Pure Chess will launch December 26th in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. The strategy game contains a tutorial that teaches basic, intermediate and advanced chess techniques. It also features three tournaments, three chess sets and three locations, including a museum and library. Pure Chess will be released for Nintendo 3DS as well, and cross-platform play will be supported between both versions.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has honored the ‘fantastic launches’ of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Speaking during the VGX award show yesterday, Fils-Aime acknowledged that new hardware is what drives the video game industry, regardless of the manufacturer. The executive went on to say that although the newly released consoles from rivals boast powerful hardware, they need great games in order to survive in the long run.
“This industry loves brand new hardware and anything that’s good for the industry is good for Nintendo, so you know, they’re having a fantastic launch, kudos to them,” Fils-Aime said.
“What people recognize is that having pretty hardware is one thing, but you need games, and right now we’ve got some of the top rated games on our system, and it’s games that you can’t play anywhere else, so yeah, we’re feeling very good about where we are.”
Super Mario 3D World serves up a delightful platformer treat, with gorgeous visuals, ingenious level design and charming new items and modes which brings a wonderful depth to the game not seen since the Galaxy series.
The beauty of Nintendo’s beloved franchise is the warmth and nostalgia it brings to those who have grown from childhood to adulthood with the red-capped plumber, but it’s also a series that appeals to the younger generation – and that’s exactly why local multiplayer is so significant in Super Mario 3D World.
For the first time, you can choose to play with your friends and family in multiplayer mode, where the fastest player to reach the goal gets the top tier of points, or you can work as a team in order to catch those elusive green stars Bowser’s minions keep under lock and key. But there’s no demand to play in a team, single-player mode delivers just as much fun throughout the game with intriguing puzzles and Mystery House dashes to capture additional green stars. Multiplayer mode is, in fact, just another level of fun – an extra tier or layer on an exquisite cake, if you will. And though online multiplayer is missing, it doesn’t detract from the game’s appeal, just its longevity.
For any 3D Mario game, the key to its success resides in the level design – and Super Mario 3D World’s is divine. From an imaginative shadow level such as Shadow-Play Alley, which requires you to think outside the box, to ghostly levels full of pesky Boos and a Zelda-themed dungeon named Switchblack Ruins, where lighting torches with the fire flower power-up is the key to progressing, there are so many areas to discover.
Side-scrolling and timed levels offer up some heart-pumping action, where precision with jumps is absolutely vital, and scales up the difficulty for avid players. But unlike the Galaxy series, progressing through the story only requires you to complete levels, rather than collecting stars. In fact, green stars are only crucial when unlocking additional levels or the final boss level, serving as an achievement for those who wish to capture them all. You can also collect stamps in each level and use them on Miiverse to discuss interesting scenarios in the community.
Yet, the most ingenious and cleverly designed levels are actually those that don’t involve the core cast. Captain Toad’s adventures are a breath of fresh air for the franchise, giving players an extra challenge by collecting green stars without jumping. Turning the camera’s position will allow you to see the level from every angle, and finding the solution is – more often than not – harder than it first seems.
Mystery Houses also serve as a welcome accompaniment to the main game, where using Toad’s agility, or Luigi’s big leaps of faith will often score you five or ten green stars to add to your total. Frantically scrambling up walls using the cat power-up, kicking golf balls into POW blocks, and boldly rushing where no character has dared before in ten seconds flat gives the game such a wild adrenaline rush, and will surely have you climbing the walls in hilarious frustration.
Super Mario 3D World also houses some wonderful additions with its power-ups. Besides being aesthetically gorgeous to look at in yellow, green, pink and blue, the cat suit is also one of the most used items in the game. Swiping those sharp paws at enemies and clutching onto walls to reach hidden coins or stamps brings another dimension to the game, offering new ways of exploring to outwit friends for the best score. And in true cat style, you can even laze around in levels by not moving a muscle – your character will simply sit, tail swishing, cleaning its paws. Other power-ups include an ice boot, item boxes, which feature a torch or grant you the power of flight, and cherries which add a doppelgänger – or three – to your control, all elevate the game to new heights.
Not only is the Wii U game chock-full of hidden references to previous Mario games and Nintendo franchises, but it’s full of vibrant new modes, cleverly designed levels and superb music, which will have you itching to pick up the GamePad again and again. Super Mario 3D World is, quite simply, a joy to play.
Nintendo Force writer Emily Rogers has teased on Twitter that there’s a surprise coming to Nintendo 3DS owners tomorrow. Rogers says that after the planned maintenance something exciting should happen, which presumably means that Miiverse will finally be live on the Nintendo 3DS. Miiverse for the Nintendo 3DS has been met with some controversy as it won’t support message exchange between friends, or even friend requests.
Monday night, after the maintenance, will be exciting for 3DS owners. I’m not allowed to say why, but I’m sure you can figure it out.
Best Buy currently have a fantastic offer on Nintendo games at the moment. If you purchase one top title then you can get a second for a whopping 50% off. These games include the critically acclaimed Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. You can check out the deal, right here.
Last night Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that Cranky Kong will be a playable character in Retro Studios forthcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Interestingly, when Reggie was interview by Geoff he hinted that they may have a fifth playable character to announce at a future date. You can hear the tease about a fifth character at the 4:40 mark in the video embedded above. Who would you like to see as a playable character?
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is the winner of VGX’s “Best Handheld Game.” The game was up against three other Nintendo 3DS games – Pokemon X and Y and Animal Crossing: New Leaf – as well as one PlayStation Vita game, Tearaway. Animal Crossing: New Leaf won in the “Best Casual Game” category, however, and was chosen over Disney Infinity, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time and Skylanders Swap Force. Meanwhile, the “Best Nintendo Game” was awarded to Super Mario 3D World, which was favored over Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 and Rayman Legends.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has announced that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be released on February 21st. Fils-Aime has also confirmed that Cranky Kong is a playable character in the upcoming Wii U platformer. Similar to how Scrooge McDuck uses his cane as a weapon in DuckTales, Cranky Kong can use his cane to bounce and attack enemies, including baddies with sharp tops.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils Aime confirmed today that Cranky Kong will be making an appearance in Retro Studios latest title, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The news leaked a couple of days ago that Cranky Kong would be playable in the game. The leak came from Amazon Italy who posted the official box-art which featured Cranky Kong on the cover.