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Nintendo Download: Mario Sports Superstars, Has-Been Heroes, New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers, more

Between the Final Four, the Masters, the NFL Draft, and Opening Day, sports fans are always busy busy busy during March and April. And it’s no different in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Beginning tomorrow, 3DS owners will be able to download Mario Sports Superstars from the Nintendo eShop. The package includes all your favorite outdoor activities including baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, and horse racing. And a new series of Amiibo Cards will give players the chance to bulk up their team without resorting to illegal steroids.

The Switch is also in line to receive several new games this week, including the action/strategy roguelike Has-Been Heroes. Published by GameStop’s GameTrust label, Has-Been Heroes follows a group of knights who have to escort a pair of princesses to a far off academy. It’ll be available to download on Tuesday, March 28.

Switch owners won’t have to wait that long to download New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers… it was added to the Nintendo eShop earlier today. The town-building sim will take players back to frontier times, tasking them with building a bustling metropolis on an empty piece of land.

You can more more about this week’s new additions to the Nintendo eShop (including even more games for the 3DS, Switch, and Wii U) after the break. (more…)

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Atlus is bringing a Radiant Historia remake to the 3DS in Japan

Radiant Historia was originally released for the DS in 2011, but a new report from Famitsu (via Gematsu) has confirmed that Atlus will re-release the RPG on the 3DS later this year.

The remake will be known as Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, and a new generation of portable players will be able to experience the story found in the original game, as well as enhanced graphics, a new character, a full voice cast, and a never-before-seen “Sub-History” expansion.

But there’s just one catch… Atlus has yet to announce a North American release date for Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. While it seems likely the remake will cross the Pacific, for now, we’ll have to make do with this translation of a short Q&A with the game’s Director, Mitsuru Hirata:

Famitsu: What’s the story behind developing a full remake?

Hirata: Thanks to everyone’s longstanding support, the build up of wanting to release this title has has risen even within Atlus. Since providing a world experience is essential in an RPG, we kept in mind not to change that impression. We reviewed the playability and improved it overall.

Famitsu: What kind of story is the Sub-History?

Hirata: The third history that is neither the Standard History or the Alternate History is the Sub-History. The Sub-History is not just a single parallel world—the treatment of characters and timeline interpretation, how the Sub-History was born, each of these is different from the Standard History and Alternate History.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is currently scheduled to launch in Japan on June 29.

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New Story Trailer and Limited Edition revealed for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Nintendo will release Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia in North America on May 19, and it’s been a long time coming. Previously only available in Japan for the NES (as Fire Emblem Gaiden), Shadows of Valentia is one of the “lost” Fire Emblem games, and is finally making its North American debut (on the 3DS) after 25 years.

Naturally, Nintendo wants to give fans a package worthy of this formerly forgotten game, and they’ll do that with a special Limited Edition. Priced at $59.99, the Limited Edition will include several goodies that should be of interest to Fire Emblem fans:

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition

  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Gamecard
  • Hardcover Valentia Artbook
  • Sound Selection CD
  • Pin Set (Alm, Celica, and Marth)
  • Reversible Cover Sheet (Based on the Packaging for the Original Famicom Game)

Nintendo also announced that an Amiibo Two-Pack featuring Alm and Celica will also be released on May 19. Not available separately, the Amiibo figures will unlock their own exclusive dungeons, “allowing heroes to earn items and level up their armies further by defeating bosses.” Tapping these figures in battle will also allow players to summon a computer-controlled Illusory Hero, which acts as an ally for a single turn.

Finally, Nintendo unveiled a brand new Story Trailer that’ll give fans a history lesson on the two armies in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, and “their differing quests attempt to achieve the unified goal of bringing peace to the land of Valentia.”

A closer look at the contents of the Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia’s Limited Edition can be found after the break. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: Mass Effect Andromeda, Mario Sports Superstars, Zero Escape The Nonary Games, More

Venture into new worlds with this week’s new retail releases…

BioWare will help Mass Effect fans explore the unexplored this week thanks to the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Leaving behind the rest of the universe, players will visit the Andromeda galaxy and discover “rich, alien worlds in the search for humanity’s new home.”

Mario and friends will also get to try new things this week in the biggest “Mario Sports” game ever. Coming to the 3DS on Friday, Mario Sports Superstars will include Mario-themed versions of baseball, golf, tennis, horse racing, and soccer. The game will also feature support for a new line of Amiibo Cards that’ll power up your favorite athlete in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Oculus VR owners will be able to become a different kind of superstar this week with the release of Rock Band VR. Harmonix’s latest rhythm game will offer “unprecedented stage presence” in virtual reality and a brand new soundtrack.

But if you’re worried about stage fright and would much prefer to battle giant beasts, Koei Tecmo and Omega Force will release Toukiden 2 for the PS4 and Vita. And if you’d rather explore a more familiar world, Aksys Games will bundle together Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward for the PS4 and Vita in Zero Escape: The Nonary Games.

You can find even more new releases after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Binding of Isaac Aftermath+, World of Goo, Picross 3D, more

The Switch’s lineup of games continues to grow with five new releases as part of today’s Nintendo Download.

First up, we’ve got Binding of Isaac Aftermath+, an action-packed dungeon-crawler from Nicalis and Edmund McMillen. The procedurally-generated roguelike includes “more than 11,000 unique room configurations” and “a nearly endless variety of enemies, items, challenges, and secrets.”

Also available to download this week is a trio of Wii and Wii U re-releases from Tomorrow Corporation. Switch owners will be able to pick up physics-based puzzler World of Goo, fireplace adventure Little Inferno, or “puzzle game for nerds” Human Resource Machine. And speaking of re-releases, SNK and Hamster Corporation will bring The King of Fighters ’94, the first game in the King of Fighters franchise, to the Switch.

Nintendo will also add Picross 3D, which was originally released for the DS in 2010, to the Wii U eShop.

You can learn more about all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break. (more…)

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Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Review: Death Takes Over in a Perfect Prequel

Yacht Club Games has built a strong reputation over the years for their ability to deconstruct, modernize, and regenerate the side-scrolling platformer. Using Ducktales and Mega Man as a template, the original Shovel Knight was a game that honored the past, while only being able to exist in the present. Meanwhile, its first expansion, Plague of Shadows, brought back the gadget platformer in a unique adventure that felt more like a true sequel than an add-on.

The developer must have had the same thought, as Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is the first game in the franchise’s rapidly-growing expanded universe to be available as a standalone game as well as a free expansion. Widening their playing field has also lead Yacht Club to tackle the cinematic storytelling and swordplay found in the NES era’s ninja platformers, best exemplified by Ninja Gaiden. (more…)

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NIS America will also release Culdcept Revolt in a special Limited Edition

Culdcept Revolt made its Japanese debut back in July, but NIS America wants to ensure players are just as impressed by its US launch. The publisher has announced that a special Limited Edition for the game will be available alongside the Standard Edition and the digital download on the 3DS eShop.

Culdcept Revolt’s Limited Edition will be sold exclusively through the NIS America Online Store. Players who purchase the premium version of the newest entry in a franchise that melds Monopoly with Magic: The Gathering will receive the following extra items:

Culdcept Revolt Limited Edition

  • Culdcept Revolt for Nintendo 3DS
  • Collectors Box
  • Hardcover Art Book
  • Official Soundtrack (1 Disc)
  • Oversized Foil Cards (Set of 7)
  • Metal Culdcept Revolt Dice (Set of 2)

Culdcept Revolt’s Limited Edition will be priced at $59.99, and NIS America will release the game in the US this Summer.

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Two new Mario Sports Superstars trailers now available ahead of March 24 launch

Mario Sports Superstars will be released for the 3DS in North America beginning next week, which makes now the perfect time for Nintendo to release two new trailers for the multi-sport package.

Nintendo of America has decided to focus on the “5 Sports in 1 Game” aspect of Mario Sports Superstars, and their trailer highlights the Mushroom Kingdom’s obsession with soccer, baseball, tennis, horse racing, and golf.

Meanwhile, Mario Sports Superstars is already available in the UK and Australia, so Nintendo UK produced a “Launch Trailer” that features more gameplay footage, as well as a look at extra capabilities that can only be unlocked by a new series of Amiibo Cards.

Both trailers for Mario Sports Superstars can be found after the break. (more…)

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