Say what you like about Nintendo, but they may be home to some of the hardest workers on the planet, an ethos that extends to the upper echelons of its management. Take for instance, head banana Satoru Iwata. The Nintendo chief executive had to excuse himself a short while ago in order to have some necessary surgery to remove a bile duct tumour. Surgery which he apologised for, as he felt bad about it making him unavailable to Nintendo and its consumers. But he’s feeling much better!
It’s been a tough time for Nintendo. It’s Wii U hasn’t done quite as well as anybody would have hoped, and some of its properties haven’t been selling as well as they should either. The company’s suffered regular annual losses of late, with investors calling for Iwata’s head. Wise people, though, would say you should never count Nintendo out. And they’re right; Nintendo’s on the road to profitability again.
Yes, I realise that I sound like a broken record here, but have you played Super Smash Bros. 3DS yet? The game is spectacular! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the Wii U version will take everything from the handheld version, add to it, and make it better. In fact, there are over 50 things to look forward to in the console version. One of the new features comes in the form of Amiibo, Nintendo’s amazing figurines of their various characters.
Geez Beyonetta is one sexy video game character. I know we're not supposed to lust after virtual personas, but it's hard not to with Bayonetta. Designed with those who find a curvy hindquarter appealing, Bayonetta is strong and sexy, and now recreated by a beautiful Playboy bunny.
I absolutely love Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS. I still pick up the game whenever I can for a quick brawl or two. If the handheld edition is that good, I can only imagine how much better the Wii U version will be. Here are 52 reasons to be excited for the upcoming game.
Bayonetta 2 may just be my personal game of the year. It’s the queen of action games and a polished gem of kickass that the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has yet to experience. It’s just simply brilliant, from design through to execution. And you can thank Platinum’s lead character designer Mari Shimazaki for the new return of haute couture in Bayonetta 2.
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.