Aug 07

Nintendo wants to see your Pikmin 3 Captions!

If you haven’t discovered it already, Pikmin 3 has a special feature in its game that allows you to take pictures while you’re playing. Your character takes out the camera, and you can see through the lens in a first person view, allowing you to see new angles, zoom in, and get a closer look at what your Pikmin around you are doing. You may have not noticed before, but your Pikmin are quite quirky! They may lounge around or sit, making for great photos you can take and post in Miiverse. I actually discovered this function by accident my first day, and took a really awkward picture upclose of one of my red Pikmin. They have such a simple design, but I think they look really amazing despite that in HD.


Nintendo would like to see what kind of pictures you guys are taking, and any funny captions you make with them! If you take a picture and caption, you can post it on Nintendo’s Wii U Facebook Page. Nintendo will highlight their favorites for everyone to see. With all the cute moments and scary monsters in Pikmin, I’m really interested to see what kind of pictures and captions people come up with.

Aug 07

Two Professor Layton Games Coming West in 2014


Good new everyone! Or…at least…good news for fans of portable adventures! Announced earlier on today’s Nintendo Direct, both Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy and Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will be heading to the western 3DS audience sometime in 2014.


While the mainline Professor Layton game may come as no surprise, the latter being announced in particular was one of the most exciting things announced today. I’m sure many fans will be relieved to know that the crossover will be headed stateside (especially since there has been no news since being released in Japan last year).

I love that more of these titles are able to come stateside considering one Ace Attorney game is already lost in localization limbo. These titles coming along with Bravely Default make the 3DS have a beast lineup in 2014 for fans of Japanese developed epics. More details (like a more specific date!) will be announced when their respective releases get closer.


Aug 07

New Moves, Co-op, and More in ‘Sonic Lost World’

sonic4Today’s Nintendo Direct featured news about the latest iteration of the blue blur; and I can honestly say that I’m pretty excited for this one.

Sonic Lost World is an upcoming action-adventure platformer featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, the world’s fastest mammal–or anything for that matter– for the Wii U. In it, players will speed through beautifully vibrant levels that take place on crazy courses, searing deserts, massive structures, into the sky, and even underground. Each world looks fantastic in the Wii U’s HD format, bringing to life every aspect of the game–even the robots! The game will allow players to select one of three different “speed-levels”, which will make the game more engaging to players of any caliber, and possibly even increase the difficulty for those who are looking for a serious challenge.

sonic7The game will also feature brand new moves for our hero, including short vaults, wall running, and (possibly all new) color powers that originated in the older Sega title, Sonic Colors. We all know for sure that Sonic is going to need these new moves to even think about navigating through these insane landscapes, let alone take on the new villains for the game; The Deadly Six.

If you or a friend own a 3DS, there is even more good news for you! The Wii U and 3DS versions of the game can communicate with each other through local-wireless, allowing for cooperative play. 3DS players can create RC vehicles in Tails’ workshop, and send them into the Wii U version of the game to assist Sonic by doing such actions as collecting rings for him.

Sonic Lost World will be available for Wii U and 3DS on October 22nd, so be sure to order a copy soon, because Sonic isn’t the only thing that can go fast!

Aug 07

Animal Crossing Plaza now available on the Wii U!

ACPlaza_Logo_073113-01If you’re an Animal Crossing fan like me, you are still extremely addicted to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I play still for a couple hours a day just to better my town, and build friendships with my villagers. And if you’re like me, you are FREAKING EXCITED for today’s Animal Crossing News! Animal Crossing Plaza launched today on the Wii U eShop for FREE to enhance your Animal Crossing: New Leaf experience. The Animal Crossing Plaza now gives you a place to talk about your town and experiences with other players around the world in an extremely user friendly (adorable) setting. You can upload photos you take in Animal Crossing as well as QR codes for outfits to organize in your own album, or to post for everyone to see on the Miiverse!

So what does this look like?

As the name suggests, the area looks like a cute town plaza! Here, you can see your Mii and walk around as him or her. You are the only mii it appears there, but if you look around you can see all the different kinds of Animal Crossing villagers walking around. Each one of those villagers actually represent different player’s experiences, as their words and drawings they made in the Miiverse that are related to those certain characters, are now expressed as that character in the Animal Crossing Plaza.
I personally can’t wait to see all the drawings here and stories people have about the villagers. I know I have my own personal favorites, and am trying to come up with some clever ideas for what to post. I hope that this grows so much that the Animal Crossing is densely populated with villagers!
If you don’t like this visual format, you can also just look at the history of what people posted for each character in the Miiverse, but who wouldn’t want to see the adorable villagers walking around telling stories?

This service will only be around until the end of 2014, so don’t put it off forever, or you might regret it! Look out for some of my doodles I’ll make in there, and I can’t wait to see yours!

Aug 07

Deus Ex: The Fall Important Updates

DeusEx-the-fall-03DEUS EX: THE FALL received an important update AND iPad 2 support yesterday from Square Enix. The update will enhance the game’s A.I., which will make enemies more effective at tracking the player during active combat and will also address some known bugs that cause the game to crash. This will likely reduce those odd moments when the enemy seemingly forgets your existence moments after a shootout and keep you happily sneaking past security whilst armed to the teeth.

Set in 2027, award-winning mobile title, DEUS EX: THE FALL is the beginning of a new chapter in the DEUS EX series. Players assume the role of Ben Saxon, an augmented former British SAS mercenary who is on a quest to find the truth behind a global drug conspiracy that threatens his very life. A full story driven action-RPG, you can explore large environments, all while choosing your own playstyle that can incorporate stealth or straight up action, and solve the crisis that is set to doom Ben. If you haven’t already purchased the game for any of your iOS devices, you can pick it up for $6.99 on the iTunes App Store.

Aug 07

Catch Some Air with Windborne

Let’s say you’ve got a great new game and you’ve got the skills to turn it into a polished, professional product. What do you do next? Well, you really have only two options: you can submit it to existing publishers or publish it yourself.  For Hidden Path Entertainment, they chose to do the ladder.

Not only self-publishing Defense Grid 2, the independent developer Hidden Path Entertainment is pleased to announce it is also self-publishing its second title, Windborne.

Michael Austin shares his enthusiasm for Windborne, “I don’t think I’ve ever been so giddy working on a project. I find myself just grinning at the screen instead of actually working on the game, wandering around the world watching our creatures or exploring the cool things that the procedural system made.”


Have we heard enough about dragons? NO! I mean who can get enough of dragons! In Windborne, you can breed your own dragonlings to unlock special abilities, including the ability to fly. Also, players can explore vibrant worlds filled with secrets to unlock and treasures to find,  craft personalized and innovative artifacts as well as befriend intriguing Jin to help build a new civilization.

With such a diverse title, Windborne is taking the company into a new genre and brings social sandbox creation games to the next level. Hidden Path’s, Michael Austin, Chief Technology Officer gives more detail, “Our vision with Windborne is both simple and enormously complex at the same time. We want to make a Miyazaki-style Disneyland of creative sandbox worlds – an infinite number of dense, exciting islands to explore with your friends full of  high adventure, where it’s up to you to decide what to do. I hope you’ll join us in Steam Early Access later this year!”

Gamers will be able to get their hands on the game at this year’s PAX Prime in Seattle, WA. Be sure to come by booth #3330 August 30 – September 2, 2013 and explore Windborne. Steam’s Early Access is set for the end of 2013 with the full version set to release in the first half of 2014.

Will you seek out the clues and artifacts of the ancients, or just loot passing islands for minerals and rare plants? If it was me, I’d probably let my ADHD set in and try to do it all – at the same time! Bring your friends along while you play and share your creations with the world. Where will the wind take you?

Aug 06

Meet Rufus Hound: Nintendo’s Comedian

Amongst all the one-upmanship between Microsoft and Sony as of late, Nintendo wants to let them know that they still exist as well. While not as competitive as the other two giants at the moment, Nintendo does occasionally engage in a display of one-upping the competition. This time, they’re going head-to-head against Sony and their resident funnyman, Kevin Butler.

Meet Rufus Hound, one of the UK’s residential comedians and the newest companion for Nintendo. In the latest marketing ad for the Wii U in the UK, Rufus uses his comedian styling to help convince you why you should get a Wii U.  While it may fall flat for some with the distinct differences of the country’s comedian styles, it’s still a fun way to get the consumer engaged and make a chuckle or two. Plus it’s always fun to see how the rest of the world does their commercials for the favorite things we like for better or for worse.


Aug 06

Dragon’s Crown Releases on PS3 & Vita

From Atlus and Vanillaware, the creators of Odin Sphere, Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Grim Grimoire comes Dragon’s Crown, an action RPG in which you play one of six different characters (including a rather buxom sorceress who garnered controversial attention during development), who are searching for the fabled Dragon’s Crown, a magical item that must be kept from the hands of those who wish to misuse it’s power. Dragon’s Crown is available now on PS3 and Vita for RPG fans everywhere to enjoy worldwide.


Battling through hordes of monsters, players go on a quest for the Dragon’s Crown. Many RPG mechanics that are familiar to players, such as changing the layout of the dungeon, allow for players to follow different paths that guides them to the crown and ultimate glory. If you go now you might be able to get an exclusive Dragon’s Crown Artbook (supplies are limited so hurry!), or you can also buy the Voice Pack DLC for free. Also, available soon are upcoming PSN Avatars for $.49 each later this month and a Dragon’s Crown theme for $1.99. The Voice pack is only free for the first month, after that you’ll have to pay for it, so if you want it, hurry on!


I am incredibly excited for Dragon’s Crown, and I hope that many of you are as well. Fans of Odin Sphere and other Atlus RPG’s I’m sure will enjoy this game to the fullest extent.

Aug 06

Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians Now Available

01 PAX East 2013 Wolf and Beatbuddy dancingReverb Publishing announced today that the Award-winning Indie game Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians launches today! With an underwater music-adventure theme, Beatbuddy uniquely combines striking 2D hand-painted artwork with a challenging puzzle-platforming gameplay that is synchronized to the rhythm of vibrant music from world-renowned artists.

THREAKS has created an experience that encourages players to “play to the beat” of the music in order to complete the various challenges.  They have utilized the patent-pending sound technology that syncs in-game animations and environmental elements with the rhythm (check out the teaser trailer that breaks down each sound and showcases these animations). Featuring tunes composed by hot trending DJs and musician including Parov Stelar, Sabrepulse and  Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory (Journey, Monaco, flOw).

“Beatbuddy is the exact experience we wanted to deliver,” said Wolf Lang, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of THREAKS. “What started as a student project to sync sound in an innovative, engaging video game has become a completely new way to experience music and gameplay together. On behalf of the THREAKS team, we hope that players have a blast as they explore the mystical world of Symphonia.”

At GDC 2013, Wolf Lang continues to talk about awards, ‘Best Art’ and ‘Best Sound’ in Intel’s 2012 Level Up Game Demo Contest, Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians has won. Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians tells a story of an ethereal, blue creature that goes by the name of Beatbuddy. He is awoken from his eternal slumber in order to save the world of Symphonia, with the help of vibrant characters he encounters on his quest through a series of worlds. They aid him as he opens paths and solve puzzles on his journey to preventing losing musical freedom forever to Prince Maestro.

Developed by THREAKS and published by Reverb Publishing, Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians is available at suggested retail price of $14.99. In celebration of the game’s release, Beatbuddy is 10% off on Steam for a limited time.

To stay updated on the latest game announcements, check out Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians’ Facebook page, the jocular THREAKS News show that has been giving me loads of laughs on YouTube  (your mom is calling) and follow the development team on Twitter.


Watch the Beatbuddy Release Trailer below.




Aug 06

RPG Maker on Steam and on Sale

With the Steam summer sales over it’s time to take a break, right? Wrong! RPG Maker VX Ace and all its DLC just went on sale for a staggering 66% off on Steam. Now is your chance to make any RPG you can imagine! Also, RPG Maker VX Ace is a part of the Steam Cloud Beta so make sure to check that out!


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