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Folks, we have entered a new golden age when it comes to downloadable games. The Kinect-exclusive Freefall Racers, today’s addition to the Xbox Live Arcade, asks you to stand in front of your TV and wave your arms around pretending to be a flying squirrel. It’s been priced at $9.99, but can you really put a price on an experience like that? I mean, the squirrels are even wearing goggles and flying caps. Happy Wednesday everybody:
Come fly with us and discover a world ruled by flying squirrels with an unquenchable desire for skydiving in Freefall Racers! Pick your favourite squirrel from a host of unique characters and explore 8 exciting jungle, winter and dessert inspired routes. Use the Kinect Sensor to fly your friends nuts as you’ll turn any race in your favour by using power-ups and bonus-items found on your way down. These nutty antics will be enjoyed over and over again.
Oh, and DuckTales Remastered, a high definition remake of the NES classic developed by WayForward, is also available to download from the XBLA today. The title is old news to some, as it was released for PC platforms, the PlayStation Store, and the Wii U eShop a month ago. But it duck blurs its way onto the XBLA today, for $14.99:
DuckTales: Remastered is a hand-crafted, beautiful reimagining of one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time. Go back to one of the golden ages of gaming, but now refined with a level of detail that will please the most hardened devoted Disney or retro Capcom fan, alike. Featuring hand-drawn animated sprites, authentic Disney character voices talent and richly painted level backgrounds from the classic cartoon TV series, Scrooge McDuck and family come to life like never before. The gameplay retains the authenticity of its 8-bit predecessor, simple and fun, with slight modifications to improve gameplay flow and design. Embark on an authentic DuckTales adventure, as Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews; Huey, Dewey and Louie travel to exotic locations throughout the world in their quest to retrieve the five Legendary Treasures.
The original DuckTales game for the NES was one of my favorite games. I remember receiving the game as a Christmas gift when I was ten years old, and getting to the last level that very same day, only to have my older brother turn off the system during the final boss fight, because, as he put it, I “shouldn’t finish a game the same day I got it.” So I beat it the next day. And the day after that. For months, DuckTales was the only game that inhabited my NES. The gameplay, the controls, the music – it was in every way a perfect game. Fast-forward twenty-five years, and I am sitting at my desk at work when I see the announcement of DuckTales Remastered. Pulling up that announcement trailer, I was in a state of shock. One of my favorite childhood games, being remade by one of my favorite developers, WayForward – this was just too good to be true. After playing the new title, I can say that while it’s a great game, DuckTales Remastered is not all it’s quacked up to be. (more…)
Yesterday I finally got my hands on DuckTales Remastered, and I must say two things: one, the game is great, and two, I accidentally discovered a way to unlock the original, 8-bit soundtrack without first beating the game.
When I first saw the Capcom logo and heard the classic Capcom tune, my instincts kicked in. There was a code for Street Fighter II on the SNES, where you enter Down, R, Up, L, Y, B at the Capcom logo to unlock different colors for your fighters. When I heard that familiar sound, like some sort of Pavlovonian experiment, I entered the same code, and to my surprise, heard a chime. Bear in mind, this was on the PS3, so the code was Down, R1, Up, L1, Square, X.
The code unlocked the original soundtrack right from the beginning. So, if you don’t want to hear the remastered soundtrack (and shame on you if you don’t), then you can start the game off with the classic tunes you know and love.
Life is like a hurricane in this week’s PlayStation Store update… WayForward’s DuckTales Remastered is now available to download. If the remade and redesigned further adventures of Scrooge McDuck don’t interest you (and if not, are you sure you have a soul?), there’s also the absolutely insane heist simulator, Payday 2. Also available this for the PS3 is the action RPG, Mars: War Logs, and the helicopter shooter, Thunder Wolves. Keep an eye out for the latter game as it stars “elite helicopter pilots who fight evil and defend law and order.” Yeah.
Over on the PS Vita side of the Store, four new games are now available: A Vita version of Fruit Ninja, an updated version of the Breakout-like BreakQuest: Extra Evolution, the miitary strategy game A-Men, and the augmented reality puzzler Open Me!.
The brothers Mario are venturing back into the RPG world with today’s release of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for the 3DS.
Tuesday will see the release of a few titles on the complete opposite end of the gaming spectrum including the multiplayer heistfest Payday 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) and the latest strategy game in the Europa Universalis series, Europa Universalis IV (PC).
The rest of this week’s new releases all star anthropomorphized animals…
- There’s the PC version of WayForward’s DuckTales Remastered. Downloadable console versions will also be available this week and special retail editions will be available next week.
- There’s the Wii and Wii U port of Angry Birds Trilogy.
- And there’s Phineas and Ferb: Quest For Cool Stuff, which will be available for the 3DS, DS, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360.
I guess, technically, Phineas and Ferb aren’t animals. But they sure are weird looking.
Welcome to another Nintendo Download! This week, 3DS owners will be able to download the latest Mario RPG, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, on Sunday, August 11. Two days later, on August 13, Wii U owners will be able to relieve the hurricane of fun that is DuckTales Remastered.
But what if you want to download something new today?
3DS owners will have a choice of three games: the steampunk-styled platforming of SteamWorld Dig, the 3D bowling of Smash Bowling 3D, and the tangram puzzles of Tangram Style. Wii U owners only get two new games today: the Virtual Console-bound Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire and the Wii U GamePad party game Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party.
You can find more information about all of this week’s new releases after the break. (more…)
Ever since DuckTales Remastered was announced at this year’s PAX East, I’ve been waiting patiently to refill Scrooge’s magnificent Money Bin with treasure. Today, Capcom announced the game’s official release date, so I won’t be waiting much longer.
DuckTales Remastered will be available to download through Steam, the PlayStation Network, and the Wii U eShop on August 13. A special PS3 retail edition, which includes a PSN download code and a collector’s pin, will be released on August 20. The Xbox Live Arcade version will follow a month later on September 11. All four downloadable versions have been priced at $14.99, while the retail version will carry a $19.99 price tag.
Finally, developer WayForward has released the first “Duckumentary” behind-the-scenes video detailing how the background designers took the original artwork and gave it a “Remastered” look and feel.
Capcom has announced that they’re bringing four games to this year’s E3 Expo, which begins this Tuesday, June 11. The company has also promised that they have a “big surprise” to share with fans.
Here’s Capcom’s E3 2013 lineup (sans the big surprise):
- DuckTales: Remastered (PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)
- Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)
- Lost Planet 3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (3DS)
What do you think Capcom’s “big surprise” will be?