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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...

New Nintendo Zone bonuses celebrate launch of major titles

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While last week was a pretty big deal for Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo had some pretty major releases too, with Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. To celebrate, there are some limited-time bonuses available at Nintendo Zone wifi spots, themed after the new games. You can get a special Mystery Box in Super Mario 3D Land, a cat tower for your house in Animal Crossing New Leaf and a Zelda Crashmo puzzle.

In addition Yoshiaki Koizumi, the director of Mario 3D World, might just show up in your Mii plaza. Check the link for the applicable time limits on each one, as they won't be around forever. It might be a good idea to visit a Nintendo Zone hot spot in the next few days.

Now Playing: Ryse Son of Resogun Edition

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We did it, people. We have arrived. With Microsoft's launch of the Xbox One today, Next Gen officially became This Gen across the board. Sony's PlayStation 4 is weathering its launch very, very well with less than a 1% fail rate on their machines (those are actually superb numbers for anybody on the manufacturing side of things). And there are even people reading the arguments on both sides and then going out and buying a Nintendo Wii U. Man it feels good to be a gamer.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey
I'll definitely be picking up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and playing through that this weekend along with the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for an upcoming review. Since I work in retail, next week is going to be very hectic for me as Black Friday approaches, so I'm going to try and get in as much as I can this weekend.

Sean Cahill
Hurray! XBONE is here! I will be so excited for it's release and will spend it by playing...exactly what I've been playing the last week and a half: World of Tanks Beta on the Xbox 360 and going back to finish up Far Cry 3 because it's been way too long and I need to beat that game. Actually, I do have something new to play. I'm diving head first into Need for Speed: Rivals on 360. The last real good racing game that I played thoroughly was Burnout Paradise, and this game is just as fun and a big adrenaline rush. Enjoying it very much.

Nathan Carter
The wait is finally over and Xbox One is here! Happy new generation of gaming, everyone! I picked up an Xbox One with Dead Rising 3, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts and I bought Killer Instinct as well. I have spent a little time with Call of Duty: Ghosts, which is pretty fun. I haven't played too much, but for those wondering, it's pretty much the Call of Duty you've known for a while. After 18 long years, I can't believe I am playing a brand new Killer Instinct game and I am happy to say it's amazing. It's fast, fun, and looks absolutely gorgeous on the Xbox One. I can't wait to get some more practice in with this.

Sean Colleli
I'm still thoroughly enjoying The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World, so I'll be playing both this weekend. However, when I heard Games for Windows - Live had finally met its long-overdue death, I had to start up BioShock 2 again. Free of the Windows Live shackles, it's even better. Say what you will, but I still consider it the best game in the BioShock series and an excellent sequel. Too bad it gets so much flack from a lot of people who probably never played it.

Charles Husemann
I currently have a stack of next generation games that is asking, nay, demanding to be played...and played they will be this weekend. There's FIFA 14, Madden 25, Need For Speed: Rivals, Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Contrast, and Resogun. I'm also expecting copies of Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza 5, and Dead Rising 3 to show up by Saturday so it's going to be a smorgasbord of games this weekend.

Randy Kalista
I snagged 1999's King of Dragon Pass on GOG.com's Fall Insomnia Sale, and, hooo boy, I was not prepared for this much strategy and adventure in a strategy-adventure game. It's like the most Chess-minded choose-your-own-adventure book I've ever stepped into. So many branching Big Huge Decisions to make for my Nordic tribe's survival, and so many what-the-heck scenarios in the land of the gods when I go adventuring. EVE Online: Rubicon lifted off the flight deck, and I'm working toward level 3 (of 5) mastery of exploration frigates in the overhauled skill certification system. I'm also M.C. Escher-ing my way through The Bridge. Puzzle games go much faster with the wife sitting next to me on the couch. Having a second set of eyes on the screen is invaluable for solving my way around this impossible, sketched-out architecture. Also, she's smarter than me.

Dan Keener
With today's delivery of the Xbox One, I will be spending some time with Forza 5, while my kids and I together will be playing Zoo Tycoon. However, I also received in a couple of really nice A/V products from Kicker and OSD that I will also be reviewing. Finally, I will be able to take a step back to last gen, and spend some more time with the Skylanders SWAP Force expansion packs that recently came out. Overall, a full weekend of fun that will actually begin with the swapping of three different consoles and TVs and a rewiring job for the ages.

Cary Lange
I'll be picking up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds today, and when I can tear myself away from that, I'll be finishing up a game for review and beating the Origins levels in Rayman Legends.

Matt Mirkovich
I'll be enjoying my new 3DS XL, along with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. I've got a few reviews in the pipe as well. There’s Senran Kagura Burst, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!, and a few others. And now that a local arcade has upgraded their Beatmania IIDX machine to the the latest version, SPADA, I'll be wasting more money there and slacking on reviews more than ever!

Sam Stewart
I finished my current review game last night, caught up on homework, and am now preparing for a weekend packed with Nintendo goodness. I'm going to wade through the sea of Xbox One hopefuls at my local Walmart to snag a copy of Super Mario 3D World and play it all night. Tomorrow I'll head to my local used game store to trade in my 3DS towards the new Zelda XL (and a physical copy of A Link Between Worlds -- down with the digital overlords!) because I'm a slave to all things Zelda. I imagine both of these games are about 20 hours long, so this could be the first weekend in awhile that I'm totally okay not playing Dota 2. But maybe that's just crazy talk.

Phoenix Wright saves Shamu!

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A new DLC case is available in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney- Dual Destinies for the Nintendo 3DS. In 'Turnabout Reclaimed', singing buccaneer Sasha Buckler hires the Wright Anything team to defend her friend Orla the Killer Whale on a murder charge. If you don't believe me, check out the trailer below.

'Turnabout Reclaimed' is a full-lenge episode that uses all of the new features in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney- Dual Destinies, including the Mood Matrix and Psyche-Lock. The episode can be purchased directly from the in-game menu for $5.99. If you don't have Dual Destinies yet, you can download the full game from the Nintendo eShop for $29.99

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Pokémon X and Y become the fastest 3DS title to sell 1 million copies

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Nintendo has revealed in a neat infographic that Pokémon X and Y have become the fastest titles on 3DS to sell 1 million units, doing so in only 1 day. By comparison, Mario Kart 7 took 4 weeks, Super Mario 3D Land took 6 weeks, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 took 16 weeks. The graphic also reports that 1 in 5 3DS owners own Pokémon X or Y and that sales of 3DS units themselves jumped 135% since the launch of the two sister games.

As someone who personally saw the NYC Nintendo World turnout for the premier of Pokémon X and Y, I can tell you that I'm not terribly surprised. Still, those are some impressive numbers.

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ONE PIECE: Romance Dawn release date and screen shots

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I don't know anything about manga, so don't expect some sort of expert analysis or even a hilariously irreverent quip.  What I do know is that ONE PIECE is a big deal to a certain group of people, so no doubt ONE PIECE: Romance Dawn is a big deal to gamers within that certain group of people.

Anyway, Namco has announced that ONE PIECE: Romance Dawn will hit the 3DS, both digitally and physically on February 11 of next year if you live here in the "Americas."

Should you choose to go the physical media route, then you'll want to know that at GameStop, Club Namco, and EB Canada you'll be able to pick up a special limited edition with Holographic Foil packaging.

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Classic Japanese video games made even more classic and Japanese in these art prints

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Living and working in Singapore, William Chua takes iconic video games and stirs them up with a Japanese Ukiyo-e art style. Ukiyo-e is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan circa 17th to 19th centuries. Chua has been working on his "80's warrior's record" project since 2009, and every single one of them is awesome. These prints are inspired by everything from Super Mario Bros. to The Legend of Zelda, from Contra to Golden Axe. Prints are $36, available on Chua's Behance profile.

Now Playing: A Link Between Killzones Edition

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Happy PlayStation 4 Launch Day, ladies and gentlemen. At least in North America. Sorry, Japan -- see you in February 2014. Also, 'Murica, you have exactly seven days before the Xbox One hits the scene. Again, sorry, Japan -- see you in 20XX.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
Deus Ex: Human Revolution...yeah, didn't go so well. Again, I'm more of the run-and-gun type than a stealth person, so when stealth is required, it's not really for me. That said, I've been putting a lot of time into Borderlands 1 and 2 recently, mainly because I never finished the second playthrough on either of them. When you play a Siren on both it's hard to go from Phaselocking back to Phasewalking. I keep wondering why the enemies aren't stuck in place anymore.

Jeremy Duff | senior staff writer | Twitter @duff3c
This weekend will consist of more Call of Duty: Ghosts for me. I just can't get enough and love the more tactical feel of this game over Black Ops 2. I am also hoping to get a chance to dive into Injustice: Gods Among Us for the Vita which I have been waiting for with a lot of anticipation. The Vita is my fighting game system of choice and I cannot wait to dive back into developer NetherRealm's world on the go.

Sean Colleli | staff writer | Twitter @scolleli
This will be a busy but rewarding weekend. I'm working my way through both Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. I can't say anything else without breaking embargo, but let's just say it would be a good idea to get a Wii U and a 3DS this holiday. A very, very good idea.

Travis Huinker | staff writer | Twitter @travishuinker
I've finished up reviews for The Dark Eye: Demonicon and theHunter, which now transfers my time over to The Sims 3: Into the Future expansion pack and the Train Simulator 2014: Pacific Surfliner LA - San Diego route downloadable content. While not reviewing games, I'll be spending many hours clicking away in recently released Grim Dawn through Steam Early Access in addition to free-to-play Path of Exile, which is an excellent game, I might add.

Charles Husemann | editor in chief | Twitter @chusemann
I picked up my spanking new PlayStation 4 along with copies of Killzone: Shadow Fall and Resogun, and then headed home to hook the system up. Then I went to bed and headed to Chicago for a weekend vacation with my wonderful girlfriend. I'll probably get some Plants vs. Zombies 2 in when it's her turn to drive, but the weekend's entertainment is going to be analog rather than digital.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
Dang Skyrim. It's become a secret shame of mine. Compared to any other period in my personal gaming history, I have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to game selection. I have games in my Origin account laying untouched. Another raft of games in Steam wondering if I'll ever get around to them. GOG.com's all like, "Bro, you don't call, you don't write?" GamersGate, Green Man Gaming, Desura, and Amazon also have titles I've bought and haven't touched. Yet here I am, once more with my hands bound together, chilling in an Imperial prison cart on its way to some podunk town called Helgen, where some uniformed dude will look at me and ask, "Who are you?" Dang Skyrim.

Jeff Kintner | staff writer | jkintner@gamingnexus.com
I'm too poor for next gen systems. Cue sad Charlie Brown music. That being said, this week's gaming theme is Stuff I Bought on Sale. I'm hoping to finally devour The Walking Dead - Season One on a day off, and maybe even get around to playing everyone's favorite claymation clone story, The Swapper.

Matt Mirkovich | staff writer | Twitter @stillmywords
For this weekend, since I passed on the PS4, it's a whole lot of anime! By that I mean a bunch of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Full Burst (because words!), and Disgaea D2! In between all of that I'll be continuing this grind to level 50 in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I've also got Batman: Arkham Origins from Gamefly. Hopefully it'll wash the bad taste of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate out of my mouth.


Super Smash Bros. for Wii U shoots for the stars with Galaxy stage

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Mario fans hoping for a new Super Mario Galaxy game or an HD remake of the existing ones are going to get a little taste of what those games could be like when Super Smash Bros. for Wii U releases next year. The fourth Smash Bros. game is confirmed to include a stage based on the stellar two game sub-series. Game director Masahiro Sakurai announced the stage on MiiVerse, and he explained that gravity will pull you toward the center of the planet, meaning you will have to change up your tactics to succeed on this new stage. 

I've always felt that Smash Bros. needed a Mario Galaxy stage given how gravity could be implemented to create an interesting battle arena and Nintendo has gone and done just that. 

Source: miiverse.nintendo.net

Now Playing: Ghosts Into the Future

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The PlayStation 4 launch is one week away, and the Xbox One is two weeks away <itshappening.gif>. Until then, pick your poison when it comes to the Xbox 360PlayStation 3, or PS4 review for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Or, if your tastes run a little more indie (and you prefer Terrarian castle building and bison taming over military soap operas), then see our Indie Spotlight on King Arthur's Gold

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
On the Gaming Nexus side of things, I'll be finishing up Sonic Lost World for the 3DS. So far it's not too terribly bad, but the controls leave something to be desired, especially when underwater. On the personal gaming side of the spectrum, I've recently started up Deus Ex: Human Revolution over on Steam. I didn't get too far in the original Deus Ex, and I haven't touched Invisible War ever since I got stuck years ago on the original Xbox when I ran out of ammo for everything. So far I'm liking Human Revolution, but I'm seeing that stealth is going to come into play quite a bit and...well, me and stealth don't normally mix.

Nathaniel Cohen | staff writer | Twitter @seven_hells
I'm currently trying to finish all the collection missions in Grand Theft Auto V. I don't care if they're pointless. Each search leads me to a point on the map I've likely never been to before. Aside from that, I'm rocking FIFA 14 career mode with Everton. Everton is the perfect club for an American with no cultural connection to any other team to support.

Travis Huinker | staff writer | Twitter @travishuinker
I'm looking to spend some quality time with recently released Call of Duty: Ghosts and hopefully try out the new alien extinction mode with John Yan. On my review queue, I have The Sims 3: Into the Future expansion pack along with the recently released Diablo III: Book of Tyrael writings and art book.

Charles Husemann | editor in chief | Twitter @chusemann
I'm hoping that Battlefield 4's multiplayer will have a few more bugs ironed out so I can continue leveling up without fear of losing progress. Last weekend, I managed to get promoted to level 7 three times which was all kinds of frustrating. I'm swapping back and forth between the engineer and assault class and not dying nearly as often as I was last week. If I get some time, I might fire up MechWarrior Online to keep some of that muscle memory intact, but for right now the focus is strictly on BF4.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
What generous! Such charitable! I handed five dollars to GOG.com, GOG handed the five dollars to the Gaming for Good charity, then GOG handed me three games I’ve wanted for awhile -- FTL: Faster Than Light, Waking Mars, and The Whispered World. I'm straight up giddy right now. Don't even know which one to fire up first. Probably FTL, since I'm feeling masochistic.

Cary Lange | staff writer
I'll be playing some Batman: Arkham Origins, and trying to (poorly) battle people online for fun and build a decent team in Pokemon Y. I'll probably also continue playing Rayman Legends with the girlfriend if time and her little sister permits.

Matt Mirkovich | staff writer | Twitter @stillmywords
I'm all Call of Duty’d out, so I'm retiring that game for a while in exchange for something a bit more cerebral in Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut. I've also got Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate on my Vita and the latest Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm game on my PlayStation 3 fighting with Disgaea D2 for space in the disc tray.

John Yan | senior hardware editor | Twitter @thejohnyan
I am going to sit down and have me a first-person shooter weekend. Since we have a three-day weekend coming, I'll be finishing Call of Duty: Ghosts, multiplayer Ghosts, finishing Battlefield 4 campaign, and leveling up on BF4. Also, I got Hyperspin working on my media center, so I'm going to be going through a library of old arcade classics with my son whom, at the ripe old age of 10, I'm training to be the next great gamer who will beat Chuck Husemann in Unreal Tournament.


Remember the PokeRap? How about a nine minute PokeRap?

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Fans of Pokemon will likely remember the PokeRap, a rap listing off the various Gen 1 Pokemon at the end of each episode of the original animated series and I believe continued into the Jhoto series.  Well, the original rap contained 151 Pokemon...but what would happen if you did a rap with all 718 Pokemon to date?  You get a rather hilarious nine minute video from College Humor that's actually really well done.

Now Playing: Battlefield FORCED Edition

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Aside from occasionally tricky puzzles, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a great addition to the bottomless LEGO series. Telltale revealed that we'll play Clementine in The Walking Dead Season 2. And in this week's Free-to-Play Friday, Travis talks about Path of Exile, "what Diablo 3 should have been."

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
With FORCED out of the way and my Pokemon X review pretty much done outside of actually writing it up, I'll be diving into Sonic Lost World for the 3DS. I'll also be doing some classic NES gaming for the upcoming Extra Life Charity Event on Saturday where I'm planning on streaming some random NES games throughout the day. Will definitely need some Mt. Dew for that one. Soda Stream just won't cut it.For anyone interested in checking out the stream, I'll be playing from 8 a.m. EST Saturday morning until at least 8 p.m. with the occasional break for food and such. The stream can be seen at either www.twitch.tv/neoscyther or www.neoscyther.com/streaming.html.

Sean Cahill | staff writer | Twitter @seancahill2
Much of the same from the last couple of weekends. I'm still working towards 100 percent on Grand Theft Auto V, but I get pulled away by playing FIFA clubs with friends online. I'm still deep into Pokemon X as well. Maybe another time I'll get back to some games I haven't beaten yet.

Nathan Carter | staff writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
Can you dig it ... sucka? Yes, this weekend I will become immortal as I continue to relive history in WWE 2K14. Thirty years of WrestleMania mode is so much better than I was expecting, and it's been so much fun reliving all of these historic matches over the last 30 years of WWE history. This game also has, in my opinion, the best roster ever in a WWE game. Razor Ramon, Hulk Hogan, Diesel, Bret Hart and others are all so much fun to play. I also appreciate how much they bumped up the difficulty of the AI. In previous games, I could play on Legend, the hardest difficulty, and easily beat them. I am only playing on hard in WWE 2K14 and I am getting my roody poo candy [expletive] handed to me on a constant basis. The game does have some problems but it's probably the most fun I've had with a WWE game in a long time. To quote Matt Striker: "It's a mark out moment. I'm markin' out, bro!"

Sean Colleli | staff writer
It's a Wii U kind of weekend for me. I'll be trying to wrangle the family together for another go at Wii Party U so I can have a better idea of the game for my review. I'll also be checking out Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures.

Travis Huinker | staff writer | Twitter @travishuinker
I'll be reviewing recently released The Dark Eye: Demonicon from Kalypso Media, while also spending some quality time with Batman: Arkham Origins and Battlefield 4. Lastly, I plan to hunt zombies in recently released Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2.

Charles Husemann | editor in chief | Twitter @chusemann
This weekend I'll be switching from MechWarrior Online over to Battlefield 4 to log some multiplayer hours for my review. Hopefully the servers hold up and that there aren't any major bugs in the multiplayer portion of the game.  The fun part is determining what are legitimate bugs and what are issues due to folks trying to run 64-player servers on poor connections or insufficient hardware. My early testing so far seems promising but there are still some odd things, like how med packs seem to have minds of their own when thrown.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
If publisher Nordic Games gets me a copy by the weekend, I'll be Temple of Dooming through Deadfall Adventures. It wears its Indiana Jones influence on its sleeve, combining a 1930s aesthetic with Nazis (of course), the walking dead, and an architectural fetish for the Seven Wonders of the World. If Deadfall Adventures doesn't show up, then I'll be strip mining asteroids and shipping trade goods along the space lanes in a newly acquired ORE mining barge in EVE Online. It's, uh, more engaging than it sounds.

Cary Lange | staff writer
I'll be finishing my playthrough of Alien Rage on XBLA for review this week. After that I'll continue to catch 'em all in Pokemon Y and start Batman: Arkham Origins.

Matt Mirkovich | staff writer | Twitter @stillmywords
I've got Disgaea D2 that's like, "Why aren't you playin' me bro?" And I'm like, "'Cause Disgaea, I got Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn all up on me, dude." Then Batman: Arkham Origins and Pokemon X are both being horribly neglected. At least things are quiet, for now...

John Yan | senior hardware editor | Twitter @thejohnyan
If things are going well, I'll have Batman: Arkham Origins off my plate before the weekend. I'm almost to the endgame, but a weekend session isn't out of the question. Then, of course, there's Battlefield 4, which I will be knee deep in as I try to build my character up again. I'm going to try my hand at some flying with the flightstick and throttle setup.


Sega bringing 3D versions of their classic games to the Nintendo 3DS eShop

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Following in the footsteps of Nintendo's 3D Classics, Sega will be doing their own series of 3D remakes for the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The series will include eight 3D remakes releasing over the next two months, with the first two arriving on November 28th. Each title will cost you $5.99 (€4.99/£4.49), and make full use of the system's 3D screen while still remaining true to the original games. The games and when they release are as follows:

3D Space Harrier™, 3D Super Hang-On™  - 11/28/2013

3D Sonic The Hedgehog™, 3D Altered Beast™ - 12/5/2013

3D Ecco the Dolphin™, 3D Galaxy Force™ II - 12/12/2013

3D Shinobi™ III, 3D Streets of Rage™ - 12/19/2013

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Celebrate the release of a new Zelda game with a new, gold and black 3DS XL bundle

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On the same day as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds releases, Nintendo will unleash a new 3DS XL design bundled with a download code for the game. The new design features a gold top with a triforce and a black colored bottom. The bundle will be available at retail for $219.99. 

 


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Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! goes gold and reveals collector's edition

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Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! has officially gone gold and with that comes the reveal of a collector's edition for the Nintendo 3DS that includes:

  • The full Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! game
  • Limited edition BMO SteelBook Packaging
  • A bonus DVD with actor interviews, concept sketches from Pendleton Ward, and more. 
  • Exclusive Finn and Jake's Dungeon Guide with art and game tips

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! comes out November 19 for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and PC.

Now Playing: The Wolf Among Arkham Origins Edition

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Grand Theft Auto V debuted in Japan but was edged out by Pokemon X and Y for the chart's top spot. If you skipped out on the (free) Half-Life 2 mod, The Stanley Parable, you can now get it with a fresh coat of paint on Steam (for $14.99). And, for a change of pace, Travis “Thomas the Tank Engine” Huinker reviewed Train Simulator 2014 and it's one of the best in the simulation genre.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
As I've almost finished Pokemon X (done with the main game for my review, just working on post-game stuff), and I'll be diving into Sonic Lost World for the 3DS review. Outside of that, I've decided to fire up another game on my Steam list I've bought but never played: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. So far it's not too bad, but I find it puzzling just how many blaster shots one can take to the skull and still be able to fight back. Oh well, who needs blasters when you can just throw your light saber at them?

Sean Cahill | staff writer | Twitter @seancahill2
I have a nice rotation going on with Pokemon Y, Grand Theft Auto V (the hunt for the jetpack continues!), finishing up Lost Planet 3, and more FIFA 14. Boys, let me tell you something: never get sucked into FIFA Online. Creating your own pro and playing in 11v11 matches is insanely fun, but you lose track of time quickly.

Sean Colleli | staff writer
I'll be putting the shades and trench coat back on for Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut. If you bought the game and its DLC back in 2011, the director's cut is only $5 on Steam. I loved the game when it came out and I'm eager to see the improvements they've made, at least to the PC version.

Charles Husemann | editor in chief | Twitter @chusemann
Change in plans for this weekend. I'll be playing the usual bits of MechWarrior Online as I try to level up the recently released Phoenix Mechs, but I'll also be spending some time with the Planetary Annihilation beta and an upcoming first-person shooter that I'm playing for review.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
I demoed Terraria on XBLA and walked away confident I could build Windsor Castle if I wanted to. Now, six months later, after finally buying Terraria on Steam, I can't even remember how to place a door or put up siding. I've got some relearning to do. In EVE Online, I'm training up cloaking abilities so I can move unseen through hostile space lanes. Rewatching Firefly for the nth time is 100 percent the reason why I'm cultivating a career as a courier and salvager.

Jeff Kintner | staff writer
Playing the Super Mario 3D World demo got my nostalgia pumps flowing, so I've been hitting my SNES version of Super Mario Bros. 2 pretty hard. I still have no idea how I could beat this thing when I was eight. But more importantly, I've been geeking out all day about getting to review Telltale's first episode of The Wolf Among Us, so once I stop flying off the walls like a wolf cub, I'll get around to that.

Cary Lange | staff writer
I'm currently playing Pokemon Y. I often jump in every other generation and I'm glad I did for this one. Lots of cool improvement and features.

Matt Mirkovich | staff writer | Twitter @stillmywords
I'll be traveling this weekend as well, so it's more Pokemon X and Valhalla Knights 3 for me. Though I am contemplating taking my Xbox 360 with me so I can play Borderlands 2 some more. Those daily hunts are scratching a lot of itches that I have for new loot. When I get home I'll be diving back in to Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut and some Batman: Arkham Origins.

John Yan | senior hardware editor | Twitter @thejohnyan
This weekend is an all superhero weekend for me. First up will be finishing LEGO Marvel Superheroes. So far, the writing has been excellent and the gameplay has been solid. Friday I should see the next game in one of my favorite series, Batman: Arkham Origins. Can't wait for this one as I had fun with it at E3. 


New Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate gameplay walkthrough video

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In what is more than likely an effort to remind us that Batman: Arkham Origins has a handheld little brother coming out the same day, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment has released a 10 minute gameplay walkthrough for Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. The gameplay section, titled "Cell Blocks", is narrated by Armature Studio game director Mark Pacini and follows our caped crusader through Blackgate Prison as he searches for Penguin. The video showcases the game's exploration, stealth, detective mode, and combat mechanics.

Check out the video for yourself below:

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is out now for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

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Multi-colored 3DS XL charging cradles coming to Club Nintendo rewards

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If you find yourself with an excess of Club Nintendo coins this month Nintendo is coming to your rescue. For the price of 500 coins you can get yourself one of five exclusive multi-colored 3DS XL charging cradles. The cradle colors are Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, and White, and they will go on sale October 31st. While there is a Black XL Charging Cradle available for purchase on Nintendo's online store for $19.99, these colorful ones will only be available on Club Nintendo and they will almost certainly become a collector's item once they are sold out. 

I passed on the exclusive Gold Nunchuk awhile back and have been kicking myself ever since. They now sell on eBay for up to $100. I'm thinking the White cradle will look best with my Blue XL, what about you? Do you plan on picking up one of these exclusive cradles?

Source: club.nintendo.com


Four totally math bosses revealed for Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!

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D3Publisher has revealed four bosses from the upcoming Way Forward game Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! The following are the names, bios, and strategies for beating these dungeon baddies:

1) Demon Cat: A large, teal colored cat with piercing, yellow eyes that fire lasers and a purple, tentacle tail that shoots bullets (yeah, you read that right). Likewise, his tongue is for much more than just grooming, as it whips out a powerful frontal attack. He also boasts a high intelligence and a knowledge of... well, basically everything. 

Strategies To Beat Him: 

Demon Cat's frontal attacks deal a good amount of damage, so attacking from the back whilst avoiding his tail bullets is crucial. Using ranged attackers like Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline can also make this fight a bit easier to handle. 

2) Prison Mob: Less of a boss and more of a giant, angry group of like-minded crazies, this boss isn't actually out to get you, just to get out. Sentenced to dungeon imprisonment for crimes against the Candy Kingdom, this unruly mob of skeletons, pigs, wolves, and crazed pixies want to escape no matter what, and you're in their way. Oops. 

Strategies To Beat Them:

RUN! Yeah, seriously. This mob is itchin' to get out and there's no stopping them. Run away as far ahead of them as you can while picking up speed boosts like Honey Energy Drink and stepping on plates that will trigger traps to slow down the mob. Remember that grabbing that extra bit of treasure may be the piece that gets you trampled. 

3) Ice King: Duh! This guy is, like, ALWAYS wanting to bother our favorite Ooo heroes, am I right? Anyway, The Ice King is just as irritable as ever in the dungeons and he's looking for a fight. He even made Fionna and Cake ice golems to fight you. What a jerk!

Strategies To Beat Him:

Keep your eyes on the Ice King but your fists, swords, magical whatevers on Fionna and Cake. The Ice king will fling easily dodged ice bolts at you, but the real danger is Fionna's sword and kick attacks. She'll give a brief warning by winding up before hand, so be sure not to get hit.

4) Kitten: Aw, but he is totally cute, right? Wrong. Well ok yes, just look at those big blue eyes, but don't let that fool you. This cuddly feline offspring of Gunter just wants to play with you, and by play I mean float in the air with a protective electrical force field and fire laser blasts at you. Poor guy doesn't realize his own magical strength. To top it all off, the penguins will rush in to try and get kitten down for a nap, and that means getting rid of you. Fun.

Strategies To Beat Him:

Keep your distance. This kitten's personal space is protected by a powerful electric force field that'll make a Tesla coil look like a AA battery. BE sure to keep moving too. The kittens ranged lasers and bullets are nothing to scoff at.

So there you have it, four bosses from Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! If my time with the game at NYCC and these descriptions are any indication, this game will be a ton of fun especially with multiplayer. 

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! will be out this fall for XBox360, PS3, WiiU, 3DS, and PC. 

 


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New Batman: Arkham Origins TV Spot Takes A Darker Approach

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With the release of Batman: Arkham Origins ever approaching, Warner Bros. has unveiled a TV spot advertising the game that will be broadcast starting on October 19. In an unexpected twist, the ad features none of the fighting and action of the previous trailers. Instead, the commercial showcases Bruce Wayne's dark past in small, slow motion snippets of the events that shaped the future vigilante. At just under a minute, it's surprisingly touching and shows that WB Montréal may get more than just the gameplay right in the Dark Knight's upcoming game, which is a prequel to the previous titles in the franchise.

Batman: Arkham Origins comes out worldwide on October 25 for Xbox360, PS3, WiiU, and PC.

Check out the TV spot here:

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Hulu Plus makes it way to the Nintendo 3DS

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It comes as no surprised that if a device has any form of connectivity to it, it doesn't take very long after that for consumers to want their connections to all of their favorite streaming programs.  Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo 3DS is now going to have the capability of adding Hulu Plus to devices everywhere.  While this will require the 3DS to be connected to a good, reliable connection, this is exciting news for those with children who may not want to dive into a game and need entertainment.  Options will certainly be available for kids' programming on Hulu Plus.

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Now Playing: Pokemon X and Y Sonic Lost World

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Telltale enters a golden age with The Wolf Among Us ep. 1 raking in universal praise (and with The Walking Dead season 2 news on the horizon). Tom Bitterman wants you to name your next child "Europa Universalis." And yeah sorry, folks that lost GTA Online character data: that data is gone for good. But as an apology, Rockstar made you half a million dollars richer for it. Make it rain!

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther

I have two reviews on the horizon, one for FORCED for the PC and the other for Pokemon X and Y. I played the demo for FORCED and it looks promising. As for Pokemon X and Y, I can definitely say it's sparked my interest in Pokemon again, especially with how experience works among Pokemon who participated in battle. It makes leveling a lot less grindy.

Sean Cahill | staff writer | Twitter @seancahill2

I picked up Pokemon Y, so that will get a good amount of my attention this weekend.

Sean Colleli | staff writer

Still cracking away at Sonic Lost World for my review. Stay tuned for what I think. Otherwise, not playing much. I tend to commit a lot of time to a specific game when I'm reviewing it.

Travis Huinker | staff writer | Twitter @travishuinker

I'll be taking a brief break from gaming this week as I switched over to the final version of Windows 8.1 on Thursday. After that, I have a list of some spooky-Halloween games to play including Dead Island: Riptide and Costume Quest. And of course, continue going on epic hunts with John in theHunter (review incoming).

Charles Husemann | editor in chief | Twitter @chusemann

All of the Mechs from Project Phoenix (http://mwomercs.com/phoenix) are available for MechWarrior Online this week, which means I've got 12 new mechs to play with (don't judge me). I'm still debating which class of Mech I'm going to crank on first, but I'm leaning towards either the ultra-light Locust or the monstrous BattleMaster.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista

I blew by Thursday's deadline, so I'm tapping away at Goodbye Deponia's final review as we speak. For a point-and-click adventure, its pacing whipcracks right along. Just need to put on my juvenile glasses when relating to the sense of humor. EVE Online, meanwhile, has me 30-some-odd jumps from my home system as I trek through the storyline, flying through rogue drone hives 10 kilometers across, and managing hostage situations with questionable levels of success.

Matt Mirkovich | staff writer | Twitter @stillmywords

I'm back in the Borderlands game thanks to the Loot Hunt Challenge going on in Borderlands 2. Then I've got Valhalla Knights 3 on the Vita, Pokemon X on the 3DS, and Grand Theft Auto V fighting for my attention, with Remember Me bringing up there rear. And then there's that pesky MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, where my character is at the tail end of the story, but nearly a million experience points from reaching the current level cap.

Sam Stewart | staff writer

As for what I'm playing this weekend, probably a lot of Pokemon Y and hopefully some Dota 2 if I get the chance. (Oh yeah, and Atomic Ninjas, don't worry I'm on it!)

John Yan | senior hardware editor | Twitter @thejohnyan

With the end of the beta period for Battlefield 4, I'm going to look at starting Splinter Cell: Blacklist. I completely forgot I even got the game and it was pretty impressive looking when I saw it at E3. I also will be doing some runs with a few friends in Diablo III and probably going on a few more hunts with Travis Huinker in theHunter.


Special Edition Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Announced for UK

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For Zelda fans in the UK the release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds just got a little sweeter. Nintendo announced today that an all new Zelda themed 3DS XL will launch alongside the game in Europe. 

The new 3DS XL is gold on the top, black on the bottom, and emblazoned with a Triforce on both halves. It also comes with a digital copy of A Link Between Worlds bundled in. A Link Between Worlds launches in both North America and the UK on November 22nd, but as of right now the 3DS Bundle is a European exclusive. 

A Link Between Worlds is without a doubt one of my most highly anticipated games of this year, and although I already have a Blue 3DS XL I would be willing to shell out some extra cash to get my hands on one of these beautiful Zelda consoles. Lets hope that this bundle finds its way stateside, and quick!

 

Source: gonintendo.com

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Amazing Spider Man 2 game is on the way

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I thought Beenox did a really good job on the first Amazing Spider Man tie-in game, so I'm pretty happy to hear they are developing the sequel. The Amazing Spider Man 2 will be released next spring and curiously, it sounds like it might be following its own separate story, slightly different than next summer's movie. The first game had a few villains that are showing up in the sequel so this might make sense from a continuity perspective. Who knows, the game might be better than the movie!

 

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Pokemon X and Y sell 4 million units in the first two days

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This past weekend Pokemon X and Y became the first set of games in the history of the franchise to launch simultaneously worldwide.  I think this marked one of the only times I can recall that a video game launched on a Saturday, at least in recent times, but I digress.  Anyway, Nintendo has recently announced that the two games combined sold more than four million units across Japan, Europe, and The Americas on the first two days of release.

When looking at the data for past releases in the franchise, even though this is the first time in the franchise history of a world-wide simultaneous release, at the rate their going X and Y could surpass the other games in the franchise.  Since 2002 five sets of Pokemon titles have combined to exceed 10 million units sold to date worldwide, three of those surpassing 15 million units.  At the rate X and Y are going, there's a good chance that they will not only be joining that list, but surpassing most of those titles outright.  They still have a ways to go to surpass the most-selling set, Diamond and Pearl.

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Now Playing: Rune Factory 4 F1 2013

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Terraria 1.2 update, Battlefield 4 beta, and Grand Theft Auto Online, oh my! I was 99% sure the government shutdown would prevent all those things from happening. Thank goodness for that other 1%. And be sure to get your hands on a new Razer Naga if you want a new gaming mouse with more thumb buttons than you've got fingers.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
Last weekend I finally fired up The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, you know, the game that actually came with my Wii U that I've been putting off due to other reviews and Nintendo Land? Yeah, I figured I'd finally start that up -- and now I'm hooked. I never completed the game for the Game Cube so I'm looking to finally finish this one in the coming months, so that'll take up a bit of my time this weekend as well.

Sean Colleli | staff writer
I'll be wrapping up Shadow Warrior for my review, which so far has been hours of shameless fun. I'll also be getting into Darkout, which looks like Terraria mixed with Metroid so I'm looking forward to that.

Dave Gamble | staff writer | Twitter @sirhogarth
It's my child's turn for GTA V this weekend (shared custody is a nightmare!) so it's going to be all F1 2013, all the time.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
There's always something about stepping into a new ship that rekindles my dirty on-again off-again tryst with EVE Online. I've graduated from frigates to destroyers, and now I'm moving on up to cruisers. NPC pirates are baffled as they throw themselves against my 220mm autocannons and heavy assault missiles, but I'm having more fun just sliding through solar systems, taking spaceship-selfies wherever I go.

Jeff Kintner | staff writer
I got to play a little bit of Windwaker HD today, which, coincidentally, was also my first time ever laying hands on a Wii U. It looks good and plays really well.

Matt Mirkovich | staff writer | Twitter @stillmywords
I'm going to try GTA Online sometime this weekend, bugs preventing me from playing the first mission be damned! And I've got Rune Factory 4 and Star Wars Pinball on 3DS to keep me busy while I craft endless amounts of basic mats in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.