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Super Smash Bros. Wii U will include 8-player battles; Mewtwo DLC available in Spring 2015

Nintendo uploaded a new Nintendo Direct video earlier today all about Super Smash Bros. For Wii U. Nintendo’s “50-Fact Extravaganza” video revealed a ton of new details about the game including confirmation of a special 8-player battle mode. The unimaginatively titled “8-Player Smash” will allow up to eight players to battle it out in special larger arenas for the first time. For obvious reasons, this mode is only available locally, so I hope you can cram eight people onto your couch, because it sounds awesome.

Other “Facts” revealed today include:

Amiibo Figures: When a player touches an Amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad, the character joins as a “figure player.” The Amiibo figures can gain levels to become stronger and add equipment as they gain experience through battling. Players can have Amiibo fight one another, and Amiibo will bring you presents from the battles they fight in.

Custom Stage Creation: The touch screen of the Wii U GamePad makes it easier than ever for players to build their own stages and eventually share them with friends and other players around the world using broadband Internet access.

Smash Tour: World Smash is a fighting party game that looks like a board game. Players use items, spin a wheel and advance around the map. Up to four players can compete at once as they navigate the board and gain fighters and power-ups they can use in a final battle.

Ridley. Yes, Ridley: Fans have been clamoring for Ridley to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game for a while, and now they’re getting their wish. But true to form, Ridley appears in an unexpected way. Players will find him in the Metroid series-inspired Pyrosphere stage, but he does more than just hassle players. If one player attacks Ridley enough, Ridley will join that fighter’s side and attack others. Players (including the one on Ridley’s side) can KO Ridley to earn a point toward the match result total. And if Ridley consumes enough energy, he will become Meta Ridley and all the more vicious.

Special Soundtrack Offer: Everyone who buys both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and registers both games on Club Nintendo by January 13 will receive a two-disc soundtrack of music from the games.

Finally, Nintendo confirmed today that Super Smash Bros. For Wii U’s roster will be expanded with downloadable fighters at a later date. The first character to be available will be Mewtwo, who will be available as a free download in Spring 2015 for players who purchase Smash Bros. Wii U and Super Smash Bros. For 3DS.

You can learn even more new “Facts” by watching the complete Nintendo Direct video, which is embedded above. And don’t forget, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U will be released on November 21.

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Nintendo Download: Bayonetta 1 + 2, Just Dance 2015, Fantasy Life, more

bayonettaI think this may be one of the biggest weeks ever for Nintendo’s eShop… and it’s actually almost all due to Nintendo themselves. The consolemaker will release four games tomorrow: Platinum’s action sequel Bayonetta 2, the original Bayonetta, the RPG/life simulation mashup Fantasy Life, and the drawing game Pokemon Art Academy.

But this week will also see the release of…

  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (3DS), the latest game in WayForward’s beloved platformer series (and another “Nindie” backed by Nintendo).
  • KORG DSN-12 (3DS), the latest game in the music synthesizer series.
  • Just Dance 2015 (Wii U), the newest game in Ubisoft’s dancing franchise.
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (Wii U), one of the best Castlevania games to ever grace the Game Boy Advance.
  • The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins (3DS), a strategy game based on the popular animated series.
  • Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay (3DS), an action that takes place after the upcoming Disney film.

More details on all of these games (and a few others) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Sunset Overdrive launches next week… so here’s a launch trailer

Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive launches next week, so now is the perfect time to sit back and enjoy the game’s launch trailer. The trailer hits a lot of the same beats as previous Sunset Overdrive trailers, but this one features projectile puking and a smug jackass getting punched in the face by a mutant. So give it a watch.

Sunset Overdrive will be available exclusively for the Xbox One next week on October 28. A special Sunset Overdrive system bundle (with a spiffy-looking white Xbox One) will also be available on the same day.

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Warner Bros. is creating a Mortal Kombat X tie-in web series

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It’s unlikely we’ll ever get to see Mortal Kombat: Legacy III now that Kevin Tancharoen has departed the web series that became an Internet sensation after the director publicly released a proof-of-concept short by accident. But Warner Bros. is picking up the slack with the creation of a new Direct-To-Internet production house, Blue Ribbon Content.

Blue Ribbon’s first project will be a live-action web series that ties in to the story of the upcoming Mortal Kombat X. Like the game, it will pick up after the events of 2011’s Mortal Kombat and “[showcase] some of the franchise’s most storied characters, [as well as] introducing a new generation of fighters.” As of now, Warner Bros. isn’t ready to reveal who they have in mind for the cast or the director’s chair.

Mortal Kombat X will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on April 14, 2015. Presumably, this new web series will be released in a similar timeframe.

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Xbox Store Today: Fantasia: Music Evolved, The Legend of Korra, Just Dance 2015, more

justdance2015-logoThere’s all kinds of fighting available in this week’s Xbox Games Store update. Today’s releases include kung fu fighting, dance fighting, and zombie dance fighting. OK, there’s no zombie dance fighting in The Walking Dead Season 2, but here’s what you can find on the Xbox Games Store as of today:

  • Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Harmonix is back with a new Kinect-powered musical adventure… and this one is based on Disney’s Fantasia.
  • The Legend of Korra (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Activision and Platinum Games have teamed up to release the first game based on the popular animated series.
  • Just Dance 2015 (Xbox One) - Ubisoft’s popular dancing franchise is back for another encore. Now with even more Ariana Grande.
  • The Walking Dead Season 2 (Xbox One) - The second season of Telltale’s post-apocalyptic saga makes the leap to the Xbox One.
  • F1 2014 (Xbox 360) - Codemasters is back with another Formula One simulation.

More information about all of these games (and many more) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Double Dash’s Yoshi Circuit returning in first Mario Kart 8 DLC

Nintendo of Japan has confirmed that Yoshi Circuit, which was originally included in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! on the GameCube, will be part of the retro Egg Cup in the upcoming “Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack.” You can get a glimpse of the revamped Yoshi Circuit, as well as Tanooki Mario’s Tanooki Buggy, in the newly released trailer above. Link and Cat Peach will also be added to the racer roster thanks to the DLC pack, along with Mario’s B Dasher, Link’s Master Cycle, and a kart based on Captain Falcon’s hovercraft from F-Zero.

“The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack” will be priced at $7.99 when its released in November.

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The Legend of Korra, Just Dance 2015, Samurai Warriors 4, more added to PS Store

justdance2015-logoIt’s another full week for the PlayStation Store as more than a dozen games are now available to download across the PS3, PS4, and Vita through Sony’s digital storefront:

  • The Legend of Korra (PS3, PS4) - Activision and Platinum Games have teamed up to release the first game based on the popular animated series.
  • Just Dance 2015 (PS3, PS4) - Ubisoft’s popular dancing franchise is back for another encore. Now with even more Ariana Grande.
  • Samurai Warriors 4 (PS3, PS4, Vita) - Koei Tecmo is cranking out a ton of new entries in their Warriors series and another one is now available for the PS3, PS4, and Vita.
  • Shadow Warrior (PS4) - A reboot of the wild FPS from the 90s, now available on consoles for the first time.
  • The Walking Dead Season 2 (PS4) - The second season of Telltale’s post-apocalyptic saga makes the leap to the PS4.
  • F1 2014 (PS3) - Codemasters is back with another Formula One simulation.

More information about all of these games (and many more) can be found after the break. And, as always, a complete list of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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First Alien: Isolation add-on, Corporate Lockdown, will be available on October 28

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Just in time for Halloween, Sega has announced that the first Alien: Isolation add-on, Corporate Lockdown, will be released on October 28. Priced at $7.99, the add-on will add three new Challenge Maps and a brand new character in an arc that takes place before the events of Isolation:

In Corporate Lockdown, Seegson Executive Ransome has learnt that he has been abandoned by his paymasters. Knowing that the Torrens is on the way, he decides to make his escape and hitch a ride on board, taking decoded Nostromo data with him. However, while escaping he wants to tie up a few loose ends…

Across three new Challenge Maps (“Severance,” “Scorched Earth,” and “Loose Ends”), players are challenged to compete against others through Alien: Isolation’s online leaderboards, to escape the station in the fastest possible time or attain the top score through numerous side quests and hidden bonus objectives. New to Corporate Lockdown is the addition of Gauntlet Mode where players are challenged to top the Gauntlet Mode leaderboards by completing all three Challenge Maps back-to-back without dying.

Corporate Lockdown will also be available as part of the Alien: Isolation Season Pass, which can be purchased for $29.99, a 25% discount versus purchasing all give planned add-on packs separately.

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