Official Nintendo Magazine has released some new screenshots for Pokémon X and Y and it appears that you can see your trainer throw the Poké Ball in the new games, something that we've not yet seen before in a mainstream Pokémon game. The look of the Japanese Pokédex has also been revealed, along with Fletchling getting a nice dose of Leech Seed.
Pokémon X and Y are one of 2013's most anticipated titles, and not for nothing. The games have a big shift in artstyle, and they feature a full 3D world, full 3D battles, and attacks that hit foes, instead of vague animations, something entirely new to the mainstream games.
The screenshots can be seen after the jump.
Donkey Kong Country Returns is one of the Wii's most widely acclaimed first-party titles, and now it's available on the go for your Nintendo 3DS. More than just a port, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D boasts visuals almost as stunning as its Wii counterpart and offers eight brand-new levels and an all-new "Easy Mode" for newcomers to the Donkey Kong Country series. Though to some it may seem like a downgrade, the new features, well-preserved graphics, and sheer virtue of being such an incredible handheld game make this a worthwhile experience for any Donkey Kong fan, and it is certainly a must-have sidescroller for anyone who missed out on the game's freshman fling in 2010.
Available today for Nintendo 3DS, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D can be purchased through your local or online retailers or through the Nintendo 3DS eShop for those who prefer digital downloads. Do you think you can reclaim the Kongs' banana hoard from the Tiki Tak Tribe once again?
Looking to see what Shin Megami Tensei IV will sound like in English when you pick it up for your 3DS later this year? Well look no further, we've got you covered. The latest trailer shows off multiple snippets of cutscenes and gameplay. For those who haven't been keeping up with our coverage of SMT4, the trailer not only shows off details for the story but also for multiple features and characters/demons found throughout the game. Be sure to check it out!
The above character silhouettes were recently posted on SEGA's Facebook page, along with a cryptic message:
Six will rise from the Lost World. Are they friends or foes? Find out on May 29th.
It would appear that more Sonic Lost World news is coming on the 29th! We were certainly looking for a blowout of information at E3, but it seems we'll be getting it sooner. Will it be a special Nintendo Direct? Or a SEGA Direct? It could just be released on Facebook for all we know.
Tune in to Gamnesia on May 29th for an update!
According to Mr. Jason Schreir from Kotaku, there will be another important Nintendo event at E3.
A Pokémon X and Y presentation and Q&A is set to take place on June 11th at 6 PM PT (8 PM CT) and will presumably use the roundtable format.
According to GameXplain, Mr. Tsunekazu Ishihara, President & CEO of The Pokémon Company, and Mr. Junichi Masuda, Director of Game Freak, will be members of the panel.
Hopefully, we'll learn more details about the plot and gameplay of the games, and possibly even meet a few new Pokémon or characters.
Stay tuned to Gamnesia for the latest!
Nintendo is taking a different E3 approach this year; rather than holding an E3 conference, they will hold several Nintendo Directs, including one focusing on the Wii U and one focusing on 3DS.
Nintendo's first Direct will take place on June 11th at 7 AM PT (9 AM CT), which is pretty early for a Nintendo Direct. It will focus on upcoming Wii U games; hopefully we'll get a few new announcements!
You can watch the conference on Nintendo's website, and we'll hopefully have it embedded here on Gamnesia for your viewing pleasure!
What are you hoping to see at the conference? Smash Bros.? Mario? Zelda? Sound off in the comments!
It certainly is tough to work in the video game industry, especially when a series begins to sell less and less with each new installment. It's times like these when a game is most likely to meet its end, just like Fire Emblem would have only a year ago.
Hitoshi Yamagami, one of Fire Emblem Awakening's producers, dropped some big news a while back that told us Awakening was essentially going to be the last Fire Emblem game ever made provided it didn't sell over 250,000 copies. So what did Intelligent Systems do? They poured their very heart into the project, and it did not disappoint: Awakening has sold almost one million copies worldwide and is even getting a crossover with the Shin Megami Tensei franchise!
No doubt. Truth be told, sales are dropping. The sales manager of Nintendo, Mr. Hatano, told us that this could be the last Fire Emblem. Due to this progressive descend on sales, they told us that if the sales of this episode stayed below 250,000 copies, we’d stop working on the saga. I remember when I came back from the meeting and told the team “My God, what are we gonna do?! The end has come!”. Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put everything we always wanted to include. That’s how this new project was born!
SEGA recently released an upgraded, 3D version of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog for the Nintendo 3DS eShop, whose 3D effects are said to be "at best, marginal." By contrast, 3D Space Harrier is said to look brilliant on Nintendo's latest handheld console.
Nonetheless, it's a great joy to play classic SEGA games on the Nintendo 3DS, even if their special effects are a bit underwhelming. Continuing this trend, SEGA has announced plans to release a 3D version of the arcade hit Altered Beast on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on May 29th.
It's exciting to see the recent partnership between Nintendo and SEGA continue to unfold. With announcements like these, I wonder what else they may have up their sleeves. Maybe they'll even bring these games to America one day; wouldn't that be something?
According to an article on EA's website, the developer will highlight their plans for Star Wars games; additionally, they will be exhibiting other next-generation games, including Need for Speed, Battlefield 4, and a whole range of EA Sports titles.
Personally, I believe that EA will be making some sort of Star Wars first-person shooter, or possibly a new entry into the Battlefront series. I would prefer a game similar to The Force Unleashed, and I would prefer for it to be good; hey, I can dream, right?
EA's E3 briefing will be entitled "The Download: EA 2013 Preview" and will air on June 10th at 1 PM PT (3 PM CT) on Spike TV and EA's website.
Pokémon Conquest was one of Nintendo's least likely crossovers to happen in recent memory, but there's no doubt that it was a fun game for those who played it. But, will we ever see a sequel to this unlikely collaboration? Maybe.
Executive Vice President of Tecmo Koei, Hisashi Koinuma, director and producer for Omega Force, was asked if there would ever be a sequel to Pokémon Conquest. His answer? "Well, there was a lot of unfinished material for Pokémon Conquest…" Pretty vague, but it's something, right?
Furthermore, the President and CEO of The Pokémon Company and fan of Nobunaga's Ambition, Tsunekazu Ishihara, has not ruled out the possibility of a sequel provided there's enough demand and enthusiasm from fans. Considering that Pokémon Conquest only sold around a million copies it's possible, but based on how silent fans of the spin-off are I wouldn't get my hopes up.