Let's get this out of the way so we can move on: Citizens Of Earth is a love letter to EarthBound. It's an RPG that finds the humour, horror, wonder and weirdness lurking behind everyday life, a skewed perspective on American culture with wry left-field jabs and groan-worthy puns aplenty. As the Vice President of Earth, you'll recruit an army of followers to fight against an otherworldly invasion within the picket fences of your home town, coffee shops, the big city and realms beyond, encountering some bizarre and hilarious foes in traditional first-person turn based battles.
So Citizens Of Earth owes a lot to Mother 2, then, but there's more to it than that. It feels like a painstaking fan project developed by someone who loves the source material and JRPGs...but doesn't have much experience in actually making them.
Because that's exactly what it is. Eden Industries have never made a JRPG before, but in fairness there's a first time for everything. No-one attempted to create an execution puzzler based on light waves until Eden had a crack at it, and Waveform turned out great. As such they approached the marathon task of creating an enormous RPG by throwing everything they had at it, along with some new ideas of their own.
The result is infinitely more than just an EarthBound homage, yet simultaneously the sort of game I hate to review above all others. A game that's packed with clear passion and enthusiasm that I desperately want to love, but makes a number of basic mistakes I just can't ignore.Click here to read more...
You'll need to use the voucher code JANSALEDAY5-7 to get it at this price. However, if you've splurged with your voucher code already and don't fancy going through the pains of setting up yet another account with Rakuten, ShopTo are doing the game with far less hassle for £24.85.
UPDATE: Amazon have price matched ShopTo. Click here to buy for £24.85 from Amazon >>
ShopTo have launched a tasty games sale today, with the jewel of the crown being a new copy of Super Smash Bros For Wii U for an utterly stonking £24.85. Click here to read our Super Smash Bros for Wii U review to find out why this is an absolutely stonking bargain!
Remember that 15 new 8-player stages were added yesterday too - details here. Thanks Turkey!
Perhaps this would be a great first game for your £127.50 Wii U?
Tesco are doing the Wii U 8GB Basic package for just £99 right now! That means you should probably get one. If you love games, you'll get one. £99 is the perfect price for The Second Console In Your Home... and that's exactly what the Wii U wants to be. It doesn't have third-party games (but that's not a problem), or a decent YouTube capture policy, but what it does have is a smorgasbord of Nintendo excellence, two of the finest multiplayer titles of new-gen, and it has Bayonetta 2.
And it'll have new Zelda, new Star Fox, new Xenoblade, and a host of other things too this year.
Once upon a time, I too felt that the Wii U did not deserve my time or money. I was so very wrong. Now I find myself sitting on a throne made from the Amiibo I drunkenly pre-ordered and forgot about, playing some of the best games currently available.
The Nintendo eShop refreshes every Thursday night, bringing fresh content and deals. Wii U owners will soon be able to pick up the Metroid Prime Trilogy on Wii U for £8.99, which will go up to £17.99 on February 5th. Act quickly to get your discounts!
Unfortunately, that's pretty much the only deal apart from a £1 saving on Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues. Any takers?
However, remember that there's still time to take advantage of the Super Indie Connection Sale #2 before the store update. If you own any one of the following games, you can get the following discounts on the others...
You've got until roughly midnight, so get on it!
Nintendo has added fifteen new 8-player stages to Super Smash Bros For Wii U by way of a new update, allowing you more opportunities to experience a mode I described as "brilliantly, wonderfully, magnificently stupid" in our full review.
"Good luck fitting everyone into the safe zone on Norfair," taunts the Facebook page. Naturally the patch adapts existing stages rather than bolting on completely new levels, but it's still a welcome inclusion.
So how much does this update cost? £4.99? £15,99? Nah, it's free. Get on it. I feel the sniffles coming on, so will probably have to knock off early -- while seven of my friends will probably have to pop by to keep me company [invite me or you're fired, Jon - Ed]
The Guardians Of The Galaxy, Avengers and Spider-Man are twenty quid each, a price that we've only rarely seen matched, and that's a significant saving versus RRP. Be aware that the playsets are completely cross-platform. Thanks NotSoProBenny!
I was impressed by Disney Infinity 2.0's figurines and sandbox mode, but criticised the playsets in our full review. Click here to find out why!
Mario Party 10 is set to bring us another round of crazy local multiplayer minigame madness when it launches on March 20th. However, if you want to hit the ground running with four Amiibos, this official deal with suit you down to the ground.
You'll get the Mario, Toad, Bowser and Luigi Amiibos along with a case to carry them, meaning that this works out as an impressive cumulative saving (around £25 compared to some retailers!). Thanks to grizzl33 at HUKD!
The Wii U may boast a fantastic slate of first and second-party exclusives with more on the way, but it doesn't take long for some bright spark to point out the fly in the ointment. The turd in the yorkshire pudding. The lack of third-party support.
It's no secret that publishers large and small are wary of the Wii U to the point of ignoring it outright. The reasons are simple; since the Wii U is less powerful than its competition and its install base far smaller, putting extra work into a rebuilding and optimising multiplatform titles seems like a lot of effort for a potentially lean return. The GamePad is also a unique stumbling block, even if I've previously argued that developer laziness is more of a factor than gimmickry. Following a trickle of launch titles (including the likes of ZombiU, a great game that tanked hard) and the occasional delayed blip on the radar, the well seems to be all but dry.
That's the cause of the problem, but there's a more interesting question to be asked. Just how big a deal is this issue, and is it actually even much of a problem at all?
Click here to read more...
Resident Evil: Revelations has held its price far better than the PS3/Xbox 360 versions, and we've seen it dip down to around the £12 mark before. However, f you're yet to snap it up, give this listing from Base a look over on the Rakuten marketplace. Make sure you use the voucher code JANSALEDAY3&4 to get it at this price. Cheers Gamer_U!
I adore Treasure Tracker. It might not be the most tricky puzzler, but it feels fresh and full of charm, and Captain Toad's first full game is surely one of the must-have titles on Wii U.
Remember, if you've purchased from the The Game Collection before, you can click here and enter your previous order details to get a 10% off voucher code, meaning you can get this title for £24.25. Cheers darioredkin!
Ninja Gaiden 3 was a complete mess when it first launched. QTEs aplenty, snooze-worthy difficulty and a deluded attempt to pander to a 'Western' audience led to an absolute shambles, but at least the Razor's Edge edition made plenty of additions, tweaks and profound improvements -- resulting in a markedly superior game on Wii U.
The cheapest Wii U deal around can currently be found at Grainger Games with a decent price for a new copy and great price pre-owned. Thanks once again to Lomi @ HUKD!
Want the cheapest price for Super Smash Bros on Wii U? If you don't mind buying used, Grainger Games are offering a pre-owned copy for £24.99. Click here to read our Super Smash Bros for Wii U review -- here's the short version if you're short on time.
"Super Smash Bros. For Wii U brings brilliant brawling back to the big screen. Though Smash Tour and the lack of a true story mode are disappointing, the exceptional character roster, great stage design, handsome visuals, addictive extra modes and timeless fun factor make for a guaranteed good time. Just add mates, whether online or on the couch. Smash Bros has come home. A fitting end to a great year for the Wii U."
Remember to use voucher code JANSALEDAY1&2! In case you were wondering, the "special edition" includes the From Ashes DLC, extended cut ending, new weapon, gamepad controls and multiplayer DLC. However, it does not include Citadel. Many thanks to pitbullmern @ HUKD!
The Rakuten voucher code strikes again, this time for the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham Origins. The listing from TGC is already at a low price, but by using the voucher code JANSALEDAY1&2 the price falls under £6. While we did feel it wasn't up to the standards of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, it certainly isn't a bad game and its story is highly enjoyable. For the price, it's certainly worth a go if you overlooked it previously. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!
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"Platinum unleashed their full creative force on The Wonderful 101, holding nothing back, and the lunatic density of its layered gameplay systems sometimes threatens to overwhelm. Thankfully raucous fun factor and Kamiya's trademark tight design conspire to create a modern classic on Wii U, so long as you're willing to master it." - 8/10 The Wonderful 101 Review.
You can alternatively get a German version of this superb brawler for £27.95 fulfilled by Amazon, but there won't be much resale value. Thanks Damrock!
This is an absolutely superb puzzler that goes against the torrent of broken or abusive software we've seen recently, providing impeccable level design, exceptional performance and a delightful level of challenge without even a single patch. £24.99 is a cheap pre-owned deal if you happened to miss some of the recent Rakuten discounts. Thanks Gooner!
Bayonetta 2 deserves a place in every Wii U out there (as long as you're aged 16+ naturally) and £27.49 is the best price on the market today, with most sites skulking around over £30. Alternatively, if you're after the Special Edition, including the original game. You can get it at the same site for £35.99, saving you at least £3 compared to the competition.
Our Matt, is rather keen on Bayonetta 2, going as far to say it was his pick of best game for 2014. Check out his review, or at least the short version: Bayonetta 2 is mechanically perfect, yet it is also a game that is stuffed with personality and wit and charm and an abundance of ideas and imagery and symbolism that its poor story cannot hope to make sense of or contain. But that's okay -- it is the finest game Platinum have ever made, and the best thing to grace the Wii U thus far.
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Fancy saving a fiver for the best multiplayer fighting game on the Wii U? How about £29.86 for Super Smash Bros then? Amazon have recently price-matched ShopTo, so take your pick of merchants as the pair duke it out far from the competition.
Be sure to check out Jon's review. If you're short on time, here's the short version: Super Smash Bros. For Wii U brings brilliant brawling back to the big screen. Though Smash Tour and the lack of a true story mode are disappointing, the exceptional character roster, great stage design, handsome visuals, addictive extra modes and timeless fun factor make for a guaranteed good time. Just add mates, whether online or on the couch. Smash Bros has come home. A fitting end to a great year for the Wii U.
Thanks to tafkas and mrstaple.
A Premium Wii U bundle with Mario Kart 8 is now available for £199. If Santa thought you weren't quite as good as you hoped, this is a hell of a steal. You can pick your Wii U order up at a local store store for free or opt for home delivery for £3. Mario Kart 8 recently walked away with our accolade for best racing game of 2014 and even as a staunch PS4, gamer, I struggle to disagree. The Premium Wii U is the only version you want too as it comes with 32GB of memory.
To be honest after 2014, I'm closer to picking up a Wii U over an Xbox One. Bayonetta 2, Smash Bros and the promise of Splatoon, Zelda and Xenoblades Chronicles X prove that there's a healthy selection of exclusives on the once-ailing console.
Thanks to dazdm.