Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remakes coming in November

HOENN CONFIRMED.

That’s what you’ll probably see flooding every Pokémon-related message board on the Internet today. Nintendo and the Pokémon Company International have announced Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will be launching worldwide for the Nintendo 3DS this November.

The “remakes” of the Game Boy Advance entries into the series will take trainers on a new adventure through the Hoenn region.

What do you think? Are you excited to revisit Hoenn? Do you think those are Mega Evolutions for Groudon and Kyogre on the covers? Will the (presumably) 3D perspective make the surfing and diving more tolerable?

PAX South brings the festivities to San Antonio

pax2009_10_oEver wanted to go to PAX, but Prime was too far west, and East was too far east? Well you’re in luck! (Maybe…)

ReedPOP and Penny Arcade have announced PAX South, a new expansion of the popular series of conventions, coming to San Antonio, Texas on January 23-25, 2015. PAX South joins a calendar already featuring PAX events in Seattle, Boston, and Melbourne, Australia. The new San Antonio location should make it easier for those in the central and/or southern portions of the United States and Mexico to enjoy all that PAX has to offer.

You can view the press release below, but we’ll be sure to pass along more information as it becomes available.

Codejunkies cancels Mac software for Action Replay Powersaves 3DS

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It appears that Datel’s infamous Powersaves 3DS device, an unofficial product that allows players to backup, edit, and restore save files to 3DS games, will only work for Windows users for the foreseeable future. Their website previously stated that a Mac OS X version was “Coming Soon,” but this has since been removed completely.

Codejunkies, the group behind the Powersaves software, confirmed via email that this was no accident.

Thank you for your recent enquiry unfortunately MAC compatible software will no longer be available in the future.

Looks like if you still want to backup save files on your Mac, it will cost you a full copy of Windows and a Boot Camp installation.

rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes to premiere in North America on April 19

Video game music can be great, but nothing beats the experience of a live musical performance. Luckily for fans of both, the latest major game concert tour will be coming Stateside following its premiere in Sydney next week, and will feature music from franchises such as Journey, The Legend of Zelda, The Elder Scrolls, Halo, Final Fantasy, God of War, Metal Gear Solid, and more.

Boasting new arrangements from some of the best soundtracks in the industry, “rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes” is being called the “spiritual successor” to the “PLAY! A Video Game Symphony” tour which ran from 2006-2011. Currently announced performances include the North American premiere at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, FL on April 19th, as well as concerts in Atlanta, Toronto, and Montreal later this summer and fall.

Be sure to check past the break for the detailed press release, and check back here for info as we near the St. Petersburg concert!

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UPDATE: We have corrected an earlier version of this post which suggested that the creative team behind “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” is also responsible for “rePLAY,” which we are now being told is not the case.

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“Sonic Boom” shows off a brand new look for Sonic and friends

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Today, Sega has announced a brand new GC TV series and video game, both titled Sonic Boom. The game will launch exclusively on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

It won’t take long before fans notice that Sonic and pals have been redesigned with a brand new look, one that I absolutely welcome with open arms.

The TV series will debut in late 2014, while the game will serve as a prequel to the events taking place in the show. For a look at the new TV show, check out the trailer below the break. For more information about the revamped Sonic, head on over to Sega’s official website, linked below. What do you guys think of the new Sonic?

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Rambi returns in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

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Animal buddies are back for Donkey Kong’s next platforming adventure. Rambi makes a celebrated return in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, set for release next month on Wii U. Rambi was also featured in Retro’s first DKC title, Donkey Kong Country Returns.

I can’t help but feel like we’ll see at least one more animal buddy appear, though it might be wishful thinking. Either way, I’m glad to see our rhino friend back in action.

Update: Nintendo has confirmed that Rambi is the only animal friend you’ll see in the game.

Source: Nintendo of America

 

Nintendo releases festive 3DS holiday commercial

The holiday season is in full swing, from a retail perspective at least. Nintendo just released a brand new ad for their line of 3DS handhelds, in an attempt to remind parents of the perfect stocking stuffer.

I love this ad, and I truly hope we get another one focused on Wii U, which deserves a lot more promotion considering the Nintendo 3DS is consistently the number one selling piece of gaming hardware each month. Either way, I surely wouldn’t be surprised if the 3DS (and the 2DS) is the number one selling platform throughout the holiday season.

Super Mario 3D World TV ad focuses on family fun

While next-gen consoles are releasing this month, Nintendo may have the casual market covered with their newest Mario adventure, Super Mario 3D World. And that’s exactly the crowd they’re targeting with their latest TV ad for the game, which focuses on families taking advantage of the game’s local multiplayer support. The game supports 4-player co-op, with a roster of Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach as playable characters.

Based on the above ad, you can’t help but want to try the new game, while possibly wearing a cat suit. SM3W releases on Friday, November 22, exclusively for Wii U.

Mario Party: Island Tour TV spot released

Nintendo has an impressive lineup of games coming this holiday season, but there’s one entry we haven’t heard too much about: Mario Party: Island Tour, which is set to release November 22, the same day as the new Mario and Zelda entries. That’s some stiff competition, all from the house of Mario!

The game returns players to the familiar interactive board game format, set across 7 new game boards boasting a tropical island theme, containing a total of 80 new mini-games.  Sadly, the game won’t feature an online mode, something I’ve begged for since previous iterations, but I digress.

Nevertheless, MP: Island Tour is likely to serve its role as the best board game sim on the 3DS, and another solid entry in the series.  Take a look at the new TV ad for the game, set to release in just two weeks.

Official TV ad for Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

On November 22, Link’s latest adventure releases for the Nintendo 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds returns Link to the familiar world seen in the SNES classic entry A Link to the Past, with plenty of new elements to keep the series fresh.  Nintendo has unleashed a brand new TV ad for the game, offering a glimpse at some of the new features, including Link’s new art transformation, which allows him to move along walls.

This is certainly shaping up to be a solid entry in the series, if not a love letter to the fans still harking back to the SNES Zelda days. Do you plan on picking up the new title when it launches November 22?