US gaming publication Game Informer has written a compelling article that suggests that Nintendo could turn around the fortune of its ailing Wii U console by releasing a brand new Metroid game for the platform. We already know that the acclaimed Retro Studios have chosen to create a new Donkey Kong Country game, rather than a Metroid title. Do you think that a new Metroid game for Wii U could turn things around for Nintendo?
Many gamers don’t feel like they have a reason to own a Wii U. Metroid might give them that reason, Nintendo. Some gamers feel slightly burned by the Wii’s slow trickle of exciting titles? All the more reason to release a proven series for the Wii U. Maybe people are worried that the Wii U doesn’t have the graphical horsepower to keep them entertained, but games like Super Meat Boy, Minecraft, and Xenoblade Chronicles have pretty well proved that you don’t need bleeding edge hardware and photorealistic graphics to make an entertaining game. A Metroid game could also show gamers what the Wii U is really capable of – remember how amazing Metroid Prime looked on the GameCube?
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US gaming publication Game Informer have listed their favourite Nintendo DS games of all-time in the latest edition of the magazine. The publication believes that New Super Mario Bros is the best Nintendo DS game money can buy. The iconic New Super Mario Bros is closely followed by the well-received The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Do you agree with their top twenty-five?
- New Super Mario Bros.
- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
- Advance Wars: Dual Strike
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
- Pokemon Black & White
- Professor Layton and the Curious Village
- Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
- Contra 4
- Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
- Animal Crossing: Wild World
- Radiant Historia
- Kirby Canvas Curse
- The World Ends with You
- Super Scribblenauts
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials & Tribulations
- Metroid Prime Pinball
- Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
- Tetris DS
- Trauma Center: Under the Knife
- Picross 3D
- Mario Kart DS
- Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
- 25. Korg DS-10 Synthesizer
Game Informer executive editor, Andrew Reiner, promises that tomorrow’s Game Informer cover story will be the longest since Grand Theft Auto IV. There’s plenty of speculation regarding which game the publication will be focusing on. Reiner has denied its the recently announced Wolfenstein game which is coming to PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and next generation consoles. Which game do you think the magazine will be focussing on tomorrow?
Update: It’s about PlayStation 4 and the games that have been announced for the platform.
Game Informer has announced that Warner Bros. Games Montreal is developing Batman: Arkham Origins. The team has taken over from series producer Rocksteady and are using a modified version of the Unreal engine to capture the look and feel of the series. The game is set to take place before both of the previous Arkham titles and features a younger Bruce Wayne who encounters many of the series protagonists for the first time. Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25, 2013 on Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
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Game Informer has published its review of LEGO City Undercover, which releases later this month exclusively for Wii U. The publication awarded the open world video game with an 8.5 out of 10. The reviewer, Game Informer’s Jeff Cork, said the game is ‘one of the funniest games he’s played in a while,’ and that its replay value is ‘moderately high.’ Cork also said that while platforming in the game is a weak spot, the developer did a great job of incorporating the Wii U GamePad. Feel free to read an excerpt from the review below.
It isn’t perfect, but I can’t think of another Wii U game that I’d recommend more than Lego City Undercover. It’s the most interesting and highly polished game in TT Games’ large repertoire, and it fills an important game gap. Now kids (and their parents) can tool around in a big town where people smile even as you almost run them over in an ice-cream truck.
-Game Informer’s Jeff Cork
US gaming publication Game Informer is set to reveal a new game on the cover of its next issue tomorrow. The magazine has clarified that it’s not going to be Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag which was meant to be announced today, but was leaked late last week. What game would you like to see announced by the publication?
And since people asked, we announce the next cover tomorrow morning, and it’s a next gen game I’m personally thrilled to get to reveal.
Game Informer has managed to get an exclusive new trailer for the glorious New Super Mario Bros U which is exclusive to Nintendo’s forthcoming console, Wii U. The trailer shows off new environments, the mini mushroom, and some of Yoshi’s new abilities in action. New Super Mario Bros U launches alongside Wii U on November 18th.
New Super Mario Bros. U’s playable characters include Mario, Luigi, two Toad characters, and Miis. In the latest issue of Game Informer, Nintendo producer Takashi Tezuka revealed why other Super Mario characters, including Peach and Wario, are not playable instead of Mii characters. Compared to other characters in the series, Tezuka claims, Miis can show more expression and emotion on their faces.
“We did consider that when we looked at which characters we would use. We really came down on the side of using Mii characters rather than some of the characters you had mentioned. Through the technology of HD, you’re going to see more expression and emotion on the Mii character faces. Of course, we’re going to continue making Mario games, so you can maybe look forward to some of the things you were asking about in the future.”
Most of you will be aware that the latest edition of Game Informer features a whole host of new and exciting information for both New Super Mario Bros U and Nintendo Land. Some of the content we have already covered including the return of the Ice Flower power-up, and also the Super Mario World themed map. Here’s a few new juicy details:
- Three Yoshi variations
- Pink Yoshi: inflated with a GamePad/Wiimote shake
- This can take Mario even higher than the flying suit can
- Pink Yoshis don’t help in horizontal movement
- Large surface area useful for collecting a bunch of airborne coins
- Gold Yoshi: shake the controller to light up the immediate area
- Also stuns nearby enemies
- Gold Yoshis show up in the Fire Snake Caverns
- Blue Yoshi: can shoot bubbles
- Can ride the adult version of Yoshi in numerous levels
- Yoshi can still eat breaks
- Collect five to fill a meter
- This rewards Yoshi’s rider with a power-up
- Camera pans out a bit in co-op
- This helps you see hidden star coins and pipes that you normally wouldn’t come across in single-player
- Boost Mode: Place up to four floating platforms at a time
- Use the GamePad touch screen in Boost Mode to pop friends out of bubbles, stun enemies, make it easier to reach the flagpole, manipulate environmental objects, swat Paratroopas
- Turn on Boost Mode by powering up the GamePad – that’s it
- Players will go through pre-selected packs of levels in Boost Rush Mode
- Collecting coins makes the auto-scroll faster
- Limited amount of lives given at the start of each pack
- Dying doesn’t reset the clock
Game Informer has released the first footage of the Nintendo Land attraction which is titled Balloon Trip Breeze. The game, which is based on the 1986 NES title Balloon Fight, features visuals akin to Kirby’s Epic Yarn and sees you swiping the stylus on the Wii U GamePad to keep the balloon-strapped Mii floating and dodging obstacles. The game is currently single player, but expect Nintendo to lift the lid on the multiplayer mode in the near-future. You can watch the trailer here.