It wasn’t the best year for fighting games to be honest. 2015 thankfully should be different and a lot more jam packed. Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and yes, Street Fighter V (oh calm down already Geoff!), will crowd the genre once more. That doesn’t mean there weren't standout titles this year though. Who er... punched better than the other?
Lights! Camera! ACTION! Gaming can be cerebral, engaging or even tender depending on the experience that you’re looking for. But sometimes, you want a game that will rip your shirt off and make you grow hairy explosions on your chest. Action games were back with a vengeance this year, but there could be only one…winner.
2014 has been all about the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. But really, Nintendo may have just had the very best year when it came down to it. With a solid line-up, Nintendo was knocking sixes all year long across a wide variety of genres and franchises. But if you’re looking for that one game that will define the Wii U, then the choice was obvious.
Handheld gaming has proven to be something special this year, especially thanks to all the load shedding we’ve all experienced! Which title really stood out though, keeping gamers away from their consoles and PCs even when the power was on? There can only be one top game for the consoles for ants!
We've been talking about O3DX for a while now. The off-road, Trails-esque title developed by a team in Cape Town is set for launch on PC, console and mobile in the near future, but you can already jump the gun and purchase a copy. Not only will you grab it at a discount, but you could also walk away with some incredible prizes as well.
It was just a few weeks ago that an exploit in the 3DS was revealed, turning the nearly forgotten Cubic Ninja into a the key to unlocking the 3DS’ secrets – at least as far as homebrewed software is concerned. It resulted in copies of the game being sold for inflated prices all over the world. And now, with a simple update, Nintendo’s fixed at least one of the three exploits used in the hack.
I’m sold on Amiibo. Even before I put them to the test in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, I had plans on buying all my favourite Nintendo characters at some point over the next few months. While casually strolling through the Internet today though, I stumbled upon some news that Nintendo were discontinuing certain Amiibo. Is this really true? Should I rush out and buy this instant?
In news that doesn’t rhyme with Kony FlayStation Moar, Nintendo also had some news to share on the weekend. News regarding their upcoming open-world entry in the next chapter of The Legend Of Zelda franchise. News that revealed actual gameplay of the untitled Zelda game. News that had none other than lead producer Eiji Aonuma and creator Shigeru Miyamoto playing through the game in real time. I may be crying right now.
It’s no secret that I absolutely adored Super Smash Bros. 3DS. Nintendo somehow took the series and made it work perfectly on their handheld console. The portable title certainly stands on its own, but what it really did was serve as a teaser for Super Smash Bros. Wii U. The bigger sibling includes everything that made the 3DS title fantastic and a whole lot more.
I enjoyed Bravely Default. I thought it had some excellent elements, even if the game did drag on for a bit too long and end up relying too much on grinding. However, the new game will take the best the first on had to offer, and expand on it in cool new ways.
Beyond positive stories like the latest Pokémon selling like proverbial hotcakes, and Smash Bros being a critical and commercial darling, there’s not much in the way of good news for Nintendo right now. The Wii U still isn’t selling nearly as well as anyone would like, and if reports are to be believed, Black Friday hasn’t changed that much. Still, some are bullish about Nintendo’s future, and one of them is rather surprising: Michal Pachter.
Gameboy emulation has been around for years. You can load up roms in to your emulator of choice and play handheld games like it’s 1989. Nintendo even uses Gameboy emulation in its virtual console. In 2003 the company filed for an emulation patent which was granted in 2012. Earlier this year, they applied anew, with the patent being granted yesterday (via neoGAF). Why? Is Nintendo set to release its own official mobile Gameboy Emulator?
Every Pokémon fan has their favourite generation. Whether you’re keeping it old school with the original 151 Pokémon from Red and Blue era, or experiencing the world of battle monsters and collecting in 2013’s Pokémon X and Y, there’s a generation for every taste. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is one such generation, a remake of the third era games in the series, Ruby and Sapphire. And it’s pretty much my favourite Pokémon game ever made.
The latest games in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are out in the US and Japan. In the three days since they’ve been available at retail, they’ve sold a combined total of over 3 million copies. That’s despite essentially being remakes of older games.