There you are! Come on in, it’s time to enjoy our cup of coffee and share some handheld gaming news! October, the month that had such good video game releases, is already drawing to an end. Remember I had an entire list compiled of handheld games that held my interest and had a release date in October? Today the last games on the list I published earlier found their way to the PS Vita: World of Final Fantasy is released in Europe, as is Root Letter. (You can find the list here)
Although I’m very interested in Root Letter, I decided to let it go for now. The game is EUR 39,99 over here, and that seems a bit steep for now. I did download World of Final Fantasy, although it’s the same price. But, you gotta make choice, right? If you bought Root Letter, I’m very curious to hear your thoughts!
DLC World of Final Fantasy
I’ve read somewhere that World of Final Fantasy is an excellent way to find your way around the FF World. A good introduction for new comers to the series. I have played a couple of the earlier games, but I’m in no way versed in the ways and icons of FF. It will be nice to get to know them all. And some other characters too, as we can look forward to some DLC: Square Enix announced that Kingdom Hearts series protagonist Sora will join World of Final Fantasy as a champion summon through a DLC that will be available for free this winter.
MiiTopia, mystery title
Kimishima, Nintendo’s CEO, reminded us at last weeks financial briefing, that Nintendo will release MiiTopia before the end of the year. At least, before the end of the year in Japan. And strangely enough, that’s all we know about the title. Mystery indeed. He assured everyone that it will be an exiting game, but that’s it. No more insight. Though we can deduce some things: it will involve your Mii, and looking at the imagery, it would seem it has some battle elements. Looking at the sword and the wizards cap, I’m thinking along a fantasy adventure game or an RPG. But, we will have to wait and see.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Maintenance
Nintendo has scheduled maintenance for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Which reminds me, the special Mini Nintendo Direct about the update for New Leaf is close. It’s still on for November 2nd in Japan, but I think we will get details of Western broadcasts soon. Anyway, the server for New Leaf will be down for maintenance on these dates:
- 6 PM PT (October 31st) – 8 PM PT (October 31st)
- 9 PM ET (October 31st) – 11 PM ET (October 31st)
- 2 AM in the UK (November 1st) – 4 AM in the UK (November 1st)
- 3 AM in Europe (November 1st) – 5 AM in Europe November 1st
Strong sales for Yo-Kai Watch in Europe
At the financial briefing, there was some extra attention for Yo-Kai Watch. Seems that the original game is doing very well in Europe, even compared to Japan. The chart below clearly shows this, but I can’t help be surprised. Why is it then that there’s not even a release date yet for the, even better, second game?
Trick or treating with Pokémon Go
Niantic is taking the opportunity to entice us to go out and about again this Halloween. You get more candy when you catch a Pokémon, your buddy will find more candy too and some scary Pokémon appear more frequent. This will last till November 1st.
By the way, I’ve more then once talked about the way going mobile could effect the future of Nintendo, allowing it to stay on the dedicated gaming device market. Seeing the facts and figures in hardware sales following the release of Pokémon Go makes it very clear. And aside from a very clear rise in 3DS and 2DS sales, sales in Pokémon games on (3)DS rose too. The effect in America was very clear, as in Europe. An excellent example of how mobile games can remind people of the fact that there’s even more great gaming to be done on other devices.
Did you enjoy your coffee? Enough for this week I think, going to dive back into my games now. I’m looking forward to helping Jack for Halloween in New Leaf on October 31, and I’m eager to play Dragon Quest Builders. Plus, World of Final Fantasy is waiting!
What will you be playing this weekend?