While the launch date of the game isn’t until tomorrow, my Collector’s Edition of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call was delivered to my house today.  A Square-Enix Online Store exclusive, the Collector’s Edition only had a printing of 5,000 units so I had to scoop one up when they announced the pre-orders for them back in June during E3 week.

The Standard Edition of the game comes with the game and the 5-track CD titled Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call: Remix Selections.

The Collectors Edition comes with the same contents as the Standard Edition including a 20-track CD titled Best of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, 5 Premium CollectaCard with a code to get the digital version of those cards in-game, and a Nintendo 3DS Collector’s Pouch to hold a few games and your Nintendo 3DS system (not the XL size).

Since I’ve not done an unboxing video in some time and I did get the Collector’s Edition of the game, I had the unboxing recorded, with all of the confusion that comes with not knowing exactly what is inside the box.   You will see what I’m talking about when you view the video.

Let us know in the comments below if you got either edition of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call and if you’ve played the first game in the series.

Smashing Soundtrack

After the excitement of learning about the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Demo this afternoon, I thought I would log into my Club Nintendo account and make sure that I collect my survey coins before they start expiring.  Once I was able to get in, I noticed that there are two offers that are only available to Club Nintendo members.  They are:

The details of the Hyrule Warriors promotion seems pretty straight forward, while the web site states that details are “on the way” for more information on the Smash Bros. soundtrack.

Which of the two promotions are you looking forward to?

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[UPDATE]: I forgot to mention that the reason for the demo codes expiring on September 19th is that on that day another version of the demo will be made available free to the public.  This version of the demo will have the normal “30 plays” limit, where as the demo you get from the Platinum Status codes have unlimited plays.


 

Earlier this week we all heard that Japan’s eShop made available a demo to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.  Those of us in the west either fired up our imported devices, or drooled over “Let’s Play” videos and twitch streams while we waited to hear if, not when, we would get our demo.

This afternoon, Nintendo of America announced via press release that a demo for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is available here, but not for everyone.

To qualify to receive a code to download a demo, you had to have been a Platinum Club Nintendo Member in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2014.  However, those who qualify do not only get one code.  Platinum Club Nintendo Members will receive four codes; one for themselves and three to share with friends.

So if you are a Platinum Club Nintendo Member, check your e-mail.  The codes should already be there waiting for you.  If you didn’t get so lucky, start asking your Platinum friends for one of their spare codes.

While I was one of the first to express my opinion about not getting any “unique” rewards, I will now be one of the first person to state that this helps.  Since only Platinum members have received codes for the demos, we now can say that we have something that isn’t available to the general public.  Even though it is still a digital demo of a game I’m not particularly interested in, I know many people who are and they will be happy to get their hands on this demo.

Download codes are only good until September 19th, 2014.  So you have one week to find a code and download the demo.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launches on Friday, October 3rd, 2014.

What are your thoughts on this?  Did you get your codes, or were you a few coins short of Platinum?  Let us know in the comments below.

SEASON ONE COMPLETE! RogersBase, Shofu, Ricky Cocaine, Zef, Coast, Warchamp7, Shizzy, Mike Brach, Styles, Matt Houston, UltraNick24, Cobanermani456, JunkieCosmonaut1990, Zipzo and Mew2King are all here for our very special pre-Smash 3DS Japanese launch episode! We discuss Sakurai’s Pics of the Day, Shulk’s reveal (I’m really feelin’ it!), Smash 3DS final demo impressions straight from Japan and the results of Ricky’s steak dinner bet from Episode 26.

Link to the iTunes subscription feed can be found here.

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Video game themed music is a current topic of conversation among gamers that is rapidly gathering interest. From music concerts (i.e.: Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions, Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy) to chiptune/cover bands (i.e.: Anamanaguchi, The Triforce Quartet, The Minibosses), video game music can now be heard through outlets like your favorite radio stations and local symphonies. As the hype continues to grow, video game music professionals are looking for unique and exciting ways to spread awareness about this. Kory Caldwell, Keaton Slansky and Jake Kaufman hope that their documentary will achieve this.

Caldwell and Slansky are independent filmmakers in charge of creating The Players’ Score: a Videogame Music Documentary, a film that will ‘explore the cultural and personal impact of game music through live interviews with prominent videogame music cover bands, chiptune artists, and the composers who inspire them’. Kaufman, who has worked with games like Double Dragon and Shovel Knight, will be in charge of the film’s soundtrack. This inspiring project has launched its own Kickstarter campaign, with the funds being used to help complete the documentary (interview composers, travel, etc.). The documentary is set to feature a prominent list of composers and artists being interviewed, such as (but not limited to):

  • Hiroki Kikuta (Composer, Secret of Mana series)
  • Manami Matsumae (Composer, Mega Man and Shovel Knight series)
  • Norihiko Hibino (Composer, Metal Gear Solid and Bayonetta series)
  • Braxton Burks (Pokemon Reorchestrated)
  • Bit Brigade (Cover Band)
  • DJ Cutman (Video Game DJ)

You can help fund their cause by checking out their Kickstarter campaign below:

The Players’ Score: a Videogame Music Documentary Kickstarter Campaign

You can also help spread awareness by checking them out on Facebook and Twitter.

amiibo

The first dozen Amiibo figures are now available for pre-order on Amazon! Each is currently priced at $12.99 with no word on a release date.

The selection includes the following:

  • Peach
  • Donkey Kong
  • Fox
  • Kirby
  • Link
  • Mario
  • Marth
  • Pikachu
  • Samus
  • Villager
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Yoshi

What are Amiibo? They’re character statues with near field communication tech built into their base. In the new Super Smash Bros. games you can use an Amiibo figure to summon the corresponding character to your aid. The stats of said character will improve as you use them, and they can grow to level 50.

Pre-order yours here!

Why do these things seem familiar? Following in the success of games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity before it, Amiibo is Nintendo’s version of collectible figurines that enhance the way people play their games.

 

About the AOC Pack

Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses by 50 percent. The Add On Content packs include classics like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first AOC pack.

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1 – Released: November 2014

Pack 1 includes:

3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
4 Vehicles
8 Courses
Mario Kart 8 Pack 2 – Released: May 2015

Pack 2 includes:

3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
4 Vehicles
8 Courses

As a bonus for purchasing both packs – as a bundle or separately – you can get eight different-coloured Yoshis and eight different-coloured Shy Guys that can be used right away.

RogersBase, Shofu, Ricky Cocaine, Zef, Coast, Warchamp7, Shizzy, Styles, UltraNick24 and Cobanermani456 discuss everything from Meta Knight’s reveal to the leak that’s been seen ’round the world. Are you #TeamReal or #TeamFake?

Link to the iTunes subscription feed can be found here.

Shizzy, Cobanermani456 and UltraNick24 join the Japan Time crew (Roger, Shofu, Zef, Warchamp7 and Ricky Cocaine) to talk about the brand spankin’ new stages that Sakurai revealed over the past two weeks. The Great Fox (featuring a cameo by Krystal), N’s Castle and the Paper Mario stages all go under the microscope this week. Stick around until the end for a special announcement regarding the future of the show! Exciting stuff!

Link to the iTunes subscription feed can be found here.

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Hey Tribuners! How is your summer going? This month’s selection of Games With Gold includes a few interesting titles I was thinking about picking up, as well as one game you shouldn’t be without, so go grab a cold drink and get to downloading!

 Xbox One - Available all month

- Crimson Dragon

- Strike Suit Zero

Xbox 360

- Motocross Madness – Available from the 1st-15th

- Dishonored – Available from the 16th-31st

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