Before you utter the word "shovelware," I should probably point out that this exceptionally well-produced rhythm game comes from the creators of WarioWare and is a sensational example of the genre. The challenges are deep and hypnotic, the visuals are and the fun factor is off the charts.
Oh, and you can buy it for £1.99. Two sovs, with change. Sure, you'll have to reserve in store to avoid delivery charges, but frankly it'd be rude not to!
It's backwards compatible with Wii U too. Many thanks to mobjw @ HUKD!
Monsters are pesky little critters, aren't they? They bother livestock, ruin picnics and lay waste to entire civilisations... but at least the Monster Hunters are on hand to sort them out, carve them up and craft useful items out of their entrails. Though Tri has long been superseded by Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (a remake) and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (a revelation), it's still an undeniably great game that you can play on Wii or emulate on Wii U.
It's a great price, but don't Tri to play it online. They've switched the servers off so be aware that you'll miss out on that aspect of the game.
Get your hands on a copy of the classic Nintendo game Super Smash Bros Brawl for just £12.99 @ Argos via eBay. Not only is the game compatible for the older Wii console it is also compatible for the new generation console the Wii U.
Super Smash Bros Brawl beings together the most colourful cast in video game history for the ultimate fighting experience. Choose your preferred controller and pick you favourite player and take on Nintendo's biggest brawl to date.
The Game Collections bank holiday sale started today and we have a heads up on some of the prices for you. There is a nice selection of games to choose from on all platforms so there should be something for everyone.
Also a few more could possibly be added.
As you'd expect, you'll have to rummage through a lot of tat to get to the good stuff, but there are some gems to be snapped up here and huge savings to be made! Here are a few of my personal highlights.
And loads more. Thanks Gooner!
However, it is a smart bargain considering that you'll get the game and peripheral, both of which will work on Wii and Wii U via backwards compatibility. £19.99 is a cheap Wii games deal to say the least, thanks TwinklyMilk14!
Hot on the heels of yesterday's reports that certain Tesco stores have been selling Wii U units for as low as £84, comes the news that outlets are getting rid of Wii Mini console stock for under £30. According to HUKD user fizzyb123, the local Tesco outlet at Shirley was selling Nintendo Wii Mini 8GB (Red) units for £29.
The moral of the story? Give your local outlet a ring right now if you fancy a cheap Nintendo bargain, and see what they've got right away! We'll update with receipt confirmation when we have it, but it's worth popping into your lcoal store speculatively anyway if you're hunting for a Nintendo bargain, as they've been regularly dropping the prices on Ninty products of late.
UPDATE: It looks like local outlets are purging stock on a number of items, though it seems to be on a store-by-store basis. We've clocked reports of Vita units being sold for as low as £49, and old 3DS consoles going for £44.
Every Sunday, we'll be diving into the Dealspwn archives to bring you an article or review from yesteryear. This week, having gotten all excited once again over the prospect of Xenoblade Chronicles X in the wake of the first Nintendo Direct of the year, here's a reminder of exactly why Monolith Soft's original title on the Wii was so highly regarded, and why we're very glad it's getting a revisit on the New 3DS.
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Platform: Wii (Reviewed)
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The UK release of Xenoblade Chronicles poses many questions. The most controversial of which, naturally, is exactly why us Brits have received Monolith Soft's anticipated RPG instead of the United States... who have spent the last few months demonstrating the massive demand by banging their heads against Nintendo Of America's Facebook page.
There's a much more pressing question to be answered, however. Is Xenoblade Chronicles actually any good - and does it worth the insane amount of hype?
The answer is simple. Not only is Xenoblade Chronicles an astounding RPG and a late-game miracle for the Wii, but it's also one of the best games to have come out of Japan this console generation. It's bigger, smarter, more innovative, more nuanaced and more considerate than practically any other JRPG I can name... and just to put the icing on the cake, all the voice acting isBritish. The term game-changer has never been more apt or profoundly literal.
Xenoblade Chronicles is set a year after a legendary hero uses the power of a mysterious sword to rout an army of machines hell-bent on crushing the human race clinging to life on the back of an ancient dead machine God. Shulk, a young laboratory technician tasked with unlocking the secrets of the Monado (the blade in question), is soon granted a nightmarish vision of the future by the enigmatic weapon - and sets out with a group of comrades to discover whether the prophecy will come true. And more importantly, whether the future can be changed. It's an exciting and imaginative premise, and one that sets the tone for a truly superior RPG.Click here to read more...
The BIT.TRIP series is a superb fusion of gameplay, music and visuals that everyone should probably get round to playing at some point... and the Complete collection is the best way to do it. This unbelievably cheap Wii edition includes extra content, unlockables, every game in the series except Runner2 (natch) and even an original soundtrack CD. Naturally it's also compatible with the Wii U, via its Wii emulator. Thanks Gamer_U!
Looking for a little stocking-filler for the Wii this Christmas? Well, you can snap up Punch Out!! for under £3 at The Game Collection right now.
Boxing was one of the best parts of Wii Sports, and Punch Out!! takes all of that and makes i even more awesome, updating the Nintendo classic, and putting you back in the boots of Little Mac, now with added motion control. It's a colourful, entertaining little title that's full of cartoony violence rather than the squashed potato faces of Fight Night or semi-naked wrangling of UFC, just don't overdo it after Christmas dinner! Cheers Gooner!
Metroid: Other M is actually a pretty fun game, if you can get past the absolute butchering of Samus character (seriously, boyfriend issues?!?!), and ignore the Team Ninja camera that's a bit too obsessed with her boobs. Other M does have some pretty sweet action and some cracking boss battles, though, and it can be nabbed for under £3 right now, perfect for a cheap Christmas stocking filler.
You can click here to read our Metroid: Other M review. Nice spot by oUkTuRkEyIII!
Kirby's Epic Yarn is basically a hug and smile in game form. It's so gloriously charming that it would have turned Scrooge into a grinning loon in seconds, and it's super cheap right now at Argos.
Here's the thing, though. Argos aren't doing home delivery on this one, so you'll need to check your local store to see if they have stock. But be quick, it's a bit of a steal, and copies will go fast as it's the perfect stocking filler this Christmas.
The Kirby tankbot is also one of the best video game tanks of all time. Great spot by reutunes at HUKD!
We've seen it cheaper in very brief flash sales , but The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword is well worth picking up if you've yet to experience it - especially at an inexpensive £12.99 from Amazon and Argos (if you reserve in-store). Note that you can play it on Wii U thanks to the onboard emulator. Thanks to kneale81 @ HUKD!
Metroid: Other M is a bit of a conundrum, featuring some fantastic action courtesy of Team Ninja and, predictably, truly horrendous storytelling also courtesy of Team Ninja. Matt rather liked it, but I personally found that its cast of horribly-voiced fools undermined Samus' character so badly that it was physically difficult to play. Great bosses, though, and a £4 saving if you fancy it. Remember that you can emulate it on Wii U. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
The BIT.TRIP series is a superb fusion of gameplay, music and visuals that everyone should probably get round to playing at some point... and the Complete collection is the best way to do it. This unbelievably cheap Wii edition includes extra content, unlockables, every game in the series except Runner2 (natch) and even an original soundtrack CD. Naturally it's also compatible with the Wii U, via its Wii emulator. Thanks to BargainHunter54321 @ HUKD!
Here we are, folks. The Top 10 Games of Last Generation. Well... the top nine. These are the games that (a really small sample of) democracy has chosen. When we look back on the past seven years, these are the games we'll remember -- the titles that will come to epitomise generation six, for us anyway.
We have multiplayer mainstays here, some of the finest storytelling to grace any medium, we have an indie smash hit that shook the industry to its very core and changed things forever, we have Rockstar's finest game of the generation (no GTA in sight), and two peerless RPGs fighting out to the very last. Welcome to the final countdown...
What we said: Whilst it might not be the groundbreaking FPS that the original was, doing away with the Epic Pistol, enormously expansive maps and the health bar amongst other things, Halo 3 is still an absolute triumph. The campaign is somewhat short, and there's the odd level of Flood trudging that slows the pace horrifically, but the AI, the music, the combat and the blockbuster credentials more than make up for it.
And then of course there's the multiplayer. Fast, frenetic and furious, at its worst you'll come across a bunch of 14 year old Americans who swear blindly, make offensive comments and clearly spend every free waking moment playing the game. But at its best, Halo 3's multiplayer is incredibly good fun with great server support, a reliable matchmaking system and an abundance of game types.
What we said: Irrational created the most memorable game world of the generation in Rapture, and left you to pick your way through its dilapidated bones, discovering its history at your own pace. The lack of direct choice (or the illusion of it) -- that is to say, the apparent absence of morality-driven narrative divergences -- didn't matter. Bioshock played with the nature of control and discovery, using exposition to give colour and depth to the horrors you'd witness, and then turning everything on its head.
Rarely have three words proved so absolutely devastating in any story across any medium. Bioshock isn't just a video game classic, it's a milestone in interactive fiction.Click here to read more...
Our countdown of the best games of last generation reaches the top twenty, and what an assortment of quality we have for you today. Rayman racks up his second (and truly deserved) appearance, as does a certain Italian murderer; we see the Wii's best offerings standing strong amongst super company; and a nine-year old girl steals our collective hearts.
What we said: It's effortlessly charming, fiendishly challenging, mechanically sublime, and stuffed with enough content to keep us coming back for more long into the winter months. It's a blast solo or with friends, whether you're playing together directly, or trying to best one another's scores in asynchronous fashion in the challenges. Put simply, Rayman Legends isn't just one of the best platformers we've seen in twenty years, but one of the very best games. Absolutely stunning.
What we said: There's never been anything quite like this before, including the first game. LBP2 is so much more now that gamers aren't limited to the platforming genre. The single player game is just a warm up that hopes to inspire you to create something amazing of your own. The user-generated game creations are where the real gold is to be found. It's not Media Molecule's game anymore, it's ours.Click here to read more...
Welcome back to our countdown of the best games of last generation! Today we have a list that includes one of the finest titles to ever grace the Wii, car crash brilliance, the return of a glorious strategy franchise, and An Amazing RPG From The Best Games Company Ever.
Late to the party? Don't worry, you can catch up with all of our Games of the Generation pieces from the last week of so right here.
What we said: Fans of both loot grinders and hectic shooters will be in seventh heaven with Borderlands and will be able to enjoy the experience solo and with other players. However, most others will need to seek out company in order to fully enjoy what it brings to the table. Either way, Borderlands is a capable FPS with simple and accessible MMO elements that will still be relevant many months down the line.
What we said: Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best JRPGs ever made. In fact, it's probably one of the best roleplaying games of this generation - regardless of platform. Monolith Soft has made the genre relevant again, delivering depth and nuance without compromising fun or thrills. If you own a Wii, you owe it to yourself to play Xenoblade Chronicles. It's that simple.Click here to read more...
Acrobatic action titles? Check. Genre-defining third-person shooters? Oh yes. More plastic peripheral insanity? You bet! We're into the thirties in our countdown of the best games of last generation, and there are more surprises in store. Were you besotted with Bayonetta? Rabid about Rayman? Bonkers for Bad Company? Let us know what you make of thing in the box below.
Also, if you're yet to check out #50-41, click here to do so now!
What we said: Bayonetta herself might well split opinion - can a strong willed, intensely capable female figure who defies manipulation be taken seriously when she's being manipulated into some of the most suggestive poses this side of Spearmint Rhino's front doors? - but it's incredibly hard to argue against action this stylishly accessible and deceptively deep. Sexy, self-referential, slick and stylish, Bayonetta is an excellent action title to kick off 2010, dodging accusation of being derivative with one of the most finely tuned, and fun to play, combat engines seen in video gaming.
What we said: Rayman Origins is mechanically brilliant, perfectly-paced and drop-dead gorgeous, but can you put a price on happiness?
Probably not. But we've got a score for it. - 10/10Click here to read more...
We all weighed in on some of our favourite games and highlights from the sixth generation of video game consoles, and now it's time for the Top 50 Games of Last Generation. We opted for democracy over psychic octopuses or Foucauldian pendulums and each writer submitted a top 30, with the resulting entries shuffled into some semblance of critical order by our fuzzy-topped overlord.
The results have been surprising in some cases, and perhaps less so elsewhere. Indeed, there was only one game that appeared in absolutely everyone's list. But you'll have to wait until Friday for that as we begin our countdown of excellence at #50, and work our way up to the pinnacle of this generation.
What we said: Fallout: New Vegas is an epic adventure, simply overflowing with content. If you lost yourself in Fallout 3, gobbled up all the DLC and then loaded up a brand new game, New Vegas is for you. Hook, line and sinker. It's built on aging tech that often rears its ugly head, but it can also offer moments of startling beauty.
What we said: If you prefer your heroics to come with, well, heroics, look elsewhere on the shelf and detractors will no doubt write it off as a Fallout / Bioshock / Half-Life 2 hybrid. If though you like your games genuinely disturbing, thoughtful and intensely creepy, this is brilliant stuff. And hell, if you’re going to make a medley of three games you could do a lot worse than those, right?Click here to read more...