Fire Emblem Awakening; Introduction Trailer

A brand new expertly done trailer for Fire Emblem Awakening.  Doesn’t show actual gameplay footage this time, but it looks fantastic and shows the story aspect of the game perfectly complete with some voice acting and epic music.  Watch it here:

If this video doesn’t make you excited for the game, I don’t think anything will.

What are your thoughts on the trailer?

We Need Longer Games on 3DS

Really we do when you look back at the console’s history of ‘important’ games so far, since it seems like at least half of them can be beaten entirely within a single day.  Examples include the following:

Super Mario 3D Land

Extremely easy Mario platformer than can be beaten in just a few hours despite having 16 worlds to play through.  It’s a fantastic game, and I know it’s been intended as an introduction 3D Mario games for new players… but it really leaves fans of the older games like Super Mario 64 and Sunshine rather wanting as far as content goes.

Above: This battle was great, pity I got there and beat it in about three hours.

Think about it.  It has about 70 unique levels with only one objective, which even doubled isn’t really the same amount of content you’d find in any of the older 3D Mario games like Galaxy.

Mario Kart 7

Another great game which seems to have it’s replay value halved by the complete lack of a single mode with substance to it.

Or just a lack of options, since with no single player vs mode, mission mode, time trial leaderboards, competitions or anything else to keep people playing if they want to try stuff other than wifi races, it feels like a rather empty Mario Kart game.

Above: No Nintendo, making you get thousands of coins for stuff like this is padding, not content.

Which is a bit of a pity really, since the game had the best track selection of the series to date and so many reasons to want to replay it time and time again, but just got a bit dull quickly because you’d done everything too soon.

Most Nintendo 3DS launch games (especially Pilotwings and Steel Diver)

These apparently have only a few hours worth of content at best from what I heard, hardly the best value for money for anyone who bought the console at the launch date.

Tekken 3D

Supposedly feels more like a tech demo due to lacking an arcade (main single player) mode or character customisation, or even character specific endings.  Official Nintendo Magazine said it had an impressive game engine and not much else to it.

So that leaves us with considerably fewer options for 3DS games sold at retail that also have a significant amount of content in them.  Ocarina of Time 3D is a pretty good exception to this rule (you should know by now the game’s almost overflowing with side quests, mini games and bonus options to keep your interest) and it seems Kid Icarus Uprising looks to be another one (being made by Sakurai, the guy behind the Super Smash Bros and Kirby series helps here, he can’t seemingly make a single game without filling it with as much stuff as possible), but by and large it seems a lot of 3DS games that are out now tend to be quite short.

Above: At least Kid Icarus Uprising looks to have a decent amount of content in it.

On the bright side, the future looks to have a few 3DS games that’ll hopefully buck the trend and have a fair amount of content in them.  We’ve got the inevitable Super Smash Bros 3DS (we all know by now that the Smash Bros series has more content in one game than some other franchises do in their entire history), Paper Mario 3DS (Paper Mario games always offer at least eight long chapters minimum as well as at least one pit of 100 trials to keep the interest of fans) and New Super Mario Bros 3DS will most probably offer a fair amount of content as well (2D Mario games always offer a high amount of levels, and they’re usually longer than those in Mario 3D Land).  Not to mention Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, many RPGs and if it turns out to be real, Donkey Kong 3D (the Donkey Kong Country series is at least hard enough you won’t breeze through it in a day, and it usually comes with a lot of bonuses to collect as well).

Above: And if it turns out Donkey Kong 3D is a Donkey Kong 64 remake, that’s enough content to last a life time.

Still it would be nice to have some longer 3DS games soon, right?  Because I’m getting a little tired of the games that seem to be over and done with in a few hours and don’t give me a whole lot of incentive to go back and replay them.

Do you want 3DS games with a greater amount of content in them?

New Epic Mickey Game Coming to 3DS (Power of Illusion)

It won’t be the direct sequel to the original game that’s expected on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3, but a 3DS specific companion game.  Think of it like how the Donkey Kong Land titles were handheld compliment titles to their SNES originals.

Here’s what the original French magazine who posted the news on Twitter said:

La présentation d’Epic Mickey 2 aura lieu la semaine prochaine. Une version 3DS, Power of Illusion, plus “classique” en 2D est aussi prévue

For anyone too lazy to translate that for themselves, they’re saying that a presentation announcing/showing Epic Mickey 2 will be available next week, and a 2D companion game called ‘Epic Mickey Power of Illusion’ is also planned.

Is this accurate?  Hard to tell really since the source seems to be a French video games magazine posting about it on Twitter, and there have been an awful lot of unreliable rumours about new games posted in foreign language publications (see many Japanese magazines posting rumours about the 3DS without any evidence behind them).  But I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt since it seems increasingly clear that an actual Epic Mickey 2 is planned and a game like this would only seem logical.

It’s good news regardless, the 3DS would be able to run a pretty great Epic Mickey style game given how it’s about Gamecube power and the original was on the Wii.  The 2D part worries me though, there’s no real need for such on a console like the 3DS.

But what do you think?


CoroCoro holds competition to win Special 3DS

Obviously it’s going to be difficult to enter this unless you’re Japanese, but for the 35th anniversary of the magazine’s launch they’ve decided to team up with Nintendo and give one lucky contest winner a special 3DS.

Above: A very nice special edition 3DS for fans of CoroCoro Magazine.

As you can see in the picture, the 3DS is decorated with icons and decals relating to the magazine’s 35th anniversary and it looks pretty nice to boot.  Wish Nintendo magazines in other countries did this, can you imagine how cool it’d be if Official Nintendo Magazine or Nintendo Power or N Gamer did something like this?

You’ll be able to find out how to enter the contest in the next issue available April 14th.

Here’s hoping someone wins the console and good luck to anyone entering the contest.


Sakurai teases Kid Icarus Uprising AR Code Pack for Europe

He’s just posted this picture of some AR codes for the game on his Twitter account, and mentions something about Nintendo of Europe in the description:

Here’s what he says about the picture in Japanese:

Nintendo of Europeから、パルテナARカードのヨーロッパ版サンプルをもらった。名前が5ヶ国語で書いてあったり、それに伴いカードが少し大きかったりする。

Apparently he got these from Nintendo of Europe for reasons unknown and said that the cards were a little larger and written in five languages, or something similar.

I’m not sure what he means here, the cards all have descriptions in all possible languages?  For a video game that makes sense, but for AR cards?  Something seems like it’s been lost in translation here.

Still, what d you think of the cards, and what he’s saying about them?