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.
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.