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Smash Bros. Newstravaganza!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014


Nintendo unleashed a storm of new Smash Bros. information today and there’s lots to be excited about (we’ve bolded the cooler stuff):

  • Launch windows: The Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is planned to launch this summer. The Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. is planned to launch in winter 2014.
  • Silky-smooth 3D: Most game-play elements of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game will run at 60 frames per second, all in stereoscopic 3D.
  • “Smash Run”: Exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is a new mode called “Smash Run.” In this mode, four players have five minutes to enter a dungeon and explore the surroundings, fight enemies and obtain power-ups to enhance their fighters. Once the five minutes are up, all four fighters enter a battle arena using their newly equipped items and power-ups. Enemies encountered in the Smash Run mode are from a wide range of game series. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems and games are required for multiplayer modes.
  • New challenger!: Greninja, the awesome final evolution of Froakie from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, joins the roster as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
  • Oldies but goodies: Many of the classic characters from past Super Smash Bros. games that are returning in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS have new powers and abilities. Four characters that have appeared in previous games, but had yet to be announced before this Nintendo Direct, include:
  • Zero Suit Samus: That’s right, Zero Suit Samus is back, but this time she is her own fully playable character, separate from suited Samus. In the new game, she is given jet boots to make her even more powerful.
  • Sheik: As with Zero Suit Samus, Sheik is another character that appeared in previous Super Smash Bros. games, but will be a unique playable character for the first time in the new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. Sheik has new moves like Burst Grenade and Bouncing Fish.
  • Yoshi: In previous games, Yoshi stood on two legs and hunched over, as if Mario were going to jump on top of him at any moment. This new version of Yoshi stands completely upright, making him an even stronger fighter.
  • Charizard: After appearing from a Poké Ball in Super Smash Bros. Melee and becoming playable by using Pokémon Trainer in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, this fire-breathing Pokémon is now a selectable character.
  • Online play: Both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. will offer online multiplayer game play with other players on the same platform. Players with broadband Internet access can battle it out with anyone else who is online and also has the game.
  • When playing with random players online, two modes are available: “For Fun” and “For Glory.” In “For Glory,” only Final Destination stage variations are available. There are no platforms, elevated areas or items in this mode. It is a nice, clean battle between characters. In “For Fun,” all stages are picked randomly and all items and power-ups are available.
  • When playing with friends, full customization is available – players can set the rules, stages and items however they want.
  • Variety of stages: While the cast of playable characters is the same in both versions of the new games, the stages where the battles take place are vastly different, depending on which system a player chooses. The Wii U stages are primarily based on past home console games, while the Nintendo 3DS stages draw from hand-held games for inspiration.
  • Boss characters, such as the Yellow Devil in Dr. Wily’s Base, will make appearances in some stages. When bosses appear, fighters will have to battle the boss, as well as one another. The boss can even be used in strategic ways to damage other fighters.
  • Almost all the stages in both versions of the game will have a “Final Destination form,” an alternate form of each stage that is inspired by the relatively simple layout of the much-loved Final Destination stage.
  • Items, trophies and Pokémon: Items, assist trophies and Poké Balls all return in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. New to the games are Master Balls, special Poké Balls that contain Legendary Pokémon like Arceus and Xerneas.
  • Get connected: There will be elements in Super Smash Bros. that link both versions of the games. More details about this will be revealed at a later date.
  • Custom moves: In a series first, players can now customize move sets when playing locally or online with friends. More information about this feature will be announced in the future.

I have a feeling there aren’t too many new characters left to announce now unfortunately.  I hope to see at least one new Nintendo and one new 3rd party character announced before we have the full roster, though.

Nintendo Direct – Oct. 1, 2013

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013


Nintendo had new Nintendo Direct conference today, here are the of the highlights straight from their press release.  You can watch the presentation in full at Nintendo’s YouTube channel here.


AiRace Speed (3DS eShop)

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013


Developer: QubicGames
Genre: Airship Time Trials
Players: 1
Console: 3DS eShop
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Launch Price: $4.99
Progress:  Passed the first 14/18 levels in 51 minutes

With Nintendo’s eShop getting increasingly popular on both the 3DS and Wii U there are more developers than ever scrambling to get a piece of the potential revenue pie.  Amongst these hoards of new developers are a few mainstays who have stuck by Nintendo’s online distribution platforms for better or worse and one such developer is QubicGames.  Having made games for WiiWare and DSiWare in the past they recently made their 3DS eShop debut with the third entry in their AiRace series, AiRace Speed.  Surely with such a long history developing original downloadable games for Nintendo platforms their latest offering would be worth at least a cursory glance… or would it?  Read on to find out what we thought of our less-than-one-hour of gameplay playthrough of AiRace Speed.


Release Dates and More

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013


No, what you’re looking at above is not a bad Photoshop.  Look at a calendar, it’s not April 1st either.  Nintendo today really, honestly announced the Nintendo 2DS — a $130 version of the 3DS with original 3DS-sized screens that sports most 3DS features with the exception of 3D and closing capabilities.  So, while it’s no longer really pocket-sized, Nintendo is aiming squarely at the smaller children crowd with their latest 3DS iteration, but if the Internet is to be believed this random and surprising console will likely go the way of the GBA micro and Wii mini to rest in the halls of Nintendo’s more ill-advised console refreshes.  If you happen to want one for some reason they hit stores on Oct. 12th in North America.

In other news, the PlayStation 4 that is looking better every day received the honour of a release date (but not a release game line-up list unfortunately).  The PS4 will officially hit NA stores on November 15th for $399.99, we’ll let you know should any more info arise regarding what games will be available at that time.

The Wii U had some news today as well.  Firstly, a price-cut bringing it down to $299.99 for the Deluxe model starting on Sept. 20th.  Some details about Wind Waker HD were also released including a limited edition Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle (comes with a digital copy of Hyrule Historia and an eShop code for Wind Waker) launching Sept. 20th also priced at $299.99 and the disc version of Wind Waker HD will be available in stores for $49.99 starting Oct. 4th.  A special edition of the disc version of Wind Waker HD will also be available exlusively at GameStop/EB Games that includes an impressive Ganondorf figurine for a mere $5 extra at $54.99.

Finally, updates have been sparse lately and we apologize for that.  Rest assured we’re busy working behind the scenes and we’ll be announcing some more details about our upcoming Let’s Play Youtube series soon too.  Until then hopefully you’re not quite done with your summer’s gaming backlog yet as the fall’s big releases won’t start popping out for another week or two.


Say whaaaaaat?, Nintendo Direct 4.17.2013

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Legend of Zelda 3DS Yoshi's Island 3DS

 Nintendo came out with another one of their famous Nintendo Direct presentations today and this one was a bit of a doozy.  Lots of new 3DS info with a smattering of Wii U info was released today, so here are the highlights:  (Check after the jump for the full video worth 10 Game Usagi Points if you watch it.)

  • A new Legend of Zelda game was shown off for the 3DS that is “set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past” meaning that it shares more-or-less the same overworld as A Link to the Past, but features a different storyline and different dungeons. Link also gets a brand-new power this time around – the ability to become two-dimensional and stick to walls to navigate around obstacles.  Better yet, the new Zelda is due out in time for Christmas.  (You can download a 3D trailer for the game now via the 3DS eShop)
  • A new Yoshi’s Island game was also shown for the 3DS, but a launch window was not discussed.
  • The upcoming new Mario & Luigi RPG, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team has a launch date of August 11th in North America.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is due out for the 3DS on May 24.
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is due out on May 9th.
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf is due out on June 9 and will also be available in a bundle with a special Animal Crossing 3DS XL for $219.99 that is exclusive to Best Buy in Canada.
  • Mario Golf: World Tour will feature full online/local multiplayer and is still due out this summer.
  • Zelda Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will be coming to the 3DS eShop on May 30.
  • A new Mario Party game was announced for the 3DS coming this winter.
  • The 3DS RPG Bravely Default is being localized for North America and Europe and is due out in 2014.
  • The final Professor Layton game, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, is also being localized for a 2014 release.
  • Three interesting LEVEL-5 3DS eShop games are also being localized: THE STARSHIP DAMREY, BUGS vs. TANKS!, and ATTACK OF THE FRIDAY MONSTERS! A TOKYO TALE
  • Shin Megami Tensei 4 is also heading to North American 3DSs in a big Limited Edition Box Set on July 16th.
  • At long last Earthbound is headed for the North American and European Wii U eShops
  • New Super Luigi U DLC for NSMBU is still due out this summer.
  • The Spring Update for the Wii U is going live next week bringing much faster menu/app load times, the ability to boot right into Wii mode, the ability to automatically install downloaded games/dlc/etc., the ability to transfer game data between two USB drives, the ability to install games in the background while playing other games, the ability to automatically receive game updates, and the ability to download/install games/demos/etc. while the system is turned off (like on the Xbox 360).
  • Shortly after the Spring Update the Wii U Virtual Console and Panorama View app will be launched
  • Game & Wario is due out for the Wii U on June 23rd
  • Pikmin 3 launches on August 4th


Nintendo Direct 2.14.2013 Summary

Thursday, February 14th, 2013


Nintendo sprung another Wii U and 3DS-centered Nintendo Direct presentation on us this morning.  The previously scant lineup of games for Nintendo systems in the coming months is now fairly bursting at the seams with many first party titles, even if quality 3rd-party titles are still more or less conspicuously missing.  You can watch the full 37 minute presentation on Nintendo’s youtube channel here, or check out a summary of the many, many announcements below:


Pokemon X/Y Announced for October 2013

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

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This morning Nintendo fulfilled many a gamer’s dream and announced the upcoming 3DS installments of the long-running main Pokemon series, Pokemon X/Y.

The trailer, which you can watch at the end of Nintendo’s Pokemon Direct above, shows off perhaps more Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles-style characters than people were expecting (ie. kind of squat), a properly 3D game environment with properly 3D character and Pokemon models, three new (presumably starter) Pokemon: the grass element otter in a hat Chespin, the fire element kind of lame looking fox thing Fennekin, and the oh boy another water-type frog Pokemon Froakie, as well as a promise of perhaps even more “all new Pokemon” (which smart people should be on the fence about if it is true as explained before by ShinyVictini).

Any way you slice it, Nintendo is sure to sell a lot of 3DSs come October when the new Pokemon game duo is launching worldwide.  We’ll keep you updated as new info is announced, but in the mean time enjoy the few screenshots and logos that Nintendo has released thus far:



Virtue’s Last Reward Typo

Monday, November 5th, 2012

It’s nothing huge, but we found an in-game typo in Virtue’s Last Reward today.  Since it’s a really story-driven game, it’s just a little funny that such a thing got through several layers of quality control.  It will be interesting to see if Aksys thinks this is a serious enough thing to release a patch for, or if it magically becomes fixed in later printings of the game.

(See an image of the typo after the jump if you can handle minor spoilers)


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