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NES Remix 2 Review | Nostalgia Trippy

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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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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Wii U premium console with Zelda: Wind Waker HD only £220 at Amazon

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U premium console with Zelda: Wind Waker HD only £220 at Amazon

Wii U Premium 32GB Console + Zelda: Wind Waker HD | Amazon | £220
Console ReviewZelda: Wind Waker HD Review

Amazon and GAME's rivalry peetered out as the high street retailer's stocks ran dry, leaving Amazon with the best price for the Wii U premium edition, limited edition GamePad and The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. A true classic has become even better thanks to a gorgeous makeover and a few tweaks, making it one of the true essentials. I'd also suggest grabbing Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World and The Wonderful 101 as a matter of priority. Thanks to Trebor_omatic @ HUKD!

Oh, and NES Remix 2 is pretty great. I'll have a review for you soon, before tonight's launch.

Fatal Frame should make the Wii U GamePad relevant again

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Nintendo, Survival Horror Games, Tecmo Koei, Wii U, Wii U games

Fatal Frame should make the Wii U GamePad relevant again

I love the Wii U GamePad. It's a fantastic piece of kit in terms of build quality and comfort (let's forget the crippling battery life for a moment), with a screen that should allow developers to offer new features and radical usability improvements with context-sensitive icons. Unfortunately, very few games actually use it to any great effect beyond just being another regular controller.

However, an incoming Fatal Frame sequel could change all that.

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Pre-order Mario Kart 8 for £35.00 at Tesco Direct

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Nintendo, Racing Games, Wii U, Wii U games

Pre-order Mario Kart 8 for £35.00 at Tesco Direct

Mario Kart 8 | Tesco Direct | £35.00 (save £5)
Hands-on preview | Voucher Code: TDX-PWP4

Is it here yet? Is it here yet? Is it here yet?

No, but we're less than two months away. Mario Kart 8 is finally on its last lap before May 30th - and Tesco Direct are on hand with a nifty saving thanks to their TDX-PWP4 voucher code. Thanks to HellRazer @ HUKD!

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze £27.95 at The Game Collection on Wii U

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Nintendo, Platformers, Retro Studios, Wii U, Wii U games

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze £27.95 at The Game Collection on Wii U

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical FreezeThe Game Collection | £27.95
Price Comparison

As the Wii U's only major 2014 release of note so far, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze really doesn't push my buttons. It's solid, colourful and challenging, but makes no attempt to push its gameplay anywhere remotely new or interesting, in stark contrast to the two surprisingly unpredictable Mario games of late. Or the unstoppable might of Rayman Legends. Still, its quality cannot be denied, and neither can the potential savings here. We've occasionally seen it £3 cheaper, but only in other flash sales. Thanks to thebaron69 @ HUKD!

Losing Sight Of One's Audience: Square, Nintendo, Capcom and other publishers need to stop panicking and remember how they got here

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Battlefield, Bravely Default, Call Of Duty, Capcom, DICE, EA, Final Fantasy, Hitman, Nintendo, Resident Evil, Square Enix, Wii U

Losing Sight Of One's Audience: Square, Nintendo, Capcom and other publishers need to stop panicking and remember how they got here

I've been playing a lot of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD of late, and it's impossible not to do so without remembering a time when Square knew who and what it was as a company, where its strengths lay, and what it was truly best at.

A week or so ago, Jon reported on a few telling quotes from Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda, as he talked about the company's desire to pursue mass market appeal with their games.

"If you focus too much on the global aspect, you might lose sight of who you're actually making the game for," Matsuda said. "For example, if you look back at 2013, we've had some home console games made for a global audience that struggled."

Losing Sight Of One's Audience: Square, Nintendo, Capcom and other publishers need to stop panicking and remember how they got here

He pointed to Hitman: Absolution in that regard, before holding up Bravely Default as an example of a game that stuck to its guns and delivered an outstanding JRPG that refused to compromise, and sold well because of it.

But why did Square Enix go down this path in the first place? Why try to fix a problem that wasn't broken to begin with? To take a look at the recent instalments in their flagship series -- Final Fantasy -- is to see a process of paranoid tinkering, desperately trying to make the series more streamlined and action-oriented, to the point where, in Final Fantasy XIII, all you had to do for the first fifteen hours was push "Up" and "A". Now, with Lightning Returns, we have a game that's barely recognisable by the standards that made Final Fantasy a household brand name.

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Casual Gamers: Dictating the Success and Failure of Nintendo

Author:
Chris Hyde
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Features
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3DS, Casual Games, Nintendo, Wii, Wii U, Wii U games

Casual Gamers: Dictating the Success and Failure of Nintendo

The Casual Gamer. A now derogatory term used to pigeon-hole the vast swathes of gamers that have dared to show a fleeting interest in an industry previously reserved for the dedicated, committed and knowledgeable “few” that pursued it before it became “mainstream”. Or some such elitist bollocks.

Now, I could write an entire article exploring the separation of this industry, but instead this piece focuses more on accepting the diversity that tablet gaming, motion controls et al has brought the gaming industry, and how this has shaped the strategy and fortunes of one of its biggest players – Nintendo.

Before we get too far in, it's worth me just clarifying what I will be referring to as a casual gamer. For the purposes of this article when I say 'casual gamer' what I mean is the group of people who wouldn't list gaming as one of their top hobbies or interests, it is instead a minor method of enjoyably passing the time in between other activities. As such they have no need to know the industry in depth, and similarly may not know a lot of what others familiar to gaming may know.

These variances against a more "normal" (or indeed hardcore - shudder) gamer are crucial when you apply them to Nintendo - arguably the company now most synonymous with the casual gamer tag thanks to the overwhelming success of the Wii. No one can deny that the performance of Nintendo's previous console didn't do a lot of good for the games industry. It increased it's potential and target audience massively, and gaming is enjoying a boom as a result. It gets much more exposure and recognition nowadays, and that is partly thanks to the Wii's success in bringing in an additional audience.

Casual Gamers: Dictating the Success and Failure of Nintendo

But this success has been a bit of a double-edged sword for the gaming behemoth. And they've fallen on it quite a lot in recent years.

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Wii U premium console with Zelda: Wind Waker HD only £220 at Amazon & GAME

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U premium console with Zelda: Wind Waker HD only £220 at Amazon & GAME

Wii U Premium 32GB Console + Zelda: Wind Waker HD | Amazon / GAME | £220
Console ReviewZelda: Wind Waker HD Review

Amazon and GAME are locking horns once again, bringing us the cheapest price on the market for the Wii U premium edition, limited edition GamePad and The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. A true classic has become even better thanks to a gorgeous makeover and a few tweaks, making it one of the true essentials. I'd also suggest grabbing Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World and The Wonderful 101 as a matter of priority. Thanks to ElectroDragon8 @ HUKD!

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze £24.95 at The Game Collection on Wii U

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Platformers, Retro Studios, Wii U, Wii U games

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze £24.95 at The Game Collection on Wii U

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze | The Game Collection | £24.95
Price Comparison

To be perfectly honest, this really wasn't the Nintendo exclusive we were all hoping for, but reviews for Donkey Kong's Wii U adventure have been excellent in the main. It's another slice of classic platforming, which you can get at a £5 saving from The Game Collection today/

Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals!

Wii U Premium + Nintendo Land £179.99 at Smyths

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
hardware deals, Nintendo Land, Wii U, Wii U games

Wii U Premium + Nintendo Land £179.99 at Smyths

Wii U Premium Edition + Nintendo Land | Smyths | £179.99
Wii U ReviewNintendo Land Review

If you're going to get a Wii U, this 32GB model is the one you should be going for.Nintendo Land and its collection of minigames is an easier introduction to the new Gamepad (the tablet-esque controller) than something like Zombi U. This is one of the cheapest p[rices I've seen for a premium bundle, check out the retailers website for stock details in your area.

Thanks to Pedrostan at HotUkDeals.

Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed: Unity, Game Buzz, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, VR headsets, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis

This week on Game Buzz, we chat about the rumoured news that the next AssCreed will take place in revolutionary France, we discuss Sony's VR plans now that the cat is out of the bag, and we suggest IPs Nintendo could bring back on Wii U.

Game Buzz | Episode 69 - Assassin's Creed: Les Mis. Recorded 21st March, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.


 

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Zelda: The Wind Waker HD down to £28.85 from Play-Asia (Wii U)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Wii U, Wii U games

Zelda: The Wind Waker HD down to £28.85 from Play-Asia (Wii U)

The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD | Play-Asia | £28.85
Price Comparison | Review

Play-Asia are currently running a sail (geddit?) on Wind Waker's superb Wii U revamp, which will save you more than a fiver. It's the PAL version, too, so it'll be compatible with our European region-locked consoles... but note that the free or cheaper shipping options could take a while.

Pikmin 3 only £22.00 on Amazon (Wii U)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

Pikmin 3 only £22.00 on Amazon (Wii U)

Pikmin 3 | Amazon | £22.00
Price ComparisonPikmin 3 review

Pikmin 3 is absolutely superb, and one of the first Wii U games you should definitely check out. Amazon are currently offering the cheapest new copy price around - a penny more than their January GAME price match - so should be your first port of call if you've just bought into Nintendo's console. Thanks to theg @ HUKD!

New Super Luigi U only £19.00 from Amazon on Wii U

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Nintendo, Platformer, Wii U, Wii U games

New Super Luigi U only £19.00 from Amazon on Wii U

New Super Luigi U | Amazon | £19.00
Price Comparison | New Super Luigi U review

New Super Luigi U may look like pointless DLC at first glance, but it's actually a full rebuild of New Super Mario Bros. U designed to provide a very different (and much more challenging experience). Every level has been torn down and reassembled, putting the focus on crazy speedruns and last-ditch victories. It's not entirely successful, but if you like what you read in our review, you can get a physical copy for twenty quid from Amazon. Thanks to ElectroDragon8 @ HUKD!

Assassin's Creed III only £5.95 on Wii U from The Game Collection

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Ubisoft, Wii U, Wii U games

Assassin's Creed III only £5.95 on Wii U from The Game Collection

Assassin’s Creed III | The Game Collection | £5.95
Wii U price comparison | ReviewWii U Version Addendum

Assassin's Creed III is the star of The Game Collection's latest flash sale, allowing Wii U owners to pick up a copy for a shade under six quid. It's a decent discount and an impressive saving, though in my personal opinion, this is the weakest game in the series by a considerable margin. You're probably better off going straight to the salty swashbuckling of Black Flag, but if you've got a hole in your collection, this is easily the cheapest way to fill it.

Thanks to theg @ HUKD!

Watch Dogs finally dated in tasty new trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Action Games, PC, PC games, PS3, PS3 games, PS4, PS4 games, Sandbox games, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs, Wii U, Wii U games, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

PS4 gets extra content, Wii U gets extra delays

About time too. Just when our excitement for Watch Dogs reached critical mass, having previewed a production buildinterviewed the developers and even tested out the companion app, Ubisoft delayed their anticipated hacking sandbox at the eleventh hour. Then went dark.

The waiting began. The conjecture and concerns deepened. But now we can start to ramp back into hype mode, because Watch Dogs has been officially dated by way of a new trailer! So long as you don't want to buy it on Wii U, that is.

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Will Smash Bros Save Or Kill the Wii U?

Author:
Chris Hyde
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Features
Tags:
Nintendo 3DS, Super Smash Bros, Wii U

Will Smash Bros Save Or Kill the Wii U?

You don't have to look very far across the interweb to see pages and pages detailing the doom and gloom of the Wii U these days. Even here at Dealspwn we've been mixed in our opinions of Nintendo's latest console and it's future. But for all the naysayers and harbingers of misery there have also been many who point to a few AAA titles on the horizon that may yet save the floundering machine. And arguably the biggest of these flagship titles is Super Smash Bros.

But despite this franchise having legions of fans, and is almost guaranteed to be a sure-fire hit, could even this title be a double-edged sword for the Wii U? Could it potentially do more damage than good?

Why It Could Be Special

Let's start off with the more obvious, and indeed optimistic view of things. The Super Smash Bros' franchise is huge, it has sold nearly 23m units across it's 3 previous games, and when you consider that half those sales alone came from the latest installment on the Wii, it's certainly a franchise on the up.

Will Smash Bros Save Or Kill the Wii U?

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Super Mario 3D World is only £29.99 at The Game Collection (Wii U)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

Super Mario 3D World is only £29.99 at The Game Collection (Wii U)

Super Mario 3D World | The Game Collection | £29.99 (save £10)

Super Mario 3D World may have been trounced by Knack in the charts, but is widely hailed as one of the best games of 2013 by Wii U owners. If you own Nintendo's console and have yet to take the plunge, The Game Collection are retailling at just shy of £30, which is a £10 saving. We saw it slightly cheaper in Christmas sales, but it's still a nice little price.

Many thanks to supermetroid @ HUKD!

Nintendo Direct - Disappointing Fans Since 2011

Author:
Chris Hyde
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Features
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3DS, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Wii U

Nintendo Direct - Disappointing Fans Since 2011

Take your minds back 28 months to a time before Nintendo Direct existed. It was a time before Rihanna was number 1 with "We Found Love" (yes I looked that up), it was a different time. Before Iwata, Miyamato and the gang would get together infront of clean white backgrounds to update us on the latest goings on at Nintendo Towers. But before November 2011, we didn't have the fun, unique updates that are symbolic of the quirky nature of Nintendo. Little were we to know back then that these Nintendo Directs would also provide regular disappointment to those that watched them.

But why is it always this way? Well, for a few reasons really, and not all of them are down to Ninty themselves. Let's take a look.

The Audience

Firstly we have to consider the purpose of the Nintendo Direct itself. Obviously they are there to provide key information about Nintendo's new software, hardware and to a lesser extent, their strategies.  But who to? Whilst Nintendo's presentations are available to the entire region they are aimed at simultaneously, it would be naive to think that everyone knows about them, let alone tunes in.

Fundamentally the people who are aware and watch Nintendo Directs are going to be those working in the industry, aspiring to be in it, or already have a distinct interest in all things Nintendo. Which means right from the off, Nintendo have a fairly tough audience to please. And not least because the perception of the big N in recent years has been waning. Just ask Matt what he thinks of the Wii U, give him the soap box, stand back, and you'll see what I mean. But ironically this perception doesn't mean the audience wants Nintendo to fail, in fact it wants the complete opposite, and this heaps the pressure on any announcements of any kind. Because we as a group turn up full of hope and expectation of that big story, that new strategy that is going to revert the fortunes of one of the pillars of the gaming community.

Nintendo Direct - Disappointing Fans Since 2011

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Game Buzz | Episode 64 - Steam Cleaning

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Battlefield 4, Game Buzz, Nintendo, Podcast, PWNCAST, Steam, Titanfall, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 64 - Steam Cleaning

It's that time of the week, folks! Time to sift back through the news from the past seven days for a bunch of topics worthy of discussion in the most EPIC gaming podcast you've ever stuffed into your ears.

This week on Game Buzz, we have Titans in Battlefield, we discuss the battlefields of Titanfall (and their seemingly arbitrary 792p resolution), we unpack the recent Nintendo Direct, and we ask when Valve are going to pull their finger out and sort the leaking cesspool of content saturation that Steam has become after this week's tagging fiasco.

Game Buzz | Episode 64 - Steam Cleaning. Recorded 14th February, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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