Gabe Newell has revealed that his favorite non-Valve game is Super Mario 64. Newell, who’s known as the co-founder and managing director of Valve, previously expressed his fondness for the Nintendo 64 classic as well as its director and producer – Shigeru Miyamoto. Super Mario 64 was originally released in 1996 and a remake called Super Mario 64 DS hit the Nintendo DS in 2004.
Call of Duty: Ghosts on Wii U has received a new patch from Treyarch. The latest update for the first-person shooter adds the Free Fall multilplayer map, which is available to download for free. It also solves several stability issues and implements a number of fixes – all of which are listed on the game’s official thread. The Wii U version of Call of Duty: Ghosts was made by Treyarch, whereas Infinity Ward handled the other versions of the title.
The twin sorceress sisters from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time appear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Kotake and Koume will be featured in the upcoming fighting game’s Gerudo Valley stage. The two grannies, collectively known as Twinrova, were ultimately defeated by Link, who discovered a way to turn their power against them with the Mirror Shield. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is scheduled to launch this year.
The Yoshi-themed Nintendo 3DS XL has been confirmed for North America. The special edition system, which was announced for Europe last month, features a design that incorporates the familiar colors of the green-and-white dinosaur as well as his spotted eggs. The new 3DS XL model will presumably be available March 14, when the Yoshi’s New Island game is scheduled to hit stores and the Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo has released a new trailer for Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy to coincide with the puzzle game’s arrival in North America. The Nintendo 3DS-exclusive title, which is now available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop, centers around Professor Layton and his assistants Luke and Emmy as they journey to uncover the mystery surrounding the ancient Azran civilization. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy has been available in Europe, Australia and Japan since last year.
Although Murdered: Soul Suspect is headed to last-generation consoles as well as newly released systems, the action-adventure title will not be coming to Wii U. Airtight Games chief creative officer Matt Brunner recently explained to GameSpot why the game is skipping Nintendo’s platform. According to Brunner, the title wouldn’t be a good fit for Wii U. Murdered: Soul Suspect will be available in June for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
“In all honesty, all the Wii U games I’ve ever played, the only good ones are the ones that are made specifically for [the Wii U],” Brunner said. “And this just doesn’t fit.”
A minor system update for Nintendo 3DS has gone live. Version 7.1.0-16U is now available for download and adds further improvements to overall system stability. Other minor adjustments have also been made to enhance the user experience, according to Nintendo. The last major 3DS firmware upgrade added support for Nintendo Network IDs, Miiverse and removed the limit to system transfers. The Wii U was recently given a small system update, too.
A couple Super Smash Bros. screenshot comparisons have appeared on NeoGAF. The two images compare Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (left) with Super Smash Bros. Brawl (right). Zelda’s outfit looks largely the same across both pictures, but Mario’s clothes look quite different. The Wii crossover fighting game was released in 2008 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is scheduled to arrive this year.
Nintendo has uploaded another reviews trailer for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze to YouTube. In addition to showcasing a minute of gameplay footage, the new video highlights multiple positive quotes made by reviewers of the Wii U platformer. The clip points out the perfect 10 that was awarded by Destructoid, which called the game “pretty much flawless.” It also takes out a quote from IGN’s review, which applauded the title’s boss battles. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze currently holds an aggregate score of an 82 out of 100 on Metacritic, with one of its lower scores given by GameSpot.
Nintendo has released a new system update for Wii U. Version 4.0.3 U is available via an Internet connection and promises further improvements to overall system stability and makes other minor adjustments to enhance the user experience. The last major system update for the console was released in September and added a slew of new features, including the ability to receive recommended software and demo titles using SpotPass.