Saturday, March 30, 2013

Super Ubi Land And Shovel Knight Reach Kickstarter Goals, Nintendo Fans Rejoice!

Indie platformers Super Ubi Land and Shovel Knight have officially hit their funding goals on Kickstarter which adds two more great titles to the Wii U's growing eShop library. This is great news for Nintendo fans who are the biggest supporters of the platforming genre. Both games have time left in their funding campaigns which still gives you a chance to show your support and as a special bonus, both games allow you to pre-purchase their Wii U versions. I have included Kickstarter information and links for both games below as well as an early playable demo of Super Ubi Land which runs in your browser so you can sample the game in your operating system of choice. Treon's Realm would like to say congratulations to both Notion Games and Yacht Club Games and we look forward to playing your new games!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Metroid Prime/Halo 4 Designer Kickstarting A New Game

Kickstarter continues its tradition of bringing us new and unique video game projects. One of the newest projects titled Buddy & Me is a 2D "endless runner" adventure from Sunbreak Games which was founded by Jason Behr who formerly worked at Retro Studios and 343 Industries. Jason's resume includes level design for Metroid Prime and mission design for Halo 4 which is impressive to say the least.

Buddy & Me is based around a young boy who dreams each night about a treehouse and exploring the surrounding forest with his Buddy, a large fluffy creature who assists you through the games environments. It is an interesting concept and the 2D hand drawn visuals remind me of the stunning A Boy and His Blob on the Wii. While the "endless runner" genre is largely lost on me, I am always looking for the perfect game to convert me as I do love the rhythm based runner levels of Rayman Legends.

The Kickstarter video gives a sneak peak of the game which looks good and will hopefully buck the typical runner trend of brutal super precise jumps and embrace a more relaxed, fun approach to the design. Sunbreak Games is asking for a reasonable $40,000 to complete the project and they have already reached close to $10,000 with 21 days to go. Rewards range from a digital copy of the game to visiting the developers and being listed as an Executive Producer in the credits.

While the game is currently coming for tablets and mobile devices, the company has expressed interest in bringing the project to the Wii U. Considering Nintendo's ultra inviting stance towards indie games where they have removed almost all barriers to development, odds are high that this project will come to the Wii U provided it is successfully funded. Also of note, Jason Behr reached out to to announce the project which seems like a very odd move if it wasn't going to Nintendo's console. Check out the game below and be sure to donate if you like what you see. Enjoy!

Miiverse Goes Mobile This Spring

One of the breakout aspects of the Wii U that is uniquely Nintendo is Miiverse which has brought Nintendo fans together in a way never before seen. The service feels like a fun evolution/cross of Twitter and Facebook but more focused. The ability to draw has brought a lot of creativity to the concept while the moderation has managed to keep things friendly and inviting, something that is sorely missing from Xbox Live. Its success has caused fans to beg for an expansion to the service to other devices.

Starting this Spring (April/May), Miiverse will be accessible on smartphones and browsers with 3DS support coming later (Summer/Fall 2013 is likely). Basic Miiverse functionality will be available at first which includes posting comments, drawing and access to various communities. Nintendo is currently taking requests from developers for what they would like to see implemented in future updates to the service. If you are a fan, I recommend checking out the service once it's available for your platform of choice. In an internet full of trolls and negativity, this is something pure and fun without all the BS.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New "A Hat In Time" Showcases Chapter 2 As Nintendo Opens Its eShop To Everyone

A Hat in Time is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated indie games with its ambitious and daring attempt to revive the 3D platformer in indie form. The visuals are stunning and the latest trailer takes things to the next level showing off a beautiful mix of Wind Waker with a dash of Majora's Mask while the hero explores "The Subcon Forest". The odds keep increasing that we will see this game on the Wii U with Nintendo unveiling their new eShop rules at this years GDC. Essentially, as long as you are a licensed developer with the Big N, you are free to develop for the eShop. This includes developers setting their own prices, offering freemium content and making a cut of every copy sold from day 1. Nintendo has even lifted the requirement of developers needing an official office which opens the system to just about every indie developer. This all means that A Hat in Time will likely find a home on the perfect system for its delightful adventure. Expect to hear more as news breaks. Enjoy!

Nintendo Previews Their Improvement To The Wii U OS?

I've had a solid month with the Wii U and while I can see why people have complained about the machine, I have found myself enjoying the console far more than I expected. Nintendo has done a lot right with their new console and I feel that it will really flourish once the big exclusives begin to hit. As it stands right now, the machine is being dogged by the typical issues that hit EVERY new home console in its freshman year. One issue that has bothered me personally is the loading times within the system's OS. While not a deal breaker, I find that I would have a bigger issue with this had I not developed the patience that comes with being a parent. With this in mind, I was quite happy that Nintendo didn't make excuses and took ownership of the problem announcing back in January that they would release two major updates to the OS in the Spring and Summer to fix this issue among others. The first update is coming next month and Nintendo has gone the extra mile of releasing a video to show the improvements in loading after the update. People continue to endlessly rag on Nintendo but I feel these kinds of moves show a level of commitment to the fans that isn't common nowadays. Thank you Nintendo.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

OUYA Is Set To Launch With A Variety Of Nintendo Emulators

For Kickstarter backers, the OUYA is scheduled to arrive within the next week or two. While the mainstream gaming media seems to be mocking the console, I am personally excited at what COULD happen which is why I backed the machine last year. At the very least, in the worst case scenario that the machine bombs, it will still be very usable to retro gamer's and collector's due to its extremely open nature. Among the early applications available on the machine, it has been announced that there will be emulators for the NES, SNES and N64 ready for its launch this month. The convenience and utility of this is quite exciting for a retro gamer who has a large collection of cartridges but not a lot of space and wants quick current generation access to their collection. The most interesting emulator is Mupen64Plus (Also funded through Kickstarter) which gives OUYA users access to their N64 titles without the headache associated with other systems outside of the Nintendo Wii. While the Nintendo Wii is a great system, its N64 offerings are VERY limited which is where the OUYA will offer a lot to N64 fans. What are your thoughts on the OUYA? Please share below and follow Treon's Realm on Twitter.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pokemon Snap Gets Gritty In Awesome Fan Trailer

While Pokemon spin-offs are very hit or miss, few titles have garnered a cult following like the simple and unique Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo 64. Fans continue to beg for a new Snap game and with the advances in graphics and control (Actual cameras, Augmented Reality, Gyroscopic Aiming), I am honestly shocked that we haven't seen a follow up to this underrated game. Once again, fans have taken upon themselves to keep the game alive in our hearts. The YouTube group known as Gritty Reboots takes classic games and creates movie style trailers based around those titles with very entertaining results. Their latest video titled Pokemon Snap: The Movie (Trailer) takes Pokemon Snap and crosses it with Jurassic Park making a compelling argument for a full fan film. If you have fond memories of this classic Pokemon game, this is a must watch. Enjoy and be sure to follow Treon's Realm on Twitter!

Renegade Kid Unveils Cult County For Nintendo 3DS

Developer Renegade Kid was responsible for some of the best FPS titles for the Nintendo DS with an emphasis on horror and solitude. Their Dementium titles are some of the creepiest portable horror games you can play and Moon was arguable a better Metroid game and Metroid Prime Hunters with its excellent sense of isolation and moonbase setting. Renegade Kid has since moved onto their highly successful and fantastic retro platformer Mutant Mudds for the 3DS eShop (as well as the recently announced 3DS sequel and  Mutant Mudds Deluxe for Wii U) but fans have been begging for the company to do a FPS for the 3DS. In response, the company has just announced Cult County which looks to be a proper return to portable FPS horror. While details are light at the moment, the pedigree of the developer leaves little doubt that this will be a great game. Here is what we know so far:

  • Includes episodic releases (Game will be released on 3DS eShop)
  • First episode is due early 2014
  • Offers about 4 hours of gameplay (This is likely in reference to each chapter)
  • Will feature "better pacing in terms of when there is tension and when there is action"
  • Features "detailed environments that would not have been possible on the DS"
  • Will include fictional religious details ("It is not our intention to make a statement about any of the existing religions or impose our beliefs on anyone.")
  • Circle Pad Pro support as well as the excellent Stylus-focused controls.

Visit the Cult County website for screenshots and a QR code you can scan with your 3DS to see 3D versions of the screenshots. Enjoy!

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Duck Tales: Remastered Coming To Wii U!

PAX East is underway this weekend and new game announcements are coming from many of the big names in the industry. One of the big surprises was the announcement of Duck Tales: Remastered coming to the Wii U eShop (and other consoles) this summer for $15. The game is being developed by the masters of 2D gaming over at Wayforward with publishing being handled by Capcom and Disney obviously providing the license. Gameplay looks to retain everything from the NES classic while layering gorgeous 2D sprites over 3D backgrounds for a delightful fusion of old and new. You can also expect some new levels, a Metroidvania style mapping system and scaling difficulty making it playable for everyone. This game is one of the best retro surprises in years and the trailer will fill you with wonderful nostalgia, I dare you not to crack a smile when the classic theme starts playing. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Star Fox Fan Film Reminds Us That We NEED A New Game In This Great Series!

Many will argue that Nintendo is relying a bit too much on established franchises like Mario and Zelda while fan favorites are left to stagnate but this has become a necessary evil in a market that often won't support older or brand new franchises. Fans have taken it upon themselves to craft fan works for classic games that need a boost in recognition. One franchise that continues to thrive despite its rather spotty track record is Star Fox and fans have continued to show their support. A talented team on YouTube led by Joe Morrisseau took the classic space shooter and created a slick and visually stylized 8 minute CGI film which really captures the spirit of the series. Few video game series have had their look reinvented as much as Star Fox which is one reason why this particular fan film works so well considering that each of the games tend to look drastically different from each other. It's a great watch that needs more attention so please be sure to share and spread this film with all of your gaming friends. Enjoy!

Wii U eShop Getting More Indie Love

Digital titles from indie developers are quickly becoming as important as traditional big budget titles, especially with the economy continuing its downward spiral. Currently half of my Wii U games are digital indie games and while I despise digital retail games, I have been thrilled with these fun and original games considering they show more heart and soul than the typical FPS/open world game shoveled out endlessly each year.

New information has surfaced for 3 titles scheduled to hit the Wii U eShop. To "kick" things off, Kickstarter is continuing to drive new titles to the Wii U and this is apparent with the retro platformer "Another Castle" having just hit its goal. Next up is the Castlevania inspired "Blood of the Werewolf" which looks like a stylish action title with a lot of promise. Finally, we have a solid date on "Toki Tori 2" which has been described as the developer as a Metroidvania style puzzle adventure and should be a great addition to the Wii U since the WiiWare original was so fun. All three games are listed below with links to their latest trailers and developer sites. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Amazon Reveals Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut For Wii U

Square Enix has been teasing an exclusive title for Wii U to be revealed at PAX East. The “surprise” was officially spoiled by Amazon who posted a pre-order page that unveiled the game and news sites lit up like a Christmas tree to spread the word. The listing on Amazon (that has "mysteriously" disappeared) confirmed that Deus Ex: Human Revolution is coming to Wii U this May. The new “Director’s Cut” version is currently exclusive to the Wii U and looks to integrate the Wii U Gamepad into the gameplay which should fit well considering the futuristic nature of the game.

Amazon listed the following features for the game:
  • Ultimate Deus Ex: Human Revolution experience: take advantage of a multitude of improvements, features and additional content that bring this already critically-acclaimed adventure to whole new levels.
  • Tap into the Wii U GamePad's true potential: Adam Jensen's newest augmentation, the Neural Hub, offers an imersive and empowering experience, right at the tips of your fingers.
  • Absolute fusion of action and role-play: A unique combination of action-packed close-quarter takedowns and intense shooting, offering a vast array of augmentations and upgrades for the many weapons at your disposal.
  • Multi-solution structure: Choose how to accomplish each mission using combat, hacking, stealth or social mode to create a customized experience to suit any gaming style
  • -Diverse customization: Engage in combat and challenges utilizing deep, specialized character augmentations and weapon upgrades
Before Amazon pulled their listing, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut was scheduled to launch on May 7 for $49.99. For those who missed the title in 2011 or would like an entertaining peak at the title, xRazorFistx (aka The Rageaholic) put out a great review. Enjoy!

Retro Adventure "Shovel Knight" Coming To Wii U and 3DS

I am a huge fan of the guys over at Wayforward, they have crafted some truly beautiful games with many being exclusive to Nintendo consoles. Their commitment to 2D games and art is very impressive, especially when you consider to current state of the video game industry which tends to frown on traditional 2D games. Wayforward has been responsible for excellent games such as Aliens Infestation (NDS) and A Boy and His Blob (Wii) so when I heard some of their team had broken off to form their own company, I couldn't help but take notice. The new company known as Yacht Club Games has announced their first game titled Shovel Knight which also has its own Kickstarter campaign. Shovel Knight is a retro action adventure title which is set to hit the PC, Wii U and 3DS later this year. The game draws inspiration from classics such as Mega Man, Castlevania and Zelda 2 and showcases the level of polish we've come to expect from developers who worked on the excellent Shantae and Mighty Switch Force. As far as I'm concerned, I have no problem with the Wii U not getting more uninspired sequels from 3rd party companies as long as we keep getting great original titles like these. Enjoy and please show your support! Please share your thoughts below and be sure to follow Treon's Realm on Twitter.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Experience Link's Original Adventure Through The Eyes of Princess Zelda

Recently, a man made headlines because of a small but notable change to the ROM of NES classic Donkey Kong. The alteration was made for his daughter who wanted to play as Pauline and rescue Mario from the titular ape. This news inspired yet another gamer to make a similar alteration to the original Legend of Zelda. The mod replaces the hero Link with the princess of legend, Zelda. It's a simple modification that surprisingly hasn't been done before yet makes a ton of sense considering her popularity and the fact that many fans are itching to see her star in her own original adventure. When you consider the increasing number of female gamer's, these types of mods will likely increase and with any luck we will begin to see more strong female video game leads in the vein of Samus (Metroid) and Jade (Beyond Good & Evil). You can preview the mod below and even visit the site of the author, Kenna W, to download a copy for yourself (complete with project details and instructions for ROM patching). Enjoy!

Zelda Fan Album Lyrically Explores The Legendary Series

Once again, we delve into the depths of video game fan remixes and find the hip hop/rap album for Zelda titled Boy Without a Fairy by Dr. Awkward. The album is pretty interesting in that it actually crafts its lyrics around the actual game which works quite well. These types of albums usually boil down to mixing existing rap songs to classic game tunes which can yield great results but isn't nearly as hard or impressive as crafting original lyrics around game music. The album is available for free but also allows you to set your own price if you would like to support the artist. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

How Well Do You Know Metroid?

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Coming To Wii U

The original Giana Sisters game was a platformer that shared more than a few similarities with Super Mario Bros. and even prompted legal action from Nintendo. This actually helped draw even more attention to the fun little title which has grown to have quite a following. The series now rests with Black Forrest Games who recently put out the gorgeous Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams which was funded through Kickstarter (Project Giana). Having already hit PC's last October, Black Forrest recently announced that the game will be hitting the Wii U eShop this year which will mark the second appearance by the sisters on a Nintendo console, the other being the delightful Giana Sisters DS which hit the Nintendo DS in 2009 (Europe) and 2011 (North America). If you are a Mario fan, I recommend checking out what these sisters have to offer. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fans Celebrate Mega Man Legends 3 Through Music

Capcom may have wanted to cancel and bury Mega Man Legends 3 but the fans continue to keep the promising title alive in a way that only fans can. Get Me Off The Moon is a concept album that is part of the Mega Man Legends 3 Revival Movement "100,000 Strong for Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3" which was started last year to show Capcom how large the audience is for this game and the series as a whole. The movement hit its goal of 100,000 followers and continues to gather support with Capcom largely ignoring the massive amount of customers who want the game which is quite typical of the company in recent years.

The musical project brought together artists and composers to create an album that envisioned what Legends 3 may have sounded like which artists would use to inspire their artwork for the game. It is a unique project that could only have been created through the power of the internet and the massive fanbase it has helped foster. The results are pretty damn impressive and are a must listen for any fan of this underrated series that was truly ahead of its time.

The album is comprised of 2 discs with one (titled "Originals") focusing on the Legends 3 concept music while the other disc (titled "Remixes") is a remix album of tracks from past games in the series. Each digital album costs $0.50 which means you can get a total of 39 tracks for $1, an insane deal! The album also marks the 15th Anniversary of the original Mega Man Legends. Please be sure to listen to these great albums (and purchase if you can spare the $1) as they are truly excellent and be sure to follow the MML3 movement on Facebook to show your support. Enjoy and be sure to follow Treon's Realm on Twitter!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Super Guitar Bros. Go Acoustic On Chrono Trigger

Treon's Realm has featured fan renditions of some of the greatest game music of all time in styles such as Rap, A Capella and Orchestra but I have yet to find an acoustic group that I really wanted to feature, that changes today with the discovery of the Super Guitar Bros. These guys have put together some stunning pieces that will delight your ears and kick your inner nostalgia into overdrive. They generally perform excellent medley pieces that cover many of the classics but I found out about them through their recently uploaded cover of the Main Theme from the time traveling RPG Chrono Trigger. If you liked their take on Chrono Trigger, please check out their other work below and be sure to follow them on YouTube and Facebook. Enjoy and be sure to follow Treon's Realm on Twitter!

XSEED Releases First US Trailer For Pandora's Tower

XSEED Games has released their first official US trailer for Pandora's Tower. Oddly, the trailer is rather somber considering the action oriented gameplay but is still fitting within the context of the story. The game has also had a slight shift in its release with XSEED announcing a rather nebulous April launch with no actual date yet. This is a smart move considering the large number of titles coming out in March for the 3DS and Wii U which would have buried this title in the eyes of the Nintendo fans who want to play it. Be sure to pre-order your copy soon if you haven't already, XSEED has stated that this will be a limited release since they don't expect it to be nearly as successful as The Last Story and they will be ordering a smaller quantity accordingly. Once again, the excellent XSEED is showing that they are doing this for the fans so please be sure to show your support. Enjoy!

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Happy Video Game Nerd Celebrates The Underrated Doom 64

Starting with the N64, Nintendo consoles have had an increasingly robust relationship with the survival horror genre with the Wii having a rather large and varied selection of horror games. It could be argued that one of the early games to help usher in this niche genre for Nintendo consoles was Doom 64, a criminally underrated title that is actually one of the better titles in the popular series. Few have illustrated this as well as the Happy Video Game Nerd, a great YouTube reviewer who seeks out the underrated games of the past and puts them in the spotlight. Doom 64 remains an excellent game in the series and for me at least, it destroys Doom 3 which I found rather disappointing overall (calm down Doom 3 fans, it's still a solid game). Enjoy!

Club Nintendo March Rewards Update

Nintendo has updated their downloadable Club Nintendo rewards for March and for the remainder of the month they are offering 4 titles across 2 systemsThe expiration date for this offer is now April 7 and the price is 150 coins for each title. Be sure to check back April 8 for the next reward update.

Super Punch-Out!! - Wii Virtual Console
150 Coins (Available Until April 7)

Mario Tennis - Wii Virtual Console
150 Coins (Available Until April 7)

3D Classics: Kid Icarus - 3DS eShop
150 Coins (Available Until April 7)

Starship Defense 3DS eShop
150 Coins (Available Until April 7)

Click here to see rewards 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Yet Another SNES Game Is Yanked From Virtual Console

A disturbing trend is beginning to form around Nintendo's Virtual Console service on the Wii concerning classic retro games and their removal from the service. Like SNES hits R-Type, Sim City and the Donkey Kong Country series before it, Super Turrican has been removed from the service without warning. Nintendo has once again given no reason for why this keeps happening and it continues to illustrate the divide of Gamer's who prefer digital titles and those who prefer physical copies. While this issue is still relatively minor at the moment, I foresee a potential lash back happening in the next generation of consoles where "you buy it, they own it" becomes more prevalent and customer choice begins to be dictated by console manufacturers. For the time being, you can still get Mega Turrican and Super Turrican II on the Virtual Console so I recommend doing so if those game interest you just in case they get the ax as well.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Amazing Skyward Sword Cake Is The One Cake To Rule Them All!

The Father Of Video Games Turns 91 Today!

Ralph Baer, the father of video games turned 91 today and to celebrate the man who kicked off the largest entertainment industry on the planet, please take a couple minutes to view this PBS mini film about this fascinating man. His inventions which include the Magnavox Odyssey (a.k.a. "the first home video game console") and the maddeningly addictive pattern game Simon have been responsible for entertaining as well as inspiring millions of people. Most impressive is that the man still invents to this day which is a testament to those individuals who have a true passion for their work. Happy Birthday and thank you, Mr. Baer!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Zelda Fans Imagine How Wind Waker HD Might Play On The Wii U This Fall

With Nintendo's January announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, fans began to wonder how the game would take advantage of the Wii U's innovative control setup. The crew over at Cubed3TV decided to create a mockup video to give fans an idea of what is possible and it is pretty damn slick. Using the Gamecube original of the cel shaded classic, they give an idea of just about every control option the series has offered and then some. We will get the official reveal of the game at E3 2013 but I do recommend that any Zelda fan check out this video just to get an idea of what's possible. 
While some of the mainstream gaming press are quick to write this game off as a quick cash grab by Nintendo, I feel there is more here than meets the eye. Nintendo does not endlessly remake their games, they tend to have a purpose behind releasing a game such as this. Put simply, Wind Waker HD is the testing ground for bringing us the yet unnamed Zelda Wii U. The development team will get to test the graphics and control capabilities of the system while getting feedback from the fans on what they do and don't like. The is a very smart way of giving fans something special while allowing the developers the chance to fully grasp the HD console. The game will also allow new players who missed the Gamecube classic to experience one of the greatest Zelda games ever made.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Listen To Classic Zelda Performed Vocally By One Man!

I love video game music but have been saddened in recent years as developers move towards more cinematic music which tends to be rather ambient ultimately getting lost in the background. While the compositions aren't bad they become very forgettable and, for me at least, I feel like a part of the experience is missing. While I immensely enjoyed recent titles like Skyward Sword and Metroid: Other M (yea, I liked that game so bring it!), the games were missing the musical punch of earlier titles in their respective series. Listening to an iconic theme from a game such as Mario, you can imagine the levels and become immersed in the music itself because it is so strong. Because of this, I am a huge fan of talented artists who take iconic game music and put their own spin on it whether it's a remix or something more obscure like A cappella. I recently stumbled upon the very talented Smooth McGroove on YouTube who performs some amazing all vocal mixes of video game music with a focus on Zelda. My personal love for the Gerudo Valley theme from Ocarina of Time has driven me to post his great rendition of that  excellent tune but I urge you to go to his YouTube channel and listen to all of his work, it's pretty sweet. Enjoy!

Smooth McGroove @ Facebook
Smooth McGroove @ Bandcamp
Smooth McGroove @ Twitter

Monday, March 4, 2013

Delightfully Whimsical "A Hat In Time" For Wii U Is Part Mario And Part Wind Waker

Once again, the indie game community shows why it is beginning to take the reigns of an industry. A new trailer has recently hit for the beautiful platform adventure game known as A Hat In Time. Often described as a hybrid of Super Mario Sunshine and Zelda: The Wind Waler, A Hat in Time is a cel shaded platform game which feels like a wonderful tribute to games such as Banjo Kazooie and Mario 64. The developer is currently bringing the title to the Wii U where it will fit the systems library perfectly since Nintendo has always been the primary home of the platformer. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Witness Our Culture In Decline If You Dare

Treon's Realm is primarily focused on video gaming but expanding your personal knowledge and understanding is extremely important. With this in mind, it is important to educate one's self when the real world and our entertainment cross one another. It is no secret that war and aggression are an integral part of many video games (for better or worse) and with the recent school shootings, this video from the "Culture in Decline" video series is a fitting look at current day America and our ingrained attitudes about war. This post is not meant as a political statement, just information presented in an entertaining way to help you think outside of what our system has tried to restrict us to. Enjoy!

I welcome comments and discussion below but please watch the entire video first so you don't sound like the "typical American" who bitches about something without taking the time to educate themselves. Thank you and please subscribe the the Culture in Decline YouTube channel if you like what you see.

Wii U eShop Release List

As traditional 3rd party publishers bail on Nintendo (as they typically do each console generation), independent developers are stepping forward to support the Big N. Nintendo has learned much from the Wii and made the Wii U very indie friendly which we are seeing in the many successful Kickstarter campaign's and upcoming Wii U eShop games. While I am sure to have missed a game or two, here is a quick list of new titles coming to Nintendo's HD console. Kickstarter titles are marked with a "KS" and I have provided links for many of the games or their developer/publisher. Enjoy!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Amazing Goldeneye 64 Medley Will Rock Your Eardrums!

Few will deny just how amazing Goldeneye was and still is for the N64. The game brought the FPS to consoles and did it in a way that still can't be replicated as well to this day. From it's open mission structure to the incredible multiplayer that was created as an afterthought by RARE, the game has earned its place in gaming history. A large part of the experience that often gets glossed over is the excellent soundtrack which still holds up to this day and for some is almost as memorable and iconic as the Mario or Zelda soundtracks. A talented group of artists known as On Being Human have put together a stunning medley of the RARE classic covered with actual instruments and Holy $#!T is it awesome! It is a must listen for any fan and you can even download the song for a mere dollar right here. Enjoy!