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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Apr 24, 2013 6:10AM PDT

Playing video games without also experiencing a wide range of other arts leaves you a stunted and terrible person, so They say, but thankfully some novels are playable on your game devices and have pictures and everything. Publisher Aksys yesterday announced it's bringing visual novel Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi westward to Nintendo 3DS, to make you more whole by teaching a little something about love between a woman and a man. Read more

One of the biggest challenges of making a 2D Arkham game is adapting the "FreeFlow" combat system. Game director Mark Pacini says that Blackgate's combat needed to be built "from the ground up," and takes large inspiration from the 2003 Korean movie Oldboy. Read more

PS Vita allows users to easily capture direct-feed screenshots from the system. However, Nintendo 3DS is currently missing that feature. A new app released by Nintendo in Japan will introduce that functionality--but only in select titles. Read more

The Mario vs. Donkey Kong series was essentially Nintendo's take on Lemmings. For Mario and Donkey Kong, it seems that Nintendo wants to take on... Read more

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Apr 18, 2013 11:00AM PDT

Although the 3DS port (handled by Monster Games) loses quite a lot of detail compared to the Wii original, the 3D effects are absolutely superb. This is definitely the technical showcase 3DS has been waiting for. Read more

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Apr 18, 2013 10:30AM PDT

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team features all the lovable qualities of its predecessors. Most importantly, the combat system is just as lively as ever, integrating platforming and timing mechanics into an accessible turn-based RPG combat system. Read more

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Apr 18, 2013 10:00AM PDT

A Link to the Past was one of the finest 2D Zelda games, but what really sets it apart is the vertical nature of its dungeons, Nintendo's Bill Trinen said. So, the 3DS sequel will be "taking advantage of elevation" in a big way. Read more

The Nintendo 3DS's Circle Pad Pro was a curious accessory, a clunky thing adding a second analogue nub and two extra shoulder buttons to make the handheld less rubbish for console-y action games. It's mostly forgotten, only supported by a few games and incompatible with the updated 3DS XL. But hey, if you do own the big 3DS and want in on the analogue fun, Nintendo is finally releasing the XL version in North America this week. Read more

During today's Nintendo Direct, the company announced that Level-5's next compilation of games is coming to North America. It includes small projects from Keiji Inafune, Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Akibo, and Kaz Aayabe. Read more

According to Nintendo executive VP Scott Moffitt, lifetime 3DS game sales now surpass 20 million in North America--and that figure becomes "significantly larger" if you include digital. Read more