December 5 to 11 3rd Party News Roundup

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional

Square Enix has released a new trailer for Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional, which will be coming out in Japan on February 9th, 2017. You can watch it below.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Nintendo World Report recently put up a video containing 14 minutes of gameplay footage from the English version of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, alongside a preview discussion. Check it out below.

Megami Meguri

Capcom recently revealed a couple of collaborations surrounding Megami Meguri.

The first one is a 3DS theme with a crossover between Megami Meguri and Puyo Puyo Chronicle from SEGA. It still does not have a release date however.

The other collaboration involves the Megami Meguri game itself, which will feature costumes based on various anime franchises. Famitsu has published images of the various costumes in this news post.

Besides that, Capcom has also uploaded the opening movie of the game to their channel, and yet another gameplay video with Megami Meguri voice actresses, Ayasa Ito and Yuka Ozaki in this case. You can watch them below.

Monster Hunter XX

The latest issue of Famitsu has revealed a few more details about what’s included in Monster Hunter XX.

First, we have information about the main monsters:

– Deviant Diablos: changes color when in Rage state, and will have new moves while in that state, like jumping, burrowing, and thrusting from the ground.
– Deviant Glavenus (Generation’s Hellblade) has a sword-like tail that heats up.
– Deviant Gammoth: has a hardened body after living in harsh environments for a very long time. Said to be the cause of blizzards and avalanches in cold areas.
– Deviant Mizutsune: can launch blue bubbles which seem to be more powerful than Mizutsune’s ordinary bubbles.
– Deviant Astalos: normally shrouded in green electricity, but during battle the color may change to blue.
– Congalala: can release gas that causes inflicted hunters to be unable to use some items, and can also perform a breath attack that will change elements (fire, poison, etc.) depending on the food it ate beforehand.

Next, we have more information about the Renkin Style (Alchemy Style), which specializes in creating special items. When you choose it, a bar with a maximum of five stocks will appear above the player’s name. When at least one stock is filled, you can accomplish alchemy by selecting and using the Great Alchemy Barrel item.

When using the barrel, you’re given three options with buttons. You can press “A” or “X” to produce the specified items or, if you have more than one stock available in the Alchemy gauge, you can press “Y” for further alchemy that will change the item set that can be produced.

Items from one-time alchemy:

– Alchemy Food: can be eaten faster than ordinary food.
– Alchemy Whetstone: other than sharpening weapons, it also gives temporary effect of raising the fill rate of Hunter Arts gauge.
– Alchemy Hunter Arts Bullet: Fills the Hunter Arts gauge more when the hunter hits an enemy. It works with all Bowguns.
– Alchemy Hunter Arts Bottle: Same as above but for Bows.

Items from alchemy done twice:

– Alchemy Vitality Medicine: Gradually recovers health, and can be eaten faster than the ordinary version.
– Alchemy Sonic Bomb: This version will definitely repel small monsters away.

Items from alchemy done three times:

– Alchemy Earplugs: One-time use that protects against large monster roars, and breaks after that.
– Alchemy Speed Medicine: When used will temporarily raise the speed of Alchemy.

Items from alchemy done four times:

– Alchemy Increase: Adds amount of another Alchemy item when this is combined with that.
– Alchemy Bazooka: Shoots an explosive projectile from the alchemy barrel.

Items from alchemy done five times:

– Alchemy Healing Barrel: Spreads healing effects that also heal nearby allies’ health & conditions.
– Alchemy Spirit Up Ball: When used will temporarily raise fill rate of Hunter Arts gauge of nearby allies.

Other gameplay features include:

– SP (Style Powerup): Hunter Arts: Obtained Hunter Arts can be equipped as SP Hunter Arts. When the SP version is used, the user and surrounding allies (including Felynes) will enter the SP state. Each style will have different effects during SP state.
– Guild Style: Use some items faster.
– Striker Style: Hunter Arts gauge gradually fills without even attacking.
– Aerial Style: Stamina consumed from Stomping Leap is recovered faster.
– Bushido Style: Allows longer input frames for Just actions like Just Guard and Just Evade.
– Brave Style: Brave Gauge fills faster.
– Alchemy Style: Alchemy Gauge fills faster.
– Felyne Hunter: Reduces consumption rate of Support gauge when activating Support.
– Palicoes: Raises frequency of Supports.

Alchemy Style can also enhance SP states further up to four levels with producing alchemy items.
SP state II: Slows down reduction rate of max stamina.
SP state III: Gradually recovers health.
SP state IV: Easier to make targets flinch.

Felyne Hunters have a new Support type called Beast. By using a specific Support, the Felyne can turn into a Beast which has enhanced close-range attacks. There are three power-up phases for the Beast:

– Phase 1: Activate skills Felyne Brace and Felyne Safe Fall.
– Phase 2: Raises critical rate.
– Phase 3: Activates SP state (reduces consumption rate of Support gauge).

Finally, we have some details on locations and fields.

The Dragon Signature Ship is a flying ship that acts as a lab to investigate monster activities in various locations. Other than having a room for the player, it also has a laboratory room for research like monster livelihood.

The girl is the quest receptionist, the boy is the captain of the investigation team, and the felyne is a lab staff in the Dragon Signature Ship. The Dragon Signature Ship is also connected with Flying Merchant Ships that have shops and a blacksmith.

The Assembly Bar is run by two people who used to be hunters, and G-rank quests are taken there. The lady is the bar master, and the bald man is the quest receptionist.

Finally, the Jungle field is making a return in Monster Hunter XX. It originally appeared in Monster Hunter 2.

Famitsu’s next batch of information on Monster Hunter XX is scheduled to release on the January 12 issue of the magazine.

While you wait, you can take a look at this new batch of screenshots below, and at the new gameplay footage and trailer shown in Capcom TV that follows.

https://youtu.be/MfldPnPRNIY

Bandai Namco at Jump Festa 2017

Bandai Namco has now announced their lineup for Jump Festa 2017, which will be taking place between December 17 and 18.

The lineup includes the following titles (several of which are 3DS games):

-Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters (3DS) – Playable
-Digimon World: Next Order (PS4) – Playable
-Dragon Ball Fusions (3DS) – Playable, Game Tournament
-Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (PS4) – Playable, Game Tournament
-Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (3DS) – Playable, Game Tournament, One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum Cross Battles
-Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto (PS4) – Playable, Game Tournament
-One Piece: Burning Blood (PS4, PS Vita) – Trailer
-One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum (3DS) – Playable, Game Tournament, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden Cross Battles
-Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan: Shijou Psi Dai no Psi-nan!? (3DS) – Playable
-Twin Star Exorcists (PS Vita) – Playable

Smartphone Games
-Digimon Links – Trailer
-Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle – Trailer
-Gintama: Kabuki District Great Action Movie – New
-Haikyuu!! Donpisha Match – Trailer
-Hunter X Hunter: World Hunt – New
-JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders – Trailer
-Kingdom: Seven Flags – Trailer
-Kuroko’s Basketball: Cross Colors – New
-One Piece: Thousand Storm – Trailer
-One Piece: Treasure Cruise – Trailer
-Saint Seiya: Zodiac Brave – Trailer
-Tokyo Ghoul: Carnaval∫Color – Trailer
-World Trigger: Smash Borders – Trailer

Dragon Ball Fusions

Bandai Namco has now issued a definitive release date for Dragon Ball Fusions in Europe.

The company recently announced a release date of February 17, which also includes Middle East and Australasian territories.

Puyo Puyo Chronicle

Puyo Puyo Chronicle has now been released in Japan, so you can find some gameplay footage below, courtesy of NintenDaan.

Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki

Level-5 recently uploaded a new batch of stop-motion commercials for Yo-kai Watch 3, along with a making-of video, and some new gameplay clips. You can check them all out below.

The Alliance Alive

Famitsu recently held a live stream to show off some gameplay footage of The Alliance Alive. You can now watch a recording of said stream below.

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

XSEED Games has started a new series of localization blogs about the localization process behind Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns.

According to the first post, the title has two million characters, more than any game before it in the series! The last Story of Seasons title contained 1.7 million characters, which is a bit less in comparison.

You can find more interesting details like these by reading the blog post over here.

Picross e7

It has been revealed through a listing that Jupiter will be bringing Picross e7 to the North American 3DS eShop on December 15, and will cost $5.99.

Picross e7 contains several new features, like the new Mark function that allows players to leave indicators on squares they are unsure about without risking a penalty. It’s also possible to switch input modes by simply pressing the Circle Pad or d-pad once. It’s also the first game with 20×15-size Mega Picross puzzles.

There are still no news about an European release, but it wouldn’t be surprising if that territory got the game rather soon too.

You can find a few screenshots in the gallery below.

Creeping Terror

Sushi Typhoon Games, Nikkatsu’s video game division, has announced a new game for 3DS, titled Creeping Terror.

The game is a side-scrolling horror game, and will be released on the Japanese eShop in Winter 2017.

You can watch a trailer for it below.

Yooka-Laylee

Some more gameplay footage from Yooka-Laylee is now available online and you can watch it below. Do note that this is from the PS4 version of the game, but the Switch one shouldn’t be that different.

Seasons of Heaven

French outlet Gameblog recently shared that Any Arts Production is currently developing Seasons of Heaven as a Switch exclusive game.

Seasons of Heaven is based on the French novel of the same name, and focuses around a group of survivors in a post-civilization world. Yann, a young boy with Asperger’s syndrome, and his French bulldog Ani are the main characters, and both will be playable.

The game runs in Unreal Engine 4.

Gameblog promises a developer interview and a first look at gameplay next week, so stay tuned for that, and in the meanwhile enjoy the screenshots contained in the gallery below.

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