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PREVIEW | Nintendo's Titanfall - Splatoon is rip-roaring, refreshing fun

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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E3 2014, Games previews, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Splatoon, TPS games, Wii U games

PREVIEW | Nintendo's Titanfall - Splatoon is rip-roaring, refreshing fun

Stay with me, I'll explain...

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.

PREVIEW | Nintendo's Titanfall - Splatoon is rip-roaring, refreshing fun

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.

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PREVIEW | Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is the glorious lovechild of Mario and Fez

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, E3 2014, Games previews, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Wii U games

PREVIEW | Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is the glorious lovechild of Mario and Fez

Super Mario 3D World's "Captain Toad" stages were absolutely brilliant. They were wonderful puzzle-platforming vignettes that varied the pace a little and gave players something fresh and new to do. Now everyone's favourite, useless little mushroom fellow has his own marquee game, and it's shaping up to be something truly delightful.

Much of the appeal comes from the fact that Toad is fundamentally useless. His only real ability is to plant a smile on your face -- he can't jump or attack or do much for that matter -- and that makes for a game that looks like it might be Super Mario 3D World replica with a new avatar, much like Nintendo did with New Super Mario Bros U and Luigi, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Captain Toad is no Goomba-stomping moustachioed maverick. He's a toddling mushroom with a benevolent god rocking a GamePad and a camera.

That's us. The players.

PREVIEW | Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is the glorious lovechild of Mario and Fez

Our job is to steer Toad through a number of increasingly complex levels that can be spun around, their perspectives played with, to ferret out secret gems and hidden coins, and eventually guide Toad to the star at the end of each stage. It's a mechanism that evokes memories of games such as Echochrome (though Nintendo eschew Escherian temptations) and Fez, where the systems of stages are fixed, and the player progresses through manipulation of the camera angle and the stage itself as a whole.

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NES Remix 2 Review | Nostalgia Trippy

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Action Games, indieszero, NES Remix 2, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Platformers, Puzzle games, Wii U, Wii U games

NES Remix 2 Review | Nostalgia Trippy

Platform: Wii U

Developers: Nintendo EAD | Indieszero

Publishers: Nintendo

I love the idea behind NES Remix. Nintendo often comes under fire for just repackaging age-old games, but the truth is that they're often willing to subvert and tinker with familiar gameplay, and their latest minigame collection a key case in point. It cheekily crunched classic 8 bit gaming moments into addictive bite-sized time attack challenges, letting us enjoy our favourite titles from yesteryear in exciting new ways, and often blending games together with hilarious results. A nostalgia trip, highlights reel and zany WarioWare-esque funhouse all rolled into one.

Unfortunately the original NES Remix fell short, mainly because its sub-par collection of games (Clu Clu Land? Really?) didn't lend themselves particularly well to a pick-up-and-play experience. It felt like Nintendo were holding their big guns back for a sequel.

NES Remix 2 Review | Nostalgia Trippy

Turns out that they were, because NES Remix 2 is an improvement in every respect. Boasting a superb library of games from Metroid and Kid Icarus to Punch-Out! and Super Mario Bros 3, wild 'remixed' stages and even a pleasingly tricky extra game for £8.99, this really is a retronaut's dream package.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Review | A Classic Re-Awakened

Author:
Chris Hyde
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Reviews
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Action Games, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Wii U games

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Review | A Classic Re-Awakened

Platform: Wii U

Developer: Nintendo EAD

Publisher: Nintendo

For those of you who remember reading the Dealspwn Game of the Year 2012 Highlights will remember me stating that my most anticipated game for this year would be a Zelda Wii U game. Well 10 months down the line, and I’d be lying if I thought or hoped that game would have been a remake of a game I’d completed a decade ago. I wanted new Zelda, never-before-seen Zelda, and what I got from Nintendo was Wind Waker HD. I said before that Nintendo needed a Zelda game to propel them forward – a stance that has further been emphasised by a quiet first-half of 2013 and imminent next-gen console launches. So this review is not just any old review. On its shoulders is not just an evaluation of how good a Wii U game Wind Waker HD is, but also whether it can fill that need and push the Wii U forward. And also more importantly (to me at least) was my prediction vindicated that this would be the game of the year? You’ll be able to tell by my smugness at the end.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Review | A Classic Re-Awakened

For those unfamiliar with the original game, or who simply weren’t gaming back when Busted were topping the charts in the UK, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was the main Zelda franchise release for the Nintendo GameCube. It took a few notably different steps to its gameplay and style off the back of previous N64 powerhouses - Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.  Despite gamers of the time (myself included) drooling over higher-res, detailed graphics thanks to a Spaceworld demo in 2000, Nintendo decided cel-shading was the way to go – putting a higher emphasis on the emotion of Link and other characters, something they felt was more achievable in this art style. Cue the witty “Cel-da” puns from games journalists and players alike, unable to see how a game that looked like a cartoon could carry on such a serious and beloved franchise.

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New Super Luigi U Review | "Phew, Made It!"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Expansion, New Super Luigi U, New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Platformer, Wii U games

New Super Luigi U Review | "Phew, Made It!"

Platform: Wii U (eShop & retail)

Developer: Nintendo EAD

Publisher: Nintendo

We love an underdog here at Dealspwn.com, so a Wii U game starring Luigi ought to be a double whammy worth patting on the head while making reassuring noises. Available both as an eShop download and a brand new retail edition, New Super Luigi U is billed as a DLC pack for New Super Mario Bros. U, but it's more a total conversion that changes each and every one of the 80-plus levels into shorter, meatier and utterly ruthless new forms. Luigi can jump higher than his chubbier brother, but he's an absolute sucker for punishment.

I must admit to harbouring very low expectations for New Super Luigi U, seeing as it's relatively unambitious at face value, and the first level seemed to confirm all of my darkest fears. Following a cutscene that's identical to the original game save Mario mysteriously not showing up to Princess Peach's tea party, Luigi is thrown into the same storyline and world map as before, only with a Mario-shaped hole. The first stage is simply a shorter version of its predecessor, the same challenges and enemies squashed down into a cool ninety-nine seconds, but now you control a protagonist who handles like a new-born foal on an ice rink. First impressions are important - and appalling.

Stick with it, however, and you'll discover a seriously impressive and taxing new proposition for New Super Mario Bros. U fans... but one that doesn't quite step out far enough from Mario's shadow to be brilliant in its own right.

New Super Luigi U Review | "Phew, Made It!"

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New Super Mario Bros. U Review | Plumbing New Heights

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Platformer, Wii U games

New Super Mario Bros. U Review | Plumbing New Heights

Platform: Wii U

Developer: Nintendo EAD

Publisher: Nintendo

If the minigame-heavy Nintendo Land is akin to throwing new Wii U owners straight in at the deep end, New Super Mario Bros. U is designed to gently ease players into their new console. It's a 2D Mario game. We know how they work. You (and potentially three friends) will caper through some colourful environments, stomp some Goombas, find some secrets and generally frolic in the cheerful timeless fun of it all.

However, Mario's latest outing has drawn a fair amount of pre-launch criticism for a perceived lack of innovation. Or to put it bluntly: it's another "New Super Mario Bros" game that plays out much the same as the Wii, DS and 3DS versions. Instead of a Galaxy, Sunshine or 64, it's an oddly conservative affair that plays to the strengths of the franchise - not the platform.

These criticisms may be valid, but New Super Mario Bros. U has a trick up its sleeve. Rather than being a Wii U tech demo or Gamepad proof of concept, it's just an exceptionally enjoyable and well-crafted game. With inflatable singing Yoshi babies.

New Super Mario Bros. U Review | Plumbing New Heights

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Dillon's Rolling Western Review | A Fistful Of Surprises

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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3DS Games, Action Games, eShop, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Tower Defence games
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Nintendo 3DS

Dillon's Rolling Western Review | A Fistful Of Surprises

Platform: 3DS eShop

Developer: Nintendo EAD

Publisher: Nintendo

First-party 3DS titles are still in short supply, so imagine our surprise when a brand new Nintendo IP rolled onto the eShop a day before it was supposed to. Dillon's Rolling Western may have only been announced a few months ago, but it's clear that a huge amount of effort, love and imagination have gone into this innovative package - which delivers a spectacular hybrid gameplay experience.

Dillon is a wannabe Armadillo ranger with the mindset of Clint Eastwood, a fistful of sharp claws, a back studded with wicked armour plates and an adorable chipmunk pal. He's sauntered into town in the wake of Grock attacks: enormous subterranean rock monsters who raid the villages for their Scrog livestock, leaving the townsfolk starving. Seeing the opportunity to make some money and gain a reputation, the ornery armadilla' decides to defend the villages using fast-paced action gameplay, exploration, traditional tower defence elements and a whole lot of rolling... all rolled combined into one.

Forget The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Dillon's Rolling Western is all good.

Dillon's Rolling Western Review | A Fistful Of Surprises

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The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword | £29.95 | The Game Collection | Wii

Author:
Tom Silkstone
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Deals
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Action Games, Games deals, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Wii games
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The Legend of Zelda: Skywar... | Wii

The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword | £29.95 | The Game Collection | Wii

There's no way that Skyward Sword can possibly cause you any disappointment whatsoever, because it's phenomenally good fun and if you want to see how it'll make you feel then I suggest you check out Matt's preview! The game supports full motion controls, so you might want to think about picking up the Wii Motion Plus peripheral too. The Game Collection are parting with copies of the game for £29.95, which should save you about £2 on the next best offer coming in from Simply Games.

The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword | £29.95 | The Game Collection | Wii

Author:
Tom Silkstone
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Deals
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Action Games, Games deals, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Wii games
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The Legend of Zelda: Skywar... | Wii

The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword | £29.95 | The Game Collection | Wii

If you want to pick up a game that definitely won't disappointment this Christmas, then you should grab a copy of Skyward Sword before this deal expires. This one supports full motion controls, so if you don't have a Motion Plus peripheral then now's the time to get one. The price cut over at The Game Collections means that you'll be able to save about £2 on the next best offer coming in from Simply Games.

Wii Sports Resort With Motion Plus | £24.75 | M & S | Wii

Author:
Tom Silkstone
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Deals
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Games deals, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Sports Games, Wii games
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Wii Sports Resort

Wii Sports Resort With Motion Plus | £24.75 | M & S | Wii

Wii Sports Resort lets you wakeboard across the waves, chuck a frisbee amongst your friends, and you can throw in a bit of canoeing down a quiet stream too. In addition to the game, you'll get hold of the Motion Plus peripheral, which gives you much better control over your characters movements. M & S are parting with copies of the game for £24.75, which'll make you a saving of around £13 on the next best offer out there. Thanks to gari189 @ HUKD.

Mario Kart 7 Review | A Round Of Karts

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
3DS Games, Mario Kart 7, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Racing Games
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Mario Kart (Nintendo 3DS)

 

Mario Kart 7 Review | A Round Of Karts

Platform: 3DS

Developer: Nintendo EAD

Publisher: Nintendo

We've all been there - safely out at the front of the pack, pootling away in first place. You can see the finish line, it's so very close; so close that the exultation begins to boil up unconsciously. You've executed every corner perfectly, sweeping round bends in glorious arcs, the sparks licking at your tyres heralding helpful boosts. The sweet scent of victory fills your nostrils, you allow yourself a swift gasp of anticipa...

...and then everything is ruined in the space of two seconds. A blue shell arrives out of nowhere and, as you roll uncontrollably off course, your pace halted by its arrival, three karts accompanied by the mocking noises of a plumber and his pet dinosaur scream past you. Cushions are thrown, windows smashed, vile epithets are hurled at little old ladies out in the street who've done nothing wrong.

Mario Kart 7 Review | A Round Of Karts

 

Mario Kart  - Nintendo's flagship casual racing series - has always been a game of frenzied fun and fantastic frustration. The AI has forever trodden a fine line between challenging and flagrant cheating, and that's absolutely no different here. 50cc and 100cc have been made somewhat easier, the computer controlled characters are far less likely to usurp your position of power with cheap shots. To be honest it's a little easy, but will provide a great entry point for younger players.

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Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City And Wii Speak | £7.95 | The Hut | Wii

Author:
Tom Silkstone
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Games deals, Life simulation, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Wii games
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Animal Crossing: City Folk | Wii

Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City And Wii Speak | £7.95 | The Hut | Wii

Once you venture out of your home in Animal Crossing you'll come across a variety of tools, like axes, slingshots, and shovels, which you can use to have a bit of fun with as you watch the seasons change. You can run off to the city as well if you want to grab some new clothes, or head to the theatre. Wii Speak's also included if you want to chat with other players online. The Hut are parting with copies of the game for £7.95, which'll save you almost £20 on the next best offer out there. Thanks to missgem @ HUKD.

Super Mario 64 DS | £17.99 | DVD.co.uk, 101cd & Blah DVD | Nintendo DS

Author:
Tom Silkstone
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Nintendo, Nintendo DS, Nintendo EAD, Platform games
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Super Mario 64 DS | Nintendo DS

The DS version of Super Mario 64 has one or two little differences, but it's the same game deep down and it's great fun, so you can expect to jump into painting to gain access to other worlds, where you can pick up a power star or two. You'll get to take control of Yoshi, Wario, Mario, and Luigi during the course of the game, before you finally defeat Bowser and free Princess Peach. The merchants listed above are parting with copies of the game for £17.99, which'll save you almost £2 on the next best offer coming in from Sendit.

Mario Kart DS | £19.88 (Including Delivery) | Sendit | Nintendo DS

Author:
Tom Silkstone
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Nintendo, Nintendo DS, Nintendo EAD, Racing Games

Mario Kart's fun no matter what you're playing it on and taking it on the move by grabbing a DS copy's a great way to keep yourself entertained on a long journey, or an otherwise boring commute to work. The gameplay's pretty much the same as any of the other games in the series; pick your character, take them on the track, then smash your opponents out of the way using ridiculous weapons whilst you try to screech into first place. You can grab the game over at Sendit for £19.88, which'll save you just over £1.50 on the next best offer coming in from Play.