Thoughts about the end of the 3DS, and the Nintendo DS line of handhelds

Thoughts about the end of the 3DS, and the Nintendo DS line of handhelds

It's finally the end of the DS/3DS era. Somehow it was fantastic but people still talk about the Game Boy. Remember the three pillars of Nintendo, Home Console, GBA, AND DS? There is an alternate reality where the DS bombed, Nintendo frantically shifts back to a new GBA, and all the while PSP sales just launch into space. No, the PSP could never do that. What a piece of junk.

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The Hideki Naganuma countdown just keeps rolling along with unreleased music from Super Monkey Ball

#5 "VENDOR POP" by skankfunk from Yakuza 5

What's old is new, and what's monkey is gangster

I was shocked, yet not very surprised to learn that Naganuma has produced several VG tracks under a pseudonym. Luckily, the lid is off, at least for those paying attention. It would appear skankfunk just might be the eponymous Hideki Naganuma.

How an unused track in an early 3DS game rolled along like the titular Super Monkey Ball until finding itself lodged deep within the Japanese mafia simulator Yakuza 5 is completely beyond me. All I know, is that it works.

Now I must ask, what other game series do you wish Naganuma would take a stab at? Gears of War? Legend of Zelda? Let us know!

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 15th Anniversary Week Begins

Dawn of a New Day

Music Performed & Sequenced by
MAJORA PHILHARMONIC SOUND ORCHESTRA
Shoji Horikoshi,Masahide & Yumi,Masaharu Toyoda,
Keita Kikuchi,Katsuya Takahashi

Original Music Composed by
Koji Kondo,Toru Minegishi 

Listen to Chapter 6: Dark Pit by Motoi Sakuraba from Kid Icarus Uprising

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Dark Pit by Zyuz 

My favorite theme, and stage from the phenomenal, and when all is said and done, my favorite 3DS game ever, Kid Icarus Uprising!

I remember playing this game, and, as with any Sakurai developed game, loving the music. I looked up who did the music and, well, everyone did. This all star cast of musicians including some of my all time favorites such as Yasunori Mitsuda and Motoi Sakuraba. Everything about this game is great.

Watch FamilyJules7X perform metal guitar remix of the 3DS Puzzle Swap theme.

Collecting puzzle pieces has never been more intense.

MP3: bit.ly/1xhbNJc
WAV: bit.ly/1tCuJBN

I’ve been quiet for far too long so I whipped together this video for you guys! The puzzle swap theme is one of the most deceivingly catchy songs I’ve ever heard in a game... err... minigame. I’ve had plans to cover this song ever since I got a 3DS back in April and thought since I was thinking of making some big changes to my sound and video style, this would be a quick and easy one to really test the waters with how to move forward with my YouTube videos!

For now, be sure to check out my Twitter and Facebook page for updates and check out my Twitch streams! See you all soon! :)

Arranged and Performed by: FamilyJules7x
Composed by: Uncredited
FamilyJules7X

Power Up Review: Super Mario's Mushrooms

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How does the size inducing mushroom really measure up?

The Super Mushroom*, one of gaming’s greatest icons. Unfortunately, this classic middleman to the good power-ups has been cast down into the pits of disgrace.

The Super Mushroom came onto the scene back in the original Super Mario Bros back in ‘85. Back when that game was kicking my ass, the Super Mushroom was a dear friend, helping me stave off death for just a few moments more. 

For all you kids who can regain health just by standing behind a crate, you have no idea how valuable being able to take one extra hit used to be. 

Unfortunately, the humble mushroom is no longer the powerhouse it once was. Once SMB3 came onto the scene, there became frequent ways to bypass the mushroom. Just blow by that thing and get some real guns like the frog suit! Yoshi in SMW, and eventually the full health meter of Super Mario 64 rendered the mushroom a minor courtesy rather than a life-saving tool. 

The Super Mushroom has found a second life in the Mario Kart series, but even then, the mushroom is rarely the item one would hope to see in a heated race.

In today’s power-up mad Mushroom Kingdom, I give the countries' titular Super Mushroom a...

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Due to the newfound lack of usefulness, but the ongoing life the humble mushroom has found in the Mario Kart series along with the 'shrooms' memorable image keep it from being a total failure.

*It was originally called the Magic Mushroom in the NES guide.

Celebrate the launch of Super Smash Bros for 3DS in Los Angeles this Saturday, October 4th

Super Smash Bros (N64) Tournament during the afternoon, and an Art Show Tribute to Super Smash Bros the same night!

Join Game Music 4 All and Retrobits LA at Rose City Pizza for a full day dedicated to Super Smash Bros. Celebrate fifteen years of Nintendo's flagship fighting game, as well as the debut of Super Smash Bros for 3DS.

Head over to the Retrobits LA section for full event and tournament info!

Check out the sneak preview for some of the art by Los Angeles based artists.

Club Nintendo offers Super Smash Bros - Premium Sound Selection OST with game purchases

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It appears that Nintendo is offering the chance to get some of the select cuts from the upcoming Super Smash Bros for 3DS / Wii U. If a Club Nintendo member registers both copies of the game, they will receive this beautiful two disc album.

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No tracks have been announced for the upcoming song selection OST, but I'll make a safe bet that we will hear some familiar sounds from the silhouettes gracing the album cover.

This news also gives me a chance to share some of the latest Smash Bros arrangements that are available on the 3DS version's website, namely, this arrangement of music from the Mario & Luigi series by my favorite game composer, Yoko Shimomura.

Source: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Arrangement Supervisor: Yoko Shimomura

Super Smash Bros (N64) Tournament & Retrogaming Meet Up 10.04.14

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UPDATE:  EVENT HAS MOVED TO OCT. 4. POST HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT CHANGE

On October 4, 2014, the N64 classic Super Smash Bros (N64) returns for another round!

Join Retro Bits Social Club at 1PM at Rose City Pizza (directions on event page) to compete for the grand prize in our latest retro videogame tournament, or simply grab some pizza and beer from Rose City Pizza and enjoy a day of classic video games, food, and friends!

Click here for Super Smash Bros (N64) Tournament Rules

At Retro Bits LA You can also...

  • Buy/Sell/Trade video games
  • Enjoy vintage video games on freeplay TVs
  • Join in on 3DS multiplayer & collect StreetPass tags
  • Eat fantastic pizza and drink delicious craft beers from Rose City Pizza

Click here to RSVP on the Facebook event page

Follow Retro Bits Social Club:
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Spread the word! Use hashtag: #retrobitsLA

Listen to first samples of music from the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

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UPDATE: Looks like just before this post went up, there are two more songs to check out via the same link below. Music from Nintendogs and a Mega Man Medley.

Recently Masahiro Sakurai has updated the 3DS home for Super Smash Bros, revealing the music and composers for several themes in the game. There is an original arrangement "Multi-Man Smash" by beloved Katamari Damacy composer Yoshihito Yano.

There are also two remixes from relatively recent Nintendo games, a rocking Pokemon battle theme rearrangement by the well traveled composer Yuzo Koshiro, as well as the track below. Full Steam Ahead is a personal favorite of mine, and made all the sweeter by knowing that Wild Arms composer Michiko Naruke is behind it. 

Source: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks / The Legend of Zelda Arrangement Supervisor: Michiko Naruke

Street Fighter II Tournament and Retro Gaming Meet Up 8/10 in Los Angeles

It's time for another Retrobits LA tournament! Are you ready to pit your skills in one on one fist fights?

Visit Rose City Pizza in Rosemead, California on Sunday, August 10th to play and compete in

the original fighting game, Street Fighter II by Capcom.

Street Fighter II Tournament info available on our event page or the facebook event page.

Not trying to become the world's strongest warrior? Join us anyway to...

  • Buy/Sell/Trade video games
  • Play vintage video games on freeplay TVs
  • Play 3DS multiplayer & collect StreetPass tags
  • Eat fantastic pizza and drink delicious craft beers from Rose City Pizza

See you at Rose City Pizza Sunday, August 10th, from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM!

Follow Retro Bits Social Club:

Spread the word! Use hashtag: #retrobitsLA

Watch the opening movie for Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

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Check out the opening movie for upcoming 3DS title Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. The Atlus game launches November 25, 2014. Music is Maze of Life by Shoji Meguro.

The Persona-users cross time and space to assemble as a new tale unfolds... Coming 11/25/2014 for Nintendo 3DS. For more information: http://www.atlus.com/personaq/

Attention Pokemon X/Y fans - Fancy Pattern Vivillon available to download

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Serebii reports that the latest pattern for the colorful new Pokemon Vivillon. Fancy Pattern Vivillon is available to download now as a mystery gift in Pokemon X and Y due to the Pokemon GTS reaching over 100 million trades. If I grab one with some quality stats (at least 3 max IV please) I might take the time to get one as battle ready as I can muster. Will you be downloading the latest Pokemon mystery gift?

Jake 'virt' Kaufman - Mighty Milky Way / Mighty Flip Champs OST release

Great games. That is what Mighty Flip Champs and Mighty Milky Way are. One of the qualities of a great game is great audio. Jake 'virt' Kaufman provides that great audio. Flipping and floating to your hearts content.

Download the games!

Dear WayForward, I am officially ending each post about you with some variation of, "Sigma Star Saga successor please!"

Check out 3DS Buzz and their in-depth 3DS XL review

Recently, the website 3DS Buzz held a contest giving away a brand new 3DS XL. The contest consisted of answering about thirty video game trivia questions. I mention all this because it would seem that my endless knowledge of video games actually came in handy, and I am the proud soon to be owner of a brand new 3DS XL thanks to the crew over at 3DS Buzz. For anyone else interested in the 3DS XL, 3DS Buzz has just posted one of the most in-depth reviews of the 3DS XL I have seen.

They have a few more contests happening as well, so definitely get in on those while there is still time.

Thanks again to the folks over at 3DS Buzz, and hope they let some more nerds make use of their Nintendo knowledge again soon!

PokeRehabCenter

After four days, these are the first words I am typing (not really, I had to edit them, but it was true in the rough draft). I tend to write far more often than never, as you might imagine. So why did production come to a stop? Pokemon of course! It's always the Pokemon (except when it's SimCity or Rune Factory or Advance Wars or...). It has all been so dark the past few days. I am writing this now, as if I woke up from a drug binge, or am recovering from some debilitating illness. For several days the most important thoughts in my mind sounded something like, “Do I really need another dragon type on my team? Maybe one that could learn a fighting attack. Although if I can bring in a dual type fighting/lightning, then I can switch out my Eelektross for my Gallade and have two fighting types. Are there any fighting/lightning types? Better do some research...”

I remember last playing Pokemon White months ago when it had first been released. I defeated the Elite Four, saved all the Pokemon from Team Plasma, and then some. I didn't accomplish everything though. A Pokemon Trainer's work is never done. I moved on to fresher gaming pastures relatively soon after defeating Pokemon White, and was free from its spell. At least, until a few days ago.

It all began when I was feeling particularly ill one morning. Too sick to climb out of bed and hop on the computer. Too withered away to even stare at the television. I slowly rolled over, and in the darkness I could see the dim blue power light of my trusty DS by my bedside. I reached out for it, and suddenly the bright glow and rocking bicycle music of Pokemon White lit up the room. I lied in bed and began playing. It took a moment to get a grip on where I was in the Unova region, and what I had yet to accomplish. Suddenly the original time with the game began to flood back in. I was raising a new team. I had eggs to hatch. I had battles to fight. I had to buy some revival herbs. I had to play Pokemon. In an instant I had become entangled in the six hundred and forty-nine tentacles of the latest Pokemon game.

I have tried to 'catch them all' on several non consecutive occasions. Each time I placed a Pokemon cartridge into the current portable Nintendo system that is currently on the market, I have been consumed by it. There was the classic red, and many a tale can be told of that, then there was my return to a world long forgotten when I bought Pokemon Diamond. This journey into the land of Unova marks the third time I have devolved into a blithering PokeManiac.

Friends were abandoned, responsibilities shirked, and thoughts of non Pokemon related events dropped to an all time low. Any responsibility that couldn't be avoided, was done methodically, and in a way to incorporate the most repetitious aspects of Pokemon. Chores like laundry and eating became tests in multitasking. Tests I often failed as my food often went cold and/or uneaten. Although, I'll mention that my shirts came out as colorful as ever, in case you were worried about the laundry.

My mind easily made the transition back into the daily routine of things. I hit up Amanita on her PC and grabbed the Pokemon I wanted. I stopped by all the daily events, read the animated sign between routes to search for Pokemon, and fumbled my way through a handful of battles. With my reintroduction to the games mechanics now over, it was time to be the very best.

Like being the best at many other things, it all began with some research. I pulled up Bulbapedia by typing the name of a random Pokemon into Google. Soon my browser was bursting at the seams with tabs of innumerable varieties of Pokemon, along with move descriptions, abilities, and a few random maps of Unova. My Pokemon fueled Euphoria left little time for anything else. Days were spent searching for the perfect group of fighters, though I didn't EV train them, because that is a load of BS. My days were divided between reading, training, battling, hatching, raising, and outfitting a ragtag team of fighters culled over generations of Pokemon games. As epic as that all sounds, it actually comes down to pressing the same sequence of buttons repeatedly for a few hours. There is nothing quite like the thrill of holding the up button for ten seconds, followed by pushing the down button for another ten seconds.

When a game requires a heavy dose of repetition, and then I do what is required, over and over, I forget whether I am actually enjoying the game or not. I am still playing it, sure. I can't stop playing it. Am I enjoying playing it though? It's difficult to quantify, to say the least. There are enormous lulls in the action that can be a chore, but at the same time, destroying someone with a team of Pokemon you raised yourself is definitely gratifying. Of course, you do lose sometimes, and that isn't fun either.

A weeks worth of writing was lost to these pocket monsters. Not to mention hours of playing Driver: San Francisco, and Kirby's Mass Attack, two articles I should have presented you fine readers with some time ago. Even at work I was pulling up the PokeDroid app on my phone and imagining other great teams I could build after the one I was currently raising. All the while in the back of my head, I was well assured that putting this much effort into the game is a complete waste of time and resources. Despite such notions, I continued to flip open my DS at every opportunity and grind my way to the top. Through the years I have learned that my mind can focus on one subject or game with an unquenchable obsession. It's nice when that obsession is the intricacies of medical science, but not so much when it is the variability of stats in imaginary creatures who are born with different natural moods and abilities.

Unlike other addictive games like Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon, there is a real passion that comes with Pokemon. It's something I can feel proud of, not like how many fish I've caught, or how many tomatoes I've planted (although I am proud of that stuff too). Simply put, a desire to be the greatest. To be a Pokemon Master. The slogan is "Gotta catch 'em all!" not "Gotta catch most of 'em!" A nerd lives and dies by the Pokemon team he raises. I didn't hide a Gameboy in my backpack, and risk having it confiscated by a teacher while I battled opponents during lunch just to send out a level 28 Exeggcute. Unacceptable. A team consisted of six Pokemon, always including the one I started the game with (I always go with Grass starter, if you must know). These Pokemon would go on to be a well-rounded and unstoppable force I captured, trained, and traveled alongside, and nothing could stop us. Not Team Rocket, nor the Elite Four, or even the most powerful Pokemon in Kanto. I'm not sure if these feelings I have stem from a healthy viewing of the anime along with the original games, or just my own brain filling in the blanks of another sporadic storyline. What I do know is that in 1996, Satoshi Tajiri and his company Game Freak, alongside Nintendo, combined to release a powerful combination of collecting, trading, and battling that has yet to stop being compelling fifteen years and several portable game systems later. Not even in pinball or toy form.

Luckily (at least in this case), the force of my obsession is tempered by the finding of new things to feel passionately about. So I have since pulled myself from the intoxicating beast that is the Pokemon franchise. At least long enough to write this article. The Pokemon team I trained still remains between the levels of sixty and ninety. There are many an unhatched egg sitting in Amanita's PC. Not to mention, my Pokedex is far from full, even the regional one has some gaps in it. It may stay that way for a while, but likely not forever. The siren song of Pokemon is always singing seductively in my ear. Hopefully I can maintain my sanity long enough to fight through the deluge of releases over the winter months. Though, depending on the level of content in Pokemon Rumble Blast (Editors Note: I did get hooked, and PRB is currently the game with the third highest rate of hours played on my 3DS. Pokemon White sits at #2 by the way. ), I may find myself once again enamored by the hundreds of beasts that we call Pokemon. I hope I can get a few more articles written before then.