Words can't quite explain just how utterly bonkers Bayonetta 2 actually is, so here's a little video showcasing five of the most crazy happenings I've encountered thus far in the game. We can only talk about the game up to chapter five currently, but already I've unleashed a Hellish unicorn, surfed the tunnel of a tsunami on the steeple of a cathedral, stopped a Lumen Sage with an epic fistbump, and seen Black Santa wall-ride a department store in a Cadillac.
I can only apologise for the number of times words fail me in this video and I'm reduced to shouting "WHAT?!" in delighted confusion, but you'll hopefully understand why by the end.
Just in case I haven't told you yet, because I've got a sneaky suspicion that there are still some people out there who don't own a Wii U and therefore either haven't heard or fully understood the seriousness of what I'm about to say, I bought a Wii U for Bayonetta 2.
I've already waxed lyrical about the game's dual control systems in a previous preview so I won't repeat myself in that sense here. Having now played a large chunk of the game, I have to say that I'm not particularly fond of the touchscreen input for long periods of play (or indeed at all for that matter), but that's because I adore the way the game handles when you're playing it as you would have the original. The swipe and tap inputs essentially turn Bayonetta 2 into the most bonkers smartphone experience you ever laid eyes on, and although it's perfectly poised in that respect to bring in a new audience who want to enjoy the absurd spectacle, it's not really for me.
But that's the joy of choice. Finally, with the difficulty raised above the Easy setting that they must have been flouting months back at the preview event, the standard control system really comes into its own once more. Pirouetting about the place, cartwheeling out of danger before spinning back in for a flurry of attacks is beautifully balletic and gloriously responsive. It's a near perfect setup, the controller really just an extension of your mind. Everything is so fast and fluid that you're just stepping into combos on the fly, mixing and matching button combinations to see what happens, always with a finger delicately poised over the dodge button to take you out of harm's way.Click here to read more...
Nintendo are infamous for their handheld hardware revisions, but today's Japanese Direct presentation unveils their most ambitious update yet. The New 3DS and 3DS XL models contain a host of upgraded features including the long-awaited second circle pad, wider 3D viewing angles and a faster processor that can support a new wave of more graphically intensive games.
Unfortunately they won't be out in time for Christmas here in the UK... meaning that you might want to strike a 3DS off Santa's list, but fence-sitters might finally get the push they need.Click here to read more...
Over the weekend, a fairly complete-looking roster of Super Smash Bros was leaked onto the internet via some screenshots and some rather legit videos (courtesy of NeoGAF) showing off the unlocked character selection screen and showcasing some of these characters in action.
In the interests of let everyone decide for themselves, we've hidden the images below the jump, and you can have a gander if you're up for some spoilery goodness.Click here to read more...
Super Smash Bros may feel most at home on a big screen, but it's 3DS counterpart is no slouch either. Containing unique levels, 60FPS visuals and intuitive controls, there's every chance that it's going to be a portable powerhouse.
You can watch me play several local multiplayer games of it above, brought to you in glorious ShakyCam™. The footage is entirely unedited, so you'll get to enjoy my banter, listen to me meeting new friends and witness how terrible I am at it.
Which version of Super Smash Bros are you looking forward to most?
Nintendo don't often make much of Gamescom. In the past, they've actually been fairly rubbish at noticing Europe is even here to be honest, in spite of Iwata highlighting the issue several times over the past few years.
But they turned up to this year's show with a host of playable games to demo to the public, and behind closed doors they didn't bother with flashy presentations or snooze-inducing, heavily-scripted developer walkthroughs where you watch someone else play the game, instead they just let people play and let the games speak for themselves.
Letting the games speak for themselves could well be Nintendo's motto. They've never been the best when it comes to corporate communication or getting the word out (the mind-bending originality of the Wii, and that console's aggressive Ant-and-Dec-fronted marketing aside) but their games shine when placed in the perfect environment. It's a shame in some ways that it's only after you've picked up a Wii U and played some of the exceptional titles on offer that the console's essential nature reveals itself.
Thankfully, over 300,000 people had the chance to do just that at this year's show.
Jon and I have both gone hands-on with a number of Nintendo's upcoming titles now, so we thought we'd have a little chat about some of the highlights for the Japanese company from this year's show.Click for our Nintendo @ Gamescom discussion >>
It's so cute!
Having spent three days rebounding between interviews and hands-on appointments at Gamescom 2014, slaughtering foes in Bloodborne, shredding opponents to bits with dual miniguns in Advanced Warfare and burning down half of London in The Order: 1886, I desperately needed to find a way to relax. The pay-what-you-want masseuses in the business area didn't even get a look-in, because once again, it's Nintendo to the rescue.
Yoshi's Woolly World is custom designed to be the most adorable thing you've ever seen. Taking inspiration from Kirby's Epic Yarn and more real-life wool than you can shake a knitting needle at, it's a colourful world of soft fuzzy floors, warm cuddly walls and bouncing balls of string. Everything is soft, huggable and so cute that you could probably weaponise it with devastating results. A Yarn Bomb of sorts, I suppose, that would paralyse potential threats by making them feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
However, Yoshi's Woolly World is also no slouch when it comes to gameplay, and a far cry from the disappointing 3DS rehash we saw earlier this year. It's not just a ploy to flog a new range of plush knitted toys, but actually, I'd probably buy one.Click here to read more...
Are you ready to witness some sweet Smash skills? Prepared for a masterclass in high-level play? Then you've come to the wrong place, friend, as I've returned from Gamescom 2014 with footage of me being a total and complete button masher. I strongly suspect that the rep let me win.
However, you'll also get to watch new footage of Marth and advanced character Roselia in action, alongside some of the new Wii U-exclusive stages. Apologies for the resolution, though, which I had to massively ding due to battery life concerns.
I've been itching to get my tentacles on Splatoon ever since Nintendo announced it at E3. A hectic territory control shooter with crazy paint mechanics and the ability to turn into a squid at will? And paint grenades? Count me firmly in.
You can watch what happens when I got my hands on it at Nintendo's Gamescom booth above. Spoiler alert: it's really, really fun.
Matt's preview is on-site with more details, but personally speaking, I'm only worried about whether spraying paint cannons at walls will remain fun after several hours. We'll find out soon enough.
The Wii U Basic console only has an 8GB hard drive, most of which is taken up by the operating system. But as I've recently found out, even the 32GB Premium won't last you very long if you plan on maintaing a decent-sized Wii U library so at some point you'll probably want a HDD anyway, meaning your choice of SKU isn't that important really.
Price is, though, and for under £170 at Base.com you can bag a Wii U, a GamePad, an extra Wiimote (MotionPlus of course), a Sensor Bar, two fine multiplayer party games in Wii Party and Nintendo Land. It's perhaps not the best deal for the core gamer (shopping around for a generous bundle with a headline game might be a better bet there), but if you're transitioning up from the Wii or just new to the party, it's a good place to start.
You'll need a hard drive, of course. I went out like an idiot and assumed a new Western Digital MyPassport would work. It doesn't. But the ten-year-old, Y-cabled HDD from my ancient laptop works just fine. Make sure you get one with either a Y-cable or a dedicated power source just to be sure. The Wii U can be iffy with single cable units. You won't need to break the bank, though, and these can either be salvaged as I did from old machines or you can pick up 500GB units for around £30. Nice find, coconut94!
Super Mario 3D World is definitely the 'go to' Mario game on Wii U, but platforming fans should definitely check out New Super Mario Bros 2 if they have a gap in their schedule. This launch title isn't designed to be a tech demo, rather it's a familiar yet tightly-designed experience with a few cheeky surprises along the way, not to mention a whole mess of levels. ShopTo's £19.85 price tag is seriously cheap. Thanks to TOMBOY25360 @ HUKD!
Meta Knight got confirmed for Super Smash Bros today, which is pretty awesome, but even better is the massive sale Nintendo are bringing to the eShop this week in honour of the upcoming Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS.
The sale is designed to celebrate some of the New Challengers confirmed for the brawler that'll be out later this year, and also remind people that Nintendo have a bunch of fantastic titles already on release. There's a heady cocktail of retail and VC titles that'll be discounted from tomorrow through to the 21st here in Europe.Click here to read more...
The Warriors games have always been a bit samey, and from what we've played of Hyrule Warriors at preview events, there seems to be a lot of button-mashing and not much by way of skill involved. That said, some inventive game modes, the inclusion of Zelda series weapons and bosses, some surprisingly deep customisation and RPG-lite mechanics, and a diverse array of objectives means this might actually be one of the best Warriors titles yet.
We can't really say any more, but GAME have a pre-order deal on with their GAMESCOM3 voucher right now, and it'll take the price for this under £30 if you're interested.
Thanks to r_simsini at HotUkDeals.
Dan Adelman spent nine years courting indie developers for Nintendo, but his
common sense controversial views on their region locking policy and marketing caused the company to effectively gag him on social networks.
Now he's decided to leave, and has a few home truths for the company.Click here to read more...
We've not heard anything about Ganondorf being playable in Super Smash Bros this coming winter, and indeed Sakurai has managed to avoid clones where possible for the Wii U and 3DS title, but that doesn't mean we won't be able to get our hands on the ginger Gerudo badass.
Nintendo recently announced that Ganondorf will be playable in this year's button-masher extraordinaire -- Hyrule Warriors.Click here to read more...
Let's be clear about this: it's really unlikely that we're going to see anything top that Game Collection flash deal from mid-June for some time. But, if you're looking for a relatively cheap bundle deal on a Wii U, then grabbing the Premium console along with its best multiplayer game -- Mario Kart 8 -- for as close to £200 as possible is a good place to start, and this price cut from Sainsbury's still represents pretty good value.
That said, do be aware that the free game promotion for Mario Kart 8 has now expired.
Good spot by iSM4SHxYOUx at HUKD.
"Please understand." Nintendo's boilerplate apology has felt like a distant memory of late following a resurgent year for the Wii U and a cracking E3 performance, but the latest quarterly financial report reveals that us Europeans won't be able to play the Wii U's biggest Christmas release before year's end. A shame, perhaps, because stonking sales of Mario Kart 8 haven't quite managed to pull the company out of another operating loss.Click here to read more...
After a couple of shaky years, the Wii U has stopped treading water and started fighting back hard, reminding gamers that it already boasts a fantastic lineup of great games. This trend is set to continue throughout the rest of the year, resulting in a slate that's relatively slim on quantity but utterly sensational in terms of potential quality.
So without further ado, here are the Wii U's exclusive highlights with release dates and links to our on-site coverage where possible!
Bringing Zelda characters into Dynasty Warriors is risky business, but Nintendo are rigorously putting the incredibly inconsistent Omega Force through their paces and watching their every move. What we've seen so far looks like simple satisfying fun, and what Matt played cemented our opinion.
"If Hyrule Warriors can manage to borrow as much from Hyrule as it can from the Warriors series, then we might just see a Warriors game that proves to be something a bit special here, rather than a novelty paint job," he wrote. "I had fun, though; I can say that." Fingers crossed.Click here to read more...
The price for Nintendo's budget handheld continues to fall, with this latest offer from Tesco being the best one we've seen. By adding the voucher code above you can snag a 2DS in the colours of your choice for under £70. Admittedly this deal doesn't come with any games, but even so this is quite the bargain. Please note that you'll need to pay an extra £3.00 for home delivery if you're unable to click & collect. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
One of the undeniable highlights of Nintendo's E3 showing was Splatoon -- a new take on the third-person multiplayer shooter that coated the genre in a fresh lick of paint.
Or rather ink.
Nintendo have never struck us a company that'd jump into the saturated online shooter market, you wouldn't find them crafting a COD killer or taking the field against the likes of Halo or, indeed, Battlefield. But Nintendo are all about innovative twists on well-worn themes, and in Splatoon they've not just handed a roster of their beloved mascots Quasar rifles or paintball guns, they've gone and greenlit a brand new IP. Nintendo EAD making a new IP and a multiplayer shooter? Don't be alarmed, hell hasn't frozen over just yet.
The excellently named Splatoon features two teams of four players vying for control of a level, marking territory by splattering everything in sight with ink to match the teams' respective colours. You essentially run about the place, covering as much of the map as you possibly can in the colours of your team, splattering any miscreant foes you come across, and transforming into a squid every so often to refill your paint gauge, traverse the place a little faster, and just because it's cool.Click here to read more...