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New Kingdom Hearts 3D Trailer and Screenshots!

Just some new screenshots and a new trailer Square Enix released to show off more of Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance.  There’s not much to be said about both, so let’s begin.

First of all, here are the new screenshots of the game:

And here’s the latest trailer of Kingdom Hearts 3D:

What do you think of these new screens and the new trailer?  Are they interesting?  Do they make anyone want to buy Kingdom Hearts 3D more?

First New Super Mario Bros 2 Review in; Famitsu gives it 36/40!

Averages to about 9/10 if my calculations are correct, which seems like a fair old indication that it’s an excellent game just like the numerous other 2D platformers in the Mario series.  If you want to compare it to the original, here’s how that game did score wise from the same publication:

It also got 36/40.  Same score.

Is it a good thing that New Super Mario Bros 2 has the same high score as its predecessor?  Guess so, shows the whole gold gimmick Nintendo had going didn’t harm the game or ruin the general gameplay. On the other hand, maybe it’d been reasonable to expect the game would have gotten a better score than its predecessor considering how mediocre much of New Super Mario Bros for DS was and how sequels tend to be better than the original installment.

So yes, New Super Mario Bros 2 got 9/9/9/9 or 36/40 from Famitsu, just like the earlier DS installment did.  Seems like it’ll be a good solid Mario game all round then.

Source:

http://andriasang.com/con1yj/famitsu_reviews/

HMV responds to the dual circle pad 3DS XL fiasco

They’ve accepted their mistake and mentioned that it’s merely an error by one store.  Here’s what they had to say:

It’s apparent this was just one particular store being a little over-enthusiastic – and the poster has been removed. If it’s caused anyone any issues then we’re sorry, but I’d say it doesn’t take much to work out this doesn’t represent the company’s retail offer for this release

So don’t worry, it probably hasn’t caused any issues for people and the poster has been removed anyway.  If you want to know what exactly the ‘fiasco’ was, check the last post made on Nintendo 3DS Daily before this one which has a picture showing the mistaken poster.

Source:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-07-17-hmv-store-advertises-3ds-xl-with-second-circle-pad-using-internet-mock-up

HMV Mistakenly advertises dual circle pad 3DS XL!

Wishful thinking perhaps? Or maybe just someone on their design team looking online and making the mistake of assuming fan made mockups were pictures of the real deal.

Above: The mistaken image.  Looks like they just found a random fake image on Google Images for this one…

Either way, it looks like someone at British retailer HMV is going to be in trouble or losing their job soon, since their instore advertising for the 3DS XL shows it as having two circle pads whereas the real device still only has one.

They can’t get out of it and keep the sign up either, it even clearly points out the second circle pad as a new feature of the 3DS XL!  In their own words:

‘Second circle pad; ideal for left handed players’

This a great example of why you need to do your research properly and check reliable sources rather than taking the first image you find off Google images.  In fact, I just did a search for the system right now and located the very image HMV printed off:

Source: http://asia.cnet.com/nintendo-launches-3ds-xl-62216922.htm

Looks like it comes from an old article by CNet asia, whic even credits the above ‘photo’ to Nintendo.  Seems like at least two well known companies couldn’t be bothered to do their research properly and fell for a fan mock up thinking it was the genuine article.

So yes, HMV screwed up, and it’s all the more funny for us all.  Here’s hoping no left handed Nintendo gamers went to buy one because of the misleading advertisement!

Source:

http://mynintendonews.com/2012/07/17/hmv-accidentally-advertises-dual-circle-pad-nintendo-3ds-xl/

New iPhone game blatantly rips off Pokemon; Little Masters

Remember how a few months ago there was a lot of outcry about clones of Nintendo games making their way to the app store (like Mole Kart and those various New Super Mario Bros ripoffs)?  Well now it looks like we can add Pokemon to the list of franchises cloned for the iOS devices thanks to a new game called Little Masters! You can almost see the blatant similarities a mile off…

Wait, this isn’t Pokemon?

Looks just like either gen 3 or 4, doesn’t it?  Seriously, the art style just screams Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire or Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, with many of the background objects and decorations looking suspiciously like they’ve been ripped from the Pokemon series and merely edited/tweaked a bit to change their appearance ever so slightly.

And the similarities don’t seem to end there.  The game uses the exact same stats for the monsters as they do in Pokemon.  The monsters shown in the menu look like blatant ripoffs of Charmander and Mudkip and even things like the text seem to be near identical to that used in the actual Pokemon series.

It only gets worse when you see the layout of the battle screens:

Oh come on.  The life bars look like they’ve been ripped straight from a Pokemon game and recoloured, and they even have the same circles the monsters stand on and the same freaking types!  Call me a tad cynical, but are you really telling me it was a complete coincidence they came up with normal, dark and poison types, that the creatures stand on the same circle icons as in recent Pokemon battles and the lifebars look near enough identical?  Even the way the level number is given as ‘lv 17’ looks like a rip off.

And to those people saying how there’s nothing wrong with this and how Nintendo can’t do anything because many series like Digimon and Monster Rancher exist?  I think you’re being wilfully blind if you think this is different enough from Pokemon to avoid a lawsuit.  At least Digimon is massively different in various ways such as having the adventures take place in a virtual world in a computer system and having a very different style of combat, this is basically a Pokemon rom hack with the old characters switched out for suspiciously similar substitutes.  That didn’t work for Mole Kart, it didn’t work for that old Chinese copy of Super Mario Galaxy and it didn’t work for the Mario rip off starring a leprechaun.  It won’t work now, and I suspect if this game gets allowed on the app store Nintendo’s legal team will come down on it like a ton of bricks.

It also has the much maligned feature of many a ‘casual’ game where you can buy in game currency for real money.  Don’t know what else might use this feature, but I have to say I’m pretty glad Pokemon doesn’t do this.

Still, as I mentioned above, there is a sort of silver lining here, namely that the game hasn’t been accepted yet.  So there’s still a good chance Apple’s review team might take one look at it, notice all the similarities to Pokemon and decline the game for possible copyright/trademark infringement, but who knows.  Just let it be said that this game is far too close to Pokemon as of now to be seen as anything bar a rip off or poor man’s substitute.

Source:

http://www.cultofmac.com/179253/little-masters-is-the-closest-youll-get-to-pokemon-on-ios/

http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=181444

Thanks to the former link for two of the images.