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Video: Hunt monsters as Samus Aran in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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Capcom uploaded a video to YouTube today, showing off the latest Nintendo crossover equipment for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: this time it’s Samus from the Metroid series, in both Power and Zero suit varieties. A new ranged weapon resembling an oversize version of Samus’s arm cannon is also shown being used by the bounty hunter turned monster hunter.

Nintendo fans should be very excited about this and other crossovers appearing in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate:

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be released for the Nintendo 3DS in the West in early 2015. What are your thoughts on the game? Have Samus and Link convinced you to dive into the series? Let me know in a comment.

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 08.10.2014 in All
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Super Smash Bros. 3DS Open Tournament

At E3 we were treated to a thrilling Super Smash Bros. tournament. Now it’s your turn to compete. The “Super Smash Bros. 3DS National U.S. Tournament” has officially been announced.

The open tournament will be held on October 4th, one day after the release. 15 GameStop locations across the U.S. and the Nintendo World Store in New York City (see below for locations) will host the preliminary rounds of the tournament. 64 players will be allowed to compete at each location, participating in three rounds of 4-player battles. Selection is on a “first come, first served” basis, so those wishing to participate will need to arrive early to ensure a place among the competitors. Consoles and copies of the game will be available at each location.

The champion from each of the 16 locations will win a 3DS XL, a copy of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and a $250 Visa gift card. More importantly, each champion will win a trip (flight and hotel) to New York City, where they will compete in the finale of the Super Smash Bros. 3DS National Open Tournament. The finale will be held at the Nintendo World Store on October 11th, and will be streamed live on Nintendo’s Twitch and YouTube channels at 6pm EST. The grand finale’s champion receives a “Champions Robe” and a trophy (valued at approx. $900).

This tournament is a brilliant way to not only bring gamers together, but to help spread the joy of Super Smash Bros. Tournaments like this hearken back to the NES and SNES eras, when Nintendo held many various competitions. Everything from Star Fox and Donkey Kong Country, to the Nintendo World Championships, took the Nintendo gaming world by storm with nationwide competitions and motivated a generation of gamers to strive for new heights. Seeing Nintendo return to these tournaments is thrilling, and we can only hope this is just the beginning. Which one of you wonderful readers has what it takes to tackle this challenge, and represent Infendo with pride in the National Open Tournament?

 

Tournament Locations:

Location Address
GameStop
Winfield Shopping Center
966 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose, CA 95123
GameStop
Anaheim Town Center
2004 East Lincoln Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
GameStop
c/o Barnes & Noble
960 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80246
GameStop
The Brickyard S/C
6451 W. Diversey Parkway, Suite G-9
Chicago, IL 60707
GameStop
Dedham Mall
336 Providence Highway
Dedham, MA 02026
GameStop
St. John’s Plaza
9150 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 16
Ellicott City, MD 21042
GameStop
SWM Skibo S/C
1590 Skibo Road
Bonnie Doone, NC 28303
GameStop
32 E. 14th Street
32 E. 14th St.
New York, NY 10003
GameStop
Bellevue Square
242 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004
GameStop
Tower Shops
2140 S. University Drive
Davie, FL 33324
GameStop
Lake Brandon Shoppes
11025 Causeway Blvd.
Brandon, FL 33511
GameStop
SWM Sand Lake Corner
8115 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32819
GameStop
Chamblee Village
1841 Chamblee Tucker Rd., Suite 3A
Chamblee, GA 30341
GameStop
c/o Barnes & Noble
3003 W. Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77025
GameStop
c/o Barnes & Noble
2201 Preston Rd., Suite E
Plano, TX 75093
Nintendo World 10 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

 

Posted by Justin Riley 29.09.2014 in All
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Video: Animal Crossing outfits for Felynes in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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Back in July, Capcom confirmed that Link-inspired equipment would be included in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Now the developer has released a trailer showing off “outfits” for the player’s Felyne companions that resemble Isabelle and Resetti from the Animal Crossing series. They even make those distinctive Animal Crossing chattering sounds. How cute!

Felynes are cat-like creatures in Monster Hunter. Some are intelligent and helpful, while others that are found in the wild will steal the player’s items. And some are…companions that go along on quests? That’s how it looks in this trailer, anyway. Admittedly, I’m not that familiar with the Monster Hunter series as a whole (nearing 200 hours in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate just isn’t enough!), so I wasn’t aware Felynes could be travel companions. Regardless, it’s nice to see the Monster Hunter series not taking itself too seriously, as usual.

When Link’s equipment was announced for this game, Capcom hinted there was more “special equipment” on the way. Do you think this counts or is there more to come? Post your thoughts below.

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 20.09.2014 in All
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Exclusive 3DS Models Coming To GameStop

A triforce of unique 3DS designs have been announced for the coming months, two of which will be exclusive to GameStop locations. These models were presented recently at the GameStop Expo 2014.

First, released on September 19th, will be the Super Smash Bros. Edition 3DS XL. We have already seen glimpses of this, as it had been previously announced for the UK. Available in two colors, red and blue, this 3DS XL features a black and white depiction of a wide variety of the Smash Bros. characters, along with the Super Smash Bros. logo.

The second new model to be released, on October 10th, is an homage to the original NES. Packaged in a beautiful box representing the NES console, complete with audio/video connectors, this 3DS features the NES controller design on the outside. While it is fantastic to see Nintendo paying tribute to its roots, the complaint could be made that this 3DS would have been far more striking had the outside represented the console, and the inside represented the controller.

Lastly, on November 25th, comes the Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS. A must have for any fan of Persona, this 3DS features imagery from the game on the top and bottom of the body.

All three will be available at GameStop, and the Super Smash Bros. edition will be available at all retailers. Neither the Super Smash Bros. or Persona Q editions will come with the game preloaded.

Posted by Justin Riley 18.09.2014 in All
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Press Start: September’s Kickstarter Showcase

Press Start: September's Kickstarter Showcase

 

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Welcome to Press Start, our monthly Kickstarter showcase. For those of you unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a global crowdfunding platform, allowing people to donate to projects of many different kinds. Kickstarter is a brilliant tool for indie game developers, and has led to many excellent games coming into existence, with the financial backing of everyday people like you and me. Games like Shovel Knight may not exist without the assistance of Kickstarter and I would like to bring more focus to these projects. Each month I will showcase a few games that have a Wii U and/or 3DS release in their goals. I will highlight a couple games that reached their goals in the previous month, to show what games we can look forward to in the near future. I will also share a couple games that will be seeking funding in the following month, so you can see what possibilities are out there. Perhaps you’ll fall in love with a Kickstarter project and make your own generous donation. I hope you all enjoy this new monthly feature. Press Start!

Recently Funded:

Timespinner: This 2D, pixelated Metroidvania titled was originally funded in late July, but has more recently reached its 3DS stretch goal. Inspired by the GBA and DS Castlevania titles, this tale of a time travelling heroine has received a lot of positive attention and looks like a wonderful release to look forward to.

Current funding: $176,667 of $50,000 goal

Wii U: No Wii U release has been announced at this time

3DS: Confirmed. Release in Q4, 2015

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Heart Forth, Alicia: Another 2D, pixel-based game, heavily inspired by Metroid and Castlevania, but with a more RPG-inspired, magical theme. Heart Forth, Alicia has been an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign. It has already blown past its goal, being successfully funded in May, and is now nearing in on the 3DS release stretch goal of $245,000.

Current funding: $232,365 of $60,000 goal

Wii U: Confirmed, May 2015

3DS: Nearing stretch goal

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The Deer God: A visually stunning, artistic platformer sees you taking the role of a deer, exploring forests, unlocking new abilities, and surviving the harshness of the wilderness, very reminiscent of Ecco The Dolphin. The Deer God was successfully funded in July, and is now nearing in on its 3DS stretch goal of $55,000.

Current funding: $51,953 of $26,000 goal

Wii U: Confirmed, Q1 2015

3DS: Nearing stretch goal

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New Campaigns:

Adventures of Pip: Having failed to reach its core goal the first time around, Adventured of Pip is back on Kickstarter, taking another run at reaching its funding. Adventures of Pip is an epic, 2-dimensional side-scroller with a unique gameplay mechanic: the hero begins as a single pixel and, through combat, absords his opponents pixels to change form and achieve new weapons.

Current funding: $26,267 of $40,000 goal

Days remaining: 29

Wii U: Included in core goal

3DS: No 3DS release has been announced at this time

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Ray’s The Dead: Beautiful visuals lend themselves to this incredibly original game. Part action-adventure/exploration, part strategy game, Ray’s The Dead’s unique concept is the ability to raise the dead and control them, using them to perform actions for you as you explore your surroundings and fight off opponents.

Current funding: $36,962 of $30,000 goal

Days remaining: 16

Wii U: Included as $65,000 stretch goal

3DS: No 3DS release has been announced at this time

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Nefarious: A crisply animated side-scroller, full of brilliant platforming action, Nefarious casts you in a different role than most games. Instead of playing the hero, Nefarious has you playing as the villain, kidnapping princesses, and thwarting the police at every turn. With brilliant, Saturday morning cartoon visuals, very reminiscent of Earthworm Jim, this game looks excellent.

Current funding: $22,706 of $50,000 goal

Days remaining: 13

Wii U: Included in core goal

3DS: No 3DS release has been announced at this time

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That’s your September Kickstarter Showcase. Check back next month for an update on these ongoing campaigns, plus some exciting new campaigns. Hopefully we will see some more brilliant indie titles like Shovel Knight in the near future. What games will you help kickstart?

Posted by Justin Riley 05.09.2014 in All
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Review: Azure Striker Gunvolt (Nintendo 3DS eShop Download)

Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune and Inti Creates team up to release Azure Striker Gunvolt, an action platformer now available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America for $14.99.

Okay, enough of that. I can’t pretend to be the huge admirer of Inafune that many of you probably are; I didn’t actually grow up playing Mega Man games, so just about all I can be right now is indifferent. This means I approached Azure Striker Gunvolt with little to no material I could form prior opinions with. Whether that’s good or bad depends largely on you. So let’s get on with this review!

Gunvolt, our titular hero, is a skilled psychic fighter known as an “adept” in a dystopian future. His specialty is lighting, so he fights using a combination of a simple blaster (different models become available) and his electric “flashfield.” Shooting enemies with Gunvolt’s weapon does minor damage, but the important thing is that it also “tags” them, causing a cursor to appear over them that guarantees lighting from the flashfield will hit them when Gunvolt uses it. This is where the real attack power is at, but the flashfield drains Gunvolt’s EP meter.

Those are the basics of combat, but how do they actually feel control-wise? The controls can be customized to a degree by the player, but the default control scheme involves shooting with Y, jumping with B, and using the flashfield by holding A (or R). The L button gives Gunvolt a burst of speed, but I found it more natural to dash with the Kirby-esque double-tap on the D-pad. The controls are inherently simple, but require a lot of skill to master, adding up to a fun and satisfying endeavor.

Fortunately, you can put your skills to the test on several enemy-filled levels, each of which ends in a challenging boss fight. The levels are fairly linear, but they occasionally deviate in unexpected ways. One level shifts to an upside-down perspective midway through, for example. Together, the gameplay and level design work well with one another…for the most part. I found the pacing to be a tad strange in many spots throughout the game: the level design wasn’t always up to par, and the boss fights ranged from real easy to real difficult, and in no particular order.

As far as story goes, Gunvolt is standard fare; his job is to save the girl and save the world. The boss characters are named and have personalities, but they’re all somewhat forgettable. There are a few standouts who have interesting interactions with Gunvolt and other NPC’s, but I appreciated the vibe given off by the graphics more than anything. The world leaves a favorable impression thanks to the character designs and backgrounds.

For dedicated players, Gunvolt offers a series of challenges, some general, most corresponding to certain levels. These involve killing enemies in certain ways, getting specific rankings on a level, etc. It’s up to you to apply these challenges and report back after levels to collect the rewards. Speaking of rewards, materials found by completing levels and successfully taking on challenges can be used to synth several types of gear to upgrade Gunvolt’s loadout in a myriad of ways. Gunvolt himself also levels up, learning many different skills along the way. When all’s said and done, the game can have just about as much or as little depth and replay value as the player wishes.

Azure Striker Gunvolt is a no-brainer for fans of action platformers. It’s well worth considering even if you’re not an aficionado of the genre, as it’s just plain fun, not to mention cool. The controls and gameplay are solid, which makes wielding the power of lighting as awesome as it should be. The game scores:

4/5 Stars

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 04.09.2014 in All
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