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Pokken Tournament release photo
When your hunger is Pokken at you
Just last night we heard about Chandelure joining the cast of fighters in Pokkén Tournament, which immediately increases my interest in the title. Sure, it makes sense for Lucario and Machamp to be fighters in the game...

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Custom Hydra Splatling

Splatoon is getting its final new weapon tomorrow


Custom Hydra Splatling
Jan 14
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo has been lovely about bringing new content to Splatoon over the last six or so months, but tomorrow's new addition, the Custom Hydra Splatling, will be the last weapon added to the paint-based multiplayer shooter, according to the company. Let your ink be fast and true.
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Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2's price is getting halved next month


You're also getting half the Bayonetta
Jan 14
// Brett Makedonski
Bayonetta 2, a Wii U exclusive and our Game of the Year in 2014, does a lot of things very well. Its combat is free-flowing and challenging; its characters are wacky and memorable. This is a well-rounded game that's held in h...
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Shovel Knight

You can scan the Shovel Knight amiibo through the box


Yacht Club knows
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
Fans recently discovered that the Shovel Knight amiibo can be scanned through the box, and guess what -- Yacht Club Games actually did this by design. According to the developer, they obtained feedback from fans before the la...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Metroid: Zero Mission


Also, Space Hulk
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
Surprise! There isn't a whole lot today, yet again. It's a trend! Maybe Nintendo is saving all its love for the NX? On Wii U we have Metroid: Zero Mission on the Virtual Console (GBA), as well as Near Earth Objects, Spac...
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Isaac

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth might be coming to Wii U after all


And maybe the New 3DS?
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
Although Nicalis has been hesitant to actually confirm The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth on Wii U,  it looks like it may be coming after all. Tyrone Rodriguez sent out an ominous tweet last night noting "it's lonely ...
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amiibo

Are you okay with amiibo unlocking a significant portion of a game?


Only if it's readily available
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
As amiibo have become more and more prevalent in the gaming world, controversy quickly followed. In the past, Nintendo has handled the entire process very poorly, ensuring that many of the rare figures were retailer exclusive...
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amiibo

Info for 'amiibo dungeon' spotted on Twilight Princess HD Amazon listing


Amazon France
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
I expect some controversy to come out of this for sure, given the talk about amiibo functionality as of late. According to the Amazon France product listing for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, there's an amiib...
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Avengers

Lego Avengers has some free DLC for PS3 and PS4 players


20 characters and a level
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
Lego Marvel's Avengers is coming to a bunch of a platforms on January 26, 2016, but folks who pick up either the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 version will have a head start in terms of characters. And if you're anything lik...
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Oh! Daisy

Sarasaland's Princess Daisy is the next costume for Super Mario Maker


With annoying sound effects to boot!
Jan 13
// Jed Whitaker
Arguably the best princess in Sarasaland (if Peach isn't visiting) is finally returning to the limelight with a new costume in Super Mario Maker. I'm sure Daisy fans will be rejoicing everywhere. There are many of them,...
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Metroid: Zero Mission

Metroid: Zero Mission is rolling onto the Wii U Virtual Console tomorrow


I didn't know it was happening, woo-hoo!
Jan 13
// Zack Furniss
Metroid: Zero Mission, the remake of the first game in the series, is coming to Wii U's Virtual Console tomorrow. It'll cost $7.99 and utilize off-screen play, should you want to play on the pooper (assuming your console is c...
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Yoshi

These early Yoshi's Woolly World concepts are neat


Touch fuzzy, get dizzy
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
Before Nintendo settled on the name Yoshi's Woolly World, the game was known as Yarn Yoshi. Do you remember that? It was only a few short years ago. The art direction was originally more in line with Good-Feel's prior game, K...
Shovel Knight photo
There's still quite a bit of work to do
Recently I had a chance to chat with Yacht Club Games' David D'Angelo, who shared a bit about some upcoming updates to Shovel Knight. As a recap we've recently acquired the free Plague Knight campaign in addition to the $13 c...

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amiibo

Another amiibo-centric game is on the way from Nintendo


Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge
Jan 13
// Chris Carter
Support for amiibo figures has been a bit mixed for me. Some games use them wonderfully in an ancillary manner (Captain Toad), and others utilize them in a way that adds a significant amount of gameplay (Shovel Knight), which...
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Pokken Tournament

Three new Pokemon confirmed for Pokken Tournament


Still no sign of Vanilluxe
Jan 13
// Joe Parlock
Last week we reported that Nintendo and Bandai Namco were teasing a new Pokémon being announced for Pokkén Tournament on January 15. Before that announcement, Serebii.net spotted Japanese magazine CoroCoro ...
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Mario Maker costume

Hatoful Mario Maker: Level design pigeon Yamamura gets costume


Mario Maker gives a date for the pigeon
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
Super Mario Maker just keeps adding adorable new 8-bit costumes. Recently we've seen Birdo and the Excitebike biker and a fab Super Mario Land nod. Things are less nostalgic this time around, as Nintendo announced a Yamamura ...
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New Amazon perk

Amazon Prime members can now save 20 percent on new games


Valid up until two weeks after launch
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
Amazon Prime members are getting a nice bonus starting today: 20 percent off newly released physical video games (including pre-orders) shipped and sold by Amazon. The discount is offered on new titles until two weeks after l...
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Nintendo

Hey look, Nintendo has an official Tumblr page now


Kids like Tumblr, right?
Jan 12
// Chris Carter
Well, Nintendo decided to make an official Tumblr account, if that's the sort of thing you care about and want to give them a follow. As of right now they've debuted two posts -- one GIF from A Link to the Past, and a factoid...
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What in the hell

Eat trash as a bear in Wii U exclusive Epic Dumpster Bear


Because video games
Jan 11
// Jed Whitaker
I've covered weird Wii U eShop exclusives before, but Epic Dumpster Bear might be the most out there. Inspired by 16-bit platforming classics, you'll be playing as a bear who eats food out of dumpsters because an evil c...
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Release date

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games gets release date


Aww hell yeah!
Jan 11
// Steven Hansen
My boys Mario and Sonic are back together again for yet another Olympic games game -- this time in Rio de Janeiro. For the fifth entry in the Mario & Sonic Do Sports For Some Reason series, the roster of playable charact...
Mario Maker insanity photo
Mario Maker insanity

Watch an absurd race through Mario Maker's hardest levels


Don't forget to blink
Jan 11
// Jordan Devore
"Mario Maker has really provided an opportunity for very sadistic individuals, like this man playing right here, PangaeaPanga, to create horrifying levels for our amusement," speedrunner Carl Sagan said during the gaming mara...
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Wii U

Wii U game to be pulled from eShop temporarily


Over legal concerns with the music
Jan 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Troubled game launches are nothing new, but it isn't everyday you see a developer submitting a request for its hot new project to be temporarily delisted from storefronts the day after release. That's just what budget game co...

Looking at it like $13 DLC, the Shovel Knight amiibo is worth it

Jan 10 // Chris Carter
The primary function of the amiibo, as you may have heard, is co-op, but there's so much more to it than that. Tapping a figure to your GamePad base will in fact open up the "Custom Knight" character, which looks like the main hero at first glance, but is actually so much more. Instead of gaining powers by way of Relics and Meal Tickets, this hero levels-up as you play, and saves its data to the figure itself. Skills are granted randomly, and include both Shovel and Plague Knight powers, as well as a few extras. The extras are hefty too, as each Custom can equip a Relic (as well as swap between them with L/R like Mega Man X), a charge move, special effect (like a fire trail), gesture, color, and costume. It's literally like playing as a brand new character. As for co-op, it works very well. Two players share the screen, and if one hits a transition phase, the other will teleport to their location and begin the next screen. The game is designed so that most bonus areas and such are one screen, so you don't need be jumping on top of each other constantly. If someone dies, they can revive at any given time by taking half of the surviving player's health. In terms of jumping, players can actually boost off of each other vertically with a downwards thrust, and you can even enhance that boost by having the lower player leap in the air. It reminds me of the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers NES game in all the best ways. Oh, and any supported controller can be used for either player (nice), and 10 challenges are added to the game as a result of the amiibo, including five that are specific to co-op play. So what are the aforementioned caveats? Well, to play with two Custom Knights, you'll need two amiibo. On paper it kind of makes sense (storing the information in separate figures, or as a form of DRM) but on another, it really doesn't (why can't the Wii U just store a local file?). Secondly, the Plague Knight campaign is not supported in any form, full stop -- so don't get too excited at the prospect of Custom and Plague joining forces. Though, it stands to reason that if the Shovel Knight amiibo is a smashing success, they could make more to suit the character roster. And I really hope they do, because it would make the game that much better. As far as $13 DLC goes, the Shovel Knight amiibo is pretty impressive. It not only adds co-op to the affair but it also re-ignited my interest in the single-player campaign with the Custom Knight. The concept of granting one individual character a level-up system is pretty unique, and since it rounds out the total roster to three, it adds even more content to this already packed game. At this point the Wii U has the definitive version of Shovel Knight.
Shovel Knight amiibo photo
There's a few caveats though
I managed to pick up a Shovel Knight amiibo yesterday for the US launch, and I couldn't resist giving it a go immediately on Wii U. Despite the fact that I've completed the campaign roughly 10 times since its launch (not counting the Plague Knight add-on), I was surprised to find that I fell in love with it all over again.

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Splatoon

Next week's Splatfest is all about time travel


MARTY
Jan 08
// Zack Furniss
Splatoon wants to know: do you prefer The Flintstones or The Jetsons? Well, not really. They want to know what you would do if you could travel through time. Would you go backward or forward? I'd probably go back and tel...
Mario Maker outfit photo
Mario Maker outfit

The latest Mario Maker costume is a nod to Super Mario Land


Sky Pop
Jan 07
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo has tied another Super Mario Maker costume to a branded level, but at least this time it's based on an existing part of the Mario universe (Super Mario Land), not a real-world car. To earn the Sky Pop plane, you'll h...
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Nintendo Download:

Nintendo Download: Wild Gunman


Also, Bayou Billy
Jan 07
// Chris Carter
Nintendo isn't really picking up steam after a number of meh weeks on the eShop, as the Wii U is only getting a few Virtual Console games today -- Hogan's Alley, Wild Gunman, and The Adventures of Bayou Billy. Billy is p...
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NX

Analyst thinks the Nintendo NX will 'cannibalize' 3DS and Wii U sales


I mean, probably
Jan 06
// Chris Carter
For months after the confirmation of Nintendo's NX platform, many analysts (and Nintendo themselves) kind of just brushed it off as a "new thing" that wouldn't impact any part of Nintendo's business. But now, after learning t...
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Deals

Nintendo has refurbished 2DS units for $60


Pick ye poison
Jan 05
// Dealzon
Not keen on the New 3DS and simply want a console to play those 3DS titles you've been itching to get your hands on? You're in luck. Nintendo is offloading some refurbished 2DS units for only $60 on its eBay store (aka t...

Review: Minecraft: Story Mode: A Block and a Hard Place

Jan 05 // Darren Nakamura
Minecraft: Story Mode: A Block and a Hard Place (iOS, Mac, PC [reviewed], PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: Telltale GamesPublisher: Telltale GamesReleased: December 22, 2015 (Mac, PC)MSRP: $4.99, $24.99 (Season Pass)Rig: AMD Phenom II X2 555 @ 3.2 GHz, with 4GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 5700, Windows 7 64-bit Where the first two episodes in the season induced apathy, this one causes ambivalence. It's a fine distinction: I was struggling to care about Jesse and his friends at first; now I care enough but find myself disappointed with the final result. For every beat Minecraft: Story Mode hits well, it stumbles once or twice. On the one hand, the more deliberate progression of this episode can be a good thing. It opens up the gameplay to include actual (albeit easy) puzzles along with the standard dialogue trees and quick-time events. Also, without lulls in the action, it could be bombastic to the point of grating. If it's always high energy, then it's all the same. On the other hand, the plodding of the first half of this episode is as dull as can be. There's a horse travel montage near the beginning illustrating just how far it is to get to the Farlands, and protagonist Jesse has the option of the classic whine "Are we there yet?" Even with the cuts of the montage, I felt the same. I get it; it's far. Let's move on. [embed]327542:61558:0[/embed] Once the action finally does pick up at the end, it still treads a questionable path. The full story about The Order of the Stone is revealed, and it plays out as foreshadowed. It's always a little awkward when a story treats something like an earth-shattering reveal when most would see it coming from the hints in previous episodes. Perhaps if I had led the life Jesse did, it would have been more impactful. Then, almost as if checking off all the Telltale boxes, we get another character death. This loss feels more important than the one in the third episode, since it's a likable character. Death in children's entertainment is nothing new (see: Bambi, The Land Before Time, Transformers [1986]), but it generally comes with a purpose. While we'll have to wait for the fifth episode, my sneaking suspicion is the only reason this death was written in was a cynical attempt at eliciting emotion. The really strange part of the whole scene is that in the middle of the mourning (when I have a full pout on my face), Story Mode lets loose a visual gag referencing the source material. Admittedly, it's probably the funniest thing in the whole episode -- so few of the jokes are worth even a chuckle -- but it feels wrong to have it punctuate the rest of the sad scene so bluntly. With the Wither Storm properly defeated, Jesse and the gang are proclaimed to be the new Order of the Stone, and A Block and a Hard Place ends with the vague promise of new adventures coming in the next episode. Unless it's tightly written and self-contained, I'm not interested. More likely, the last episode will open up a can of worms that won't get resolved until Season Two. This episode could very well be considered the finale for the first season. It wraps up the Wither Storm saga, it answers the questions about the Order of the Stone, and it delivers a semi-happy, hopeful ending for the crew. If only it did that without an utterly boring first half and the clumsy insertion of mandatory Telltale story elements, it might have also been a good ending. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
Minecraft review photo
Denouement-craft
What a weird episode. After the high energy of The Last Place You Look, this one slows down the action shortly into it, and it doesn't really pick back up until the very end, which feels like the end of a season. But then, th...

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Minecraft screenshots

A cartload of Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 4 screenshots


Better late than never
Jan 04
// Darren Nakamura
Vacation travel kept me from being able to get to the latest episode in Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode right away. I just finished it, and as always, I had my finger on the screenshot button the whole way through. Mayb...

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