UK publication EDGE has reviewed the eagerly anticipated Mario Kart 8 and has awarded the gorgeous game an impressive 9 out of 10. The publication says that the game is as essential to Wii U owners as Super Mario 3D World is. You can read some extracts, below.
“Even 2011’s effervescent 3DS outing, Mario Kart 7, feels somewhat lifeless by comparison, the new HD visuals are gorgeous, but Nintendo has also built on 7’s neatly interlaced mechanics and introduced a nuanced handling model to create the greatest Mario Kart yet.”
“The Mario Kart series’ battle arenas were designed to funnel players into each other, but now you’ll spend long stretches of time without even catching sight of a potential target as you trek round the circuit.”
“But even this isn’t enough to detract from an otherwise-joyous follow-up to the series’ excellent 3DS outing. That it offers as much of its own innovation again speaks volumes; Mario Kart 8 is as essential a purchase as Super Mario 3D World.”
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EDGE magazine recently had the opportunity to sit down with Amazon.co.uk’s category leader of video games and software Ketu Patel, who spoke at length about the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well as the Wii U, Vita, and Nintendo 3DS. Patel says that while he doesn’t think Nintendo will met their sales expectations, they’ve still got some fantastic IP’s and they’re here to stay in the long tun.
“Contrary to a lot of people’s opinion, Nintendo is here to stay and Nintendo will do very well this year. They’re not going to meet their expectations, absolutely, but they’ve still got strong franchises and strong hardware and if you look at the back end of last year when they had a fairly good release slate, it certainly drove their hardware. 3DS has done very well for us so that format is here to stay.”
“I think Nintendo have this imposed on them and it’s driven by a lot of the media, and the media drives perception. Nintendo are getting a lot of bad press and PR and as soon as anything negative is out there it’s a media frenzy. It diminishes what they’ve actually done. If you look at 3DS as a format, it has done very well last year – had that sort of performance been with Microsoft or Sony, my personal opinion is that everybody would be thinking ‘wow, what a fantastic job’. Because it’s Nintendo and they’ve been embroiled in this negative PR frenzy, everyone thinks it’s a dying format. It’s absolutely not.”
Respected UK games publication EDGE has named Nintendo as the best publisher of 2013. Nintendo was up against Ubisoft and Sony Computer Entertainment, but managed to scoop the acclaimed accolade. Here’s what EDGE had to say about Nintendo in 2013.
“With no new hardware to launch, Nintendo spent 2013 focusing on games, and it’s been uncommonly prolific. 3DS got the best Animal Crossing, the best Fire Emblem and, in X&Y, perhaps the best Pokémon yet. On Wii U, we had a loving Pikmin update and the vibrant, majestic Super Mario 3D World. Also encouraging was a willingness to partner with external studios. The Wonderful 101 might not have hit the mark, but it represents a welcome shift away from total dependency on peerless internal studios.”
Respected UK gaming publication EDGE magazine has asked its readers to vote for the twenty best games of EDGE’s lifetime. As expected, there’s a number of critically acclaimed Nintendo titles adorning the varied list. The number one game as voted by EDGE readers is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which is closely followed by the sublime Super Mario 64. You can view the readers entire top twenty games, right here.
- The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
- Super Mario 64
- Half-Life 2
- Final Fantasy VII
- Resident Evil 4
Respected UK gaming publication EDGE has quizzed its readers to find out what they determine to be the best games of our lifetime. As expected there’s an incredible number of critically acclaimed titles in the list ranging from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask to Resident Evil 4. You can see the high-profile games that the readers have voted for, below.
20 – World of Warcraft
19 – Marjoa’s Mask
18 – Vice City
17 – Chrono Trigger
16 – Portal
15 – Red Dead Redemption
14 – Bioshock
13 – Ico
12 – The Last of Us
11- Dark Souls
10 – Super Mario Galaxy
9 – Metal Gear Solid
8 – Shadow of the Colossus
7 – Goldeneye
6 – Halo
5 – RE4
4 – Final Fantasy VII
3 – Half Life 2
2 – Super Mario 64
1 – Ocarina of Time
To commemorate the twenty years that EDGE has been existence, the publication has published a special article rating the ten best video game consoles of the past twenty years. As expected, there’s a number of Nintendo devices included in the top ten, but Sony’s PlayStation 2 has taken the number one position. Here’s their top ten.
7. PlayStation 3
6. DS lite
4. Nintendo 64
2. Xbox 360
1. PlayStation 2
Respected UK gaming publication EDGE has awarded the forthcoming Mario & Luigi: Dream Team a respectable seven out of ten in the latest edition of the magazine. The review is currently in the magazine and hasn’t been posted online, so there’s no snippets of information. You can see all the latest review scores from EDGE magazine, below.
- Company of Heroes – 7
- Plants vs Zombies 2: it’s about time – 9
- State of Decay – 7
- Gunpoint – 8
- Marvel Heroes – 4
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros – 7
- The Swapper – 7
- Stickets – 9
- Scurvy Scallywags – 7
- Kingdom Rush Frontiers – 8
Established gaming publication EDGE has managed to get some all important hands on time with Nintendo’s latest 3D Mario title, Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. The publication claims that the game is so similar to Super Mario 3D Land on the Nintendo 3DS that they believe that the game was originally developed for the Nintendo 3DS and quickly ported over to the Wii U. Here’s an excerpt of their interesting preview for Super Mario 3D World.
“By name alone, one can surmise that Super Mario 3D World is a sequel to the 3DS’s 3D Land. It’s so similar, in fact, that it arouses suspicions that it was once a 3DS sequel, quickly diverted for release on Wii U with the understanding that Nintendo’s flagging console needed a Mario game, and quickly. We saw plenty of examples of asset and idea recycling from its 3DS predecessor, including the exclamation mark boxes that teleport the player between stage sections, during our time with the game.”
“Like its Nintendo Direct roster, Super Mario 3D World is Nintendo duly giving its fans what it wants, but, on first impressions, it’s lacking the bold platform-defining invention once injected into each and every new Super Mario game.”
Respected British gaming publication EDGE magazine has a number of Nintendo games reviewed in the latest issue. The big review is the forthcoming Game & Wario for Wii U which the publication awarded a reasonably mediocre six out of ten. EDGE also reviewed Animal Crossing: New Leaf which it awarded nine out of ten, and Mario and Donkey Kong: Mini’s on the Move which it gave a fairly respectable seven out of ten.
- The Last of Us – 10
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 9
- Remember Me – 8
- Dust 514 – 4
- Game & Wario – 6
- Grid 2 – 9
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – 7
- Impossible Road – 9
- Surgeon Simulator 2013 – 7
- Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – 7
Respected gaming publication EDGE has awarded the forthcoming Wii U exclusive, Lego City Undercover, a disappointing five out of ten. The latest edition of the magazine also gave Luigi’s Mansion 2 for the Nintendo 3DS a respectable eight out of ten. Castlevania Lords of Shadow – Mirror of fate was also reviewed and was awarded seven out of ten. Sadly, there isn’t any excerpts from the reviews.