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No items, eight foxes only is your Final Destination photo
No items, eight foxes only is your Final Destination
by Jonathan Holmes

Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U will always be remembered as the game that brought eight-player simultaneous combat to the series. Playing a fully populated match in the new Smash is like watching the same movie on five different screens at the same time, with each screen starting at a different scene in the film. Your brain can process everything properly for a second or two before its forcibly derailed or distracted, only to have it refocus again, then derail again, and so forth, all while fighting for your life in the process. This is what it must be like to have a swarm of bees live in your skull in the place where your brain should be.

What if this newly minted chaos was combined with the old-fashioned, no items, Fox only, Final Destination, serious-business style of Smash Bros. play? Sadly, we may never know, as Smash Bros. for the Wii U doesn't let you play with seven opponents on Final Destination. You can see the moment where the guy trying to choose that stage is denied his ambitions, and his heart sinks. 

He chose Big Battlefield instead, and it's just as well. It's about the backdrop anyway. It's about the futile struggle to keep an eight-player orgy of cartoon violence as "fair and balanced" of a fight as possible.

All those Arwings flying in at the beginning is glorious. 

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5:45 PM on 11.19.2014

No Smash Bros. DLC after Mewtwo 'experiment'

Mewtwo is coming to Super Smash Bros. next spring, but Masahiro Sakurai explained to IGN that, "releasing that character is an experiment meant to act as a foothold in content distribution; thus it's simply meant as part of t...

Steven Hansen



Here's how you unlock everything in Smash Bros. Wii U photo
Here's how you unlock everything in Smash Bros. Wii U
by Chris Carter

Just like Super Smash Bros. 3DS, the unlock conditions are fairly relaxed in the Wii U version. Of course there is at least one stage that's hidden behind a specific unlock condition, and most of the stage unlocks aren't apparent at first.

Although this doesn't spoil any stage specifically, I'd refrain from reading the comments if you want to be surprised.

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Here's how Nintendo's amiibo figures work, and how they interact with Smash Bros. photo
Here's how Nintendo's amiibo figures work, and how they interact with Smash Bros.
by Chris Carter

Nintendo's long awaited foray into the toy market is here: the amiibo are ready for purchase, and the flagship game, Super Smash Bros., is right on the horizon.

While the toys look great in person and the setup is painless, so far the actual interactivity is underwhelming. Collector itch aside, I'd definitely recommend waiting until more compatible games are out before committing to any purchases.

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Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U photo
Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
by Chris Carter

Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS was everything I hoped it would be. It rekindled my love for the franchise after my group of friends and I lost interest due to Brawl, and I'm playing online more often than I would with most fighting games. In pretty much every aspect, the game is a success in my eyes, and it seems that sales agree.

But of course the main event is one that can be seen on a glorious television, with four (now eight) players all clamoring over some drinks and having a great time. In that regard, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U might be the best iteration yet.

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9:00 AM on 11.19.2014

This Splatoon 60fps trailer is just hnnngh

Splatoon came out of nowhere, and it shot into my most anticipated list of 2015. As an unconventional shooter it looks pretty great, and the constant morphing from human to squid looks like it has a lot of value on a tactical level. Although this trailer isn't new, Nintendo has uploaded another version of it that runs at 60fps, so give it a go!

Chris Carter





11:30 AM on 11.18.2014

Japan: Now in board videogame form

Gotouchi Tetsudou is a new Wii U and 3DS game about being so filled with Japan that your blood clots into a gelatinous mass of hiragana and Sanrio. It's a virtual board game, a genre that usually needs to be dressed up a bit...

Jonathan Holmes

9:00 AM on 11.18.2014

Eiji Aonuma reveals Twili Midna character for upcoming Hyrule Warriors DLC

Hyrule Warriors is still one of my favorite games of 2014, and the DLC so far has been a large part of why I keep playing it. We've already seen the "Master Quest" DLC, but now Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma has spilled the bean...

Chris Carter

5:30 PM on 11.17.2014

Hyrule Warriors' amiibo support is boring

Nintendo has explained which amiibo toys do what in Hyrule Warriors and, frankly, the game's support for the near-field communication figurines is rather dull. With Link (or Toon Link), players can get the Spinner weapon from...

Jordan Devore



Now's a nice time to buy a Wii U: Here's everything you should know photo
Now's a nice time to buy a Wii U: Here's everything you should know
by Steven Hansen

[Bumping this guide from July 2014 as-was in anticipation of Smash Bros. week, the holidays, and some new Wii U owners. The only good "Black Friday" deal for the console seems to be $360 from Best Buy with Smash, Donkey Kong Country, Mario 3D World, and Nintendo Land.]

Even if you must play all the Hot New Games, you don't need a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One to do so until 2015. Enough of them are still releasing on PS3 and 360 this fall. The rest, on PC (and, for some of us, handhelds). 

With the recent release of Mario Kart 8 and the upcoming release of Super Smash Bros., you might consider buying a Wii U, though. 

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4:30 PM on 11.17.2014

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

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 ...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 11.17.2014

Watch Dogs comes to Wii U tomorrow with some of the DLC

Kind of ironic that after months of delays, Watch Underscore Dogs is finally coming to Wii U with no "Bad Blood," am I right folks?  Ubisoft's open world trench coater and the last M-rated game it will release for t...

Steven Hansen



Review: Tengami photo
Review: Tengami
by Patrick Hancock

Tengami has been out on iOS devices for quite some time but has now finally made its debut on Wii U. I think it's great that the Wii U has the perfect setup for iOS games to make a pretty seamless transition thanks to the GamePad. I already love the GamePad for the unique gameplay potential it brings, so this is an extra bonus!

Tengami is a particular game for a particular type of enjoyment. Sometimes you might just need to relax a bit after murdering hundreds or solving awful murder mysteries and just...slide some paper to one of the most relaxing soundtracks you'll come across!

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10:00 AM on 11.17.2014

Hyper Light Drifter developer says resolution 'doesn't matter' for 2D games

Hyper Light Drifter looks pretty rad, and part of that is due to the cool looking 2D style. Recently developer Alex Preston responded to a question regarding a 1080p resolution for the game, and had this to say, "Our game is ...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 11.16.2014

Smash Bros. campaign modes no longer appear to be a priority

I received Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U in the mail yesterday. The plan is to start capturing video of it as soon as I'm able, so if there are specific things you want to see from the game, let me know. We're also tal...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 11.15.2014

Xavier inspires so many questions

When I heard there was a new game called Xavier on the Wii U eShop, I got pretty excited. I've been patiently staring at my computer monitor, waiting for the announcement of a Xavier: Renegade Angel game for many years ...

Jonathan Holmes