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Dirty Harry

This cancelled Dirty Harry game was a wonderful, terrible idea


They didn't make his day
Nov 30
// Jonathan Holmes
Back in the mid-2000s, Warner Bros. was planning on bringing Clint Eastwood's iconic, brutality-friendly policeman Dirty Harry back to life in videogame form on the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, and even the DS. Eastwood had agree...
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Club Nintendo rewards

Fresh Club Nintendo rewards: Metroid II, Kirby's Pinball Land, Pilotwings


And a game about throwing pedestrians
Nov 17
// Jordan Devore
Do you have any Club Nintendo currency left this late in the year? I do not. I'm not even sure where my Coins went. I only have two remaining low-value surveys to fill out (though Super Smash Bros. is on the way), and that's ...
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More like Bad Friday

Toys R Us Black Friday: Still no great Wii U deals


The kids will be easier to trample
Nov 14
// Steven Hansen
If you're looking to pick up a Wii U this black-weekend-and-also-the-preceding-Thursday, you should probably stay in and scour digital deals (or "digideals," as we call them). You should probably do that anyway, but you shoul...
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DEALZ

Walmart black Friday: Get your cheap Beats and Xbox


Capitalism starts Thanksgiving morning, 'cheap' Beats by Dre for everyone
Nov 12
// Steven Hansen
All these "black friday" ads seem to lean on the Xbox One. Is that a partnership thing with Microsoft and retailers? Is that retailers not picking up on the notion that the PS4 is selling better? Is it the assumption that the...
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DEALZ

Best Buy Black Friday: Target has the cheaper Xbox One


Capitalism starts at 5PM Thanksgiving day
Nov 11
// Steven Hansen
Best Buy's Black Friday ad is up here. Similar to retailer Target, there is a $330 Xbox One bundled with Assassin's Creed: Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (both digital), but Target throws i...
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Black Friday

Target's Black Friday deals include a $330 Xbox One w/ $50 gift card and two games


And so it begins
Nov 10
// Jordan Devore
The last time I looked at a calendar, it was still October. Thank goodness I like this season, because Thanksgiving will be here soon enough. Target's Black Friday ad is now online, but if you're pressed for time, here are so...
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Retro City Rampage DX

Retro City Rampage DX coming to all platforms, including PS4 with Cross-Buy


WiiWare is even getting an update
Nov 04
// Chris Carter
In a move that could be considered one of the biggest mass updates in recent memory, Retro City Rampage creator Brian Provinciano has announced that every version of the game will be updated to its improved DX ...
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de Blob

Another de Blob isn't totally out of the question


The IP now lives on with Nordic Games
Oct 31
// Jordan Devore
Nordic Games has picked up yet another property from the defunct publisher THQ. This time, it's de Blob, a cute 3D puzzle-platformer about a blob who paints a drab city with its body. "We are excited about what the future hol...
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The Voice

The Voice still looks like garbage, but I want to play it


♫ I got garbage~~! On a clooooudy day~! ♫
Oct 16
// Brittany Vincent
Let it be known that I play any and all karaoke games, no matter how bad they are. Hell, I even bought Disney's Sing It because I thought there might be a couple Hannah Montana songs I could rock out to. But I think Activisio...
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Club Nintendo games

Relive that time Kirby was a golf ball with Club Nintendo


Fresh digital game rewards
Oct 13
// Jordan Devore
Coming off of Kirby Super Star and Art Style: PiCTOBiTS, guess I should have lowered my expectations for this month's Club Nintendo digital game rewards. Too late. Actually, it's not all bad: Wrecking Crew (Wii U) - 200 Coin...
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Rogue Squadron

Factor 5's canceled Rogue Squadron compilation sounds incredible


There was also going to be a multiplayer Rogue Squadon
Oct 10
// Jordan Devore
As if we don't have enough canceled Star Wars games to mourn already, here's a couple more. During a recent Nintendo Voice Chat appearance, Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht opened up about a Rogue Squadron compilation and...

Review: Skylanders: Trap Team

Oct 07 // Chris Carter
Skylanders: Trap Team (3DS, Android, iOS, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: Toys for Bob / Beenox / Vicarious VisionsPublisher: ActivisionReleased: October 5, 2014MSRP: $74.99 (Starter Pack) The premise is basically the same as it always has been with the Skylanders series. Once again an ancient evil (The Doom Raiders) has awakened, and it's up to the Skylanders and their new allies (the Trap Masters) to put them away. Players will do this by using all of the toys released so far, as well as the new Trap Master figures that can access unique crystal areas, and the trap pieces. To be clear, all of the toys from the first three generations of Skylanders can be used here, which is a pretty neat way to keep a collection relevant. At this point it's hard to believe that Toys for Bob is still coming up with unique characters and movesets, but pretty much every new toy I've used shines in its own unique way and has its own personality. Visually, Trap Team has taken some strides since Swap Force, which is a big accomplishment considering how great that game looked on newer consoles. Everything looks like a legitimate Dreamworks or Pixar animated film, and the idea of the franchise transitioning over to the big screen is completely believable based on the game alone. The script isn't as sharp as Swap Force, but it's still perfectly acceptable for kids, and completely skippable for adults. Gameplay-wise the series still holds up, with addictive hack and slash gameplay that deserves to be respected with any modern action release. Characters will naturally grow their abilities as time goes on and most of them will have a tool for every situation, making every toy feel fun and viable. Higher difficulties also help ease in veteran gamers who may view Skylanders as a kids-only franchise. On the other hand, there's nothing really new that justifies spending $75 to get the Starter Pack, which includes the game, the new portal, two traps, and two characters. It sounds ridiculous, but while Swap Force technically innovated with the ability to jump and a few other elemental mix-up mechanics, Trap Team doesn't really add anything exciting to the mix. Well, the "new" bit is found in the traps themselves, but I was pretty disappointed with how they actually play out. The concept involves the new Traptanium portal, which has a tiny slot to fix in plastic traps that are shaped like pegs. The game has 46 special villains in it that can be captured as you make your way through the story, and if you have a trap toy handy of the correct element (the game comes with the Life and Water traps), you can collect them to re-use from that point on. The trapped character also "talks" by way of the peg, which lights up in the portal. Traps are a bit of a letdown in two ways. One, the actual use of trapped villains involves summoning them for a limited amount of time as a playable character. Said time is linked by way of a special meter, and at the end of the day, it amounts to nothing more than a temporary power-up. It would have been much cooler to have each villain as a fully playable character at all times with their own level system and custom movesets. Whereas the hulking  giants and the swap combos fundamentally changed the game, traps don't feel nearly as innovative. Additionally, adding traps to the game is just too much in terms of the physical collecting aspect. While all eight elements of traps can be purchased now in stores, two "mystery" elements are not for sale, and thus those villains cannot be captured until those are released. While I'm generally okay with gating off small bonus rooms by way of elements, giants, swap doors and Trap Master crystals, gating off characters while juggling the similar looking trap toys doesn't really make for a fun time. Taking off and putting on toys feels intuitive. It doesn't matter if the toy is big, small, or has interchangeable parts -- simply placing a new character on a surface and playing instantly is a fun and well designed activity. The traps on the other hand will leave many people confused as to who is in what trap, and since they're only truly used at certain points of the game to capture enemies, they often feel like they're sidelined. Thankfully, all of the other mechanics I mentioned earlier from past games are still readily available, and you can still complete the game only using the traps from the base kit. In true Skylanders fashion there's plenty to do though, even for those who don't dig the traps. The Kaos Doom Challenge is probably the biggest addition, and expands the arenas from Swap Force into a full-on horde mode with tower defense elements. Why the series didn't have this sooner is beyond me, but it's a ton of fun to play with friends, and a great way to get more use out of your whole collection of toys. Skystones, the in-universe card game is also back in a bigger capacity, battle arenas are still in, and a few more minigames like a 2D platformer diversion are available to unlock. While I never really connected with the trap mechanic or the new Trap Master toys, Skylanders: Trap Team is still a well-oiled machine. On newer consoles it looks fantastic, the action gameplay is still exciting, and the charm is still there. I just hope that Activision and its ilk have more interesting concepts in mind for the next iteration.
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Same great gameplay, not so great new gimmick
Toys For Bob has found some rather interesting ways to evolve the Skylanders franchise. While the conceit the first time around was simply interactive toys, the developer mixed things up with giants on the second go, and...

I've discovered a new go-to game for relaxing

Sep 12 // Jordan Devore
I can't recall exactly how I got it into my head that I needed this 2010 Wii title. Nothing against the Wii, but there are so many other things I could be playing, whether for work or for leisure. Maybe it was a postponed Hawaii vacation that left me daydreaming about scuba diving. I can't be sure. What's important is I passed on the original Endless Ocean in favor of its sequel, which the internet rightfully told me to do. If you're only now hearing about the series, take that advice too. Blue World is a diving adventure game with a heavy emphasis placed on swimming around at your own pace, taking in the sights and sounds while exploring. And really, that's what makes it so unbelievably relaxing: there is little if any frustration to be had. You can't die. You can however chill out with a pack of giant otters in a South American river, or hitch a ride on a dolphin. Now, don't get me wrong, there are some horrifying, monstrous sharks lurking in certain areas -- but they can largely be avoided. And, more importantly, you can electrocute (err, "pacify") the shit out of them with your Pulsar device and go about your business. Even if that fails, the worst they or any other dangerous species will do is knock a bit of oxygen out of your tank. You might think that'd be a big deal, what with oxygen being the life-sustaining necessity that it is and underwater videogame levels often being stressful, but it's not. If you run out of air for whatever reason, you'll just be taken back to your boat with no real consequences. Remember almost drowning in Sonic the Hedgehog? This game is the opposite of that. Occasional scary-looking sea creatures aside, Blue World is a peaceful, laid-back journey. The music, which features vocals -- something not enough games are willing to adopt -- is beautiful, even uplifting. Combined with the steady breathing of your player character, the audio will put you in a zen-like state, totally unaware of the passage of time. Feel that stress melt away. Now, all of these feel-good descriptions are not to say you can breeze your way through the entire game. There's a story -- a sizable one at that -- but completing it feels like merely scratching the surface. Then the real fun starts: there are hundreds upon hundreds of real-world species to find across sea and land; coins to collect; and pieces of treasure to salvage. With or without the aid of online guides, finding all of that stuff would take ... jeez, I can't even hazard a guess. Certainly a long, long time. And that's not even counting all of the other stuff packed into Blue World, like training dolphins, running an aquarium, decking out a private reef, taking photos, and giving tours. It's JRPG deep, which is important because there are plenty of games that are inherently relaxing but not many that can keep your interest for 30+ hours. Every step of the way, the game rewards you with new titles. I don't know what the hell a "Temple Falcon" is, but I am one now, apparently. The positive reinforcement is appreciated. Chad Concelmo said it best in his review of Blue World for Destructoid: "The game is harmless, pleasant, relaxing, and just makes you feel really good inside."
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Unwinding in an endless ocean
I play videogames for many reasons. Sometimes, I play for the story -- the chance to visit new worlds and live out someone else's life. Other times, it's the sense of competition I find most alluring, or the chance to master ...

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The Voice

Sing your heart out with The Voice


...or don't, depending on the songs included.
Sep 10
// Brittany Vincent
Let me preface this post by saying that I don't watch The Voice, or any of those other horrific singing shows. But I do sing a lot in my spare time. Not great or anything, but I do it for fun. And there aren't enough karaoke ...
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Club Nintendo

There are some good Club Nintendo game rewards this month


Do yourself a favor and nab PiCTOBiTS
Sep 08
// Jordan Devore
Now, when I say this is a decent month for Club Nintendo game offers, I'm asking you to focus on Kirby Super Star, Super Punch-Out!!, and Art Style: PiCTOBiTS. Two Super Nintendo classics and an awesome, underplayed puzzler. ...
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Porn

People really like looking at porn on their PS3s


Go ahead and upgrade to PS4, you guys
Aug 26
// Brittany Vincent
I'm not sure why you'd prefer using a console to look at porn over a PC or your phone if either are handy, considering the frustrating browser mechanics on many of them and the way ads like to display, but people like to do i...
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Club Nintendo

Club Nintendo now offering Star Fox 64 and seven other games


I thought about Puzzle League Express for a second
Aug 04
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo has added a fresh set of games to Club Nintendo and it looks like I'm sitting this one out again -- can't go spending my precious remaining Coins on just anything. This set will be available until September 7: Super...
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GameCube

These officially licensed GameCube style controllers are sweet


For Wii and Wii U
Jul 29
// Chris Carter
Although they are technically third-party by way of the company PDP, a handful of GameCube-like controllers are heading your way as officially licensed products. According to an online retailer listing they are confirmed for ...
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Skylanders

This is Skylanders Trap Team's Dark Edition


Skylanders will be all over San Diego Comic-Con
Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
$99 to get started with Skylanders Trap Team in style -- thank heavens I'm not a kid (or don't have children, for that matter) because I'd be all over this. Activision has opened pre-orders for the Trap Team Dark Edition, whi...
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Games of the generation

Developers sound off with their favorite games of the generation


Lots of BioShock and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Jul 16
// Jordan Devore
Now this is neat. Game Informer has rounded up 35 developers' picks for best games of the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 generation. There's a fair bit of commonality between the lists, with quite a few selections for BioSh...
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Club Nintendo

This month's Club Nintendo rewards include Paper Mario, Kid Icarus


Not a terrific month, to be frank
Jul 07
// Jordan Devore
The Club Nintendo game rewards for this month are in. Hope you aren't averse to repeats: Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii U) - 200 Coins 3D Classics: Kid Icarus (3DS) - 200 Coins Paper Mario (Wii/Wii U) - 250 Coins Metal Torrent (3DS) -...
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Mario Kart

The crushing despair of Mario Kart summed up in a single video


The unluckiest Mario Kart match I've ever seen
Jun 27
// Jordan Devore
The only way this would be better is if the footage was from Mario Kart 8 so we could look out for the obligatory Luigi death stare. Still. Holy crap. We've all had our frustrating moments with the series, but I don't know that there's any topping this 30-second slice of hell. And that last-minute Bullet Bill out of nowhere. Way to make it feel personal. [Via reddit]
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Mario

These Rosalina plushies are so cute they should be illegal


Way cooler than Peach, right?
Jun 26
// Brittany Vincent
If I'm being honest, the main reason I picked up Super Mario Galaxy when it came out was to see Rosalina. Her character design has always resonated with me. I mean, the game is fantastic, but I think I now prefer Rosalina to ...
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Zelda Wii U

The main character of The Legend of Zelda Wii U may not be Link


Zelda producer hints that things might be different for the protagonist
Jun 11
// Alessandro Fillari
Yesterday's reveal of The Legend of Zelda on Wii U got many people excited. With the tease of a new visual style and a more open world to explore, there was yet another reason for people to consider purchasing a Wii U. Howeve...

Here's everything that happened during Nintendo's 2014 E3 Conference

Jun 10 // Chris Carter
[embed]276355:54390:0[/embed] News: Miis and NFC toys confirmed for Super Smash Bros, out in October Nintendo reveals Skylanders-like NFC toy: Amiibo Yoshi's Woolly World looks AMAZING Nintendo talks Zelda Wii U, influenced by retro Zelda Captain Toad getting a full-on game, coming holiday 2014 Bayonetta 2 releasing in October with first game included Nintendo announces Kirby: The Rainbow Curse for Wii U Midna and Zelda are playable in Hyrule Warriors Xenoblade Chronicles X coming to Wii U in 2015 Create your own custom levels in Mario Maker Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Omega Ruby coming to 3DS on November 21 Nintendo announces Splatoon, a 4v4 action game Nintendo teases new game reveal later today, likely Starfox Lady Palutena confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Out of everything Nintendo announced, I'm mostly excited for the Smash Bros. news. Lady Palutena looks like a ton of fun to play, and the Mii features are a lot more detailed than I would have expected. Now, we just have to wait. As a huge Bayonetta fan, finally getting a real date confirmation made me happy as well.
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E3 Unfiltered
Nintendo had a very well-rounded presentation today, with very few major reveals and mostly just new teases. The new Zelda Wii U game was briefly talked about and teased, as was Mario Maker, and a few others. The biggest developments were probably the new Smash Bros. additions as well as expanded NFC toy support. Here's everything that happened at Nintendo's E3 conference.

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Club Nintendo

New digital Club Nintendo rewards include Mario Party 2


Very nice
Jun 10
// Chris Carter
Every so often Club Nintendo switches up its digital rewards, and today, you can grab the following -- Electroplankton (3DS), Kirby's Dream Land (3DS), Kirby's Adventure (Wii U), and Mario Party 2 (Wii/Wii U). You can bu...
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Skylanders Trap Team pre-orders will get you access to a bonus figure


Don't miss your chance to get her!
Jun 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Starting today, Skylanders fans that pre-order Trap Team will be given access to a bonus figure. New character Gearshift (pictured above) will be offered in limited supply, and this marks the first time fans will be able to b...
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Disney Infinity 2.0

Princess Merida and Maleficent are coming to Disney Infinity 2.0


You'll have to be Brave to resist these toys
May 30
// Brittany Vincent
If you're looking forward to Disney Infinity 2.0, you've probably got a fantasy list of characters in mind that you'd like to see as figures. Well, Frozen's already been done. How about Maleficent and Brave's Princess Merida...
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Dragon Quest X

Square Enix announces Dragon Quest X: All In One Package edition


August release in Japan
May 28
// Chris Carter
Dragon Quest X is still going strong it seems, as Square Enix has announced a new package for it, set to drop in August. It's known as Dragon Quest X: All In One Package, and it'll combine the Sworn Guiding Ally and The ...






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