Down at our local Handheld Console Society (meets every other week, Wednesday evenings, in the community centre) all the talk of late has been of the new, exciting PS Vita. This is WRONG.

There are many other handheld consoles that are also worthy of attention, such as the fictional Remington Hammerhand and the very real Nintendo 3DS – remember that one? In fact, it’s the 3DS that we’re more concerned with today, as the ice white version of the console can be had for only £129.91 today, and that includes the peerless Super Mario 3D bundled in for extra amazingness. Get one now and you’ll no longer have to suffer the blisters and bruising that you’ve put up with for years courtesy of your Remington Hammerhand.


Today’s Bonus Dealz:

- Five per cent off Royal Mail stamps.
- Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides (steelbook) – only £7.99.
- Archos 101 tablet (8GB) – just £139.96 delivered.
- HTC One X, 600 anytime minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB data – just £31 per month.
- Transcend (SDHC) memory card (32GB, class 4) – only £16.99.
- Universal 100th Anniversary Edition exclusive steelbooks (Blu-ray) – £9.99 each.
- England v Belgium at Wembley Stadium (2nd June). Family ticket (two adults and two juniors) for £60.00.
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus (PS Vita) – only 24.99.
- Leap Day deals (Including Batman Arkham City/Assassin’s Creed: Revelations/Driver: San Francisco and loads more)










European Wii/3DS VC games for March 2012

February 29th, 2012 Posted in 3DS, News, Posted by Valay, Wii


Super Mario Bros. (NES)
Punch-Out!! (NES)
Metroid (NES)
Kid Icarus Of Myths and Monsters (Game Boy)
Dr Mario (Game Boy)
Dragon Crystal (Game Gear)
Shinobi (Game Gear)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Game Gear)

Wii VC

Mega Man X (SNES)
Mega Man 5 (NES)
Super Street Fighter 2 – Wi-Fi play included (Mega Drive)
Strider (Mega Drive)
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa’s Revenge (Neo Geo)

Source: Nintendo PR





There's Zero Escape from Aksys Games' New 3DS Adventure

Posted Wed, 29 Feb 2012 | 14:30 GMT by James Newton

Zero Escape

That's 999-2, to you

Aksys Games has confirmed it will bring the 3DS sequel to 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors to North America.

Newly titled Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, the adventure game will come with English and Japanese language options and 24 endings, with fully-voiced story scenes too.

Aksys pledges to release the game before the end of the year.

EPIDEMIC ALERT: Japanese Adventure Game Strain Identified in North America

Thousands expected to succumb by year’s end

Regional Office of the International Disease Organization, Washington D.C. – February 28, 2012 – IDO agents working in California report that preliminary findings indicate the exceedingly dangerous Japanese adventure game known as “Zennin Shiboudesu” has somehow crossed the Pacific. Attempts were made to contain it, but some carriers seem to have escaped the quarantine and are now at large.

This game is extremely virulent and can be transmitted through physical contact (via the dual “Nintendo 3DS™” and “PlayStation®Vita” retail vectors) as well as through the air (via the “PSN” vector), which has prompted the IDO to declare this a level 6 pandemic. All uninfected persons are advised to remain indoors and avoid contact with others. If you suspect you have been infected, or suspect a friend or family member of being infected, report, or have them report, to the nearest IDO quarantine facility.

Similarity to an earlier strain known as “Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors” has lead to a reclassification: Both strains will now be considered members of the “Zero Escape” game series. Exposure to North America also seems to have caused Zennin Shiboudesu to mutate, and after much deliberation it has been determined that it will be referred to in all future literature as “Virtue’s Last Reward” (see forthcoming department memo re: choice of strain name).

Virtue’s Last Reward—or, alternatively, “VLR”—has been known to exhibit the following symptoms. If you begin to display any of these, distance yourself from friends and loved ones immediately, and proceed at once to the nearest IDO center.

Dual Language Support – Early cases show that VLR allows communication in both English and Japanese, with dialog playable in both languages. Whether or not this indicates damage to the languages centers of the brain is under investigation.

Puzzles and Story – Preliminary investigations show that this game progresses rapidly through a repeating cycle of two distinct stages, which have been termed the “Novel” and “Escape” stages. During the Novel stage, subjects find themselves engaged by a complex and mysterious story. During the Escape stage, subjects have been observed solving numerous puzzles.

Fully-Voiced Novel Sections – One of the indicators of the Novel stage is reportedly fully-voiced dialog: All characters except for the protagonist can be heard speaking during this stage.

Numerous Endings – VLR has been shown to exhibit numerous paths of infection, most of which are lethal. At press time, 24 different “endings” have been observed, each unique.

Immersive Three-Dimensional Environment – Many infected patients have reported a feeling of increased immersion in their surroundings, often manifested in the ability to rotate the camera around a 3D room rendered in-game and select and manipulate objects in three-dimensional space.

Introduces New Characters, Brings Back Old Ones – Our files on 999 indicate that a number of the characters featured there appear again in VLR, although in what capacity is still unclear. This strain also introduces several new characters, all of whom merit additional investigation.







Silicon Studio is working on Bravely Default

February 29th, 2012 Posted in 3DS, News, Posted by Valay

Bravely Default may look similar to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, but two different companies were involved in the development of the games.

The latest Japanese demo for Bravely Default – made available on the eShop today – reveals that Silicon Studio is working on the title. The company previously created 3D Dot Game Heroes for PlayStation 3. Bravely Default is Silicon Studio’s first 3DS project.

Although Bravely Default has been drawing comparisons to The 4 Heroes of Light, Matrix handled development responsibilities for the old DS game.






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How you should use Nintendo Letterbox

We’ve been getting to grips with Nintendo Letterbox, the mail swapping, genital drawing extraordinaire for a few months now and opinions of it have turned out to be quite the mixed bag. For every excellent message that makes us laugh, smile and everything in between, there’s an irritating one that’ll make us cry and/or sigh with disappointment. It is because of this we’ve decided to inform our readers how to use Nintendo Letterbox as well what NOT to do at any point because if you do we will shout at you (in the best possible way we can through the medium of doodle messages).

Do NOT: Send chain letters

Historians have often discovered cave drawings, dating back to the Stone Age, they’re not easy to decipher though but if we could take a guess we’d imagine they translate to something like “scratch this message in to 10 others caves or all your family will be taken away by a pterodactyl”. The Dinosaurs may have died out soon after but for some strange reason this silly phenomenon when it comes to written communication has lived on. Thankfully we’ve only been sent one chain letter so far but like with email, social networking, etc, chain letters have still managed to live on.

Do: Draw, draw and draw

Pictochat on the Nintendo DS was such as nice feature and if you ever had a few friends handy with their own console you’ll know that quick chats would soon turn in to full blown drawing contests. So with Nintendo Letterbox sharing a lot it’s DNA with Pictochat it’s no surprise to see that some of the best messages we’ve seen so far are artsy black and white images. There are some brilliant artists on our friend list but even the ones whose drawing ability is parallel to that of a giraffe’s still manage to amuse us.

Perhaps the best drawing we have recieved yet, very nice work

Do NOT: Send us messages about every little thing

We do care about what you had for tea, honestly, but when we boot up Nintendo Letterbox we don’t expect to hear about how your Spaghetti Bolognese was, that’s not what Nintendo designed it for. Although we could maybe forgive this less than imaginative use of the 3DS if you provide a picture of your Bolognese in the message, preferably a drawing of it, we’ll get hungry if we see the real thing.

Do: Discus gaming

It’s a no-brainer this one, what better way to use a communication app on a gaming device than to actually communicate about computer games. This could be a nice tip or Easter egg that you’ve discovered or even just a progress report, us game types love nothing better in between play sessions than to talk about our play sessions our anticipate our future play sessions, we like games.

Do NOT: Complain about pointless messages

Yes, we know that we’ve just done exactly this but we’re allowed to, it’s what the internet was invented for but Nintendo Letterbox was not. Nintendo like to keep things friendly, complaining to your friends about sending too many messages isn’t friendly but more importantly it just adds to the pile of “pointless messages” that you’re complaining about.

It would appear so

Do: Tell Jokes

Laughter makes the world go round and we’ve had quite a few of those during our time with Nintendo Letterbox. It is the perfect medium to tell jokes though, perhaps even better than on a stage in front of a brick wall thanks to the ability to add drawings and pictures as you deliver the punch line, you could even create your own 3DS memes.

Bravo Roo, we love a bit of old school humour

Do NOT: Send timed letters

We think we speak for everyone here in saying that this is probably the most irksome feature of Nintendo Letterbox. Every time a national or commercial card company holiday comes about we’re pretty much guaranteed to have the timed letter icon nesting at the end of my mailbox at least a week in advance. Then of course for every timed letter we have waiting for us we have the obligatory “stop sending timed letters” messages to wade through beforehand.

Some would say this is a bit drastic, we would not

Do: Mix pictures with sound

Letterbox offers a nice variety of options, the ability to share photos and sounds is one of the better features and when used inventively it makes for some amusing moments. Favourites so far include a tribute to Batman and his criminal stalking antics as well as our very own Nintendo 3DS Rick Roll.

Quite a haunting drawing of Rick Astley, brrrrr

Do NOT: Send blurry 3D images

We realise this one is more down to luck than anything else but for some reason Nintendo Letterbox is the worst suspect when it comes to living up to The Sun’s bogus claims. The problem mainly lies with camera pictures themselves which in some cases don’t turn out right so next time you’re planning to send your snaps through letterbox, just check it doesn’t make your eyes bleed first.

Do: Make fun of Nikki

Probably the least obvious way to have fun with Nintendo Letterbox but one of the best, the enthusiastic mascot was obviously only intended as a guide for beginners but has since become a running joke amongst the team and our friends. James even went to the trouble of changing his Mii to match Nikki almost identically and then proceeded to send messages posing as her in a comical yet slightly disturbing fashion. It’s was a hilarious prank that some actually believed was real, this is what Nintendo Letterbox was made for.

James isn't posing as Nikki here...




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