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.
From the mind of Hideki “Devil May Cry” Kamiya came Bayonetta in 2010. Flashy, cheesy and packing plenty of punch per wicked weave combo, the game turned the action dial to 11, making its predecessors in the genre look tame by comparison. Fast forward a few years, and not only is Bayonetta returning in a much-deserved sequel on the Wii U, but the titular witch is getting her original adventure upgraded for a new console ride as well.
Do you want to be the best? The very best, like no one ever was? To catch ‘em all, without needing to drop several hundred bucks in the process? In an age long past, such an option was available to gamers. It was known as “the demo”, a slice of a game that gave players a chance to experience what was in store. Fore free. And now, the new Pokémon remakes are getting into that try it before you buy it idea.
What are you plans for the weekend? Don’t think you can fool me, I know you aren’t really going out to that big party with all of your friends! You’ll probably be at home alone like me playing whatever makes you happy. That’ll be Destiny for most this weekend. Oh, you don’t have it? There there, neither do I. If you’re a fan of Nintendo and have nothing better to do, they will be doing an 8 hour stream this weekend which will include footage of the final version of Super Smash Bros.
Nintendo had its first Direct since president Satoru Iwata came back from illness, and took the opportunity to announce a brand new pair of 3DS consoles. They may not have the best or cleverest names, but they’re awesome and I must have them. Both. Here’s what’s new about the New 3DS’.
Despite being one of the biggest franchises around, Pokémon ain’t exactly known for releasing collector’s editions of their various games. What you generally get, is a game, a box and a manual if you’re lucky. And I’m fine with that. And I’m also more than fine with falling off the wagon, caving in and buying this special edition of the upcoming Ruby and Sapphire remakes.
Because of course it was. Nintendo has this bizarre habit of shoehorning its biggest star, that moustachioed plumber in to all manner of game in which he rightly doesn’t belong. And according to Edge, he was very nearly the star of Nintendo’s new shooter IP, Splatoon.
Nintendo right now, is not in a good place. Sure, the legendary company may sell well when key franchises launch a new game, but the lull between releases isn’t exactly doing them any favours. And that’s because most gamers these days are either playing new releases on PlayStation or Xbox One hardware. There’s a very dedicated group of core gamers, that aren’t being catered to on the Wii U. And Nintendo wants to change that.
Because nobody asked for it! If there’s one game that fans have been asking for, it’s a proper console version of Pokémon, bringing open world catch ‘em all gameplay to a larger screen. That ain’t happening. Instead, you’re going to get a chance to properly battle with your Pokémon in Pokkén Tournament.
Gamescom is great for reminding us how our wallet will be abused in the coming months. This year's conferences weren't the most interesting, but the games on show really help boost some pre-orders for this year and next year. Surpringly, the company without a conference benefitted the most.
Poor Wii U. The console seemed so promising, but poor timing and lack of next generation processing means that it is all but falling away from existence. Watch Dogs will be coming to the console, albeit a few months after its release on others. It will also be the last mature game from Ubisoft that the Wii U will see.