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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the franchise’s most successful entry in the west. How did that happen exactly? In an interview with GamesBeat, series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto touched on some of the factors that led the game to become a hit in North America and Europe.

Localization changes helped lead Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate to overseas success. But even more importantly, Fujioka says online play “was huge”.

Fujioka told GamesBeat:

“… More than anything the addition of online play on the 3DS was huge. Obviously in Europe and North America it’s very difficult to play with others locally due to everyone being so spread out, so having online multiplayer in the game really showed the appeal of Monster Hunter’s multiplayer to a wide range of players.”

“Given that Japan is a small island country, there are more opportunities for people to meet directly, so the barrier for local play is low enough that lots of people can take advantage of it. This time around, especially outside of Japan we had a lot of people asking for online multiplayer, which of course was a big thing for players.”

Information coming out of this month’s CoroCoro reveals that an anime based on Puzzle & Dragons X is in the works. The series will begin airing this summer. Along with an anime, a manga adaptation from Momota Inoue is in the works, which will debut in CoroCoro’s May issue (shipping in April).

As far as the game goes, Puzzle & Dragons X will be available in Japan this summer. Two versions are planned: “Kami no Shō” (God Chapter) and “Ryū no Shō” (Dragon Chapter). Puzzle & Dragons X’s theme is “evolution” and will also feature cooperative play with friends in a cross battle. The game’s protagonist is Ace and his partner Tamazō. Staff behind the anime will also animate the game’s opening anime.


We now have a complete listing of the English voice actors in Fire Emblem Fates. Unfortunately though, the credits don’t indicate which actors were behind the different characters. Once more folks get their hands on the game, hopefully we’ll to find a way to match everything together.

Continue on below for the full lineup of voice actors, as listed in alphabetical order (last names) from Fire Emblem Fates’ credits.

Update 2 (1/12): Bumped to the top. Here are some related comments from GameXplain’s Derrick Bitner:

Update: Here’s the full stream archive for those that are interested in checking out more footage:

Original (2/10): For its overseas version, Fire Emblem Fates appears to have removed some swimsuits. GameSpot hosted a live stream of the English release earlier today which shows that only the Bath Towel can be purchased from the Accessory Shop in the body section. Meanwhile, the Japanese version featured several more such as the “Risque Swimsuit” (level 1 at the shop just like the Bath Towel).

This doesn’t seem to be a matter of GameSpot being early on in Fire Emblem Fates. Now, it’s true that we have seen footage of some characters in swimsuits via English gameplay, but that may have just been what was offered as the default option. We’ll still consider this a rumor for the time being until the situation is absolutely clarified.

Thanks to Brian for the tip.


Nintendo has readied another new trailer for Fire Emblem Fates called “Life on the Front Line: Star-Crossed Royals”. You can give it a watch below.

This week’s Nintendo Minute is another Fire Emblem Fates-focused episode. Today, Kit and Krysta reveal which version they’ve been playing and talk about the differences between Conquest and Birthright. Check it out below.

A new wave of Nintendo Selects will hit North American retailers on March 11, according to Video Games Plus. The lineup includes several Wii U/3DS titles, and surprisingly, some old Wii releases as well. Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and Super Mario All-Stars are just some of the included games.

For those that are unfamiliar, Nintendo Selects typically bring about lower prices for games. It looks like some older ones will be seeing reprints as well – notably Pikmin 3 and Super Mario All-Stars.

Video Games Plus lists each new Nintendo Select at $29.99 CDN. That should amount to $20 USD.

Nintendo has not yet officially announced this new batch of Nintendo Selects. Presumably though, we should be getting an announcement soon.

A new Japanese trailer for Mega Man Legacy Collection is now available, courtesy of Capcom. We’ve posted it below.

Yet another gameplay video for the English version of Fire Emblem Fates is here. Take a look at chapter 11 from Conquest below.

A new interview with the developers of Project X Zone 2 has been published by Nintendo Life. The site spoke with Bandai Namco producer Kensuke Tsukanaka and Monolith Soft development director Soichiro Morizumi about the new 3DS game. Topics include how some of the new characters were chosen, the influence of fan feedback, and the series’ future.

Head past the break for a few excerpts from the interview. Find the full interview here.

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