Monster Hunter 4; New Screenshots!

Yes, Famitsu have just released some new screenshots of Capcom’s upcoming game Monster Hunter 4.  They look pretty nice, showing off the same vibrant colour scheme shown in the official art/concept art released recently.  See them here:

It looks pretty nice from these screenshots, although perhaps that’s just because the pictures were taken at enough of a distance that any blurry textures aren’t particularly visible.  But hey, it’s impressive the sense of scale Monster Hunter 4 is going for, and I definitely think the game seems to be succeeding at giving the illusion of a vast world to explore.

Is this the official box art for Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon?

It’s not been confirmed by Nintendo, but it looks legitimate enough and I’d be perfectly happy if it did turn out to be real.  Have a look at the picture below:

Much of it seems to be fairly legit.  The box art looks pretty much how you’d expect a 3DS game’s box art to look and the format seems accurate for that for a game released in Europe.

The age rating is pretty much believable too.  Yes it’s strange this game would get a 7+ rating when most Mario games get a 3+ one, but PEGI are… very odd when it comes to rating games outside the mainstream Mario series.  For instance, not one main series Mario game in history got above 3+ for the age rating, and only two Donkey Kong games (Jungle Beat and Konga something, the latter for swearing) did either despite much use of guns, some nightmarish elements and various other things.  Meanwhile, every Wario or Mega Man games gets a 7+ rating, so maybe they’d find something non kid friendly about Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon somehow.

The real interesting thing if this is real is the Nintendo Network logo at the top.  Now, Nintendo have pretty much officially shut down the idea of 2 player co-op in the game as evidenced by a story posted many months ago, but what possible feature in a Luigi’s Mansion game would require online?  Only thing I can picture is downloadable content, maybe additional mansions to explore for a price.  Or perhaps online leaderboards for money found in each one.

So is the box art real then?  Well I kind of suspect it is to be honest, it looks professional enough, uses a recognisable piece of artwork like that used on the front of every other Nintendo game and the format of the box doesn’t seem too inaccurate.  But what’s this Nintendo Network thing about then?

Looks like Nintendo is selling Kid Icarus Uprising cards in the UK now…

These ones were apparently available to buy at WH Smith’s, a fairly well known major bookstore/chain.

They’re supposedly only sold at ‘select stores’ currently, but I guess Nintendo have decided to start making the cards available the same way as the Pokemon cards and just sell them in booster packs over here too.

So that’s different ways of purchasing the cards/packs directly in Japan and the UK, when will the US follow suit and let you go into a store and just buy packs of Kid Icarus Uprising cards?


New 3DS Game Box Art; Lost Heroes and Devil Summoner

Two more 3DS games have their box arts revealed today, Lost Heroes and Devil Summoner Soul Hackers.  The box art for both these games can be viewed below:

Lost Heroes:

Devil Summoner Soul Hackers:

As you can see, both of the Japanese box arts for the respective games, but I imagine the translated versions available outside Japan will probably use fairly similar box art.

What do you think of the box art for these two games?  If you were in a store and wanted a new 3DS game and you saw these two games on the shelf, would any of them take your fancy?