Hi. I’ve been very remiss to do this review. This game broke my heart. I’m keeping this review spoiler free, but if you’ve played the game and you read this review you’ll understand why. Here it is, my Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies review.
Console 3DS Compared to other games in the series: Dual Destinies is the best, it’s so good Best Character: Without a shadow of a doubt, Detective Fulbright… I love him.
Console: 3DS Is it worth buying if you have the first one? Did you enjoy the first one? Then yes. Is it worth buying if you have not played the first one? Do you have a 3DS? Do you like rhythm games? Yes, it is, you need no knowledge of the original game or even the Final Fantasy series to like this game.
Stoic Mode is where you play the game as normal, but none of you characters have any abilities equipped or any items. This effectively means you are playing with raw stats only. Monsters are harder to kill and it is easier for you to die.
Slight gameplay changes in Stoic Mode:
Field Music in Stoic Mode
When playing a field music song in Stoic Mode, you do not get a Chocobo. I think the notes may be slightly different for what is usually the “Chocobo” part. It also means you do not go as fast and getting things like Moogles and Chests is more difficult.
Battle Music in Stoic Mode
When playing a battle music song in Stoic Mode, you do not get a Summon. The notes are very different and there is no “break” in the song for your hand to have a rest – this makes the song harder to play. Depending on your characters, and the song you’ve chosen it means you’ll do either more damage to the enemy (if using characters with high Attack and a song with lots of notes) or less damage to the enemy (if using characters with low Attack and a song with fewer notes).
Event Music in Stoic Mode
When playing an event music song in Stoic Mode, you get the shorter version of the song and the score you get for notes is weighted differently than if you were playing it regularly. This can be either good or bad. If you find the song quite hard to complete, it’s good because it’s shorter. If you find the song quite difficult to get a high score on it’s more difficult because you have fewer notes and therefore a smaller number of notes you’ll allowed to not get a “Critical” score on. For example, a song with 300 notes, you can probably miss up to 30 notes and still get an S-Rank, but a song with 50 notes you can only miss about 5.
Getting a Stoic Bonus to get SS and SSS in Stoic Mode
When you complete a song in Stoic Mode, you get a Stoic Bonus! It adds 2,000,000 points to your score! Wow!
Scores in Theatrhytm are broken down like this
7,000,000 – 8,999,999 (7,999,999 is the max number of points you can get without a Stoic Bonus): S
6,000,000 – 6,999,999: A
5,000,000 – 5,999,999: B
4,000,000 – 4,999,999: C
And so on (I’ve never gotten less than a C and not failed the song…)
But with Stoic Bonus, there are 2 new ranks that open up!
Here’s a guest post from Nintendo UK on the 3DS XL. I really really want one and this is not helping!
So, the latest Nintendo console to hit the market is here and early reviews have suggested it’s proving a hit with fans – but what reasons are there to actually head out to the store and buy a Nintendo 3DS XL? Let’s take a look.
WANT gimme gimme
Bigger is most definitely better!
While handheld gaming is something we all love to do, there is no getting away from that fact that since the dawn of the video game things have always looked better on a bigger screen. The great thing about the Nintendo 3DS XL is that while very little has changed about how you use it; the sheer size of the screen gives games a whole new atmosphere. In fact, the combined difference in screen size between the old model and its successor adds up to a staggering 90 per cent.
Nintendo has made it last longer
One of the other things that have improved significantly with this brand new 3DS Nintendo console is the battery life. Nintendo has been able to give gamers on the go even longer time to play by beefing up the 3DS XL power source to up to 6.5 hours, depending on how it’s being used.
A great range of titles – in 3D and 2D
If you already own a Nintendo 3DS, all you’re old games will run on the new system so you won’t have to start your collection from scratch. Those who are making the jump from older iterations of the Nintendo DS like the Nintendo DSi will also find it backwards compatible with their software. However, with the immense new 3DS XL screen, you can expect a very different gaming experience. Kid Icarus will soar through the sky in much more epic style and the classic platform action of Super Mario 3D Land will feel much more expansive and enjoyable.
It’s-a me, Mario!
There are other improvements to the 3DS XL system that people will enjoy, including a better ergonomic design and a bigger SD card to play with, but most people will probably be buying the console to enjoy the sheer size of that new screen.
Hi guys, here’s a guest post by the cool folk over at Nintendo UK – Enjoy!
Wimbledon is over and the British summer has been something of a washout for most of us – so what better time to take a look back at one of the best indoor court options for the Nintendo 3DS?
Those 3DS graphics look awesome
Mario Tennis hit the shelves in May this year and was pretty well received by many of the critics. For those unfamiliar with the title, it brings together a whole host of beloved Nintendo characters to compete in an explosive tennis tournament on a range of surfaces and across four individual cups. Similarly to the Mario Kart series, these range from the basic Mushroom Cup to the much more difficult Star Cup. The game had previously been seen on the Nintendo 64, GameCube, Game Boy Colour and Game Boy Advance, but of course had never been seen in glorious 3D – and seemed absolutely ideal for the format.
As with most of the titles in the Mario series, Mario Tennis Open – as it was titled for its release on 3DS – served up some serious aces when it came to its vibrant and colourful locations. From the simplicity of Mario Stadium, a grass court designed for tennis purists, to the fiery depths of Bowser’s castle and the slippery surfaces of Penguin Iceberg, there really is something for every mood. Plus, in addition to the 16 different Mario characters you can use to play, there’s also the option to use your own customisable Mii character and climb up the rankings as you go. You can also enhance your game by visiting the shop area of the Club Room to unlock new items or upgrade your player. This might mean greater hitting power, a little extra spin or maybe just a more impressive kit and racket.
How cute is that mushroom court?
Obviously, one of the most attractive things about the game though was how the Nintendo 3DS console technology was going to set it apart from its previous incarnations on other platforms. Firstly, the 3DS gyroscope allows for some incredible low camera zooms and lets you adjust shots more specifically so you can take your opponents by surprise. That said, it can make it a bit trickier to get your returns in when using this mode, so it’s a good idea to sharpen up your circle pad skills before diving into it. If you’re a fan of the wireless options of the 3DS, StreetPass will let you share Mii data with others and play with friends or complete strangers if you so wish!
All in all, if you fancy some courtside action on the go or in the comfort of your living room, Mario Tennis Open on the Nintendo 3DS is a great option. Strawberries and cream sold separately.