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11:00 AM on 09.24.2014

The B Dasher kart makes an appearance in Mario Kart 8's DLC

If you're a fan of the DS iteration of Mario Kart (and who isn't?) you'll be excited to hear that the iconic kart from that version will return. Nintendo has announced that the B Dasher will be a part of the first Mario ...

Chris Carter



Here's a full playthrough of the second Mighty No. 9 beta stage photo
Here's a full playthrough of the second Mighty No. 9 beta stage
by Chris Carter

The second Mighty No. 9 beta stage focuses on the female No. 2 boss, who is a master of ice and water. In addition to my playthrough of the first stage here, you can also get a better look at the next phase of the beta above in my second playthrough.

I actually liked this level a bit more. While the first stage (No. 5) was a standard romp throughout, I like how No. 2's level mixed things up with a water section as well as an ice portion, and seeing the fire-based No. 1 in the background was a little more interesting than No. 2's appearance in the original beta stage.

My main concern at this point is the art direction, which can look a bit drab in terms of the level design (the two are very similar) and the enemy models themselves, despite the fact that they have great base mechanics. Since this is a beta the full version will no doubt have a bit more flair, but how much flair is yet to be seen.

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8:30 AM on 09.22.2014

Mighty No. 9's beta just got a new level

Some time ago the Mighty No. 9 beta hit Steam. It consisted of one level, and the developers weren't sure if they were going to add anything more to it. Well that day has come, so boot up your game and you'll find yet a...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Console owners should keep an eye on Nova-111

Funktronic Labs' cool turn-based/real-time hybrid adventure game Nova-111 was originally slated for PC/Mac/Linux first, followed by consoles at a later date, but that's no longer the case. The studio is partnering with Curve ...

Jordan Devore

12:00 AM on 09.19.2014

What the best Smash Bros. player in the world wants you to know about Smash 4

[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.] Sup Holmes is taking a bre...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 09.18.2014

Nintendo Download: Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo

It's a pretty lively week for Nintendo Download, with a few big 3DS arrivals. On the Wii U side though we have Wild Guns on the Virtual Console, as well as Arrow Time U, and Spikey Walls. The big headliner is definitely ...

Chris Carter





10:30 AM on 09.18.2014

Sonic Boom dashing to Wii U a week early

In a year when so many titles have been delayed, Sega is bucking trends. The rogue publisher has announced plans to actually hasten the release of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Quelle surprise! The Wii U action platformer will now cross the finish line a week early, launching on November 11 alongside its Nintendo 3DS companion, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 AM on 09.18.2014

Hyrule Warriors DLC contents confirmed, some characters are free

In my review of Hyrule Warriors, I noted that during the course of the experience I got a free update -- an additional mode that added extra levels. It looks like the free DLC parade isn't done yet, as an upcoming update will...

Chris Carter



Review: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes photo
Review: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
by Chris Carter

Disney Infinity was quite the ambitious project, but it fell flat in a few key areas. This was mostly due to a lack of even game worlds, with a few of the universes overshadowing others that felt more rushed. The other aspect of the game that didn't fully deliver was the Toy Box mode -- a take on LittleBigPlanet's "create your own" levels mechanic.

With Disney Infinity 2.0, Avalanche Software is poised to rectify both of those issues, combined with free reign of the Marvel license. While 2.0 is still primarily targeted towards the younger audience, the overall package is much more enticing the second time around.

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10:30 PM on 09.17.2014

The latest Fatal Frame trailer is weirdly uplifting at the halfway mark

After brief glimpses, box art, and screens, we've finally got another look at the upcoming Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden in the form of this trailer out of TGS 2014. The trailer does a decent job of building th...

Brittany Vincent



Review: Hyrule Warriors photo
Review: Hyrule Warriors
by Chris Carter

We never could have imagined this mash-up in our wildest dreams.

Nintendo, Team Ninja, and Omega Force together, co-developing a game based on the Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors series. Few stranger things have happened, and fans of both franchises have been eagerly awaiting this all-star combination for months on end.

While the typical Warriors trappings are still present in Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo has injected more than enough charm to make this collaboration something special.

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12:00 AM on 09.17.2014

Thomas Was Alone jumping to Wii U, Xbox One

Thomas Was Alone appears to be hopping over to Wii U and Xbox One, according to a pair of listings from the USK, Germany's software ratings board. The indie platformer from Mike Bithell launched on PC in 2012, and has since c...

Kyle MacGregor



Shantae and the Pirate's Curse launches next month photo
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse launches next month
by Kyle MacGregor

WayForward is targeting a mid-October release for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse in the United States, the developer announced this week via Twitter. No word on a specific date just yet.

The studio also indicated the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platformer will have a later arrival across Europe and Australia due to the localization and submission processes. Please understand.

WayForward [Twitter]

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6:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Sakurai explains the lack of Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros.

I'm satisfied with the Super Smash Bros. roster overall but sympathize with people whose favorite characters aren't returning. For instance, the Ice Climbers -- they're so precious! Writing in Famitsu, game director Masahiro ...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Is anyone else not playing Destiny right now?

The Tokyo Game Show is almost here. We're on the cusp of cool gaming news, and lots of it, but until then the week is off to a slow start. Well, aside from Microsoft's acquisition of Minecraft maker Mojang and the hundreds of...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 09.15.2014

Mega Man 7 is out now on the Wii U Virtual Console

One of the most polarizing Mega Man titles is out now on the Wii U Virtual Console -- Mega Man 7. Not only did it employ a wholly different graphical style, but it also took some pretty neat risks, like the game's ending and the hidden Street Fighter-esque multiplayer mode. Whatever side of the fence you're on, it's nice to have the game finally available to pick up digitally.

Chris Carter