I’ve got a soft spot for Japanese-developed games, despite the fact that many of them refuse to keep up with the times. It’s the sheer lunacy of those games that I find attractive,a descent into digital madness that has me convinced that my box of Tic Tacs may have instead been some crazy pills that I just swallowed. Cult favourite developer Tomonobu Itagaki has a new game on the way which ties into opening line, by the name of Devil’s Third. And it still sounds like a 2015 madcap ride.
I don’t have any fundamental problems with DLC. It can, and often is used to expand the life of games and make them better; when it’s not used to nickle-and-dime consumers, that is. One bit of DLC that I do hate is when fighting games segregate their player bases by adding paid-for characters. For whatever reason, that sort of thing gets right up my nostrils; probably because I’ve been playing fighting games for forever, and think extra characters should be earned and unlocked. The DLC tactic is one that won't be happening in Super Smash Bros.
If any console has had a truly blockbuster year, it has to be the Wii U. You look at the games released this year on that device, and Nintendo was batting for a six all the way, klapping hit after hit out of the park. Super Smash Bros brings the Nintendo 2014 release schedule to a close essentially. And that game is ending the year with a bang.
Welcome young trainer, to the world of Pokémon! I’m sure that you have many questions to ask, such as “Which is the best starter?”, “Are the Legendary Pokémon real?” and “Why are my Pokeballs oozing blood?”. But before I can answer any of those questions without incriminating myself any further, we need to take a look at the review scores for the latest Pokémon game, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
No really, if you’re a fan of Nintendo’s fantastic smash game, this competition is just for you. Core, distributors of all things Nintendo in South Africa, are looking for South Africa’s top player. Winning this will not only secure you bragging rights, but also a fantastic prize including a year's supply of games! Interested? Find out more after the jump…
I am a giant sucker. Clearly. I mean, that explains the big L tattoo on my forehead and the compulsion I have to fill my shelves up with action and inaction figures lately. But these days, collectors want something more out of their figures. They want a collection that can be used for more than just geeky direction. Disney Infinity and Skylanders have that market covered. And with Nintendo’s Amiibo figures, that lucrative pie is going to be split in three.
Nintendo’s Wii U has been out for about a year longer than its current competitors, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While those platforms are the home of big-budget 3rd party titles and action blockbusters, the one thing they don't have is great exclusives. The Wii U does, says Nintendo of America’s Reggie Man-meat Fils-Aime.
You think of games from The Legend Of Zelda franchise, and your mind flashes towards the classics. Games such as The Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker and the very first game in that series. Amongst all of those games however, Majora’s mask is possibly the weirdest Zelda game ever made. And that trippy black sheep of the family is making a comeback.
The Wii U has had a bit of a traumatic start to life. It reminds me a bit of Oscar Pistorious, whose life started really hard but he ended up killing it… too soon? [Yes, yes it is]
Nintendo have always been strict when it comes to region locking on their consoles. It prevents multilingual gamers from importing whatever title they desire, forcing them to wait for a localised version of the game instead, or never getting the title at all because there are no plans to take it West. That may change moving forward.
There’s a new, new, new Nintendo 3DS on the way. And seeing as how my first-gen version is starting to look tiny and the paint is literally peeling off of the D-pad, I want it. Like other suckers consumers, I’m going to have to wait a while to get my hands on it, as the triple-newDS is launching first in Japan before it heads West in 2015. And you can thank a slower hardware market for that.
I’m pretty much too excited to be spending way too much time in Pokémon yet again. My favouritest generation, re-imagined for the Nintendo 3DS. You’ve heard me mention this before, no doubt. Well tough sh*t, because today will be no different and I will tie you down and make you listen to my love for digital pocket monsters. While the core gameplay has remained the same, the visuals of Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are something else entirely. See for yourself after the jump.
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.