Albotas PSA: Bravely Default Collector’s Edition Still Available
Amazon may have sold out of pre-orders for the limited edition of the North American version of Bravely Default, but I did some scrounging and Best Buy still has it up for sale. Get in on that, quick. And before it gets to your doorstep on February 7, check out the free demo.

Albotas PSA: Bravely Default Collector’s Edition Still Available

Amazon may have sold out of pre-orders for the limited edition of the North American version of Bravely Default, but I did some scrounging and Best Buy still has it up for sale. Get in on that, quick. And before it gets to your doorstep on February 7, check out the free demo.

HOW NINTENDO PLANS TO RUIN THE POKEMON FRANCHISE
With almost every new generation of Pokémon games players have been able to transfer their hard-earned Pocket Monsters from one generation to the next completely free of charge. That’s all about to change.
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It’s finally happened. Nintendo has discovered a way to further capitalize on the deep bonds between trainers and their Pokémon.

Starting December 27, 3DS owners will be able to download Pokémon Bank, an app that lets you store up to 3,000 Pokémon online so that you can trade them between games. Anyone who downloads it by January 31, 2014 gets a 30-day trial subscription. After that, it’s $4.99 a year. Not too bad, but it’s the only way to transfer Pokémon from Generation V (Pokémon Black & White and their sequels) to Pokémon X & Y.
Sorry, Nintendo, but this is bullshit. Any time a company forces customers to pay for something that’s been free for more than a decade, I’m forced to call shenanigans.
Back in the Ruby & Sapphire days, Nintendo released Pokémon Box for the Gamecube. It let you hook up your Game Boy Advance to the console and dump Pokémon onto a Gamecube memory card. This was perfect for things like collecting and breeding - especially once you ran out of room to store your Pokémon on the actual GBA cart. But here’s the thing: Pokémon Box was a standalone thing strictly for storing and organizing Pokémon - you didn’t NEED it for trading Pokémon between games.
Pokémon Bank takes the same concept of storage, but puts it online and makes you pay for it. Considering most people will probably only buy this for the transferring capabilities, it seems like Nintendo found a quick and easy way to make A LOT of money. Sure, it’s only $5 a year, but that money adds up when millions of players around the world are paying it. It’s hard not to feel taken advantage of.
 There’s also some pretty scary drawbacks to hosting your Pocket Monsters on the cloud. These were taken from the official Pokémon Bank FAQ page.


So, once you store your Pokémon, pay five bucks a year or lose them forever. Kind of like ransom, only you have the option of backing them up to your 3DS game whenever you want. Just don’t forget to renew to subscription. Mark a calendar. Set an alarm. Not the most convenient thing in the world.
The good news is, Pokémon Bank comes with a companion app, Poké Transporter. Poké Transporter lets you transfer any of your Pokémon to Pokémon bank without having to use multiple 3DS systems.
But what if you just want to transfer your dudes without having to use Pokémon Bank? Let’s consult our good friend, the FAQ.

"No, that is not possible. Poké Transporter is companion software that works together with Pokémon Bank to transfer Pokémon from your copies of Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, and Pokémon White 2 to your own private Boxes hosted online through the Pokémon Bank service. After downloading Pokémon Bank, you can download Poké Transporter for no charge.”
Well then…
Okay, so maybe there’s a way to transfer Pokémon directly from the B&W games to the X&Y games for free without having to store anything online - like, maybe you can do it locally somehow using two systems like you could with from the DIamond/Pearl/Platinum games to the B&W games. Makes sense, right?
WRONG!

Are you kidding me? Why the hell not? The technology clearly exists, so why make loyal fans jump through hoops to do things that were more streamlined (and free!) in previous generations?
Nintendo could have at least done us a solid by letting us store a small amount of Pokémon in Pokémon Bank for free using the memory on our systems, then offering the online storage as a paid upgrade. Or at least let us transfer stuff without needing the online subscription.
Maybe I’m making a bigger deal out of this than it really is. Maybe it’ll be awesome and I’ll be wrong. Five bucks is nothing, but it’s about more than just that. Transfering shit between games used to be free! Regardless, I’m probably just going to transfer my Pokémon while I have the free trial subscription and then never mess with it again.

HOW NINTENDO PLANS TO RUIN THE POKEMON FRANCHISE

With almost every new generation of Pokémon games players have been able to transfer their hard-earned Pocket Monsters from one generation to the next completely free of charge. That’s all about to change.

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Massive List: Black Friday Gaming Deals
First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who reads/follows ALBOTAS. We’ve been incredibly busy with this holiday season, as you may have noticed by lack of posts.
I’ve decided that while I wait for this food to deflate in my stomach, I have time to compile a couple of sales for Black Friday/Cyber Monday on Amazon that are totally worth it. I’m not posting any store sales, because if you’re not already aware of them right now, chances are you’re too late.
You should be at home reading this list and shopping online instead of leaving your house tonight in search of cheap copies of Dishonored or Skyrim,avoiding all chances of getting stabbed or trampled by swarms of angry Walmart shoppers.
Anyway, read on for an easy-to-read list of sales for the PC/Mac, all consoles (including PS4 and XBOne), and current handheld devices.

Before you scroll down and look at what I’ve listed, keep in mind Amazon is doing flash sales on a TON of great games and devices until Monday. Pay attention to them this entire weekend. I just saw Animal Crossing New Leaf go for $25 and there’s a huge slew of games going on flash sale real soon at specific times of the day, so even if I did snuff the Wii / Wii U list below, keep in mind Amazon is doing flash sales for those consoles as well.
Currently $50 on PS4 and Xbox One:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag XBOne |PS4
Battlefield 4 XBOne | PS4
Call of Duty: Ghosts XBOne | PS4
Dead Rising 3 XBOne Exclusive
FIFA 14 XBOne | PS4
Forza Motorsport 5 XBOne Exclusive
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes XBOne | PS4 ($40!)
Madden NFL 25 XBOne | PS4
Ryse: Son of Rome XBOne Exclusive
Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3 Deals:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag360 | PS3 ($35)
Battlefield 4 360 | PS3 ($35)
Batman: Arkham Origins 360 | PS3 ($30)
BEYOND: Two Souls PS3 ($35)
BioShock Infinite 360 | PS3 ($20)
Call of Duty: Ghosts 360 | PS3 ($40)
Dead Island: GOTY Edition 360 ($10)
Diablo III 360 | PS3($40)
Dishonored GOTY Edition 360 | PS3 ($20)
Dragon’s Crown PS3 ($30)
FIFA 14 360 | PS3 $35
Gears of War: Judgment 360 ($20)
Grand Theft Auto IV + Episodes 360 | PS3 ($15)
Grand Theft Auto V PS3 (Digital Only, $40)
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix PS3 ($20)
The Last of Us PS3 ($35)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 360 | PS3 ($30)
Madden 25 360 | PS3 ($35)
Max Payne 3 360 | PS3 ($10)
Ni No Kuni PS3 ($15)
Rayman Legends 360 | PS3 ($25)
Saint’s Row IV 360 | PS3 ($30)
Sleeping Dogs 360 | PS3 ($15)
Splinter Cell: Blacklist 360 | PS3 ($25)
Tomb Raider 360 | PS3 ($15)
Twisted Metal PS3 ($10)
Uncharted Dual Pack PS3 ($15)
Uncharted 3 PS3 ($15)
WWE 2K14 360 | PS3 ($35)
Wii / Wii U Deals:
Honestly, not much that you can’t already get on another platform at the same price. Keep posted on Amazon’s flash sales page until Monday.
PC/Macbook Deals (Repost from last week):
Bioshock Triple Pack (PC/Mac) $15
Borderlands 2 + Borderlands GOTY (PC) $12
Bully Scholarship Edition + Manhunt + Manhunt 2 + Midnight Club 2 (PC) $8
Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box + Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (PC) $6
Civ V Gold + Brave New World (PC) $20
Dead Island GOTY + DLC (PC) $33
FTL: Faster Than Light (PC/Mac) $5
GTA Trilogy + Grand Theft Auto IV (PC) $11
Guacamelee! Gold Edition (PC/Mac) $10
Mass Effect 3: Digital Deluxe (PC) $10
Max Payne 3 + Season Pass (PC/Mac) $7
Mirror Edge + DLC (PC) $5
Saint’s Row IV (PC) $30
Shatter (PC/Mac) $2.50
Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PC) $15
To the Moon (PC) $3
The Walking Dead Pack (PC/Mac) $7.25
The Walking Dead: 400 Days (PC/Mac) $1.25
The XCOM Collection (PC) $10
TONSSSS of other deals happening for digital/PC/Mac games on Amazon. Seriously, don’t miss out.
Vita Deals:
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate ($25)
Dragon’s Crown ($30)
LittleBigPlanet ($20)
Lumines: Electronic Symphony ($12)
Murmasa Rebirth ($20)
Persona 4 Golden ($20)
3DS Deals:
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate ($25)
Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance ($15)
Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy ($15)
Scribblenauts Unmasked A DC Comics Adventure ($25)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers ($23)
Shin Megami Tensei IV ($30)

Massive List: Black Friday Gaming Deals

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who reads/follows ALBOTAS. We’ve been incredibly busy with this holiday season, as you may have noticed by lack of posts.

I’ve decided that while I wait for this food to deflate in my stomach, I have time to compile a couple of sales for Black Friday/Cyber Monday on Amazon that are totally worth it. I’m not posting any store sales, because if you’re not already aware of them right now, chances are you’re too late.

You should be at home reading this list and shopping online instead of leaving your house tonight in search of cheap copies of Dishonored or Skyrim,avoiding all chances of getting stabbed or trampled by swarms of angry Walmart shoppers.

Anyway, read on for an easy-to-read list of sales for the PC/Mac, all consoles (including PS4 and XBOne), and current handheld devices.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Impressions
Hey gang.
Just picked up my copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds the other day and I’ve been managing time between crazy holiday hours at my day job and sleep to play this title. Not much time to write a full review, and I’m not too sure if I will since everyone else in the gaming world already has, but here are my impressions of the title.
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Off the bat, it’s weird seeing Link not in Wind Waker form. Maybe it’s just me, but it took a bit of getting used to seeing our hero back in a smoother 3D form.
Definitely gives off a nostalgic trip by revisiting the old land of Hyrule that existed in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, but it has enough new spark to it to give the old land an amazing fresh breath of air.
I’m really loving how the puzzles in A Link Between Worlds are actually making me feel somewhat dumb in some parts of the game. The nostalgia aspect makes me believe I was a smarter child than I am an adult gamer, being I can’t figure out half of any dungeons out without looking a guide up on Game FAQs.
The graphics are awesome and the 3D looks pretty great. It’s terrific to see an updated/old school Hyrule.
Tons of new characters and the ability to visit dungeons in any order at all makes this title a huge expansion from previous reiterations. Definitely loving this new range provided by producer Eiji Aonuma.
The 2D Link/merge mechanism works well in this title. Innovative, though Nintendo seems to love making a bunch of their older characters flat pieces of paper. The ability to merge into walls as a flat Link doesn’t feel off from the game at all and makes me hopeful for a 2D Link addition to future Smash Bros. games.
This is 1992 in 2013 and it feels as great as it sounds.
Looking to finish this title in the next two weeks. Super happy with this newest addition to the 3DS' awesome catalog.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Impressions

Hey gang.

Just picked up my copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds the other day and I’ve been managing time between crazy holiday hours at my day job and sleep to play this title. Not much time to write a full review, and I’m not too sure if I will since everyone else in the gaming world already has, but here are my impressions of the title.

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Buy a 3DS Right Now — They’re Cheap and You Need One
It’s November and it’s officially deal time for everyone and especially for Amazon. They’ve discounted some models of the 3DS XL and smaller/original 3DS recently, as well as the PS Vita.
The 3DS XL is currently on sale for $170 (marked down from $200), with three colors available, while the original 3DS is going for $140 (from $170) in two colors. The PS Vita is now on sale for $180, marked down from its $200 price point.
Super cheap. Stay tuned for early Black Friday deals from Amazon!

Buy a 3DS Right Now — They’re Cheap and You Need One

It’s November and it’s officially deal time for everyone and especially for Amazon. They’ve discounted some models of the 3DS XL and smaller/original 3DS recently, as well as the PS Vita.

The 3DS XL is currently on sale for $170 (marked down from $200), with three colors available, while the original 3DS is going for $140 (from $170) in two colors. The PS Vita is now on sale for $180, marked down from its $200 price point.

Super cheap. Stay tuned for early Black Friday deals from Amazon!

Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! BMO Collector’s Edition Revealed
Bundled in a super slick SteelBook BMO case, the exclusive 3DS limited collector’s edition of the new Adventure Time game contains a DVD with all sorts of fun stuff like artist interviews, storyboards, cinematics, and concept sketches by series creator Pendleton Ward, and even a rad little Dungeon Guide.
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! drops November 19 for PS3, 360, and Wii U, but only the 3DS version is getting this snazzy special edition. Pre-order here, why don’t ya’?

Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! BMO Collector’s Edition Revealed

Bundled in a super slick SteelBook BMO case, the exclusive 3DS limited collector’s edition of the new Adventure Time game contains a DVD with all sorts of fun stuff like artist interviews, storyboards, cinematics, and concept sketches by series creator Pendleton Ward, and even a rad little Dungeon Guide.

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! drops November 19 for PS3, 360, and Wii U, but only the 3DS version is getting this snazzy special edition. Pre-order here, why don’t ya’?

Year Of Luigi 2DS On The Way?

Kotoku is posting this news of a Year of Luigi limited edition 2DS as a rumor for now, but it looks pretty legit. What do you think? Looks like I might be getting myself a 2DS after all.

New 3DS XL Colors in Japan

These new 3DS XL colors are only available in Japan as “limited pack,” releases. They only come bundled with AR cards and a 4GB SD card, but the hot orange and turquoise inside of the black interior looks super nice. Seriously, just look at that sexy finish. AND the stylus matches. Check out more on Nintendo’s site.

Europe Gets A Shiny Gold Triforce 3DS XL, Gamers In Other Territories Weep

Dang, Europe! They are CRUSHING it with these limited edition systems. I’m totally happy with my Pikachu XL though. This snazzy The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds limited edition bundle comes with a digital version of the game will be scoopable starting November 29 for £199.99 ($319)

(via Tiny Cartridge)

PRE-ORDER: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
CHECK IT: Zelda Stained Glass Wall Decals

Limited Edition Pokémon X & Y 3DS XL Systems Hit Stores Today

Available in either red or blue, you can scoop one of these from your local retailer as of today, or you can totally do us a solid and get one using these Amazon links: RED / BLUE.

It was kind of a boner move on Nintendo’s part to not just wait until the new games are released in October and include digital versions with these as part of a bundle like they did with the Fire Emblem 3DS or the Animal Crossing one, but maybe it’s a smart move since they know Pokémon fans will just keep shelling out money to feed their obsession.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers on Sale on Amazon
These games are pretty solid and very popular in the JRPG fanbase. It’s also on sale right now on Amazon. 3DS games from Atlus can get pretty pricey, but Soul Hackers is on sale right now for $25, which is the lowest price its ever been from its $40 price point. Hop on it if you’re a fan of the Shin Megami Tensei series.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers on Sale on Amazon

These games are pretty solid and very popular in the JRPG fanbase. It’s also on sale right now on Amazon. 3DS games from Atlus can get pretty pricey, but Soul Hackers is on sale right now for $25, which is the lowest price its ever been from its $40 price point. Hop on it if you’re a fan of the Shin Megami Tensei series.

Toon Link Returns in New Smash Bros. Game

Wind Wakers Link is returning to Smash Bros., as Nintendo revealed Toon Link as a new challenger on their official Smash Bros. website today. These screens are from the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game, as labeled. 

Attack on Titan 3DS Commercial

Exciting, eh? Here’s a quick commercial of the Attack on Titan 3DS game coming out in Japan in December. No official word on an American release yet, but Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind seems to be pushing some innovative ideas with its gameplay, featuring “3D Maneuver Gear.” We’ll see what that means soon enough.

(via Tiny Cartridge)

(Source: neogaf.com)

Pokémon X & Y Starter Evolutions Revealed
We have a look at the evolutions of the three new starters along with some new Mega-Evolutions, brand new Pokémon, and a look at the all new trainer customization options.
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Braixen
This is the evolved form of the Fire Type starter Fennekin. And check out the twig shoved in his tail. Remind you of Farfetch’d much? It appears Braixen holds some sort of psychic powers and can use a special move called Psyshock that deals Psychic-type damage as though it were physical damage - strong against opponents with high Special Defense. Looks like our days of worrying about yet another Fire/Fighting starter are finally over!

Frogadier
This is the evolved form of the water type Froakie. He can use those powerful frog legs to use the flying move Bounce which is effective against any Grass-type opponents who might pose a threat.

Quilladin
Evolved form of Chespin. This dude definitely puts on a few pounds when he evolves. This evolved form has a spiky armor shell that can withstand tough hits and damages opponents when they strike. If you’re worried about any Fire-types ruining your day, Quilladin can learn the trusty Ground-type move Mud Shot which should help even the odds.


Furfrou
This guy definitely seems interesting. This Poodle Pokémon can be groomed, and the more you groom it, the more styles are unlocked. Shown here are the original form and three styles, but there will be more to unlock in the full game. If you don’t groom it regularly, its hair grows back to its original form. Furfrou can also learn a new Fairy-type move called Baby-Doll Eyes which lets it attack first no matter what it’s Speed stat is, and it can also lower the opponent’s Attack.


Meowstic
This Psychic-type Pokémon comes in a female form (the white one) and a male form (the blue one) and the moves it can learn vary based on its gender.


Pyrorar
Another Pokémon with different forms based on gender. You can probably figure out which one’s the guy and which one’s the girl.

Amaura
One of two new Pokémon that can be evolved from fossils.

Tyrunt
The other fossil Pokémon. We’re guessing these guys will only be obtainable in one version of the game or the other, but not both - just like the fossils from every other game in the series. Let the trading commence!

Mega Mewtwo X
Apparently that other Mega Mewtwo wasn’t the only Mega Evolution. That other guy was Mega Mewtwo Y. Players can obtain a rare item called Mewtwonite X in Pokémon X and Mewtwonite Y in Pokémon Y. Let your Mewtwo hold the corresponding item to transform into that version of Mega Mewtwo. Mega Mewtwo X gains the Fighting type in addition to Psychic, and Mega Mewtwo Y gets a significant Speed boost.

Mega Garchomp
As if this dude wasn’t already a beast in competitive play, they went and gave him a Mega. In addition to obscenely larger blades, Mega Garchomp gets increased Attack and Special Attack.

Trainer customization!!!





Within the game, there’ll be different boutiques offering a variety of clothes, hats, and accessories to style your character with. Is it bad that I’m a 29 year old male and this is the feature that I’m most excited for? It’s bad enough that I’m 29 and play Pokémon, but sheesh!
For the first time ever, I’m actually debating playing as a girl character just because it looks like they have cuter clothes. I mean, for real dude, purple kapris!? For shame! Now the shorty with the belly shirt and glasses/hat combo and the other one with the cute little vest and thigh-highs? Yeah, they both know what’s up.

Team Flare
Now check out these bad-ass futuristic sci-fi chicks! These are four of the five scientist believed to be the driving force behind Team Flare, Pokémon X & Y’s new team of baddies. Celosia is rocking the purple hair, Aliana is the orange-haired one, Bryony has the green hair, and Mable has the blue. Dear Nintendo, please make some Figmas of all four of these characters. PLEASE!

Xerosic
The fifth of Team Flare’s 5 scientists.

Diantha
Super famous movie star that players will meet throughout the game. He jacket looks super inconvenient. Toilet stalls must be the worst.
And without further ado…
…here’s a new trailer for Pokémon X & Y showing off all the cool stuff mentioned above.

You can support our site by pre-ordering your copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y from Amazon. Much appreciated.

Pokémon X & Y Starter Evolutions Revealed

We have a look at the evolutions of the three new starters along with some new Mega-Evolutions, brand new Pokémon, and a look at the all new trainer customization options.

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Blurry/Leaked Images of Attack on Titan 3DS Game

In the October issue of Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, previews of screenshots from the Nintendo 3DS action game inspired by Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan anime/manga were revealed. And holy shit is that exciting to hear.

The game will put players in a story mode, in which Eren and other humans will battle against other Titan giants. The magazine explains that “3D Maneuver Action,” will give the game a  scenario in which players will have to rescue captured soldiers and cut off a Titans' arms before they are eaten.

Kotaku’s got some leaked images (above) that look kinda terrible for a 3DS game. We’ll see how it ends up after the game actually drops…

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