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Review: SteamWorld worth digging into your wallet

Retro-inspired platformers have taken the eshop by storm the past couple of years. Games like Mutant Mudds, Gunman Clive and the critically acclaimed Shovel Knight have all sold well and received glowing reviews. Another game inspired by the 8-bit and 16-bit era of gaming is Image & Form’s SteamWorld Dig, a highly addictive mining adventure. Regularly priced just under $9, the game is currently on sale for $4.49 (Hurry, hurry, hurry…. the sale only lasts until July 31st).

Assuming the role of Rusty, a robot cowboy, you receive the deed to his deceased Uncle’s mine. The mine is located below the town of “Tumbleton: Population 3,” and you are quickly introduced to the towns residents. Dorothy runs the trade shop, where she purchases all the ores you discover while mining. Her father , Cranky, runs the upgrades store, where you can buy various tools and upgrades for your equipment. Cranky carries everything from stronger pick axes and larger pouches, to teleportation devices and pressurized steam tanks (all of your equipment is powered by steam, and gradually drains with each use, requiring fuel ups in underground pools scattered throughout the mine). The final resident of Tumbleton is Lola. She works at the saloon and appears to be the town prostitute.

Gameplay is simple, yet addictive. Equipped only with a lantern and a pick axe in the beginning, you explore the mine, digging deeper and deeper, collecting various ores. As you run out of steam for your lantern, or fill your pouch with ores, you must return to the surface. There you can sell off your ores and purchase upgrades required to progress through the mine. As you journey deeper and deeper into the mine Rusty uncovers more and more of his Uncle’s secrets. You discover teleportation devices, new tools and secret passageways. However, there is more than just ores and tools within the mine. Creatures slumber within the depths of the mine, and the deeper you dig, the larger and meaner the creatures get.

While the game is largely platform based, with Rusty digging deeper and deeper into the mine, SteamWorld also features some puzzle aspects, along with minor RPG elements. Within the mine you will come across areas that require deep thought and strategy to proceed through properly. Certain tunnels and side passages pose significant challenges, forcing you to “Self Destruct” and attempt them again and again, until you dig just the right tunnel to progress to the other side. Leveling up and upgrading your tools brings a slight RPG feel to the game, as there are certain areas that are impossible to maneuver through without improved tools.

The game does not bog you down with lengthy tutorials and trials. Instead it sticks to its 16-bit roots, and allows you to figure out the controls largely on your own. SteamWorld Dig respects you as a gamer, assuming you can quickly discover your own techniques. It doesn’t hold your hand, as many games do nowadays. It frees you to get right into the action almost immediately. The controls are simple and well laid out. Many of the classic platforming abilities are present: speed running, wall jumps and speed jumps all aid Rusty on his mining journey.

The music throughout is very minimalist, with only a handful of tracks present. The few scores featured have a strong western feel, capturing the sense of wandering into an old, deserted cowboy town. While the argument could be made for a larger variety of music, the few selections there are capture the mood excellently.

Where Mutant Mudds and Shovel Knight wear their 8-bit inspirations on their sleeves, SteamWorld Dig comes across as a brilliant throwback to the SNES era. The game features brilliantly sharp HD visuals, with stunning, crisp colors and imaginative characters. Cut scenes are quite minimal, with only a still headshot of each character shown as they speak.

While the game would have certainly benefitted from more varied NPC conversation and a larger soundtrack, overall, SteamWorld Dig is a cleverly original, and surprisingly addicting, puzzle platformer. A simple concept, with a unique twist, SteamWorld Dig will easily transform your cries of “One More Level” into cries of “One More Dig!”

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Posted by Justin Riley 30.07.2014 in All
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NES Remix Pack coming this holiday, includes both games on a physical disc

NES Remix and NES Remix 2 will be released together on a disc this holiday season. The small collection of Wii U eShop titles will be called NES Remix Pack.

Nintendo made this announcement during their live stream from San Diego Comic Con. For those of you who don’t already own NES Remix or NES Remix 2, does this upcoming physical release appeal to you? If you do already own one or both games, would you still consider NES Remix Pack? Let us know in a comment below.

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 26.07.2014 in All
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How to get The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for free!

How to get The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for free!

 

If you’re a Wii U owner and a fan of free stuff, you’ll be ecstatic to hear that Nintendo is giving away a download of one of four Wii U games– absolutely free!

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The offer is part of a promotion where you can redeem the Club Nintendo code off of your copy of Mario Kart 8 online at clubnintendo.com. Once you register, you’ll be allowed to download any one of the games you see below for no charge at all! This is an excellent way to promote joining Club Nintendo.

Free Wii U game

 

 

What you need: 

1. Wii U system

2. Copy of Mario Kart 8

(let’s face it, if you own a Wii U, you should already own MK8)

3. Club Nintendo insert with registration code

This promotion is scheduled to end on July 31st, 2014, so you have exactly one week as of posting this to grab your free game. For full details and a step-by-step guide, click here.

 

Which game do you plan to download? What’s your current summer game?

 

Posted by Joseph Hernandez 24.07.2014 in All
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Club Nintendo rolls out a digital line-up of Elite Status rewards

Club Nintendo rolls out a digital line-up of Elite Status rewards

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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)

Gold/Platinum Members

  • 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.

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 16.07.2014 in All
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New details revealed for RCMADIAX’s Super Robo Mouse

New details revealed for RCMADIAX's Super Robo Mouse

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Since releasing Blok Drop U, RCMADIAX (one-man developer Michael Aschenbrenner) has clearly been busy. Poker Dice Solitaire Future, the first of a series called “Tabletop Games,” recently hit the Wii U eShop, and Aschenbrenner’s Super Robo Mouse is set to release sometime later this year on the Wii U eShop.

The game is RCMADIAX’s largest yet and stars a mouse called Robo, who must escape various maze-like stages by collecting titanium cheese to unlock the gates. There are over 20 such stages, including 3 boss fights. Players will have a lot of control options to choose from, including the Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Classic Controller (and Pro), and Wii remote + nunchuck. Off-TV play is also optional.

The game will hit Europe and North America around the same time with a price point of under $5. More details will become available closer to the game’s release. For now, let us know what you think about Super Robo Mouse in a comment below.

Click past the break to check out more screenshots (those shown here may differ slightly from the final product).

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 15.07.2014 in All
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Complete 3DS Smash Bros. roster and stages to be revealed on August 12th

Complete 3DS Smash Bros. roster and stages to be revealed on August 12th

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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.

Posted by Harrison Milfeld 15.07.2014 in All
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