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The King is Back!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
mewtwo-smash-bros-wiiu Nintendo blew the lid off of many of the new features coming for Smash Bros on the Wii U today, but the greatest news of all is that Mewtwo is returning to beat the pants off of Lucario's cloned butt. Other highlights include 8-Player Smash, Ridley as an interactive stage boss (proponents of him being playable can finally shut their mouths), the return of custom stages, and Smash Tour that combines many of the funky custom rules matches with board/party game elements.  You can see the full awesome press release after the jump!
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today Nintendo unleashed a deluge of information about its upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game, including an eight-player mode, the ability to build and share custom stages and an exclusive soundtrack offer. Nintendo revealed these and many more details in a live-streamed video announcement. To view the video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. “Super Smash Bros. fans got a full look today at the unbelievable variety of options and surprises that await them in the Wii U version of the game,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Millions of fans around the world already can’t get enough of the Nintendo 3DS game, and we want the Wii U version to build on that momentum.” Some of the topics covered in the video include: 8-Player Smash: In a major first for the franchise, a special mode lets eight players fight simultaneously in local multiplayer. This option appears only in the Wii U version, and lets players compete on even larger stages to accommodate all the characters. amiibo Figures: When a player touches an amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad, the character joins as a “figure player.” The amiibo figures can gain levels to become stronger and add equipment as they gain experience through battling. Players can have amiibo fight one another, and amiibo will bring you presents from the battles they fight in. Custom Stage Creation: The touch screen of the Wii U GamePad makes it easier than ever for players to build their own stages and eventually share them with friends and other players around the world using broadband Internet access. Controls: Players who own the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to control the action on the TV screen, in addition to the many other control options available. Importing Fighters: Fans of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can immediately benefit from the fruits of their smashing labors. Players can import custom Nintendo 3DS fighters to the Wii U game, along with their customized equipment, costumes and hats. Special Soundtrack Offer: Everyone who buys both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and registers both games on Club Nintendo by Jan. 13 will receive a two-disc soundtrack of music from the games. Mewtwo: Like the soundtrack, this series veteran fighter will be made available as free downloadable content in spring of 2015 for anyone who buys both versions of the game. Modes: The Wii U version of the game offers many new modes and different ways to play that keep players coming back for more: Smash Tour: World Smash is a fighting party game that looks like a board game. Players use items, spin a wheel and advance around the map. Up to four players can compete at once as they navigate the board and gain fighters and power-ups they can use in a final battle. Special Smash Mode: Players can customize battles with unique parameters. Coin Battles: Players compete to collect coins from other players. Stamina Matches: Players fight until their hit points reach zero. Classic Mode: One or two players fight through a series of battles and advance as long as they survive. Many random events can shake things up, and players can adjust the intensity settings. The more difficult the game, the greater the rewards. All-Star Mode: Like in the Nintendo 3DS version, opponents appear in chronological order. Only this time, the newest fighters appear before the older ones, and two players can battle through this mode together. Event Mode: One or two players take on set character- and theme-based battles. Clearing stages helps players see the way forward. Masterpieces: This menu gives players a peek into the past lives of some of the Super Smash Bros. characters. Players can play cut-down versions of the characters’ greatest games. Stages: The Wii U game offers more stages than any game in the series. The expanded Big Battlefield makes its debut in addition to the traditional Battlefield Stage. The Great Cave Offensive, based on the underground labyrinth found in Kirby games, challenges players to avoid potentially lethal danger zones – or throw their opponents into them. The Jungle Hijinxs stage, based on Donkey Kong Country Returns, lets players fight in the foreground and background. Blast barrels shoot players from front to back and vice versa. Tunes: The game includes hundreds of music tracks, songs and jingles that players can listen to and settings to customize what music plays during game play. Players add songs to their library by collecting CDs that appear while smashing or after completing challenges. Movies: When players clear Classic or All-Star modes, they’ll be treated to a brief movie featuring whichever fighter they used. Every fighter has a movie, so it’ll be a challenge to view them all. Ridley. Yes, Ridley: Fans have been clamoring for Ridley to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game for a while, and now they’re getting their wish. But true to form, Ridley appears in an unexpected way. Players will find him in the Metroid series-inspired Pyrosphere stage, but he does more than just hassle players. If one player attacks Ridley enough, Ridley will join that fighter’s side and attack others. Players (including the one on Ridley’s side) can KO Ridley to earn a point toward the match result total. And if Ridley consumes enough energy, he will become Meta Ridley and all the more vicious. Characters: The Wii U version offers 40 characters and the use of Mii characters from the start. Each character’s moves match those found in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, so players who hone their skills in the portable game will have an edge over opponents in the console version of the game.
And here's an unedited image of the Wii U Mewtwo model for good measure: mewtwo Welcome back, friend.  Now if only we could manage to use your magic to bring back the dearly departed Ice Climbers...

Disney Infinity 2.0 (Wii U) – Game Usagi Opens

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4NWeIfJ4no Game Usagi Opens the Disney Infinity 2.0 Super Heroes pack for Wii U that Disney sent us.  The new viewing angle for unboxings is promising, but the hippo still apologizes for the framing.

Unbelievably HUGE Nintendo Announcements

Friday, August 29th, 2014
new3dsImagine that Nintendo called you up at home and asked you to design a new version of the 3DS for them.  What would you put in it?  A second circle pad, probably, and what else?  Well, the sweet spot for the 3D is so low that most people don't bother using it anymore -- so why not add a better 3D screen, or even something super high-tech like face tracking so the 3D could adjust to your viewing angle?  You've been given carte blanche after all, so why not go totally crazy and add some extra cool things like a faster CPU so it can play better games (current 3DS owners be damned, this is the future so get on board the future train!) and a microSD card slot like illegitimate devices for the DS/3DS have had for around a decade now?  (You'd probably want better cameras and screen resolution too, but let's take our victories one at a time). Well guess what.  In just a couple months Nintendo is launching a fully improved 3DS and 3DS XL line dubbed the "new 3DS" and "new 3DS XL" in Japan (NA release dates haven't been confirmed yet, but Europe has to wait until 2015) that have most of the features I just described:
  • Secondary C-stick which can indeed be used for smash attacks in Smash Bros.
  • Face-tracking using gyroscope and camera for 3D
  • Option for automatic brightness adjustment of screens
  • Faster CPU and games that exclusively use it like an upcoming port of Xenoblade Chronicles
  • NFC functionality on the lower screen for amiibo compatibility
  • MicroSD card slot under the system's back panel to expand internal memory
  • ZR/ZL buttons on the top of the system
  • (non-Xl model only) Interchangeable face plates for the top/bottom of system
There's tell that they might not be available in North America until 2015 just like in Europe, which would make the wait excruciating indeed. Other mind-blowing news included the announcement of Shulk as a playable character in Smash Bros., further confirming all of the leaked rosters, etc. that came out earlier this week, so we can at least expect Duck Hunt, Dr. Mario, Ness, and Bowser Jr. too. shulk-smashbros An upcoming firmware update for the 3DS in October will also allow for the purchase of custom menu themes: custom-3ds-mario You can see all of the (Japanese) details for the new 3DS/XL systems here.  It's a good day to be a Nintendo fan.

Cool Game Kickstarter: Adventures of Pip

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
[video width="660" mp4="http://gameusagi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/KS_trailer_05.mp4" poster="http://gameusagi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/frida-1.png"][/video] Tic Toc Games is relaunching their Kickstarter campaign to help them complete their PC/Mac/Wii U game Adventures of Pip (that features stretch goals for Xbox One and PSN).  They gave us their relaunch trailer to share with you so you can see just how far along the development is for this promising adventure game. Check out their new Kickstarter if you're interested in supporting the game and snagging yourself a copy and/or some swag along the way.

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. [gallery columns="2" ids="3807,3808"]
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