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6:00 PM on 04.24.2013

PC Port Report: Papo & Yo

[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] When I played Papo & Yo in August, last year, I quickly found myself fascinated by Vande...

Fraser Brown



Donkey Kong Country Returns is more accessible on 3DS photo
Donkey Kong Country Returns is more accessible on 3DS
by Abel Girmay

By the time Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is released, it will have been two and half years from the original's debut on the Wii. So what has changed in that time? Well, not a whole lot, and that's not a bad thing. Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii was a great title, and the 3DS release just irons out the last few kinks.

Anyone that played the Wii iteration of Donkey Kong Country Returns can attest to the often rage inducing difficulty. Low health, deviously placed traps, among other things, made for a platformer that was still fun, if not the most inclusive experience as say, Super Mario Galaxy.

While you'll still be able to experience the original game with no changes, the most obvious alterations here with the 3DS update is the addition of an easy mode. You now have three hearts instead of two that you can take advantage of, making for a total of six when you're running with Diddy Kong. There's also some new items to assist, such as balloons to help you when you get stuck from a bad jump, and a portable DK barrel to summon Diddy, handy for when you're low on health and need a makeshift pick me up.

Still, these changes doesn't make the game a walk down easy street. They'll just help ensure nobody's 3DS goes flying through a wall.

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5:00 PM on 04.07.2013

Castle of Illusion digital box art materializes

Last month, the Brazilian ratings board DJCTQ revealed that the SEGA Genesis platforming classic Castle of Illusion was coming to PS3, Vita, 360, and Wii U. Now, XBLA digital box art has appeared, indicating that a formal ann...

Tony Ponce

11:00 PM on 04.06.2013

Check out Muramasa Rebirth's improved translation

Muramasa Rebirth, the Vita port of 2009's Muramasa: The Demon Blade for Wii, is more than just a simple up-res. As noted in Steven Hansen's recent preview, publisher Aksys Games has re-translated the game, resulting in a much...

Tony Ponce

6:00 PM on 04.06.2013

PC Port Report: Resident Evil 6

[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] The Resident Evil franchise boasts one of the worst PC ports of all time with its release of Resi...

Patrick Hancock



Dragon Quest X Wii U opening sales are really bad photo
Dragon Quest X Wii U opening sales are really bad
by Tony Ponce

Square Enix expressed disappointment a couple months ago with the performance of Dragon Quest X on Wii, despite the MMO outpacing the sales and subscription retention of Final Fantasy XI, the most profitable FF ever. With the release of the Wii U port around the corner, I was sure that those numbers would improve and turn Square Enix's frown around.

The game released last week, at its opening sales were... not good. Only 33,302 units sold, which puts it right under the Vita port of Muramasa: The Demon Blade. I wasn't expecting super huge numbers, considering it's a port and all, but a Dragon Quest game doing that poorly!? That is really disappointing.

Of course, the cynics will say it's because no one wanted a Dragon Quest MMO -- the hundreds of thousands of sales on Wii would say otherwise -- but I insist that it's because of the Wii U's continued software struggles. The only other Wii U release that week was Game & Wario, the first first-party title for the platform since Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U, and it only hit 22,491. Something needs to be done about this situation, but what?

「フェイト/エクストラ CCC」7万2000本。PS Vita版「朧村正」やWii U版「ドラクエX」なども登場の「週間販売ランキング+」 [4Gamer via NeoGAF]

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3:30 PM on 03.23.2013

Jak and Daxter Collection might come to PS Vita

The original Jak and Daxter was a charming little platformer if not a bit derivative. The two sequels were... err... something else, for lack of a better phrase. I enjoyed them nonetheless, and I'm disappointed that Naughty D...

Tony Ponce

8:15 AM on 03.20.2013

Deus Ex: Human Revolution officially announced for Wii U

As a surprise to no one, Square Enix has officially announced and acknowledged the existence of the rumored Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director's Cut for the Wii U. The new Wii U-centric features include GamePad hacking, inte...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 03.19.2013

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut coming to Wii U

Leave it to Amazon to once again break a story well ahead of a publisher's official announcement. A new listing on the online retailer reveals Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut for Wii U is set to release on May 7. Rum...

Tony Ponce





3:00 PM on 03.16.2013

Dungeons & Dragons arcade games coming to PS3 and 360?

Siliconera has a story up right now which may spoil some of Capcom's plans for this coming PAX East. According to the post, the publisher is set to announce the impending arrival of classic Dungeons & Dragons arcade ...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:15 PM on 03.12.2013

Terraria console devs 'looking into' Vita port

In an interview on TechnologyTell, David Welch of 505 Games discusses some of the challenges and successes that the studio has encountered while bringing Terraria to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Interestingly, some of the ...

Darren Nakamura

2:30 PM on 03.01.2013

Wii FPS The Conduit is going HD for smartphones

I won't blame you for only vaguely remembering The Conduit, the Wii-exclusive first-person shooter that developer High Voltage Software claimed would be so technologically proficient that it would demonstrate just how little ...

Tony Ponce

6:00 PM on 02.26.2013

PC Port Report: Brutal Legend

[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] It's been about three and a half years since Brütal Legend came out on consoles and it has f...

Joshua Derocher

6:53 PM on 02.20.2013

Blizzard announces Diablo III on the PS3 and PS4

Former professional wrestler Chris Metzen of Blizzard entertainment announced today that Sony and Blizzard have entered a "strategic partnership to take over the world."  While there's no mention of Pinky and the Brain's...

Chris Carter

8:30 PM on 02.18.2013

Fan feedback led to Resident Evil: Revelations HD

Love or hate Capcom, many vocal fans of the company seem to have an endless supply of opinions regarding why a decision was or was not made. In the case of Resident Evil: Revelations shedding its 3DS exclusivity with ports to...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 02.15.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines not canceled for Wii U

In the fallout of the Aliens: Colonial Marines controversy, fact and fiction are difficult to separate. SEGA has, at least, put paid to one of the not-so-true suggestions, denying rumors that the Wii U version has b...

Jim Sterling