3rd Party News Roundup June 12 2016 Feature

June 6 to 12 3rd Party News Roundup

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice recently released in Japan, and now Capcom has published a batch of screenshots of the game’s DLC. While some are new, most have been already released over time, but I put them together anyways. You can find those in the gallery below, followed by some gameplay footage coming from the latest episode of Denjin Getcha.

Monster Hunter Generations

Capcom has posted a new Monster Hunter Generations video showing off Astalos, one of the main monsters in the game. Check it out below:

Monster Hunter Stories

monster-hunter-stories-3dsIn one of its latest issues, Famitsu published an article on Monster Hunter Stories, where an interview with Ryozo Tsujimoto, producer of the series, was included.

In it, Tsujimoto talked about things like the world, game systems, how long it’ll take to complete the game, and the brand new amiibo, in addition to a few other topics like the anime series.

Nintendo Everything has now translated that interview, and you can find it over here, if you are interested in reading it.

Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters, Appli Monsters: Cyber Arena

Bandai Namco and Toei Animation recently announced a new Digimon cross-media project known as “Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters”. Details were shared at the Tokyo Toy Show, including first information about tie-in 3DS titles.

Gematsu brings us details on the full lineup:

  • Appmon Chips – 240 yen each. Chips featuring individual Applimon. Launching in early October.
  • Appli Drive – 4,500 yen. A toy compatible with the Appmon Chips that has various modes and sound effects. Launching in early October.
  • Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters – A 3DS retail game promising a grand adventure is planned, but has not been showcased.
  • Appli Monsters: Cyber Arena (tentative title) – A 3DS eShop game. Compatible with the QR codes on the Appmon Chips. Scan in your Appmon and utilize them in battle. Launching this fall via the Nintendo eShop.
  • Web Integration – Scan Appmon Chips with your smartphone to complete various missions.
  • Appmon 7code Pad – 3,200 yen. Launching in mid-November.
  • Appmon Band – 1,500 yen. Launching in early October.
  • Appmon Pairing Cover Set – 800 yen set. Includes two Appmon Chips and a cover for the Appmon Drive. Launching in late October.
  • Appliarise Action Figures – 1,200 yen each. Applimon figures.

You can also find trailers for the Project and Anime below:

Dragon Ball: Fusions

Bandai Namco has revealed new details about Dragon Ball: Fusions’ battle system in the latest issue of V Jump.

You can find the full scan translated by Shonen Games below, detailing this part of gameplay:

dragon-ball-fusions-battlesTaiko Drum Master: Dokodon! Mystery Adventure

Denjin Getcha has uploaded some new footage from Taiko Drum Master: Dokodon! Mystery Adventure. Check it out below:

Teddy Together

teddy-togetherNintendo has announced that Teddy Together has been delayed until August 11th in Australia and New Zealand. The game was previously slated to release on July 2nd.

It is still on track for its July 1st release in Europe though.

SEGA & Atlus @ E3 2016

sega-atlusAtlus and SEGA will have a shared booth at E3 2016. The two companies will have eight games on display, three of which are coming to Nintendo platforms.

Here’s what they will have on show:

  • 7th Dragon III: Code VFD
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X
  • King of Fighters XIV
  • Persona 5
  • Rock of Ages II: Bigger and Boulder
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
  • Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice
  • Yakuza 0

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice

SEGA has released a new Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice trailer ahead of E3 2016. Check it out below:

SEGA 3D Classics eShop Sale

jITLAvHVarious SEGA 3D Classics games have been discounted on the North American 3DS eShop until June 20, costing only $3.99.

Here’s the list of discounted titles:

– 3D Super Hang-On
– 3D Space Harrier
– 3D Ecco the Dolphin
– 3D Streets of Rage
– 3D Streets of Rage 2
– 3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
– 3D After Burner II
– 3D Out Run
– 3D Gunstar Heroes

Etrian Odyssey V

The first episode of Etrian Radio is now up on Atlus’ YouTube page and contains the latest footage from Etrian Odyssey V. Check it out below:

Yo-kai Watch 3

Level-5 has recently shared new details, screenshots, and a commercial, about Yo-kai Watch 3. The information covers a new mode, Zombie Night, and other details.

My Nyan mode

Yo-kai Watch 3 will have a new mode, My Nyan, where players will be able to create their own Jibanyan. Its appearance, color, voice and race can be freely edited. This special Jibanyan can be used in battles, and its stats and skills can be strengthened over time.

One of the screenshots shows the parts of its appearance that can be edited: head, head pattern, eyes, head accessory, body, tail, and necklace. Additionally, you can select skills and special moves.

“Escape from the mysterious phenomenon Zombie Night”

Zombie Night is a night where the yo-kai aura balance becomes disrupted, and zombies appear in the city. To escape it, the player needs to ring the Daybreak Bell without getting defeated by zombies. It is also possible to beat zombies by using the professor’s special hammer.

New character introduction: two FBY investigators Maruda and Kakuri who have a book named the Y File. This obviously references the television series The X-Files.

Those who connect the Sushi and Tempura versions of Yo-kai Watch 3 will be provided with bonuses. Bonuses are also planned for those who connect with the toys.

Level-5 on Yo-kai Watch and Snack World

Nikkei Trendy recently published a new interview with Level-5 president and CEO Akihiro Hino, where he talks about Yo-kai Watch, including the first game’s performance in North America, the next Yo-kai Watch movie, and Yo-kai Watch 3. He also shared a status update on Snack World, and what lies ahead for the company as a whole.

You can find a roundup of the interview’s most interesting details over here, at Siliconera.

akihiro-hino-1Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

XSEED has announced that Story of Seasons: Cherished Friends of Three Villages is getting localized for North America as Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, and will be released next year in the region. The game will be featured at E3 2016.

Here’s the announcement:

In celebration of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the longest-running farming and life simulation series, the beloved Bokujo Monogatari franchise – now known as STORY OF SEASONS in the West – returns with its biggest adventure yet in STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns. Settled on a homestead in the middle of three distinct and uniquely themed locales, players can explore a diverse landscape as they search for new ways to grow their farms and friendships. Extensive customization and gameplay options are on offer in Trio of Towns, with each village offering its own variety of regional crops, lads and ladies to romance, animals, festivals, furniture, decorations and more. More ways to play sprout up as players connect to one another locally or via the internet to chat, trade, and enhance items on a mysterious multiplayer island.

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns can now be pre-loaded in Japan, and requires 5,393 blocks of free space, or 674MB.

Marvelous also shared a new batch of screenshots from the game, and some gameplay footage:

Natsume @ E3 2016

Logo_NatsumeNatsume has announced its E3 2016 lineup.

It includes the recently-announced 3DS games Harvest Moon: Skytree Village and River City: Tokyo Rumble, along with the PS4 release Wild Guns: Reloaded.

Natsume will hold booth 513 in the South Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Zero Time Dilemma

Spike Chunsoft has released a new trailer for Zero Time Dilemma. You can find it below, but beware of possible spoilers.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

New gameplay footage and screenshots of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night were recently released, showing off the first stage, where Miriam is on the Galleon Minerva as she heads toward the castle.

You can find the footage and screenshots below:

Mighty No. 9

Mighty No. 9 will be releasing this month, so a new trailer for the “Vermillion Destroyer” is now out. You can find it below, together with some new gameplay footage courtesy of GameSpot Gameplay.

Battle of Elemental REBOOST

Two new Battle of Elemental REBOOST videos have been released, focusing on rival characters Mel and Io. Check them out below:

Kouenji Joshi Soccer 3

Starfish has released a new gameplay video for its upcoming Japanese 3DS release Kouenji Joshi Soccer 3. You can find it below:

Ambition of the Slimes

Circle Entertainment is bringing the Ambition of the Slimes to Europe and North America soon. You can find a trailer for the game below:


Playtonic has released the very first trailer for Yooka-Laylee, which you can watch below. The video confirms a new launch timing of Q1 2017, instead of this October as originally planned.

Playtonic has shared the following message regarding the delay:

While we felt confident we could ship the game in October as originally projected in our Kickstarter, the Playtonic team has decided that it would prefer to add a few extra months’ polish to the game schedule.

Ultimately, this will allow us to deliver a better game to the tens-of-thousands of you who’ve supported us throughout development. And that’s what we all want, right?

We’re sure some will be disappointed by the prospect of a few extra months’ wait, however the team is confident that we’ve made the right decision for the game and that you’ll be pleased with the results when Yooka-Laylee arrives early next year.

Playtonic and Team17 have  also released several new screenshots and art from Yooka-Laylee, which you can find in the gallery below:

And Eurogamer shared some new footage of the game:

Furthermore, MCV asked Playtonic about why the studio is working on the Wii U version internally over other platforms. In response, writer Andy Robinson said:

We naturally have so many backers who opted for Wii U. Because of the size of the team, we couldn’t take on all the consoles. You can imagine from a developer stand-point, that porting from PC to PS4 and Xbox One is slightly more straightforward than porting to Wii U. I also think it feels right playing it on a Nintendo system to some people. But the other versions will be fantastic as well.

Technical art director Mark Stevenson also stated:

“We wanted to make sure that Wii U gets the right attention. There is a lot of nostalgia around Banjo, Banjo heralds from Rare’s Nintendo’s days, and we are all massive Nintendo fans as well.”

LEGO Dimensions

Warner Bros. Interactive has now announced that LEGO Dimensions is getting more content from a bunch of other properties.

Franchises like Sonic The Hedgehog, Harry Potter, Adventure Time, Mission Impossible, E.T., The Goonies, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Ghostbusters (reboot) are on the way.

LEGO Dimensions players can get the new packs based on 16 new entertainment properties starting on September 27 with the Ghostbusters Story Pack, Adventure Time and Mission Impossible Level Packs, Harry Potter and Adventure Time Team Packs, and The A-Team Fun Pack. Additionally, packs for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The LEGO Batman Movie, The Goonies, Sonic The Hedgehog, Teen Titans Go!, LEGO City Undercover, Knight Rider, The Powerpuff Girls, Gremlins, Beetlejuice and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be released in waves going into summer of next year.

“All expansion packs provide players with continued compatibility to use everything from waves 1-9 interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game”. Consumers will not need to purchase a new starter pack.

Also coming are new Battle Arenas, which “will offer first-to-LEGO videogames competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players”.

Here’s a rundown of the details:

LEGO minifigures included in the wave 6 through 9 expansion packs will come with special, golden Toy Tags which unlock a Battle Arena within the Free Play Adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand. Each Battle Arena has four different gameplay modes and comes with its own traps, special powers and interactive environments that make every battle arena unique.

The following information about the Ghostbusters Story Pack was also shared:

The Ghostbusters Story Pack, based on the upcoming film, will provide a complete movie-based gameplay experience with six puzzle-packed levels and new LEGO Gateway bricks that allow players to build Zhu’s Chinese Restaurant atop the LEGO Toy Pad. It will also come with a buildable Abby Yates LEGO minifigure with Proton Blaster and 3-in-1 buildable Ecto-1 which can be rebuilt into the Ectozer and The PerfEcto. The pack unlocks “Rip,” a new Toy Pad mode allowing players to tear open an alternate universe. In this mirror world, players have the ability to solve puzzles and affect objects and other items in the primary universe. And like all gold-tag minifigures purchased, Abby Yates provides access to a new themed Adventure World with its own unique Battle Arena. The Ghostbusters Story Pack is just the first of this new exciting pack type, with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on the highly anticipated theatrical release, still to come later this year. The LEGO DIMENSIONS packs will be the exclusive construction toy offering this holiday for the exciting expansion of J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Story Packs also expand the Starter Pack story with deeper gameplay. In the game’s storyline, the evil Lord Vortech has hidden portions of his powers around the LEGO Multiverse. As players progress through Story Pack levels, they can unearth and tap into Keystone Runes to use Lord Vortech’s powers against him through all-new Toy Pad modes.

You can take a look at the trailer and packs below:

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

IGN has uploaded a new video containing 11 minutes of gameplay from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Check it out below:

Activision @ E3 2016, Skylanders Imaginators

Activision has announced its E3 2016 lineup. Aside from the non-Nintendo titles Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Destiny, the company will also be highlighting Skylanders Imaginators.

For those who need a reminder, here’s what you can expect from Skylanders Imaginators:

This fall, Activision and Toys For Bob are giving kids the power to create their own Skylanders! With the launch of Skylanders Imaginators, players will be able to create the wildest Skylanders imaginable — including their appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more. Now it’s up to Portal Masters everywhere to use their own Skylanders — known as Imaginators — with the new Creation Crystals to defeat Kaos.

Skylanders Imaginators also introduces Skylanders Senseis, all-new heroes who represent 10 powerful Battle Classes such as Knight, Sorcerer, Bowslinger and Brawler to help kids save Skylands. The newest game in the award-wining franchise is available now for pre-order and supports all 300+ Skylanders from previous games. Skylanders Imaginators will be available on October 16 in North America; October 14 in Europe; and October 13 in Australia/New Zealand.

Speaking of Skylanders Imaginators, a new character named Ember has been introduced. Here’s an overview and video dedicated to it:

Ember was raised inside the Dragonfire Dojo, having come from a long line of Fire Sentinels that were skilled in the art of Dual-Blades. It was the dream of her father that Ember would follow their tradition and take over the family training facility, and so she practiced every day. She was naturally gifted, and soon even the greatest Dual-Blade Masters were no match for Ember. When Kaos heard of this, he took over her village and banned martial arts entirely, for fear of an uprising. But Ember fought back, unleashing an impressive barrage of Samurai pyrotechnics that drove the invaders away. Even though her village was free, she knew then that there was greater evil out there that needed to be stopped, and so she joined the Skylanders to train others in the art of the Sentinel Battle Class. One day though, Ember plans to return to her homeland and reopen her family’s school, but not until Skylands is safe once and for all.

Minecraft: Wii U Edition

The previously-announced Battle Mini Game in Minecraft: Wii U Edition is now confirmed for release on June 21 for free.

You can find a new trailer for it below:

Virtual Console

Below you can find some trailers for Virtual Console games recently released in the Japanese Wii U eShop.

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (SNES, Konami)

Super Street Fighter II: The New Challenger (SNES, Capcom)