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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the long-awaited crossover between the two franchises, has finally arrived in North America, almost two years after it was originally released in Japan. The first reviews went live this week, and we've gathered up a selection for you to peruse below.

The game is a collaboration between the respective developers of the two series, Level-5 (Professor Layton) and Capcom (Ace Attorney). It consists of separate sections that each play similarly to games in the two series; unfortunately, the consensus seems to be that it doesn't totally capitalize on the crossover potential. Even so, the reception has been generally positive, and it's good to see the game released here after such a long wait.

You can check out a sampling of reviews below. For more, check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Developer: Capcom/Level-5
  • Platforms: 3DS
  • Release Date: August 29
  • Price: $29.99

GameSpot -- 8/10

"Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is a long game--at least as long as a Professor Layton game and a Phoenix Wright game combined--and relatively little of it is genuine crossover. But that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. What is here is big, it's often silly, and it's sometimes unwieldy, but it's rarely anything less than engaging thanks to some great execution on tried-and-tested ideas. It's Phoenix, however, in his element in this magical world, that well and truly steals the show." [Full review]

USGamer -- 4/5

"Personally, I enjoyed the light romp through Layton and Wright's magical adventure. It's good to have a bit of change from the deadly serious or overly involved games I usually play; outside of the lengthy Witch Trials, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is the kind of game you can pop into for 5-10 minutes to make yourself feel smarter." [Full review]

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IGN -- 7.8/10

"This unique crossover is a powerful draw for fans of either series, but it doesn't make the most of its potential. It sacrifices some of both series' challenge, and the alternate-universe story feels like a missed opportunity where there could have been more meaningful interaction between the worlds of Wright and Layton. The witty dialogue writing, however, is as charming and enjoyable as ever." [Full review]

GamesBeat -- 85/100

"Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is an extremely satisfying pairing--if not actually a blend--of the puzzle solving and courtroom twists from the two series. The game's high production values add charm and character to the experience. The compelling storyline and animation make up for dialogue that might linger a little too long and puzzles that might speed by a little too quickly. If you like both nonviolent handheld heroes, 'Take That' copy of Layton vs. Wright, without hesitation." [Full review]

Joystiq -- 3.5/5

"A bad ending doesn't have to ruin a game, though, even (or perhaps especially) if the story wasn't all that strong to begin with. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright drags on too long, but even towards the end it's enjoyable at its basest of levels. It's an entirely safe crossover that doesn't merge two gameplay styles as deeply as it could, and it's a shame to miss on that potential. However, the ultimate result is two series' with enjoyable characters and a penchant for madness coming together, and a crossover that doesn't take risks with tried-and-tested play. It also has Layton and Wright performing synchronized pointing, and it's almost worth the objections just for that." [Full review]

Shacknews -- 8/10

"Reservations aside, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney comes out with a game that in many ways improves upon both formulas. It may be too bogged down in its own story and look slightly dated, but the pure puzzle mechanics still work both in and out of the courtroom, and are bolstered by the crossing of ideas. It's more than the sum of its parts, and as a result is a nice treat." [Full review]

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Nintendo of Europe is cutting around 320 jobs, the company has confirmed. This includes the 130 full-time staff confirmed to be on the way out back in June, and an additional 190 people who worked out of the company's Germany-based localization office.

The cuts were confirmed to Kotaku today. The site points out that, though the 190 people in Germany were technically temporary staffers, they all worked only with Nintendo, and in some cases, for periods of multiple years. All 320 affected employees will be let go by August 31.

As a result of the job losses, Nintendo of Europe will outsource the localization and testing duties previously performed by the German office. Nintendo says in a statement that the cuts were needed to "increase flexibility and cost efficiency in the long-term."

For Nintendo's most recent quarter, the company posted a drop in year-over-year revenue and profit despite strong Mario Kart 8 sales and Wii U hardware gains. The company is hoping to turn things around this holiday with the introduction of its amiibo toy line and major new releases like Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS and Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes.

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The New 3DS (right) and New 3DS XL

That another revision of a Nintendo handheld system is coming is no real surprise--routine hardware refreshes have been part of the company's business model for upwards of two decades (the DS had four different designs, for example). But the latest versions of the 3DS announced today, intriguing as their potential is, seem likely to create confusion.

The New Nintendo 3DS, as it's being called, offers a suite of new features: an analog nub (the new C-Stick), additional ZL and ZR shoulder buttons, improved 3D (no longer do you need a protractor to properly line your head up with the screen for it to work, Nintendo claims), integrated NFC support for Amiibo, and a faster CPU. It comes in standard and XL (or LL, as it's called in Japan) sizes.

With the possible exception of Amiibo, these are primarily things of interest to a more hardcore audience. And that's interesting in light of what Shigeru Miyamoto had to say recently, when he suggested Nintendo may focus more on core games, as opposed to those for people with only a "passive" interest in games. "In the days of DS and Wii, Nintendo tried its best to expand the gaming population," he said in an interview with Edge. "Fortunately, because of the spread of smart devices, people take games for granted now. It's a good thing for us, because we do not have to worry about making games something that are relevant to general people's daily lives."

This New 3DS shows Nintendo is indeed more serious about gunning for the hardcore audience, and less concerned with expanding to a broader audience with its every move. I can't imagine a casual player will suddenly be compelled to buy a 3DS because it now has the buttons and hardware to handle more advanced games.

For others, some of these additions make the system very exciting. I know I want one (though I'm a poor barometer for these things, considering I bought a PSP Go at launch). The improved hardware, in particular, makes me hopeful that we'll finally see Virtual Console games from the Super Nintendo land on 3DS. Extra buttons and the integrated C-Stick means some functions don't need to be relegated to the touchscreen, and there's no longer a need to use the Circle Pad Pro. The placement of the C-Stick--which reminds me of the Wii U GamePad--is not where I would have liked to see it, but those new, Super Famicom-style face buttons on the regular-sized system (see below) are gorgeous, and only a limited number of games will use the C-Stick anyway.

Even if SNES games on Virtual Consoles don't happen, Nintendo is already ensuring the faster CPU is put to use for more than just speeding up system navigation and downloads. Acclaimed Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles will be ported to 3DS, but only to these new systems--and that's where I think Nintendo is creating problems. It's not the first time a revision of a handheld has been the only one to play certain software (see: the DSi and DSiWare), but with a game like Xenoblade, we're no longer talking about small, download-only games being exclusive to a certain model.

With the release of this latest version of the 3DS, we'll have a situation where you have the 3DS, 2DS, and New 3DS. The 3DS can play 3DS games, but not New 3DS games; the 2DS can play 3DS (in 2D), but not New 3DS games; and the New 3DS can play all 3DS games (except, as Siliconera's translation of a Q&A notes, for something like Pokemon Tretta Lab, which requires external hardware made for the 3DS and 3DS XL). If you don't think that is going to confuse consumers--particularly the more casual audience that helped Nintendo to dominate the industry with the Wii and DS--I'd remind you that many people thought the Wii U was a Wii accessory.

Just the name "New 3DS" is likely to confuse people who might be led to believe that it, along with its New 3DS-only games, is an entirely separate system from the existing 3DS. Nintendo has shown in the past it's cognizant of the possibility of confusing the public with too many 3DS models, so I'm surprised by the way this new system is being handled. These new systems may be geared toward the hardcore audience, but its existence can still confuse the public at large.

The New 3DS will be launched later this year in Japan, with a European launch to follow sometime in 2015. Nintendo of America refuses to say whether it will bring the new models to North America, and while that has to be frustrating for those wondering whether they should simply import one, I think it's actually a smart decision to avoid talking about it this fall. There are already three basic models--the 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS--available to consumers in a variety of colors and bundles, and there's no reason to complicate things by changing things up with new options. If or when these two systems come to North America, they need to take the place of the existing 3DS and 3DS XL models, should that not already be the plan for all markets.

Games are ultimately what will help sell the New 3DS, and I wonder whether it'll receive the support from developers to make it a worthwhile upgrade for existing 3DS owners. Xenoblade is well and good, but people will want more than just a port of a several-year-old Wii RPG to justify the system. Developers, meanwhile, will likely want a sizable install base before devoting resources to a game that can only be played on these specific models. It's a similar problem to the one faced by Wii U; Nintendo's attempted solution in that case is to develop desirable, high-profile games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. that will (hopefully) sell hardware, which will in turn lead to more third-party support and subsequently even more hardware sales.

It'll be interesting to see if Nintendo decides to take a similar tact of developing New 3DS-only games in its franchises--imagine what a new 2D Metroid could do for sales--or if it'll be content to largely treat this like a standard hardware revision.

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Jeremy runs down the five ship classes that will appear in Dreadnought and explores what each one does best.

Fable creator and industry veteran Peter Molyneux wants more developers to start making free-to-play games because, if they do, the model might lose its stigma. Right now, the free-to-play sector has been held hostage by match-three and casino games, he says, but this could change if "true" game designers started making free-to-play titles.

"I think that if more and more designers get into free-to-play then free-to-play will just get better and better," Molyneux told Game Informer. "But at the moment, there aren't many true game designers getting into free-to-play, so free-to-play is getting crafted by match-three games and slots and casino games, and those types of games have held free-to-play to ransom. I'd love more designers from all walks of life to try free-to-play games, so we could make free-to-play brilliant."

"The game industry should love free-to-play" -- Molyneux

Though the free-to-play model has been criticized for the way some games handle monetization, Molyneux said the business model--when executed fairly--should be adored by gamers because it gives them the wonderful freedom to try before they buy and never get stuck paying for a bad game.

"The game industry should love free-to-play," he said. "What gamers need to do is persuade designers to go make free-to-play games. But a lot of gamers say that if you're doing that then you're not really making games."

Molyneux and his indie studio, 22 Cans, recently released Godus, a free-to-play game for iOS. The reaction to the game's business model, from some people, has been overwhelmingly negative, to the point of Molyneux even receiving death threats.

"I've had people say, 'I'm going to burn all the games you own now.' I've had people say, 'You're a hypocrite.' I've actually had death threats over this," he said. "That doesn't make sense. Gamers should want fair free-to-play, and the only way to get fair free-to-play is to get more designers to love free-to-play. As a gamer we should say, 'If Call of Duty were free-to-play, it would be a better game.'"

In fact, Call of Duty Online in China is a free-to-play game. But it remains to be seen if this version is "better" than the standard, $60 yearly installments.

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Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii

It may simply be an enhanced revision of the 3DS, but the newly announced New 3DS will be receiving at least one game that owners of other 3DS (and 2DS) models won't be able to play: Xenoblade Chronicles.

This is the same Xenoblade Chronicles released on Wii in Japan in 2010 that fans petitioned to have brought to the west (along with The Last Story and Pandora's Tower). It did end up being released in Europe in 2011 and in North America in 2012, and it'll now be brought to another platform next year, Nintendo announced today during a Nintendo Direct, according to Gematsu.

The reason for this being a New 3DS exclusive is because the system packs a speedier CPU that is necessary for running the game. It's the only game to be announced so far that requires the new system, which also plays all regular 3DS games.

Xenoblade will be released for the New 3DS in Japan sometime next year. There is no word yet on a European release; the New 3DS launches in Japan later this year and in Europe sometime in 2015. A North American release for the system has not yet been announced. As a result, we don't yet know when (or if) Xenoblade will ever make it to New 3DS here.

As someone who much prefers to play lengthy RPGs (which Xenoblade, at 65-hours plus for core content, certainly is) on a handheld system, I'm hopeful this ends up making to the US. You can check out our review for some thoughts on the Wii version, or watch the video below (at the 27:18 mark) to see what the 3DS version looks like. Shulk, the game's protagonist, was just today confirmed as a playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros.

Have you already played Xenoblade? Would you be interested in playing a 3DS version? Let us know in the comments.

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Responding to Xbox boss Phil Spencer's nomination for him to take the Ice Bucket Challenge earlier this month, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime promised to "one-up" Spencer's video. But more than a week went by, and Fils-Aime didn't take the challenge. Now we know why.

As it turns out, Fils-Aime did indeed take things one step further to help raise money and awareness for ALS by announcing a special employee promotion. Every Nintendo of America employee who made a donation to the ALS Association received a raffle ticket for the chance to dump a bucket of ice water on an executive's head, Fils-Aime included.

Watch the video above to see Nintendo of America executives Fils-Aime (president), Steve Fukuda (EVP, business development), Devon Pritchard (SVP, general counsel), Ingvar Petursson (SVP, technology and finance), Don James (EVP, operations), Scott Moffitt (EVP, sales and marketing), and Flip Morse (SVP, corporate resources) take the challenge.

Nintendo did not announce how much money it raised for the ALS Association, but the Ice Bucket Challenge is having a major impact on the group's funding. Data released by the ALS Association this week showed that for the July 29-August 26 period, total donations were $88.5 million, compared to $2.6 million during the same period last year.

Spencer applauded the video in a message on Twitter.

Industry people who have completed the Ice Bucket Challenge (click through to watch videos):

You can donate money to the ALS Association at the group's website.

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At PAX Prime 2014, Nintendo announces the New 3DS. Listen to Justin and Peter give their impressions on this new platform.
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Electronic Arts today released a pair of new marketing videos for upcoming professional hockey game NHL 15 and, boy, they are...unique. Not quite as over-the-top as EA's Madden Season commercial, the videos--which will begin airing on TV come September 1--feature Boston Bruins stars Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand reading poetry and singing songs.

In the first video, Bergeron is seen in a dimly lit room reading a poem called "Feelings," which he says was written about the game. "NHL 15 is my new endeavor, hold my calls for like...forever," is the final line of his poem. Marchand, meanwhile, brings a guitar on stage and performs a song called "I Want to Marry NHL 15." Below are the lyrics.

"I just took a trip to hockey heaven / They turned it up way past eleven / My face just melted and my heart did too / Not gonna lie, I can't ever quit you / NHL 15 you got me all twisted up / Dang, just like I won the cup."

NHL 15 launches on September 9 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. Though the current-generation versions will have better visuals, we recently learned that they are missing major modes.

[UPDATE]: Today at Volition's PAX panel, the developer revealed a trailer for a standalone Saints Row expansion subtitled Gat Out of Hell for PC, 360, PS3, Xbox One, and PS4.

You'll apparently travel to a hellish landscape and don demonic wings. The game will include co-op play where one person can take control of Gat and the other Kinzie. And the game will come in at a budget-friendly $19.95 on January 27, 2015.

Volition also announced a port of Saints Row IV for current-gen systems (Xbox One and PS4). The games also launches on January 27, 2015 and will cost $29.99 stand-alone, or you can get it in a bundle with Gat Out of Hell for $49.99.

For PC players, an SDK release due out today will introduce customization options to the game, including the ability to create your own weapons.

We'll have the full trailer and more details soon!

The original story appears below.

Following the recent posting of a PAX schedule which revealed Saints Row developer Volition will announce its next project today, publisher Deep Silver has published a tease that all but confirms a Saints Row announcement is imminent.

The image above--featuring the logo of the Saints Row series' Third Street Saints--was posted to the Deep Silver UK Twitter account this morning, accompanied by the text, "Something wicked this way comes…" It's also proceeded to retweet tweets that suggest this is tease is pointing to Saints Row 5.

A follow-up to Saints Row IV was inevitable; the only real question now is how it moves on from the style of the previous game, which offered players Crackdown-esque superpowers. Earlier games in the series played more like Grand Theft Auto, though they have increasingly distinguished themselves from GTA.

The PAX panel is scheduled to take place today from 10-11 AM Pacific (1-2 PM Eastern). It's explained as being a quiz show with Natalie Lander, who voices Kinzie in the games. "At the end of the panel, we'll show you exclusive gameplay, art, and details for an upcoming project from Volition," the panel's description teases.

Stay tuned to GameSpot to find out all the details about what the announcement turns out to be, and check out our PAX hub for all of our coverage straight from Seattle.

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Groupon is marking the upcoming Labor Day holiday with a pretty excellent promotion. By applying the coupon code LABOR10, you can get 10 percent off almost all physical goods, meaning there are savings to be had on all kinds of video game hardware and games.

Xbox One (without Kinect) and PlayStation 4 systems are going for $360, while you can pick up a Wii U bundle for $270 or a (refurbished) 3DS XL with Mario Party: Island Tour for $135. Of course, the coupon works on already released and upcoming games, meaning you can preorder a copy of Destiny for $54 instead of $60.

Shipping is free, and the 10 percent off code expires on September 1. You can visit Groupon's video game page to see everything that's on sale as part of the Labor Day deal. Thank you, Dealzon, for the tip.

Are you going to take advantage of Groupon's Labor Day deal? Let us know what you're buying and why in the comments below!

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