Been buying a lot of new 3DS games recently now that the system has tons of great games available to purchase? Can’t afford yet another title and want to be part of an interesting promotion? Well you may just be in luck, since Nintendo of Europe is launching the ‘So Many Games!’ promotion and letting anyone who registers three games get another one for absolutely free!
Best of all, the games eligible for this promotion are some of the best new games around, as shown by this list:
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS version)
Luigi’s Mansion 2
Fire Emblem: Awakening
LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
So it seems like a great deal to take advantage of if you ask me. After all, you’ve already likely bought Luigi’s Mansion 2, have some sort of interest in Fire Emblem Awakening and Animal Crossing and want at least one of those games a fair bit, right? What’s more, the promotion lasts all the way to June 30th, so there’s plenty of time to purchase any games from the above list that haven’t been released yet too.
Any European Nintendo fans interested in taking up this offer?
Excited for the game and want to see more of it? Well it seems like you’re in luck, we not only now have the first 85 minutes of game footage (uploaded by Youtube user Nintendomination), but also footage of things like all the possible endings. First of all, here’s the first 85 minutes of the game:
Next up, here’s some footage of the game’s various endings. Yes there are massive spoilers beyond this point, so don’t watch any of these videos if you don’t want to see how the story unfolds. And yes, the person who recorded this (terryforever84 on Youtube) used a standard camera rather than any kind of capture card or screen recording equipment, so the quality isn’t exactly great. Either way, here are the game’s endings:
Secret 100% completion ending
Hope you enjoyed the videos, that’s lots of footage that isn’t exactly easy to find online.
P.S. Please do not complain about the ending videos and spoilers. I mentioned it twice in the post already, so it’s kind of your own fault if you didn’t bother to read and ended up having the game spoilt for you.
Yes, here are two new trailers for Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate. The first one is a trailer called the ‘Simon’s Story trailer’. You can probably guess exactly who that focuses is on, so see it here:
The second one is a general overview trailer which can be watched here. Lots more footage of the game, so definitely check it out:
Well, those are the new Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate trailers. Hope they were interesting to some people and got a few others to check out the game, and I hope that the success of this game on the 3DS proves that the Castlevania series still has a welcome home on Nintendo handheld consoles for the foreseeable future.
Seems like it’s not just HD consoles that this game was considered before prior to being made for the 3DS, since Konami were at one point considering releasing the game on the Playstation Vita instead. Here’s the original quote confirming it:
The Vita could have run the game no problem, and we did seriously consider it as a [target] platform. But when we saw the game on 3DS and how it looked with the 3D, it made us realise we could never replicate that on another system.
Seems like the graphics and 3D effect had a pretty important role in getting this game made for the 3DS. But do you know what I think also probably had a minor effect?
The 3DS selling somewhat decently and Vita failing miserably. I mean, if the Playstation Vita and 3Ds had both sold about 10-20 million units at the time and had a similarly sized userbase, it would have probably be a multiplatform title to take advantage of this. But by the time Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate was officially announced and in development, the Vita had sold so few units that I suspect Konami considered the idea of releasing a major game on it as unprofitable.
Either way, it’s pretty much fantastic that us 3DS owners are getting this game this game this year, it looks like an excellent new installment in the Castlevania series and just the type of game the system needs to keep momentum going throughout early 2013 (alongside Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon and some others).
Remember how a few weeks ago Capcom announced that Resident Evil Revelations was being remade into a HD game for the Wii U, PS3 and Xbox 360? Well interestingly enough it seems like this isn’t the only 3DS exclusive that might be getting this treatment. No, Konami have said they’re interested in the possibility of turning Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate into a game for HD systems as well. Here’s what they had to say about the idea:
We created everything in high definition – all the textures, all the levels, high-poly models, everything – and we kind of shrunk it all down into the 3DS.
Then we lost bones from characters, you know, we dropped the resolution of the textures and everything to make it fit. At MercurySteam we have an HD version of the game sitting there in a computer somewhere.
“We want as many people to play it as possible. Obviously we have an exclusivity deal with Nintendo right now though and they’ve been very supportive of the product.
So in other words, the only real reason the game’s being kept as a 3DS exclusive is because of an exclusivity deal with Nintendo and developers MercurySteam are considering the possibility of porting it over to HD consoles if the 3DS game does well enough.
Could we see another case of a 3DS ‘exclusive’ being rereleased on the Wii U and other similar systems? And if so, do you think that the game would work pretty well on the Wii U with the extra technical power the console is capable of and the Game Pad’s touch screen to replicate the 3DS consoles?
Have to say, what better time to release a new trailer for a Castlevania game than halloween considering the whole theme of the series! But yes, Konami have officially released this halloween special trailer of the game showing off more of the anticipated title.
There’s some concept art showing different locations that you’ll be visiting in game as well as a bunch of screens and such showing parts of the game itself. You can see both of these things below:
As you can see, the screenshots are looking fairly impressive. In fact, you know what they kind of remind me of?
The DS Castlevania games like Dawn of Sorrow. The art style for the buildings and locations just seems a bit similar if you ask me. There’s also a bit of resemblance to Castlevania Dracula X in some of the screens, mainly the one of the castle keep in front of the full moon. Still, it’s nice the designers of the game seem to be taking some inspiration from the 2D titles rather than just making the 3D rendered locations look bland like they did in the Nintendo 64 ones.
In addition to the above screens, here’s the official art/concept art for the game.
For some reason, there’s also art of the most minor scenery items in the game. Like doors.
All in all, Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate is looking like a pretty good Castlevania game, especially for one which is 3D in parts and doesn’t use a traditional sprite based style for everything. Will it be a day one purchase? Not sure, but it does look like it will at least live up to the series good name.
Sorry about the delay in getting these ones up, they were technically available online for a few hours today but there were many other things to write about first. But here are some nice new Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate screenshots:
As you can tell, the castle’s general architecture is still as over the top fancy and complex as it always was. That’s one heck of a creepy looking door.
Flying dragon like heads try to kill the protagonist. This looks a lot less scary when you remember that Super Mario 3D Land has a fairly similar looking monster with similar attacks.
No idea what kind of magic is involved here, but the way the enemy seems to be flying at the wall looks hilarious. Seriously, if it was meant to look cool, it doesn’t work, the enemy looks like he’s just been tripped over while running.
Another castle room. Not sure what’s going on here, that arch looks like the perfect place to position a falling guillotine blade.
Standing outside on what seems to be a ledge. Oh look, a mine cart! Wonder what’s next…
The castle from a distance. As you may have immediately noticed, the moon is very, very prominent in Castlevania backgrounds.
Zombies! The last one seems to be headless too, did the hero go that way and kill it first, or do these monsters just come at you already decapitated?
What looks to be either a prison or storehouse, likely in the castle basement. Okay.
Holding the removed head of your enemies is pretty cool.
Part of what appears to be a potion making lab or something. Man, this game really does seem to be throwing in every gothic fantasy cliche under the sun, doesn’t it?
Some kind of ugly monstrosity likely found as an enemy. What’s it meant to be? Who knows?
One heck of a creepy looking character. God, this artwork is pretty amazing looking, don’t you think? And the flame really helps the scene, since the lighting seems to be superb.
Some kind of gross looking monster. Really, is there a better term to use to describe whatever this monstrosity is?
A generic zombie enemy. To say it looks like it’s suffering advanced grade decomposition is an understatement.
Some sort of harpy like monster. I distinctly recall seeing something like this in a previous Castlevania game, or at least hearing that said enemies were in them.
Part of what looks like a creepy chapel. Really, every Castlevania game needs one.
A clock. As expected, the game seems to take place at night.
An absolutely awesome looking creepy village scene. Of note is the poor guy being hanged in the foreground. Looks a lot like one of the Belmonts too, was he hanged for actually trying to fight Dracula among a village of deranged cultists?
Part of a hall inside the castle. Looks like the place has took quite a battering, look at all the rubble lying around!
Erm… something. Really, I’m not too sure what’s going on here, other than that an entrance seems to be located inside an horrifically creepy giant mouth.
A fancy room in the castle. Nothing more to be said.
A moody interior with a creepy looking green lighting effect. Very atmospheric.
Three of the game’s protagonists/playable characters.
As you can tell from the screens above, Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate looks like a great new Castlevania game. Yes 3D hasn’t worked that well in the series before and the game seems to mix 2D and 3D sections all over the place, but the style of the series has certainly been gotten down correctly in these pictures. And with the game looking like a horror movie brought to life, it definitely seems like a game to check out in the future.
Well, in the US at least, there’s still a tiny amount of hope that the game could be out prior to then in Europe or Australia. But unfortunately Nintendo of America have confirmed it’s later release date, as said here:
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will now be available in the first half of 2013 in the Americas
Have to say, this does annoy me to be honest. Yes the Wii U is also coming out about that time, but I’m not purely interested in Wii U games and I was looking forward to this game more than New Super Mario Bros U. It’s not all a total loss, Paper Mario Sticker Star doesn’t seem to have been delayed as of yet, so there’s at least that awesome Mario game to get for the 3DS later this year, but it still annoys me that the people who are willing to buy more than just New Super Mario Bros get kind of ignored in this respect.
It’s not the only game delayed either, apparently Konami have done the same for Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate:
Konami’s resurrection of the Castlevania series continues, as the breath-taking Castlevania: Lords of Shadows series heads to Nintendo 3DS in 2013 with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. Developed by Mercury Steam and acting as a prequel to the forthcoming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, the Nintendo 3DS game follows Trevor and Simon Belmont as they enter the shadow-laden castle of series villain, Dracula.
Wouldn’t these two titles have been absolutely perfect for a halloween release date? Yes they might have harsh competition from the likes of New Super Mario Bros U, but it’s not like their audiences overlap that much, the kind of person interested in niche games enough to buy either is probably not 100% satisfied with just New Super Mario Bros titles.
Looks like the 3DS is getting quite a few less interesting titles this year than we thought it was.