If you've been waiting with bated breath to feedPikmin 3,Game & Wario, andThe Wonderful 101into your Wii U's disc drive, well, keep waiting. Nintendo's pushed all three, as well asWii Fit U, out of the November-to-March "launch window" and into sometime in the first half of 2013. It's not all bad news, though. Lego City: Undercover will arrive on Wii U come March 18, and we honestly don't know how to measure that against its previous date set in "the first part of ." That's the idea, we suppose. Its 3DS prequel, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins, will release on April 21. Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate's release on Wii U and 3DS has been narrowed down to March 19, and both Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity will land the week after on March 24. Here's the full list for your perusal: Wii U Rayman® Legends - Feb. 26 Wii U eShop The Cave™ - Jan. 22 Wii The Croods: Prehistoric Party! - March 19 Nintendo 3DS Fire Emblem … [Read more...] about Nintendo pushes Pikmin 3 out of spring line-up
“Is there anything we can all play together?” When a series of events conspires to assemble a gathering of friends and/or family at my house it’s never too long before this question floats to the surface like a dead body broken free of its concrete boots. And although it’s asked innocently enough with the presumption I’ll be able to produce a universally agreeable answer in the same TA-DA! manner as a grinning magician pulling a bunny from his hat, it’s never that simple. There are variables to consider. For starters--and most important--there are the individual ability parameters of the congregation to take into account. Example: Uncle Bob had a SNES back in the day and can be considered a competent handler of game controllers and fairly fluent in game logic. Cousin Billy, on the other hand, eats toothpaste and struggles with any kind of operating device more complex than a one-way light switch. As you can see, there is a dramatic variance in … [Read more...] about Bowling is dead! Long live Nintendo Land!
Each area in Nintendo's theme park-inspired Nintendo Land is based on a different franchise in the publisher's history, and yesterday we had a chance to check out how the Metroid attraction works. Take a look at the video below for some asymmetrical gameplay in action. Watching this gets us excited not just for Nintendo Land (though we are excited for Nintendo Land), but for other games that might take advantage of this breed of multiplayer. All you need to do is imagine a Mario Party with minigames like this, and you'll suddenly see the full potential of what the GamePad can add to local multiplayer. In the meantime, though, watch the video above, and stay tuned for more Wii U coverage as the system's release approaches. … [Read more...] about Nintendo Land Metroid gameplay
Toy time Ever since we learned that the Wii U's GamePad would have a built-in NFC receiver (the tech that makes Skylanders toys warp into the game and thus print money for Activision), we knew that Nintendo would find clever and unique ways to work it into its biggest games. The first implementation, though, leaves much to be desired: You'll be able to buy Pokmon toys and bring them to life... in Pokmon Rumble U, one of the least interesting Pokmon spin-off ever. Come on, Nintendo--we know you can do better.While we're all for new IPs built specifically for NFC tech, we think some pre-existing franchises could benefit greatly from the interesting feature. Plus, Nintendo needs to jumpstart Wii U sales, and the best way to do that is with some familiar faces--especially if those faces are also printed onto little toys you can put on your GamePad to unlock cool stuff. Prev Page 1 of 9 Next Prev Page 1 of 9 Next Pikmin What the toys would be: A single unique Pikmin that looks unlike … [Read more...] about Nintendo’s franchises that could use NFC toys
It’s not too often that you see a brand new Sega Mega Drive game (with cartridge!) in this day and age — even with the advent of Kickstarter projects. However, that is exactly what UK-based developer Bitmap Bureau is hoping to do with Xeno Crisis. And now, thanks to a new stretch goal milestone the games may be making it out to some current gen consoles as well — namely PC (via Steam) and the Nintendo Switch. For those who haven’t heard of the Kickstarter campaign, Xeno Crisis is an old-school, co-op top-down shooting game that draws inspiration from 80’s and 90’s titles like Contra and Shock Troopers. But that isn’t where the 80’s inspiration ends, because originally the game was only planned to release physically for Sega Mega Drive, Sega Genesis, or digital versions for emulators. The developer, Bitmap Bureau, aren’t novices to developing given they have developed 88 Heroes as well … [Read more...] about Xeno Crisis Smashes Stretch Goal, Opening Pre-orders for Nintendo Switch and PC