Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Smash Bros. GameCube Controller and Wii U Adapter available for pre-order on Amazon

Image of four GameCube Controllers being used to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Earlier this year, Nintendo revealed that it would be possible to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U using GameCube controllers, and now online retailer Amazon has started taking pre-orders for both the controllers and the adapter. Incidentally, they are also taking pre-orders for the game itself.

As most gamers know, hardcore fans of the Super Smash Bros. series consider the GameCube controller to be the best possible input method for the brawling titles, no doubt because of the controller's comfortable grips and unique button layout. It seems safe to say that the Big N is aware of how the fans feel, given the way they have revived some of their old hardware, something that the company doesn't do very often.

As you can see from the image above, the old GameCube logo has been replaced with the official logo for the wildly popular fighting franchise, giving it a very stylish look. If you would like to pre-order the controllers along with the adaptor, or you just want to get a better look at them, you can do so via the links below.

GameCube Controller - Super Smash Bros. Edition on Amazon.com

GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U on Amazon.com

Super Smash Brothers for Wii U on Amazon.com

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 7/24/14 (North America)

Nintendo eShop logo on Wii U GamePad
There's a lot of activity on the Wii U eShop this week. Master Reboot, Super Toy Cars, and Wooden Sen'SeY are three new games available on the digital store. An oldie from the NES era by the name of Ufouria: The Saga has also arrived. In addition, there are some sales you should check out. Details and videos after the break.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mr. Driller 2 now available on Wii U eShop

Image of Mr. Driller 2 being played on touchscreen of Wii U GamePad

There's just one title on the North American Wii U eShop this week: Mr. Driller 2. This game was originally released on the Game Boy Advance a while back and was developed by Bandai Namco. It is priced at $6.99 in the US. Just like every other GBA game on the Virtual Console, it only supports one player.

Here's a brief description from the game's detail page on Nintendo's official website:

Join Susumu and Anna as a mysterious outbreak of Blocks threaten the world's existence. Armed with a mighty drill, dig deep through multi-colored blocks until reaching safety. Not all of the blocks will be breakable, but be careful that the blocks you break don't end falling on you, or cut off your air supply! Scramble to grab air capsules for a recharge, and you'll be just fine to reach your goal. How deep can you dig underground? Drill to your heart's content in these three modes: Mission Driller, Endless Driller and Time Attack Driller!

Mr. Driller 2 is a puzzle game, which means it is best to see it in action to get a feel for how it plays. As such, you can find a gameplay video after the break.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Soon Shine coming to Wii U eShop

Screenshot of video game Soon Shine

Indie developer Dahku Creations have announced they are bringing their game Soon Shine to the Wii U eShop. The game sees players fighting off hordes of spirits that hunger for the energy of the sun and moon, and it's played entirely on the GamePad's touchscreen.

Here's a brief description from the official website:

Ravenous spirits have awakened! With the power of the sun and moon at your fingertips, draw them in with your energy and send them packing with a good jab! Simple swipe and tap controls will get you started, but you'll need speed and strategy if you want to build killer combos and keep climbing in this fast and frantic action puzzle game!

Soon Shine is all about simple, score-racking fun, but there's more to this game than meets the eye. Aiming high in various play modes, snagging useful items in the shop, and acquiring new backdrops and music tracks all help keep the experience fresh as the addictive gameplay keeps you coming back for more!

The two-man crew behind the game has informed us that they have submitted the final build to Nintendo, and it will be released after the Big N gives it their metaphorical stamp of approval. The indie title could be released as soon as mid-August and will be priced at $1.99 in the US.

Dahku Creations is the same team that developed Chubbins, which was released on the Wii U eShop earlier this year. The platformer received a very positive review from our own Jake "The King of Video Games."

You can find a trailer for Soon Shine after the break.

Source: Dakhu Creations

Monday, July 14, 2014

Captain Falcon, Lucina, and Robin announced for Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Image of Captain Falcon fighting male Robin in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The two characters are fighting in a green forest environment.

Nintendo has released a new video announcing three more playable characters for the upcoming Wii U installment in the Super Smash Bros. series. Captain Falcon makes a triumphant return, who is still as popular as ever despite the fact that an F-Zero game has not been released in quite some time. Also joining the battle are two characters from the Fire Emblem franchise: Lucina and Robin.

Everyone knows what to expect from Captain Falcon. The super fast, hard-hitting bounty hunter retains his trademark Falcon Punch and fancy footwork. Newcomer Lucina, on the other hand, is a little more of a mystery. She wields a good-sized sword and appears to have a fighting style similar to Roy, one of the other Fire Emblem fighters who has graced Smash. Bros. rosters in the past. As for Robin, gamers can choose to play as a male or female version of the character. Of all the characters announced today, Robin seems to have the most varied fighting style, allowing gamers to attack via sword and magic, which should make for some interesting matches.

The new video is almost three minutes in length, and it contains a good amount of gameplay footage. For those of you who are interested, you can find the video after the break.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bases Loaded now available on Wii U Virtual Console

Two screenshots of the NES game Bases Loaded. The screenshot on the left shows the title screen, while the one on the right shows a Jersey player swinging and missing a ball thrown by a pitcher for Boston.
Screenshots courtesy of The Video Game Museum - vgmuseum.com

The classic baseball game Bases Loaded is now available on the North American Wii U Virtual Console. It is priced at $4.99 and has the usual features for all re-releases on the platform, including Off-TV Play, Restore Points, and a Miiverse community. It was published by Jaleco and originally released on the NES in 1988.

Bases Loaded has more realistic graphics than most baseball games from the era, digitized voices for the umpires, and an over-the-shoulder camera for the batting and pitching interface. These three features made it stand out in the crowded market. Of course, after the ball has been hit, the view switches to an overhead perspective like every other NES sports game, and the graphics for the fielding and base running sequences are pretty simplistic, another common trait for older ballgames.

Gamers can choose from twelve fictional American teams, each of which consists of fictional players. While some may be disappointed that there are no real teams or players, that was normal for the time period. Fortunately, this cult classic has very simple controls, making it accessible to a wide audience, and it also sports a two-player Versus Mode. The only real downside is that the action is a little slower than some gamers like, though it's still not as slow-paced as many of the realistic baseball sims released in recent years.

One more thing: some players will rush the mound if they are hit by a pitch, which results in them being ejected from the game. However, here's a secret that many people don't seem to know: you can actually keep an "ejected" player in the game by pressing "B" when prompted to choose a replacement. Pretty cool! Keep in mind that the actual names of the buttons will vary depending on which controller you use, so if you want to keep an "ejected" player, just press whichever button you normally use to bunt.

For those of you who are interested, you can watch a gameplay video after the break.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 7/3/14 (North America)

Nintendo eShop logo on Wii U GamePad
The North American Wii U eShop has been updated again, and there is a ton of stuff to report. Guacamelee! is back with some improvements, Armillo is finally here, and Mario Tennis: Power Tour has arrived as well. There are some other newcomers as well, and even some discounts to report. Details and videos after the break.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 6/26/14 (North America)

Screenshot of video game Shovel Knight with titular character running through green forest and swinging his shovel.
The wait is finally over. Shovel Knight is here!

The Wii U eShop has quite a few new titles available this week. Shovel Knight is undoubtedly the most-anticipated game of the bunch, a retro-style platformer from former members of developer WayForward. The other major releases are Wii Sports Club Boxing and Wii Sports Club Baseball. There are also quite a few smaller games hitting the eShop, but information on them is scarce. Full details after the break.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 6/19/14 (North America)

Nintendo eShop logo on Wii U GamePad
The North American Wii U eShop has been updated again. The are six new games on the digital store, including Pushmo World, Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition, How to Survive, Color Zen Kids, GEOM, and Super Dodge Ball. Details and videos after the break.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Legend of Zelda Wii U - Trailer Analysis by GameXplain

Screenshot of untitled The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U. The image shows Link sitting on his horse on a grassy hill, with mountains in the background, including what appears to be Death Mountain. A few homes and other structures can be seen in the distance.

As most of our readers know by now, Nintendo revealed a quick glimpse of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U at this year's E3. The trailer featured a brief look at the game world, which is massive in size, and gorgeous. As director Eiji Aonuma has explained, this will be one of the most open-ended entries in the series, drawing inspiration from the original NES title. Aonuma says it will be possible to travel to every place in Hyrule that can be seen in the screenshot above.

The first-party title boasts a cel-shaded look reminiscent of The Wind Waker, which is most apparent when looking at the latest incarnation of Link. In the video, the hero was dressed in a blue shirt that recalls the clothing worn by Toon Link at the beginning of his adventure. So far, we have yet to see what the actual gameplay looks like, but we do know that the clip shown at E3 was not pre-rendered in any way, and was thus rendered in real-time by the game engine itself.

 The staff of popular YouTube channel GameXplain have put together an in-depth video analysis of the Zelda Wii U trailer, taking a look at seemingly every pixel on display. While the trailer itself was only about two minutes long, this reel is an astounding fourteen minutes long! As you will see, they have noticed a number of things that escaped just about everyone else's notice, and the view count for the analysis is quickly rising. Video after the break.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Shigeru Miyamoto will be featured during Nintendo's E3 event

Image from Nintendo's E3 2014 website, announcing they will broadcast at 9 a.m. Pacific Time on June 10th

Nintendo is attending this year's E3 as usual, and will be broadcasting throughout the event, which officially starts tomorrow, June 10th, and wraps up on Thursday, June 12th. The Big N has now confirmed that gaming legend Shigeru Miyamoto will appear during this year's presentation.

As you can see from the image above, Nintendo's coverage will start tomorrow at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, while Miyamoto is scheduled to appear in the afternoon. You can check out the Big N's official E3 website via the link below:


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 6/5/14 (North America)

Nintendo eShop logo on Wii U GamePad
The North American Wii U eShop has quite a few newcomers this week. Three indie games have arrived, including the retro-inspired 1001 Spikes, the cute and challenging platformer Chubbins, and the endless runner I've got to Run! In addition, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be coming soon. Details and videos after the break.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Review- Chubbins (Wii U eShop)

Don't be deceived by Chubbins' colorful graphics, adorable protagonist, and cute enemies. This game expounds the modern definition of "Nintendo-hard." Along with other indie favorites like Super Meat Boy & VVVVVV, Chubbins will make even the most seasoned Demon's Souls veteran run for the hanky box. I was there when Battletoads was released and I survived Mega Man 9. I know "Nintendo-hard." Chubbins is "Super Nintendo-Hard." So, is it worth 6 bucks and sore thumbs? Find out after the jump...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mario Kart 8 - Video Review by IGN

Screenshot of Mario Kart 8. The title character is using the anti-gravity feature of his vehicle to cling to a twisted bridge. He is holding a boomerang, while Wario and Donkey Kong are right behind him.

Mario Kart 8 has officially launched in North America, and is now available to purchase in stores, or in digital form on the Wii U eShop. The latest entry in the series is priced at $59.99, and those who purchase it will have the chance to get another game completely free. All you have to do is register the racer with Club Nintendo sometime between May 30th and July 31st of this year. After doing so you will receive a code to download a digital version of one of four Wii U games. Choices include: New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and Wii Party U. Click here for the details on Nintendo's official website.

If you aren't already aware, the big feature of Mario Kart 8 is anti-gravity, which allows the karts and bikes to drive on walls and ceilings. The track design is as clever as ever, and the graphics are arguably the best on Nintendo's HD console.

The game has plenty to offer, and here are the highlights.
  • Eight cups to compete in, four of which include gorgeous remakes of retro courses.
  • A number of items to use, including the new Super Horn which can destroy projectiles, including the blue spiny shell.
  • A host of playable characters to use, including Miis
  • Customizable vehicles which allow you to mix and match parts.
  • Multiple control schemes including the Wii U GamePad, Wii Remote (and Wheel), Wii Remote and Nunchuk, or Wii U Pro Controller.
  • A few multiplayer modes, allowing you to play with friends online or locally. Gamers can race each other, or duke it out in Battle Mode.
So how does Mario Kart 8 stack up? Very well! The game currently has a Metacritic average of 89 based on 62 reviews by professional critics. If you don't trust critics, you can read some customer reviews on Amazon here. As of this writing, it has an average of four and a half stars out of five on the online retailer's website.

Jose Otero of IGN has released his video review of the game, and he absolutely loves it, giving it a solid 9, earning it the distinction of "Amazing." You can watch the video review after the break.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap coming to Wii U Virtual Console

Screenshot of Game Boy Advance title The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. Link is standing in a town.
Image credit: Wikipedia.
Nintendo has posted a listing for The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap on their official North American website which confirms the Game Boy Advance title will be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console. The listing does not specify a release date, but we will surely find out soon enough.

As always, players control Link as he travels through Hyrule defeating enemies, solving puzzles, and navigating dungeons. In this entry, our hero can don the titular Minish Cap to shrink himself, then enter places he otherwise could not. According to the official description, it takes place in the Four Swords storyline, and is the only game that features the tiny kingdom of the Minish, which is located on Hyrule's surface.

If you would like to read more about this portable classic, you can do so via the source link below.

Source: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - Nintendo.com

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wii U eShop updates - 5/15/14 (North America)

Nintendo eShop logo on Wii U GamePad
There are some new arrivals on the North American Wii U eShop this week. Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails has finally arrived, Color Zen is here, Adventures of Lolo is now on the Virtual Console, and the digital version of Wii Party U is coming tomorrow, May 16th. Details and videos after the break.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wario Land 4 now available on Wii U Virtual Console

Image of Wario Land 4 being played on Wii U GamePad

Wario Land 4 is now available to download on the North American Wii U Virtual Console with a price point of $7.99. The classic 2D platformer was originally released on the Game Boy Advance in 2001, and received mostly great reviews from professional critics. Average gamers seem to have enjoyed it too, as the GBA version currently has an average of 4.4 out of 5 on Amazon, based on 82 customer reviews.

The gameplay is pretty much the same as Wario Land 2 and 3, meaning Wario can transform when touched by certain enemies or objects, temporarily gaining new abilities that allow him to overcome various obstacles. Unlike the second and third titles in the series, Wario is no longer invincible and can die, meaning gamers will have to be a little more careful.

Nintendo has released a launch trailer to coincide with the re-release of Wario Land 4. You can watch the video after the break.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Chubbins sent to Nintendo for approval, could be on Wii U eShop in June

Screenshot of Wii U eShop version of video game Chubbins. The titular character is colored green, and jumping on red blocks with arrows, while a raccoon stands at the top of the screen.

Two-man indie developer Dahku Creations have announced that the Wii U version of their game Chubbins is complete and has been submitted to Nintendo for approval. If all goes according to plan, the 2D platformer could be on the eShop as soon as June of this year.

We're excited to announce that our platforming title "Chubbins" for the Wii U eShop has recently been completed and sent off to Nintendo for approval! Pending how the process goes we're now hoping for a June release with a price point of $5.99.

Chubbins was originally released on iOS devices, and has been ported to Nintendo's console with enhanced graphics. The object of the game is to guide the titular hero through 40 levels spread across 5 worlds. Here's a synopsis from the official website:

Guide our plump bunny hero, Chubbins, safely through 40 memorable levels across 5 increasingly challenging worlds! The controls are super simple--just move left and right. Stay on your toes though! Chubbins never stops bouncing, keeping every situation dynamic and making for interesting gameplay scenarios.

After conquering each world's unique boss battle, go back to perfect your route and reflexes and set new records in both Soft and Hard Modes, and master each level individually in Time Attack!

The iOS version of Chubbins was recently reviewed by gaming site Touch Arcade, and received a favorable score. With a total of 5 stars possible, Dahku's platformer received a solid 3.5, earning it a recommendation. You can read the review here.

If you would like to read more about the game, you can visit the official website via the link below. You can find the official Wii U trailer after the break.

Official Site: Chubbins - Dahku.com