How Far I Got - Explody Bomb Impressions

Game: Explody Bomb – Alkterios Games LLC
by Ryan Thompson

Unique take on addictive “Flappy” style gameplay, utilizing the dual-screen setup of the WiiU.
Reminiscent of Early NES arcade games, such as Balloon Fight.
Value priced ($1.99) with potential for long term replay.

Necessary to shoot all enemies on screen (except stars), rather than avoid them.
Difficult to identify enemies on the plane’s (TV) screen.
Plane’s slow fire rate resulted in multiple deaths that could have been avoided.

Disclosure: Derek from Alkterios Games, LLC is a Twitter Connection and Splatoon buddy. I was provided code of the game from him.

I spent a half-hour with Explody Bomb. I reached a high score of five points. The first WiiU eShop release from Alkterios Games LLC, Explody Bomb is a “Flappy Bird-like” game (that’s a thing, right? If not, it should be). Unlike the countless Flappy Bird clones that appeared on mobile devices following the original’s runaway success, Explody Bomb adds a few twists to the basic gameplay, utilizing the dual screens of the WiiU.

Using the gamepad, Explody Bomb puts flying in one direction avoiding obstacles action ON TWO SCREENS! On the TV, the player pilots a plane (it and pilot are reminiscent of the NES’ Balloon Fight sprites). On the gamepad, a bomb is guided up and down along a line. The plane can move in all directions and fire a projectile at enemies on the main screen, and the bomb remains directly below the plane. Control of the plane utilizes the left thumbstick and A button to fire its weapon, while the bomb is moved vertically using the right thumbstick.

The ideas added to Explody Bomb differentiate it from other clones, but also add some problems. Enemies don’t do much to indicate a threat on the screen. Cause of many of my deaths was a static missile looking device that didn’t strike me as anything other than an object to be avoided. The plane’s fire rate feels just a tad too slow, often preventing it from being useful. I found myself failing without hitting obstacles, learning later that all enemies on screen (except stars) have to be shot. I guess they explode or something, ending your progress. So, the slow fire rate becomes more of an issue. I tried to play the game on just the gamepad; this is a true dual-screen game, you must look at both the TV and WiiU Gamepad simultaneously. I’m glad to see games utilize the pad, but I was confused at first. Not seeing the directions displayed on the TV will do that. This is a first release; I’d enjoy seeing the developer refine and modernize the ideas here in a future version.

Explody Bomb is a simple concept that provides a deep challenge. I commend the developer for making use of both screens and doing something with the Flappy concept that truly felt different. It was very difficult to manage looking at both screens at the same time, and I found myself sitting as far away from the television as possible to keep both in my field of view. The necessity of shooting enemies on the TV screen adds another layer of challenge to the gameplay. If you enjoy the style of games like this, Explody Bomb is worth a look, and at $1.99 won’t hurt your eShop budget too much.

About the Author
Ryan isn’t a game journalist, but he enjoys writing about his hobby.
He hopes you’ll chat and play some games with him @zoso1701 on Twitter, Miiverse and Steam.
Hear him on the Magic Hour Show Podcast from!

Posted on September 18, 2015 and filed under Reviews.

Starfox Zero delayed until 2016

Creator Shigeru Minamoto took to Facebook to make the announcement:

A Message from Mr. Miyamoto Regarding Star Fox Zero

I made a big decision last week.

We have been developing Star Fox Zero for Wii U with the aim of releasing it this year. Although we felt that the development had been progressing well, we now believe that we will need a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes. While we have already reached the stage where it would be technically possible to release the title in time for the year-end holiday season, we want to polish the game a bit more so that players will be able to more smoothly grasp the new style of play that we are proposing.

To the people looking forward to the launch of the game this holiday season, I am very sorry.

Star Fox Zero is going to bring new game play and experiences that take it far beyond the framework established by Star Fox 64. All the members of the development team are doing our best so that the final product will not betray your expectations. And the game will not be delayed for a very long time – we’re aiming to launch the game in Q1 2016. Please stay tuned for further announcements.

Posted on September 18, 2015 and filed under News.

Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition December 4th

Launching alongside the standalone version of massive Wii U role-playing game Xenoblade Chronicles X on Dec. 4 is a Special Edition overflowing with great content. Perfect for fans who want to experience everything Xenoblade Chronicles X has to offer, players who purchase the Special Edition at a suggested retail price of $89.99 will get a beautifully designed package that contains:

  • The Xenoblade Chronicles X game
  • A gorgeous book of concept art with more than 100 pages, featuring select art for the very first time
  • A unique USB drive modeled after the game’s “Lifehold Unit,” pre-loaded with a selection of 10 music tracks from the game’s memorable soundtrack
  • A limited-edition matted 5x7 art card of a painting done for the game by illustrator Takashi Kojo

Unique to North America, this Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition is now available for pre-order at select retailers nationwide.

Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under News.

Nintendo Announces 2 new 3DS systems coming this fall including regular sized New Nintendo 3DS with cover plates

Other GameStop Manager Conference Announcements Include amiibo Cards and Wii Remote Plus Controllers

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 31, 2015 – At the GameStop Managers Conference in Las Vegas, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle on Sept. 25. The bundle includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The more compact New Nintendo 3DS system joins New Nintendo 3DS XL, which has been available since Feb. 13.

In addition, a Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch exclusively in GameStop stores on Oct. 30 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, just in time for the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (sold separately) on Oct. 23. The system is gold-colored and features an intricate Hylian Crest on the front.

Other news revealed at the GameStop Conference included the debut of three new Wii Remote Plus controllers inspired by classic Mushroom Kingdom characters Bowser, Toad and Yoshi.

“More than 15 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 offer additional fun ways to experience some of the great upcoming Nintendo 3DS games launching in the next few months.”

New Nintendo 3DS incorporates all the same enhanced features as the New Nintendo 3DS XL system, including a wider range of controls, face-tracking 3D and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The compact system also features interchangeable cover plates that can be easily swapped out to change the look of the device*. Two cover plates inspired by Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer are included in the bundle.

Various amiibo cards launch with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designergame on Sept. 25. Tapping compatible amiibo cards while playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a way to meet favorite Animal Crossing characters with their separate personalities and design requests in the game. People who own the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems can still use the cards to enjoy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer by purchasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The wireless accessory also launches on Sept. 25 and allows players to enjoy amiibo figures and cards on all other systems in the Nintendo 3DS family.

Joining previously released Wii Remote Plus controllers themed after Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, three new controllers inspired by Bowser, Toad and Yoshi will launch exclusively at GameStop at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. The Bowser and Toad controllers will launch alongside the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console on the 11th of September, while the Yoshi version will hop on the back of the Yoshi’s Woolly World launch on Oct. 16. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that are compatible with Wii Remote controllers.

Bowser, the newest member of the Photos with Mario series of Nintendo eShop Cards, is coming this fall – exclusively at GameStop. Customers can add $10 to their Nintendo eShop accounts and get the new Bowser AR card at no additional cost. With the Bowser AR card, players can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to play and pose with Bowser and other Mushroom Kingdom characters in the free Photos with Mario app.

For more information about New Nintendo 3DS, visit

Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit or

*A #0 crosshead screwdriver (sold separately) is required to remove and attach cover plates on the New Nintendo 3DS system.

Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under News.

Nintendo announces games and dates for the rest of 2015

Aiming to keep momentum going through the holidays

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 24, 2015 – Ensuring that 2015 is packed with gaming fun for everyone, Nintendo announces a robust lineup of games and special offers for the remainder of the year. The Wii U home console and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems will showcase a huge number of games, most of which are exclusive to those platforms.

“Nintendo has games, amiibo and systems to satisfy all kinds of players, whether they’re looking for back-to-school gifts or getting an early start on their holiday shopping,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “No one can match the quality or uniqueness of what Nintendo has to offer for the rest of 2015.”
Here’s a look at what Nintendo has on tap for the rest of 2015:

Wii U Bundle
· Walmart and will be the exclusive retailers for a special Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle that includes the game, Idea Book and the 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo. The bundle goes on sale the 11th of September for $299.96.

Wii U Games
· Super Mario Maker launches on the 11th of September at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Yoshi’s Woolly World launches Oct. 16 at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The game will also be available in a bundle that includes a green Yarn Yoshi amiibo at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The green Yarn Yoshi is available as part of the bundle, with individual pink and light-blue Yarn Yoshi amiibo also launching on Oct. 16 at a suggested retail price of $16.99 each.
· A new combo pack that includes two great games goes on sale Oct. 16. The pack includes both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, co-developed by Koei Tecmo Games, launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U on Oct. 22 for $49.99, just in time for Halloween. Players can download this free-to-start game and play the prologue, chapter 1 and most of chapter 2 for free. The full version of the game can be purchased as DLC directly from the Nintendo eShop or via the in-game menu.
· Star Fox Zero launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Xenoblade Chronicles X launches Dec. 4 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Devil’s Third launches Dec. 11 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
· Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival and amiibo figures for Animal Crossingcharacters Isabelle, Digby, K.K., Reese, Cyrus, Tom Nook, Mabel and Lottie launch Holiday 2015.
· Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash launches Holiday 2015.
· Runbow from 13AM Games will launch in North America on Aug. 27 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. For the first month after launch, anyone who downloaded the Nindies@Home demo version will receive 15 percent off the regular price of $14.99. Runbow is an up-to-nine-player action platform party game that includes guest characters from some of the Nintendo eShop’s most popular indie titles, like Azure Striker GunvoltShovel KnightGuacamelee! and Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.
· Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition from Disney Interactive launches Aug. 30 at a suggested retail price of $64.99.
· The Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack for Wii U from Activision launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $74.99. For the first time in Skylandershistory, two of Nintendo’s iconic characters – Donkey Kong and Bowser – will guest star as playable characters and will also work with select amiibo-compatible games with a simple twist of the character’s base. Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser will be exclusively playable on Wii U, Wii and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
· LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment launches Sept. 27 at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Additional LEGO Dimensions Level, Team and Fun Packs will also be available on Sept. 27 at the respective suggested retail prices of $29.99, $24.99 and $14.99.
· Guitar Hero Live from Activision launches Oct. 20 at a suggested retail price of $99.99.
· Just Dance 2016 from Ubisoft launches Oct. 20 at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
· Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games – winner of more than 100 awards, including many “Game of the Year” accolades – is coming to retail stores. The classically styled adventure launches on Wii U in October at a suggested retail price of $24.99.

Nintendo 3DS Games
· Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer launches Sept. 25 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. The set of 100 Animal Crossing amiibo cards, which are compatible with the game, launch the same day. The game comes with one complimentary amiibo card, so players can experience how to use the cards to bring additionalAnimal Crossing characters into the game. People who opt to download the digital version of the game in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at the same price will receive an exclusive Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer HOME Menu Theme instead of an amiibo card. Cards are sold separately in packs of six at a suggested retail price of $5.99 per pack. A bundle also launching on Sept. 25 includes the game, one amiibo card and the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The wireless NFC Reader/Writer is also sold separately at a suggested retail price of $19.99.
· Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash launches Oct. 9 at a suggested retail price of $29.99. A bundle that includes the Chibi-Robo amiibo launches the same day at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
·The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes launches Oct. 23 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
· Japanese sensation YO-KAI WATCH launches in the U.S. on Nov. 6 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
· Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
· Skylanders SuperChargers Racing from Activision launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $64.99. On Nintendo 3DS, gamers can go head to head with competitive multiplayer via local play or online with up to four players. Iconic Nintendo character Bowser and his Sky vehicle, Clown Cruiser, are available in theSkylanders SuperChargers Racing Starter Packs for Wii and Nintendo 3DS, and can also be played on the Wii U system.
· The Nintendo 3DS version of Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games will launch in stores in October at a suggested retail price of $24.99.

amiibo News
· A new 3-pack of Mii Fighters from Super Smash Bros. will launch on Nov. 1 at a suggested retail price of $34.99.
· The Mewtwo amiibo from Super Smash Bros. launches Nov. 13 at a suggested retail price of $12.99.
· Mega Yarn Yoshi, a giant green Yoshi amiibo made from yarn, goes on sale Nov. 15 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. When tapped to the GamePad controller inYoshi’s Woolly World, Mega Yarn Yoshi activates “Double Yoshi,” a second Yoshi to use at any point in the middle of a stage, as well as the ability to save a player’s favorite Yoshi pattern to the amiibo. The standard Yarn Yoshi amiibo also enables the same functionality.
· The Falco amiibo from Super Smash Bros. launches Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $12.99.

Nintendo 2DS
· Effective Aug. 30, the new suggested retail price of Nintendo 2DS will be $99.99, down from the current suggested retail price of $129.99. The system still comes with a free download code for the digital version of Mario Kart 7.

Posted on August 24, 2015 and filed under News.

Wave 4 amiibo release dates announced

From the press release:

Nintendo is launching a variety of amiibo figures in September, including several amiibo hitting store shelves on the 11th of September.

The amiibo figures launching on the 11th of September feature many fan-favorite characters from the Super Smash Bros. series like Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf and Bowser Jr. A special Super Mario Bros. 30th series Mario amiibo modeled after Mario’s 8-bit look in the original Super Mario Bros. game will offer compatibility with the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console. Both the game and the amiibo figure will launch on the 11th of September.

The full list of amiibo figures launching on the 11th of September includes:

  • 30th Anniversary Mario Classic Color
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Ganondorf
  • Olimar
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Dr. Mario

On Sept. 25, a Retro 3 Pack will launch, which includes R.O.B., Duck Hunt and Mr. Game & Watch amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series in a single package.

Further details about availability and pre-order schedules for these figures will be announced directly from various retailers in the near future. Three figures based on Mii Fighters, which were previously announced for release in September, will now launch as a 3 pack in November. More information about launch plans for the 30thAnniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo in North America will be shared in the future.

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Posted on August 5, 2015 and filed under News.

Monster Hunter X special edition New 3DS XL for Japan

Capcom announced today that Japan will be getting a special edition New 3DS XL accompanying the release of Monster Hunter X. It will release in a "Special Pack" priced at 26,000 yen. There will also be two special 3DS themes to go with Monster Hunter X. Both the game and the special 3DS XL will release in Japan on November 28, 2015.

I'm probably reading too much into it, but the announcement of a special edition New 3DS XL gets me thinking that perhaps there will be a western release announcement soon? Since North America only has the XL, maybe this means something?

Posted on July 30, 2015 and filed under News.

Splatoon August Update details, coming August 5th

Details have emerged about the previously announced August Update for Nintendo's popular online multiplayer game Splatoon for the Wii U.

From the press release:

On Aug. 5, a free software update in the Splatoon game for the Wii U console brings a large amount of new content to the game, including two new matchmaking modes, new weapon types, an increase to the game’s level cap and more than 40 pieces of new gear. Players will now be able to create a winning strategy and fight to be the best and most battle-tested squid squad around.

The new update introduces Squad Battle and Private Battle matchmaking options. In Squad Battle, players can participate in Ranked Battle rule sets with friends, rather than being teamed up with other players through a random selection. After a player creates a squad, friends can be recruited to form a team of two to four Inklings. Friends will always play together on the same team and battle against other squads at random.

In Private Battle, friends can splat it up in private, customizable matches. Two to eight friends can battle together by selecting their favorite map, mode and weapons. The number of participants ranges from 1v1 to 4v4, but teams don’t have to be even: If the host chooses, he or she can select a 1v4, 1v2, or any other combination of players.

With this robust new update also comes an increased level cap in both Regular Battle and Ranked Battle modes. After downloading the software update, players will be able to reach level 50 (raised from level 20) and rank S and S+ (both higher than A+).

While Inklings around the world are enjoying and mastering the current arsenal of weapons in Splatoon, two new weapon types will be available with the update, adding a new layer of strategy to the game. The bucket-like Slosher weapons hurl ink straight ahead at an impressive range. By adjusting the angle, these new weapons can be used to splat opponents who are up high or even on the other side of a wall. With the Gatling-style Splatling, players can charge blasts of all-powerful ink. A maximum charge unleashes the full potential of this particular weapon type. In addition to the new weapons, more than 40 pieces of gear, including everything from a leather jacket to a sushi-chef costume, are coming to the various in-game shops in Splatoon.

Despite its size and scope, this massive August update is not the end of the splat-acular free content coming to Splatoon. Following this update, more content will continually roll out through the rest of the summer and fall, including the Rainmaker Ranked Battle mode, additional maps and new weapons. More details about these additions will be revealed in the future.

Posted on July 27, 2015 and filed under News.

gaijin hunter analysis of Monster Hunter X gameplay and release date video

03:36 Prehistoric Forest (Day) + Dinovaldo 09:33 Prehistoric Forest (Night) + Great Maccau 14:54 Hills and Mountains + Rathalos 20:21 Misty Peaks + Nargacuga 25:40 Product News Huge news for MHX and great demo of gameplay! Please subscribe if you like Monster Hunter and want MH news, including MHX, in English!

Posted on July 23, 2015 and filed under gamerparent tv.

Thoughts of a Two-Year-Old on Bit Trip Presents... Runner 2

In the first of a new series of posts, Ryan Thompson shares his two-year-old's thoughts on video games. Today, he takes a look at Bit Trip Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.

I occasionally (often) play stretches of video games with my kids around. My daughter’s interests influence what games will be played. She is old enough now to express her interests and opinions in ways that only toddlers can. This series of posts will use her thoughts to summarize our gameplay experiences.

First game of the summer is Bit.Trip Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. We played it side by side enough that Daughter will repeat the announcements of the game’s title at random moments throughout the day. Runner2 received plenty of positive praise and mostly favorable reviews, but what did a two year-old think of the colorful, precise and full of character auto-runner?

“Bit.Trip Runner runs FAST! JUST LIKE THIS,” Daughter says as she runs up and down the hallway. As the floor buckles from her heavy footfalls, she adds, “Jumps UP and DOWN and ROUND and ROUND!” This is her description of the basic gameplay of Runner2, combined with a phrase from a current favorite book, Pony Brushes His Teeth. There’s a bit more to the game then jumping, but I’m glad Daughter isn’t trying to slide, kick, jump-kick or block pixel projectiles while she zooms up and down the hallway.

Daughter’s favorite part of the game is the variety of characters. Kids can be fickle, and every level saw a change in costume or character. Runner2 features 8 characters: male, female and retro versions of the main hero, a pickle, reverse merman, anthropomorphized oil can, an elder of the Video species, and Daughter’s favorite (or least, depending on the minute), a hamburger-headed humanoid. She really liked “Hamburger,” actual name Whetfart Cheeseborger, enough that she requested a hamburger dinner. I happily obliged, and she proceeded to take her mini-burger apart in the way Cheeseborger comes apart after a missed jump or hit obstacle, claiming “it’s just like hamburger girl in Bit Trip Runner!” If only she actually ate her dinner with such enthusiasm.

Dad and Daughter Highlights of Runner2

  • “There are RAINBOWS!”
  • “She (Commandgirl Video) has a pretty dress!”
  • “Ooh, pretty!”
  • “I want to be the hamburger”
  • “I DON’T want to be the hamburger”

Runner2 was purchased as part of the Humble Nintendo Indie Bundle. This is the first of the games available in the bundle we’ve completed, and it’s also the first game my daughter has requested to play with no encouragement from a parent.

About the Author

Ryan isn’t a game journalist, but he enjoys writing about his hobby.

He hopes you’ll chat and play some games with him @zoso1701 on Twitter, Miiverse and Steam.

Hear him on the Magic Hour Show Podcast from!

Posted on July 17, 2015 and filed under Reviews.

Satoru Iwata passes away. RIP, Iwata-san, and thank you.

I was sitting on the stairs. Ostensibly I was waiting for my daughter to finish her shower, but what I was really doing was sneaking in a few moments with my 3DS, playing my favourite game, Monster Hunter.

I came down to the kitchen table and turned opened my laptop. Twitter always sits on the right hand side of my screen.

Impassioned tweets about Satoru Iwata's impact on gaming, denials and disbelief of his passing. I suppose this will be one of those as well.

"Oh no."

"Honey. Iwata-san passed away."

Posted on July 12, 2015 and filed under News.

"We didn't want to be limited in the scope of what we can do based on what Animal Crossing in the past has been"

In an extensive interview with USGamer, Animal Crossing series director Aya Kyogoku talked about the two new Animal Crossing games, amiibo integration, and what she hopes to accomplish with these new spin-off Animal Crossing games.

On how the new games fit with the rest of the series:

Both Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival are spinoffs of the Animal Crossing series, and that's what we're developing them as. One thing that we focused on was, "What kind of game play experience can we create using Amiibo figures and Amiibo cards?" We also went in with the approach that we didn't want to be limited in the scope of what we can do based on what Animal Crossing in the past has been. So this is the result of our endeavor and coming up with a new game play experience with Amiibos and Animal Crossing.

On how amiibo Festival differs from Mario Party:

One of the main tenets of Mario Party is that you're playing a board game and in between those board game moves, you play a mini-game and compete, and that's a focus. For Animal Crossing, the focus is actually playing the board game within the village of Animal Crossing, so it's not really focused on the mini games.

On the core tenet of communication in Animal Crossing moving forward:

As we continue to develop the series, I think it will depend at that time on what hardware or system is available, what type of game play will be fun at that time. We will have an open and free mind to really think about what would be best. As far as Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival, these are different approaches that we took, but it doesn't necessarily dictate the direction that the Animal Crossing series will be going forward. This is just another set of experiences that we will be able to dip into as we try to evolve and think of great ideas that work for the times for whatever title comes out in the series. One thing that won't change is the idea of communication that through the game play of Animal Crossing, we can encourage communicating across players. That's something that we will always hold as important as we build Animal Crossing around it.

via USGamer

Posted on July 10, 2015 and filed under News.

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival demo analysis

I know that we all have questions about what exactly this game will be. Nintendo Treehouse demoed the game, and from it we can tell a few things about the game:

  • there will be turnip trading
  • there are other things to do in the game besides the board game
  • each turn of the game advances the calendar a day
  • events like the bug off occur on specific days of the month
  • houses designed for characters in Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer will be imported into the AC amiibo Festival if you use their amiibo card
  • animal visitors to the town will give opportunities to interact with them if you land on specific spaces, eg. Katie, Redd and others.
  • a board game design allows for families to play and interact with Animal Crossing together, rather than the single player experience of traditional Animal Crossing games
  • gyroids on the board will stamp your paper as you pass
  • "It's worth mentioning again that this is just one part of Animal Crossing amiibo festival, the board game is part of what you can play, it's the only thing we're able to talk about and show right now. There is more to Animal Crossing amiibo festival that we'll hopefully be able to talk about at a later date... when we're allowed."

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Posted on June 18, 2015 and filed under Article.

Hands on with Star Fox at E3 [video]

Star Fox Zero has been expected for some time but playing the game first hand was something of a revelation. There's a well judged balance between gyroscope enhanced aiming and twin stick flight controls. The Wii U Game-pad also doubles as a first person view from the ship that is useful for homing in on enemies.

Posted on June 18, 2015 and filed under gamerparent tv.

Genei Ibun Roku #FE - all we know so far

This game from Atlus, formerly known as Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, has been a source of some mystery. While a trailer was shown prior to E3, it was light on actual gameplay:

At E3 however, more information has been revealed, starting with a new trailer during the Nintendo Digital Event, and a 45 minute gameplay demo at Nintendo Treehouse.

From Atlus Press Release:

A tale of youth and heroes guided by destiny


  • Platform: Wii U
  • Launch Date:
  • Genre: Role-Playing Game
  • R a t i n g : Rating Pending -
  • Players: 1
  • Developer: ATLUS
  • Suggested Retail Price: TBD
  • URL:
  • © 2015 Nintendo/Atlus. FIRE EMBLEM SERIES: © Nintendo/INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS.

Set in modern Tokyo, young people come together to weave an epic tale alongside heroes from an alternate world. This brand new RPG, developed by ATLUS, is infused with elements of the popular Fire Emblem series. In the struggle between the worlds of glamour and darkness, these young heroes rise to face the challenge.

• Collaboration that blends the Shin Megami Tensei series with Fire Emblem characters.

• “Mirages”—beings of immeasurable power hailing from another dimension—have begun invading our world. Some are evil, but others are drawn to humans with tremendous creative potential and have shared their powers to guard humanity.

• Main characters fight as Mirage Masters and, at the same time, have big dreams to become great entertainers. They polish their singing and acting skills in the entertainment business in their daily life, and work as artists.

• Young heroes must confront not only the invading Mirages but also the world of entertainment as they fight their way to stardom.

A raft of images have also been released, showing character artwork and screenshots of the game. These screenshots are not final.

Posted on June 18, 2015 and filed under News.

The 7 Best Family-Friendly Games from E3 2015

While it may not have seemed like it from the press conferences, there were lots family-friendly games announced and introduced at E3. Here are some that you might want to keep an eye on.

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1. Disney Infinity 3.0: Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition now welcomes Star Wars™ to the ever-growing collection of Marvel, Disney and Disney•Pixar characters, stories and worlds. Together new heroes can join forces with characters from previous editions and embark on adventures as big as your imagination in the Toy Box! Available Fall 2015 on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Wii U™, Xbox One, Xbox 360. [family gamer tv video Hands on with Boba Fett]

2. Unravel: A delightful adventure game from small Swedish developer Coldwood with the support of EA, Unravel features the adventure of Yarny, a small character made of a single thread of yarn. Along your journey, you unlock memories of a long lost family. It's a game with heart, and looks absolutely adorable.

3. World of Final Fantasy: Embark on an adventure unlike any before to an all new WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY. With charming, stylized visuals for both the young and the young at heart, players will collect, raise, and battle iconic monsters by stacking them to form adorable yet strategic monster towers. The memorable legends of FINAL FANTASY come to life in this imaginative, colorful world as an epic story fit for the smallest of heroes unfolds. Available first on PS4 and PSVita in 2016.


4. Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer: In this next Animal Crossing game for the 3DS, play as the town's city planner, helping residents layout and design their homes. Your favourite villagers can be added to your town via new amiibo cards. Available September 25 2015 for Nintendo 3DS.

5. Skylanders Superchargers: It's Skylanders... with vehicles! Also notable for Nintendo platforms are the new Skylander/amiibo hybrids: Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser. Join the team of Superchargers to pilot a variety of vehicles of land, sea and sky to defeat Kaos and save Skylands. Available September 20 2015. [family gamer tv video]

6. Lego Dimensions: Lego gets into the Toys to Life game category in a big way with an extreme crossover of characters in one game. Play with characters from Back to the Future, Portal, Ghostbusters, The Lego Movie, The Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, Doctor Who, the Simpsons and many more! Available September 27 2015.

7. Super Mario Maker: Nintendo is giving everyone the ability to make their own Mario levels in the newly renamed Super Mario Maker. Play with an unlimited number of levels designed by players worldwide, and share your creations with everyone. Using the Wii U Gamepad to design levels in one of four Mario styles, you can challenge yourself and your friends with amazing new creative levels. Available September 11 2015 for Wii U.

Bonus Pick 8. Yoshi's Woolly World: Embark on a new Yoshi adventure in a world made from yarn, cloth and textiles. Explore the world by using yarn to weave wool platforms and warp pipes to reach new areas, and gleefully unravel its secrets and puzzles by pulling yarn walls apart. Add a little color to Yoshi's life with a spectrum of yarn balls. Then team up with a friend to have a ball together in this wild and woolly world. Available October 16 2015 for Wii U.


Posted on June 17, 2015 and filed under Countdown.

My notes on E3 Tuesday


Nintendo Digital Event

  • Opens with puppet Iwata, Reggie, and Miyamoto turning into Peppy, Falco and Fox
  • Trailer of StarFox Zero: Miyamoto talks about the genesis of Star Fox, using the gyro, they want people to play as if they are flying a real plane, game world on TV, cockpit view on Gamepad,
  • Arwing can transform into a walker, various vehicles are available, called Zero because it’s Japanese kanji and looks like a fox tail
  • Reggie talks about the theme of ‘transformation’ - to focus on the coming months
  • Super Mario Maker: players will become creators
  • Amiibo: more new ones on the way, and in new games
  • Skylanders Superchargers, two unexpected guest stars, Turbo Charge DK, Hammer Slam Bowser, you can twist the base, and it becomes an amiibo, and these figures can only be used on Nintendo
  • Back to puppets dancing to the star music
  • The Legend of Zelda TriForce Heroes (Fall 2015) - three player Zelda akin to 4 swords, cutom outfits for Link (Lucky Loungewear is my fave)
  • Meanwhile back at Nintendo headquarters: talk about Zelda TriForce Heroes - coop play, incorporating that same sense of depth in the coop, being able to stack players in a ‘totem’, fashion savvy people filled kingdom, so of course new outfits with new abilities, online multiplayer as well as local
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends 3DS version, a reimagining of the Wii U game, includes all DLC characters, and adding more characters from Wind Waker
  • Trailer shown for Hyrule Warriors Legends (Q1 2016)
  • Back to puppets
  • Another 3DS game Metroid Prime Federation Force (2016) - 4-player coop missions in the Metroid Prime Universe, including Blast Ball which was seen at NWC
  • Fire Emblem If (renamed Fates) (2016) - trailer shown
  • Atlus trailer - Is this Legacy of Legends? No? ending title is in Japanese, with FE (2016) apparently it is Genei Ibun Roku #FE coming to #WiiU so this is a fighting game with fire emblem characters and stuff? OH OK THIS IS Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem as we knew it. I guess the final title isn’t fixed yet. That’s confusing to not title it a bit more clearly.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X trailer - December 4 2015
  • Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer 3DS - Sept 25th, 2015 looks like you build every part of the town
  • Amiibo play on the Wii U, in a board game like tour around animal crossing town, Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival on Wii U Holiday 2015
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World (Oct 16, 2015) - Emi Watanabe designer interview (a woman! and good English - British no less, software planning and development dept, a coordinator) the game still looks great and super cute, provide the challenge and the fun, amiibos will give Yoshi that costume in yarn
  • Level 5 - Yo-kai Watch on 3DS (Holiday 2015)- looks like they’re keeping many of the Japanese names, but other ones get translated
  • Sticker Mario and 3D Mario collide in Mario and Luigi Paper Jam spring 2016
  • Mario Tennis Ultra Smash (holiday 2015) Wii U
  • Super Mario Maker (Sept 11, 2015) - a tool that they use INTERNALLY to make Mario Levels? back in the day they were created by hand, air land and sea was a theme in the very beginning, and now you can do that with flying clouds, you can put things in places they’re normally not found, like a goomba underwater, Costume Mario with current amiibo, new 8Bit Mario Amiibo (available in 2 color schemes) makes your in game Mario bigger, and Super Mario Maker booklet
  • Nintendo Treehouse Live - will demo StarFox Zero, and ability to try out Super Mario Maker at Best Buy in US and Canada on Wed and Sat
  • Let’s Super Mario . com

Square Enix

  • Just Cause 3 trailer (Dec 1st for PS4/XboxOne/PC - PXPC)
  • golf clap for Phil Rogers
  • Rico has grapple, wingsuit, and hang glider, vehicles look good, all kinds of things blow up
  • new title unannounced sneak peek - Platinum developed! Yosuke Saito producer. Looks beautiful, NieR? the world is in decay. for PS4, more info in the Fall. Production has just begun.
  • Wow, the producer is wearing an amazing moon head mask and scarf, I’m assuming from the game? Platinum was approached by Square Enix to strengthen the action element of NieR.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer, behind the scenes making of at Crystal Dynamic, face and graphic realism is pretty incredible.
  • Mobile and tablet games - (previously done Hitman Go, Hitman Sniper) next game is Lara Croft GO
  • Now a trailer with a bunch of games
  • Kingdom Hearts series producer - where is the translator audio? Ah well. Here is a trailer.
  • Now the trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake for PS4
  • PC version of FF VII will be coming to Playstation, will be coming in Winter 2015. Also iOS version.
  • About the Kingdom Hearts Series - new video
  • Fans are excitedly clapping. Or, one guy sitting on the right was.
  • Kingdom Hearts X Unchained Key (iOS and Android) coming to the West
  • Kingdom Hearts III - (the guy is very excited again) Disney collaboration with Square Enix, introducing a brand new world into the game, World Premiere of footage from Kingdom Hearts III
  • For Xbox One and PS4
  • World of Final Fantasy (PS4/Vita 2016) - the cute wee little chibi characters, a producer talks about a game that children and parents could play together using Final Fantasy, an adventure of walking through a world of their toys and figurines. Tower formation of characters stacked on top of each other, changing the dynamic of the character and the game.
  • Hitman - Dec 8th
  • SE and tri-ace new project : Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (2016) trailer followed by another trailer. Two trailers.
  • Eidos Montreal - Deus Ex Mankind Divided (early 2016 on PXPC)
  • Final Fantasy Portal App - this summer for mobile, an encyclopedia of FF
  • A New RPG Project in a newly established studio, named Tokyo RPG Factory. Showing pretty scenes, Project Setsuna, 2016 global release.
Posted on June 17, 2015 and filed under News.