News: Konami explains Castlevania: Mirror of Fate’s 3DS exclusivity

castlevania_lords_of_shadow_mirror_of_fateKonami’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate is set to launch on 8th March as an exclusive Nintendo 3DS title; although the game could’ve easily made it to a rival handheld had it not been for one of the 3DS’s unique selling points. Continue reading

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News: Konami Discusses Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Delay

It was confirmed last week that Konami’s 3DS exclusive Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate has been delayed until next year, having originally been scheduled to launch ahead of its Xbox 360 and PS3 counterpart - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – before the Christmas period. Continue reading

News: Luigi’s Mansion and Castlevania 3DS Pushed Back to 2013

If you were hoping to partake in a little handheld ghostbusting later this year, it seems you’re out of luck. Nintendo of America has revealed that Luigi’s 3DS sequel to the GameCube launch title has been delayed, as Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is now set to arrive in the US within the first six months of 2013. Continue reading

News: Full List of Confirmed Nintendo 3DS Games Revealed

If you thought the Wii U’s got a lot of games on the way before Christmas, just wait until you see the 3DS’s line-up… unless you’ve already scrolled down and skimmed through the list already, in which case we’re sure you’ll agree that the 3D handheld has a lot going for it heading into the Christmas period.

Retail

Activision Publishing

The Amazing Spider-Man June 26
Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park October
Transformers Prime October
Skylanders Giants Fall

Atlus

Code of Princess Fall

D3Publisher

Madagascar 3: The Video Game June 5th
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game November 20th
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! Fall
Ben 10: Omniverse Fall

Disney Interactive Studios

Disney Pixar Finding Nemo September
Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure September
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Fall

GameMill Entertainment

Hotel Transylvania September 18th

Konami Digital Entertainment

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Fall

Majesco Entertainment

Hello Kitty Picnic October

Maximum Games

Myst July
50 Classic Games October
Junior Classic Games October
Jett Tailfin November

Natsume Inc.

Harvest Moon: A New Beginning Q4

Nintendo

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Holiday
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Holiday
New Super Mario Bros. 2 August 19th
LEGO City: Undercover (working title) TBA

SEGA

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure July 10th
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Holiday

Square Enix

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy July 3rd
Heroes of Ruin July 17th
Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] July 31

Storm City Entertainment

Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride August
Old Skool Classics September
Word Wizard 3D September

Telegames, Inc.

Classic Games Overload: Card and Puzzle Edition November

Ubisoft

Imagine Babyz October 23rd
Imagine Fashion Life October 23rd
Petz Countryside November 6th
Rayman Origins Q3
Rabbids Rumble Holiday

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes June 19th
LEGO Lord of the Rings Fall
Spy Hunter Fall
Scribblenauts Unlimited Holiday

eShop

Big John Games

Coaster Creator Fall

Gamelion Studios

SpeedX 3D Fall

Ignition Entertainment

Order Up!! June
Planet Crashers June

Nicalis

Cave Story+ Summer
NightSky Summer
Alban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes Fall

Nintendo

Pokédex 3D Pro Fall
Pokémon Dream Radar Fall

Renegade Kid LLC

Bomb Monkey Summer

Ubisoft

Prince of Persia Q2

XSEED Games

Unchained Blades Summer

Nintendo DS

Nintendo

Pokémon Conquest June 18th
Pokémon Black Version 2 Fall
Pokémon White Version 2 Fall

It’s worth bearing in mind that this is the American line-up, so don’t be confused when some titles release a little earlier or later than is slated in this list over here in Europe. It’s also worth noting that Pokémon Conquest still hasn’t been confirmed for a European release, Rhythm Thief released over here a few months back, and Heroes of Ruin has been delayed in America.

All in all, though, not a bad line-up for the 3DS this year, with the exception of Ubisoft’s Petz and Imagine games after its phenomal support for the Wii U thus far.

News: New Castlevania 3DS Details Arise

Just hours after revealing a brand-new Castlevania game for the Nintendo 3DS, we now have a plethora of new details from Nintendo Power magazine, including information that tells us that the game mainly plays in 2D and 2.5D, has gameplay that harks back to the DS games, and makes use of the 3DS’s StreetPass and SpotPass functionality.

Here’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate‘s confirmed feature-list so far:

  • Direct sequel to Lords of Shadow
  • Gameplay is reminiscent of Dawn of Sorrow and Order of Ecclesia
  • Polygon-based graphics
  • Primarily plays in 2D and 2.5D
  • Occasionally shift into a fully 3D environment
  • Mirror of Fate encourages non-linear exploration and discovery
  • Developed by MercurySteam
  • Pick up 25 years after the end of the events that played out in Lords of Shadow
  • Trevor Belmont steps up to stop Dracula
  • This is not the same Trevor we know
  • Gameplay stretches across time
  • Players will be able to control Trevor’s descendant, Simon Belmont
  • There are two other unnamed characters in the game as well
  • Switch between the four characters and predetermined points
  • Work through Dracula’s castle during different time periods
  • Each warrior boasts different abilities
  • Explore the same castle with marked differences between each character
  • Some paths may be blocked off due to characters not sharing the same abilities (like double jumping)
  • Simon wields the Vampire Killer whip
  • Trevor utilises the Combat Cross that made its début in Lords of Shadow
  • Sims can use throwing axes and burning oil
  • Simon can also summon mystical guardians to fight for him or protect him
  • Use the touch screen to leave notes for yourself
  • Mark places that you might like to revisit later
  • SpotPass and StreetPass will come into play

The game’s producer, Dave Cox, has revealed why he is bringing Mirror of Fate to the Nintendo 3DS, and what he would like to achieve with its release:

“We felt that traditionally Castlevania games had done well on  handheld, and indeed found a home there to a certain extent. The whole team really felt we could do something special and memorable on the format that would immerse players totally. The N3DS has allowed us to create something totally unique and exclusive to the format that we think players are going to absolutely love.”

It is also said that Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate is a direct prequel to Lords of Shadow 2, so Konami have two new Castlevania titles in development, it would seem. While the consoles the latter is set to arrive on haven’t been confirmed, rumours have suggested that it could see a Wii U release, so, as per usual at this time of year, keep your eyes on Nintendo Invader for the latest news from E3.

News: Castlevania Coming to 3DS

Since making its début on the NES back in 1986, Castlevania has been a recurring franchise on Nintendo’s platforms – especially its handhelds, with nine titles appearing across the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DS.

As many would expect (and rumours suggest), with a new Nintendo handheld comes a new instalment in the Castlevania series, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – a sequel to the PS3 and 360′s Lords of Shadow – is the title of Trevor Belmont’s first foray into the world of 3D gaming.

As a 2.5D platformer with “impressive combo moves”, it looks to step away from the traditional 2D formula that has worked so well for the series in the past. Nintendo Power magazine has also revealed a few new details regarding its controls and enemies; here’s the list of confirmed features so far:

  • Deep combat mechanics
  • Involves Trevor Belmont
  • Fight with Trevor’s version of the Combat Cross
  • Strong attacks with X
  • Wider-reaching attacks with Y
  • Secondary Weapons like the boomerang-like glaive and electric bomb – use these with A
  • Grab enemies with R
  • Block and dodge with L
  • Involves light and shadow magic returns
  • Earn experience points to unlock new combos – including launching does into the air, smashing enemies down to the ground, and more
  • Includes skeletons, axe-wielding undead, and more

Have you played any of the previous Castlevania games? Do you like the sound of Mirror of Fate‘s feature list so far, and are you looking forward to the inevitable full reveal at E3 this year?