As a gaming reviewer, I get to play a lot of different types of games. Sports, Puzzle, Adventure, you name it. This year was viewed as a fairly weak one amongst a lot of my peers, but I didn't see it that way. Despite the fact that, yes, there was a lot of disappointment, there were still a few diamonds in the rough, and some absolute gems too. Here's my personal top 10 for the year 2014, starting with Bravely Default (Pictured) and going from there.
With every passing Nintendo gaming generation, it's not unusual to see original NES titles up for sale in the respective console's eShop. Usually, however, all you get is the old game itself with no bells and whistles. The recently released NES Remix disc version (the WiiU games were originally available in the eShop) change things up a bit. You get bits and pieces of these NES games put into objective/challenge form, and a few new twists and turns too.
You might never have heard the term "Toys to Life" but it's the sub-category of the games your kids are asking you for: The Skylanders, the amiibo and the Disney Infinitys of the world. These games have taken flight over the last 3 years and have turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. In fact, the Skylanders franchise has moved so many games and figures over that period that it's now one of the most profitable video gaming franchises in history. What's behind the appeal of these for not just kids, but adults too? Let's take a look at some of the possibilities.
I'm a puzzle game nerd from a young age. I used to rent all the puzzle games I could get my hands on as a kid, and would spend hours in the summer borrowing my neighbour's Game Boy puzzle carts. In the last decade or so, there haven't been a lot of games out there that have interested in me, but Braid gave me hope that there was still good left in the puzzle-adventure genre. Nintendo's Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is another title hoping to do that too. Let's take a look.
LEGO Batman 2 was an interesting game to me. It wasn't the most polished title, but featured some of my favorite things in the series yet. The first LEGO Batman was the first of the line of games I 100%'d, and I definitely remember the summer I spent (having recently been laid off from my job) disposing of baddies in between my job search. The third game is here now, and I was hoping for a lot of the same. Does it deliver? Let's take a look.
Every Nintendo generation since the Nintendo 64 has had a Smash Bros game, and they've all been fan favourites so far. I didn't play the Wii version, but really enjoyed the N64 and Gamecube games, and of course, the Nintendo 3DS one when it came out last month. But, through all those, the Nintendo WiiU is the best one yet, and has to be right there for WiiU Game of the Year consideration. Check it out.
It was one of Nintendo's most well received ideas of E3 2014 - The amiibo, a series of bite sized figurines for use with your Nintendo systems, and specifically for Super Smash Bros. They're finally here, and they're pretty neat to get into, so let's take a look!
November 21st signals the arrival of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo WiiU as well as Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, reboots of the popular Game Boy Advance games. On November 20th, Toronto residents have the chance to get in on a day (and night) of fun downtown, and the next day, the rest of the nation will get to help celebrate Nintendo Day. Come check out, and look back on Nintendo's 2014 offerings.
I'll never forget that time in Grade 4 when my friend asked his grandparents for a specific game for his Super Nintendo, and his grandma bought him the Nintendo version of the game instead. He was then told that he had to keep it so not to hurt his grandma's feelings. The story sticks with me because I'll often get asked questions from parents or grandparents about whether they can buy, say, NHL (current year) for PlayStation when the gamer has an Xbox. Or even whether that year's NHL for the Xbox 360 would just play on the Xbox One since it's cheaper to buy that one. This is a pretty quick and easy guide to understanding backwards (and even cross-platform) compatibility between gaming consoles to hopefully help you decide which versions are the right ones, and which ones should be avoided when you're out buying for your gamer.
It's been one of the most anticipated Nintendo titles this year, and we're halfway to having the Super Smash Bros games in our hands! The incredibly massive Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS launched last month, and we're just a few weeks away from seeing it for the WiiU as well. In celebration. Nintendo has been holding Super Smash Club events nationwide, and I had the opportunity to attend one of the stops. Come check out all of the happenings, and what Super Smash Club is all about.
The Skylanders return for a huge adventure this year in Skylanders: Trap Team now available for all major consoles. This year's game sees a new portal, new variations of old Skylanders, and a new dynamic to the battlefield featuring Crystal technology. This one promises to be the most unique Skylanders game for you and your family yet! Come check it all out.
Disney Infinity was a runaway success last year, so how do you capitalize while trying to make things even bigger and better for the next gens? How about inviting the Marvel Superheroes along for the party? This year, Disney Interactive brings characters like Spider-Man, Thor and the Incredible Hulk into the fray, while introducing more of their own characters and playsets. Disney Infinity 2.0 might be one of the first games you consider grabbing the kids for the Holidays, and lucky for you, it's available on pretty well every console. Come take a look.
Hyrule Warriors is a joint collaboration between the folks at Nintendo and KOEI Tecmo. Meant to envision the Legend of Zelda's characters mashed into the Dynasty Warriors style of gameplay, Hyrule Warriors takes your favourite characters into uncharactered territory, but does a good job doing it. Come check out the latest in the Legend of Zelda universe.
I think I smell this holiday season's 'big deal'. New in a market that hasn't even had a chance to grow old, Nintendo is stepping into the 'toys as video games' realm, alongside current residents Infinity and Skylanders. Did you're mind just ponder the possibilities? Perhaps you've got the perfect place just asking to be filled with delightful Nintendo characters that will also enter video games and do your bidding? Me too. It's amiibo, it's Nintendo, it's figurines that play in the game, and it's probably going to have your children pestering you incessantly as we march steadily on toward December.
Earlier in the week, we took a look at Sony and Microsoft's press conferences at Gamescom. It's time to do a quick sweep up of the rest of Gamescom. I'll speak about 5 of my favourite and most anticipated titles, from the very close (NHL 15) to the very distant (Mortal Kombat X.) Tell me your favourites too, and why! Check it out.
It's only about 5 weeks before Hyrule Warriors makes its long awaited release in North America, and what a better day than Japanese launch day to discuss what you'll get when the game releases here with your Pre-Order. Read on to find out about the Pre-Order bonus you get if you act now while supplies last.
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes is just weeks away. Featuring many of your favourite Marvel Universe characters (with more to come) and the arrival of Tinker Bell and Stitch, this promises to be a big step forward for the already successful Infinity franchise. What else can you expect, and what can you get for free with your Pre-Order? Click on to find out.
It was probably the most anticipated game of E3 2012, and then the most anticipated game of E3 2013. Finally, Watch Dogs is out for pretty well every major console (WiiU coming soon) and promises to be one of the most tense, nail biting thrill ride games in years, stepping you in the shoes of an anti-hero hacker. But was it worth the wait? Click below and find out for yourself.
During their huge digital event away from some of the glitz and glamour of E3, Nintendo came out swinging against its competitors, confirming some major new editions of titles like Mario Party, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox and even Mario vs. Donkey Kong! They also shed some more light on previously announced titles like the new Smash Bros, and Hyrule Warriors! Read on to find out more.
Every so often, a promotion comes along that blows your socks off. Considering the ridiculous numbers the Mario Kart series does every time a new game comes out, it doesn't really need more sales bonuses. Yet, Nintendo's stacking the deck in your favour if you buy early. Buy Mario Kart 8 and register it with Nintendo by July 31st for your choice of one of 4 different free games!
Hauppauge has time and again created some of the most versatile personal recording devices, and the HD PVR Rocket aims to do that yet again. This lightweight yet powerful device allows you to do things some of its competition can't, such as record with push buttons off the device, record to devices without the use of a PC and even plug in a microphone for realtime commentary recording! Come check out a review of this helpful device after the jump.
One of Nintendo's oldest bad guy turned good stories is back for its first spin on the Nintendo WiiU! Donkey Kong, the one time maniacal girlfriend stealing gorilla retired to his Island Paradise in 1994, and with his new found heroism has launches one of Nintendo's best-selling gaming franchises. 20 years after the first one came out, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has landed, bringing with it some old faces, new tricks and a world where pirate penguins and owls pick on our jungle friends. Come check out my review of the latest edition of the franchise and see if it's a worthy pickup for your Nintendo WiiU collection.
From the beginning of time… ok well… maybe just the early 80s, Mario and his brother Luigi have been synonymous with 3 things… Nintendo, success and a lot of coins! All the way back to the original Mario Bros., the italian plumbers have been plunging their way into the hearts of more than three decades of gamers and after arguably the two best titles on the Nintendo Wii with the Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 the dynamic duo, along with a few of their friends, make their debut on the Nintendo Wii U with Super Mario 3D World. Brought to you by the development team behind the latter of the Galaxy games, Super Mario 3D World has a fantastic pedigree and with it some high expectations. Not only do they deliver as promised, but they outdo themselves with one of the best games of the year!
Back in August, Disney Infinity brought fans of the Magic Kingdom a new dynamic in video gaming, with the ability to play as characters in scenarios that you previously couldn't. A few months later, the magic continues with a lot of different characters and themed playsets. From Toy Story, to the newest addition to the Disney Family (Frozen) and a few old favourites in between, there's something for everybody right now, and with possibly much more to come in 2014, it won't be long before you have the whole Disney Universe at your fingertips! Check out the new add-ons available now at Best Buy.
It's quickly become one of the best selling video game franchises out there, and now, part 3 of the Skylanders series: Swap Force is available for all major consoles, and in a special WiiU Bundle. Featuring Swap Force, three different Skylanders heroes (including one specially colored for this console,) Nintendo Land and a bounty of extras, the Skylanders: Swap Force WiiU packs a huge punch for a low price. Come take a look!
With the holidays fast approaching, gift giving can be really easy, or really hard depending on whom you're buying for. Then there are the gifts with dual purpose - Maybe you want to give it to your teen, or maybe you want something you can all enjoy as a family. Maybe it's even something that might flash you back to when you were their age? Here's a list of some of those fun products that might do just that.
This might be the best games trade-in deal in years! This long weekend at Best Buy, Trade one current gen title, and get your choice of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV or Battlefield 4 for current gen consoles! Click below to find out what this offer is, and how you can take advantage.
To showcase some of their Holiday 2013 releases, Nintendo made a media stop in Toronto, and I had the privilege of attending.
On display were a number of new and soon-to-be released games that are part of what I would consider a strong holiday lineup from Nintendo. Read on to find out more details about everything on display and more!
Wii Party U is here! The sequel to 2010's Wii Party brings with it 3 different gaming categories with numerous game types, and other minigames within those. 80 different minigames in all encourage you to dust off your Wiimotes, hook the sensor up and clear some space in your living room for a night of gaming fun. How fun is it? Read the review by clicking below.
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