Online gaming publication IGN provided a video review of the long-awaited Super Mario 3D Land and promptly took it down. However, those that watched the video say that the publication awarded Mario’s latest adventure a 9.6/10 and cited everything as positives, except for the four player camera (screen real estate) on multiplayer. The Super Mario 3D World review embargo should end on Tuesday, November 19th.
Online gaming publication IGN has awarded Link’s latest adventure an impressive 9.4, stating that it’s one of the best Zelda games ever created and up there with the classics. The reviewer says that The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds recaptures the spirit of adventure that gave the early games Zelda their potency, but it’s not a total revolution.
What could have been an easy sequel that traded on past glories is instead a compelling argument for digging up the foundations of Zelda and seeing what happens – rather like Wind Waker did 10 years ago. A Link Between Words is not a total revolution, but it may very well be the start of one. I haven’t been so challenged by a Zelda since Ocarina of Time, and rarely have I been so consistently surprised by one.
Between Worlds recaptures the spirit of adventure that gave the early games Zelda their potency, and lays out a vision for Zelda games still to come. It invites them – and us, the long-term fans – to let go of conventions that may have been comforting, but were ultimately holding us back. It’s at once intensely nostalgic and powerfully novel, unpatronising and cerebral. As a Zelda fan, I couldn’t wish for much more.
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Anyone who has ever played a Mario game knows the old repetitive Koopa pounce trick in which Mario finds a wall, a Koopa shell, and goes to town. IGN has proved that a new dog can learn old tricks, as they have already managed to employ the technique in the yet-to-be-released Super Mario 3D World.
The game has been in the news frequently as of late, as Nintendo fans are gearing up for the game’s impending release on November 22nd in the US, and November 29th in Europe. Yesterday, an alternate mode was revealed for the game, called The Adventures of Captain Toad, which features Captain Toad from the Galaxy series attempting to collect stars while traversing rotating 3D terrain. As review copies continue to ship out, Mario fans can be sure that more and more of the game’s secrets will continue to be revealed.
Back in October we covered a story in which IGN revealed the existence of a new alternate mode in Super Mario 3D World, called The Adventures of Captain Toad. Now a level from this new mode has been revealed for the first time. The new level features Captain Toad, who featured prominently in the Galaxy series, attempting to climb some terrain that’s infested with enemies, all while lacking the ability to jump. Players have to shift the camera in 360 degrees around the world in order to uncover all the secrets and paths necessary for Toad to traverse. These levels are very puzzle-like in nature, and the object is to collect all of the stars in each level. What do you think of the new Captain Toad levels? Let us know in the comments.
Apparently IGN posted an article about two new modes coming to Super Mario 3D World and have since removed the article. However, while the piece was up, it revealed that one of the modes will be called “The Adventures of Captain Toad,” which finds players guiding Toad using the gyrosensor of the Wii U gamepad. Toad is unable to jump in this mode. The second alternative mode, “Mystery House,” is based on the green bonus boxes from Super Mario 3D Land, and involves collecting green stars while fighting against the clock.
Not much else is known about these exciting new additions to Super Mario 3D World. It seems Nintendo may not have wanted IGN pulling the trigger so quickly on the reveal of these new aspects of the game. Perhaps Nintendo were planning on showcasing these modes at an upcoming gaming event? Here is Kenta Motokura speaking on Toad’s inability to jump in his new adventure mode:
“We first thought about new kinds of gameplay that we could achieve using the GamePad. One question we thought about is, Mario can usually jump. What if we had some feature where you weren’t allowed to jump? One of the things you can experience here is, removing the jump really changes the way you interact with the world and the enemies you encounter.”
Popular online gaming publication IGN has slammed the latest Sonic game which is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The publication awarded Sonic Lost World a mediocre 5.8/10 and claims that Sonic Lost World lacks speed, precision and fluidity making it a big step back for the franchise. The publication cites poor level design, lack of speed and awkward controls as its downfall. Sonic Lost World is averaging 61 on online review aggregation site, Metacritic.
After the success of Sonic 4, Colors, and Generations, this is a big disappointment for Sega’s speeding blue bullet. Sonic Lost World clumsily tears all the wrong pages out of the Super Mario Galaxy playbook, and in so doing, loses the breathless speed and fluidity that makes a Sonic game a Sonic game. Graphically it may talk the talk, but the controls and level design just can’t walk the walk, much less run it.
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Popular online gaming publication IGN has listed nine Nintendo eShop games that you should have on your radar. A number of the titles listed were demonstrated at this year’s IndieCade, where the company showcased 17 upcoming indie games for the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Are you looking to purchase any of the games mentioned in the list?
- pierSolar HD
- Wooden Sen’SeY
- Q.u.b.e. Director’s Cut
- Shovel Knight
- Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails
- 1001 Spikes
IGN staff have ranked their favorite Wii U games. Although Nintendo’s latest console was released less than a year ago, there are many great games for it, including Nintendo eShop titles. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD isn’t featured on the entertainment website’s list, as it hasn’t even released yet. However, IGN has awarded the high-definition remake with a 9.8/10, making it the website’s highest-rated Wii U game to date. IGN’s top 25 Wii U games are listed below:
- Pikmin 3
- Rayman Legends
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- LEGO City Undercover
- Nintendo Land
- The Wonderful 101
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted U
- Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
- Splinter Cell Blacklist
- Resident Evil Revelations
- Mass Effect 3
- New Super Luigi U
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- Disney Infinity
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
- DuckTales Remastered
- Bit Trip Presents Runner 2
- Toki Tori 2
- Little Inferno
- Mutant Mudds Deluxe
- Assassin’s Creed 3
- Trine 2: Director’s Cut
A panel of IGN editors have released a new Nintendo Voice Chat and video in which they address the concern of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team being left off of their new list of the 25 best 3DS games. At about 7 minutes, they begin to discuss the reasoning behind their choice to exclude the game, saying that they found it “boring” and that the game contained a great deal of text that was condescending at times.
The voice chat also discusses each editor’s choices for the five best games on 3DS, as well as Aonuma’s recent comments about a possible Majora’s Mask remake. Topping IGN’s list of 25 3DS titles were Super Mario 3D Land, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Do you agree with IGN’s comments about Mario & Luigi: Dream Team? Let us know in the comments if it would have made your own personal top 25.
Online gaming publication IGN has provided a handy list of their top twenty-five games for the Nintendo 3DS. The site has looked at all the games available for the platform and has decided to rank them. There’s a few omissions including Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros, but the list isn’t too bad. Do you agree with IGN’s top twenty-five Nintendo 3DS games?
25. Kingdom Hearts 3D
24. Mighty Switch Force
23. Gunman Clive
22. Colors! 3D
21. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
20. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
19. Paper Mario Sticker Star
18. Star Fox 64 3D
17. Virtue’s Last Reward
15. Kid Icarus: Uprising
14. Shin Megami Tensei IV
13. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
12. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
11. Resident Evil Revelations
10. Mario Kart 7
9. Steamworld Dig
8. Etrian Odyssey IV
7. New Super Mario Bros. 2
6. Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon
4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
2. Fire Emblem: Awakening
1. Super Mario 3D Land