7th Dragon III in development for 3DS

Posted under 3DS, News
44 minutes ago by (@Patricklous)

Sega announced today that 7th Dragon III: Code VFO will be released for the 3DS on October 15th. The real puzzle here is exactly who is developing the game – previous entries in this RPG series were handled by Imageepoch, who filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. Despite not revealing the actual studio behind it, we know that the director is Masayuki Kawabata, who was behind some of the more recent Phantasy Star games and will be produced by Juro Watari. Both are known for games with more action-packed combat so perhaps this entry in the traditionally turn-based series will be trying for a different gameplay style. Like previous 7th Dragon games, the soundtrack is being handled by Yuzo Koshiro and features character designs by artist Shirow Miwa.



Monolith Soft: From A to Xeno (Part 2)

Posted under DS, Features, Game of the Month, Wii
4 hours ago by (@Patricklous)

Missed Part 1? Go back to 2002

As June draws to a close, I’m back with a second look back at the history of Monolith Soft and the games they created over the last generation of Nintendo consoles – with the exception of the actual Game of the Month. This was a period of change for the company and saw the release of several more experimental titles. Bandai Namco sold the majority of their stock in Monolith Soft to Nintendo in 2007 and while they wouldn’t become a first-party developer until later, all games from this point on would be on Nintendo consoles. Despite this, Monolith would still keep close ties with their previous owner, who took on publishing duties for some of their more niche games. Following the release of Baten Kaitos Origins there was a gap of two years before Monolith Soft’s next title – Soma Bringer.



Update: Confirmed – Don’t Crash tentatively slated for a July 9 release in North America

Posted under News, Wii U eShop
6 hours ago by (@NE_Brian)

Update (6/29): Bumped to the top. This date has now been confirmed.

RCMADIAX is planning on launching its next Wii U eShop game titled “Don’t Crash” on the North American Wii U eShop next month.

Assuming all goes according to plan, the game will arrive on July 9. Also, keeping in line with RCMADIAX’s past eShop releases, it’ll be priced relatively cheap. You’ll be able to make a purchase for only $1.49.

RCMADIAX wrote on Twitter earlier tonight:



KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker out on the North American Wii U eShop next week

Posted under News, Wii U eShop
7 hours ago by (@NE_Brian)

Famous Gamous is bringing “KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker” to Wii U next week, according to a listing on the eShop. The title is due out on July 9 for $7.99.

Below is an overview of the music game:

Do you LOVE 8-bit music from classic video games? Prpeare to create your own! KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker will transform your Wii U GamePad into an 8-bit jamming machine!

Simply touch the keys on your Wii U GamePad and YOU are playing KEYTARI. KEYTARI was designed to be easy to pick up and play. But to truly master KEYTARI, practice and experimentation will take you far – just like with a traditional musical instrument.

Wield powerful lead instruments such as SineSquare, MultiPlex, and PolySaw. Power-up a Background Beat, Underworld Bass, Sustain, and the Drum Kit to take your 8-bit style jamming to the next level!

Scoring is simple. +1 for every key played. Most think the Score Board is just for fun… However, the sages speak of a hero from afar who will break past the maximum score of 9999 and thus beat KEYTARI.

KEYTARI is a Wii U exclusive title.

Start jamming 8-bit style with KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker!



Reggie on Nintendo’s E3 showing, hardware, Wii U sales, Skylanders, amiibo, and mobile

Posted under 3DS, General Nintendo, News, NX, Smart device, Wii U
8 hours ago by (@NE_Brian)

A new interview with Reggie Fils-Aime was added to Forbes’ website today. Reggie discussed several topics, including Nintendo’s E3 showing, hardware, Wii U sales, Skylanders, amiibo, and mobile.

Those who are interested in reading up on what Reggie had to say can head past the break for the Q&A breakdown. You’ll find Forbes’ original piece with a few additional comments here as well.



Disney Interactive unified with Consumer Products division

Posted under General Nintendo, News
9 hours ago by (@NE_Brian)

Disney is combining two of its groups into one. Disney Interactive, the team behind Disney Infinity, will be joined together with Playmation creator Disney Consumer Products under the new name Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI).

With the move, Disney hopes to better align the separate technology development ongoing in the divisions. The company is also looking to leverage the retail and licensing relationships already in place.