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Fatal Frame should make the Wii U GamePad relevant again

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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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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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut only £4.95 on Wii U at The Game Collection

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Eidos Montreal, FPS, RPG, Square Enix, Wii U games

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut only £4.95 on Wii U at The Game Collection

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut | The Game Collection | £4.95
Price Comparison

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is fantastic, and the director's cut ironed out some of its more annoying wrinkles. It's certainly not too shabby for a fiver, which is The Game Collection's current asking price and a £10 saving. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Nab Batman: Arkham Origins (inc. pre-order DLC) for £12.99 on Wii U at Zavvi

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Action Games, Batman: Arkham Origins, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games

Nab Batman: Arkham Origins (inc. pre-order DLC) for £12.99 on Wii U at Zavvi

Batman: Arkham Origins (inc. pre-order DLC) | £12.99 | Zavvi
Batman: Arkham Origins Review

Happy Easter folks! While you're rolling out of bed on Bank Holiday Monday, be aware that Zavvi have dropped their price on Batman: Arkham Origins on X360 and Wii U. If you snap up the latter you'll also bag yourself the Deathstroke pre-order DLC, which is quite a bit of fun.

The game itself isn't particularly fresh, and it had to endure a buggy release, but it's still worth a look for Arkham series fans. Thanks to Chanchi32.

The Wonderful 101 £22.49 at Argos on Wii U

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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The Wonderful 101, Wii U games

The Wonderful 101 £22.49 at Argos on Wii U

The Wonderful 101Argos [eBay] | £22.49 (save £7.50)
Price ComparisonReview

The Wonderful 101 was doomed to be a niche title even before it was announced as a Wii U exclusive. That said, it's made by Platinum Games, the maniacs behind Vanquish and Bayonetta, so you know it's going to handle like a dream. A dream with all the explosions and mania. Argos are using their eBay stall to shift the game for £7.50 less than the competition.

Thanks to TwoSliceToaSter at HotUkDeals.

Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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3DS Games, Action Games, children's games, Lego The Hobbit, PC games, Platform games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

Platform: PS4 (reviewed) | PS3 | Vita | X360 | XO | Wii U |3DS

Developer: Traveller’s Tales

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive

Yes, this is a review, not an advanced preview for a game which (with any sense) wouldn’t see a release until December when the final Hobbit movie hits cinemas. Instead, this Lego title encompasses the first two films with the third to be added as DLC later this year.

It would take the most upbeat of optimists to suggest that WB will do the right thing and release the add-on (the rest of the game) for free, but my cynical nature tells me to expect something around £15.99 –an oddly specific guess I admit. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see this game re-released complete with the remaining content in December for the same price it is today. So, I guess the only real question left, is how many Lego games do you need in your life? With Lego Marvel and the Lego Movie tie-in released just five and two months ago respectively, you have to wonder why WB didn’t wait.

Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

But here we are, back in Middle Earth for another action-platformer collect em’ up. As with the Lego Lord of the Rings game, there are lines of dialogue and music from the movie giving the game an authentic air. In the Lego LOTR titles, I found this to be an odd match as the straight-faced dialogue was at odds with the characters messing about in the background. But The Hobbit movies have turned out to be lighter affairs and the seriousness and comedy seems to gel together better than I expected. Or maybe it’s because I loved the LOTR movies have been bitterly disappointed with the drawn-out Hobbit ones.

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

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Jonathan Lester
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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!

Game Buzz | Episode 71 - Rumble in the Crumble

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Game Buzz, H1Z1, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4 games, PWNCAST, Sony Online Entertainment, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, The Last Of Us, Wii U games

Game Buzz | Episode 71 - Rumble in the Crumble

This week on Game Buzz... We take a look at SOE's zombie survival game H1Z1, we chat about the recent Nintendo Direct and the upcoming Smash Bros. games for 3DS and Wii U, we have a bit of a natter about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and The Last of Us coming to PS4, and we get a bit flustered over custard.

I can't explain, it makes more sense when you hear it.

Game Buzz | Episode 71 - Rumble in the Crumble. Recorded 11th April, 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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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!

Catch up with yesterday's Nintendo Smash Bros. Direct here

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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3DS Games, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Wii U games

A new Nintendo Direct broadcast went live yesterday, focused entirely on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for 3DS and Wii U. We've embedded the video above in case you missed it, but here a brief run down of the main points in super digestible form:

  • The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is set for launch this summer. The Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will arrive in winter 2014.
  • The 3DS version will run at 60 FPS in stereoscopic 3D.
  • Greninja -- Froakie's final evolution from Pokemon X/Y -- will join the roster as a playable character on both Wii U and 3DS.
  • Four classic, but as-yet unannounced characters were confirmed for the game: Zero Suit Samus, Sheik, Yoshi, and Charizard (previously a Poke-Ball character, you can now play as a fire-breathing dino-dragon).
  • The 3DS version will come with a new mode called "Smash Run". In this mode, four players will have five minutes to explore a dungeon area, fight monsters and seek out power-ups to enhance their fighters. Once the time is up, the players will duke it out in battle as per usual.
  • Sakurai went into enormous detail about the stages available in the game, saying there will be bosses on certain stages.
  • Online play will be available in both version of the game, and there are two modes: For Fun and For Glory.
  • There will be custom movesets, though not much was said about this.

Excited?

"We know how to find you" - Watch Dogs teaser foreshadows our digital shadow

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

"We know how to find you" - Watch Dogs teaser foreshadows our digital shadow

PC Specs & mandatory Uplay also announced

We all leave a digital footprint as we go about our daily lives, from social networks to credit card purchases, CCTV cameras and Oyster Cards. Something that vigilante hacker Aiden Pearce will be able to co-opt to devastating advantage in Watch Dogs when it releases this summer. The hype train is once again picking up speed following the recent delay, and the latest trailer gives us a flavour for the sort of information we'll be able to use during the hac

On the PC side of things, we've got some good and bad news. The specs have been revealed... but I'm afraid that you'll also have to use a certain much-maligned digital platform to play it.

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Casual Gamers: Dictating the Success and Failure of Nintendo

Author:
Chris Hyde
Category:
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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ZombiU £6.99 at Base on Wii U

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Survival Horror Games, Wii U games, ZombiU

ZombiU £6.99 at Base on Wii U

ZombiUBase | £6.99 | Price ComparisonReview

With no Dark Souls games to peel your finger nails off on the Wii U, ZombiU is your best bet for punishing gameplay. It also has some clever uses for the gamepad screen to add atmosphere. So, perhaps one for the more hardcore gamer out there. To be honest though, you should probably save up a bit longer and take on the Curator of Cruel, Dark souls II as that gamepad screen looks like it won't take much of a rage beating.

Thanks to philiphunter at HotUkDeals.

Assassin's Creed III £6.85 on Wii U at Simply Games

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, Wii U games

Assassin's Creed III £6.85 on Wii U at Simply Games

Assassin's Creed III | Simply Games | £6.85
Price ComparisonReview

Need to get yourself up to date on the Desmond Miles storyline? Well, this is a great price for ACIII on the Wii U. This is a huge game with a large world to explore as Connor (that enthusiastic fella with the tomahawk above) as he runs riot in the middle of the US civil war. Part III also introduces ships to the series for the first time, which led to some truly epic moments in ACIV.

Mass Effect 3 £8.43 at Zavvi on Wii U

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, Mass Effect 3, RPG Games, Wii U games

Mass Effect 3 £8.43 at Zavvi on Wii U

Mass Effect 3: Special EditionGameSeek | £8.43
Price ComparisonReview

The Wii U Special Edition of the game includes lots of DLC for those of you who want to finish the trilogy on a different format to the one where you've created a save already. To make up for this, there's an 'interactive back story experience' which catches you up and allows you to make some important choices to set up the third game. Other extras include the From Ashes and Extended Cuts and a new heavy weapon. Extra multiplayer content includes the Resurgence, Rebellion and Earth packs. While we wouldn't advise replacing the first two games with the interactive comic, it's not a bad way to go if you don't have the 80 hours spare to play them.

Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.

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

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Platform games, Wii U games

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

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical FreezeGame Collection
£24.95 | Price Comparison

Wake up platformer fans, you have a game to play! The reviews have been exceptional so far for Nintendo's other long-running platforming series, suggesting Wii U owners will want to snap this one up as soon as possible. Game Collection are currently £5 cheaper than any other website, making this the best deal yet for the Ninty exclusive.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Dark Souls, HD remake, Metroid Prime, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Uncharted, Wii U games, Xbox One Games

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

HD remasters and re-releases are big business, and in the wake of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition earlier this year, and the Final Fantasy X/X-2 re-release a few days ago, I've been thinking about some of the other games from the past fifteen years that would make for no-brainer re-releases on current, new-gen platforms like the Xbox One, the PS4, and the Wii U.

Sometimes, it's all too easy to attribute a re-release to a cashgrab, and the line shifts depending on who's drawn it, and how much the person in question values a game. Convenience is often one of the greatest reasons for picking up a game again on a new platform, particularly if it's a beloved title. But there are also certain practical improvements that we all look for when it comes to these revamps, from graphical improvements -- resolutions, textures, framerate, AA -- to additional content, smoother handling, new features, and making the most of the opportunities afforded by new tech.

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

In the case of the Xbox One and PS4, that means gameplay broadcasting and sharing services. On the Wii U, that extends even further to the unique capabilities of the GamePad and a greater focus on online multiplayer.

With that in mind, here are a few of my own personal picks for games I'd love to see make the jump from previous generations to the current one.

Metroid Prime Trilogy

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

This is a no-brainer. Metroid Prime still, somehow, looks absolutely outstanding, and both the first game and Echoes received a bit of spit and polish for the Collection that released on the Wii. Not only is it the best and bravest move Nintendo have made with one of their precious properties, but the explortory nature of the gameplay would lend itself brilliantly to incorporating the Game Pad. Scanning alien planets, pinpointing enemy weaknesses, plus you could use the motion control to steer the Morphball, and if Nintendo fancied adding in a spot of extra gameplay, you could get a nice little Commander-esque mode going on with the Game Pad in competitive multiplayer.

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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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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!

ZombiU £7.45 at Amazon on Wii U

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Survival Horror Games, Wii U games, ZombiU

ZombiU £7.45 at Amazon on Wii U

ZombiUAmazon (Game Collection) | £7.45 | Price ComparisonReview

Note: You'll need to click through to see the other 'New' options to see Game Collection's cheaper price on Amazon.

With no Dark Souls games to peel your finger nails off on the Wii U, ZombiU is your best bet for punishing gameplay. It also has some clever uses for the gamepad screen to add atmosphere. So, perhaps one for the more hardcore gamer out there. To be honest though, you should probably save up a bit longer and take on the Curator of Cruel, Dark souls II.

Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.

Wii U Premium + Nintendo Land £179.99 at Smyths

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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.

"Nintendo Have Been Great" | Bear Box Media's Andy Ford on developing for the Wii U

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Andy Ford, Bear Box Media, Indie devs, Indie Games, Internal Invasion, Interviews, Nintendo, Wii U games

"Nintendo Have Been Great" | Bear Box Media's Andy Ford on developing for the Wii U

Andy Ford wears a number of hats: web developer, Dealspwn regular, and now Nintendo third-party partner, he's just about to release his first game on Wii U -- a physics-based puzzler called Internal Invasion. Take the drag-aim-fire mechanics from Angry Birds, add in multiple catapult points, replace the catapults with cannons and the birds with a robot, and the setting with various cartoonish visions of a human's insides and you're most of the way there.

Internal Invasion

"Nintendo Have Been Great" | Bear Box Media's Andy Ford on developing for the Wii U

Players have to guide the medical nanobot Ro-Bert through a series of delightfully squelchy human organs, passages, and gauntlets of bone and tissue in a bid to prevent an invading virus from taking hold. You fire Ro-Bert from cannon to cannon across the game's ever-expanding 50 levels, aiming for the green arrow at the end of each level, and using the pills you find to give you little boosts of propulsion to help steer between the cannons. There's a time limit on each level, and your grade out of five at the end is determined by your speed as well as whether or not you picked up all of the pills.

Needless to say, it's fiendishly addictive; and I'm rubbish at it. I'll blame that on the fact that I was playing the HTML 5 version rather than the deliciously tactile, touch-based Wii U experience. Yup, that's my excuse.

Anyway, I caught up with Andy to have a little chat about Internal Invasion and what it's been like working with Nintendo as an indie developer. Internal Invasion wasn't original designed for the system, but as the game developed, it seems like making the jump to Nintendo's wii box of tricks (sorry) was the only way for Ford to make the game as he wanted it.

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