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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: 3DS
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for 3DS got a physical release today, courtesy of Rising Star Games. WayForward’s action-platformer has Shantae teaming up with an old enemy, Risky Boots, in order remove an evil curse from Sequin Land. The acrobatic pirate can use new weapons and tackle an arcade-style mini-game exclusive to the physical release, Super Shantae Nab!!.
Lady Justice doesn’t rest, and neither does Phoenix Wright. A new case has come across his desk, Turnabout Time Traveler. The $5.99 episode is set after the main game, and Wright’s childhood pal, Larry Butz, needs some help. He seems to have fallen in love with a time traveler who is suspected of murder—and who is already married. Wright teams up with Maya Fey to help the soon-to-be bride to build a defense before facing off against Chief Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth.
Natsume has released Arc System Works’ stab at the long-running River City series, River City: Tokyo Rumble. The beat ‘em up mixes in light role-playing elements to help see players through waves of enemies as they clean up Tokyo’s streets. After gangs begin to take over the city, high schooler Kunio teams up with his friends to drive them out. When they aren’t crushing heads with chains, bikes, and soccer balls, they are taking on jobs and grabbing snacks. There’s never not a good time to grab a candy bar.
Shin Megami returns today with a skewed take on the endgame of Shin Megami Tensei IV. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse shifts things a bit, with the player going through the same world but as a new protagonist, Nanashi. The recently deceased, now-resurrected Hunter is the servant of the god Dagda, who plans to take advantage of the ongoing war between man, angel, and demon. Players must decide whether to do his bidding or cut their own path, choosing anarchy or peace, as they undertake quests, explore, and battle (as well as fuse) over 450 demon types.
Atlus has released the launch trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. The video introduces players to Nanashi, the new, recently resurrected protagonist. Now beholden to the god Dagda, the player must choose whether to do his bidding or attempt to make their own way. For those new to the series, experience with Shin Megami Tensei IV isn’t necessary; however, as the two games overlap, having gone through the original will definitely help to flesh out ongoing events.
Atlus has pulled the curtain back on one of gaming’s greatest mysteries: why they changed Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final’s name. The hard-hitting video goes behind the scenes to show the process of how and why the studio decided to call the new entry Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. Brace yourselves for some revelations. They didn’t stop there, though, as they also revealed that a new free 3DS theme will be released on September 15. And to see the game in action, a previous gameplay stream has been archived for viewing, while another is set to take place next Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. (CST) on Atlus’ Twitch channel.
Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice are back on the case(s) with the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. Justice takes charge of the cases at home, while Wright attends to a case in Khura’in. A self-styled tour guide, Ahlbi Ur’gaid, has been accused of theft, and Wright’s determined to defend him. This new location is different from those in previous games, as the kingdom’s legal system uses séances instead of lawyers. In addition to investigating witnesses and looking for evidence, Wright will have to take part in Divination Séances to witness the last moments of a crime. As a bonus, everyone who buys the game during its first week of release will receive a $0.99 costume pack for free. New for-pay DLC is also scheduled to be released every Thursday through the end of the month, including two short stories and one full episode.
Natsume will be returning to the River City series in a few weeks when River City: Tokyo Rumble hits 3DS on September 27. The Arc System Works-developed entry will mix role-playing mechanics with brawler-style combat as players take on the role of Kunio, a badass with a heart of gold. After a group of ruffians move into Tokyo, Kunio and his pals take it upon themselves to clean up the streets before the newcomers take over the city. The studio also revealed an Natsume Amazon-exclusive bonus: a limited-edition keychain of Kunio.
Capcom has released an eight-minute-long animated prologue for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. The video coincides with the release of a new playable demo on eShop, which allows players to try their hand at the first case. In his opening courtroom appearance, Wright must face off against his new rival, the royal priestess Rayfa. The prologue helps to set the scene for the demo, as it covers the events leading up to Spirit of Justice. Watch it below.