New Nintendo #3DS Titles announced!

Well, I’ve just seen the first Nintendo Direct of 2015 and I have to say that I’m impressed of what will be coming for the 3DS!

There will be loads of good titles, but here is my personal need-to-get-one:

Fire Emblem: ?

There is no definite title yet, but what you can see in the trailer is simply awesome. I really can’t wait for this title to be released. Fire Emblem: Awakening was totally cool and loaded up with DLC content. From what we can see in the video, this will be a worthy update to the series!

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Also intersting to see was the new Monster Hunter Ultimate 4. Looks like I might get that one, too. There will be a demo out to give it a test run, but so far I’ve not managed to get a download code for it. 🙁

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.I would never have believed this, but you can make a role-playing-game with two iconic humorous characters: Mario &Luigi!

OK, it is not completely a role-playing-game. There still is plenty of jumping and searching for stuff and even the fights (while being turn based) are full of action. Simply because you not only select your attack but also have to do it. The same goes for blocking your opponent’s attacks. Better keep your eyes open (so that you know which of the two brothers is going to be attacked) and your finger in check. When you are too slow or too quick to block, the block will fail.

But what really makes the cookies crumble are the items you can acquire along your journey through Luigi’s dreams. Whereas more standard games have different swords, staffs or wands ready for you, the Dream Team Bros. offers old boots, weak boots, so-so boots, etc. to give just one example. The designers have given their best and made sure that you have trouble concentrating because of the sheer amount of giggles and squees you emit while playing the title.

 

The top ten, being my most played games in 2014

One really nice thing about the Nintendo 3DS is the activity log. It lets you find out how many hours you actually spend playing. (It also counts your steps, but really, who would be interested in that?) So, without further ado, here is my list of the top 10 most played games in 2014:

10. Luigi’s Mansion 2

Luigi's Mansion 2
Luigi’s Mansion 2

This one is a no brainer. I have always liked this brother more and the game itself is simply adorable. The only downside is the use of automatic saves. I really hate it when you just can’t save when you want to and have to finish a level to save your progress.
It has a cool multiplayer part, too!

9. Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart DS

Even if I have by now upgraded to Mario Kart 7, this one ended up quite often in my 3DS. Rightfully so, simply because of it’s multiplayer options (and because my daughter has a cartridge, too, and often asks me for a race.)

8. LEGO The Hobbit

LEGO The Hobbit
LEGO The Hobbit

Combine LEGO and J.R.R. Tolkien? Yes, of course!

7. LEGO Lord Of The Rings

LEGO The Lord Of The Rings
LEGO The Lord Of The Rings

See #8!

6. LEGO Batman 2

LEGO Batman 2
LEGO Batman 2

LEGO and DC Comics? Batman? Count me in! I’m such a sucker for the LEGO games. They have a great innocent humour as well as great gameplay and design (Ok, all but one: LEGO Marvel totally sucks!).

5. Shin Megami Tensai IV

Shin Megami Tensai IV
Shin Megami Tensai IV

This one was only released as a download from the eShop. We also got it later than the rest of the world. Well, better late than never, because it is a fine role playing game and one of the hardest I’ve ever played as well. Definitely not for the casual gamer.

4. Fire Emblem: Awakening

Fire Emblem: Awakening
Fire Emblem: Awakening

I bought this one thinking it was a role playing game. Turned out that it was more of a strategy game set in a fantasy world. Still, it is a great game which is highly playable even for non-hardcore-strategists because of its two difficulty settings.

3. Bravely Default

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy

See here.

2. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

You probably can’t believe it, but this was my first ever Pokemon game. That said, I really enjoy playing it. The difficulty is about right, there is tons of stuff to do (Collecting Pokemon is slightly addictive, to say the least!) even if I have neither interest in breeding the critters or taking part in any tournaments. I’m definitely giving Pokemon X a try, too,  in the not so near future!

1. Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life
Fantasy Life

See here.
Simply a great game with a maniac supporting community!

SpillPass works rather nicely!

In a previous post I wrote about giving SpillPass a try. Well, on New Years Eve I got a chance to replace my Raspberry Pi (B model) with a Raspberry Pi (B+ model). The B+ model is now used as a media centre and performs this job quite nicely.

With the old B model I gave SpillPass a try. I downloaded the image, dd’ed it to a spare 8GB SD card and booted up the Pi. It went up quite nicely, apart from the fact that it would choke on the first two USB wifi cards I tried to use. (Both the Edimax EW-7811UN as well as the Netgear G54 do not work with SpillPass.) The one card that did the trick was the Netgear WNA1100. (This, by the way, is the only card that will work with the Lego Mindstorms EV3 brick. You might wish to keep that in mind, too.)

Raspberry Pi B with Netgear WNA1100
Raspberry Pi B with Netgear WNA1100

 

A few minutes later I got the Eon-ticket for Pokemon Alpha Sapphire!
Yay me! 😉