Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Shovel Knight Rides In Road Redemption

Road Redemption is shaping up to be the next-gen Road Rash we've always wanted but never got. Every trailer released for the title looks better than the last and numerous gameplay videos on YouTube show a game that is sure to please eager Wii U Owner's with tight control and fun gameplay. As the game ramps up to its 2015 release, Deep Seas Games has announced that Shovel Knight will be included in the game as a playable character. They even went as far as releasing a fresh new trailer showcasing the shovel wielding knight and the results are hilariously awesome. After a short introduction to the core game, we see Shovel Knight enter the game like a boss and proceed to shovel whip the living shit out of the other bikers and it's entertaining as hell. The trailer is a must see and only serves to make me want this game more than ever. Enjoy!

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The Sony Assault: A Rageaholic Rant!

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dementium: The Ward Coming To 3DS Next Year

With the Dementium series recent return to Renegade Kid, fans have been eagerly awaiting what would happen with the underrated survival horror franchise. It turns out that the series will be making the leap to the mega successful Nintendo 3DS in 2015. Much like this years Moon Chronicles, Dementium: The Ward will get a full overhaul for the 3D console complete with enhanced visuals and gameplay tweaks to create a better experience. Unlike Moon Chronicles, it seems that the game will be released as a complete download on the eShop instead of the episode structure of Moon.

For those who don't know, Dementium: The Ward was Renegade Kid's first game back in 2007 and while the game was quite good, it was definitely rough around the edges with a harsh save system and punishing level of difficulty due to respawning enemies. Renegade Kid has pledged to fix these issues in the new version of the game which will make it a bit more accessible to horror fans pampered by the action horror games of the last half decade. This means that the game will likely use manual save points and the endlessly respawned enemies will be toned down dramatically for a more balanced experience. Hardcore fans need not worry though as Renegade Kid is considering how to offer a greater challenge for those who want a tougher experience (my guess would be through a difficulty selection). The game will likely run on a modified version of the Moon Chronicles engine which means 60 frames per second visuals even with the 3D turned on. Expect to see the game on the  3DS eShop around the middle of next year (Q2 2015).

As for the rest of the series, Renegade Kid has shown interest in re-releasing Dementium 2 on the 3DS as well which will make the series a real standout for the system. Fans have also been begging for a Wii U release of the series which would be an excellent fit for Nintendo's HD console. When it comes to the future, Dementium 3 is part of the long-term goals but won't happen for quite a while. Any way you slice it, survival horror fans have a very good reason to be excited as this series is one of the better independent horror games on the market.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

SMASH! Music Video By Starbomb

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Nintendo Illustrates Their Amazing Software Lineup This Holiday!

Nintendo has remained rather humble when illustrating its software strength when compared to the PS4 and XBOne. With the holiday's upon us and Nintendo's impressive array of software for both the Wii U and 3DS, the Big N has opted to skip the rather boring traditional statistics and instead given us a festive infographic that illustrates just how good their games really are. Using the notoriously harsh Metacritic, they make a very compelling case why any Gamer should have a Wii U and 3DS in their current collection. Even more impressive is the fact that the games listed scored an 85% or above from not only professional critics but also user scores which are particularly harsh on games. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How Well Do You Know Pokemon And Its History With Religion?

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Free "Super VG Christmas Party" Remix Album

When it comes to winter themed (i.e. Holiday themed) video game music, it can be tough to find enough tracks to fill a full album without doing some serious digging. Fortunately, a group of talented artists were up to the challenge and manged to put together 2 full CD's worth of holiday themed video game music, all remixed and quite excellent. The remix album is fittingly titled Super VG Christmas Party and it will give even the most hardened soul something to be cheerful about during the holiday's. Covering everything from Mega Man to Banjo-Kazooie to Final Fantasy, any fan of video game music will find something to enjoy in this collection. Best of all, the album is 100% FREE and begs to be shared with family and friends. Enjoy!

Time To Get Educated In Smash 4 Basics

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Activision Introduces 2 New Elements To Skylanders Universe

The popular Skylanders series has made a variety of changes over the years but those changes have largely stuck to the series 8 core elements. Before the release of Trap Team, rumors began to spread that the latest entry would introduce some new elements. Fans got even more curious as they played through the game and saw mysterious question mark doors which seemed to have no way to access them. It turns out that Activision managed to keep things quiet (an impressive feat with the Internet) until the official reveal of two brand new elements, Light and Dark.

The new elements feature a set of new Trap Masters, Traps, Core Characters, and brand new levels. Essentially, the new elements and their corresponding figures will act as a major DLC update to the game in physical form. These rather large DLC packs will be sold as "Dark/Light Element Expansion Packs" and will include a Trap Master, Trap and New Game Level. The new traps also mean a group of new bosses to capture which will be featured in the new levels.

Includes Knight Mare, Dark Trap and Midnight Museum Level

Includes Knight Light, Light Trap and  Sunscraper Spire Level

And lastly, here are the new core characters. They are both dragons and they are named Spotlight and Blackout respectively.

Each expansion set will retail for $29.99 and are set to be released before Christmas (12/21/14). Sadly, rumors are pointing to possible retail exclusivity to Toys R Us but I doubt this will remain in place considering how important these are to the Trap Team game. What do you think of the new additions to the Skylanders universe? Will you be adding them to your collection? Enjoy!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Club Nintendo December Rewards Update

Nintendo has updated their downloadable Club Nintendo rewards for December and for the remainder of the month they are offering 8 titles across 3 systems (Wii games can be played on Wii U)The expiration date for this offer is now January 19 and the price is between 150-250 coins for each title. Be sure to check back January 20 for the next reward update.

Kirby's Dream Land 3 - Wii U eShop
200 Coins (Available Until January 19)

Metroid - Wii U eShop
200 Coins (Available Until January 19)

Super Mario Kart - Wii Virtual Console
250 Coins (Available Until January 19)

1080 Snowboarding - Wii Virtual Console
250 Coins (Available Until January 19)

A Kappa's Trail 3DS eShop
200 Coins (Available Until January 19)

Kid Icarus of Myths and Monsters - 3DS eShop
150 Coins (Available Until January 19)

Bird's & Beans - 3DS eShop
150 Coins (Available Until January 19)

Radar Mission - 3DS eShop
150 Coins (Available Until January 19)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Xeodrifter Gets A Price, Release Date And New Trailer

Nintendo fans have had a long wait for a new Metroid title from the Big N, 4 years and counting to be exact. As we continue to wait for the return of our favorite female galactic bounty hunter, numerous indie games have stepped up to try and fill her shoes. While many (if not all) of these games are great titles, almost all of them fail to truly scratch that space themed Metroidvania itch left by Samus Aran.

With this in mind, we enter Xeodrifter by Renegade Kid. Xeodrifter is a passion project for designer Jools Watsham and boy does it show that passion. The game is a retro style Metroidvania game that captures that classic Metroid atmosphere and magic while blazing its own trail. When you consider that Renegade Kid's own Moon for the Nintendo DS did a better job of feeling like Metroid than Nintendo's own Metroid Prime Hunters, you know your in good hands with Xeodrifter. To celebrate the games upcoming launch, Renegade Kid has announced the games price ($9.99) and release date (December 11) as well as giving fans a fresh new trailer. Enjoy!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

How Well Do You Know Mario?...Part 6

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Mario Maker Now Features 4 Of The Biggest Mario Games Ever!

In addition to Nintendo showcasing the latest Zelda game, they also took the chance to give fans an updated look at Mario Maker for the Wii U. With its recently expanded building options, the game is poised to become the trojan horse that will move Nintendo's HD console in 2015. In a similar fashion to Wii Sports, Mario Maker is simple to understand, incredibly social and has the potential to become a cultural sensation as it allows literally anyone to easily build, play and share levels for one of the most iconic video games of all time.

In its initial reveal at E3 2014, Mario Maker excited fans with the ability to easily build/modify levels based on the original Super Mario Bros. for NES and New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U. This alone would have been enough but in their latest trailer for the game, Nintendo has revealed the ability to build levels with themes based on Super Mario Bros. 3 for NES and Super Mario World for SNES. This means that every major 2D Mario game is covered and the possibility's are only limited by your own creativity. Mario Maker will also allow sharing of levels over the Internet meaning that fans will have access to thousands of new levels making this an amazing value.

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How Well Do You Know Zelda?...Part 5

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Nintendo Gives A Sneak Peak Of The New Zelda For Wii U!

Nintendo used Friday's Video Game Awards to unveil a bit of new info on their upcoming Wii U & 3DS games. The biggest surprise of the night was a video of Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma playing an early build of the new Legend of Zelda due out for the Wii U next year. The sneak peak showcased a game that is absolutely massive and seems to take the best parts of previous 3D Zelda games and combine them with the free and open gameplay of the original NES Zelda. The results are quite stunning even at this stage of development (the game still has about a year of development left before release). Some of the highlights include the return of Epona and her ability to dodge obstacles (like a real horse), a new massive Hyrule that will require the Wii U GamePad to truly navigate and the ability to jump off of Epona and attack enemies in slow motion. If you are curious to see the game in action (and who isn't?), be sure to check out the video below. Enjoy!

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