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Nintendo Download: Kirby's Return to Dreamland Wii U

Jul 30 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, I think I'll re-buy Return to Dreamland because of how great it is, and to add to the ever-growing collection of Kirby games on my Wii U. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.  
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Also, Xeodrifter Wii U
While the last few months haven't been particularly exciting for the eShop, Nintendo decided to bring out the big guns today. On Wii U we have Badland: Game of the Year Edition, Xeodrifter (with Cross-Buy for 3DS), Kirby Sque...

Nintendo Download: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Jul 23 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, Isaac on 3DS seems pretty rad. It's been a long time coming, and I use my New 3DS quite a bit, so I'll easily be up for doing a few runs every now and then on it. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
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Also, 3D Streets of Rage 2
The time has finally come -- The Binding of Isaac is hitting Nintendo platforms, on both the Wii U and New 3DS. Also on Wii U is Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria, Canvaleon, The Quiet Collection, DK Jungle Climber...

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Roguelike Mega Collection brings 700+ free games into one torrent


Who needs sleep?
Jul 17
// Joe Parlock
Roguelikes can be huge games. With high difficulty, procedural generation, and plenty of RPG elements to sink your teeth into, you’re potentially looking at hundreds of hours of play out of just one title. And then some...

Nintendo Download: Blaster Master

Jul 16 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, I can't resist the call of Blaster Master. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
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Also, Tiny Galaxy
Although this week's downloads are pretty boring, Blaster Master is headlining the Wii U releases. It already existed in Virtual Console form, but now you can play it without going to the poopy Wii emulation mode. Also o...


Nintendo Download: Mario Tennis

Jul 09 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, nothing for me this week. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.  
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Also, Asteroid Quarry
Wow, this is one of the most barren Nintendo Downloads I've seen in some time! The Wii U's heavy hitter today is Mario Tennis, a Virtual Console rendition of the original Nintendo 64 game. The Wii U is also getting Asteroid Q...

Nintendo Download: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Jul 02 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, I can't resist another playthrough of Ocarina of Time, even if I already have the N64 cart, the 3DS remake, and the GameCube compilation disc. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
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Also, Roving Rogue
It's an odd day for the Wii U eShop, as the only big update is Ocarina of Time, which now can be played natively on the platform without going through Wii emulation. The Wii U is also getting Roving Rogue and Quadco...

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Nintendo Download: Art Academy: Home Studio


Also, Star Fox Command
Jun 25
// Chris Carter
Brace yourselves -- Art Academy: Home Studio is hitting the Wii U eShop today. If you own SketchPad, you'll net $4.00 off Home Studio. Also on Wii U is a Never Alone port, Shiftlings, Star Fox Command, and Mario &am...
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Nintendo Download: EarthBound Beginnings


Also, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Jun 18
// Chris Carter
The Wii U had a surprise release earlier this week with EarthBound Beginnings, which is the first time the original Mother game has been released in the US. Nintendo also dropped Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, in addition to...
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Nintendo Download: Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure


Also, LEGO Jurassic World
Jun 11
// Chris Carter
It's not a terribly interesting week for Nintendo Download. On the Wii U we have Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town hitting the eShop, as well as LEGO Jurassic World.... and that's literally it. The 3DS is gettin...
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Nintendo Download: Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven


Also, Adventures of Pip
Jun 04
// Chris Carter
There's a new game in town on the Wii U eShop -- Adventures of Pip. You'll also find Pac-Attack on the Virtual Console, as well as Cube Blitz, and Cube Life: Island Survival. On the 3DS side there's Lord of Magna: Maiden Heav...
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Nintendo Download: Mega Man May concludes with Battle Network 4 and Zero 3


Also, Splatoon and Don't Starve
May 28
// Chris Carter
It's a great week for Wii U owners, with Splatoon arriving tomorrow on the eShop and at retail. You'll also find both the Blue Moon and Red Sun versions of Mega Man Battle Network 4 on the Virtual Console, in additi...
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Nintendo Download: Mega Man May is nearly over with Mega Man Zero 2


Also, Swords and Soldiers II
May 21
// Chris Carter
This is a pretty massive week for the eShop, which I don't get to say that often. Seriously, I'm psyched!The Wii U is getting Swords and Soldiers II today, which is a pretty fantastic (local-only) little strategy game. M...
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Nintendo Download: Mega Man May continues with Mega Man Battle Network 3


Also, Stretchmo
May 14
// Chris Carter
Mega Man May is still going strong in its second week, which will see the debut of Mega Man Battle Network 3 (Blue and White) on the Wii U Virtual Console. Also on the Wii U is Nihilumbra, Ultratron, Funk of Titans,...
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Nintendo Download: Mega Man May begins with Mega Man & Bass


Also, High Strangeness
May 07
// Chris Carter
Mega Man May is a go, and thanks to you guys, my choice of Mega Man & Bass is now available on the Wii U eShop. It's a Virtual Console release of the GBA version, which isn't ideal, but at least it will get it into t...
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Nintendo Download: amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits


Also, Paper Mario
Apr 30
// Chris Carter
It's a nice week for Nintendo systems, with a mix of new content for both platforms. On the Wii U we have amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, a demo of sorts that will allow you to play retro games by way of amiibo figures....
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Nintendo Download: Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2


Also, Mario Kart DS on Wii U
Apr 23
// Chris Carter
It's a Mario Kart kind of day, with DLC Pack 2 for Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart DS on Wii U. Also on Wii U is Suspension Railroad Simulator and the Mewtwo Smash DLC. I remember when there was a time where typing "DLC...
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Nintendo Download: Donkey Kong 64


Also, two StreetPass games and Mewtwo DLC
Apr 16
// Chris Carter
This week, the Nintendo 64 rides again with Donkey Kong 64 on the Wii U eShop. It's an incredibly bizarre, flawed, and all-around awesome experience that must be seen to be believed. Oh, and Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles ...
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Nintendo Download: Affordable Space Adventures


Also, Pokemon Rumble World
Apr 09
// Chris Carter
The main highlight this week on the Wii U eShop is Affordable Space Adventures, which is getting quite a bit of buzz for making good use of the GamePad. The DS is also invading the Wii U this week with WarioWare Touched! ...
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Nintendo Download: Super Mario 64


Also, Story of Seasons
Apr 02
// Chris Carter
The Wii U is getting Nintendo 64 and DS games starting this week, with Super Mario 64 and Yoshi's Island DS respectively. You'll also be able to buy Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, Bubble Gum Popper, Mon Premier K...

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China gives the series a fresh perspective

Mar 31 // Alessandro Fillari
Assassin's Creed Chronicles (PC, PS4, Xbox One [previewed])Developer: Climax StudiosPublisher: Ubisoft Release date: April 21, 2015 (Episode One) / Fall 2015 (Episodes Two and Three) "It's a very exciting and very challenging project to work on," said lead game designer Xavier Penin. "[Ubisoft] had a pretty [sizable] pitch for the project and wanted them to be short, episodic, and each of the stories would have their own specific artstyles that fit the character and time period. We knew we had to focus our efforts on making something that didn't just feel like a smaller Assassin's Creed." For the first episode, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, players take on the role of female assassin Shao Jun, who fans might recognize from the animated film Assassin's Creed Embers. Picking up some time after the events of Embers in 1526, Shao Jun returns to China after her training with Ezio Auditore and seeks revenge against Emporer Jiajing of the Ming Dynasty after the massacre of the Chinese Assassin Brotherhood. During her exploits, she'll acquire new abilities and contacts that will help in her quest, and revitalize the Assassin presence in 16th-century China. China has been a top requested location from fans, along with a playable Shao Jun, and seeing it come to pass is exciting. In the three levels I played, set in The Forbidden City and Fujian Province, we got to experience a starkly different setting and visual palette not seen from the series. Moreover, the brief taste of the India and Russia episodes we saw also feature their own art styles and aesthetic. Granted, the nature of this downloadable title allows them to try different settings, but I was blown away by the potential AC has in such lush environments. This enthusiasm was also shared by the folks behind the title. [embed]289710:57987:0[/embed] "When we were going to do this game with [Shao Jun], I was really excited about it and wanted to get all the information about background and her story, but it was actually pretty thin," said Penin. "So eventually we decided to come up with new ideas and settings, beyond Embers, and we came up with a story that AC fans will enjoy." Understandably, the switch from 3D to 2.5D has brought some changes to the action-stealth gameplay. For the most part, players will still traverse the environment with free-running maneuvers while avoiding detection, and only using combat as a last resort. Players will run and leap across obstacles in the environment and move between the foreground and background during traversal. I was impressed with the depth shown in the environments, and I was quite surprised that areas shown off were largely interactive. In one section during a prison escape, I had to find my gear before making an exit, which meant having to search for a guard's keys. After traveling through a hallway, I entered a large cavern housing dozens of prison cells. Off in the distance in the background, there were several guards making their rounds near a number of prisoners. From the foreground, I jumped onto a fallen pillar, which allowed me seamlessly run across to the background of the environment, which had its own unique layout and design. It was neat to be able to see how much depth the levels have, and the later levels show off much more intuitive and clever design. The stealth gameplay has had a bit of change, however, and the assassins now have to rely more on shadows and darkness to slip past their foes. Instead of the line-of-sight design from past titles, Chronicles utilizes a vision cone system. Similar to Mark of the Ninja's gameplay, all enemies can see and hear only a certain distance ahead of them, which gives you the means to figure out the best way around them. While it's still very much AC, the new design feels different. The lead designer elaborated a little further with how they went about re-designing AC stealth for 2.5D. "We had a lot of work to find the right recipe because this is the type of gameplay that require precise signs of feedback," said Penin. "We experimented a lot with the detection system, which focuses on cones of vision that work really well because it shows accurately in the 2D perspective. While some people initially thought [the visual representation of enemy line of sight] got in the way of the art style, ultimately the function allowed for us to design the stealth for players to be more interesting." Though you can easily avoid all conflicts by sticking in the shadows or hiding inside doorways or off the sides of ledges, there are a whole assortment of gadgets that Shao Jun has at her disposal, such as the rope dart which can sling enemies and help her traverse to new heights. The action and pace of the stealth from past games is present, though there seems to be much more thought put into it. Some sections felt like actual puzzles more than action-stealth gameplay, and I mean that as a good thing. The narrowing of the perspective put a lot more depth into this facet of gameplay, and it was refreshing to have a more refined approach to it. I'm also quite impressed with the visual aesthetic of Chronicles. The developers have stated that each episode will have a unique look to it, and China's style is stunning in its representation of perpetual autumn and uses of inkblot-style visuals and palettes. The colors are vibrant and lush, and the shadows and darkness show a certain roughness, as if it's a place that only the Assassins, history's wet-workers, can venture to. These still-images do not do this title justice -- it's quite gorgeous in action. While I was enjoying myself throughout the China setting, a part of me wished this was a fully 3D title rather than a downloadable side story. Nothing against this game, as it's really solid and makes some clever choices in regards to approach to stealth in a limited perspective, however I feel that such rich settings would be better used for full-fledged 3D Assassin's Creed titles. In any case, Assassin's Creed Chronicles is looking to be a nice surprise for the franchise. Though we can undoubtedly expect to see another main entry in the series this year, Chronicles will serve to be a nice change of pace for those looking for a different take on the series. For those who bit on the Unity season pass, you'll get the first episode on day one. The bite-sized nature of these titles will make them easy to get into, but they're sure to surprise players with how much depth is present.
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Stabbin' necks through history in 2.5D
It's not often we see a major player in the big leagues of yearly releases reinvent itself in a more modest and distinct way. With Assassin's Creed titles expected every year, it's been a bit of a challenge for Ubisoft to kee...

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Nintendo Download: Dot Arcade


Also, Namco Museum
Mar 26
// Chris Carter
There isn't a whole lot coming to Nintendo systems today, but Dot Arcade definitely highlights the week with its interesting minimalist style. You'll also find Namco Museum on the Virtual Console in addition to a de...
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Nintendo Download: Mario Party 10


Also, Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament
Mar 19
// Chris Carter
Tomorrow, the Wii U will get Mario Party 10, which is probably the biggest release this week. Aside from that, you can nab Pentapuzzle, Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament (GBA), Elliot Quest, and Super Destronaut toda...
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Nintendo Download: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.


Also, 3D Out Run
Mar 12
// Chris Carter
Although the 3DS is the highlight today, the Wii U is getting a few titles this week. In addition to Trine Enchanted Edition, you'll also find F-Zero GP Legend, Don't Touch Anything Red, and My Style Studio: Notebook. Th...
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Nintendo Download: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars


Also, OlliOlli
Mar 05
// Chris Carter
The Wii U and 3DS are getting something interesting today -- two Cross-Buy games. Cross-Buy has existed on Nintendo platfoms for about a year now, but it was very rarely used. Today, it's going to work on Mario vs. Donkey Kon...
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Nintendo Download: Donkey Kong Land and Country!


Also, Ironfall: Invasion
Feb 26
// Chris Carter
This is a huge day for the 3DS and Wii U in terms of the Virtual Console. Not only is the 3DS getting Donkey Kong Land 1-3, but the Wii U is also getting Donkey Kong Country 1-3, which were removed previously from t...
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Nintendo Download: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse


Also, Pokémon Shuffle
Feb 19
// Chris Carter
The Wii U has a bit of eShop life this week with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, which looks all sorts of cute. It's also getting a Citizens of Earth demo and Axelay, one of my personal favorite SNES shoot-'em-ups. The 3DS ...
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Nintendo Download: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D


Also, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Feb 12
// Chris Carter
I hope you aren't too excited for the Wii U eShop, because all it's getting is Blek, Breath of Fire, and Paparazzi. Ubisoft is still having that sale for a few more days. Yep, that's it. The 3DS has a killer week yet again th...
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Nintendo Download: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo


Also, Hyrule Warriors DLC
Feb 05
// Chris Carter
The Wii U eShop is pretty much dead this week outside of the Majora's Mask Hyrule Warriors DLC. Long live the 3DS! But seriously, all you're getting is Dolphin Up, Puzzle Monkeys, Tri-Strip, Dig Dug, Mappy-Land,&nbs...
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Nintendo Download: Gunman Clive 2


Also, Metroid Prime Trilogy
Jan 29
// Chris Carter
The Wii U eShop is getting more exciting today with the release of Metroid Prime Trilogy for $9.99. I still have my lovely hard copy safe with the rest of my Metroid collection, but considering how rare it is, I'm g...
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Nintendo Download: Citizens of Earth


Also, Punch Out!! Wii U
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
The headliner this week is definitely Citizens of Earth on the Wii U eShop. Brittany didn't think it was the second coming of EarthBound, but there were some redeeming qualities -- maybe it's best to wait on the fence fo...

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