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NES Remix 2
Review by: Matt Mirkovich
Matt gets all nostalgic for the classics in NES Remix 2. READ FULL REVIEW...
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...

News Roundup - 04/07/2014

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Why isn't Starr Mazer a real thing? Somebody make it a real thing!

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Starr Mazer is not a real game and that makes me sad and you should be sad, too. This video was put together by the snazzy folks at Imagos Films. This trailer—for a non-product—has some good bullet hell action, sure, but the cutscenes and point-and-click adventure elements really sew things together.

It was actually developed as an in-movie commercial for indie film maker Don Thacker's Motivational Growth. I would play the heck out of some Starr Mazer, though.

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.


News Roundup - 04/03/2014

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All of today's Mario Kart 8 info in one place

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Nintendo revealed a lot about Mario Kart 8 today, and now we have the full press released packed with all the details. Some of the highlights include the reveal of Metal Mario from Super Mario 64 as a playable racer, the new kart-gobbling Piranha Plant item, and the inclusion of several retro tracks from previous Mario Kart games, such as Mario Kart 64's Toad Turnpike (one of my favorites) and Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii. Much like the revamped courses in 3DS's Mario Kart 7, these retro tracks will be enhanced with new features like the anti-gravity pads exclusive to Mario Kart 8. All I'm saying is they better put Maple Treeway in the game or there will be hell to pay.


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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