Pikmin 1 was re-released on the Wii as New Play Control! Pikmin. That version of Pikmin 1 will be coming to the Wii U eshop this Thursday when the shop updates. This version uses the Wii Mote and Nunchuck as play controls.
Choice Provisions has announced Runner3. The latest in the Bit.Trip Runner series will be coming in 2017 bit no platforms have been announced yet
Runner3 is the upcoming (and perhaps unsurprisingly) third entry in the BIT.TRIP RUNNER series. We’re committed to making it the best game we’ve ever made, and we want you to hold us to it. You can follow the game’s development over on our devlog, where we encourage you to chat with us in the comments section of our weekly updates.
We plan to be very open with you about the creation of Runner3, and we even plan to solicit feedback occasionally and offer user polls to give everyone a chance to chime in and help us think of things like level names, possible unlockable outfits, and more.
Let’s work together to make Runner3 the best game it can be!
This is another of RCMADIAX’s games for Wii U and like with my previous review of an RCMADIAX game, I will keep this brief. Titans Tower is better than Shooty Space but is still an unoriginal concept and to be honest, RCMADIAX can do a lot better. This game is based off a Flappy Bird model and like Shooty Space, might hold your attention for a few minutes, but then any excitement you had quickly goes away.
RCMADIAX has been accused of putting out a lot of shovelware onto the Wii U and that is a accusation that is hard to deny. Still, there are good games from this developer. Blok Drop U is a great puzzle game, Avoider and Panda Love are simple games that are deceptively addictive, and of course Super Robo Mouse is an outstanding game. I understand that game development takes time and money, both of which are in short supply with small operations, but I hope that RCMADIAX can do better in the future. Less licensing of game engines for quick turnaround and more games with original thought to them. They don’t all need to be like Super Robo Mouse, after all Blok Drop U was the game that made me a fan. A game that goes back to the roots would be a welcome change. There is so much potential for this developer and I do not want to see RCMADIAX become “that dev” who just puts out shovelware.
This is gonna be a short review, but to the point. I have stated in the past how I have a love hate relationship with RCMADIAX games and this one continues the cycle. While I found Panda Love to be deceptively addictive, Shooty Space left me bored after five minutes.
The game is a basic shoot em up on the Wii U, with no end, one hit kill and random super enemies showing up that give you extra points. If you play for longer than ten minutes, you will lose all interest in the game. There simply is not enough substance to it that would keep a player hooked. That is not to say it is a total waste of a game. It is a game that would do well for short play periods, to keep you amused when lengthy play sessions of other games is not an option. That said, this would have been much better to have on the 3DS instead of the Wii U. On the 3DS, this would be perfect for a quick pick up and play session on the go, whereas a similar quick play session is less likely on the Wii U, due to it being a home console.
Overall, I was not too impressed with this game. It lacks substance and aside from short play sessions, is not fun at all. RCMADIAX can do better and even the smaller games like Avoider can be excellent experiences. I would pass on this unless you need another game just to keep you occupied for a few minutes. Do check out the aforementioned Avoider and Panda Love and also Super Robo Mouse (RCMADIAX’s best game), because those games will leave you happy and are worthwhile experiences!
Every so often, there comes an indie game that tries to do something a little out of the ordinary. Talent Not Included is an action platformer, which seems simple enough, but there is a twist in that all the action is in the form of a stage play. This twist makes this game one of the most unique indie platformers out there.
The game takes full advantage of its settings, moving from location to location is done in the form of a stage transition. This is a really cool twist on screen transitions in video games, and helps both bring you further into the game and at the same time, be taken out of it in a meta way. That’s not to say the game is easy, oh my no. This is a very hard platformer, although it tricks you by starting out easy enough.
What gives this game more of a unique flair is how it takes the different acts of a play and applies it to a video game, by having each act have a different playable character. This was a cool take on not just the three act set up but also video game tropes in general. Each character has their own motivation for doing what they do, and while it isn’t the best story in a game, it serves its purpose very well.
The music in this game is excellent, but I feel it could have been better by being more involved and giving you a sense of being in a theatre. Its good for what it is, but it feels light. The game’s visual design is amazing and really ties into the theatre motif by having your progression in each scene ( the levels in each act) cause the terrain to shift as if on a wheel.
Do I think this is a game worth checking out? I think so. Its got a lot of potential for enjoyment and has a good unique hook. It is definitely worth a few hours of play.
Nintendo has released this handy video discussing some Tips, hints and clues for playing Severed. The hit indie game came to Wii U and 3DS yesterday and you can read our review here. You can watch the new video below.
Drinkbox Studios has released some excellent games over the years including the amazing metroidvania style game Guacamelee!, and now have brought their latest masterpiece to Nintendo systems. Severed is a first person game focused on touch screen controls and a creepy atmosphere. How did it hold up in the transition to Wii U? Rather well actually.
When playing Severed, you will almost certainly be focusing exclusively on the gamepad and not the TV due to the emphasis on the touch screen. Severed is one of the best uses of the Wii U gamepad I have seen, especially since it takes full advantage of the touch screen capabilities while also giving you some traditional controls as well. The interactions with the environment happen in a variety of ways, such as swiping the screen to remove obstacles, find hidden gems and moving gears to open doors.
The game has an amazing horror atmosphere and the music helps that. It gives you a sense of creepiness and a feeling that you are always in danger. There is always some terror waiting for you, lurking where you do not expect. The first person perspective combined with the way you move, work well with the music to create one of the best feelings of anxiety ever. I cannot say enough good about the music, it really does its job well.
There are some negatives though. The game’s combat can be very difficult to get a hang of and can be unforgiving at times. Adapting to multiple enemies will take a lot of time and effort, as you will need to learn to keep moving and make certain enemies a priority while not ignoring other enemies. Its not all bad and once you get the hang of it, you can do very well. Its just that there is some difficulty in learning this. Its fun once that’s out of the way so be patient.
Severed is a great experience and I would recommend it, just be aware you will need some patience with it.
River City: Tokyo Rumble – $29.99 (available Tuesday)
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse – $49.99
Noah’s Cradle – $5.00
New 3DS Virtual Console
Final Fight 2 – $7.99
Final Fight 3 – $7.99
Sonic series: 25th Anniversary (free)
Sonic series: Boom Style
Sonic series: Classic Style
Sonic series: Sonic Style
Sonic Bundle #2
Wii U / 3DS
– The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Nintendo 3DS and Wii U), Wipeout Create & Crash (Nintendo 3DS and Wii U) and more games from Activision are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 30.
– Grumpy Reaper (Wii U), Toys vs Monsters (Nintendo 3DS) and more from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 20.
– Dan McFox: Head Hunter (Nintendo 3DS) and Word Party (Wii U) are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 29.
– Dual Core is 30 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $6.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 2.
– Steel Rivals is more than 25 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $5) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 12.
– Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to 99 cents) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 3.
– The Quiet Collection is 40 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 26.
– 3Souls is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.90 to $2.90) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 29.
– Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $39.99 to $24.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 3.
– Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 29.
Bethesda has released a new trailer for the upcoming Dishonored 2. This trailer shows off some of the unique kills you can do in the game. The game is looking amazing with each trailer and cannot come soon enough.