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Xenoblade Chronicles X

You'll want to install the Xenoblade Chronicles X data packs before launch

Live on the eShop now
Nov 13
// Chris Carter
Yesterday during its Nintendo Direct event, the publisher let loose upon the world four loading packs for Xenoblade Chronicles X, which isn't even set to launch until early December. So what's the deal? Basically, you can ins...
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FAST Racing Neo

FAST Racing Neo looks like a new F-Zero game for Wii U

Race fast in future space
Nov 13
// Laura Kate Dale
As part of yesterday's new Nintendo Direct presentation, Wii U owners around the world were treated to a new trailer for FAST Racing Neo. Now, where have I seen this style of game before? What possible game, much demanded by...
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Looks better, duh

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD graphical comparison

Wii U vs. GameCube / Wii
Nov 12
// Jed Whitaker
Check out the above video that compares The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD's graphics to the original releases for Wii and GameCube from 2006. I can't believe it has been nine years already, and it is hard to bel...
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Electronic Super Joy

Electronic Super Joy Wii U team talks self-censorship and the ESRB

Sexy sounds, slashes, & business reality
Nov 12
// Jonathan Holmes
It pains me that some game publishers and developers feel the need to arbitrarily add or remove sexual content to their games in order to make them more marketable, but that need is an inevitable part of any art business. If ...
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Mother 3... in Japan

Such a tease! Mother 3 is headed to Wii U in Japan

Virtual Console
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
There was at least one noticeable difference between today's Nintendo Direct in North America and Japan, and of course it involved Mother 3. The latter region is getting the treasured role-playing game on the Wii U Virtual Console next month. It's not our year, apparently. Will it ever be? Perhaps in my lifetime. The port will be available digitally in Japan on December 17, 2015.
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Pokken Tournament strikes Wii U spring 2016

Japanese debut slated for March 18
Nov 12
// Kyle MacGregor
The Wii U version of The Pokémon Company and Bandai Namco's fighter Pokkén Tournament will debut in Japan on March 18 and sometime in the spring across Europe and North America. An amiibo card for Shadow Mewtwo will be included with first-run copies of the game worldwide. Nintendo says the creature can also be unlocked sans card "after you fulfill certain conditions."
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Not a drill
This is not a drill. Nintendo has announced the newest Smash Bros. character, and it’s only god damn Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII. The trailer up top shows both his FFVII and Advent Children costumes, as well as...

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Hyrule Warriors

Linkle confirmed for Hyrule Warriors

I hope Zeldathan is next
Nov 12
// Jonathan Holmes
Looks like those eagle-eyed internet sleuths were right. Linkle, the woman version of Link who was previously revealed as a cut character from the game, will be making it to the upcoming 3DS re-release of Hyrule Warriors as ...
Star Fox Zero photo
Star Fox Zero

Star Fox Zero launches for Wii U April 22, 2016

Do a barrel roll!
Nov 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Star Fox Zero was initially supposed to launch this year, but the space shooter suffered bit of a delay. Now we know just how long we'll have to wait. During today's Nintendo Direct, the publisher announced plans to release the game in North America and Europe on April 22, 2016.
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Splatoon DLC

New Splatoon map coming out tomorrow

New guns today
Nov 12
// Darren Nakamura
During today's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced the immediate DLC plans for its hit multiplayer shooter Splatoon. Starting today, an update with new gear will be rolling out. The bigger deal is the new map, Museum d'Alfons...
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Finding new Super Mario Maker levels gets easy in December

Website to queue up levels
Nov 12
// Jed Whitaker
A new website for Super Mario Maker is going to be released in December to make it easier to find levels and queue them up to be played the next time you're at your console. The site will be available on both PC and Mobile. Players can search for various parameters to find the kinds of levels they want.  More details to be revealed closer to launch.
Twilight Princess HD photo
Twilight Princess HD

Twilight Princess HD's Wolf Link amiibo looks hot

Coming March 4, 2016
Nov 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Nintendo just announced a new amiibo depicting Wolf Link (and Midna) from Twilight Princess. The figure will launch in North America on March 4, 2016 bundled alongside Twilight Princess HD, which can be pre-ordered today, and...
Twilight Princess HD photo
Twilight Princess HD

Zelda: Twilight Princess HD confirmed for Wii U

It's a bit of a wait, though
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
After a short message about the tragic passing of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata earlier this year, Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aimé dove right into some news in today's Nintendo Direct presentation. First up, T...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Nintendo Badge Arcade

Also, Stella Glow
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
This is a pleasant surprise -- the 3DS just got the Nintendo Badge Arcade app, which allows you to play a crane game to obtain icons, which you can customize your home screen with. Also on 3DS is Horse Life 4, as well as...
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Walmart Black Friday

Walmart Black Friday deals include amiibo, $250 Wii U, $299 PS4, and more

Get ready to stand on the edge
Nov 11
// Mike Cosimano
Best Black Friday, one of the many sites dedicated to collating deals available during the ebony-black altar of consumerism and bloodlust known as Black Friday, has published an early version of Walmart's ad, detailing its en...
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Minecraft Wii U

PEGI site lists Minecraft for Wii U

Super Enderman Maker
Nov 11
// Mike Cosimano
PEGI, also known as the Pan European Game Information (the video games rating board for most PAL territories), may have leaked a Minecraft port for the Wii U via its official website, apparently set for release tomorrow, Nove...
Yooka-Laylee character photo
Yooka-Laylee character

New Yooka-Laylee character channels old school graphics

Nov 11
// Darren Nakamura
Ever since the announcement that Team17 would be publishing the Kickstarter-funded Banjo-Kazooie-like Yooka-Laylee, news has been pretty quiet on it. There have been a couple of backer updates, including one showing a cute sk...
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Guitar Hero TV adds Iggy Pop and White Stripes this week

And not much else
Nov 11
// Chris Carter
I'm surprised at how much I'm still playing Guitar Hero Live. It's really easy for me to boot up the TV function and just play random songs, which cycle in new tracks on a constant basis. I have over a hundred "free plays" an...
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

Cat Mario is still adorable in his Super Mario Maker 8-bit form

Also, Cat Peach
Nov 11
// Chris Carter
I'm still miffed that the costumes in Super Mario Maker only work in their 8-bit renditions, but you have to give it to Nintendo for adding so many to the game. Next up on the block is Cat Mario and Cat Peach, which can be u...
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Animal Crossing

PSA: Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is not a free download, it's actually a $60 bundle

Nov 11
// Chris Carter
Well, this kind of came out of nowhere, and I don't see a lot of people talking about it. Earlier this year during E3, Nintendo reps informed multiple outlets that Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival would be a free eShop d...
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Sonic creator asks you play Wii version of his new Wii U, 3DS game

Listen to it on vinyl
Nov 11
// Steven Hansen
Rodea: The Sky Soldier went through a heck of a development cycle and somehow came out the other side but not unscathed. Chris gave it a good score, though he noted, "the game's tumultuous development process bleeds through t...
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Rodea 3DS

Rodea: The Sky Soldier on 3DS is basically a far worse Wii U version

It should not have been made
Nov 10
// Chris Carter
As I described in my review for Rodea: The Sky Soldier's Wii U version, the game's tumultuous development process bleeds through the finished product despite its charms. But after booting it up on 3DS, the situation was even ...
Xenoblade Chronicles X photo
Xenoblade Chronicles X

Skells ain't no joke in Xenoblade Chronicles X

Launching next month
Nov 10
// Chris Carter
I've heard mixed things out of Japan regarding Xenoblade Chronicles X, but like every other release, I'm excited to experience it for myself next month. Nintendo has been consistently trying to hype people up with a ser...
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Nintendo Direct

The next Nintendo Direct is coming a lot sooner than you think, this week

Nov 10
// Chris Carter
Nintendo wasn't kidding when it said it'd have Direct information in the near future. It has announced to Destructoid that the next event will be held on November 12 at 2PM PST. No doubt it'll discuss its holiday lineup, including the heavy-hitting Xenoblade Chronicles X. I really hope it has a tribute of some sort in there for Iwata. Watch it here on Thursday.

Review: Rodea the Sky Soldier

Nov 09 // Chris Carter
Rodea the Sky Soldier (3DS, Wii, Wii U [reviewed])Developer: Kadokawa Games, PropePublisher: Kadokawa Shoten, NISMSRP: $39.99 (3DS) / $59.99 (Wii U with Wii edition for first-print copies)Released: April 2, 2015 (Japan), November 10, 2015 (US) Rodea is a strange, strange game. While the Wii version uses IR movement and is more in line with the creator's original vision, and the 3DS edition has even more differences, this assessment deals directly with the Wii U. This is a traditional single-player action game with RPG elements, most of which remind me of the golden age of JRPGs. You have your shonen hero (Rodea), a robot who has been stricken with amnesia at the start of the game, and must stop the evil Naga empire from taking over. Oh, there's one catch: his princess gave him an actual heart, so he's not a soulless machine. If you end up choosing the Japanese audio option, the narrative, while cheesy, is watchable. Where Rodea really spreads its wings is the open-ended flight gameplay, similar to Nights into Dreams. Within the confines of each semi-open level, Rodea can move around on foot, jump, hover, boost attack enemies, and blast off into the sky. The gist is that he has a limited flight time (it's actually rather generous), and once his meter is expended, he must either pivot off of a solid object, or land on the ground and start a new flight pattern. It's jarring at first, but it's easy to get the hang of after about 30 minutes, and you have a huge degree of freedom. Some of it is even automated (grabbing pickups, grinding wires), but never to the extreme degree of the 3D Sonic titles. Although the GamePad does support off-screen play, there's no need to even look at it, as the controls are entirely traditional on Wii U. The open design works both for and against Rodea. While it's amazing to look into the horizon at times and see areas you can readily explore, the draw distance is often so poor that it's tough to plot out a full course. Additionally, a lot of zones tend to blend together, with entire areas that have nothing more than empty plains seemingly unfinished. Rodea also starts to falter when it adds more elements to the mix beyond its core conceit. While the boost attack is fairly foolproof (it's a lot like the 3D Sonic games' homing attack), gunplay is shoehorned in. It isn't fun at all. The fact that the controls feel dated isn't entirely the player's fault, as the entire game feels like something out of last generation, and possibly even a generation before that. That's not to say Rodea doesn't sport a beautiful art style -- because it does -- just that occurrences like slowdown, pop-in, and occasional glitches are present more than they should be. Individual missions can get boring, but flying is always a joy, and bosses are often the highlight. They'll range from humanoid fights to giant hulking monstrosities, and both varieties are a blast while they last. This is a decently long affair, with over 25 levels, upgrades to purchase, and even a secret shop with extras like an additional mode. You can expect anywhere from 15-30 hours once everything is said and done. You rarely see things like this outside of DLC, so it's refreshing that the game feels so feature complete, even if it technically has three different versions in the end. Rodea the Sky Soldier really hits that sweet spot when it comes to evoking the wonder of flight, but the troubled developmental process is tangible in the final build. For those of you who can stomach older experiences however, you'll likely overlook some of its issues and find a lot to love. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
Rodea review photo
A rusted robot with a heart
The history of Rodea the Sky Soldier is one muddled with platform changes and developmental issues galore. Originally slated as a Wii game in 2010, producer Yuji Naka ran into publishing troubles, and the project was ess...

Affordable Space photo
Affordable Space

Affordable Space Adventures is getting a huge update this month

For Wii U
Nov 09
// Chris Carter
A lot of people have taken to the Wii U eShop's Affordable Space Adventures, and it looks like there may be another excuse to boot it up this month. This week, the game's price will drop down to $14.99 (from $19.99) for two w...
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Sup Holmes tastes the rainbow with Runbow's Alex Rushdy

Sup Holmes every Sunday at 2:30pm EST!
Nov 08
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] [Update: Show's over every...
Mewtwo photo

Mewtwo amiibo up for pre-order now at Best Buy

Last time it went away pretty quickly
Nov 08
// Chris Carter
If you're still into collecting amiibo, Mewtwo is up now at Best Buy's site for the standard price of $12.99 in the US. Although the amiibo shortage seems to have mostly let up, there are still a number of figures that sell o...
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Black Friday

Look for a $250 Wii U bundle with Smash and Splatoon on Black Friday

Available at Meijer
Nov 07
// Jordan Devore
While Nintendo has slowed its Wii U release schedule to a drip feed, there are still upcoming games that look promising (Xenoblade Chronicles X and Star Fox Zero among them), and more importantly, there are a bunch of fantas...
Meet your maker photo
Meet your maker

Uh, Mario? Is that you?

Mario Maker easter egg
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
Super Mario Maker got an important update last night. My focus was drawn to the new costumes and much-needed ability to lay down checkpoints in levels, but Nintendo also slipped in an easter egg. It's super easy to access, bu...

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