Another Region Free Technique for 3DS

July 1st, 2015 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in 3DS, Nintendo | Comment »

There’s good news for 3DS gamers wanting to play games from other regions. An exploit has been discovered that alllows you to do just that:

link: regionFour
source: Eurogamer

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake On The Way

June 16th, 2015 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Playstation | Comment »

Sony made a big announcement at E3 today. The long hoped for remake of Final Fantasy 7 is at last a reality. It will be a timed exclusive for PS4, and will then launch on other platforms. Fans have been asking for this for a long time, so it looks like they finally got their wish. FF7 is of course one of the best loved RPGs of all time, so many will be waiting for this with baited breath.

We’re looking forward to seeing how closely this sticks to the original. There are quite a few translation issues with the English version, but correcting them may irk some people who are attached to the version they grew up with. We’re also wondering if the ending will be expanded upon as there have been suggestions it was rushed originally due to lack of development time. Any changes or new material will surely be the subject of vigorous debate among fans.

No news on a release date as yet.

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Mario Kart Revs Up With Enhanced DLC

April 3rd, 2015 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Mario, Nintendo | Comment »

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Mario Kart 8 has been a joyous triumph for the Wii U. Like so many of the platform’s games it feels like the quintessential entry in the series. The first of its two bundles of DLC was a big success, bringing a generous selection of new tracks and racers to the game.

The second bundle was expected to be more of the same, but it turns out Nintendo have an extra surprise in store for us. For the first time, Mario Kart will be getting a 200c mode, effectively adding a fourth difficulty level. This means that as well as the new tracks, long term players will have a reason to go back to all the old favourites, to try and master them at this new faster speed. Unlike the extra tracks, the 200c mode will be free of charge.

Additionally, the new mode and second group of new tracks will be available earlier than planned, on April 23rd, so there isn’t that long to wait.

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The Silver Ball Planet Pinball Arcade

March 1st, 2015 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Arcades, Japan | Comment »

Osaka’s America Mura contains a wide range of entertaining diversions, quirky shops, interesting cafes and fashionably dressed shoppers. It’s also home to ‘The Silver Ball Planet’ pinball arcade. The place isn’t too hard to find, it’s inside the ‘Big Step’ mini-mall on the 3rd floor.

Entrance to the silver ball planet

The Silver Ball Planet contains over 100 pinball machines including a number of classics and rarities. It truly is a pinball fanatic’s dream with so many tables in one place.

a row of pinball tables

a range of tables at silver planet

We tried a few of the machines and weren’t disappointed.

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This Star Wars original trilogy table was fantastic fun. There are also two other Star Wars tables to try, including an Episode One table for fans of the more recent movies.

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This classic Black Hole table was still going strong despite being over 30 years old.

Super Mario Mushroom World Pinball

The Super Mario Mushroom World table is a lot of fun, with the ball emerging from pipes in classic Mario fashion.

Spiderman pinball table

Our feeble pinball skills were no match for this Spiderman table.

Wizard of Oz Pinball Table

Enjoyed this Wizard of Oz table, and won a free play!

Overall this place comes highly recommended – for pinball fans it is probably the closest they can get to heaven on earth, and for other gamers it’s worth spending an hour or two trying out a few of the tables. There’s a huge choice so I’m sure everyone would find something that appeals.

Gamers of legal age might also want to check out the gaming bars nearby, Space Station and Bar Continue.

Here’s the official site:
Silver Planet Pinball

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8-Bit Bayonetta

February 9th, 2015 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Misc | Comment »

Platinum know how to keep their fans smiling in the face of defeat and this 404 page certainly adds a silver lining to those dreaded 404 errors the web has a habit of throwing up from time to time:

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Check it out here

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Legend of Legacy

December 12th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in 3DS, Japan | Comment »

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Legend of Legacy is a promising looking new RPG for the 3DS. Developed by former Square Enix and Level-5 staff members, the game promises to be a more open affair than the standard Japanese RPG, offering players the chance to explore freely and figure out goals on their own.

The game is out on January 15th but in the meantime there are some nice wallpapers available on the official site.

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Majora’s Mask Getting Remake on 3DS

November 6th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Nintendo | Comment »

Yes please!

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Nintendo Contemplating the End of Region Locking

November 6th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Nintendo | Comment »

As the piles of Wii money begin to dwindle Nintendo seem to be having thoughts about actually trying to sell a few more consoles and games to customers eager to part with their cash. Recently, they offered a glimmer of hope to those gamers frustated by their region locking policy, with president Satoru Iwata suggesting Nintendo may consider changing it in future.

This sounds like a no brainer to us. Nintendo consoles tend to lag behind their peers when it comes to breadth of quality software so excluding customers who want to purchase titles in other languages or not available in their region is just as likely to drive them to other systems as other games.

The last region free Nintendo system was the hugely successful DS, perhaps the less than stellar sales of its successors have led to Nintendo’s potential change of heart. Making the full range of Nintendo software available to customers worldwide would surely give them a much needed boost.

source: Neogaf, via Eurogamer

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Nya Nya Nya Neko Mario Time

October 31st, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Japan, Mario, Nintendo | Comment »

Nintendo have been posting awesome videos on their official site with tips and tricks for Nintendo games. Here’s the latest Nya Nya Nya Neko Mario Time:

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Xbox One launches in Japan

September 4th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in XBox One | Comment »

Today is Xbox One release day in Japan. Shoppers are not exactly fighting to get their hands on them with buyers thin on the ground and queues non-existent. Still, it’s nice to see Microsoft making the effort although they seem to have an uphill battle on their hands at the moment. PS4 has a headstart and appears to be technically stronger. We’ll have to see what Microsoft can do to turn this around.

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