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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...

Nintendo Download for 1/16/2014

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Not much new stuff hits the eShops this week, but the Virtual Console gets another classic...and no it's not Super Mario Bros. 3.  Seriously Nintendo, when are we going to get the best game to ever hit the NES on the Wii U and 3DS?  It's right there, all you have to do is release it.  Then again I'm still waiting on the rest of the Game Boy Mega Man lineup from Capcom, but I digress.

This week's Virtual Console release is Castlevania II on both the Wii U and 3DS.  Say what you will but I enjoyed it on the NES.  Sure it has its flaws and the final battle with Dracula is the easiest final boss in gaming history for your typical NES game, but I still have fun with it...plus I have it on the Wii's VC so it's only a dollar for the upgrade for me.

In other eShop news, F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition and Unepic both hit the Wii U eShop today.  I've seen the trailer for Unepic and it looks fun, so I might have to give that one a shot soon.  Also, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl will be on sale on the 3DS eShop for $20 off from January 20th to the 27th.  Trust me when I say that if you like dungeon crawlers and other types of RPGs, you'll want to give this one a shot, or at the very least check out the demo.

CES 2014: Linksys debuts beast of a router

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While roaming the floor at Digital Experience, we wandered by the Linksys table and found a bit of a flashback design on their newest router.   The company was debuting the dual-band WRT1900AC router inspired by the iconic WRT54 design. The WRT1900 AC has a few updates though, as it is AC wireless, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, four removable antennas and 128MB of memory.

After taking a look at it I can confirm that it is one of the beefiest routers I have ever seen and frankly, I prefer the external antenna design to the internals that have dominated routers in recent years. If you want to update to the most-current Wi-Fi available, then the WRT1900AC will be available in Spring 2014 with a MSRP of $299.

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Nintendo Network is back up and running, so buy some sale games

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Nintendo's online services experienced some difficulties during the holidays, starting with a full system crash on December 25th. Likely due to the surge of new Wii U and 3DS owners logging in for the first time, the system totally went down and nobody could register. Not a great way to welcome all these new Nintendo fans. The service continued to have problems until today when Nintendo announced over Twitter that the Nintendo Network is up and running at full capacity once again. Hopefully now they can get the Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Transporter onto the eShop, since both were delayed as a result of the network issues. 

Despite the problems I was still able to get on the 3DS eShop last night to download Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale, Crimson Shroud, and SteamWorld Dig, all of which are on sale for a few more days.

Source: https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica

Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter launch delayed in the US

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Nintendo was set to launch two new applications tomorrow for the Pokemon games: the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter.  These Pokemon Bank will allow players to upload up to 3,000 Pokemon from Pokemon X and Y to a cloud service for a yearly fee of 500 yen in Japan (I haven't seen what the fee will be in the US, if there is one), while the Poke Transporter will allow you to take Pokemon from the Black and White games and transfer them into X and Y.

However, due to a recent flood of traffic on the Nintendo Network which is causing issues for players creating Nintendo IDs and browsing the eShops, the two apps have been delayed, and they've even been temporarily pulled off of Japan's eShop.  Nintendo made an announcement on their support page, but I haven't seen a new launch date yet.

Get godly with the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Asgard Characters Pack

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is adding an Asgard Characters pack for $1.99. The characters added include, Malekith, Kurse, Sif, Odin, Volstagg, Hogun, Fandral, and even Jane Foster.

And if all that wasn't enough to entice you check out the trailer for the new DLC here: 

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Sonic visits Yoshi's island

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The Wii U version of Sonic Lost World will have two exclusive DLC packs based on two Nintendo franchises. The first is already out- Yoshi's Island Zone. As Sonic, you'll race through levels themed after Yoshi's Island, collecting coins, avoiding piranha plants, and running through pipes and loop de loops alike. This DLC is free to anyone who already owns Sonic Lost World.

 

Although nothing official has been released, it has been hinted that the next Sonic Lost World DLC will involve The Legend of Zelda and will drop some time in 2014.

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Nintendo Direct reveals Hyrule Warriors, other good news for Nintendo fans

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This morning’s Nintendo Direct offered up a number of pleasant surprises, which is something beleaguered Nintendo fans need pretty badly right now. For starters, Queen Rosalina of Mario Galaxy fame will debut as a playable fighter in next year’s Smash Bros. title for Wii U and 3DS. She’ll also be showing up in Mario Kart 8, although she made her karting debut back in Mario Kart Wii in 2008.


Probably the biggest news out of the Direct was a new game for Wii U developed by Tecmo-Koei with the working title of Hyrule Warriors. It’s basically a Zelda-themed Dynasty Warriors set in Hyrule, slated to come out next year and Satoru Iwata assures fans that it’s a separate project from the Zelda title Eiji Aonuma and his team is working on. A lot of people hate on the Dynasty Warriors series but I think they’re goofy, arcade-style fun, and I’m intrigued by what Tecmo can do with the Zelda universe.


Sonic Lost World has been getting some balance updates but the first real DLC for it is available now: Yoshi’s Island Zone. This new level has all of the Yoshi elements you’d find in a game like Yoshi’s Story but packed into the Sonic universe. Nintendo also hinted at a future Zelda-style DLC for Sonic Lost World. I wish they’d just get it over with and make that Mario-Sonic crossover adventure we’ve all been asking for.


There was quite a lot more from the Direct, including a Dr. Luigi puzzle game, the cap on 2013’s Year of Luigi; Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Yoshi’s New Island for 3DS; and even the return of Chibi Robo in the AR-centric Photo Finder. Like I said, plenty of surprises, and while none of it was the new Metroid or Star Fox game I really want, it’s reassuring to know that in these dark days for Wii U, everyone at Nintendo HQ isn’t just running around screaming “oh god oh god, what do we DO?!”

 

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Adventure Time, come on grab new friends

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D3Publisher and Cartoon Network Enterprises have recently announced three new DLC characters for Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!  Now available for the Xbox 360 and PS3 are Peppermint Butler (already on Steam), Gunter, and King of Mars for $1.99 each.  Wii U players will get these characters tomorrow (December 19th) while PC users will get Gunter and King of Mars on January 2nd.

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Nintendo Direct coming Wednesday the 18th

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Well what do you know, Nintendo is hosting a Nintendo Direct on my birthday. 6AM PST, December 18th, to be exact. That was nice and all for them to do one just for me, but in all seriousness I hope they have some good news. They're promising to talk about the spring lineup for 3DS and Wii U. I'm sure we'll get some more info on Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, but I sincerely hope they have more than that to talk about. We need some release dates and maybe some new game reveals, stat. If even the best Mario game since Mario Galaxy 2 can't start moving Wii U's off shelves, you know something is very, very wrong.

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Now Playing: The Raven Deadfall Edition

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Happy Friday the 13th, everyone. Some of us are marinating in that late-Q4 launch blitz time. There's a few minutes here and there to spend with our favorite titles rather than diving headlong into each week's Big New Games. Of course, there's no rest for the wicked, so much of our staff is still cracking right along on their review schedules. 

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey
I've been continuing the process of playing games I've bought eons ago and never even opened by starting up Klonoa for the Wii. I never played either game on the PlayStation but picked up the Wii version when it was on sale a while back at work after hearing good things about the original. I've begun a blind Let's Play over on my YouTube channel for anyone who wants to see me blindly go through the game, and thankfully so far it's turning out to be a better Let's Play than a random RPG that I have no experience with where half of my first six videos are story and tutorials.

Sean Colleli
I recently located the holy grail of Wii collector's items, Xenoblade Chronicles, and purchased it online. If it arrives sometime today, over the weekend I'll be getting lost in one of the biggest, deepest RPGs of the last console generation. I'm just glad I didn't pay GameStop's ridiculously inflated used price over the summer -- at the time they wanted $90 for this game.

Charles Husemann
This weekend I'll be getting in some more Battlefield 4 on the Xbox One as things seem to be a bit more stable now. The PC version is a lot of fun but I'm kind of digging some of the features of the Xbox One version. I'm not sure that anyone who isn't single and living by themselves will be able to use the voice commands but it is kind of fun to yell, "I need ammo!" at the TV and have the game recognize it. It doesn't save you much time from pulling up the communication rose but it is a lot of fun. I'm also going to try and get in some time with the multiplayer portion of Ryse in so I can finish my review.

Randy Kalista
I rolled credits on Deadfall Adventures. Not the best use of the ol' Lost World genre, but not the worst either. I at least didn't mind as it lifted quotes from Portal (“For science!”) and Indiana Jones (“It belongs in a museum”) and Terminator 2 (“Come with me if you want to live”). Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse is now up to bat -- another series that draws heavily on the Hey, These Ancients Built Some Neat Stuff! field of study. And, I ain't gonna lie, Xbox's Free Games with Gold program is starting to pay off. I'm getting a kick out of playing both Gears of War and Iron Brigade for the first time.

Dan Keener
This weekend I will be finishing up with Zoo Tycoon on the Xbox One, wrapping up my review of the Jazz Audio 2.1 Table Top surround system and getting in some more quality time with Skyrim.

Jeff Kintner
Between trying to get my holiday shopping done before the 24th, I'll be playing The Raven for my next review. If I have the time, I'll be going back to Telltale's The Walking Dead and also taking notes for when the second episode of The Wolf Among Us comes out sometime next year.

Matt Mirkovich
Disgaea D2 has completely taken over my PS3/life. Please send help. After completing my first playthrough and getting a bad ending, I'm onto round 2 with a lot of trips to the Item World and the Cave of Ordeals. Whenever I'm looking for something else to play, Ys: Memories of Celceta is filling the void nicely. I'll be doing a review on that shortly. Also this weekend will probably have a trip to Round 1 for more Beatmania IIDX: Spada -- because me and music games -- and a few casual matches of Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition.

Sam Stewart
Inspired by a friend of mine, I started up Zelda II: The Adventure of Link on my 3DS with the intention of finally beating it. As one of the four Zelda games I haven't beaten it feels good to finally make good progress in the game (which is still tough as nails). I'm using a lot of save states which can feel cheap at times, but I don't think I would ever finish it without them. Other than that I'll probably be taking part in Dota 2's Frostivus events. There's a new character coming as well as all new holiday events. Oh yeah, plus all character costumes are on sale, so I'll be bankrupt in the coming weeks. Oh well! 

Nintendo Download for 12/13/13

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In this week's Nintendo Download, the Nintendo 3DS has a system update that adds Miiverse support and the ability to register a Nintendo Network ID. Now, you can use the same Nintendo Network ID with your Wii U and 3DS, combine your eShop balances and Wish Lists. For more information on the system update, visit Nintendo's website.

Featured titles for the Wii U this week:

  • Rush
  • Double Dragon (for Wii U Virtual Console)

Featured titles for the 3DS this week:

  • 3D Galaxy Force II
  • 3D Ecco the Dolphin
  • Nano Assault EX (a demo version and a reduced price)
  • AeternoBlade (demo version)
  • Double Dragon (3DS Virtual Console)
  • Life with Horses 3D
  • My Style Studio: Hair Salon
  • Orion's Odyssey (also available as DSiWare on the DSi)
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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate gets some tips and tricks videos

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Warner Bros. Interactive has posted two new gameplay help videos for Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. The first, features a look into the way Blackgate allows players to choose their own path and even ending sequence to the game by choosing the order in which they complete areas of the game. Saving Penguin, Joker, or Black Mask for last will yield different end-game pickups. The second video features a gameplay walkthrough of the Industrial Facility level narrated by Armature's game director, Mark Pacini.

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Miiverse and Nintendo Network ID come to the 3DS

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This update has been a long time coming but Nintendo has finally put Miiverse and the unified Nintendo Network ID system on the 3DS. I just downloaded the firmware update myself and it's working fine. The interface isn't quite as pretty as the one on Wii U but it has most of the features of the console Miiverse. This includes the communities for individual games and the bulletin board system so you can doodle goofy pictures or repeatedly ask Nintendo when we're getting a new Star Fox game.

Unfortunately the friend list features aren't implemented yet, but the update brings another change that is quite welcome. Now you can transfer all of your user data and downloaded content to a different 3DS an infinite number of times. Before you could only do a system transfer a maximum of five times, and then you were out of luck. This is good news for all the people buying the limited edition Pokemon and Zelda 3DS XL's, as they are no doubt eager to move all of their data over to their shiny new portables.

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Check out the trailer for The LEGO Movie Videogame

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As my good friend Jeremy Duff says, "If there is a kids movie coming out, you can guarantee a videogame adaptation won't be too far behind". The LEGO Movie won't be any different as WBGames has released the trailer for The Lego Movie Videogame. 

Players will take the role of Emmet, an ordinary LEGO dude who is mistakenly throught to be the savior of the world. Players can harness the power of the Master Builders to construct new LEGO creations all while joining up with over 90 other playable characters in 15 levels, all inspired by the film. 

The LEGO Movie Videogame will be released in February 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Vita and PC. In other words, unless you are still living in the PS2, Xbox era of games, you won't miss out on The Lego Movie Videogame. 

Will we get an official LEGO game for The LEGO Movie? Would that make it LEGO: The LEGO Movie Videogame? What about a movie based on the videogame, based on the movie? LEGO: The LEGO Movie Videogame: The Movie: The Game?

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U.S. troops loot crates of gaming goodies from Operation: Supply Drop

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Only in its second year, Operation: Supply Drop sends donated games and game accessories to U.S. troops stationed around the globe, and also to those recovering in military hospitals. Like it or not, America is still neck deep in a Global War on Terror, and these donations are kind of an awesome little thank you for their service.

Currently I'm surfing gaming websites while sipping eggnog coffee next to a wood-fire stove in my 3 bed/2 bath home nestled in suburbia. That right there gives me perspective on some of the creature comforts these soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen are indeed sacrificing. Plus there are the insurgency bullets flying at their heads. And suicide bombers running up on them. So there's that to deal with, too.

In the latest Operation: Supply Drop, boxes (which contained a bunch of stuff from a bunch of manufacturers and publishers), accessory developers MOGA and Power A sent a ton of gaming controllers. Power A shipped Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 wireless Batman-themed gamepads, while MOGA sent 350 of their Android-compatible gamepads.

Again, shout out to all the men and women doing their time out there in the U.S. Armed Forces. Including the special forces guys that have to blur out their faces. Which is awesome.

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eSports Global Network launches ESGN TV beta, won't stop looping its own YouTube commercial

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I'm told that eSports (competitive video gaming) is bigger than ever. I'm also told that eSports is still growing and realizing its full potential. And now, ESGN -- the eSports Global Network -- tells me that it's time to unify the global eSports landscape under a single website's banner: ESGN TV.

ESGN TV is currently in beta, and its aim is to manufacture another 24-hour eSports network. It'll partner Europe's Electronic Sports League (ESL), China's GameFY, and South Korea's GOMTV. No official word on whether North America's Major League Gaming or any other North American eSports representative will step into the ESGN TV fray.

To clarify, there's already an ESGN.com. Its ESGNTV.com spin-off, however, will not only conglomerate tournament footage from all three of the aforementioned eSports channels, but will create unique in-house content, such as player interviews and stuff that looks at the "lighter side" of gaming. No clear details on what that means yet. So far, ESGN TV has nothing scheduled except for a week's worth of its own commercials playing on a 24-hour loop.

ESGN TV also wants to level the playing field between nations as far as player ranking. By establishing a player point system, it will somehow establish whether This Guy From Korea is better or worse than That Guy From Germany. This is currently the most unique offering ESGN TV will have over any other network. And possibly the in-house content which starts up in January 2014. Which, if their commercial with white girls in yoga pants screaming, "Size doesn't mean everything!" is any indication, ESGN TV may be on the wrong track already.

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Now Playing: Zoo Tycoon Enemy Within Edition

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It took a few days, but the turkey-induced tryptophan comas are slowly subsiding. And here we are, blinking away the brightness of the lights, our fingers still clawing for some kind of grip on this thing we call "next gen." Not all of us purchased a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One (or Wii U, or PC upgrade), but those of us that didn't are making our lists and checking them twice, finding out which system will eventually garner our hard-earned scrilla.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey
I'll be finishing up my review for Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. As much as I want to like the game, controls seem to plague a lot of the events. They range from incredibly simple to incredibly "Hey, I'm not going to properly register what you're doing." Kind of irritating. Beyond that I kind of went a little crazy during the recent Steam sale (I had to make up for not getting anything back in the summer) and will be working through the Borderlands 2 DLC. I picked up the Season Pass as well as the Headhunter packs. What better way to spend Thanksgiving than shooting down a giant mutated turkey? Of course with all the dying I was doing it kind of brings a new meaning to "turkey-induced coma."

Nathan Carter
This weekend I will be getting some more practice in with Killer Instinct. After trying out all of the characters, I think I am pretty comfortable with Sadira as my main. Double Helix has done an amazing job of bringing back the classic franchise and I cannot wait to see what more they have to offer as the game is updated over 2014. I will also try to save the world from the alien invasion once again in XCOM: Enemy Within. I am a little bummed that your save data won't carry over, but that's okay because this game has infinite replay value in my opinion. I played XCOM: Enemy Unknown at least 20 times before and never beat it but each playthrough was more fun than the last.

Sean Colleli
I'm getting back into Far Cry 3 and Blood Dragon simultaneously, having forgotten just how addictive it is to stealthily liberate outposts from pirates and/or neon cyber soldiers. I don't know how Ubisoft did it but both of those game have the ability to devour a few weeks of your life. I'll also be heading into Darkout, the new indie side-scrolling sci-fi adventure game that looks a lot like Super Metroid and Terraria had a baby. I can't wait.

Charles Husemann
*Looks at stack of games, weeps openly.* This weekend I'm hoping to wrap up Contrast and Killzone: Shadow Fall and check out some of the multiplayer portion of Ryse: Son of Rome. I have to admit, while the single-player campaign of Ryse was a bit repetitive in terms of gameplay it was still a ton of fun to play. Time permitting I'll be trying to get some Battlefield 4 in as well if DICE has fixed the game enough to make it playable.

Randy Kalista
Deadfall Adventures is a little bit Han Solo and a lot Indiana Jones, but comparing Deadfall's Alan Quatermain to either gives it too much credit. Regardless, I don't mind a bit of puzzle solving between Nazi platoon shootouts. Mixes up the pacing anyway. That and Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse are on the docket. Time to point-and-click my way through a stolen painting and a Devil's curse as I reread the book of Genesis in the Bible, brushing up on my Garden of Eden knowledge. I'm guessing it's relevant, since ol' Beelzebub is our titular Serpent.

Dan Keener
I have a pretty full slate of games and products to work through this weekend. In addition to some more time with the various platforms of Skylanders, I also will be working my way through Zoo Tycoon on the Xbox One and getting in my requisite Skyrim playing time. Also in the house are a couple of audio products, including a bluetooth system from Kicker and the Soundplatform from OSD Audio.

Matt Mirkovich
A majority of my weekend will be going to Ys: Memories of Celceta for my upcoming review. Early prognosis? It's pretty fantastic. Otherwise I'll be trying out Hero Mode in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which is so good that I'm not even upset that the limited edition 3DS went on sale for almost 80 dollars less than what I paid a week before. I've also been sitting on Batman: Arkham Origins from Gamefly that's been on my shelf wondering if it's ever going to see the insides of my Xbox 360. Same could be said of my PS3 and Disgaea D2.

John Yan
It's going to be a slow weekend for me, most likely. I'll probably spend my time working on more unlocks for my Battlefield 4 character, provided the game is stable enough. I've actually had good luck the past few days. I also started Far Cry 3 having picked that up during the Autumn Steam sale. Finally, I'll probably hop into a few quick sessions of Call of Duty: Ghosts when Battlefield 4 inevitably crashes on me.

My top 10 games of the last generation. #1 - 999 (9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors)

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A few years ago, I looked at my game shelf for something to play. I had tons of games that I had not finished but I didn’t have any interest in playing any of them. I wanted something new, something that I have never played before. That’s when I sat down and went through Gamefly looking for a new game. I went through their list of games and discovered a game called 999, 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors. I had never heard of the game before but the description sounded pretty interesting. A bunch of seemingly random people trapped together in the middle of nowhere, being forced to play the game of death of a seemingly random maniac. My first thought was “wow this sounds like the Saw movies” which I happened to be a big fan of. I put the game in my Q and waiting for it to arrive. When 999 finally got to my house, I sat down with my Nintendo DS and started playing at around 8PM. After what I thought was 15 minutes had gone by, I looked at the clock and what did I see? 3AM. This game had sucked me into it’s world and refused to let me go.

From the second I turned on the game and had to figure out how to escape the first room, my mind was being blown by what I was playing. To me it was innovative, it was something new, something I had never experienced yet in a videogame. There are two parts to the game, the novel and the escape. With the novel, you read the story on one of the DS screens while the story plays out on the other. The escape is where you get into the actual gameplay. It plays like a point and click adventure where you have to use the stylus to maneuver around each room collecting clues all while solving puzzles to escape each room. The great part of the puzzles is that they were both incredibly challenging and clever at the same time. I would often get stuck but when you finally figure out how to solve the puzzle, it’s a rewarding feeling. The game combined fun puzzle solving with an amazing story. A winning combination if you ask me. I wanted to discover more of the story and I wanted to get to the next puzzle.  I couldn't put it down.

As you progress throughout the game and get more of the story, the game might all of a sudden end. At first I was confused and thought “wow, that was pretty anticlimactic”, but then you get to replay the game again and it marks your original choices. This means that you can play through again and take alternate paths to continue the game. At first I thought I was simply just playing through the game multiple times just to get a different ending, but then you start to realize that something is happening. I want to talk about it but I can’t because it would give away too much. All I will say is that this game probably utilizes multiple endings in one of the most innovative ways I have ever seen in a videogame. I won’t spoil it because It’s an ending that I feel everyone should experience on their own but I honestly did not know Sudoku could be so depressing. I can’t remember the last time a twist in a videogame or a movie just completely made me numb at how incredible it was. I was experiencing emotions I had not felt in so long because it was an ending and a twist that I would have never seen coming in a million years.

There were many games I played the last generation that I absolutely adored but none of them impacted me as much as 999 did. I want to personally shake the hands of every single person who worked on this game and it's sequel Virtue's Last Reward. I want to thank them for giving me an experience i'll never forget. For reminding me why I am a gamer. For creating a wonderful world with a wonderful cast of characters that pulled me in and refused to let me go. For those reasons, I couldn't give my game of the last generation to anything else. 

$150.00 2DS Pokemon X and Y bundles coming on December 6th

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Starting December 6th, you will be able to purchase the least surprising bundle of 2013 exclusively through Target and Toys"R"Us.

Target will be offering a red Nintendo 2DS with Pokemon X pre-installed on it, and Toys"R"Us will be offering a blue 2DS with Pokemon Y pre-installed on it. Each bundle has a MSRP of $149.99 and will only be available through their respective stores.

 

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Groupon rocking over 20 Video Game Deals today

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Although I just posted about the Best Buy PlayStation Plus offer and unfortunately Groupon’s deal has sold out, they still have well over 25+ deals to look at. Some of them are really good, with games and peripherals bundled together and a lot of last gen technology. There is a PSP-3000 with five games for $99, a PS3 Move starter pack for move for $40 and lots of games and controllers. The best value may be the $12.99 MW3 offer if you want to pick a copy of the game up. Anyway, check them all out here before they become sold out or the deal expires.

Nintendo's 3DS Louvre tour coming to the eShop December 2nd

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Last year Nintendo announced a partnership with the Louvre, one of the world's most famous museums, that would allow 3DS owners to take an interactive tour of the exhibits using their system. It was an interesting idea, but probably not something that many people had the chance to experience. Nintendo wants to change that with the launch of Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre, a virtual tour that you can download onto your 3DS to experience anywhere. 

For $20 you get access to 600 pieces of art as well as 400 3D images of the museum. Your tour will also features tens of hours of audio commentary, and Nintendo plans to update the software whenever new pieces are available. $20 sounds a little steep, but it is way cheaper than a trip to Paris to see the museum in person. Check it out when it launches December 2nd. 

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Marvel Heroes releases Gambit trailer

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Marvel Heroes has released a new trailer showcasing some moves from its newest character, Gambit. Watch the Cajun himself, take on a sentinel, Juggernaut and more in the trailer below.

Skylanders gets its own app

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If you're a big Skylanders fan (like Jeremy) or if you have a kid who loves the series (like John's son) then you probably need a way to keep track of all those little figurines you've dropped so much coin on. Activision has the solution: an iOS app that manages your collection. The free Collection Vault app lets you register each figure and compare collections with friends and family. What's more, if you use the app to create a holiday wish list of figures and send it to Activision by December 6th, you'll be entered to win your wish list of up to 25 Swap Force figures. If I were a Skylanders fan, I'd be a little peeved that the app is iOS only; what's wrong with my Android phone, Activision?

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Adventure Time gets a Wii U specific trailer featuring BMO

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No offense to fans of Adventure Time, but I always found the show to be a bit...exasperating. I gave it a chance and watched a few episodes, but it always seemed like it was just...trying to hard. Like that girl you knew in college who was "OMG so RANDUM u guize and HAY you remember the NES right??!!!"

...Yeah. But I don't begrudge fans for liking it. In fact, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! has some exclusive features on Wii U. Specifically, the GamePad functions as BMO, the little talking Game Boy with the Korean accent from the show and...geeze, does anyone get the feeling that the creators of Adventure Time got really drunk one night and got super nostalgic about the 80s or something?

Anyway, this new trailer shows off the game and its Wii U specific features. It looks like a pretty fun little Gauntlet clone with some genuine retro affection, and the sprite animation is great as usual--WayForward are modern masters of that lost art. I'm just not sure I can put up with the game's cloying, self-indulgent sense of humor, but for people who like that sort of thing, well...that's just the sort of thing they'd like.

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In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit...

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Tt Games has just announced that they are developing LEGO: The Hobbit to follow the story of the first two movies of The Hobbit trilogy. Players will take control of Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield and the rest of the dwarves, using each character's unique abilities to solve puzzles and explore Middle-Earth from Hobbiton to The Misty Mountains and beyond. As a company of treasure hunters, you'll be able to mine for gems, loot your enemies, and craft magic items to help you explore the world and build immense LEGO structures.

 will release in 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and 4, Nintendo WiiU and 3DS, as well as PC and Mac. 

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