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Watch: Mario Maker Gameplay Footage


Right in time for the 30th Anniversary of Super Mario in 2015 will be the cool new game from Nintendo, Mario Maker.

Mario Maker lets players build their own mushroom kingdoms using elements from the past 2D Super Mario games.

Now at the recent Game Awards in Las Vegas, Nintendo has debuted new gameplay footage.

Mario Maker will be available for the Wii U next year.


For the first time ever, anyone can create 2D Mario levels using Wii U GamePad controller.

• Making courses is easy. Players use the GamePad touch screen to easily drag and drop elements they want in their levels. Place blocks, pipes, lifts and enemies anywhere and play through the level. Want a Goomba to wear a Piranha Plant on its head, build a tower 10 Goombas tall or make a Piranha Plant fly by giving it wings?
• Players can instantly playtest and edit their creations on the fly. If something isn’t working, go back into edit mode immediately by tapping a button and make tweaks until everything is just right.
• With the tap of an icon, users can even switch the visual style between a classic 8-bit Super Mario Bros. look and the HD world of New Super Mario Bros. U in the E3 version.


Zelda 2015 Open-World Gameplay Footage Revealed (Video)


Nintendo has debuted gameplay footage for the highly anticipated new open-world Zelda game for the Wii U due out in 2015.

The video below features Zelda lead producer Eiji Aonuma playing the game with original Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto adding commentary (which is translated).

Worth noting is they confirmed the game will indeed be coming out next year.

The footage shows just how expansive the game is as the Wii U gamepad is being used for the map, with it said it would take 5 minutes in real time to walk end-to-end to a demonstrated destination. In addition, the game is created so that anything you can see in the game can be reached, and Link’s horse will even avoid running into trees. Link can also jump off the horse to attack and use his bow in slo-mo. The environment also features edible fruit as well as insects and animals.

Miyamoto also confirms a new Star Fox Wii U game, which will be released prior to the new Zelda. 

More news on the open-world Zelda game will probably be released at next year’s E3 Expo in June.


Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Wii U Starter Features Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow

Details for the Wii U edition of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes have been released which includes mention that the starter pack comes with Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow.



Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)

Last year, Disney unveiled its most ambitious and successful video game initiative to date – Disney Infinity. Now, the 2.0 edition of Disney Infinity – Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will take players deep into the Marvel Universe with classic characters and original storylines – all while offering players more opportunity for unprecedented freedom and endless possibilities to create new adventures.

In Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, players will use real-world interactive Marvel figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of some of Marvel’s most popular franchises, including The Avengers. In the Play Sets – penned by award-winning Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis – players will be able to take on the role of more than 20 Marvel characters including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye to battle enemies, complete challenging missions, solve puzzles and ultimately save the world from destruction.

Featuring an enhanced Toy Box mode, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will introduce new structured, franchise-themed adventures that players can customize and play using any in-game character from across the Disney Infinity universe. Fans will also have hundreds of Marvel-themed items, locations, props and characters at their disposal to create their own stories or even re-create their favorite comic book moments.


MARVEL FRANCHISES – Marvel franchises introduce deeper, immersive storylines and Marvel Super Heroes deliver new combat gameplay, more destruction in game worlds, authentic Marvel gadgets and vehicles in Play Sets and Toy Box.

EPIC STORYLINES – Original, character driven stories written by award-winning Marvel comic writer, Brian Michael Bendis. Authentic, intertwined stories where some Marvel Super Heroes can cross between Play Sets, all set in iconic Marvel locations.

ENHANCED TOY BOX – An all-new Toy Box mode that makes it easier for players to create and share their one-of-a-kind levels and mini-games with family and friends. Use the new Auto Creator tool to quickly build your worlds faster and easier than ever before.

TOY BOX GAME DISCS – New pyramid shaped discs deliver structured, franchise-themed games to the Toy Box. Build and customize your games by using Toy Box Toys of your choice and play through each game using any Disney Infinity character to complete missions.

FORWARD COMPATIBILITY – All of your Disney Infinity figures, toys and power discs are compatible with the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box – stats and upgrades intact. Disney Infinity characters can increase their level cap from level 15 to 20 and skills can be allocated across a variety of attributes using the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes skill tree.

POWER DISCS – New set of circular and hexagonal Power Discs will be available for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. Circular discs will add costumes, Area of Effect attacks and team-ups. Hexagonal power discs will add new weapons, vehicles and sky and terrain customizations. Select Power Disc descriptions are below:

– Marvel Skies and Textures

World War Hulk – Customize your landscape to make it look as if Hulk went on a smashing rampage

War Hulk Sky – Turn your blue skies green with this Hulk themed power disc

Stark Tech – Deck out your Toy Box compliments of Tony Stark. Unlock the Stark Industries Tech theme with upgraded Hologram Readout Tech ability

View from the Suit – Ever wonder what it’s like to see the world from inside Iron Man’s helmet? Check out the Hologram Readout Tech upgrade and unlock Stark Industries “View from the Suit”
– Marvel Vehicles/Mounts

Hydra Motorcycle – Take Hydra’s Motorcycle for a spin. Sidecar included

Lola – Need a ride? Unlock this Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hover car

S.H.I.E.L.D. Containment Truck – Contain enemies and protect civilians with this S.H.I.E.L.D. truck

Falcon’s Wings – You’ll be soaring when you put on Falcon’s Wings

The Avenjet – Hop on board the Avenjet for a speed boost in your Toy Box
– Marvel Team-Ups and Costumes

S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Strike – Send down a missile strike from above. Your enemies will need to take cover

Marvel Team Up: Winter Solder – Team up with the Winter Soldier and catch your enemies in the crossfire

Marvel Team Up: Iron Patriot – Hit them hard, hit them fast, hit them everywhere! Iron Patriot reporting for duty

Stark Arc Reactor – Try the Mark 42 on for size! Unlock Iron Man’s black and white special edition Guardians of the Galaxy armor with added boom!

Sentinel of Liberty – Expand your Super Hero wardrobe with Captain America’s World War II costume and original shield!

Gamma Rays – Time to get old school and unlock the Original Grey Hulk costume with added smash!
The Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) video game Starter Pack includes:
– 1 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game
– 3 Marvel Super Heroes Figures: Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow
– 1 Disney Infinity Base (2.0 Edition)
– 2 Toy Box Game Discs
– 1 Marvel’s The Avengers Play Set piece
– 1 Web Code Card

Publisher: Disney Interactive
Developer: Avalanche Software
Release Date: Fall 2014
Genre: Action/Adventure
Platforms: Wii U™
Pricing: Starter Pack: $74.99
Play Sets: $34.99  


Open-World Legend Of Zelda 2015 Announced At E3 – Trailer

Nintendo announced plans for the next Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U at E3.

The newest game in the franchise, scheduled for 2015, introduces the first truly open world in a game from the series. Players can roam Hyrule Field or set off on a trek to distant mountains if they prefer. Players can get to any area they can see from virtually any direction. That’s one of the ways the game breaks with franchise norms and introduces new ways to play.


In addition, Hyrule Warriors was announced.

The game artfully merges the world of The Legend of Zelda and the style of Dynasty Warriors into one legendary hack-and-slash Wii U adventure. Players control hero Link or Princess Zelda, or might opt to play as Impa or Midna in their debut as playable characters. Familiar locations from The Legend of Zelda world subtly change to reflect the art styles of their original games. The game is scheduled to launch on Sept. 19.


Mario Maker Trailer – E3 2014

Nintendo revealed at the E3 that players will be able to edit and create their own Super Mario levels in Mario Maker for Wii U.

Check out the trailer below.

Mario Maker (working title) offers up a Super Mario Bros. dream: the ability for players to use the Wii U GamePad to design levels from scratch. Place blocks and enemies anywhere and play through the level. With the tap of an icon, users can even switch the visual style between a classic 8-bit Super Mario Bros. look and the world of New Super Mario Bros. U in the E3 version. The game is scheduled for the first half of 2015.


2014 Video Game Preview Podcast – Part 1


2014 Video Game Preview Podcast – Part 1



Giuseppe Jones leads his panel of “Red Knight Rises” Casey, “Better Than Buble” Dan, “Angry” John, “Gamer Girl” Emily and “Calorie Free” Kevin begin their discussion regarding a general outlook on the possible success 2014 may or may not be.  Trends like game delays, announcements, console vs. PC and the impact of indie games are all mentioned as significant factors that influence the “greatness” of any particular year in gaming. 


Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releases November 4th 2014, but is our panel impressed by the presence of Kevin Spacey?  CBN’s Kevin seems to need more from the FPS mega franchise as he discusses fixing gameplay issues to take CoD to the next level.  Is the FPS formula running dry for Activision?  Will fans accept futuristic warfare that isn’t Halo?  And what about all those fancy bells and whistles that were revealed in Advanced Warfare’s trailer?  Will players be able to actually use all that gear or will they be limited to small segments of the campaign?  We’ve all been teased something visually in the past and we’ve been burned before.  Kevin and Dan discuss this game’s possible similarity to Titanfall.


Advanced Warfare, Kevin Spacey specifically

CoD is still one of the kings of games, but will Keyser Soze/John Doe/Frank Underwood infuse some extra credibility to Advanced Warfare, specifically the single player campaign?  Angry John shows some love for the K-Paxter and announced his reservation for this game based on Spacey’s presence alone.  Obviously, competitive FPS is all about multi-player, but death match mode alone does not a “great” (as in critical success) make.  If CoD were to reinvest into a more satisfying campaign, would the overall quality of the game rise?  Emily seems very frustrated with the FPS formula and most of our panel feels the game must have more than Spacey to break away from same old CoD.  Giuseppe would love to see more social commentary about world issues like Private Military Contractors being expressed through games.


Watch Dogs

Giuseppe recaps his opinion concerning the seemingly abandoned project: Rainbow 6: Patriots. Watch Dogs is one of the most anticipated games of the year and it releases May 27th 2014, but most of our panel isn’t as excited about it as Giuseppe.  How similar will this game be to GTA, Assassin’s Creed or even Far Cry?  The panel discusses what the game play is presenting itself to be, specifically player interaction within the game outside of team matches as well as the inclusion of tablets and smart phones as supplemental modes.  Who watches the Watch Dogs?


PS4 Rumors Now Include No DualShock Controller

We can add another rumor to our list for Sony’s next-generation console as it’s being said that the classic DualShock controller that’s been around since 1997 might not be part of the PS4.

A reported source close to Sony informed ComputerandVidoGames.com that the PS4 controllers being tested are not of the DualShock design.

They state that a senior games source says Sony is working on a few different variations, none of which resemble what gamers are accustomed to with the previous and current system.

The rumor mentions that part of Sony’s PS4 “experiments” for the new controller include biometric sensors, which could be used as a heart beat sensor, and an LCD touch screen.

A second source even corroborates the touch screen notion in that they are trying to make it similar to the PS Vita’s interface, which uses touch-screen capabilities.

CVG goes on to state that the DualShock may not be retired completely as it could still be used as a side peripheral for the PS4, much like the Wii Remote used for the Wii U.

An announcement for Sony’s PS4 should be made within weeks – and not months – they also note.

Some of the previous PS4 rumors include 4D and 3D graphics, no backwards compatibility and the elimination of the second-hand video game market of trading in and reselling games.



Op-Ed: The Wii U Is In Trouble Right Now

The Wii U Is In Trouble Right Now

A Sales Trend Op-Ed

By: Lawrence Napoli


My day job has me working in retail and the city in which I live (Buffalo, NY) is one that I would qualify as a metropolitan area far more dependent on home entertainment than the average “bigger” city in the United States.  There aren’t many things to do besides dinners and movies, half the year is virtually shut down due to winter and our sport teams, well; the best they ever accomplished was losing in championship games (which BTW, happened a LONG time ago).  Thus, I view the local sales trends of electronics in a community like this to be quite telling of North American trends when it comes to the video game industry. 


Yay!  I have something to do Friday night!

I remember when the Wii was released in November of 2006 and how rabid consumers were in acquiring units.  There were lines every day in front of the store and people were quite sensitive to being denied their Wii’s when their “online sources” clearly stated our location had units on hand.  Nintendo will always be popular thanks to Mario and Zelda (but really Link) and the fact that the GameCube was such a disastrous venture combined with the alternative at the time being a $400-$600 investment in a PS3 set a very favorable sales scenario for the good folks at Nintendo Land for the Wii.  The Wii marketed itself to the non-core gamer right off the bat with immense success thanks to the pedestrian simplicity of its motion control system.  It was literally sold on grandparents who could tolerate this manner of devil’s box in their apartments because it afforded them the pleasure of no-effort bowling via Wii Sports while giving the grand kids another reason to stop by every once in a while.  It was cheap, it was new, it was something different, it seemed fun and all of its software was priced $10 less expensive than the competition.  These are the reasons why the Wii (a non HD console) dominated this last generation in terms of sales.


Nintendo: a brand safe for children and geriatrics.

That is until April of 2012 when Nintendo reported its first annual loss since 1981.  According to the LA Times, Nintendo recorded a $534.6 million loss on $8 billion in revenue.  Last year, it recorded $960.5 million profit on $12.6 billion in sales.  The sales were clearly slipping for Nintendo earlier in the year, and you can attribute that directly to a lack of quality software releases to keep consumer confidence up.  But, perhaps Nintendo was merely biding its time so as to shift its attention to the release of a brand new console this past November which would solve all its fiscal troubles, right?  The Wii U had 7 days of sales in November and in that first week, 425,000 units were sold according to Digital Digest, but that’s off the pace from the Wii’s 475,000 unit mark in 2006.  Yes, yes, the Wii U is $50 more expensive at launch than the Wii, but it also has zero competition as XBOX 720 and the PS4 are slated for release next year.  There’s no question that the Wii U’s launch was impressive, but I can’t help but think Nintendo was looking for better numbers than these.  Plus, one must take into account the honeymoon grace period of new electronics.  Nothing about the Wii U’s sales thus far indicate anything more than the newness of the product rather than its uniqueness to account for its popularity.  Anything can sell as a flavor of the week for the short term, but sales over a year or longer are attributed to good merchandise.


People were excited about Wii U . . . at one point.

So the Wii U is selling units right now thanks to no console alternatives, but are these enough preemptive sales to be relevant when placed next to the 720 and PS4?  Obviously, Nintendo thinks so as being the first console to incorporate tablet technology continues to shout, “Hey we’re Nintendo and we do different things like this!”  That’s wonderful, but for real world consumers, tablets, e-readers and smart phones are also competitors to home consoles because they are still electronic forms of entertainment despite being mobile devices.  If Nintendo truly believes that consumers do not recognize a clear distinction that separates these technologies, Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s President had best begin preparing his golden parachute.  The novelty of Nintendo’s tablet integration wears out pretty quickly when everyone realizes it can’t do too much without its home box being plugged into the wall.  Perhaps this is Nintendo’s way of acknowledging the fact that consumers enjoy using their mobile devices in the comfort of their own homes, but without the independent functionality of a 3DS, the Wii U’s tablet isn’t impressive and certainly not a system selling mechanic akin to motion control.


Maybe I shouldn’t have said the Wii U would have a less than stellar start.

I invite the reader to jump on eBay so as to observe the price gougers attempting to make a quick buck off the Wii U.  During the release week, consumers saw ridiculous price hikes by those who were fortunate to purchase a unit on a first come/first serve basis.  As of this article’s writing, the 126 auctions featuring mostly Wii U Deluxe bundles are plentiful and almost all of them are trending well below reservation prices set by the sellers.  The gougers will be lucky to have sold their investment for the same price they purchased it and do you know why?  People are having no problems finding the Wii U at any retailer because they are simply not flying off the shelves.  Apparently the Wii U’s system shortage as reported by IHS Screen Digest didn’t take into account a lack of consumer interest as Nintendo attempts a sales goal of 3.5 million units before the end of 2012.  I was amazed at how fortunate I was to get my hands on a Wii U because it was something new.  However, I soon realized I had no use for this device and knew of no one that would accept this as a gift.  I returned my Wii U a week later and I wasn’t the only one in line doing so.


The Wii U: a less than thrilling experience?

If the Wii U is not setting sales records now, at launch, with no competition, the only thing it will have left in its arsenal to remain relevant in the coming years is a significant price cut when the other consoles release in 2013.  This will happen because Nintendo quickly slashed the 3DS price point when so few consumers were buying into it that PS Vita sales actually started gaining ground.  The value of price cutting the Wii U will only be determined once we find out exactly what the 720 and PS4 will do and how much they will cost.  If both consoles have miniscule advances in functionality and performance, both units will launch at higher price points and Nintendo has nothing to worry about.  If both units do something much more (and I’m not even including the presumed Blu Ray playback on both units), regardless of price, Wii U prices will fall. 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4762:]]The ultimate reason why I believe the Wii U is in trouble right now boils down to one thing: software.  Sure, the Wii U has a very large list of launch titles, but how many of those are simple remixes of games that have been out on other systems, including its own in the Wii?  Where’s the originality?  Where’s that new system selling software that can only be had on the Wii U?  That title was meant to be Zombie U, but has met with some very unimpressive reviews from multiple sources that highlight repetitive gameplay, zero story and an overall dull experience.

Games are the reasons why people purchase game systems and the decision to play a game on one platform vs. another is based on subtle nuances in hardware functions.  People play PC for the best graphics and computing performance.  People play XBOX for shooter popularity.  People play Playstation for Blu Ray, free online and great exclusives.  People play Nintendo for Mario . . . and that’s just about it.  There is no evidence to suggest that this will be any different for the Wii U seeing how New Super Mario Bros. Wii U is its best seller.  Further evidence to suggest the Wii U’s software woes come from James Hardiman from Longbow Research who calculated a 1.2 software tie per system sold at launch.  Only the PS3 had a worse tie-ratio with a rate of 1.1 with the original Wii showing 2.0 and the XBOX 360 blowing everyone away with a rate of 3.9 at launch.  If the Wii U isn’t selling any software for its system now, can we expect the real games to come out next year when consumers know more complex, satisfying and adult-oriented games are typical of XBOX and Playstation?

Nintendo isn’t dead and the Wii U could be a system worth investing in; just not right now.  It remains to be seen if Nintendo can think outside the box enough with its first party licenses because it clearly has no interest in giving third party developers real support.  A Pokémon MMO would be amazing.  Another Mario based RPG would be incredible.  These are the sort of ideas that Nintendo fans want with a new system, but all that’s been delivered thus far is redundancy.  But of course, the only thing Nintendo is more intimate with than Mario IS redundancy: Nintendo DS, DS Lite, DSI, DSI XL, 3DS and 3DS XL come to mind.  What would Nintendo’s next iteration be in the line of Wii and Wii U when the hardware differences are equally subtle?

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4764:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:4766:]]<– In case you were wondering about your options for next year.


Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition Wii U Launch Trailer

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4162:]]With the new Nintendo Wii U comes the new Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition video game which introduces new gameplay features developed exclusively for the Wii U and the Wii U GamePad, and includes all of the available downloadable content. 

Today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released the launch trailer for the game, which shows off Batman and Catwoman’s powerful new armor and several of the iconic villains in Gotham City’s incredible Rogues Gallery.


Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition delivers a truly unparalleled Batman adventure, taking full advantage of the innovative Nintendo Wii U hardware to provide a more immersive and action packed gameplay experience. The game is available from the 30th November in stores across the UK exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U.


Target Black Friday 2012 PS3, XBox 360, Nintendo Deals (Official)


Target released information on their upcoming Black Friday deals related to the PS3, XBox 360 and Nintendo, though noticeably absent is information regarding the new Nintendo Wii U, most likely because the Wii U is just about all sold out.

Target also released information on their pre-Black Friday gaming deals as well.


Press Release


Target’s Black Friday Deals Feature This Season’s Top Gaming Gifts

Shop at Target on Black Friday (beginning this Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. and all day on Target.com) and find the best value on Target’s selection of must-have electronics and games. This week’s deal’s include:

•  Save $100 on 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle including 4GB Xbox 360, Kinect sensor, two games shown, wireless controller and one month free of Xbox Live (on sale for $199.99, regularly $299.99)

•  $199.99 for Playstation 3 250GB Game System Bundle including PS3 console, 2 games and one wireless controller

•  Save $50 on PS Vita with Wi-Fi Bundle including free LEGO batman 2 game (on sale for $199.99, regularly $249.99)
•  Save $149.99 for Nintendo 3DS Game System including free pre-installed Super Mario Bros. 3D land game
•  Purchase Assassin’s Creed 3, Halo 4 or Forza Horizon and receive a FREE $20 Target Gift Card

For even more ways to save this season, shop with the Target REDCard to receive 5 percent savings or trade in used electronics and DVDs for a Target GiftCard. With TV delivery and installation services and 24 hours-a-day toll-free support from 1-877-myTGTtech, Target’s services will help families get up and running with their new gadget fast and easy. Visit Target.com to view Target’s Black Friday ad with surprise doorbuster deals on TVs.


Target’s Pre-Black Friday Wii U, Nintendo, PS3 Sale and More

Press Release


Wii-U and Target Four Day Sale

Still looking for that elusive Wii-U? Select Target stores still have some available!
Also, starting Nov. 18, Target will kick off a four day sale event that will help guests save money and get a jump-start on holiday shopping. Guests can find this season’s must-have electronics and games and save an additional 5 percent with the Target REDCard. Additional store credit can be earned by taking advantage of the store’s Electronics Trade-in Service.

Target Offers Available Nov. 18-21:

Video Game Systems 
· $299 for Wii U (basic system includes 8GB Wii U Consol, Gamepad, RemotePlus, stylus, charges and HDMI cable)
· Save $24 on Nintendo 3DS XL Portable Game System (on sale for $175, regularly $199.99). Our lowest price ever! 

Video Games
· Save $30 on Skylanders Giants starter pack for Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 and 3DS (on sale for $49, regularly $79.99). Our lowest price ever!
· Buy two, get one 50 percent off on all Wii U Games
· Free $10 Gift Card with purchase of Epic Mickey 2, Hitman: Absolution or Sims 3

· Save $300 and receive a $100 Target Gift Card when you purchase Sharp 60″ 120Hz 1080p Smart HDTV (on sale for $1,199.99, regularly $1,499.99)
· Save $330 on Samsung 46″ class 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV (on sale for $649.99, regularly $979.99)
· Save $250 on Samsung 40″ 1080p LED HDTV (on sale for $439.99, regularly $679.99)


Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth: Stan Lee Trailer (Xbox 360 & Wii U)


At the recent New York Comic-Con Stan Lee had the chance to play the new Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth video game.

The fighting game uses boards with art based on BendisSecret Invasion comic book event.

The game is currently available for the Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 and will be available with the launch of the new Nintendo Wii U.


Developed by Ubisoft Quebec, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth is the ultimate super hero brawler set in authentic comic book-style art environments based on the iconic Secret Invasion storyline. Battle for Earth provides endless entertainment through a variety of gameplay modes including co-op, campaign, arcade, challenges, versus and tournament.

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth features 20 different characters that fans will enjoy embodying, including Avengers such as Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Loki and Iron Man plus other fan-favourite Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe.


Mass Effect 3 Wii U Trailer

BioWare released a special edition trailer for Mass Effect 3 to mark its debut on the new Wii U.


Mass Effect 3 Special Edition plunges you into an all-out galactic war to take Earth back from a nearly unstoppable foe — and how you fight that war is entirely up to you. Groundbreaking interactive storytelling drives the heart-pounding action in which each decision you make could have dire and deadly consequences. You are Commander Shepard, the only one who can save Earth from annihilation.

BioWare makes its debut on the Nintendo console with the gripping blockbuster game of the year: Mass Effect 3 – coming to the Wii U™ console with brand new features and content that fully take advantage of the Wii U hardware. Command the battlefield like never before by using the Wii U™ GamePad to issue commands and unleash devastating attacks. Bonus content includes an additional mission and squad member, an exclusive new weapon, the Extended Cut ending, and an interactive backstory experience detailing previous events in the Mass Effect universe.

This holiday, the war for Earth comes to the Wii U™ console/system.


SDCC 2012: Avengers: Battle For Earth Video Game Trailer Revealed

At this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con the trailer for the Avengers: Battle For Earth video game was unleashed upon the world!

The game becomes available this Fall for the X-Box 360 and Wii-U.

Sorry, PS3 users, doesn’t look like its coming out for Playstation.


The Skrulls have landed and now it is up to you to embody your favorite Marvel super heroes and defeat epic enemies during the Secret Invasion. Unleash your inner superhero in Marvel Avengersâ„¢: Battle for Earth!.


The ultimate super hero brawler, Marvel Avengers Battle For Earth features 20 different characters including the Avengers Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor, as well as other fan favorite super heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe. Players will use motion gameplay to execute explosive super attacks, unleash devastating special moves, and battle their friends in a wide variety of game modes.
Choose from 20 classic Marvel characters, each equipped with four unique superpowers
Trigger super attacks with your movements.
Co-op, Campaign, Arcade, Challenges, Versus, and Tournament.
Work your way through the battles, you’ll unlock unique outfits and collector cards.
Use Super Attacks, Velocity Boost, Breaker, or Frenzy to beat your opponents.
Inspired by iconic comic artwork based on the Secret Invasion storyline.

E3 2012: Batman: Arkam City “Armoured Edition” Announced for Nintendo Wii U

Press Release


Become the Dark Knight like never before with the reimagined action game of 2011 featuring enhanced gameplay made possible with the Wii U GamePad


BURBANK, Calif. â€“ June 5, 2012 – Step into the Arkham action like never before! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Batman: Arkham Cityâ„¢ Armoured Edition for the Wii Uâ„¢ system from Nintendo. Developed by WB Games Montréal the game delivers the same impactful story and gameplay of the award-winning blockbuster created by Rocksteady Studios, now with enhanced gameplay features made possible with Wii U and the Wii U GamePadâ„¢.  The game is scheduled for release holiday 2012.
Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition contains all of the content fromBatman: Arkham City, including all available downloadable content, and introduces Battle Armored Tech (B.A.T.) Mode and the new Armored Suits for both Batman and Catwoman.  Fans can become the Dark Knight like never before with the upgraded battle suit that gives players an additional power-up by allowing them to build kinetic energy during combat.  When activated, players enter B.A.T. mode and dole out more damage than previously possible. 

“Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition harnesses the power of the Wii U system and the Wii U GamePad with features that allow fans to further immerse themselves in the role of Batman like never before,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  “WB Games Montréal evolved the incredible hit game by Rocksteady into a truly unique experience on Wii U.”

“WB Games Montréal is very excited to unveil the all new Wii U features we’ve created in Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition,” said Reid Schneider, Vice President and Executive Producer, WB Games Montréal.  “The new controller allows for a different twist on the Batman: Arkham City game, as players now have the power of the Batcomputer and gadgets in the palm of their hands.” 

The Wii U GamePad provides instant access to the wrist-mounted Batcomputer throughout the game, allowing players to use the touch screen to seamlessly select objectives, choose their gadget, track forensic evidence, upgrade their gear, detonate explosive gel, and more, all while remaining immersed in the action. Additionally, all gadgets have been reimagined to utilize the power of the GamePad, offering an unprecedented level of accuracy when using the Batarang and scanning for clues.

Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation ofBatman: Arkham Asylum, sending players flying through the expansive Arkham City – five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum â€“ the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others, the game allows players to genuinely experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight delivering justice on the streets of Gotham City.

For more information on Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition, visit www.facebook.com/batmanarkhamcity.


E3 2012: New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo Wii U Gameplay Footage Video

Nintendo released the following video featuring gameplay footage of the New Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii U at the 2012 E3.

Looks like a lot of fun!

New Super Mario Bros. Fact Sheet

New Ways to Play and Share Your Mario Fun
New Super Mario Bros. U is a new, side-scrolling adventure featuring Mario, Luigi, Toad … and your Mii character. Now’s your chance to step inside the Mushroom Kingdom and explore new worlds, new power-ups and new ways to play.
• Swoop through levels and cling to walls when Mario transforms into Flying Squirrel Mario, or gently float through the air while hanging onto Tiny Balloon Yoshi.
• The Wii U GamePad controller offers a new way to play multiplayer in this game. An extra player can jump into the action using the new Boost mode, creating platforms out of thin air to help others navigate tricky stages or access hidden or hard-to-reach items.
• Boost mode also makes cooperative speed runs possible for the first time. Use the GamePad to interact with and manipulate enemies and objects in real time, allowing for new ways to find the fastest routes through each level.
• Play on the big screen or the small screen. Switch game play from the TV to the GamePad at any time to continue playing even when others are using the TV.
• Experience Mario together like never before with Miiverse. See other players’ comments and accomplishments while you play and leave your own feedback for others to see when connected to the Nintendo Network.
Platform: Wii U
Genre: Side-Scrolling Adventure
Players: 1 – 5*
Rating: RP (Rating Pending) –
Release: Holiday 2012
Developer: Nintendo
URL: e3.nintendo.com
Suggested Retail Price: TBA

Nintendo’s E3 2012 Wii U Line-Up Includes Super Mario Bros. and Batman: Arkham City

Press Release




The Biggest Names in Video Games Bringing Their Best Franchises to Wii U; Company Provides Details about Social and Broader Entertainment Strategies with Miiverse and Partnerships


LOS ANGELES, June 5, 2012 â€“ Nintendo revealed a massive lineup of first- and third-party video games for its upcoming Wii U home console today, including new games in the Super Mario Bros.PikminWii FitBatman: Arkham CityScribblenautsAssassin’s Creed and Just Dance franchises. The Wii U console launches this holiday season and introduces the Wii U GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how people interact with their games, their entertainment and one another. Video game publishers from around the world, including Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Electronic Arts, SEGA, THQ and NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. are demonstrating how their biggest franchises are being reimagined for Wii U.

In addition to the wide array of established brands shown during the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012, Nintendo also revealed new games like Nintendo Land, a Wii U game set in a virtual theme park with a dozen attractions inspired by fan-favorite Nintendo franchises such as The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong. Just as the motion-controlled games in Wii Sports helped players discover the fun of the Wii console, Nintendo Land brings the promise of the GamePad to life with a range of single-player and multiplayer experiences.

Nintendo Land introduces the entirely new dynamic of asymmetric game play, where the images being displayed on the GamePad are entirely different than what is seen on the TV. Giving the player with the GamePad different information, viewpoints, advantages and objectives creates completely new cooperative and competitive opportunities and enables novice and advanced players to enjoy games together and not be forced to play above or below their skill level.

“The GamePad doesn’t just introduce a new type of game play, it redefines an entire dynamic. With asymmetric game play, multiple experiences are possible in the same game at the same time. That’s transformative,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “While games are the focus of this year’s E3, the Wii U story also includes the enhanced social connections and integrated entertainment experiences created by the GamePad. We’re providing a glimpse of that with the introduction of Miiverse and by revealing partnerships with some of the biggest content providers on the planet.”

Mario will leap onto Wii U in New Super Mario Bros. U, a new side-scrolling adventure that introduces new transformations for Mario and the ability for players to play as their Mii characters. The game also introduces the new Boost Mode, which can be used to add blocks, to help players avoid enemies, enable Mario to discover secrets or allow multiple players working together to perform a speed run in record time.

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of a number of original and popular Nintendo franchises, joined the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 to introduce Pikmin 3, the first original entry in the Pikmin franchise in nearly eight years. The game includes new challenges, new characters and mysterious new Pikmin types. The Wii U GamePad creates new player experiences for the real-time strategy franchise by reinventing the control scheme and challenging players in exciting new ways. Pikmin 3 also takes advantage of the HD capabilities of Wii U to more elaborately depict the rich nature landscapes, various creatures and the lovable Pikmin.

SiNG (working title) is a new interactive musical performance game for Wii U that gets everyone at the party involved in the music. With dozens of popular songs to choose from, everyone from novice singers and dancers to budding stars can join in on the fun. The main performer holds the GamePad while others in the room sing, dance and clap along with the music.

Wii Fit U is a new installment in the Wii Fit series, a brand that has sold more than 40 million units worldwide. The game combines fun and fitness with new exercises and activities, and incorporates the GamePad in unique ways. It’s compatible with the existing Wii Balance Board, and Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plusowners can transfer their existing workout data. Nintendo also revealed the Fit Meter, an advanced activity monitor that will be packaged with the game and enables users to track fitness activities throughout the day and upload that data back into Wii Fit U.

In LEGO City: Undercover developed by TT Games and published by Nintendo, players assume the identity of Chase McCain, an undercover detective armed with clever disguises. As players run, drive and even fly through the city, they’ll use the Wii U GamePad as a map, communicator and indispensable crime scanner. This is the first time that the LEGO City play sets have come to life on a gaming platform and it’s exclusively on the Wii U console.

Also exclusive to the Wii U is a new franchise from Ubisoft called ZombiU, which puts players in the middle of London circa 2012 where an outbreak has infected the population, destroying their humanity and turning them into mindless monsters. Ubisoft will also bring the highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed III to Wii U, as well as Just Dance 4, a new installment in the Just Danceseries.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is supporting Wii U with Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition, an enhanced version of Batman: Arkham City,which includes new game play that makes distinct use of the unique features of the GamePad. The publisher will also introduce Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U, marking the first appearance of the imaginative Scribblenauts series on a home console.

Other Wii U games revealed during the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 include Mass Effect 3 from Electronic Arts, Darksiders II from THQ, Aliens: Colonial Marines from SEGA, TANK! TANK! TANK! and TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 (working title) from NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., Trine 2: Director’s Cut from Frozenbyte and Rayman LegendsYour Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013Sports ConnectionRabbids Land and Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth from Ubisoft.

Nintendo also revealed details about Miiverse, a new network communication system that lets gamers from around the world share experiences, discuss games and discover new content. Using their personalized Mii characters, players enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that either they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their friends are using or discussing. From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult level or discover new elements of their favorite games they never knew existed. After a notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can pause their game or application and seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse community. Eventually Wii U owners will be able to join Miiverse from a Nintendo 3DS, PC or any smartphone or Web-capable mobile device.

Nintendo also revealed details about its broader entertainment strategy and the impact that the GamePad will have on how we find, interact with and watch video content. The company is working with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube to bring video experiences to Wii U that will take advantage of the integrated second-screen experience.

In addition to the 6.2-inch touch screen and dual analog sticks, the Wii U GamePad also includes traditional buttons for gaming and the ability to function as a TV remote. Users can change channels or adjust the sound, whether they are playing games or just watching TV. The GamePad is tied to the console and TV, providing a perfectly integrated experience, no matter how it’s being used. Players can move games from the TV to the GamePad. Different players can enjoy different experiences in the same game, depending on which controller they opt to use.

The Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 also featured games for the portable Nintendo 3DS system, including Luigi’s Mansion: Dark MoonNew Super Mario Bros. 2 and Paper Mario: Sticker Star. More information about these and other games will be announced during a separate hourlong presentation at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on June 6. Members of the public can watch the event online at 
http://e3.nintendo.com, or on Nintendo’s Facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/nintendo.
A replay of the complete Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012, a “virtual hands-on” video that gives consumers who can’t attend E3 a taste of the Wii U experience and additional Wii U and game details can be found online at 
http://e3.nintendo.com or http://www.youtube.com/nintendo.
For more information about Nintendo, visit 

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The Avengers: Battle For The Earth E3 Trailer (XBox 360, Wii U)

Check out the debut trailer for The Avengers: Battle For The Earth that was announced at the Ubisoft press conference at the 2012 E3 for the WiiU as well as the Xbox 360.

More information is TBA, with the game having a Fall release date.

The game looks more based on the comics than the recent movie as we see the likes of Wolverine, Spider-Man and Venom. However, our regular Assemblers to appear.

Note: No game play footage is shown.

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