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Play the future with a handful of yet to be released Wii U titles.
This morning Nintendo’s President, Reggie Fils-Aime, revealed that demos of a few forthcoming Wii U games will be playable at participating Best Buy locations this week.
For two days they’ll be playable from 4-8PM local time on Wednesday, June 12, and 1-5PM local time on Saturday, June 15. Unfortunately, the list of locations is pretty few and far between, so you may have to do some driving, unless you’re lucky enough to live near one of the listed locations. Good luck!
The following games will be available:
Mario Kart 8
Super Mario 3D World
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Source: Nintendo YouTube
After the long wait, we get two Smash Brothers.
Earlier this morning Nintendo during the last bit of their online “Nintendo Direct” shared both 3DS and Wii U of Super Smash Brothers.
Each one has its returning, and new characters, environments and art style. Where the Wii U goes “HD” the 3DS variant gets a similar “cell shaded” look like Street Fighter IV. Among the big announcements are, of course, that Megaman is joining the fight at last, touting several of the powers he’s aped from various bosses over the course of a dozen or so Megaman games. Also joining Smash Brothers is the Villager from Animal Crossing, who has the ability to steal other characters’ ranged attacks and turn them against them. Humorously on the list is the fitness trainer from Wii Fit, kicking the crap out of you with her amazing fitness moves.
Capcom said they’re due to release in 2014, with more new info to come. Can’t wait!
The Legend of Zelda Returns With Its Most Beautiful Game: The Wind Waker
I have long maintained that The Wind Waker is the most beautiful game in the Legend of Zelda series. Its art style is so masterfully done, the game so beautifully rendered that even today, more than a decade after its initial release, it still holds up. Add a little antialiasing to the game and it’d be absolutely at home on any HD console you can buy today. Luckily, this October, fans will be treated to the definitive version of this masterpiece when Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD launches for the Wii U. Iwata spent some time this morning talking about the games interesting new features. Watch the trailer, then follow me after the break for more details and a full gallery of screenshots!
Wii U’s third party support isn’t nearly as robust as we’d hoped for, but it’s not all bad news. A number of excellent looking games are on the way, including the definitive version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Bayonetta 2, Sonic the Hedgehog, and the big surprise, in my opinion, Watch Dogs, which looks fantastic on the new system. Such a game being released on Wii U alongside the Playstation 4 and Xbone versions is a good sign, both of the system’s ability to hang with its more powerful cousins, and of developers, at least Ubisoft, to put in the effort to do so. Check out the 3rd party sizzle reel below. Lots of gems here for both Wii U and 3DS for the months ahead!
The Wii U Will Eventually Get Its Party On
I have to admit to being a little shocked that Nintendo hasn’t delivered a Wii Party U game this far into the system’s lifecycle. Traditionally, these games tend to have a truckload of mini games, each of which shows off some clever idea for using the unique controller of the system it’s developed for, and as such can help players and other developers see some of the creative ideas Nintendo itself has dreamed up for using the controller effectively. Unfortunately, while the game was originally announced for this summer, it’s now been pushed back to
some unknown future date October 2013. Hopefully that’s not a bad sign. Unfortunately, there’s no trailer available yet, but you can check out this lovely reference image, and click the link above to check out screenshots via Nintendo.
When I first saw that Mario Kart 8 was the next game to be announced in Nintendo’s Direct conference this morning, I kind of groaned a little bit. Let me ‘splain. The Mario Kart games have always been excellent, well made arcade racers, but over the years it’s become a bit formulaic and a little too familiar. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself–after all, a familiar but excellent thing is still excellent, after all–it just lacks the excitement in general of something new. But with that acknowledged, I have to say that the trailer for Mario Kart 8 actually has me a bit excited. There’s a new “hover car” style of mechanic that allows your kart to race up walls and even upside down, and new powerups. Additionally, the visuals are very impressive, retaining the classic cartoon style, but upping the level of detail to an extreme level. On top of that, according to Iwata’s commentary following the trailer, the game will support the most robust online ever in a Mario Kart game, complete with deep Miiverse integration.
What I found a bit disappointing were only two things: first, no mention of the Wii U tablet screen’s usage in the game, and second, it’s not coming out until Spring 2014. Ah, well. Horizon and all that, I guess. Check out the trailer below. More details via Nintendo.
Super Mario’s Latest Outing Unveiled
It’s tough to get completely tired of the classic Super Mario gameplay formula. It’s repeated so often, both in Mario games and in others, because it works, pure and simple. But with that acknowledged, I’m not sure this is the Super Mario game audiences were really hoping for. Oh, sure, it looks beautiful–vivid colors, sharp, HD graphics, buttery smooth framerates–but somehow I feel like I’ve played a bit too much of the classic formula in the last couple of years. I was kind of hoping for Super Mario Galaxy 3, I guess. Anyway, here’s the trailer for Nintendo’s upcoming Mario platformer, unveiled today in Nintendo Direct.
On the bright side, you’ll get 4 player multiplayer, starring Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad.
It was bound to happen. The E3 leak? Watch Dogs.
Of all the games out there, the one about hacking and leaking info gets leaked before its big day.
Maybe Ubisoft meant for this to happen; maybe they got something grand beyond Watch Dogs to show at their presser. That and the poster on Vimeo goes by the same name as the protagonist in game, Aiden Pearce.
The Watch Dogs leaked trailer is truly a top notch one, prereadered mind you. For a quick moment, in the beginning, I thought it was live action.
More details will be posted this week, and maybe some game play, so stay tuned. We’ll be blogging lots on E3!
Source: Vimeo – Aiden Pearce
With E3 just around the corner, many of us are getting all tingly in our happy bits.
Nintendo plans to share the love with America at 100+ participating Best Buys. Mind you only for two days, June 12 from 4 p.m.–8 p.m. and June 15 from 1 p.m.–5 p.m, you can play unreleased Wii U games at Best Buy. On June 11, they will release a list of games that will be on hand, via Best Buy’s site.
The list below is the current list of participating cities: