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The first details are in from Marvelous AQL’s just-revealed 3DS title, “Forbidden Magna”. You can find a roundup of information included in this week’s Famitsu below.

– Rune Factory producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto will be producing
– Rune Factory series director Masahide Miyata is also working on the game
– Ototsugu Konoe is handling character designer
– 3D graphics
– Visuals have a similar feel to the Harvest Moon and Rune Factory series’ 2D portraits used during conversations
– Lux: red-haired young man and protagonist of the game
– Lux lives on a remote island
– Runs an inn that has been around for a while but doesn’t seem to get too many customers
– After Lux goes to the crystal mines and finding a mysterious bracelet, things start to change
– Charlotte: first spirit of the game
– Charlotte has pink hair in twin tails to go with long ears; lively personality and gets along with everyone
– She uses a Greatsword called Tenimuho (Artless) as her weapon of choice
– Beatrice: silver-haired second spirit
– Beatrice is calm and has a clear mind
– Uses a bow-type, called “Stellar Bowgun”
– Diana: also a spirit
– Has purple hair and likes to keep it on a side ponytail
– Keeps her spear called “Kirin” with her at all times except when bathing
– When she’s on her own, she takes good care of her teddy bear
– “Inn part”: manage the inn with help of the spirits as a way to help get more customers
– Maid system included in the game in which players will be getting the spirits you befriend to help out around the inn while wearing maid outfits
– “ETR System”: increase your relationship with the spirits during inn parts and their combat abilities will increase
– Can also acquire special attacks through certain events
– In battles, you can choose which spirits to take with you
– While exploring, there will be crystals that can be used as an energy source for the spirits
– There will be different areas, including places that rain and farms, that serve as battlefields
– “CLT System” for battles (Connect Lead Time)
– This system is similar to that of Valkyria Chronicles
– Both allies and opponents will have their own turns, and both sides will be able to move around like an action game
– No grids
– 50% complete
– Team is developing with the mindset of trying to make it into a strategy RPG that feels as good as possible

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This week’s Famitsu review scores are as follows:

Yakuza Restoration (PS4) – 9/10/10/10
Yakuza Restoration (PS3) – 9/9/10/10
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4) – 9/9/9/10
Nobunaga no Yabou: Souzou (PS4) – 10/9/9/8
Shin Sangoku Musou 7 (PS4) – 9/10/9/9
Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS4) – 9/9/9/9
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4) – 9/9/9/9
NBA 2K14 (PS4) – 9/9/9/9
Strider (PS4/PS3) – 9/8/8/9
Resogun (PS4) – 9/8/9/7
Chou no Doku Hana No Kusari: Taishou Irokoi Ibun (PSV) – 9/9/7/7
Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4) – 8/8/8/8
Kuroko’s Basketball: Miraculous Victory (3DS) – 8/8/8/8
Shin Koihime Musou: Otome Taisen Sangokushi Engi (PS3) – 7/7/7/6
Knack (PS4) – 6/7/8/7

This week’s Famitsu review scores are as follows:

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) – 9/8/9/9
A-Train 3D (3DS) – 9/8/8/8
Magi: Aratanaru Sekai (3DS) – 8/7/7/8
Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino (PSP) – 8/7/8/7

Famitsu has shared a listing of the top 100 best-selling games of 2013 for the year in full, based on data obtained from parent company Enterbrain. The results can be found below.

01. [3DS] Pokémon X / Y # (Pokémon Co.) {2013.10.12} (¥4.800) {2013.10.12} – 3.976.829
02. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 # (Capcom) {2013.09.14} (¥5.990) – 3.293.312
03. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800) – 1.730.182 / 4.017.159
04. [3DS] Friend Collection: New Life # (Nintendo) {2013.04.18} (¥4.800) – 1.580.067
05. [3DS] Dragon Quest VII: Fighters of Eden (Square Enix) {2013.02.07} (¥6.090) – 1.227.377
06. [3DS] PazuDora Z: Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment) {2013.12.12} (¥4.400) – 1.005.697
07. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo) {2013.03.20} (¥4.800) – 982.737
08. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2013.10.10} (¥7.770) – 605.882
09. [WIU] New Super Mario Bros. U # (Nintendo) {2012.12.08} (¥5.985) – 584.479 / 965.794
10. [WIU] Wii Party U # (Nintendo) {2013.10.31} (¥4.935) – 518.766
11. [PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance # (Konami) {2013.02.21} (¥6.980) – 470.597
12. [PS3] JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle # (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.08.29} (¥7.980) – 468.652
13. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 # (Nintendo) {2012.07.28} (¥4.800) – 445.241 / 2.225.734
14. [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life # (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.08.01} (¥5.480) – 427.070
15. [WIU] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo) {2013.11.21} (¥5.985) – 410.041
16. [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 # (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.03.20} (¥8.190) – 406.324
17. [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix) {2013.11.21} (¥7.770) – 404.147
18. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team # (Nintendo) {2013.07.18} (¥4.800) – 392.372
19. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8 # (Koei Tecmo) {2013.02.28} (¥7.560) – 354.980
20. [PSV] God Eater 2 # (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.11.14} (¥5.980) – 354.498
21. [3DS] Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (Capcom) {2013.07.25} (¥5.990) – 353.211
22. [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition # (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.11.29} (¥5.040) – 323.439 / 632.123
23. [3DS] Youkai Watch (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) – 286.453
24. [PS3] Gran Turismo 6 # (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2013.12.05} (¥6.980) – 282.686
25. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.02.28} (¥5.800) – 282.561

This week’s Famitsu review scores are as follows:

Dragon Quest Monsters 2 (3DS) – 10/9/9/9
Puyo Puyo Tetris (Wii U/PS3/3DS/PSV) – 9/9/9/8
Super Heroine Chronicle (PS3/PSV) – 8/7/7/7
Daisenryaku Perfect: Senjou no Hasha (PS3) – 6/6/5/5

Since launch, the 3DS family has sold over 15 million units in Japan, Famitsu reports today. The site’s article is based on data collected by parent company Enterbrain.

Specific sales of Nintendo’s portable come in 15,037,116 units as of January 26. The feat was accomplished in 153 weeks.

Top selling games on the 3DS are as follows:

1. Pokemon X/Y – 4,228,244
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 4,072,068
3. Monster Hunter 4 – 3,383,004
4. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 2,250,416
5. Mario Kart 7 – 2,188,873

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Famitsu recently caught up with a few members of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds team to gain insight into the project’s development. Director Hiromasa Shikata, lead programmer Shiro Mouri, and lead designer Koji Takahashi spoke about a number of topics, including Link’s wall-merging ability.

Here’s a roundup of what was shared, courtesy of Siliconera’s translations:

Shikata on how Link’s ability to become a painting and part of a wall came to be…

“The thought of having link become a drawing on a flat surface seemed interesting to me; an idea that came out of nowhere. However, I thought that simply having him be part of a flat surface would’ve made it no different than a side-scrolling game, so we thought it would be better to have him turn along the corners of the walls, after further consulting with the [other members of staff].”

This week’s Famitsu review scores are as follows:

Diablo III (PS3) – 10/9/9/10
Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost (PS3) – 9/9/9/9
Toushin Toshi (3DS) – 8/8/9/8
Disgaea 4 Return (PSV) – 8/8/8/8
Shinobi Koiutsutsu (PSP) – 8/8/8/8
Arabian Doubt (PSP) – 7/7/7/8
Rozen Maiden: Wechseln Sie Welt ab (PS3/PSV) – 8/7/7/6
Suzunone Seven! Portable (PSP) – 7/7/7/7

Capcom has announced a new compilation of the original Ace Attorney games for 3DS.

Ace Attorney 123 Wright Selection, according to this week’s Famitsu, bundles the first three entries in the series. 3D visuals will be supported. This Japanese release also includes English voices.

Tatsurou Iwamoto will design the boxart for Capcom’s new compilation, Famitsu confirms.

Ace Attorney 123 Naruhodo Selection is due out in Japan on April 17. Pricing is set at 3,990 yen. A limited edition and new drama CD – featuring Phoenix, Miles Edgeworth, and Godot – will also be available. And those who pre-order will obtain original wallpaper artwork and arranged versions of Ace Attorney’s BGM.

The latest Famitsu most-wanted games chart is as follows:

Rank Game Title Platform Publisher
1 Final Fantasy XV PS4 Square Enix
2 Persona 5 PS3 Atlus
3 Sengoku Musou 4 [Samurai Warriors 4] PS3 Koei Tecmo
4 Sengoku Basara 4 PS3 Capcom
5 Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Square Enix
6 Mario Kart 8 Wii U Nintendo
7 Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Marvelous Mysterious Key 3DS Square Enix
8 Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS Atlus
9 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain PS4 Konami
10 Psycho Break [The Evil Within] PS3 Bethesda Softworks
11 Freedom War PS Vita Sony Computer Entertainment
12 Ryu ga Gotoku: Ishin [Yakuza: Ishin] PS3 Sega
13 Bokujou Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi
[Harvest Moon: Linking the New World]
3DS Marvelous AQL
14 Dark Souls II PS3 Bandai Namco
15 Puyo Puyo Tetris 3DS Sega
16 Ryu ga Gotoku: Ishin [Yakuza: Ishin] PS4 Sega
17 Dairanto Smash Brothers for Nintendo 3DS
[Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS]
3DS Nintendo
18 Toshin Toshi 3DS ImageEpoch
19 Psycho Break [The Evil Within] PS4 Bethesda Softworks
20 Watch Dog PS4 Ubisoft

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