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ZombiU Gameplay Footage August 31, 2012

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It could very well be the third-party killer app for the Wii U’s release, ZombiU takes the Wii U’s unique touchscreen controller and turns it into the greatest weapon you can have in the event of a zombie outbreak!

In this gameplay trailer, we get to see what its like going through England’s famous Buckingham Palace during the zombie outbreak.  We get to see some great features of the game, like the ability to investigate areas with a blacklight in order to find secret areas, as well as motion tracking and melee weapons.

You’re going to need to use every single feature of the Wii U controller just to survive, because when you die, it’s over.

ZombiU is coming Christmas, 2012 exclusive to the Wii U.

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How To Transfer Miis From Nintendo Wii to Nintendo 3DS August 28, 2012

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Got a brand new Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL?  It gives you the ability to create Miis and use them in various games, just as the Nintendo Wii does?  But what if you want to use the Mii you already created in your Nintendo Wii in your 3DS games?  You can, and here’s how.

Note:  You can only transfer Miis FROM the Nintendo Wii, you can’t send Miis created in the 3DS to the Wii.

The Last Story Discussion August 28, 2012

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Joined once again by Twitch, we talk about The Last Story, a Wii-exclusive RPG which released last week.  We talk about the game and the long story behind how it got a Western release.

The Last Story had one heck of a grassroots campaign behind it, as it almost did not come to North America.  It took a huge campaign to bring it over, and it only saw a limited release.  However, the version that we did get in North America practically looks like a Collector’s Edition.

Take a look for yourselves!

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Gamescom 2012 Trailer August 26, 2012

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Fresh from Gamescom 2012, here’s the latest trailer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengance, the highly anticipated sequel to the Metal Gear Solid series.  The new game follows Metal Gear Solid 2’s protagonist, Raiden, with entirely new powers and abilities, after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

This is probably the best trailer we’ve seen to date of the what is going to be Rising’s new trademark feature, the sword that can cut through practically anything.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is coming Feb 19th, 2013 to Xbox 360 and PS3.  A demo for the game will be coming to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 with the Zone of Enders HD Collection.

ZombiU Developer Diary #1 August 26, 2012

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Few third-party games are as anticipated for the upcoming Nintendo Wii U as ZombiU from UbiSoft.  Taking full advantage of the Wii U’s touch-screen controller, ZombiU looks to be the game that will make gamers with more mature tastes get interest in Nintendo’s new console.

Here’s the first in a series of behind the scenes development diaries about the game.  In it, they talk about just what it is that’s going to make this game so scary, and what will set it aside from all the other survival-horror action games of today, and that is that death will be final in this game.  Enjoy.

ZombiU is coming exclusive to the Nintendo Wii U.

Games That Need to Come to the Nintendo eShop August 21, 2012

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Nintendo’s hardware as of late has been offering a lot of new retail options to their customers. Part of the reason why I bought a Nintendo Wii was not because of its exclusive retail game catalog, but because it offered me access to the Wii Virtual Console, a downloadable service where I could buy a ton of Nintendo’s back catalog across a wide spectrum of the platforms they had released over the years. Never having owned a SNES or N64, and having given away my original NES under duress years prior, this was a great opportunity for players like me to replay all of the classic games of my childhood, and gave me a whole new chance to play the games I had missed out on so many years prior.

However, the Wii Shop Channel only carries games that were released to consoles. They don’t offer games that were originally intended for handheld devices like the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance or even *gasp* the Virtual Boy. However, Nintendo’s strong sense of legacy was evident, as if you had these original Game Boy cartridges, you could still play them as newer handhelds were released, as the Game Boy Advance slot was backwards compatible with original Game Boy or Game Boy Color games, and the original model Nintendo DS even carried a legacy slot for these old games, as well as its own slot for games that were exclusive to the handheld.

The Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL lacks the legacy cartridge slot many of the early model DS handhelds had. Without the legacy slot, if you own these classic games, you’ll have to play them on their original devices, or an older device with a compatible legacy slot.

Nintendo makes up for this by offering 3DS owners access to the Nintendo eShop, similar to the Wii’s Wii Shop Channel. It allows users to purchase and download classic and new games to their 3DS and 3DS XL’s memory. There are some great games that are offered through the service that are not on the Wii Shop Channel including Super Mario Land, Metroid 2, and Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX. The service, unfortunately, does not offer a lot of content right now, but it looks like Nintendo is planning to grow it. In fact, Nintendo is now offering their first retail game for purchase and download, New Super Mario Bros 2 and has mentioned they intend to continue to support that game with their first ever downloadable content.

So I got to thinking that they couldn’t just stop where they were at. There were still tons of games that they have released over the past twenty years over all the different handhelds that should be released to this service which aren’t out at the time of writing. I understand that the service is still in its infancy and it takes Nintendo some time for them to go through their back catalog and re-release games for the new handheld, so I decided to come up with some of the games from their wide back catalog which should come to the Nintendo eShop.

Without further ado, lets get started. These are in no particular order.

Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow: This should be a complete no-brainer. These were the games that started the Pokemon fever across the world and encouraged all of us to be the very best like no one ever was. The game was really charming in its simplicity and is a great launching point for new players who may want to get into Pokemon but don’t know where to start. If there must be a priority, I recommend putting it on Yellow, as it was released some time after Red and Blue, and features scenes and options that aren’t in the Red and Blue games like Pikachu being your starting Pokemon and special appearances by Team Rocket. Some special tweaks may have to be done to port the Game Boy’s Link Cable features to be compatible with something like a Nintendo 3DS WiFi connection, but if worse came to worse, Nintendo could always choose to cut out the two-player feature, or bring it in later on.

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Anniversary: This was actually already released to the Nintendo eShop for free, but it was taken off the store several months ago, as it was a limited-time free game offer. I say it should come back. The Four Swords series is part of the classic Legend of Zelda property, and brought cooperative multiplayer to the franchise.  I know the game has already been out for the 3DS and was since delisted because it was a limited time free release, but Nintendo doesn’t have to make it free if they bring it back.  New 3DS owners should be offered the chance to play it.

Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap: This is the game that explained just how Link got his hat, and before Skyward Sword (and the official timeline release) was considered to be the first game in the Legend of Zelda series, or at least the start of the Four Sword Saga.

Okay, at this point I’m going to just stop before I list every single Legend of Zelda handheld exclusive game, but really every single one of them should be released to the service.

Mother 3 (Earthbound 3): This one is really a no brainer. This was probably the most requested game that Nintendo has never released in North America. The heavily anticipated sequel to Earthbound (Mother 2) on the Super Nintendo, Mother 3 was originally designed for the Nintendo 64 Disk Drive. The game project was killed and then later revised for the Game Boy Advance years later. It only saw a release in Japan and was never released in North America, despite the massive campaign by Earthbound fans to bring it here. Nintendo never saw an opportunity to bring it here because it would have required a full translation just around the time Nintendo planned to release the DS in North America. Well, fans have already done a full Japanese to English translation of the game, and I’m sure they would be happy to send Nintendo their code if they asked for it free of charge, so the game text could be understood by English speakers.

So there’s just a few games that I can think of which should come to the Nintendo eShop but I’m sure there are plenty more that you would want as well. What games would you like to see? Post a comment and tell us about it!

Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance Unboxing August 20, 2012

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With the release of the 3DS XL I was finally able to unbox the copy of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance that has been sitting in its box for over a week.  A continuation of the Kingdom Hearts series by Square Enix, the game blends in famous Disney and Final Fantasy characters and puts them in enviroments from some of the best Disney movies over the past fifty years.

If you want to know more about the Kingdom Hearts series, you should check out my podcast on the subject, produced just before the new game was released.

Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo 3DS XL Store Demonstration August 20, 2012

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If you want to make the most out of your Nintendo 3DS XL then you’re going to want to take a trip through the Nintendo Store program.  Here’s how to download some free applications on it.

Note, Nintendo Store requires WiFI internet connection and the most recent 3DS firmware to access.

How to Update The Nintendo 3DS XL August 20, 2012

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Even if you bought a 3DS XL at launch, you’re going to still need to update it.  Here’s how to do it manually.

Your 3DS XL must be updated to its most recent version in order to access the Nintendo Store.

Nintendo 3DS XL Initial Setup August 20, 2012

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Maniac shows the initial setup screens on the Nintendo 3DS XL and its initial 3D effect.  The screens are pretty basic when you set up things like time and internet settings, but the 3D startup effect really was unique.

The 3DS will ask you at start to set up your current time and location, your WiFi settings, user profile and parental settings.  Some of these options, like internet or parental settings can be skipped, but if you already have a WiFi network set up in your home for example, I don’t recommend skipping the initial setup, as it is more convenient to set it up at first use.

Unfortunately the camera had some problems picking up the 3D effect, but it was there when I looked directly at the screen.

The Nintendo 3DS XL is out now.