Nintendo spent so much energy focusing on Luigi last year, hoping that shifting attention away from the red brother would have a correlating affect on their bank accounts. Surprising almost no one, it did little to boost the sales of Nintendo games and particularly the Wii U. Now Luigi's year is coming to an end - I wonder what the new year will bring.
Donkey Kong’s return to gaming in 2010’s aptly named Donkey Kong Country Returns proved that the big ape could not just rub shoulders with the best platformers, but was in fact their King. Yes, back in 2010 before Rayman Origins and its exquisite follow-up existed, I proclaimed that Donkey Kong Country was perhaps the finest 2D platformer available. It’s one reason I’ve been confused by fan reaction to the news that developer Retro studios would be working on another Donkey Kong Country game. It doesn’t matter that it’s not the Metroid game you were hoping for…because it’s rather good.
On this day of commercially designated romance, we're meant to celebrate our love for that special someone. I don't celebrate it, but Darryn will spend the day rubbing chocolate all over his left hand. So what about our gaming platforms? Do you stick to just one, or are you a true, um, "player"?
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Rayman Legends are only days away. With the announcement that the PS4 version will support Remote Play using the PlayStation Vita, many thought that this could be the final nail in the coffin of the Wii U, rendering Nintendo’s Gamepad controller no longer unique.
Watch Dogs, the much anticipated next-gen launch game that was delayed into 2014, is closer to a release date. No, we don't actually have a day or month that you can mark on your calendar, but we have some seasonal guidelines.
Please do try contain your excitement, but it seems that there’s a new Sonic the Hedgehog game coming next year. The interesting thing here is that it’s apparently going to for the new consoles; the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
I've been looking forward to Watch Dogs - I know Geoff says it's overhyped, but I still think it will be a fun game. Considering the whole hacking/use your phone thing, I thought it could be really cool on the Wii U - what an ideal interface for this game. Rumor has circulated that it won't be coming the Wii U, but what does Nintendo say?
Wait wait wait! 30 January 2014? That means the first month of the year is over guys. Eleven more months to go - if they're as fast as this one was, I'm gonna need a chiropractor for my whiplash. At least the games keep coming and we have plenty of indies to look forward to this year.
Spin the Bottle is a classic game of prepubescent experimentation. Rather than actually kiss someone you like, the emotional attachment is removed, making it "safe" to try kissing everyone in the room. Also, the game is way more fun at university. The Wii U already launched their vaguely flirtatious Spin the Bottle game, and now it's getting an upgrade.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has now decided that it’s okay to circumvent the software protecting a console from being cracked wide open is ok, as long as you’re not using it to play pirated games. Essentially, they’ve determined that homebrew is find and dandy.
For many people, Nintendo’s Wii U is just not next-gen enough. Some (wrongly) believe it can’t even compare to the Ps3 and Xbox 360. If Nintendo wants to stay in the game, they need a system that can compete with the PS4 and Xbox One. They’re most likely busy with Research and Development on new systems right now. These are probably not the specs for those systems.
Nintendo’s Wii U really is a world of trouble. The Japanese company had, for a long time, forecasted 9 million units in sales for the 2013 financial year, which ends on March 31 this year. It’s now significantly lowered those expectations.
The NPD numbers are out for December, and while there are plenty of caveats that we can point out, the reality is that Xbox One beat the PS4 in December sales. However, there was an even bigger winner - not just for December but for all of 2013.
Remember when I told you yesterday that Microsoft had crossed an impressive milestone - managing 3 million units sold by the end of December 2013. Well, I predicted that we'd hear Sony's sales numbers as the tit-for-tat continues, and that's a big tit, or is it tat?
I love patent and intellectual property law. It's awesome to think that an idea can be owned, and someone else can make money if you dare to steal their idea. Who said there were no new things under the sun? Well, a court has now ruled that Nintendo stole another company's genius idea, and now they will have to pay.