Reggie will be top tier
It’s been over one year since the Wii U debuted and… things could be a bit better? While not like the hyperbole doomsayers, the Wii U is in need of a boost, and four things come to mind immediately. Let’s look!
Kaushik here again, back to review another video game. My first reviewed Wii U title in fact, Super Mario 3D World. I may never have expressed my views on this particular series of games before, but I’ll do so now as a quick preface. As far as recent Mario games have been concerned, I have not been totally impressed. Particularly with the New Super Mario Bros. line of games, and the predecessor to this title, Super Mario 3D Land. So my expectations for this game were not high to begin with. However, I got a chance to play (and beat) the game over the last two weeks, and I must say, this is a must-have game for Wii U owners. All fifteen of you.
In today’s Nintendo Direct, the first piece of Pikmin 3 DLC was announced and is available for download now. The DLC is free and will add one new map to the game’s mission mode (challenger mode).
Also announced was the “Collect Treasure” pack containing three additional mission mode maps, which is also available now for a price of $1.99. This won’t be the last piece of DLC for Pikmin 3 according to Nintendo. Additional content will be available down the road. For fans of the game, this is great news.
At PAX this past weekend, Hideki Kamiya from Platinum Games announced that Bayonetta and Jeanne are secret characters in The Wonderful 101. Kamiya served as director of The Wonderful 101 and was the creator of Bayonetta.
I’m a generally negative person, but there are always a few stories out there that really move me. This story was one for sure.
After browsing Facebook earlier today, I saw post in my news feed by IGN that caught my eye. An IGN blogger by the name of zenspath shared a touching story about his almost blind daughter Jennifer and her difficulty in trying to play video games. However, it turned out the Wii U GamePad and Super Luigi U were the perfect combination to enable his daughter to have her first video game experience.
Thanks to a huge fan campaign, Nintendo has finally mustered the courage to rerelease EarthBound in the United States for the first time since it first arrived. Even though nearly two decades have passed, this is still one of the best RPGs ever made, and among its plethora of wonderful features sits an astounding soundtrack that embodies the quirky, the creepy, the endearing, and the downright lovable elements of this timeless adventure.
Hey all, Travis here writing from hot, sunny LA. I’m currently quite busy with a temp gig at E3 (unrelated to work with Moar Powah, unfortunately), and have managed to pull myself away from my duties for a quick but fairly personal opinion piece on consoles. No I’m not going to go into a tremendously overdone examination of how the PS4 fell into the public’s praise and how the Xbox One was damned by public ire, but what I am going to look into is the issue of longevity, and how waiting for consoles to ripen may be the best way to enjoy them.
Sitting upon the grand castle of gaming history is a genre that has encapsulated our emotions with in a golden and eternal vessel called nostalgia. I think it’s entirely fair to say that RPG’s capture our understanding of the medium’s history more than any other genre. There’s a reason why Pokemon fanatics are so fanatical despite the series’ lack of significant change or evolution since its conception. There’s just something so timeless about a whole spectrum of experiences that can penetrate our emotional cores without fancy graphics or complex controls, no matter what the modern day Sqaure Enix walking corpse would have you believe.
And yet, with the exception of the aforementioned Pokemon, Nintendo is not a company that capitalizes on this genre too often. Sure, they have their Paper Mario series tucked away somewhere, and Fire Emblem, although a different kind of RPG, is absolutely still a force to be reckoned with, but Nintendo doesn’t rely on RPGs quite like other Japanese developers. No, when Nintendo makes a rare RPG, it’s something to be cherished.
It’s no wonder, then, that a highly vocal group of fans cursed Nintendo’s name for decades, simply because they refused, until very recently, to release the cult classic EarthBound again in the west.
Kaushik here, back with entirely too much time on a game I recently purchased. This time, it’s Monster Hunter 3 U for the 3DS and Wii U. I’ll be talking about the 3DS version specifically, here. So it’s the ever-popular Monster Hunter series, making a big splash stateside with the simultaneous Wii U and 3DS release of an updated Wii game, Monster Hunter Tri. Now, my level of experience with this series is actually close to 0 prior to this game, so I’ll try to offer a fresh and fair opinion.
Let’s say, for all intents and purposes, that all industry soothsayers in their little business suits in their little towers are wrong and consoles are not on their way out. Mobile and PC? Hah. Silly distractions from the true spirit of video games, in which Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are the kings of warring nations and their subjects will fight to the death to defend their consoles choice in the great wars of flame.
Ok, not really. Console wars are dumb and you shouldn’t participate. But in the grand scheme of things, consoles are likely not going to die anytime soon. In my mind there are still legions of consumers willing to shell out for another console, Pokemon will always outsell the bible, and Sony is a profitable, highly rated company with no chance of failure. Any sign to the contrary is a threat to my carefully defensed sentimentality designed by the sadistic devils at Kotaku and the like who wish to destroy the hearts of console gamers everywhere(note: I play PC and mobile games every now and then and do in fact function in the real world and recognize when change is happening).
So without further ado, here’s a look into the current and future statuses of our beloved/cursed consoles. I promise not to be too facetious (not really).