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Monday, October 20, 2014

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demos Coming Stateside

Announced today by Nintendo, special demos for Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire will be arriving throughout the coming weeks via various methods.

Promising "special encounters", potentially exclusive to the demo, players will be able to import a Pokemon capable of Mega Evolution into the full game, as well as import any items they collect over the course of the demo. The methods for obtaining the codes are as follows:

- Special cinema locations from November 7th until the 13th.
- Accompanied with the purchase of Pokemon Art Academy, available October 24th, when purchased from the 3DS eShop.
- Accompanied by the purchase of Pokemon Puzzle Challenge, available November 6th, and/or the Pokemon Trading Card Game, available November 13th, from the 3DS eShop. And yes, nonchalant announcement, but Pokemon TCG is coming to the 3DS Virtual Console. Everyone is clapping right now.
- Codes will be sent through promotional email throughout the week of October 31, issued out to any person who has opted in to receive promotional Nintendo emails.

Finally, there will be a holiday mall tour taking place from November 24th to December 21st, where those able to visit one of the 16 as-of-yet unannounced locations will be able to try out several demos and games, and obtain two demo codes, one for themselves and one for a friend. The Game Room will be updated with the tour locations when they become available.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PlayStation TV Out Today

Are you a gamer who is interested in some of the games on the PlayStation Vita, but do not want to spend over 200 bucks on a handheld? Well, then today is they you have been waiting for. The $99 PlayStation TV (known as the Vita TV in Japan) is now officially on sale in the US. Although the standard version is only $99, you must provide your own PlayStation 3 controller, and it only comes with 1 GB of internal memory for game saves and DLC. Meanwhile a bundle can be bought for around $139 which does in fact come with a controller, as well as an 8 GB memory card on top of the internal 1 GB.

As for you who are wondering "what is the PlayStation TV?" Well, let us explain. The PlayStation TV is a home console version of the PlayStation Vita. It supports close to 700 of the games currently available for the Vita (PSOne, and PSP games included), and it can use other Vita features as well. Applications such as Netflix can be used, PlayStation 4 games can be played on it by using remote play to connect to a PS4 (assuming you have one), the PlayStation Now service (which allows you to stream PS3 games and possibly PS2 and other types of games in the future) can be used, and of course all the key PlayStation Network features are there as well. The PlayStation TV is a Vita, but due to the lack of a touch screen and touch pad games that require them cannot be played (Tearaway for example). Other than that, it is a full console.

If you're a Vita owner who would like to play it's games on the big screen, or if you're one of those who has put off buying one, then the PlayStation TV may be just for you.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Two Major Reviews Coming Soon

Sorry about not updating the blog in awhile, but we've all been pretty busy over the past few weeks. Life gets in the way of games (it's all a part of growing up guys), and there really hasn't been much going on in the gaming world outside of Super Smash Bros being released, Destiny's Loot Caves being patched, and server issues in DRIVECLUB. So, instead of talking about one of them things, I wanted to take the time to announce two reviews which will be going live very soon.

If you're one of those who have yet to pick up the new Smash Bros, or even check out Bungie's Destiny, then don't worry because we've got you covered. A review for both games will be live here on the blog within the next few days (or possibly today if time allows it). As always, we'll cover just about every aspect of each game, and hopefully help you decide if either one is worth picking up or not. When it comes to Destiny we ask that you keep in mind that the game is still receiving updates so our review may change over time, but Smash Bros is a full release with not much more to look for (with the exception of possible DLC characters or stages).

Anyway with that being said, I hope you guys look forward to reading them when the time comes. Once again I'm sorry about the slow updates, but it happens from time to time. In other news, why not head on over to our Tumblr page? Any minute now you'll have a chance at snagging a free game! Enjoy!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Random Giveaways starting Today!

If you're a PC gamer, then we have some good news for you! Starting today we here at NGR will be giving out random games for free. Most games will be for Steam, but we have a few for Origin as well. While we normally hold contests for this sort of thing (as you may have seen over at our Facebook page), this time around we'll be doing things a bit differently. Over the next few weeks or so, we'll be posting the game keys (as well as gift links to Humble Bundle) in different locations connected to NGR. To start things off we'll be putting one code here, but afterwords we'll be sharing them using one of our social media pages. One day we may give away something on Facebook, the next on Twitter, and then we may jump over to Tumblr or +Netto's Game Room. We'll be mixing it up, and all you have to do is be the first to see and use the code or gift link, and the game is yours!

Before we post the first code however, we'd like to thank our friend Rodger for donating these games to us. We know that there are a lot of people out there who'll enjoy these games, and we really appreciate it! Thank you very much.

So, how about we kick things off starting with one of my personal favorite games (in fact, I've bought it on multiple platforms). It's an older game, but for anyone who hasn't played it over the years, I strongly recommend it. This one is for Origin, and it is called "Burnout: Paradise: The Ultimate Box." Good luck!

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(Note: Keep in mind, even if this key has been here for awhile, it doesn't mean it will be used. Not everyone will be interested in the games we post, and many may already have them. If you want the game, we recommend you try the code and not just assume it is too late.)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thoughts on a possible Majora's Mask remake

I think people have been talking about a Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask remake for the 3DS since before Ocarina of Time 3D came out, but it's definitely been a topic since that one fan-trailer for one showed up around E3 2012. I love that video so much.

I've been playing through Majora's Mask lately - my first full playthrough on my actual N64, and one of my absolute favorite Zeldas alongside Wind Waker and Twilight Princess - and as I tend to do I started reading about senseless Zelda trivia as well. In particular I was thinking about how Majora's Mask had a cameo in A Link Between Worlds, but I wanted to know why, since it has no bearing on the plot and it's not mentioned at all. I concluded that the developers just must have had the game on their minds, which is a good sign after all.

Later on, though, I stumbled upon a quote from Eiji Aonuma at New York Comic Con where in response to a question about a potential Majora's Mask remake, he said  “If you play A Link Between Worlds, you may get an answer. You might find some information.”, and this got me thinking. Going by the Hyrule Historia timelines, assuming it's not just a throwaway cameo, the mask in A Link Between Worlds was never exorcized as it was in Majora's Mask; that game never happened. And as a result it would be completely possible and plausible for a game to take place with Majora's Mask's premise in a different setting, in this other timeline. Like a remake, but also a somewhat new game. Like A Link Between Worlds, fittingly enough.

Will this happen? I really don't think so. Nintendo's takes on remaking Ocarina of Time and, especially Wind Waker (as they specifically didn't alter anything major for the Wii U release), make me think that they would be too afraid to release something as unsafe as an alternate Majora's Mask, something I'm sure a lot of fans actually specifically don't want. At the same time, A Link Between Worlds managed to be an effective remaking of A Link to the Past as a fairly original game, while still keeping a lot of concepts, locations and feeling from the original, and since the mask DID appear in said game, it could be taken as a clue to the direction they intend to go with Majora's Mask.

Regardless of any theories, Nintendo seems to be trying to keep Majora's Mask on everyone's minds lately. With the titular mask appearing in A Link Between Worlds, a DLC pack themed around the game for Hyrule Warriors, and Fierce Deity Link's much overdue playable appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series, they might have something for us to look at after the holiday releases calm down. I'll personally look forward to the possibility of seeing the Oath to Order scene at the end with updated visuals - that scene never fails to give me chills.