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  1. Yup, it's happening. In a surprise announcement during the Nintendo World Championships 2015, Nintendo announced a localization of Mother for release on Wii U Virtual Console in North America, which would be called Earthbound Beginnings. Even more exciting is the fact that it's actually coming tonight and is expected to release at 6pm PT. This is the first time that Nintendo of America has released any other game in the Mother/Earthbound since Earthbound's original debut in 1995 on the SNES. Or own Jonathan Higgins is predicting a Mother 3 localization announcement as well, and by the look of things right now, he could be on the right track. For now, you can check out a trailer for the game below. Are you excited to check out Earthbound Beginnings tonight?
  2. It looks like E3 week has officially kicked off for Nintendo. Alongside the release of Lucas as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, a special video presentation has been released, featuring Masahiro Sakurai himself showcasing two new fighters, Lucas, who we already got a glimpse of before, new costumes for Mii Fighters, and some new stages. And the best part? All of this is available right this second! Well, most of it is available, at least. One thing that was shown off was the classic Dream Land stage from the N64 original, but Sakurai also announced that Hyrule Castle and Peach's Castle from the original will also be making a return sometime in the future. Two other stages that were made available include the long-awaited Miiverse stage and another stage that comes with a certain street fighter that has been officially released. The street fighter in question is, of course, Ryu, who was actually leaked earlier. He's a fairly interesting inclusion, featuring a moveset that is quite unique to the character. Based heavily on the Street Fighter franchise, Ryu's moveset includes a way to play that is very familiar to Street Fighter fans, along with two different final smashes, which is also something unique to Ryu. He also comes with his own stage - Suzaku Castle. You can watch all things Ryu in the following videos: Another character that was leaked earlier was Fire Emblem fighter Roy, who was also officially announced in the special presentation. Returning from Super Smash Bros. Melee, Roy has received an appearance overhaul and has been balanced for the newest entries. He also has a final smash, which he obviously didn't have in Melee. You can watch his presentation below: One character that was rumored to become playable was Inkling Girl from Splatoon. That won't be happening, as it turns out. However, alongside a new trophy featuring the character, both Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy are now available as costumes for Mii Fighters. Also released are costumes based on Akira and Jacky from Virtua Fighter, Heihachi from Tekken, Isabelle from Animal Crossing, MegaMan.EXE from Mega Man Battle Network, and ZERO from Mega Man X. You can see them all in action in the following video: All of this content is now available on the Nintendo eShop for the following prices: Lucas - $3.99 on one platform / $4.99 on both Wii U & 3DS Ryu + Suzaku Castle stage - $5.99 on one platform / $6.99 on both Wii U & 3DS Roy - $3.99 on one platform / $4.99 on both Wii U & 3DS Mii Fighter Costumes - $0.75 each on one platform / $1.15 on both Wii U & 3DS / $6 for all on one platform / $9.20 for all on both Wii U & 3DS Dream Land (a stage from the N64 original) - $1.99 on one platform / $2.99 on both Wii U & 3DS Miiverse Stage - Free, Wii U only Everything in one bundle - $21.96 on one platform / $29.16 on both Wii U & 3DS Are you excited about all this Smash Bros. DLC? Will Ryu, Roy, or Lucas become your main?
  3. In just six days, E3 2015 officially kicks off. By then, we'll officially know what Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda, EA Games, and Ubisoft all have in store for the rest of 2015. But Nintendo? We won't know what they have in the works until their E3 Digital Presentation kicks off on Tuesday morning. As usual, Nintendo remains equal parts predictable and wildly unpredictable. We can generally count on a healthy supply of sequels (or unhealthy, depending on how you look on it) in addition to a few surprises; some big, some small. We know Nintendo will not be discussing their mysterious next console, codenamed 'NX' this year. In many ways, this is a good thing; there is still life left in the Wii U, and perhaps even enough to last through 2016 and into 2017. And while we already know quite a bit about what's coming for the rest of 2015, we expect one or two curveballs. There may be at least one, if not two, previously unannounced big games revealed for the Fall, but what are they? We have our thoughts as to what they might be, so stick around and join us as we predict what Nintendo will announce next week. It's worth noting that we almost swept last year's predictions entirely, even if they may not have been the boldest predictions ever (hey, what can we say? We're just that good). But first, let's take a look at what we do know is coming. Star Fox Fully Revealed, Gets An Official Title Last year's E3 brought about one of the biggest surprises in years; a new console Star Fox game was in development for the first time in a decade and under Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto's supervision, no less. However, the game that was present at E3 was more of a proof of concept than the actual full-fledged game, and Miyamoto also stated that they were then looking for a co-developer to help finish the game. Expect to see and hear the near-finished version of Star Fox this time around, along with a finalized title. Yarn Yoshi, Mario Maker, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Devil's Third All Get Dated For Release We've been waiting for Mario Maker for a year now, and even longer for Yoshi's Woolly World and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Even Devil's Third has now been dated for release in Japan. The time is ripe for all of these big games to finally get their release windows detailed, and it seems more than likely that all four may sneak into stores before 2015 ends. Project Giant Robot and Project Guard Receive New Names, Release Windows Last year saw the debut of two quirky games that attempted to make unique use of the Wii U Gamepad, something that most games have unfortunately not been doing so thus far. While both seem to have intriguing concepts, they largely still seemed like prototypes at the time. And just like Star Fox, we imagine both games have since entered full production and will receive a final name. They could also be announced as budget titles, or may even be bundled together in the end; we'll find out for sure soon. Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem Detailed Blowout This Atlus crossover has been a long time coming, and while it may have been announced just a bit too early, the time is ripe for Atlus to reveal its hand regarding the game's gameplay. We got our first glimpse of the Persona-esque world within in a teaser trailer in the last big Nintendo Direct, but now we'll finally get the details on what we can expect from the game. Will it release this year? Possibly, but my money is on seeing it in Q1/Q2 2016. You've Got Hyrule Warriors In My 3DS Yes, it's true; Hyrule Warriors is officially coming to 3DS, and with two new playable characters to boot. Definitely the biggest E3 leak on Nintendo's side thus far, you can expect to get some more details on what else the game has to offer. Will there be much amiibo support? Leaked screenshots seemed to indicate the Sonic amiibo will unlock a playable Sonic wearing Link's getup, so don't be surprised if there are additional unlockables similar to that. And now, the fun part. Here are our predictions for what Nintendo will announce next week. The Sun Rises Once Again A sequel to Golden Sun: Dark Dawn will be announced, but probably won“t come out until Q2 2016. Things have been pretty quiet on the Camelot front since Mario Tennis Open & Mario Golf: World Tour. They have to be working on something, right? Similar to the Golden Sun DS reveal in 2009, I suspect we see the beginnings of something now, with its release promised next year. -Jonathan Higgins, Managing Editor Paper Mario Unfolds A new Paper Mario game will be announced for Wii U and will return to the signature RPG gameplay from the first two games. Rumors have been circulating for the last month or so about a new Paper Mario title after a brochure from a job fair in Japan made its way around the internet, supposedly revealing a job listing for a new Paper Mario game from Intelligent Systems. If true, it isn't clear whether this would be a new game or a possible remake. Either way, a new console game in the series would be most welcome; the last was Super Paper Mario on the Wii in 2007. -Jason Clement, Editor-in-Chief It's On Like... Diddy Kong? Retro teased E3 in a tweet recently. Here“s why I think their next game is going to be Donkey Kong-related...again. The line ”Can you dig it?“ was used here, for Donkey Kong Land 3. Considering that and the “Diddy Kong” trademark that popped up, my hopes for Retro creating a 3D Metroid or something outside of the DK-verse are...non-existent, at this point. Brace yourselves for either a Diddy Kong Racing game, or a Tropical Freeze-style Diddy“s Kong Quest. -Jonathan Higgins, Managing Editor Animals Cross Over Into HD Animal Crossing for Wii U will finally happen, and it will take things to the next level. Animal Crossing: City Folk on Wii was unfortunate; it didn't do much beyond what Wild World had established on DS (except for adding voice chat and a small town area). Thankfully, a new Animal Crossing on Wii U could remedy that. I don't know what the hook will be, but I think Nintendo learned their lesson with City Folk and will attempt to make a Wii U entry that will separate itself from what New Leaf did on 3DS. And if one of the series' producers' recent comments (or lack of comment, rather) is any hint, this is something we may see announced soon. -Jason Clement, Editor-in-Chief Mother, Is That You? MOTHER 3 will be localized this year, and E3 2015 is where they“ll announce it. The Ness amiibo, Nintendo of America“s first manufactured piece of EarthBound merchandise in twenty years, broke GameStop. Lucas as DLC in Smash broke the Internet...and hey, he“s getting an amiibo too. There“s an “Onett Times” group on Miiverse devoted to EarthBound-specific news, which is kind of redundant if there were only plans for the one game from MOTHER. We finally got EarthBound. We“ll get MOTHER 3 next... and soon. -Jonathan Higgins, Managing Editor Let The amiibogeddon Commence Nintendo will announce new waves of amiibo, along with an all-new game that is entirely centered on them. Believe it. Nintendo has been going strong with amiibo now, and there's no reason to believe they'll stop anytime soon either. Expect to see Wave 2 of the Super Mario line announced, and featuring Wario, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, among others (possibly Daisy?). Also, smaller waves of Star Fox, Zelda, and Animal Crossing figures will make their first appearance. A special 8-bit Mario amiibo will be released alongside Mario Maker. And to top it all off, the first ever amiibo-centric game will be announced. What will it be? Your guess is as good as mine. -Jason Clement, Editor-in-Chief Hey! Wake up, Link! A Link Between Worlds was a very successful portable Zelda. Know what else could be (without much work) since all it would really needs to do is use that game“s engine? Link“s ReAwakening. Hyrule Warriors 3DS is a thing, so the “Zelda game before Zelda Wii U” slot is kind of filled. But if they started work on another game that uses the LBW engine right after the success of the first, it could happen. Besides...who doesn“t want to go back to Koholint Island...in a spiritual sequel...to my favorite game of all time? C“mon. -Jonathan Higgins, Managing Editor Rise, Samus A new Metroid will finally be announced (for 3DS) and it will be in the classic Super Metroid style but modernized (so, 2.5D visuals with 3D backgrounds and such). It's time. The Metroid series has been dormant for five years now, and whatever pain Metroid: Other M inflicted on fans has now largely subsided. Gamers are hungry for Samus Aran's next adventure, and what better way to return to the series than with a new, classic, side-scrolling game for 3DS. Metroid will also return to consoles at some point, but now is not the time; that's being saved for the NX's big launch debut. -Jason Clement, Editor-in-Chief And there you have it. Next week will hopefully bring a bevy of great announcements with it, so it'll be interesting to see if we hit the head on the nail with any of our predictions. What do you think we'll see in Nintendo's Digital Event? Let us know below in the comments!
  4. Jason Clement

    Natsume Announces E3 2015 Lineup

    We're less than two weeks away from the biggest video game convention in the industry and now we're beginning to see publishers make most of their E3 games known (well, those that aren't holding big press conferences like Sony, Nintendo, EA, etc.). Natsume is one such company that's revealing its cards, and this year, they will have at least four titles on the docket. First up is Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, which was initially revealed a few days ago and will hearken back to earlier games in the series. It's also the first Harvest Moon title to be coming to mobile devices (both iOS and Android) in addition to coming to Wii U and 3DS. Ninja Strike is the second game in the lineup, and it's a side-scrolling action platformer where you'll be able to choose from 5 different ninjas to play as. This one is coming to Wii U as well, presumably through the eShop. Gotcha Racing is the third title, and it's a top-down racing game where you'll be able to customize your car (also known as a Capsule Machine). There will be 12 different tracks, 6 different grades, grand prix races, and lots of Capsule Machines to unlock. This one is coming to 3DS in July. Brave Tank Hero is the last big game on this list, and it's a 3D action tank game featuring three playable tanks, 50 levels, upgrades, and tactical strategy to boot. It's coming to both 3DS and Wii U in August. Additionally, Natsume has confirmed that they'll be talking about upcoming Wii U GBA Virtual Console games, including Medabots, Pocky & Rocky With Becky, and others. If there's one thing that's surprising about this list, it's that there are no Vita releases this time around. Is Natsume pulling away from Sony for now? Only time will tell. What are your thoughts on Natsume's E3 lineup?
  5. In keeping with Natsume's usual plans of announcing most of their games before E3 starts, the company announced a new game in the Harvest Moon series today, this time called Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories. Said to be inspired by the old-school gameplay of classic Harvest Moon games, this installment will feature the usual scenario where you'll need to revitalize a farm and raise crops and animals. And by befriending people in the village and doing other tasks, you'll unlock the titular Seeds of Memories, though what exactly these are, Natsume isn't saying just yet. Also new to the series is the introduction of a bobcat, which will be wild at first, but if you manage to befriend it, you'll be able to take it on as a pet. And of course, horses, sheep, cows, and chickens are all included as barnyard animals once again. Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories will be coming to Wii U, PC, iOS, and Android this Winter. Expect more details to surface at E3 2015 in two weeks. Source: Press Release What are your thoughts on Seeds of Memories?
  6. It was less than two weeks ago when we announced that Adventures of Pip would be releasing very soon, but those of you looking forward to TicToc Game's promising, upcoming indie platformer will have to contain your excitement for just a little bit longer, unfortunately. TicToc Games took to Kickstarter to relay the information in their latest update, which read: "We are sad to announce that Adventures of Pip“s release date for both Steam and the WiiU (NA) has been pushed back to June 2015. We're finalizing the build and locking in a new release date before making any future announcements. We will continue to update you guys on any news regarding any release date announcements across all platforms." While it's unfortunate that the release date was pushed back, it is only a month's time, which helps soften the blow a bit. Additionally, last minute delays for indie games like this aren't unheard of; last year's indie darling Shovel Knight was delayed from its original March release until the end of June. So while Adventures of Pip's delay hurts a bit, it won't be long before you get to play it for real this time. Source: Kickstarter Are you bummed about this delay?
  7. Good news, Kickstarter and platformer fans; Adventures of Pip—new indie dev TicToc Games' first title—is coming to a PC and Wii U near you very soon. Adventures of Pip is a side-scrolling action platforming game that has a tried-and-true story about a hero on his journey to save a princess from an evil queen, but features a different kind of twist when it comes to the gameplay. The hero, Pip, starts out as just one pixel, but can absorb pixels from defeating enemies to evolve into an 8-bit form and then further into a 32-bit form. However, in order to progress through the game, you'll need to blast through environmental puzzles and enemies, which devolves Pip by one evolution form, so you'll need to balance your use of his abilities as you play. It won't be much longer before you can play, though, as Adventures of Pip is confirmed for release on Steam and Wii U on May 14. TicToc is also planning PS4 and Xbox One releases shortly after. Stay tuned for more info on those versions. Source: Kickstarter Are you interested in checking out Adventures of Pip?
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  9. First there was Skylanders. Then came Disney Infinity. And now, gamers are in the midst of Amiibo madness. But you'll soon be able to welcome another series to the genre: LEGO Dimensions. The idea behind this particular game has many different LEGO properties combining into one, such as The LEGO Movie, The Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, The Wizard of Oz, Back to the Future, and the LEGO Ninjago line. And like Skylanders and Disney Infinity before it, players will use a special platform peripheral to bring interactive LEGO minifigs to life on-screen. LEGO Dimensions will roll out with a starter pack costing $99.99 and which includes the game, the LEGO Toy Pad (which brings characters to life), and three minifigs (Gandalf, Batman, and Wyldstyle from the LEGO Movie). There will also be Level Packs costing $29.99, Team Packs costing $24.99, and $14.99 Fun Packs that contain a variety of interactive characters, vehicles, and gadgets. Interestingly enough, the Starter Pack will continue to work with future expansion packs, negating any need for compatibility charts, according to Warner Bros.; something that will no doubt be a huge plus for many people. Compared to Skylanders and Disney Infinity, LEGO Dimensions is definitely sitting at a premium price point, but no doubt Warner Bros. Interactive is looking to capitalize on LEGO's huge franchise appeal to draw people in despite the extra $20 people will be paying for the starter set. You can expect to see the game hit stores this Fall on September 27 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4, and Wii U. Source: WIRED Are you interested in or excited for LEGO Dimensions?
  10. Another interesting highlight from this week's Nintendo Direct was that we finally got some more information regarding the second DLC pack coming to Mario Kart 8. Fans might remember the first DLC pack came out last November and came with a wealth of new content. With this second DLC pack, new vehicles, courses, and three new characters will be included, such as Villager (both male and female versions), Isabelle, and Dry Bowser. Not much is known about the tracks being included, but we do know at least one will be an Animal Crossing-themed course that changes seasons during each lap of the race. In addition, new Amiibo support is coming to the game, which will add 9 new Mii costumes from such Amiibo as Mega Man, Pac-Man, Sonic, and more. Finally, for the first time ever, a 200cc mode is in the works and will be made available at some point in the near future. 200cc mode promises to be the fastest mode Mario Kart has seen to date, and is primed for experts in the series. The good news is you won't have to wait long for most of this content; DLC Pack 2 for Mario Kart 8 will launch sooner than scheduled and release on April 23rd for $7.99. Source: Nintendo Are you looking forward to DLC Pack 2 or 200cc mode for Mario Kart 8?
  11. Nintendo announced in this week's Nintendo Direct that Nintendo 64 and DS games would finally be hitting the Wii U eShop. Super Mario 64 and Yoshi's Island DS are the first two games that have been released so far, with more on the way every week. The pricing on each both categories of games will differ, with N64 titles ranging from $10-13, and DS titles ranging from $7-10. However—similar to previous VC games on the Wii U eShop—if you happen to own a title already and have transferred it from your Wii to your Wii U, you can rebuy the Wii U version of that VC title for $2 (which will net you the ability to upgrade the game for use on Gamepad and customizable controls). DS games in particular will make use of both the Gamepad and the TV screen to display both DS screens, in addition to having multiple viewing modes for the player (with some having both screens appear entirely on the Gamepad in different ways). Here's a look at the release list for the rest of April for N64 and DS titles. April 9 Yoshi's Touch & Go (DS) WarioWare Touched! (DS) April 16 Donkey Kong 64 (N64) April 23 Mario Kart DS (DS) April 30 Paper Mario (N64) Source: Nintendo Are you looking forward to playing DS and N64 games on Wii U? Which would you like to see in the future?
  12. One of the biggest announcements to come out of today's Nintendo Direct was the news that a new Fatal Frame game will be joining the North American Wii U lineup this Fall. Originally released in Japan last year as Fatal Frame: Oracle of the Sodden Maiden, it's unknown what its localized title will be just yet, but the game does make heavy use of the Wii U Gamepad that acts as a camera in-game that allows you to see things in the environment you wouldn't otherwise see. Fatal Frame is revered as one of the last big series that stays true to the survival horror genre, and Oracle of the Sodden Maiden was critically acclaimed by many Japanese outlets last year. Our own Luduno even picked it as his #1 game of the year for 2014, so definitely keep an eye on this one if you're a fan of survival horror. Source: Nintendo Direct Are you excited for a new Fatal Frame game?
  13. Nintendo's final Platinum and Gold reward gifts for Club Nintendo members have finally been detailed today, and as expected, they are indeed more downloadable games. The actual list may be a bit overwhelming to consider for many, however, so we at GP are here to lend a helping hand! In order to help you decide which is the best game for you to choose, here's a look at a breakdown of their cost value as well as recommendations. Let's start at the top. The very biggest value proposition here is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which still has a listed MSRP of $49.99, though you can occasionally get it for $40-45 if you look hard enough. Even still, this is the most bang for your buck, especially for a free game. It was also one of the highest scoring games on Metacritic last year (at an 83) and managed to snag a spot on GP's Top 10 Games of 2014 list, as well as making the #2 spot on my own personal list. Tropical Freeze also has a wealth of content to play through, which should keep you occupied for a good amount of time (especially if you try to 100% it). Recommendation If you own a Wii U and missed this title last year, definitely consider going with this one for your Platinum gift unless you dislike platformers and/or if Donkey Kong Country hasn't done anything for you in the past. Animal Crossing: New Leaf, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and Mario Kart 7 are all on sale for $15 at Target (in-store only) at the time of this publication. All three have significant replay value (especially ACNL and Mario Kart 7), though if you've not been too interested in past New Super Mario Bros. games, you can safely skip New Super Mario Bros. 2 since it isn't all that different. Check out our full review of that title for further information. Recommendation Choose only if you really want one of these three and don't want to spend $15 on them. You can buy Mario Golf: World Tour routinely for around $30 or under in stores and online. If you wait long enough, you might even find it for $15-20 during one of Target's big sales at some point this year. Mechanically, World Tour is a great Mario Golf game (possibly the best), and while its online play is a lot of fun, its campaign is also lacking a bit in comparison to previous Mario Golf handheld games. Check out our full review of the game for more info. Recommendation Choose only if really enjoy golf and/or Mario Golf games and nothing else appeals to you on this list. According to Metacritic, Mario Party: Island Tour is the second-lowest scored game in the series next to Mario Party Advance. You can regularly buy it on Amazon and other retailers for $20-30. Recommendation Choose only if you LOVE Mario Party games and know what you're getting yourself into. Otherwise there are much better games on this list. Yoshi's New Island is a solid return to the Yoshi's Island series. It might be a little bit easy early on, but it picks up later on and is largely enjoyable, even if it doesn't quite reach the heights of the original SNES game. You can regularly buy it for anywhere from $30-$40 in-stores and online; it also occasionally goes on sale for $15-20 at certain stores throughout the year. Recommendation Choose if you enjoyed past Yoshi's Island games and/or either have most of or aren't interested in other games on the list. NES Remix 2 and Ultimate NES Remix are both solid games. NES Remix 2 features some more popular NES games that weren't in the original NES Remix. Ultimate NES Remix actually is a compilation containing NES Remix 1 and 2, but it's downsized for 3DS. NES Remix 2 is priced at $14.99 on the Wii U eShop while Ultimate NES Remix retails for $29.99. Recommendation If you have a 3DS, Ultimate NES Remix is the clear better choice due to its inclusion of both games, though the visual quality is a bit better on Wii U. If you only have a Wii U, NES Remix 2 is a solid choice if you already own or aren't interested in most of the other games on the list. Pushmo, Crashmo, and Pushmo World are all delightful puzzle games with a lot of content to play through. The original Pushmo is considered a classic on 3DS, and Crashmo is an even more complex, if tougher, version of the game. Pushmo World is the series' first venture onto Wii U and is a solid outing. Of the three, Pushmo has the highest Metacritic score at 90. Pushmo is $6.99, Crashmo is $8.99, and Pushmo World is $9.99 on the eShop. If you want more info, check out our official review of Pushmo. Recommendation If you've never played any of the games, Pushmo is the best and most user-friendly. If you've played and liked Pushmo, Crashmo is a great follow-up to go with. If you only have a Wii U, Pushmo World is a great rendition of the game to choose, though perhaps only if you're not interested in any of the other games on the list. Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Punch-Out!! are two great Wii games that are now on Wii U. The former was a Game of the Year contender for many websites and outlets back in 2010. Both titles can be bought for $19.99 on the Wii U eShop. Recommendation If you haven't played it yet and love Mario games, Super Mario Galaxy 2 should not be missed. Punch-Out!! is a great choice too, but only if you already have or are not interested in most of the other games on the list. Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! has a Metacritic score of 63 and was considered generally underwhelming upon its release. Recommendation Skip it The rest are Virtual Console titles that mostly depend on your personal tastes. If you haven't played any of them, the highest value proposition is offered by the Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, which both offer their own separate, extensive campaigns. Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Advance Wars, and Warioware are all other great GBA games to check out as well if you have a Wii U. Recommendation Choose one of these ONLY if you're a gold member and/or if you have mostly everything else. Otherwise, see the suggestions above. Did you make it to Gold or Platinum on Club Nintendo? Let us know which game you ended up choosing!
  14. To the dismay of The Legend of Zelda fans everywhere, Nintendo has announced the delay of the next title in the series for Wii U. That means it will no longer be releasing before the end of 2015. Eiji Aonuma, the producer for The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, gives us a reason for the delay. Basically, he says that his team has discovered "new possibilities" for the game as they "experienced firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn“t existed in any Zelda game to date." Thus, they would like to explore these new ideas and make this upcoming Zelda game "the best game it can possibly be." Nintendo has also said that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will not be making an appearance at this year's E3. Are you surprised that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was delayed? Source:
  15. Many fans are already aware that LEGO Jurassic World is the next LEGO game on the dock from TT Games, set to coincide with the upcoming blockbuster movie of the same name (minus the LEGO part). Today, Warner Bros. revealed a first look trailer which reveals what we can expect to see in the game. Surprisingly, the trailer is light on actual content from Jurassic World and instead reveals a fairly surprising element: the gameplay actually spans the entire four movies in the series rather than just the new film. You'll play such characters as Alan Grant, Ian Malcom, and more as you make your way through some of the films' most classic moments (the T-Rex chase, raptors in the compound, etc.), and it will all be tied to the movies' voice track and music as well. While the game will take you to several of the different islands (such as Isla Nubar and Isla Sorna), it's unclear whether each will have an open-world element to them such as previous LEGO games have. Either way, with four movies to cover, LEGO Jurassic World is bound to have a ton of content to play through. LEGO Jurassic World is slated for release on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, and PC this June. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsCO_h8qVpQ Source: Press Release Are you looking forward to LEGO Jurassic World?
  16. Shovel Knight was one of the biggest and most critically acclaimed games to come out in 2014 (especially in our own review)—even going so far as to win Best Indie Game at The Game Awards 2014—but Yacht Club Games isn't quite finished with the title just yet. Today, the developer announced the first of a few special modes that will be coming to the game courtesy of reaching certain Kickstarter stretch goals in 2013. The first of these is a brand new campaign called Plague of Shadows, starring a playable Plague Knight; one of the villainous knights of The Order of No Quarter. In this story, Plague Knight is looking to concoct Serum Supernus, the Ultimate Potion, but to retrieve the ingredients he must turn on his former allies (the aforementioned Order of No Quarter) in order to extract them. Yacht Club mentions that this new campaign will feature a new play style, new story, new bosses, and more. It will also, of course, be free to everyone who has bought the game. They also mentioned that the first playable demo for Plague of Shadows will make its debut at PAX East coming up, so you can expect to hear more about gameplay specifics very soon. As mentioned before, this is only the first of several downloadable extras Yacht Club is working on as part of their achieved Kickstarter stretch goals; others include a gender-swap mode, challenge mode, 4-player boss fight mode with all bosses playable, and at least two more playable bosses with their own campaigns and stories (but presumably using the same levels). Also, Shovel Knight for PS3, PS4, and PS Vita finally has a release date of April 21, which will also be a part of Sony's Spring Fever sales event on PSN. Additionally, the game will be Cross-Save and Cross-Buy and will take advantage of PS4 and Vita's different features (such as the light bar and Vita's touch pad). And, as announced previously, Kratos will make a special appearance exclusively in this version as well. Regardless of whether or not you already have the game or will be experiencing it for the first time on PlayStation platforms, one thing is for certain—it's definitely a good time to be a Shovel Knight fan. Source: Yacht Club Games Are you excited to play Plague of Shadows and/or the main game on PlayStation platforms?
  17. NIS America revealed their 2015 lineup tonight at a press event in San Francisco, and perhaps the biggest surprise is that they're localizing Rodea the Sky Soldier for release in North American and European territories later this year. Rodea the Sky Soldier, a Prope-developed action game by Yuji Naka and Zin Hasegawa, was originally supposed to launch in 2011 for the Wii, but got held up for unknown reasons (possibly due to the decline of the Wii audience at that point) and was in development limbo until NIS America broke the news of its localization and impending release tonight. Though not 100% confirmed yet, Nintendo World Report spoke with an NIS America representative who mentioned that they are looking into bundling the original Wii version with first print run copies of the game on Wii U, which would undoubtedly be a neat bonus for fans. Rodea the Sky Soldier is being primed for release this Fall on Wii U and 3DS. Source: Press Release Are you looking forward to playing this game?
  18. Famed Japanese developer Tomonobu Itagaki dropped some interesting words in response to a post on his Facebook page today, mentioning that he believes there is a localization of Fatal Frame V (also known as Fatal Frame: Oracle of the Sodden Raven) in the works for the West and that it is planned for release in those territories. Specifically, Itagaki said: “Hey guys, I strongly believe that [Fatal Frame producer] Kikuchi Keisuke will release the Fatal Frame V in America, in many countries. He and me have same philosophy from Tecmo days. That“s what I can say for now. I want you guys to read between the lines. Anyway I will play this game.” Of course, this is far from an official confirmation, but it's entirely likely Itagaki may have first-hand knowledge about this from Keisuke due to their ties from when they both worked at Tecmo, despite Itagaki having departed from the company years back. Fatal Frame V originally released as Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko on Wii U last year in Japan and has largely been critically acclaimed; our own Ludono even picked it as his best game of 2014. And even though Fatal Frame IV never made it to Western shores, there is reason to believe Fatal Frame V could, in part due to Tecmo's increased partnership with Nintendo over the last few years as well as the fact that the Wii U needs all the games it can get due to its languishing situation with many third parties. For now, and as with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt until we hear something a bit more official. Source: Facebook (via Gematsu) Would you be excited if Fatal Frame V made it to western territories?
  19. Jonathan Higgins

    New Pokkén Tournament Details Revealed

    The Pokémon Company has been pretty silent in regards to Pokkén Tournament since its reveal last year. But earlier this morning, there was a stream that revealed playable characters, supporting characters and gameplay mechanics (including how things would be controlled)! There was a ton of footage shown too, so fans finally got to take a good, hard look at the game in action! Here's everything we learned from the stream: First and foremost, the confirmed playable Pokémon (so far) cover more types than just fighting: Gardevoir, Suicune and Pikachu were announced! While we're in the realm of the fighters themselves, I'll cover Support Pokémon next! Emolga, Snivy, Finnekin and Lapras (of those shown) are not playable, but they can lend a hand in battle to help turn the tide in your favor! They can be used at any time, but they'll have a cool-down period. Pokémon will be able to Mega Evolve, as well as use certain other powerful moves at the press of a button. Speaking of buttons: what you see above is the control-pad that will be used to play Pokkén Tournament. This setup is remarkably different from your typical arcade fighter, which should hopefully lend some credence to the fact that this game will wind up localized and on home consoles before too long. A bit more on gameplay: the game features a fully three-dimensional map with a full range of motion, but there's also something called a Phase Change that makes the camera switch to what you'd see in a traditional 2D-fighter. Certain moves can apparently force a Phase Change. This game is going to be much easier to get into than your typical fighter. Bandai-Namco wants Pokkén Tournament to appeal to both veterans and newcomers! I think, beyond noting that some of the stage descriptions of the game were shown in English, that should about cover it for the essentials from this morning's stream! The rest, you should totally watch for yourself! I've embedded some footage (including the full stream for those curious) below. Want more? Check out the official Pokkén Tournament Twitter. Are you excited for this game? Do you have any predictions as to when we'll see it stateside, and what form the game will take? Be sure to let us know!
  20. It's 2015, folks. Brace yourselves and your wallets, because it's going to be a bumpy ride. If anything, this year is set to be another big one in regards to the amount of great games set to come out. From Sony to Microsoft to Nintendo, each of the Big Three all have major titles on the way, and the big third parties all have their big titles coming as well. But let's not forget indies as well as a number of small devs are churning out what will arguably be some of the best games this year as well. In light of this, we've polled a number of the GP staff, and here's what they're most looking forward to in 2015. Jason Clement - Editor-in-Chief - The Legend of Zelda (Wii U) Mainline console Zelda games are the Uncharted games of Nintendo. In the last decade we've only gotten two brand new entries so when a new one does release, it's an exciting time. What makes The Legend of Zelda for Wii U so anticipated by many is that it looks to deliver on taking the series to even newer heights with its massively open world, seamless gameplay-to-cutscene integration, and the best visuals the franchise has seen to date. We still have no idea what the story is at this point (or what the eventual subtitle will be), but if it can deliver on top of everything else, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U has the potential to be the best game in the series yet. Also looking forward to- - New Fire Emblem (3DS) - Star Fox (Wii U) Marcus Estrada - Managing Editor - American Truck Simulator Euro Truck Simulator 2 is one of those games that people think is a total joke until they give it a shot. After finally settling down behind the wheel of a digital big rig I understood and wanted to do nothing more than ferry packages between locations. Of course, I had no idea what any of these cities were. American Truck Simulator is poised to bring that same weirdly addictive trucking gameplay back but placed in a setting I'm actually familiar with. Sure, the sprawling countrysides may not be so different but I'll definitely have a better sense of scope if my goal is to drive from San Diego to Los Angeles or from Florida to Ohio. At least if things go according to plan, American Truck Simulator will be coming on February 20th! Also looking forward to- - Yakuza 5 - The Fruit of Grisaia Barrel - Staff Writer, Moderator - Bloodborne My thoughts on the Souls games have constantly fluctuated. I wouldn't really label myself as a hardcore fan of any particular entry but rather as someone who has become increasingly curious about the series moving forward. Yet, before I knew it, I've religiously played each entry with renewed interest due to their highly varied player progression, challenging bosses/scenarios, intriguing multiplayer integration, and thoroughly connected world exploration that feels genuinely rewarding (and not just a means to ride a horse in samey, bloated environments). Oh, and I also bought a PS4 much earlier than I intended to on the basis of playing the spiritual successor, Bloodborne, early. In any case, Bloodborne looks like a refreshing departure from its predecessors with its many sweeping changes to the combat mechanics and general setting, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Also looking forward to- - The Witcher 3 - Xenoblade Chronicles X Leah Santa Cruz - Staff Writer - Persona 5 Persona 4 was one of those games I randomly decided to buy and it was probably one of the best gaming decisions in my life. It's become one of my all-time favorites and it is a very important game to me. As such, Persona 5 is something that I am immensely looking forward to this year (and I RARELY get hyped for anything anymore). With Persona 5, I am hoping for more of the magic that Persona 4 brought while still being able to be its own unique thing. Just thinking about everything that Persona 5 has to offer gets me so excited, such as what the characters and story will be like. Now let's hope that it does come out this year and isn't delayed again! Also looking forward to- - Story of Seasons - Armikrog Julian "Ludono" Rittmayer - Staff Writer, Moderator - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Short is the list of franchises I still get hyped up about, and Metal Gear Solid ranks toward the top of that list. Each main entry in the series has been quite—pardon the pun—solid, and I have no fear that my faith in Hideo Kojima will be unfounded. Indeed, last year's bite-sized Ground Zeroes only added more fuel to the fire, giving us a taste of the reworked engine, the new controls and providing an excellent preview of what's to come! The closer we get to release, the more we find out about this game, with new-and-improved Metal Gear Online mode coming alongside The Phantom Pain. Some may say it's too early to call, but I can easily see this game becoming my Game of the Year down the road... Also looking forward to- - Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Rise of the Tomb Raider Jonathan Higgins - Staff Writer - Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker ATLUS, I love you. Both Devil Survivor: Overclocked and the original Devil Survivor 2 take up the #2 and #3 spots in my 3DS Activity Log (behind—you guessed it—Pokémon Y) with 415 hours across both games. They combine the best gameplay elements of Fire Emblem, Dragon Quest, and Pokémon. Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker features twice the content of the original version and a complete overhaul that does what Devil Survivor: Overclocked did for its original version from 2009. There will be voice-acting, outstanding visuals, and so much stuff to do that I“m bound to spend 200 more hours in modern-day Japan fighting demons as a bunch of high school kids. Also looking forward to- - Radio the Universe - Codename: S.T.E.A.M. Chris "WildCardCorsair" Garcia - Staff Writer - Splatoon It isn't every day you hear Nintendo reveal a new IP, and even rarer for them to tackle anything resembling a shooter, but at the end of the day Splatoon couldn't be more Nintendo-ish if it tried. The zany character designs, catchy tunes, and original approach to the arena shooter genre screams "must own" for me. And now with the latest Nintendo Direct we even have info on character customization, weapon availability and that sweet, sweet in-game hub. I don't even have an inkling of how many hours I'll likely be spraying paint all over everything like Jackson Pollock with Parkinson's. Not to mention it's another game for my Wii U; sounds like I'll be one happy clam. Also looking forward to- - Codename S.T.E.A.M. - Persona 4: Dancing All Night Which games are you looking forward to in 2015? Let us know in the comments!
  21. As mentioned during yesterday's Nintendo Direct, select games released on Nintendo Wii will soon be available on Wii U as digital downloads, with Super Mario Galaxy 2 leading the pack (and that's available right now). The download size of Super Mario Galaxy 2 is about 1,369 MB. But once it's on your system, it's there for keeps! Presumably, if Nintendo keeps up the pace, you could have an entire library of full retail Wii games on your Wii U system, without anymore need for switching over to Wii Mode, or what have you. Upon initial boot-up, the Wii U prompts you to pair a Wii Remote to your system if you haven't already, as the Wii Remote and sensor bar are required for some games still (like Super Mario Galaxy 2). Nintendo has said in the Direct that if a game supports the Classic Controller (like Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn or Xenoblade Chronicles, to name a few), it will be fully playable using the Wii U Gamepad. Digitally downloading Super Mario Galaxy 2 wasn't like porting a Wii Virtual Console game over to Wii U. I'm happy to report that everything is seamless; even a game's save data (assuming it exists, tucked into your Wii U console) is still intact! The Wii on Wii U digital downloads just seem to be a way to nix the need for a disc and the cumbersome Wii Mode process. Everything works like it should. So, that's that! If anyone has any questions, be sure to let me know. These downloadable games are typically available for $19.99, but during their respective launch weeks, you can purchase them for 50% off. Stay tuned for more coverage of these digital Wii games as they become available through the end of the month!
  22. Nintendo Directs are really my favorite thing. Ever since I first started dabbling in this whole “writing about games” thing, I“ve always found that live presentations and convention settings are where I absolutely thrive. So, of course I“m excited that Nintendo of America, Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of Japan have announced a new Nintendo Direct for January 14th (this Wednesday)! I may or may not be flailing around like Kermit the frog. This new Direct, according to the announcement(s), will focus on Wii U and 3DS games releasing in Spring 2015. It begins broadcasting at 9 AM ET, 6 AM PT. For those of you unfamiliar: think of Nintendo Direct(s) like a miniature version of E3 Press Conferences. Nintendo has done things like announce EarthBound for the Virtual Console in North America and Europe through these things, or debut Kirby Triple Deluxe and what would become A Link Between Worlds. Crazy things have happened! With that in mind: What are some of your predictions for the upcoming Direct? I suspect we“ll see concrete release dates for Majora“s Mask 3D, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Yoshi“s Woolly World and more. And I also suspect that the New 3DS will finally be revealed to North America. Might we get a concrete date for the Xenoblade Chronicles port that was announced in Japan a few months back? I“m so excited to cover this on Wednesday! And I“m excited to hear some of your predictions, so be sure to sound off below!
  23. Jordan Haygood

    Bayonetta 2

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

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  24. Jordan Haygood

    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

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