I know, we all hate exclusives. They ruin things for the rest of us. Exclusive DLCs or rewards make us hurt enough, but some games are only coming to certain platforms. Will you just suffer, or will you whip out your wallet if the game is right?
As far as sales and market penetration go , the Wii U was a bit of a joke, right? I mean, at our post-rAge get together, Geoff and I were saying how we are among the ten people who actually own Nintendo's latest console. Well, sales are picking up, and their marketing department is getting optimistic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If there’s one thing Wii U owners aren’t, it’s spoilt for choice. We unfortunate folk are stuck with little more than Nintendo’s first party titles to keep us entertained on our little Nintendo machines – which isn’t really a bad thing, because for the most part, they’re excellent. Tomorrow sees the local release of the latest game to hit the system, the Legend of Zelda-themed chaotic hack-and-slasher, Hyrule Warriors.
Thomas Was Alone is easily one of my favourite indie titles. I’ve been trying to get every single person I know, gamer or muggle, to play it. The game is available on many platforms, including Android and iOS, but not on the new gen offerings. That’s about to change somewhat.
You know what I hate? Console wars. It’s just gamers arguing for days, months, or even years - trying to prove that their console is the best of the best. Master Race jokes aside, can’t we all just agree that we as gamers are winners? We are part of a thriving industry for crying out loud, and we are spoilt in terms of choice. I miss the good old days, where smashing a console determined… wait, what?
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.
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.
I don’t think there’ll ever be another game development studio like Platinum games. And that’s a good thing. This is a studio that even when it fires a dud, manages to turn the mundane into a galaxy-level extinction event. Bayonetta was one such game that went over the top, came back around, and did several more loops through the insanity wheel. And the sequel wants you to share that madness with friends.
E3 is such a strange experience. At its core, it's still a trade show designed to show off the goods that publishers will be pushing in the coming months and years. While journalists and distributors seem to think about E3 the most when planning their calendars, it's also a big deal for consumers, and helps to formulate buying patterns. This year's E3 shook things up a bit.