Bravely Default Wins Nintendo 3DS Game Of 2014 From GameSpot

We already know that Mario Kart 8 scooped the award for best Wii U game 2014 from GameSpot, but which Nintendo 3DS game was judged to be the best of the year by the site? Well it turns out it’s none other than Square Enix’s well-received RPG Bravely Default. The publication says it’s not only a fantastic RPG but it’s a wonderful game all around. Here’s what they had to say about Bravely Default.

Bravely Default is an innovative game that also manages to deliver classic elements in a new way, and while it has pacing issues during the latter half, that fact doesn’t detract from the dozens of hours of greatness that come before. Weighing these facts against Shovel Knight’s positive qualities, we ultimately came to the conclusion that Bravely Default is the best 3DS game to have come out in 2014. It’s a fantastic RPG and a wonderful game all around.

Thanks, Shuhei Yoshida

GameSpot Names Mario Kart 8 As The Best Wii U Game Of 2014

Nintendo’s latest Mario Kart title has been awarded Wii U game of the year by US gaming publication GameSpot. The site says it was torn between the excellent Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros, but thought Mario Kart 8 deserved the accolade based on internal team votes. Here’s why they chose Mario Kart 8.

Mario Kart has been around for a long time, but with every game, Nintendo adds new features that bring players back, and it’s no different with the latest entry. Mario Kart 8 does what a Mario Kart game should do: control well and facilitate fun and challenging competitive play. It also delivers many wonderful new tracks, and though it may be hard to detect the change at first, it prioritizes racing skill over reliance on items, blue shells be damned. There are few games that offer endless appeal, but Mario Kart 8 is one of them. If you can only pick one game to own for the Wii U, there’s no question: it must be Mario Kart 8.

Thanks, Shuhei Yoshida

GameStop Teases Big Announcement Tomorrow, Possibly Assassin’s Creed Comet?

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US video game retailer GameStop have teased on Facebook that they have a big announcement to share with everyone tomorrow. They showed the image which is posted above which looks like a protagonist from the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Most people assume it will be Assassin’s Creed Comet which is rumoured to be in development for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. While PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners will get the gorgeous Assassin’s Creed Unity. When the news was originally reported there was no confirmation of a Wii U version. We shall have to wait and see tomorrow.

Thanks to those who sent this in.

Update: Turns out the rumours and guesses were wrong. The big news is that GameStop will have an exclusive Red Hood story pack for Batman Arkham Knight which is on PS4, Xbox One, and PC

GameSpot Says ‘None Of The Inherent Appeal Of Zelda Is Present In Hyrule Warriors’

US gaming publication GameSpot recently went hands on with the upcoming Hyrule Warriors for Wii U. However, according to writer Tom Mc Shea, the fusion between Dynasty Warriors and The Legend of Zelda doesn’t quite comes together. Mc Shea concludes by saying that those who are eager for a new Zelda and think Hyrule Warriors will fill that role will ultimately come away disappointed.

“As someone who adores The Legend of Zelda, there just isn’t much here for me to latch on to. Yes, I’m as weak as anyone to the aesthetic charms of the franchise, but that’s the only part of Zelda that has made the transition. The rest is pure Dynasty Warriors. I thought the game was fun enough, and was impressed by how I could kill so many enemies with so little effort. But I need more than window dressing to make me care about a game. For those who are in my position, eager for a new Zelda and hopeful Hyrule Warriors will fill that role, keep your expectations very low. None of the inherent appeal of Zelda is present here, so you need to care an awful lot about the characters and music to remain interested. If you already enjoy the Warriors series, Hyrule Warriors won’t spoil what draws you to it. At least from what I’ve seen, It sadly doesn’t reach an interesting balance that could have expanded the audience to include those who love The Legend of Zelda, too.”

 

GameSpot Believes Nintendo Plans to Quietly Kill The Wii U With Quality Of Life Platform

GameSpot writer Tom  Mc Shea has written a controversial article titled “Nintendo’s Plan To Quietly Kill Wii U”. Mc Shea believes that Nintendo is planning to quietly phase out the Wii U and concentrate their efforts on the mysterious Quality of Life platform. However, this goes against what Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said in the past. As he previously explained that the platform will be entirely separate from their gaming ventures. You can read the article, here.

“The Wii U is performing dismally at retail. It’s the depressing reality in which we live, and one that has caused us to think up ways to improve the console’s fate. What if Nintendo no longer bundled it with the expensive GamePad? Or partnered with outside studios willing to create exclusive games for the Wii U? Then maybe the system wouldn’t lag so far behind its competitors. Though such moves might help Nintendo in the short term, they would be mere Band-Aids on an open wound. The Wii U is in a dire situation. I believe Nintendo has reconciled itself to that fact, and has already planned a way to bail from this sinking ship.”

“Enter the “quality of life” (QOL) platform. No one knows what to make of Nintendo’s proposed QOL initiative, partly because we know almost nothing about it. Nintendo wants to improve people’s lives in some indeterminate way–using non-wearable technology–and is going to introduce this nebulous product some time next year. According to CEO Satoru Iwata, whatever the QOL platform is, it will be entirely separate from their gaming ventures. Iwata said, “When we use ‘health’ as a keyword, some may inevitably think about ‘Wii Fit.’ However, we are considering themes that we have not incorporated to games for our existing platforms.” But what if Nintendo has much grander plans for this mysterious device than they’re letting on? This could be Nintendo’s next big idea. An idea much more in-demand than their ill-advised tablet controller, and one that could propel the company to the same heights it enjoyed during the peak years of the Wii.”

GameSpot Video Explains Why You Should Buy A Wii U In 2014

GameSpot have uploaded a video explaining to those on the fence why they should buy a Wii U. The video initially talks about the poor reception the console has had with the general public and the lack of third party support, but it also explains that it’s the only place to play Nintendo’s stellar first party software. Would this video tempt you to purchase a Wii U if you haven’t already done so?

GameSpot Lists Zelda Link Between Worlds Their Best Game Of 2013

US gaming publication GameSpot has chosen The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds as their best game of 2013. The publication says that Link’s latest adventure see’s Nintendo finally realise the long-dormant potential of The Legend of Zelda, and created an incredible experience that will be admired for years to come. They also said that Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a stunning masterpiece that’s so consistently rewarding, so unexpected.