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 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:42:04 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia comes to 3DS in May <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-nwhakn/slide-03-big.jpg" width="200" alt="Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia comes to 3DS in May" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In January this year we saw during Nintendo's<em> Fire Emblem</em> keynote that we had a few <em>Fire Emblem</em> games to look forward to this year. Given <em>Fire Emblem: Heroes</em> success on mobile, it's time to look at <em>Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia</em>, coming soon to 3DS.<br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Introducing the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FireEmblem?src=hash">#FireEmblem</a> Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition, arriving in stores on 19/05<br><br>? <a href="https://t.co/5C4lgxKrIz">https://t.co/5C4lgxKrIz</a> <a href="https://t.co/V7kjEnQZ3s">pic.twitter.com/V7kjEnQZ3s</a></p><br><br>— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) <a href="https://twitter.com/NintendoUK/status/844186858611343361">March 21, 2017</a></blockquote> In <em>Fire Emblem Echoes</em>, you'll take control of the two separate armies of childhood friends, Alm and Celica, as they try to bring peace to the land of Valentia.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Fire+Emblem+Echoes/news.asp?c=73377'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Fire+Emblem+Echoes/news.asp?c=73377 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:50:00 GMT The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - March 20 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-uhlgqyv_leosfortune_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - March 20" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Feeling a little hard up at the moment? We hear you. Everything seems to have gotten so expensive.<br><br>That's why we run a weekly feature that supplies a list of the best deals on iOS and Android games, smartphones, handheld games, and any other bargains that stand out related to gaming on the go. Please, don't thank us. It's what we do.<br><br>If you've found any top deals that you think should be featured here, please do let us know in the comments below.<br><br><strong>iOS games</strong><br><br>This week iPhone and iPad games can grab several quirky platformers on the cheap, as well as a beloved RPG and an overlooked retro boat racer.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>The Bard's Tale for 99p (was £2.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-bards-tale/id480375355?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73364'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73364 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:30:00 GMT The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - March 13 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-axsg_roadtaken_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - March 13" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The chances are you've got a little less cash to burn than you might have had in previous years. Sucks, eh?<br><br>That's why we run a weekly feature that supplies a list of the best deals on iOS and Android games, smartphones, handheld games, and any other bargains that stand out related to gaming on the go. We're nice like that.<br><br>If you've found any top deals that you think should be featured here, please do let us know in the comments below.<br><br><strong>iOS games</strong><br><br>Apple is celebrating indie games right now, so it's perhaps not too much of a surprise to find a bumper crop of iOS classics on sale right now.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>Prune for 99p (was £3.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/prune/id972319818?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73299'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73299 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:37:56 GMT Bye-Bye BoxBoy!, the latest entry in the BoxBoy! series, will arrive March 23rd in Europe <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xheblz/bye-bye-boxboy-656x328.jpg" width="200" alt="Bye-Bye BoxBoy!, the latest entry in the BoxBoy! series, will arrive March 23rd in Europe" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> HAL's <a href="/r/3DS/BoxBoxBoy%21%21/news.asp?c=70444">much loved series <em>BoxBoy!</em></a> is about to get another installment soon it seems. While it hasn't been formerly announced yet, <em>Bye-Bye BoxBoy!</em>, the translation of <em>Goodbye BoxBoy!</em>, will be coming March 23rd in the UK according to a leaked page found on Nintendo's own website.<br><br><iframe width="457" height="257" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/6eEzPuxaGZQ?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen><br><br>Bye-Bye BoxBoy! spices things up a bit by adding a new gameplay element: the ability to infuse a power into each little box. This should make for some interesting new puzzles. If you've yet to check out any game in the series, you'll be glad to know that a demo should be dropped alongside the game. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Bye%2DBye+BoxBoy%21/news.asp?c=73210'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Bye%2DBye+BoxBoy%21/news.asp?c=73210 Mon, 6 Mar 2017 15:25:17 GMT The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - February 26 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-gmwx_minimetro_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - February 26" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're like us, then you've probably diverted what few funds you have available towards Nintendo's new Switch console. That probably means you have precious few pounds, dollars, or euros to spend on other portable games.<br><br>Lucky for you we run a weekly feature whereby we bring you a list of the best deals on iOS and Android games, smartphones, handheld games, and any other bargains that stand out related to gaming on the go.<br><br>If you've found any top deals that you think should be featured gere, please do let us know in the comments below.<br><br><strong>iOS games</strong><br><br>There are tasty savings on some top iOS puzzlers this week, as well as a little something for fans of epic RPGs.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>The Shadow Sun for free (was £2.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-shadow-sun/id396269166?mt=8">download</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73119'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73119 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:28:40 GMT Here are 5 ways to celebrate Pokemon Day on February 27th <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lbpkk/season16_ep05_ss02.jpg" width="200" alt="Here are 5 ways to celebrate Pokemon Day on February 27th" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Pokemon Day</em> is coming up fast as the 27th of February celebrates the launch of the first <em>Pokemon</em> game in Japan back in 1996. It's hard to believe that 21 years has flown by, but we've got lots of fun waiting for us over the coming week.<br><br>According to a recent press release, and starting on February 26th at 13:00 PST, you'll have these events to look forward to:<br><br><ul><br><br><li><em>"</em><em>Pikachu will lead the Pokémon Day celebration in Pokémon GO. Any Pikachu encountered in the wild will be wearing a festive party hat! The Pikachu caught during that time will keep its party hat, so be sure to look for this special Pikachu during its short time in the wild</em><em>." </em></li><br><br><li><em>"The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is starting its Pokémon Day festivities early, with extra Trainer Tokens available on the Bonus Wheel for the entire week leading up to Pokémon Day. Then, be sure to log in to your game on Pokémon Day for an extra-special Daily Bonus. Remember that you can play the Pokémon TCG Online on your computer, iPad, or Android tablet. Battle today and through Pokémon Day for bigger rewards."</em></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=73114'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=73114 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:12:11 GMT The best deals this week in handheld and mobile - February 20 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-kshpg_westport_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals this week in handheld and mobile - February 20" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> So the crazy post-Christmas sales are over. Think that means there are no more bargains to be had? Wrong!<br><br>The great thing about portable gaming - well, one of the great things anyway - is that there is no one sales period. You can always grab a bunch of great deals, if you know where to look.<br><br>Thanks to us, the only place you really need to look is right here every week.<br><br><strong>iOS games</strong><br><br>It's a great week for iOS deals - particularly if you're a fan of classic strategy games. Oh, and Oddworld games. We've got some of those too.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>The Westport Independent for 99p (was £4.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-westport-independent/id1041987123?mt=8">buy</a></li><br><br><li>Oddworld: Munch's Odyssey for 99p (was £2.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/oddworld-munchs-oddysee/id1001248922?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73041'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73041 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:35:39 GMT The big Pocket Gamer accessory guide 2017 - 3DS accessories <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kbjz/new3ds-wood.jpg" width="200" alt="The big Pocket Gamer accessory guide 2017 - 3DS accessories" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated 9th February:</strong> New 3DS accessories added.<br><br><hr /><br><br>The Nintendo 3DS is now a mature, rich platform with an enviable library of games. As such, it shouldn't be too hard figuring out what to buy the 3DS owners in your life.<br><br>Games aside, though, there's also a booming trade in 3DS accessories to think about. Many of these provide simple protection or cosmetic enhancements, but many also add whole new functionality to the handheld.<br><br>So, whether you're personalising your New Nintendo 3DS with a new faceplate, scouting for a cool case to lug it around in, or simply on the look-out for a charger, here are some top 3DS accessories.<br><br><strong>BestFire Power Grip for New 3DS XL</strong><br><br>The New Nintendo 3DS XL is a bit of a beast, offering a nice large display area. That makes it ideally suited for extended play - if only it were a little more comfortable to hold. The BestFire Power Grip makes the handheld much more ergonomically pleasing, including shifting the ZL and ZR shoulder buttons to a more conventional position. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Hardware+Group+Test/feature.asp?c=72589'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Hardware+Group+Test/feature.asp?c=72589 Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:00:00 GMT The best deals this week in handheld and mobile - February 13 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-zxts_title-botin_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals this week in handheld and mobile - February 13" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're feeling the pinch at the beginning of 2017, new games and a new phone can feel like luxuries. There's nothing like a sale to help with a little justification, however.<br><br>That's why each week we bring you a list of the best deals on iOS and Android games, smartphones, handheld games, and any other bargains that stand out related to gaming on the go.<br><br>If you've found any top deals that you think should be featured please do let us all know in the comments below.<br><br><strong>iOS games</strong><br><br>Perfectly timed to coincide with the launch of <em>The Lego Batman Movie</em> at cinemas, you'll currently find a bunch of similarly daft Lego games featuring Mr Wayne on sale.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>Anime Studio Story for £1.99 (was £4.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/anime-studio-story/id1077611503?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=72964'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=72964 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:58:57 GMT Visually striking metroidvania Forma.8 finally out February 23rd on Vita <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-davok_11_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Visually striking metroidvania Forma.8 finally out February 23rd on Vita" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We've been talking about <em>Forma.8</em> <a href="/r/Android/forma8/news.asp?c=71181">for a while now</a> and with good reasons: this metroidvania looks absolutely gorgeous and fun. We now know when you'll be able to get your hands on it, at least on Playstation Vita (with Cross-buy), as the launch trailer confirms its February 23rd release:<br><br>While the game was originally announced (in 2013!) for release on <a href="https://twitter.com/MixedBagGames/status/827527540071866369">iOS and Android</a>, it seems like those versions, alongside the <a href="https://twitter.com/MixedBagGames/status/826461163215024131">New 3DS one</a>, will be released later this year when they are ready. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/forma8/news.asp?c=72903'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/forma8/news.asp?c=72903 Mon, 6 Feb 2017 14:36:29 GMT The best deals this week in handheld and mobile <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-txyspl_unnamed-5_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals this week in handheld and mobile" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Money a little tight at the beginning of 2017? We feel your pain. Fortunately, you don't need to go without your gaming fix if you shop smart.<br><br>Each week we bring you a list of the best deals on iOS and Android games, smartphones, handheld games, and any other bargains that stand out related to gaming on the go.<br><br>Found any top deals that you think should be featured? Then please, let us (and your fellow pocket gamers) know in the comments below.<br><br><strong>iOS game deals</strong><br><br>Racing games, puzzlers, slightly creepy interactive novels... we've got a nice spread of genres in this week's iOS game deals collection.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>Rush Rally 2 for 99p (was £1.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rush-rally-2/id967812288?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/news.asp?c=70448'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/news.asp?c=70448 Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:44:22 GMT Fire Emblem Direct: Shadows of Valentia, Warriors, and an un-named Switch title <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-sgeiz/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Fire Emblem Direct: Shadows of Valentia, Warriors, and an un-named Switch title" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Just in case you missed it <em>Fire Emblem</em> was announced in a manner of different formats at Nintendo's <em>Fire Emblem Direct</em> a couple of nights back. <br><br>You can read our Editor, Glen Fox's, detailed article on the mobile title, <em>Fire Emblem: Heroes</em> <a href="/r/Android/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=72737">right here</a>.<br><br>However in the midst of the mobile excitement, we've also got three other titles coming out over the next couple of years: <em>Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia</em>, <em>Fire Emblem: Warriors</em>, and a so far un-named <em>Fire Emblem</em> game for the Nintendo Switch. <br><br>For the first time since 2008, the franchise will be returning to home systems with the Switch, though the experience will obviously be far less restricting. The un-named Switch title won't be arriving until 2018, but hopefully we won't have to wait long to get more information on it.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Fire+Emblem%3A+Shadows+of+Valentia/news.asp?c=72758'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Fire+Emblem%3A+Shadows+of+Valentia/news.asp?c=72758 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:40:45 GMT [Update] Tinybuild's boxing sim Punch Club is now out on the 3DS in America <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-rdif_4951378_larger_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="[Update] Tinybuild's boxing sim Punch Club is now out on the 3DS in America" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated 19th January, 1:26 PM</strong>: Look no further, ladies and gents, <em>Punch Club</em> is finally available on the Nintendo 3DS after all of this talking and waiting and hoping. One slight downside - it's only in America.<br><br>Folks from the US can grab it <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/punch-club-3ds">online for $9.99</a>. We're not sure when Gamers outside of America will be able to buy the game, but we'll definitely let you know when we find out more. <br><br> <br><br><hr /><br><br>We all know Tinybuild's emotive and hilarious tale of <em>Punch Club</em>. Well, now it's finally coming to 3DS after several months of waiting. <br><br><em>Punch Club</em>, for those who don't know, is a boxing sim with RPG and tycoon elements. After witnessing your father's murder, you've got to train hard, eat well, and smash some bros up to earn your place in the boxing ranks and weasel-out whoever killed your dear ol' dad. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Punch+Club/news.asp?c=72709'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Punch+Club/news.asp?c=72709 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:33:00 GMT Review: Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King review - The years have been kind to it <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vqycab/dragonquestviii-3ds-01.jpeg" width="200" alt="Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King review - The years have been kind to it" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Dragon Quest VIII</em> on 3DS finds itself at a unique disadvantage compared to its predecessors. At least, it does if you're a European gamer.<br><br>Unlike in the US and Japan, the original PS2 version was the first taste we ever got of Square Enix's sprawling JRPG franchise. This means that unlike last year's <em><a href="r/3DS/Dragon+Quest+VII%3A+Fragments+of+the+Forgotten+Past/review.asp?c=71430">Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past</a></em>, <em>Dragon Quest VIII</em> comes with certain expectations. It's got baggage.<br><br>Fortunately, the game is well up to the task of carrying such baggage. In fact it slings that baggage into a magical pot and crafts it into something deeply familiar, but with a zest and spirit that's all too uncommon.<br><br><strong>Kiss the frog</strong><br><br>There might be some extra rose-tinted nostalgia surrounding <em>Dragon Quest VIII</em>, but I can't imagine it needed too much tweaking. The original PS2 game is arguably the first game in the series that remains fit for modern consumption as it is. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Dragon+Quest+VIII%3A+Journey+of+the+Cursed+King/review.asp?c=72648'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Dragon+Quest+VIII%3A+Journey+of+the+Cursed+King/review.asp?c=72648 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:01:56 GMT 5 awesome moves Nintendo made in 2016 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-blxd_super_mario_run_0_0_jpg_100.jpg" width="200" alt="5 awesome moves Nintendo made in 2016" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> 2016 was a great year for mobile gaming generally, but Nintendo in particular were in fine form. <br><br>Not only did we see excellent mobile releases like <em>Pokemon Sun </em>and<em> Moon</em>, <em>Miitomo</em>, and <em>Super Mario Run</em>, we also saw exciting announcement of the upcoming Switch floating about.<br><br>So while we wait for 2017 to wake up and grab a coffee, let's have a look back at the all-star newsbits of the previous year.<br><br><strong>Nintendo tried mobile social networking with Miitomo</strong><br><br>Months before its full mobile gaming debut, Nintendo tested the waters with <em><a href="/r/iPhone/Miitomo/review.asp?c=69642">Miitomo</a> </em>- a social app that allowed you to connect with friends and earn points for the new Nintendo account system. <br><br>Despite its popular initial bout - particularly in Japan - the app ultimately fizzled out, leaving us with empty lobbies and months of silence before another update arrived in November. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+news/feature.asp?c=72624'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+news/feature.asp?c=72624 Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:31:05 GMT