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New Releases: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy 2, Cooking Mama 5, Fairy Fencer F, More

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The spotlight is on oddities from Japan in this week’s new release report. Chief among them is Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, a sequel to the popular Final Fantasy-based rhythm game for the 3DS. The first printing comes with a special soundtrack CD, so you’ve ever felt the urge to tap Final Fantasy themes with a stylus, now’s the time.

And speaking of sequels to handheld favorites, Majesco is back with a new Cooking Mama game for the 3DS, Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit!. Also available this week is Fairy Fencer F, a turn-based RPG for the PS3 from NIS America, and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), the latest game to star the whiskered ninja.

Finally this week, Majesco will release an “Ultimate Edition” of Air Conflicts: Vietnam for the PS4.

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Madden NFL 15 spikes the competition by outselling all games in August 2014

maddnenfl15-boxEven though his stance said, “stop,” Richard Sherman took it to the house as the cover athlete of Madden NFL 15. While it’s too early to be concerned with The Curse, EA Sports’ latest football sim, as expected, toppled the competition and emerged as the best-selling game of August 2014, according to The NPD Group.

Only a small number of new releases made their way onto store shelves last month and many of them were re-releases of older titles. This tactic helped Diablo III: Reaper of Souls reach the #2 spot as the “Ultimate Evil Edition” is now available for previous-generation and current-generation consoles. And thanks to its PlayStation debut, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare cracked the top ten for the first time at #7.

Joystiq posits that this lack of major releases is the reason why game sales were down when compared to last August. The eighth month of 2013 saw the release of Madden NFL 25 as well as Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Saints Row IV, and Disney Infinity.

A full look at the top ten best-selling games of August 2014 can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Teslagrad, KickBeat, Adventure Island, more

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We interrupt your latest game of Destiny to deliver an update on this week’s Nintendo Download, which is a little light on the Destiny.

Instead, Wii U owners will have to content themselves with Teslagrad, a side-scrolling puzzle-platformer with hand-drawn environments; KickBeat: Special Edition, a rhythm game that combines music and kung fu (available September 16); and Adventure Island, the NES classic that introduced the world to Master Higgins.

Over on the 3DS side of the shop, players will be able to download The Keep, a dungeon crawler with real-time combat; Top Model 3D, a game that asks players to step into the (ridiculously expensive) shows of a famous model; and Hideaways: Foggy Valley, a hidden object game.

More details on all of these new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Eight-hour, Super Smash Bros-centric stream hitting Twitch on Friday

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Nintendo’s Treehouse branch (get it?) announced that an eight-hour long stream of Super Smash Bros. For 3DS will air this Friday, September 12th at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time). Not only will you get more Smash than you could ever hope for, the Big N is also planning on showcasing several upcoming holiday titles for both the 3DS and the Wii U. Rumor also has it that we will finally get a release date announcement for Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, so keep your fingers crossed for that.

You can view the entire stream on Twitch or Nintendo’s official site.

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Nintendo shows off new 3DS XL models based on an NES controller, Smash Bros, Persona Q

supersmashbros-3dsxlNintendo just announced three new models for the popular 3DS XL. The first is the previously Japan-only and North American-rumored Super Smash Bros. For 3DS model. This version of Nintendo’s handheld, releasing on September 19th, comes in both red and blue and features the game’s fighters on the cover. If you notice, that’s several weeks before the launch of the game so this bundle, which is priced at $199.99, will not include Super Smash Bros. For 3DS.

personaq-3dsxlNext up is the Persona Q Edition, a 3DS XL model based on Atlus’ upcoming game Persona Q: Shadow of the Labrynth. As you can see, the hardware is painted with Persona’s Grimoire tome, and includes character art on the back. This system is set for release on November 25th and is a GameStop-exclusive. Once again, the handheld has been priced at $199.99 and does not include a copy of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labrynth.

nes-3dsxlThe final new 3DS XL model, the NES Edition, is based on the original NES controller. The system’s box itself is decorated to resemble the NES system. The NES Edition is another GameStop exclusive and will be available through the retailer (for $199.99) on October 10th.

“More than 12 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “These new models give shoppers even more choices during the holiday shopping season. Based on past experience, these special editions likely won’t stay on shelves for very long.

Also, to clear up any potential confusion, these new 3DS XL models are NOT the “New 3DS” systems that Nintendo recently announced for the Japanese market. The Super Smash Bros. Edition, the NES Edition, and the Persona Q Edition are all the same 3DS XL systems that we’ve been playing for over two years.

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Square Enix: “We’d love to bring Dragon Quest X to the West”

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Square Enix has expressed interest in bringing Dragon Quest X to western countries ever since the game first launched in Japan in 2012. Originally available for the Wii, Dragon Quest X’s reach has expanded to include versions for the Wii U, PC, and 3DS (which just launched last week). But is Square Enix still interested in trying to bring the game west? The answer is most certainly yes.

Siliconera recently spoke to Yuu Miyake, Dragon Quest X’s Executive Producer, and has response was an enthusiastic, “We’d love to do it!” He further elaborated that cultural differences between Japan and western countries have made this a difficult process:

“In terms of this being an MMO, again, we have to consider the operation and logistics of how to make that feasible,” Miyake elaborated. “We also have to think about it from a business standpoint. With Final Fantasy XI and XIV, it’s a global-scale endeavor. In terms of Dragon Quest, the way it’s perceived in the different countries is very, very different. How it’s perceived in Japan is different than how it’s perceived in the United States.”

Finally, Miyake said that business considerations could further complicate a North American launch for Dragon Quest X as a new data center would have to be constructed to serve a North American playerbase. But with the success of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, this might not be as large a hurdle for the publisher as it has been in the past.

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Nintendo Download: Nobunaga’s Ambition, Cubemen 2, more

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Welcome to another update for Nintendo’s eShop. This week, the store becomes home to a few NES oddities, warring cubes, and dessert-based superheroes…

  • Nobunaga’s Ambition, the dense strategy game originally released for the NES, is now available to download on the Wii U.
  • Cubemen 2, a 3D strategy game for the Wii U starring… wait for it… Cubemen.
  • Ice Cream Surfer, a Super NES-styled side-scroller for the Wii U starring the titular superhero in his battle against EVIL BROCCOLI.
  • Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight, Capcom’s weird Street Fighter spinoff is now available to download on the 3DS.
  • Tappingo 2, a tapping puzzle game for the 3DS.

More information on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)

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Mighty No. 9’s PAX Prime 2014 trailer is mega colorful

PAX Prime came to an end on Monday, but we’re still sorting through all the news to emerge from the expo and the latest Might No. 9 trailer is too good to pass up. Once again, Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune mesmerized a PAX crowd with new details of his beautiful platformer, including a look at several of the boss battles. It’s colorful, it’s polished, and it’s embedded above.

Mighty No. 9 will be available for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in Spring 2015.

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