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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...

Now Loading for the week of 03/10/2014

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Death becomes us all again this week as one of the hardest video game franchises in history comes back to torture gamers even more! Those who are into punishing their self will definitely want to check out Dark Souls II this week. Also, shooter fans might be interest in this little game known as Titanfall; I have heard a few people talking about it and there is a chance that it might be pretty popular among Xbox One fans (sense the sarcasm?).

Releasing this week:

  • Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky for PlayStation 3
  • Dark Souls II for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3
  • Fort Defense North Menace for Playstation Vita (via PSN)
  • Putty Squad for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo 3DS
  • Titanfall for Xbox One and PC
  • TowerFall Ascension for Playstation 4 (via PSN)
  • Vessel for PlayStation 3 (via PSN)
  • Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS

New LEGO The Hobbit Trailer spoofs buddy-up heist flicks

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The latest trailer for LEGO The Hobbit takes a humorous look at the team you'll have assembled to go on your quest. In true LEGO game fashion there are plenty of jokes goofing on each character's adventurer genre tropes as well as some plain old slapstick. Check out the trailer below and wonder with me what the Italian Job or Ocean's 11(or 12 or 13) might look like with Middle Earth casting. 

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Inafune and Inti announce a new action game, Azure Striker Gunvolt

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We already knew that Mega Man developer Keiji Inafune was hard at work on his KickStarter game Mighty No. 9, but today he announced an all new project he is working on alongside Japanese developer Inti Creates. The new game, coming to the Nintendo 3DS, is an action sidescroller called Azure Striker Gunvolt. Its gameplay is reminiscent of the Mega Man X games, as well as the Mega Man Zero series that Inti developed in the past. Despite having just been announced the game is already set for a Summer 2014 release in Japan, though nothing was mentioned about an American release. Check out the video below to see the game for yourself.

This announcement comes as a surprise to me, but it just goes to show what a developer like Inafune can do when he is inspired. I am now looking forward to both Mighty No. 9 and Azure Striker Gunvolt, both of which I will likely be grabbing on my 3DS. 

Source: polygon.com

Get a super cute Yoshi's New Island themed 3DS XL

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On the same day Yoshi's New Island launches, March 14, Nintendo will be releasing a special edition 3DS XL. The "Yoshi Edition" system will feature a green coloring with an egg trailing Yoshi on the front and a few Yoshi eggs on the back. I would have preferred Yoshi carrying Baby Mario, but it's still pretty darn cute. You can grab this bundle for $199.99 at launch. 


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Amazing Spider Man 2 gets amazing spider-man pre-order bonuses

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What version of Spider Man are we on?  Is this the 249th reboot or the 3rd?  I can't keep track.  Also, has it always been "Spider Man" instead of "Spiderman?"  Did I miss a memo or something?

Anyway, Activision has announced today what gamers will get as their pre-order bonus if they pre-order The Amazing Spider Man 2 for one of the following platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and PS3. 

What do you get?  You get skins via the Web Threads Suit pack.  It contains the red and gold Iron Spider Suit, the blue and white Cosmic Spider-Man Suit (Where did that hyphen come from?), the Venom-like Black Suit, and the "pulp-style" Spider-Man (Another hyphen?) Noir Suit.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will swing into stores on April 29th for basically every system under the sun: PS4, PS3, XBO, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, and Window PC (via digital download only in North America).

For more details, check out www.TheAmazingSpiderMan.com and www.facebook.com/TheAmazingSpiderManGame.  


The Road to EVO continues with SoCal Regionals this weekend

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As a fan of the fighting game scene (and a player that belongs nowhere near it) it's not often that I forget to watch a major tournament on the Road to EVO.  Thankfully I subscribe to LevelupLive on Twitch.  LevelUpLive is currnetly broadcasting day one of SoCal Regionals and tuning in right now you can check out the pools for Super Street Fighter IV AE, but they will be running multiple streams all weekend and featuring multiple games such as Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, and more.

You can check out Shoryuken.com for more info on each of the streams as well as upcoming exhibition matches, and for those with amazing bandwidth capabilities you can check out all six streams at one.  You may laugh at the thought of Smash Bros. at a major tournament, but to be honest it's one of my favorite "fighting games" to watch aside from Street Fighter and Marvel.


Hope you didn't register that 2DS you just bought

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Once again, Nintendo is coming out with a deal to parlay their success with Pokemon X and Y into selling more units. If you register a Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL, or 2DS and a select game between March 1st and March 31st, you'll receive a free digital copy of Pokemon X or Y.

The select games that make you eligible for this offer are: Mario Kart 7Super Mario 3D LandAnimal Crossing: New LeafDonky Kong Country Returns: 3DLEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, and the upcoming Yoshi's New Island.

That's a pretty great deal. Especially considering the list of requisite games has some heavy hitters in it. If you prefer to take in your news via infographic, you can get more details at the Club Nintendo website.

If you need some more convincing, you should check out our reviews for Pokemon X and Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins.


Four Persona titles coming to North America

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Late last year Atlus announced four new Persona games all at once during a Persona event in Japan. American Persona fans have had their fingers crossed for a few months now awaiting an announcement for North American, and yesterday we got it. Atlus has officially announced that all four of those Persona titles will be coming West over the next two years. The four games are:

PersonaQ: Shadow of the Labyrinth for Nintendo 3DS (Fall 2014)

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (Fall 2014)

Persona 4: Dancing All Night for PlayStation Vita (2015)

Persona 5 for PlayStation 3 (2015)

As you can see release date details are pretty sparse, especially for the highly anticipated Persona 5, but I'm just glad to know they are coming at some point. Click read more to check out the full press release for more information on all of these games. 

Source: Atlus

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Name a character in the next Skylanders game

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Activision and Frito-Lay are teaming up once again to hold a massive contest that marks the first time fans will get a chance to add content to the Skylanders franchise. Anyone 18 or older can go to the website and choose one of three potential characters for the next Skylanders game, and submit a name for them as well as a 200-character explanation for that name. Entries will be accepted until March 21, 2014- and then starting in May, there will be three heroes to choose from, each with a fan-created name. Fans will vote for their favorite, and not only will that hero debut in the next Skylanders game, but the contestant that created that name will be awarded a $100,000 scholarship. Frito-Lay is doing their part to promote the contest by putting out specially marked variety packs that include coupons for Skylanders swag, like $5 off a SWAP Force Starter Pack.

We all know what happens when we let the internet decide things; so I'm looking forward to seeing Lord Helix the Catmancer posing next to Spyro on the cover art.


Now Loading for the week of February 24, 2014

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Finally... Now Loading has returned to... Gaming. Nexus.

Sorry, as a wrestling fan I couldn't help myself (especially with today's launch of the WWE Network).

Anyways, Now Loading is officially back to bring you your weekly updates on the latest games hitting your favorite video game platforms. We'll be here each week on the site to give you the run down of what you can expect to find each week. Also, if you are in the Central and Baltimore, Ohio areas, be sure to check out the audio version each week on WWCD 102.5 with Joe Jewett and the Morning Show.

Launching this week:


Pier Solar HD may end up on 3DS and Wii U

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Pier Solar and the Great Architects was a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis homebrew RPG released in December of 2010. In an attempt to reach a wider audience, developer WaterMelon Co. created a KickStarter campaign to make an HD version they could release on modern platforms. The KickStarter met it goal, and the game is set to release sometime this year on a variety of systems, including a Wii U version that would take advantage of the GamePad screen for special features. Now the developer says that a 3DS version may be on the way using the same second screen features.

I have been looking forward to the HD release of Pier Solar for awhile, and now I learn its coming to my favorite handheld as well? Count me in! I can't wait to see what this game is all about when it releases in the coming months.

Source: Polygon.com

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark revealed in new trailer

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Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark has been revealed at the New York Toy Fair during Hasbro's presentation. Developer Edge of Reality will be handling the console and PC versions, while developer WayForward will be creating a strategy adaptation for the 3DS. The game is described as combining the universes of Transformers Cybertron video game series and Michael Bay Transformers movies. As in past games, players will be able to battle as both the Autobots and Decepticons.

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be available this year for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, and PC.

Little Mac joins the Smash Bros. roster...and this time it's not as an Assist Trophy

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Today Nintendo had another Nintendo Direct, during which they announced a new fighter for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS.  Turns out Little Mac has been promoted from an Assist Trophy to a full-fledged fighter, and watching the reveal trailer it's kind of weird when you compare his size to everyone else.  Sure Kirby and Mega Man are smallish characters, but Little Mac is, I believe, considered to be an adult, and I know his name is "Little" Mac, but...dang.  Even Samus is confused by his size.

What I'm curious about is towards the end of the video where we see Little Mac has a power meter above his health and once full he unleashes a powerful uppercut.  I'm wondering if that's just a special feature for Little Mac or if that appears as his Final Smash.

 

Nintendo Download for 2/6/2014

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Okay, so it's a tad late this week, but Thursday's eShop releases saw a couple of retail releases hit the eShops and the Virtual Console saw another awesome classic become available for download:

 

Wii U eShop:

  • The Lego Movie Videogame (February 7th, retail release)
  • Ninja Gaiden (Virtual Console)
  • Percy's Predicament

 

3DS eShop

  • Bravely Default (February 7th, retail release)
  • Retro City Rampage: DX
  • The Lego Movie Videogame (February 7th, retail release)
  • One Piece: Romance Dawn (February 11th)

In addition to these...additions, Urban Trial Freestyle will be on sale for $3.49 on the 3DS eShop until 9am PT on February 20th.  If you're looking for a game similar to the Trials series, this one isn't too bad.

Sega gives their mascot a new look with Sonic Boom

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Sega's fatigued hedgehog mascot is apparently getting a new lease on life with a fresh animated show and a new game coming exclusively to Wii U and 3DS. Sonic Boom is ostensibly a new start for the character, who has had a rather checkered game history in recent years. The new show gives Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy a slicker appearance and puts them in a dangerous new world, where each character will use their own unique attributes to solve puzzles and navigate the environment.

I'm cautiously optimistic about this. Sonic has needed a fresh start for a while now, as the series' story has gotten so convoluted and ridiculous that it's hard to believe it was once about a spiny blue mammal battling a mad scientist with a robot bent. The animated series angle has me worried--we've seen it go pretty badly with Pac-Man recently--but the gameplay looks like a mix between Sonic Adventure and Sonic Heroes, so it might at least play well. What's odd is that they're using the same voice actors as before; you'd think that with a reboot like this they'd hire a new voice cast, but maybe this is just another extension of the same old tired, messy Sonic series after all.

First trailer for Moon Chronicles

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Renegade Kid has a short clip of Moon Chronicles up on their official site and Youtube page. It's brief but it gives us a good look at the new graphics in motion. Personally I'm getting anxious at all this teasing--I know they want to be mysterious but the game came out five years ago. I want a full developer walkthrough that compares the original game to the remake!

Nintendo puts emphasis on indie games in 2014

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One of the ways Nintendo is trying to turn around the Wii U's fortunes is through a renewed focus on indie games. To that end they have a huge list of indie titles coming to both Wii U and 3DS this year. We already know about titles like Moon Chronicles and Retro City Rampage DX, but this press release also details games like Shovel Knight, Wooden Sen'Sey and 1001 Spikes. Of course the Indie Connection Sale is also going on until February 13th.

I think this focus on indie games is the right way to go, I just hope it's not too late. Evoking a Steam-esque platform of a lot of good content for a bargain price could make the eShop more attractive to both consumers and developers. Nintendo has had this infrastructure in place for over a year now, it's about time they exploit it.


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Zelda Four Swords Anniversary Edition is back!

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Back in 2011, Nintendo released The Legends of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition as an updated DS version of the multiplayer GameCube classic. The game promptly vanished from the eShop at the end of 2011 and there hasn't been another way to get it since. Well, if you missed it before now is your lucky chance. Four Swords Anniversary is back for a very limited time, for FREE. It's only here until February 2nd so fire up your DSi, 3DS or 3DS XL, connect to the eShop and get downloading. Personally I hope this is just a preview period and Nintendo will finally make it available all the time so you can just buy the damn thing, but for now it's just a limited promotion so get it while the gettin's good.

Conception II will be digital-only title in Europe

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In addition to a North American release, "God's Gift" is also coming to the other side of the pond. Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars launches April 15 for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita as a digital-only title in Europe.

Conception II is a role-playing game with turn-based battles and tricky social politics. You have to maintain good relationships with females so you can, you know, make "better, strong, faster" Star Children that will save the world.

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Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata takes a pay cut after poor Wii U sales

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There has been a lot of new lately about the poor sales performance of the Wii U and Nintendo facing huge operating losses, but rather than battling these problems by laying off workers Satoru Iwata and other Nintendo heads have decided to take cuts in their own wages. Iwata will be taking a 50% cut, Miyamoto 30%, and a few others will be taking losses of 20%. These cuts will continue until June, and from there salaries may be restored if performance goes up. Iwata did the same thing a few years ago when the 3DS was in dire straits, but as we all know that system turned around and is currently the biggest selling piece of gaming hardware on the market today.

As a Nintendo fan I always worry about the company in times like these, but I have to commend them for taking cuts from the top rather than the bottom. Iwata has said before that layoffs only lower worker morale and cause even more problems. Lets hope that they can turn the Wii U around as well so we can see more great games like Pikmin 3 and Super Mario 3D World in the future. 

Source: eurogamer.net

New Super League Football table announced by Zen Studios

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And by "football" we mean the hands-free kind.  It's also known as soccer here in the United States.

How appropriate that this announcement is made today of all days what with a half-slate of Barclays Premier League games on the docket, including the Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool (go Everton!).  It's an odd occurrence for a Tuesday.  

Anyway, Super League Football dresses your Zen Pinball 2 or Pinball FX 2 table in the clothes of the Beautiful Game.  If you have a favorite team, you can further customize the table that way.

You can find out more by watching the trailer and at blog.zenstudios.com.  And seriously, if you haven't given the Barclays Premier League the chance it deserves yet, then you're just being a stubborn sports fan.  It's the most popular sports league in the world for a reason, no matter what the NFL likes to pretend about itself.  

When it's released, you'll find Super League Football available for Pinball FX 2 on Xbox Live, Steam, and Windows 8; meanwhile, it will be on Zen Pinball 2 for the PS3, PS4, Apple Store, Google Play, Kindle HD, and the Mac App Store.  It will also be a standalone app available on iTunes and Google Play.  The actual release date hasn't been announced yet.

Now take it to 'em ya Toffees!

Here are Moon Chronicles' control schemes

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One of the few drawbacks of the original Moon was its limited control scheme--no fault of the game or its developers, as the DS never lent itself well to FPS. Aiming with a stylus was a great idea on paper but often led to hand cramps in practice. For the remake Moon Chronicles, there are some new options.

If you have a regular 3DS or 3DS XL you can still use the stylus, or move with the D-pad and aim with the face buttons, in an odd dual-digital scheme that some original DS shooters used quite well. If you have the chunky Circle Pad Pro add-on for the 3DS you can even play in dual analog. I've been loathe to shell out for the Circle Pad Pro because it makes the 3DSXL even bigger and turns the XL's sleek profile into an unsightly bloated mess, but Moon Chronicles might just convince me to buy the ham-fisted peripheral.

In any case it's great that Renegade Kid is taking all of these control schemes into account. The dual-digital scheme looks promising too, especially for people without a Circle Pad Pro or a thumb stylus to ease those hand cramps.

Monster Hunter 4 is coming to the West...in 2015

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At a private Capcom event yesterday, Monster Hunter producer Ryozo Tsujimoto announced that Western gamers will finally be getting their hands on Monster Hunter 4, a game that has sold over 4 million copies in Japan. The title will remain a 3DS exclusive, and fans can expect it in!....early 2015.

This is probably because Capcom is re-releasing it in the West as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, an enhanced edition that is getting a late 2014 release in Japan as Monster Hunter 4G. It's nice of them to save the best for last here in the West, but it's a little disappointing that Western gamers have to wait at least another whole year to get a game that's been flying off the shelves in Japan.

Renegade Kid reveals Moon Chronicles

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Renegade Kid's co-founder Jools Watsham has been teasing it on his twitter for weeks, but the studio has finally announced their new 3DS FPS: Moon Chronicles. It turns out that the new game in the Moon franchise is actually a remake of the original DS game, and a sequel, in the form of an episodic series. Renegade Kid has completely recreated the cult-classic DS shooter, with brand new graphics, gameplay and controls tailored to the 3DS. The first part of Moon Chronicles will hit the eShop sometime this spring, consisting of the first four chapters of the game and the VR missions.

This initial episode will cost $8.99, with each of the three additional 2-mission DLC chapters costing $1.99. The original Moon will be released over the course of 2014, with the episodic sequel planned for sometime in 2015. I'm a big fan of the original game which was really ahead of its time, so I'm pretty excited to hear that we're getting both a remake and a sequel. The comparison screenshot below shows just how much they've improved the graphics. The DS game was impressive on that hardware, but the 3DS remake can bring Moon to its full potential.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gameplay trailer reveals Kraven the Hunter

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A new gameplay trailer has surfaced for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Featuring narration from Sergei Kravinoff, better known as Kraven the Hunter, the trailer shows some awesome web slinging action in good ol' New york City. The interesting part is that Kraven seems to be tutoring Spider-Man in how to "hunt prey" and become a better hero. Surely that'll backfire at some point. The trailer also shows some shots of Peter Parker out of the mask who Activision says, "will play an important part of his own in the journey to come." Watch the trailer below and speculate away. I know I will. 

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