What a week for Nintendo fans! New Pokémon remakes and a brand new Persona title for the 3DS and Smash Bros finally makes its new-gen debut. Elsewhere, Geometry Wars makes its multiplatform debut third time of asking and PS4 owners can finally start designing levels again with the series that started the Play. Create. Share movement. The less said about Amiibo, the better though. Don’t forget to enjoy our links to our past coverage and the cheapest online prices.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (PS3, PS4, 360, XO, PC)
With over 50 stages to enjoy, the series is set to make a huge splash when it lands on all digital formats next week (sorry, not you Wii U). With the first two games making a name for themselves on XBLA, everyone is going to be able to get a taste this time. The retro shooter action has expanded to feature game worlds with a more 3D feel. Essentially, Geometry Wars has hopped into bed with the likes of Resogun and Super Stardust. That’s right shooter fans; you’re having it all this year.
Super Smash Bros (Wii U)
The earlier 3DS version was a nice warm up, but we’re more excited about the long-running series’ Wii U debut. While not as newbie-friendly as Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros’ multiplayer brawls are great fun once you get going. A sure fire Christmas hit right here.
Cheapest Price: GameSeek: £33
LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS3, PS4)
The ‘Play. Create. Share.’ phenomenon is finally making its way to PS4 and will feature some new protagonists alongside Sackboy. One can switch between fat and tiny versions to affect pressure switches and slingshots or sneak through gaps. Another newbie is an adorable dog-like creature who can jump higher and wall jump. From my hands-on experience, the dog is an instant winner, as the heightened jumps finally make LBP seem like a decent platformer -Sackboy has always been a terrible platforming lead thanks to his oddly low jump height. Expect loads of user-created levels on day one from the community in addition to the millions available from the last-gen versions too.
Cheapest Price: Rakuten £37.95 (PS4), £32.95 (PS3).
Pokémon Omega Ruby / Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
Can’t remember gaming in 2002? Well, that’s what Nintendo are hoping for with this enhanced pair of remakes of Pokémon titles. If you’re not sure which one to opt for, check out this handy guide by Forbes. Good luck in picking the right one if you’re buying for someone else!
Cheapest Price: Game Collection: Sapphire: £32.95. Ruby: £32.95. Or buy either game with a Special Edition 2DS for £89.99.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)
Persona fans have a lot to look forwards to in this 60+ hour epic RPG. The new game features lots of familiar faces from Persona 3 and 4 and gives the series an Etrian Odyssey spin with first person dungeons to explore inbetween the traditional fighting scenes and their trademark anime stylings. Expect our review soon.
Cheapest Price: Game Collection: £28.95
Amiibo (Wii U)
It’s surprising that it took Nintendo this long to arrive to the Skylanders-esque party, but here they are. Unlike Skylanders and Disney Infinity though, Amiibo doesn’t have a specific game. Instead the individually sold toy figurine characters will interact with specific titles. For example, in Super Smash Bros, that character can join you in battle against friends and also be trained and levelled up with each fight. Or Mario Kart 8 may see them unlock new outfits for that character. At £11 a pop, I’m really not convinced that Amiibo is going to be worth the money as you’re effectively paying for an extra mode, where you can only use one character in a game you already paid for. A range of toys are available to order now from the likes of Game and ShopTo. Take a look at the trailer above for an in-depth explanation.
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