Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest previews (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 Sat, 26 May 2018 15:01:07 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer New Nintendo 2DS XL preview - Who is this aimed at? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wmja/new-nintendo-2ds-xl.jpg" width="200" alt="New Nintendo 2DS XL preview - Who is this aimed at?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Switch launched a mere two months ago, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo making a surprise new hardware announcement.<br><br>We may not have asked for it, but we're getting a New Nintendo 2DS XL on July 28th. It's cheap as well, at only $149.99 / £129.99.<br><br>Look, you're probably just as confused as we are. Nintendo has clarified that the 2DS XL is designed to fill the gap between the cheap, kid-friendly 2DS, and the premium 3DS XL.<br><br>We thought the New Nintendo 3DS did that admirably, with its mid-range price and customisable cover plates. Perhaps the real answer is that Nintendo simply wanted to demonstrate that there's plenty of life left in the platform yet.<br><br>Whatever the reason, that's not what we're here to discuss. Nintendo kindly invited us to check it out in the flesh yesterday. We spent a couple of hours with it, and here's our initial thoughts. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/New+Nintendo+2DS+XL/news.asp?c=73869'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/New+Nintendo+2DS+XL/news.asp?c=73869 Fri, 5 May 2017 15:09:00 GMT Hands on: How Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past has changed for Nintendo 3DS <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mvuii/dragon-quest-vii-e3.jpg" width="200" alt="Hands on: How Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past has changed for Nintendo 3DS" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Do you remember when Square and Enix didn't know that Europe existed? Throughout the 90s, games like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and <em>Chrono Trigger</em> just never made their way to our fair continent.<br><br>That includes the early PS1 game <em>Dragon Quest 7</em>. This was a truly enormous adventure, where Enix was still using 2D artwork from the 16bit era and could pack hundreds of hours worth of content onto a chunky PS1 disc.<br><br>It's got 50-odd classes, an enormous storyline about travelling through time, bajillions of side quests, and more. Bit of a shame we never got to sink our teeth into it.<br><br>Until now that is. Or, well, September. That's when <em>Dragon Quest 7 </em>hits 3DS.<br><br>This remake has a spiffy 3D visual style that matches those Final Fantasy games on DS. And instead of those clunky battle screens where you only see the monsters, you now see your heroes up on screen. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Dragon+Quest+VII%3A+Fragments+of+the+Forgotten+Past/news.asp?c=70571'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Dragon+Quest+VII%3A+Fragments+of+the+Forgotten+Past/news.asp?c=70571 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:40:31 GMT We went hands on with the reinvented board game, Mario Party: Star Rush <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mbnben/mpstarusg.jpg" width="200" alt="We went hands on with the reinvented board game, Mario Party: Star Rush" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Here's a weird fact. The box art for <em>Mario Party: Star Rush</em> is <a href="https://twitter.com/starwindbliss/status/743231627896070144">a lightly modified piece of artwork that was previously used on a can of Mario-themed Spaghettios</a>.<br><br>You might think that this implies that Nintendo isn't really trying with this one. Chuck something together quickly. Slap on a picture from a tin of meatballs. Make a few quid.<br><br>But having played the game, I don't think that read is entirely fair, as the game seeks to reinvent the Mario Party format in almost every way.<br><br>For example. you no longer have to wait for each person to roll the dice and make their move. Everyone rolls and moves at the same time, and the events play out simultaneously on screen. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Mario+Party%3A+Star+Rush/news.asp?c=70567'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Mario+Party%3A+Star+Rush/news.asp?c=70567 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:39:00 GMT E3 2016: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice puts an interesting spin on the formula <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-deyfoe/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="E3 2016: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice puts an interesting spin on the formula" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Capcom had a good section dedicated to its upcoming 3DS releases at this year's E3, with both <em>Monster Hunter Generations </em>and <em>Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice</em> receiving somewhat extravagant displays. So shockingly extravagant it's taken me nearly two weeks to write about the latter. Sorry about that.<br><br>Styled like a mini-courtroom, the booth had several systems (with natty Phoenix Wright banded headphones) to try out a demo of the next instalment in the Ace Attorney series.<br><br>The taster was brief, and saw the titular Phoenix Wright defending a young boy named Ahlbi who appeared to be utterly and irredeemably guilty.<br><br>He's not guilty though, and - like in all Ace Attorney games - it's up to you to prove it. You do so by gathering evidence and then winning electric courtroom duels with the opposing prosecutor. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Ace+Attorney+6/news.asp?c=70554'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Ace+Attorney+6/news.asp?c=70554 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:17:45 GMT E3 2016: Lifespeed aims to give you that much needed F-Zero fix on 3DS <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-zienms/lifespeedscreenshot2.jpg" width="200" alt="E3 2016: Lifespeed aims to give you that much needed F-Zero fix on 3DS" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Nintendo may be turning a blind eye to those demanding a new <em>F-Zero</em> title, but the indie scene certainly isn’t - first via <em>Fast Racing Neo</em> for the Wii U, and now with the upcoming <em>Lifespeed</em> for the 3DS.<br><br>We played an all but final build of the latter at E3 last week, and the budget downloadable eShop release certainly appears capable of filling the futuristic racer-sized gap in the handheld’s library - even though its inspirations are far from obvious.<br><br>Instead of <em>F-Zero</em> or <em>Wipeout</em> influencing the game’s design, it’s actually <em>Pilotwings</em>'s ring stages and the tight space battles from <em>Star Wars</em> that have helped shape the title. That’s according to the title’s main developer, John Owens, who’s development history includes <em>I-Ninja</em> and, er, <em>Catwoman. </em>Anyway. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/news.asp?c=70489'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/news.asp?c=70489 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:19:52 GMT Three reasons Monster Hunter Generations is the co-op dinosaur-killing game you’ve been waiting for <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xhgjv/mhgthumbnail.jpg" width="200" alt="Three reasons Monster Hunter Generations is the co-op dinosaur-killing game you’ve been waiting for" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Don't tell PETA: we spent an afternoon last week tracking rare creatures and attempting to hack them to bits. We swear it was all in the name of research. And in fairness, they got the better of us most of the time.<br><br>Confirmed for a 3DS launch on Friday 15th July, <em>Monster Hunter Generations</em> is the newest instalment in the sprawling Capcom series. It began on the PlayStation 2 in 2004. But the cult Japanese phenomenon now extends to multiple platforms and together has sold more than 36 million units worldwide, spawning comics, card games and anime series too.<br><br>This is the fourth 3DS episode, and it's known as <em>Monster Hunter X</em> in Japan.<br><br><em>Generations </em>is pitched as the most customisable <em>Monster Hunter</em> experience to date, with a blend of brand new areas and monsters, and a mix of modes that will appeal to newcomers and returning gamers alike. We played it at a Nintendo event last week in London. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Generations/news.asp?c=70163'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Generations/news.asp?c=70163 Mon, 23 May 2016 16:15:00 GMT Everything you need to know about The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gomtjii/triforce-thumb.jpg" width="200" alt="Everything you need to know about The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We've been playing Nintendo's new three player Zelda game, <i>The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes</i> ahead of its October 23rd launch. Below, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the game.<br><br>Still got questions? Chuck them in the comments and we'll try our best to answer 'em.<br><br><strong>So what's this game all about then?</strong><br><br>It's a new <em>The Legend of Zelda</em> game, where three players team up and go off on mini-adventures together. You'll work together, and even climb on each other's shoulders in a big totem to attack tall monsters and solve vertical puzzles.<br><br><strong>Wait, I don't know two other people. Can I still play?</strong><br><br>Yeah. You can go solo and use freaky doll-like "doppels" to help fight enemies and solve puzzles. You can only control one at once and they have no artificial intelligence so it's slow, and just not much fun. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Legend+of+Zelda%3A+Tri+Force+Heroes/news.asp?c=67661'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Legend+of+Zelda%3A+Tri+Force+Heroes/news.asp?c=67661 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:00:13 GMT TGS2015: Hands-on with Hyrule Warriors Legends, the Zelda-flavoured Dynasty Warriors spinoff <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-atiwc_the_wind_waker_link_waves_goodbye_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="TGS2015: Hands-on with Hyrule Warriors Legends, the Zelda-flavoured Dynasty Warriors spinoff" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> I'm pretty sure every gamer out there has heard of the <em><a href="/r/PS+Vita/Dynasty+Warriors+8%3A+Xtreme+Legends+Complete+Edition/review.asp?c=58912">Dynasty Warriors</a></em> series by now. It's hit just about every platform in the past twenty-odd years, and as time goes on it's receiving more and more spin-offs.<br><br>The latest, as most <em><a href="/r/3DS/The+Legend+of+Zelda%3A+Majora's+Mask+3D/review.asp?c=63671">Zelda</a></em> fans will have already heard, is Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U. <em>Dynasty Warriors</em> mechanics, with characters from <em>The Legend of Zelda</em> series. It shouldn't work, but it does.<br><br>The good news for handheld fans is that <em>Hyrule Warriors</em> is making its way to 3DS too, as <em><a href="/r/3DS/Hyrule+Warriors+Legnds/news.asp?c=67377">Hyrule Warriors Legends.</a></em> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Hyrule+Warriors+Legnds/news.asp?c=67628'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Hyrule+Warriors+Legnds/news.asp?c=67628 Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:27:15 GMT TGS2015: Sound the horn! We have a hands-on with Monster Hunter X <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-cnjt/mhx.jpg" width="200" alt="TGS2015: Sound the horn! We have a hands-on with Monster Hunter X" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> One of the first few games we tried out at Tokyo Game show this year was <em><a href="/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+X/news.asp?c=66600">Monster Hunter X</a></em>. Mainly because they gave out a cool bag, but please don't tell anyone I said that.<br><br>We decided to have a go on the multiplayer mode, as that's what monster hunting is all about really, isn't it? The Nargacuga quest was listed for experienced battlers, which seemed like a safe bet. Nargacuga didn't make it to <em><a href="/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+4+Ultimate/review.asp?c=63802">Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate</a></em>, so it was an all-new experience for me.<br><br>The new map we played through featured nine areas of all shapes and sizes, much like we've come to expect from the series so far. This stage feels a little like <em>Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate</em>'s Primal Forest, only with more trees and fewer bones strewn about the place. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+X/news.asp?c=67619'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+X/news.asp?c=67619 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:29:39 GMT TGS2015: Hands-on with Monster Hunter Stories, a gorgeous turn-based RPG MH spinoff <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vbcim/20150903_031632.jpg" width="200" alt="TGS2015: Hands-on with Monster Hunter Stories, a gorgeous turn-based RPG MH spinoff" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Hey there folks, I'm just back from Tokyo Game Show with something a little bit special for you - a hands on with the rather special <em><a href="/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/news.asp?c=67316">Monster Hunter Stories</a></em> on 3DS.<br><br>'Another new <em>Monster Hunter</em>?' I hear you ask. Well, not quite. This is a full-blown turn-based adventure RPG rather than the area-based action RPG like <em><a href="/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+4+Ultimate/review.asp?c=63802">Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate</a></em> that we've come to know and love.<br><br>This... can only be a good thing as far as I'm concerned. Even over 150 hours in, I'm still not particularly good at <em>Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate</em>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/news.asp?c=67603'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+Stories/news.asp?c=67603 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:39:03 GMT TGS2015: Hands-on with Project X Zone 2, the action-strategy RPG with all your favourite game characters <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-juxze_15-minutes-of-project-x-zone-2-gameplay-tgs-2015_9n69_640_jpg_100.jpg" width="200" alt="TGS2015: Hands-on with Project X Zone 2, the action-strategy RPG with all your favourite game characters" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We ventured over to Tokyo Game Show last week to go hands-on with some of the most interesting games that'll be coming to the 3DS and Vita this year and next. One game we couldn't miss was <em>Project X Zone 2: Brave New World</em>.<br><br>For those of you who missed out on the first installment of <em><a href="/r/3DS/Project+X+Zone/review.asp?c=52335">Project X Zone</a></em>, what we have here is an isometric Strategy RPG, much like <em><a href="/r/PSP/Disgaea%3A+Afternoon+of+Darkness/review.asp?c=5167">Disgaea</a></em>, only with 2D battling segments that focus on building up combos and dishing out as much damage as possible in real time.<br><br>The cross in the title symbolises the frankly ludicrous amount of crossovers in the game, throwing characters together from all manner of Namco, SEGA, and Capcom games. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Project+X+Zone+2/news.asp?c=67582'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Project+X+Zone+2/news.asp?c=67582 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:32:22 GMT We go hands-on with RPG mash-up Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-afwr/image.jpeg" width="200" alt="We go hands-on with RPG mash-up Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>What on earth is Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam?</strong><br><br>It's a mix up of the <em>Mario & Luigi</em> games, and the <em>Paper Mario</em> games. So, the brothers are joined by a paper thin version of Mario. And paper versions of Bowser and Peach and other characters appear too.<br><br><strong>What crazy story has Nintendo come up with to merge these two stories together?</strong><br><br>I guess the Mario brothers find a book about Mario. And it's magic, of course. So a little 2D Mario peels off the page and enters the real world. I have no idea. I'm sure it will be explained exhaustively in the final game.<br><br><strong>Who's developing it?</strong><br><br>Alpha Dream, the developers of all the <em>Mario & Luigi</em> games, is behind this one. And it shows: it very much looks, plays, and feels like a <em>Mario & Luigi</em> game with Paper Mario as a cameo, rather than the other way around. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Mario+%26+Luigi%3A+Paper+Jam/news.asp?c=66286'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Mario+%26+Luigi%3A+Paper+Jam/news.asp?c=66286 Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:48:00 GMT E3 2015: Metroid Blast Ball forms part of Metroid Prime: Federation, and this is what it looks like <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ftrvmy/blast_ball.jpg" width="200" alt="E3 2015: Metroid Blast Ball forms part of Metroid Prime: Federation, and this is what it looks like" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> New <em>Metroid</em> is never a bad thing, and lucky so-and-sos Alysia and James have been playing exactly that while out in LA for E3.<br><br><em>Metroid Blast Ball</em> is a part of <em>Metroid Prime: Federation</em>, headed to Nintendo 3DS systems shortly.<br><br>How does it play? Thwack that play button above and we'll show you. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Metroid+Blast+Ball/news.asp?c=65993'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Metroid+Blast+Ball/news.asp?c=65993 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:30:00 GMT E3 2015: Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes - we've played it, here's what we think <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yfki/tri_force_heroes_trio.jpg" width="200" alt="E3 2015: Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes - we've played it, here's what we think" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <iframe width="457" height="257" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qbd16E9noO4?showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen><br><br>One of the bigger surprises from Nintendo's announcements out of E3 was 3DS title <em>Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes</em>.<br><br>James went and grabbed footage of himself playing the game, which you can see above, and he talks you through what it's like to play this three person co-op adventure. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Legend+of+Zelda%3A+Tri+Force+Heroes/news.asp?c=65989'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Legend+of+Zelda%3A+Tri+Force+Heroes/news.asp?c=65989 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:25:00 GMT What happens when you get 3 Monster Hunter newbies to play Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in a London bar? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ezrsu_mh4u_720_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="What happens when you get 3 Monster Hunter newbies to play Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in a London bar?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> A little while back we <a href="r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+4+Ultimate/feature.asp?c=63866">ran a competition</a> to win copies of <em><a href="r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+4+Ultimate/review.asp?c=63802">Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate</a></em> and the New 3DS XL. A few eagle-eyed readers noticed something extra at the foot of the page, something about going to London with <em>Pocket Gamer</em> for something secret and special.<br><br>Three of the people who got in touch with us, who had never played <em>Monster Hunter</em> before, were then whisked away to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/fourquartersbar">The Four Quarters</a> and treated to a full day with the new Nintendo handheld, as well as one-on-one <em>Monster Hunter</em> coaching from Capcom. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+4+Ultimate/news.asp?c=64215'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Monster+Hunter+4+Ultimate/news.asp?c=64215 Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:00:00 GMT