Bringing Ubisoft’s U Back to the Wii U

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Ubisoft has been sending out mixed signals regarding Nintendo’s beleaguered home console over the last few months. Despite a renewed momentum in sales thanks to the likes of Mario Kart 8 and the release of Hyrule Warriors in Japan, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced that Watch Dogs would be the last mature game published on the Wii U. Guillemot pointed to the fact that the Wii U accounted for a mere three percent of the company’s sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. The Xbox One doubled the Wii U’s total with 6%, and the PS4 tripled it with 9%. Impressive, considering they were both launched half-way through this period. The original Wii chipped in for 11%.

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Nintendo Download: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, Azure Striker Gunvolt, SteamWorld Dig, more

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If you’re a fan of retro games, then I recommend taking a gander at this week’s Nintendo eShop update… you might just find something you like.

Wii U owners will be able to download Mega Man X3, the final Mega Man game released for the Super NES. SteamWorld Dig, Image & Form’s critically-acclaimed 3DS platformer, is also available for the Wii U today. Finally, The Fall, a moody platformer that the developer has compared to Super Metroid, was released earlier this week.

Over on the 3DS, players will get the chance to download Azure Striker Gunvolt, a Super NES-inspired game created by Keiji Inafune and Inti Creates. And for a limited time, players who purchase Azure Striker Gunvolt will also receive Mighty Gunbolt, an NES-inspired platformer, for free. Also available this week is Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter, a space shooter, and Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a puzzle/crime-filled crossover of epic proportions.

You can find more information on all of these games after the break.

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Tales From the Borderlands will be playable at PAX Prime 2014

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We still don’t know what platforms it’s in development for or when it’ll be released, but Telltale Games has announced that a playable demo of Tales From the Borderlands will be present at this weekend’s PAX Prime convention, which begins tomorrow.

Telltale’s Tales From the Borderlands will tell the stories of Rhys, “a scheming, low-level data-miner within Hyperion who’s plotting his own grand ambitions” and Fiona, “a clever and classic fast-talking con-artist born and raised on Pandora out to pull off the grift of a lifetime.” Both characters will get the chance to narrate their own adventure meaning that events may not play out the same way each time. However, Tales From the Borderlands is official Borderlands canon, so what happens may affect futures Borderlands games.

If a promise of a playable demo isn’t enough to entice you, Telltale has also revealed that players will get the chance to win one of several Prime-exclusive t-shirts each day:

Players who arrive early can also walk away with one of multiple PAX Prime Exclusive T-Shirts for playing the demo! There will be different T-shirts each day, and it’s on a first come, first served basis! Arrive early and see how YOU fare upon your return to Pandora!

Tales From the Borderlands’ first episode will be released sometime before the end of the year and it is expected to be available for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Though, obviously, none of this has been confirmed by the publisher as of yet.

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Assassin’s Creed: Unity pushed back two weeks to November 11

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Ubisoft has announced they’ve been forced to delay Assassin’s Creed: Unity to add a final level of polish to the first Assassin’s Creed game released exclusively for new-gen consoles. Thankfully, the delay is only two weeks, so Unity will now launch alongside Assassin’s Creed: Rogue on November 11.

“Making games is not a precise science. It’s a leap of faith. There’s a good level of subjectivity and creativity,” Senior Producer Vincent Pontbriand said to the UbiBlog. He also talked a bit about some of the little things that need tweaking in the final days of development:

It’s the little things. A tiny gesture that Arno makes as he’s racing across the Parisian rooftops. A barely noticeable reaction from a solitary NPC in a crowd 3,000 deep. The subtle swaying motion of an opulent chandelier in a lavish ballroom. It’s these little things, multiplied by the thousands, that a development team focuses on during the final push to ship a game. And with a massive open-world title like Assassin’s Creed Unity, all those little things add up fast.

To ensure that Assassin’s Creed: Unity is the best game it can be, Ubisoft will also release a “Day 1″ patch that will include additional tweaks and improvements.

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Harmonix reveals side-scrolling shooter A City Sleeps

While Harmonix keeps teasing the eventual return of Rock Band, that hasn’t stopped them from exploring other projects and concepts. For proof, just look at today’s announcement of A City Sleeps. The game is a side-scrolling shooter of the “bullet hell” variety that also mixes in music (of course) and an interesting art style.

A City Sleeps follows Poe, youngest member of The Silk, an ancient clan of dream exorcists that can enter the minds of sleeping hosts to rid their dreams of demons. When the residents of SanLo fall into an endless slumber, only Poe can rescue them from a never-ending nightmare. Equipped with her legendary Koto-sword “Heartstrings”, and flanked by her stable of powerful ghost familiars, she must cleanse their dreams, and uncover the city’s dark secrets.

As with all Harmonix games, music drives much of the gameplay including “player projectiles, enemy spawning, movement, and bullet patterns.” For the more traditional shooterati, Poe’s trio of ghosts will offer offensive and defensive bonuses including powerful “damage bursts” and “healing bullets.”

And we won’t have to wait long to get a chance to play it. A City Sleeps will be available to try out during this weekend’s PAX Prime convention and the game will be released on October 16 via Steam for Windows PC and Mac.

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XBL Store Today: Madden NFL 15, Metro Redux, Walking Dead S2E5, Under Defeat HD

maddnenfl15-boxIf you’ve been keeping track of the recent retail releases and yesterday’s PlayStation Store update, then most of today’s Xbox Live update should look pretty familiar:

  • There’s the annual gridiron football simulation from EA Sports (better known as Madden NFL 15) for the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One.
  • Deep Silver and 4A Games have also made their Metro re-do, Metro Redux, available for download on the Xbox One (individual downloads of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are also available).
  • Telltale Games has finished up The Walking Dead Season 2 with the fifth episode, “No Going Back.”
  • And finally, Rising Star and GRev have released the Dreamcast update, Under Defeat HD.

More details on all of these titles can be found after the break.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review: Look Out!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is one of 2014’s biggest movies, and with any summer blockbuster movie comes the inevitable video game based on said blockbuster movie. And as any self-respecting gamer should know, movie-based games are not of the highest quality. In fact, a majority of the time they just plain suck. Such was not the case in 2012, when the first Amazing Spider-Man game was released to positive reviews. Now that the sequel is out, gamers everywhere hoped that the Amazing Spider-Man 2 would be of the same quality as the first game. While it is an OK game, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn’t quite do everything a spider can.

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Allons-y! Doctor Who Skin Packs coming to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is about to get a whole lot bigger thanks to at least two Skin Packs featuring The Doctor. Make that Doctors, as all 12 will eventually make their Minecraft debut this Fall.

According to the Play XBLA blog, the first Doctor Who Skin Pack will be available next month. The first pack will include six Doctors (including the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi), their companions, several of the series most famous villains, and the Daleks. Other adversaries and other Doctors will appear in future Skin Packs, which are currently without a release date.

The first Doctor Who Skin Pack (and presumably all the rest) will be available to download for $2.99 each.

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