Review: Heroes of Ruin (Nintendo 3DS)

Heroes of Ruin

Developer: n-Space
Publisher: Square Enix
Review Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Also Available on: N/A
Release Date: 15/06/12
Genre: Action-RPG
PEGI: 12+

Review

Heroes of Ruin could have been the Nintendo 3DS’s must-have game; from what we were promised, it was poised to become the handheld’s killer app. Unfortunately, n-Space’s dungeon crawler doesn’t quite reach ‘classic’ status, but that’s not to say that the game doesn’t hold its own as a unique title in the 3DS’s library which makes every effort to push the boundaries of the console it resides on. What you have with Heroes of Ruin is an extremely ambitious, if somewhat unoriginal action RPG.
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Feature: This Month’s Frequently Asked Questions Vol. 1

Thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can see what people have tapped into their search engine of choice to find Nintendo Invader, and with that we’ll be putting together monthly posts which points out our most-used search terms, and attempts to answer the most popular questions from the past thirty days.

And with that, let us begin:

Mario Tennis Open 3DS www,pegi.info

While we’re not pegi.info, we can inform you that Mario’s latest sports ace has an age rating of 3+ from PEGI.

Cooking Mama

While we haven’t seen the release of a new Cooking Mama game for the best part of a half a year, Cooking Mama Ltd. does have bundles of games in the series coming to Wii and DS in two months’ time.

Pokémon Conquest Europe

We’re hopeful, too, but Nintendo’s yet to reveal anything for those of us in this part of the world. If you want to satiate your non-main series cravings for Pokémon, you can check out our Pokémon Conquest articles. Or pre-order Pokémon Typing Adventure, of course.

Wii U game cases

Maximum Games has revealed the Wii U boxart for Jett Tailfin, although the Wii U-branded cases did appear to be placeholders.

Heroes of Ruin

The 3DS’s latest online-focused action-RPG… Okay, who are we kidding? The 3DS’s first online-focused action-RPG has gone largely unnoticed in the UK charts, but that doesn’t mean the game was a bash to play, for those that took the plunge. Check out our Heroes of Ruin-related articles here.

Is this something you’d like to see more of on Nintendo Invader? Let us know what you thought of the first in a series of hopefully-many monthly features in the comments.

News: Nintendo Direct 22/06/12 – Round-Up, Including 3DS XL Reveal!

E3 has only just been and gone, yet Nintendo couldn’t resist showing off their lovely presidents’ faces once more – this time to boast about a brand new, re-modelled Nintendo 3DS with huge screens and to give us some details regarding some upcoming games for 3DS, Wii and DS. Here’s our round-up of this morning’s events:

  • Europe’s presentation is now starting!
  • Thanks for making us feel so welcome, Iwata.
  • Time to hand of to Nintendo of Europe’s president, Satoru Shibata – “the European variety of Satoru” – to take over direct from Nintendo of Europe’s factory.
  • And we’re kicking off with New Super Mario Bros. 2… on a much bigger screen! Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for Europe!
  • Nintendo’s handheld with the biggest screen ever. That red & black model looks gorgeous.
  • 4.88 inch upper screen. 90% larger screen, 46% larger console. Improved battery power adds 1-1.5 extra hours of playtime.
  • Will come bundled with a larger SD card than current 3DS models, but not include and AC adapter or charging cradle to keep costs down.
  • The launch date is ‘not far away’ – releasing next month on 28 July! Releasing in blue, red and silver.
  • New games coming on the same day to take advantage of the larger screen – Kingdom Hearts 3D is the first…
  • Free demos of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy available from the Nintendo eShop in Europe NOW!
  • New Art Academy (‘New’ being a noun, not an adjective) coming to 3DS on July 28th to make use of the 3DS XL’s larger screens.
  • No way – a retail sequel to FreakyForms: Your Creations, Alive! announced, entitled FreakyForms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! Adds multiplayer and RPG elements; why couldn’t we get a sequel to Pullblox!?
  • In the RPG mode you explore dungeons, level up your Formees and defeat bosses.
  • Back to New Super Mario Bros. 2, the game’s releasing in Europe on 17th August via retails outlets and the Nintendo eShop.
  • A deep-voiced voice-over man is now explaining the methods you can use to collect as many coins as possible.
  • You can share your how many coins you’ve collected in-game via StreetPass, the ultimate goal apparently being 1,000,000.
  • The game will also have paid downloadable content some time after launch – will add extra Coin Rush stages.
  • SEGA’s Sonic brand director now has some exciting news regarding Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
  • A new, free application called Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Virtual Card Album will become available through the Nintendo eShop.
  • Offers virtual card collections which sees you using Nintendo Zone hotspots, StreetPass and other methods to fill your collection.
  • You also get a ‘special card’ for completing your collection, but the ones distributed via hotspots will only be available until September.
  • Nintendo announced 20% discount on best-selling games on the Nintendo eShop, which will last for two weeks.
  • Inazuma Eleven Strikers coming to Wii in Europe on 28th September, just as we suspected.
  • Pokémon Black and White 2 coming this Autumn, as well as Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro on the same day, but we already knew that.
  • English gameplay of the DS games asks you the most important question of all – “Are you a boy or are you a girl?”
  • Pokémon Typing Adventure is also coming to Nintendo DS – includes bluetooth keyboard which is compatible with other devices… such as Wii U, maybe?
  • Arriving in Europe in September.
  • Nintendo’s finally remembered that Heroes of Ruin actually exists and has decided to show off a trailer – “37 Cool Things About Heroes of Ruin.”
  • We’d love to list them all, but alas…
  • One of said 37 cool things is “3D TREES!”
  • New trailer now – “Professor Layton comes to Nintendo 3DS.”
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle is the first in the prequel trilogy, and is set to launch this November.
  • Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem news now!
  • Who said anything about good news? The games have been delayed, and are now on course to launch in early 2013.
  • Nintendo of Europe confirms that Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be co-developed by Namco Bandai.
  • Masahiro Sakurai remains the games’ producers, and will oversee development at Namco.
  • Head to www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect to read messages from Sakurai and Namco Bandai’s Kobayashi.
  • Mario Tennis Open QR code, when scanned, unlocks ‘the most powerful character’ in the game – Metal Mario. You can find it here: http://yfrog.com/ntig8pp
  • Shibata’s now offers a reminder of the upcoming 3DS games we have to look forward to. Take a look here: http://yfrog.com/oc3prep/
  • And that’s a wrap! We hope to see you at the next one too, Shibata!

Wow! More exciting than E3 in its entirety?! Are you going to purchase the new Nintendo 3DS XL when it launches next month, or any of the games we’re too tired to recall the names of? Let us know! Oh, and don’t forget to download your free demos from the Nintendo eShop!

News: Heroes of Ruin Demo Coming to eShop This Thursday

With this week’s Nintendo eShop update comes a free demo of Square Enix’s multiplayer-focused Heroes of Ruin. The full game is set to release the week after on 15th June with full voice chat, drop-in/out online co-op and StreetPass integration. Which of these features will be available in the demo remains to be seen, but we’d put our money on tomorrow’s download being singleplayer-only.

Also on the Nintendo eShop this week is 3D Solitaire, a port of the Game Boy’s Tumble Pop, and Devil Band – Rock the Underworld on DSiWare.

Shall you be downloading anything on your 3DS tomorrow?

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: Nintendo’s MCM Expo Line-Up Revealed

If you’re heading to MCM Expo in London between 25th and 27th May, keep an eye out for Nintendo’s booth as you’ll be able to get your hands on upcoming 3DS and Wii games, battle fellow gamers at Kid Icarus: Uprising, and play Mario Tennis Open during its launch weekend.

Here’s the full list of Nintendo titles on show this weekend:

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise
Heroes of Ruin
Mario Tennis Open
Project Zero 2: Wii Edition

Are you going to the Expo this year? Which games are you looking forward to getting your hands on?

News: Nintendo to Distribute Heroes of Ruin in Europe, in Talks to Bring to Other Retailers

 

As we reported yesterday, GAME Group announced that Square Enix’s upcoming 3DS action RPG Heroes of Ruin, will be sold exclusively by GAME and GameStation in the UK.

However, Nintendo have announced today that they will be the distributors of the title in Europe, and have confirmed to Eurogamer that they are discussing the availability of the title with other UK retailers. Here’s Nintendo UK’s statement:

“Nintendo UK can confirm that it is currently in discussion with UK retailers about the sale of Heroes of Ruin for Nintendo 3DS. However, we have nothing further to announce on this title beyond the recent distribution agreement with Square Enix Europe.”

Does this mean that Heroes of Ruin won’t be a GAME exclusive after all? Maybe we’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: Eurogamer

News: GAME Acquires Exclusive Rights to Heroes of Ruin

GAME Group may have had something of a troubled start to the year, having entered administration, closed numerous stores throughout the UK, and failed to receive stock of new releases such as Kid Icarus: UprisingMario Party 9 and Tekken 3D: Prime Edition, but it seems that the UK’s leading video game retailer has finally turned its fortunes around.

OpCapita, the retail specialist responsible for getting GAME back on the right tracks, has seemingly gone the extra mile to gain the rights to exclusively stock Square Enix’s upcoming Heroes of Ruin in the UK.

Are you pleased that GAME is finally stocking new Nintendo releases again? Would you rather see Heroes of Ruin being sold by a variety of retailers? Let us know your thoughts!

Source: MCVUK

News: Nintendo Direct 21/04/12 (Europe) – Round-Up, Including Various Confirmed Release Dates

As promised earlier this morning, here’s our summary of the second Nintendo Direct presentation of the day, and the first to be specifically catered to us European gamers.

  • Hi Iwata!
  • Hi Shibata. Got your letter yesterday, thanks.
  • Mario Tennis Open, release on May 25th.
  • Mario Tennis Open features sixteen Mario characters, and Miis, which are customisable.
  • Up to four-player Download Play support for Mario Tennis Open; regional leaderboards confirmed.
  • Online multiplayer, which Shibata will be playing once the game launches across Europe for Mario Tennis Open.
  • Around 200 items available for Mii customisation.
  • More Kid Icarus: Uprising talk. ‘Short’ video offering tips on how to “beat your friends at multiplayer.”
  • Spoilers! Some of us haven’t even played Kid Icarus: Uprising yet!
  • Nintendo and Panini teaming up to distribute Kid Icarus AR cards.
  • Heroes of Ruin multiplayer gameplay trailer! Auto-adjusts difficulty depending on drop-in characters.
  • Up to three other players can drop into your game; friends or strangers.
  • Voice chat with friends and strangers, if your parental settings allow it.
  • Free daily DLC every day for a year for Heroes of Ruin! If that’s not generous, we don’t know what is!
  • June 15th release for Heroes of Ruin.
  • Pokémon Black and White 2 will be released this Autumn in Europe.
  • Pokémon AR Searcher: requires you to catch Pokémon in the real life world. Available from the eShop later this year.
  • Pokédex 3D Pro announced. Details every Pokémon ever, rather than just Black and White’s.
  • Also “for sale” later this year.
  • Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion for the 3DS is a unique, standalone game set in Wasteland.
  • Offers all-new, side-scrolling gameplay; includes paint and thinner ‘gimmicks’ from previous game.
  • Built from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS’s dual-screen and 3D capabilities.
  • Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion – this Autumn!
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance trailer! Looking pretty darn lovely.
  • … Releasing July 20th!
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy features rhythm gameplay from each main series Final Fantasy game.
  • Features over 70 pieces of familiar music from the Final Fantasy series.
  • Theatrhythm releasing this Summer!
  • Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise releasing on July 6th! Includes songs from the Japanese game! Hype!
  • “The final part of today’s presentation.” :(
  • April 25th for the next 3DS firmware update! The one which allows you to create folders!
  • Up to sixty games per folder!
  • Mid-May patch for Mario Kart 7 which removes “unfair shortcuts.” Shibata sorry for “frustrating experiences.”
  • The Louvre’s exclusive 3DS audio-guide is being shown off.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2! In full development; a completely new game.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 for worldwide release in August!
  • Aiming for new standards in 2D Mario games.
  • And there we go! I’m sure we will enjoy the rest of our day, thanks Mr. Shibata!

Did you watch the European conference? What’s your most anticipated release from the games that were shown off? Are you pleased about the other announcements such as the 3DS firmware update, or the Mario Kart 7 patch?