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New Nintendo Hardware Hinted

A scant two and a half years into the Wii U's admittedly worrisome sales life, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata is starting to leak ideas about Nintendo's "next hardware", codenamed NX. 

Come on fellas, even the Dolphin is more creative than that.

As far as the actual hardware though (which was asked about at a shareholders' meeting), Iwata-san made a point of saying that Nintendo was "not at a dead end of any kind in which we are out of ideas", and made a point of saying "we first make sure that those who have already purchased out platforms are satisfied." 

Loot Crate and Smash Bros.

I won't make any bones about it; I think Loot Crate and the services like it are stupid. If I'm going to blow my tiny earnings on "geek-themed" garbage I at least want to be able to select exactly what garbage I buy. That's why I have a wall of Metal Gear merchandise that I meticulously curate and not a semi-random assortment of POP Vinyls and fan-made t-shirts of [any pop culture icon] interacting with a TARDIS, but to each their own.

PSA: Your Wii U Has Resurrected Castlevania: Part II

Welcome back, weary traveler! You look emboldened and full of vigor. Could it be? Have you taken my advice? Did you in fact partake of the three succulent fruits that I placed before you in Part I? But of course you did!

PSA: Your Wii U Has Resurrected Castlevania: Part I

Like the Great Pumpkin rising from the pumpkin patch giving presents to all of the good girls and boys, Nintendo and Konami have given us all a special treat this past Halloween. It’s a gift that will last longer than any pillowcase full of candy or Fireball-induced hangover – it’s the Gameboy Advance Castlevania trilogy.

Bayonetta 2 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Bayonetta 2 is a game that never should have been made. We don't deserve it. We obviously didn't buy the original enough and yet now we're being rewarded with one the best character action games ever made. This is the opposite of how good things are supposed to happen. I'm sensing a terrible monkey paw twist real soon like that episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark. I can't remember what happened in it but I remember the monkey paw. Or maybe that was Freaky Stories. Either way, Bayonetta 2 is amazing. Play it before something awful happens to you.

The Pros: 

+ Moment to moment tension in combat that makes Climax moves spiritually satisfying
+ Beautiful set pieces and enemy design that lend themselves to spectacular moments both in-game and during cutscenes
+Stage design that doesn't fight against the flow of the game
+A heavily customizable loadout with unique weapons and costumes

The Cons: 

-Good luck figuring out how to equip those weapons and costumes in the beginning
-No quick restarts in the middle of a stage
-Loki's voice-acting is reeeeal blah

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Bayonetta 2 is the sequel (that by all rights we never should have gotten) to 2010's Bayonetta by Platinum games, a studio well known for it's over-the-top character action games. Directed by Yusuke Hashimoto taking over from the series creator Hideki Kamiya, Bayonetta 2 follows the story of the titular Bayonetta, an Umbra Witch who seems to constantly get into tussles with the powers of Heaven and Hell, sometimes referred to as Paradiso and Inferno.

This Month In Crowdfunding - January 2014 [Part 2]

Earlier this month I took a look at some of the more interesting titles that were in the middle of their crowdfunding campaigns. I highlighted a few of these games in hopes that I could bring them a little bit more attention, pushing them over their initial goals and up through their stretch goals.

Now I’d like to highlight some games that have either recently or long since finished their runs on Kickstarter; starting off with a quick look at the game that started off my crowdfunding addiction, Broken Age.

 

Pikmin 3 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Honestly, waiting 9 years for a sequel I just thought there would be more to Pikmin 3 in regards to new mechanics and features. Sure there are new Pikmin types and the WiiU GamePad gets it use (if you use that control scheme), but it’s still the same Pikmin game once again. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as there’s nothing else out there quite like Pikmin, I just wish it felt newer since we had to wait this long. 

The Pros: 

+ Deep strategy elements when utilizing the WiiU GamePad

+ Multiple controls schemes and options to suit your preferred play method

+ Off-TV play support with WiiU GamePad

+ Challenging and rewarding boss fights

The Cons: 

- A 9 year wait and it’s still just Pikmin once again

- Only two new Pikmin types

- Short campaign with no co-op or online options

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

It’s been almost a full decade since we got to play a Pikmin game last. That’s quite a long wait for loyal Nintendo fans that have been clamoring for a sequel to the popular 2004 GameCube game. It was originally teased a few years back about being released on the Wii, but with the WiiU releasing, development was pushed back to launch on the new hardware instead. Now the wait is finally over, but has the long wait finally been worth it?

Nintendo Post-E3 Preview Event 2013

Once a year the fine people at Nintendo Canada are nice enough to invite us into their “home” and preview some of the titles that were showcased at the year’s E3 in a more private setting, with a lot more access (which is fantastic, because the show floor of E3 is generally not the most ideal environment to get a proper feel for a new title).

Fast & Furious: Showdown Officially Announced By Activision

Remember that one time when a new Fast & Furious game was seemingly outed by an EB Games Australia online listing? Well since then, and the listing page being mysteriously removed, Activision has officially announced the game and yes, it’s coming out in less than a month.

Batman Returns In Two Brand New Arkham Video Games

As expected, and long rumored, WB Games has announced the next entry in the Batman Arkham video game series. Titled Batman: Arkham Origins, the next entry in the rather successful Batman video game franchise will take us on an early adventure in the Dark Knight’s career, not so much that he was still wet behind the ears but had yet to meet some of his soon to be lifelong enemies.

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