Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Indie developer Dreadlocks have confirmed that their side-scrolling RPG Dex is coming to the Wii U eShop. The game's Kickstarter has met its stretch goal, ensuring that the game will see a release on Nintendo's console.
Dex takes place in the futuristic cyberpunk setting of Harbor Prime, in which an artificial intelligence attempts to take over the world. Here are a few brief excerpts from Kickstarter:
Explore the dark alleys of Harbor Prime and a host of diverse locations in both physical reality and the wild reaches of cyberspace. Discover the truth behind an enigmatic AI striving to reach the Singularity, a theoretical “event horizon” in which artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence and all bets about the future will be off. How will you play your part in the story?
Rare melding of realism and creative vision: Realistic action, mature storyline, and complex character interactions meld with hand-drawn characters, animations, and locations, arcade-style melee combat, and an original conception of cyberspace.
The development team has revealed that the game's locations are hand-drawn, and there will be plenty of side missions in addition to the main storyline. For more details, click on the source link below. Trailer after the break.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Warner Bros. recently announced that The Lego Movie Videogame is in development for just about every platform, including the Wii U, but only provided screenshots and little more. Now the company has released the first trailer for the movie tie-in which features a little gameplay footage.
Players will take control of Emmet, the star of the film, who is mistaken for the "Master Builder" who can save the world. It appears the game will feature the usual fare associated with the LEGO titles, including plenty of platforming, action, and item collecting. Video after the break.
Friday, December 6, 2013
The critically acclaimed adventure game Knytt Underground is coming to the Wii U eShop on December 19th. The adventure game was created by indie developer Nifflas and was originally released on the PlayStation 3, PS Vita and PC. The Nintendo console version will boast some improvements over the previous versions. Details and trailer after the break.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
This is a pretty slow week for the North American Wii U eShop. There are just two additions: DLC for the excellent Pikmin 3, and the Virtual Console version of the SNES classic The Legend of the Mystical Ninja. The Big N also has a sale going on right now, offering the NES trilogy of Donkey Kong games for slightly less than normal. Details and videos after the break.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Developer Two Tribes has confirmed that the Wii U version of RUSH will arrive on the eShop next Thursday, December 12th, with a price tag of $1.99 during the launch period. The eShop release is based on the PC and Mac version, and features Off-TV Play. Here's an excerpt from the official announcement.
RUSH will have a 50% launch discount and will be released for just $ 1.99 / € 1.99!
Off-TV gameplay supported
Unique 3D puzzle solving gameplay with Conveyor Belts, Warps, Stop Signs, Splits and more.
Over 70 levels of increasing difficulty
Hint system, when your brain needs a break
Drag and Drop stylus control system
Highly stylized environments Only $ 1.99 / € 1.99!
You can find a trailer for PC/Mac version after the break.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Paper Monsters is one of the more popular games on iOS devices, featuring a world where everything is crafted out of paper. Developer Mobot Studios recently announced that the 2D platformer is on its way to the Wii U, and they have released a trailer showing the new and improved version in action.
As the video explains, the eShop version has received a graphical overhaul and runs in HD with new lighting effects, animations, and more. In addition, there are new levels, bigger levels, and even space levels. There are also more power-ups, as well as more enemies. In short, there's more of everything. Still no word of a release date or pricing, but we'll keep you posted. Trailer after the break.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Batman: Arkham Origins is one of the biggest third-party games to arrive on the Wii U this year, and Warner Bros. has been supporting the platform with DLC. The trend will continue, as the WB has now confirmed that the Initiation DLC will be available soon. It will arrive in Europe and the UK tomorrow, but there is no word of when it will show up in North America as of yet. The details as to pricing are a little sketchy at the moment, but we know that it will sell for £5.49 in the UK.
As for the DLC itself, there is plenty to enjoy. Initiation is set in the Paektu-San Mountains of North Korea, and allows players to take control of Bruce Wayne as he undergoes his rigorous martial arts training under his greatest teacher, Kirigi. The locales include a monastery perched atop a mountain, and a bamboo forest. As you can see from the screenshot above, it's basically a video game version of the training sequence in Batman Begins, only truer to the comics with a few notable differences. Trailer after the break.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Mario Kart 8 is easily one of the most-anticipated Wii U games, and will surely sell quite a few consoles. So far, we haven't seen a whole lot of gameplay footage, but someone managed to capture some and upload it to YouTube. The video is just over two and a half minutes long, and features a two-player split-screen race. Unfortunately, it's all off-camera footage and not the best quality, but it's still worth watching.
As you can see from the screenshot above, player one used the tilt sensors of the GamePad while player two stuck with the Wii Wheel. Just a reminder: the game also supports the analog sticks on the GamePad, the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, as well as the Pro Controller and Wii Classic Controller, so there are plenty of control schemes to choose from. Video after the break.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Warner Bros. has officially announced the video game Lego: The Hobbit, which was rumored to be in development. The game is based on the first two films in the trilogy of prequels to The Lord of the Rings, and features a number of the well-known places and popular characters in Middle-earth. The title will be coming to the Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, 3DS, PC and Mac. It is scheduled for release in Spring 2014.
Here are a few excerpts from the official press release.
LEGO The Hobbit will be based on the first two films of The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the upcoming The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), opening worldwide beginning December 13, 2013. Following the storyline of the first two films, LEGO The Hobbit will take players on quests throughout Middle-earth, joining Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Thorin Oakenshield and Company in their exciting adventures toward the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor.
In LEGO The Hobbit, kids and families will be able to take on the form of their favorite Hobbit characters, including Bilbo, Gandalf, and all of the Dwarves: Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Óin, Glóin, Dwalin, Balin Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori and Ori. Each has his own special – and quite hilarious – ability: For instance, Bombur can be used as a trampoline that enables his companions "belly-bounce" out of danger!
Players will visit key locations from the films, including Bag End, Bilbo's Hobbit-hole in Hobbiton, trek through the treacherous High Pass over The Misty Mountains, and explore the depths of Goblin-town, Mirkwood and Rivendell. Along the way, players will solve countless puzzles, partake in Treasure Quests and battle with Orcs, Trolls and fouler things. They will also be able to mine for gems, discover loot from enemies, and craft powerful magical items or build immense new LEGO structures.
The official website for the game has already launched. You can check it out via the link below.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Wii U eShop is bustling with activity this week. The digital version of Super Mario 3D World will arrive tomorrow, on November 22nd, while Coaster Crazy Deluxe, Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths, and EDGE are available now, as is the 16-bit classic Brawl Brothers. The first four NES Mega Man games are currently on sale, and they're definitely worth picking up. Videos and details after the break.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Super Mario 3D World is scheduled for release on November 22nd, just in time for the holidays. As you are probably aware, it is the first 3D Mario game to feature 4-player co-op, which will surely be one of its main highlights. In addition to multiplayer, the Wii U exclusive also boasts a multitude of items, including new power-ups like the Cat Suit as well as returning favorites like the Boomerang Suit which was featured in Super Mario 3D Land. The game also hearkens back to Super Mario Bros. 2 with the same cast of playable characters, each of whom has their own special abilities. Mario is the well-rounded one, Luigi can jump higher and farther than his brother, Peach can float in the air, and Toad runs the fastest.
While the public will have to wait a few more days to get their hands on Mario's latest adventure, members of the press received review copies in advance and have spent hours playing their way through the Sprixie Kingdom. The consensus is clear: Super Mario 3D World is a masterpiece. As of this writing, the title's Metacritic average currently stands at 93 out of 100 based on 37 reviews. When it is released this Friday and becomes eligible to review, the game's detail page on Amazon will surely boast a high average score from user reviews.
Jose Otero of IGN has uploaded his video review of the game to YouTube, and he absolutely loves it. As you will see, the stage design is brilliant, the soundtrack is amazing, and the multiplayer will surely keep gamers coming back for more. Video review after the break.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games was released in Europe for a few weeks now, but it is now available in North America. Nintendo of America has officially confirmed that the Wii Remote Plus bundle, which includes a copy of the game and a Wiimote, will be released in North America as well. The bundle had been rumored to be coming to the region as some retailers, including GameStop and Amazon, recently posted listings for it. The MSRP for the game alone is $49.99, but for just $10 more, you will get one of the newer controllers with MotionPlus built in.
So far, the reviews for the game have been very mixed. As of this writing, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games currently has a Metacritic average of 57 based on 20 reviews.
Andre of popular gaming site GameXplain recently uploaded his video review to YouTube, and his opinion of the game seems to fall in line with everyone else. He says there are some great moments with fun to be had, but ultimately, it's a hit-or-miss title. Video review after the break.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
There are a few new titles on the North American Wii U eShop this week, and some discounts worth noting. Uncharted Waters: New Horizons is now on the Virtual Console, the two NES Zelda games are on sale for slightly less than normal, the digital version of Sonic Lost World has arrived, and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be available tomorrow. Some other low-profile titles will be arriving in the next week as well. Details and videos after the break.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Super Mario 3D World is sure to be a system-seller for many gamers, and will undoubtedly be one of the best-selling Wii U titles of all time. As the release date draws near, Nintendo is slowly but surely revealing more and more info.
The Big N has released a "10 New Things" trailer which shows off some of the many surprises that await players. There are some spoilers in the video, but even if you don't watch it, someone will probably tell you this info anyway. Plus, you get to hear the amazing soundtrack as you watch some awesome gameplay footage, and there is plenty to see: the trailer is four minutes long. Video after the break.
|Side-scrolling action in Teslagrad.|
Nintendo has released a new eShop sizzle reel which features quite a few indie games that are coming to the Wii U and 3DS. Here's a list of what is shown
Wii U eShop
- Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut by Toxic Games
- Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails by Dakko Dakko Limited
- Armillo by Fuzzy Wuzzy Games Inc.
- 1,001 Spikes by Nicalis
- Tengami by Nyamyam Ltd
- Pier Solar HD by WaterMelon
- Teslagrad by Rain
- Wooden Sen'SeY by Neko Entertainment
- Knytt Underground by Ripstone
- Unepic by EnjoyUp
- Shovel Knight by Yacht Club Games
- Shantae and the Pirate's Curse by WayForward
- Grinsia by Nicalis
- Picross e3 by Jupiter Corporation
- Putty Squad by System 3
- Treasurenauts by Renegade Kid
- Retro City Rampage by Vblank Entertainment
- Siesta Fiesta by Mojo Bones
The trailer features a quick look at each of the games in action, and if you already own Nintendo's new console or are thinking about picking on e up, you should definitely check it out to see what's coming soon. Video after the break.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Ubisoft recently announced that Child of Light is coming to the Wii U, and released a short trailer which showed a little gameplay footage. The company has now released a four-minute video walkthrough with commentary from lead programmer Brianna Code.
The game features side-scrolling exploration similar to other 2D titles, mixed with turn-based RPG combat. Story will play a major role, and speaking to other non-playable characters will naturally be very important. In addition, it will sport a co-op mode with the second player taking on the role of Igniculus, a blue ball of energy which serves as an assist character to player one. Igniculas has the power to slow down and disrupt enemies, as well as use energy from the environment to heal the player.
The multiplatform title runs on the acclaimed UbiART Framework engine which also powered Rayman Legends, and is being hailed by critics and average gamers alike for its art direction and graphics. It is scheduled for release in 2014, although a specific date has not been announced yet. Video after the break.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Super Mario 3D World is scheduled for release on November 22nd, but members of the press have already got their hands on some early copies and have been uploading gameplay videos to YouTube. Nintendo still has a press embargo in effect, which means there are limits as to what people can reveal and how much they're allowed to show, so all the videos are pretty short (usually less than a minute). Nevertheless, the clips are entertaining and give viewers a glimpse of what's in store.
YouTube channel GameXplain has uploaded one video that shows roughly one minute of footage from World 1-2: Koopa Troopa Cave, a stage in which Mario heads underground and takes on a bunch of the shell-clad soldiers of Bowser's army. It features a remix of one of the most iconic tunes in gaming history and is definitely worth a look. Video after the break.