We are so used to waiting insufferably long periods of time for Japanese games to be localized and brought out West that we often imagine Japan as this floating island of privilege and good fortune. How easily do we forget that the reverse is also true: Western games don’t always arrive in Japan in a timely fashion.
Many of the more adult Western games, like Call of Duty or Red Dead Redemption, either receive a near-simultaneous worldwide release or sit tight for a few short months. But what about Skylanders, a kid-friendly series with a focus on collecting tons of adorable real-world figurines? How much more Japanese could you get? I assumed Activision would have tried to bring it over as soon as possible, but it’s only now that the first game is making landfall. Crazy.
On July 12, nearly two years after its Western launch, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure will drop in Japan. The Wii, PS3, and 3DS versions are arriving intact, but the 360 version seems to have been axed in favor of a completely new Wii U port, which will use the GamePad for off-TV play, menu navigation, and the lock puzzle minigames.
I don’t know about you, but I find such regional discrepancies fascinating.
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure finally hitting Japan, getting Wii U version [GoNintendo]
I don’t know if you are aware, but I’m something of a Mega Man nut. The bulk of the Mega Man articles that appear on Destructoid are penned by none other than yours truly, and I sometimes wonder if I’m going overboard. Should I change my fanboy ways? Hmmmm… nah!
My partner in this unhealthy obsession is Chris Carter, a fellow whose passion for the Blue Bomber stretches about as far as his curiously extensive amount of free time. But though we share the same passion, we don’t quite share the same views about which games in this 25-year franchise are the best. And believe me, there is a lot to choose from.
An hour ago, Chris posted what he claims to be the five best Mega Man games. I of course think his list is bunkus. Below is the real top five!
It’s no secret that fellow Destructoid author Tony Ponce and I enjoy a hearty serving of Mega Man on a daily basis. While I’ll let Tony speak for himself in his own “Ranked” article, the reasons why I love the Mega Man series, the history of which spans over 20 years, are multifaceted.
As I always tell people who ask how I got into Mega Man in the first place, as luck would have it, my mother actually bought the very first NES game for me based on the infamous cover art. I popped it in with zero expectations, and was completely blown away.
Mega Man as a franchise has changed my life in many ways. I’ve made some of my best friends over the years due to a mutual interest in Mega Man. I once ran a Mega Man fansite with strategies for every single Robot Master and Maverick from Mega Man 1 all the way up to X4 (which was the newest game at the time). I’ve consistently replayed both the Classic and X series yearly for around a decade. To this day, I speedrun Mega Man games locally with a friend and learn new things every time.
Now, you’ll find out what my absolute favorite games in the franchise are, ranging from the original Classic series all the way through Star Force.
Square Enix announced today on a special ten-hour Dragon Quest X livestream that the once-Nintendo exclusive will be coming to PC on September 26 in Japan. The base game will retail for ¥ 3990 Yen (roughly $40) in addition to a deluxe version for ¥ 9800 that includes: a Dragon Quest X PC game controller, monster encyclopedia book, microfiber map of the world, security token, and some additional in-game content.
What this means for Nintendo is anybody’s guess. The Dragon Quest series has always been huge in Japan and this Nintendo exclusive was a major selling point for both the Wii and now Wii U. Hopefully there’s at least a better chance of this game eventually coming stateside; as you really can’t have too much Dragon Quest RPG goodness. Only time will tell though.
For those interested, the Dragon Quest X PC benchmark test can be found here:
Beta signup can be found here.
Dragon Quest X announced for Windows PCs [NeoGAF]
If you are a Wii U owner and possess a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U, you’ve probably downloaded New Super Luigi U from the eShop already. That, or you are waiting on the limited edition retail release in the coming months. But don’t feel left out if you are still rocking the original Wii and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. We’ve got just the hotness for you too!
Back in 2011, we reported on a fan-made hack of the Wii platformer entitled Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii. After three years of development, it’s finally available. As long as you have a copy of the original game, an SD card with around 570 MB of free space, and a homebrew-enabled Wii (or Wii U in Wii mode), you can get this baby up and running with no trouble whatsoever by following these simple steps.
The Newer team went miles farther with their alterations than Nintendo did with Luigi U. Newer contains 128 new levels, completely new world maps and environments, new music, new enemies and bosses, and even the return of the Hammer Suit from Super Mario Bros. 3. All for free!
It feels like we’ve been waiting forever, but finally, New Super Luigi U is here. This release serves as DLC to New Super Mario Bros. U, until the stand-alone disc arrives. On the Virtual Console, you’re getting Mario Bros. (that arcade port with Mario and Luigi as frenemies) and Wrecking Crew. Little Inferno is also discounted to €4.99 / £4.49 until June 26th.
On the 3DS side, Keiji Inafune’s Guild02 title Bugs vs. Tanks has arrived, alongside of 3D Game Collection, Gardenscapes, The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels, Witch’s Cat, and 101 DinoPets 3D. The 3DS Virtual Console is getting Defenders of Oasis and Tails Adventure alongside of a LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey demo, and a discount on Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (€2.49 / £2.49 until July 4th).
Lastly, Armageddon Operation Dragon and Jewel Quest 5 – The Sleepless Star hit DSiWare. It’s not the best week ever but each platform has at least one brand new release. Stay tuned for our reviews once they hit the US side of the pond.
The Wii U and 3DS have at least one new game each on offer today, with the Wii U launching Mutant Mudds Deluxe — an enhanced port of the 3DS and PC games with new levels.
The 3DS is getting the bulk of the offerings however, as the brand new Mighty Switch Force! 2 is out, alongside of Big Bass Arcade: No Limit (3DS eShop), Columns (3DS VC), Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (3DS VC), Shining Force: Sword of Hajya (3DS VC), and Picross e (eShop).
Perhaps the biggest announcement to come from Ubisoft’s E3 press conference is the announcement of Just Dance 2014. Who am I kidding, we all knew this was coming.
Available on all motion controlled and next gen consoles Just Dance 2014 will bring more PSY, six-player dance offs, and the ability to control music on the fly with Just Dance DJ.
You won’t catch me shaking my money maker anytime soon, but the switching of songs on the fly, mid dance, sounds pretty neat. I’m sure my girlfriend will like it.
Prior to the E3 festivities, Disney demonstrated the upcoming cash grab Disney Infinity to a room teeming with journalists. The focus of the event was on two of the in-game worlds plus the oft-touted Toy Box mode.
The first world, based on Pixar’s Monsters University, has been discussed before. The second world, based on the Gore Verbinski revival of The Lone Ranger, was only announced a few days ago and was thus the bigger draw. I was ready to hop on Silver and ride like the wind.
Prior to today, my only knowledge of Disney Infinity was what was covered in our hands-off preview a few months ago. Now that I’ve been able to play through some of the game for myself, I’m having reservations about Disney’s unbelievably high ambitions for the nascent franchise.
Skylanders: Swap Force is targeting October 13, Oct. 16, and Oct. 18 for North America, Australia, and Europe, respectively. This new installment, centered around swappable parts for characters, will be out on most every system you’d expect, including the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
While it was initially worrisome to hear that Skylanders mastermind Toys for Bob would not be heading up development on Swap Force, Hamza wasn’t so concerned after seeing the game in person. Vicarious Visions is doing the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U versions; Beenox is on Wii duty; and n-Space has the 3DS port under control.