Recent posts: Wii U
The adventures of Maxwell and Lily continue, and this time the they find themselves partnered up with the heroes of DC Comics. Available now on the Wii U and PC, Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure is another fun and exciting use of the DC Comics license and offers a very kid friendly learning experience that is flowing with creativity. If the game was going to be exclusive to any console, the Wii U was definitely the right choice, as the game takes full advantage of the touch panel on the game pad, creating the best Scribblenaut experience yet. What I especially love about the game is the fact that there are so many characters in the game… over 1000 to be exact! The most minuscule of minuscule characters get some face time in this one, including the likes of Acrata, Gilotina, Scarlet Skier, Naiad and Kinetix. If you’re sitting there saying “um, who?” right now… my point exactly.
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure is the entire reason I bought a Wii U. I love anything and everything comic book related and there is a lot of charm to this game. Maxwell’s notepad is an awesome “super power” and it fits right in with the DC Universe. If you have been putting off getting a Wii U, this is a great opportunity to jump on board. Check out the introduction of the game after the break, as well as a one hour video showing off every single character in the game. Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure is available now.
Uh oh! Doom and gloom has surrounded the Wii U as of late, as sluggish sales and a lack of third party support has many questioning the future of the console. At least one retailer is already pushing the discount button, as one of the United States biggest wholesalers Costco has today slashed the price on the Wii U 32 gig bundle to $299.97 ($315 for non-members). The 8 gig bundle has also seen a price cut, with Costco discounting it down to $244.97 ($257.25 for non-members). Shipping is included with both prices. This is a $50-55 decrease in price for the console. There’s no telling when the sale ends or if other stores will follow suit, but many retailers are starting to price match based on online pricing, so it may not hurt to swing by a local retailer if you’ve been waiting for the drop. What does this mean for the Wii U moving forward? I guess only time will tell. I am not quite sure if this is enough for me to take the plunge, but I am definitely tempted, because I definitely want to get my hands on that new Super Mario Brothers!
Amazing. In thirty minutes, Nintendo was able to show us why Wii U is worth purchasing. First, they show the Miiverse community and explain on how they plan on expanding it. It’ll soon be viewable from a browser and then will have it’s own app. They also showed us they listen to feedback and we’ll be having two major updates, one in Spring and the other in Summer. These updates will improve the Wii U OS speed, software will launch faster and you can quickly return to the menu screen. The update will also bring the Wii U Virtual Console with the capability of playing those games on the gamepad. A new trial campaign is available now where every month, till the virtual console is released, they’ll make a virtual console game available for 0.30 cents for 30 days. The list of games releasing every month is available in the video below. Now.. the games.. We all already knew about Pikmin 3, Wii Fit U, Lego City Undercover, and The Wonderful 101 and those are all coming before E3. Today, Satoru Iwata showed a new trailer for The Wonderful 101, which looks like a lot of fun. He also showed a development trailer for Bayonetta 2, and discussed that it’s still not the right time to show off footage from the game. He briefly spoke about Super Smash Bros for Wii U and said it’ll be shown at this years E3. A list of new games were also announced which really show the system’s bright future.
A new 3D Mario action game from the Mario Galaxy team is in the works, and a new Mario Kart is also in the works. These games will be in playable form at E3. A new party game, Wii U Party, is also being developed which shows a lot of the original Wii U concepts being realized. A new Yoshi game by the team that developed Kirby’s Epic Yarn is in the works, with a short video shown. A collaboration project with Nintendo and Atlus was also discussed, combining the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem series. What kind of game it will be wasn’t talked about but we can assume it will probably be a strategy game. Now.. Legend of Zelda. Two Zelda games were announced. One is a remake and the other is a completely new Zelda adventure. Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker is being recreated for the Wii U and will be released later this year. Pictures were shown and the game looks amazing in HD, with better details and new lighting system. The game will also be fully playable from the gamepad. Details for the new Legend of Zelda game in development weren’t released except the fact that it’s in development and that it will take some time to complete. One last game was announced, and it was saved till the end of the video for a reason.
Monolith Soft, the creators of Xenoblade, are making a new game and the game looks incredible. Beautiful large landscapes, huge detailed creatures, and mechs. The trailer shown shows a man running through various fields encountering large dinosaur looking creatures and insects and battling them through the use of weapons like swords and guns. The man was also shown at some point having a party, and the gameplay looks very similar to Xenoblade. The man then gets inside a mech and flies off, all in real time. The footage then shows mechs in battles with creatures and a vehicle ‘transforming’ into a mech. It was absolutely amazing! At the end of the video, a large red X appears, very similar to the Xeno games. Sequel? The title of the game wasn’t shown, and neither was it’s release date. This Nintendo Direct really sets up for an amazing E3 this year, and shows Nintendo’s plans for the future. This is why Nintendo fans are Nintendo fans. Take a look at the video below, and let us know if you’re excited for things to come.
One of the best decisions I have ever made was the day I decided to buy an HD PVR. I love recording gameplay footage from all of my favorite games and getting it on the net and the experience I have had establishing an increasingly popular Youtube Channel. One of the biggest drawbacks to being tethered to a HD PVR is the secret enemy of the HD business: HDCP. For those unaware, HDCP stands for high-definition digital content protection, and it is an encryption that runs within HDMI cables that is meant to prevent copyrighted digital files from being copied or utilized on non-authorized devices. Considering the entire purpose of an HD PVR is to do exactly that, it goes without saying that it has been a challenge figuring out a way to create a device that allows for the use of HDMI. Welcome to the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition, a device that will allow Xbox 360 owners that very opportunity.
My first HD PVR was the original Hauppauge HD PVR. It has been outstanding, and for the better part of two years, more than served its purpose. The downside is and has always been the lack of HDMI, which has had me stuck using component cables and recording at a maximum resolution of 720P. I realize that many console games are native 720p anyway, but even upscaled to 1080p they look much better. The original Hauppauge HD PVR is capable of recording at 1080i over component, but interlaced looks terrible in the recordings, so that really isn’t an option. All of that goes away with the new Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition.
Oh Canada, our northern Red-Headed Step-Child, how Nintendo dislikes you so. That is obviously what is going on here with the introduction today of the Wii Mini. At $99, it is an INCREDIBLE value over the already discounted Wii, which has currently dropped in price down to $129 in the wake of the Wii U’s release. It’s all about the games, though! That’s right folks, in their infinite wisdom, the folks at Nintendo decided to release an newly designed and discounted Wii with no internet capability. I mean, I’m all for choices, but seriously… What? Is? The? Point? And why are they dropping these on Canada? Face it Canada, Nintendo thinks you are stupid. They have no intention of releasing these anywhere else, and from what I’ve seen, less than 1500 were made. So why? Why do they need to release this useless variant now when they should be blowing out their existing stock? Are there seriously people out there that are in a rush to save 30 bucks on a Wii sans the option for the internet. This is literally one of the weirdest announcements of all time. But hey! If you’re in Canada and want to “just game,” this is the trick for you!
So the Wii U is finally here as of mid-night tonight, and for better or worse, the hottest title at launch seems to be Zombie U. Anything zombie related seems to be hot right now, but this game will be one of the first to truly put the power of the Wii U to work. Everything great about the game is what also scares me about the Wii U, as it is almost completely reliant on the tablet style controller that comes with the Wii U. It is highly interactive, which should be cool, but I can see it being a disaster at the same time. The game is available exclusively via Ubisoft November 18th, 2012 only on the Wii U. Check out the launch trailer below:
September is almost over, and so is the wait for Nintendo’s latest home console. As we get closer to the Wii U launch, we expect to learn more about Nintendo TVii, Nintendo’s eShop, and of course MiiVerse. Today, Nintendo announced 23 games will be coming to Wii U on November 18th alongside the system. It’s an impressive list:
– Call of Duty: Black Ops II
– Skylanders Giants
– Transformers Prime
– Wipeout 3
– Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
– Fifa Soccer 13
– Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition
– New Super Mario Bros U
– Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
– Nintendo Land
– Sing Party
– Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
– Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
– Darksiders II
– Assassin’s Creed III
– ESPN Sports Connection
– Just Dance 4
– Rabbids Land
– Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
– Scribblenauts Unlimited
– Game Party Champions
– Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
We’ll see if the list gets even longer by launch day. You might want to start preordering your launch picks.
Official Nintendo Magazine recently interviewed Ubisoft Creative Director Jean-Phillipe Caro about his new game ZombiU. He mentions:
We never wanted to reinvent any genre but the fact that is when we decided to change from Killer Freaks to ZombiU we had to rethink what we were going to do. What we have done is talk about old games, old movies, comics – what we like in life about zombies. You have a galaxy of zombie games, movies, comics – the genre is almost dead. People are saying always: the zombie genre is dead. We are not reinventing, we are recycling. What we wanted to do is not a revolution of the survival horror game but what we like is the survival aspect while the horror is part of the zombie thing. I think we are making something fresh with the most innovative console. The Wii U is the most innovative system for the moment on Earth. We didn’t have to make a big innovation on our side – it was all here on the system so that was easier for us.
ZombiU is one of the games people are most looking forward to at launch. Grab it when it releases alongside the Wii U on Sunday, November 18th.