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11:00 AM on 07.17.2013

Kung Foot: Rayman Legends gets great new minigame

Last week, Ubisoft held an event for Rayman Legends, a game that's been a long time coming thanks to a delay on account of incoming multiplatform ports. While I figured we might just about have seen everything we need to know...

Steven Hansen

10:45 AM on 04.17.2013

There are five new gametypes in Game & Wario

For the fans of 2007's Wario Ware: Smooth Moves, it's been quite the dry spell in between console entries. Having recently seen release in Japan, Nintendo is now showing off localized versions of Game & Wario. Here's a rundown on some of the new modes.

Abel Girmay

8:30 PM on 03.28.2013

Game & Wario video blow out

The last time I posted about Game & Wario, there was much editorializing on how I found the game initially disappointing but was slowly becoming more hopeful that it would find excellence. These new videos from...

Jonathan Holmes

10:45 AM on 03.14.2013

Tickle sleeping children's feet in Game & Wario

Everbody's buddy "NintenDaan" Koopman directed us to these latest videos for the upcoming Game & Wario. Now, I must admit that I haven't been following the development of the Wii U party fest because the word "mini-game"...

Tony Ponce



Review: Bentley's Hack Pack photo
Review: Bentley's Hack Pack
by Chris Carter

Sony does a pretty terrible job at promoting its first-party games. For instance, take Sly Cooper.

Droves of gamers were not only unaware that Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time launched last week, but they were completely in the dark in regards to the fact that a second Sly Cooper game was actually coming out on the same day.

This is because Sony announced it the day of its launch, buried under a press release for Thieves in Time, never to be seen or heard from again.

That game is called Bentley's Hack Pack.

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8:00 AM on 01.16.2013

Did you start your morning with PS Vita's Wake-up Club?

Let's face it: waking up in the morning sucks, but Sony has a new game of sorts to make that harsh reality a little more tolerable. Wake-up Club is essentially an alarm clock with social game elements for your PlayS...

Kyle MacGregor

11:00 AM on 12.05.2012

Game & Wario will contain 16 minigames

At yesterday's Nintendo Direct presentation in Japan, Nintendo revealed a bit more information about Game & Wario, stating that it'll have sixteen separate minigames to choose from. The game is said to have a mix of fully...

Chris Carter



Review: Rabbids Land photo
Review: Rabbids Land
by Jim Sterling

It's hard not to like the Rabbids. Cute in an ugly way, stupid in an admirable way, the bug-eyed creatures bear an innate charm, and it's hardly surprising they swiftly stepped out of Rayman's shadow to star in their own franchise. 

It saddens me that the franchise in question has built itself on a foundation of forgettable mini-game compilations. 

Rabbids Land is no exception. Billed as the "Perfect Party Game," it exists as Ubisoft's foot in the door of the Wii U's potential family market, offering a selection of uncomplicated distractions with a glossy paint of cuteness. It's ... as engaging as it sounds. 

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Review: Nintendo Land photo
Review: Nintendo Land
by Jim Sterling

The Wii U GamePad is a lot more versatile than it looks. Some potential consumers have not been quite as inspired by the system as they were by the immediate uniqueness of the Wii and its remote controller. After all, tablets and smartphones have gotten us used to gyroscopes and touchscreens -- what could the Wii U give us that's so interesting?

Nintendo Land is the answer to this question. While none of the games included in this glorified tour of the Wii U's capabilities are compelling enough on their own merits, they contribute to an overall package that does an exemplary job of showing why the Wii U has so much promise as a system. This is a game with one job -- to sell you on the merits of a GamePad. 

It accomplishes this job. 

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Quick hands-on with Nintendo Land's Mario Chase photo
Quick hands-on with Nintendo Land's Mario Chase
by Abel Girmay

Since its announcement, we seen a small trickling of the new game types in Nintendo Land. The latest is Mario Chase, a Mario themed game of tag where players have to chase after Mario. Player one is Mario, and with a ten second head start, you'll be doing all the running, ducking, and dodging needed to avoid the other players.

Up to four others can play as Toads, chasing Mario all around the course until one of them tackles him out. To even the playing field, the person playing as Mario uses the GamePad to get an overhead view of the arena and the other players locations. Mario can also periodically get a Rainbow Star for a few moments of invincibility if you safely get him back to the center of the arena. It is a risk though, as running back to the center can get you cornered easier.

Not to count the Toads out, they come equipped with a handy little meter that lets you know your distance to Mario, as well as a dash move to tackle Mario when close enough.

Nintendo Land's offerings have been small and tame so far, impressing not with its fancy visuals or mechanics, but rather the simplicity of it all. With Mario Chase, it feels like the Nintendo Land devs sat in a room and said themselves, "You know what's fun? Tag!" And you know what, it is, it really is.

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1:00 PM on 09.13.2012

Float on with Nintendo Land's Balloon Trip Breeze trailer

Like most of you, I was taken aback when Nintendo first revealed Nintendo Land during its E3 conference. But after actually, ya know, PLAYING the thing, I started warming up to it. It's less the kind of "party game" we are fa...

Tony Ponce

10:11 AM on 09.13.2012

Full list of attractions in Nintendo Land (Update)

[Update: We now know the names of all 12 attractions] Nintendo shared some new attractions in Nintendo Land today: Mario Chase, Pikmin Adventure, and the retitled Metroid Blast. The Metroid minigame was showcased specificall...

Tony Ponce



Review: Lights, Camera, Party! photo
Review: Lights, Camera, Party!
by Ian Bonds

Mini-games. Apparently, they're still a thing. If you own one of those new-fangled motion controllers for your system, invariably you'll discover that there are mini-game collections to be found for your device. PlayStation Move users have one of these collections available now as a download on PlayStation Network.

This is a review of said game, Lights, Camera, Party! The exclamation mark is only part of the title, nothing more.

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Preview: Undressing Rabbids in Rabbids Land for Wii U  photo
Preview: Undressing Rabbids in Rabbids Land for Wii U
by Steven Hansen

Those wacky Rabbids are back. I suppose the Wii U wouldn’t be complete without a party minigame compilation starring these lovable loons; plus, they rake in the cheddar. So here we are. A stopgap before Mario Party 27 that adds to the new system’s launch yet another title from Ubisoft, which is backing the Wii U with gusto, between ZombiU and apparent Rayman Legends exclusivity. The latter alone has me itching to pull the trigger on a Wii U launch-date pickup, given how much I love Rayman Origins.

In Rabbids Lands, the barmy white rodents have taken over an amusement park, where they can be expected to get up to their ears in tomfoolery and mischief. Continue reading for a brief rundown of three new minigames that take advantage of the Wii U controller.

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7:57 AM on 08.15.2012

gamescom: Rabbids Land screens and trailer

Whenever there's a new console, Ubisoft's always the first in line to provide the third-party support. In the case of Wii U, whether that's a good or bad thing depends on how much you love Rabbids.  Rabbids Land was shown at E3 where ... nobody remembered it. Let a new bunch of screenshots and a fresh trailer remind you it exists. Now you remember. Hooray. "DAAAAAAH" and all that.

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 08.09.2012

Another Wii U title: Game Party Champions

More and more titles are being added to the Wii U launch window, and today Warner Bros. Interactive adds another with Game Party Champions. If the name sounds familiar, it should, as this is another in the Game Party franchis...

Dale North