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Lucina, Robin, and Captain Falcon Confirmed for Smash Bros.

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Nintendo confirmed three more playable characters for inclusion in Smash Bros. today.  Fire Emblem fans will be ecstatic as two more of their favourite characters have been added: Lucina and Robin. I know literally nothing about Fire Emblem so I can’t attest to how good this news is. For the rest of us, Captain Falcon is confirmed to return and FALCON PAWNCH everyone into submission.

What’s more, this instantly un-confirms the most famous list of leaked Smash Bros. characters as Chrom, that it had purportedly confirmed, as been confirmed as non-playable in this new trailer. So, there’s hope for a genuine surprise or two left in the Smash Bros. roster and excited speculation can once again resume regarding what treats Sakurai has left for us in his magical bag.

You can check out the artwork for the individual characters and see a bunch more screenshots of them in action here.

New Smash Bros. Character Announcement at 8:00

Monday, July 14th, 2014

maxresdefaultNintendo is going to announce a new Smash Bros. character today at 8:00 am. Not to take the magic out of it, but if the very reliable character list leak that has been 100% accurate thus far remains to be true we can expect this to be Shulk, Chrom, or Rhythm Heaven’s Chorus Kids — none of which I’m terribly excited about. With Mega Man and Pac-Man already included, I’m pretty much satisfied with the roster (even though I’ve been rooting for Bomberman’s inclusion since the Melee days). If the rumours are true, not being a fan of Fire Emblem, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Rhythm Heaven will put fans at an excitement disadvantage for the remaining character reveals. Nintendo could still surprise us all and pull out someone mind-blowing like King K. Rool, Geno, Bayonetta, Chibi-Robo, Wonder Red, Viewtiful Joe, Shadow the Hedgehog, Isaac from Golden Sun, or the much-requested return of Mewtwo (unlikely with Lucario’s unfortunate return) — but these characters seem increasingly unlikely as more and more of the original leaked list is confirmed.

Whoever it is, we’ll have the new screenshots up for you as soon as we get them, so stay tuned for some exciting Smash Bros. news either way.

Super Smash Bros. E3 Smash-fest Videos

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

We attended the E3 2014 Smash-fest at our local Best Buy and shot a couple of gameplay videos for both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game for you.  You can check out the other three videos after the jump to see how much of a blast we had with the upcoming games.


Bittersweet Smash Bros. News

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Three pieces of bittersweet news for Smash Bros. fans this evening.  Firstly, as the video above shows, PAC-MAN IS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED FOR SMASH BROS!!!!!  This excellent news is unfortunately balanced out by the fact that Smash Bros. 3DS has been delayed from its “summer” release time all the way back to October 3rd.  And a bit of nice, but more neutral news: the official boxarts for the Wii U and 3DS versions have been revealed and you can check them out in super high-resolution glory below.

Legend of Zelda Wii U 1080p Screenshots

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Here are the four 1080p screenshots that Nintendo has released from the teaser trailer they showed during their Digital Event today. Remember to right-click the thumbnails and choose “Open Link in New Tab” to see the shots at their absolute full resolution.

Nintendo E3 2014 Digital Event Summary

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

NEW ZELDA!!!!  After you’ve watched the above trailer a few times, come back and let me tell you a tale of all of the wonderful things Nintendo shared with us today.  After a run-up of quite a few legitimate leaks: Mario Maker, Miyamoto’s little very unfinished projects for Wii U including a Star Fox demo thing, and Zelda/Midna being playable characters in Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo was still able to surprise and delight at almost every turn.  My highlights from their Digital Event today were naturally the NEW ZELDA, their half-decent Skylanders clone called “amiibo”, seeing that Yoshi’s Wooly World is essentially the Yoshi’s New Island we were really hoping for, the surprisingly intriguing competitive 3rd-person shooter Splatoon, and of course the completely unexpected tongue-in-cheek stop-motion animation vignettes supplied by Robot Chicken.

Check after the page jump for Nintendo’s official PR line on everything they’ve shown so far today including pricing and release dates/windows for a lot of games that previously didn’t have them.  The $99.99 US (hopefully also CDN, but not officially yet) bundle of a GCN controller, the Wii U GCN controller adapter, and Smash Bros. Wii U special edition bundle was definitely my favourite of the bunch.


Smash Bros. Instagram Contest Losing Video

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

We tried our hand at getting a free ride to E3 this year courtesy of Nintendo, but didn’t manage to with the Smash Bros. Invitational contest.  You can check out the video we submitted above and the contest’s actual winner here and decide which one you like better for yourself.  We know which one we like better.

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) Review

Thursday, May 29th, 2014


Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Kart Racing
Players: 1-4 locally, 1-2 per system online, up to 12 per lobby online
Console: Wii U
Hours Played: 13 hours and 38 minutes
Progress: Placed first in all 50cc and 100cc cups (unlocking all characters), earned more than 1200 points in online multiplayer

The Wii U is unarguably in need of a killer app to drive sales and really get the ball rolling on the current generation of Nintendo home systems.  Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD, and even a brand new Super Mario 3D World, while excellent games in their own rights, all failed at accomplishing this task one-by-one in recent months.  Even the two most recent entries in the Mario Kart series were fairly disappointing in many respects, with broken battle modes that skewed greatly toward the unskilled and rather tepid graphics.  So, with the weight of past missteps and a dire need to move systems looming over its head, is Mario Kart 8 the light at the end of the tunnel that will push the Wii U out of its slump and into the hearts and living rooms of the world?  Read on to find out wherefore kart thou Mario.


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