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Nintendo Download: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2, Bayonetta 2 demo, more

bayonettaThere’s more Castlevania coming to the Wii U Virtual Console today as Nintendo has added Castlevania: Circle of the Moon to their online storefront. The Game Boy Advance classic, one of the best available during the handheld’s launch period, sidesteps the Belmont clan to tell the story of vampire hunter Nathan Graves.

Another demon hunter takes up residence on the Wii U eShop today ahead of her full debut on October 24. That’s when Platinum Games will unleash Bayonetta 2 on unsuspecting Wii U owners. But they can give the game an early look today thanks to a new downloadable demo.

Most of this week’s eShop releases will be available to download on Tuesday, including Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2. The latest game based on the Saturday morning cartoon will be released for the 3DS and Wii U on October 14.

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

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Insert Quarter: 1-Up Mushrooms (Might) Be Producing Mario Clones


Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.

In this installment, Game Rant’s Brad Jones examines the possible cloning properties of the 1-Up Mushroom on Mario, as outlined in the item’s Trophy description in Super Smash Bros. For 3DS.

1-Up Mushrooms have been a staple of the Mario series since Super Mario Bros. back in 1985. Since then, the power-up has become ingrained into pop culture — you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t know that the green fungi grants an extra life. But just how does this process occur? According to Smash Bros., it’s a matter of cloning.

Nintendo has always slipped bizarre explanations in their games to explain the goings-on in the Mushroom Kingdom. Who could forget the Birdo flap? But it is an interesting theory nonetheless. You can read the rest of the article at Game Rant.

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Nintendo is bringing 13 playable “Nindies” to IndieCade 2014; Beatbuddy Wii U announced


Nintendo has announced that indie games on Nintendo platforms will be known as “Nindies” in the future. Nindies… I love it.

In other news, the company confirmed that they’re bringing 13 playable demos to this weekend’s IndieCade expo in Culver City, California. The list includes Shovel Knight, Yacht Club’s beloved platformer that was released this Summer; WayForward’s next Shanate sequel, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse; and Costume Quest 2, the eagerly awaited RPG from Double Fine. The first two will be playable on both the Wii U and the 3DS, technically bringing the total up to 15.

Nintendo also announced that Beatbuddy, a musical side-scroller from German developer Threaks, will be released for the Wii U. And finally, they’ve confirmed that Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be released for the 3DS on October 23 with a Wii U release scheduled for later this Winter.

A complete list of the Nindies available to play at IndieCade can be found after the break. (more…)

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Super Smash Bros. For Wii U gets November 21 release as Smash 3DS sells almost 3 million


As expected, Nintendo has announced that Super Smash Bros. For Wii U will be released on November 21.

In addition to announcing the release date for Smash’s Wii U debut, the publisher has also confirmed that the first wave of Amiibo figures will be available in stores beginning on the same day. This first wave will consist of twelve figures: Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby, and Marth. It will be followed by a second wave of figures (Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit, and Captain Falcon) in December. In addition to Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Amiibo figures will work with Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and more games to be announced. Of course, how they’re going to “work” is still a mystery.

Nintendo will also use the 21st of November to relaunch the GameCube controller, which will be compatible with Super Smash Bros. For Wii U with a special adapter. The Smash-themed GameCube controllers will retail for $29.99 each while the adapter has been priced at $19.99. A special bundle that includes the game, the adapter, and one GameCube controller will also be available for $99.99.

Finally, Nintendo also announced that more than 2.8 million copies of Super Smash Bros. For 3DS have been sold worldwide. The game has been available throughout North America and Europe for less than a week (it was released in Japan on September 13), so that’s pretty impressive.

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New Releases: Alien: Isolation, NBA 2K15, DriveClub, More


After a relatively quiet September, the Fall gaming rush has begun to kick into high gear now that we’ve reached October.

Sega plans to take another crack at the Alien universe with the Creative Assembly-developed survival horror game Alien: Isolation (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One). Players will attempt to help Amanda Ripley search for her missing mother while she’s stalked by a singular Xenomorph. After nearly a dozen games starring the Colonial Marines, it’s definitely a new take (on an old idea) for the franchise.

Also new this week is…

  • NBA 2K15 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One), 2K’s latest basketball sim.
  • DriveClub (PS4), Evolution’s long-in-development racing game.
  • Skylanders: Trap Team (3DS, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One), the latest toy/game hybrid from Activision.
  • Project Spark (Xbox One), Microsoft’s game-building game.

Finally, Microsoft is reliving the Xbox One launch with newly expanded and updated versions of Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition, Forza Motorsport 5: Game of the Year Edition, and Ryse: Son of Rome – Legendary Edition.

A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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EGX 2014 Report: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Arkham Knight, The Order 1886, and More


EGX London, formerly known as the Eurogamer Expo, finally gives UK players a chance to their hand at unreleased games after all the other big Summer shows: E3, PAX Prime, Gamescom, and TGS. It sits at the right time of year too! I always tend to get a bit down on games over the Summer when my consoles sit mostly unused.After playing a dozen of the biggest games scheduled to release over the next nine months, I’m excited to finally charge a DualShock 4 again.On top of that, talking to so many gamers in one place really gives you a nice vertical slice of where the industry sits at the moment. But first… the games! (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Super Smash Bros. For 3DS, Castlevania: Dracula X, more


Super Smash Bros. makes its smashing debut on the 3DS tomorrow with the appropriately named Super Smash Bros. For 3DS. The final roster has been filled out with nearly 50 characters, so your dreams of a battle royale between Mario, Mega Man, Sonic, Pac-Man, Little Mac, and the Duck Hunt Dog have now become a reality.

Four other new releases dot the rest of this week’s Nintendo Download:

  • Castlevania: Dracula X (Wii U) – Originally released for the Super NES, Dracula X introduces gamers to Richter Belmont.
  • 99 Seconds (Wii U) – An overhead maze game with a twist… the maze moves!
  • Red Riding Hood (Wii U) – A retelling of the popular tale as an “interactive story.”
  • Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle (3DS) – A fighting game based on the popular anime.

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

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Kevin Smith will play himself in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham


Professional fanboy Kevin Smith will get a chance to act alongside some of his favorite comic book characters next month when he gets Lego-ized for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Smith will play himself alongside several other new characters announced by WB Games including Bruce Wayne (who is separate from Batman but still voiced by Tory Baker), Green Arrow (voiced by Arrow star Stephen Amell), and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns (voiced by the actual Geoff Johns). All four characters will be playable, so if you’ve ever wanted to recreate the “Fly, fatass, fly!” scene from Mallrats, now’s your chance.

Smith, Johns, Baker, and Amell will team-up to host a Lego Batman 3 panel at the New York Comic-Con on Saturday, October 11. The quartet (along with TT Games developers Arthur Parsons and Stephen Sharples) will reveal new characters and introduce brand-new gameplay videos of the game during their talk. And in case you miss the panel, WB Games will have a playable demo of Lego Batman 3 available at the DC Entertainment booth.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released for the 3DS, PC, PS3 PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on November 11.

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