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Ninty wants you to eat donuts and fall in love

Posted by Erin Marcon On Sunday 20 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

Nintendo may have churned out a dizzying array of new and original franchises during the 80s, but these days it is better known for relying on well established properties. It could even be argued that the Big N hasn’t launched a significant new brand since Wii Sports arrived alongside the Wii back in 2006. Naturally enough, Nintendo will be hoping to reverse the trend when it brings Tamodachi Life to the 3DS in June.

Already available in Japan, this slice of life simulator will be populated by the various Mii characters already living on your 3DS. According to Nintendo’s pre-release hype, you should expect to “Build a bustling fantasy population of friends, family and your favourite personalities from TV, movies and sports, as Mii characters come to life with their own voice and personality, all on one wild and hilarious island where there is something new to discover every time you check in.”

According to this early trailer for the game, it will also allow you to “eat donuts and fall in love”.

Backtrack Review: Pokémon Y

Posted by Jamie Dalzell On Sunday 6 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

What’s this ‘Backtrack’ business all about? Well, every so often we elect not to review a game, only to realise that we have made a TERRIBLE MISTAKE. That’s where Backtrack Reviews come in. With Pokémon enjoying renewed popularity thanks to a certain Twitch stream, Jamie decided to dust off last year’s 3DS release and give it its due.

Available on 3DS l Published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company l Developed by Game Freak l Classified PG l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Pokémon’s 3DS debut is a ‘best of’, ‘greatest hits’ and reunion tour all in one. A calling card for former champions to dust off their Pokédex, if for no other reason than to look upon Pokémon past and present in all their newfound detail. Read the rest of this entry »

Nintendo ordered to cough up by Rakoff

Posted by Erin Marcon On Tuesday 7 January 2014ADD COMMENTS

90% larger screens, 1.82% less money.

A New York judge has ruled that Tomita Technologies must receive a small percentage of the wholesale proceeds from each and every Nintendo 3DS sold. As reported by Kotaku (via Law 360), this follows an August 2013 ruling that Nintendo infringed on Tomita’s patent for a “stereoscopic image picking up and display system based upon optical axes cross-point information”. In other words, the case revolved around a system for capturing and displaying 3D photographs.

In deciding to award Tomita Technologies 1.82% of the wholesale proceeds from each unit sold, Judge Jed Rakoff (surely a fake name) took into account that only a small percentage of 3DS games utilise the camera technology in question. This ruling is likely to cost Nintendo well over $100m over the life of the system.

To add just a little more spice to what might otherwise be perceived as rather dry business story, you should know that Tomita Technologies is the brainchild of former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita.

When too much Persona ain’t nearly enough

Posted by Erin Marcon On Monday 25 November 2013ADD COMMENTS

Don’t ask me.

It looks like Persona fans will be well catered for in the years ahead. As reported by Polygon, Japanese publisher Atlus is promising to expand the franchise with no fewer than four original titles, including its long awaited headline act Persona 5.

Beyond the title, Atlus has revealed little about Persona 5, other than it will feature themes of slavery and emancipation. Much as Persona 4 arrived on PS2 long after the PS3 had launched, Persona 5 is destined for the aging PS3 console rather than the newly minted PS4.

Also in the works is Persona 4: Dancing All Night, a bonkers rhythm game for the Vita that sees the cast of the acclaimed RPG compete in dance offs. Less surprising (unless you consider the bizarre title of the game) is the announcement of Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, a PS3 fighting game in the vein of 2012’s Persona 4: Arena.

Finally, Atlus is hard at work on Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. As noted by Famitsu (via Gematsu), this 3DS exclusive will combine characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4.

All four titles are due for release in 2014, but only if you happen to live in Japan. Atlus is yet to reveal its plans for localisation.