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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 - 03/24/2014

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Weekend News Roundup - 03/23/2014

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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

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


News Roundup - 03/13/2014

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Nintendo partnering with Unity to court indie developers

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Next week at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Nintendo will reveal their two pronged approach to expanding their library of indie games. First, they'll be showing off their Nintendo Web Framework development tool, and a new game demo that was made with elements from Mario vs. Donkey KongNWF promises to be a full-featured, user-friendly tool that will make developing games for the Wii U as simple and accessible as possible.

Nintendo is also trying to get rid of financial obstacles for small indie studios, so they've partnered with Unity, one of the most popular tools for indie developers. Authorized Wii U developers will be able to get a license that lets them develop with Unity Pro for the Wii U for free- so they won't have to worry about any license fees or end-user license fees. Steve Singer, the VP of Licensing at Nintendo of America had this to say:

"We want to demonstrate to developers how easy it is for them to bring their creative ideas to Nintendo systems...Nintendo offers wide-ranging support for indie developers, whether they want to use NWF, Unity or their own proprietary code."

If you're going to be at the GDC next week, Dan Adelman the manager of Business Development at Nintendo of America, will be at the Unity booth (No. 1402) on Thursday, March 20 from 10:45- 11:15 AM, showing the entire process of releasing games in the Nintendo eShop.

If you stop by the Nintendo booth at GDC, you'll be able to play these Unity-developed games on the Wii U:

If you want to learn more about Nintendo's efforts to hop on the indie train, you should check out Sean's other articles about Nintendo's indie releases so far, and the indie section of their eShop.


News Roundup - 03/12/2014

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News Roundup - 03/11/2014

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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.


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?


News Roundup - 03/10/2014

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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. 


Mario Kart 8 gets an awesome pre-order bonus in the UK and it's NOT FAIR

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If you're a citizen of the United Kingdom you can pre-order Mario Kart 8 and get a pretty awesome bonus in the retail version. The limited edition boxed set comes with a replica of the infamous blue spiny shell--essentially the BFG 9000 of Mario Kart. Naturally this is frustrating for me, an American gamer, as I'd LOVE a replica blue shell but for now, no dice.

So rejoice, UK gamers. You've won this round. But once I get my copy of Mario Kart 8 and take it online, it's payback time!

We get it, Nintendo. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is freaking hard.

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My main issue with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was that it was just too hard for its own good. Now Nintendo seems to be reveling in this fact, with a new trailer that demonstrates just how unfair their new platformer is.

Curiously, after writing my review I went back and played a few of the older DK Country games from Rare on the SNES, and even DK Land on the Game Boy. They're hard, no doubt about it, but I noticed I was dying a lot less--at least, not for no good reason. The old DK Country was brutal, but fair. Tropical Freeze however seems to delight in throwing dirty tricks and impossible curveballs at the player, requiring that dozens of 1-ups be sacrificed in grinding trial and error. Not the best game design, in my humble opinion.

Watch Dogs comes out May 27th

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Finally, we have a release date for Watch Dogs. The often delayed, highly anticipated title from Ubisoft will be on the store shelves May 27th, 2014. That's about two and a half months away.

Watch Dogs is hitting all of the current and previous gen platforms with the exception of the Wii and the Wii U version is delayed until who knows when. I wouldn't be surprised if the Wii U version gets cancelled outright, but hopefully they do make it for the Nintendo console.

Below is the story trailer for the game. We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and as long as there are no more delays, (crosses fingers) we'll all be hacking with our cell phones come May 27th.

News Roundup - 03/05/2014

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News Roundup - 03/04/2014

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News Roundup - 03/03/2014

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[UPDATE] The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2 launches March 4 on PlayStation 3 – Xbox 360 and iOS later

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[UPDATE: According to this tweet from developer Telltale Games, launch dates for The Walking Dead Season Two – Episode Two is as follows: PC/Mac on March 4, Xbox 360 on March 5, and iOS on March 6.]

The Walking Dead Season One put players in binds, episode after episode, for an entire harrowing five-episode run.

Season Two is no joke either, with Episode One not exactly out to get laughs. Now, we've got a launch date for Episode Two: A House Divided — it's tomorrow, March 4 — while we wait for the usual Telltale Games song and dance for release dates on the other platforms.

It should be on Xbox 360 and iOS the following day, March 5, but I'm only guessing. I know Sony probably handed over a bagfull of cash to get a 24-hour jump on the competition, but let's just go ahead and have the release calendar nailed down for the public when there's only 48 hours to go, ok, Telltale Games? It was cute having these at-the-last-minute launch announcements during Season One, but ithis routine's gotten old. Same goes for The Wolf Among Us. You're not in danger of overhyping when you give me a one or two-week launch announcement. I'm capable of managing my own hype levels, thank you.

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