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Honda shows of Sonic Civic at Comic-Con

To celebrate 25 years of Sonic, Honda created a one-off Sonic Civic to show off at Comic-Con. What I really want to know is, where is this car going to go after the big event? I guess to SEGA HQ, but I wish SEGA/Honda would give fans a chance to win it!

Pokemon Sun/Moon devs talk gameplay, Pokemon brand, Pokemon GO & more

Coming from a Famitsu interview with director Shigeru Omori and producer Junichi Masuda...

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, a brand-new game where everything has evolved

– As mentioned at E3 2016, the director for Sun and Moon is not Masuda, but instead Omori. It was the same case with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, though this is the first time Omori became a director of a brand new game (new generation).
– Masuda reminisced on how Satoshi Tajiri was the director of Red and Green, then handed that position to him afterwards. The important points on making a brand new game are how to insert the world setting and gameplay, and challenging technical things that should be done. Masuda would like to pass on that spirit of challenge to the next era, which was why after Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire ended, Masuda asked Omori to ‘do the next brand-new game.’
– When Omori became a director for the first time with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he felt it was both hectic and interesting at the same time, because he could make a game as he wished. When there were talks of him becoming a director for Sun and Moon, he wondered if he could really do it, because when it comes to a brand new game, there are many things that must be considered, including the world setting and the new Pokemon. He has worked hard and believes that Sun and Moon will be very interesting.

– The aspect Masuda wanted to point out in the E3 demo gameplay was how the player is now able to move freely without anymore grid/directional restrictions. Due to that fact, they had to revamp opponent trainers’ line of sight on routes. When the player is getting closer to the trainer’s line of sight, the screen will have dark borders, and it will then have an exclamation mark when the trainer has player on their sight.
– Omori noticed that the new field movement, battle scenes, user interface, and more have mostly been received positively, so he feels relieved.
– Keen veteran players may notice that quality of the gameplay is being naturally revolutionized with just a subtle hint with the free field movement.

– Masuda also points out another aspect, which is that the sea and sky that can be viewed from the field. They added more sense of reality by things like displaying time progression from day to night, or hearing the sound of waves when nearby the sea.
– They also made many measures to improve the gameplay tempo.
– It may be hard to notice from the gameplay footage, but they used a new visual engine for this game, totally different from what was used in X and Y, which allowed them to represent things more leisurely as well as showing trainers all the time during battles.
– Despite still staying on 3DS, by massively evolving the game’s internals, Omori thinks they could evolve the game bigger than what was seen. When they were making X and Y and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, they went until the technological limit they could manage, and the same also applies with Sun and Moon.

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Project Sonic 2017 confirmed for NX release - debut trailer

When things look their darkest, even heroes need a helping hand. Debuted at Sonic's 25th Anniversary Party, take a first look at the newest entry in Sonic's journey, arriving Holiday 2017.

Microsoft looking into getting Pokemon GO on Windows phones

Coming from Microsoft Portugal's Facebook page, following a statement indicating that Pokemon GO was coming to Windows phones.

"Dear fans, we apologize if the comment published previously you induced in error [sic]. We have actually received requests for this application [to] be available for windows phone. [The Windows store] is evaluating options to satisfy this request in the best possible way. We promise to keep you abreast of any developments."

So it seems like there's some back-and-forth going on to try and get Pokemon GO on Windows phones, but nothing official just yet. Let's hope this does become a reality for those players that are feeling left out.

Legal officer examines the potential legal issues that Pokemon GO could encounter

Coming from a Venturebeat interview with Avvo chief legal officer Josh King...

"If you saw something walking around on their phone, you thought, geez, what an asshole and now everyone is doing it everywhere and it’s become socially acceptable. But I think this is something that you’ll see, where these entities can’t really file a lawsuit — if you’re the Holocaust museum or Disneyland — against Nintendo or Niantic to say you can’t have your service be available on our property.

You’ll probably see a wide range of businesses, including probably restaurants and bars, that will ban playing Pokémon Go,” he said. “And they’ll enforce that by — if someone is doing this and they feel like they’re being disruptive, they’ll kick them out of their establishment.”

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Dragon Ball Fusions - preload live in Japan, download details, more screens

More screens here

Download size: 4 912 blocks / 614MB
Price: 6 156 Yen (retail / digital)
Genre: Collection / Training RPG
Players: 1 (Single Players), up to 2 (Local Multiplayer)
Save data files: 1
Save data files size: 128kb
Local Multiplayer features: local multiplayer, StreetPass
Stereoscopic 3D: No
NB: early purchase bonus available until September 5th

Japan - Wii U/3DS eShop charts: July 11th to 17th, 2016

Nintendo 3DS

(+7) 01. Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi (Level-5) [16.7.2016]
(+7) 02. Yo-kai Watch 3: Tempura (Level-5) [16.7.2016]
(=) 03. Pocket Monsters Pikachu / Pokémon Yellow Version: Pikachu Special Version (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [27.2.2016]
(-2) 04. Tobidasu! Nyanko Dai Sensou / The Battle Cats POP (Ponos) [31.5.2015]
(N) 05. Fairune 2 (Flyhigh Works) [13.7.2016]
(-5) 06. Culdcept Revolt (Nintendo) [07.7.2016]
(-2) 07. Pocket Monsters Aka / Pokémon Red Version (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [27.2.2016]
(B) 08. Super Mario World (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [04.3.2016]
(N) 09. Ugoku Manga Diji-Coro Dangerous Jii-san Yokoshima Vol. 001 – Tou ga Sugoi no jaa!! (Shogakukan) [13.7.2016]
(B) 10. Mother 2 (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [04.3.2016]

Wii U

(=) 01. Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Microsoft Japan) [17.12.2015]
(=) 02. Shovel Knight (Nintendo) [30.6.2016]
(+2) 03. Splatoon (Nintendo) [28.5.2015]
(-1) 04. Mario & Sonic at Rio Olympics / Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Nintendo) [23.6.2016]
(-1) 05. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [29.6.2016]
(B) 06. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [08.4.2016]
(-1) 07. Super Mario Maker (Nintendo) [10.9.2015]
(+1) 08. Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo) [29.5.2014]
(N) 09. Wave Race 64 (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [13.7.2016]
(-3) 10. Custom Robo V2 (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [08.6.2016]