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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...
Dr. Luigi
Review by: Sam Stewart
Dr. Luigi takes over his brothers medical practice, but does his brand of medicine have what it takes to satisfy your puzzle addiction? READ FULL REVIEW...

You will fight, craft, and unlock all the things in Child of Light

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Ubisoft Montreal's latest Child of Light video delves into gameplay features. The breathtaking UbiArt Framework engine baselines the platforming, role-playing, and turn-based combat. You'll concoct over 600 crafting combinations – gems on gems on gems – and over 200 skill unlocks branching out on cleanly drawn skill trees. Then there's of course the magic that brightens everybody's day, enemies and allies included.

Child of Light is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on April 30.

News Roundup - 02/05/2014

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News Roundup - 02/04/2014

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News Roundup - 02/03/2014

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Wii U Indie Connection Sale going on right now!

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The Wii U is in bad shape. Satoru Iwata has been sweating blood the past few weeks as he stood in front of displeased investors, and he even took a 50% pay cut. But all is not doom and gloom for the Wii U. From now until February 13th, five indie studios are coming together to support a sale and promote indie development on Wii U.

If you buy (or already own) one of the following indie games on the eShop--Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party, Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition, BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, Toki Tori 2+, or Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams--you can buy one or all of the remaining four games at a 60% discount. The developers have also made short goofy videos to promote another studios' game.

I think this is awesome. Indies having goodwill enough to promote each others' games is great, but they also recognize how important it is to promote the Wii U as a fertile indie platform. To be honest, it's true; while big AAA publishers have been abandoning the Wii U en masse, smaller, riskier studios have been consistently positive about the console and how refreshingly welcoming Nintendo has been to indie developers. There are several indie projects--Shin'en's FAST Racing Neo being one of them--that have me just as excited as Smash Bros, X or DK Tropical Freeze.

You can check out a couple of the funny promo clips below, and see the rest after the jump. Two Tribes also has a blog post about it here.

 

 

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Injustice: Gods Among Us mobile version hits 1 billion play sessions milestone

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Injustice: Gods Among Us reached 1 billion play sessions on mobile devices. Yes, that million with a b. That amounts to 100 million sessions a month since its April 2013 launch.

As a thank you, developer Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will hand out 30,000 free in-game power credits to each and everybody playing from now through the weekend. These credits are the currency necessary to unleash "awesome, over-the-top super moves."

The Injustice: Gods Among Us mobile version is free-to-play from the App Store on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, as well as on Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android.


News Roundup - 01/30/2014

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Nintendo announces Mario Kart 8 releasing in May, DS games coming to Wii U Virtual Console

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Yesterday at their financial results meeting Nintendo made a number of gaming related announcements for the upcoming year. Two of the biggest strictly gaming related announcements were new release info for Mario Kart 8, and big news for the Wii U Virtual Console. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata announced that Mario Kart 8, one of Nintendo's biggest upcoming Wii U releases, will come out some time during the month of May. An exact day was not given, but it does give Wii U owners something to look forward to in the middle of the year. 

Nintendo also asurprised fans with the news that they would be adding DS games to the Wii U Virtual Console library. I personally would have expected a Nintendo 64 or GameBoy Advance Virtual Console announcement ahead of the DS, but it is good news all the same given the wealth of awesome games available for that system. 

Source: ign.com 

Nintendo Download for 1/30/2014

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Another week, another eShop release that doesn't feature my all-time favorite game Super Mario Bros. 3.  However, this week still has a couple of good releases to check out.

For the 3DS eShop we have the NES version of the arcade classic Mario Bros as well as Castle Clout 3D and Ohno Odyssey (which is on sale for $3.99 until February 20th).  Over on the Wii U we have The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, considered to be one of the greatest games in the franchise.  There's also a Super Indie Sale going on from now until 9am PST on February 13th.  During this same if you purchase one of five select indie titles, you'll get 50% off the other selected titles.  The games included are Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition, Toki Tori 2+, and BIT.TRIP Presents...Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.

News Roundup - 01/29/2014

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Wii Fit U trial is almost over

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If you'd like a free trial month of Wii Fit U, your chance is almost over. Nintendo has been running the promotion for a while now, but on January 31st your chance to get a free month of Wii Fit U expires. All you need is a Wii balance board to download the software from the eShop. As an added bonus, you can keep the software essentially at a huge discount, if you download the demo, but a Wii Fit Meter accessory for $20 and then sync the software to the Fit Meter. That's not a bad deal, considering the game is $50 by itself at retail, $90 in the balance board bundle and $30 for the full Eshop download.


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Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata takes a pay cut after poor Wii U sales

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There has been a lot of new lately about the poor sales performance of the Wii U and Nintendo facing huge operating losses, but rather than battling these problems by laying off workers Satoru Iwata and other Nintendo heads have decided to take cuts in their own wages. Iwata will be taking a 50% cut, Miyamoto 30%, and a few others will be taking losses of 20%. These cuts will continue until June, and from there salaries may be restored if performance goes up. Iwata did the same thing a few years ago when the 3DS was in dire straits, but as we all know that system turned around and is currently the biggest selling piece of gaming hardware on the market today.

As a Nintendo fan I always worry about the company in times like these, but I have to commend them for taking cuts from the top rather than the bottom. Iwata has said before that layoffs only lower worker morale and cause even more problems. Lets hope that they can turn the Wii U around as well so we can see more great games like Pikmin 3 and Super Mario 3D World in the future. 

Source: eurogamer.net

News Roundup - 01/28/2014

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News Roundup - 01/27/2014

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gameplay trailer reveals Kraven the Hunter

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A new gameplay trailer has surfaced for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Featuring narration from Sergei Kravinoff, better known as Kraven the Hunter, the trailer shows some awesome web slinging action in good ol' New york City. The interesting part is that Kraven seems to be tutoring Spider-Man in how to "hunt prey" and become a better hero. Surely that'll backfire at some point. The trailer also shows some shots of Peter Parker out of the mask who Activision says, "will play an important part of his own in the journey to come." Watch the trailer below and speculate away. I know I will. 

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News Roundup - 01/23/2014

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Satisfy your retro desires with Shovel Knight on March 31st

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Yacht Club Games' retro inspired action platformer Shovel Knight is coming to a gaming platform near you on March 31st (assuming you have a Wii U, 3DS, or PC near you). The game, which was created thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, is an 8-bit sidescrolling action game with a similar style to Megaman, with a series of levels themed after a boss. All of Shovel Knights enemies are knights just like him, and a few examples include King Knight, Plague Knight, and Polar Knight who wields a shovel of his own. 

I have been looking forward to Shovel Knight since its announcement and now that I know when it is coming I am more hyped than ever. I'll likely pick it up on the Wii U so I have the option to play on the big screen as well as the GamePad. Did you back Shovel Knight on Kickstarter? Are you planning on picking it up if you didn't? Let us know in the comments!

Source: gameinformer.com 

Nintendo Download for January 23, 2014

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There isn't much in this week's Nintendo Download, but there are some heavy hitters.

  • Mighty Bomb Jack for the Wii U Virtual Console
  • Life Force for the 3DS Virtual Console
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV on sale for $29.99 on the 3DS eShop
  • Fractured Soul on sale for $5.99 on the 3DS eShop

Also, if you have a Wii U and a Wii Balance Board, you are eligible for a free trial of Wii Fit U. And if you have a Fit Meter (MSRP $20.00) and sync it to the game, you can keep it forever.

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News Roundup - 01/22/2014

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News Roundup - 01/21/2014

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CES 2014: Turtle Beach hands-on

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During our trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the International CES 2014, we met up with Turtle Beach to see the plethora of headsets that is in their 2014 lineup, though we focused on a few in particular.  

I would be hard pressed to start out with anything other than the Z60, a 7.1 Surround Sound PC only headset.  While Turtle Beach is no stranger to the world of PC gaming, the last couple of years have really brought forth the best in audio, which truly requires companies to bring their best with every product or get lost in the wake of others.  The Z60 takes surround sound to the next level and above by offering more than just the standard 5.1 surround, going for the full effect with side channels.  The true beauty of the surround on the Z60, however, is that it is DTS capable, meaning crisper, clearer sound.  New features have been added to this headset, including microphone monitor, which allows a user to hear their own voice in the headset as a means of testing out the output level so there is no need to shout or do "guess and test" with other players in their various voice servers.  The Z60 is extremely comfortable, with mesh ear cushions and a soft, padded headband to ensure that long sessions don't become uncomfortable.  The best part of the Z60 is the pricepoint, though.  Most surround headsets are going to be anywhere from 150-300 dollars, depending on what you're looking for.  Turtle Beach, staying true to its competitiveness in the market, is launching the Z60 at $119.99 USD.

A couple of new look headsets in the form of the Arctic Camo X12 and PX22, a Major League Gaming official headset, have picked up a couple of new designs to build upon their already successful initial launches.  Variety is everything and being able to have a new look when playing online is personal preference, of course, so why not enjoy a headset that stands out?  

The headset that gamers looking forward to Titanfall should be excited about is the officially licensed Titanfall Atlas headset.  The Atlas will be cross-platform on the 360, One, and PC platforms with adapters available for each.  Full chat functionality will be available from day one for the Xbox One, with full range 50mm speakers to ensure a fantastic experience.  I tried these on in a demo and it was hard to take them off because they sounded so good.  Those who are looking to play Titanfall on their PC will truly enjoy the comfort and clarity of this wonderful headset, not to mention the look of it with the branded icons and logos from the game itself.  Expected to be a very popular choice in the Turtle Beach lineup, the Atlas will retail for $149.99 USD.

The biggest surprise upon our visit to the Turtle Beach booth was checking out the i30 and i60 wireless headsets.  We have covered the differences between wired and wireless headsets on here before and the difference in audio quality, but it seems that Turtle Beach is quickly bridging the gap with the iSeries.  The i30 has fantastic, noise cancelling sound quality that uses Bluetooth 3.0 which allows seamless syncing with any device that uses Bluetooth.  Comfort takes another step forward as the i30 uses memory foam on the headband and ear pieces.  Expect about 10 hours of battery life from the i30 which also comes with adapater cables and a carrying bag for travel.  The i30 retails at $299.99 USD.

The i60 is the cream of the crop for wireless headsets.  Utilizing 7.1 DTS Surround, much like the Z60 wired headset, the sound quality out of this headset is nothing short of amazing.  The difference between the i30 and i60 is how they are utilized with mobile devices and gaming.  The i60 has a desktop control unit that has presets that take full advantage of the drivers in the ear pieces, promising the best experience one can want.  The i60 also uses Bluetooth 3.0 like the i30 when it's not plugged into the desktop control unit, giving it that added bonus of being wired or wireless.  The i60 will retail for $399.99 USD.

We want to thank the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Turtle Beach for making Gaming Nexus a part of their International CES 2014!

Check out these all new Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze videos

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Retro Studios' sequel to one of the best Donkey Kong games ever, is coming to Wii U in February, but if you can't wait that long YouTube user GameXplain has some videos you'll want to see. He was given the chance to play the game for four hours, and he has uploaded some of the highlights including some new levels, a boss fight, Rambi the Rhino, and one big Easter Egg. If you are trying to stay spoiler free you might want to avoid these videos, bit if you are dying to see some new content these videos should satisfy your hunger while you wait for the full game.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the first of many Wii U games I'm excited to get my hands on this year. Donkey Kong Country Returns was not only the best Donkey Kong Country game ever, but also one of the best platforming games in my recent memory. Based on these videos I feel safe saying Tropical Freeze will live up to the high standards Retro set with Returns, but I'll have to wait until February 21st to find out.

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News Roundup - 01/20/2014

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Hey Ash, Watcha Playin'? Sundance film is more fun than a barrel of monkeys being shot out of barrels

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The incredibly funny Hey Ash, Watcha Playin'? crew won a Nintendo contest last year. That win allowed HAWP to collaborate with filmmaker Freddie Wong and his Rocket Jump team to produce a short film inspired by upcoming Wii U platformer, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

The results of HAWP and Rocket Jump's collaborative efforts, entitled "Gorilla Wayfare," debuted Friday at this year's Sundance Film Festival (January 16-26) in Park City, Utah. 

News Roundup - 01/16/2014

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