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.
Developer: Nintendo EAD
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.
Even though we reviewed an excellent Wii remote GCN controller adapter not to long ago, Nintendo has gone and made them largely useless by announcing that they will make a GameCube controller adapter and limited edition Smash Bros. branded GCN controller available so that we can continue to play Smash Bros. as it was meant to be played.
No details yet on its price or release, but we’ll keep you posted on any other information Nintendo releases about it. You can see the video they made to announce it here.
Best Buy has released a list of the Canadian Best Buy locations where lucky gamers will be able to play the new Wii U Smash Bros. well before it comes out. You can check out the list of dates, times, and locations below or go to the announcement page here for more information.
|QC||Quebec||Quebec City||5401 Boulevard des Galaries||4-9pm|
|NS||Halifax||Halifax||11 Washmill Lake Drive||4-9pm|
|ON||Mississauga||Mississauga||1-6075 Mavis Rd||4-9pm|
|AB||Edmonton||Edmonton South||9931-19th Ave NW||4-9pm|
|ON||Scarborough||Scarborough||480 Progress Ave||4-9pm|
|AB||Calgary||Deerfoot Meadows||300-8180 11th st SE||4-9pm|
|MB||Winnipeg||Winnipeg||10-1580 Regent Ave W||4-9pm|
|AB||Edmonton||Edmonton North||13924-137th Ave NW||4-9pm|
|BC||Vancouver||Cambie||2220 Cambie St||4-9pm|
|ON||Barrie||Barrie||100 Mapleview Dr||4-9pm|
|ON||Brampton||Brampton||451-25 Peel Centre Dr||4-9pm|
|BC||Surrey||Surrey||2153-10153 King George Hwy||4-9pm|
|QC||Montreal||Marche Central||8871 De L’Acadie Blvd||4-9pm|
|ON||Kingston||Kingston||770 Gardiners Rd||4-9pm|
|QC||Anjou||Anjou||7200 Blvd des Roseries||4-9pm|
|QC||Lasalle||Lasalle||7077 Boul Newman||4-9pm|
|QC||Pointe-Claire||Pointe-Claire||6815 Trans-Canada Hwy||4-9pm|
|SK||Saskatoon||Saskatoon||20A-3310 8th St E||4-9pm|
|ON||Kanata||Kanata||745 Kanata Ave||4-9pm|
|ON||Toronto||Bay and Dundas||65 Dundas St W||4-9pm|
|ON||London||London||1080 Wellington Rd||4-9pm|
|QC||Quebec||Quebec City||5401 Boulevard des Galaries||12-5PM|
|NS||Halifax||Halifax||11 Washmill Lake Drive||12-5PM|
|ON||Mississauga||Mississauga||1-6075 Mavis Rd||12-5PM|
|AB||Edmonton||Edmonton South||9931-19th Ave NW||12-5PM|
|ON||Scarborough||Scarborough||480 Progress Ave||12-5PM|
|AB||Calgary||Deerfoot Meadows||300-8180 11th st SE||12-5PM|
|MB||Winnipeg||Winnipeg||10-1580 Regent Ave W||12-5PM|
|AB||Edmonton||Edmonton North||13924-137th Ave NW||12-5PM|
|BC||Vancouver||Cambie||2220 Cambie St||12-5PM|
|ON||Barrie||Barrie||100 Mapleview Dr||12-5PM|
|ON||Brampton||Brampton||451-25 Peel Centre Dr||12-5PM|
|BC||Surrey||Surrey||2153-10153 King George Hwy||12-5PM|
|QC||Montreal||Marche Central||8871 De L’Acadie Blvd||12-5PM|
|ON||Kingston||Kingston||770 Gardiners Rd||12-5PM|
|QC||Anjou||Anjou||7200 Blvd des Roseries||12-5PM|
|QC||Lasalle||Lasalle||7077 Boul Newman||12-5PM|
|QC||Pointe-Claire||Pointe-Claire||6815 Trans-Canada Hwy||12-5PM|
|SK||Saskatoon||Saskatoon||20A-3310 8th St E||12-5PM|
|ON||Kanata||Kanata||745 Kanata Ave||12-5PM|
|ON||Toronto||Bay and Dundas||65 Dundas St W||12-5PM|
|ON||London||London||1080 Wellington Rd||12-5PM|
The first episode of Game Usagi Opens featuring Loot Crate May 2014.
If you’d like to get a Loot Crate of your own, you can go here: http://mbsy.co/lootcrate/5202985 and even use the code JUNELOOT to knock $3 off of your order.
Nintendo sent us a review copy of Mario Kart 8, so we’re hard at
work play checking out everything the game has to offer. Check out the video above or on our YouTube channel to see some Mii gameplay on the new Thwomp Ruins course. We’ll have a full review up for the game soon, so watch this space.
Nintendo is having an event in Canada to promote Mario Kart 8 by letting you play it almost a week early from 12:00pm – 4:00pm on Saturday, May 24th at Best Buys across the country. The selection of Best Buy locations hosting the event is a little smaller than it was for last year’s Best Buy Nintendo E3 Experience, so check them out here to see if you can satisfy your need for karting speed a little early. Check back here on the 24th for some videos/pictures showing off Mario Kart 8 in action.
Manufacturer: Degauss Labs
Current Retail Price: 24.95 USD (one-button), 34.95 USD (three-button)
The headphone market these days is completely swamped with products of all shapes, sizes, and prices. While many of them are mediocre and interchangeable, there are brands like Dr. Dre’s beats and SkullCandy that have at least managed to make a name for themselves among the large corporations like Sony, Klipsch, Sennheiser, and Creative. Degauss Labs’ Pocket Couture (PC) line of headphones, while oozing with style from the packaging to the logo printed on their flat cable, are very obviously attempting to make a name for themselves by catching some of the sizable crowd of consumers flocking to the redesigned EarPods that Apple launched in late 2012. From the earbud design to the exact same price this smaller Swedish headphone company is aiming straight for the top of the midrange earbud market with its Pocket Coutures, but are they really a viable alternative to the intensely engineered Apple devices? Read on to find out if we think the PCs successfully blend style with function.