Cheats & Tips – Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (GBA)

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon box art, Konami, Game Boy Advance, Wii U

Unlock Magician Mode

Complete the game, then start a new game and enter ‘FIREBALL’ as a name. If done correctly the word ‘Magician’ will appear on the Option screen. In this mode all trading cards will be available immediately under the DSS option.

Unlock Fighter Mode

Complete the game in Magician Mode and start a new game with ‘GRADIUS’ as a name. The word ‘Fighter’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan is stronger and able to take more damage in this mode. Trading cards are not available in this mode.

Unlock Shooter Mode

Complete the game in Fighter Mode and start a new game with ‘CROSSBOW’ as a name. The word ‘Shooter’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan will have a greater number of hearts, extra sub-weapon damage and can use the Homing Dagger sub-weapon in this mode.

Unlock Thief Mode

Complete the game in Shooter Mode and start a new game with ‘DAGGER’  as a name. The word ‘Thief’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan’s stats will be lower to begin with in this mode and will not increase as much when you gain a level apart from the ‘LCK’ (Luck) stat which will start at 1600 and will increase by an additional 160 LCK at each level.

Spinning Attack

While using the whip hold down the attack button to make it spin round in a circle. This will prevent small enemies from hitting you but you cannot move while performing this attack.

Defeat Dragon Zombies

An easy way to defeat the Dragon Zombies is to jump up to the platform by the door where you entered whenever you get hurt and activate the Jupiter + Mandragora DSS combo to heal yourself. Just watch out for the occasional fireball which may come your way.

Defeat Death

To defeat Death easily activate the Jupiter + Manticore DSS combo. This prevents his sickles from hitting you.

DSS Card Locations

This is a list of DSS Card locations and the enemies that drop them.

Action Cards Location
Mercury Bone Head in Catacomb.
Venus Slime in Catacomb, Abyss Corridor (hidden room), and Audience Room.
Jupiter Heat Shade in Machine Tower.
Mars Bloody Sword in Chapel Tower.
Diana Man Eater in Underground Gallery.
Apollo Arch Demon in Underground Storage.
Neptune Ice Armor in Underground Waterway.
Saturn Fallen Angel near the Battle Arena.
Uranus Scary Candle in Golem Boss Room (defeat Camilla first).
Pluto Trick Candle in Cerberus Boss Room (defeat Camilla first).
Attribute Cards Location
Salamander Bomb Skeleton in Catacomb.
Serpent Earth Demon in Catacomb.
Mandragoras Axe Armor in Abyss, Corridor (in a hidden room), Audience Room.
Golem Electric Skeleton in Audience Room.
Cockarice Stone Armor in Machine Tower.
Manticore Thunder Demon in Machine Tower.
Griffon Skeleton Athletes in Audience Room (hidden room far to the right).
Thunderbird Were-Panther in Chapel Tower.
Unicorn White Armor in Battle Arena.
Black Dog Devil Armor in Battle Arena.
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New Pokémon App Launched

Pokémon Camp

The Pokémon Company has today announced a new app for iOS devices. Titled Pokémon Camp the app allows players to learn about the world of Pokémon through various activities such as ‘Pokéball Throw’ and the ‘Battle Matchups Quiz’. As you progress through these activities you will earn pins of which there are nearly 100 to collect. You can also collect stickers to decorate photos taken with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The app is available for free now via the app store. To run the app you need an iPhone 4S or later, or an iPad 2 or later with at least iOS 7 installed.

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.

BBC Launching Free-to-Play Educational Doctor Who Game

The Doctor and The Dalek, CBBC, Doctor Who

The BBC has announced that it will be launching a new Doctor Who game online this week. Titled The Doctor and The Dalek the game will help teach children basic computer coding skills in accordance with the UK’s Key Stage 2  and 3 computing curriculum.

It features voicework from The Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, as well as an original story written by Phil Ford. Jo Pearce of BBC Wales Interactive explained the concept of the game, saying:

Children will be learning these increasingly important new skills while being actively entertained. The idea behind it is simply to use one of our biggest, most popular brands to inspire children to find out more about programming.

The game will be available on the CBBC website from Wednesday, you can watch the trailer below.

Mega Man Board Game Expected for this Fall

Mega Man Board Game, Capcom, Jasco Games

Mega Man fans may be feeling a little shortchanged of late with no new games starring the iconic character on the horizon. However Jasco Games have announced Mega Man: The Board Game, an officially licensed  Capcom product which may tide fans over for a little while. It may not be a video game but it’s certainly a cool looking product for fans to add to their collections.

Here’s the full press release from Jasco Games:

Fill up your E-tanks and charge up your Mega Buster: Mega Man is coming to table tops everywhere. Players will assume the role of the legendary Blue Bomber or another iconic character and fight their way through dangers and traps, until they eventually come face to face with the Robot Master. Eventually, players will enter Dr. Wily’s castle to put an end to his evil doing once and for all. An officially licensed Capcom product, Mega Man: The Board Game incorporates high-quality, detailed, colored figures, unique character card decks, and a board that hearkens back to Mega Man’s 8-bit beginnings. This project was funded through Kickstarter, receiving an overwhelming amount of support from both board game lovers and Mega Man enthusiasts. The game is anticipated to be shipping around the world Fall 2014.

Zelda, F-Zero, Animal Crossing and more to appear in new Mario Kart 8 DLC

Mario Kart 8, Link, Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Wii U

Excuse me, waiter? I think you got some Zelda in my Mario Kart.

Nintendo is set to add characters and courses inspired by several of its popular franchises to Mario Kart 8. The revelation came via a listing that appeared on the Nintendo UK online store today. Two DLC packs will be released featuring characters such as Link from The Legend of Zelda, Isabelle and The Villager from Animal Crossing as well as new courses set in the worlds of F-Zero, Excitebike, Zelda and Animal Crossing.

Check out the full official description of this exciting DLC below.

Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses by 50 percent. The Add On Content packs include classics like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first AOC pack.

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1 – Released: November 2014

Pack 1 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Mario Kart 8 Pack 2 – Released: May 2015

Pack 2 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

As a bonus for purchasing both packs – as a bundle or separately – you can get eight different-coloured Yoshis and eight different-coloured Shy Guys that can be used right away.

What do you think of this announcement, are you glad Nintendo is introducing characters from other franchises or would you have preferred Mario Kart to remain exclusive to members of the Mushroom Kingdom?

New Trailer for The Conjuring Spin-Off Annabelle

Annabelle doll, Horror movie, The Conjuring

 

Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for Annabelle, a prequel to 2013’s The Conjuring. In the movie a young couple, played by Ward Horton and Annabelle Wallis, come into possession of the vintage doll which soon becomes possessed by a demon after their home is invaded by a satanic cult. The couple move house but Annabelle somehow follows them and begins to torment their existence.

John R. Leonetti is on directing duties after working as a cinematographer on The Conjuring, while James Wan, who directed that movie is on production duties this time around. Annabelle will also star Alfre Woodard, Eric Ladin, Tony Amendola and Michelle Romano. It hits cinemas on October 10. You can watch the trailer below.

Atari Set to Revive Two Classic Horror Franchises

Atari Logo

Atari has announced that it is bringing new versions of Alone in the Dark and Haunted House to PC this Autumn. No further details have been revealed at this time other than that the Alone in the Dark game will have the subtitle ‘Illumination’. From the official websites of each title it seems that Dreampainters will be developing Haunted House while Pure is working on Alone in the Dark.

Both franchises have been dormant for several years – the last Alone in the Dark game was released to a poor reception back in 2008, while the Haunted House series, which dates back to 1982, had it’s last entry on PC, Wii and Xbox Live Arcade in 2010.

You can sign up for mailing updates at the Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Haunted House official websites and both games will be demonstrated live at PAX Prime which takes place in Seattle from August 29th to September 1st.

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

Bioware’s New Game is an Online Co-Op Action RPG

Shadow Realms, RPG, Bioware, PC

After teasing fans for several weeks with mysterious videos and cryptic online clues Bioware have finally revealed that their new game, Shadow Realms, will be an online action RPG for PC with a focus on co-op multiplayer.

Players can either join a party of four “modern-day heroes” with magical powers, or take control of the evil “Shadowlord”. In typical Bioware fashion players will be able to make choices throughout the story which will be released episodically, Bioware compared the format to that of a TV series. Locations featured will span from Paris to the gothic world of Embra.

The game has been earmarked for release towards the end of next year and Bioware is offering players the chance to sign up for the closed alpha via the game’s official site. Bioware also released a live action trailer for the game which you can watch below.