Nintendo sure had a healthy dose of news yesterday, while the reaction to all of it varies from person to person, here is what has been announced.
-The Nintendo 2DS: It’s basically a Nintendo 3DS without the 3D, it sports a bulkier look, but lacks the ability to close itself, this system will actually cost much less, bringing it down to $130 dollars, making it an affordable product for those who don’t mind that the 3D is gone, mind you, President of NoA has stated that this product is aimed at kids.
-Wii U price drop: The Wii U will go down in costs from its original $350 price (the 32 GB model), to $300, making it possible for many to afford the system now.
-Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle: The reduced price Wii U (32 GB model), but this will actually come with a code for a digital copy of Wind Waker HD. As of this moment, Game Stop is accepting pre-orders, and it will come at a cost of $299, and don’t tell anyone I told you this, but if you don’t own a Wii U, this is the bundle to go with if you like Zelda, not to mention the buyers will have an early access to the game, due to its release on September 20 (which is weeks ahead of the original October 4 release date).
To add to the good things, it will also include a digital copy of Hyrule Historia.
Dates for the newest games on Nintendo systems have also been announced.
-The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds – Nov 22
-Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Dec 6
-Super Mario 3D World – Nov 22
-Mario Party: Island Tour – Nov 1st
Seems like a good rest of the year for Nintendo fans.
It’s the days after Christmas. You have gift cards abundant and games coming out for all girls and boys. But what can you get? With all the choices lying ahead?
Have no fear, with all the bundles abound, waiting to be found, I got the ones with the most “extra” kick aside from the gaming bit (Sorry for my cheesiness).
Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition
First and foremost, I love Tomb Raider, so I had to list it first. It doesn’t have the best content, but I believe it has the most bang for your buck. It includes:
A realistically rendered Play Arts Kai Lara Croft figurine approximately 8 inches tall
Weapon pack DLC
3 iron-on experience shield badges
Tomb Raider soundtrack with 10 songs
An Endurance survival tin made to look like it was recovered from the shipwreck
5″ X 7″ Lithographic print
A double sided poster with an island map and the box art
Access to the Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt to participate in challenges for prizes and more
I simply love the Lara Croft figure, it’s so detailed and perfectly muddy not getting it would kill me. I hope the DLC weapons are exclusives to these game copies with the collector’s edition to get my money’s worth, and the CD is a nice touch (I legally download all my music).
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Collector’s Edition
Starcraft is an MMO with its own fanbase, so I listed it mainly so Starcraft fans can assess if the collector’s edition is worth the extra money. All of the great additional merch that comes with the game seems reasonable to me, especially with the extras for other Blizzard MMOs you might play.
A behind the scenes DVD and Blu Ray 2 disc set
Heart of the Swarm Art Book
Collector’s Edition Soundtrack
Zerg Rush mouse pad
Exclusive in-game content
The in game content includes a Torrasque Ultradisk and portaits in Starcraft II, pet banneling in World of Warcraft, and blade wings and a banner sigil in Diablo III.
Aliens: Colonial Marines Collector’s Edition
I don’t have much hope for this game except for the fact it’s made by Sega, but because this list is about the extra and not the game itself, it earns a spot. This game has some very good extra content.
Resin Powerloader figurine in a limited edition Xeno Hive box
USCM Dossier, iron-on badges, and graduation certificate
LV-426 Recon photo
USS Sephora schematic
But this is just physical extras. The exclusive in-game content includes:
Four playable movie characters
Extra game level
Additional Marines character customization features
Exclusive multiplayer weapons
Sonic Electronic Ball Breakers
Phase Plasma Rifle
USCM Academy firing range
Bioshock Infinite Premium Edition
This bundle definitely comes with awesome stuff.
Collectible mini edition of The Art of Bioshock Infinite
Exclusive digital soundtrack
Murder of Crow keychain
Lithographic print of propaganda
It also comes with a gear pack that gives three exclusive power ups in the game.
Bull rush: Sprints become melee strikes and can knock down enemies
Extra! Extra!: Audio logs give “Silver Eagles”
Betrayer: In the PC game causes possessed enemies to explode once you kill them. In the PS3 you get Bioshock Infinite themes. The XBox 360 players get Booker and Elizabeth avatar costumes.
There is a way more costly bundle that costs $70 more. What’s the difference? It comes with a Songbird statue. You must really really want that figure to spend so much money for the Ultimate Songbird Edition of the game.
God of War: Ascension Collector’s Edition
The God of War franchise has outdone itself with this beautiful pre-order which includes:
An exclusive 8 inch Kratos statue
Premium Steelbook case
Digital game soundtrack
Multiplayer Double XP unlock
PS3 Dynamic theme and PSN Avatar pack
A pass for all future DLC
The last perk seems very promising. Especially since I don’t like always paying for future DLC.
This is the best of the best I’ve gathered so far. I hope as the year reveals more new games to try out, they come out with more tempting bundles like these.