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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Review by: Sean Colleli
This is one of the best 2D platformers you'll probably ever play, and that might not be enough anymore. READ FULL REVIEW...
NES Remix
Review by: Sam Stewart
Get your fill of 8-bit gaming in this NES/Warioware crossover gone unexpectedly right. READ FULL REVIEW...
Dr. Luigi
Review by: Sam Stewart
Dr. Luigi takes over his brothers medical practice, but does his brand of medicine have what it takes to satisfy your puzzle addiction? READ FULL REVIEW...

Nintendo Download for 4/3/2014: The Advance generation has arrived.

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We've heard about it for a while now, but Game Boy Advance games have started to arrive on the Wii U Virtual Console in this week's Nintendo Download, and we start off with Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.  If you're a fan of their respective genres/series, definitely pick these up.  Hopefully this trend will continue in the weeks to come.

Also on the Wii U we now have Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition, and you can get $5 off of Dr. Luigi if you own Dr. Mario from the Virtual Console.  For the 3DS we have Rusty's Real Deal Baseball and Super Monkey Ball 3D hitting the eShop.  Super Monkey Ball 3D is a fun game, but kind of annoying if you use the gyroscopic controls to control the ball since it's hard to focus on the screen if you're constantly tilting it all over the place.

Get revved up with Mario Kart 8's new trailer

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This morning brought a wealth of information about Nintendo's next big Wii U title Mario Kart 8, including an all new trailer. The trailer is packed full of the same great racing action we have previously seen, as well as some of the game's new features, including all new items. Two new items revealed were the Boomerang, which seems to hit opponents and steal their coins, and the Piranha Plant which bites nearby racers. The trailer also shows off just how good the game looks, certainly making it a new competitor for the best looking Wii U game.

Mario Kart 8 will be the newest addition to a great library of first party titles on Wii U when it releases on May 30th. Like its predecessors Mario Kart 8 doesn't look like it will revolutionize the Kart racing genre  but is sure to be a lot of fun, especially the new zero gravity racing.

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News Roundup - 04/02/2014

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Now Loading for the week of March 31, 2014

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This is definitely a week for PC gamers as one of the most anticipated MMORPG games in history is finally launching. No more Oblivion; no more Skyrim; the Elder Scrolls are now online! Alternatively, if questing isn’t your thing, you could always turn to life as a goat in Goat Simulator. Seriously, how do you pick between these two?

This week’s full list includes:

Batman: Arkham Origins - Deluxe Edition available for download

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition ports the handheld title to PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC. The digital download of the game is available as of yesterday and include improved visuals, a new map system, and different difficulty levels. While I wasn't completely enamored with this installation in the Batman: Arkham franchise, it could be cool to check out the new batsuits and changes to see how it effects gameplay. 


News Roundup - 04/01/2014

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News Roundup - 03/31/2014

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Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition is here

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If you missed the handheld spinoff of Arkham Origins (like I did), you now have the opportunity to experience it in HD on the home console of your choice. Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate: Deluxe Edition is now available and translates last year's Batman Metroidvania adventure to consoles with refreshed textures, controls and extra features. I'll be interested to check this out, particularly on Wii U. That said, I wish Warner Bros Interactive would put some money toward patching the game-breaking bugs in Batman Arkham Origins before porting other games.

Nintendo releases trailers for Virtual Console GBA games

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Awhile back Nintendo announced that Game Boy Advance games would be making their way to the Wii U Virtual Console. The first group of them will be hitting the Virtual Console next month, and to commemorate Nintendo has released trailers for five of the games. The games are Advance Wars, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Metroid Fusion, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames$! The trailers don't show off any new features that the GamePad might bring to these games, but they do serve as a good reminder of what these games are all about. The first GBA games will release for Wii U on April 3rd with more coming on the 10th. Hopefully they continue on a weekly schedule from then on. 

I was elated when I heard GBA games would be coming to the Wii U, but the first batch of games doesn't include anything I don't already have. Still Advance Wars and Golden Sun are both tempting me, maybe I'll have to buy them again! I would like to see these GBA titles come to 3DS as well, and maybe a localization of Mother 3? I'll keep dreaming I guess... 

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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.

News Roundup - 03/27/2014

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Super Mario Bros. 3 (finally) gets a VC release date...and I almost completely called it

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So remember last week in my Nintendo Download post I had a theory that Super Mario Bros. 3 would hit the Virtual Console around the time that NES Remix 2 came out?  Boy did I call that one...well, close enough.  According to Nintendo's website, Super Mario Bros. 3 will hit the Wii U's Virtual Console on April 17th...eight days before the launch of NES Remix 2.  Granted the website only shows a Wii U VC launch, but hopefully we'll get it on the 3DS at some point as well.  If you know me, you know I can't get enough SMB3.

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.

News Roundup - 03/26/2014

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News Roundup - 03/25/2014

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News Roundup - 03/24/2014

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Weekend News Roundup - 03/23/2014

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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?

News Roundup - 03/20/2014

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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.


News Roundup - 03/19/2014

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News Roundup - 03/18/2014

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News Roundup - 03/17/2014

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  • Curious what Metroid on the NES is like with minimal upgrades? I attempted to find out.
  • Garden Warfare getting some free DLC on March 18th
  • Marc Whitten leaves Microsoft for Sonos
  • Adam Isgreen gives us a sneak peak at Sadira's alternate costume in Killer Instinct
  • Smooth McGroove makes Super Mario Bros. 2 even more awesome
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon 4...mobile.. *sigh* - UPDATE Yes, there will be a PC Version -
  • Let's kick some balls: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil official gameplay trailer
  • Gauntlet making a comeback on the PC
  • Watch two guys try to create a game in 48 hours