I’m not going to do an actual review on it, because I’m not going to play much more of it, but I have to talk about Pokemon Rumble World. I’ve been utterly disappointed with the experience so far. I really enjoyed the first Pokemon Rumble game on Wii. I really liked Pokemon Rumble Blast on 3DS. Pokemon Rumble U was enjoyable, but had already started to descend the franchise into a place where I wasn’t having as much fun. It was getting easier and easier to beat the games as we went along. Despite that fact I was interested in picking up this new game on 3DS, especially as it has transitioned the franchise into the free to play world.
While there is one thing I really like about Pokemon Rumble World, which I’ll talk about later, I can’t help but feel disappointed at this game as a whole. Why; because it’s gotten even easier than ever to “beat” the game. I booted it up the first time and went through the early game spiel. They set up the world, introduced you to some of the supporting characters and gave you a pokemon of your own to go out and battle with. That’s part’s all fine and good. It does a passible job at setting up the reason that you’re playing the game.
It’s Mario Kart Day on the eShop. First we have the release of the much anticipated second batch of DLC for Mario Kart 8, along with the update to bring the 200cc speed class. Alongside that one of the best portable kart games in Mario Kart DS gets a release on the Wii U Virtual Console. Mewtwo also goes on sale for the general public. Head past the break for everything that will be available today.
There’s a saying that I like to adhere to in the gaming community. It’s, ‘vote with your dollars’, and that’s exactly what fans of Project X Zone did. The success of the first game is directly responsible for Bandai Namco deciding that another game in the series was worth a shot. Famitsu recently published an interview with members of the game’s development team. Series Producer Kensuke Tsukanaka said,
“The release had very good reputation in North America and Europe. So given the situation both domestically and overseas, we started to create the sequel… The Japanese fans are considered when making the sequel, but we also want to create content which makes overseas fans happy.”
Development on the game’s sequel wasn’t started until after the Western release of the game and the response of the fans prompted Development Director Ichirou Morizumi to begin work on the seqel. Not only that, but they’ve taken feedback from fans on what went right and what went wrong with the first game. The game will be mostly the same, but surprise character announcements and gameplay changes won’t be out of the question.
If you missed the first game I recommend giving it a try. It’s a great strategy RPG that did a really good job of bringing characters from more than a dozen different game franchises together in a way that, while straight out of the realm of sci-fi, was at least believable. While you’re waiting for the release here are a few screenshots to get you interested in Project X Zone 2.
According to a recent post on the gbatemp forum, 3DS modders are using the handheld for a remote desktop. They’re even playing World of Warcraft to show off this function. Granted, the game isn’t running well but the fact that it’s running at all is pretty incredible.
Even if things got off to a really slow start things continue to trend upward for Nintendo. They’ve announced today that both the Wii U and the 3DS are selling better now than they were at the same point last year. The 3DS has increased sales more than 80% over the same period, thanks to the release of the New 3DS. The remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask has increased its lifetime sales to more than 730,000 units and Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS continues to sell well with more than 2.4 million units sold in six months.
On the Wii U side of things the console, which many people still deem a failure, has increased its sales from the same period last year by more than 20%. Software sales for the system include Super Smash Bros. For Wii U which has reached more than 1.6 million units sold and Mario Kart 8 which is closing in on 2 million lifetime units. Mario Party 10 launched last month and in its first two weeks on sale had sold more than 290,000 units.
Wii U has some pretty solid titles on the way to continue that upward momentum. Games like Xenoblade Chronicles X, Splatoon and Yoshi’s Wooly World should help continue to sell units. 3DS has titles like the newly released remake of Xenoblade Chronicles and a new Fire Emblem game to help boost sales.
What do you think? Is Nintendo going to continue to see this upward momentum? What games on both systems are you most interested in for the next few months?
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker will be released to the world on May 5th. When it does there will be paid and free DLC that will be launched within the first few weeks of the game’s release. The DLC will include a number of Free Battles that are designed to help quickly level up your party and better equip them for the fight against the demons who are ravaging Tokyo and the rest of Japan. All of the DLC, with the exception on one called Beginner’s Brawl will scale based on the level of the game’s main character so no matter how powerful you are the rewards won’t come easy.
The schedule for the DLC release looks like this:
May 5 – Game launch, Beginner’s Brawl, Macca Makes an Escape!
May 12 – All Skills Must Go!, Lost Demon Rescue, Let the Demons Grow
May 19 – Addonetarium
For a full list of what each DLC pack will include head past the break.
The Vice President is a busy man. He’s won an election. He’s trying to save the world, but he needs some help to fix things. That’s why he’s created the Political Action Traction Committee for Hope (P.A.T.C.H).
Amongh the changes he’s made are the addition of a new retro inspired chiptune version of the game’s soundtrack. (He’s a huge fan of the SNES and the Genesis.) He also hopes the committee will help stabilize all of his platforms and help keep things from crashing to the ground. Among the other things that the committee is working towards is having all players of Sony systems able to take their game wherever they want and continue their journey to help him save the world.
If you haven’t caught on by now Atlus has released a patch for Citizens of Earth. The patch should be available for all platforms as of today. The full list of updates and fixes is just past the break and includes: