Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mario Kart Meets Mad Max In Awesome Parody Trailer!

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Introducing The Humble Nindie Bundle!

For years, the Humble Indie Bundle has offered a wide selection of great indie computer games for a great price while helping charity. For the first time, Nintendo of America has teamed up with Humble Bundle to offer the Humble Nindie Bundle which gives Nintendo fans access to over 8 great indie games on the Wii U & 3DS. The bundle allows you to name your own price and each purchase helps charity. Your purchasing options include:

Any Price:
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Wii U)
  • Woah Dave! (3DS)
  • Mighty Switch Force! (3DS)

Pay more than $10 and add these games:
  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Wii U)
  • SteamWorld  Dig (Wii U and 3DS)

Pay over the average and add these games (Average price currently $9.25)
  • The Fall (Wii U)
  • OllieOllie (Wii U and 3DS)
  • Moon Chronicles Episode 1 (3DS)

Lastly, if you pay over the average price, you'll get even more games which will be added in about a week.

As you can see, this is a great deal which shows Nintendo's commitment and support for their ever growing community of Nindie developers. If you own a 3DS, Wii U or both, this is a must purchase for any Nintendo fan. Enjoy!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

How Well Do You Know Metroid? ...Part 2

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Meet Yooka-Laylee - A 3D Platformer Rare-vival!

The minds and talent behind Banjo-Kazooie have teamed up to give fans a spiritual successor in the form of Yooka-Laylee, a fresh new 3D platformer for Wii U from Playtonic. Playtonic is a brand new company comprised entirely of staff who worked at Rare during their glory days with Nintendo. Rumored for years, the game recently launched a Kickstarter campaign which immediately blew past its funding goal bringing in over $1 million dollars in less than 24 hours and continues to pull in funding from eager fans.

The game will star Yooka (a chameleon) and Laylee (a bat) who explore 5 massive worlds which expand in size as they collect Pagies. Built in Unity 3D, Yooka-Laylee features a stunning art style that showcases its Rareware heritage with lovable characters and a world that you just want to reach out and touch. Complimenting this beautiful art style is a soundtrack crafted by David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie) which will instantly take you back to the glory days of Rare. The game is currently slated for a late 2016 release and will surely be a must own for any fan of Rare or 3D Platformers. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mighty No. 9 Gets Physical This September!

At long last, Mighty No. 9 now has a solid release date along with a few extra bonuses. The game was originally scheduled for Spring 2015 but now has a release date of September 15th in the US (September 18th for the rest of the world). This small delay has allowed developer Comcept to partner with Deep Silver for a physical disc release for the Wii U and other systems (a 3DS physical release is coming at a later date). The additional development time will also allow for DLC which includes an additional stage, boss battle and playable character which will be free for Kickstarter backers and those who purchase the physical disc edition. The game will also feature original Japanese and French voice-overs (in addition to the already included English voices), as well as subtitles for Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Polish languages. Pricing will be set at $19.99 for the Digital Game and $29.99 for the Retail Edition (includes DLC & Extras). Needless to say, this is exciting news and will make an excellent addition to the stellar Wii U library (and a must own for Mega Man fans!).

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Friday, April 24, 2015

JRPG Fans Rejoice As Nintendo Showcases Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles X is shaping up to be one of the most epic and expansive JRPG's ever made building on the amazing foundation of it's legendary Wii (and New 3DS) predecessor Xenoblade Chronciles. Nintendo has just released a showcase video which fleshes out a lot of the details for this Wii U epic. Despite the hater's trying to beat down Nintendo's gem of an HD machine, Nintendo continues to deliver some of the most fresh and unique games of this entire console generation (all of which are Wii U exclusive).

A couple of the finer details of today's presentation include the ability to own and fully customize multiple mechs (named Skells), a Garage/Base which can be modified to your personal taste, and an expansive world that is fully open to the player at the start of the game provided you've got the balls to explore (basically, if you can see it you can go there). Another interesting detail is that the game takes place in the same universe as the original Xenoblade Chronicles but does not share a continuing story meaning that anyone can jump in without being lost. Lastly, the game is structured more like an MMO or Skyrim where you have an over-arching story but are generally free to explore and blaze your own path in the world. If you're an RPG fan, be sure to grab a Wii U to experience this masterpiece which launches later this year. Enjoy!

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Treon's Game Of The Week: Z-Type

Like the previously recommended (and excellent) X-Type, Z-Type takes that games foundation and mixes typing into the gameplay. The game is from the same developer (PHOBOSLAB) and features the same simplistic yet stylish presentation. Essentially, you fight waves of enemies with your ship which fires based on your typing skills. The concept is similar to Sega's excellent Typing of the Dead which provides an entertaining spin to improving your keyboard skills. Both challenging and addictive, Z-Type comes highly recommended for any Gamer looking to test their typing skills. Enjoy!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Know Your Developers: EAD Group 2

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Mega Man 2 Remade - Fan Album

Mega Man 2 for the NES is often considered to have one of the best 8-bit soundtracks of all time with killer tracks for Metal Man, Wood Man, and Dr. Wily Castle. While I personally feel that Mega Man 3 has a more consistently excellent soundtrack, I can certainly understand why the tunes for Mega Man 2 are held in such high regard. Composer RushJet1 is continuing his excellent run of remaking classic Mega Man music with Mega Man 2 Remade. Like his previous work, the entire soundtrack has been crafted using VRC6 resulting in the same core NES audio but expanded with a much richer variety of sound. Another must listen for fans of the Blue Bomber. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mega Man II GB Remade - Fan Album

Mega Man is well known for its music. Hell, some of the best music of the entire 8-bit era belongs to the Mega Man series. Sadly, there is a notable blight on that illustrious legacy in the form of Mega Man II for the Game Boy. While the game itself is a solid if not easy entry in the series, it's music is marred by horrendous instrument choices and awful high pitch sound throughout. While the other games in the Game Boy series provided excellent renditions of their NES counterparts and some truly great original pieces, Mega Man II tried to provide some original tunes for all the stages and the previously mentioned problems ruined what the developers were going for. Composer RushJet1 saw the promise in the soundtrack and set about remaking all the music with proper sound and pitch and the results are actually quite remarkable turning the games tunes into something very enjoyable. A must listen for any Mega Man fan. Enjoy!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Prepare For Spells And Adventure In "The Mad Wizard" For NES

Its exciting to think that in the year 2015, there are still brand new games being produced for the 30 year old NES. Developer Sly Dog Studios has recently released The Mad Wizard, an action adventure title for the original 8-bit Nintendo. Gameplay is similar to other NES classics such as Legacy of the Wizard and Metroid with a focus on collecting new spells and abilities to navigate the over 120 screens which make up the games environment. If you're on the fence about this fun new adventure, you can give the game a test run with the free demo which is available on RetroUSB. You can also purchase the game as a physical cartridge as well. Enjoy!

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Is Mario More Immersive Than Call Of Duty?

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rodea: The Sky Soldier Coming To Wii U And 3DS This Fall

After a long and rough ride, Rodea: The Sky Soldier is not only seeing release in Japan but North America as well. This is especially noteworthy when you consider the game is a Nintendo exclusive and was designed by Yuji Naka, the man behind Sonic the Hedgehog and Nights into Dreams. Rodea began development way back in 2010 for the original Wii and was actually completed in 2011 but sat in publishing hell for over 3 years. At long last, the game is making its way to Nintendo's latest set of machines and looks like a thrilling evolution of the excellent gameplay from Nights into Dreams with a major focus on flight based exploration and combat. NIS America will be bringing the game to both the 3DS and Wii U this fall making for another notable exclusive on Nintendo's excellent portable and criminally underrated home console. Enjoy!

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"Hush" Brings Creepy Adventure To The Wii U

Indie game developer Game Studio 78 (GS78) has recently announced their latest game for the Wii U known simply as Hush. The game is a creepy dungeon crawling adventure with RPG elements and looks like a nice mix of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance and Legend of Zelda. You play the role of a young girl named Ashlyn who must fight her way through a variety of levels which reflect her various fears literally armed with her favorite toy known as Gogo. GS78 has also released some Gameplay Beta footage of the game which showcases an impressive level of atmosphere through its lighting and moody soundtrack. Hush is scheduled to hit the Wii U in Summer 2015 and should make a nice addition to the growing Wii U indie library. Enjoy!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dead Fantasy - Monty Oum Tribute

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Platinum Games Releases Free Browser Based Bayonetta Game

Platinum Games has made it clear that they wish to continue giving fans some Bayonetta love. Their latest game is a simple browser based game titled Angel Land which uses an 8/16-bit graphical style for some quick high score fun. The game is posted on a mock 404 error page on the official Platinum Games site which gives the games existence a rather funny edge. Angel Land is a 2 button shooter which tasks the lovely Bayonetta with eliminating Angels to rack up a high score. It's a fun little diversion that shows the developers care about expanding the Bayonetta brand. Enjoy!

HALOID - Monty Oum Tribute

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Legendary Animator Monty Oum Has Passed Away

Sadly, animation legend Monty Oum has passed away at the age of 33. For those who don't know, Monty Oum broke onto the gaming scene when he released Haloid in 2007, a stunning fan animated film which pitted Samus Aran against Halo's legendary Spartan. The film showcased his unrivaled talent for editing, animation and passion for the source material. After this landmark short film, Monty released the amazing Dead Fantasy series which took the famous females of Final Fantasy and pitted them against the women of Dead or Alive. The results were quite stunning and each episode showcased some seriously thrilling battles between the epic fantasy women.

Monty Oum's success would lead to him working on the 2009 Afro Samurai game for PS3 & XB360. After this, beginning in 2010, he would work for Rooster Teeth on the long running Red vs. Blue series and ultimately his own CG anime series RWBY. The man was a legend within the fan community and a talent who was taken from us far to soon. To celebrate Mr. Oum, Treon's Realm will feature much of his greatest work and I urge you to share it with as many people as possible. Monty Oum, you will be missed.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Top 5 Turds Of 2014 - The Rageaholic

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Club Nintendo Coming To An End

Nintendo recently announced that their long running loyalty program known as Club Nintendo is officially coming to an end. Fear not however as the Big N did confirm plans to replace the program with a new customer loyalty program to be revealed in late 2015. To clarify, customers will still be able to earn coins until the end of March and spend said coins until June 30th when everything fully closes down. Gold/Platinum Rewards will still be issued this year but in April instead of the normal mid year timeframe. The Gold/Platinum Rewards will be in the form of a wide selection of downloadable titles for the Wii U & 3DS. For a full rundown on the closing details of the program, please read the full Nintendo disclosure here. Nintendo will continue to feature a variety of digital (and some physical) rewards beginning in February for members with a stockpile of Club Nintendo coins. As an additional thank you, Nintendo will also be giving a free 3DS download code to all Club Nintendo members for a copy of Flipnote Studio 3D in February. Enjoy!

Downfall Of Gaming Journalism #8

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Final Club Nintendo Rewards Update

Nintendo has updated their downloadable Club Nintendo rewards for one final time and for the remainder of the service they are offering 8 titles across 3 systems (Wii games can be played on Wii U)The expiration date for this offer is now June 30 and the price is between 150-250 coins for each title. Enjoy!

Super Mario Bros. 2 - Wii U eShop
200 Coins (Available Until June 30)

Excitebike - Wii U eShop
200 Coins (Available Until June 30)

Super Metroid - Wii Virtual Console
250 Coins (Available Until June 30)

Super Punch-Out!! - Wii Virtual Console
250 Coins (Available Until June 30)

Super Mario Land 3DS eShop
150 Coins (Available Until June 30)

Donkey Kong - 3DS eShop
150 Coins (Available Until June 30)

Wario Land II - 3DS eShop
200 Coins (Available Until June 30)

The Legend of Zelda - 3DS eShop
200 Coins (Available Until June 30)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Majora's Mask Gets Release Date, Trailer And Special Console

Nintendo revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D is coming to their popular portable a bit earlier than expected, February 13th to be exact. This is noteworthy because it is also the same day that the "New" Nintendo 3DS XL will be released making mid February pretty nice for Nintendo fans. Nintendo is also releasing a special gold Majora's Mask New 3DS XL but they were all pre-ordered within an hour of the system's announcement. Majora's Mask will see a variety of new enhancements including an improved Bomber's Notebook, a new save point system and full camera control for owners of the New 3DS XL or Circle Pad Pro. Enjoy!

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Xenoblade Chronicles X Exploration Trailer

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Secret Lore Of Super Smash Bros.

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Free Mega Man 27th Anniversary Album

Mega Man has recently turned 27 and as usual, the fans have decided to celebrate while Capcom continues to ignore the Blue Bomber. One of the latest projects is an excellent fan album titled Hyacintho Resilience. Unlike most fan albums, this one focuses on many of the less popular and lesser known Mega Man titles including Mega Man ZX, Star Force and the later X titles (X4, X5 & X6). This approach allows Mega Man fans to discover some of the sweet music from the Mega Man titles that were released during the darker period where Mega Man was being exploited by Capcom purely as a quick cash in. Enjoy!