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Spring 2015 Nintendo Direct Incoming

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
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Tomorrow, January 14th at 8:00am CST Nintendo will air a Nintendo Direct with info pertaining to this Spring’s Wii U and 3DS releases.  Hoping for proper (and soon) release dates for the New 3DS and Majora’s Mask 3DS as well as an announcement of the New 3DS Ambassador program for North America and hopefully a couple of releases in the currently mostly empty Q1 2015 season.

We’ll have our usual summary posted here after the Direct airs so that everyone knows what went down.

Game Usagi Plays: Reborn

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
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Game Usagi plays has been on a bit of a hiatus in the last couple of months over frustration with Nintendo’s arcane and inane copyright tagging policies involving Wii U games. Recently we decided that this is probably not going to change in the near future, even though they’ve recently made some steps in the right direction allowing certain Let’s Play videos on NicoNico Japan. So, let Nintendo have their pennies of ad money on our videos and we’ll continue to play some cool and funny video games for you (often in 60fps now) as long as we can.  See after the jump for a few of our most recent videos, and be sure to subscribe to the Game Usagi Plays YouTube channel if you’d like to keep up to date on our releases.

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U) Review

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo Group #2
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1
Console: Wii U
Hours Played: 4.75 hours
Progress:  Completed all 60+ main levels in addition to a handful of bonus ones, collected 159 gems

Most people playing Super Mario 3D World (including us) were very enamored by the little side puzzle adventure levels featuring the intrepid Captain Toad of Super Mario Galaxy fame.  After playing a few of the well-designed puzzle levels I personally felt that it would be a great idea for Nintendo to develop a full-out dedicated Captain Toad experience.  Nintendo surprised everyone at E3 this year by announcing that they were doing just that and that Captain Toad would receive a full retail release in time for the holidays this year.  So, is Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker a quick holiday cash-in by Nintendo or does the charm of the bonus levels from Super Mario 3D World carry over into a well conceived game worthy of a $40 ($45 in Canada) retail release?  Read on to find out how we enjoyed our time tracking treasures.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and amiibo Review

Friday, November 21st, 2014
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Developer: Sora Ltd.
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Fighting
Players: 1-8 locally, 1-4 online
Console: Wii U
Hours Played: ~30 hours
Progress: Unlocked all characters and stages, played the new Smash Tour mode a few times, completed all Solo events and about 1/3 of the Co-op Events, played a handful of Crazy Orders/Master Orders, played about an hour of online multiplayer matches, finished roughly half of the challenges

The time is nigh.  It’s like E3, a new Zelda launch, a new Elder Scrolls launch, your birthday, Christmas, and Veteran’s Day all rolled into one.  This generation’s full-out console Smash Bros. is upon us and what else can Nintendo gamers do but dust off their Wii Us, take Bayonetta out, and then never play another game except Smash Bros. again until the next one that you play with gloves plugged into your mind comes out in 2020?  Does the Wii U incarnation of Smash Bros. live up to the raucous hype and the thousands of hours people spent on NeoGAF arguing if Ridley was too big to be playable or not (hint: yes, he is)?  Read on to find out if the next Smash really is our Bro or not.

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The King is Back!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
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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!

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Disney Infinity 2.0 (Wii U) – Game Usagi Opens

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
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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
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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.

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An upcoming firmware update for the 3DS in October will also allow for the purchase of custom menu themes:

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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
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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.

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