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Fresh out of the oven, folks! We've got a ton of brand new screenshots and concept art on the new 3DS entry in the much-beloved series.

There's been a lot of news floating around in recent days on the brand new game in the series. The entry had a... interesting development. The entire experience was originally built in HD, but was then downgraded to handheld graphical fidelity. Even more intriguing is the dilemma Konami had in choosing for the game to be on 3DS or Vita, although I'm happier with the final decision! Looking at these brand new images truly gives you a feel for the game, and it looks awesome, albeit ugly as sin.

I've always wanted to come back to the Castlevania series, but I've never really had the time. However, Mirror of Fate looks like it might finally win back my attention to the series. Time to fill out my back catalog.

For all the screenshots head on in after the jump!

Are you excited for the new entry for Castlevania? Glad to see the Belmont family is coming to 3DS? Sound off in the comments!

         

That's right folks. The juggernaut new IP Skylanders is getting a new entry this fall. The franchise has made over $500 million dollars already, and Activision is showing no sign of stopping anytime soon.

The last entry in the series brought new giant protagonists to the formula, and this time, Vicarious Visions is switching up the cast of critters—literally. Players can choose to mix-and-match the torso and legs of the Skylanders, allowing dozens of combinations in the game. There are sixteen new figures, but through the new addition to the franchise, 256 "swapabilities" can be achieved. Each power is represented by half of the figure, so players can choose which two elements they want to combine and utilize in the new world of the Cloudbreak Islands.

I'm not surprised to see this series become an annual affair, as the franchise makes a lot of money. I might just have to hop onto the bandwagon for this new entry, as I've heard the Skylanders are a guilty pleasure among many gamers. Head past the jump for a boatload of screenshots!

On its blog today, Sega reaffirmed that their latest entry in the All-Stars Racing franchise is indeed coming to Nintendo's popular handheld. The game is planned to hit Europe on February 8th, and North America on the 12th, and when it does, it will have a few new features along with all the content the consoles had. It will have eight-person download-play multiplayer and StreetPass challenges added to the standard game, and includes the two new characters from the console version; real NASCAR racer Danica Patrick, and Wreck-it Ralph, from the incredibly well-marketed Disney movie that came out earlier this year. 

Are you interested in picking up the portable version?

According to Emily Rogers, Retro Studios will have a demo ready for its next big project during E3. It's still unclear what this project might be, but it could very well be sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns, or another installment of the Metroid series. Retro also collaborated with Nintendo on the development of Mario Kart 7, and since it was a very well received game, it might very well be that they are also working on the upcoming Mario Kart U.

Personally, I'm all in for a Donkey Kong sequel, but I'd like it to be a platformer like Donkey Kong 64. I think it has a lot of potential, and I just love Donkey Kong 64. It was one of the games that defined my childhood, so a spiritual sequel to it would be great. I'd be really surprised to see a brand new IP, but time will tell.

Iwata Asks is a recurring segment in which Nintendo President Satoru Iwata interviews game developers about their values and the development process behind specific games. The latest episode featured the developers of Fire Emblem: Awakening, detailing their thought process behind the evolution of the support system to a marriage system, as well as what their goals were in staying true to the essence of Fire Emblem.

The most interesting factoid to gather from this discussion, however, is the idea that Fire Emblem should break its focus on medieval militias and instead tread ground in more modern war tactics with a tinge of fantasy. This proposal was then taken in an even more drastic direction with the idea that the game could take place on Mars, which was later shot down.

Nintendo is well versed in the ways of outer space, but never before have they explored non-fictional extraterrestrial planets in their games. The idea of a tactical RPG taking place on Mars is an incredibly appealing one no doubt, but Fire Emblem is well-grounded in its medieval setting, and I'm ultimately glad they didn't break that mold for a more science-fictiony game. Do you hope Nintendo looks back at this discarded idea to create an entirely new franchise, or do you think this concept should lay dead?

It's no secret that the hit 3DS title, Resident Evil: Revelations is coming to home consoles and PC later this year—but don't expect it to be just a simple port of the 3DS version. According to Revelations Producer Masachika Kawata, Resident Evil: Revelations Unveiled Edition has been given 5.1 Surround Sound and the gameplay has been tweaked and fine-tuned to make it more than a simple port.

“It’s definitely not just a direct port. Not only have we improved the graphics up to HD standard for home consoles and designed it for 5.1 Surround Sound, as well, but we’ve fine tuned and retuned the gameplay, made a lot of nips and tucks here and there, so it’s certainly an improved experience.”

Accompanying this statement, it was revealed that the decision to port Revelations to home consoles was made in the wake of the 3DS release due to overwhelmingly positive feedback from the fans and critics. Kawata also credits Revelations' success due to it feeling like classic RE gameplay that was easy to pick up and play.

Are you looking forward to the next entry in the Castlevania franchise? While it won't be long before Mirror of Fate hits the Nintendo 3DS, don't be surprised if it eventually makes its way to HD platforms. Konami already has an HD version ready and waiting, according to Konami's UK studio boss David Cox.

”We created everything in high definition – all the textures, all the levels, high-poly models, everything – and we kind of shrunk it all down into the 3DS.”

“Then we lost bones from characters, you know, we dropped the resolution of the textures and everything to make it fit. At MercurySteam we have an HD version of the game sitting there in a computer somewhere.”

“We want as many people to play it as possible. Obviously we have an exclusivity deal with Nintendo right now though and they’ve been very supportive of the product.”

Nintendo's exclusivity deal with Konami will probably last little more than a year, but for the time being, the title looks sure to please fans waiting for the next side-scrolling adventure from Konami's hit franchise. So let us know, will you be picking up Mirror of Fate when it comes out for the 3DS? Or will you be waiting till Nintendo's exclusivity deal with Konami ends so you can play it on the big screen? Let us know in the comments!

Watch out, Fire Emblem fans! The highly Anticipated Fire Emblem Awakening just received a shipment delay at a great deal of retailers in the U.S. The delay was the result of a shipping error, but numerous retailers suspect the game to be on store shelves later in the week. 

Best Buy claims that they don't expect Fire Emblem Awakening to be on store shelves until Wednesday this week, while GameStop doesn't expect the game to be on store shelves until Friday. Amazon has noted that the game was also delayed, and so no copies will be shipped for a few more days. My local GameStop has said that there is nothing to worry about and any pre-orders made are still valid and if you want to try your luck you can try getting the art book right now, free of charge.

Luckily, this delay only accounts for the physical copies of Fire Emblem Awakening. The game is available right now on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for download for those who can't wait any longer. It's an amazing game, so be sure to check it out!

The console development process never stops. Even before the Wii U was released, the minds over at Nintendo were already spinning about what they wanted to do next, both for home consoles and handhelds. During a recent Nintendo shareholder's meeting, Iwata had this to say on the development:

"Last year we also started a project to integrate the architecture for our future platforms. What we mean by integrating platforms is not integrating handhelds devices and home consoles to make only one machine. What we are aiming at is to integrate the architecture to form a common basis for software development so that we can make software assets more transferrable, and operating systems and their build-in applications more portable, regardless of form factor or performance of each platform. They will also work to avoid software line-up shortages or software development delays which tend to happen just after the launch of new hardware. Some time ago it was technologically impossible to have the same architecture for handheld devices and home consoles and what we did was therefore reasonable. Although it has not been long since we began to integrate the architecture and this will have no short-term result, we believe that it will provide a great benefit to our platform business in the long run."

Basically, Nintendo is planning to make it easier to share assets between future handheld and console games, which would vastly expedite the development process of certain cross-platform series such as New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo is hoping that this system will prevent the "droughts" of content that the Wii U and 3DS have experienced.

How would you like to see this system implemented?

Charity Guy

Cody Thompson is trekking over 3,000 miles across the US to raise money for Child's Play, a gaming industry charity that gives toys and games to children in need. The path has been in the planning process for months, and Thompson will be traveling across  North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. He's currently raising money here, planning to raise $8,000 for the journey, while anything remaining will go to the organization. The hike should take roughly eight months.

 Cody is also a devoted gamer, and he's taking his 3DS along for the journey, planning to pop it open every night after a long day of hard work. Imagine all of the Play Coins and Streetpasses he's going to accumulate over the eight month endeavor!

IGN interviewed Thompson on his incoming escapade. Here's what he said on the subject.

“I’ve spent months on the planning, now I’m a few weeks out from setting off, so it’s a good time to start talking about this and raising some funds for Child’s Play. I’m seeking about $8,000 to fund the costs of the journey and everything else is for the kids. The sky’s the limit. But however much I get, I’m doing this." — Cody Thompson

For the rest of the interview hit the jump!

Super Mario 3D Land, Mario's first platforming journey on Nintendo 3DS and first 3D original adventure on a handheld console has surpassed Super Mario Galaxy in its first-year sales. Super Mario Galaxy was released on Wii in 2007, and sold 7.66 million copies after thirteen months. On the other hand, 2011's Super Mario 3D Land sold a well-rounded eight million copies between its November release and December 2012. If it manages to sell just another two million units, Super Mario 3D Land will end up trumping even Galaxy's lifetime sales.

Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario Galaxy have very different playstyles, despite both taking place in 3D worlds. 3D Land met with generally less favorable reviews, but I find that it's much easier to just pick up and play on the go—And no, that's not just because it actually is a portable game, but I find that its level-based focus is easier to spend 15 minutes on than the mission-based gameplay that Super Mario Galaxy emphasizes. Despite the incredible fun found in Super Mario 3D Land, I think that the heart, soul, and innovation poured into Super Mario Galaxy ultimately offers a much more valuable experience.

What do you think of the two? Does 3D Land compare to Super Mario Galaxy? Do you think it will manage to outsell one of the greatest games of all time? Which to you personally prefer? Let us know in the comments!

For fans of the Pokemon series, there is nothing like the thrill of event-distributed Pokemon (given that you are able to take part, at least). If you're a fan of event Pokemon, then do we have a treat for you!

First off, the legendary Pokemon Keldeo is currently available via WiFi distribution, meaning that you can pick up yours at any time from the comfort of your own home! This Keldeo is available to anyone with Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2, and it comes with the moves Sacred Sword, Hydro Pump, Aqua Jet, and Swords Dance. Be sure to download your Keldeo before February 12th, though, as that's when this event is over.

Additionally, owners of Pokemon Black and White or Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 can get Meloetta from your neighborhood GameStop store from March 4th until March 24, as seen in the image to the left (I never said GameStop employees could spell). There's no word yet on what moves or special characteristics this Pokemon will have, but we'll be sure to let you know when you know more!

How do you feel about event Pokemon? Are they a pain, or are they worth the journey into the store?

Nintendo has so many iconic franchises, it’s ridiculous. Out of the big three companies, only Nintendo has unique franchises that are hitting their 25th anniversary. The Ratchet and Clanks, Jak and Daxters, and Sly Coopers of the PS2 era were phenomenal while they lasted, but eventually waned in popularity or just ceased being made altogether. Somehow, Mario, Link, and even Fox McCloud with his rather small staple of games have managed to stay relevant to gamers and maintain enormous fanbases. For a game series to survive decades, it has to evolve with the times, right?

I’d like to think that the secret to Nintendo’s success has been adaptability. However, looking back, It's hard to accept that as truth.

More after the jump.

What a wonderful day for a fright! Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is arriving in North America on March 24th with multiple mansions, a local multiplayer mode, and most hauntingly, the return of King Boo. We've seen art for the upcoming 3DS title before, but now it has been released in glorious high-resolution images that show off the gorgeously textured art style used in Luigi's Mansion 2.

In addition to the beautifully rendered character art, there are a ton of spooky scenes, eerie enemies, and much more shown off in several equally amazing yet very different art styles, so hop inside and take a look!


Last month's announcement of Pokémon X and Y Versions was met with huge excitement from nearly every corner of the Nintendo fandom. Even many who have personal distaste for Pokémon admit that it's going to push the 3DS from "success" to "powerhouse." The staff here at Gamnesia recently had the opportunity to discuss our thoughts on Pokémon X and Y Versions. After several questions were posed by writer Jackson Murphy, the staff has combined to offer you our individual insights into Pokémon X and Y. In this roundtable discussion, you will see what the we hope X and Y Versions can achieve in expanding the world of Pokémon and much, much more.

What was your reaction to the reveal of Pokémon X and Y Versions

Nathan Janc: Well, I was excited initially because personally I haven't played much of any Pokémon game in a decade, since I kept waiting for some sort of noticeable advancement from the outside looking in. We got that now visually as they try to bring the game into a 3D world. It's exciting, and while not the greatest visually so far, it's a big step up for a Pokémon game. I was a bit put off by the fact that we’re still moving on a tile-based grid pattern instead of including all the axes of movement, but this is probably intentional to still force some trainer-on-trainer battles in single player. It's probably the most excited I've been since Pokémon Gold and Silver.

Head past the jump to see how everyone else feels.