Shovel Knight Review: An Ace (of Spades) Retro-Styled Platformer
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Daily Scoop: July 29th, 2014 – Grumpy Cat
Most Recent: 3DS
Even though we’re in the middle of a second golden age of side-scrolling platformers, very few of them attempt to recreate what was so great about the graphical look of games in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. Most of them (Mega Man 9 and 10, Contra ReBirth, Gradius ReBirth) just serve as distant sequels to some NES favorites. So it’s amazing that something like Shovel Knight, a wholly original game from Yacht Club Games, was able to perfectly capture the mood of late 80s game design. It feels more like a lost cartridge rediscovered in the modern day as opposed to a modern game created with modern gamers in mind. Yacht Club’s Sean Velasco told us last year that the company’s goal is to create “really awesome retro/modern fusion games.” I’m glad they got the chance and I’m not sure I’d want it any other way. (more…)
Take heed fellow video game fans, the month of July is almost over! It’s been a rough few weeks for the retail release report, but 2014′s seventh month looks to go out with a bit of a bang. That’s because Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Remastered, a PS4 re-release of the 2013 blockbuster, will be available in stores this week. If you haven’t experienced the story of Joel, Ellie, and their fight to survive a post-apocalyptic America yet, now’s the time.
Also available this is the PC version of Sacred 3, the latest entry in the action RPG series that began in 2008. Sacred 3 will also be available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 in early August.
Finally this week, WB Games and TT Games will bring Lego Ninjago: Nindroids to the 3DS and Vita. The game sequel, which is based on the animated series Lego Ninja Rebooted, will add a sci-fi twist to the popular Lego line.
August will be better, I promise.
Are you ready to lace up Sonic the Hedgehog’s red sneakers one more time?
Sega has announced that Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal will be released for the 3DS on November 11. It’ll be followed a week later by the release of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U on November 18. Both games will be a riff on the same plot (an ancient monster named Lyric kidnaps Amy) and will serve as a prequel story to the upcoming Sonic Boom television series on Cartoon Network.
In addition to the release dates, you can head over to the Sega Blog to see the final box shots from both games.
It’s Thursday, so Nintendo has pushed out their newest eShop update. This week, 3DS and Wii U owners will be able to play…
- Master Reboot (Wii U), a sci-fi horror game that asks if your soul is real.
- Wooden Sen’Sey (Wii U), a platformer that takes place in a “Japanese Steam Rock world.” What?
- Super Toy Cars (Wii U), a racing game that features… you guessed it… toy cars.
- Siesta Fiesta (3DS), an arcade-like title that combines platforming with brick-breaking.
- Blaster Master (3DS), an underground shooter originally released for the NES in 1988.
More information on all of these games (and a few others) can be found after the break. (more…)
You gotta hand it to Nintendo, this is pretty neat.
The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con officially kicks off tomorrow and Nintendo wants to get Super Smash Bros. For 3DS in your hands during the convention. Quite literally, actually. If you’re going to be at the SDCC, and you’ve got your smartphone, you can make Nintendo come to you with a 3DS and a copy of Super Smash Bros. For 3DS. All you have to do is follow these four steps:
- Snap A Pic - Show us where you are at Comic-Con
- Compose A Tweet - Make sure to use #BringMeSmash
- Check Your Direct Messages - If selected, you will receive a Direct Message via Twitter, so watch your inbox
- Enjoy! Don’t forget to tell your friends!
Obviously, Nintendo will have a limited number of 3DS runners on the show floor, so not everyone will get to play Super Smash Bros. For 3DS. But good luck to all who attempt it and #PlaySomeSmashForMe.
Keiji Inafune and the development team at Comcept have gotten into the habit of unveiling a new trailer for Mighty No. 9 every month. For the July trailer, the team has given us a sneak peek at Mighty No. 9′s sidekick, Call. The developer has also shone a spotlight on the dash mechanic and the many transformations at Mighty No. 9′s disposal.
Mighty No. 9 will be released for the 3DS, PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in Spring 2015.
Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 once again reign supreme over the monthly sales chart as The NPD Group has confirmed the two titles were #1 and #2, respectively, in their June 2014 top-selling games report. The two games were part of a trend that included other May releases such as Minecraft (#3) and Wolfenstein: The New Order (#7).
The only June releases to crack the top ten were EA Sports UFC (#4) and Tomodachi Life (#9),
With Microsoft’s Kinect-less Xbox One hit store shelves in June, so the battle between the next-generation heated up just as the thermometer did. According to Joystiq, the PS4 once again topped the Xbox One, though all console sales more than doubled (a 106% increase, to be exact) the month of May. Ultimate, the entire industry saw a 24% increase in sales over the last month… and that includes a big jump in Wii U hardware sales too.
You can view the complete top ten chart for the month of June after the break. (more…)
Rounding out a strangely slow week for digital releases is Nintendo’s latest eShop update. Three games will attempt to fight for your downloadable dollar and they are:
Wii U eShop
Mr. Driller 2 – Armed with a mighty drill, dig deep through multicolored blocks until reaching safety. Not all of the blocks will be breakable, but be careful that the blocks you break don’t fall on you or cut off your air supply. How deep can you dig underground?
Strike Force Foxx – Take control of Captain Raymond Foxx as you guide your Razor-One helicopter through intense missions, battling the enemy and saving your citizens. Take to the air in your helicopter in more than 35 missions to eliminate numerous obstacles, including gunmen, tanks, helicopters, planes, machine-gunning jeeps, heat-seeking missiles, gunboats and submarines.
Comic Workshop - With Comic Workshop, you will be able to easily create Comics and Manga, step by step, thanks to the various tools available. From frame’s management to text entry, everything you need to make the best creations is gathered in this software.