Tiamat to unmask the mystery behind his father’s disappearance. While unraveling the truth, players will encounter an assortment of different rhythm challenges to master. Tap the screen, swipe the stylus and control the gyro to the beat of the music to maneuver Raphael through the unique streets of Paris, brought to life by stylish animations and vibrant 3D maps and landscapes.

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure offers a unique enjoyable single player experience, as well as toe-tapping multiplayer and uses StreetPass. Unearth the clues hidden behind treasures scattered around Paris, call on your sense of rhythm and use all your puzzle solving skills to help Raphael get to the bottom of the mystery.

See more artwork and screens from Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure on our Flickr.

Fatal Frame AR spin-off “Shinrei Shashin” (Spirit Photo) headed to 3DS

The staff behind Fatal Frame is working on a Fatal Frame spinoff of sorts for 3DS, Famitsu reveals this week. The new game is titled Shinrei Shashin, or “Spirit Photo.”

With a name like that, you might suspect that the game makes heavy use of the 3DS camera. This is the case — except you’re apparently taking pictures of ghosts.

The game comes bundled with an item called “AR Notebook.” Based off the summary at Famitsu’s report at the Sinobi blog, it’s not clear what this item is exactly, but it is used heavily in the game.

Famitsu lists the following modes of play:

AR Story: Zero: Purple Diary
Working with a girl whom you brought out into the real world, you attempt to solve the mystery behind the cursed Purple Diary, represented by the AR Notebook item. (“Zero” is the Japanese name for the Fatal Frame series.)
Horror Notebook
A collection of mini games that use the AR Notebook item
Ghost Camera
A free photo mode where you take your “spirit picture” and pit it against other spirits (the faces of other people).

Famitsu lists the release time frame for Shinrei Shashin as TBA. Sinobi did not provide the game’s publisher.

It certainly sounds interesting. Although I have yet to become a fan of AR, I bet this might help me move into the right direction. Glad I got my Japanese 3DS already. Look forward to hearing more news soon.

Source: Andriasang

Excitebots: Trick Racing now available on Club Nintendo in Japan

In a surprise move today, Nintendo Company Limited has put up a western retail Wii game as a reward on Club Nintendo. The game, Excitebots: Trick Racing, was only released in North America and sold so poorly, people still talk about how much it bombed to this day. Now, I wonder since it was released on the Japanese Club Nintendo, will our friends in Europe & Australia receive the game someday? Time will tell.

The website for the game can be found here.

Skyward Sword bundle & more coming this fall!

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Bundle Highlights a Golden Autumn for Nintendo Games

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 29, 2011 – Leaves won’t be the only things turning gold this fall as Nintendo prepares to launch an extraordinary lineup of games for its Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ game systems. At a recent meeting of GameStop retail store managers from across the United States, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt revealed new details about upcoming releases for several fan-favorite franchises:

  • A special limited-edition The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword bundle containing the game and a gold* Wii Remote™ Plus controller will be available when the game launches on Nov. 20.
  • Also for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, every copy in the initial production of the game will come packaged with a special music CD featuring orchestral arrangements of select songs that will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert.
  • Nintendo will launch the upcoming Tetris®: Axis game for Nintendo 3DS systems on Oct. 2.
  • The Professor Layton and the Last Specter™ game for the Nintendo DS family of systems will launch Oct. 17.

“Nintendo has something for you this fall, no matter what type of gamer you are, no matter what Nintendo system you’re playing,” said Moffitt. “Whether you’re looking for a world-spanning epic like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the pick-up-and-play puzzle fun of Tetris: Axis or the mind-bending adventure of Professor Layton and the Last Specter, we’ve got you covered.”

The limited-edition gold controller bundle for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be offered at a suggested retail price of $69.99. The game will also be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $49.99, though the gold controller will only be available as part of the special bundle. As an additional 25th anniversary treat for fans who purchase the game early, every copy in the initial production, whether sold by itself or as a part of the limited-edition bundle, will come with a free CD featuring select orchestral arrangements of iconic music spanning the history of the franchise which will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert performances in October 2011. For more information about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, visit http://www.zelda.com/skywardsword.

The original portable Tetris® game was a smash hit on the Game Boy™ system. The new Tetris: Axis game lets players use the magic of the Nintendo 3DS system to jump into the action in 3D without the need for special glasses. The game includes more than 20 different modes – some familiar, some new. Up to eight players can compete in wireless multiplayer battles, even if only one player has a game card**. Tetris: Axis also makes use of the augmented-reality and SpotPass™ features of Nintendo 3DS. Tetris: Axis is part of a stirring fall lineup for Nintendo 3DS that also includes Pokémon™ Rumble Blast(launching Oct. 24), Super Mario 3D Land™ (November) and Mario Kart™ 7 (December).

Professor Layton and the Last Specter for the Nintendo DS family of systems is the fourth installment in the Professor Layton puzzle adventure series. It begins a new trilogy that is a prequel to the original games, set three years before the events in Professor Layton and the Curious Village™. The game contains more puzzles than any in the series to date. As a North American exclusive to the overall Professor Layton and the Last Specter package, a bonus role-playing game called Professor Layton’s London Life™ containing more than 100 hours of additional content will be available to players from the start of the game.

Remember that Wii and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.  For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

* Note that the gold controller will simply be gold in color and will not contain any actual precious metals.

** Multiplayer mode requires multiple Nintendo 3DS systems, each sold separately.

I got Virus Shooter XX


I got some shooter title that came out for the 3DS in Japan back in early March today. It’s called Virus Shooter XX, and it plays much like Face Raiders on the system. I don’t know Japanese but all I keep doing is going through the stages and shooting all the viruses. I guess I’ll figure out the game over time. Thanks to NCSX for getting it to me so quickly, I think I’ll use them now on in the future for my import games. (Senran Kagura is the next JP 3DS game I’ll be getting in a month)

Rhythm Phantom Thief R footage


SEGA’s upcoming Rhythm/Adventure game that plays like Layton and includes rhythm gaming is set to release in Japan sometime this year. This first footage reminds me a bit of the IDOLM@STER series of games and also of Rhythm Heaven. It’ll be interesting to learn more about this game soon enough.