Last year, Nintendo made a big deal about being not just another kiddie console at E3 2013. We got to see shooters and action games and Batman Arkham City, and all sorts of titles that the hardcore gamer would drool over. This year? Not so much. In fact, the only hardcore title available to play at the Nintendo booth was the much awaited Bayonetta 2.
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When we learned that Retro Studios was working on something other than the DS port of Donkey Kong Country Returns, we thought that they would be bringing us a new Metroid Prime title or something like that. Nope! Turns out they were just working on the new Wii U Donkey Kong instead. E3 2013 gave us our first chance to try out Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.
What do you think is the most successful game franchise in existence? Call of Duty? Nope. Mario? Still wrong. Give up? The answer is Skylanders, one of the most absurdly successful money making games ever to come out of Activision. This year, at E3 2013, we got a chance to take a look at the newest Skylanders game, Skylanders: Swap Force, and picked up a limited edition E3 run Hot Dog Skylanders figure by doing so. We are all now 300 dollars richer after pawning off this figure on eBay, but how did the game hold up?
The new video game releases for July 2013 are looking pretty threadbare. With The Last of Us rounding out the big blockbuster releases for awhile, we're left with a month where another Dynasty Warriors is the highlight
Huge news about Smash Bros. was revealed at E3 2013. Three new characters would be joining the fight, including the Animal Crossing Villager, the Wii Fit Trainer, and a new third party entrant, Mega Man. While the game was, sadly, not playable on the show floor, there were a number of guided demos showing off what these three characters can do, and several trailers showing off their many moves. Here’s what we have gathered so far.
“Somebody is going way too fast!” That’s what I kept hearing during my demo of Super Mario 3D World and it’s likely the biggest problem with the game. That someone, by the way, was me, and I was going too fast due to my natural Mario speed running tendencies.
The new Wii U Super Smash Bros is all over the news these days. It was recently announced that a brand new trailer for the game would be shown at Nintendo’s pre-E3 event, and that has gotten the Smash crowd in a frenzy. But who is the Smash crowd? This is a debate that has been raging ever since the original Smash Bros gave you the option to turn off items. Are we talking about the hardcore gamers who reduce the variance of the game as much as possible in order to have a true battle of skill between two fighters? Or are we talking about the casual crowd that swears by this game as a fun and frantic, easy to control brawler that you simply can’t take seriously? More importantly, who should Nintendo and Namco Bandai focus on when developing the newest Smash title?
With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on the horizon, Nintendo has to break out the big guns if they want the Wii-U to survive the next generation. Part of their artillery includes the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game. Knowing that there is a new Smash Bros. game in the works always leads to conversations and theory-crafting pertaining to who should, or should not, be included. Today, we look at the most logical choices for Nintendo to add to their roster of fighters.
The race is on in this new trailer for Disney Infinity.