According to an Atlus press release today, the last time that a game in the main Shin Megami Tensei series came out, Square and Enix had just merged, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker wasn’t on store shelves, the GBA SP was just being released, and Nokia thought the N-Gage was a good idea. That was the release of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. (Somehow 2008′s Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey has been forgotten.) That’s all going to change this summer with the release of Shin Megami Tensei IV on the Nintendo 3DS.
To make sure that the past decade has been worth the wait, Atlus is pulling development staff from their other popular franchises like Persona and Devil Summoner. This new game will feature decisions that affect not only your partner, but NPCs around the world. There will be more than 400 demons to collect, recruit and fuse together.
No official release date has been announced, but the game is expected out this Summer and also could feature an M rating from the ESRB, though at this time it has not been officialy rated by the board.
I recall saying recently that I was more interested in playing New Super Mario Bros. 2 than I was in playing New Super Mario Bros. U. (Good grief, could we please change the name of one of those games? This will in actuality be New Super Mario Bros. 4) During the podcast this week, we get into a big discussion on multiplayer vs. single-player experiences. I thought the 3DS game was going to be more to my liking because the focus was on the single-player game. NSMBU is going to be all about the multiplayer, much like NSMBWii was. This new set of screens for NSMBU has me pretty excited about the game coming out later this year.
I think because it reminds me so much of Super Mario World, which is my favorite game in the franchise. The amount of detail Nintendo is putting into this first HD outing for Mario is quite lovely to behold. Just look at how much detail is in everything on these screens. Look how deep the environments go back. Lighing effects, shadows, sparkles, the detail on the trunks of trees. It all looks quite nice and appears to be a nice step up from the Wii and 3DS games we’ve seen so far.
Are you still exciting about sidescrolling Mario games? Which of the two are you most excited about?
One of the games I played last year, and was really surprised by, was Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai. The game was essentially a survival-style game set in the wilds of Alaska where you had to traverse icy, snowy lands and avoid dangerous creatures like mountain lions and bears.
This year, Cabela’s and Activision are introducing a new controller (for the PS3 and the 360) called the Top Shot Fearmaster for Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013. This new controller, which is improved over previous Top Shot models, will feature an infrared aiming system, but even more interesting is that it will house two heart rate monitors and a motion sensor that will let the game know how stressed you are and how steady your hand is. This will cause your shots to become erratic and controlling your stress levels will determine how successful you are in surviving against lions, bears and many other dangerous creatures.
I’ve played a bunch of these games in the arcade and I like them more when they get away from the semi-realistic hunting simulation and just go crazy with the setting and the things you do on screen. It’s a shame the Wii game will not include this same technology, but I don’t know yet how much it will hinder the game, if at all.
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 will be available with the Top Shot Fearmaster on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 23 for $79.99. The game will also be available for the Wii with the new Top Shot peripheral for $59.99. This game is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB.
The story of La-Mulana has definitely been one of ups and downs. The game was announced a couple of years ago and the development ended up talking way longer than expected. Back in March it was announced that the game would not see a release in North America for a number of reasons, one being that it was going to be hard to get the Japanese DLC over here. Well, the game has been picked up by another publisher and it will be seeing a North American release after all.
EnjoyUp Games has picked up the title and will be releasing it to WiiWare on September 20th. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself if you’re not sure about trying this game. Do you like Indiana Jones? Do you like caves? Did you enjoy playing Cave Story? Do you like giant, screen-filling lizard bosses? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might be interested in this game. It will cost you 1000 Wii Points to download. Press release and screens after the jump. Read more…
Teyon’s next game, being published by Mastiff, is called Outdoor Unleashed: Africa 3D. The game is scheduled to hit the 3DS eShop on August 30th for $3.99. This game puts you in the shoes of a big game hunter in more than 35 missions throughout the African Savannah. There are 15 big animals and birds in this arcade-style shooter where you’ll be trying to rack up as many points as possible with various weapons. Want to see the game in action? Check out this trailer and head past the break for the full press release and more screens.
Polish Studio, Teyon, is working on several games that are going to be hitting Nintendo’s portable platforms soon. The first is a DSiWare game called Escape the Virus: Shoot’Em Up! which will be hitting the DSiWare on August 28th for 200 points or $1.99 through the 3DS eShop. The game looks like a top-down shooter where you control the action using the touch screen to aim. Check out this trailer game and head past the break for the full press release and more screen shots.
Fractured Soul is a game I haven’t heard a lot about, but after reading this press release, seeing these screenshots and watching this trailer, I’m intrigued. The game is coming to the 3DS eShop on September 13th courtesy of Endgame Studios. It’s a sidescrolling action platformer that will actually take place on both screens at once.
According to the developer, there are more than 30 levels across five different zones that will encompass both side scrolling and shooter styles of gameplay. Online leaderboards will allow speedrunners around the world to compete against each other. If you really want to test your skills, there will be hardcore challenges available to unlock as you play.
The game reminds me a lot of another game that was available on DSiWare and WiiWare called Chronos Twins, which had a similar style of play. I’m going to start The World Ends With You soon, so I’ll be primed for some dual screen games. Fractured Soul hits the eShop on September 13th and will run you $11.99. Screencaps after the jump.
I’m going to be completely honest with you here. I have absolutely no idea what Adventure Time is. I’ve never seen it. I know Micah is crazy about it and it’s been used in countless parodies on the internet. D3 Publisher is bringing a game to the market later this year for the DS and the 3DS entitled Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage. The one bit of information I know (which means I have to play the game) is the game is being developed by WayForward. Here’s a blurb from the press release.
In the first licensed Adventure Time video game, Finn and Jake wake up one morning to find their trash stolen by the Ice King. Jake couldn’t care less about half-eaten bananas, crumpled up burrito wrappers, and old chicken diapers – but when they find out the Ice King is using their stolen goods to construct a Garbage Princess, the heroes embark on a fantastical adventure to teach him a lesson! Journey through the Land of Ooo in an offbeat adventure and discover perilous dungeons and unimaginable treasures, while playing as Finn and Jake in a unique action-adventure experience.
Past the break are some screenshots and a trailer. Enlighten me as to exactly what this is and why I should pay attention to it. Apparently people like Adventure Time. Who knew?
There are only two things required for me to assume a game is going to be really good. The first is that it falls into the Metroid style of gameplay, complete with maps, unlockable areas and plenty of power-ups. The other is that said game is developed by a company I like to refer to as WayForward, aka Den of Awesomeness Supreme. That game also happens to feature a movie starring Adam Sandler (yes, I think his movies are pretty funny). The movie is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, famous for the Clone Wars animated series that he produced among other things.
Hotel Transylvania looks like a really good movie; one that I will be taking my kids to see. The game also looks really good and reminds me of 2D Castlevanias and Metroid games. I think this is one that I’m going to have to keep my eye on. Here are some screenshots to give you an idea of what to expect.
Hotel Transylvania is set to hit stores on September 18th for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.
Zen Studios second pinball outing for the 3DS, Marvel Pinball 3D, is hitting the eShop this Thursday, June 28th. That is according to a press release the developer sent out today. The new game will sell for $7.99 and will feature four tables.
- Live a day in the life of the Marvel Universe’s favorite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist on the Iron Man table! Tony Stark literally suits up in his Iron Man armor to combat infamous foes like the Mandarin, Whiplash and Ultimo.
- Join Blade and Hannibal King in New York to fight off the vampiric forces led by Deacon Frost. Special lighting effects switch between day and night, so be sure to regenerate during the day in order to prepare for the battles after dark.
- Rally the troops and prepare to help Captain America and the Howling Commandos defeat Baron Zemo and the Red Skull, as you fight to control the power of the Cosmic Cube.
- Take on Doctor Doom alongside the Fantastic Four. Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Thing and the Human Torch are extra fantastic in beautiful 3D!
If you’ve played the tables on the XBLA version of Pinball FX2 then you know what to expect. They’re pretty good tables. I am particularly fond on the Captain America table, but as with most of the tables done by the studio they’re all lots of fun. It sells as a stand alone title and not as an expansion to Zen Pinball 3D, but if you like virtual pinball you’ll probably want to check them out.
I’ll have a review of the game later this week. Head past the break for some screenshots and a trailer.