Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 10/23/14 (North America)

Promotional image for Bayonetta 2. The titular character is jumping in the air and pointing two large handguns to the left and right. The moon can be seen in the background.
Bayonetta 1 and 2 are coming to Wii U tomorrow. You can get both games for the price of one.

This is a very big week for the North American Wii U eShop. Bayonetta 1 and 2 are going to arrive on the digital store tomorrow (and real store shelves too). Also, the Virtual Console version of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow can be downloaded right now, complete with restore points. In addition, there are a couple of music-based titles which have just been released, and these are Just Dance 2015 and The Voice. Details after the break.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Nintendo Direct scheduled for Thursday, October 23rd

Announcement of October 23rd Nintendo Direct which will focus on Super Smash Bros. Wii U.

The Big N has announced there will be a Nintendo Direct tomorrow, October 23rd, which will focus exclusively on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. As you can see from the image above, the presentation will begin at 3 PM Pacific Time/6 PM Eastern.

We don't have many details to go on, but the company has sent out a tweet which states the show will reveal 50 new things in the game.



The Big N plans to reveal at least one new playable character tomorrow, and Director Masahiro Sakurai has posted the following message on Miiverse.

Image of NES Zapper being pointed at TV screen running Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Of course, the 3DS version of the game was released last month, so we already know who's in and who's not, but we will not spoil the surprises for those who don't want to know yet.

You can watch the Nintendo Direct tomorrow via the following link:

http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/10-23-2014/


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 10/16/14 (North America)

Image of Link riding Epona the horse in Hyrule Warriors. The hero is swinging his sword and enemies are flying through the air. The setting is a large green field, and the blue sky can be seen above.
The new Hyrule Warriors Master Quest DLC lets you ride Epona the horse, and it includes 3 new playable characters.

This is a very busy week for the North American Wii U eShop. Five modern games have arrived, the Game Boy Advance classic Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is now on the Virtual Console, and the Master Quest Pack can be purchased by those who own Hyrule Warriors (the pack is DLC). There are also quite a few discounts to report. Details and videos after the break.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 10/9/14 (North America)

Logo for Bayonetta 2, Wii U exclusive game
You can now download a free demo for this Wii U exclusive. 

A handful of new games are hitting the North American Wii U eShop this week. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will be released on October 14th, the demo for Bayonetta 2 can be downloaded for free right now, Art of Balance will provide puzzle fans with some physics-based challenges, Turtle Tale has arrived, and the Game Boy Advance classic Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is now available on the Virtual Console. Details and videos after the break.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 10/2/14 (North America)

Screenshot of SNES game Castlevania: Dracula X
Castlevania: Dracula X is now on the Virtual Console.
(Screenshot courtesy of The Video Game Museum - vgmuseum.com)

There are three newcomers to the Wii U eShop this week. The retro-style action game 99Seconds has just arrived, and an edutainment title called Red Riding Hood is now available to download as well. In addition, the SNES classic Castlevania: Dracula X just hit the digital store, and it appears quite a few gamers are looking forward to playing it. There are also a couple of discounts to report, one of which is permament. Details and videos after the break.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Bundle now available for pre-order on Amazon

Image of Super Smash Bros. Wii U bundle, which includes a copy of the game, a GameCube controller, and an adapter for the controller.
Amazon has started taking pre-orders for the Super Smash Bros. Wii U Bundle which was announced earlier this year. For those of you who missed the announcement, this bundle includes a copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, a GameCube controller adapter, and a GameCube controller that sports the series' official logo. The bundle is currently listed for $99.99 on Amazon's US website.

Nintendo hasn't confirmed the official release date for the game, but they have stated it will come out in the fourth quarter of 2014. It seems like a safe bet that it will be in store shelves before the holiday season since the Big N is counting on the brawler to drive sales of their latest console.

The 3DS version is scheduled for release in North America on Friday, October 3rd, which is just one week from today. The reviews are already coming in for that edition, and they are looking good. As of now, it has a Metacritic average of 86 based on 30 reviews by critics.

You can check out the details of the Wii U Bundle on Amazon via the source link below.

Source: Super Smash Bros. Wii U Bundle - Amazon.com

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 9/25/14 (North America)

Screenshot of video game Hyrule Warriors. Link is holding his sword up in the air, and it is glowing. He is inside a castle with an open door on the right side of the screen. Enemies from Skyward Sword can be seen in the background behind him.
Available tomorrow.

This is yet another busy week for the North American Wii U eShop. The biggest arrival is undoubtedly Hyrule Warriors, the Dynasty-Warriors spin-off set in the world of Zelda. It will be available starting tomorrow, September 26th.

There are also two new download-only titles and a classic GBA game on the Virtual Console. The name of the classic is Mario Golf: Advance Tour. That's not all! This is the fourth and final week of Nintendo's Smash Bros. Sale, which means you can get some awesome games for much cheaper than usual, including quite a few Donkey Kong titles, most notably Tropical Freeze! Details and videos after the break.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Blossom Tales could come to Wii U if Kickstarter succeeds

Animated GIF image of video game Blossom Tales. The protagonist defeating mushroom-shaped enemies with her sword and arrows. The game looks a lot like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Indie developers Castle Pixel have announced their upcoming game Blossom Tales will come to the Wii U if the Kickstarter Campaign reaches its stretch goal. As you can see from the animated GIF image above, it bears quite a resemblance to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in both art style and gameplay.

The action RPG features a top-down view just like the classics it draws inspiration from, but it features some modern touches as well, including a Target-Lock system. Players will use said system to target specific enemies or lock on to the weak spots of bosses, and there appears to be a good number of weapons to use. In addition, spells will play a large role, as will puzzles.

As you would expect from an action RPG, there will be plenty of hand-crafted dungeons. However, the dungeons will combine pre-designed layouts with randomized areas, which is something you don't see very often in these types of games. It sounds like the developers have quite a few fresh ideas for a classic genre.

Unlike the Zelda games, Blossom Tales will feature a female protagonist, something that quite a few gamers have been clamoring for over the years. That's right, the knight you see in shining armor is a young woman. Here's a brief summary of the game's plot:

Always eager to hear stories of heroism and danger, the young Lily asks her Grandpa for another one of his delightful adventures. Unable to resist her adorable plea, the old storyteller begins his tale of a kingdom where a youthful warrior (also named Lily, of course!) had just been initiated into the esteemed Knights of the Rose. However, that same day the evil wizard Crocus placed the King into an everlasting sleep with one of his dreaded spells. Sworn to aid the crown at all costs, Lily must explore dark dungeons, face terrible creatures, and meet many peculiar characters all in hopes of finding the mystical ingredients capable of forming a cure for the King. The future of the Kingdom of Blossom rests on her shoulders!

Blossom Tales is currently in development for PC with a planned release scheduled for 2015. A Wii U version would likely hit the eShop some time afterward. As of this writing, the Kickstarter has 27 days to go, and it has already raised a significant amount of cash. You can find much more info and screenshots via the source link below. Trailer after the break.

Source: Kickstarter

GravBlocks+ coming to Wii U soon

Image of GravBlocks+ for Wii U. This is a screenshot of Story Mode. The puzzle can be seen on the left side of the screen, and an alien is watching the action on the right side of the screen.
The new Story Mode features aliens.

From Nothing Game Studios have announced that GravBlocks+ is coming to the Wii U very soon. According to an e-mail we received from their staff, they are now putting the finishing touches on the indie title, and their targeted release window is October 2014.

GravBlocks+ is an enhanced version of the original game which was released on Android a little while ago. As you can tell from the screenshot above, it is a match-three puzzle game. While there are quite a few of those, this one boasts some unique gameplay elements, and it also features more modes than the average puzzler.

Here's the description from the official website:

GravBlocks is both a falling-block puzzle game (like Tetris) and a match-three puzzle game (like Pokemon Puzzle League, Bejeweled), but is also drastically different than either of those titles.  The most unique aspect of GravBlocks is the aptly named Gravity Blocks.  Aligning three of these blocks facing the same direction will alter gravity to that direction.  So if you align three “left arrow” Gravity Blocks, then the gravity will shift to the left side of the screen, and the left wall now becomes the floor, with the opposite wall being the new ceiling where blocks drop in.

In the most basic aspect of the game (and also the original gameplay mode), players change gravity in order to build score multipliers, but must do it carefully!  The walls contain hazards, and the higher the difficulty level and the longer the player plays, the more Destruction Hazards there will be to contend with!  Dropping blocks into these Hazards resets the score Multiplier.

In order to survive this ordeal, players use Wild Blocks to temporarily close all the Hazards (for about 12 seconds) so that they can change gravity safely.  There are also Bomb Blocks which will destroy all of one (or more, if you’re really clever) block type onscreen at once.

The Wii U version of GravBlocks features five gameplay modes, including a new Story Mode. For more details and screenshots, you can check out the official website via the source link below. Trailer after the break.

Source: fromnothinggamestudios.com


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 9/18/14 (North America)


Screenshot of video game Arrow Time U. The titular arrow is flying through an obstacle course in space.
Arrow Time U.

There are just three new games on the North American Wii U eShop this month. They are Arrow Time U, SPIKEY WALLS, and Wild Guns. The first two are modern titles, while the third is an old Super NES classic. In addition, there are some sales on certain first-party Nintendo titles in honor of Super Smash Bros. Details and videos after the break.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mega Man 7 now available on Wii U Virtual Console

Screenshots of SNES game Mega Man 7. The titular character can be seen making his way through Cloud Man's stage.
Screenshots courtesy of The Video Game Museum - vgmuseum.com

In a surprise announcement today, Nintendo revealed that the SNES version of Mega Man 7 is now available to download for the North American Wii U Virtual Console. The game can be found on the eShop with a price point of $7.99.

As you can guess, this is the seventh installment in the classic series, excluding the Game Boy titles. It is also one of the few 16-bit games that feature the original Blue Bomber. Like all of the entries in the classic series, it has the usual run-and-gun gameplay with perilous platforming.

There are eight new robot masters for our hero to take on, and players will earn each boss's weapon after defeating them. As usual, players will need to discover each boss's weakness through trial and error, a process which extends the lifespan of the game. Strangely, players can only choose four robot masters to challenge when they first begin, and the second group of four can only be challenged after the first four have been defeated. Even so, the game is still pretty nonlinear, allowing you to take on some of the levels in the order you choose.

When Mega Man 7 was first released, it received solid scores, but it was also seen as a step back from Mega Man X, which had been released the previous year on the same console. Nevertheless, MM7 is still seen as a classic by many gamers, even if it's not among the best in the series.

Nintendo has released a trailer for the Wii U edition. You can watch it after the break.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 9/11/14 (North America)

Screenshot of video game Teslagrad
Teslagrad is finally here.

This is yet another busy week for the Wii U eShop. The critically acclaimed puzzle platformer Teslagrad has arrived, the classic NES title Adventure Island has hit the Virtual Console, Unepic is temporarily on sale, and KickBeat will be available on the 16th. However, the best news of all may be the second week of Super Smash Bros.-related discounts which will allow you to pick up quite a few classics for cheaper than usual on both the 3DS and Wii U. Details and videos after the break.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 9/4/14 (North America)

Screenshot of Wii U game Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario 3D World is $10 cheaper than usual until next Thursday

This is yet another busy week for the eShop. There are three new titles available, including two modern games and one classic SNES re-release, but that isn't the real story. The real story is the sheer number of discounts on Nintendo's own first-party titles. For the next week, you can download quite a few awesome games for significantly less than their usual prices. Details and videos after the break.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct scheduled for September 4th, 2014

Image announcing a Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct which will take place on September 4th, 2014

The Big N has announced there will be a special Nintendo Direct tomorrow, September 4th, which will focus on Bayonetta 2. The presentation will reveal new details on the Wii U exclusive, which is scheduled for release in Japan on the twentieth of this month, and in the US on October 24th. The European release is simply listed as October 2014.

As you may recall, the original game will be released alongside the upcoming sequel, allowing fans to play both titles on the same console, which is great news for those who missed out. The titular star of the Bayonetta games is a witch who uses melee attacks, guns, and magic to fight angels and demons. Weapon customization is key, allowing players to equip various devices on Bayonetta's hands and feet.

The action-packed game is being developed by Platinum Games and will be published by Nintendo themselves. Sega employees are acting as advisors due to the fact that Sega published the original title and owns the rights to the franchise.

The Nintendo Direct will begin tomorrow at 3 p.m. Pacific/6 p.m. Eastern Time. You can watch it live at the appointed time via the link below, or you can watch it later (the broadcasts are usually archived).

Nintendo Direct - Bayonetta 2


Friday, August 29, 2014

Shulk confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

Shulk holding his glowing sword in Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo has confirmed that Shulk will be a playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for Wii U and 3DS. The news came during today's Japanese Nintendo Direct, complete with a reveal trailer.

Earlier this month, it was rumored that Shulk, Bowser Jr., and the Duck Hunt Dog would appear in the brawlers, and a handful of videos were posted on YouTube which were allegedly "leaked" by someone in the industry. The videos appeared to be too convincing to be faked, and Nintendo had them pulled from YouTube by filing claims of copyright infringement. Given today's news, it appears that some of the other rumored characters may be officially announced sometime soon, thought it should be noted that the Duck Hunt Dog did not appear in any of the leaked videos.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Shulk, he is the sword-wielding young man who made his debut in Xenoblade Chronicles, which was released on the Wii a few years back. While it was a Wii exclusive, that is no longer the case.

Coinciding with today's Smash Bros. news, the Big N announced two brand new models of the 3DS called the "New Nintendo 3DS," and "New Nintendo 3DS LL" (Japanese name for XL model). The new models feature a stronger CPU, more buttons, and a right analog stick, in addition to NFC technology for use with Amiibo figures. Right after the portable consoles were revealed, Nintendo announced that the critically acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles is being ported to them. The stronger hardware and extra buttons have made the conversion that much easier for the development team, and it appears that the existing 3DS and 2DS systems will miss out.

Getting back to Smash Bros.... a two-CD soundtrack for the game was announced, and those who register both the Wii U and 3DS games with Club Nintendo will receive it for free. The offer will be valid for a limited time only, and it will be reserved for members who live in North America and Europe. Here's the official announcement:

"As another offering for fans, those who register both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the games in Club Nintendo – before a set time - can claim the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U: Premium Sound Selection, a free soundtrack CD packed with tunes taken from and inspired by the games. Further details on the timings pertaining to this offering will follow at a later date."

The reveal trailer for Shulk is titled "Looks like we don't have a choice," which is something he says in Xenoblade Chronicles, though it may also be a joke about the spoiled surprise. If that's the case, it's nice to see that Nintendo has a sense of humor about the situation. You can watch the video after the break.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 8/28/14 (North America)

Nintendo eShop logo on Wii U GamePad
There is a ton of activity on the North American Wii U eShop this week. Two modern games have arrived, two classics can be yours for a few bucks, free DLC can be downloaded for Mario Kart 8, new tables are coming to Zen Pinball 2, and there is a sale on some popular Capcom titles, and a permanent discount on Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Full details and videos after the break.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 8/21/14 (North America)

Nintendo eShop logo on Wii U GamePad
This is an interesting week for the Wii U eShop. Disney Infinity is now completely free to download, and a couple of classic NES titles have been released on the Virtual Console: Mega Man 6 and Life Force. There is also an indie driving game that has arrived: Midtown Crazy Race. Details and videos after the break.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 8/14/14 (North America)

Nintendo eShop logo on Wii U GamePad

There's tons of activity on the North American Wii U eShop this week. Two scrolling shoot 'em ups by the names of GAIABREAKER and XType Plus have arrived, and Dahku Creation's touchscreen-based Soon Shine is now available to download.

The Virtual Console has received two new additions: Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge, which was originally released on the Game Boy Advance, and Double Dragon II: The Revenge, a classic beat 'em up released on the NES in the late 80s.

That's not all. There are four eShop titles on sale, although the quality of said titles is a mixed bag. Details and videos after the break.