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Shin Megami Tensei IV 3DS Release Date Is Summer 2013 (USA)

Shin Megami Tensei IV for 3DS will be released this Summer 2013 revealed Nintendo at the Nintendo Direct conference! This is exciting news, as Atlus next major title in the long-running breakout RPG series has been highly anticipated by fans, who will be ecstatic to know that they can get their hands on the game so soon!

More coming.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in News, Videogame News

 

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Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies Release Date Is 2014 (3DS). Includes 500 New Puzzles, Concludes 2nd Layton Trilogy

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies will be released in 2014 for 3DS announced Nintendo via their April 17th Nintendo Direct 3DS Conference. The game will include a mind-boggling 500 new puzzles and will conclude the second Professor Layton prequel trilogy that started with “Professor Layton and the Last Specter”.

More soon.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in News, Screenshots, Videogame News

 

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Bravely Default: Flying Fairy 3DS Releasing This Year (USA, Europe) From Square Enix

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy will be released for 3DS in America and Europe this year! Bringing a tear to the eye of many a Japanese RPG fan! More soon.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in News, Videogame News

 

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Pikachu Yellow 3DS XL Pokemon-Themed System Release Date Is March 24 2013 (USA) Alongside Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity (3DS)

Yellow Pikachu 3DS XL USA Cover Box Art

The American box art for the Yellow 3DS XL Pikachu Edition!

A Pikachu Yellow 3DS XL will be released in America on March 24th 2013, hitting day and date alongside Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, the newest game in the awesome Rogue-like RPG spin-off series “Pokemon Mystery Dungeon”. Also releasing on this day will be Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon for 3DS! WOW! What a day! :D

The Pikachu 3DS XL is yellow in color (naturally) and features the adorable rat square and center in the middle of the front of the system. It will also include a 4GB SD Card and will cost $200. I’m pretty positive that this is the first yellow-colored Nintendo system since the Yellow Game Boy Color that came with Pokemon Yellow way back in the day! (i.e., 1999 I believe).

However it’s worth noting that the Pikachu 3DS XL system is NOT bundled with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, the two are sold separately. Which is an odd decision, I’d think Nintendo would want to raise the profile of the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series by including it with the yellow Pikachu 3DS.

Pikachu 3DS XL Japanese Box Art

Oooo very yellow!

Maybe Nintendo thinks that the Pikachu 3DS would go better with the upcoming Pokemon X & Y, and will bundle it with those games at a later date? Time will tell. Nintendo also recently released a special Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS system bundle, for those who are keeping count.

This Pikachu 3DS-XL is a really neat looking system. I’ll definitely want to get my hands on it at some point!

As for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, it is the 3rd installment in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series, which began on the Game Boy Advance with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team in 2006 (If “Mystery Dungeon” sounds familiar, that’s because it in itself is an RPG line of games developed by Chunsoft. Few of the games have made it to the West, but you may have heard of Chocobo Mystery Dungeon or “Chocobo’s Dungeon” or Siren the Wanderer, both titles in the “Mystery Dungeon” line).

A Blue Rescue Team version was also available for the original DS in 2006, making it one of the few games ever to get a simultaneous release on both Game Boy Advance and DS. The sequels followed in 2007 with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness for DS. An enhanced remake (similar to the extra-colored Pokemon editions like Yellow, Emerald, Crystal, and Platinum) was released in 2009 for DS called “Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky” that included updated features over the original Explorers of Time & Darkness games.

And finally that brings us to the 3DS game Gates to Infinity in 2013. It’s also worth noting that a WiiWare Pokemon Mystery Dungeon spin-off was released exclusively in Japan and no where else called “Blazing Adventure Squad”, “Stormy Adventure Squad” and “Light Adventure Squad” (different versions).

All Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games are a subset of RPG called a “Roguelike”. These games are normally extremely difficult, but Pokemon Mystery Dungeon makes them more accessible and gives a “for everyone including kids” spin on the Roguelike genre. Rogue-likes feature randomly-generated, turn-based maps/dungeons, tile-based battles, hardcore level-grinding (where you have to keep fighting many enemies to get strong enough to proceed) and often feature perma-death (meaning characters that die stay dead forever). Most of these games are dungeon-crawls, meaning the vast majority of the game takes place inside dungeons with multiple floors. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon however features fantastic character development, extremely witty and hilarious writing, and an incredibly deep storyline where the Pokemon themselves actually speak and talk, and are their own unique characters.

If you’ve never played a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game, I highly recommend it. And this is coming from someone who had never played a Rogue-like before nor is a big Pokemon fan!

Here is a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity trailer video.

About Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity:
Discover the incredible 3D world of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, where Pokémon speak and amazing adventures are always nearby! What’s more, you will become a Pokémon yourself! You’ll meet all kinds of Pokémon throughout the game, both in the towns you’ll visit and the Mystery Dungeons you’ll explore.

Have fun exploring more than 20 dungeons filled with all kinds of Pokémon, treasure, and surprises! Each of the dungeons you’ll explore has unique characteristics, including the Pokémon you’ll find, the number of floors in the dungeon, and the types of terrain you’ll have to deal with. Some of the Pokémon you battle will offer to join your team, too!

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Gates to Infinity Artwork

The first Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game for 3DS.

In addition to the dungeons you’ll delve into during the main story, you can use the Nintendo 3DS Camera to discover Magnagates—entrances to new dungeons—by scanning everyday objects around you!

Join up with people nearby who are also playing Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity to explore and battle through dungeons together! Up to four people can play at a time. You can play as any of the Pokémon on your team—you don’t have to battle as your main Pokémon character.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity arrives for the Nintendo 3DS system on March 24th, 2013, both in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.

Here is a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Demo Let’s Play Video.

 

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Political Photo of the Day – Obama Pie Kid (Happy Pi Day 2013!)

Obama Pie Kid (Happy Pi Day 2013)

Happy Pie Day 2013!

Obama pie kid! In celebration of Pi Day 2013!

Hahahaha. Gotta love this photo. It’s great to see playful pics of the President visiting with children, these pics always bring a smile to my face. :D

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Photo Of the Day, Politics

 

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2013 Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses Orchestral Concert Tour Dates Playing America (USA), UK, France, Germany, Canada This Year Through September

Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses Banner Art

Can’t wait to see this!

2013 Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses tour gives orchestra-fans across the United States, Canada and in several European countries new chances to see this spectacular celebration of videogame music from throughout The Legend of Zelda series!

Lots of new tour dates across the United States have been added (mostly on the West Coast, however), along with several solo shows throughout many other countries. If you live in the U.S., then 2013 is definitely your year to do what you can to try and make it out to see a Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses show! You will NOT be disappointed!

This new tour dates come off the heels of a highly successfully tour of Australia last month in February, so the Zelda Symphony truly is global now!

To buy Zelda Symphony of the Godesses tickets you can do so at the official website. Be sure to buy them months in advance, these shows are very likely to sell out!

2013 Zelda Symphony of the Godesses Orchestral Concert Tour New Dates

USA March 16 – Portland, Oregon @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

UK May 23 – London, United Kingdom: Hammersmith Apollo

FRANCE May 25 – Paris, France: Le Palais des Congrès

GERMANY May 28 – Berlin, Germany: Tempodrom

USA June 6 – Atlanta, Georgia: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

USA June 10 – San Francisco, California: Davies Symphony Hall

USA June 12 – Los Angeles, California: The Greek Theatre

CANADA June 14 – Montréal, Quebec: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

USA June 29 – Austin, Texas: Long Center

CANADA September 7 – Toronto, Ontario: Sony Performing Arts Centre

USA September 12 – Seattle, Washington: Benaroya Hall

I have previously gone to see Video Games Live (also a symphony orchestral event) with my family and friends and it was AMAZING. I spent around $600 to take everyone and buy lots of merch and it was well worth it… Even though we literally had the worst seats in the house at the back row! It is still my plan to also see the Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy orchestra concert. Hopefully I’ll see both as both shows will be coming to California (I live in Arizona, right next door) this summer! :D

 

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Nintendo Direct Valentine’s Day Full Video Presentations (America, Europe, Japan)

Nintendo Direct Valentine’s Day was a hit as Nintendo revealed lots of new information and release dates for upcoming games for WiiU, 3DS, and their digital services.

Although there were no megaton announcements, there is a lot to get excited about from Nintendo. And we have a very exciting E3 2013 to look forward too, where hopefully Nintendo will make waves with the first footage of the new WiiU Zelda, WiiU Metroid, WiiU and 3DS Smash Bros., and whatever else they have under their sleeves!

For now enjoy these Nintendo Direct full video presentations!

NINTENDO DIRECT VALENTINE’S DAY AMERICAN PRESENTATION FULL VIDEO

NINTENDO DIRECT VALENTINE’S DAY EUROPE PRESENTATION FULL VIDEO

NINTENDO DIRECT VALENTINE’S DAY JAPAN PRESENTATION FULL VIDEO

 

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