Ubisoft has announced that its downloadable title Tetris Ultimate will hit Nintendo 3DS systems as well as PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The 3DS version of the game will include an exclusive mode called Challenge:
“Challenge – From disappearing Tetriminos (Tetris® playing pieces) to orientation-locked Tetriminos, be prepared for a variety of challenges that will test a player’s fortitude.”
The 3DS version will be coming this fall, a little later than the other versions’ release of summer. Click here for more on the game. No word yet on a Wii U version, which is a bit disgruntling, as Ubisoft has used terms like “next-gen” and “new-gen” to collectively describe the systems the game is coming to. Still, it’s nice to see a 3DS version with an exclusive mode…even though the 3DS already has Tetris Axis. What are your thoughts?
Club Nintendo’s 2014 selection of Elite Status rewards is available to peruse now. If you were able to reach Gold or Platinum status on the service during the year starting July 1, 2013, these rewards are available…right now, in fact, as a downloadable game of your choice. Click here to sign in to the Club and find out whether one of these games will be yours soon:
Platinum Members Only
- Game & Wario (Wii U)
- NES Remix (Wii U)
- Earthbound (Wii U)
- Dr. Luigi (Wii U)
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
- Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DS)
- Dillon’s Rolling Western (3DS)
- Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS)
- Ice Climber (Wii U)
- Kid Icarus (Wii U)
- Super Mario Bros. (Wii U)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
- Donkey Kong 3 (3DS)
- Wario Land 2 (3DS)
- Metroid (3DS)
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3DS)
This is a drastic departure from what we’ve come to expect on Club Nintendo, in terms of Gold/Platinum rewards. Previous Elite Status rewards were always physical and included desk calenders, playing cards, posters, official soundtracks, and more in recent years. Club Nintendo has offered digital games as normal rewards for a while now, but this still comes as a surprise to me. And it’s not exactly a happy surprise. Club Nintendo should be about exclusive, physical goodies that fans will collect and cherish in a way they don’t necessarily cherish their game collection.
This move combined with Club Nintendo’s currently poor selection of regular physical rewards has me worried. What are your thoughts on the subject? Leave your comments below.
Thanks to Anthony DeVirgilis for the tip.
Hot off the recent reveal of three characters (two new and one returning) for the fourth and fifth iterations of the Smash Bros. franchise, a Japanese publication titled CoroCoro will offer more insight to the full roster. According to the publication, they will have a full exclusive of the complete 3DS Smash Bros. roster and stages on August 12th.
Now, the 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. will have exclusive stages that reflect the handheld and console aspects of Nintendo’s famous franchises. However, the character selection will be the same across both platforms. So, much speculation has occurred on what new characters will be announced and what returning characters will make the cut or not. The current roster is now at 36 fighters (37 if one is to believe Mr. Game & Watch’s cameo at the end of the Pac-man reveal is confirmation that the character will return), which means we are getting to the tail end of character reveals before the 3DS version’s September release in Japan. For many Earthbound fans, now would be the time to start sweating some bullets; we all should be worried.
So, with a possible full character roster reveal looming, how many more fighters do you think Sakurai and his team will unveil? Ridley? Shulk? Ness…finally? Tell us in the comments below.
Smash Bros. head honcho Masahiro Sakurai revealed earlier today a new Smash trophy on Miiverse. To the surprise of many, the trophy is that of a third party character: Rayman. Not to be confused with an assist trophy, this in-game collectable trophy was actually designed by Ubisoft themselves and not Sakurai’s team.
The trophy reveal came a few hours before the Smash Bros. website was to announce a new character, which led many to believe Rayman would be added to the roster. Unfortunately, that was not the case for many Rayman fans. You can read Sakurai’s statement on the Rayman trophy below.
“In order to make Rayman’s trophy, we asked Ubisoft to share their references. We were expecting to receive 2D drawing references for Rayman, but to our surprise, they sent us data of a brand new 3D model that they rendered for this game!! And that was how this trophy was created. It takes a lot of work creating each model, so it’s wonderful that the creators contributed their own efforts!!”
The official YouTube account for the Pokemon series has uploaded a trailer (right on the heels of the Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS character reveal trailer; unrelated) that shows off a new Mega evolution: that of Metagross. The trailer is more than a reveal for Metagross’s new mega-look, though: it includes a look at several of the gym leaders/elite four in the duo of 3DS games and…Pikachu in some incredibly cute costumes. What’s that all about, you ask? We all apparently have to wait to find out.
What do you think about the new video?
Jake Kaufman, music composer for games like Shovel Knight and Mighty Switch Force!, is getting to be quite well-known, and for good reason. Shovel Knight was recently released on the eShop for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and in addition to being very well received, the game has an amazing chiptune soundtrack that you can download right over here on Jake’s Bandcamp page.
I haven’t played Shovel Knight yet, but I have been listening to the soundtrack, and I can guarantee chiptune fans will really enjoy it. It also includes a few contributions from Manami Matsumae, who worked on the Mega Man soundtrack, among others, so there’s even more incentive for you to pick it up. I hesitate to say this, but you can get the soundtrack for free; let me just say, though, that it’s worth any amount of money you may want to donate! Enjoy this amazing video game soundtrack, and don’t forget to leave a comment with your thoughts below.