The era of free-to-play games is upon us, and really has been for a little while now. It’s mostly been relegated to the realm of mobile phones and PC, but not it’s begun its creep into the world of home video game consoles. Nintendo has even been experimenting with FTP style models now with a couple of titles. The first, Steel Diver: Sub Wars, gave you the multi-player portion of the game for free as well as a couple of single player missions. If you liked that and wanted access to more missions you could purchase the remaining single-player campaign for a small price. Then on top of that there were some historical submarine designs that could be purchased a la carte. Essentially it was just a demo of the game and not much else. Not really anything like more traditional free to play games. The second game, just released last week is Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball and that gives you a very different take on how to do a free-to-play game and I’m not sure it’s something I’d do very often.
The game is broken up into ten separate mini-games, each with a huge assortment of different challenges to complete. When you download the game you’re given access to about half a dozen different challenges in the first mini-game, Bat & Switch. It’s a good idea of just what to expect in the game as you get three different “modes” and a few variants of those modes. It’s enough to give you an idea of what to expect in the game, but not so much that you get your fill and can be done with it. After playing through the demo portion of the game you’re introduced to the free-to-play mechanic that this game has chosen to use, haggling.
Nintendo’s software doesn’t drop in price often, but when it does it’s usually a big deal. So big, in fact they sent out a press release about it. Nintendo has announced that they’re dropping the price of five of their best-selling 3DS titles. Beginning on April 22nd you’ll be able to pick up the following five games for their new low price of $29.99. These new prices are both at retail and through the 3DS eShop.
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Animal Crossing New Leaf
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
If you haven’t picked up any or all of these titles does this new price make you think about doing so?
There are games that come out that will occasionally dominate everything you do. You think about it all the time. You play them every spare moment you have. The biggest game like that for many people, especially fans of Nintendo, is Animal Crossing. Some people, however, don’t think there’s enough to do in Animal Crossing to keep them engaged more than a few hours. What if I told you there was a game like Animal Crossing that would let you do way more stuff all while getting to interact with some of your favorite Disney characters? Would you be interested in a game like that? Well, thanks to Disney, h.a.n.d., Namco Bandai and Nintendo you now have that chance with Disney Magical World. I’m here to tell you that no one should buy this game, because it will totally take over your life. (Totally buy this game!!!)
What You Need to Know
In Disney Magical World you enter a place called Castleton where you become a resident of the town and you end up taking over control of a local café. While keeping that business running you also have other things you’re expected (not required to do). Other townsfolk will ask you to retrieve specific items for them. You can craft furniture for your upstairs apartment, create new clothes and travel to various themed worlds relating to various Disney properties. You’ll interact with more than 60 different Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Aladdin, Cinderella or the infamous wizard Yen Sid. The game, much like Animal Crossing, uses a real time world clock and things in the game will change based on what time it is. There are cards to collect, “dungeons” to clear out and balls to attend. If you’ve ever wanted to live in Disney World this is about as close as you’ll ever get.
I was a huge fan of the original Yoshi’s Island on the SNES. It was something different and unique from any other Mario platformer out there. It was also really difficult. It gave you something new to do after you’d found every possible hidden secret in Super Mario World and did some really creative things (who remembers Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy?). Nintendo followed that up with a pseudo-sequel/remake of the first game on the DS and now they’re back with another entry in the franchise in Yoshi’s New Island.
What You Need to Know
If you’ve never played a Yoshi’s Island game before then you might not know what to expect in Yoshi’s New Island. Baby Mario has been delivered to an island filled with Yoshi’s by mistake. Baby Luigi is locked in a tower by Kamek and the Yoshi’s decide they want to help. Different colored dinos take turns carrying the pint-sized plumber across worlds filled with Shy-guys, Nipper plants and other varieties of Bowser’s minions. As long as Mario stays on your back everything is fine. If you get hit and he falls off he starts wailing and you lose “health” if that meter reaches zero you lose a life. Grab Baby Mario out of his bubble and you can continue on your journey. Yoshi isn’t completely helpless either. He can use his tongue to grab and swallow enemies to turn into eggs that can then be thrown at other baddies or used to grab items hidden throughout the levels.
If you haven’t picked up a 3DS XL or you’re thinking about getting one now might be the perfect time to pull the trigger. Between March 1st and March 31st Nintendo is giving away a free copy of Pokemon X or Pokemon Y to anyone that registers a new 3DS XL and one of a select few titles through Club Nintendo.
Just log on to Nintendo’s loyalty program website and register the system and one of the following games:
- Mario Kart™ 7
- Super Mario 3D Land™
- Animal Crossing™: New Leaf
- Donkey Kong Country™ Returns 3D
- LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins
- Yoshi’s New Island™
When you do that you’ll get a download code for your choice of either Pokemon X or Pokemon Y. It’s that simple. You have until May 31st to redeem your copy of whichever game you choose.
A new challenger approaches, and this time he’s a real fighter. After being limited to assist trophy status in Super Smash Bros. Brawl Little Mac makes the move to the main roster in the upcoming Smash Bros. game for Wii U and 3DS.
The game is set to come out later this year.
I know this post is a few days late, but better late than never. Nintendo has released their newest lineup of digital rewards through Club Nintendo. You can head on over there and spend your hard earned coins on four new downloadable games. Those games this month are:
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream – 200 Coins
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – 200 coins
Donkey Kong Jr. – 150 coins
Art Style: PiCTOBiTS – 150 coins
Note: Super Mario RPG is the Wii Virtual Console version of the game, not Wii U. You will have to access the Wii Shop Channel to download that game. These games will be available until March 9th when a new set of games will be made available.
This wasn’t announced in the press release for the Nintendo Downloads in the eShop today, but Nintendo is offering one heck of a deal on The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords. In honor of A Link Between Worlds being so awesome Nintendo has decided to give away the previously announced four player co-op game for the low, low cost of nothing in a deal they’re calling “4 Swords, 4 Free, 4 Days Only”.
All you need to do is head over to the eShop on the 3DS, click the icon for 4 Swords and download away. I would highly recommend you download the game on every 3DS you own so that you’ll have access to the local co-op play any time you want.
The game is available to download for free from now until 11:59PST February 2nd. It’s free. Do you really have any excuses to not download it?
There are as many different battle systems out there as there are RPGs. You have the pure turn based style games like Dragon Quest, the Active Time Battle system of Final Fantasy and even purely action based combat systems where you fight in real time. I know that Bravely Default isn’t the first game that allows RPG characters to hold an action for later in a turn or has a way to take their turn early, but it’s the first game that I’ve seen that uses it as so much of a focus of the game’s battle system.
The Brave/Default system is one of the more complex systems out there and takes a little while to wrap your head around, but when you do you’ll find it to be incredibly flexible and quite frankly a lot of fun to use. If you haven’t played the demo available on the eShop or know anything about the battle system let me explain basically how it works.