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Inazuma Eleven Review: The Grindingest Soccer Game Ever

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I’ll just say it up front: Inazuma Eleven is really weird. It’s an RPG set in the world of high school soccer that plays as both a role-playing game and a sports game at the same time. Developed and published by Level-5, who are not strangers to games that are different, Inazuma Eleven really just rolls with it… no pun intended. It was released in Japan back in 2008 on the DS, and was re-released earlier this year on 3DS, which is when it finally came to our shores. The game – which has multiple sequels and spin-offs – has also spawned a manga, anime, collectible card game, and yes, according to Wikipedia, it even “served as the debut of a J-pop idol group” called Twe’lv. So what’s the deal with this quirky game? (more…)

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Nintendo will release a Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire bundle on November 21

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You gotta catch ‘em all, right? But what if feel the need to literally CATCH ‘EM ALL? Thankfully, Nintendo’s got you covered on that front with the announcement of a special Dual Pack for the next Pokemon game.

Beginning next month, Nintendo will release Pokemon: Omega Ruby and Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire as two distinct releases for $39.99 a piece. But the publisher will also offer a special bundle that contains both games for $79.98 (so don’t expect any kind of discount if you purchase both games). The Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Dual Pack (which will only be sold through Best Buy, BestBuy.com, and Amazon) will also include two download codes that can be redeemed for 100 Potions in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Pokemon: Omega Ruby, Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire, and the Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Dual Pack will all be available on November 21, exclusively for the 3DS.

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New Releases: Sunset Overdrive, WWE 2K15, Lords of the Fallen, More

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Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac’s wild hipsters vs mutants shooter, leads this week’s new release report. With no new Halo or Gears of War game in the pipeline, Microsoft is promoting Sunset Overdrive as one of the biggest Xbox One exclusives of the Fall. To that end, they have also teamed up with Insomniac to offer the Sunset Overdrive Xbox One System Bundle which will include the game itself and a snazzy all-white Xbox One.

Also available this week is WWE 2K15 (PS3, Xbox 360), the first game in the series fully produced by 2K Games; Lords of the Fallen (PS4, Xbox One), Bandai Namco’s attempt at entering the medieval hack and slash market; and NBA Live 15 (PS4, Xbox One), EA’s latest entry in their basketball simulation series.

More new releases from the upcoming week can be found after the break. (more…)

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Australian Classification Board outs US release of Attack on Titan 3DS game

attackontitan3dsAre you an Attack on Titan fan? If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that a 3DS game based on the wildly popular anime series will likely be released in America sometime soon.

According to a rating issued by the Australian Classification Board, an Attack on Titan game developed by Spike Chunsoft will soon be published in Australia by Atlus USA. It stands to reason that Atlus USA will also the game in America as well (and possibly Europe too).

The game, Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, was originally released in Japan last December. Spike Chunsoft plans to release an updated version of the game, Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN, in Japan this December. It’s unknown which version of the game is being localized by Atlus, though only the CHAIN edition includes online play and “online connectivity” is included in the Australian Classification Board listing.

Hopefully, Atlus makes an official announcement soon.

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Super Smash Bros. Wii U will include 8-player battles; Mewtwo DLC available in Spring 2015

Nintendo uploaded a new Nintendo Direct video earlier today all about Super Smash Bros. For Wii U. Nintendo’s “50-Fact Extravaganza” video revealed a ton of new details about the game including confirmation of a special 8-player battle mode. The unimaginatively titled “8-Player Smash” will allow up to eight players to battle it out in special larger arenas for the first time. For obvious reasons, this mode is only available locally, so I hope you can cram eight people onto your couch, because it sounds awesome.

Other “Facts” revealed today include:

Amiibo Figures: When a player touches an Amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad, the character joins as a “figure player.” The Amiibo figures can gain levels to become stronger and add equipment as they gain experience through battling. Players can have Amiibo fight one another, and Amiibo will bring you presents from the battles they fight in.

Custom Stage Creation: The touch screen of the Wii U GamePad makes it easier than ever for players to build their own stages and eventually share them with friends and other players around the world using broadband Internet access.

Smash Tour: World Smash is a fighting party game that looks like a board game. Players use items, spin a wheel and advance around the map. Up to four players can compete at once as they navigate the board and gain fighters and power-ups they can use in a final battle.

Ridley. Yes, Ridley: Fans have been clamoring for Ridley to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game for a while, and now they’re getting their wish. But true to form, Ridley appears in an unexpected way. Players will find him in the Metroid series-inspired Pyrosphere stage, but he does more than just hassle players. If one player attacks Ridley enough, Ridley will join that fighter’s side and attack others. Players (including the one on Ridley’s side) can KO Ridley to earn a point toward the match result total. And if Ridley consumes enough energy, he will become Meta Ridley and all the more vicious.

Special Soundtrack Offer: Everyone who buys both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and registers both games on Club Nintendo by January 13 will receive a two-disc soundtrack of music from the games.

Finally, Nintendo confirmed today that Super Smash Bros. For Wii U’s roster will be expanded with downloadable fighters at a later date. The first character to be available will be Mewtwo, who will be available as a free download in Spring 2015 for players who purchase Smash Bros. Wii U and Super Smash Bros. For 3DS.

You can learn even more new “Facts” by watching the complete Nintendo Direct video, which is embedded above. And don’t forget, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U will be released on November 21.

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Nintendo Download: Bayonetta 1 + 2, Just Dance 2015, Fantasy Life, more

bayonettaI think this may be one of the biggest weeks ever for Nintendo’s eShop… and it’s actually almost all due to Nintendo themselves. The consolemaker will release four games tomorrow: Platinum’s action sequel Bayonetta 2, the original Bayonetta, the RPG/life simulation mashup Fantasy Life, and the drawing game Pokemon Art Academy.

But this week will also see the release of…

  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (3DS), the latest game in WayForward’s beloved platformer series (and another “Nindie” backed by Nintendo).
  • KORG DSN-12 (3DS), the latest game in the music synthesizer series.
  • Just Dance 2015 (Wii U), the newest game in Ubisoft’s dancing franchise.
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (Wii U), one of the best Castlevania games to ever grace the Game Boy Advance.
  • The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins (3DS), a strategy game based on the popular animated series.
  • Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay (3DS), an action that takes place after the upcoming Disney film.

More details on all of these games (and a few others) can be found after the break. (more…)

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New Releases: Bayonetta 2, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Just Dance 2015, More

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The third phase of Nintendo’s attempt to dominate the Fall gaming season arrives this week in the form of Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U. Platinum’s stylish witch has been given a second life by The Big N and the developer returned the favor by packaging the original Bayonetta with the sequel. Nintendo will also release a pair of smaller 3DS titles this week: Fantasy Life, an RPG/life simulation hybrid, and Pokemon Art Academy, a drawing game starring Pikachu.

Also available this week is the futuristic Civilization: Beyond Earth for the PC. Firaxis designed the game as a spiritual successor to the popular Alpha Centauri, which is something fans of the franchise have been asking for for a long time.

Speaking of franchises we haven’t seen in a long time… Ubisoft will bring Just Dance 2015 to the PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this week. That “long time” comment was a joke, by the way. What’s not a joke is the return of Harmonix, who are back with a new music game of their own, the Disney-inspired Fantasia: Music Evolved for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Finally this week, Telltale Games will release The Walking Dead Season 2 for the PS4 and Xbox One. Get your cleaning cloth ready, those tear-stained controllers won’t clean themselves.

A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Insert Quarter: Why Developers Still Make 2D Games… Because They Love Them

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Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.

Why do developers still love to make 2D games? In this installment, USgamer’s Tyler Ohlew examines the relationship between developers and the two-dimensional worlds they create (often by hand). Speaking to developers behind modern 2D classics such as Shovel Knight, Guacamelee!, and SteamWorld Dig, he discovered that this relationship actually comes down to a love of the style and a universality that goes beyond simple nostalgia.

3D development is easier than ever now, with tools like Unity and Unreal Engine 4 available for very little cost or even free. So, in a landscape dominated by these 3D games, what compels a developer to look back and continue the work that was forced to take a back seat? Why does any developer work in 2D anymore?

You can read the rest of the article at USgamer.

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