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New characters, modes and more from Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct

New characters, modes and more from Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct

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Today Nintendo broadcasted another Nintendo Direct, this one focused entirely on the Legend of Zelda/Dynasty Warriors crossover Hyrule Warriors.

You can check out the broadcast below:

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The highlights includes;

  • new playable character: Ganondorf
  • new playable character: Zant
  • new playable character: Ghirahim
  • new item: giant bombchu
  • new weapon: Chain Chomp
  • Adventure mode, with NES style map to concur

This brings the rosta of playable characters to 12; Link, Zelda, Midna, Shiek, Darunia, Ruto, Agitha, Fi, Lana, Ganondorf, Zant and Ghirahim.

As a reminder Hyrule Warriors will release on September 26 in North America and September 19 for Europe.

How do you feel about the revealed rosta so far? Do you expect even more warriors to join? Let us know in the comments below.

Posted by Lewis Pugh 05.08.2014 in All
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eShop cards on sale at Target

From now until August 9th, all American Target stores will be offering an excellent sale on eShop cards. The deal is simple, buy one eShop card and you get the second card for 25% off. The values of these cards can be mixed and matched, but the 25% will come off the lowest priced card. Anyone interested in purchasing anything off the eShop may want to head down to Target right away, and save yourself some money.

Posted by Justin Riley 04.08.2014 in All
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[Updated] Nintendo Direct focusing on Hyrule Warriors headed our way

Update: Fans in the UK can watch the Nintendo Direct here at the less insane time of 08:00 CEST. If you’re good with 05:00 CEST, however, feel free to tune into Nintendo of America’s broadcast here!

Original Post: Nintendo of America’s official Twitter account has revealed that a Nintendo Direct broadcast focusing on Hyrule Warriors is on the way. The live stream of the Direct will take place this Monday, August 4, at 8:00PM PT on Nintendo’s website.

It’s a strange time for a Nintendo Direct (9:00PM my time, 11:00PM Eastern), but what are you hoping to see in the broadcast? There is a bit of an overabundance of female characters that are confirmed as playable in Hyrule Warriors (8 female vs. 2 male), so I’m expecting up to two or three character reveals.

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 31.07.2014 in All
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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!”

Note: A Wii U release has been announced for Fall 2014

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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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