Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions (3DS) The latest stories from Pocket Gamer, updated every five minutes. FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:19:26 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mcb_coin_front-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We didn’t host a giveaway in a while, but we have today an amazing one for our UK readers. And if you are a fan of Summoners War, you’re in for a treat. We have for you an all-expenses paid trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship at Le Comedia in Paris on October 7th.<br><br>The Summoners War World Arena Championship pits devoted fans from around the globe against each other, with competitions happening in the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and China. The top 16 European players will be facing off in October’s event for $5,000 prize money. The top two competitors will then get a chance to compete in the World Finals in the United States!<br><br>One lucky reader from the UK will get two VIP passes, travel, and accommodation to the EU finals in Paris, with exclusive access to a private VIP area where they can meet and mingle with influencers and Summoners War developers. Most importantly, VIPs will also be treated to complimentary food and drink at the event. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:00:00 GMT Review: Hey! Pikmin review - A much simplified take on the cult Nintendo IP <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-imgon/pikmin-1.jpg" width="200" alt="Hey! Pikmin review - A much simplified take on the cult Nintendo IP" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There's a pretty good chance you've never played a <em>Pikmin</em> game<em>. </em>All three games in the series to date debuted on two of Nintendo's least successful consoles - the Gamecube and the Wii U.<br><br>Don't think that this is any indication of the franchise's appeal, however. Essentially Nintendo's take on real time strategy, each <em>Pikmin</em> game is as adorable to look at as it is delightful to play.<br><br><em>Hey! Pikmin</em> is something of a first for the series in several ways. For one thing, it's launching on an actual successful console. Also, it's notable that this console is the 3DS, making <em>Hey! Pikmin</em> the first handheld game in the series.<br><br>The result is a game that plays very differently to the three mainline <em>Pikmin</em> games, and the move has been a successful one - if only partially. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Hey%21+Pikmin/review.asp?c=74908'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Hey%21+Pikmin/review.asp?c=74908 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:00:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 411 - iPhone X special <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 411 - iPhone X special" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's this year's iPhone announcement special!<br><br>James and Glen tear down the reveal of the iPhone 8 and 8 plus, then focus on the screen-tastic iPhone X.<br><br>Is facial recognition the next mobile revolution, or just a neat gimmick? Does the world need a mouth-powered poo emoji?<br><br>They also cover the new releases, including the highly anticipated <em>Iron Marines</em>, and the Switch port of <em>Rayman Legends</em>.<br><br><strong>Download episode 411:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep411.mp3">MP3</a> </strong>(right click to save-as, left click to play)<br><br><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pocket-gamer-iphone-podcast/id300280568?i=87169637">iTunes</a></strong> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75308'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75308 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:39:52 GMT Nintendo Direct September 2017 - Live blog <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-cqoo/djooljyxoaansyb.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo Direct September 2017 - Live blog" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It feels like only yesterday we were here covering the most recent Nindies Showcase, but I'm certainly not complaining. <br><br>In some areas of the world it'll be an appropriate time and in others it's pretty darn late, however we're all here for one thing: the games. <br><br>With more from <em>Super Mario Odyssey</em> promised, plus a look at what's coming on 3DS and Switch over the next few months, it's shaping up to be 45 minutes of class content. <br><br><hr /><br><br><strong>11:48 PM</strong> - Of course, the presentation ends with a lengthy look at Super Mario Odyssey. We get a bit of a backstory as to how Mario and Cappy came to be partners, and shows off a little more footage of the curious cap in motion.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=75273'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=75273 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:06:00 GMT Review: Metroid: Samus Returns review - A faithful remake? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-oorne/metroid-samus-returns.jpg" width="200" alt="Metroid: Samus Returns review - A faithful remake?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Metroid 2</em> is surprisingly important. It might just be some old black-and-white Game Boy game, but the events of the plot (a genocidal mission on the Metroid home planet) reverberate out into <em>Super Metroid</em>, <em>Metroid Fusion</em>, and even the regrettable <em>Other M</em>.<br><br>But many modern players struggle to get through the game. It’s hard, it’s different, it’s confusing, it’s repetitive, it has no map, and the screen is cramped. I’m not saying they’re valid complaints, but they’re complaints nonetheless.<br><br>And so Nintendo decided to modernise the game (with the help of <em>Castlevania</em> custodian MercurySteam), to let every Metroid fan with a 3DS experience this critical part of Samus’s tale.<br><br><strong>Samus Explores<br><br></strong><br><br>In the broad strokes, the game is the same as its GB predecessor. The world design, for one, is near identical: instead of bouncing around across a labyrinthine map, Samus just delves deeper and deeper into the Metroid’s caverns. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Metroid%3A+Samus+Returns/review.asp?c=75241'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Metroid%3A+Samus+Returns/review.asp?c=75241 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:00 GMT Review: Kirby's Blowout Blast 3DS review - A tasty but insubstantial amuse-bouche <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-nlvudj_kirby-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Kirby's Blowout Blast 3DS review - A tasty but insubstantial amuse-bouche" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Kirby might not be a top tier Nintendo star like Mario or Link, but that has resulted in a willingness to try the pink blob out in smaller, quirkier fare.<br><br>You don't expect a Kirby game to be anything other than bright and fun - and perhaps to include the his/her trademark ability to hoover up baddies into his cake-hole.<br><br>So it proves with <em>Kirby's Blowout Blast</em>, a compact action-platformer that's as breezy as they come.<br><br><strong>Blister-shaped B-lister</strong><br><br>This is a decidedly honed, stripped back take on Nintendo's rotund B-lister. Its 2.5D platformer levels are very simple and linear, essentially serving to shuttle you from one micro-arena encounter to the next.<br><br>The true aim of the game here is to suck up a spawning baddy or (preferably) more and spit them at an even larger group. The more enemies you take out at once, the better. It's kind of like a game of free-roaming, rainbow-coloured bowling, but one where spitting is actively encouraged. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Kirby%27s+Blowout+Blast/review.asp?c=75004'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Kirby%27s+Blowout+Blast/review.asp?c=75004 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:35:38 GMT Nintendo will showcase the upcoming Switch and 3DS releases on a Direct this Wednesday <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-nfbgewv_unnamed_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo will showcase the upcoming Switch and 3DS releases on a Direct this Wednesday" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Sharpen your pencils, Nintendo-followers and bust out your diaries, there's another Nintendo Direct streaming on Wednesday with another bunch of Switch/3DS titles to oggle at. <br><br>Typical of Ninty, they've left us guessing as the Direct information states: "<em>Nearly 45 minutes of information, mainly focused on what’s heading to Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS over the next few months.</em>"<br><br>Of course, people are speculating about <em>Animal Crossing</em>'s mobile debut and whether that'll be a key player, but I think if it's going to be teased at all it'll be in Apple's keynote tomorrow. That's a big 'IF'. <br><br>No doubt we'll see another good chunk on <em>Super Mario Odyssey</em>, maybe even get confirmation on some of those new worlds found <a href="/r/Switch/Super+Mario+Odyssey/news.asp?c=75180">last week</a>, but the rest is a bit of a mystery. Find out with us on Wednesday 13th at 3 PM PT/6 PM ET/11 PM BST on the <a href="http://www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect">Direct website</a> or on Ninty's <a href="http://www.youtube.com/nintendouk">YouTube channel</a>.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+news/news.asp?c=75246'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+news/news.asp?c=75246 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:40:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 410 - L.A. Noire, Monster Hunter Stories <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 410 - L.A. Noire, Monster Hunter Stories" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Pull on your gumshoes and get ready to crack the case of the Rockstar port: <em>L.A. Noire</em> is coming to Switch.<br><br>Meanwhile, Glen covers the launch of <em>Monster Hunter Stories</em> on 3DS, Emily hypes <em>Lichtspeer</em>, and James explains why you have to play <em>Data Wing</em> right now.<br><br>Also, we talk to <em>Kingdom Rush</em> developer Ironhide Games about the studio's upcoming mobile RTS game <em>Iron Marines</em>.<br><br><strong>Download episode 410:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep410.mp3">MP3</a> </strong>(right click to save-as, left click to play)<br><br><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pocket-gamer-iphone-podcast/id300280568?i=87169637">iTunes</a></strong> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75236'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75236 Fri, 8 Sep 2017 19:21:55 GMT Review: Monster Hunter Stories 3DS review - Monster Hunter meets Pokemon? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mwnmo_monster-hunter-stories-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Monster Hunter Stories 3DS review - Monster Hunter meets Pokemon?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Monster Hunter Stories</em> is kind of an odd concept. It takes the basic grind of <em>Monster Hunter</em>, makes it a lot more accessible, and then combines it with <em>Pokemon</em>.<br><br>The result is a cutesy story-driven adventure that feels a lot more like <em>Pokemon</em>-lite than <em>Monster Hunter</em>, though there is plenty of grind for fans of the core franchise.<br><br>It's not exactly clear who it's for though. In striving to make the experience more accessible and mainstream, Capcom might just have alienated its core fanbase.<br><br>That wouldn't be an enormous problem if the result was likely to pick up fans of its own, but there's not an awful lot here to suggest <em>Pokemon</em> players will jump ship any time soon.<br><br><strong>Monster Hunter Riders<br><br></strong><br><br>You play as a budding Rider, which is basically a hunter who can tame and ride the monsters they encounter while exploring the world. The tutorial acts as your training, and introduces you to the new mechanics. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/review.asp?c=75233'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/review.asp?c=75233 Fri, 8 Sep 2017 15:56:00 GMT Review: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD review - The ultimate Nintendo Switch portable battery? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jcal/31sqkxtkv9l.jpg" width="200" alt="Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD review - The ultimate Nintendo Switch portable battery?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD makes a very bold claim: it can power the <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/hardware_review.asp?c=73163">Nintendo Switch</a> as fast as when docked, but when you're on the go.<br><br>If true, that's quite the prospect. It would solve the problem of the relatively poor battery length - one of the major concerns for Switch owners.<br><br>This isn't just a portable battery for Switch owners though. Given the USB-C charging port, and two USB ports, this is also perfect for those with a fancy new MacBook and iPhone.<br><br>It will also charge those at optimal speed as well. So what you're really getting for your money - potentially - is all of the benefits of charging at mains when you're on the go.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>You're not buying a portable battery for its appearance, but it is worth mentioning that the PowerCore+ is a sleek and very premium looking product. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Anker+PowerCore%2B+26800+PD/hardware_review.asp?c=75216'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Anker+PowerCore%2B+26800+PD/hardware_review.asp?c=75216 Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:59:24 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 409 - Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Noblemen: 1896 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 409 - Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Noblemen: 1896" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Big battlefields are the theme on this week's show.<br><br>James and Em investigate newly-launched Switch exclusive <em>Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle</em>, then jump over to iOS to try steampunk war shooter <em>Noblemen: 1896</em>.<br><br>Plus: all the info on the upcoming Apple conference, and an interview with the creator of <em>Top Gear: Road Trip</em>.<br><br><strong>Download episode 409:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep409.mp3">MP3</a> </strong>(right click to save-as, left click to play)<br><br><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pocket-gamer-iphone-podcast/id300280568?i=87169637">iTunes</a></strong> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75170'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75170 Fri, 1 Sep 2017 18:05:41 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 408 - Darkest Dungeon, Final Fantasy XV: Mobile Edition <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 408 - Darkest Dungeon, Final Fantasy XV: Mobile Edition" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> James gets hype this week for the Cthulhu-flavoured horror RPG <em>Darkest Dungeon</em>, which has just appeared on iPad.<br><br>Em tells tales of Telltale Switch ports, and we share our hot takes on the hottest mobile news to come out of Gamescom 2017.<br><br>Plus, we chat to <em>Darkest Dungeon</em> co-creator Tyler Sigman about the challenge of bringing the game to touchscreen.<br><br><strong>Download episode 408:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep408.mp3">MP3</a> </strong>(right click to save-as, left click to play)<br><br><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pocket-gamer-iphone-podcast/id300280568?i=87169637">iTunes</a></strong> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75117'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75117 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 18:08:17 GMT 7 reasons the SNES Mini is far superior to the NES Mini <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-aqdfx/snes-mini.jpg" width="200" alt="7 reasons the SNES Mini is far superior to the NES Mini" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In a mere month, all of us will be lucky enough to get the chance to revisit one of the best consoles to ever grace our home's with the release of the SNES Mini.<br><br>It's a system that represents a high point in Nintendo's history, when it was so confident in what it was doing that both the console and the games are impressive even today.<br><br>The SNES Mini follows hot on the heels of last year's NES Mini, which sold like absolute hot cakes. It makes sense though - it's also an extraordinary system.<br><br>But it looks like the SNES Mini will perform even better. It's already incredibly difficult to find one, as even the pre-orders have mostly sold out by now.<br><br>That's all down to the fact that the SNES Mini is, for many reasons, far superior to the NES Mini. We've listed the top seven reasons why you should get one if you can below. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/SNES+Mini/feature.asp?c=75102'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/SNES+Mini/feature.asp?c=75102 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:55:11 GMT Review: Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-acpix/sennheiser-gsp-350.jpg" width="200" alt="Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're in the market for a decent set of headphones that don't cost you an arm and a leg, you can't really go wrong with Sennheiser.<br><br>Though prices do vary pretty drastically across their range of products, you can rest assured you'll not only find something to match your budget, but that it will be of solid quality.<br><br>It makes sense then, that the music-loving gamer might consider grabbing a Sennheiser headset to both chat with their friends and listen to music without compromise.<br><br>And Sennheiser claims to deliver just that with the GSP 350. Does the sound wizard succeed in its goal? Let's find out.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Sennheiser GSP 350 won't win awards for its design any time soon, but nor will you be embarrassed to whip it out and shove it on your head at a LAN party.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:06:00 GMT Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon's newest trailer features new looks, special Evolutions, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-nmsaud/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon's newest trailer features new looks, special Evolutions, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> After the excitement of<em> Pokemon Sun</em> and <em>Moon</em>, we've got more information on the upcoming titles, <em>Ultra Sun</em> and <em>Ultra Moon</em>. At the very least, it looks like we'll be able to get our mitts on the game in November. <br><br>Despite the near-identical titles, <em>Ultra Sun</em> and <em>Ultra Moon </em>will have different stories focussing more on Necrozma alongside the Legendary Solgaleo and Lunala. As the press release states: "<em>Ominous dark clouds begin to spread and the secrets of Necrozma and the Alola region, which were never disclosed in the previous games, will finally come to light</em>."<br><br>The characters, who originally appeared in <em>Sun</em> and <em>Moon</em>, will feature new styles, which you'll be able to pick at the beginning of the game, choosing between Rowlet, Litten, or Popplio as your starter. There'll also be a new Z-Power Ring which'll allow you to activate even more Z-Moves than the first two games.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pokemon+Ultra+Sun%2FPokemon+Ultra+Moon/news.asp?c=75045'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pokemon+Ultra+Sun%2FPokemon+Ultra+Moon/news.asp?c=75045 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:03:00 GMT