Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate; More News (possible release date confirmed)

Two main things to see here.  First of all, here’s another piece of artwork that goes with the game, presumably one which Konami have officially released quite recently:

The next and more interesting bit of news however is a bit more interesting, at least to the people who visit this site.  Apparently, it’s rumoured it’ll be released on September 30th of this year.

Considering it’s a Spanish gaming site, it’s best to presume that this date would be the one used for the PAL version’s release, aka the release date in the UK/France/Spain/Germany/anywhere else in the general region. It seems like quite a plausible release date too, given that most new 3DS games shown at this year’s E3 seem to be coming out sometime during September, and it’d make quite a bit of sense in general for this title to come out just a month before halloween.

So what do other people here think of the latest artwork released?  And is September 30th a likely release date for Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate?

Code of Princess; English Version Footage

Thanks to BN Games, we can now see the first ever video footage of the English translated version of this upcoming 3DS title (which was announced at this year’s E3).  So if you were wondering how the game worked and what everything meant in the Japanese versions screenshots, watch the video below:

How is this game?  Does it look good enough that anyone here wants to buy the English version once it’s released?

Seven Games Nintendo should have shown at E3

Let’s face it, unless you were either a die hard fan of New Super Mario Bros or Pikmin, Nintendo’s E3 presentation this year wasn’t exactly the most interesting one ever held. Lots of games we already knew about, a whole bunch of tech related info about the Wii U and ending on the subject of Nintendo Land have already caused quite a few people to become disappointed in Nintendo and the follow up 3DS video didn’t help matters either.

So here’s what they should have shown at E3. There are multiple sections actually, one about the games which Nintendo did announce information on (but withheld that info from E3), and another about the types of games Nintendo arguably should have announced or shown in order to gain more of an audience and to impress people this year. Oh, and some games which were announced/shown ages back but seem to have vanished off the face of the planet a while back and hence should have been shown at E3.

Part 1: Games that should have been shown in the event but were posted about online

1. Fire Emblem Awakening

Reggie confirmed the game was coming to the US in the near future, but this whole major announcement was literally confined to an off hand post on the official Nintendo of America Twitter account.

It’s understandable given the focus on Wii U that the game probably wouldn’t be shown off during the main event, but there wasn’t even any coverage of it on Nintendo’s E3 site or in the 3DS video they released the day afterwards.

Why? Surely more people would have cared about the localisation of an actual popular game that a bunch of crappy movie tie ins and licensed games nobody gave a damn about. Pity Nintendo seemingly thought otherwise.

2. Game and Wario

It’s a WarioWare spinoff for the Wii U (with the same characters and settings but only about ten longer games). But depressingly, the game didn’t get mentioned at all during the conference and was just shoved on their website sometime later that evening, to the point the quickest way to find out about the game was through Nintendo’s official press kit for it.

Heck, I’d say this game could potentially be an even better Wii U showcase than Nintendo Land is, so I have to wonder at Nintendo’s logic for not showing it off at E3 this year.

Part 2: Games which should have been announced/shown

3. Any Legend of Zelda game (not necessarily for Wii U)

Now I know people say how there wasn’t enough time to make a Wii U Zelda game prior to E3 and I guess that is true, but it doesn’t really explain the complete lack of any Zelda games being shown at all. No new handheld game in either the style of the Oracle series, Minish Cap or the DS titles? No 3DS Zelda game period?

Heck, even a Majora’s Mask remake in the style of Ocarina of Time 3D would have been something. And given that every Zelda game in history has had a positive reaction at E3, you’d think Nintendo would have clocked onto this by now. Remember when this was shown off?

You don’t even need to have some new big budget home console Zelda game either. Ocarina of Time 3D’s trailer was hardly seen as unimpressive, and that was merely a port/remake of an existing Zelda game to the 3DS:

Just showing footage of a new Zelda game would have won E3 hands down. Heck, showing screenshots probably would have impressed people enough to have them declare this year’s E3 as the ‘best yet’. Oh wait, even showing a single piece of artwork and making mention of the theme of the next Zelda game would have caused people to worship Nintendo forever (see what happened with just that one piece of Skyward Sword artwork)

Nintendo really should have at least announced a new Zelda game at this year’s E3.

4. Retro Studio’s New Project

True, there’s supposedly not enough of it to show, but did we really need to see a video or screenshots?

No. Just something like ‘Retro Studios are reviving Star Fox with a new game’ would have been enough to get people’s interest in the game up to frenzy levels.

Besides, with quite a few years to work on this mystery project, you’d at least think Retro Studios would have some concept art to show for it, right? If this mysterious game was announced and maybe shown at E3 2012, the reaction to Nintendo’s show would have been a hell of a lot better than what it is now.

5. A 3D Mario game of some kind

Sure, 2D Mario games are great and New Super Mario Bros U looks fantastic, but it’s the 3D ones that really win over the crowds at E3 with their orchestrated music, fancy graphics and ‘unique’ premise that excites in the same way a new Legend of Zelda title does. Remember the reaction when this was shown at E3?

Or this trailer at E3 2009?

Combine that with the Wii U and its HD graphics and PS3 level technology, and you’d think a 3D Mario game would be a fantastic showcase for all the things the console could do. And it’s been at least seven months since Mario 3D Land, which when added to the fact the game was pretty much done before release meant that Nintendo Tokyo have had some time to work on a new game, right?

Part 3: Games which seemed to vanished without a trace

6. Animal Crossing 3D

Just what has happened to this game? Announced before the likes of Luigi’s Mansion 2 and New Super Mario Bros 2, it still doesn’t seem to have a release date set for it! E3 would have been the perfect time to reassure fans of the Animal Crossing series that the much wanted 3DS sequel was still coming soon and to show a bunch more screenshots as well, but for whatever reason Nintendo didn’t.

What a baffling decision.

7. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (or maybe Vs Ace Attorney)

Another two games which seemed to vanished without a trace recently. Now I think the first of them is actually out in Japan, but the crossover game hasn’t even come out over there yet, and I think news of both of them has generally stopped. In the US, neither even has a release date yet!

Again, these seem like two games you’d think would be previewed at E3 and given a proper release date, but weren’t.

So those are seven games Nintendo probably should have shown at this year’s E3, what others did I miss? Heck, are there any people who for some reason think Nintendo’s presentation showed off all the right games and have logical reasons for not wanting to see the above?

Post your thoughts below!

Does Luigi’s Mansion 2 have less portrait ghosts?

When viewing the footage of the first mission on Youtube (the video uploaded by GameExplain), while the mansion Luigi explored seemed interesting it was apparently missing one thing; any portrait/boss ghosts.

Similarly, most of the screenshots haven’t shown any either, with the one exception being that psychic Toad like ghost shown in the library.

Hopefully most boss ghosts look more interesting than this.

Doesn’t this seem a bit strange to anyone else given how common these types of enemies were in the original Luigi’s Mansion?  I mean, in area 1 you fought nothing but portrait ghosts from the fourth room onwards, and in most of the later areas more than half the rooms in the mansion were solely home to these mini boss battles in a sense.  In fact, I did a bit of calculation and realised that you saw more and more of these enemies as the game progressed, with the last two areas having as many portrait ghost rooms as there were rooms with normal enemies.

So why they missing from Luigi’s Mansion 2 so far? Why does it seem like we’ve seen few if any boss ghosts as of this point, or that the first/tutorial mansion has neither bosses nor portrait ghosts in it?

The tutorial mansion looks surprisingly deserted and lacking in ghosts…

It makes me worry Nintendo has forgotten how important these types of ghosts were to the gameplay of Luigi’s Mansion (which quite honestly was based at least halfway around boss fights in some sense) and are assuming that they only need generic minor ghosts and puzzle rooms to continue the Luigi’s Mansion formula.

It’d be a shame if that were true, the portrait ghosts were always the most interestingly designed enemies in the original Luigi’s Mansion.  Maybe it’s because they looked semi human rather than being generic Mario species or monsters, but they did have some ‘charm’ in their appearance and did make the game more interesting.

Still, maybe Nintendo’s saving the interesting looking ghosts and bosses until the later mansions you explore.  But hopefully we see more than one or two of them per mansion.

If you are buying a 3DS, buy it from Walmart soon…

Because according to this PR email Nintendo has sent out (and which was posted on GoNintendo), for every 20 3DS systems sold through Walmart, Nintendo will donate one system to a Children’s Miracle Network member hospital.

So if you want to support a good cause (and I’m fairly sure most people do), buy a 3DS from Walmart today!  Because unfortunately, the charitable offer ends on the 21st of June.

I have to say I’m rather impressed Nintendo are doing this. Indeed, I hope they do something like this in other regions, heck, maybe donate a percentage of every sale of one of their games or the Wii U consoles sold on launch day to a charity or a worthy cause.