Mar 102012
 
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We picked up a new microphone this week, due to last week’s audio being so poor. It was time to retire the old, busted mic. We’ll keep tweaking things as shows go on, but I think this week at least sounds better when compared to last! Now you’ll get to hear our Nintendo news and infantile humor even better!

Yes, this wonderful image by Poopaloop below actually details things discussed in this episode!

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 Posted by at 10:01 pm
Mar 102012
 

What int he hell is Full Contact Bingo? I don’t know…but EA does. Their the company that has applied to grab a trademark, as well as a domain name. Sounds like a downloadable game to me. We’ll keep our ears to the ground for more details.

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 Posted by at 10:01 pm
Mar 102012
 

Amazon 3DS deals: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS, $29.99, save $10.00, free S&H), Sonic Generations (3DS, $27.99, save $11.96, free S&H), Shinobi (3DS, $17.42, 56% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Mario Kart 7 (3DS, $29.99, save $10.00, free S&H), Ridge Racer 3D (3DS, $14.99, 50% off)

Amazon DS deals: Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS, $18.99, save $11.00, order fulfilled by Amazon), Chrono Trigger (DS, $19.99, free S&H), Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (DS, $14.99, 50% off), Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights (DS, $19.96, save $10.03), Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (DS, $14.99), Steal Princess (DS, $17.47, 50% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS, $18.80, save $11.19, order fulfilled by Amazon), Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (DS, $19.95, save $10.04, order fulfilled by Amazon), Touch the Dead (DS, $12.39, 59% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs. Sasuke (DS, $8.07, 73% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Big Bang Mini (DS, $11.77, 41% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), Treasure World (DS, $8.85, 56% off, order fulfilled by Amazon)

Amazon Wii deals: Penny Racers Party: Turbo-Q Speedway (Wii, $9.50, 52% off), Samurai Warriors 3 (Wii, $21.49, 57% off, order fulfilled by Amazon), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Wii, $12.94, 57% off), Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (Wii, $19.99, save $10.00, order fulfilled by Amazon), Excite Truck (Wii, $39.99, save $10.00, free S&H, order fulfilled by Amazon), Kirby’s Epic Yarn (Wii, $26.99, free S&H, order fulfilled by Amazon)

Walmart bundles: Black Wii system with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Galaxy soundtrack, Just Dance 2, and Just Dance 3 bundle ($169.00), Free game and game case with 3DS base system purchase ($169.00) – game selection includes Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Rabbids in Time 3D, and more. Systems available in Cosmo Black, Aqua Blue, Pearl Pink, and Flame Red.

Walmart X-For-$ deals: 3 Nintendo 3DS games for $30, 4 Nintendo DS games for $20, 4 Nintendo Wii games for $20, 2 Nintendo Wii games for $30, 2 Nintendo DS games for $30

Nintendo.com: 3DS Circle Pad Pro accessory (3DS, $19.99), Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, $49.99, ships by end of April)

Toys R Us: Buy 1, Get 1 50% off on all DS, 3DS and Vita games

Target: $10 gift card with your Mario Party 9 pre-order (Wii, $49.99, available March 11th); $20 gift card with 3DS base system purchase ($169.99); Flame Red 3DS system with Super Mario 3D Land bundle ($179.99, save $20.00); Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure Starter Pack ($49.99, save $20.00)

Gamestop pre-order offers: Free artbook with your Xenoblade Chronicles pre-order (Wii, $49.99, available April 6th), Free 3D Classics Kid Icarus downloadable game with your Kid Icarus: Uprising pre-order (3DS, $39.99, available March 23rd)

Gamestop: Sam and Max Season 2: Beyond Time and Space (Wii, $9.99 new), Metroid: Other M (Wii, $9.99 new, online price only), Ridge Racer 3D (3DS, $14.99 new), Pinall Hall of Fame: Williams Collection (3DS, $19.99 new), Thor: God of Thunder (3DS, $19.99 new)

Best Buy: Free 3D Classics Kid Icarus downloadable game with your Kid Icarus: Uprising pre-order (3DS, $39.99, free S&H, available March 23rd), Aliens: Infestation (DS, $19.99, free S&H)

NewEgg: Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol (DS, $14.99, free S&H), Sonic Colors (DS, $15.99, free S&H), Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS, $15.99, free S&H), Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (DS, $14.99, free S&H), Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (DS, $14.99)

Thanks to GrubberGamer for the heads up!


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 Posted by at 10:00 pm
Mar 102012
 

The following information was tweeted by Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino…

- labeled as “time travel adventure”
- once again being turned into a number of projects
- may include anime, manga and more
- game is still an RPG
- anime staff is already far along in their creation of the scenario
- first episode has been recorded
- next Coro Coro should have more info

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 Posted by at 10:00 pm
Mar 102012
 

Conventional wisdom says that expensive iOS and Android games don’t sell, but in a speech at GDC, Mikio Watanabe, COO of shmup developer Cave, frankly stated the exact opposite. In a presentation entitled “Japanese Retro and Social Games on Smartphones,” Watanabe gave advice to developers looking to port their companies’ legacy IPs to the rapidly blossoming smartphone and tablet markets.

His advice? For starters, keep the games running at a good clip instead of focusing too much on graphical clarity. “When games are running quickly, the human eye misses tiny imperfections in the visuals,” he noted, encouraging developers to try to shoot for an average of 50 FPS or better. To increase the profitability, he encouraged developers to include unique and interesting DLC to spur in-app purchases.

Continue reading Cave’s Watanabe on the benefits of premium app pricing

JoystiqCave’s Watanabe on the benefits of premium app pricing originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 10 Mar 2012 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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 Posted by at 8:30 pm
Mar 102012
 

Everything’s coming up Notch. The Swedish indie game rockstar has so much money he’s giving it away, presented several GDC panels to adoring throngs, and has even sparked a fashion trend (Notch hats were the accessory at GDC). And now he’s settled with Bethesda over the use of the name “Scrolls”.

Notch tweeted today that the two companies had settled, adding “Yaaaay! <3″ Mojang had been locked in a court case with Bethesda, who claimed that the title of the upcoming game was too close to the “Elder Scrolls” series name. Notch later tweeted details of the agreement: “The settlement is that we give them the trademark,” he said, “get to keep the name, and won’t make an Elder Scrolls competitor using the name.” Not that it was likely to in the first place.

JoystiqBethesda and Mojang settle, Scrolls will keep its name originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 10 Mar 2012 20:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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 Posted by at 8:30 pm
Mar 102012
 
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While we were talking to Rovio’s Mighty Eagle Peter Vesterbacka, our good friends at Engadget were speaking with Rovio’s Ville Heijari, who gave them a thorough run through of Angry Birds Space‘s new gravitational elements and horrendously difficult Danger Zone, the latter of which is exclusive to Samsung’s massive 5.3 inch Galaxy Note smartphone.

We had a chance to play the game as well, albeit briefly, and we can report that not only are these birds still very upset, but that the pigs’ space program is far, far more advanced than we had anticipated. We also had no idea there were so many planets in the solar system, but who are we to correct NASA?

JoystiqEngadget goes hands on with Angry Birds Space originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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 Posted by at 8:30 pm