This week's North American downloads - September 29 (Gunvolt 2, Yo-kai Watch 2 and more)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

   * YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls – Watch out! The strangely charming troublemakers, Yo-kai, are back for a new adventure! Find, befriend and battle more than 350 new and returning Yo-kai. Hop on a train to seek out new towns and new Yo-kai. Teaming up with the heroic cat Hovernyan, travel back in time to save Springdale and witness the origin of the Yo-kai Watch! Both versions of the game, each containing unique Yo-kai, will be available on Sept. 30. Try out the new YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls games with a special (and free!) demo, available now.

   * Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 – From INTI CREATES, Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 is a 2D action/platforming game in the style of the Japanese classics of yesteryear, available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. The great controls, crisp graphics, unique play mechanics and epic boss battles from the first installment are all here, along with a host of new features. Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 is part of the #Nindies Summer Jam promotion, with a special introductory price through 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 6.

  * Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice – Get fired up for this cool new game. Race through this epic new adventure as Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles or Sticks to stop Dr. Eggman and new adversary D-Fekt. Harness the power of fire and ice to blaze through obstacles and puzzles, and freeze enemies in their tracks. Use Sonic’s speed, Tails’ flight, Knuckles’ strength, Sticks’ Boomerang and Amy’s hammer to explore, fight and race through an undiscovered land.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

   * Soul Axiom – Collect unique hand powers to solve puzzles, manipulate the environment and unlock paths in this compelling cyber thriller. Immerse yourself in a dramatic story with more than 20 hours of gameplay and 40 distinct locations to explore. Choose your destiny and discover multiple endings as you unravel the mysteries of your digital afterlife.

Wii Retail on Wii U

   * Pikmin – Captain Olimar has crash-landed on a strange world, and his only hope for survival lies with odd creatures called Pikmin. Set out and explore the strange, lush planet before Olimar’s life support runs out. In this Wii version of the original Nintendo GameCube classic, command up to 100 Pikmin, swarm predators and haul critical parts back to your ship all by using the Wii Remote controller.

Nintendo eShop sales:

* Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
   * Queen’s Garden (Wii U), 3D Game Collection(Nintendo 3DS) and more games from Joindots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 6.

* Nintendo eShop on Wii U
   * Epic Dumpster Bear is 40 percent off (reduced from $7.49 to $4.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 27.
   * Blackjack 21, Super Hero Math and more games from Skunk Software are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 30.
   * ZaciSa’s Last Stand is 50 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 1.
   * Keytari: 8-Bit Music Maker is 20 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 5.
   * BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is 50 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $7.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 3.
   * Art of Balance is more than 40 percent off (reduced from $8.99 to $5.20) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 20.

* Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
   * Art of Balance TOUCH! is 25 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $5.20) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 20.
   * Parking Star 3D, Swords & Soldiers 3D and more games from CIRCLE Ent. are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 20.
   * Epic Word Search Collection and Epic Word Search Collection 2 are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 6.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
   * Pokémon: A Sinister Organization—Team Galactic
   * Pokémon: A Sinister Organization—Team Rocket
   * Shantae Beach
   * Pirate Pop Plus
   * YO-KAI WATCH Komasan – Available Sept. 30
   * YO-KAI WATCH Komajiro – Available Sept. 30
   * YO-KAI WATCH Robonyan – Available Sept. 30

Also new this week:
* Quest of Dungeons (Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
* Ninja Usagimaru – The Mysterious Karakuri Castle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
* Archery by Thornbury Software (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
* Dreamals: Dream Quest (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

GoNintendo Review - Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice

SEGA is on a mission with Sonic fans. In a rather refreshing approach, SEGA came out and said that Sonic wasn't getting the attention he deserves when it comes to quality. They recognize that recent years have been rather lackluster, and they're out to turn things around. Obviously that kind of move is going to take time, but it's good to know that SEGA has recognized a problem and is out to correct it.

Many consider Sonic Mania to be the first title that shows SEGA's new plans for Sonic. It'll be the first game that really gives us a look at how SEGA plans to bring the blue blur back to his former popularity, all while bringing in some fans that may have lapsed. With that said, it's not entirely fair to say Sonic Mania is the first title to really try and right some wrongs. Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice went through a rather lengthy delay in order to make for a better experience. That delay was also followed by SEGA's admission of Sonic's quality taking a dip. When you put both together, you can see that Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice got a lot more love from SEGA than originally planned.

So how does the new title in the Sonic Boom franchise measure up? It's certainly not the best Sonic game in the franchise's long history, but it is without a doubt a step in the right direction.

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South Korea - Krispy Kreme gets Pokemon doughnuts

Fans of Pokemon in South Korea might have to make a stop at their local Krispy Kreme location. The doughnut creator has just revealed that they're adding Pokemon-themed doughnuts to their lineup. They certainly look the part, but I wonder how they taste!

Monster Hunter Stories - Kupni Village details and residents

Kupni Village

- idyllic village where many kinds of felynes live
- has a warm temperature, so many felynes visit for vacations
- in the sea there are two rocks that are shaped after felynes
- Village Chief Matar is the chief of Kupni Village
- she’s a wyverian who looks after the felynes
- she has both the personality of a leader, and the kindness like a mother
- Hanako met Nabiru thanks to a certain happening
- she can understand Nabiru well, as the latter tend to be misunderstood easily
- Torao and Kagishippo are two felynes who also live in Kupni Village just like Hanako
- Torao has a scar on his forehead and looks like a gang leader, and Kagishippo is his underling
- they always move together as a pair
- a lot of felynes who live in Kupni Village do recognize Nabiru
- it seems like this place is also very deeply related to Nabiru
- Torao and Kagishippo do not seem to like Navirou due to a certain happening in the past
- the reasons why the protagonist and Nabiru get to visit this village are unclear as of now

Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice - "Turnabout Time Traveler" DLC now available

- $5.99
- set after the events of the main game
- Phoenix takes on the defense of bride-to-be Ellen Wyatt at Larry’s request
- Maya tags along and Edgeworth is behind the bench

Michel Ancel shares another Beyond Good & Evil 2 tease

"Ready for the fight " independence #ubisoft day

A photo posted by Michel Ancel (@michelancel) on

There's no doubt about this image being related to Beyond Good & Evil. It seems like Ancel is definitely teasing a sequel. I can't wait to find out more, and I really hope that NX rumor is true!

RPG Maker Fes - SD card info

- uses the SD card
- this allows you to save up to 16 RPGs at once
- game allows you to edit monsters, events, weapons, armor, items, abilities