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By Daniel Fugate On 18 Dec, 2015 At 02:24 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Every Thursday, Nintendo and Indies bring new content and sales to the Wii U and 3DS eshops!

This week’s major highlight is the arrival of Minecraft to the Wii U!

Minecraft is the game that no one thought would ever come to the Wii U because Microsoft owns it! Nintendo and Microsoft worked out a deal though and the title is currently on the Wii U eshop. Is the game worth buying? Thats up to you! If you download it, let us know what you think of the game in the comments.

Curious about what else came to the Wii U and 3DS eshops today? Here’s Nintendo’s official press release:

” Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content for Nintendo Systems – Dec. 17, 2015

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS DLC – Cloud makes his Super Smash Bros. debut and brings the Midgar stage with him, complete with Summons! Cloud + Midgar stage is now available as a download in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U for $5.99 each, or for both game versions together for $6.99.
    • Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Mojang’s video game phenomenonMinecraft launches worldwide in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. The downloadable game comes with some of the most popular add-on content packs. Players will even be able to expand their experience with 16 additional add-on packs available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop at launch. Additionally, only the Wii U console edition features off-TV play. Experience all the adventures you’ve come to expect from creating your own worlds in Minecraft, now on Wii U.
    • TEMPLE OF YOG – Enter the TEMPLE OF YOG and battle your way through two linked dungeons by using the Wii U GamePad controller to peer into and swap between the realms of Light and Shadow. Unlock relics, embark on challenging quests and upgrade four classes in this twin-stick retro roguelike RPG. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Mega Man Zero 4 – Dr. Weil has taken over Neo Arcadia and ordered any Maverick opposing his rule to be marked for extermination. Take up arms as Zero, equipping new weapons to use in battle. Choose Easy or Normal Mode, which affects the difficulty level, weather and skills obtained.
    • Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team Colonel / Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team Protoman – Dr. Regal and his cronies from Nebula HQ have returned and raided SciLab. It’s up to Lan and Mega Man to return the stolen PETS to their rightful owners. Game content is the same for Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team Colonel and Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team Protoman, but NetNavi chips and other items may differ.
Nintendo eShop sales:
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • The Legend of Dark Witch – Blad Theme
    • The Legend of Dark Witch – Klinsy Theme
    • The Legend of Dark Witch – Sola Theme
    • SEGA Hi-Tech Theme
Also new this week:

What did you download today?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Dec, 2015 At 07:21 AM | Categorized As Featured, International News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSadly the time has come. The Hype Train has reached the final stop. The final Super Smash Bros presentation has come and it brought with it some amazing surprises.

  • Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates has been announced as DLC, and He/She will arrive in February. Corrin is a sword user but also a unique character that involves shape shifting and elemental attacks that makes him/her unlike any other Fire Emblem character. This is one to keep your eyes on.  Corrin
  • Sakurai gave us a breakdown on Cloud, who is available now along with the Midgar stage. The material summons were detailed in their use and the various summons show amazing effects, thought the stage will probably be tournament banned. Cloud can charge up his limit break meter and plays like a hybrid of Shulk and Ike. He is offense heavy but does not have the best recovery. WiiU_CloudMidgar_screen_07
  • A chocobo hat is available as DLC for the Miis
  • A Geno Mii costume (Gunner) was announced for the Mii Gunner. This is a great way to acknowledge the character since Geno probably wont be a full character in a Smash game. The Costume and the Chocobo hat mentioned above are available now.
  • The final wave of Miis costumes were announced. tails and Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog (Gunner and Brawler respectively), Takamaru from Nazo No Murasame Jo (Swordfighter), Ashley from Wario Ware (Swordfighter), Bionics costumes ( Brawler), Gil from The Tower of Druaga (swordfighter). Could the love shown for Takamaru in this game, and the recent international VC release of his Famicom game be hinting at something in his future? WiiU_Dec_DLC_screen_08
  • The Roy and Ryu amiibo will release on March 18 2016
  • The final announcement revealed that the Smash Bros Ballot winner was none other than Bayonetta. She is a combo heavy character like Ryu, with a move set based on her action games. She will be released in February. She was the top requested character in Europe and in the top 5 in North America.
  • Alongside Bayonetta, there will be a stage based on the clock tower level that opened the first Bayonetta game. Bayonetta
  • Amiibo of Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta have been confirmed

To all who play Smash, what do YOU think of today’s announcements?

By Amy McGarey On 9 Jan, 2014 At 06:08 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, PlayStation, Playstation Vita | With 0 Comments

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Yesterday, Sony President Andrew House announced at CES 2014 the new game streaming service PlayStation Now. If you remember from awhile back when Sony acquired Gaikai, the cloud-based game streaming service, PlayStation Now is the rebranding of that.

Sony plans to release PlayStation Now on tons of different devices, not just their well known consoles and handhelds. The service will be available on Sony Bravia TVs, and many other third-party internet capable devices such as tablets and phones. Available games for cloud streaming will be from the last three generations of PlayStation games – PS1, PS2, and PS3. Games available for demo at the Sony CES booth were The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, and Puppeteer.

PlayStation Now will have the capability of cross-platfrom gaming between the different available devices. Technically, when all devices have PlayStation Now available, I could play The Last of Us multiplayer on a Bravia TV with someone who is playing from their PlayStation Vita. PlayStation Now will have a subscription service as well as offering games “for rent.” There’s no word yet on how much the subscription fee costs or how many games will be available on it so far. You can also rent games individually, but you won’t have permanent ownership over the game. My best guess is that PlayStation Now will work like Netflix. You never get to own any of the movies or shows on there, but as long as you’re a paying member, you can play as many as you’d like.

At the end of January, there will be a closed beta on the PlayStation 3. Full release of PlayStation Now is expected to be this summer for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Availability on PS Vita will release later on. There is no current release date for third-party devices and Bravia TVs.

This article was originally posted on my blog, R2D2Cupcake, on January 8, 2014.

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Nvidia is ambitious. And I like it.

As I made my way around the giant booth, two things really stood out to me. One: Nvidia really gets gamers. They know what we want, they know what’s missing in our lives, and they know how to ‘turn us on,’ so to speak. Second: holy crap, I’m never going to be a functional human being again.

The keyword of the day was mobile, and not just in the sense of a phone or a handheld, but in the sense that, if Nvidia has their way, all your games will truly be mobile. From the handheld SHIELD, to the streaming service they’re building with cable companies, to the connectivity between your computer, big screen TV and your games, they seem to have thought of everything.

The Grid


Imagine cloud gaming that works with your network provider to turn any PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone, or TV into a gaming console. That’s the future Nvidia imagines.

GRID renders 3D games in cloud servers, encodes each frame instantly, and streams to any device with a wired or wireless broadband connection. This means no digital downloads, no installation, no patches – just streaming.

And this isn’t just a pipe dream. They’re already working on deals with major cable companies to get this show on the road.


A true portable gaming system that is also a full-sized controller, SHIELD utilizes the Tegra 4, touted as the world’s fastest mobile processor. The ultra-fast wireless is to prevent lag when streaming games, and the unit will utilize Android’s Jelly Bean operating system, meaning you can access all of the Android applications and games.

Now here’s where this “me never leaving the game” steps in. I will be able to play my computer games on the SHIELD. I can essentially use it as a controller, or I can get up and go lie on my bed and play using the SHIELD’s screen. Or I can go use the bathroom and take it with me. Or take it on the bus. Or to work. Or to my work bathroom.

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Do you see how dangerous this device is? From the demos, it seems a little bit of a quicker step than the Vita to PS4 step will be, because you’re actually playing the game on your SHIELD, but we’ll be able to compare them more after the PS4 comes out.

Oh, what’s that you say? They will probably only have crappy games? Um…look at this list. Yeah. Yeah that’s a real legit list of games right there, all the kind of games I wouldn’t mind snuggling up in my bed with until 3 A.M., with none of the neck or back strain that sitting up requires. Don’t look at me like that, you’re probably in no better shape.

I hope to tell you much more about the SHIELD when I get one of my very own. So stay tuned!

The World of Tomorrow


Nvidia almost scares me. The GRID, SHIELD, and other technology, if successful, may change the way we game. There’s no need for the console wars if you don’t need a console, and you don’t need to buy handheld versions of your consoles, like the Vita aims to be. In the world of tomorrow, every smart device could become a game console.

And I will never have a life again. I’m sure they were trying not to laugh as I stood there, flabbergasted by the new technology they were explaining. How will I eat? How will I sleep? How will I force myself to have human interaction?

By otakuman5000 On 8 Nov, 2011 At 05:02 PM | Categorized As Featured, International News, News | With 2 Comments

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Hijacked Christmas – Criminals Steal CODMW3 – Why you should care?


It’s true, over the past weekend french news site TF1 reported a truck carrying 400,000 Euros worth of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 stolen by two people using tear gas and knives. After hitting the shipping vehicle with their own car, and tear gassing the drivers, the two masked robbers fled with their bounty. But what does this mean to us? To me this means two things 1) a possible cry from people who still think that games has something to do with violence – which it doesn’t 2) The end of console games.

To explain my first concern I have to say that these two individuals do not in any way represent gamers who play shooters. The common reader would easily perceive this incident ironically since  it was a daring robbery. Other game sites like even said “In a theft so ludicrously staged that it could have been its own Call of Duty level”.  Well I’m here to set the record straight! Gamers, industry and academic, casual and hardcore, fight together against the unjustified stigma (violent games breed violent players) that comes with playing violent video games so when something like this happens it is extremely important to recognize that the perpetrators are criminals first.

Tactical Mask Perk

This violent stage of theft is an indicator of many other issues begging the question of fairly priced games, demand and popularity of franchises influencing cultures and industry practice world wide, and don’t forget the safety of transporters of all gaming products during the holiday season. We can see all of these issues clearer by reading the user comments. The most commonly repeated comment from readers of the original TF1 article is “It’s Christmas!”. With the economic distress reigning over the world this past year and high price of video games there’s no wonder why people are putting more games on their Holiday wish list instead of buying it for themselves. But we can’t say that it was over priced video games that motivated the violence. also featured an Ebay Ad that markets CODMW3 purchase at over a thousand U.S dollars purchased before the release of the game – even with Stephen Tolouse (@Stepto) of XBOX policies Tweeting out a warning to buyers of early copies legit or other saying “Clarification: dblchk’d with Activision. Mw3 pre-release play not authorised. So pls be patient. Playing early may impact your account!”. In essence this all means people are willing to pay hard earned dollars on games we love. These two criminals are not Robin Hood figures stealing from the corporate publisher but criminals who just robbed you of your Christmas present.

Do you collect games?

As for the end of console games, the industry and fans clash in the issue of the cloud. Major and minor publishing companies increasingly support the digital distribution of games to save costs to the publisher and consumer – actions like the ones made by these two masked men are supporting their claims. The cloud model allows for publishers to cut the cost of creating and distributing hard copies (including transportation of product). As a fan of hard copies and collectables I say digitally distributing AAA games will create a cultural disturbance in the intrinsic value of game collecting – this truck load of games is actually a truck load of money to the publisher but a truck load of cultural practice and value to gamers. The money lost and people physically harmed by these criminal actions is fuel to endorse the dangers of transporting valuable product. When danger becomes a part of the equation, inevitably we see the transportation costs as not worth the risk for the publishers since contracted transporters now have a means of raising costs – hence the end of console games as we know them. Even if the newest consoles developers warrant hard copy games I won’t be surprised if new publishers refuse to distribute offline. So why should you care? Changes in the industry can be made for an infinite number of reasons…let’s make sure that violent criminal behaviour isn’t one of them! 

Are you a game collector?  I want to see what you got SO post pictures of your Collection in the comments section or simply let us know what you think!

By otakuman5000 On 22 Mar, 2011 At 03:00 PM | Categorized As Featured, PlayStation Portable, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Reviews, Reviews | With 2 Comments

No GravatarThe first Dissidia Final Fantasy on the PSP was one of the best games to come to the platform. Square Enix really gave fans of the Final Fantasy series a love letter to their continued support for the franchise. Besides sporting some of the best looking rendered cut-scenes no the PSP, but the game also featured some of the most features available to use, giving gamers the most for their money. Now this time around, Dissidia gets a sequel that not only delivers some of the best points from it’s predecessor, but a whole lot more on top of that. Dissidia Duodecim in one of the best PSP games on the platform to date.


Cloud and Sephiroth Fighting Together


In similar fashion, the game opens up with a sort of prologue to the events that will transpire over the course of the story. Fans who purchased Dissidia Prologus got a taste of some back story to what this sequel will be about. The story can be a little mediocre and cheesy at times, but is still good quality for a fighting game /RPG hybrid. The time frame in which this game takes place is before the first Dissidia Final Fantasy, during the time when the war between Cosmos and Chaos is still raging on. This time however, a slew of new faces step into the ring and take sides between the two deities.


Cloud and Tifa Together Again


Some of the new characters making their way into Dissidia are Lightning from FF13, Kain from FF4, Vann from FF12, Laguna from FF8, Tifa from FF7, and Yuna from FF10. Playing thoroughly through the game however, players are greeted with two more extra characters in the form of newcomer Prishe from FF11, and fan favorite Gilgamesh from FF5. To add more fan service to the whole mix, those who purchased Dissidia Prologus from the PSN store and completed the story mode automatically receive FF7’s Areith as an assist character to use in battle, the fan service is just piled up with different outfits, tracks, and more as a huge plus for anyone who is a fan of Final Fantasy. Each one of these new characters play differently from both the new and original cast, offering a ton of unique ways to fight in battles.


Enter the Man of Many Swords


The fighting itself is pretty much the same as in the first Dissidia, with the exception of the newest addition of Assist Characters. As a player attacks an opponent with Brave attacks, they build up an Assist Meter that can charge up to two levels. Once one level is full, an ally can be summoned to attack with a Brave Attack that can be used to combo into or extend Brave combos. If two meters are full, the assist character can attack with an HP attack instead to deal HP damage to a foe. As an added plus, Assist characters can save players from taking damage but coming to their aid as a human shield, at the cost having the assist meter locked up for a short period of time. Knowing how to use assists to their full extent can be key to winning more of the tougher battles in both Story mode and Multiplayer.


Assist Characters are Key to Winning Battles


The different game modes available are the meet of what Dissidia Duodecim has to offer. The story mode now plays like a classic Final Fantasy RPG, where characters can roam around a large map, which looks like a world similar to that of classic 2D Final Fantasy games, and engaged enemies as well as collect items to use in battle. The board game aspects from the first Dissidia are here as well, but they are incorporated into the roaming story mode, where certain gates transport your character to different boards to engage Chaos Stigmas, enemies, and find different items.


The World Map


The multiplayer for Dissidia Duodecim is very similar to the original Dissidia, with some added goodies. Battle replays are still present and accounted for, allowing players to save some great moments on their PSP, and still allow the ability to convert the videos to a format for uploading on to sites like Youtube and BlipTV. The player cards have the same concept, only this time now there are different icons to use, as well as themes and party setups, where a player can choose a selection of characters as their main “party” of characters to use in battle. There is still ghost transferring between players, one of the best features from the first game, that now has added options for customization for different characters. There is even a Quest Creation mode, in which players can now create their own scenarios with their own written dialogue and set battles. The depth of the creation can only stretch as far as up to five battles and written text, but it is a step in the right direction, and it would be amazing to see this expanded upon in another installment of the series.


Multiplayer is Awesome


Dissidia Duodecim is a phenomenal PSP game, that really offers so much to people who purchase it. There is so much content available that gamers will be spending much more time playing it then they might have with the first Dissidia game. And to only add more to the Final Fantasy goodness, Square Enix made it possible to play the entire Original Dissidia Story Campaign after completing Duodecim’s main story. That means not only that you get the new game’s story with all the new features, but you get the entire first game campaign upgraded with all of the extras. This game is a serious love letter to every fan of Final Fantasy. There is something here for everyone no matter what game you feel is the best out of the series, all the heroes and villains from every game are given the spotlight. But more importantly, this is one of the very few games that pushes the PSP to it’s limit and still is able to offer an awesome quality experience to it’s players. Hands down, this is one of the Best PSP Game to come out this year.


The Man with the Machine Gun





By otakuman5000 On 25 Feb, 2011 At 02:51 PM | Categorized As Nintendo DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Reviews | With 1 Comment

No GravatarSquare Enix and Disney’s whimsical and magical franchise has now a new remake of past mobile phone game. Many people have only recently rumbled that Kingdom Hearts has gotten stale and redundant with the many spin-off and prequel iterations of the franchise. What those people don’t seem to realize is the top notch quality in both game-play and graphics, as well as the constant building blocks to what will be the inevitable Kingdom Hearts 3. RE: Coded is another great game in the franchise that should not be over-shadowed with such doubts and rumblings, it a game that really stands on it’s own two feet.

The Story Takes place After KH2, Before KH3

At the start of the events of Kingdom Hearts RE Coded, the game establishes itself as a story that takes place after the events of Kingdom Hearts 2. While Sora and the rest of the Disney cast are featured in the game, most of the plot takes place within a digital rendition of Jimmny’s Journal, a book that chronicled the events of all the previous Kingdom Hearts games. The main premise is that there are events that are featured within the journal that never actually happened, so Mickey and the rest of the Disney gang create a digital version of Sora to fix up the data the journal creates and eliminate the Bugs and Glitches in the system. The Heartless, the main enemies of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, are featured in game, however the premiere enemies players will face are bugged/digitally modified versions of the Heartless.

Classic Kingdom Hearts Gameplay

The story itself might turn some long time fans off, in that it is another spin-off title from the main story established in Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2. However, fans will miss out on key important events that heavily set up the stage for the next official console game. This would include character relationships and events that will be the stepping stones for characters to be reintroduced in Kingdom Hearts 3. The worlds themselves are the same settings we have seen for the past few games, but there is an additional remake of Castle Oblivion, the main setting from Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, that is included which gives a fresh breath of air for those that are tired of seeing Aladdin’s or Hercules’s world. There are sections that are true to the traditional Kingdom Hearts cut- scenes, but most of the game is made up of text dialogue and still image animations for most in game cut-scenes. If you can spare the thought of reading dialogue for most of the game in-between the beautifully rendered cut-scenes, you will find an engaging story that sets up many future conflicts to come for the franchise.

The Gangs All Here

The battle system for Kingdom Hearts RE Coded is great. It is very apparent that the team developing the Kingdom Hearts games are trying many ways to evolve and tweak the real time battle system. The fighting in-game feels like a blend of both Birth By Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 358/2. There are a ton of attacks players can find and synthesize as they defeat enemies and reach new worlds. Players can equip a certain amount of different melee and magic attacks to Sora, that will level up as enemies are defeated. Sora will level up now using the Data Chip grid, a new way to customize and level up Sora in a variety of different ways. What attributes to level up and what abilities to acquire is up to the player at any point they should choose, with an option to change up and manipulate attributes later on towards the end of the story.

Different variety of gameplay. Changes with each world.

What makes this game stand out from it’s predecessors is the variety of different game-play moments that occur at the end of each world Sora explores. During boss fights, players will experience a drastic change in the game play that is a different theme for each world. This ranges from a side-scrolling plat forming area, a face paced rail-shooter, and even a traditional turn based battle system similar to that of older Final Fantasy games. These changes in no way affect the game’s original battle system in any negative way, as they are limited to the boss sections for each world. They are however fun and a nice change of pace from mashing the A button for most of the game. The best part is that they can be replayed at a later time for achieving higher scores and better item rewards, which is vital for getting 100% completion.

This is how most scenes play out.

There is a multiplayer aspect to this game that, while not nearly as robust as Birth By Sleep, is helpful in acquiring new items and new challenges for the single player mode. The Avatar Menu allows players to create a custom made avatar sporting different accessories and trinkets gained from completing the main story. New items and clothing can be obtained from using Tag Mode, which allows the exchange of Avatars and items. It is also possible to gain new challenge rooms that are similar to the main game’s digital world, which looks vaguely similar to something out of TRON or Metal Gear Solid’s VR missions. By completing these rooms, even more items can be obtained to use and power up Sora.

Box Art for RE: Coded

Kingdom Hearts RE Coded is a game that at first glance, can be over-looked for being a useless spin-off title. With an open mind however, and a little patience, fans of the franchise will discover many things throughout the game that will excite them for Square Enix’s next installment of the series. New players will find an enjoyable lighthearted, yet deep RPG experience that makes this a must own for any RPG lover‘s gaming collection. The story is enjoyable, characters are lovable, and the game play is just right enough to make this game a stand out from the series it comes from. Hanging out with Mickey and the rest of the Kingdom Hearts cast has not gotten old just yet.