Bloodborne has released and is getting a ton of praise. As a PS4 exclusive, many people are wondering if this is a reason to buy the console. Of course, it takes more than one exclusive to ship a console, so here're all the ones that have been released and gotten love.
Splatoon is, for all intents and purposes, a strong multiplayer-focused shooter. The game twists the rules of conventional shooter mechanics by making you paint arenas rather than just shoot enemies, with Turf War rewarding the team that manages to spread their colour around the most. But it’s not the only trick the Splatoon pony knows.
There's no hiding the fact that I'm a massive Splatoon fan. The inky Nintendo shooter is one of the reason's I recently purchased a Wii U, and every time I see it in action I know I made the right decision. So you could've called yesterday an early Christmas for me, as a ton of new Splatoon footage hit the internet - and got it all messy.
So Nintendo invited 2 ladies from Playboy to their offices to try out Splatoon and as you can imagine some sections of the Internet are aghast. The number of immature sexual innuendos being thrown around by those claiming to support women are disgusting.
I'm still confused by Super Smash Bros. I know I like playing it, and it's a great little piece of gaming bliss for short, frantic play sessions. I also know I'm incredibly bad at it, and can't seem to get any better the more I play. Where I get confused is when it comes to content, because the entire package seems fairly light. But who cares when characters like Mewtwo are so close to launch?
Splatoon is one of the reasons I just purchased my very own Wii U, and I have to say that there's little to suggest that I made the incorrect decision. The paint-filled shooter mixes high paced action with a rather unique form of platforming, and it's coming with an arsenal full of squid weaponry later this year. If these three weapons are anything to go by, there's going to be quite a bit of strategy to the game too.
The Amiibo bug bite me hard a few weeks ago, where I went from owning none of the nicely made little plastic figurines to not being able to stop at three. Nintendo has been raking it in with their miniature collectibles, regardless of the fact that they’re pretty much damn useless when it comes to anything other than looking pretty. That said, I’d buy a stack of Splatoon ones in a heartbeat.
I knew that I was going to end up with all the consoles eventually - it's not really a choice for me. However, the order in which I got my Wii U and PS4 (and one day an Xbox One, too) was mostly dictated by local availability and timing for my bank account. Some lucky people in other parts of the world had access to all of them from launch, so what drove their decisions? It's probably not what you think.
I have way too much love for The Legend Of Zelda. It’s a franchise which has been consistently impressive, even when games in the series haven’t been instant classics. Ever since the series hit the NES, The Legend Of Zelda has always prided itself on being a massive open-world game of dungeons, actions and adventure. But it has never called itself an open-world game until now, with the latest chapter in the saga finally attaching itself to that label.
In the short space of a week I've gone from owning zero Nintendo Amiibo, to having an insatiable thirst to buy one nearly every day. I currently own four of the immaculately designed little figurines, and I understand why they're selling like hotcakes around the world. But which ones are flying off the shelves faster than they're getting there? Better yet, which one will soon be rare collectible items?
I love Nintendo’s Wii U; Nintendo’s first-party games are undeniably gems, almost always polished to perfection. Just this weekend, I reacquainted myself with Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros, two of my very favourite games from the last year. Still, it’s easy to be underwhelmed by the quantity of great games hitting Nintendo’s machine. It’s not helped by the fact that the Wii U still isn’t selling well, even though it’s played most of its cards. It's selling even fewer units than the ill-fated (but also awesome) Gamecube did at this point in its lifecycle. Is Nintendo in denial? Is it time for Nintendo to face facts?
The Wii U has been written off as a failed console. It was laughed at and ignored. But some awesome games and the release of Amiibos have changed that, and the Wii U is picking up steam. But can we call it a contender again?
Bugger the Olympics, the Superbowl or EFC Africa 212: Meatfist Mayhem. When it comes to sports, my eyes are firmly glued on the screen whenever the annual EVO Tournament rolls into town. It’s the very best of the fighting game scene, descending on Las Vegas for a weekend of fists, kicks and Hadoukens. And the games on offer this year, are going to tear the Vegas strip a new one.
And starting a new one! If you didn’t know, Nintendo has a rewards club in place. By redeeming the scratch cards you get wioth physical games, and tying your digital purchases to a Club Nintendo account you get to earn stars – which you can then trade for physical, Nintendo-themed items. It’s a cool way to rewards a loyal customer base with Nintendo baubles. You can see the catalogue available to South African Nintendo fans here. If you’ve got a cache of unspent stars waiting, you best get spending them soon. Club Nintendo is closing down.
I never really wanted to own a Wii U up until last year. It’s virtually impossible to ignore how strong Nintendo’s line-up was, and after Nintendo Direct last night it’s hard to imagine that they’re going to slow down soon. There are already countless reasons to finally pick up a Wii U, but my ultimate seller has to be Splatoon. And now it has a release date.