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Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Terra Battle Comes To Mobile Devices October 9

During PAX in late August, we had a chance to sit down with Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi to check out his upcoming mobile game. Terra Battle is a new take on mobile RPGs, with a grid-based strategy system that will have your fingers dancing across the glass.

In order to do damage, you’ll need to flank enemy monsters. Thankfully, you can nudge your party members as you’re moving around and line up characters to include their attacks. 

It’s a unique systems that is perfectly suited for touch devices. You’ll be able to check it out for yourself on October 9, when the game comes to iOS and Android devices. It’s free-to-play, so you can give it a try without committing to it long-term.

The more people that download it, the more will be added to the game. Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker studio calls this a “download starter” (in the spirit of Kickstarter, but without the financial contributions). You can read more about that in our preview.

 

Our Take
I have some reservations about the game’s energy-based system, but the gameplay is clever enough that I will be giving it a try. It carries the aesthetic of classic Square Enix titles, but offers something new in terms of gameplay that I haven’t seen done before in mobile. 

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Yu-Gi-Oh Comes To 3DS With Zexal World Duel Carnival

The Yu-Gi-Oh series is available for the first time on 3DS.

The game has been available in Europe and Japan for quite some time, but it only released in North America, on the 3DS eShop, yesterday. You can find a launch trailer for the game below. The game is based on the first season of the newer Zexal series and features more than 40 duelists from the show.

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Our Take
I recall Yu-Gi-Oh being huge when it first arrived in the United States. Its reach was comparable to Pokémon. It has always retained a dedicated group of fans, but I am curious if it could see a resurgence in popularity as the collectible card game genre begins to gain more fans thanks to titles like Hearthstone and the upcoming Pokémon card game release on iOS devices.

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PS4 remote play comes to new Xperia Z3 tablets

The Xperia Z3 compact tablet line will feature remote play with the PS4, Sony announced today. The Z3 is the only tablet to have remote play with PS4, though the Vita allows these functions, too (and it comes with a controller already…
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Sony’s Metal Slime PlayStation 4 comes with a piece of gunk

We touched on it yesterday in the hubbub of Sony Japan & Asia’s press conference, but here’s a proper look at the Metal Slime PS4 that’s coming to Japan. We’re guessing your two immediate questions upon discovering this are 1. Why? 2. What’s that…
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The Pokemon Trading Card Game comes to iPad

Nintendo subsidiary The Pokemon Company explores what the company itself has yet to really try: Releasing a mobile game. …


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EA and Mythic’s Ultima Forever comes to an end

Ultima fans were given a dose of unfortunate irony late last week, when an administrator for the Ultima Forever forums revealed that the game would be shutting down. As of August 29, the only place EA and Mythic’s game will last forever will be in…
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Swap to the GamePad when The Swapper comes to Wii U

Porting Facepalm’s The Swapper to PlayStation systems apparently isn’t enough for Curve Digital, as the studio has announced via Twitter that the atmospheric puzzler will be coming to Wii U later this year as well.

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Report: Cross-Buy Comes To 3DS And Wii U eShop, But Not In North America

The Game Bakers are breaking new ground, and helping Nintendo achieve a long-requested feature. The upcoming Squids Odyssey, an action-strategy game, will offer buyers a free version for Wii U with purchase of the 3DS eShop edition, but not if you’re in North America.

According to a report on Siliconera, The Game Bakers were approached by Nintendo of Europe to bundle the two versions. This brings a version of cross-buy to Nintendo consoles, and a step closer to bridging the gulf of accounts across systems.

Game Bakers reportedly approached Nintendo of America and was told that the North American organization isn’t yet able to support it. We’ve reached out to Nintendo of America for clarification and comment, and we’ll update should we receive a response.

Squids Odyssey is out now on the Wii U eShop and coming soon to 3DS. It includes all of the content from previous titles Squids and Squids: Wild West, as well as a new chapter.

[Source: Siliconera]

 

Our Take
Nintendo has committed to a unified account system moving forward, and this first step offers hope. Figuring out how to bridge the gap between Wii U and 3DS will help eliminate analysis paralysis that exists for Virtual Console purchases that exist on both platforms separately.

It will also create an ecosystem of Nintendo devices, instead of having separate platforms that are largely independent of one another. It also would allow the Wii U to capitalize on the success of the 3DS and, should content port over, give people more confidence about purchasing the home console.

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Benjamin’s Flight comes to Thomas Was Alone on Steam

Was this the end? That was what Thomas wondered when “Benjamin’s Flight” landed on Steam, completing the free add-on content’s journey across platforms. Jetpacks make for lovely levels, Thomas couldn’t argue with that. Or “free,” he couldn’t argue…
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Unity comes to PlayStation Mobile

Unity, the malleable video game development engine available for nearly every platform known to man, is coming to – you guessed it – another platform man is familiar with. Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has announced the “official version” of…
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