Kid Icarus: Uprising Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Kid Icarus: Uprising RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Kid Icarus Shorts Coming To Japan's My Nintendo https://www.gameskinny.com/vlib8/kid-icarus-shorts-coming-to-japans-my-nintendo https://www.gameskinny.com/vlib8/kid-icarus-shorts-coming-to-japans-my-nintendo Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:35:48 -0400 Austin Katz

In order to promote Kid Icarus: Uprising -- the first new entry for the Kid Icarus series in 21 years -- Nintendo has decided to release anime shorts through the Nintendo Video App on the 3DS.

Nintendo contacted three studios (Studio °4c, Shaft and Production I.G.) to create these shorts, with great success. Each short has its own unique storyline and art style that highlights aspects of gameplay, plot, and characters. 

Once these shorts disappeared from the app, there was no way to watch them in a higher quality outside the blurry videos on YouTube. However, Nintendo just announced that these shorts will be available only in Japan as a rewards on Japan's My Nintendo. 

The shorts will be 80 platinum coins each, and include: Medusa's Revenge (Studio °4c), Palutena's Revolting Dinner parts 1 and 2 (Shaft) and Thanatos Rising parts 1, 2 and 3 (Production I.G.).

There is no word on if these rewards will be coming to other countries outside of Japan. 

(Image Courtesy of Perfectly Nintendo)

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The Best Video Game Character Theme Medley You'll Hear All Day https://www.gameskinny.com/yxhf2/the-best-video-game-character-theme-medley-youll-hear-all-day https://www.gameskinny.com/yxhf2/the-best-video-game-character-theme-medley-youll-hear-all-day Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:52:44 -0400 Eric Levy

There's nothing quite like good video game music.  Whether it's grand and epic in scale like the Final Fantasy series, or a simple yet catchy theme like those found in Shovel Knight, music can make or break your gaming experience.  YouTube user and musician FamilyJules7x has been taking the best music in games and breathing new life into them via guitar medleys for years.  His most recent upload -- a medley of the top 10 character themes voted for by the community -- continues the trend of being pretty darn incredible:

Recreating themes from games like Chrono Trigger, Street Fighter, and The Legend of Zelda, FamilyJules7x pulls from all parts of the musical spectrum in this video.  As a result, he has created, in my opinion, one of the best video game medleys I've heard in my life -- and definitely the best one you'll hear all day.  

FamilyJules7x has opened voting for the next medley he'll be working on: Top 10 video game battle themes.  If you love a particular battle theme and want to experience it in a whole new way, leave a comment on the video above with your theme of choice, followed by #BT, and cross your fingers it makes the cut.

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Video Game Econ: 6 currencies that make no sense https://www.gameskinny.com/q7kgo/video-game-econ-6-currencies-that-make-no-sense https://www.gameskinny.com/q7kgo/video-game-econ-6-currencies-that-make-no-sense Wed, 17 Jun 2015 02:30:02 -0400 Jackson Ingram

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Super Mario - Coins

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The fiscal details of the Mushroom Kingdom have always been a little nebulous. Peach is obviously wealthy. She's a princess. She has a castle. Simple enough. But what about Mario? What kind of job market exists in a world where plumbers are regularly employed as princess rescuers? And does Bowser come from money or is the Koopa cache dried up? Is he actually paying all of his minions or are they volunteers with a passion for mindlessly chasing Italian men in overalls?

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Don't even get me started on the coin itself. First of all, there is not a wallet in the kingdom big enough to carry around a hundred giant golden coins. Not that you'd need one, because as soon as you hit the triple digits, they all magically morph into an extra life.

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I should warn you that I'm no scientist, but I'm still having trouble figuring out how collecting these things gives you extra air while underwater. Is Mario eating them? Maybe it's oxidized metal and Mario has a super useful digestive/respiratory system? Or it's an allegory for wealthy citizens having better access to nutrition and medical care, therefore granting them greater longevity? I dunno, man. I'm still trying to figure out how eight red coins can be used to summon a power star.

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What are your favorite (and least favorite) video game currencies? Are there any that you feel should have made this list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Kid Icarus - Hearts

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Granted, the economic climate of Angel Land seems pretty stable. There are stores. Jobs. A thriving black market. You could make a decent living here. As long as you don't have a problem with the currency.

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Upon being slayed, every monster drops a heart, probably symbolic of some sort of spirit or soul or something. More powerful monster, more valuable heart. Cute little angel Pit can collect these. He's basically scooping up souls. And then what does he do? He turns around and sells them. Every store in Angel Land is more than happy to take souls in exchange for goods. What are these merchants doing with all of these monster hearts? Haven't they considered a credit system?

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Pokémon - Pokédollars

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Seriously, is everyone in the Pokémon universe so obsessed with the "pocket monsters" that they even named their currency after them?  Is there anyone in these games that does anything less than eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon? Does anyone have an actual job here?

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If you think about it, you don't get to have a source of income unless you're a successful trainer or you work at the Poké Mart. I guess you could find and sell things. Things that are probably related to Pokémon. Maybe there's some elaborate underground trading going on that we're not privy to. I mean, no one ever seems to be starving in the streets, so I would assume all the citizens are getting money from somewhere.

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Kingdom Hearts - Munny

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"Munny," a cute misspelling of "money," is the main currency in the Kingdom Hearts series. Though each piece is inconveniently round and large, I can get behind the idea of some kind of mystical coinage that magically stores itself in one of Sora's many over-sized pockets.

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What I'm not so sure of is how everyone uses munny as some sort of universal currency, despite the barriers dividing each world. I get that the Moogles are exempt from this separation, but we've canonically used munny to buy things through shops in Traverse Town, Radiant Garden, and Twilight Town. The only explanation I can think of is that people used munny back when "the World" was a proper noun and physically a single unit before the events of the Keyblade War. And then everyone was too lazy to make any changes to it for thousands of years . . .

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The Legend of Zelda - Rupees

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One would think that eventually Hyrule would stop using precious gemstones as everyday currency. Seriously, who is meticulously cutting all of these into perfectly hexagonal shapes? There's no way that can be naturally occurring, despite the fact that we find these babies just chillin' in the tall grass. Maybe I could buy them being used in some country-wide scavenger hunt that everyone has conveniently forgotten about until Link goes traipsing through the wilderness.

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Things are especially weird in the original Legend of Zelda. Every time Link shoots his bow, he loses a Rupee. Like, what is going on here? Is Link actually shooting gems at his enemies? Or is his bow like an automated vending machine that will only dispense arrows at a high speed if you insert a Rupee and turn the dial twice clockwise?

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Animal Crossing - Bells

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If you've ever played any of the Animal Crossing games, you know the drill. You've just rolled into town, nervous to leave home, but excited about the prospect of living on your own, when suddenly some thieving raccoon has you cornered and, a short one-sided conversation later, you're suddenly on the wrong end of a life-debt while good 'ole Tom Nook has his boys build you a shack. Seeing as how, in Wild World, you are briefly forced into indentured servitude to make up for money you owe, bells must be very important in this sleepy little village.

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Or are they? Despite the hefty sum hanging over your head, bells can literally be found anywhere, notably inside rocks and growing on trees. When those sources dry up, you can always sell bugs, fish, and fossils (all of which are suspiciously localized).

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What exactly is Nook (or Cyrus and Reese) doing with all of these specimen? Are they somehow undercutting Redd's black market? Or are they secretly rich collectors? Also, how is it that none of the villagers have jobs? Who is supporting all of these shops? Something's fishy, and we're not just talking about the river.

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Between scouring dungeons for loot, trading with merchants, and paying off shady businesspersons, money is a major component of many video games.

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Maybe developers realized that greed is good and that the accumulation of wealth is hugely motivating. Or maybe it's a subtle reminder that capitalism dictates every moment of our lives away from the controller. For whatever reason, a currency counter is always at the top of our inventories.

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Out-of-universe, this at least makes sense for some kind of point system. In-game, however, sometimes the cash flow doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Here are a few of the least functional video game economies and the currencies on which they are based.

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10 3DS games you should not go without https://www.gameskinny.com/iixut/10-3ds-games-you-should-not-go-without https://www.gameskinny.com/iixut/10-3ds-games-you-should-not-go-without Sat, 20 Jun 2015 04:39:10 -0400 SwordandSorcery

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Given there are so many 3DS games out there, a selection of just 10 cannot possibly cover every worthwhile game. A small search on the eShop or through Nintendo's list of games may reveal some other gems.

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What are your favorite 3DS games? Are there any we missed that you think should be here? Let us know in the comments below!

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

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For those unfamiliar with Smash, it is a fighting game that throws together characters from different Nintendo universes, as well as a few from other companies' franchises such as SEGA's SonicSmash also incorporates a great deal of items, including the Smash Ball, that can change the entire pace of the game. Items flying everywhere and gravity-defying physics make for a certain degree of hilarity.

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The sheer chaos that often ensues during a 4-player stock fight (that does not even consider how chaotic it could be with 8 players) is not only amusing but also allows for replayability, as you are rarely going to have the same experience twice.

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This new version adds a few new characters, stages, and items, as well as cartridge-specific trophies. There are also a few DLC characters, as well as character customization. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS also introduces Smash Run, in which you travel a maze and collect power-ups for a free for all battle ahead.

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Overall, it is something worth having around even if you are just playing solo against the game itself.

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Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

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This installment to the Professor Layton series brings a whole lot of story to the table, following up on some of the previous games. As usual, it's still jam-packed with puzzles, some of which are necessary to finish the game and others which are completely optional.

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There is plenty of exploration to be done, and little mini-games to be played throughout. Part of the appeal of these games is finding that hidden puzzle or hint coin. Furthermore, there is a great satisfaction to being able to solve a puzzle without in-game hints, let alone help from the Internet.

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Though I have not finished this game for myself, I have yet to meet a Professor Layton game I did not like.

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Pokémon X and Y

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The sixth generation of Pokémon games brings in lots of changes to the series. The games introduce the Fairy type, which counters dragon types. The type system has also been rebalanced. Pokémon X and Y boasts completely updated graphics and includes Mega Evolutions, a sort of in-battle power-up that changes the ability, appearance and stats of Pokémon.

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The GTS was vastly improved, allowing you now to search for Pokémon that you haven't seen yet.Your character is also customizable to a degree. And of course, there are lots of new Pokémon to catch.

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Longtime fans of the series have every reason to add one of these games to their collection. X and Y may even appeal to newcomers. There's a lot of replay value, too, given that once you have finished your quest to be the Champion, the games will still keep you quite busy.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

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The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series games are not just lawyer simulators. They are dramatic visual novels with riveting plot lines.

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Admittedly, not all is as it seems in this game, as often witnesses lie. Some even say that in past cases evidence has been fabricated. Thus it becomes your job to find the truth, both by investigating crime scenes and by questioning witnesses and defendants in the courtroom.

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Dual Destinies introduces a new system called the Mood Matrix that allows you to tune into the emotions of a witness to see if there is a contradiction in what they are saying and what they are expressing (for example, in the tone of voice). The game also introduces the "Revisualization" system, which helps players to form new conclusions about the case by linking together what they have learned.

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Being able to work out who actually committed the crime, especially in cases where the truth gets absurdly tangled in a web of deception and lies, is immensely satisfying. Dual Destinies is really worth the investment, especially if you enjoyed previous titles in the series.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

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Ocarina of Time is a classic, and Ocarina of Time 3D improves upon the original with lots of little updates. Having a handheld version has its own benefits, like portability, but there are some other things as well. For example, once you beat the original game, you then have access to the remastered Master Quest version, in which all the dungeons are remixed and mirrored. This previously was not available to most Zelda players, as Master Quest was only available on some GameCube copies of the game.

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The Sheikah stone near Link's childhood home was added (but not in Master Quest) to help players along who have lost their way. Other than general graphical improvements, and also the very rare change to the original dialogue, a small addition to the game was made in the form of being able to relive boss battles, either singly or in a boss gauntlet, by sleeping in the bed in your home.

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Ocarina of Time has aged remarkably well, and the story and music are still all worth as much as they were when they were originally released.

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Mario Kart 7

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Mario Kart 7 is a racing game, with many of the well-loved features of previous Mario Kart titles, though there are some new features here and there.

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Mario Kart 7 gives the player the ability to assemble their own vehicle, selecting the body, the wheels, and the glider. The glider is also a new feature, used when launched into the air to fly over chasms or select areas of the course.

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New courses were also added, and the little item blocks are still on each course to help out players who are lagging behind (or to help that first placed player stay there). If anything, the game is worth your time for the replayability, because no race will be exactly the same (even if you are just racing against the computer).

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Kid Icarus: Uprising

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Kid Icarus: Uprising is an action-packed game that pits you, a heroic angel named Pit, against the forces of the Underworld. When not dodging the occasional joke made at your expense from the divine peanut gallery, you are slaying monsters, picking up cool gear (that you can use to forge into better gear, or turn into a source of currency), or collecting hearts, the game's currency.

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Every chapter of the game is capable of being set to a difficulty level of your choosing (ranging from 1-10), though often you must make a currency bet to reduce or increase the difficulty. Higher difficulty means better rewards, however.

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The story takes you on a whirlwind journey and is not to be missed. Though the humor (and there is a ton of it) is a bit hit-or-miss depending on your personal sense of the subject, a lot of people find the conversations in each level hysterical. There are even a ton of "achievements" to earn and also little figurines to collect that you earn in-game.

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Even if you aren't into Kid Icarus: Uprising's brand of humor, then you will likely at least enjoy it for the challenges it presents.

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Fire Emblem: Awakening

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Simply put, Fire Emblem: Awakening is a turn-based strategy game. But a lot of its charm comes not from the engaging gameplay, or compelling storyline, but off-the-battlefield interactions between characters. Strangers evolve into friends (even begrudgingly), and sometimes marry (by Fire Emblem: Awakening's strict definition of 'marriage'), eventually ending up with a child or two.

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The little scenes between characters are pretty amusing, and it's physically impossible to see all of them in one game. There is even arguably a strategy to choosing what abilities you want characters' children to have, and as such (somewhat frighteningly), who they should marry. Thus there is a lot of replayability to this installment in the series, beyond just completing the game on the different difficulty settings that Fire Emblem: Awakening provides.

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Bravely Default

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Bravely Default is fairly similar to a lot of Final Fantasy games in the way it functions. However, the game introduces a few mechanics that can actually make or break a fight. "Brave" and "Default," are the main mechanics, two actions that have been added to the standard action bar provided during an encounter. In a nutshell, Brave allows you to take turns early, and Default allows you to build up those turns to use later.

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There are also a few other mechanics such as sleep points and the Bravely Second ability, but neither are necessary to complete the game. The game itself is humorous and full of little twists and turns that make it worth buying if you enjoy story rich games, or even just a slightly different RPG.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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The Animal Crossing games are sort-of life simulators, but they can hardly be compared to The Sims franchise, as Animal Crossing is so unique. While the most obvious goal is to pay off a debt that you have been saddled with, there are so many other things that can be done in Animal Crossing.

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In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, in addition to this goal, you are placed in the role of mayor and expected to develop and improve the town with trees, flowers, monuments, buildings, and one select ordinance.

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While you attend to your duties as mayor you can collect seasonal fish and bugs to donate to the museum (as well as fossils and paintings), befriend neighbors, decorate your home, or become a miser with a massive stash of money sitting in the bank. This hardly scratches the surface of what you can do with your time in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

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Make your town flourish, or let it rot. If you enjoy having an exciting world in which what you do with your time is up to you, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is an excellent choice.

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As of June 2015 there are 879 3DS tiles.

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With so many to choose from, one is bound to get lost in the sea of video games. There are definitely some that should be passed on, but there are also some that should not be missed. As such, here are 10 3DS games that it would be a shame to miss out on:

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Nintendo 3DS Reaches 15 Million in US Sales https://www.gameskinny.com/hx7bb/nintendo-3ds-reaches-15-million-in-us-sales https://www.gameskinny.com/hx7bb/nintendo-3ds-reaches-15-million-in-us-sales Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:37:14 -0400 Fireboltz_7795

The Nintendo 3DS has officially sold 15 million units in the United States, and 52 million units worldwide. This milestone was previously accomplished by seven other systems, and they are the NES, SNES, N64, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Wii.

Some of the other systems that haven't made this milestone are the Game Boy Color, Gamecube, and most importantly, the Wii U. While the Wii U continues to struggle with getting sales up, the Nintendo 3DS has been Nintendo's saving grace. If Nintendo wants to get the Wii U back in the game, they're going to have to have one of the best E3's ever. 

(Courtesy of Ebay)

What Makes the 3DS So Successful?

Like any great system, it comes right down to the games. The variety of games the 3DS has is amazing. It has KirbyKid IcarusSmash Bros., The Legend of ZeldaSuper Mario Bros.Fire EmblemAnimal Crossing, etc. The best part about all of this is that we can still expect great games to be announced for the system during this year's E3, which debuts June 16. 

(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Another reason for the system's success is the quick change in sale price. At the beginning of its life cycle, the 3DS didn't sell that well, causing Nintendo to quickly lower the original sale price. That made the system's sales quickly improve, and then came all the varieties. Nintendo 3DS became the Nintendo 2DS (for those that didn't want the 3D feature), had a larger size released, and now there is even a newer 3DS with even more capabilities compared to its predecessors. 

So while I'm happy to see this system be successful, it only makes me want an even more successful home console. But in the meantime, I'm content to play my 3DS upside down on my couch! 

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10 3DS Games to Play Besides Super Smash Bros. https://www.gameskinny.com/e1ijt/10-3ds-games-to-play-besides-super-smash-bros https://www.gameskinny.com/e1ijt/10-3ds-games-to-play-besides-super-smash-bros Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:39:47 -0400 Brian Crimmins

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1. Fire Emblem: Awakening

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One of the 3DS' more popular titles, and for good reason. Fire Emblem: Awakening combines everything we love about the Fire Emblem franchise, from the masterful strategy gameplay to the engaging cast of characters. (Even if that cast is more anime than we're normally used to.) Although it's not the best game in the franchise, it's still the best game the franchise has seen in a while.

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2. Kid Icarus: Uprising

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I imagine the first question most people had when they initially heard about this game was, "How do you bring a 20+ old video game like Kid Icarus to modern systems?" In this game's case, you combine on-rails shooting segments with on-foot action segments into a surprisingly effective package. The only real problem might be the humor, which is too shoulder-nudgingly aware much of the time.

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3. Liberation Maiden

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Again, I choose the more obscure titles, but not without good reason. Liberation Maiden is a stylish futuristic shooter where your goal is to blast life back into New Japan. It's a solidly built game, never missing a moment to deliver on the action.

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4. Project X Zone

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Another obscure title, and a divisive one, at that. Some people think Project X Zone goes on for far too long, and that its gameplay could be improved. Others love the fighting game-esque mechanics and the fully realized pixel art aesthetic. Personally, I lean toward the latter.

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5. Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater

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It's Metal Gear Solid 3, but on the 3DS. Those of you who like the original version of the game will no doubt enjoy this one, too (3DS control quirks aside). A quick warning, though: although this version is based on Subsistence, it does not feature that game's multiplayer.

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6. Azure Striker Gunvolt

One of the more recent titles for the 3DS, Gunvolt is a short, simple action game in the vein of Mega Man Zero. Not as good as it could be, but certainly a competent action title. Read my review of the game to get a clearer image.

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7. Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword

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Admittedly, there's not much to Sakura Samurai. As a young samurai out to save the princess, you dodge attacks and quickly follow up with one of your own. Yet surprisingly, the game doesn't need much more than that.

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8. Code of Princess

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An obscure game, true, but it's worth checking out. The premise is a simple "princess must save her kingdom from the forces of evil" fantasy affair, and the gameplay is just a beat-em-up with a wide range of unique characters. It's kind of like a spiritual successor to Guardian Heroes (but maybe not as good).

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9. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Beteen Worlds

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The latest entry in the Zelda franchise...unfortunately, it didn't do a lot for me. The dungeon design was too simple, and having most of your items from the start largely breaks the experience. This is why I put the game at the #9 spot. Still, maybe diehard Zelda fans could appreciate A Link Between Worlds.

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10. Yumi's Odd Odyssey

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Although the name doesn't say it, Yumi's Odd Odyssey is actually part of a long-running platform series in Japan called Umihara Kawase. In fact, it's the first entry to be released outside Japan. Like previous Umihara Kawase games, expect physics based platforming with a fishy aesthetic.

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Miyamoto personally working on brand new franchise. Are we excited? https://www.gameskinny.com/9babq/miyamoto-personally-working-on-brand-new-franchise-are-we-excited https://www.gameskinny.com/9babq/miyamoto-personally-working-on-brand-new-franchise-are-we-excited Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:11:46 -0400 The_Dorkknight

Today, it was announced that Shigeru Miyamoto, while being interviewed by Famitsu Magazine, will be personally working on a brand new franchise that will be exclusive to the Wii U. Miyamoto was quoted as saying, "With Mario Kart 8 coming out spring of next year, we will have a good selection of games, so I was thinking isn't it time we introduce a new franchise." This is not to say that we will have a new cast of characters or new worlds to explore. Super Smash Bros., though having familiar characters, is still considered a new franchise in the Nintendo gaming ecosystem. Could this announcement be just that? Or should we start getting excited at the possibility of having a brand new hero with a new mission to accomplish? 

Why bother making a new franchise? 

Recently, Nintendo has not had very good luck with its new system, the Wii U. With that in mind, now is the best time to tease something new and exciting for Nintendo fans that have started feeling disappointing with the lack of gaming and the loss of all the beloved characters that the system is missing. The announcements of Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros., and Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze have started the engines going once again. The grand finale would of course have to be the intro of a new character that Nintendo can use to revitalize the Wii U. This franchise has to bring heavy focus to the gamepad as no game has used it to its full potential minus Nintendoland.

Where is F-Zero, Wave Race, and Yoshi's Story? 

Announcing this new franchise has also brought up the question as to why older franchises have not been brought back to light? With so many games in Nintendo's arsenal, why have games with such fanfare been ignored? Kid Icarus was re-introduced on March 23, 2012 to above average reviews and has since been put back on the back burner. The main reason games go back into the darkness of the companies vault is because they have so many to pull out when they please. This is the true success story for Nintendo. Even if one of their consoles doesn't do so well, they will always be able to fall back on the portfolio of successful franchises they have created.

If you could choose a game for the big N to bring back out to the wild, which would it be? Leave your answers in the comments below.

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Game Developers Choice Awards 2013: The Nominees https://www.gameskinny.com/h4x39/game-developers-choice-awards-2013-the-nominees https://www.gameskinny.com/h4x39/game-developers-choice-awards-2013-the-nominees Fri, 25 Jan 2013 06:33:00 -0500 Mat Westhorpe

As award season spins up worldwide, the video games industry clears its throat and prepares acceptance speeches as the nominees for the 13th Game Developers Choice Awards have been announced by the GDC Awards advisory board.

The winners to be revealed at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA on 27 March 2013, but the abstract Playstation 3 “interactive parable” Journey looks set to do well, with nominations in six of the ten categories. 

“The Game Developers Choice Awards are the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the video game industry, celebrating creativity, artistry and technological genius. Industry professionals from around the world nominate for the awards, free of charge, ensuring that the recipients reflect the community's opinions.”

Last year saw Portal 2 take three awards; Best Narrative, Best Game Design and Best Audio, with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim beating it for Game of the Year. Warren Spector of Deus Ex fame took the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here are the nominees for 2013:

Game of the Year

  • Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
  • Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Last Year's Winner: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

Innovation Award

  • Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
  • The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • ZombiU (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft)

Last Year's Winner: Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)

Best Audio

  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games/Devolver Digital)
  • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)

Last Year's Winner: Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Debut

  • Humble Hearts (Dust: An Elysian Tail)
  • Polytron Corporation (Fez)
  • Giant Sparrow (The Unfinished Swan)
  • Subset Games (FTL: Faster Than Light)
  • Fireproof Games (The Room)

Last Year's Winner: Supergiant Games (Bastion)

Best Downloadable Game

  • The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
  • Spelunky (Derek Yu/Andy Hull)
  • Trials: Evolution (RedLynx/Microsoft Studios)
  • Mark Of The Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Last Year's Winner: Bastion (Supergiant Games)

Best Game Design

  • Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Mark Of The Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
  • Spelunky (Derek Yu/Andy Hull)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games)

Last Year's Winner: Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • Gravity Rush (SCE Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Hero Academy (Robot Entertainment)
  • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • The Room (Fireproof Games)
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising (Sora/Nintendo)

Last Year's Winner: Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery (Capy Games/Superbrothers)

Best Narrative

  • Spec Ops: The Line (Yager Entertainment/2K Games)
  • Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
  • Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
  • Virtue's Last Reward (Chunsoft/Aksys Games)

Last Year's Winner: Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Technology

  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Treyarch/Activision)
  • Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Last Year's Winner: Battlefield 3 (DICE)

Best Visual Arts

  • Borderlands 2 (Gearbox Software/2K Games)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)

Last Year's Winner: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog)

Personally, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for my stand-out game of 2012, the modest indie title FTL: Faster Than Light, which has been nominated for the Innovation Award and the developers, Subset Games are up for the Best Debut. Go on the little guys.

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Is your game of choice represented?

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