Sony reconfirms 2016 release date for The Last Guardian as PS4 sells 6 million consoles during holiday season
Bayonetta and Corrin will be available to download for Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U this week; See them battle it out in a new trailer
Nintendo Download: Minecraft: Story Mode, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, SMB3 GBA, more
WB Games and TT Games will release Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 28
New Releases: XCOM 2, Gravity Rush Remastered, Megadimension Neptunia VII, More
Weekly Warp-Up: Doom! Doom! Doom!
New Releases: Unravel, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles, Dying Light: The Following, More
The Games of February 2016
Daily Scoop: February 5, 2016 – Huge sale happening at Steam
New trailer shows off the enhancements added to Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Most Recent: 3DS
This might get said every January, but January 2016 was an abnormally slow period for new game releases. The first month of the year closes out with the launch of a trio new games and a promise of much more to come in the remaining eleven frames:
- Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS) is a multiplayer action RPG from Square Enix that resurrects “legendary” Final Fantasy characters to battle with a horde of monsters guarding a cache of crystals. Yup, sounds like a Final Fantasy game.
- Lego Avengers (3DS, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) is the latest Lego-ization of some pop culture favorite by the geniuses at TT Games. This time, they’ve set their sights on the sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe and created a brick-filled adaptation of The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World.
- Finally, Square Enix comes back around again to bring Lara Croft’s latest adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider, to the PC.
As always, we’ll be back later this week to shine the spotlight on the latest digital releases available through the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop.
GameXplain has good news for everyone who is thinking about buying Hyrule Warriors Legends for the 3DS… you’ll also receive a code to import all five new characters into the Wii U original. It’s unknown if Nintendo will offer the characters as DLC for Wii U owners who don’t want to purchase Hyrule Warriors Legends, but my gut tells me they will.
The GameXplain folks also created the video embedded above, which includes almost an hour of action starring Linkle, Skull Kid, Toon Link, Tetra, and the King of Hyrule in the Japanese version of Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U.
Hyrule Warriors Legends is currently available for the 3DS in Japan, with a North American/European launch planned for March 25.
Sega announced yesterday that they’re bringing more 3D Classics to the 3DS in a special compilation of games previously released for the Master System, Genesis, and arcade. The Sega 3D Classics Collection will try to give players exactly what it says on the tin by including four games not currently available through the 3DS eShop (and two that have never been released outside of Japan), along with five other titles:
- Altered Beast – A beat ’em up set in ancient Greece.
- Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa – A classic psychedelic scrolling shooter. (NOT AVAILABLE ON 3DS eSHOP)
- Fantasy Zone II W – Fantasy Zone II W is basically an updated version of the game above.
- Galaxy Force II – Save the galaxy in this space-themed 3D shoot ’em up.
- Maze Walker – A 3D mystery adventure. (NOT AVAILABLE ON 3DS eSHOP)
- Power Drift – A high octane sprite-based circuit racer. (FIRST TIME AVAILABLE IN US)
- Puyo Puyo 2 – A head-to-head competitive puzzle game. (FIRST TIME AVAILABLE IN US)
- Sonic The Hedgehog – Control the iconic character in the classic fast-paced platformer.
- Thunder Blade – Helicopters, guns, missiles and explosions. What more do you need?
The Sega 3D Classics Collection will be released exclusively for the 3DS on April 26.
It’s going to be a busy busy time for Nintendo fans this weekend as the latest Nintendo Download includes a pair of hotly-anticipated new titles and a different pair of reborn classics.
Let’s start with the new, as Telltale brings their episodic magic to a Nintendo console for the first time in a long time with the release of Minecraft: Story Mode. The first episode, The Order of the Stone, is now available to download through the Wii U eShop and Wii U owners will finally get their chance to craft a new adventure with Jesse and his friends while also possibly saving the world. Also available this week is Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, the latest Mario RPG from Nintendo. Paper Jam will merge “two classic gaming universes” when its added to the 3DS eShop tomorrow.
However, if you’re looking for a game that has received a seal of approval from the gaming public, you can always turn to this week’s Virtual Console re-releases. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 and Zack & Wiki: Quest For Barbaros’ Treasure are both available to download for the Wii U today, bringing an enhanced version of Mario’s greatest adventure (along with the hard-to-find e-Reader-exclusive levels) and a pirate tale from Capcom to the Wii U for the first time.
More information about all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)
Nintendo recently held an RPG Showcase event in San Francisco and GameXplain was there to sweep up all the dirt on the consolemaker’s next batch of RPGs. That includes Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, which will be released for the 3DS this Summer.
Originally released in 2001 for the original PlayStation (as Dragon Warrior VII, by the way), Fragments of the Forgotten Past will feature a more modern visual style, a brand new English translation, and no more random encounters (enemies are visible on the World Map). According to GameXplain (via Twitter), Nintendo bragged that it’s “basically a brand new game.”
A second tweet confirmed the game will also have a Story Summary feature, so that players can keep the sprawling story straight, and a StreetPass feature that’ll unlock additional Tablets.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is also scheduled for a 3DS re-release this year and should be out sometime in the Fall.
While European gamers will get it on February 26, Nintendo has announced that Bravely Second: End Layer will be released in North America on April 15. A Collector’s Edition of Bravely Second (priced at $69.99) will be available for those who want to spend a little bit extra and it’ll include the game, a 10-song soundtrack CD, and a 250-page art book.
If you’re unsure if Bravely Second is the game for you, Nintendo also revealed that a special demo version of the game, Bravely Second: End Layer – The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers, will be available to download through the 3DS eShop sometime before April 15. And you might want to grab the demo even if you’re planning to buy Bravely Second as the story you’ll experience in The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers, along with new jobs and areas to explore, will be unique to the demo.
Bravely Second isn’t the only RPG that Nintendo has on their release schedule. The consolemaker will release Fire Emblem Fates on February 19 and plans to heavily support the game with a series of downloadable maps. The first one, imaginatively titled Map Pack 1, will be available alongside the game’s launch on day one. Nintendo added that the Revelation expansion, which will offer a third path beyond the Conquest or Birthright scenarios, will be released on March 10. A special edition of Fire Emblem Fates that includes all three storylines will be released on the same day for $79.99.
Finally, if you don’t have a 3DS yet, Nintendo will release a fancy Fire Emblem Fates-themed New 3DS XL system for $199.99 on February 19. Unfortunately, the game will be sold separately.
When Image and Form’s SteamWorld Dig released back in 2013, it didn’t just release, it kicked open the doors and burst right in. Nobody expected Dig’s popularity to skyrocket as much as it did, but it was well-earned. SteamWorld Dig was a fantastic game (as evidenced by our review) that brought gamers into a new, fantastic world. Soon, everyone clamored for a sequel to Rusty’s adventure; however, Image and Form had other plans. Enter: SteamWorld Heist. (more…)