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Preview: Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day

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Short Peace is a compilation of four short animated features ( helmed by legendaryAkira creator Katsuhiro Otomo ) and an accompanying game; Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day.

All of the components of Short Peace aim to in some loose way reflect Japan from the past right the way into the future, so that’s what it’s all about.

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Really, Ranko is all I can preview seeing as I’m not a film reviewer and this is a gaming site. Still, there’s enough about this mini rail runner to catch the eye.

The Grasshopper Manufacture game comes to us from producer Suda 51 (No More Heroes, Killer 7, Killer is Dead) with art direction by Yosuke Kozaki (Fire Emblem:Awakening as well as Liberation Maiden and the No more Heroes series with Suda). 

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Starting deep in the subterranean car parks of contemporary Tokyo, Ranko is guided left to right at lightning pace along runways and platforms slashing enemies and crashing through floors and walls. Swishing her violin blade at these bright abstract enemies explodes them into cascading shards of street art inspired glyphs.

Hitting the right one at the right time will send them into each other and chaining kills like this is satisfying enough before acknowledging the affirming combo counter. 

Check out the full preview at GGSgamer.com

PREVIEW: MARIO KART 8

Mario Kart is a rare thing. Despite starting life as a SNES spin-off racer with a grab bag of Mario World’s more recognisable characters, it has since ballooned into the immensely popular franchise that stands on its own podium today.

Mario Kart didn’t magically bullet bill nor blue shell it’s way into our hearts either, it earned 1st place over 22 years. The racer has become a hallmark memory maker for generations of gamers, installing a following through whichever defining iteration many first encountered. It hits the same notes across all ages and non complacently challenges it’s own winning recipe with every entry. 

You’d have more chance of finding life on Mars than a gamer that doesn’t like Mario Kart, as in; yes there might be some out there but not of enough significance to quantify.

There are gamers that don’t play Mario but do play Mario Kart. Basically this is arguably Nintendo’s strongest recurring title, often the company at their best and certainly a make or break moment for the ailing Wii U, so what’s Mario Kart 8 like? I spent a few hours at Nintendo’s London based PR office finding out.

Check out the entire preview at GGSgamer.com

SUPER SMASH BROS DIRECT SETS SUMMER 3DS WINTER WII U DATE

Late this evening the ageless Peter Pan in leopard print himself Masahiro Sakurai took us on a guided tour of what’s in store for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS.

First up the release. Winter this year for the Wii U was a predictable outcome, but the 3DS version will be with us as soon as this Summer! No date set yet but this is definitely good news!

With a ton of new details dropped, be sure to check out the full roundup at GGSgamer.com

PREVIEW: JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE ALL STAR BATTLE

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Naruto, Dragonball Z and One Piece may be the household manga names we’ve become used to seeing line the game store shelves over the past 15 years or so, but it’s the more obscure eighties anime that seem to be undergoing a revival in video games of late. 

Whether it’s Tecmo Koei daring to bring Fist of the North Star 2: Ken’s Rage to Wii U or Bandai Namco’s Gundam games and Saint Seiya sagas, what games are doing now is a mix of introducing old properties to new audiences and going for the nostalgia jugular of old ones, much in the same way Transformers, Ninja Turtles and countless comic book characters have cemented their big screen call ups.

JJBAASB's  frenetic pace and extra elements are enough to rival big name fighters, but does its niche source material carry enough appeal?

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is having its Transformers moment. JoJo’s is an ongoing 26 year old battle manga series loosely chronicling the bloodline of the ill-fated Joestar family and yes, their bizarre adventures. The franchise currently has an anime updating new and old viewers from the very beginning (on crunchyroll) and saw a re-release of Capcom’s 1998 Street Fighter II-esque fighter on PSN and Xbox Live in 2012.

Read the full Preview at GGSgamer.com

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3DS Game Tomodachi Life Lives It Up in UK On June 6

Nintendo’s new non Animal Crossing life sim Tomodachi Life is set to arrive on our 3DS systems on June 6 and it looks hilariously amazing!

Who knew that Satoru Shibata and Eiji Aonuma would sound so much like very poorly elderly women?

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From the looks of this Nintendo Direct there’s plenty in store in Tomodachi Life (or ‘Friend’ life in English). Dropping your Mii’s into this Truman Show like island world allows you to squabble, rock out, fall in love, play games, battle in pixely RPG adventures and build friendships together.

Check out the crazy video and all the news at GGSgamer.com

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Gameboy Advance Games Advance on to Wii U Next Week

I still remember when I got my Game Boy Advance. It was a big deal to me, I took it everywhere and I have truly fond memories of the system.

With the e-shop being so faithful to fans by bringing back so many classic GameBoy, NES and even Game Gear classics on the 3DS, I couldn’t wait to play games like Metroid FusionSonic AdvanceWarioware, Golden Sun and Advance Wars again.

Check out the full line-up at GGSgamer.com

Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist Could Be The Live Action Street Fighter We’ve Always Wanted

The Street Fighter crowd sourced fan series looks to bring the Alpha era games into live action, and so far it… yeah…it actually looks pretty good!

You’ll have to excuse the curbed enthusiasm. It’s hard to dare to dream about a quality Street Fighter adaptation after the Van Damme movie and the ‘even worse somehow’ Legend of Chun-Li with that bloke out the black eyed peas. But at the moment, this looks ace!

The series looks set on the Alpha games, which act as a prologue to the original series. You can see the visual cues in the poster blow. 

Check out the full trailer and article at GGSgamer.com

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle PS3 Exquite Edition is the MOST JoJo-est special edition ever

The eccentric manga world of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has always been one of over-the-top fashion savvy ridiculousness (or bizarreness, as the name suggests) and this truly splendid sculpture of series bad-ass Jotaro and his Star-Platinum stand certainly does the long running franchise’s ethos justice!

Namco Bandai are auctioning off a truly unique edition of the PS3 fighting game, named the “Exquisite Edition”.

This Distinctive edition contains:

· JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle full game (which has the post Japan launch re-balanced Arcade version to boot).

· Special packaging

· An amazing and very rare figurine made out of 6000 Swarovski crystals (H: 17cms x 18 cms x 11 cms, W: 380gr)

· Value of over €2000 but this is a one off in the UK. Highest bidders welcome.

To find out more on this incredible special edition and a link to bid check out the full article at GGSgamer.com

Review: DustForce (PS3)

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On the surface DustForce is another one of those platformers. You already know the ones I mean. It’s a play by play of a familiar 2D shopping list; ‘old-school’ platformer (check), indie (check), cell shaded minimal art scheme (check) and an ambient 8-bit soundtrack (check).

Maybe that’s why Capcom felt this PC game from 2012 needed to be re-purposed for consoles. Because, Hitbox Team’s pastel coloured side scroller wasn’t the most noticeable title amongst the indie in-crowd the first time round. 

DustForce gives you four dungareed dusters to choose from, each with different advantages including; speed, agility, power and jumping.

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These jumpy janitors then enter stage doors to destroy dust and other muck. It’s simple on paper. Clean parks of leaves, labs of gunge and mansions of dust etc. That said, DustForce’s stages are often fiendishly difficult, demanding and as demoralising as they are satisfying. With over 50 stages to (literally) clear the game offers incredible value and greater challenges as you go. 

Check out the full review over at GGSgamer.com

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Experience Epic Final Fantasy XIV Boss Battle in 16-Bit

First came the SNES style FFXIII retrospective and now comes this beastly beast!

This giant boss made of abs is Titan, and his array of far-reaching earth based attacks are no less fearsome in pixels. Here, a bunch of intrepid explorers take him on 16-bit style.

The battle is pretty faithful to how the multi-platform (and soon to be PS4) title delivers things. Check out the full video and comparison at GGSgamer.com

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