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Blog – Pokemon X & Y Post-Mortem; Getting Back On Track

It has been a few weeks since I last posted anything on 3DStination.com; I apologize for the lack of updates and news, especially if you are a frequent visitor to the site.

Getting back on track has been pretty difficult over the past few weeks – I was without an Internet connection for a few days, not to mention I was spending almost every waking moment of free time playing Pokemon Y. The extended absence was unexpected, but I was looking forward to launch day all year, and I just couldn’t help myself.

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After passing the 100-hour mark, I have decided to take a bit of a break and address other matters – such as returning to regular updates on 3DStination.com. I have missed out on some big news in the downtime; it kills me not to go back and publish some of the articles I think are the most important, but I think it works out better to move forward and get back to my daily routine starting on Monday.

That being said, I will have a full review for Pokemon X & Y posted sometime this afternoon. I am looking forward to getting that finished and moving onto the rest of what 2013 has to offer (Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds), not to mention getting my “Best of 2013″ article started.

Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate - BannerIn other news, I have been playing through Batman: Arkham Origins BlackgateI plan to have that review posted pretty soon, in addition to the Pokemon review. I wish I could say I was as enthusiastic about that one; unfortunately the game just didn’t stack up as well as I hoped when I wrote about my most anticipated 3DS games of the year.

I do not want to ruin anything, but if you are on the fence about picking it up, you should know that it plays more like a handheld Batman: Arkham game with “Metroidvania” influences, not so much the straight-up Metroid/Castlevania clone that was originally being teased. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fatebut I will get to that in the full review.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Headed to Consoles

Like Resident Evil: Revelations before it, Konami’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate will be getting the HD re-make treatment and heading to consoles – just not the console you might have expected.

Despite the fact that the original game launched on the Nintendo 3DS (to very mixed reviews, I should add), Mirror of Fate HD will be re-released on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network on October 31.

No word on any Wii U eShop love, sadly – shame on you, Konami.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Gets Price Cut on eShop

Another quick eShop-related blurb; those of you who have been holding out for a price drop on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate should be happy to know that the action/adventure game has been discounted to $29.99 on the Nintendo eShop.

Though the game wasn’t received as well as many of its handheld predecessors, I still thought it was a solid action game for 3DS owners looking for more console-style experiences:

“Anyone else looking for a solid action/adventure game should actually find plenty to enjoy here – the quest is more than ten hours long, the presentation is brilliant, and the stylish combat system from Lords of Shadow (which was quite good, for the record) is ported to the 3DS very well.”

You can check out 3DStination.com’s original review by clicking here; though it isn’t for everyone, I still suggest checking out the playable demo version on the eShop.

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Review – Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate

3DStination.com reviews Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, the first Nintendo 3DS installment of Konami’s classic franchise: 
“[Mirror of Fate is] a solid action/adventure game that does a fine job of continuing the legacy that started with Lords of Shadow and will be seen again soon in Lords of Shadow 2.”

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Castlevania Goes Gold, Set for March 5

So, this post was originally ‘news’ when it was first written; apparently the ‘Publish’ function on WordPress doesn’t always perform its duties when expected.

Anyway, Konami finally confirmed the release date for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, the 3DS sequel to the original Lords of Shadow, and prequel to the upcoming Lords of Shadow 2.

As you may know if you frequently visit 3DStination, I am very excited about Mirror of Fate, and was very disappointed when the game was originally delayed from a late 2012 release to 2013.

The date is now set – March 5, 2013. Konami’s very own Dave Cox tweeted that Castlevania has gone gold, meaning development is completely finished – all that remains is an abnormally long stretch of time between this “gold” phase and the actual release.

It’s too bad that Mirror of Fate won’t arrive sooner, since it’s already done. Regardless, my copy is already paid off, so this little stretch of time is the only obstacle in my way of finally picking up the game after all.

Check back for more details, including a full preview of this first 3DS Castlevania very soon.

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GameStop Pre-Order Bonus: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate

Another quick blurb, GameStop customers who reserve their copy of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate for the Nintendo 3DS will receive a nifty pre-order bonus; the hard-plastic case you see above.

I’ll take it – not only did I already pre-order my copy of Mirror of Fate; I was really starting to want something to replace the Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance cover that I got with my Mark of Mastery edition.

Don’t forget – you only need to put $5 down on your copy to receive this bonus, so make sure you stop into your local GameStop before it comes out. Having a hard plastic cover to protect your 3DS is a nice perk; having one with slick Castlevania artwork is even nicer.

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Castlevania – New Details, Trailer & Screens Emerge

Halloween’s over, but don’t put those thoughts of vampires and other monsters out of your head just yet: Konami released a brand-new batch of screenshots, an all-new gameplay trailer, and some new details about its forthcoming Castlevania title for the Nintendo 3DS.

Remember Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate? You know, that fantastic-looking game that was supposed to come out in 2012, but was recently delayed to “early 2013″? Yeah, that one. 

Anyway, most of these “new details” aren’t particularly “new”, but the pretty screenshots and slick trailer are another matter entirely. You can see the screens below, here’s the new footage:

For now, here’s the full press release from Konami:

Just in time for Halloween, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today unveiled a brand new trailer and gameplay details for the action adventure title Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate.

The epic Nintendo 3DS™ title tells the story of Simon and Trevor Belmont (voiced by Alec Newman and Richard Madden respectively), both descendants of Gabriel Belmont (voiced by Robert Carlyle). Gabriel has returned as a powerful vampire called Dracula, threatening to destroy the brotherhood and anyone who stands against him.

Gabriel was also revealed to be the prince of darkness in the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and an all-new prologue level allows users to control Gabriel once again before his transformation.

Developed by Mercury Steam and mixing intense combat with deep exploration elements, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate showcases the same aesthetic and gameplay that made Castlevania: Lords of Shadow the most successful Castlevania game in the series’ illustrious history.

Taking place 25 years after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, this game is also a precursor to the highly anticipated Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.

The all new two-minute trailer details the combat, platforming and challenges present in the game, while the stunning 3D locations act as a tantalizing taster of what fans can expect next year. With an estimated play-time of around 20 hours, the title will offer a suitably deep action adventure experience, and a graphical tour de force on the handheld.

The game’s orchestral score by award winning composer Oscar Araujo is also showcased, adding to the suitably gothic atmosphere in a tale that explores the bonds of family and inescapable destiny.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate will be available on Nintendo 3DS™ in early 2013.

 

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Video – Some New Castlevania 3DS Footage

Just a quick video/blurb; there’s a new clip on YouTube featuring off-screen gameplay footage of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate for the Nintendo 3DS. Check it out:

In case you forgot, Mirror of Fate was delayed (very disappointingly, I might add) until 2013. Check 3DStination.com for more about the upcoming Castlevania over the next few weeks; I am hoping that Konami is ready to launch this one in February or March.

(For the record, GameStop has it listed as March 2, 2013.)

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Quick Thoughts – Nintendo’s 3DS Showcase @ E3 2012

I know this is going up a little bit late, but I’d like to share some of my impressions about Nintendo’s 3DS Showcase at this year’s E3 event in Los Angeles. A little bit of time has passed, and now that the dust has started to settle, it is a perfect time to take a moment to reflect on some of the announcements that stood out the most to me. These are just some very quick impressions and comments, but feel free to leave some feedback, and tell me what you think about the following 3DS games from E3 2012:

  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
    The 3DS installment of the popular strategy-RPG franchise is finally coming to America; unfortunately Nintendo waited until after E3 to say anything about it. There were gamers who wanted to see “new” 3DS games that Nintendo promised at this year’s E3, and Fire Emblem: Awakening would have been really nice to see. For now, I’m still in the dark about most of the details regarding the game – all I can see is that the graphics look fantastic, and should really shine with the 3D effects. Will we see multiplayer features or StreetPass functions?
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
    Nintendo revealed some details about the sequel to the Gamecube cult classic, Luigi’s Mansion – first, the official subtitle, “Dark Moon”. There was some gameplay footage shown during the 3DS Showcase, all of which looked amazing – I was particularly intrigued to hear that Luigi’s ghost-hunting exploits will now include multiple mansions, with more of a mission-based game design. I can’t wait to see how this one uses the 3DS to give Luigi the proper game he’s always deserved – Nintendo confirmed a holiday 2012 release during its E3 press conference.
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
    I was never the biggest Scribblenauts fan, but I thought the concept was interesting – Super Scribblenauts improved on the ideas, and now it appears that Scribblenauts Ultimate has taken Max’s adventure and transformed it into something even bigger. It will be interesting to see if the 3DS and Wii U versions of Scribblenauts Ultimate have any sort of special connectivity – the console version was also announced for simultaneous release later this year.

  • Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
    I never played the original Epic Mickey, or even Castle of Illusion, the Sega Genesis game that this 3DS title is based on. Regardless, Nintendo brought out Warren Spector during the 3DS Showcase, and that was a big deal: the legendary gaming icon broke down a lot of details about the 2D side-scroller, explaining how it sets itself apart from Epic Mickey 2: Power of Two. Both Power of Illusion and Power of Two are set for a November launch.
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star
    If there is one game that looks like it should use the 3D effects of the handheld very well, it’s the forthcoming installment of Paper Mario – which was officially dubbed “Sticker Star” during Nintendo’s E3 press conference. The sticker concept was later explained during the 3DS Showcase. Basically, players acquire a variety of stickers throughout the game; some can be used for special attacks in battle, and some can be used to trigger events that transform the environments, which look like cardboard cut-outs. Paper Mario: Sticker Star was also confirmed for a holiday 2012 release, though Nintendo provided no further specifics.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance
    Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance is very close to its North American release date (July 31), but seeing the trailer at E3 made the wait even more excruciating. There wasn’t much information that you would consider “new”, but nonetheless this Square-Enix action/RPG will inevitably go down as one of the biggest 3DS releases in 2012.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2
    Before E3, I really didn’t care much about New Super Mario Bros. 2 – I had already accepted that I will probably end up buying it, but only because it felt more like an obligation, and because Mario games so rarely disappoint. Still, there was something missing, and I wanted to know more about the game. After the 3DS Showcase, things changed: Nintendo detailed the new features of the upcoming side-scroller, including the incredibly competitive Coin Rush mode (compatible with StreetPass!) and the co-op features (local only, but hopefully we’ll see Download Play). There was a trailer released on eShop after the E3 Showcase, and it gave me a better glimpse of the game – the graphics look nice, and I’m suddenly a lot more excited for the August 19 release. The only question that remains – should I purchase a retail copy, or download the game on the eShop?
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
    If there is any third-party franchise that has consistently impressed on Nintendo handhelds, it is Castlevania. Konami’s classic series enjoyed some great installments on the Game Boy Advance and the original DS; it was only a matter of time before the first 3DS entry was revealed. This actually happened just a few days before E3, but Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, the sequel to 2010′s Lords of Shadow, was formally announced and thoroughly demoed during the 3DS Showcase. I was thrilled to see some gameplay footage; the combination of 2D platforming and the 3D combat from Lords of Shadow looked like a great mix. I was impressed by the quality of the graphics, which use a cel-shading technique along with the art direction from its predecessor. I liked Lords of Shadow quite a bit, and though I’d still like to see a “traditional” Castlevania at some point, I ended up being more excited about this one than any of the first-party 3DS games that were featured during the Showcase.

I will be putting up more substantial posts about all of these games soon, so check 3DStination over the weekend for more details and in-depth analysis as well as opinions about these upcoming Nintendo 3DS games.