Handheld gaming news week 16

After last weeks many new info on great 3DS games, I guess this weeks news can only be a bit slow. But, there’s always time for a good cup of coffee, so come on in. Let’s chat about this weeks Handheld Gaming News.

Neko Atsume on 3DS

Personally I’m more of a dog lover then a cat lover, which might simply be explained because I’m very, very allergic to cat hair. But looking at the cats you can collect in Neko Atsume on mobile, who wouldn’t love ‘m? Anyway, the game will be available in the Japanese Nintendo eShop for the 3DS! Good news, as it might just be possible that it will make it west too. After all, they should definitely consider it, as the mobile game has already been downloaded more then 19 million times!

Layton’s Mystery Journey coming West

Last week I already told you about the Japanese release on the 3DS for Lady Layton, or, as it’s called now, Layton’s Mystery Journey. We have confirmation now that the game will be released West early autumn. And what’s more, the release of the mobile game will be in several languages.

So if you don’t want to wait for the 3DS version, Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy will be coming to Apple iOS and Android devices worldwide on July 20, 2017. It will be available in English, Japanese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, and Spanish.

Dr. Cares: for Emily fans

Several times I’ve featured news on the site about one of the best mobile time management games: Delicious Emily. Aside from keeping you on your toes helping your customers in every form of restaurant imaginable, it’s also a great game because of its story line. (read my review of the original series here)

The developers aren’t sitting idle: there’s a new leading lady called Dr. Cares, and the game is all about being a pet physician. Helping fuzzy little creatures and their concerned owners is fun. Getting to know Dr. Cares and the people in her life makes for another great game!

Lil’ Farmers, a special Harvest Moon game

We know the current Harvest Moon games, a combination of farming and landscaping. The first one was The Lost Valley, the last one on 3DS was Skytree Village. These games, although fun, aren’t the kind little kids can play. Too much has to be done, too much text too. But, for you parents out there that are looking for a good mobile game for your small child, Natsume is coming with a game that is aimed a little children.

Lil’ Farmers has the trademark style of wide-eyed characters, extremely cuddly animals and colourful visuals, but the game is designed to be played by children without parents’ help.  To perfect the game for the intended age group, Natsume has partnered with Daredevil Development, creators of games like Bob the Builder’s Playtime Fun! and Postman Pat. There is no text, the game has scenes and icons to interact with. And this time, the game will launch on iOS and Android.

Release is scheduled for mobile and tablet on May 25 2017 for $3,99 with no ads or in-app purchases.

Make your own Charmander at Build-A-Bear

A shop I visited more then once when my girl was still little has a special ‘ bear’ on offer for Pokémon fans. Back in December of last year, Build-A-Bear Workshops featured a special Charmander plush. If you didn’t get a chance to buy one then, here’s another chance. The plush will be available in the US in two versions. The standard in-store Charmander will be purchasable at $28. An additional Great Ball Hoodie outfit can be bought for $12.50 to dress your Pokémon in.

On the Build-A-Bear website you can also get the special Charmander Set, that will include a built-in sound chip as well as a Great Ball Hoodie, Lucario Hoodie, and a Build-A-Bear Workshop Pokémon Trading Card. This exclusive set is priced at $61.00 and will only be available in limited quantities.

That’s it for this week. Let me know what you are going to play this weekend. Still into Zelda’s journey, or are you into another game? My gaming time has been minimal, somehow reading is more to my liking this week. But anyway, I hope you enjoyed your coffee.

Thanks once again for reading, and have a great gaming weekend!




      1. Persona 3 had a dog, four had a bear and now we get a cat. I wonder what the next mascot will be.

        Given that Persona 5 is on PS3 the could probably squeeze it onto the Vita if they made the graphics less flashy. Don’t know if Atlus will bother though because projected sales would probably not be great.

  1. This week-end is all about replaying Avalon Code for the DS, one of my favourite games of all times. I already played it a million times, but I just never get bored of it.

    I would totally be ready to fork out cold hard cash to purchase a physical version of Neko Atsume for the 3DS. Just because I love cats so much. Alas, there is virtually no chance such a version will ever be released, even in Japan.

    1. Ah Avalon Code! Now there’s a special game! I still remember the trouble I had slaying the Griffioen Lion, only to be done by tinkering with it’s traits to weaken it. I really liked the novel gameplay of that one!

  2. All this talk about Persona 5 makes me feel so jealous I am not partaking! I don’t have PS4 anyway but Persona 4 Golden seems to be “the game” for the Vita of which I am definitely an owner and fan of. Just doesn’t seem like it’d be my thing, but the fanaticism behind it makes me want to try it anyway…

    1. Same here, don’t own a PS4 so no Persona 5 for me, which is a pity. As I did like 4 Golden immensely. Aside from that, I know the feeling: I’ve tried getting into games too because everyone was hyped don’t about them. Sometimes though it just doesn’t work. But, it’s so much fun to join in the fun!

  3. I loved the Neko Atsume mobile app, though my poor kitties are probably starving at this point, but I’d definitely love to see the game come to the 3DS in the West. So here’s to hoping it happens in the near future!

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