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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...

Ronimo is making Swords and Soldiers II

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Ronimo Games is known for their wide range and goofy twist, making waves originally with De Blob, Awesomenauts and then the well received Swords and Soldiers for mobile devices, 3DS, Wii and PS3. Now they're working on Swords and Soldiers II, which so far is a Wii U exclusive. The trailer doesn't reveal much besides that the first game's trademark humor is returning, but considering the original was one of the best indie strategy titles in a crowded market, the sequel is probably worth keeping an eye on. According to Ronimo, we'll see more at GDC, and then the game will be playable at PAX East.

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The Road to EVO continues with SoCal Regionals this weekend

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As a fan of the fighting game scene (and a player that belongs nowhere near it) it's not often that I forget to watch a major tournament on the Road to EVO.  Thankfully I subscribe to LevelupLive on Twitch.  LevelUpLive is currnetly broadcasting day one of SoCal Regionals and tuning in right now you can check out the pools for Super Street Fighter IV AE, but they will be running multiple streams all weekend and featuring multiple games such as Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, and more.

You can check out Shoryuken.com for more info on each of the streams as well as upcoming exhibition matches, and for those with amazing bandwidth capabilities you can check out all six streams at one.  You may laugh at the thought of Smash Bros. at a major tournament, but to be honest it's one of my favorite "fighting games" to watch aside from Street Fighter and Marvel.


News Roundup - 02/27/2014

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Gotta stream 'em all as Pokemon is about to hit Netflix

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Not too long ago we posted about a deal that Nintendo is doing where if you pick up a 3DS/2DS system and one of a few select games you can get a digital copy of Pokemon X or Y for free.  If you're a huge fan of Pokemon what can be better than that?  How about watching Pokemon while playing Pokemon?  If that's right up your ally, then you'll be happy to know that starting this Saturday you'll be able to stream the Pokemon animated series on Netflix.

According to the Pokemon website you'll be able to stream Pokemon Black and White and the very first season, as well as two movies: Pokemon Black: Victini and Reshiram and Pokemon White: Victini and Zekrom.  As a fan of the animated series I'm pretty happy to see the series finally hit Netflix, especially the Indigo League season as I watched that a lot going through High School.  Hopefully we'll see the other seasons soon.

News Roundup - 02/26/2014

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News Roundup - 02/25/2014

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Name a character in the next Skylanders game

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Activision and Frito-Lay are teaming up once again to hold a massive contest that marks the first time fans will get a chance to add content to the Skylanders franchise. Anyone 18 or older can go to the website and choose one of three potential characters for the next Skylanders game, and submit a name for them as well as a 200-character explanation for that name. Entries will be accepted until March 21, 2014- and then starting in May, there will be three heroes to choose from, each with a fan-created name. Fans will vote for their favorite, and not only will that hero debut in the next Skylanders game, but the contestant that created that name will be awarded a $100,000 scholarship. Frito-Lay is doing their part to promote the contest by putting out specially marked variety packs that include coupons for Skylanders swag, like $5 off a SWAP Force Starter Pack.

We all know what happens when we let the internet decide things; so I'm looking forward to seeing Lord Helix the Catmancer posing next to Spyro on the cover art.


News Roundup - 02/24/2014

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Ubisoft says Assassin's Creed V won't be in Japan — so our best guess is India

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If you want to know where Assassin's Creed V will take place, don't ask Jade Raymond — because she isn't telling. Raymond, managing editor of Ubisoft Toronto, did say in an interview at Adweek, however, that Assassin's Creed V won't take place in Feudal Japan. She's cool with the idea, and it's one of the most requested settings from the AC fanbase, but not everyone at Ubisoft has agreed that the samurai era makes for a good AC.

Back in 2011, a Ubisoft survey asked gamers where they wanted to see the next Assassin's Creed take place. The top-three responses were World War II, Feudal Japan, and Ancient Egypt. That didn't go over well at Ubisoft, though. The following year, in an interview with OXM, Alex Hutchinson, creative director for Assassin's Creed III, shot down all three of those locations. Those are "kind of the three worst settings for an AC game," Hutchinson said. "People on the internet suggest the most boring settings."

Well, no, Hutchinson. The internet didn't exactly suggest those. Ubisoft suggested those settings by placing them in a survey.

But that still leaves the other locations that were batted around the 2011 survey: Medieval China, Victorian England, the Portuguese and Spanish Invasion of the Americas, the Russian Revolution, and Ancient Rome. (The American Revolution was another choice and, voila, then there was Assassin's Creed III the following year.) Of course, it's quite possible Ubisoft has abandoned those other locations altogether.

Hutchinson also stated that Assassin's Creed III writer Corey May "really wants to do India. I would, too. I'd really love to do the Raj." The British Raj was the British rule in India between 1858 and 1947.

In the Adweek interview, Raymond said Assassin's Creed V will feature her favorite historical era. But that's as detailed as she'd get with her hint. She doesn't want to ruin the surprise.

Past Assassin's Creed games explored the Holy Land, Renaissance Italy, Constantinople, the Caribbean's Golden Age of Piracy, and Colonial America.

The series has always stuck close to Western Civilization's roots and influence. So (if you'll forgive me while I take a wild guess here), if Assassin's Creed V were to head to India, it could fudge an Assassins vs. Templars storyline involving the East India Company and the early British Raj (plenty of bad guys to choose from), plus it could incorporate AC's popular naval exploration and combat (because East India Co.), not to mention the ability to freerun over classical Indian architecture (because it's insane), and, yes, Hutchinson and May would both have their Indian AC dreams come true. Oh! The newest feature could be elephant-based combat!

So, you heard it here first. My own rampant speculation tells me that Assassin's Creed V is finally going to take Ubisoft's flagship enterprise to the Indian subcontinent.


News Roundup - 02/20/2014

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New racer announced for Mario Kart 8...well, seven new racers to be exact.

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Anyone who's seen some of my past Nintendo Download posts can probably guess that one of my favorite games is Super Mario Bros. 3, a game that I'm STILL waiting to hit the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Consoles (hint hint Nintendo).  One of my favorite aspects of the game are the Koopa Kids, who kind of faded into obscurity after Super Mario World and didn't have another prominent role until the later New Super Mario Bros. games (well, there was Yoshi's Safari on the Super NES, but I tend not to count that).  Imagine my surprise when I came across the video below showing that the Koopalings will be in Mario Kart 8.

Needless to say I'm pretty excited.  This will be the first time that the Koopalings have been playable in any form in a game and I personally can't wait.  Too bad we can't get the voice actors from the 90's cartoons to reprise the voices, but it's not like the Koopalings have any speaking roles in the games anyways.  What's even stranger is that the video was posted on the 13th and I haven't seen it until just now.  How did I miss big news like this about the Koopalings?

 

News Roundup - 02/19/2014

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News Roundup - 02/18/2014

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Pier Solar HD may end up on 3DS and Wii U

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Pier Solar and the Great Architects was a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis homebrew RPG released in December of 2010. In an attempt to reach a wider audience, developer WaterMelon Co. created a KickStarter campaign to make an HD version they could release on modern platforms. The KickStarter met it goal, and the game is set to release sometime this year on a variety of systems, including a Wii U version that would take advantage of the GamePad screen for special features. Now the developer says that a 3DS version may be on the way using the same second screen features.

I have been looking forward to the HD release of Pier Solar for awhile, and now I learn its coming to my favorite handheld as well? Count me in! I can't wait to see what this game is all about when it releases in the coming months.

Source: Polygon.com

Papercraft adventure game Tengami releasing February 20th

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If you aren't already familiar with Nyamyam's pop-up book style game Tengami you better familiarize yourself quick. This beautiful papercraft adventure game will be releasing on iOS February 20th, with Wii U, PC, and Mac versions coming later this year. In this game you use the touch screen to interact with a paper environment, pushing and pulling pieces to solve puzzles and progress. The game will cost $4.99 when it releases on the App Store.

Tengami's paper world reminds me a lot of Tearaway, but with a bigger focus on puzzle solving. I'm still not sure if I will get the iOS version Thursday or wait for the Wii U version, but either way I'm looking forward to playing this great looking game.

Source: gameinformer.com

YES! YES! YES! NO? [WWE 2K14]

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Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton have been feuding over the various incarnations of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship since Summerslam.  In all that time, the one thing we haven't seen is Randy actually beat Bryan clean.  And we DEFIANTLY haven't seen him RKO Bryan off of a ladder, over the top rope and onto some tables.

Until now, thanks to 2k's Westlemania 30 contest to find the best in-game screen shot from WWE 2K14.

Gamer Levi McIntire of West Portsmouth, Ohio captured the winning shot, which you can see below.  

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News Roundup - 02/17/2014

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You don't have to outrun the dragon, just the Hobbit

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Developer Traveller's Tales released key art for LEGO The Hobbit. Appearing in the forefront from left to right is Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and Legolas. Oh yeah, and that big red guy soaring overhead is Smaug the Magnificent swooping down from the Lonely Mountain. Plus there's a plethora of giant spiders in the background because arachnophobia.
 
LEGO The Hobbit launches on every platform imaginable in this first half of 2014.

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark revealed in new trailer

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Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark has been revealed at the New York Toy Fair during Hasbro's presentation. Developer Edge of Reality will be handling the console and PC versions, while developer WayForward will be creating a strategy adaptation for the 3DS. The game is described as combining the universes of Transformers Cybertron video game series and Michael Bay Transformers movies. As in past games, players will be able to battle as both the Autobots and Decepticons.

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be available this year for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, and PC.

News Roundup - 02/13/2014

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NES Remix 2 is coming in April

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Can't get enough NES Remix?  Or maybe there were some games that you wanted to see that weren't in the original.  Either way, it was announced on today's Nintendo Direct that NES Remix 2 will be coming to the Wii U on April 25th.  This time around we'll see twelve games featured from the later years of the NES life cycle, including:

  • Ice Hockey
  • Wario’s Woods
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (Lost Levels)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Dr. Mario
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Kid Icarus
  • Punch-Out
  • Metroid
  • NES Open Tournament Golf

I'll be honest, as much as I love this selection (Ice Hockey being the only game listed that I have zero experience with), this would have been an awesome time to include one of the Mega Man games seeing as how the blue bomber will be making his Smash Bros. debut this spring.  Still we've got three Super Mario games, Kirby's Adventure, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Punch-Out, and Dr. Mario among others.  Just shut up and take my money!

Little Mac joins the Smash Bros. roster...and this time it's not as an Assist Trophy

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Today Nintendo had another Nintendo Direct, during which they announced a new fighter for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS.  Turns out Little Mac has been promoted from an Assist Trophy to a full-fledged fighter, and watching the reveal trailer it's kind of weird when you compare his size to everyone else.  Sure Kirby and Mega Man are smallish characters, but Little Mac is, I believe, considered to be an adult, and I know his name is "Little" Mac, but...dang.  Even Samus is confused by his size.

What I'm curious about is towards the end of the video where we see Little Mac has a power meter above his health and once full he unleashes a powerful uppercut.  I'm wondering if that's just a special feature for Little Mac or if that appears as his Final Smash.

 

News Roundup - 02/12/2014

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Ode to the Olympics: Information about the NHL and Olympics.

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Men's Hockey officially gets underway tomorrow at the Sochi Olympics, and while the games as a whole have seen its share of problems, Men's Hockey does not seem to be one of them.  Rosters are absolutely loaded with talent, top to bottom, and this infographic, provided by EA Sports and NHL 14, gives an awesome breakdown of how the NHL factors into the Olympics this year.  Here are some stats to note:

-          Two Canadians – Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby lead the scoring in NHL 14 with 4.3 Million and 3.5 million in-game goalsrespectively

-          Rounding out the top 5 in-game scoring leaders include:

o   Russia’s captain, Pavel Datsyuk - 3.0 million goals

o   United States’ Patrick Kane and Slovakia’s Marian Hossa – 2.7 million goals

o   Russia’s Evgeni Malkin – 2.2 million goals

-          Canada’s Roberto Luongo dominates as the most winning goalie in NHL 14 with 4.1 million wins

-          Another Team Canada goalie Carey Price is the second most winning in-game goalie with 1.5 million wins

-          The Finland team boasts the most players who have won Olympic medals (14)

The full infographic is below.

 


News Roundup - 02/11/2014

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