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Let’s take a moment to remember Gyrozetter: Wings of the Albatross – Square Enix’s 3DS RPG with roots also planted in arcades, manga, and anime.

Did you know that Noise worked on Wings of the Albatross? That’s the same team behind the various Custom Robo titles.

Prior to Gyrozetter: Wings of the Albatross, Noise developed just one core gaming title since 2009: Go! Go! Cosmo Cops! from Namco Bandai.

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The official Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land website was recently updated. Along with new screenshots, a few bits of extra information were posted.

Here’s the latest on the game:

– Other people in the village run their own crops and more
– The other ranchers will be considered your seniors in the farming world
– They will sometimes help you, and will sometimes need your help as well
– Elize: wonders how others mange with such small houses
– Edda: gives words of encouragement to the new rancher
– Fritz: wonders if he should let someone else borrow one of his crops
– Veronica: kicks off the Summer Chicken Festival
– Catch insects and interact with animals by visiting the mountain
– Other activities to do around rivers
– Swim to catch fish and find items under water

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Nintendo has once again clarified the situation surrounding the Wii’s discontinuation in Japan.

A representative told GameSpot that the end of production “is specific to Japan” – as has been stated previously. Nintendo will continue to sell Wii consoles throughout the US, including the holidays.

The representative said:

“The announcement that the Wii console has been discontinued is specific to Japan. There is no change in the status of Wii in the United States, and it is available for purchase this holiday season.”

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A few new details regarding Namco Bandai’s Kuroko’s Basketball title for 3DS have emerged. You can find a roundup of the information, thanks to a Siliconera translation, below.

AR functionality

– Comes with AR cards
– Use the cards to create a 3D image of team members such as Kuroko or Akashi
– Characters will then be poseable
– Can have more than one character at once

General

– Basketball simulation game
– New original storyline following the Generation of Miracles
– Includes special moves also not found in the anime or manga series so far
– Unclear what the story is
– There’s speculation it might be telling the tale when all five of the team were still together

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We’ve previously heard rumblings of a new Pokemon game in development starring Pikachu. Today, the speculation has apparently come to fruition.

Tsunekazu Ishihara will be appearing on an NHK program next week as part of a profile on Pokemon Company, where the new title will make its debut. A preview of the episode gives the first glimpses of the project. It seems to confirm 3DS as the game’s platform and shows a very brief snippet of Pikachu in action.

What’s included in the video almost looks like an AR experience. There’s also a couple of moments showing Pikachu mimicking a woman’s facial gestures.

A synopsis of the upcoming episode indicates that the footage is from a brand new title with development having started this summer. This new game is said to be changing Pikachu in some unknown fashion. Based on the synopsis, Ishihara apparently has a few concerns as to how this will affect the Pokemon’s popularity.

Remember, a lot of this is still unclear. Until NHK’s episode airs next week, we won’t know what exactly will be shown.

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Two Nintendo collaborations were previously announced for Monster Hunter 4.

The first, a pair of Super Mario Bros. crossover costumes for Felyne, are now available through 7-Eleven’s 7spot service. Players can download the garb until November 11.

Also, Capcom will distribute costumes based on The Legend of Zelda starting on December 2. This promotion will run until January 10.

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