cooking mama: sweet shop

Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop Review

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Available On: Nintendo 3DS

The Cooking Mama series has been around since the days of Nintendo DS and Wii. Touchscreen mobile games were burgeoning into a dominant gaming genre for many kids and adults. These days playing a game on the Nintendo 3DS that could be almost entirely replicated on a phone feels quaint. Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop doesn’t offer enough new gameplay or progression to warrant yet another installment in the franchise.
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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Will Have 5 DLC Packs

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is launching on May 19 for Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo has detailed the upcoming downloadable content for the tactical role-playing game. A total of five DLC Packs will be available. They can be purchased individually, or as part of the Season Pass Bundle for $44.99.

  • DLC Pack #1 – Fledgling Warriors Pack ($7.99): Includes the Astral Temple dungeon and two new maps. It’s designed for early to mid-game levels. Releases May 19.
  • DLC Pack #2 – Undaunted Heroes Pack ($9.99): Includes Inner Sanctum dungeon and two new maps. Designed for stronger and more seasoned adventurers. Releases May 25.
  • DLC Pack #3 – Lost Altars Pack ($14.99): Includes several dungeons that contain the power to upgrade characters to exclusive classes not found anywhere else. The pack includes 10 total classes. Releases May 25.
  • DLC Pack #4 – Rise of the Deliverance Pack ($12.99): New story content (with additional voice acting) that acts as a Prologue and details the Deliverance in Zofia. Includes several new maps, new support conversations, and a new character to play. Releases June 1.
  • DLC Pack #5 – ??? ($5.99): Nintendo didn’t release any information about this pack except for the price and that it contains “two pieces of content.”

Each individual piece of content (such as a single battle map) can be purchased separately if you really want to pick and choose. See the Fire Emblem Echoes DLC page for individual content pricing.

Fire Emblem Echoes will also receive free DLC in addition to the above paid options. The first is called Mila’s Bounty. It’s a special gift that the goddess Mila will bestow. Simply connect to the internet in-game and check for downloads.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of the second ever Fire Emblem title, Fire Emblem Gaiden. It originally launched in 1992 for the Famicom in Japan. It introduced dungeon-crawling to the tactical series. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia releases on May 19 for Nintendo 3DS.


Pokémon Bank Update Adds Compatibility With Pokémon Sun and Moon

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Catching ’em all has just become easier. Pokémon Bank has finally been updated to add support for Pokémon Sun and Moon. This is big news for Pokémon fans, as now it’s possible to transfer any Pokémon into Sun and Moon, including those not found in the game. The update also allows players to transfer Pokémon from the eShop Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow into Pokémon Sun and Moon via the free Poké Transporter app.

The update includes two new features for Pokémon Bank: Pokédex and adventure records. The Pokédex gathers all the information for Pokémon into a single place. Adventure records pulls the stats from each Pokémon game that a player has connected to Pokémon Bank, such as number of Pokémon caught.

Pokémon Bank is an app you can download onto the Nintendo 3DS from the Nintendo eShop. It allows you to transfer Pokémon from one game into the app, which stores up to 3,000 Pokémon. You can then transfer your Pokémon into another game, making it the easiest way to transfer Pokémon from one game to another without needing a second 3DS.

While the app is free to download and install, Pokémon Bank uses a subscription service. An annual usage fee of $4.99 gives you access for one year.

To date, Pokémon Bank is now compatible with the following titles: Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, Pokémon White 2, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow (N3DS Virtual Console), Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon.

Players who access Pokémon Bank between now and October 2 can claim a limited-time Mewnium Z, the Z-Crystal for Mew. Z-Crystals are a new feature to Pokémon Sun and Moon, giving Pokémon access to powerful one-use abilities.