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Review: S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Wii U eShop / NES)

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Wii U eShop / NES)

I'm a scatman

Right, let's get this dealt with from the start; S.C.A.T is an awful name for a game — we won't go into why here, but it actually stands for Special Cybernetic Attack Team. Interestingly, the cart shipped in Europe as Action in New York. That's a much better title, although the game has as much to do with the Big Apple as mushy peas...

Review: Alphadia Genesis (Wii U eShop)

Alphadia Genesis (Wii U eShop)

Alphadia Generic

Like every other game genre, there's no one set of generally agreed-upon rules for what makes a Japanese RPG good. Some people simply can't stand turn-based gameplay, feeling it's an obsolete relic of an era gone past; others get misty-eyed with nostalgia and/or prefer its more deliberate pacing. Then there are gamers who debate...

Review: Natsume Championship Wrestling (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Natsume Championship Wrestling (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Tapped out

Let's be honest here: wrestling is essentially one big television drama, and that's no way an attempt to belittle the incredible athleticism of the men and women involved. It's Eastenders with a mullet and tight pants, complete with plot twists and a cast of larger than life characters to root for. These heels and faces are the reason we...

News: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Set to Bloom on NA Store Shelves This 4th November

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Set to Bloom on NA Store Shelves This 4th November

Europe barren for now

Natsume, Inc recently confirmed via Twitter that the North American release date for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley will be 4th November: Although no European release date has been set, Natsume also confirmed that a publisher is being sought out and that it expects the title to reach the otherpart of the west sometime in...

News: Alphadia Genesis Set to Begin at the Beginning in North America

Alphadia Genesis Set to Begin at the Beginning in North America

Natsume releasing the RPG on Wii U eShop this Fall

Natsume has released more information on Alphadia Genesis, an upcoming RPG release that will hit consoles exclusively on the Wii U eShop. According to the publisher, the story takes place 15 years after the Energi Wars, a torrid affair where clones were used as weapons. The kingdoms of Augustine...

First Impressions: Getting Our Hands Dirty in Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley

Getting Our Hands Dirty in Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley

Farm fresh

Since its initial début on the Super Nintendo in 1997, Harvest Moon has blossomed into something of an institution; a non-traditional RPG that swapped swords for shovels, replaced fighting with farming, and let players find true love among the turnips, it captivated with a unique charm, and has been hooking would-be farmers on...

News: Natsume Confirms A-Train: City Simulator For 3DS and Alphadia Genesis for Wii U

Natsume Confirms A-Train: City Simulator For 3DS and Alphadia Genesis for Wii U

Some story background for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley also included

Natsume recently announced that Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is coming to 3DS in 2014, and has today used its pre-E3 press release to confirm two more titles coming to Nintendo systems; both seem like candidates for the eShop, though that's not confirmed. First up we have...

News: Natsume: A Western Medabots 7 Release Not On The Cards

Natsume: A Western Medabots 7 Release Not On The Cards

"Hopefully maybe the next one"

Natsume released Medabots 7 in Japan last September and little has been said on the localisation of the 3DS RPG since. The publisher is currently getting ready for E3 and has responded to a fan on Facebook about the chances of Medabots 7 making it to Western shores. Unfortunately, it wasn't good news: It doesn't...

News: Natsume's Hometown Story Will Be Playable at E3

Natsume's Hometown Story Will Be Playable at E3

Spiritual successor to Harvest Moon will see worldwide release

Natsume has announced that Hometown Story, the new 3DS title from Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada, will be playable at this year's E3. The title, first announced last year as Project: Happiness, tasks the player with fixing up and developing a shop left to them by their grandmother...

News: Harvest Moon Creator Announces "Project Happiness"

Harvest Moon Creator Announces "Project Happiness"

Natsume and RSG on board

Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada recently set up his own studio, TOYBOX, with a simple message: "we are gaming for Love, Peace and Earth." Natsume, Rising Star Games and TOYBOX have just announced Project Happiness — a temporary title — with more details to come at E3. The announcement doesn't give much more away than...

News: Pluck Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns 3DS on 1st November

Pluck Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns 3DS on 1st November

Free toy too

With the regular DS version of Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns already available in North America, Natsume has revealed a release date for its 3D companion: 1st November. As is traditional for a new HM game, customers who pre-order Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns on 3DS will get a free cuddly toy, this time the same alpaca that came with the DS release. Pre-orders are open now..

News: Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove Spooks 3DS Today

Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove Spooks 3DS Today

Starting Hallowe'en early

We took our first steps with Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix on WiiWare back in May, and now the spooky series has launched on 3DS as Natsume announces Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D is available across North America from today. The 3DS's first dancing game follows Gabrielle, a poor girl who's sneezed her soul right out of her body, and her attempts to recover it by..

News: Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny Crashes In Next Month

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny Crashes In Next Month

North American date confirmed

Natsume has revealed that the the long-awaited second Wii entry in the Rune Factory series, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, will see the light of day in North America on 27th September. The Rune Factory spin-off from the popular Harvest Moon series combines farming elements with more traditional role-playing features, with real-time combat and an epic storyline the..

News: Sail the Tides of Destiny with New Rune Factory in 2011

Sail the Tides of Destiny with New Rune Factory in 2011

Natsume makes waves

Following the acclaimed Rune Factory: Frontier, Natsume is preparing to bring the second instalment in the Wii farming roleplayer to North America, announcing Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny. As well as the series' now-established combination of real-time battle, crop harvesting and animal husbandry, players will be able to take control of Ymir, an enormous golem with mysterious..

News: Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove Does the Monster Mix on WiiWare

Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove Does the Monster Mix on WiiWare

Groove to the beat next month

Considering the overwhelming success of Wii dancing games at retail, it's a wonder that next month's Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix will be one of a select few when it launches next month. Natsume's spooky-themed rump-shaker will land on the download front next month, bringing multiplayer support for four dancers as well as unlockable content as players dance..