3rd Party News Roundup July 3 2016 Feature

June 27 to July 3 3rd Party News Roundup

Teddy Together

Teddy Together was released last week in Europe. You can find a trailer, commercial, and some gameplay footage below (courtesy of NintenDaan).

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

Capcom released a new Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice trailer in celebration of Anime Expo 2016, showing off Maya Fey and other things. They also shared some information regarding the game’s characters. Check it all out below:

Returning series favourite Maya Fey makes her comeback, but all is not as it seems as she is soon directly caught up in a crime drama herself within the Kingdom of Khura’in, where she’s been in training. Having been reunited with her just before the drama ensues, it’s up to Phoenix to demonstrate his skills in the foreign courtroom to try and save his long-time friend and assistant. Will they both make it out alive?

Athena Cykes, who made her debut in the previous instalment, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, is returning to the legal line-up. The rookie attorney will be supporting Apollo and the cast again with her ability to psychoanalyse emotions and help discover the truth behind the emotional cues found in witnesses’ testimony with her Mood Matrix program. Will she uncover new truths and rescue those accused from being sent down for their crimes?

Last but not least, brand new to the series is pious prosecutor Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, a devout monk who can often be heard admonishing his rivals with the phrase “Satorha!” He holds an international license to practise law, which allows him to prosecute both at home in Khura’in and abroad in America. Using his unique religious rituals, Nahyuta seeks justice for the victims of heinous crimes so that their souls may rest in peace.

Furthermore, Nintendo World report spoke with Ace Attorney developers Motohide Eshiro and Takeshi Yamazaki about Spirit of Justice at E3. Janet Hsu also participated in the discussion as localization director. You can find the full video interview below:

Aikatsu Stars! My Special Appeal

Aikatsu My Special Appeal Famitsu EditThe latest issue of Famitsu revealed a new Aikatsu Stars game called “Aikatsu Stars! My Special Appeal”. The idol rhythm game will be released on Nintendo 3DS alongside “Aikatsu Stars! Free Appeal”, which will be a free-to-play game. The targeted release date for the game is Winter, while Free Appeal is coming on July 20.

Confirmed songs include “Aikatsu Step”, “Start Line”, “Episode Solo”, “Miracle Force Magic”, “Mirai Transit”, “Dancing Days”, and “August Marina”, among others.

“Aikatsu Step” is the only included song in Free Appeal, but those who purchase “3DS Music Tickets” through Data Cardass cabinets can play extra tunes like “Heart Skip”, “Dokimeki Raran”, “Summer Tears Diary”, “Popcorn Dreaming”, and more.

Super Battle for Money

Bandai Namco has recently published the first trailer for Super Battle for Money: The Ultimate Ninja and Battle Player’s Top Decisive Battle! Check it out below:

7th Dragon III Code: VFD

A demo for 7th Dragon III Code: VFD is now available in North America. SEGA wants to give fans a taste of the game before it launches on July 12. 2,039 blocks (254.875MB) of space are needed for the download.

The 7th Dragon III Code: VFD demo “provides players with a streamlined pre-made group with a character cap of level 10”. Best of all, the demo saves transfer over to the main game, which allows you to “refund all the skill points and customize the group any way you want”. It also appears that there’s some sort of reward for transferring saves.

SEGA also uploaded an unboxing video, which shows off the extra artbook that comes with the launch version of the game. Give it a look below:

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice

SEGA has released a new Japanese trailer for Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, where new footage is shown. You can watch it below:

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Lizardcube and DotEmu have rencently announced a remake of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. The project is planned as a modern version of the SEGA Master System game, and even has series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa on board.

An official listing on BitSummit’s website lists the game for Wii U, so it’s likely coming to Nintendo’s console.

Here’s an overview and trailer for the game:

Cursed into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, a lonesome adventurer is facing the challenge of a lifetime! In search for a cure, our mutated anti-hero will explore the many traps of Monster Land… and defeat many stuff-throwing, curse-wielding dragons. How many more transformations can one hopeful body survive as it turns into a Lizard, a Mouse, a Piranha, a Lion, and a Hawk… The six different forms of our shape-shifting hero make up the cast of this non-stop action-adventure platformer!

Etrian Odyssey V

Atlus has released a new commercial for Etrian Odyssey V in Japan. Check it out below:

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Nintendo World Report TV has uploaded a video with some off-screen gameplay of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse’s E3 build. You can take a look at it below. It also includes an overview of the game by an Atlus employee.

Yo-kai Watch 3

This week we got some new footage from Yo-kai Watch 3.

First, Level-5 published a video showcasing the Zombie Night event in the game. Check it out:

Besides that, CoroCoro also released another look at Yo-kai Watch 3’s “My Nyan” feature, and at the game’s battle system. You can find the video below:

Finally, Level-5 president Akihiro Hino was interviewed by USGamer recently, and discussed various topics like the wait for the games in the West, the localization, and the Japanese uniqueness of the series. You can find the interview over here, if you are interested in checking it out.

Zero Time Dilemma

Spike Chunsoft has prepared a launch trailer to promote the Japanese release of Zero Time Dilemma. Check it out below:

Meanwhile, Polygon and Denjin Getcha have uploaded some gameplay footage from the game, which you can watch in the following videos:

Finally, with the release of Zero Time Dilemma, series director Kotaro Uchikoshi has sent out a message to fans via Twitter. The full message reads:

Zero Time Dilemma was made by a small number of staff. I have seen them working very hard day after day within a limited time and asset. I am proud of them. And of course, I am proud of all the fans of ZE series. If there was no passionate action by all the fans, “June 28 in 2016” would become entirely different day from this timeline. I will say over and over again. You guys realized ZTD. The person who made ZTD is you. I really appreciate you. Thank you very much! Now, it’s time to decide. Will you play ZTD or not? The choice is yours.

XSEED Games Gameplay Footage

XSEED recently showcased its E3 titles via a livestream. This included a variety of games such as Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Exile’s End, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, and Corpse Party. You can find the recording below:

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2

Inti Creates has published a new blog post, going over some of the recent Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 information recently distributed in Japanese. The details cover the plot, as well as certain characters. You can find the details below:

The Seven
“The Seven” are a group of seven particularly powerful adepts within Eden. Unlike the Sumeragi Group, Eden itself does not have a hierarchical system for its members, but these particular adepts hold many positions of command, and are quite beloved within the ranks of Eden’s members. They each possess a book of great power known as a Grimoire. We’ll introduce two of these Grimoire holders in just a minute.

Eden is a multinational group of adepts from all corners of the globe, whose numbers do not compare to that of ordinary humans. They have began to amass throughout the nation, and consist mainly of adepts who were oppressed by non-adepts in the past.

Their goal is to usher in a new age for adepts, and create a new utopia where all non-adepts are eradicated.

Grimoires are the catalyst that The Seven use to transform into their powered up forms. Using top secret technology that they pilfered from Sumeragi, these Grimoires were created using data from Glaives they usurped combined with the power of The Muse.

Unlike the Glaives, which were used by Sumeragi to control the adepts that wielded them, the Grimoires are purely used to strengthen their wielders. The adepts who wield these Grimoires can use their abilities without transforming into their more powerful forms, which means the powers they wield post-transformation are greater than that of any former Sumeragi-controlled adept.

New Characters
His “Hack the Planet” septima allows him to take physical material and transform it into computer data, and conversely, take data and manifest it in the real world. He was a former contributor at a website for uploading foreign movies, and once things went south for his beloved website he became fascinated by Eden’s transmission equipment and decided to join up with them. He uses a lot of internet slang in his everyday speech, and irritates everyone around him every time he opens his mouth…he by no means does this intentionally.“SPOILER ALERT: …YOU GON DIE.”

Ghauri, the “Prism Master”(VA: Chiharu Sawashiro)
“There’s an audience in place! Gotta let ‘em see my face!” 

His “Prism Cataclysm” septima allows him to create crystals at will. A former street dancer, his constantly amped up, upbeat attitude is quite infectious within Eden. For better or worse, he will speak in rhymes, to the point where a sentence will lose its meaning just so he can complete a successful rhyme. If he coats the ground with a crystalline material, he can glide along the surface like a roller skating rink. He’s currently working day and night on combining the powers of his crystal generation septima with a hot new original dance.

‘Mysterious Girl’(VA: Kaori Nazuka)
“Very well. I leave this in your capable hands.”

A young girl who appeared before Gunvolt and Copen, she expresses herself with a level of poise and order that does not befit her childish appearance. She is an adept, but her abilities are unknown. What could she be after……?

Besides that, Nintendo World Report has uploaded some off-screen footage from the E3 demo for Azure Striker Gunvolt 2. You can watch it below:

Puzzle & Dragons X

The latest issue of Famitsu has another article on Puzzle & Dragons X with more details about the game.

It starts with the introduction of facilities in the Water City, the first city you start the game from. There are many civilians and Dragon Summoner Guild members on the island. Their conversations may change depending on story progression.

The facilities include:

1. Dragoza Communications Place

This is where players can trade monsters and guild cards, and receive presents from friends. It is also possible to trade between God and Dragon Chapters, so it is implied that it will be possible to trade rare monsters that are exclusive to each version.

A guild card contains the maximum amount of damage a player has ever dealt to a monster, how many monsters they’ve befriended, the play time, the number of times they’ve used the Stone of Life, and a comment written by the player. When you obtain someone else’s guild card, they become available as Puzzle Friends.

2. Gachadra Counter

Collected D-Medal items that are obtained from field drops and quest rewards can be used to operate a gacha (Gachadra) to obtain monsters or items. Each Gachadra has its own type of compatible D-Medals. Gachadra also have a rarity rating, with better monsters and items available at higher rarities.

3. Soul Armor Store

In this shop, players can create or buy Soul Armor. To create a new Soul Armor, the player has to collect a certain amount of Monster Souls, which are earned by using Soul Capture in battles, and Crene (money). You can also upgrade Soul Armor here, which also costs Souls. By upgrading them, the Skill Level will go up and reduce the number of turns required for skill activation.

4. Quest Counter

The player can take on quests posted by citizens at this place. The more difficult the quests, the better the completion rewards will be. Some quests can be cleared multiple times, which is useful for farming money.

5. Monster Lab

This is where you upgrade your own monsters to raise their stats. Each monster needs different materials to evolve. When these materials are collected and the monster has reached the maximum level, it can be evolved into a stronger monster. You can also put unneeded monsters into the storage or sell them for money.

The remaining information below covers other features in Puzzle & Dragons X.


In each city, there is a quirky elder who is called the Multi-G. When he is spoken to, he will give access to co-op play through local wireless. The player can be a host or join an existing host.

Mr Metal’s Request

Mr Metal is first met during the story prologue. After speaking to him in the city, he will give rewards based on categories such as the number of monsters collected and exploration percentages of field maps. The items he gives the players are all very useful, so you will want to visit him regularly.

At first, the range of explorable fields is limited, but it will gradually increase as the player goes through the storyline by completing events. There are roads on the field where monsters will not appear.

There are many dungeons located in the field, and discovering and going through them is a part of the game’s main features.

The player can’t pass through rivers and seas, but there are shallow waters that can be traversed. There are also some dungeons that are located past shallow waters.

When the player goes out to the field, the lower screen will display a map of the current area. At first it will look empty, but as the player travels further, the areas the player has passed through will be drawn in.


Dungeons have a different structure from fields. Ordinary monsters will be shown loitering around inside dungeons. If they spot the player, they will approach them for an assault. There are treasure chests placed in the dungeon, and gates that are used to go to another floor. Some dungeons have different looks on each floor. A strong boss will be waiting on the final floor of each dungeon.


In the early part of the story, you gain access to Dragon Flight (D-Flight). By riding a large dragon, you can go to cities, dungeons, and areas you have visited before. There is no limit in using D-Flight, so it will be a very convenient feature for transportation. At first you are limited to the areas close to Water City, but eventually you will be able to access the entire island.

Field Features

In many parts of the field there are bushes of various colors, which can turn out to be Star Shard items. These shards will be useful later on, so collect them as much as possible. Other than Star Shards, there may also be drops of items required for Gachadra and monster evolution.

In many parts of the field and on dungeon entrances, there is a wriggling statue called the Phantom Rock. It looks suspicious but it isn’t dangerous as it does not trigger a battle. Instead, by speaking to it you can reorganize your team. It also has a unique and interesting way of speaking.

There are also other Dragon Summoners standing on the field. When players get close to them, they will immediately challenge the player into a battle without your consent. Win these battles to gain rewards.

Additionally, there are Grand Bosses spread throughout the field. A Grand Boss is infinitely stronger compared to ordinary monsters, so players that are just starting out are advised to avoid them. Two such Grand Bosses are confirmed: Aldebaran and Megalodran.

If you lose a field battle, the game will ask if you want to continue or not. However, in order to continue, you will need to consume an item named Stone of Life. If you do not continue, you will see a “game over” screen and have restart from the last save point, thus losing everything that you have obtained past the save.

Famitsu also talks a tiny bit about the anime, which is based on the game, and will tell the story of the young protagonist Ace becoming a Dragon Summoner. There will be some scenes that are exclusive to the anime.

Finally, Dengeki and Famitsu have both uploaded videos with gameplay from Puzzle & Dragons X, which you can find below.

Chase: Cold Case Investigations

Aksys Games has announced during an Anime Expo panel that Chase: Cold Case Investigations will be localized for the west. It’ll be available this autumn on the 3DS eShop.

Chase: Cold Case Investigations stars detectives Shounosuke Nanase and Koto Amekura as they investigate a reopened case about an explosion and death. It was originally determined to be an accident, but an anonymous caller informs the division that it was actually murder.

You can find one of the Japanese trailers for the game below:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Saikyou Card Battle

New screenshots from Yu-Gi-Oh! Saikyou Card Battle have been released. Check them out in the gallery below:

Journey to Kreisia

Nintendo-eShop-Journey-to-Kreisia-in-arrivo-il-14-luglio-sui-3DS-europeiKemco’s next RPG, Journey to Kreisia, will be available on the European 3DS eShop on July 14, with pricing set at €9.99.

Here’s an overview of the game:

After suddenly being summoned to an unknown world, a high schooler by the name of Yusis learns of his destiny to become the Savior and face off against the Overlordーa being who threatens the destruction of Kreisia.

Kreisia―A world of three races coexisting under the banner of single kingdom.
Yet notwithstanding these different people being ruled over by a lone institution of government, life, for the most part, has continued on peacefully despite certain racial undertones pervading the hearts of some in society…

Still unforgotten, is the re-emerging calamity precipitated by the Overlord with each new decade… Resurrecting once every ten years, this personification of evil sets about to envelop the world in chaos and destruction.

But what of the Savior and his party who defeated this great destroyer only ten years earlier?

And does Kreisia’s newest Savior, an unsuspecting youth, really have what it takes to stand in the face of all odds to save the world?!

Battle Skills and Weapon Levels
Types of skills able to be used in battle change depending on the weapon equipped by a character. The longer a weapon is used, the greater the proficiency with that weapon, and when certain benchmarks have been reached, a character will master the use of certain skills.

OrbsーMagic Stones with Various Abilities
Orbs are accessories that can be inserted into both weapons and armor in order to take advantage of their various effects. Additionally, these same orbs can be taken to a synthesis shop where they can be combined into even more powerful orbs. If ever during their quest a player finds enemies prove too difficult a challenge, it may be then time to reassess both their equipment and their selection of orbs.

Brimming with Content!
While traveling about the world of Kreisia and following the main quest, players will also have the opportunity to participate in subquests, which will allow them to net a wide-range of useful equipment and items for their adventure. Additionally, with a battle arena to test one’s strength and a monster guide to collect data for, there is plenty for players to do when they find themselves with even a few minutes to spare!

Kingdom’s Item Shop

Circle Entertainment has announced plans to bring Kingdom’s Item Shop to the West. It’s a game by PUMO, originally released in 2014.

Here’s the news from Twitter and the original Japanese trailer for the game:

Mr Pumpkin’s Adventure

Circle Entertainment has also confirmed that Mr Pumpkin’s Adventure will be ported to Wii U. The point-and-click adventure game previously hit other platforms including mobile and PlayStation. The Wii U version is targeted for a mid-July release.

Here’s a trailer from the Playstation version of the game:

Noah’s Cradle

Circle Entertainment also has plans to localize Noah’s Cradle by Silver Star.

Noah’s Cradle is a 3D shooter game that seems to take inspiration from titles like Ace Combat. You can watch the original Japanese trailer below to get a better feel for what it’s all about:


Eurogamer has recently uploaded its own interview with Yooka-Laylee art director Steve Mayles and composer Grant Kirkhope, alongside some gameplay footage. You can find it below:

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now out, but Warner Bros. still released one final character vignette last week highlighting Han Solo, the captain of the legendary Millennium Falcon, and Chewbacca, his loyal friend and co-pilot.

Besides that, we have some screenshots from the 3DS version, and some gameplay videos from both versions of the game. Check them out below:

Minecraft: Wii U Edition

minecraft-battleMinecraft: Wii U Edition has received another update to address issues with the Battle Mini Game. This 9th patch takes up 40MB of space.

Here are the full patch notes:

  • Battle Mini Game: Disable kicking players during Public Battle rounds. This is enabled for the host in the Lobby.
  • Battle Mini Game: Disable the host exiting the game during a Battle round. This is enabled in the lobby.
  • Battle Mini Game: Grace period increased to 20 seconds.
  • Battle Mini Game: Changed all Poison Potions to level 2 instead of level 1.
  • Battle Mini Game: All Sticks now have at least Sharpness 1.
  • Battle Mini Game: Replaced the Fire Charge item with a Potion of Fire Resistance.
  • Battle Mini Game: Replaced the Diamond Chestplate with an Iron Chestplate.
  • Battle Mini Game: The Wooden Hoe with Fire Aspect 1 has Sharpness 1 added to it.
  • Battle Mini Game: Removed the Wooden Shovel from the Centre Chests.
  • Battle Mini Game: Added Sharpness 1 to the Wooden Pickaxe in the Outer Chests.
  • Battle Mini Game: Added Sharpness 2 to the Wooden Shovel in the Outer Chests.
  • Battle Mini Game: Fixed various areas in maps where players could get stuck.

Virtual Console

Below you can find a trailer for the Japanese Virtual Console version of Taito’s Front Line.