Game & Wario will be released outside Japan in June. The party game arrives on the 23rd of that month in North America, the 28th in Europe, and the 29th in Australia. Game & Wario features 16 mini-games – all of which are played using the Wii U GamePad – and it will be available for purchase at both retail and the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
Wario and his zany friends are back in Game & Wario, a brand new, colourful collection of crazy games exclusively for Wii U! Launching on 28th June, the game utilises the unique setup of the Wii U GamePad controller and the TV screen in innovative and exciting ways for a Wario experience like no other that will keep you coming back for more.
In Single Player, there are twelve games to enjoy that turn your GamePad into a variety of different objects for different gameplay challenges: use it as a camera, a bow that looses arrows into the TV image, or as a method to steer a skier to the disco, amongst others!
- In CAMERA, you’re tasked with snapping photos of escaped criminals with your GamePad! The TV shows a busy street in Diamond City and holding up the GamePad allows you to take a closer look at the scene. Frame those crooks perfectly in your photos to catch them, and earn a high score!
- In GAMER, take on the role of 9-Volt, a kid who’s been sent to bed with his favourite handheld gaming system, but is desperate to get a high score… However his mum is prowling around trying to catch him in the act of staying up past his bedtime! While playing microgames on the GamePad, you’ll need to keep an eye on the TV screen which shows 9-Volt’s bedroom, because you’ll have to pretend to be fast asleep whenever his mum pounces! Try to hide-and-play for as long as possible for a high score – just don’t get caught or it’s game over!
Game & Wario also unveils a new twist on playing with others on Wii U: using only the GamePad you can share the fun with friends or family in four different games in the Multiplayer Mode!
- In DISCO, you’ll be battling against a friend toe-to-toe in a dance-off, where the players are setting the pace and moves on the GamePad for points. Each player holds one end of the GamePad and tries to outwit his opponent with fancy fingerwork, rhythmically tapping the touch screen in three places to place moves his opponent needs to replicate… Each misstep earns the player’s opponent points – you’ll need the highest score to win – so make sure you can keep in rhythm!
- In FRUIT, up to five players play together in different roles: one player becomes a dastardly fruit thief, using the GamePad to work in secret as the others play agents and watch the TV screen, using their powers of observation to find the thief in a crowd and spot when the fruits disappear. The agents have their work cut out for them with bustling streets, passing traffic and smoky chimneys obscuring the view. At the end of the game, each of the agents pass around the GamePad to point out who they think is the thief; but only the most eagle-eyed may win as the line-up of would-be fruit thieves look rather similar!
- In ARTWORK, up to five players compete in a sketching showdown to see who can draw and guess drawings the fastest for a high score. Each player takes turns to sketch prompted words as fast as possible on the GamePad, with the other players guessing what the word might be. It’s a frantic test of communication with friends and family as points are earned both for correct guesses and for drawing fast, as one man’s squiggle is another man’s solution!
This game type is also integrated into Miiverse as Miiverse ARTWORK, where you can select one of four prompts to draw in 60 seconds, after which your mini masterpiece, or hilarious doodle, is posted to Miiverse to be appreciated by all! You can even submit your own words to be prompts for others to draw, which may even trend in the Gallery section of Miiverse Artwork as popular words other players are enjoying sketching!
Today, Ubisoft announced that its highly anticipated title Watch Dogs will hit store shelves in Europe on November 22nd and November 19th in North America on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, the Wii U and Windows PC, as well as at the launch of PlayStation 4. The game is also planned for other next generation consoles.
Players will be able to choose from a selection of four different editions, offering a variety of digital and physical content allowing for a deeper immersion in the Watch Dogs universe: the Dedsec Edition; the Vigilante Edition; the Uplay Exclusive Edition and the Special Edition.
Ubisoft has confirmed that Rayman Legends will be available on August 30th in Europe for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. North American gamers can get their hands on the game on September 3rd. Ubisoft also announced that Wii U owners can now download the Rayman Legends Challenges application on the Nintendo e-Shop for free. Players will be able to experience the Online Challenges Mode through the release of the complete Rayman Legends game. You can read more about the Challenge demo, right here.
Although we knew it was arriving sometime in April, Xseed Games today shared an exact release date of when the Wii-exclusive Pandora’s Tower will hit store shelves in North America. The publisher has confirmed that the action role-playing game will be released on April 16th. In Pandora’s Tower, players assume the role of a warrior trying to save a woman named Elena from a dreadful curse, by fetching the flesh of beasts for Elena to swallow. If you want to know more about Pandora’s Tower, check out our review of the game.
Nintendo announces that LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins, exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, launches in Europe on 26th April 2013. The handheld title puts the action of LEGO CITY into the palms of players’ hands allowing for portable exploration as Chase McCain.
Developed by TT Games, LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins is a prequel to the upcoming Wii U title and stars Chase McCain as a rookie cop on his first exciting adventure in LEGO CITY. Explore a city full of LEGO bustling with wacky characters, brought to life on your Nintendo 3DS, and learn the ropes of police work with Chase McCain, donning disguises for special skills when solving missions and fighting crime on the city’s streets. You can call up your Scanner from the Touch Screen and move your Nintendo 3DS, utilising the motion sensors, to analyse the LEGO CITY environment for audio or visual clues. On your first job as a cop you encounter the crime kingpin Rex Fury and it’s your mission to put him behind bars!
The Wii U version of Zen Pinball 2, which was released January in Europe, arrives on March 21st in North America. The pinball video game will be a free download, with paid downloadable content available in the Nintendo eShop. Each downloadable pinball table will cost $3, and a pack of four tables can be purchased for $10.
Developer Shin’en Multimedia has announced, via Twitter, the release date of the digital version of Nano Assault Ex, which is a remake of Nano Assault, which launched last year. The game arrives tomorrow, March 7th, on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. Shin’en Multimedia confirmed that the game will cost €14.99 in Europe, and $14.99 for consumers in the U.S. Will you be downloading the game tomorrow?
Need for Speed: Most Wanted launches on Wii U next month. Publisher EA has confirmed that the racing game will be available March 19th in North America, and March 21st in Europe and Australia. The Wii U version of the game supports Miiverse and includes the Ultimate Speed Pack, which lets players take to the streets five exceedingly fast cars: McLaren’s F1 LM, Lamborghini’s Aventador J, the Pagani Zonda R, Bugatti’s Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and Hennessey’s Venom GT Spyder.