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Trailer: Return to Unova

Pokemon Black and White 2 image for brand new trailer on Gaming Advance

Whoops, a little late with this, but here’s the brand new English trailer for upcoming Pokémon titles Black Version 2 and White Version 2. The game sees a return to the Unova region previously visited in the last Pokémon adventure, and will be released on the DS platform this year in October (5th for US, 12th for EU). Trying not to be a complete rehash, the game will also feature brand new areas. Take a look at the trailer below.

Looks like I’ll still be returning to gaming on my DS.

Nintendo 3DS LL Announced And … It’s Pretty Silly

Nintendo 3DS LL XL Announced Size

During Nintendo’s Direct showing just last night, Nintendo showed off their brand new hardware to serve as an upgrade to the 3DS. The 3DS LL (or XL outside of Japan) features screens 90% larger than the previous handheld and longer lasting battery life. Details can be found after the jump.

The top screen will be a 4.88 inch screen, with the touch screen measuring at 4.18 inches. The 3DS itself will measure at 173mm in length, and 155mm in width. We can expect the new battery to last between three and a half to six and a half hours when using 3D, and six to ten hours in 2D mode. The 3DS LL/XL will launch without a charger in Japan and Europe, as Nintendo states that the vast majority of consumers who purchase their new hardware will be owners of the previous 3DS device.

In the US, the 3DS will retail for $199.99 (£128.31 GBP). We can’t expect to be so lucky here in the UK though, paying a total £179.99 ($280.54 USD). We’re actually paying more than the Japanese for a change. I’ve found nothing on the EU price yet, but I suspect €199.99.

Honestly, I think this is kinda stupid. Even the most hardcore Nintendo fans I know find the comment about the lack of a charger insulting, of course being the internet I expect to be criticised for that anyway. On top of that, the screen is 90% larger than the previous 3DS, but there appears to be no change in resolution. This means a significantly lower DPI (see 90% lower) that essentially indicates that, well… we’re going to have to get used to seeing a lot of bloated pixels everywhere. It’s not going to be pretty.

Nintendo 3DS XL LL Second Analogue Stick Announced News
See? It doesn’t look too hard to do!

What also gets me is the lack of a second stick. While many complain that this would split the userbase in half, I don’t see the point in launching a handheld clearly designed as an upgrade for existing hardware for previous adopters when you don’t do something like that. They said it themselves, that they expect current 3DS owners to purchase it. Why not give them the second analogue stick? It saves buying an extra accessory, which, now they’ll have to wait for another release of that too. Meanwhile, early 3DS consumers can just buy the accessory like they were expected to if they wanted to use the second stick anyway. The option is there. Instead, this just means we can’t expect much for the second stick at all – so long as it remains an accessory.

Anyhow, this is good news for anyone wanting to trade off portability and, relatively, clean graphics for either a larger screen or a longer battery life. Frankly, I’d rather wait for the next iteration. I’m also expecting a 3DS with a second analogue stick at some stage. It’d be a great way to manipulate consumers who bought both versions to purchase another 3DS. After all, isn’t that was this is really about?

CVG: Nintendo Unveils Nintendo 3DS XL

PlayStation Vita Sale

Sony PlayStation Vita for video game sale news

So, just in case you own your own PlayStation Vita and somehow still haven’t already played every Vita game on the market whilst waiting for more releases: Sony are pleased to announce a sale on their titles for the handheld. Read the list after the jump.

Army Corps from Hell
Was €39.99/£34.99 – Now €26.99/£21.99
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
Was €39.99/£34.99 – Now €26.99/£21.99
Little Deviants
Was €14.99/£11.99 – Now €10.99/£8.99
Modnation Racers: Road Trip
Was €14.99/£11.99 – Now €10.99/£8.99
Rayman Origins
Was €34.99/£29.99 – Now €24.99/£19.99
Reality Fighters
Was €14.99/£11.99 – Now €10.99/£8.99
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
Was €39.99/£34.99 – Now €19.99/£16.99
Touch My Katamari
Was €29.99/£24.99 – Now €14.99/£11.99
Unit 13
Was €34.99/£29.99 – Now €24.99/£19.99

It’s a small list, but the prices are fairly decent. I’ve not used my Vita for a while as I’ve been too skint to buy anything for it, so this will be a good chance for me to at least get Unit 13. I may actually pick up a couple more just to give my Vita more use as well. Is there anything that interests you guys? In particular, I heavily recommend Rayman Origins if you’ve not played it already. If I push it enough, eventually they might give me commission for the sales I make them!

PlayStation Blog (EU): PS Vita Sale on PlayStation Store Continues…

Insert Generic Update Title Here

laughing girls at a video game blog
He actually believes he has readers.

Apologies for the lack of updates to my many readers (scoff) out there. As you can see, I’ve recently purchased my domain. The problem is that this has lead me to second guessing myself in regards to the quality on the site. If I’m going to do this then I’m going to this right, you know? I’ve decided to go through my old posts and give them a little work over. Meanwhile, I’ve tried to make the site more navigatable and look a tad nicer. I now make use of space below the posts for the site archive and affiliated sites too. As an extra touch, I’ve also added pages to catalogue all the reviews, previews, let’s reviews and whatever else I’ll need to catalogue. These pages are linked above the posts.

The E3 articles are nearly all done. Sorry for the delays on that one. It’s probably a bit too late to post them now, being that it’s a week later, but I’m going to do it anyway. On the side, I’m also working on my Asura’s Wrath review. I’ve also received Catherine and SSX through the mail, so expect a review and preview of each.

Lastly, I’m working on a podcast with a couple of friends. I’m unsure of the quality, so bare with us. We’re working on turning it into a high quality podcast worth listening to, so if you have any constructive feedback at all then please share. You can also email me at CrashScreen@GamingAdvance.com. You may also share suggestions of what reviews or previews you would like me to cover, or point me towards a let’s player you believe deserves some attention.

Oh, and there’s also going to be another couple of contributors to the site joining me in the coming weeks.

Updates and Stuff

Just thought I’d let you all know that my exams are finished. That’s really all there is to that update, but I may as well take this as a time to look into what you can expect from me in the coming weeks.

I’ve recently gotten a hold of both LA Noire and NeverDead. Expect some first impressions of those. Furthermore, I completed Final Fantasy XIII-2 (nearly 100% as well), so I’ll be getting started on my review of it. That should be due in a weeks time, tops.

All these big titles though, it’s a bit unfair on indie titles, right? I’ll be starting a video series, sometime preferably soon, where I will be doing first impressions on them too. Since they’re all mostly on PC, it makes filming them an option and a great way to explore and express their unique flavours – since everyone knows a rule to be indie is to do something unique.

I’ve also got plans to create a Let’s Play series, but nothing like the shoddy LP’s you usually get on YouTube. In fact, speaking of Let’s Plays, a biweekly segment on the blog will be about looking at other Let’s Plays found on the internet and sharing them. It’s a good way to share a game, or even back up my own reviews. Look out for those too.

So as you can tell, there’s going to be a lot of content once I get started. I’m just taking a minor break from working so much lately (and by a minor break I mean a couple of days) and then I’ll get started on all of that. See you next time!

Little Update

Started work on writing my Final Fantasy XIII-2 review, so that’s expected to be online by Monday. I’ve also got my last exam coming up, so that’ll explain why I’ve not been so active on here. I chose a horrible time to start all this. Screw it, I’ll stick to it anyway!

I’ll probably start writing some news articles because, while it still requires the research (I’m not going to copy paste news articles from anywhere), it just isn’t as long and requires less effort than a full review. That, and I think it’d be interesting to touch on some gaming news. Maybe I’ll have a set day for reviews, a set day for news and a set day for impressions, but we’ll see what’s happening.

See you guys soon.

Mass Effect 3 – Extended Cut?

commander shephard

So, it looks like Bioware caved in on demand and delivered what happens to be the middle ground. If you’re unaware, many people were dissatisfied with the ending of the Mass Effect trilogy, that many held dear to them. As a result, there was heavy fan backlash resulting in a petition for Bioware to create brand new endings. Instead of giving the fans new endings, Bioware opted to solve the main issue the fans had – coverage of what happens to the characters post-ending. That’s resulted in the Extended Cut.

Anyone here dissatisfied with the Mass Effect 3 ending? Or were they happy enough?