October 3 to 9 3rd Party News Roundup

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

Even though Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is already out, Nintendo is still going on with its instructional video series about the game. In the video below, you can find an overview of the game’s tablets.

Monster Hunter Generations

Monster Hunter Generations’s free DLC for October is now out, featuring Fire Emblem, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Mega Man, and other collaborations/items.

Players will be able to download the new content by choosing the Download option from the game’s main menu, and then talking to the appropriate NPCs in the game.

More DLC is coming on November 4.

Below you can find a list of the October DLC content and a few artwork pieces too.

Regular Quests
Quest: (HIGH) Fire Emblem: Warding Despair
Objective: Hunt a Hyper Silver Rathalos
Rewards:
– Lodestar Set
– Falchion

Quest: (HIGH) Ghosts ‘n Goblins: Seeing Red
Objective: Hunt a Hyper Rathalos
Rewards:
– F Arthur Set

Quest: (HIGH) Mega Man: Yellow Devil
Objective: Hunt a Hyper Royal Ludroth
Rewards:
– F Rushing Hammer, F Mega Set

Quest: (HIGH) Blazing Thunder at USJ
Objective: Hunt a Hyper Astalos and a Hyper Glavenus
Rewards:
– Star Rook Set
– Promising / Halcyon / Lucid / Dreamy Sets (High Rank)
– Starlight Axe
– F Star Set

Quest: (HIGH) Dance of Dreams at USJ
Objective: Hunt a Mizutsune and a Malfestio
Rewards:
– Blue Star Set
– Starlight Gate
– F Supreme Set

Quest: (HIGH) Famitsu: Mizutsune Feature
Objective: Hunt 3 Mizutsunes
Rewards:
– Fox Blade
– Fox Select
– Brain Fox
– Platinum Trophy
– Switch Fox
– Charge Fox

Quest: (HIGH) It Would Be a Shame If…
Objective: Hunt a Hyper Shogun Ceanataur

Prowler Quests
Quest: (LOW) CoroCoro: Lost in the Swamp
Objective: Slay a total of 20 Ceanataurs and Iopreys
Rewards:
– F Zombie-kun Set

Quest: (HIGH) Fan Club: Arena Action
Objective: Hunt an Arzuros, a Lagombi, a Volvidon and a Bulldrome
Rewards:
– F Fan Megaphone, F Meowniac’s Mask, F Fan Top
– F Tenderpaw Clog, F Pep Squad Set

Quest: (HIGH) Too Hot to Handle
Objective: Deliver 2 Powderstones
Rewards:
– F Postman Set

Arena Challenges

Quest: Event: Slay a Glavenus
Objective: Slay a Glavenus

Quest: Event: Slay a Mizutsune
Objective: Slay a Mizutsune

Quest: Event: Slay a Lagiacrus
Objective: Slay a Lagiacrus

Quest: Event: Slay an Astalos
Objective: Slay an Astalos

Quest: Event: Slay a Gammoth
Objective: Slay a Gammoth

Extras

9x Guild Card Titles
1x Guild Card Pose
4x Guild Card Backgrounds
1x Pet Costume: Pumpkin PJs

Special Palicoes

Zombie Cat
Nekki

Items: Advanced Pack

99x Honey
20x Mega Potion
20x Mega Demondrug
20x Mega Dash Juice
20x Max Potion
10x Ancient Potion
20x Hunter’s Drink
50x Golden Egg
30x Slickaxe
30x Heavy Armor Sphere

Monster Hunter Stories

Capcom shared some more details about Monster Hunter Stories, just before its release last week, via 4Gamer.

First we have the new Homing feature, which makes it easier for you to get the specific kind of monster egg you want. After you defeat a monster in battle, the location of its nest is then marked on your map, allowing you to go there and nab its egg. Thanks to the Homing feature, the egg that you get will always be the same as the kind of monster you fought, and the monster will always be asleep when you approach its nest that way, which makes getting eggs much easier. However, Homing doesn’t always happen, since you need to fulfill certain conditions in combat to trigger this feature, and those vary from monster to monster. That said, there is an item called a Paint Ball that will increase the chances of Homing activating if you use it during battle and defeat the monster within 3 turns.

Speaking of battle, there are special events that can happen during combat when similar types of monsters face off. When two flying monsters face off, they sometimes take to the air and you have to press the L and R buttons to control your monster. Similarly, if two monsters meet on the ground, you have to mash the A button to overpower the opposing monster. Finally, when two monsters both use their breath attacks, you have to move the Circle Pad in a circular motion to prevail against your opponent.

You can find some screenshots related to these mechanics below, together with the official package looks for the first wave of Monster Hunter Stories amiibo.

Moreover, Capcom released a new overview trailer and four “Lilia Explains” videos during the week, which you can watch below. The “Lilia Explains” videos cover Otomon eggs, the Battle System, Monster Abilities, the Transmission Ritual and Multiplayer.

Finally, we have a few gameplay videos showcasing a few weapon types (from the demo) and the first 2 hours of the game. Check them out below.

All Kamen Rider: Rider Revolution

Bandai Namco has released a new trailer and commercial for All Kamen Rider: Rider Revolution, both of which you can watch below.

The company also confirmed that a download code for Mighty Action X will be included with all copies of the game. This is set in the world of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid.

Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters

Bandai Namco has uploaded a second trailer for Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters. Check it out below.

Furthermore, the company also recently released the free-to-play Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Cyber Arena on the Japanese 3DS eShop. Due to that you can now watch some gameplay footage below.

Dragon Ball Fusions

Bandai Namco put out a new commercial for Dragon Ball Fusions. Check it out below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKPHIJkkFwQ

Disney Magical World 2

Nintendo has now opened the North American website for Disney Magical World 2. You can access it over here.

Due to this, a new trailer and gameplay video are now out, which you can watch below.

Puyo Puyo Chronicle

SEGA recently published some details on Puyo Puyo Chronicle’s story and characters.

According to 4Gamer, Arle and Carbunble’s daily life in Primp Town is suddenly interrupted when a mysterious book falls from the sky and transports the two of them to a strange new world, where people unexpectedly call Arle a hero. Then pair then meets with a girl called Allie, and together with her go on a journey through that new world to find a way back to their own.

Allie calls Arle a hero due to a prophecy that exists in her world which speaks of a girl with a ponytail wearing a white and blue-colored outfit, and accompanied by a yellow creature, who one day arrive from another world to save her own. Of course, this description pretty much applies to Arle and Carbuncle.

After a brief visit to Grimp Town, the three of them venture into a place called Grimp Forest where there is supposedly a girl wearing a Puyo on her head, according to the village chief. The girl turns out to be Amitie, who is from Primp Town, much like Arle and Carbuncle, and is not supposed to be in this strange new world either. Draco Centaur, Arle’s rival, is encountered by the group soon after, and joins them after being defeated.

A brief description of the characters was also provided:

– Arle (voiced by Mie Sonozaki): a very energetic young girl, who happens to possess magical powers. In this game, she’s trying to go back to her original world.
– Allie (voiced by Honoka Inoue): she goes on an adventure in order to find a Hero.
– Amity (voiced by Shihi Kikuchi): a cheerful young girl, who dreams of becoming a magic user.
– Draco-Centaur (voiced by Kaozi Nazuka): a cheerful young girl, sporting horns and wings. Her dream is to win a beauty contest.

Finally, you can take a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

SEGA 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage

SEGA has recently shared details about the Thunder Force III and Turbo Outrun game versions included in SEGA 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage.

3D Thunder Force III features:

– Interim Save: Can instantly save the game state anytime.
– Interim Load: Loads the above interim save.
– Replay: Records own gameplay for later viewing, and replays can be fast forwarded.
– KIDS Mode: Lowers difficulty with features like retaining weapons and claw, and respawning with shield on death; also doubles attack power.
– Lets players choose between the Japanese and international versions, with the latter version having enemies with lower health.
– It’s possible to choose the Balance Sample between Mega Drive and Mega Drive 2 modes, in regards to sound.
– There’s a Screen Mode with two options: “Normal” and “Classic”. Classic re-enacts the convexity of CRT monitors.

Turbo Outrun has the same save/load/recording features, plus the following ones:

– You can choose between the Japanese and international versions. The only difference here is the messages shown, since courses and difficulty level are exactly the same.
– Select Function: After each four stages, it will be possible to freely change the three part upgrades.
– Difficulty: Choose from five difficulty levels, which is a new feature that did not exist in original version.
– Time Limit: Choose from five time levels.
– BGM Version: Choose from 2 BGM order types. TYPE 1 starts with Shake the Street, TYPE 2 starts with Rush a Difficulty.
– Gear Type: Choose between Switch (tapping the Gear Change button will switch between High and Low) and Hold (press and hold Gear Change for Low, release for High) types.
– Screen Size: Choose between Normal (4:3, same as the original), Wide (Screen stretched to fit with 3DS’ upper screen), Full (Fills the entire upper screen), or Reduced (To give the resemblance of playing in arcades).
– Cabinet Type: Cockpit re-enacts the red cabinet most common in Japan. Deluxe is a white cabinet, the same as the first Out Run. Upright is playing while standing. Ugockpit (Moving Cockpit) is same cabinet as Cockpit but will move based on steer movement like Deluxe.
– Equalizer: Process the sounds played from the game.
– Environment Sounds: If set to “On”, it will play various sounds from other game cabinets, to give the feel of playing in arcades.
– Engine Volume: The volume for engine sound can be set in three levels.
– BGM Test: Can listen to the in-game music anytime.

Finally, you can find several screenshots from both titles in the gallery below.

Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls

Nintendo has recently uploaded a new overview trailer and a promo video for Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls.

The company also shared a recap video for the Yo-kai Watch 2 Preview Event that was recently held.

You can watch the three videos in question below.

Kunio-kun Nekketsu: Complete Famicom Compilation

Arc System Works has released a trailer for Kunio-kun Nekketsu: Complete Famicom Compilation for 3DS.

You can find it below, followed by a bunch of screenshots and the box artwork for the game.

River City: Tokyo Rumble

river-city-tokyo-rumble-boxartNatsume and River City: Tokyo Rumble producer Taka Maekawa were recently interviewed by TinyCartdrige and Siliconera, with both interviews covering matters related to the parternship between Natsume and Arc System Works, and the localization process for the Western version of the game.

If you are interested in learning more about that, you can read the TinyCartdrige interview over here, and the Siliconera interview over here.

Harvest Moon: Skytree Village

Natsume has recently announced that Harvest Moon: Skytree Village will launch in North America on November 8. In Europe, Rising Star Games will be publishing the 3DS title next Spring.

You can find the latest information, trailer and screenshots below.

Jeanne is a shy girl training to become an herbal doctor. While she is extremely intelligent and excellent at her job, she can also be a bit goofy, which makes her an endearing, fun-loving gal! “I… I…I’m Jeanne! I’m…studying to be an herbal doctor!”

Elise is the daughter of Bastian, the Chef and owner of the restaurant and Inn in town. Elise is an aspiring apprentice chef. A bright and cheerful girl with a certain je ne sais quoi about her, her dream is to become a great chef just like her father! “Enchanted to meet you! My name is Elise!”

Melanie is the granddaughter of Gus, the blacksmith in town. Melanie is a successful interior and apparel designer, running her own shop; Melanie’s Designs. She’s a strong-willed city girl who came to Skytree Village because she heard of its legendary beauty. “So, whatever-your-name-is, am I, like, even in the right PLACE? Is THIS the Harvest Goddess’ land?”

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

XSEED has now shared a new pre-order bonus for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns.

If you reserve the game, you’ll receive the 3.5-inch capybara pocket plushie pictured in the gallery below. Select retailers will be carrying this bonus item.

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2

A new update for Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is now available, bringing the game up to version 1.1.

Version 1.1 was created to address several bugs. Here are the full patch notes:

– Fixed a freeze that happened when defeating Teseo at a particular time.
– Fixed a freeze that happened in the instant Tenjian was defeated.
– Fixed a numerical error in Gunvolt’s items in the Clips category.
– Fixed a behavioral problem with Copen’s item “Shield Construct”.
– Fixed a defect in Score Attack’s score calculation.
– Fixed a problem with the player character’s controls.
– Fixed a problem with a specific enemy’s behavior.

Besides that, Greenalink has now recorded some footage of the Shovel Knight amiibo fight in the game, which we talked about previously. Check it out below if you wanna see some clear footage of the match.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

The developers behind Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night have announced that the publisher they are working with is 505 Games, which will assist the team as work on the project kicks into full gear. The company will also be handling the publishing-side of things.

Creator Koji Igarashi explained the partnership in a new video shared by 505 which you can watch below:

“For our development of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, 505 Games will be working with us. Although we have started this project through Kickstarter, we wanted more people to play now that we are in full production. However, we believe this isn’t possible with our power alone. We are so grateful that a publisher with a vast marketing power such as 505 Games will be working with our small production team. Now that we cannot let everyone down, let’s work harder to develop Bloodstained together.”

However, the team is currently in a somewhat tough position regarding the Wii U version of the game. Everyone knows the Wii U is on its way out, and by the time the game is released in 2018, many Nintendo gamers will likely have moved on to NX.

Koji Igarashi touched on the situation while talking with IGN, telling the site that “it’s a very complicated problem”. He basically said that it might not make much sense to continue working on the Wii U version, since “certain pieces of hardware become irrelevant” through the passage of time. If they need to re-address potentially abandoning Wii U, it sounds like the team would need to talk with its backers about how to proceed. Assuming the support is there, Igarashi stated “we’ll be able to do things that are maybe more interesting”, which might have been an hint at an NX port, who knows?

Igarashi’s statements on the Wii U version of Bloodstained can be read below:

“Yeah, it’s a very complicated problem. The reality is this: As timelines move on, certain pieces of hardware become irrelevant. Sometimes new pieces of hardware come out that make you think about what is the right strategy. And as a creator, usually you want to make stuff for the new hardware. That’s the reality.”

“However, this was a game that was backed by people, and we made promises to listen to them. They’re the people that gave us life so to speak. Any sort of change that we do or are considering that goes outside the scope of the promises we’ve made must be done with lots of explanation, must be done with lots of care, and must be done with lots of back and forth with them to see what options we have. We must listen to them at the end of the day, and we have made promises.”

“Unfortunately, some of those don’t make as much sense anymore as they did before, and that’s also reality. So you’re in a very difficult position, and at the end of the day, if you’re going to go in one certain direction, you want to make sure that you have support from them.”

“But so far we’ve, I think, been incredibly transparent through all the things that have happened with our backers, and they have been very supportive. So I’m hoping that if there is going to be a difficult decision some day, and we don’t know, that we’re able to have that conversation. If they say they don’t get it, well that’s where we’re at. And if they say they do get it, well then, we’ll be able to do things that are maybe more interesting. We’ll see.

Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure

Mastiff previously announced that Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure would be available in North America on October 27. The company has now announced that the European version isn’t too far behind, with a release date of October 27 confirmed for PAL regions.

Just like in North America, the free 3DS theme will be offered to European fans. Players will be able to grab the theme pictured below between October 27 and November 29 when they purchase Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure.

gurumin-party-timeLEGO Dimensions

Kotaku has recently uploaded footage of their playthrough of the LEGO Dimensions Mission Impossible level set, which you can check out below.

Skylanders Imaginators

Skylanders Imaginators E3 2016 FeatureActivision has announced the “Countdown to Creation” event for Skylanders, a month-long celebration of the series.

The festivities were started with the release of the free Skylanders Creator mobile app, which allows fans to create Imaginators from scratch or transfer characters from Skylanders Imaginators on consoles. The app can then be used to immortalize Skylanders Imaginators through the following physical forms:

3D Printed Imaginator Figure – Fans can bring their character creations from the digital world to life in the physical world as a 3D printed Skylanders Imaginators figure. The custom-printed Imaginator arrives in full color, posed on a base and enclosed in a clear protective dome — making it a true collector’s item. The figure is fully playable in the Skylanders Imaginators console game! Quantities are limited for 3D figures.

Imaginator Card – Fans also have the option to order high-quality, custom made trading cards emblazoned with a full color image of their creation and fully playable in Skylanders Imaginators. Players simply place the card on the Portal of PowerTM and watch their creations come to life in the videogame.

Imaginator T-Shirt – Portal Masters can show off their Imaginators on a premium, full- color, customized T-shirt featuring an image of their very own creation, the character’s Battle Class, element and name!

The Skylanders Creator app will include Timed Imaginite Chests which offer new creation parts for Imaginators at certain times during the day, daily Sensei Chests featuring special parts unique to that Skylander, a collection menu called My Imaginators Creation Gallery where players can access all of their created Imaginators, and the ability to share created characters with fans around the world.

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