3DS – The Nerd Stash http://thenerdstash.com Video Games, Reviews, News, Movies, TV, & More! Wed, 24 May 2017 23:24:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New 2DS XL: Rumors of A New Nintendo Portable Were…Sorta True http://thenerdstash.com/rumors-new-2ds-xl-portable-sorta-true/ http://thenerdstash.com/rumors-new-2ds-xl-portable-sorta-true/#respond Thu, 11 May 2017 00:39:00 +0000 http://thenerdstash.com/?p=62845 Nintendo has kind of a weird clingy love affair with its portable consoles. Each system goes through several iterations before the company ultimately makes an entirely new system. Don’t believe me? Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Micro. The DS, DS Lite, DSi, and DSi XL. Now get ready for the most […]

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Nintendo has kind of a weird clingy love affair with its portable consoles. Each system goes through several iterations before the company ultimately makes an entirely new system. Don’t believe me? Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Micro. The DS, DS Lite, DSi, and DSi XL. Now get ready for the most ludicrous of all: 3DS, 3DS XL, New 3DS XL, 2DS, 2DS XL, and New 2DS XL. That’s right, six iterations of the same damn platform. And yes, New 2DS XL was recently announced to be a thing. Or will be, once July 28 rolls around.

The New 2DS XL’s screen will be the same size as the new 3DS XL, though the system itself is a bit smaller. Naturally it will play any 3DS or DS game, same as all the other models, but not in 3D. Don’t forget about the built-in Amiibo reader, too. Reggie Fils-Aime, NoA President, states that the system “demonstrates our commitment to the handheld market.” Uh, was there ever any doubt about it? Regardless, the latest remake is plenty affordable at a friendly $150 price tag, plus it comes in black and turquoise or white and orange models.

Give them flack for re-releasing the same console over and over, but the 2DS does make sense. Many people don’t like the 3D, so why pay for it when there’s a cheaper option? And the XL made needed improvements in comfort, while the “New” line added in more power and Amiibo support. On the flipside, this means gamers have to dole out a bunch of cash for every adjustment when smaller, more affordable fixes would have been more consumer friendly. The 3D effect is optional to begin with, some soft grips would help the size problem (though not with the screens) and Amiibo adapters exist for the older 3-and 2DS models anyway. And frankly, if you’re going to develop a game for a platform, you ought to make sure it runs smoothly on the platform its intended for, not force consumers to pony up for a whole new system just to play comfortably.

Take it or leave it, the New 2DS XL comes out in July. I’m happy with my regular 3DS XL, what do the rest of you think? Frivolous or functional? Let us know in the comments, and keep up with The Nerd Stash as we release all the latest entertainment news.

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Dragon Quest XI’s Battle System Differs on Each Platform http://thenerdstash.com/dragon-quest-xi-battle-system/ http://thenerdstash.com/dragon-quest-xi-battle-system/#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:36:45 +0000 http://thenerdstash.com/?p=60795 Square Enix recently gave us a closer look at two new characters for Dragon Quest XI: the martial artist Martina and the old man Rou. They’ve also outlined how in-game battles will actually work. In previous videos, we saw the hero mowing down monsters in the field on horseback. Those monsters would lie there on […]

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Square Enix recently gave us a closer look at two new characters for Dragon Quest XI: the martial artist Martina and the old man Rou. They’ve also outlined how in-game battles will actually work. In previous videos, we saw the hero mowing down monsters in the field on horseback. Those monsters would lie there on the ground, stunned, while the player simply rode right on past. That was on the PS4 version, by the way, and we now know that the monsters we saw, if touched, would cause the player to enter into the actual battle, where the combatants on both sides would join in. Hitting a monster in the field nets you a first strike in the actual battle.

In the PS4 version of Dragon Quest XI specifically, you have free movement battles and auto camera battles. The former allows you full control over the camera and your character’s movement as you ready your attacks and defenses. You’re even able to sneak up on monsters from behind in this mode. If, however, you’d prefer the game itself to direct the choreography, you can enter auto camera battle. Here, the game will position the camera as you fight, angling for those perfect dramatic action shots.

“I say, good day old chap. Cheerio.”

The 3DS port of Dragon Quest XI takes advantage of its two different play modes while battling. In 3D play, monsters will spot you as you go and chase you down, while 2D mode brings back random encounters. As for the battles themselves, you’ll get to watch the action unfold in 3D as the combatants make their moves, while the latter style simply shows you the monsters you’re fighting and the attack animations.

Using lightning against bodkin archers? Talk about overkill.

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Watch The Latest Trailer For OMORI http://thenerdstash.com/omori/ http://thenerdstash.com/omori/#respond Mon, 02 Jan 2017 23:57:41 +0000 http://thenerdstash.com/?p=53941 The latest trailer for Steam Greenlight game OMORI was released on creator OMOCAT’s youtube account on the first day of the new year. The project is an upcoming surreal psychological horror game, made with RPGmaker. Stylized both graphically and gameplay wise almost identically to other Japanese games in the genre, this JRPG has a familiar look. […]

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The latest trailer for Steam Greenlight game OMORI was released on creator OMOCAT’s youtube account on the first day of the new year. The project is an upcoming surreal psychological horror game, made with RPGmaker.

Stylized both graphically and gameplay wise almost identically to other Japanese games in the genre, this JRPG has a familiar look. But that is where the comparisons between OMORI and many other games in the genre come to an end.

The trailer reveals that behind the cute and cozy, pixelated layers of the JRPG lies a horror game. Omori must travel between two worlds, making trusted allies and fearsome enemies, with the hopes of unravelling the secrets of each and choosing which world he believes is real.

The game’s Kickstarter reveals that OMORI – who the creator describes character wise as being “depressed otaku” – started off as a character who lived on a blog, which lasted from December 2011 until March 2012. In 2012, OMOCAT completed a group of short stories revolved around OMORI and his neighbors.

OMORI

Uh…good demon dog, don’t eat us.

Later that year, OMOCAT completed OMORI’S SKETCHBOOK, an experimental picture book featuring creation of the characters. Soon after – including the creation of the first chapter of an OMORI graphic novel – she began working with freelance illustrator Jami Carignan and indie game designer Archeia with the hopes of turning her idea into a game.

After successfully being Kickstarted on June 5th, 2014, the dream became a reality, after the project managed to surpass its original goal of $22,000, earning a whopping $200,000. As a result of the extra funding, the game will feature more gameplay cutscenes and will be coming to more than just PC.

OMORI will be released on PC, MAC, and the 3DS, but is still in development, with no concrete release date set. Stay tuned to the site for more updates and be sure to check out the trailer above!

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Speedrun Fast: A Link Between Worlds Tutorial http://thenerdstash.com/speedrun-fast-a-link-between-worlds-tutorial/ http://thenerdstash.com/speedrun-fast-a-link-between-worlds-tutorial/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:17:53 +0000 http://thenerdstash.com/?p=51348 Wow, have we really not featured a Zelda speedrun yet on Speedrun Fast? Let’s go ahead and remedy that right now with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. And while we’re at it, let’s make it so everyone watching can join right in with their own copies of the game. That’s right, in […]

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Wow, have we really not featured a Zelda speedrun yet on Speedrun Fast? Let’s go ahead and remedy that right now with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. And while we’re at it, let’s make it so everyone watching can join right in with their own copies of the game. That’s right, in this episode, you’re going to learn how to do your own speedrun of A Link Between Worlds, courtesy of Zaheer Daud. Get your 3DS systems ready and let’s dive right in.

No need to worry about scrambling to keep up. Zaheer gives specific instructions before he demonstrates the techniques, even stopping or pausing for those that require detailed instructions. One such scenario is the glove skip, performed seven minutes into the first video. Because of this, the playlist takes more than four hours to get through, while a standard any% run lands at around an hour and a half. Zaheer holds the bronze trophy for running A Link Between Worlds at an hour and 26 minutes. The first place record holder is five minutes earlier than that, and completed the run just over a week ago.

What, did you think we’d make you sit through four hours of class time and not reward you with the actual run from the guy who taught it to you? While this isn’t the current third place run, it’s only a minute behind. It’s incredibly satisfying to see it all come together at once, and lots of fun to race yourself against Zaheer’s time to see how well you learned the techniques. If you’ve never tried speedrunning yourself, maybe A Link Between Worlds is just what you needed to pull you in.

This isn’t the first how-to segment we’ve done for Speedrun Fast. Click here to learn Star Fox Assault and here for our very first episode, the Halo original trilogy. And don’t forget to leave a comment!

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Corpse Party Tortures Your Soul on 3DS http://thenerdstash.com/corpse-party-tortures-your-soul-on-3ds/ http://thenerdstash.com/corpse-party-tortures-your-soul-on-3ds/#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 03:14:29 +0000 http://thenerdstash.com/?p=50637 Corpse Party, initially developed by Team Gris Gris for PC, and later for the PSP, has managed to entrap the Nintendo 3DS within the walls of its haunted death trap. The 3DS version, published by XSEED Games, released on the portable console on October 25 in the U.S. and on the 26th in Europe. Hm, […]

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Corpse Party, initially developed by Team Gris Gris for PC, and later for the PSP, has managed to entrap the Nintendo 3DS within the walls of its haunted death trap. The 3DS version, published by XSEED Games, released on the portable console on October 25 in the U.S. and on the 26th in Europe. Hm, a bloody horror game releasing near the end of October. Must be a coincidence.

The game follows a group of Japanese school kids who are unwittingly thrown into the cursed Heavenly Host Elementary School. Controlled by the undying hatred of the sadistic Sachiko Shinozaki, the ethereal campus does everything in its power to torture and kill the living humans who foolishly perform the Sachiko Ever After charm and enter the school. And make no mistake, several of the unfortunate cast will not make it out alive.

It gets better. The localized version of Corpse Party will be uncensored, bringing fans all the blood and guts the series is known for, as well as a little bit of extra content and the original Japanese-dubbed voice acting from the PSP version. Corpse Party is available in physical and digital copies for $30.

The Corpse Party released on 3DS is the first game in the series, more specifically the remade Blood Covered: …Repeated Fear version. Subsequent titles in the series include Book of Shadows, in which two of the protagonists investigate the Shinozaki estate, and Blood Drive, which continues from where Book of Shadows left off. A semi-spinoff game, Sachiko’s Game of Love, takes place within Book of Shadows to help set up for Blood Drive.

Now that you’re all caught up, here are two tips for survival. Number one, do not perform the Sachiko Ever After charm. Number two, click this link to see all the awesome gaming news The Nerd Stash has to offer.

Happy Halloween... in Hell.

Happy Halloween… in Hell.

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3DS Not Being Discontinued After Switch Release http://thenerdstash.com/3ds-not-being-discontinued-after-switch-release/ http://thenerdstash.com/3ds-not-being-discontinued-after-switch-release/#respond Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:23:43 +0000 http://thenerdstash.com/?p=50494 With all the excitement and mystery surrounding the Nintendo Switch, it’s easy to forget about the loyal 3DS. While Nintendo might be coming 3rd in the home console market, handheld is a different story. Picking up where the original DS left off, the 3DS has sold over 60 million units worldwide. Yet with the announcement […]

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With all the excitement and mystery surrounding the Nintendo Switch, it’s easy to forget about the loyal 3DS. While Nintendo might be coming 3rd in the home console market, handheld is a different story. Picking up where the original DS left off, the 3DS has sold over 60 million units worldwide. Yet with the announcement of the portable Switch, is Nintendo’s star seller at the end of its life?

The 3DS, played by Patrick Stuart

Okay, maybe you should let me finish…

However, likely due to the amazing sales, the big N isn’t abandoning the little console that could. Nintendo’s handheld will probably get full support until at least late 2017 according to Nintendo life.com;

“The Nintendo Switch is due to arrive in March and aims to unify the company’s domestic and handheld interests. While the Wii U is already on life support with little in the way of new retail software to look forward to – outside of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, of course – the older 3DS continues to get new titles, and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has insisted that will continue well into 2017.”

The second gen DS has run rings around the PS Vita, despite being the less powerful console. Most of this is down to the console’s excellent library of games and this looks to continue. The dual screen console has some big games coming out soon. Most noteworthy is Pokemon Sun and Moon, which has become Nintendo’s most pre ordered game ever. Yet the 3DS also has Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, Ever Oasis and Pikmin coming soon as well.

As a result, it looks like it’ll soon be very easy to play Nintendo on the go. Given that they’re the creators of the most iconic handhled ever (the Game Boy) perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.

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Ravio and Yuga Cross Over to Hyrule Warriors Legends http://thenerdstash.com/ravio-and-yuga-cross-over-to-hyrule-warriors-legends/ http://thenerdstash.com/ravio-and-yuga-cross-over-to-hyrule-warriors-legends/#respond Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:32:50 +0000 http://thenerdstash.com/?p=50395 The latest dlc pack for 3DS title Hyrule Warriors Legends hits at the end of this month, and this time the goods are centered around A Link Between Worlds. In the vein of past dlc packs for the game, this one introduces new characters, Ravio and Yuga, new weapons, a new Adventure map, and new […]

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The latest dlc pack for 3DS title Hyrule Warriors Legends hits at the end of this month, and this time the goods are centered around A Link Between Worlds. In the vein of past dlc packs for the game, this one introduces new characters, Ravio and Yuga, new weapons, a new Adventure map, and new My Fairy costumes. Wii U owners will also have access to the pack, though the console version of the game will only receive the characters and their default weapons.

Screens of the new Adventure Map. Perhaps the player will utilize cracks in the map to warp to sealed-off areas.

Screens of the new Adventure Map. Perhaps the player will utilize cracks in the map to warp to sealed-off areas.

Lorule Map, the added Adventure map, will feature Element+ weapons, which supposedly will boast a second element in addition to their primary attribute. Not to mention the standard array of hearts, gold skulltulas, and costume skins. These include 17 character costumes and 15 fairy outfits. It will also come with its own map gimmick, similar to how the previous downloadable maps in both Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends changed things up.

A few of the costumes to be found in Lorule.

A few of the costumes to be found in Lorule.

This will be the final dlc pack for Hyrule Warriors Legends, following Wind Waker, Link’s Awakening, and Phantom Hourglass. It runs the same price as previous maps, $7 for the 3DS version, $5 for the Wii U version. Players who purchase the Legends of Hyrule season pass will be able to download it for no additional cost when it becomes available October 31. Wii U owners have access to a similar deal for $10, which grants access to the dlc characters for Hyrule Warriors Legends. For a detailed explanation of the available options and what is contained within each, click here.

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Monster Hunter Generations Brings Home Fire Emblem http://thenerdstash.com/monster-hunter-generations-fire-emblem/ http://thenerdstash.com/monster-hunter-generations-fire-emblem/#respond Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:16:53 +0000 http://thenerdstash.com/?p=49645 Remember when we were all watching the reveals for Monster Hunter Generations and Marth from Fire Emblem was there? Well, that promise has officially been fulfilled with the newest free DLC quests. In Fire Emblem: Warding Despair, hunters will take on a Hyper Silver Rathalos. Victory and completion of the quest will earn players a […]

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Remember when we were all watching the reveals for Monster Hunter Generations and Marth from Fire Emblem was there? Well, that promise has officially been fulfilled with the newest free DLC quests. In Fire Emblem: Warding Despair, hunters will take on a Hyper Silver Rathalos. Victory and completion of the quest will earn players a five-piece costume set based on Marth. His Falchion blade is present as well, having been given the Monster Hunter Generations treatment and made into a sword and shield style weapon. Take a look at the original trailer below for a refresher.

There’s more. The quest Mega Man: Yellow Devil presents a Hyper Royal Ludroth to slay. It yields a two-piece Felyne outfit and a hammer weapon. Ghosts ‘n Goblins: Seeing Red rewards hunters with a Felyne armor set styled after Arthur, the hero of Ghosts ‘n Goblins. Finally, the usual assortment of added Monster Hunter Generations goodies include 15 quests, nine weapons, four armor sets, eight Felyne gear sets, two extra Felynes, four card backgrounds, a card pose, 19 card titles, pumpkin pajama pet costume, and an item pack.

This DLC pack, as with others before it and those that will come after, is free to download. Access it through the in-game DLC menu, where you can also download older packs that you might have missed. The next pack is due on November 4, the first Friday of that month. The trend will continue through December to the start of next year, so be sure to keep your claws sharpened. Monster Hunter Generations itself can be purchased via digital download or physical cartridge. It will play on all 3DS systems, but a New 3DS might be preferable for online play.

What’s your favorite DLC costume set so far? Leave a comment and let us know, and keep coming back to The Nerd Stash for all your gaming news needs!

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New Features Coming In Yo-Kai Watch 2 http://thenerdstash.com/new-features-coming-yo-kai-watch-2/ http://thenerdstash.com/new-features-coming-yo-kai-watch-2/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:38:49 +0000 http://thenerdstash.com/?p=49119 Yo-kai Watch is the smash hit that overtook Pokémon in Japan a few years ago if anything you might recognize their furry mascot Jibanyan or ghostly butler Whisper. The games are centered in a world where mysterious creatures known as YoKai have come to inhabit the human realm and cause everyday problems like forgetting your […]

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Yo-kai Watch is the smash hit that overtook Pokémon in Japan a few years ago if anything you might recognize their furry mascot Jibanyan or ghostly butler Whisper. The games are centered in a world where mysterious creatures known as YoKai have come to inhabit the human realm and cause everyday problems like forgetting your car keys. The first game along with its anime and quite a bit of merchandise finally leapt its way across the sea to the West last year and according to Nintendo, it did better than they ever expected. Now, one year later Yo-Kai Watch 2 the game that broke into popularity in Japan is finally getting a western release this week.

So, what do you expect this game brings to the table for the sequel? Well, there are two versions this time around similar to the Pokémon games that have differing Yo-Kai and each version comes with a collectible metal. These games are titled Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits.  They both include the much-desired addition of a battle system to challenge your friends with, as well as the massively popular Yo-kai Blasters mini-game. Street Pass is also a great feature being added in to help find more Yo-kai when you pass by other players. In fact, this weekend is specifically dedicated to Yo-kai and Nintendo Zones will give you passes so you can collect even more.

Yo-kai Watch 2 promo

On the single player side of things, there are of course tons more Yo-kai to collect totaling 350 new and returning Yokai.  The game is also much more expansive and includes a train system that will take you to many new locations in the Yo-kai universe.  There is also the inclusion of classic Yo-kai that you have to collect by travelling into the past. There are also new types of mini games like Bike Races to find within the game to add in extra missions.  The story is also an all new line focusing on the creation of the original Yo-kai Watch and giving the series a much-needed lore boost in backstory!

If you have had Yo-kai Watch one don’t forget to use your save data to unlock Komasan, Noko, or Buchinyan!

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Square Enix Double Feature: FFXV and DQ http://thenerdstash.com/square-enix-double-feature-ffxv-and-dq/ http://thenerdstash.com/square-enix-double-feature-ffxv-and-dq/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:50:55 +0000 http://thenerdstash.com/?p=48924 Square Enix has been busy recently. Between the monstrous Final Fantasy XV hype and the localization of favorite Dragon Quest games, fans are going to have to be very very hungry to pack away all this excitement. Square Enix knows this, which is why the company showed off a rich Final Fantasy XV gameplay demo at […]

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Square Enix has been busy recently. Between the monstrous Final Fantasy XV hype and the localization of favorite Dragon Quest games, fans are going to have to be very very hungry to pack away all this excitement. Square Enix knows this, which is why the company showed off a rich Final Fantasy XV gameplay demo at London’s EGX last week.

Nearly 40 minutes of gameplay are shown in the video where the characters and their traits are introduced in more detail. The game world looks absolutely stunning, and the player will also be able to switch control between the four party members during the real-time combat. If Noctis or one of his friends becomes too weak, the other party members will be able to rush in to save them. Leveling up is handled with a point system which players can spend on skills. Furthermore, certain enemies, especially larger ones, will have breakable appendages that will weaken them if damaged or destroyed. Towards the end of the demonstration, the crew even gets behind the wheel of a car.

On the Dragon Quest front, the western localization of the seventh game released a short time ago and is exceeding expectations across the board. Its successor, DQVIII, will join it on the 3DS system in December just in time to miss the holidays. Square Enix is keeping mum on the in-development DQXI, but the success of the seventh game has re-opened the question about a localized version of Dragon Quest X. Square Enix addressed the possibility (sort of) during their panel at PAX West, wherein they reiterated their usual “if enough fans demand it” stance.

The difference between the series is, while Final Fantasy is critically acclaimed worldwide, Dragon Quest’s audience is much more niche. While fans have proven without a doubt that there is a place for the games in the west, Square Enix seems to think the waters still need a bit more testing. The good news is, as DQVII proves, there is a chance.

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