Handheld Gaming News week 27

Welcome, come on in! It’s time for our weekly cup of coffee to go with our weekly gaming chat. Time for my Handheld Gaming News, the news that stood out to me.

It’s been a busy week again here on LadiesGamers. We are lucky to be in a position to review lots of games. These games were reviewed:

I could never do all of this alone, so I’m pretty happy with the team that is making this possible. A new writer joined us this week too, Chai used to have her own blog so she knows the ropes!

Let’s look at the news:

Blastoise with Hydro Cannon

Tomorrow on July 8 it’s Pokémon Go community day. The team behind the game has let player know that Squirtle will appear in the wild more frequently for three hours. If you evolve a Wartortle into Blastoise during that three-hour window, it will learn the Water-type move Hydro Cannon. This special move will only be available for Blastoise that are evolved or caught during the Community Day event.


Adjustments in Pocket Camp

Pocket Camp, the Animal Crossing mobile game, has had a major update to make things easier for players:

  • Animal Friendship Level caps have increased from 20 to 25
  • The item list is easier to use: you can sort them by source, by series, by theme or by numbers owned.
  • It’s easier to view you contacts and check each animal’s theme
  • Most importantly for me, you can now fast-forward through conversations with animals. While it was nice to read their sayings in the beginning of the game, it does get repetitive!

A Fold Apart needs your help!

For the second time in my gaming life I’ve found a game on Fig that needs funding to actually happen. A Fold Apart is a 3D puzzle game about the emotional struggle of a long distance relationship set in a world of folding paper.

Inspired by origami and papercraft, you can fold and manipulate the paper world to navigate the struggles of a long distance relationship. What makes this game extra special is that it’s based on a true story about the developers long distance relationship.

I decided I’d chip in too, and give them the attention they deserve in this article.

First reviews for Octopath Traveler

The Japanese video game magazine Famitsu has reviewed Octopath Traveler which will be available next week. It gets a 36/40 so that’s promising. Paige and Elena wrote about the first and second demo which are already in the eShop, and made it a joint effort. You can read their thoughts here.

Stock Nintendo dropping

Dr. Serkan Toto has tweeted that Nintendo stock is dramatically down 5.27% which is slightly concerning. Japanese publication The Nikkei believes this is down to a lack of new Nintendo Switch information on upcoming plans and game. Apparently I wasn’t the only one annoyed by the lack of thing they were showing at E3 ( find my rant here).

At the general meeting of shareholders former president of Nintendo, Kimishima was asked about Nintendo’s presentation at E3 and the fact that it caused a sharp decline in the stock value. He explained that the company is preparing to disclose more information to the customers at an appropriate timing, including products that will be launched during the year-end shopping battle. It’s not yet time to announce the full lineup.

Pre-order bonus Pokémon Let’s Go

If you want to pre-order one of Pokémon Let’s Go games that have a release date of November 16, you can get a pre-order bonus. It’s a key ring for Pikachu or Eevee. The standard edition of the game costs £49.99 and the version which includes the Poke Ball Plus costs £89.99.

New 2DS XL with Animal Crossing theme

Nintendo UK has confirmed on Twitter that the Animal Crossing: New Leaf themed New Nintendo 2DS XL console will launch on 20th July 2018 in Europe. As you would expect, the system comes with Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo pre-installed. The price is €159. No news on an American release yet. 

Code: Realize gets a new epilogue game

Visual novels are getting more and more attention these days. As luck would have it, the first Otome game I ever played, Code: Realize, is quite popular. It’s getting another epilogue game called Wintertide Miracles.

It is a winter-themed collection, which means short holiday stories with Cardia and Lupin, Helsing, Frankenstein, Impey and Saint-Germain. Sholmes and Finis also get proper epilogues, which take place after the events of Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~. There is also a whole new storyline starring another young woman Cardia befriends, named Cantarella. For people who like more than one of the bachelors, there are Triangle Date scenarios where Cardia can go on a date with both Lupin and Helsing or Impey and Saint-Germain.


That’s it for this week. I’m wishing you a happy gaming weekend, and thanks for reading!


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