Posts Tagged With '3DS'


Link-inspired weapons and armor confirmed for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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Capcom has confirmed, via a post on their blog, that weapons and armor based on Link’s iconic appearance will make their way to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for the Nintendo 3DS. If you watch the trailer above, you’ll see two hunters dressed as Link, one wielding the master sword and Hylian shield, the other the fully upgraded sacred bow from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The Zelda-inspired equipment seems very true to the original, and I can’t wait to slay some monsters with that master sword.

According to Capcom’s Yuri Araujo, “more special equipment like this [is] planned for the title.” We have to wait to find out what it is, however! Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate hits North America in early 2015. What do you think of the newly confirmed Link gear and/or the game in general? What other “special equipment” is on the way? Leave your thoughts in a comment below.

[Source: IGN]

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 28.07.2014 in All
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Review: Biogenik battery – Less of a savior, more of a backup plan


Every battery has a life cycle. Even rechargeable batteries start to lose their charge over time, and, while they will continue to function, their power will diminish. While most products can be recharged approximately 500 times before they begin to diminish, others will begin so slowly charge less and less, coming to a complete end at 500 charges.

One of the major complaints revolving around the Nintendo 3DS is its battery life. Far shorter than any other handheld Nintendo has released, the 3DS’ battery has been a constant debate, filling internet forums with disappointment and frustration. There are measures to increase the life (turning WiFi, 3D and sound off, along with lowering brightness) but, even with these measures in place, the battery life is less than satisfying for some.

I recently stumbled across the Biogenik Replacement Battery. Promising a battery life of 10 hours, it intrigued me greatly. The replacement is a very simple process, the battery comes with the proper screwdriver to remove the back cover, and the battery simply slides out.

My first test run proved that the promise of 10 hours may have been a bit of an exaggeration. With WiFi on, 3D off, I was able to get about 4.5 hours of life out of a full charge. Certain games and programs deplete life faster, and I had done some eShopping, so this must be taken into account, overall I was somewhat disappointed, having envisioned at least 8 hours of life.

Where the replacement battery did impress me is the replacement backing it comes with. The original 3DS backing allows no access to the battery, whereas the Biogenik battery comes with a replacement backing with a quick release battery door. While the battery itself did not last long enough to be a completely satisfactory replacement, the quick release door affords me the ability to smoothly swap out my battery when it is getting low. Now, having my original battery, and my Biogenik battery, I can fully charge both and swap between them when necessary. While at home this process is somewhat pointless, I can pop my 3DS into the cradle whenever I want, the ability to swap batteries is fantastic when I am away from home, such as a long flight or car ride.

For some, the price point of $15 may not be worth it, but for others the ability to swap batteries so seamlessly is more than worth the money. The battery itself is no great problem solver, but if in a pinch will make for a pretty good backup plan.

Warning: Replacing 3DS battery with any battery not made by Nintendo voids your warranty

Posted by Justin Riley 26.07.2014 in All
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Super Smash Bros. Main Menu Screen Revealed!

Super Smash Bros. Main Menu Screen Revealed!

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Here’s another sneak peek at Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS: the Main Menu Screen! Looks like there will be several features (most of which have already been revealed so far) to satisfy your Smash needs. One notable feature looks to be the connectivity with the Wii U. The icons are also animated and the bottom screen displays pictures that match each mode! If you’ve played Kid Icarus: Uprising for 3DS, you’ll notice that the layout and design of this screen are reminiscent of one another (that would be Sakurai’s work).

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It’s exciting to have Smash Bros. make its debut on a handheld system; I can’t wait to see the final product, but images like this definitely get me pumped! Which mode are you most excited for in SSB4?

Posted by Joseph Hernandez 25.07.2014 in All
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Tomodachi Life stage in Smash Bros. 3DS reminiscent of Brawl’s Luigi’s Mansion


Masahiro Sakurai’s Super Smash Bros. pic of the day reveals a new stage for the Nintendo 3DS version of the game inspired by Tomodachi Life. As you can see in the screen above, it’s the apartment building from the quirky life sim game, with four rooms uncovered and two which remain a mystery. Just as there are many options to change the appearance of your room in Tomodachi Life, this stage will feature a different combination of six rooms every time player chooses it. Interiors are only shown when fighters “overlap” with them, and Mii characters will be brought in from the data on the 3DS, so you may see some familiar faces on this stage.

Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS is shaping up pretty well, it would seem. I’m wondering when we’ll finally get an official name for it and the Wii U version…what are your thoughts?

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 24.07.2014 in All
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Ubisoft’s Tetris Ultimate heading for 3DS, includes exclusive Challenge mode

Ubisoft has announced that its downloadable title Tetris Ultimate will hit Nintendo 3DS systems as well as PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The 3DS version of the game will include an exclusive mode called Challenge:

“Challenge – From disappearing Tetriminos (Tetris® playing pieces) to orientation-locked Tetriminos, be prepared for a variety of challenges that will test a player’s fortitude.”

The 3DS version will be coming this fall, a little later than the other versions’ release of summer. Click here for more on the game. No word yet on a Wii U version, which is a bit disgruntling, as Ubisoft has used terms like “next-gen” and “new-gen” to collectively describe the systems the game is coming to. Still, it’s nice to see a 3DS version with an exclusive mode…even though the 3DS already has Tetris Axis. What are your thoughts?

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 21.07.2014 in All
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Club Nintendo rolls out a digital line-up of Elite Status rewards

Club Nintendo rolls out a digital line-up of Elite Status rewards

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Club Nintendo’s 2014 selection of Elite Status rewards is available to peruse now. If you were able to reach Gold or Platinum status on the service during the year starting July 1, 2013, these rewards are available…right now, in fact, as a downloadable game of your choice. Click here to sign in to the Club and find out whether one of these games will be yours soon:

Platinum Members Only

  • Game & Wario (Wii U)
  • NES Remix (Wii U)
  • Earthbound (Wii U)
  • Dr. Luigi (Wii U)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
  • Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DS)
  • Dillon’s Rolling Western (3DS)
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS)

Gold/Platinum Members

  • Ice Climber (Wii U)
  • Kid Icarus (Wii U)
  • Super Mario Bros. (Wii U)
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  • Donkey Kong 3 (3DS)
  • Wario Land 2 (3DS)
  • Metroid (3DS)
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3DS)

This is a drastic departure from what we’ve come to expect on Club Nintendo, in terms of Gold/Platinum rewards. Previous Elite Status rewards were always physical and included desk calenders, playing cards, posters, official soundtracks, and more in recent years. Club Nintendo has offered digital games as normal rewards for a while now, but this still comes as a surprise to me. And it’s not exactly a happy surprise. Club Nintendo should be about exclusive, physical goodies that fans will collect and cherish in a way they don’t necessarily cherish their game collection.

This move combined with Club Nintendo’s currently poor selection of regular physical rewards has me worried. What are your thoughts on the subject? Leave your comments below.

Thanks to Anthony DeVirgilis for the tip.

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 16.07.2014 in All
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