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amiibo

Several new amiibo are up for pre-order today at GameStop


Also, Jigglypuff restocks
Feb 02
// Chris Carter
[Update: Everyone is live online. Here's ROB (Famicom), Ryu, Rover, and Kapp'n. Roy is still available online.] According to a leak from a GameStop, the following amiibo are going up for pre-order today -- Kapp'n, Rover, Fami...
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Nintendo

Nintendo announces that it has moved over 20 million amiibo


And even more cards
Feb 02
// Chris Carter
Nintendo isn't keen to share everything, but it's happy to tell us about its amiibo sales. Yesterday it released another financial earnings report, detailing that it has pushed "20.5 million units" in terms of the figure...
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LEGO Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a thing that's happening


Because of course it is
Feb 02
// Kyle MacGregor
In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, the next entry in Warner Bros. and TT Games' popular LEGO video game series is based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the companies presumably would have liked to a...
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RE4 on Wii U

Resident Evil 4 hits Wii U in North America this week


A re-release of the stellar Wii Edition
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
How many ports does Resident Evil 4 warrant? All of them. Forever. Those of us in North America will have another chance to nab the best-playing version, Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition, when it comes to the Wii U eShop this Thursday, February 4. I'm not sure what took so long, as European players have had it since last October. Weird.
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Knuckles Smash

Oh, a weird-lookin' Knuckles Mii is coming to Smash too


Wednesday, Wednesday, WEDNESDAY!
Feb 01
// Brett Makedonski
This Wednesday's arrival of Bayonetta and Corrin as the final Super Smash Bros. DLC isn't quite the entirety of the last Smash DLC. Easily overlooked is the sixth wave of Mii Fighters, Nintendo's avatars dressed in silly cost...

Review: Shadow Puppeteer

Feb 01 // Laura Kate Dale
Shadow Puppeteer (PC, Wii U [Reviewed])Developer: Sarepta StudioPublisher: Snow Cannon GamesReleased: January 28, 2016MSRP: $14.99 Shadow Puppeteer is a puzzle-platformer about a young boy whose body and shadow become severed by an evil figure, and their quest to become one again. You use one analogue stick to move the child in 3D space, while using the other stick to control his shadow on a 2D plane. The boy can move items around, altering the locations of shadows, and can pass through obstacles like smoke that cast a solid shadow, blocking movement for the shadow child. The first thing to note about Shadow Puppeteer is its lack of technical polish. Cutscenes have visible compression artifacting, the menus are poorly produced, every move to another small environment involves a lengthy loading screen and the beautiful art style is let down by the quality of the in-game models when compared to the visual design of the cutscenes. In short, it looks and feels very rough around the edges. [embed]338045:62072:0[/embed] While playing Shadow Puppeteer, I couldn't help but compare it to Contrast and Brothers, the two games whose mechanics it poorly mimics. Where Brothers' use of dual character control felt seamless and responsive, SP frequently felt loose, unresponsive, and fiddly. Where the shadow manipulation puzzles in Contrast were thematically tied and provided impressive visual spectacle upon completion, those in Shadow Puppeteer often felt basic, simplified, and unconnected to the world of the narrative. Oh, and the game is terrible at proper checkpointing. There were times where I died, had to replay multiple rooms, each with a load time between them, and re-watch a cutscene to return to making progress. This did not feel challenging; it just felt tedious. Shadow Puppeteer tries to do interesting things, but ultimately comes off as unpolished, bland, repetitive, and mediocre. I really tried to enjoy it, but I just couldn't bring myself to care about it. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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The worst of both worlds
Shadow Puppeteer; a game that takes the shadow-manipulation mechanics of Contrast and the dual character control of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and wraps them in a Tim Burton aesthetic… and doesn't do any on...

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Splatoon

Splatoon producer hints at more potential DLC


'Organize a little something else'
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
Although Splatoon's regular content updates came to an end last month, I'm sure Nintendo will be popping in occasionally to spice things up. At a recent tournament for the game producer Hisoshi Nogami confirmed just that, not...
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Pokken Tournament

So Chandelure actually looks pretty badass in Pokken Tournament


Home Depot: The Fighting Game
Jan 31
// Alissa McAloon
I stopped buying Pokémon games about when Chandelure entered the universe, so honestly I didn't know what to expect from the fighting light fixture. I definitely didn't plan on seeing it beat the shit out of Pikachu Li...
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Splatoon

Squid Sisters perform live, are rumored to get their own amiibo


Stay Fresh 2016
Jan 31
// Jonathan Holmes
Splatoon's regular roll-out of free weapon and stage updates has come to an end, but fan fever for the budding franchise is as hot as ever. A recent Splatoon event in Japan drew huge crowds, sporting real life replicas of Sp...
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Deals

Cheap XCOM 2 & Rise of Tomb Raider in Weekend Deals


XCOM 2 discounts sighted
Jan 30
// Dealzon
Oh, you thought you saved humanity when you beat XCOM: Enemy Unknown? Nope! XCOM 2 says you didn't (or at least that humanity surrendered at some point). Come next week Friday we'll all be forced to reverse the fortunes ...
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Twilight Princess HD

A story trailer in case you forgot what Twilight Princess is about


Howl lovely
Jan 29
// Brett Makedonski
Twilight Princess is the Zelda game with the wolf and the orcs and the shadow monsters. There's a good chance you already knew that because Twilight Princess is nearly ten years old and was widely beloved. A l...

Review: LEGO Marvel's Avengers

Jan 29 // Chris Carter
LEGO Marvel's Avengers (3DS, PC, PS3, PS4 [reviewed], Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: TT Fusion, TT GamesPublisher: WB Interactive EntertainmentReleased: January 16, 2016MSRP: $29.99 (3DS, Vita), $39.99 (PC) $49.99 ( PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360), $59.99 (PS4, Xbox One) Marvel's Avengers is the latest beat-'em-up in a long line of Traveller's Tales LEGO joints, a subseries that has hosted roughly 30 games since 2005. It follows the same rough format as past titles, with a few added bits of panache (like more cinematic attacks and sequences) for good measure. You probably know the drill by now -- multiple characters are on-screen at a time, all of which sport several attacks, but they have slightly different ways of going about it. For instance, Captain America and Hulk are both melee fighters, but Cap will be able to reflect beams, and Hulk can smash through giant machinery. Iron Man and Thor excel at range and can fly, but the former can melt metal with his beams. You get the idea. Playing with a partner will enhance your experience tenfold as you can operate in tandem with one another, as going at it solo puts a damper on things by forcing you to switch characters often. That's even more true for Avengers, where the two-person synergy attacks (like Thor slamming into Cap's shield for a shockwave) are that much more satisfying. The best part, the LEGO franchise's signature silly humor, is intact. Interactions and events play out in a similar manner, so there aren't a lot of surprises, but additional jokes and a general sense of lightheartedness actually elevate a few dud portions of the films. As such, every cutscene brings a smile to my face, and helps break up the repetition a bit. I never really minded the shift from the gibberish "LEGO speak" of the past into full voice acting, as Traveller's Tales has always maintained the same tone successfully. [embed]337320:62048:0[/embed] That cavalier, cartoony attitude can go a bit overboard, though. While including over 200 characters is a cool notion, especially for kids who are fans of some of the more obscure heroes, you end up with an overwhelming number of clones and a general sense of vanilla loadouts. They're also inherently limited by the plotlines put forth in the MCU so they can't deviate too much, compared to a wholly original game like Dimensions. So where does LEGO Marvel start to really falter? Its inability to stick to one script at at time. It jumps around so many films that it fails to tell a cohesive story, and assumes you've seen every movie. If you haven't, you'll probably be a mite bewildered as to what's going on. In fact, the game kind of just jumps into Age of Ultron's intro with no rhyme, reason, or setup, before moving onto scenes from both Captain America movies, Thor 2, Iron Man 3, and more. And don't think there's some overarching "Galactus is narrating the story" device -- it just happens as it comes. The open world hubs are a welcome respite from the constant bang bang action, in that sense. As for me, I've experienced every bit of the MCU outside of the comics, so it did mostly make sense. Some is good, some is bad (Agent Carter, which just returned to TV, is pretty good!), but the vast majority of it is easy to follow. It's not like you're going to be scratching you head trying to decipher poignant plotlines -- the game just mostly lacks context, and suffers from fanservice-itis. The latter especially comes into play when the game splices in direct quotes from the film, some of which feel forced, with an odd audio mix to boot. Does your kid constantly go on about Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. while they run around the room in their Hawkeye outfit? Pick up LEGO Marvel's Avengers and add it to the massive pile of LEGO games you likely already have. It's a fun mindless romp through a couple of interesting setpieces, but not a whole lot more than that when it comes down to it. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.] 
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WB always finds out, bro
The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) is intimidating, to say the least. In addition to all of the feature films there's also official tie-in comics, one-shot short films, multiple sequels that set up sequels, and now, eight separate television shows with multiple seasons across two networks. If you haven't been at least following the movies, LEGO Marvel's Avengers probably isn't for you.

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Wii Street U

Another Wii U app bites the dust, probably because no one is using it


Poor Wii U
Jan 29
// Chris Carter
I'm sad that the Wii U hasn't hit it off with a lot of third party developers and the general public. It seems like every day an awesome looking game is announced for litrally every platform but the Wii U -- a platform w...
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Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance hits Wii U today via Virtual Console


Goodbye, free time
Jan 28
// Alissa McAloon
The second game in the Final Fantasy Tactics family can now be found on the Wii U. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, originally released for the Game Boy Advance in 2003, follows the journey of a boy named Marche after he and hi...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Final Fantasy Explorers


Also, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
If you're a Final Fantasy fan you're in luck this week. The Wii U is kicking things off with Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA VC), as well as Shadow Puppeteer, Joe's Diner, Level 22, and LEGO Marvel's Avengers,&nb...
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Just watching this Mario Maker level gave me PTSD


Props to the first man to defeat the pit
Jan 27
// Nic Rowen
I'm sure you've all seen hard Mario Maker levels by now, but The Pit of Panga: Cape Escape by the eponymous Panga has to take the cake. It is a bottomless chasm of certain death, fiendish puzzles, and devilish dexterity chall...
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Mario Maker maintenance

Super Mario Maker is offline until tomorrow


Online services will return at 5pm PT
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
[Update: Nintendo says everything's back to normal. Happy level hunting.] While you can still play and build levels in Super Mario Maker offline, the game's online features are temporarily unavailable while Nintendo fixes a b...
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Pokken

The Pokken Tournament controller's limitations have been confirmed


Based on UK listings
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
When the beans first spilled for the Pokken Tournament controller, things didn't look good for prospective buyers. Apparently it not only can't be used by player one, but it also will not work with other games. It is now...
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Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is coming to Wii U Virtual Console (in Europe)


It starts with a snowball fight
Jan 25
// Zack Furniss
This Thursday, all o' yous who live in Europe will be able to play Final Fantasy Tactics Advance on the Wii U Virtual Console. While I infinitely prefer the tone of the original game on PlayStation, I have a few fond memories...
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Mighty No. 9th delay

Mighty No. 9 delayed (again)


'Spring 2016'
Jan 25
// Steven Hansen
Mighty No. 9 had a firm February 9 release date after a series of delays (the original Kickstarter estimate for delivery was April 2015) and then a recent promise that there'd be no more delays. Well, about that... A very hil...
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Wii U

How many more big Wii U announcements do you think we'll get?


How many would you even want?
Jan 24
// Jonathan Holmes
The Wii U is in a interesting place right now. The past 12 months have seen the console spawn relatively big hits like Splatoon and Super Mario Maker, plus the ongoing sales juggernaut known as amiibo. While the toys aren't c...
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Roy

The Roy amiibo is going up for pre-order today in-store and online at GameStop


Store exclusive
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
[Update: Many of my sources have confirmed that you could pre-order Roy in stores minutes before it went live online. They are also reporting that most stores don't have anyone waiting in line to pre-order, which was the...
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Wii U

Here's some HD footage of Linkle in Hyrule Warriors Wii U


Transfered
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
The vast majority of the footage so far for Hyrule Warriors Legends has been by way of the 3DS, but it's not exactly the most impressive platform for showing off the new characters. Compliments of NintenDaan on YouTube, we no...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam


Also, Minecraft Story Mode
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
After weeks of dry spells other than some gem Virtual Console releases, it's finally time for a rocking Nintendo Download! On Wii U, fans are getting Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1, which is a nice change of pace from Ninten...
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Zack & Wiki

Zack & Wiki is launching on Wii U today in the US


Finally
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
Third-party support was off the chain on the Wii for a while, and that includes the amazing Zack & Wiki: Quest For Barbaros’ Treasure from Capcom. I mean truly, I can't say enough awesome things about this game...
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Splatoon

Here's Splatoon's final map, Ancho-V Games


#ithinkimoutofajob
Jan 21
// Vikki Blake
Splatoon’s final map, Ancho-V Games, will roll out at 6.00pm PT today in the US, and tomorrow in Europe. This final stage is set within the office of an independent video game developer.
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Zelda

Official Zelda: Twilight Princess HD trailer explains amiibo functionality


Extra dungeon confirmed
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
[Update: Nintendo has provided even more information for the dungeon. "After completing the Cave of Shadows, players can save their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo, and then use those hearts inside the Cave of Shadow...
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Twilight Princess

You won't want to use the Ganondorf amiibo in the Twilight Princess remake


He just makes everything bad
Jan 19
// Brett Makedonski
For the most part, amiibo are used to add small features to games, bonuses that just make everything a little easier. For instance, Hyrule Warriors uses amiibo to grant a spinning attack and to offer some extra weapons. ...
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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is nearly here on Wii U


Remember this delay?
Jan 19
// Chris Carter
Oddworld  Inc. has been hard at work getting Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty to work on the 8GB Wii U model, and the last time we got a major update on the progress was sometime in late 2014. Now, the developer has chimed i...
Twilight Princess photo
Twilight Princess

PSA: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD amiibo bundle back on Amazon


Physical version
Jan 19
// Steven Hansen
If you were looking to indulge in the upcoming Wii U version of Gamecube-then-Wii-game The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, it might be worth noting that Amazon has the physical version up for pre-order again. It's the one...

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