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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may have a big learning curve for modern fans


On May 19, Nintendo will release a version of Fire Emblem Gaiden, the series’ second installment, stateside for the first time on Nintendo 3DS. But the newly dubbed Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may look pretty unfamiliar to Fire Emblem fans who cut their teeth on other recent 3DS Fire Emblem entries. Based on the trailer Nintendo debuted during yesterday’s Fire Emblem livestream, Shadows of Valentia harkens closely to the 1992 original Fire Emblem Gaiden. As the Japan-only Famicom title’s name implies — “Gaiden” means “side story” in Japanese — the game deviates from the formula that more recent fans. Some of the most devoted Fire Emblem fans have detailed the most significants changes that this so-called experimental role-playing game brought about from its predecessor, many...

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia heading to 3DS this May


The next game in the Fire Emblem franchise is in development for Nintendo 3DS. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a reworking of Fire Emblem Gaiden, Nintendo announced during a Fire Emblem-themed direct this evening. The game will launch on May 19, Nintendo confirmed. A two-pack of amiibo based on the main characters in the game — Alm and Celica — will arrive at retail that same day. Nintendo The amiibo set launching alongside Fire Emblem Echoes. Nintendo debuted a trailer detailing the game’s backstory, as well as comparing it to Fire Emblem Gaiden. A classic game in the series, it never hit Western shores. Shadows of Valentia will feature the earlier’s game’s cast, and Nintendo said that it has completely reimagined Gaiden for the 3DS title. The game...

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Pokémon Sun and Moon’s second global mission is yet another failure


Pokémon Sun and Moon’s second global mission wrapped late on Jan. 9, and it turns out that players again missed the mark. Players did not meet the goal of scanning and capturing one million Pokémon in total, according to the Global Link website. The online competition required players to use the “Island Scan” feature to locate and then battle Pokémon; afterward, they had to make sure to register their progress with the online Global Sync function. Had they been successful, players would have received 2,017 festival coins, the currency used in the online Festival Plaza that hosts these events. Instead, the consolation prize is a much more paltry 217 festival coins. On the bright side, the Japanese version of the Global Link site suggests players did a bit better than in the first...

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The problem with competitive Pokémon in one tweet


The competitive battling scene is one of Pokémon’s more popular, if at times controversial, features. For every player who loves its quirks and hardcore, obsessive elements — like EV training, which the casual player likely will never bother with during their Pokémon playthroughs — there’s one who can’t stand some of the less strategic aspects. Shofu, a popular Pokémon streamer who regularly broadcasts his Pokémon battles on Twitch, encapsulated the most annoying part of competitive play in a recent tweet. Culled from a late-night stream, the match below shows Shofu admitting defeat in no time at all. POKEMON IS THE WORST FUCKING COMPETITIVE GAME KNOWN TO MANKIND pic.twitter.com/vJGW2UTCdi— Elevate shofu (@shofu) January 5, 2017 Although Shofu’s bug/flying-type Masquerain is at a...

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Pokémon Sun and Moon’s second global mission offers a chance at redemption


Another global mission is live in Pokémon Sun and Moon, and this one has a slightly less lofty goal than the first international contest. From now until Jan. 9, trainers have to use the Island Scan feature to find 1 million Pokémon collectively, or risk missing out on a nice bounty. Island Scan, a tool which allows players to locate rare Pokémon across Alola, becomes available after using the QR Reader at least five times. (It specifically unlocks after amassing 100 points with the QR Reader; common Pokémon are worth 10 points, while special ones are worth 20.) After unlocking Island Scan, players can use it once per day to scout out local uncommon Pokémon. The Pokémon Company is giving out five special QR codes to help players who haven’t yet unlocked Island Scan; find them below. ...

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Why are Nintendo 3DS systems so hard to find right now?


Even with the Nintendo Switch on its way, there are plenty of reasons to pick up a Nintendo 3DS this holiday season. Trouble is, many shoppers are having a rough time finding the handheld at retailers, with severely limited stock reported nationwide. Browsing through the websites of big-name stores like Amazon, Target, Best Buy and GameStop shoppers will notice that they have one thing in common: They have zero Nintendo 3DS units available. This has been the case since at least after Black Friday, when members of Polygon went looking for Nintendo 3DS systems to make up for the quick sellout of Nintendo’s limited-edition, $99 holiday handheld deal. While it was no surprise that the $99 special New Nintendo 3DS systems sold out fast, it was perplexing that none of the other models of...

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Dragon Quest 11 shown off at Jump Festa


Dragon Quest 11, currently in development for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS, was showcased this weekend at Jump Festa, the annual expo of anime and manga in Tokyo. Square Enix revealed this opening cinematic (above) and gameplay (below). Dragon Quest 11 is confirmed for a 2017 launch date, albeit in Japan, so that time and place is of little help to western fans. The material revealed at Jump Festa includes Camus, who is no stranger to the protagonist. The blue-haired thief is the first ally players will meet in their journey. Dragon Quest 11 will be the first game since Dragon Quest 8 to appear on PlayStation. Square Enix has not revealed what plans, if any, it has for a Western launch of the game. Dragon Quest 10 has not been localized for North America; it...

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Pokémon Sun and Moon’s first global mission was a massive failure


Pokémon Sun and Moon’s inaugural global mission wrapped early on Dec. 13, and the results are in: Trainers didn’t meet the goal of catching 100 million Pokémon. Turns out they didn’t even come close. The English-language Pokémon Global Link website updated with a conciliatory message, informing participants in the online contest that they had “just missed” the 100 million mark. The English version of the post neglects to mention by how much they missed it, however; thankfully, the Japanese site fills in the blanks. The Japanese Global Link page says that between all players who took part in the mission to catch 100 million Pokémon, they only managed to collect 16.4 million monsters. That’s just 16.4 percent of the way there, which is a pretty big miss. It’s possible that the specific...

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Nintendo offers bounties on 3DS vulnerabilities


Nintendo has begun a campaign to discover security vulnerabilities in the Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS, offering up to $20,000 to those who find exploits for the company to close down. Nintendo will pay a minimum of $100 for a vulnerability discovered through the bounty program it is offering through HackerOne, a San Francisco-based security company that seeks to root out vulnerabilities and protect users' data. Nintendo is interested in vulnerabilities that enable piracy, cheating, and "dissemination of inappropriate content to children." The bounty page lists the specific system vulnerabilities, ranging from "low-cost cloning" to "privilege escalation on ARM11 userland." Nintendo has battled piracy, cracking and all kinds of exploits in the DS line of hardware practically...

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Pokémon Sun and Moon files hide a long-lost favorite feature


Dataminers have found code for what looks like a feature cut from Pokémon Sun and Moon, the latest entries in the franchise. Walking and running animations for every Pokémon are hidden within the games, with fully rendered models in-action hitting social media. YouTuber SleepingJirachi made the compilation above of various models unearthed from the games’ files, showing Pokémon of all generations moving at various speeds. The datamined files are pulled from those posted on Google Plus and later shared to Reddit, Twitter and 4chan; players have made them available to download. These are different than the Pokémon animations we’ve seen in the retail builds of Sun and Moon. That the models cycle between walking and running have many fans thinking that they were made for a beloved, rarely...

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