Monday, November 11, 2013

A Gleeful... Caturday?

We actually got this exact shot while playing the game.

I often try to attend local gaming events.  Whenever time, money, schedules permit, I will no doubt head over to game demos, 3DS Meet-ups, or the rare gaming expo.  Side note, my friend Ian and I still have to go to an expo dressed as NES cartridges.  On Saturday, I was able to attend a nearby Gamestop, meet a few people, and enjoy several levels of Super Mario 3D World.  It was great!  Most of the people there were perfect strangers, yet we all had a ton of fun playing this game.  It was almost magical!  I felt just as comfortable running around in a cat suit and letting out yelps of joy with these strangers, as I would in my home by myself!  There was only one person I recognized there, from the Utah3DS meet-ups.  By the way, check out www.utah3ds.com, they update their site far more often then I do. Just check when the last update was for DKNintendo.

Anyways!  Super Mario 3D World is great.  I played as Toad most of the time, which is fine.  It meant I was always the first to power ups!  Though, there were many times, when I miscalculated a jump and then plummeted to my doom.  All to the laughter of these strangers around me.  But it's ok, you have a lot of lives, and there isn't much of a problem getting more in each of the levels.  The game controls really well, and in fact, I enjoyed that my movement wasn't fully 360 degrees.  You move on an 8 axis kind of thing, and most of the time I found it helpful to just keep me on track when I was playing with the gamepad.  Also, I didn't feel like the gamepad player had any advantage over me.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wii Mini, 74% Don't See the Point


Three Quarters of Gamers ‘Don’t See Point’ of the Wii Mini

·         New research from a money saving website in the UK suggests that the majority of gamers, 74%, ‘don’t see the point’ in the newly announced Wii Mini.
·         Half of these, 49%, see it as ‘rehashing an old console’ rather than a technological advancement.

The survey, conducted by www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, polled 1,003 adult gamers in the UK after noticing that despite the Wii Mini being announced, there were very few site searches for the console; when compared to the amount made by users following the PS4 announcement earlier this month.

The study initially asked respondents, ‘Are you excited about the Wii Mini announcement?’ to which a resounding 76% said ‘no’. The remaining 24% said ‘yes’ they were excited.

The survey then asked respondents who weren’t excited to select the reasons for their lack of enthusiasm for the new product, which resulted in the following top five. Respondents were allowed to select more than one answer:
1.       Don’t see the point - 74%
2.       No advance in graphics - 56%
3.       Just rehashing an old console, not a technological advancement- 49%
4.       Small size not a big enough selling point- 47%
5.       Already own an original Wii - 42%

The study asked respondents ‘Would you be likely to purchase a Wii Mini once it’s released?’ and received the following results:

No - 61%
Yes - 22%
Don’t know - 17%

George Charles of www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk made the following comment:
“It seems that despite the release of the Wii U and with the recent announcement of the PS4 and the anticipated Xbox 720, Nintendo still felt the need to get in there with another release. Unfortunately for them, gamers just aren’t bothered; according to our poll at least.”

He continued:
“It’s an exciting time for gamers who’ve been waiting several years for the next big console release. But the Wii Mini doesn’t carry the same gravitas. With no anticipation of improved graphics and no real advance on the original console, is it the case of flogging a dead horse?”


Source: Games Press

I agree with the majority on this one.  I mean I love Nintendo and their games but, I too fail to see anything appealing about the Wii Mini.  Especially when we've been told that several things have been removed like being able to connect to the internet, playing Gamecube games, using Gamecube Controllers, etc.  Wii Mini feels like an inferior version of the Wii(at least in my opinion) which already couldn't keep up with Sony & Microsoft in terms of graphics & online functionality.  So if you really want to get a Wii at this point, why not just get the original?  It's not THAT much bigger.  Anyways, that's my thoughts.  What do you think?

A couple Off-TV Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Screenshots


Source: Games Press

PR Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Off-TV Play, Cross-Region Online Play & Free DLC


OFF-TV PLAY AND CROSS-REGION ONLINE PLAY COMING TO MONSTER HUNTER 3 ULTIMATE on Wii U

Monster HunterTM 3 Ultimate to receive April software update and free of charge downloadable quests

28th February 2013 – Capcom® and Nintendo have today confirmed that following the 22 March release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate forWii U™, a software update will be released in April as a response to Capcom community feedback.
The software update will add online cross-region functionality, allowing European and North American gamers to play together online in up to four-player battles*. Monster Hunters will also be able to play the game using just the Wii U GamePad without the need for a TV screen as the software update makes the title compatible with off-TV play.
Capcom will be continuing to support Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for several months after release with additional free of charge downloadable quests. The first quest will be available at launch.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate releases across Europe on 22 March for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS™, both at retail as well as on Nintendo eShop.
  • Online play for gamers in Europe and North America will be completely free to play, although broadband Internet charges still apply.
For further information:
Nintendo website http://www.nintendo.co.uk
Wii U website http://wiiu.co.uk
Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour http://guidedtour.nintendo.co.uk
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/nintendouk
Nintendo 3DS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nintendo3dsuk
Monster Hunter on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/monsterhunter
Monster Hunter on Twitter https://twitter.com/monsterhunter
Monster Hunter on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/monsterhunter

Source: Games Press

Nintendo Download Highlights Feb. 28th 2013


NINTENDO DOWNLOAD HIGHLIGHTS NEW DIGITAL CONTENT FOR NINTENDO SYSTEMS - FEB. 28, 2013

Feb. 28, 2013 - This week's Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS™
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate – Demo Version – Set 25 years after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, this new game reveals the story of Gabriel Belmont's descendants, as they battle their own destinies to discover their true, shocking fates. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fateallows players to select their own character as they battle massive bosses and traverse tricky obstacles. The game combines classic side-scrolling game play with unrivaled 3D visuals only possible on Nintendo 3DS. The full version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate will be available in retail stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on March 5.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U™
BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – Runner2 is a rhythm-based, auto-running platformer with five exciting worlds, 125 tantalizing levels and five death-defying boss battles. Play as eight different characters and find secret areas to unlock new and zany costumes. The full and demo versions of Runner2 are now available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

Nintendo eShop Sale - Fractured Soul
Fractured Soul is a classic side-scrolling platform game with a twist: It is played across both screens at once. For a limited time, you can download this game from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at a discounted price of $7.99.

Last Chance for Free Downloadable Map
Fire Emblem Awakening DLC – The Champions of Yore 1 map is available as a free download only through March 6, so be sure to visit the "Outrealm Gate" in the game soon to take advantage of this special offer. You can also keep the adventure going with the new EXPonential Growth map, the second installment of the Golden Pack and said to grant tremendous experience to those who defeat the Entomed, a rare variety of Risen soldiers. The EXPonential Growth map is now available for $2.50.

Also new this week:
To view this week's Nintendo Download in its full graphical version, please visit: http://news2know.net/nintendo/downloadr0R3nQsd.php.

Source: Games Press

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Will Offer Cross-Region Online Play

Coming from the Monster Hunter Twitter account:

Also announced shortly after was that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be playable entirely on the gamepad and Capcom will be making frequent free downloadable content from release day.  Definitely some awesome news!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Need for Speed Most Wanted PR, North America & Europe release dates


BUCKLE UP, NINTENDO FANS: EA’S AWARD-WINNING NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED RACES ON TO Wii U THIS SPRING
All-New Co-Op Features Allow Players to Team Up With a Friend and Make Trouble Together in the Wii U Enhanced Version of Need for Speed Most Wanted
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Jan. 17, 2013 – Team up to top the Most Wanted List! EA and Criterion Games announced today that  Need for SpeedTM Most Wanted winner of more than 30 industry awards, is coming to Nintendo’s Wii UTM system on March 19 in North America and March 21 in Europe.   Need for Speed Most Wanted unleashes gamers into a connected, open world where they race, chase and explore their way to become Most Wanted amongst their friends.

Utilising three unique features of the Wii UTM  GamePad controller and including bonus content, the Wii U game makes the race to become Most Wanted more fun and social than ever before. Firstly, introducing an all new local co-op mode, Co-Driver, one player drives using the Wii RemoteTM controller or Wii U Pro Controller, and another player uses the Wii U GamePad to provide control and navigation assistance on a fully interactive real-time map. Using just their fingertips, a partner can distract pursuing cops, switch from night to day or activate enhanced performance for any car and even control the amount of traffic on the road. This is the ultimate advantage for gamers who like to stir up trouble for the cops, their friends or just for fun.

For another competitive edge, players can change their mods, switch into their favorite cars, track milestones and uncover the city’s hidden gems, all on the fly with the Wii U touch screen, ensuring nothing ever slows them down.

Finally,  Need for Speed Most Wanted on Wii U brings the blockbuster action of the open world racer to players’ fingertips. The entire game is playable off-screen using the Wii U GamePad, so gamers never have to put the game down.

Need for Speed Most Wanted on Wii U also includes the Ultimate Speed Pack, so players can take to the streets five of the sickest, most ludicrously fast cars ever made: McLaren’s F1 LM, Lamborghini’s minimalist artwork, the Aventador J, the track-focused Pagani Zonda R, Bugatti’s reigning world speed champion, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and Hennessey’s savage 275 mile-an-hour ragtop beast, the Venom GT Spyder  .

Need for Speed Most Wanted lets gamers compete against the people they want to defeat most – their friends  . With EA’s innovative online technology Autolog 2, the game automatically tracks and compares best race times, high scores and more. These stats are broadcast throughout the open world, fueling friendly competition and rivalries. Curious if you’re still dominating the leaderboards? Autolog 2 alerts you every time you’ve been knocked off the top, reminding you it’s time to reclaim your position.  Need for Speed Most Wanted’s online multiplayer also ups the ante for social competition. Gamers pick a car, meet up with their friends and are immersed in a non-stop playlist of action-packed events. Whether it’s competing for the best starting position, the ultimate jump, or finishing first place, if there’s something to do, there’s someone to beat. Any Speed Points earned on Wii U will add to your existing total if you are playing the game on any of the other available platforms.

Need for Speed Most Wanted for Wii U will be available March 19 in North America for $59.99 and March 21 in Europe for €69.99.

Source: Games Press