Assassin’s Creed IV Trailer Shows The Life Of A Pirate

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 26, 2013 in Videogames

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

That first trailer for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was all CG, with nary a bit of gameplay to be seen. It’s really easy to promise anything when you’re not showing real footage, so we all needed to wait for the next trailer to make a proper judgment on the upcoming game. Now that next trailer is here, and it’s looking good!
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Nintendo Creating Animated 3DS Shorts To Promote Pikmin 3

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 12, 2013 in Animation, Videogames

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It has been a dry post-launch period for Wii U owners, with not a whole lot coming out. In hindsight, it’s almost good that Pikmin 3 got delayed until early this year, since at least there will be a must-buy game coming out for those desperate for new games. But before then, Nintendo has a small side-project to share: short Pikmin cartoons.
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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Demos Out Now on Nintendo eShop

Posted by Ben Huber on Feb 22, 2013 in Videogames

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Been looking to finally get into the Monster Hunter series? You’ve probably heard how it’s a runaway success in Japan and have been wondering when we’ll we see it on this side of the pond – well Nintendo and Capcom are giving you a chance to try out the games before their release on March 19th. You can now download the demos for it on either the 3DS or Wii U eShop to try your hand at the series. And yes, both 3DS and the Wii U versions are compatible with each other, so you can team up and hunt together. Try downloading it and see what you think! Read more…

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Nintendo Declares 2013 to be the Year of Luigi

Posted by Ben Huber on Feb 15, 2013 in Videogames

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Are you ready to have a little more Luigi in your life? Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is on it’s way to 3DS on March 24th, but Nintendo decided to go all-out and declare 2013 the Year of Luigi. In addition to that game, Nintendo also announced a new Mario & Luigi game, subtitled Dream Team. Coming this summer, it’s a new installment in the popular RPG series, featuring Mario going into Luigi’s dreams, while Luigi snores soundly on the bottom screen. Lastly, they also mentioned new DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U, which when activated, will change the existing levels into 80+ new courses only for Luigi. Appropriately titled New Super Luigi U, this DLC is also planned for this year. Check out some footage of these games below! Read more…

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LEGO City Undercover Gets a New Trailer

Posted by Ben Huber on Feb 9, 2013 in Videogames

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Looking for a new Wii U game now that Rayman Legends has been delayed? LEGO City Undercover looks like it might fit that bill. It’s the latest in a long line of LEGO games, but it looks to be breaking the mold in a few ways: one, it’s an open-world GTA-style game and two, more work seems to be going into the writing and voice acting. This new trailer via Nintendomination actually made me laugh a few times, and the missions look to be fun, so maybe I’ll check this game out. That goofy and charming LEGO humor really seems like a perfect fit here. Watch the trailer below. Read more…

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New Yoshi Wii U Game Announced

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 25, 2013 in Videogames

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The wave of new games keeps flooding in: Nintendo has announced a new Yoshi game from Good Feel, in the art style of Kirby’s Epic Yarn. A case of Nintendo laziness, bringing back an old art style for a new game? Or maybe just an artistic decision to create a spiritual sequel? I think we’ll have to wait for the actual game, but this kind of “redo” of Epic Yarn is ok in my book, as long as Nintendo does plenty to make it still feel like a Yoshi game. There are a few screenshots released as well as a short video below. Read more…

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Monolithsoft Announces New Xeno RPG For Wii U

Posted by Bob Muir on Jan 24, 2013 in Videogames

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Speaking of Wii U announcements, Nintendo has other tricks off up its sleeve. One of the most notable ones is a new RPG from Monolithsoft, who most recently put out the well-liked Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles. It’s untitled beyond an X, but that probably means it will be a new game named Xeno-something, considering that Tetsuya Takahashi, director of Xenogears, Xenosaga, and Xenoblade Chronicles, is executive director for this game.
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Nintendo Announces Wii U HD Remake of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Posted by Bob Muir on Jan 24, 2013 in Videogames

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is one of the most visually stunning games in the past decade, and a game that still looks just as beautiful in today’s high-def era. (It looks even better when emulated and rerendered into HD!) The world will eventually see a full, new Zelda adventure in HD at some point during the Wii U’s lifespan, but before then, Nintendo is working on something to tide us over: an official HD remake of The Wind Waker. Read more…

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Wii U Day 1: What Did You Get?

Posted by Ben Huber on Nov 18, 2012 in Videogames

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Well today is finally the release date of Nintendo’s Wii U, their successor to the incredibly popular Wii.  It’ll be exciting to see how well it sells and if Nintendo will be able to keep up with demand. Will it become the hot commodity this Christmas, much like the Wii did? Or will it end up being a bit more on the Gamecube side of things? Only time will tell, but at the very least, the launch lineup seems solid. If you’re picking one up, the day one update is out, so be sure to grab that to activate all the online features. Going to go digital? A full list of retail games available digitally is below! Read more…

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Wii U’s TVii Won’t Arrive Till December

Posted by Ben Huber on Nov 17, 2012 in Videogames

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The Wii U arrives tomorrow, November 18th, and I’m sure many of you are getting one. It looks to be a fun system and I like the direction Nintendo is taking with it, although I’m unsure how mainstream audiences will react to it. One of the biggest selling points for casual audiences (and perhaps gamers too) is using the Wii U Gamepad as, essentially, the best and biggest universal remote ever. You’ll be able to control your TV via the pad, including input switching and all the basic features. Combined with TVii, Nintendo’s app that will unify many streaming services (like you cable, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video) it could do wonders for streamlining the living room experience. But bad news: it won’t arrive until December. Read more…

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 On Wii U Looks Pretty Silly

Posted by Bob Muir on Nov 8, 2012 in Videogames

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition

Like most console launches, the Wii U is getting a lot of ports to fill out its launch window. A lot of these are pretty much what you’d expect, but Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition is getting some nice exclusive content to differentiate this version. Besides being able to draw on your characters with the GamePad to customize them, there are further customization options to make the Tekken characters look like Nintendo characters. That’s almost weird enough, but the extra content doesn’t end there.
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The Wonderful 101 Trailer, Now in 60 Frames Per Second

Posted by Ben Huber on Nov 5, 2012 in Videogames

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Interested in checking out a new trailer for the upcoming Wii U game from Hideki Kamiya, The Wonderful 101? It’s one of the best-looking games coming out for the system, in my view. It features a bunch of colorful superhero characters (who might remind you a bit of Viewtiful Joe) that team up to fight an alien menace. And we do mean ‘team up.’ The collective combines into a giant sword, a fist, or other objects to tackle your enemies – all you need to do is gather citizens and recruit them to your cause. Check out the trailer here, in 60 frames per second, so you can get a full feel for the fluidity of the game! Read more…

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Snipe or Sneak With the Wii U Gamepad in ZombiU

Posted by Ben Huber on Oct 14, 2012 in Videogames

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I’m cautiously interested in the Wii U’s launch lineup: compared to most other console launches, it’s pretty darn good. A new Mario game, a solid lineup of third party games, and a Wii Sports-alike to attract the casual gamers. Ubisoft’s ZombiU, while having a terrible title, looks pretty interesting. They seem to have some neat gameplay with the Wii U’s gamepad, such as zooming in on the second screen to snipe, or managing your inventory – and zombies can attack you while you’re doing so! Granted, I’m a little zombie’d out right now, so I’m not sure how well it will go over, but as long as it’s not another Red Steel situation, I’m okay with it. Read more…

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate To Receive High-Def Facelift

Posted by Bob Muir on Oct 3, 2012 in Videogames

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Monster Hunter may be very popular in Japan, but it hasn’t always gotten its due in the West. It has a loyal fanbase, but not every installment of the game has made it across the pond. So considering the fact that the Wii U’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an upgraded version of the Wii’s Monster Hunter Tri, it’s cool that Capcom is still bringing it out in America. Cooler still? The game is getting some solid technical upgrades. Read more…

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The Wonderful 101 Shows Off in a New Trailer

Posted by Ben Huber on Sep 24, 2012 in Videogames

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Remember Project P-100 from E3? Platinum Game’s upcoming Wii U game directed by Hideki Kamiya features super heroes that recruit ordinary citizens into their growing posse of super-individuals, and use them to create larger-than-life guns, hang gliders, or swords. It’s a little bit of Pikmin mixed with the aesthetics of Viewtiful Joe, which in my book is a big win. The name of the game is now The Wonderful 101, and Nintendo is showing off a new trailer – and it still looks great. The Wonderful 101 is coming out sometime after the Wii U’s launch, but before March 2013, so it won’t be too long of a wait! Read more…

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Wii U Gets Release Date and Prices – What’s in the Box?

Posted by Ben Huber on Sep 14, 2012 in Videogames

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Yesterday Nintendo announced that their upcoming system, the Wii U, will release on November 18th this year, in two SKUs. One will contain the Wii U system in white, along with the new controller, for $299, while the deluxe version will feature a black Wii U with additional accessories and Nintendoland packed in. While I think that perhaps they should’ve run just a bit cheaper, I think that Nintendo might be on to something. Their advertising and presentation of the Wii U is still horribly muddled – many people still seem to think its an add-on for the existing Wii system – but word of mouth helped sell the original Wii, and I think there’s a possibility it’ll work here. Read more…

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E3: Nintendo Tips its Hand

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jun 8, 2011 in Videogames

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Pretty much everyone had been waiting on pins and needles for Nintendo to unveil its upcoming successor to the Wii. At yesterday’s press conference, they finally gave us our first good look at Project Cafe, dubbed the Wii U — another name that has left many of us scratching our heads. Unlike Sony, Nintendo remained silent about many of the specs surrounding the new console, choosing to simply post the details on their official site. However, what they did share seemed really impressive. A tablet controller with the ability to transfer content seamlessly from the the tablet to the screen, and a graphics engine that finally rivals  that of other current generation consoles.

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