This video is two weeks old, which in internet time is forever – but I only saw it today, so I’m sharing it with you lot. It’s an incredible animation by James Farr, giving us a brief look at a world that’s populated by a very Nintendo-themed bunch of Avengers. It’s amazing. Seriously. Watch it.
Everyone has their favourite Pokémon generation. Their favourite land to explore, battle and train in. Last year’s Pokémon X and Y was a pretty massive hit, and even with the release of the upcoming Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, you can bet that some folks will want to stay in the Kalos region. Which is all fine and dandy, but you won’t be taking your latest mega-evolved Pokémon with you to that region.
Beyond all the enthusiasm, there’s a generally good question revolving around the Pokémon remakes of Sapphire and Ruby. Why replay the game? The only thing that’s different, are the visuals right? And this was quite possibly true. For a short while. But according to the latest rumours, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby won’t be your standard remake. They’ll be throwing a ton of new content back into the series as well, with Mega Evolutions being the tip of the ice-type berg apparently.
You’ve already read the best coolest acceptable not so bad my review for Bayonetta 2. I hope. Dammit folks, I need this validation! Ahem, but there are other reviews out there. And much like your thoughts on that strange growth that is spreading on your face, it might be time for a second opinion. Which I wholeheartedly recommend doing anyway. So here’s a look at what other people have to say about Bayonetta 2 so far.
Because regular evolution is for chumps. And chumpettes. Am I right?
The original Bayonetta promised players “non-stop climax action” back in 2010. It certainly delivered - with a game that was equal parts story and over-the-top escapades. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine any game overthrowing the first Bayonetta from that throne, making the hurdle for the sequel that almost never was, that much higher. Bayonetta 2 doesn’t stray too far from that formula, but for the most part, it’s a far better game than the original ever was.
We’re live on the ground, ducking fire from civilians, embedding ourselves into rAge in much the same way that a tick embeds itself into a dog. We’re doing interviews, getting the scoop from various developers and wondering what this “vacation” word is that people throw around so casually. We’re also taking photos. Lots and lots of photos!
Gaming developers, you have it all wrong. You want to make extra cash? Then stop fiddling with season passes, attack-pants and micro-DLC. Believe it or not, gamers want to get physical like an Olivia Newton John song, with some quality merch. It’s worked for Skylanders. It’s been a blockbuster tactic for Disney Infinity. And now Nintendo is joining that market with its beautiful Amiibo figures for Super Smash Bros.
Nintendo may be the underdog in this generation of console gaming, but their future certainly looks bright. The release of any typical Nintendo game (such as Mario Kart for example) always seems to breathe new life into the brand. Their latest title is Super Smash Bros. 3DS, which I loved to bits. Nintendo have just recently announced the release date for the Wii U version and the first of their Amiibo powered figurines.
My very first encounter with Super Smash Bros. was with Brawl on the Wii. Prior to purchase, I knew nothing about the game other than that it took a bunch of Nintendo’s characters (and some other memorable franchises), and put them all in one crazy arena fighter. It was one of my most pleasant gaming surprises – I absolutely loved it! I often took my console to a friend’s house so we could play on his projector. I honestly thought the transition to a handheld console would somehow ruin the game I grew to love. I’m happy to say that my concerns are invalid.
If the names Xiahou Dun and Lu Bu don’t evoke majestic images of manly eye patches and mighty Halberds then you’re probably not familiar with the Dynasty Warriors games. The series has garnered a very niche audience over the years and while they seem to be releasing a new game almost every year, it has never quite become a household name. The Legend of Zelda however is a beloved and often revered series in the gaming world. It is so popular that even non-gamers hum along to the sounds of the game’s signature theme song. So when looking at these two series’ as independent franchises, one has to wonder how Hyrule Warriors ever came to be. Whatever the reason may be, I thank the gaming gods that it happened.
That is, the trading card game version of that popular battle monster franchise. Vague headlines, hooooooooooooo!
Who doesn't know Where's Wally? If you ever scanned over any of his books as a kid, you’d know that he’s not always so easy to find. The striped, spectacled fellow likes to hide away in all sorts of incredibly busy images, making life difficult for eyes everywhere. Think you’re a master? Try spot your favourite SNES character in this image.
If there’s one thing that the Wii U needs right now, it’s third-party games that can fill the gap between first-party Nintendo releases. One such game is Bayonetta 2, a title that would not even exist had Nintendo not intervened and given developer Platinum Games the capital to get it done. The game arrives next month in the western world, but it’s out right now in the east. And it’s tanking. Horribly.
Super Smash Bros. will be hitting us in a few short weeks, landing in the month of October. The series is one of Nintendo’s best. It takes characters from their (and sometimes other game) franchises, and puts them in arena to fight it out. It’s a true test of skill, one which is perfect for settling any kind of conflict – at least, that’s what this new trio of advertisements for the game seems to be punting.