Archive for April, 2012

Nintendo Moving into the Future! Most First Party 3DS and Wii U Retail Games will be Available in Digital form Starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2!

April 29, 2012

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I can’t believe it! My little Nintendo is growing up! At a recent investors meeting, Nintendo announced that they will be drastically expanding their digital business with the ability to download retail games onto the 3DS and the Wii U (when it launches) beginning with New Super Mario Bros. 2!

There is a large number of amazing details I could tell you about, but I’m blogging from an iPad on a trip and frankly it’d be a pain in the butt. I’ll do a big, informative, gushy post when I get back though.

Via GoNintendo.

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Lego Cuusoo Back to the Future Project Reaches 10,000 Supporters!

April 28, 2012

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As the title says, the Lego Cuusoo Back to the Future project has reached the necessary number of supporters (10,000!) to be reviewed by Lego! Congratulations! Cuusoo has changed their policy and will be reviewing this set, the EVE Online Ship (which also reached the goal), and any other project that gets 10,000 supporters in June. I can’t imagine Lego turning this one down (like they recently did with the Shaun of the Dead project)!

Lego Cuusoo Back to the Future Project Reaches 9000 Supporters!

April 24, 2012

Go support the project and push them to the 10,000 supporters they need for Lego to review (and most likely produce) an official Lego Back to the Future set!

Kid Icarus: Uprising Review

April 22, 2012

As soon as the first level of Kid Icarus: Uprising starts, Pit (the star of Kid Icarus) exclaims “Sorry to keep you waiting!”. It has been 20 years since Pit has taken the lead role in a game (though he was a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl) and his return was worth waiting for.

One of the strangest things about Kid Icarus: Uprising is it’s control scheme. You play Kid Icarus by moving with the circle pad, aiming with the stylus, and shooting with the L button. This may seem strange, but it totally works. However, holding the 3DS with your left hand for long periods of time may become uncomfortable. This is why Nintendo decided to include a 3DS stand with every copy of the game. Though it isn’t usually necessary, it can be a good way to play the game and it’s nice that Nintendo was so thoughtful.

There were many ways Kid Icarus: Uprising blew my mind, but one way I wasn’t expecting was in the story. Kid Icarus: Uprising has a deep and complex story that unfolds beautifully without any cutscenes. Yep, the entire story unfolds on the bottom screen during gameplay. This includes incredibly cheesy/well-acted witty back-and-forth banter between the heroes and villains. The goofy style of writing surprisingly fits well with the cast and story.

The levels of Kid Icarus: Uprising are broken into two segments. First, a five minute flying section where the Goddess Palutena explains the situation. This section is an on-rails shooter where you destroy large groups of flying enemies. Following this, you land and play the rest of the level on foot. You run though the level with full control of where you go crushing all of the villains in your path. Lastly, you end each level with an epic boss battle.

Kid Icarus: Uprising looks beautiful. Throughout the game, whether you are in the skies or on the ground, playing by yourself or online, the graphics are smooth, crisp, clear, and are comparable to the Xbox 360 games I’ve played. This, of course, is without adding the 3DS’s ace in the hole…3D. The 3D pops into your face with detailed characters and the incredible textures of the environment sink deep into the screen. It is quite literally like nothing you’ve ever seen. It’s a treat to the eyes.

Besides the excellent story mode, Kid Icarus: Uprising has robust multiplayer modes including local multiplayer and a couple fantastic online modes. One is a free-for-all mode where you fight to stay alive and annihilate as many other players as possible while the other is a team mode called “Dark Vs. Light”. In this mode you fight alongside two other players and try to defeat another team. This mode stands out for me as it allows players of different skill levels to have the same odds.

Also, every player you battle with or against is going to have a unique fighting style. This is partly because of the elaborate weapon customization options Kid Icarus gives you. You are able to purchase a ton of different weapons in the game. Each individual weapon (even ones that have the same name) have different stats. Furthering this concept is that any two weapons can be combined into a more powerful weapon.

In addition to the story and online modes, Kid Icarus: Uprising also makes use of some of the 3DS’s remarkable features including Streetpass and augmented reality. Players are able to swap their customized weapons with Streetpass while Nintendo has invented a little AR card game. The AR card game is a pretty brilliant distraction and I hope other developers begin creating this sort of experience.

For me, the list of flawless games is short (and happens to contain a lot of Mario). Kid Icarus: Uprising makes it onto this list. It blends a number of different game styles and creates a console quality experience that is entirely new and utterly fantastic.

Graphics: 10

Sound: 10

Design: 10

Story: 10

Gameplay: 10

Value: 10

Overall: 10

Community – Virtual Systems Analysis

April 21, 2012

Come on Human Beings! This is hardly the time and hardly the space to slow your Community support! Yes, Community hit their series low in the ratings with a 1.3 rating. I already ranted about the outdated Nielsen rating system in my Pillows and Blankets post, so I won’t again, but seriously. Uggggggg. Check out the ratings here.

And even though you like butt stuff, hate spiders, stole a pen from the bank, cried during “About a Boy” the soundtrack, don’t wash your hands before surgery, can see why women find Clive Owen attractive to the point where you might as well just be attracted to him, use comparisons to Hitler to win arguments on the Internet at the drop of a hat, know nothing about wine, are more turned on by women in pajamas than lingerie because you just want to know they feel comfortable, and didn’t get “Inception”, you can still watch Virtual Systems Analysis on Hulu.

Just don’t tell Troy he invents Dance Pants in 2019, he needs to stumble onto it.

Nintendo Celebrating Kirby’s 20th Anniversary with Wii Compilation Disc

April 21, 2012

Nintendo announced their plans for celebrating the pink puffball’s 20th anniversary in the following Facebook post:

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kirby by releasing a special Wii disc featuring all your favorite Kirby games this year! Which Kirby games are looking forward to playing again?”

Via GoNintendo.

Nintendo 3DS Firmware Update on April 25th: Adds Folders and Support for Software Patches.

April 21, 2012

On the Nintendo Direct earlier, Nintendo announced that there is going to be a 3DS firmware update on April 25th. This update will include the addition of folders for the 3DS Home Menu and support for software patches (they have confirmed that they are going to fix the Maka Wuhu glitch in Mario Kart 7). Watch the folders in action in the video above.

Via Tiny Cartridge.

Animal Crossing 3DS Releasing in Japan this Fall

April 21, 2012

At this Nintendo Direct Nintendo of Japan announced that Animal Crossing 3DS will be coming to Japan in the Fall. Besides that we’ve got a Japanese title (Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori, which translates to Leap Out Animal Crossing) and a handfull of new images, the first of which seems to depict the mayor’s office. The other images are below.

Via Tiny Cartridge.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Announced! Coming in August!

April 20, 2012

SAY WHAT?!?!?!?! I didn’t think this Nintendo Direct would announce a new Mario game!!!!! In any case, here we are. New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be coming August to the US. I’m going to go ahead and point out the obvious here but, MARIO IS FLYING WITH THE RACCOON EARS AND TAIL!!!!! Check out the other pics of the game below.

Via Tiny Cartridge.

New Nintendo Direct on April 20th

April 19, 2012

Nintendo is hosting yet another one of their Nintendo Direct micro news-conference thingies on the 20th at 8:00 P.M. PDT. Info always pops out of these conferences (sometimes big news, sometimes really tiny, insignificant news) so, if you are lucky enough to speak Japanese, watch it live here. Otherwise, I’ll do a roundup (if there is anything grand) later that night.

UPDATE: I guess I haven’t been looking at dates. This airs tonight at 8:00 PM PT. Nintendo of America now says that they will be posting translations of the event on their FB and Twitter pages and that they have something to share at 8:30. Keep your eyes peeled for all the Nintendo joy!

Via GoNintendo.