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Azure Striker Gunvolt - Famitsu offering theme code, merch on the way

Famitsu code

- available in this week's issue
- code for use on the 3DS theme shop
- unlock an exclusive Nintendo 3DS Theme
- will feature music from the opening stage for Copen, from Azure Striker Gunvolt 2

Azure Striker Gunvolt

Merch

- official Azure Striker Gunvolt merchandise coming soon to Fangamer
- soundtrack and more to be available

Fan-Art: Pokemon Sun/Moon-inspired trainer backpack

Inspired in the Pokemon trainer from the newest announced games Pokemon Sun & Moon. This is a cool and secure bag to carry your books, phone, money and everyday needs; made with a very resistant fabric to maximize durability.

It has 2 pockets on the front side, to carry your earplugs, your flash cards, your Nintendo 3DS, pocket change or any other trinket you need in your day.

The bag has the following dimensions:
11.5″ x 16″ x 6″ / 29.5 cm x 41 cm x 15cm

FEATURES

– Embroidered design
– 2 pockets with zipper on the outside
– Made with water resistant materials.

– 4 pockets on the inside.
– The interior is made of nylon taffeta.

– The laptop pictured is 14″ and it fits with room to spare.

Grab yours here

Amazon - Hyrule Warriors Legends for $27


3Souls dev discusses the game's deep GamePad integration

A portion of a Nintendo Life interview with dev Arturo Chaves Maza...

NL: You make extensive use of the GamePad, so can you talk a little more about that?

ACM: The most basic one is the use of the soul. You can touch it any time during the game to hear the feelings and the thoughts of your character. You also can check the collectibles there.

The most interesting theme is the use of the "connect" button. This is used only when you find one element in the game that has a portal (the ones that we mentioned earlier). The only one that has been shown is the camera. You can connect to it, to see platforms on the GamePad that you can't see on the TV.

The other elements, I will not share, because I decided that part of the game's experience is discovering how to use them yourself (like in "Zack & Wiki"). If I spoil them, the game will lose a big part of the experience. At first I wanted to make a trailer to explain better… but those who played Affordable Space Adventures maybe appreciate that the trailers could never transmit the real experience that you have by playing with the GamePad. I think in this case "word of mouth" would work better than teaser trailers that spoil the real experience of playing the game.

NL: How do the character's emotions, visible on the GamePad, affect the general play?

ACM: It affects more the definition of the character than the gameplay itself, although there are some moments (more on future episodes than the first one) where it has a bigger impact on the gameplay. In this first episode, it will give you clues sometimes for different things, but I rather not spoil it either (by now, you're probably figured out that I hate spoilers!)

Pokemon name changes in China are making fans quite upset

Pokemon Sun/Moon will be the first games in the Pokémon series available in traditional and simplified Chinese, and distributed in December in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China.

...Pokémon in Greater China will be officially called 精靈寶可夢, or Jingling Baokemeng in Mandarin (Jingling means “spirit” or “elf,” and Baokemeng is a transliteration of Pokémon). Earlier in Hong Kong, it was 寵物小精靈, Pet Little Elves (or Spirits), while in Taiwan, it was 神奇寶貝, Magic Babies.

...fans in Hong Kong, where the official language is Cantonese, not Mandarin, are the most upset.

...Pikachu was originally translated as 比卡超 (Bei-kaa-chyu) in Hong Kong. Now it is named 皮卡丘 (Pikaqiu). While the name 皮卡丘 in Mandarin sounds similar to the global name Pikachu (as it was always called in China and Taiwan), it reads as Pei-kaa-jau in Cantonese, which doesn’t sound the same at all.

Believe it or not, this whole situation has lead to rallies from fans in protest of the name changes. I mean, it has been 20 years of the same name. To have things change now, basic things like the name of Pikachu, is indeed a tough pill to swallow.

Check out the full feature here

Splatoon Live in Makuhari -Squid Sisters Live- album - purchase bonus

Any Japanese Splatoon fans that plan on picking up the Splatoon Live in Makuhari -Squid Sisters Live- album from Ebten will be able to grab themselves this sweet purchase bonus poster for free!

Etrian Odyssey V - Soundtrack Rough Sketch Ver. CD artwork

This is the artwork for the Soundtrack Rough Sketch Ver. CD that comes with every copy of the game at launch.

Monster Hunter Stories - Brand new story info, gameplay details, screens & art

Tons of screens and art here

Official website synopsis

This story begins in the Village of Riders [Hakuma Village]. The Protagonist, Lilia, and Shuval/Cheval. These three childhood friends go to the forest to pretend-play collecting eggs.

There, they discover a beautiful shining monster egg. The protagonist pretends to perform the aspiration of all Riders, the “bonding ritual,” which uses a “bond stone” [Kizuna Stone] to deepen a monster’s bond with their Rider and unlock new powers.

However, even though it was just supposed to be pretend, a Rathalos hatches from the egg. The villagers celebrate the Protagonist, who was able to hatch an egg without a bond stone, but…

A disaster known as “black miasma” befalls them.
It is not only the village that is injured, but Lilia and Shuval/Cheval’s hearts as well…

Exactly one year after the disaster, the Protagonist receives a bond stone [Kizuna Stone] and becomes a Rider. Shuval/Cheval has left the village to fulfill his own goal, and Lilia has abandoned the path of a Rider and gone on her own journey. The Protagonist, who has overcome many tribulations to become a Rider and matured along with Nabiru, who he met and partnered with by chance, decides to go on a journey to the outside world.
Their destination is the world of Hunters.
A world of people whose life is completely different than the Riders’.

Hunters, who live by killing monsters.
Riders, who live by raising monsters.
Despite his uncertainties of how their lifestyles can be reconciled, the Protagonist lives with Hunters, and learns how to work as both a Hunter and a Rider.

Once again, the threat of the black miasma appears.
People begin noticing differences in their work and environment during their everyday life.
However, it’s not just in a town or village, but in the entire world.
The Riders and Hunters whose role seems to have become a test.

The key will be the power hidden in the bond stone [Kizuna Stone], and the truth of the “Myth of Ledan,” the story of the origin of Riders that has been passed down for generations.
The strength of bonds, which are tempered and heightened.
The Protagonist discovers the real power of bonds from the truth of the myth.
The Protagonist and Nabiru, and otomon.

A new Monster Hunter experience about bonds is awaiting you.

Characters

Lilia: the protagonist’s (female) childhood friend, who is literally obsessed with the outside world. She’s quite the vigorous one, and a bit like a big sister always pushing the others forward. She is described as a cheerful, kind, and dependable person.

Protagonist (can be either male or female): a novice rider who was born and raised on the verdant plateau. Just like Lilia, they’re interested in the outside world, and together with Nabiru (a very odd Felyne), they set off on a journey.

Shuval/Cheval: the protagonist’s (male) childhood friend, who said to be very kind and obedient. He has a strong desire to become a Rider. He is described as a very kindheart boy.

Simone: the commanding officer of the Investigation Unit of the Royal Intelligence Squad. She may be young, but her abilities are the real deal. Her knowledge on monsters, their ecology, and their environments is remarkable.

Otomon

- name of monsters who share a bond with Riders
- can help them in a variety of situations (not just in battle)
- there’s many different species of monsters, and they all have their own abilities / powers
- find a monster’s nest –> you collect an egg –> you incubate the egg at the stable –> the egg hatches
- Monster’s nests can be found everywhere in the field, and there’s even some rare ones hidden in some places.
- you have to be careful when sneaking inside to collect the eggs
- bring them to the stable in order to incubate them
- there may be a secret to the pattern on the eggs themselves
- the “Transmission Ceremony” allows you to “transfer” bond genes from one Otomon to another
- each Otomon has its own bond gene
- move a bond gene to the empty bond gene slot of a different Otomo
- if you manage to line up three bond genes in a row, then a new power will be awakened.
- Otomons revealed so far include:

Velocidrome
Arzuros
Lagombi
Yian Kut-Ku
Congalala
Khezu
Rathian
Tigrex
Diablos
Rathalos
Zinogre
Royal Ludroth
Qurupeco
Brachydios
Kirin
Lagiacrus
Nargacuga
Aptonoth

Battles

- get XP by defeating enemies
- XP is distributed to all the Otomon in your party
- win some extra XP by fighting well
- the better you do, the rarer the items you receive as rewards

Gameplay systems

- Multiplayer lets you battle other players either via local wireless or online
- different rules you can choose from
- during the battles, you can communicate using stamps.
- in Quest: you can get various quests from NPCs, the Quest Boards, the Equipment Shops, and more
- complete them to get XP and items

Puzzle & Dragons X - more details, screens and art for collab content

Puzzle and Dragons X

- make powerful Soul Amour if you manage to beat these monsters
- will be added via a special quest, available from August 10th for free
- Taiko Drum Master: Dokodon! Mystery Adventure brings songs and a special character
- music includes: “Walking Through The Towers”, from Puzzle & Dragons and more
- songs will be available for free from July 28th to August 31st (and will become paid after that)