Bayonetta 2 on Wii U Includes First Game

June 12, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Bayonetta 2

It was pretty big news back when Bayonetta 2 was first announced as a Wii U exclusive, since the first game was for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Nintendo made Bayonetta 2 possible, and thus it became an exclusive. But what we weren’t expecting from this year’s E3 trailer was the announcement that Bayonetta 2 will include the original Bayonetta.

It will be released on disc as the Bayonetta Complete Collection, which will also include special Nintendo costumes. This is a great opportunity for Wii U owners who didn’t get to play the first game, especially since it didn’t originally release on a Nintendo console.

More Bayonetta 2 gameplay has been shown at E3, and we’ve gotten to see special transformations and even a mech. To sample some of this beautiful game, check out the footage below, provided by Gamersyde.

What do you think? Planning to check it out when it releases in October 2014?

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Smash Bros. 4 Introduces Miis and More

June 11, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Smash Bros Palutena

Super Smash Bros. 4 has several new characters and features to ensure your Smash Bros. experience on the Wii U is unlike any previous one. One of the biggest announcements, which should calm a lot of fan requests, is the addition of Miis. Of course, since this is Nintendo, they couldn’t just say you can now fight with your Mii in Smash Bros. Instead, they revealed it with a very interesting battle.

We aren’t sure how deep the customization of Miis goes, but they have three different classes and a variety of outfits. We hope you can make your Mii look like anyone you want, within reason, of course. And the custom movesets, which will only be useable against friends and in local play, add another level of depth to this game. We can’t wait to try it out.

The next characters revealed for Smash Bros. 4 were Lady Palutena and Pac-Man. Kid Icarus fans are delighted to see Palutena in the game, while the reaction to Pac-Man has varied between joy and all-out hate.

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Smash Bros. 4 will also make use of NFC figurines called Amiibos, similar to those used for Skylanders. These special Figure Players can be brought into a match by touching the figure to the GamePad. They level up as you use them, adapt their gameplay based on their opponents’ behaviors, and store their data in the Amiibo figure, so this should definitely add an interesting twist.

Many fans are excited about this game, and there are still more unannounced characters to look forward to. Who are you hoping to see in the roster?

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Zelda Wii U is Open, Speculation Over Protagonist

June 10, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Zelda Wii U Link

There’s a lot we don’t know about the next Zelda game, which will come to the Wii U sometime in 2015. We still aren’t sure of its official title. But now, thanks to Nintendo’s digital even this morning, we have gotten to see its first trailer.

This trailer begins with a discussion of the thought process that went into the game and its design, and then segues into in-game footage. Take a look.

The Wii U Zelda game promises to be much more open than previous Zelda titles. We aren’t positive it is meant to be an open world game, but we definitely got that vibe. Whatever the case may be, the world is going to be vast and seamlessly connected.

Now, let’s move on to the more curious part of this announcement. Link, as seen in the trailer, struck some viewers as a little odd. He isn’t wearing his hat, and his character design is slightly different than previous incarnations. Some fans left the trailer speculating that “he” was in fact a she. Well, VentureBeat decided to ask the game’s producer, Eiji Aonuma, about the new character design. And what was his answer?

“No one explicitly said that that was Link.”

Well, no one has explicitly said it wasn’t Link, either, but that comment certainly opens up the protagonist’s identity for debate. Who do you think was in that trailer, and what do you think of the game’s more open approach?

Update: Aonuma has since clarified that it is Link in the trailer.

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New Star Fox Confirmed for Wii U

by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Miyamoto Star Fox

Although it wasn’t revealed during Nintendo’s main event, there are additional game announcements coming throughout the rest of the week, the first of which was Star Fox! Fans have been hoping for Nintendo to bring this series back for some time now, and a new Star Fox game will be released for the Wii U in 2015.

The Wii U’s gamepad will provide a first-person view from the Arwing’s cockpit. The Arwing can now turn into a helicopter, too, in addition to the Landmaster tank. Two players can play together using the new helicopter, with one player controlling the copter and one controlling a small robot attached to a tether.

Shigeru Miyamoto revealed three games today that will all make use of the Wii U’s gamepad. Star Fox is one of them, as well as a robot-fighting game called Project Giant Robot, and a tower defense game called Project Guard. He has described this Star Fox game as possibly being spread across “multiple releases that are connected through different missions” and that if you consider the Star Fox series to be like a movie series, this new game is “more like a TV series.”

We aren’t entirely sure what that means.

Are you excited for the return of Star Fox? Share your thoughts, hopes, expectations, and concerns in the comments below.

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E3 Begins Today

June 8, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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It’s finally here. Beginning with the press conferences today and extending throughout the week, E3 will either delight or disappoint us with game footage and announcements from our favorite developers. What secrets lie in the future of the Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U? What surprises await us? Who will be the “winner” of this year’s E3? Everything starts today, with Microsoft’s press conference.

Monday, June 9

  • Microsoft’s press conference – 9:30 AM PT/12:30 PM ET
  • EA’s press conference – 12:00 PM PT/3:00 PM ET
  • Battlefield Hardline – 1:00 PM PT/4:00 PM ET
  • Ubisoft’s press conference – 3:00 PM PT/6:00 PM ET
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 4:30 PM PT/7:30 PM ET
  • Dying Light – 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET
  • Sony’s press conference – 6:00 PM PT/9:00 PM ET

Tuesday, June 10

Wednesday, June 11

Thursday, June 12

  • Fable Legends – 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET
  • Project Spark – 11:40 AM PT/2:40 PM ET
  • Nintendo’s new game announcement – 12:00 PM PT/3:00 PM ET
  • The Crew – 2:20 PM PT/5:20 PM ET
  • Nintendo’s new game announcement – 2:40 PM PT/5:40 PM ET
  • Evolve Tournament – 4:00 PM PT/7:00 PM ET

In addition to these, Nintendo Treehouse will have regular livestreams each day, and every day will be packed with additional game demos and previews. We’ve tried to list some of the most notable here, but check out the full Twitch schedule to see everything the official E3 streaming platform will bring, including unspecified titles from companies like Deep Silver, Ubisoft, and Square Enix.

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No Trick, Costume Quest 2 Will be a Treat

June 2, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Costume Quest 2 screenshot 1

Double Fine seems to have a knack for creating charming games with devoted fanbases that nevertheless don’t reach the commercial standing of other titles. Costume Quest is one such game, a quirky Halloween-themed RPG about fighting monsters and getting candy. Back in March, a sequel was announced, but we weren’t sure what systems it would be available for. Now we can officially say Costume Quest 2 will come out this Halloween for just about everything (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, and Linux).

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So no matter what your gaming system of choice is, you’ll probably be able to play this game. Costume Quest 2 will have a slightly different combat system from the first game. According to GameInformer, the turn-based system is now based on timed attacks which you can use to form powerful combos. If you loved Costume Quest’s combat, the core elements haven’t changed, so with any luck, this will only be an improvement.

Costume Quest 2 screenshot 4

It will be a bigger game than the original, which we assume means it will also be longer. And if you really love the series, you can preorder the tie-in graphic novel Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers.

Costume Quest 2 screenshot 2

If you haven’t played the first game, these explanations and titles should give you an idea of the atmosphere and tone of the game. And if they don’t, the wacky screenshots revealed today certainly should.

Costume Quest 2 screenshot 3

So, what do you think? Will you spend this Halloween trick-or-treating in Costume Quest 2?

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February Sales High for PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U

March 15, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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February was a good month for the gaming market. The new NPD charts were just released, and hardware sales were 42% higher than those in February 2013, with console hardware sales 60% higher.

The PS4 is still in the lead in terms of sales, but only by a narrow margin. In the United States, the PS4 sold about 287,000 units and the Xbox One sold 258,000 units. Due to the small gap and the higher price of the Xbox One, Microsoft’s hardware sales put them in the lead in terms of dollar amounts.

The Wii U’s hardware sales were also up by 25% when compared to those in February 2013, which is good news for the struggling console.

The top-selling game in February was Call of Duty: Ghosts, followed by The Lego Movie Video Game, NBA 2K14, and Thief. Grand Theft Auto V came in fifth, with the remaining five top sellers being Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Minecraft, and Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. However, these rankings do not take digital sales into account.

Well, things look good for the gaming industry in general, and both Sony and Microsoft (and Nintendo!) are doing quite well.

In related news, despite the release of Titanfall, the PS4 still appears to have an edge over the Xbox One at GameStop. Despite costing $549.96 and containing only a PS4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, a second controller, and a 1-year subscription to PS+, the PS4 Call of Duty bundle is outselling the $529.98 Xbox One Titanfall and Call of Duty: Ghosts Bundle, which contains an Xbox One, Titanfall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and a 1-month subscription to Xbox Live.

Is it the PS4 itself? The PS+ subscription? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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PS4 Has Already Outsold Wii U

February 27, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


According to VGChartz, as of February 22 the PlayStation 4 had sold approximately 5,847,194 units worldwide, while the Wii U had sold approximately 5,765,484 units worldwide. That means that in the three months (and a week) since the PS4’s release, it has already outsold the Wii U, which has been on the market for an additional year.

Now, it’s no secret that the Wii U’s sales haven’t exactly been stellar, but this still speaks volumes about the success of the PS4. It keeps selling out in stores around the world, and its recent Japanese launch was hugely successful.

Have you picked up a PS4 yet? Do you plan to? Let us know.

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Watch Dogs Releasing Between April and June, Wii U Delayed

February 10, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


After a lot of rumors, we finally have official word on when Watch Dogs will be released, even if it’s not a concrete date yet. Ubisoft announced that it will come out for the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC sometime between April and June.

The Wii U version, however, will be released later. According to Ubisoft’s CEO, Yves Guillemot, the delay will ensure the development team’s resources are used as effectively as possible.

We’re glad to have a release window for Watch Dogs on most systems, but the delay of the Wii U version has sparked a lot of rumors that it will actually be cancelled. We hope that isn’t the case—the Wii U has enough troubles without losing one of its big-name games.

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Next-Gen Sonic Game Coming in 2015?

February 3, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


We’ve got a new rumor for you this week, and this time it’s about Sonic the Hedgehog. A toy manufacturer called Jazwares had a booth advertising its Sonic merchandise at a Nuremberg toy festival. According to the German website Spindash, a sign at the booth listed new Sonic games, including an untitled game for 2015.

The 2015 game was followed by the logos for the Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One, which suggests it will be released for all three systems.

Due to Jazware’s relationship with the Sonic brand, we feel they are in a good position to know if there’s going to be an upcoming game. On the other hand, Sega and Nintendo made a deal for three Nintendo-exclusive Sonic games, of which only two (Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games) have so far been released. Does this mean the Jazwares sign is incorrect in showing the PS4 and Xbox One logos for the new game, or is there an additional Sonic game in the works, as well?

We will keep you updated as we learn more.

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