Nintendo of Europe announced a limited edition Mario Kart 8 software bundle for release this spring. The bundle includes a spiky blue shell collectible and a copy of Mario Kart 8. Europeans can buy the set when the game releases on May 30. No word yet on a U.S release, but don’t be too surprised when Nintendo spills the beans.
Source: Nintendo via Joystiq
Don’t let the simple shapes and colors of BLOK DROP U deceive you: the game is very worth considering for any Wii U owner with a spare $2 on their eShop account, and here’s why.
BLOK DROP U is a physics-based puzzle game developed by one-man team RCMADIAX, in which the player is tasked with using the GamePad’s touch screen to destroy all the grey bloks in a way that guides the small red blok to safety on any black platform in 30 unique levels. Any given stage begins with the red blok sitting atop an elaborate (and perhaps precarious) arrangement of grey bloks. Since the grey bloks are the only elements on the screen that the player has any control over, they have to be destroyed in the right order and sometimes at the right moments in order to achieve success. In general, this gameplay provides a lot of fun brain teasers. However, at times it does feel as though luck, more than skill, plays into victories.
I don’t always agree with online gaming site GameSpot, particularly concerning their decision to award The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword a 7/10 score, but there’s always something to disagree with, and often something to agree with when it comes to any online publication. Today’s YouTube Spotlight video may seem optimistic based on its title, but while praising Nintendo for having many top-tier first party titles (already out and on the way), it is also unforgiving to the Wii U in a lot of ways. For example, it’s quite harsh on the clunky GamePad, which doesn’t hold a sufficient charge, and the poorly ported Xbox 360 and PS3 games that have hit the system.
I have my disappointments in the Wii U, but I think Nintendo can turn its situation around. Unfortunately, the way things are going, I believe the company is still not headed in the right direction to make that happen, but I have a shred of hope.
Ronimo Games has announced Swords and Soldiers 2 for Wii U. The original game was a 2009 WiiWare title for Wii. If you have never heard of Swords and Soldiers, you can get a taste of what that game is like here. Ronimo has yet to announce a release date, but you can play SaS2 at the sold out PAX East in Boston…if you already have a ticket of course.
So the Wii U has two Mario Games, Pikmen 3, Game & Wario, Wind Waker HD, Wii Fit U/Wii Party U and the newly released Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and still things look bleak for the fledgling console. The good news is Nintendo games generally have low first week sales, but push copies over a longer period than other first party titles. The bad news is long term sales are not going to help the struggling device anytime soon.
It seems all hope rests on the upcoming Super Smash Brothers or the future Zelda title, but with so little information about this latest entry in the series, it clearly is not going to be released for another year at least and Mario Kart 8 will certainly push more units and its predecessor helped the 3DS take off but can lightning strike twice.
Nintendo could try developing a new IP but an original game comes with risks which I’m not sure Nintendo will take and although strong third party support is instrumental for a successful console, it seems most developers are waiting for Nintendo to generate a larger install base. Until this happens, it seems the Wii U will remain in limbo.
To end this article on a more positive note, I truly believe the Wii U will see a resurgence, but what do you think it will take?
E3 2010: I saw the announcement trailer for Donkey Kong Country Returns and was ecstatic. I grew up mostly with Super Nintendo games, and Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2 were family favorites. I have fond memories of playing them, and they are fantastic games to this day. A come-back of the beloved series was a dream come true.
Until I actually played Returns.
I know the Wii revival is loved by many, but I got about as much enjoyment out of it as I would from…well, other games that I find un-enjoyable. You get the point. I’m not trying to tell you what DKCR is or isn’t: like many things, that is up to personal tastes, and I honestly respect whatever opinion you may have.
In terms of gameplay, control, music, and atmosphere, DKCR didn’t accomplish what I hoped it would: recapture the spirit of the originals. So I can’t believe Tropical Freeze would be any different. For those of you who are playing the new game, how are you enjoying it? And how might you convince this non-believer to get the game?