Puzzle game fans will want to keep an eye out for this one.
We recently brought you an exclusive interview with Hugo Smits, the creator of the upcoming 3DS puzzler, Tappingo. If you haven’t read it yet, you should definitely do so. Anyways, since then, we’ve found some more info on the game. First, Hugo uploaded a Vine video which briefly shows off some new footage, which is above this text. Also new screenshots have been released, which I’ve included below. In the screens, you’ll be able to take a first look at the big puzzles in the game, which are looking to be quite the challenge to conquer.
This isn’t the end of our coverage of Tappingo. Be sure to subscribe to get updated with all the latest on this upcoming title by Goodbye Galaxy Games! -Greg Boe
Big Puzzle #1
Big Puzzle #2
If Nintendo keeps this up, everything I love about 3DS will be in Smash Bros.
The Wii U and 3DS versions of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. will feature the same characters, but virtually everything else will be different. Take stages for example. The Wii U version has famous console game-themed stages, while the 3DS version has handheld game-themed stages. Yesterday, a screenshot from the game surfaced on the interwebs that featured a familiar face for Nintendo 3DS owners. Anyone who has gotten to the end of StreetPass Quest 2 – a free StreetPass game on 3DS – will recognize this creature as the final boss from the game. No one knows for sure what his role will be in Super Smash Bros. on 3DS, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Subscribe to Nintendo Charged for the latest Super Smash Bros. news for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS family of systems. -Greg Boe
It’s been a very long time coming, but I’d say it looks to be worth the wait.
Back in 2011, we told you about a new Castlevania-esque 3DS adventure called Chronoblade. Fast-forward two years and we have finally found more details. Since we last heard about the game it has undergone a name change. The successfully crowdfunded Aeternoblade is landing in Europe and North America on January 14th. While both regions are getting a chance to play this new game, only Europe will get a demo on the eShop. The Europe-exclusive demo will be available on December 12th.
Check out the trailer below, and be sure to stay tuned for our coverage on Aeternoblade for Nintendo 3DS! -Greg Boe
It may have been a shocker to them, but not to us.
We are quickly approaching the highly-anticipated North American release of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on Nintendo 3DS. The traditional Japanese RPG has already launched in Europe and is seeing some great reviews. Apparently, the game’s success in the United Kingdom totally took the developers by surprise. This is what they posted in response on their official Twitter account:
“Bravely Default is a game that was designed only taking RPG fans in Japan into consideration. We thought overseas expansion was impossible. Seeing this much anticipation moves me deeply.”
Bravely Default (title shortened for localization) is launching in the United States on February 7th, 2014. If you live in Europe, you can purchase the game now. -Greg Boe
Now there is officially NO reason NOT to buy this version if you own a Wii U.
Sure, the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham Origins does not include the multiplayer mode, but let’s be honest, it was garbage anyways. This version does support the fantastic DLC, which is available right now for download. The two DLC packs are the Infinite Earth Skins Pack and Black Mask Challenge Pack. The full game will cost you $49.99, which is $10 cheaper than other console versions. To go along with the main game as being the most affordable Arkham Origins experience available, the Infinite Earth skin DLC pack is up for download for only $3.99 (opposed to $4.99 on competing consoles. The Black Mask Challenge pack, however will cot you $1.99, which is the same price as on all other versions.
Be sure to download the Deathstroke DLC, which comes packaged free with the game! My review on this game goes live tomorrow at 8:00 AM CST. Don’t miss it! -Greg Boe
The first half of 2013 for Nintendo Wii U was, well… Disappointing. There were like no good new games for new systems owners to pick up until summer time. The software lineup for this year really only started with games like Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101. Super Mario 3D World was the REAL savior of Nintendo this year, and that game only hit store shelves on Friday. Nintendo of America (NOA) president Reggie Fils-Aime recently went on GameTrailers TV and admitted that the early 2013 lineup was weak. He didn’t just leave it there, though. Mr. Fils-Aime promises us a steadier pace of games for both Wii U and 3DS in 2014. Here’s what he said.
“The way we’re going to be different is, we’re gonna certainly have a steadier pace of games – both for Wii U and for 3DS. The marketing activity is going to be constant throughout the entire year. You tease me a little bit that ‘boy the first half [of 2013] was a little quiet,’ and y’know what, you look back and it was. We’re not going to be making that same mistake in 2014. So the pace, the ongoing activity, touching the consumer, and messaging what we’re all about. That’s going to be a big difference next year.”
From the ever-growing list we’ve seen of games that are coming next year, we are quite confident that Nintendo will be able to do much better as long as they spread them all over the year. -Greg Boe
Hmm, not too sure what to think about this one…
I’ve always loved the Mario Party spin-off series because of the familiar characters and the endless mini game fun. Many would argue, though, that the series has grown rather stale. Some would go so far to say the new installments are becoming generic. IGN has recently reviewed the latest entry, Mario Party: Island Tour, and it doesn’t look like they enjoyed their time with it. Their final verdict was that the single-player was a joke and mini games were boring.
This is truly discouraging news for Nintendo, and we sure hope to see better ratings than 5.5/10 in the future. I’m working on my review as we speak. -Greg Boe
With the release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on Nintendo 3DS, many are asking just where the game lands in the importance list. Well, Prima Games has made their own personal list that seems to be pretty accurate. As expected, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time got #1, but I was surprised to see A Link Between Worlds trump Twilight Princess. This new game is getting some really good reviews. For example, Game Informer gave it a 10/10, a rating rarely given by the long-running publication. Check out Prima’s list below. -Greg Boe
10) Link’s Awakening
9) Minish Cap
8) Legend of Zelda
7) Majora’s Mask
6) Skyward Sword
5) Twilight Princess
4) Link Between Worlds
3) Link to the Past
2) The Wind Waker
1) Ocarina of Time
Are you looking for the next fun 3DS multiplayer to play with our friends?
Why not try Mario Party: Island Tour? The game was officially released by Nintendo yesterday, accompanied by this colorful launch trailer. Unfortunately, the reviews I’ve read aren’t necessarily in favor of the single player mode or the new minigames. For my analysis on the new multiplayer minigame collection, you’ll have to wait a bit longer, but hopefully it won’t score as low as IGN’s 5.5/10. Keep your fingers crossed on that one. -Greg Boe
It’s been a long time coming, so what’s another month’s wait?
Along with the new combined balances for the Wii U and 3DS eShop, Nintendo as also confirmed that Miiverse is finally coming to Nintendo 3DS and 2DS in December via a System Update. Here’s what they said:
…this system update will also mark the beginning of Miiverse support on Nintendo 3DS. With a Nintendo Network ID, users will be able to connect with other players around the world to share their experiences and game tips through Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS.
Stay tuned for more Nintendo 3DS and 2DS news, right here at Nintendo Charged! Further updates are on the way. -Greg Boe