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  1. We've got some big headlines today, most notably related to the Final Fantasy XV news that last night brought, and also a number of other announcements as well. Check out the headlines below! Everything you need to know about the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event, including the game's release date Last night's UNCOVERED: Final Fantasy XV event was quite a doozy. Not only did Square Enix reveal the game's official release date, they also revealed that they're going all-out to promote the game with a cross-media projects. First off, let's not beat around the bush - the game is officially releasing on September 30th on PS4 and Xbox One. Oh, and there's a new trailer for the game as well which showcases the song "Stand By Me" as performed by Forence and the Machine. Moving on, there will be three different versions you can buy- Day 1 Edition - $59.99 - Comes with Final Fantasy series Masamune DLC weapon - Xbox Store pre-order exclusive: Two Xbox One avatars, including Noctis Special Outfit and Carbuncle pet - PlayStation Store pre-order exclusive: Dynamic PS4 theme for PS4 owners Deluxe Edition - $89.99 - All Day One content plus... - An exclusive steelbook containing Final Fantasy XV and Kingsglaive movie - Platinum Leviathan Regalia design - Royal Raiment costume DLC Ultimate Collector's Edition - $269.99 (available only on Square Enix's online store) - All Deluxe Edition content plus... - An exclusive steelbook containing the official Final Fantasy XV Blu-ray soundtrack (featuring music from Final Fantasy XV, Kingsglaive, and Brotherhood) - Hardcover artbook - Limited Edition Variant Noctis Play Arts -Kai- action figure - In-game item packs Additionally it was also revealed that Final Fantasy XV would be getting two multimedia projects. The first is a CG prequel movie called Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, and it will set the stage for the game's beginning. Actors Sean Bean, Lena Headey, and Aaron Paul are set to star as the main cast. The movie will be released digitally before the game's launch. The second project is an anime series called Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV, and it will consist of five standalone episodes that explore the friendships between Noctis and his three companions. All episodes will be free and will be viewable on Youtube before the game's launch. The first episode is up for watch . Also, a new demo called Platinum Demo: Final Fantasy XV has been released which players play through a fragmented dreamscape as young Noctis and his companion, Carbuncle. The demo is available right now on both Xbox One and PS4. Finally, Square Enix is releasing a pinball game on mobile devices called Justice Five which features RPG elements and the game's most iconic monsters. It will be coming soon to the Google Play and App Stores, and will also be playable in Final Fantasy XV. Source: Press Release Nintendo's Miitomo launches today on Google Play and iOS App Store It's finally here: Nintendo's first stab at a mobile game. Miitomo is described as a free-to-play social experience with friends. After creating your own personal Mii and customizing it to your liking, you can then add friends who have the app in-person or by linking existing Twitter and Facebook accounts. Ultimately, the app creates conversations and discussion among friends by answering questions that are presented to you. By doing different things on the app, you can also gain coins to use on Nintendo's new reward system, My Nintendo. If that sounds interesting, you can download it for free right now! Source: Press Release Axiom Verge officially coming to Vita in April PlayStation fans have been waiting for about a year for Axiom Verge to come to the Vita, and now it looks like that time is finally upon us. Creator Tom Happ took to the PlayStation Blog to explain what was behind the delay as well as a release date: April 19th! Additionally the game will be cross-buy, meaning that if you already have it on PS4, you'll get it at no charge on Vita (and vice-versa). And last but not least, the game will be 10% off on both platforms for a week when the Vita version launches. If you haven't seen it already, be sure to check out Jonathan's review of the game; it's one of the few games we've given a perfect score to and it also placed 8th on GP's Top 10 Games of 2015. Source: PlayStation Blog Nintendo to shut down DSiware Shop next year It was bound to happen sooner or later. Presumably, all DSiware titles will still be purchasable through the 3DS eShop, so it seems the dissolution of the DSiware Shop will affect very few (only those that own and use a DSi). Users will still have until September 30, 2016 to add new points to the shop to buy things, but the service will shut down altogether on March 31, 2017. Source: Nintendo Life This week in new Nintendo eShop releases (3/31/16) Not a whole lot of big releases this week although there is one new Wii game: Mario Super Sluggers! And of course, Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus also makes its debut on Wii U. Check out Jonathan's review of it if you haven't already. Here's a look at all the new releases on the Wii U and 3DS eShop today. Wii U Lovely Planet Pokken Tournament - Demo Version Mario Super Sluggers (Wii) 6-Hand Video Poker Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus Now I Know My ABCs Pixlcross 3DS Justice Chronicles DLC Fire Emblem Fates - New DLC Map - Vanguard Dawn What are your thoughts on the new details about Final Fantasy XV? And will you play Miitomo?
  2. gaiages

    Review: Publisher Dream

    Developer: Circle Entertainment Publisher: Nintendo Platform: DSi/3DS ( DSiWare) Release Date: May 2, 2013 ESRB: E for Everyone A download code was supplied by the publisher for this review. Have you ever wanted to run a game publishing company? Not many of you may say 'yes', but with game development simulators like Game Dev Story and Game Dev Tycoon, you get to live it anyway. These games were a relative hit on mobile devices and the PC respectively, and Publisher Dream hopes to fill this niche on the DSi and 3DS. One can't argue about the title being overpriced, sitting at a humble two dollars, but... how much fun does this title end up being? Publisher Dream starts you off small--you have two employees, $100,000, and the task of creating hit games. You can't make too much at first, mainly small puzzle and card games, but as your employees' experience and company recognition grows, you'll be able to take on bigger and better genres. However, it's not good to simply abandon the smaller games, either; when you keep creating a game of the same genre, the company's level in it increases, which makes that genre easier to create and generally more popular overall. It's a careful balance of trying news genres while sticking to tried-and-true, ensuring that you make money and don't go bankrupt in your nine year span. You can also hire new workers (and you'll have to if you want to make larger games) with different strengths, weaknesses, and salary amounts. Assigning the right worker to the right job helps to make the games better, and also levels them up. When a worker levels up, they get better at their job, but their salary also goes up, ensuring that you're paying for quality. Obviously, once you make a few games, you'll gain a bit of capital. You use this to pay your expenses, start up new projects, or even buy decorations . The trick is that the cShop (the platform you develop games for) only pays out quarterly, while you pay your expenses monthly. This causes you to have to ration out your earnings, and make sure you can pay the piper every month. If you fail, you basically get three more chances until you're forced to shut your doors, giving you a bit of leeway before getting a game over. This is the basic flow of the game throughout the nine years. It's a pretty simple concept, but in all honestly, the game makes it more difficult on you than it should. The small tutorial beforehand doesn't really explain much, and for the most part you have to fiddle around the game and controls yourself to figure out what to do. A somewhat shoddy translation doesn't help matters, either, and may even serve to confuse more than help. For example, late in my game I hit a milestone that typically unlocks more room and more stuff to buy, and the game even told me that happened, but yet nothing new unlocked... an unfortunate consequence of using the same message for every milestone. Also, Publisher Dream has one very glaring flaw: You cannot fire people. This may not seem like a big deal earlier on, when you need workers to make more games, but later on this starts to become a rather gnawing issue. Like I stated before, workers' salaries go up when they level up, and when you have a large office late in the game, you'll probably have a lot of workers at mid- to high levels. Every time a single employee levels up, your expenses go up, and other the course of three months, you're paying $450,000 instead of $400,000. Salaries seem to rise exponentially, to the point that your capital gain may not be able to keep up. The natural solution at this point would be to cut back on workers and maybe sell a few decorations... but you can't do that. Instead, you have to think far in advance how many workers you want and what levels you want to get them to, and that's something that's hard to have the insight for. However, even with these problems, Publisher Dream isn't a bad choice if you want some game development action on your portable device. It has a certain charm to it, and can be fun to play even if you don't make it the whole nine years. And at a mere two dollars (or 200 DSi Points), it's not likely to break anyone's budget either. Pros: + A simple and easy to pick up and play simulator + Changing the BGM actually affects how your workers perform Cons: - Odd translation and sparse tutorial make it hard to figure things out - Not being able to restructure can cripple your company late game Overall Score: 6 (out of 10) Decent Publisher Dream has some great ideas kicking around, and while not all of them come to fruition, the low price still makes it a worthwhile game if you're looking for a game developer sim fix on your portable.
  3. Jason Clement

    Nintendo Download: Featured Games 4/18/13

    Today's Nintendo Download update features quite a bit of content, but very little in the way of major new games. The biggest game coming is arguably LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (which will be available on Sunday), the prequel to the recently released Wii U game of the same name, sans subtitle. Other than that, there's some new DLC for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity and a plethora of games on sale, including the Guild 01 games from Level-5. Also of note are two older retail games coming to the eShop for the first time: Tetris Axis and Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns. Sadly, it's a quiet week for the Wii U eShop. Here's hoping for some more activity there next week. You can view the full list of games in today's update below: 3DS eShop LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (available 4/21) Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns Tetris Axis Mystery Murders: Jack the Ripper Puzzler Brain Games (available 4/23) Puzzler World 2013 (available 4/23) Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo Witch & Hero DSiware Puzzler Brain Games (available 4/23) Puzzler World 2013 (available 4/23) Working Dawgs: Rivet Retriever Wii U eShop No releases Sales Pokedex 3D Pro (3DS eShop; ending 4/19) - $9.99 Liberation Maiden (3DS eShop; ending 5/30) - $4.99 Crimson Shroud (3DS eShop; ending 5/30) - $4.99 Aeroporter (3DS eShop; ending 5/30) - $2.99 Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (3DS eShop; ending 4/23) - $1.99 DLC New DLC Dungeons for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
  4. Jason Clement

    Nintendo Download: Featured Games 2/7/13

    This week's eShop update brings a few notable listings along with it, including a few demos for upcoming games like Brain Age: Concentration Training and Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan. The nice thing about the latter is that your save in the demo will transfer over into the full game when it releases; not bad! Other notable releases include Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 (for Wii U), Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, and Mega Man 2 on 3DS (Mega Man 1 came out at the end of December). Check out the full list below: Wii U eShop Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 3DS eShop Brain Age: Concentration Training Demo Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan Demo Mega Man 2 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D Rayman 3D DSiware (also available on 3DS eShop) Ah! Heaven Are you eyeing anything on either of the eShops this week?