E3: Nintendo’s Press Conference

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Nintendo came on strong in their press conference. Hot on the heels of the 25th Anniversary of the Legend of Zelda, Nintendo also took the time to finally unveil their successor to the Wii. Did they win everything? I felt their conference did really well for them. But calling it the Wii U? Either they’re being zen about the name, or Nintendo is basically telling everyone that no matter what they call it, they’re ready to print money.

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Pokmon cannot be stopped

The Pokmon franchise’s never-ending quest to keep the 1990s alive continued today with the release of “Pokmon Black Version” and “Pokmon White Version” for the Nintendo DS.

The twin games boast 150-plus new Pokmon to catch and train. The in-game environments are timed to coincide with actual reality, so different Pokmon are said to be more difficult or easier to find during different seasons. Additional advertised features include broadband and infrared communications features for Pokmon battles and trades.

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Nintendo, Gamestop promotion includes new Pokmon characters

Further evidence that life is not fair: The children of the 1980s did not have a continuing stream of new Voltron products in the same way that children of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s have a seemingly never-ending supply of Pokmon offerings.

Whine over. Nintendo and Pokmon Company International are promoting the March 6 release of Pokemon: Black and Pokmon: White for Nintendo DS by offering players access to three new characters, Shiny Raikou, Shiny Entei, and Shiny Suicune.

There are doubtless thousands – if not millions – of kids out there who actually know what those words mean, and by writing those previous words, I am now officially old.

There are several rules interested players can read here. Players must already have English-language copies of Pokmon games in their Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, or SoulSilver versions.

And just because, Voltron:

Capcom wants you to make a mecha for Mega Man

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Or rather, a Bonne Mecha! The Bonnes are a family in the Mega Man Legend RPG series who specialize in building special robots that perform a variety of different tasks. This time, Capcom’s devs are reaching out again to their fans to see who can make a “Bonne Mech” to feature in the new Mega Man Legends 3 title they’re working on for the Nintendo DS.

It’s been quite a few years since the last Mega Man Legends game had come out – on the PS1. While it seems aimed at older fans that remember the games on the PS1, putting it on the DS will also re-introduce this little slice of Mega Man’s RPG world to a new generation. It’s slated to come out sometime in 2011.

This contest follows a previous one where the devs had asked fans to design a heroine for the game. To help inspire budding mech designers, they’ve provided some material to go over to help spur imaginations at their official developers blog. You can’t submit new ideas yet, but they’ll let everyone know when the floodgates are open. Who knows? The mech that players cry over for being the toughest thing they’ve ever fought might just be yours. How’s that for lasting fame?

Ni no Kuni – an RPG so potentially awesome it comes with its own spellbook

This is a game that I’ve been watching for awhile now ever since I heard about it about two years ago. Level 5 (Rogue Galaxy, Dragon Quest VIII) and famed animation house, Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) have teamed up to make Ni no Kuni, an RPG for the DS and the PS3. The DS version comes out December 9th in Japan with the PS3 getting its own next year. According to the news out from Andriasang, a public ceremony is also planned on the 8th to commemorate its completion.

The story revolves around a young boy whose mother has recently passed away. But his tears bring a doll to life which leads him to another world where it might be possible to bring her back. Aside from the fact that Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli will be doing the animation work for the game, it also comes with a – get ready – 352 page magic book to help uncover secrets within it as well as flesh out its lore. I only hope that the gameplay is solid.

Check out the Japanese trailer below showing off the DS version and quite a bit of the animation work telling the story within the game. And let’s hope it makes it over here sooner rather than years later!

Review: Dragon Quest IX – Sentinels of the Starry Skies

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By Brittany Vincent
Contributing Writer

The Dragon Quest series’ relationship with gamers outside of Japan hasn’t exactly been a stable one, especially out West.

It’s certainly not because of quality. Memorable characters, heartwarming adventures, and artwork from Akira Toriyama create experiences just as worthy of your time and attention as any Final Fantasy title.

This is further proven in the series’ latest iteration, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies. It not only echoes what has made the Dragon Quest saga memorable, but is also the first numbered installment to receive a handheld-only release.
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Feeling Nostalgic?

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Overworks’ Skies of Arcadia’s continues to hold a dear place in the hearts of many RPGers that have taken to the skies in the game as good hearted pirates in search of riches and adventure. Filled with memorable characters, clever sky combat, and traditional RPG gameplay on the ground, many of us are still waiting for an official sequel.

But it looks like Ignition Entertainment may have something that might be the next best thing.
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Majesco: Cooking Mama is multi-platinum

Majesco announced today that the ridiculously cute Cooking Mama game franchise has sold more that 4 million units in the United States. You shouldn’t be surprised — a lovable character that asks you to “cook” stuff via the Wii Remote or DS touch-screen? Complete with actual recipes? Pseudo-teaching tool for the kitchen impaired? Makes sense, especially for all of the aspiring culinary wizards out there.