Famitsu - This week's review scores (5/26/15)

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (3DS) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
Stella Glow (3DS) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
The Legend of Kusakari: The Legend of Shiba Kaarii (3DS) – 6/7/7/7 [27/40]


Dragon Quest VIII - More details, StreetPass functionality, no Stereoscopic 3D

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is an upcoming 3DS title. While there are not any screenshots or trailers at the moment, Famitsu has revealed that the game will not support stereoscopic 3D. The game has also been announced to have StreetPass functionality, but the details of these functions have yet to be announced. The game is set to release in Japan on August 20th. More information about the game should be revealed within the coming days.


Nihilumbra (Wii U) review

This comes from a portion of a review from Nintendo Life:

For the price of entry, it's very easy to recommend Nihilumbra to players looking for a substantial and contemplative experience. The puzzles here are, on the whole, head-scratchers which require quick wits and quicker reflexes, though we did run into a couple of unfair scenarios. Fortunately as players come to grips with the environments, even the later super-hard levels become manageable. Using the GamePad to change the interactivity of surfaces works very well and also makes for a great variety of ways to play with the world. Nihilumbra is a beautiful, haunting, if not altogether philosophically poignant, romp through a world fully realized through a masterful marriage of gameplay and presentation.

Click here to read the full review!

This week's European downloads - May 29 (Splatoon, Fossil Frontier and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Splatoon (Nintendo, available May 29) - €35.99/£31.49 (Deal ends June 4, only for people downloaded the Global Testfire. Regular price €39.99/£34.99)

It's splat or be splatted! Take to the turf for a brand new kind of battle in Splatoon, only on Wii U. Go up against players from around the globe in thrilling 4-vs-4 online multiplayer matches, where your teamwork and tactics need to be as sharp as your shooting. Take control of an Inkling, a unique species capable of switching between human and squid forms, in this distinctive action shooter.

High Strangeness (Midnight City) - €9.99/£8.99

High Strangeness is a hybrid of 8 and 16 bit games - a 12 bit adventure. The inspiration of the game comes from many Action-Adventure and RPG games of yesteryear. The game's core ability is to switch between 8 and 16 bit worlds and the player uses their generational differences to solve puzzles and explore the universe. Throughout the game your pixel art perspective of the world will be infused with visions of watercolour illustrations that shed some light on your mysterious surroundings. The chiptune soundtrack by Dino Lionetti and Rich Vreeland backs up the aesthetic of the world and sets the mood for strange happenings.


SDK Paint takes a unique approach to Wii U artwork creation, by stacking five layers onto the artwork canvas. Each layer can independently be utilized to create the next masterpiece. By combining the artistic modes (Normal Paint, Noisy Paint, Smudge, and Spraycan), the numerous filters (Blur, Negate, Lighten, Darken, etc.), the shaders (Pattern Fill, Flood Fill, Texture, etc.), and the tools (Gridlines, Stencils, Drag, Swap, etc.), the possibilities of what the stylus can paint onto the canvas are endless. Don't worry if you make a mistake, ten levels of Undo will help with that! If the artwork needs fine precision then just zoom the canvas. A large colour palette, with dragging support, lets artists easily choose exactly the colour desired, and a Dropper tool makes identifying previous colours a simple task. The features don't end with just painting, either. How does the artwork look on a wall? Explore the retro 3D Galleries to see all 18 paintings framed on the walls. Is the artwork ready show off? Jump into the Sharing area and prepare it for either 2D or anaglyph 3D (special glasses required**) posting of screenshots to MiiverseTM. Show the world your inner artist.

**SDK Paint supports 3D viewing by use of anaglyph 3D glasses. While, these are not required, they do enhance the experience.

Flying Warriors (Culture Brain, NES VC) - €4.99/£3.49

In Culture Brain's classic platform adventure, you are Rick Stalker, a kung-fu master who must defeat the Tusk Warriors - evil soldiers who want to resurrect the demon lord Demonyx! In the main single player game, battle through side-scrolling stages in Journey Mode, and fight enemies in the one-on-one Battle Mode. Transform into a Flying Warrior to use magic spells, or switch to an ally when the going gets tough. Alternatively, try Tournament Mode for up to eight players to challenge each other's combat skills. This is the US version of the game.

Little Ninja Brothers (Culture Brain, NES VC) - €4.99/£3.49

Little Ninja Brothers is the second in a series from Kung-Fu Heroes developer Culture Brain. Join Jack and Ryu on an adventure with action and role-playing elements, as you defeat the Yoma Clan and bring peace to Chinaland. Journey across the land - exploring cities and building up your items and weapons by visiting shops - and battle any enemies you encounter with hand-to-hand combat. Invite a friend along to share the skirmishes in two-player mode, and take a break from adventuring with various sporting events. This is the US version of the game.

Special offers

Blok Drop U (RCMADIAX) - €0.74/£0.64 (Ends June 25, regular price €1.49/£1.29)

Blok Drop X Twisted Fusion (RCMADIAX) - €1.45/£1.30 (Ends June 25, regular price €2.99/£2.69)

Tabletop Gallery (RCMADIAX) - €2.20/£2.00 (Ends June 25, regular price €4.49/£4.09)

Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Cypronia) - €3.14/£2.69 (Ends June 25, regular price €6.99/£5.99)

Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Cypronia) - €3.69/£3.33 (Ends June 25, regular price €4.99/£4.49)

Color Zen (Cypronia) - €2.24/£2.24 (Ends June 25, regular price €2.99/£2.99)

Color Zen Kids (Cypronia) - €2.24/£2.24 (Ends June 25, regular price €2.99/£2.99)

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia) - €3.74/£3.35 (Ends June 25, regular price €4.99/£4.49)

My Style Studio: Notebook (Cypronia) - €2.39/£2.15 (Ends June 25, regular price €2.99/£2.69)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Fossil Fighters Frontier (Nintendo, available May 29) - €39.99/£34.99

Dig into Fossil Fighters Frontier! In this exciting RPG, play as a young Fossil Warden protecting precious Fossil Parks across the world from a cruel villain, Dr. Baron von Blackraven, who is intent on ruling the world using the power of Vivosaurs - extra powerful and extra colourful dinosaurs! Awaiting you in-game will be a huge 3D world with hidden riches to discover while travelling around in your customisable Bone Buggy vehicle. Track down precious fossils, excavate them, before watching them revive into Vivosaurs. You can then send these Vivosaurs - of which there are over 80 to discover in-game - into turn-based battles to take on your enemies.

Splatoon: Inkredible Theme (Nintendo, theme available May 29) - €1.99/£1.79

A colourful, ink-splattered celebration of all things Splatoon. Scroll the Touch Screen to see Judd's match-calling moves.

Pokémon: Eevee Collection (The Pokémon Company, theme available May 29) - €1.99/£1.79

Eevee and all eight of its evolved forms gather together in an adorable, colourful theme. It's an Eevee lover's dream come true!

Pokémon: Mega Charizard X (The Pokémon Company, theme available May 29) - €1.99/£1.79

This majestic blue-and-red theme features Mega Charizard X surrounded by a raging storm of fire and lightning.

Pokémon Shuffle (The Pokémon Company, theme available May 29) - €1.99/£1.79

An adorable theme based on the Pokémon Shuffle puzzle game. Scroll the Touch Screen to see more familiar faces appear.

Special offers

Heart Beaten (Springloaded) - €2.33/£2.00 (€1.09/£1.00 if you have downloaded Space Lift Danger Panic. Regular price €3.49/£2.99)

Space Lift Danger Panic (Springloaded) - €1.65/£1.29 (€0.80/£0.65 if you have downloaded Heart Beaten. Regular price €2.49/£1.99)

Angry Bunnies (Cypronia) - €2.92/£2.69 (Ends June 25, regular price €6.49/£5.99)

Bubble Pop World (Cypronia) - €3.74/£3.35 (Ends June 25, regular price €4.99/£4.49)

Color Zen (Cypronia) - €2.24/£2.24 (Ends June 25, regular price €2.99/£2.99)

Color Zen Kids (Cypronia) - €2.24/£2.24 (Ends June 25, regular price €2.99/£2.99)

Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cypronia) - €3.74/£3.35 (Ends June 25, regular price €4.99/£4.49)

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia) - €3.74/£3.35 (Ends June 25, regular price €4.99/£4.49)

My Style Studio: Notebook (Cypronia) - €2.39/£2.15 (Ends June 25, regular price €2.99/£2.69)

SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form) - £6.99 (Permanent, was £7.99)

Yoshi's Woolly World - Over 40 amiibo supported

UK Software sales (5/23/15)

Individual releases:

All formats:

It's worth noting that Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush managed to snag a spot on the 40th slot of the first list. The first list details each individual system and game release, and yet, Kirby still managed to obtain 40th place. On the second list, Pokemon White Version 2, Mario Kart 8, and Super Smash Bros. all received additional spots on the list.

Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven - New blog entry showcases new info, announces upcoming livestream

Marvelous! Games has posted a new blog entry on their website for the upcoming 3DS title, Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven. This entry showcases and explains some gameplay mechanics, such as the use of Action Points and Skill Chips in battle. Marvelous also released a new trailer for the game, and they announced that they shall be hosting an upcoming livestream on May 28th at 1 PM EST. 

Click here to read the the full blog post!