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Yoshi's New Island
Review by: Jeremy Duff
Yoshi is back again in his own adventure but Jeremy can’t help but feel like he has played this game before. READ FULL REVIEW...
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
Review by: Matt Mirkovich
Matt's going globe-trotting with the great Professor Layton to uncover the Azran Legacy. READ FULL REVIEW...
One Piece: Romance Dawn
Review by: Russell Archey
It’s time to journey out to the Grand Line in search of treasure. Too bad the long drawn out cut-scenes get in the way of the action. READ FULL REVIEW...

Mario Golf: World Tour to offer DLC starting on launch day

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When it launches, Mario Golf: World Tour will offer ten courses with 126 holes as well as several playable characters.  However, if you feel that's not enough and need more, Nintendo has you covered.  Starting with the game's launch on May 2nd, Nintendo will be putting up three DLC packs in May and June, each pack consisting of a new playable character and two new 18-hole courses.  The new characters will be Toadette in the first pack on May 2nd, Nabbit in the second pack later in May, and Rosalina in the third pack in June.

Each pack will cost $5.99 but if you decide to pick up a season pass, not only will you save $3 by paying only $14.99, but you'll also receive Gold Mario as a bonus playable character.  You'll also receive Gold Mario if you purchase all three packs separately, but only once all three packs are bought.  Nintendo will also be offering Trial Tournaments where you can try out the DLC courses before deciding to purchase them.


Kirby Triple Deluxe gets dramatic in this TV spot

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This TV spot for Kirby Triple Deluxe is mostly footage we've seen before, but I don't think I've ever seen Kirby gameplay set to dramatic opera before. I've always liked the Kirby games so I'll probably be picking this up come launch day. For now the Wii U is a barren wasteland of confusion, but at least Nintendo realizes that a steady supply of quality 1st party titles is needed to keep the 3DS in the black.

Amazon Gold Box deals all video games today

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Amazon is running a very decidedly gold-box deal for video games today. It started this morning with Need for Speed Rivals for Xbox 360, and will include headsets, Skylanders figurines and other games throughout the day. Take a gander at the times and what products will be deeply discounted when they are on the clock.


Five Nintendo 3DS titles get a price cut

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Nintendo has recently cut the prices of five Nintendo 3DS titles, and we're not talking your mini-game collections or some little eShop games.  These are five games that are considered "must owns" by a good number of people including Nintendo themselves.  The games are:

  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Each of these games are getting cut down to $29.99 and are definitely recommended whether you've played other games in their respective franchises or of these would be your first outings (granted NSMB2 is a tad on the easy side, but still fun).


Kirby Triple Deluxe gets a launch trailer

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Here's a freshly baked launch trailer for Kirby Triple Deluxe, which is set for a 3DS release May 2nd. The game looks a whole lot like Kirby's Return to Dreamland on the Wii, and that's perfectly fine with me because that game kept me engrossed for hours. It may be cute and cuddly, but retro platforming is retro platforming, and I must admit I have a soft spot for Kirby.

Nintendo Direct gets weird with Tomodachi Life

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Nintendo has always had their own unique way of marketing games, but today's surprise Tomodachi Life Nintendo Direct takes unique to a whole new level. The 11 minute presentation focuses completely on the upcoming Mii life simulation game Tomodachi Life, and includes Mii versions of Nintendo's top brass interacting in goofy situations. Bill Trinen and Reggie Fils-Aime fight over a teddie bear, Eiji Aonuma professes his love for Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto dresses up like a cowboy and plays guitar. It honestly needs to be seen to believed, so please check out the video below. 

I had no idea what to expect when I tuned in for this Direct and what I saw was absolutely fantastic. The video reminds me of a family friendly version of an Adult Swim show (I never expected to say that about a Nintendo advert). I didn't know what Tomodachi Life was when I woke up today, but now its near the top of my most anticipated games in the coming months. 

Source: nintendo.com

Smash Bros. release windows revealed

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Yesterday's Nintendo Direct revealed a couple new characters for the game, but Nintendo also pulled back the curtain on the release windows for both games. Smash Bros 3DS is coming this summer, while the Wii U version is releasing in the winter.

I'm not surprised, but this is pretty disappointing and not exactly good news. Nintendo has been a day late and a dollar short with the Wii U almost from the beginning, so I was expecting the Wii U version of Smash Bros to release later. This doesn't bode well for the Wii U, though.

I'm excited to get my hands on the 3DS version, but the 3DS is already selling like gangbusters so everybody is going to get the 3DS version. If gamers already have Smash Bros for their 3DS, that means they'll be even less likely to get Smash Bros for Wii U, which pretty much torpedoes the game's shot at being a much-needed system seller for the beleaguered console.

Nintendo really should have pushed to get the Wii U version out sooner, so the only way to play the new Smash for several months was to buy a Wii U. That the game will sell on the 3DS is a foregone conclusion, but when even Super Mario 3D World didn't move Wii U consoles off shelves, there isn't much guarantee that people will buy the console for Smash, especially if they already have it on their 3DS.

I'm happy both versions are coming out in 2014 (barring any potential delays), but when Nintendo is undercutting their own sales, you really have to wonder what they're thinking.

Source: IGN

Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct reveals two new characters

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Today Nintendo released their Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct.  Sadly I missed most of it for other gaming-related reasons, but I did catch the end of it which saw the reveal of two new characters: Charizard and Greninja.

While most of what I saw of the Nintendo Direct focused on the currently announced characters, including changes from past games for returning characters and some attack into for the new characters (still can't wait to use Mega Man), those who stayed after the presentation were presented with two more Pokemon joining the battle.  Granted I would have liked to see a fully evolved Grass-type starter from another region to round out the trio of starter types (either Sceptile or Serperior would have been awesome), I have no issues having four Pokemon to choose from, especially since one of them is Lucario.

Marvel heroes coming to Disney Infinity

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Disney Infinity does some cool things with the main thing being having a boatload of Disney characters from different movies interacting with each other. Disney picked up Marvel not too long ago and it looks like those comic book icons going to be coming to the game.

The preview shows Captain America's shield ricocheting around the town around various Disney characters. We'll have to wait to see what heroes the first wave brings us, but I'm guessing the entire Avenger's cast will be available in the first round.

Now with the Marvel heroes in the fold, how long before we see Star Wars characters in the game as well?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Kingpin trailer

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a new trailer out featuring some familiar villains we'll see in the movie, as well as some new ones with pretty cool teases. Check out Kingpin, Black Cat, Green Goblin and more including a tease at a possible Carnage cameo below.


The villains of The Amazing Spider Man 2

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Beenox has a slick new trailer for The Amazing Spider Man 2, this time focusing on the villains you'll face. We've known that the Kingpin was going to be one of the major players, but now we find out that he's hired Black Cat to kill Spidey! Talk about an awkward date. I'm glad they have Black Cat returning as she was pretty memorable in the first game and I enjoyed the flirtatious exchange between her and Spider Man. Of course we're also getting Electro, Kraven and the Goblin too, but the game is supposedly its own story that occasionally overlaps with the plot of the film.

I'm a little iffy on the voice actor they have portraying Kingpin, but then again nobody could do better than the late, great Roscoe Lee Brown from the 90's animated Spider Man series. 

I think it's unfair that a lot of people are writing this game off as "just another licensed game," because the first one was pretty damn good and Beenox has been public about improving everything people complained about last time. Personally I just keep getting more excited for this one.

Source: IGN

Smash Bros-centric Nintendo Direct coming next Tuesday, April 8th

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Nintendo is still in extended damage control over the floundering Wii U, so we'll probably be seeing these Nintendo Direct pressers more often. Next Tuesday the 8th they'll host one all about the new Super Smash Bros. game, coming to Wii U and 3DS sometime this year. As he's done for the previous entry on Wii, Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has been releasing weekly tweets and screenshots for the new games. Fans are understandably getting impatient for things to actually play on their Wii U, so I don't think a steady trickle of screengrabs will cut it anymore. It would be wise for Nintendo to announce a release date for the new Smash Bros. on Tuesday, as they really cannot afford to be coy and drag their feet any longer.

Check this link on Tuesday the 8th for the live stream of the Nintendo Direct.


Yoshi's New Island t-shirts come to American Club Nintendo

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If you've been hoarding those Club Nintendo reward coins there's finally something new to spend them on. The Yoshi's New Island t-shirt is now available on the North American Club Nintendo store for 800 coins, and in large and small sizes. I'm not sure if I'd personally wear it out in public, but it might make a nice (and rare) gift for the Nintendo fan significant other in your life. Jeremy liked the 3DS game, so if you're a fan too this shirt is a way to express your fandom.

Amazing Spider Man 2 gets a developer walkthrough

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We've seen some gameplay footage in the past few weeks for The Amazing Spider Man 2, but now creative director Thomas Wilson does a full developer walkthrough of some NY city web swinging and one of the game's stealth missions. So far I really like what Wilson and his team at Beenox have done to improve the very solid foundation they established with the previous game.

The stealth gameplay and takedowns look much smoother, there seems to be a much greater variety of side missions and the more realistic web swinging should add some strategy to traversing Manhattan. I'm also excited that they have so many different costumes to unlock and upgrade, which was one of my favorite features from the last game. So far this game looks like it could top even Treyarch's original Spider Man 2, which is a fan-favorite. All I know is that the wait until late April when this game comes out will be particularly hard for this true believer.

Nintendo Download for 3/27/2014: Is there a doctor in the house?

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This week's Nintendo Download is highlighted by a couple of classics and some Sonic DLC.  The classics are good, the DLC...depends on your thoughts on Sonic Lost World on the Wii U.

For fans of the puzzle game genre, you can't go wrong with Dr. Mario on the Wii U's Virtual Console.  As one of my all-time favorite puzzle games I highly recommend picking this one up.  All we need now is Tetris Attack/Panel De Pon and I'll be a very happy camper.  For the 3DS VC we have the classic game Clu Clu Land.  Clu Clu Land has you controlling a little red creature as you maneuver around the screen collecting gold ingots, but the only way to turn is via the turning posts in each stage.  It takes some getting used to...I have yet to get used to it myself, but I digress.

So about that Sonic Lost World DLC.  Last time we dealt with Yoshi, this time we head to Hyrule.  Sean Colleli posted about it just a couple of posts down from this one, but as a small recap, The Legend of Zelda Zone has Sonic traversing a stage with references to various games in the Legend of Zelda games, such as Twilight Princess, Ocarina of Time, and Skyward Sword.  You can even go through a miniature dungeon.  There's no time limit and rings are replaced with hearts, so it sounds like a pretty decent crossover.  Sadly though, like the Yoshi DLC, this is a Wii U exclusive DLC, so I still have no reason to dig out my 3DS copy of the game.

Other things to look out for are the continuing sale of select Ubisoft games, Cube Tactics (3DS), My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Wii U), Skater Cat (3DS), I am an Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Hawaii (3DS...wait, what?), and I am in the movie (3DS/DSiWare...DSiWare still exists?).

Sonic Lost World links up to the Zelda universe

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You have to hand it to Sega. Sonic Lost World wasn't even that good, and they're still supporting it with awesome, free DLC. The latest pack, available today, is the Legend of Zelda zone. This map not only puts Sonic in Link's spiffy green tunic and cap, but gives the world a complete Zelda-themed overhaul, complete with Rupees instead of rings, rolling Gorons and even deadly Cucoo chickens. It looks like a ton of thought went into this DLC and I commend Sega on putting forth the effort, especially when so many other publishers don't even offer their paid DLC on Wii U. It's also nice to see Nintendo letting other studios play with their IPs a bit.

High Voltage Software is developing Amazing Spider Man 2 for 3DS

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Well this is interesting. High Voltage Software, of The Conduit fame, is making The Amazing Spider Man 2 for the 3DS. HVS has a long history of doing licensed software and the Conduit series was one of their few original IPs, so it looks like they've gone back to what they know. There isn't much info on the 3DS port of the new Spider Man game yet, although we know for sure that it won't be an open-world sandbox game like the other versions. This is a little disappointing but understandable considering the weaker hardware of the 3DS, although I still would've liked to see HVS try a sandbox game on the portable. They definitely have the technical chops to pull it off.

I was always a little bummed that we never got a third entry in the Conduit series. They weren't the best games and they didn't sell all that well but I really enjoyed the corny, direct-to-dvd scifi feel they had. I wanted a third game just for the you've-got-to-be-kidding-me ending of the second one. Maybe if this new Spider Man game does well, we'll see HVS revisit a few of their older IPs.

New Amazing Spider Man 2 gameplay footage

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Beenox was on hand at GDC last week and apparently the Escapist was there to capture some new gameplay footage of The Amazing Spider Man 2. I really like what I'm seeing here--it looks like Beenox has built upon the foundation they established with the first game (which I really liked) instead of scrapping it all and starting over. There are some new enemy types, the combat looks more involved and supposedly the web-swinging is more realistic--no more swinging above the tallest buildings or central park, with webs apparently sticking to the skybox!

I am curious as to why the Escapist decided to dub the theme music from the Sam Raimi Spider Man trilogy over this footage for, you know, the new movie game. Don't get me wrong, Danny Elfman's score for those movies was excellent, but they could've at least used James Horner's soaring theme from The Amazing Spider Man, or Gerard Marino's unique theme from the first game. Maybe somebody at the Escapist is still bitter about the reboot?

Nintendo Download for 3/20/2014

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Not much going on this week on the Virtual Console front outside of Volleyball, but I have a theory.  Once NES Remix 2 hits the eShop, that's when they'll likely release Super Mario Bros. 3.  It makes sense, as SMB3 will be featured in the game...plus I don't have any other good ideas as to why SMB3 hasn't been released yet.

However, there's still quite a bit going on with the eShops this week.  The 3DS is getting Pokemon Battle Trozei as well as a demo of Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars.  If Pokemon Battle Trozei is anything like it's original DS counterpart it should be a fun game as it kind of blends Pokemon with Tetris Attack/Panel De Pon.  Also, select games by Renegade Kid on the 3DS eShop will be 30% off until April 3rd, including Mutant Mudds, ATV Wild Ride 3D, and Bomb Monkey.  If you haven't played Mutant Mudds yet, do yourself a favor and download the demo and check it out, it's a lot of fun.

Over on the Wii U, all titles from Nordic Games are on sale until 9am PT on April 1st.  These include Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune if you need to get your game show fix.  You can also get free access to Wii Sports Club this weekend starting tomorrow at 9am PT and ending 11:59pm PT on March 23rd.


Why rebooting Star Fox isn't easy

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I always enjoy reading articles by Emily Rogers because she's one of the few game journalists who still does, you know, real investigative journalism. Her pieces are thoroughly researched and that's the case for a new opinion piece she published about Star Fox. She makes some pretty good points about why Nintendo hasn't just rebooted the series yet: they don't have a technology gimmick to sell it with, and the rail shooter gameplay of the series just isn't deep enough on its own to justify the purchase of a new $60 game.

Rogers eloquently sums up what I've been saying for years--to survive, Star Fox needs to expand beyond its roots. Most fans hated both Star Fox Adventures and Star Fox Assault with a passion because those games strayed from the same old arcade formula, but I at least appreciated them for trying something new. Personally, I've always wanted a sandbox Star Fox game that let you explore the whole Lylat system during some huge conflict. It could include the rail shooter elements, but with the on foot/exploration sections expanded into a seamless open world solar system, instead of divided up into standalone levels. Just food for thought.

Nintendo Download for 03/14/14

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There's some new games and great deals on this week's Nintendo Download. If you're looking for a recent release, there's Yoshi's New Island. If you're looking to pick up an old favorite, you could get Super Mario Bros. 2 or Galaga for the 3DS Virtual Console. Well- it's the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2, stateside we didn't get to play it until it was released as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. And if you're looking for a great deal, Steamworld Dig for the 3DS is 50% off until 9 a.m. PT on March 16, and Zen Pinball 3DMarvel Pinball 3D, and Star Wars Pinball will be 50% off from March 17 to March 31. Also new this week:

  • CastleStorm DLC available for the Wii U
  • Madagascar 3 & The Croods Prehistoric Party Combo Pack available for the 3DS
  • Bubble Pop World for the 3DS
  • Cube Tactics for the 3DS
  • Lola's ABC Party for the 3DS
  • Wakedas demo version for the 3DS


Now Loading from WCCD 102.5

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It must be Thursday because we checked in with Joe Jewett and the Morning Show down at CD102.5 with a quick run down of this week's biggest video game releases. We had quite a few to talk about today as we touched on Yoshi's New Island, Dark Souls II, and of course, Titanfall.


Naughty Dog and Wargaming team-up is decidedly un-naughty

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When was the last time you spent 24 straight hours gaming?  When it was over, did you feel good about yourself?  I've never done it, but I'd imagine that gaming for that long might leave one feeling something akin to one of those mornings where you tell yourself, "I am NEVER doing that again!" right before you projectile vomit near your nearest toilet.'

What Naughty Dog, Wargaming.net, Rooster Teeth, and Astro Gaming are putting together should at least leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling that hugs the pain away.  You see, Operation Supply Drop is holding their third annual fundraising event that raises money to send videogame care packages to our soldiers overseas in combat and in hospitals recovering from combat.

You can follow the jump to learn more.  Visit www.operationsupplydrop.org for details.  The event is being held during the 8-bit Salute on May 17-18, so you have a few months to build up you marathon-gaming skills.


Yoshi destroys garages in this Yoshi's New Island trailer

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I'm a little worried about the word "new" in Nintendo game titles, as I'm concerned it heralds a coming staleness and exploitation the likes we've seen in the done-to-death New Super Mario Bros series. We have yet to see if Yoshi's New Island will be a cynical cash grab or a legitimate continuation of the venerable spin-off series, but at least the new commercial is kind of funny. Reminds me of the ads from the 90s, when Yoshi stomped around a city like Godzilla.


Nintendo opens a website for indie games

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As if it wasn't clear enough already that Nintendo was serious about courting indie developers, the big N has set up a page of their website dedicated to indie titles. The revamped site covers all of the indie games you can get on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop. There are already a lot of great choices on show there, including classics like Cave Story, and newcomers like Steamworld Dig and Moon Chronicles.

Nintendo's mantra for the last few years has been bigger ideas, not bigger budgets, and it's nice to see them put their money where their mouth is. I've been losing interest in the AAA industry for quite a while now as the indie scene is where the really cool stuff is happening, so hopefully we'll see some of that show up on Nintendo platforms. Wouldn't it be wild to get No Man's Sky on the Wii U?