Splatoon held its last public beta yesterday, and boy, was it ever messy. Not only was there paint and frolicking squid everywhere you looked, but the servers buckled under the demand and bricked for the best part of an hour, forcing Nintendo to bolt on an extra sixty minutes once they'd patched things up.
So a complete success on all counts, then, even though a horde of angry gamers forgot that it was a beta... not a demo.
Splatoon is shaping up brilliantly ahead of its launch this Friday, and the Global Testfire was a fascinating two-way process. Not only has Nintendo learned some essential lessons, but we've also learned a few of our own.
Have you ever wondered why the Splatoon Global Testfire was limited to hourly slots rather than running over several days? That's because, despite the name, the Testfire was actually a server stress test designed to push Nintendo's capabilities to the limits ahead of release.
The fact that the beta was only open for 60 minutes at a time (or 120 yesterday) ensured that the maximum population possible descended onto the Splatoon servers, giving Nintendo a fairly realistic idea of what the first hours of launch day might be like. Diffusing a beta over a weekend or week doesn't give you the concentration of players needed to really break your servers, then improvise and practice ways to fix them.Click here to read more...
Wow. You can currently buy Batman: Arkham Origins - Legends Edition with change for £4, including delivery. It almost seems rude to say 'no.' Thanks to Illusionary @ HUKD!
We didn't feel that Arkham Origins was up to the standards of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, seeing as Rocksteady set the bar incredibly high, but once the technical issues were ironed out we still discovered a fun sandbox with an interesting story and some memorable encounters.
With just a few days until its release, Gameseek still has the cheapest pre order price for the Splatoon & Inkling Squid Amiibo Bundle for Nintendo Wii U. Both Amazon & Shopto have this bundle priced up at £39.85 so if you are looking to buy this bundle, then a nice £5 discount is waiting for you.
We're super psyched for the new Lego Dimensions toys-to-life series, but boy is Lego expensive! Fortunately, we've dug out the hottest preorder deals yet. You'll find links below for all the Starter Packs with prices up to £28 cheaper than other sites. This might be as cheap as they get ahead of their release later this year.
Find out why we're so excited with this article: Lego Dimensions: how the magic of Lego could dethrone Skylanders.Naturally, make sure you check out the new Christopher Lloyd trailer too.
[UPDATE: We've just found some exceptionally cheap preorders for Lego Dimensions here.]
Great Scott, indeed! Today's latest trailer shows Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd discovering the hidden portal delights of Lego Dimensions and we get another look at the mashup of famous characters threatening the space time continuum as multiple genres and licensed universes collide. Batman, Lord of the Rings (was that a Lego Balrog? OMFG!), Wizard of Oz, Back to the Future, Portal 2, Doctor Who, DC comics, The Simpsons and Jurassic World are all confirmed already.
With toys-to-life raking in some serious cash nowadays, we think this could well print money for Warner and Lego, and going by the success of The Lego Movie and Traveller's Tales past lego games, this might just explode. Yes, parents, this is your worst nightmare fully realised.
Click here to see the trailer.
The Wii U GamePad is not a gimmick, but by and large Nintendo's first-party exclusives have struggled to prove it. Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush was supposed to change all that. Controlled exclusively using the touchscreen and stylus, it's an attempt to create an experience that could only work on Nintendo's excellent yet under-utilised peripheral.
Unfortunately Rainbow Paintbrush is too successful for its own good. Instead of enhancing the experience, the GamePad dominates proceedings to the extent that you might as well turn the television off to save power. Indeed, it feels uncomfortably like the makings of a great 3DS game or even an iPad debut that released on the wrong platform.
After the colour is stolen from Kirby's world, our spherical hero rolls out to save the day. Literally. This time we can't directly control the pink protagonist, who's a slave to gravity and momentum. Once you've tapped him to start him rolling, you'll use the stylus to freely doodle rollercoaster-esque rails for him to follow around the 2D environments, creating loops to build up speed, platforms to reach lofty collectibles and paths to evade enemies, smash through blocks and circumvent obstacles. Later levels let you manipulate materials like water and sand in the same fashion, while you can tap to activate interactive level elements and activate a ruinous boost mode after collecting enough coins.
It's unique enough to make for a great first impression, especially since there's a satisfyingly meaty learning curve.Click here to read more...
Nintendo has revealed the European digital discounts headed to 3DS and Wii U this Thursday.
The highlight naturally has to be Kirby's Epic Yarn, which is re-releasing on the Wii U eShop at £13.49 for a limited time. It will become £17.99 on May 28th, so make sure you snaffle it during launch week! 3DS owners should also consider grabbing Conception II: Children Of The Seven Stars for £13.49, though infinitely superior JRPGs are available in my humble opinion.
You'll also be able to scoop up some tasty Curve Studios deals, from The Swapper to Thomas Was Alone. As always the store will update on Thursday night, so why not prepare by picking up some cheap eShop credit?Click here to read more...
Splatoon opened its doors for a few hours last weekend, letting us get hands-on with Nintendo's upcoming paint'em up. However, given the short notice and even shorter sessions, plenty of us managed to miss it.
Thankfully you've got another chance and a date for your diary.Click here to read more...
Splatoon is looking fantastic ahead of its launch later this month. You can read all the details in our latest Splatoon preview, in which we discuss the Nintendo Direct, new features and zany personality of the upcoming shooter.
However, a number of challenge missions with unique unlockable gear can only be unlocked by using the boy and girl amiibos. You can get both of them, plus the Squid amiibo, a copy of the game and even a Splatoon keyring in a new bundle that provides a considerable saving.
It's pricey, but the Amiibo themselves are retailing for silly money by themselves.
Base.com have listed Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze on the Nintendo Wii U for just £27.99 delivered. As with all Nintendo games the price of this slowly increased and got harder to find. Amazon.co.uk have it listed for £5 more so this price is a good one for people on the look out for this game.
Today's brand new Lego Jurassic World trailer is all sorts of awesome and the release date has finally been confirmed too. In fact, it's less than a month away, so be sure to take advantage of our roundup of hot preorder deals across every format below if you want to play the game on June 12th. Naturally, you'll want to take a look at that new trailer too, which features scenes from all four movies, along with footage of the various types of dinosaur you'll get to play as.Click here to see the trailer and the cheapest prices.
Guitar Hero Live has stolen a march on Rock Band 4 by revealing their first 24 songs. It's a strong if somewhat diverse, from Judas Priest and System Of A Down to Ed Sheeran and Skrillex, which is designed to appeal to as large an audience as possible.Click here to read more...
The Wonderful 101 is magnificent, as you'd rightly expect from Platinum Games. The veteran studio created one of their most colourful and outrageous brawlers to date as you control an entire team of heroes simultaneously, calling on ridiculous attacks to pummel enormous bosses. If you own a Wii U, it's a cult classic and an essential for genre fans, yet so few people eventually bought it.
Shame! A heartbreaking lapse in judgement, but now you can get involved for just £17.85: one of the cheapest prices we've ever seen.
"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.
This week is set to be fantastic for value-savvy 3DS and Wii U owners thanks to a huge slew of discounts. On Wii U, you'll be able to pick up Giana Sisters for £5.99, Ducktales Remastered for £5.39 and Resident Evil Revelations for £11.99. Meanwhile, the 3DS offerings are even better, with the original and best version of Resident Evil Revelations only £8.24, The Mercenaries just £3.24, the incredible Bit.Trip Saga for £4.49 and loads more. Remember that you can buy £25 Nintendo eShop credit for £21.84 today!
There are also some exciting new releases to look forward to. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will launch on 3DS, blending Fire Emblem with XCOM: Enemy Unknown in a comic-book Steampunk world. With Wil Wheaton in it. Our review is going live tomorrow, but spoiler alert: it's awesome. You can even snag a free theme if you buy it from the eShop. Ultratron and Nihilumbra are both coming to Wii U with launch week discounts, too.
It all kicks off from Thursday night.Click here to read more...
The Nintendo eShop is coming on in leaps and bounds, offering a growing selection of legacy games, new titles and sales on both Wii U and 3DS. If you're planning on spending a few quid on games and content for your New 3DS, why not hit the ground running by topping up with £25 for only £21.85?
Thanks and credit to adyDeals @ HUKD!
Need a change from Mario Kart at your next Wii U party? Then you'll want to order a copy of Mario Party 10 for £15.99, the cheapest price we've ever seen and £5 cheaper than any other site today. If you opt for Collect+ delivery for pick up, it's free delivery.
Packed with over 70 minigames, this will keep kids and adults amused for hours on end. Amiibo functionality should start to come into its own here too, so you can justify the shocking amounts of money you've been spending on them.
Thanks to Haylium.
Nintendo showed us half an hour of Splatoon in today's Direct broadcast. Having watched the stream and mulled over its impact, I'm obliged to report that they just won 2015. Again.
Why yes, I frequently resort to rank hyperbole following Nintendo Directs, but we were treated to one of the most competent and engaging game-related presentations I've encountered in quite some time. More importantly, though, Splatoon is looking absolutely superb.
Nintendo's first real stab at a multiplayer shooter seems set to be their most forward-thinking games in years, offering both unique and exciting gameplay, loads of content, a post-launch content strategy including free DLC, all while bringing the fun and colour back to a genre that's only just digging itself out of a serious funk. In effect it's applying their traditional values to an entirely new arena.Click here to read more...
You can currently get Yoshi's Woolly World and its green yarn Amiibo in a £43.42 double pack, but if you'd rather by separately you can grab an absolute bargain today. Gameseek's regular price is only marginally more expensive than the recent Rakuten voucher code offer and we're talking a matter of Pence here. If you're really canny, you could hold out for a good Amiibo price and buy piecemeal.
Ready for some utterly adorable platforming? Yoshi's Woolly World is out in June and you can currently save a few quid on the game and its huggable yarn Amiibo figurine! This pack is currently £49.85 at ShopTo and £47.95 at The Game Collection.
Make sure to check out our hands-on preview!