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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...

News Roundup - 04/16/2014

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News Roundup - 04/15/2014

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Princess Peach Wii Remote is pretty in pink

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Nintendo previously released Mario and Luigi themed Wii Remotes but now they're adding a royal touch to the collection. The new Princess Peach Wii Remote is styled in the princess's signature colors, with a crown icon silk-screened on it instead of Mario's customary "M" logo. I particularly like the color of the buttons and D-pad. Now all they need is a blue Toad-themed controller so you can host a color-coded Mario 3D World party.


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Pepsi augments reality, throws meteors, aliens, and attacking robots at bus commuters

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If you'll pardon the shameless Pepsi Max plug, this is actually pretty cool. Pepsi took a busy London bus stop, installed a screen and a camera, then injected some augmented reality into a few pleasantly surprised commuters' lives. I think the dodgy tiger would've absobloodylootely made me get my knickers in a twist and take off down the motorway in my trainers, as they might say in the U.K.

News Roundup - 04/14/2014

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New mode for NES Remix 2 reminiscent of the Nintendo World Championships

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As if NES Remix 2 wasn't already going to be amazing with such featured games as Super Mario Bros. 2 and 3, Kirby's Adventure, Metroid, and more, but Nintendo has recently announced a new Championship Mode for the game that is inspired by the Nintendo World Championships from 1990.  For those who don't know, the Nintendo World Championships was a tournament that saw players attempting to set the highest cumulative score on three NES games: Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, and Tetris.  The catch was that they only had six minutes and twenty-one seconds to do so, and once that time was up the game abruptly stopped.

Championship Mode for NES Remix 2 seems to be roughly the same thing, only using Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Dr. Mario.  The mode will feature a revised score multiplier for the games and you can post your high scores to Miiverse.  However, there is one small caveat.  To experience Championship Mode, you must also own the original NES Remix.  I'm guessing it's because the original has Super Mario Bros., but would it have been that difficult to include in NES Remix 2 just for the purpose of Championship Mode?  Anyway, this is making me look forward to this game even more.


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News Roundup - 04/10/2014

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We hit the airwaves this morning with CD102.5 in Columbus and Baltimore, Ohio to talk about both LEGO The Hobbit and Kinect Sports Rivals. In case you missed the segment this morning, you can check it out below:

News Roundup - 04/09/2014

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Smash Bros. release windows revealed

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Yesterday's Nintendo Direct revealed a couple new characters for the game, but Nintendo also pulled back the curtain on the release windows for both games. Smash Bros 3DS is coming this summer, while the Wii U version is releasing in the winter.

I'm not surprised, but this is pretty disappointing and not exactly good news. Nintendo has been a day late and a dollar short with the Wii U almost from the beginning, so I was expecting the Wii U version of Smash Bros to release later. This doesn't bode well for the Wii U, though.

I'm excited to get my hands on the 3DS version, but the 3DS is already selling like gangbusters so everybody is going to get the 3DS version. If gamers already have Smash Bros for their 3DS, that means they'll be even less likely to get Smash Bros for Wii U, which pretty much torpedoes the game's shot at being a much-needed system seller for the beleaguered console.

Nintendo really should have pushed to get the Wii U version out sooner, so the only way to play the new Smash for several months was to buy a Wii U. That the game will sell on the 3DS is a foregone conclusion, but when even Super Mario 3D World didn't move Wii U consoles off shelves, there isn't much guarantee that people will buy the console for Smash, especially if they already have it on their 3DS.

I'm happy both versions are coming out in 2014 (barring any potential delays), but when Nintendo is undercutting their own sales, you really have to wonder what they're thinking.

Source: IGN

News Roundup - 04/08/2014

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Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct reveals two new characters

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Today Nintendo released their Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct.  Sadly I missed most of it for other gaming-related reasons, but I did catch the end of it which saw the reveal of two new characters: Charizard and Greninja.

While most of what I saw of the Nintendo Direct focused on the currently announced characters, including changes from past games for returning characters and some attack into for the new characters (still can't wait to use Mega Man), those who stayed after the presentation were presented with two more Pokemon joining the battle.  Granted I would have liked to see a fully evolved Grass-type starter from another region to round out the trio of starter types (either Sceptile or Serperior would have been awesome), I have no issues having four Pokemon to choose from, especially since one of them is Lucario.


Now Loading for the week of April 7, 2014

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This week is all about pressure... on Microsoft that is! It’s a given that the new LEGO The Hobbit game will entertain fans of Tolken’s classic franchise and gamers alike, but how will both a new generation of the Kinect Sports franchise and a last-gen version of Titanfall fare with fans? I can speak from personal experience that Kinect Sports Rivals is an admirable addition to the franchise, despite some speedbumps along the way. AS for Titanfall, we shall have to wait and see...

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Marvel heroes coming to Disney Infinity

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Disney Infinity does some cool things with the main thing being having a boatload of Disney characters from different movies interacting with each other. Disney picked up Marvel not too long ago and it looks like those comic book icons going to be coming to the game.

The preview shows Captain America's shield ricocheting around the town around various Disney characters. We'll have to wait to see what heroes the first wave brings us, but I'm guessing the entire Avenger's cast will be available in the first round.

Now with the Marvel heroes in the fold, how long before we see Star Wars characters in the game as well?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Kingpin trailer

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a new trailer out featuring some familiar villains we'll see in the movie, as well as some new ones with pretty cool teases. Check out Kingpin, Black Cat, Green Goblin and more including a tease at a possible Carnage cameo below.


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News Roundup - 04/07/2014

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Why isn't Starr Mazer a real thing? Somebody make it a real thing!

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Starr Mazer is not a real game and that makes me sad and you should be sad, too. This video was put together by the snazzy folks at Imagos Films. This trailer—for a non-product—has some good bullet hell action, sure, but the cutscenes and point-and-click adventure elements really sew things together.

It was actually developed as an in-movie commercial for indie film maker Don Thacker's Motivational Growth. I would play the heck out of some Starr Mazer, though.

The villains of The Amazing Spider Man 2

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Beenox has a slick new trailer for The Amazing Spider Man 2, this time focusing on the villains you'll face. We've known that the Kingpin was going to be one of the major players, but now we find out that he's hired Black Cat to kill Spidey! Talk about an awkward date. I'm glad they have Black Cat returning as she was pretty memorable in the first game and I enjoyed the flirtatious exchange between her and Spider Man. Of course we're also getting Electro, Kraven and the Goblin too, but the game is supposedly its own story that occasionally overlaps with the plot of the film.

I'm a little iffy on the voice actor they have portraying Kingpin, but then again nobody could do better than the late, great Roscoe Lee Brown from the 90's animated Spider Man series. 

I think it's unfair that a lot of people are writing this game off as "just another licensed game," because the first one was pretty damn good and Beenox has been public about improving everything people complained about last time. Personally I just keep getting more excited for this one.

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Smash Bros-centric Nintendo Direct coming next Tuesday, April 8th

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Nintendo is still in extended damage control over the floundering Wii U, so we'll probably be seeing these Nintendo Direct pressers more often. Next Tuesday the 8th they'll host one all about the new Super Smash Bros. game, coming to Wii U and 3DS sometime this year. As he's done for the previous entry on Wii, Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has been releasing weekly tweets and screenshots for the new games. Fans are understandably getting impatient for things to actually play on their Wii U, so I don't think a steady trickle of screengrabs will cut it anymore. It would be wise for Nintendo to announce a release date for the new Smash Bros. on Tuesday, as they really cannot afford to be coy and drag their feet any longer.

Check this link on Tuesday the 8th for the live stream of the Nintendo Direct.

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News Roundup - 04/03/2014

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All of today's Mario Kart 8 info in one place

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Nintendo revealed a lot about Mario Kart 8 today, and now we have the full press released packed with all the details. Some of the highlights include the reveal of Metal Mario from Super Mario 64 as a playable racer, the new kart-gobbling Piranha Plant item, and the inclusion of several retro tracks from previous Mario Kart games, such as Mario Kart 64's Toad Turnpike (one of my favorites) and Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii. Much like the revamped courses in 3DS's Mario Kart 7, these retro tracks will be enhanced with new features like the anti-gravity pads exclusive to Mario Kart 8. All I'm saying is they better put Maple Treeway in the game or there will be hell to pay.

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Nintendo Download for 4/3/2014: The Advance generation has arrived.

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We've heard about it for a while now, but Game Boy Advance games have started to arrive on the Wii U Virtual Console in this week's Nintendo Download, and we start off with Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.  If you're a fan of their respective genres/series, definitely pick these up.  Hopefully this trend will continue in the weeks to come.

Also on the Wii U we now have Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition, and you can get $5 off of Dr. Luigi if you own Dr. Mario from the Virtual Console.  For the 3DS we have Rusty's Real Deal Baseball and Super Monkey Ball 3D hitting the eShop.  Super Monkey Ball 3D is a fun game, but kind of annoying if you use the gyroscopic controls to control the ball since it's hard to focus on the screen if you're constantly tilting it all over the place.


Get revved up with Mario Kart 8's new trailer

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This morning brought a wealth of information about Nintendo's next big Wii U title Mario Kart 8, including an all new trailer. The trailer is packed full of the same great racing action we have previously seen, as well as some of the game's new features, including all new items. Two new items revealed were the Boomerang, which seems to hit opponents and steal their coins, and the Piranha Plant which bites nearby racers. The trailer also shows off just how good the game looks, certainly making it a new competitor for the best looking Wii U game.

Mario Kart 8 will be the newest addition to a great library of first party titles on Wii U when it releases on May 30th. Like its predecessors Mario Kart 8 doesn't look like it will revolutionize the Kart racing genre  but is sure to be a lot of fun, especially the new zero gravity racing.

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