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Nintendo just released another new trailer for the upcoming 3DS game Fire Emblem: Awakening. This video shows off the character progression and class systems in the game. I recommend you watch this video as it shows how to get your characters to the more advanced classes.

Our review will go up later this week. Fire Emblem: Awakening will be released on February 4, 2013.

Review: Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Paper Mario: Sticker Star is the newest entry in the Paper Mario series and the first one on the 3DS. This latest entry plays up the series’ paper-based setting and humor to new heights. After Super Paper Mario on the Wii, at first glance, this game looks like a return to the RPG form created with Paper Mario and perfected with Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door.

However, even with everything polished to a flashy, shiny sheen, Paper Mario: Sticker Star is not an unequivocal step back when compared its predecessors. Frustrating design decisions and some questionable gameplay mechanics keep this from being considered among the top Mario RPGs.


This past weekend, I was able to attend the Washington DC Wii U Experience event, which basically had every Wii U game currently announced for domestic release on display.

That list includes Project P-100, Just Dance 4, ZombiU, New Super Mario Bros. U, Game and Wario, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Ninja Gaiden III, Nintendo Land, Rayman Legends, and Pikmin 3.

Are you curious as to what the event had in store for me? Of course you are! Read more… »

Another E3 has come and gone; and despite favorites being uncovered from the heaps of announcements and demos, the overall verdict was that there was no clear winner. Rather, the whole event was quite underwhelming — a lot of focus on already known IP with very little surprises.

If anything, 2012′s E3 was a textbook study of company philosophy. On a high level, Microsoft played a familiar hand showcasing its tendency to favor 3rd party partnerships ala Nike. Sony touted its tried and true dedication the developer network, letting Quantic Dream take the stage with Beyond: Two Souls and front runner Naughty Dog with The Last of Us. That left Nintendo.

Many knew Nintendo had a lot to prove, as it was the only one with new hardware to promote. Its strategy was a savvy one with three presentations strategically placed: one just before, one at the beginning and one toward the end of the expo. Of course, the goal was to put Nintendo and the Wii U at the top of everybody’s minds. This strategy didn’t quite work, however, but not because its lineup or hardware was lackluster as many may think.


Nintendo wasn’t satisfied just bringing you one press conference, so they broke the Wii U into two, and added an extra 3DS conference.

The unfortunate part of this strategy is that none of the conferences packed any major punches. While the main Wii U conference was satisfying enough in my opinion, this 3DS event fell completely flat. Read more… »

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We’ve already presented you with some highlights from Microsoft’s and Sony’s press conferences, so now it’s Nintendo’s turn. As expected, Nintendo showed off it’s upcoming next-gen console, the Wii U. However, some of the aspects they decided to showcase left me with mixed feelings.

Here are some of the biggest highlights from Nintendo’s E3 2012 press conference.


At the Nintendo Direct pre-E3 event today live at 6PM EST, President Iwata unveiled the brand new, never before seen Wii-U Pro Controller for the upcoming console.

Right now we have no idea if this will come packaged in the introductory console purchase (probably not). Hopefully Nintendo actually follows through with Pro Controller support this generation, as a large number of their Wii titles had Classic support mysteriously absent. In fact, all we really know right now is that it looks an awful lot like a 360 controller.

We’ll have to wait until their official Conference on Tuesday for more information, but hey, at least we know it exists!

Better late than never, right? New Play Control! Pikmin 2 released over three years ago in European territories, but American fans looking forward to seeing the updated Wii version of the GameCube classic have been forced to wait. Nintendo Power says that’ll be changing later this year, with Olimar and the creatures of “Distant Planet” making their way to North American shores once again this June.

Exciting news, but one has to wonder what took so long. Following something of an unfortunate trend for the publisher’s North American office, Pikmin 2 is the latest in a long line of titles that the publisher has brought to the United States months or years after hitting other territories. On top of that, over a dozen great titles have yet to see localization – a sad fact of life for any Wii fan lamenting the console’s sparse release calendar.

If you’ve been content to enjoy Pikmin 2 in its original state and have instead been looking forward to the next entry in the franchise, Shigeru Miyamoto recently confirmed that Nintendo will be bringing that title with them to Los Angeles for E3 later this year.

Pikmin 2 Finally Reaches North American Wiis Soon [nintendolife via Siliconera]

Pokemon Conquest (formerly Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition)

Last time we talked about Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition, we reported that it was selling well in Japan, but there was no news about it coming stateside. That changes today! Nintendo just announced that they are bringing the now renamed DS game, Pokémon Conquest, to the US on June 18.

In Pokémon Conquest you play as a young Warlord who uses Pokémon to battle Warriors and Warlords inspired by the Japanese feudal era. While the game doesn’t contain all 600+ creatures known to date, it does contain “nearly 200 Pokémon, including many from the recent Pokémon Black and White” iterations. As a Pokémon fan and a lover of SRPGs, I can’t wait for June.

[Source: Business Wire]

Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition 1

Here’s a bit of news that doesn’t come as a shock: the latest Pokémon game, Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition topped the Japanese DS charts according to Media Create’s weekly retail chart with 172,027 units sold.

But there’s a twist to those numbers.


I’m going to put this on record: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is my least favorite Zelda game of all time. But I’m not stopping there; not only is it a poor Zelda game, it’s also a poor videogame in general.

Without even touching upon the love ‘em or hate ‘em motion controls, there’s more than enough evidence to show that Nintendo should’ve taken a step back, looked at Skyward Sword’s innovations, and asked themselves, “Are we sure these ideas are good?”


The Last Story logo

It seems like some of the efforts of Operation Rainfall have borne fruit. Xseed Games announced that they and Nintendo are partnering up to bring Wii RPG The Last Story to North America sometime this summer.

Hit the jump for more info about The Last Story and the announcement. Read more… »