Nintendo Enthusiast http://nintendoenthusiast.com Nintendo Wii U, 3DS News, Reviews, Games Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:52:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Community Poll – What’s Your Favorite Animal Crossing Game? http://nintendoenthusiast.com/article/community-poll-whats-your-favorite-animal-crossing-game/ http://nintendoenthusiast.com/article/community-poll-whats-your-favorite-animal-crossing-game/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:04:07 +0000 http://nintendoenthusiast.com/?post_type=article&p=79560

At this year’s E3 Nintendo unveiled a new Animal Crossing game titled Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival.  The new game in the growing franchise will bring…

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At this year’s E3 Nintendo unveiled a new Animal Crossing game titled Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival.  The new game in the growing franchise will bring with it several new Animal Crossing themed amiibo as well as amiibo cards.  Additionally the 3DS will get some Animal Crossing love with Animal Crossing:  Happy Home Designer which will also make use of amiibo cards.  While many may have preferred seeing more established franchises return at E3 2015, it’s nice seeing Nintendo focus on growing their younger franchises.

Nintendo has been giving Animal Crossing much more attention recently by first introducing characters in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS followed by the DLC content in Mario Kart 8.  With several new amiibo figurines, hundreds of amiibo cards and two new titles to look forward to the franchise has been propelled to the forefront of Nintendo’s major IPs.

Prior to this year the young franchise had only seen 4 major games released since its inception back in the days of the GameCube.  In today’s community poll we ask which of these 4 games did you enjoy most from the franchise?  Have you had a chance to play any of them or have you yet to dip into the Animal Crossing scene?  After you cast your vote be sure to let us know in the comments below how you got started in the Animal Crossing universe.

 

What's your favorite Animal Crossing game?
  • 21.05% - ( 4 votes )
  • 5.26% - ( 1 vote )
  • 0% - ( 0 votes )
  • 68.42% - ( 13 votes )
  • 5.26% - ( 1 vote )
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Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight Review for 3DS http://nintendoenthusiast.com/review/etrian-odyssey-2-untold-the-fafnir-knight-review-for-3ds/ http://nintendoenthusiast.com/review/etrian-odyssey-2-untold-the-fafnir-knight-review-for-3ds/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:32:31 +0000 http://nintendoenthusiast.com/?post_type=review&p=78851

Every time we see the release of a new Etrian Odyssey title, something that seems like an annual occasion at this point, I question whether yet…

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Every time we see the release of a new Etrian Odyssey title, something that seems like an annual occasion at this point, I question whether yet another addition to the franchise is truly necessary. After all, the games share incredibly similar gameplay mechanics, and even bring back a variety of enemies from iteration to iteration. Is there really all that much added from game to game to warrant yet another purchase in the Etrian Odyssey franchise?

The short answer? Absolutely! Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is the iteration of EO that is closest to being perfect. The genre “old-school dungeon crawling RPG” is in name only, as this game incorporates a vast amount of “new-school” design that makes it absolutely worth picking up.

For the uninitiated, Etrian Odyssey is a franchise where players must work their way through giant labyrinths of dungeons, charting their progress on the bottom touch-screen while they explore. Using the stylus, players can chart the floor layout, marking down traps, secret areas, and even treasure chests. This feature sets Etrian Odyssey from other dungeon-crawlers, as it brings back old-school dungeon design where players must chart their own progress, almost like with pen and paper, in order to find success. The Fafnir Knight does introduce a new option for players that may not be as used to charting their own path, though. Newer players have the option to turn on automatic map-making, which relieves the player of the responsibility of charting their own path. Options are always positive additions to a title, regardless of what they are.

The Fafnir Knight also includes some other options that greatly heightened my dungeon-crawling experience. Although the previous Etrian Odyssey Untold game did feature the ability to speed up battle animations, The Fafnir Knight has even quicker animation, auto-battle, and walking speeds (if selected, of course). This option to quicken gameplay is an incredibly welcome addition. With previous Etrian Odyssey titles taking 70+ hours to beat, it was really nice that I had the option to shorten my playtime (I beat the game in a little more than 30 hours).

There is also a “Picnic” difficulty for those that truly want to stroll through these otherwise grueling dungeons. Although previous EO titles have included a Picnic difficulty before, this difficulty felt particularly balanced. Sure, it was incredibly, incredibly easy to play through on this lowest difficulty; however, a younger gamer could still enjoy Etrian Odyssey on this lowest difficulty, even if it would leave more veteran players somewhat unfulfilled. There are also harder difficulties for the players that want them, of course.

Grimoires, originally introduced in the first Etrian Odyssey Untold, make a return in The Fafnir Knight. The stones, which are obtained randomly while exploring, allow characters to learn abilities and wield weapons that they otherwise could not necessarily use. In the previous title, these stones were rather rare, and players would put a value on each one obtained. In Fafnir Knight, however, it seemed like it was raining Grimoire stones. By the end of the game, I had hundreds upon hundreds of them, and they seemed to all but lose their value. I felt that this was a huge design flaw, as one of the largest additions to the EO franchise lost its value completely in Fafnir Knight.

Outside of dungeons, players can engage in a breadth of side content. There are a robust number of side-quests to complete, and even a whole new area for players to engage in. The Cafe, which becomes available to the player early in the game, allows players to create and discover various food dishes from ingredients found within dungeons. Each dish gives the player a different ability, such as raised health or poison resistance. As a result, it strongly behooves players to prepare and discover various dishes throughout their journey.

The cafe also functions as an excellent revenue opportunity. After discovering dishes, players can use their excess ingredients to sell to the town’s population. The revenue from these sales can be used to further develop the town’s facilities and population, which leads to an even larger number of marketing opportunities. This side-game was incredibly engaging and fun to partake in, and was an excellent respite in between dungeon-crawling adventures.

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold also features a newly arranged soundtrack and story. Although the older arrangement of music is still available, the new acoustic and electronic soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous to listen to while exploring, and invigorating to listen to when in battle. The story, which can drag on at times due to a large amount of dialogue, keeps the plot moving at a steady pace and players engaged in reaching the conclusion of the game.

Overall, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is everything I could ask for from a new EO title. The game features gameplay options that could truly fit any sort of gameplay style. Moreover, the mission and side-content depth means that playing through the game could take anywhere from 30 to even 100 hours, a truly versatile figure for such an expansive dungeon-crawling RPG experience. For those that have played Etrian Odyssey games before, and those that have yet to experience a game in the franchise, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is absolutely worth picking up!

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Best Buy Offering Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off on Several 3DS Titles http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/best-buy-offering-buy-1-get-1-50-off-on-several-3ds-titles/ http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/best-buy-offering-buy-1-get-1-50-off-on-several-3ds-titles/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:29:35 +0000 http://nintendoenthusiast.com/?post_type=news&p=79553

Looking to save on some top tier 3DS games? Best Buy is currently offering a stellar deal of Buy 1 Get 1 50% off on…

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Looking to save on some top tier 3DS games? Best Buy is currently offering a stellar deal of Buy 1 Get 1 50% off on select 3DS titles, with many excellent games available.

Games included in the sale are Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Tomodachi Life, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, several Pokemon titles, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and many more Nintendo developed titles. For details on the sale, click here and check out how to order them.

Will you be stocking up on some 3DS titles with this sale from Best Buy? Let us know what you plan on getting in the comments section below!

 

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400 Animal Crossing NFC Cards Incoming http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/400-animal-crossing-nfc-cards-incoming/ http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/400-animal-crossing-nfc-cards-incoming/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:22:28 +0000 http://nintendoenthusiast.com/?post_type=news&p=79551

Animal Crossing is one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises. Since the original title, fans have loved the creativity and open world and pace atmosphere that…

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Animal Crossing is one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises. Since the original title, fans have loved the creativity and open world and pace atmosphere that Animal Crossing offers. When it was announced that Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer would allow for the new NFC cards that Nintendo is releasing, most fans were relieved as amiibo can be a bit tough to come by. However, it seems like Nintendo is planning a lot of these cards for Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing will feature access to 400 upcoming Animal Crossing NFC cards. That’s 400 different cards for use. Will you be picking up some of the Animal Crossing NFC cards for Happy Home Designer? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Nintendo Stock Surges After Return to Profit http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/nintendo-stock-surges-after-return-to-profit/ http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/nintendo-stock-surges-after-return-to-profit/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:09:29 +0000 http://nintendoenthusiast.com/?post_type=news&p=79548

Nintendo stock surges with the largest single day increase in months.

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Nintendo stock shares have risen 8.3%, as reported by Bloomberg.  The stock surge is the strongest since March 19th, which was caused by their announcement to make mobile games.  The current surge is credited to their return to profitability in the last fiscal quarter, which in turn is credited to the strong sales of Splatoon and a weaker Japanese yen.  Strong Amiibo sales and the continuing excitement over Nintendo’s mobile partnership with DeNa are other factors in Nintendo’s rising stock.  As Nintendo prepares to launch their Fall Wii U games and prepares for the NX’s incoming release, the recent rebound in stock is surely comforting to them as well as their fans.

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Yooka-Laylee Looking at Retail Release; Team17 Publishing http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/yooka-laylee-looking-at-retail-release-team17-publishing/ http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/yooka-laylee-looking-at-retail-release-team17-publishing/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:08:14 +0000 http://nintendoenthusiast.com/?post_type=news&p=79546

Yooka-Laylee was a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, touting itself as the spiritual successor to the legendary Banjo-Kazooie. Team17, who is heavily involved in the Worms…

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Yooka-Laylee was a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, touting itself as the spiritual successor to the legendary Banjo-Kazooie. Team17, who is heavily involved in the Worms franchise, is now taking the publishing duties of Yooka-Laylee.

More interesting is that now Yooka-Laylee appears to be having a physical release as well, similar to what we saw with Mighty No. 9. Yooka-Laylee is tentatively scheduled for an October 2016 release date. Also worth noting is that Playtonic’s Gavin Price mentioned the team is focused on a Wii U version, and not an NX version.

Are you still excited for Yooka-Laylee? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rumor: Nintendo to Offer Loot Crate-Style Subscription Service http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/rumor-nintendo-to-offer-loot-crate-style-subscription-service/ http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/rumor-nintendo-to-offer-loot-crate-style-subscription-service/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:33:56 +0000 http://nintendoenthusiast.com/?post_type=news&p=79544

Loot Crate and similar “crate” services have been catching on as of late, and it looks like Nintendo may be getting into the mix. According…

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Loot Crate and similar “crate” services have been catching on as of late, and it looks like Nintendo may be getting into the mix. According to MVC, Nintendo is creating “N-Box”, which will be an alternative to the crate services.

The “N-Box” will consist of “toys, clothes and other merchandise inspired by and branded with Nintendo icons such as Mario, Zelda and Pokémon.” The subscriptions will last 3, 6, or 12 month plan. No indication of pricing was given, or country that these will be featured in, as MVC is a UK publication.

Chalk this up as a rumor for now, but this could be a very interesting avenue for Nintendo to travel. Would you be interested in the “N-Box”? Let us know in the comments.

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Final Fantasy Explorers Hitting 3DS in North America and Europe in January 2016 http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/final-fantasy-explorers-hitting-3ds-in-north-america-and-europe-in-january-2016/ http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/final-fantasy-explorers-hitting-3ds-in-north-america-and-europe-in-january-2016/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:54:53 +0000 http://nintendoenthusiast.com/?post_type=news&p=79541

Final Fantasy Explorers is a new deviation of Final Fantasy, with a Monster Hunter-like feel to it. With a strong emphasis on co-op, it could…

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Final Fantasy Explorers is a new deviation of Final Fantasy, with a Monster Hunter-like feel to it. With a strong emphasis on co-op, it could end up being the ultimate game to play with your friends. While announced for Japan, we hadn’t heard any information on a Western release until today.

Square Enix announced today that Final Fantasy Explorers would be hitting North America January 26, 2016, and Europe on January 29, 2016. Check out the trailer below to get a feel for the game, and let us know if Final Fantasy Explorers will be on your radar when it releases in January in both North America and Europe!

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Kirby 64, Return to Dreamland, and Squeak Squad Hitting Wii U VC Tomorrow http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/kirby-64-return-to-dreamland-and-squeak-squad-hitting-wii-u-vc-tomorrow/ http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/kirby-64-return-to-dreamland-and-squeak-squad-hitting-wii-u-vc-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:10:52 +0000 http://nintendoenthusiast.com/?post_type=news&p=79537

Yesterday we reported that 3 Kirby games would be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console to celebrate Kirby’s birthday. Today it was discovered with…

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Yesterday we reported that 3 Kirby games would be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console to celebrate Kirby’s birthday. Today it was discovered with a bit of sleuthing what those games would be.

According to recent ESRB ratings, the 3 games will be the classic Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby’s Squeak Squad (originally on the Nintendo DS) and Kirby’s Return to Dreamland (originally on the Wii). Return to Dreamland is a great addition since a copy of the Wii version of the game currently fetches high prices on eBay.

Will you be picking up any of these 3 Kirby titles tomorrow? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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Super Mario Maker Features 99 Amiibo Costumes; No Amiibo Needed http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/super-mario-maker-features-99-amiibo-costumes-no-amiibo-needed/ http://nintendoenthusiast.com/news/super-mario-maker-features-99-amiibo-costumes-no-amiibo-needed/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:27:44 +0000 http://nintendoenthusiast.com/?post_type=news&p=79533

Super Mario Maker is coming in September, and Mario fans have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on this ultimate Mario creator…

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Super Mario Maker is coming in September, and Mario fans have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on this ultimate Mario creator experience. Nintendo revealed on their Japanese website today that Super Mario Maker will feature an impressive 99 amiibo costumes to see in all their 8-bit glory in the game.

Don’t have 99 amiibo to use in the game? Fear not, as there will be a way to actually unlock them in game. By completing the 100 Mario Challenge, you can unlock all of the costumes, so no amiibo or amiibo cards are needed.

Super Mario Maker is shaping up to be an impressive game. Are you looking forward to it? Let us know in the comments below.

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