Nightly News Roundup: 10.04.2012

Pikachu 3DS XL comes to Europe, Atlus lets Etrian Odssey IV out of the bag, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is beautiful (and in 1080p).

By Bradly Storm. Posted 10/04/2012 23:45 7 Comments     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

The Lowdown on the Latest UK Nintendo Direct

It’s a rather huge day for Nintendo news. For starters, Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata unleashed upon the masses that Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will indeed hit store helves sometime during the first quarter of 2013. Though, this announcement was yet a re-confirmation of some news most of us already knew/assumed, he went on to report that the latest installment of the SRPG franchise that has garnered a cult-like following, Fire Emblem, will fire into gamers’ hands in the second quarter of ’13.

Furthermore, in a move that is sure to make those interested in all things Pokemon squeal with delight, Europeans will be treated to the much adored yellow Pikachu 3DS XL that is currently only available in Japan. If you love you some Pokemon memorabilia, then you should probably start saving your pennies now because this thing is rather awesome. No word yet on a US release, though, it wouldn’t seem totally unrealistic to think we North Americans might be treated to the handheld cuteness sometime in the future as well.

Pikachu Yellow 3DS XL

Source: Nintendo Gamer


Atlus to Localize Etrian Odyssey IV

Suddenly, my life feels complete. Why you ask? Well it’s quite simple: Atlus announced today that Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan will in fact see the light of day here in North America come early 2013 (that’s in just a few months, in case you haven’t looked at a calendar in the past ten months). If you’re unfamiliar with the Etrian Odyssey series, then A. you’re doing life wrong and B. you obviously don’t like, know about, and/or play good games. Etrian Odyssey IV is a follow-up to the series that was made famous on DS, and will reportedly introduce a host of enhancements and additions, particularly of note is the vastly improved graphics engine that will take advantage of the platform’s 3D capabilities. Of course, as was the case in previous entries in the series, players will traverse various dungeons all the while mapping their travels using the touch screen and stylus. Thankfully, the series will return to form by yet again incorporating a brutally challenging difficulty, but will also offer a casual-play option for those of you who are newbies to the series/scrubs.

Because Atlus is a brand of Index Digital Medic, Inc., Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Index Digital Media, Inc., had this to say about the announcement: “The Etrian Odyssey series is an enduring love letter to a bygone era, a time when the thrill of adventure; the rewards of imagination; and the satisfaction of true challenge could truly transport gamers to another world… While Legends of the Titan continues to be a bridge to that past, the series now enjoys its most technologically sophisticated foray yet. Enemies are rendered in 3D and practically pounce out of the Nintendo 3DS at the player. The areas to be explored and mapped have never been as intricately detailed and memorably vibrant. The wondrous music of Yuzo Koshiro is back, fully orchestrated and as epic as ever. At the risk of sounding oxymoronic, we’re proud to bring our fans the newest, most exciting old school CRPG throwback yet!”

Source: Operation Rainfall


Aaaaaand Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is Beautiful

Do you dig spending 7,000 hours collecting loot and crafting sweet armor to show off to your friends and forgetting that real life actually exists? Can’t get enough of brandishing giant-ass, unnecessarily large weapons in order to murderously slaughter enormous monsters that often bear striking physical similarities to dinosaurs? Love the idea of an online RPG on your Wii U? If you answered, “yes” to 1.5 of those questions, then Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is probably a game you should keep an eye on. At the very least, you should keep an eye on these screenshots that Capcom unveiled today. And here I was worried that 3 Ultimate was going to look like trash, what with being a 3DS port. But, I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong, and, hot damn, I was wrong. These screenies are gorgeous. Oh, did I forget to mention it’ll run in full 1080p? Yeah, well, it does.

Source: Capcom

7 Responses to “Nightly News Roundup: 10.04.2012”

  • 240 points
    Windy says...

    I will definately be picking up Etrian Odyssey. This is my kind of gaming right there! Things are really lookin up for the 3DS. The Eshop releases this week were fantastic and some nice announcements were made. I picked up Cave story it will be my first time playing it. Ive been so busy with The Denpa Men I will get to Cave story next week sometime

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    • 156 points
      Bradly Storm says...

      I checked out Denpa Men via the eShop demo, and it seemed like a real grind. While I typically enjoy that kind of thing, I guess I couldn’t get into it without some sort of character attachment/story to incentivize me to power through the dungeons. I’ve heard there’s already a sequel to the game in Japan, which apparently addresses a lot of the first game’s shortcomings, so hopefully this release is just a prelude of what’s to come. The game DOES remind me a lot of Dragon Quest, though, and that’s never a bad thing. So, not all hope is lost, heh.

      That said, you’re right, things are looking great for the 3DS, especially with Code of Princess coming out Tuesday! Wewt.

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        ejamer says...

        Kind of agree about the Denpa Men demo. It didn’t seem like a bad game… but from the demo I wasn’t left with any attachment to my Denpa guys at all and wasn’t sure I wanted to get involved in a grind-fest that would take hours to complete without something more compelling to keep me going.

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  • 240 points
    Windy says...

    I’m not a big Pokemon Fan but that Pikachu 3dsXL would be awesome!

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  • 1245 points
    lukas85 says...

    Pikachu has two big black nipples ugghhh.

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