AR Card Fun!

Yesterday I was so excited!  The April issue of Nintendo Power had arrived!  I quickly flipped through the pages, because I knew something special was going to be inside this issue.  And there it was!

KI: U AR Cards

An exclusive pack of Kid Icarus: Uprising AR cards, only for Nintendo Power subscribers!  WOW!  The 3 card pack contains Poseidon, Medusa (Battle), and God of Death Thanatos.  They are all very cool looking!  I managed to get a photo of all three of them while I was scanning away, so check them out!

AR Card Battle

Have you ever tried to battle your Kid Icarus AR Cards?  It’s actually pretty cool!  You align two cards up (arrows facing each other and touching) and a button appears on the touch screen, inviting you to watch a battle.  I say “watch” because you don’t get to participate in the battle, each card has it’s own stats and they take care of the battle automatically.

OMG WOULDN’T IT BE SO COOL IF POKEMON TCG WORKED LIKE THIS??  I think that would be awesome!

Anyway, I posted all my AR Battle photos on my Flickr page, feel free to check em out!

OH and before I forget.  Something sad happened to my 3DS last night.  Yesterday a special Mii was sent via SpotPass to everybody’s StreetPass Plaza.  The special Mii was none other than Reggie Fils-Aime, the CEO of NoA.  He had gold pants, his text was shown in a special gold text bubble, and he was a level 5 fighter in Find Mii!  Unfortunately, I was stupid and selected the option to add Reggie to my Mii Maker.  I didn’t realize that doing so would REMOVE Reggie from my StreetPass Plaza!  Now I can’t battle with him anymore.  This is very upsetting!!!  lol wah!

So yeah… if you get a special Mii, don’t send them to the Mii Maker or you lose them forever!  😦

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Getting Psyched About Kid Icarus!

Kid Icarus: Uprising

A brand new 3DS game is coming out next week – Kid Icarus: Uprising!  It’s release date is 3/23 and there are quite a few launch events going on in NYC for this game.  Unfortunately I probably won’t be able to go to these events (stupid work!).  Honestly, at first I wasn’t even going to get the game.

However, my mind has been COMPLETELY changed in the past week.  So much hype and details are being revealed that make me feel a lot better about this game.  Here’s my Gripe VS. Hype list:

  • Gripe 1 – Kid Icarus is lame!  He sucked in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, I hated using his character!
  • Hype 1 – Kid Icarus hasn’t been in a game (other than SSBB) since 1991.  It’s time to give him another chance.  He’s bad-ass, he flies, he’s got a huge arsenal of weapons!  What’s not to like?
  • Gripe 2 – Touch-screen controls??  I hate using the stylus to control my game.  Seriously.
  • Hype 2 – Kid Icarus: Uprising has fully customizable controls!  If you don’t want to use the touch-screen to aim, you don’t have to!  Click here for a Japanese video which explains this fact.  In Japanese.
  • Gripe 3 – What’s the big deal with all these AR cards?
  • Hype 3 – Kid Icarus: Uprising comes packaged with 6 randomly selected AR cards.  In addition, Club Nintendo has an offer to get 3 free exclusive AR cards for this game.  (North America only, sorry!  NoE has an option for these cards too, but I think you have to redeem stars for them.)  More AR cards are going to be available from Nintendo Power Magazine, the Nintendo World Store, and other upcoming events!  You can trade cards with friends too.  Cool!

So pretty much every problem I initially had with the game has been resolved.  I think I’m going to try and finish up PokePark 2 this week, and then trade it in for Kid Icarus: Uprising.  I’m sold on the game now – there aren’t that many 3DS games to be psyched about, but Kid Icarus is a promising option!  I need a good battling/action game (other than Ocarina of Time) in 3D, and I like how this game will use the other features of the 3DS, such as the AR cards and StreetPass.

What do you guys think about Kid Icarus: Uprising?  Are you going to get it?

Mario Kart 7

Lots and lots to report today!

First of all, if you didn’t already know, Mario Kart 7 was just released in North America!  It’s a 3DS game and I am a proud owner.

Mario Kart 7

I got the game earlier today and have played it for a few hours already!  I got gold medals in all 8 Grand Prix cups on the 50cc level.  Half way through achieving gold on 100cc now!  I also got the guide for this game so if you are stuck or need help, I’d be glad to look something up!  🙂

The new levels are REALLY beautiful.  There are some really cool features, like hang-gliding and driving underwater.  I also really like how the game developers chose different retro boards to include from the older MK games, instead of the same old Rainbow Road and Mario Circuit.  If you like any of the previous Mario Kart installments, be sure to pick this up!  It’s a ton of fun!

There are some other exciting news updates I want to include today.  First of all, for all you Pokémon players, there are some new free furniture items for the Pokémon Dream World.  Simply log in to the PGL and find the Holiday theme decor promotion.  The password is NPWINTER.

Holiday Dream World Decor

That’s not all!  I meant to post this a while ago, but we have some awesome news for ANIMAL CROSSING!!!  Here is a quote from November’s issue of Nintendo Power:

In addition, the company released some new images from Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion 2, and Paper Mario.  Little new information on those titles was offered, aside from the fact that Animal Crossing will incorporate SpotPass features, plus allow players to serve as the village chief for the first time in franchise history.  (Hopefully that means we’ll finally get the chance to bring nefarious kingpin Tom Nook to justice!)

ZOMG!  We can be the mayors of our new Animal Crossing towns!  How cool!  But what happened to Tortimer?  Is he… ok?  Maybe he retired.  Anyway, if that wasn’t enough of a teaser for you, a new VIDEO has surfaced with some information and insights on the new Animal Crossing game:

Before I go, there’s another important tidbit for all you 3DS users.  A big system update is scheduled for Thursday, 12/8.  There will be some improvements to the eShop, as well as 3D video capability and some additions to the StreetPass feature.  I’ll try and post an entry about that when it happens.  Until then… happy gaming!