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Monster Hunter Stories – early purchase, retail bonuses detailed

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Capcom has revealed the early purchase and exclusive retail bonuses for the upcoming Monster Hunter game.
The game will have a variety of Otomon (Rideable Monster) exclusive to retailers through a download code.

Amazon.co.jp: Amapekko (Qurupeco with a water attribute)
Aeon: Aeon Lagombi (Lagombi with a thunder attribute)
Edion: Iceogre (Zinogre with an Ice attribute)
TSUTAYA: Tsutarex (Tigrex with a fire attribute)
GEO: Geolos (Rathalos with an ice attribute)

e-Capcom: Flame Wolf Zinogre (Zinogre with a fire attribute)

Splatoon - new amiibo up for pre-order on Nintendo's UK store

The latest Splatoon amiibo are now up for pre-order on Nintendo's UK site - the new colors for Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl, Marie, Inkling Squid and Callie. You can check them out here

Zero Time Dilemma - info on story, characters, gameplay mechanics and more

Some of this content might be considered spoiler territory, so only read on if you don't mind a few game elements spoiled for you.

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Gab

- old male dog who lives together with the nine people in the facility
- can go through small air ducts that humans cannot
- connects the three teams by having a tube on its necklace which can be inserted with paper
- Team C uses it to send messages with other teams

Zero

- mastermind who enacts the “Decision Game”
- wears a mask and processes his voice so that nobody can know his true identity
- never shows himself in person
- watches and speaks with the nine people through monitors

“Decision” Game

- player is given important selections within a time limit
- many parts with multiple results to consider
- the player will need to think thoroughly while considering the effect to the story
- example: Team D is trapped in a waste disposal room. Fi is trapped inside an incinerator, while Sigma is being held to a chair with a gun set up behind his head. The incinerator will activate unless its door is unlocked when the gun trigger is pulled within a few seconds. The gun has a 50-50 chance between shooting a blank or a live bullet. Do you pull the trigger?
- possible outcomes:

NO: Diana doesn’t pull the trigger
– Fi dies getting burned in the incinerator. However, Fi doesn’t feel any panic or resentment against Diana as they talk for the last time.

YES: Diana does pull the trigger
– 50% chance of a live bullet: Sigma instantly killed. Fi is rescued, however she becomes very enraged towards Diana for becoming a murderer.
– 50% chance of firing a blank: Nobody dies. In this best scenario, Fi, who normally doesn’t show her emotions, has an emotion overflow when Sigma is safe and alright.

Quest Part

- introduces a scenario for Team D
- they enter the Transporter Room and must solve the mystery of the transporter
- goal is to activate this device from an otherworldly civilizatio
- scenario starts with a couple of pictured cards on player’s possession
- cards need to be placed on a blue board in specific ways
- “There are ‘two’ ways to interpret numbers in this civilization"
- a 3D printer prints 10-sided reels is available
- there's also a mysterious handlebar that must be attached with a number of these reels in a very specific positioning
- some quests have exploration systems, but some others are completely focused on solving riddles
- the latter quests have a high volume of gimmicks

Story introduction for Team C

- Junpei and Akane are reunited after a long time since the events of the first game Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
- the two used to be connected with strong bonds
- ever since getting assigned to Team C in this game, they always have conflicting opinions
- team leader Carlos is also often getting pressured with crucial decisions (that may affect the other two)…

Carlos

- hot-blooded manly firefighter who is brimming with a sense of justice
- has a younger sister with a terminal illness who he deeply cares for
- vows to get out of this facility to return to her

Junpei

- Akane’s childhood friend
- after the incident the year before, he entered the underground community to find Akane who was missing
- has a rough, wild mind

Akane

- neat looks and a sharp and able person
- skilled in wiles
- leads a secret society that wishes for a peaceful future

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Kirby: Planet Robobot review

Time for me to call it a night. Things went a little later than usual tonight due to my internet going wonky. I don't know what happened, but things eventually got fixed. Now I'm super tired and really hurting for some sleep! See you in a few, short hours.

I've always enjoyed the Kirby series. I think it holds a unique place in the gaming industry as a franchise that isn't too challenging, but still provides a lot of fun. Ever since the release of Kirby's Return to Dreamland, I feel like the franchise has been better than ever. Each main game after that outing has been pretty much outstanding in my book. Then I saw the trailer for Kirby: Planet Robobot...and I became a bit nervous.

We all have our first impressions of a game when it's initially announced. We see artwork, screens or a trailer and form some sort of opinion. Now I'm not dumb enough to let that first impression spoil a game for me, but I will say that I didn't really dig what Kirby: Planet Robobot was about. The idea of using mechs to get around and battle in a Kirby game seemed like it just wouldn't jive. Something about it felt shoehorned in to me, and I couldn't place my finger on why. That said, I kept my overall open mind for when I actually got to sit down with the game.

Now that I've put in ample time with Kirby: Planet Robobot, I can say that I totally get it. To tell you the truth, Kirby: Planet Robobot totally turned around my expectations. While I went into it being a bit nervous and apprehensive, I've come out completely sold on the idea. The entire mech mechanic adds much more than surface value to the experience. I don't know that we'll ever see Kirby jumping into a mech again, but I can say that I'd really love to see it return in the future. This approach added yet another truly interesting wrinkle to the Kirby universe.

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Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice - Revisualization feature detailed

- activates when the courtroom battle reaches its final stage and it seems you need another step to fully grasp hold of the truth
- lets you review the facts revealed up until that point
- seek out a route that leads to the truth while organizing events
- select the correct route using logical reasoning
- if you make an error, you can review again any number of times to reach the truth

Monster Hunter Stories gets Japanese release date, amiibo on the way

Monster Hunter Stories

- launching in Japan on Oct. 8th
- 5,800 yen at retail and 5,546 yen via download
- getting 3 amiibo figures launching alongside the game
- these will let players obtain special Otomon (monsters) in-gam
- amiibo include: “One-Eyed Rathalos and Rider (Female)” and “One-Eyed Rathalos and Rider (Male)” for 1,800 yen each, and “Nabiru” for 1,200 yen.
- plans for a second set of amiibo in the Winter
- limited quantities of the game will include a “Rathalos” costume for Nabiru
- if you have Monster Hunter Generations save data on your 3DS, you’ll receive the bonus “Dinovaldo” costume for Nabiru and one-handed sword for the protagonist
- game will also have various shop-specific Otoman bonuses
- collaboration with Pompompurin, who will appear in the form of a costume for Nabiru