Chain Blaster to be released on European 3DS eShop in September

Set in the future, a deadly virus infiltrates the world’s super computer and puts on standby the world’s nuclear weapons ready for launch. With the world on the brink of destruction, take control of an anti-virus ship and go head to head with the virus, taking on wave after wave of enemy ships in a fierce battle to save the world.

Use special shots known as Chain Blasts to counter the virus ships as they swarm together in attack formations. Trigger a Chain Blast at just the right point to set in motion a combo explosion that will take out the entire chain of enemies. The more enemies you take out in one blast the higher your score. Upload your Top Score online and see how you stack up against players from around the world.

The game has already been released on the American 3DS eShop, and it is planned to be released on the European 3DS eShop on September 1st. The game will cost €4.99.

Wall Street Journal mentions NX as being compatible with Nintendo's smartphone games

The full news article about this subject is "locked" behind a subscription service, but Takashi Mochizuki of The Wall Street Journal wrote the following statement:

...a person familiar with the matter said NX would be a handheld-console hybrid that would be compatible with its own smartphone games.

Although Mochizuki is often credited as being a reliable person when it comes to news, for the time being, this information shall be considered as a rumor. However, considering that a large amount of Nintendo NX information was released yesterday, this may provide some more insight as to whether or not all of this information is true.

Hangin' with Mr. Yoshiller! - Yoshiller Wednesday

I know, I know...you were all expecting Daan to come in and take his usual Wednesday round. Well Daan happens to be busy this Wednesday, but thankfully the wonderful Yoshiller has stepped up to the plate! He'll be here from now until around 10 PM ET. That's when I come back and pick things up where Yoshiller leaves off..

Hope your week has been going great so far! See you later tonight, gang.

Baby name website notices uptick in Pokemon-related names for children

I guess the Pokémon trend reaches even further than I originally though. Now it's branching out into baby names. That's according to baby name tracking site Babycenter. Believe it or not, Pokemon names are actually moving up the charts, with people considering naming their children after Pocket Monsters.


- Eeevee shot up 1,377 spots since last year
- Onyx shot up 2,184 spots


- Ash has move up as well

NST Lead Designer and Assistant Designer leave the company

It seems that Stephen Mortimer (lead designer) and Paul Kranich have both departed NST, the Redmond based in-house development group. NST has been stuck in a rut for quite some time now, with developer turnover being rather high. Nintendo is obviously looking to fill those spots, but we have no idea what this branch of Nintendo is working on.

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition - details, screens

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Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell. In the slaughter that ensued, the demonic forces defeated the heavenly hosts and laid claim to the Earth.
Brought before the sacred Charred Council, War is indicted for his crimes and stripped of his powers. Dishonored and facing his own death, War is given the opportunity to return to Earth to search for the truth and punish those responsible.
Hunted by a vengeful group of Angels, War must take on the forces of Hell, forge uneasy alliances with the very demons he hunts, and journey across the ravaged remains of the Earth on his quest for vengeance and vindication.


Apocalyptic Power – Unleash the wrath of War, combining brutal attacks and supernatural abilities to decimate all who stand in your way
Extreme Arsenal – Wield a devastating arsenal of angelic, demonic and Earthly Weapons; and blaze a trail of destruction atop Ruin, War’s fiery phantom steed
Epic Quest – Battle across the wastelands and demon-infested dungeons of the decimated Earth in your quest for vengeance and redemption
Character Progression – Uncover powerful ancient relics, upgrade your weapons, unlock new abilities, and customize your gameplay style
Battle Heaven and Hell – Battle against all who stand in your way - from war-weary angelic forces to Hell’s hideous demon hordes
Warmastered Edition Features:
PS4, Xbox One and Wii U versions of Darksiders (Wrath of War)
Native 1080p rendering resolution
Doubled all the texture resolutions
Rendering improvements and rework
Better shadow rendering quality
Post processing effects
60 FPS in moment to moment gameplay (PS4, Xbox One, PC, 30 for WiiU)

Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy hitting NA/EU in 2017, subbed trailer

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As one of LEVEL-5’s masterpieces, the PROFESSOR LAYTON series of puzzle adventure games has sold more than 15.5 million units worldwide to date. Its newest official sequel, Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy — available on Nintendo 3DS/Android/iOS — was announced to be released in Spring 2017 in Japan. Not only will the main character switch from ‘Professor Layton’ (Hershel Layton) to ‘Kat’ (Katrielle Layton), many of its characters will be brand new. The story will focus less on dynamic problem-solving and more on solving multiple mystery cases observed in the everyday lives of Londoners, which will bring a faster tempo and more comical tone to the series. It will be more familiar — and funnier — than ever, while maintaining an adventurous quality. The creators of the puzzles and brain-teasers, the core element of the series, will also be new. Please look forward to the new PROFESSOR LAYTON series, targeting a Western release in 2017.

Catalyst's 3 visual novels for 3DS - more screens, info

Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni

- by Ryukishi07, creator of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
- 800 Yen
- requires 3 327 blocks / 415MB of free space

The House in Fata Morgana

- by Novectacle
- 950 Yen
- requires 7 856 blocks / 982MB of free space

World End Economica Episode 1

- by Isuna Hasekura, author of Spice & Wolf
- 800 Yen
- requires 3 500 blocks / 437.5MB of free space

More screens of each game here