Nintendo’s got a good deal going on the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console for both Mega Man X and Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge, but you better hop into some dash boots sooner rather than later.
The SNES and Game Boy classics are $2 a piece on their respective eShops, down from their original $7.99 and $3.99 price tags. They’ll continue to be for only two days, so you’ll have until Wednesday, Dec. 18. 8:59AM PST to take
Despite still having a working cartridge of Mega Man X, $2 for one of the best SNES action platformers out there is too good of a deal to pass up. Commence silly Miiverse posts about jumping through the boss gates and joking about how the password screen is now useless with restore points.
With Drakengard 3 (Or Drag-On Dragoon 3 depending on your location) set to launch in Japan in three days, Square Enix has released one final trailer–an “advertisement movie”–to entice players to jump into the world of Drakengard.
The trailer focuses on both story and gameplay, but with an emphasis on stronger single enemies versus platoons of weaker enemies like the previous games. Players can also take to the skies to set foes on fire with their dragon ally.
As a big fan of the original Drakengard (and Drakengard 2 to a lesser extent), I can’t wait to get back to hacking and slashing said foes.
Drakengard 3 will hit Japanese shores on Dec. 19 and will be reaching North America and Europe later in 2014.
Jump ahead to see Drakengard 3 in action.
Editor’s note: In the Postcard Review, members of the Pixelitis staff write small, easily digestible reviews big enough to ‘fit on a postcard’ – hence the title. It can be about the whole experience or just a small piece of the pie. No scores needed.)
There’s no reason this game should have been good.
Its very existence is dripping with visible marketing. “Pokémon games are popular. Pokémon cards are popular. Let’s do it!”
Yet somehow Game Boy’s Pokémon Trading Card Game dodged its fate and turned out to be a pretty fun game.
Ironically, despite all the Pokémon cards I owned as a youth, I never really knew how to play. I credit this game with teaching me the proper rules and realizing that my elementary school bully didn’t properly defeat me with his shiny Charizard.
So once you learn the real rules and realize your childhood was a lie, the game surprisingly delivers. It starts off hilariously echoing Pokémon Red and Blue by having a scientist ask you which “deck” you want. It’s a nice nod to the series, but it is much less exciting to choose the “Charmander & friends deck” over a real Charmander. Though I guess neither is real, in retrospect. This game really makes you question everything.
After you choose your first deck, you end up in a hub world where you can travel to different clubs who each use a specific type. Beating players will unlock booster packs which let the player customize and build more decks.
Hearing the game described makes it sound like the poor-man’s Pokémon, and in some ways it is, but there’s something intriguing about the meta game within the game. I’d say its worth a look, even if it’s just for the soundtrack.
Growing up, the magic of this time of year was always so palatable. You could practically feel it on your skin – school was out, friends were itching to come over to play and then it was the start of a brand new year.
Now, as I get older, I find myself more and more in line with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in Jingle All the Way than I did with Macaulay Culken’s in Home Alone. It’s a time of strife, hardship and financial ruin all in the name of “spreading good cheer.”
That being said, I’m no scrooge. With the final days of shopping before Christmas looming ahead of us this week, I wish you all good luck in finding that special something for that special someone.
Thanks to some revelations on Monday, we know the NSA has a team of Level 80 Dark Elves spying on our raids in World of Warcraft. We also know that Japanese restaurant-goers will soon have to prepare to di(n)e in a Dark Souls-themed cafe.
As always, we have everything we’ve posted in the last week waiting for you right after the break.
Well bless my little paper heart.
Media Molecule’s unique Vita title Tearaway is now on sale after its release a little over three weeks ago. For those who don’t know about the studio’s latest title, it’s an unusual game that incorporates the two touch screens on the Vita to create a paper world in which you guide your little paper messenger.
And for today, you can net the funky platformer to play on the PS Vita for 50 percent off at GameStop.
Though I haven’t picked it up, chances are I am tempted to run out and grab a copy of Tearaway to play over the holidays. It’s a good reason to dust off the Vita.
If you don’t have enough of thatgamecompany in your life, well now’s a good time to pick up some more games. The studio that created the likes of Flower and Journey is bringing back their first game, flOw to the PlayStation 4 and the Vita this Tuesday.
The ambient aquatic journey focuses on the interaction between the organism and the things it consumes, all while swimming around to the emotional swells of music. So, basically, a game from thatgamecompany.
For $5.99, you can purchase the game, which includes cross-buy options for those who still have not gotten a PlayStation 4.
While eSports fanatics and some of the more prominent competitive Street Fighter players battled it out earlier today in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Capcom Cup, Capcom officials unveiled two new modes that will be included in Ultra Street Fighter IV.
One of the modes, called Online Training Mode, will allow players to practice online with people around the world. Given that the game has been “finely-tuned” and “rebalanced” according to Capcom, the ability to reacquaint oneself to the game’s nuances any time could be a welcome addition to anyone looking to compete at a higher level.
Along with giving players a new tool to hone their skills, USF4 will also come with a new competitive mode called Team Battle Mode. In this mode, players choose three characters to go into battle with. After every round, the losing player gets a fresh character to fight with, while the winner gets a small amount of health back for his current fighter. The match goes on until only one fighter is left standing.
These modes, along with the inclusion of Poison, Elena, Rolento and a “secret, all-new playable characters” are just part of what Capcom is describing as the “definitive version” of the hit arcade fighter from 2008.
You can check out the latest batch of screenshots here, as well as the most recent trailer after the jump.
As previously reported, Ultra Street Fighter IV will be available as a digital upgrade for Super Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition starting this June for $14.99. Two months later, a retail version of the game will be available in stores and on PC for $39.99 and $29.99 respectively. PC users can also purchase a digital upgrade in August for $14.99 if they choose.
I can’t recall the last time I read a game’s instruction manual out of necessity. It’s hard to remember that there once was an era of gaming where rules had to be learned and discussed before playing. Nowadays, titles usually either teach the player within the confines of the game or simply let them learn intuitively.
But there’s always another way to play a game. With strange, seemingly absurd, self-imposed rules, one can transform a well-known game into an entirely different experience.
Unlike modding, where players can physically create and/or modify a game, the action I describe is more metaphysical. Since there is no official word for playing a game with fan-made restrictions and rules, allow me to share some personal stories involving the craft. Below, I’ve listed the titles I’ve played in a unique way that I found challenging and fun.
Cafés are the perfect place to sit back and relax. But what if you wanted something a bit… darker? And more soulful?
From Software has teamed up with Oz Café to bring a Dark Souls-themed café to the residents of Tokyo. For a limited time, fans of Dark Souls can come in and enjoy a life-giving Estus Flask, Successors of the Sun, Fireball (the pyromancy spell, not the drink) and a Soul Spear, among other similarly-themed dishes and drinks.
The conversion of the Oz Café is set to open on Jan. 6, 2014, with plans to further expand the café once Dark Souls II gets released in March next year.
The addition of another videogame-themed cafe simply adds one more reason to my list of why I want to visit Japan.
Nevermind the fact that there was no way Jimmy could have gotten that many points that early in Double Dragon. The NES port of the arcade classic is now available for five Abrahams on the Wii U eShop.
Just keep in mind that the NES port didn’t feature simultaneous two-player co-op, so if you wanted to play with a friend you’ll have to wait for the superior Double Dragon II.
3DS users can celebrate the addition of the Miiverse and a unified Nintendo Network account, while engorging on Sega’s 3D Classics revamps of Ecco the Dolphin and Galaxy Force II. I bet the former game’s final boss looks even creepier with the 3D cranked all the way up.
On the PlayStation side of things, PS Plus users have Borderlands 2 for free, in addition to a ton of Holiday Sales. Spelunky for $3.75 on PS Vita sounds great.
Steam got a batch of new releases this week, with the most questionable one being Marc Eckō’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. Remember that one? It’d be wiser to stick to the Strike Suit Zero half-off deal they’ve got going right now.
Finally, there’s a nice little sale going on with XBLA games, including Beyond Good & Evil HD, Rayman 3 HD and Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game.
Oh, and if you wanted Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics for free on GOG, well tough: you missed it. Onto the big list.