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Amiibo Tap Isn’t Just A Time Limited Demo Player

Posted on May 12, 2015 by Les Major

When I first heard about Amiibo Tap, I kind of glazed over it. Basically it sounded like I could play a time limited trial of a classic NES or SNES game. Of course we’ve been there and done that with other releases. We’re gaming press of course though, so we took a look to see what this new release was and were quite surprised!

At first, the software sounds pretty bland.
• Dozens of games and scenes to discover
• Each amiibo figure unlocks a random game to sample included in this software’s selection of titles

But then you get to this part…
• Each game contains multiple scenes that last for three minutes

Wait, what? So what do you get, World 1-1 and World 1-2 of Super Mario Bros? Surprisingly no, you get quite a great selection of highlights! I’ve only tried Super Metroid so far but that title is actually a collection of boss fights and a run through Tourian to battle some Metroids themselves. It seems to run on software similar to our very much loved NES Remix series. Letting you play these classics in a bordered window with a countdown timer showing your three minutes remaining.

To switch scenes, you just tap your Amiibo to the Wii-U GamePad and zip, you’re off to the next one in like. Super Metroid contained something like eight scenes too! So if you’re not a hardcore collector and have actually removed your Amiibo from their packaging, it’s worthwhile to download Amiibo Tap and give it a go! After all, Amiibo Tap is free! It’s more than just a demo player, it’s a neat nostalgia trip.


An Open World Zelda Like The Original? Yes Plz!

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Les Major

So Nintendo wanted to go back to the drawing board on Zelda and is using the classic original as a focus for their concepts. What specifically? Being able to explore in any direction, rather than just having an experience where you’re following a trail. What does all that look like? You can take a look at the preview video over on Kotaku to see what Nintendo has in store for an open world Zelda Wii-U title.

Let alone, the game itself looks beautiful and Nintendo confirms that these images are in-engine! The Wii U sure is pulling off some amazing visuals and it’s just getting better as time goes on!


Mario Maker Brings My Childhood Dreams To Life

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Les Major

Odds are, at some point we’ve ALL wanted to do this. In 2015, you’ll be able to create your own Super Mario Bros. levels on the Wii U console. I remember (back in my day *waves cane like Cranky Kong*) putting in Game Genie codes just to see what kind of scrambled up, randomized Mario levels I could discover. Now Nintendo is giving me the power to do that on my own? YES PLEASE! Read on for the trailer! Just look at what you can do!Read More


UnEpic | Review

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Les Major

If you’re a fan of Metroidvania titles, you know, games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for example, UnEpic is a wonderful exploration title you’ll probably enjoy very much! I’ve already gushed a little bit about the game before, but there is a lot more to be said about the game itself. Available both on Steam and on the Wii-U eShop, I took a look at the console release that is available thanks to EnjoyUp publishing the title on Nintendo’s latest system. The best part that I’ve already noted is how much UnEpic feels like you’re living a comedic RPG web comic.Read More


Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct Coming Tuesday

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Les Major

Eager for more news on Super Smash Bros. the latest in the series coming to both Wii U and 3DS? Nintendo does confirm these will be new details. Any speculation on what could be coming our way? I have a few hopes myself. Dr. Wily perhaps? Who knows! Personally, and it’s a long shot, I’d love to see Wart from Super Mario Bros. 2 the USA version. After all, it is a featured game in the upcoming NES Remix 2 available later this month on the Wii U eShop. The Nintendo Direct will be on Tuesday, April 8th, at 6 p.m. EST and viewable here: http://www.Nintendo.com/Nintendo-Direct


Big World Map Returns in New Super Mario Bros. U

Posted on November 8, 2012 by Les Major

One of my biggest disappointments with the Super Mario Bros. series has been the drifting away from Mario 3 and Mario World overworld maps. I know, it’s all the same content but something just feels cooler about those expansive and wandering paths.

Now they’re back! This means I’ll definitely be moving in with my friends who buy a Wii U later this month and gather around it’s warming glow in late November. This news is a complete thrill to me. I loved the content of other Mario games, but disliked the straight line of levels. After all, many classic Nintendo games were about exploration and finding secrets.

I’m thrilled about this news. To see a pan over of the world map by Kotaku, check out the video below. Of course, you may want to skip it if you want to be surprised while exploring the overworld. The ending could be considered a spoiler.


Assassin’s Creed III For PC Will Be Stalking Templars Nov 20th

Posted on August 13, 2012 by Les Major

Ubisoft has confirmed there will be a PC release of Assassin’s Creed III in addition to it’s other versions. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions are set for a Halloween release of October 31st with the Wii U version following up as a release title for Nintendo’s new console. The PC version will be released November 20th.

Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th  century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnhaké:ton,  of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the  Assassins and Templars. The game stars Connor as an Assassin in the war for  liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date.

With an all new game engine and fresh animations not only does it sound like ACIII will be a smoother experience but the American Revolution backdrop looks fantastic with the more we see of the game. Including such amazing new features as naval warfare the sequel is living up to the expectations of improving the franchise with each new release.

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Nintendo To Support Digital Downloads

Posted on May 2, 2012 by Matthew Regier

Starting in August Nintendo will begin releasing its first party titles, and possibly allowing third party titles in both physical and digital releases simultaneously. This new digital distribution service is going to affect both the 3DS and the Wii U when it launches later this year.

This new digital distribution service isn’t just going to effect Nintendo’s first party titles either. Today they announced through a statement to IGN, “We are currently preparing a program for third parties, but have nothing specific to announce at this time”.

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