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 Jun 28, 2011 - 07:31 AM - by Michael
Capcom Goes Stupid
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Mobile gaming (GBA/etc) Capcom has announced the latest in their "fuck the customer" line of games, after the debacle of Bionic Commando purchasers losing access to their title when Sony's PSN went down. The upcoming Resident Evil: Mercenaries for the 3DS will have a single, unwipable save slot that prevents players from starting over from scratch.

Basically what Capcom has done is make Mercenaries 3D a one-time play affair. Once you've unlocked all the goodies and played the entire game, you will not be able to erase the game's save data and start fresh as if it were a new copy. Consider this: lending Mercenaries 3D to a friend, a little brother or sister will be worthless because they'll only be able to continue playing the game with your saved settings and create their own.
It's like they WANT nobody to buy the game.

 May 11, 2011 - 12:05 PM - by Michael
Naruto Shippuuden: UNI
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Mobile gaming (GBA/etc) Next up, Naruto Shippuuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact for the PSP:
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (May 11, 2011) ? Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America inc. today announced NARUTO SHIPPUDEN?: Ultimate Ninja Impact? for the PSP? (PlayStation?Portable) system. Featuring large-scale battles against massive groups of enemies, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact puts players in the middle of epic fights as their favorite NARUTO SHIPPUDEN characters through electrifying single-player and multiplayer modes. Based on the popular animated NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series from VIZ Media, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact is set to deliver the most action-packed and dynamic fighting experience ever seen for the PSP system.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact lets players unleash their honed Jutsu skills through exciting single-player and multiplayer modes. Story Battle lets fans become part of explosive NARUTO SHIPPUDEN fights straight from the anime with more events and battle sequences than ever before on the PSP. Tag Battle lets two friends connect through Ad-hoc to team up and complete over 20 missions cooperatively, while Versus Battle lets players battle against each other with their persistent customized characters across all modes. Over 20 characters are available to choose from across the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN universe with customization options that carry through each mode within the game.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact continues Cyberconnect2?s commitment to accessible and strategic gameplay with cel-shaded graphics evoking the hit anime series. Beginners and long-time fans of the Ultimate Ninja series will be able to feel immersed in the fast-paced on-screen ninja action.


 Mar 02, 2010 - 01:07 PM - by Michael
Lunar: Silver Star Harmony
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Mobile gaming (GBA/etc) XSeed is shipping out their newest PSP RPG - Lunar: Silver Star Harmony.
Torrance, Calif., (March 2, 2010) - XSEED Games is pleased to announce today that Lunar: Silver Star Harmony has started shipping to retailers across North America.

The standard edition of Lunar: Silver Star Harmony will be available for a suggested retail price of $29.99, while the Limited Edition version, which includes a CD soundtrack and a set of 13 exclusive "bromide" collector cards highlighting the girls of Lunar, will be available for a suggested retail price of $39.99 from, EB Games, GameStop, Game Crazy, and other fine retailers. A digital download version of the game will also be available on the PlayStation? Store for a retail price of $29.99 starting March 4th. An entirely revamped iteration of the classic RPG, Lunar: Silver Star Story, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony was developed by Game Arts and will launch exclusively on the PSP? (PlayStation? Portable) system.

Following the epic journey of a young boy whose adventures to become the Dragonmaster eventually set him on a path to save the world of Lunar, this classic RPG masterpiece has been reborn with all new graphics, added gameplay features, and a re-mastered soundtrack. This re-imagined entry welcomes a new audience to the unforgettable series, with added story elements sure to intrigue returning fans. Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.


 Mar 11, 2009 - 08:00 AM - by Michael
Avalon Code
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Mobile gaming (GBA/etc) A brief word from XSeed, who have launched a new DS title called Avalon Code:

Torrance, Calif., (March 10, 2009) ? Videogame publishers Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games announced today that Avalon Code has started shipping to retail stores across North America. Avalon Code is an action RPG developed exclusively for the Nintendo DS platform.

Time is dwindling down and the world is on a path headed towards a fiery destruction. As ?the chosen one,? players must hold on to everything worth saving in this dying place, and take it into the new world, to begin anew. Guided by the Spirits, players embark on a journey to fill the pages of the mysterious tome, the Book of Prophecy, with items worthy of being saved.

Developed by Matrix Software, Avalon Code extends the creative capabilities of the Nintendo DS to a new limit with highly detailed characters, landscapes and monsters, all modeled in beautiful 3D. Experience the game world come to life as almost any object in Avalon Code can be recorded and manipulated within the Book of Prophecy, making the possibilities endless. In addition, Avalon Code features extensive voiceovers and a dynamic animated opening sequence.

Critics agree that the Book of Prophecy offers a completely new gameplay mechanic unlike anything seen before on the DS:

?Avalon Code offers a unique experience among action RPG?s. Capturing people and objects in the Book of Prophecy and playing with their attributes is a compelling mechanic you won?t find anywhere else.? ?, 8.3 out of 10

?The Book of Prophecy is a great idea, and it?s far from the game?s only left-field innovation.? ? Nintendo Power, 8.5 out of 10

Avalon Code boasts incredible graphics, a deep and engrossing storyline and innovative game play mechanics. Using the main character?s Book of Prophecy, players can modify the rules of engagement during battle, as well as weapon and monster attributes. Choose to play as male or female, affecting which characters you may be able to develop a romantic relationship with.

Avalon Code is rated ?E10+? for Everyone 10 and over by the ESRB and is available exclusively on the Nintendo DS for the suggested retail price of $34.99. For more information, please visit:

 Oct 02, 2008 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
New DS dumps GBA slot
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Mobile gaming (GBA/etc) Kotaku has pics and info on the Third Generation of the Nintendo DS; it's thinner, lighter, but dumps the GBA card slot.

I'm actually a fan of the original DS - the GBA-SP-style shoulder buttons on the Lite just suck!

As for the rumoured additions, both have proven to be correct, with "audio enhancements" made to the handheld, while it will also now include a .3 megapixel (640x480) camera. And that's just the start of it.

The DSi also features an SD memory card slot, making it possible to take pictures with the DSi and then view them on the Nintendo Wii. The DSi features a built-in browser, and it's possible to download games and keep them on the DSi.
A 640x480 camera is kind of piddly - most people have a better one in their phone these days. As for the SD card slot... interesting potential there.

 Sep 04, 2008 - 05:13 PM - by Michael
Valhalla Knights 2 gone gold
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Mobile gaming (GBA/etc) I didn't really enjoy the first one - hopefully they've cleaned up their act a bit, and gotten some story into the game.

Anyways, Valhalla Knights 2 (for PSP) is hitting stores shortly.

Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games announced today that Valhalla Knights 2 for the PlayStation? Portable (PSP) has officially gone gold and will ship to retail outlets nationwide starting on October 1, 2008. Developed by Marvelous Entertainment Inc., Valhalla Knights 2 is the sequel to the hit 2007 PSP title. The game is the first co-published title under the previously announced partnership between Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games.

Valhalla Knights 2 offers more features, content and freedom of customization, allowing players to create the ultimate six-member battle party and embark on an incredible adventure penned by the scenario writer of Final Fantasy XII. The player must fulfill a 1,000 year old prophecy and destroy an ancient evil hiding in the center of the world. In addition to the intense single player experience, Valhalla Knights 2 also features two-player Co-op adventures and wireless Vs. battles. Explore over 100,000 skill, race, appearance and equipment combinations. Experience more job classes, weapons, monsters and magic than ever before!

Valhalla Knights 2 carries a suggested retail price of $29.99 and is rated ?E10+? for ?Everyone 10 and Older?. For more information on Valhalla Knights 2, please visit the newly launched website at

 Jul 11, 2008 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
PSP CFW Update
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Mobile gaming (GBA/etc) If you're one of those people who doesn't like Sony's official PSP firmware and likes extra features and longer battery life (plus not having to worry about putting your UMD's in your pocket and sitting on them), you'll be happy to know that the latest firmware has a custom version available.

No word on when there will be a Popsloader update, though.

 Jun 19, 2008 - 10:55 AM - by Michael
Sony lying again on PSP
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Mobile gaming (GBA/etc) At MCV, Sony's David Reeves says the PSP has a "piracy problem."

We know about it, we know how it?s done. It sometimes fuels the growth of hardware sales, but on balance we are not happy about it,? said Reeves, telling attendant developers that Sony will unveil new ways to combat piracy soon.
Actually, the larger problem for Sony is that the PSP has a crappy games and software problem. Not enough good games, and un-crippled firmware takes far more file formats and plays far better than Sony's crap firmware.

To say nothing of the ability to go UMD-less and extend your battery life by 30% or more.

 May 30, 2008 - 01:31 PM - by Michael
Wild Arms XF
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Mobile gaming (GBA/etc) Reviewing on Wild Arms XF is almost done - and it's an interesting title. Wild Arms actually holds my interest a lot better than many Final Fantasy titles do, especially the newer Wild Arms titles from XSeed (let's face it, WA2 and WA3 were kind of bland).

They've made a game that feels sort of like Final Fantasy Tactics, but not entirely, and it's an interesting thing to watch unfold. Room for a shallow or deep gameplay all at once.

Look for the review this evening.

 Apr 29, 2008 - 08:46 AM - by Michael
There's a game in here...
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Mobile gaming (GBA/etc) Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core.

There's a game in here - I just know it. It's in there somewhere.

Review will come later this week.

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