[Weekly Screenshot] Paper Monsters Recut #4

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This week’s Paper Monsters Recut screenshot introduces us to an environment found in one of the game’s later areas. We also learn a need tidbit about the game straight from Mobot Studios. View the official screenshot description below:

This is towards the end of Paper Monsters Recut at the outskirts of Lord Papyrus’ castle, which is also where you’ll encounter some of the more challenging levels in the game with multiple lava pits, fire balls, and tons of classic platforming goodness. Fun fact: in the original game this background was only used in one of the cut scenes, but we liked the look of it so much that we brought it back to use the overworld and a playable level.

 

Discussing Everything #4 – full replay

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Update: Now over, but you can find the full replay below.


This week’s Discussing Everything will begin at 4 PM ET / 1 PM PT as usual. We’ll be talking about the latest news, including the Smash Bros. Wii U presentation! You’ll also have the chance to submit any random questions/comments towards the end of today’s event.

Note that you can log in with Facebook/Twitter, but these are optional. You can choose a random username as well!

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Discussing Everything #4 on Sunday

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We’ll be holding another Discussing Everything event on Sunday. Join us at 4 PM ET / 1 PM PT to talk about the latest Nintendo news and other random topics! Given yesterday’s Smash Bros. presentation, something tells me that most of the discussion will be focused on the Wii U game. I hope to see you there!

 

[Review] Fantasy Life (3DS)

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System: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: October 24th, 2014 (NA) September 26/27, 2014 (EU/AU)
Developer: Level 5, 1-UP Studio
Publisher: Nintendo


Author: Austin

Paper Skyrim.

The defining feature of Nintendo’s Paper Mario series is, undoubtedly, its warmth. Characters and locales that are at once unbelievable and entirely lovable, supported by music that makes you forget you’re not a kid anymore, all tied together by a simple but enjoyable story of saving the kingdom from certain doom.

The defining feature of Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series is, undoubtedly, its scope. Hundreds of quests, hundreds of hours, and a seemingly endless amount of trivial– but altogether enjoyable– gameplay to partake in.

Fantasy Life isn’t perfectly described as a combination of these two philosophies, but thinking of it in those terms would give you a fair idea of what to expect if you opted into this Level 5 adventure. It’s a tempting concept, after all: What if you could live in the world you just saved for as long as you like? What if you never had to leave those characters and locations behind after the credits had receded above the top screen of your 3DS? The possibility of harnessing the emotional weight that an adventurous tale lends to a world and then channeling it into an endless farming game (not just farming of course, but you follow) is an intriguing domain that would seemingly take a considerable amount of work to map and conquer. But Level 5 decided to grab their best cartographers and venture into the unknown, and thus Fantasy Life has burst forth onto the 3DS, covered with bruises and a few broken bones, but with a completed map of that intriguing domain nonetheless in tow.

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[Review] Ninja Battle Heroes (3DS)

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System: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: October 9th, 2014
Developer: Tom Create
Publisher: Tom Create


Author: Vincent W.

If someone were to write a book on terrible game design, I feel as if Ninja Battle Heroes would be one of the main examples. Aside from its terribly uncreative title, this 3DS eShop game looks pretty appealing on the surface. Boasting a heavily Japanese-inspired universe along with a unique platforming experience, Ninja Battle Heroes seems like it could provide a small but desperately needed breath of fresh air to a genre that’s been long in need of one. Once inside, however, you’ll find a game that takes all of its interesting ideas and executes them poorly.

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