Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure 3DS
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Released on 05-Apr-2012
Feel the Rhythm, Beat the Mystery!! Pump up the tempo in the most mysterious rhythm adventure ever to hit the Nintendo 3DS. Raphael has a secret life as a heroic thief who is famous among Parisians for stealing paintings only to return them a few days later. Feel the beat and conquer the rhythmic riddles in pursuit of the hidden truth about the city and his father's disappearance.
- Tap the screen, swipe the stylus, control the gyro to the beat of the music to maneuver Raphael in the variety of rhythm-based challenges
- Dive into the world of Raphael and get immersed in this colorful adventure with 3D maps and stylish animation that bring the streets of Paris to life.
- Unearth the clues hidden behind treasures scattered around Paris to unmask the truth about Raphael and the secret of the city
- Master the beat and take on your friends in a variety of toe-tapping rhythm challenges. Collect fans in Paris on your virtual 3D map through StreetPass.
Available via the Nintendo eShop, the free trial introduces players to the striking anime-style visuals and addictive music-based challenges that define this unique handheld adventure.
The full version of Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure is out in April 2012 and stars Raphael, a young boy living a daring double life as an altruistic art thief in Paris, while on a quest to find his missing father.
Packed with more than 50 rhythm challenges, the game sees players tapping the Touch Screen, pushing buttons and controlling the gyro sensor in time with the music in order to progress.
The game features a charming visual style, an involving storyline, numerous sidequests and collectibles and various multiplayer modes, both via local wireless and StreetPass.
Free demos of various top 3DS titles are available via the Nintendo eShop, including Resident Evil: Revelations, Dead or Alive Dimensions, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Nintendo and Sega are teaming up to publish and distribute the Parisian-themed handheld adventure, which combines puzzle-solving with rhythm challenges involving button taps, stylus swipes and motion controls.
The game follows a sharp-suited, honourable young thief called Raphael, who embarks on a whistle-stop tour of Paris in search of his missing father while staying one step ahead of the pursuing police.
Featuring an expressive anime art style and a backdrop that includes many of the French city's most famous landmarks, Rhythm Thief is set to be one of the 3DS' most visually vibrant games to date.
It also includes wireless multiplayer options and StreetPass data transfer features.
A free demo version of Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure will be released via the Nintendo eShop in the run-up to its April launch.
GAME : 3DS update Round-up
If there's one thing the latest generation of consoles has taught us, it's that newly purchased gaming systems aren't the finished article when you first take them out of their shiny wrapping. Not to say they 're lacking anything fundamental, far from it in fact, but system updates now mean it's possible for platform holders like Nintendo to dramatically improve a console's functionality and boost the user experience post-launch.
December's free 3DS system update is a prime example, introducing fresh game content, social features and hardware functionality to the console. Here, GAME runs you through all the major new additions.
One of our favourite new features is the ability to make ten minute long 3D videos with just a few simple button presses. Icons on the 3DS touch screen allow you to select or fine-tune different recording features such as the 3D effect, altering the sharpness and brightness of your video, and choosing whether to film in regular colour, black and white or sepia. The quality of the recordings we've made so far is surprisingly good, although you obviously have to see them in person to get the full 3D effect.
While the basic ability to record in 3D is a cool feature in itself, special praise is reserved for the three Trick Shot modes. Interval Shot takes still snaps at your choice of intervals, between every half a second and 60 seconds, before playing them in a rapid slideshow.
Frame Pick, which essentially enables you to create stop-motion animations, is similar to Interval Shot except it lets you capture images of a physically manipulated object whenever you choose, creating the illusion of movement when the series of pictures is played as a continuous sequence.
Meanwhile, Clip Link enables you to record various video segments which are then mashed together in the same video file. There's no doubt that budding animators and movie makers will spend a lot of time playing around with these simple to use but rewarding new video recording features.
New Plaza updates
The system update also introduces a range of new features for Mii Plaza, the place where 3DS owners can view the Mii characters they've met via StreetPass (which automatically swaps the Miis and gameplay profiles of players who pass each other on their travels). These include a follow-up to the free, in-built 3DS RPG-style game StreetPass Quest, and new 3D puzzles of famous Nintendo characters to complete by collecting pieces from other players.
You now receive congratulatory messages in the Mii Plaza for achieving goals such as meeting a certain numbers of Miis or ones from different countries (which are displayed on a new StreetPass Map showing the locations of all the Miis you've encountered), or by working your way through StreetPass Quest 2. There are 78 accomplishments to get in total and a congratulatory message for each. They also unlock up to 35 different tunes to listen to in a new Mii Plaza Music Player.
The new Puzzle Panel pieces we've collected so far are for Donkey Kong Country Returns and Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D. The puzzles themselves are larger than the originals, with 24 pieces to collect instead of 15, including four pink pieces which can only be collected via StreetPass (others can be purchased with Play Coins, a virtual currency accumulated by carrying your 3DS around with you like a pedometer).
New Street Pass Quest
StreetPass Quest 2, in which you control a team of fighters made up of your friends' Miis, challenges players to save three fictional family members kidnapped by slimy monsters and placed in separate cages. It contains branching paths as well as brand new enemies, and even lets players make parties of Miis to carry out team attacks using weapons or magic. The game also offers players the chance to collect a total of 57 hats for their Miis, compared to the original game's 16, but the title's only accessible if you've completed the first one twice.
Additionally, the 3DS system update paves the way for players to download demos of 3DS games, although none have been made available yet, as well as making it easier to browse and pay for games and content in the Nintendo eShop. Players can now transfer games purchased from the eShop, as well as account funds and save data including photographs and audio files, from one 3DS system to another too.
All in all, the 3DS system update is an impressive release, adding great new hardware functionality, amusing new game content and cool new social features. It has been almost nine months since release and our 3DS feels like a fresher piece of kit than ever before, all of which leaves us eagerly awaiting the next major system update.
Nintendo has expressed hope that sales of its 3DS console are back on track after reaching 6.68 million units at the end of September.
Although the figure is below the company's expectations, it is ahead of the data for the device's predecessor the DS during the same period, reports MCV.
Sales of the 3DS, which allows users to experience an innovative way of playing new and exciting games, increased during August as a result of a substantial price cut.
Nintendo has also forecast strong sales during the festive period, with the reduced cost and an improved software line-up expected to attract customers.
This comes after the Japanese technology firm announced the launch of a new coral pink 3DS console, created to mark the upcoming release of Nintendogs + Cats.
Set to hit stores on November 18th, the new title will see the portable pooch accompanied by an adorable female friend to play with.
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