Category Archives: 3DS

North America Getting Two GBC Pokémon Games on 3DS eShop

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge, Game Boy Color

Nintendo of America is bringing two classic Pokémon games from the Game Boy Color to the 3DS eShop in the run up to the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire on 21st November. First up will be Pokémon Puzzle Challenge on 6th November and priced at at $4.99, followed by Pokémon Trading Card Game on 13th November selling for $5.99. The latter of the two is already available on Europe’s virtual console.

Nintendo added that anyone who downloads either of these games will receive a free code for the Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire demo while stocks last.


Zero Suit Samus Gets New Outfit in Super Smash Bros.

Samus Aran, Zero Suit Samus, Super Smash Bros, Wii U, Nintendo

Screenshot from the Wii U version.

Masahiro Sakurai, creator of Super Smash Bros. has revealed new costumes today for Zero Suit Samus based on her appearance in the ending of Metroid: Zero Mission. In that game players could see Samus in this rather revealing get-up if they met certain demands upon completing the game. Sakurai revealed these outfits in one of his regular ‘pic of the day’ Miiverse posts in which he also took pains to point out that it was a female designer who worked on these models for Samus.

Looking at the number of days we have left for development, it would be an impossible task to create this… That’s what I told my staff. But thanks to the determination of her female designer, these Zero Suit outfits got completed in time. From the ending of Metroid: Zero Mission, here’s Samus in shorts!

The outfits will be available to use in both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. Sakurai also posted an image from the 3DS game, which not only shows the outfits but also the return of a classic stage – Brinstar from Super Smash Bros. Melee!

Samus Aran, Zero Suit Samus, 3DS, Super Smash Bros., Brinstar, Metroid

Hints & Tips – Pokémon Trading Card Game (GBC)

Pokémon Trading Card Game, Game Boy Color, GBC, Box ArtMew Promo Card

Beat the Challenge Cup a second time to get this card.

Free Booster Packs

Use a computer in one of the gyms and click on the menu that has Japanese writing and numbers next to each item. Click on any of these and you should get a booster pack each time.

Infinite Energy Cards

Go to Dr. Ooyama’s lab and fight Mikasa. Every time you do this you will get two boosters full of energy cards.

Level 9 Slowpoke

Make a deck with 59 energy cards and one basic Pokémon and use it as your dueling selection. Go to Fire Club and a boy there will ask for your unused energy cards. If you say yes he will give you Slowpoke, if you say no he will leave and not come back and you will be unable to get the Slowpoke.

Is Grezzo Hiring for Majora’s Mask 3D?

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Ever since the release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D on the 3DS fans have been clamoring for a similar remake of its N64 sequel Majora’s Mask. Developer Grezzo has now dropped a hint that fans may in fact get their wish as they have posted a job listing which, translated from Japanese, asks applicants “Would you like to make a legend with us?” The word ‘legend’ is highlighted in gold.

Besides Ocarina of Time 3D Grezzo have also worked on Four Swords Anniversary Edition, WiiWare game Line Attack Heroes and Street Pass title Flower Town so it seems plausible that Majora’s Mask could be the project they are hiring for. Time will tell if this is the case.


Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate E3 Trailer

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Nintendo 3DS

Capcom has released an official trailer for Monster Hunter Ultimate 4 which the developer says will be released in the west in ‘early 2015’ on the Nintendo 3DS.

The game will offer new locales to explore and hundreds of quests to take part in. It will also be the first handheld entry in the series to offer online multiplayer in addition to a local wireless option.

Check out the trailer below and expect more coverage of the game during E3.

Sonic Boom Games Get New Titles

Sonic Boom cast, 3DS, Wii U

Sega has today announced new subtitles for the Sonic Boom games coming to Wii U and 3DS. The Wii U game will be titled Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, while the 3DS version will be called Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.

The Wii U game’s title refers to the new villain, Lyric who is described as “a giant and monstrous snake-like creature from an ancient race. An extremely tech-savvy mastermind who uses a sophisticated robotic body of armor to carry out his own nefarious deeds, he is a formidable enemy and a force to be reckoned with.”

Lyric, Sonic Boom Villain, Concept Art

“the most vile and formidable villain in Sonic history.”

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is being developed by LA based Big Red Button and will be the first Wii U game to be powered by Crytek’s CRYENGINE. As well as the usual fast Sonic gameplay this game will feature intense combat and a new ability called the “Enerbeam”. This tool has multiple uses for both combat and exploration. It allows you to cross gaps by swinging or zip-lining and can be used to grab and throw enemies or remove their shields.

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Enerbeam, Sonic, Knuckles

The Enerbeam in action

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal meanwhile has San Francisco based Sanzaru Games on development duties. It has a separate story but shares character’s and events from the Sonic Boom universe. It gives players their first chance to take control of new character, Sticks, as she attempts to rescue Amy who has been kidnapped by Lyric. The 3DS game features more traditional Sonic platforming gameplay in the vein of Sonic Rush. Players who own both games can unlock special content on the Wii U version by finding unique collectibles in the 3DS version.

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, Sticks, Nintendo 3DS

Both games will be released in North America in November 2014 and will be playable at E3.



Hints & Tips – The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)


Find the Tiger Scrolls

You can find Tiger scrolls hidden throughout the game to learn new sword techniques. Read below to see where they are located and what each of them do.

Spin Attack

Location: Go to the trainer in Hyrule Town after completing the first dungeon.

Effect: Allows you to spin 360 degrees with your sword.

Sword Beam

Location: In the southeastern corner of Hyrule Castle garden. You must have the lantern to light the torches inside.

Effect: Shoot beams with your sword when at full health.

Dash Attack

Location: Learnt from the trainer in town after obtaining the Pegasus Boots.

Effect: Allows Link to dash with his sword out when the Pegasus Boots are equipped.

Peril Beam

Location: On the southwest side of Lake Hylia. You need the flippers to access the dojo and must have 10 or more hearts or the swordsman will not teach you.

Effect: Same as the sword beam except it works when you are very low health.

Rock Breaker

Location: Learnt from the trainer in town after beating the second dungeon.

Effect: Allows you to break stones and jars with your sword.

Roll Attack

Location: Learnt from the trainer on Mount Crenel once Link knows how to split in two using the White Sword.

Effect: Link can perform a forward slash with his sword when coming up from a roll.

Down Thrust

Location: Learnt from the trainer in town after getting the Roc’s Cape.

Effect: Allows Link to perform a downward thrust after jumping with the Roc’s Cape.

Great Spin Attack

Location: Learnt from the trainer under the gravestone in the Castor Wilds. Can only be learnt once you have found all 7 previous scrolls.

Effect: Allows Link to perform a continuous spin attack.

Great Spin Attack upgrade #1

Location: Behind a waterfall in the swamp. Fuse kinstones with the Roll Attack trainer to get there (you’ll need the flippers).

Effect: Makes the spin attack go even further.

Great Spin Attack upgrade #2

Location: Behind a waterfall near the castle walls. Fuse a kinstone with the Peril Beam trainer to get there (once again you’ll need the flippers).

Effect: Increases the distance you can go with the spin attack.

Speed up ‘Cloning’

Location: Fuse a kinstone with the sword beam trainer so you can get behind a waterfall in the western mountain with your flippers.

Effect: Enables Link to make copies of himself more quickly.

Boss Guide

Deepwood Shrine

Mini-Boss – Madderpillar

Hit it’s nose to turn it white. Go to it’s tail and start hitting it.

Boss – Big Green Chuchu

Use the Gust Jar to suck up the Chu Jelly from it’s feet and it will fall over. Now you can hit it’s head.

Cave of Flames

Boss – Gleerok

Fire the Cane of Pacci at it’s back, then walk over it’s neck and hit it’s back while it is unconscious.

Fortress of Winds

Boss – Mazaal

Shoot the palms of Mazaal’s hands with arrows, then hit them with your sword. When both hands are out of action, shrink and enter Mazaal’s mouth. Once inside find the vulnerable pillar and keep hitting it.

Temple of Droplets

Mini-Boss – Big Blue Chuchu

You can defeat him the same way as the boss from the first dungeon. Just don’t attack while he is charged.

Boss – Big Octorok

Deflect the stones it shoots at you with your shield until the Octorok freezes itself. Take this opportunity to set fire to the flower on it’s back with your lantern.

Palace of Winds

Boss – Gyorg Pair

Hit the small blue Gyorg in the eye when it opens one whilst avoiding it’s tail and the small green enemies. When you reach the big red Gyorg use the flashing tiles to duplicate yourself and hit all it’s eyes at the same time. After that hit all the eyes whenever they open. Eventually the blue Gyorg will drop down and the red one will soon follow.

Dark Hyrule Castle

Final Boss – Vaati

Vaati takes on multiple forms during this battle. First he moves around with eyes floating around him. Destroy the eyes then attack the big eye when it opens. When he shoots a black hole at you suck it up. Do the same when black holes circle around him. Attack the eye whenever possible.

In the second form you must shoot the balls surrounding Vaati with your arrows until you find four red ones. You must then hit them all at once with the 4-Link technique. Still with four Links hit Vaati’s eye and repeat until this form is defeated.

In Vaati’s final form wait until he sinks one of his arms into the ground. It will reappear somewhere else. Flip it over, shrink and enter the arm. Inside find the eye that is deepest red and kill it to destroy the arm. Once both arms are destroyed Vaati will shoot lightning and lasers at you. Dodge the lightning and shoot back the lasers with the 4-Link technique. If you successfully return all the lasers you can hit Vaati in the eye. Repeat this until Vaati is defeated!



New Sonic Boom Character Revealed

Sticks, Sonic Boom

Meet Sticks, a wild jungle badger and the newest addition to Sonic Boom. Sticks will join the core ensemble of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy in the new branch of the Sonic franchise which includes a TV series, Wii U and 3DS game and a new toy range. Sticks is armed with a boomerang and is close friends with Amy.

Hiroyuku Miyazaki, Chief Content Officer for the Sonic Brand describes Sticks as “a significant addition to the Sonic Boom universe and the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. She brings a quirky personality and perspective to the team dynamic, and we look forward to sharing this energetic and funny new character with the world.”

The official Sega blog also released a full description of the character:

Sticks is new to Sonic’s circle of friends – actually new to friends in general – and as the most primal character in the Sonic universe, she is a force of nature in every way. Sticks is wilder than the other members of Sonic’s team with unparalleled animal instincts and extremely sharp survival skills. She’s a fearsome combatant and a tenacious hunter who’s armed with handmade weapons at all times, most notably a handmade boomerang that she keeps in tow.

Her wildness means that her social skills need plenty of work and she’s not the most trusting individual. Full of outrageous suspicions, Sticks’ instincts often prove to be accurate. While the concepts of sharing, compassion and friendship are foreign to her, Sticks has a good heart and a genuine desire to get closer to her new friends, particularly Amy, who helps Sticks adapt to civilization. Sticks and Amy quickly become best friends, with Sticks willing to go to extremes to protect her new pal, a quality that will play out through new Sonic Boom content. Her eccentric character adds an endless amount of humor and surprise to the Sonic team.

The 3DS/Wii U game will act as a prequel to the TV series which will air on Cartoon Network in the US and CANAL J and GULLI in France during the 2014-2015 season.

Check out the video below for a behind the scenes look at the creation of Sticks.

New Harvest Moon Renamed for Western Release

Story of Seasons, Harvest Moon, 3DS

The latest Harvest Moon game is being localized for western audiences, but due to legal reasons the newest entry in the long-running series will go by the name Story of Seasons when it launches on the 3DS.

The change in title is due to the game being published by a different company, XSeed, a subsidiary of developer MarvelousAQL. Natsume, who have localized most of the previous entries in the series, owns the intellectual property rights to the “Harvest Moon” brand, but Marvelous and XSeed have vowed to continue the franchise with the same development team – just under a new name.

The game was launched in Japan earlier in the year where it was known as Bokujo Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shintechi (or Farm Story: Connect to a New World). The Japanese title refers to connectivity features that allow players to interact over Nintendo Network.

Marvelous and XSeed released a description of the game stating that players can:

create fully customizable character[s], selecting gender, hair style and facial features as desired. They will then take on their role as the newest resident of Oak Tree Town, a small settlement filled with promises of new beginnings, hard work and significant relationships. In the process of tending to crops, animals and the many other aspects of everyday farming life, players will amass the resources necessary to customize and expand their farms — from livestock and seeds to décor and layout — granting total freedom to shape their homestead as they wish and fit virtually any play style.

This should reassure fans that the game will indeed follow the traditional Harvest Moon format.

Story of Seasons will be shown at this years E3 so we should have plenty of new info to bring you soon.

Special Vivillon to be Distributed to Mark Pokémon Milestone

Fancy Pattern Vivillon

A special ‘Fancy Pattern’ Vivillon is to be distributed in Pokémon X & Y to mark the 100 millionth trade made using the Global Trade Station. So far around 90 million Pokémon have been traded using the service and with the popularity of the game it surely won’t be long until the 100 million goal is reached.

The Pokémon Company released the following statement about the distribution event:

Vivillon is a unique Pokémon in that the patterns and colours on its wings typically vary based on the real-world region in which a player lives. Because of this characteristic, players around the world have been exchanging Vivillon via the GTS to collect all of the regional patterns.

This newly discovered Vivillon breaks with that tradition: it will become available to Pokémon fans across the globe once the 100 millionth Pokémon is traded via the GTS. When this enormous milestone is reached, a special distribution event will take place, enabling all players of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y to receive the Fancy Pattern Vivillon wherever they are in the world!

The Fancy Pattern Vivillon will know the moves Gust, Light Screen, Struggle Bug and Hold Hands. You can see some images of the Vivillon in action below.

Fancy Pattern Vivillon, Pokémon X & Y

Fancy Pattern Vivillon, Pokémon X & Y