It’s a rare thing to be three or four entries deep into a video game series before finally getting one released in a new territory, but that’s exactly what’s happened with Sega’s most recent RPG release 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. This game, despite being titled the third in the series is actually the fourth game to be released, and the first outside of Japan. It takes place in the near future in a world where the return of dragons has more or less forced humanity into hiding.
Story wise, there’s not a lot going on here that’s just going to be something you could call a classic. The world is nearing its end. Humanity has been nearly destroyed and it’s up to a small band of heroes to rally, save the day and rid humanity of the dragon plague. It’s good enough to keep you going, but I didn’t find anything that was overly compelling or something I’d remember for years to come. You start the game going into a virtual reality video game called 7th Encount. What you don’t know is that the game is being used as a recruiting tool by the game’s developer, Nodens Corporation, to pick a team of people they think are capable of taking down the impending dragon invasion. Nodens Corp gets tangled up with a group from the ISDF (International Self-Defense Force) who are also trying to fight the dragons. From there it has a few twists and turns, some of them pretty radical twists.
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Sega has dropped a demo for their newest RPG in the eShop today. It’s called 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. The game is a dungeon crawling RPG in the vein of games like Etrian Odyssey and you get to fight dragons. You get to create and choose your own party members and make them fit to your style of play.
If you play the demo you can transfer your save data over to the main game. The characters in the demo are set and their levels are capped at 10, but any gear, skill points and so on can be transferred to new unique characters in the main game. You’ll also get “rewarded” for playing the demo and transferring your content, but Sega isn’t spilling the beans on just what that means.
7th Dragon III Code: VFD will be available on the 3DS beginning July 12 and will retail for $39.99. If you want more information about the game head on over to the game’s official page: http://7thdragon.sega.com.
Kirby comes out this week. That leads the pack in new content released in the eShop this week. Also, don’t forget, if you haven’t created a My Nintendo account and linked it to your Nintendo Network ID then do so. There will be a big sale coming right after E3 that you want to be prepared for.
Head past the break to see all the new content coming to the Wii U and 3DS this week.
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This week might be the best time for anyone to check out the pretty polarizing DS game, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. It makes it’s Virtual Console debut on the Wii U this week. Super Meat Boy makes its way to another Nintendo platform and everyone can now finally learn how to draw the three most famous circles in children’s entertainment history with Disney Art Academy.
Head past the break to see the full lineup of new stuff heading to 3DS and Wii U this week.
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Back in March, during a Nintendo Direct, Nintendo showed off footage of a new game from Game Freak called Pocket Card Jockey. The company is best known for the Pokemon series of games, but they have branched out some with other releases such as Drill Dozer for the GBA and HarmoKnight on the 3DS. This new game was showing off something completely different, a combination of solitaire and horse racing. It was an unusual combination to say the least, but it looked incredibly intriguing. I was interested in seeing more about the game.
Now that time has come. Yesterday Nintendo released a demo for the game on the 3DS eShop. You can download it now and it has a 15 play limit. You won’t need that though, because after you finish the demo once you have to either delete your save data or transfer it over to the main version of the game, which is a nice feature. After the hour long demo I had grown attached to my horse, Wonky Danger, and didn’t want to lose the upgrades I’d earned for him. We’d won a few races together and I was just starting to really get a feel for how best to treat the horse during races. That save file isn’t going anywhere until the full game launches next month.
I guess I should really explain a little bit about what the game is. Solitaire and horse racing; how do those two things even go together at all? Quite nicely, actually. I was surprised at just how much fun I had playing the game. It reminds me of games like Henry Hatsworth or Monster Tale, both games that have two things going on at once that work together in some way.
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Are you a fan of the River City series? In celebration of the series’ 30th anniversary Arc System Works and Natsume are working together again to create a new entry in the Kunio-Kun series of games. This one, for the 3DS, is called River City: Tokyo Rumble.
The game will be similar to the NES classic River City Ransom. It will be a side-scrolling brawler featuring the series’ iconic characters. Features of the new title include:
- Play as Kunio, Riki, and other famous fighters from the River City series!
- Take on jobs to earn extra cash, special moves, and more!
- Take a break from the main story to fight in a 4-man Rumble or dodgeball match!
- Take on your friends using Local Play and Download Play!
- Unlock new characters, stages, and songs as you progress through the game!
There has been no announcement yet as to when the game will be released, but it will be shown off and playable at E3 this year, which takes place between June 14 and 16th.
Star Fox Zero is obviously the biggest release out this week. It’s getting pretty decent reviews at the moment. The thing I’m actually most interesting in checking out this week, however, is a 3DS demo. Game Freak’s Pocket Card Jockey, the combination of solitaire and horse racing, gets a demo this week. I was intrigued when they first showed this off and now we get a chance to see it in action.
Outside of that Fire Emblem Fates gets some new DLC and a couple of themes on the 3DS. Head past the break to see the full list of new software available on the 3DS and Wii U eShop.
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