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Nintendo Download: Star Fox Zero, Star Fox Guard, Mario Party DS, more

“We need your help, Star Fox!”

Team Star Fox is back and the galaxy’s greatest heroes make their Wii U debut this week in a pair of new games. Star Fox Zero, which was co-developed by Nintendo and Platinum, pits the quartet of pilots against Andross once again. Players will get to fly the familiar Arwing and rumble into battle with the Landmaster Tank, but they’ll also be able to get behind the controls of the Walker and the Gyrowing flight drone.

Also available to download tomorrow is Star Fox Guard, a tower defense game that asks players to scan video feeds from 12 different cameras to protect Grippy Toad’s factory.

Elsewhere on the Wii U eShop, Mario Party DS is now available to purchase through the system’s Virtual Console service. Mario and company will tangle with more than 70 minigames this time around in four game modes. And The Pinball Arcade is finally available to download on the Wii U. In the works since before the console’s launch, pinball fans will no doubt flip over this news.

Finally, Dreamals is like a “river crossing problem” come to life, and Blockara is a falling block puzzler where players have to build spells with the blocks. Both are now available to download for the Wii U.

More information on all of these games can be found after the break. And don’t forget to check out the Launch Trailer for Star Fox Zero that’s been embedded up top. (more…)

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The Pinball Arcade will finally be released for the Wii U in Early 2016


FarSight Studios has announced (via their Facebook page) that The Pinball Arcade will finally make its way to the Wii U in early 2016:

We know you won’t believe this one, but we are very proud to announce that the WiiU version of Pinball Arcade is coming soon! We are aiming for a very early 2016 release, so stay tuned!

This is great news for gamers who exist at the cross section of “pinball fanatics” and “Wii U owners,” as they’ve been waiting for The Pinball Arcade for a long time. And just how long have they been waiting? Rob Mann, FarSight’s former Community Manager, told us in a 2012 interview that The Pinball Arcade was originally scheduled to be a Wii U launch title. Better late than never, right?

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Xbox Store Today: Geometry Wars 3, Tales From the Borderlands, Pinball Arcade


Happy Thanksgiving Eve everybody! For Xbox, it’s time to be thankful for three new games, including two of the most anticipated titles of the Fall.

First up is Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Xbox One, Xbox 360), Lucid Games’ first entry in the twin-stick shooter series. Lucid is comprised of several employees from original Geometry Wars developer Bizarre Creations, so they’re definitely familiar with the franchise’s formula while adding in companion drones, super moves, and a 3D playing field.

Also available today is Tales From the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum, the first episode in Telltale’s latest episodic series. Taking place on the planet of Pandora, Tales From the Borderlands has the full blessing of Gearbox and will serve as an official continuation of the franchise’s story until we get Borderlands 3.

Finally this week, FarSight has brought The Pinball Arcade to the Xbox One.

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

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The Pinball Arcade added to Wii U launch window

Did you catch our interview with Rob Mann, the Community Manager at FarSight Studios? He discussed the company’s most recent project, The Pinball Arcade, including the upcoming Wii U version.

During the conversation, Mann revealed that FarSight plans to release the Wii U version of The Pinball Arcade during the console’s launch window, likely in late November or December:

WZ – Mike: Are you hoping to have [The Pinball Arcade] out at launch?

Mann: We don’t think we will make it to the launch date, but we are striving to get as close to that date as we can.

The Pinball Arcade is currently available for the PlayStation Network, Vita, Xbox Live Arcade, iOS, and Android.

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The Pinball Arcade: An Interview With Community Manager Rob Mann

In February of this year, FarSight Studios released The Pinball Arcade, their most ambitious pinball simulation game yet. For those unaware, The Pinball Arcade is a collection of real-world pinball tables, painstakingly digitized to the smallest detail and available on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and mobile devices. Every month since release, new tables have been added as DLC. And, as a major accomplishment, licensed tables such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Harley-Davidson” were obtained with a little help from the game’s dedicated fan base. Just this past Tuesday, “Elvira and the Party Monsters” and “No Good Gofers” were added to the PlayStation store

As a diehard pinball fan, and a fan of FarSight’s pinball offerings in general, I was eager to learn more about The Pinball Arcade. Therefore, I recently chatted with FarSight Studios User Community Manager Rob Mann to inquire about The Pinball Arcade’s present, and what we can look forward to in the future. (more…)

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Skullgirls, Persona 3 FES, World Gone Sour, more added to PS Store

Sony pushed out a massive update to the PlayStation Store yesterday. In addition to a huge assortment of new PlayStation Plus freebies and discounts, the consolemaker has added a half dozen games to their downloadable network including…

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES – The classic Atlus RPG that is now part of the PS2 Classics section.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City – The expansion pack compilation has shockingly never been available on the PSN until now.
  • World Gone Sour – Capcom’s sidescrolling suicide march
  • Skullgirls – A 2D “tournament level” fighter.
  • The Pinball Arcade – The pinball platform is PS3/Vita cross-compatible, so you can buy one it for one system and get it on the other for free!
  • Treasures of Montezuma Blitz – A “shiny new puzzle game” that makes use of the Vita’s unique features.

You can hit the break for more detailed information on all of these titles. And be sure to visit the PlayStation Blog for more on all of this week’s Plus bonuses and new game add-ons. (more…)

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XBLA Today: Diabolical Pitch, Pinball Arcade

Today’s Xbox Live Arcade additions have a theme, can you figure it out?

First up is Diabolical Pitch, a Kinect-powered XBLA game that features a pitcher with a bionic arm trapped in an amusement park full of demons. No, really! It’s priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10) and sounds totally awesome:

An unusual, unique and wacky pitching action game is coming to Kinect and the name of the game is Diabolical Pitch. A former pitcher now outfitted with an incredibly powerful bionic arm finds himself in a run-down, dark, and twisted amusement park. The night gets strange and intense quickly as you must use your pitching skills to survive the game of your life. Charge up your diabolical pitch to wipe out all the enemies crowding towards you. Power-ups give your throwing arm insane abilities that will give you the edge against huge mobs of enemies or even the most fearsome boss. Kinect turns your room into a playing field and your Diabolical Pitch is the main attraction.

Also available this week is Pinball Arcade, which aims to be a platform for additional tables much like Pinball FX. The base game includes four tables and is priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10):

Real pinball for your Xbox 360! The all-time greatest pinball tables from Williams, Bally, Stern Pinball, and Gottlieb are now together in one game. Every flipper, bumper, sound effect, and display pixel has been painstakingly emulated in astonishing detail. The four table launch collection includes Tales of the Arabian Nights, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Theatre of Magic, and Black Hole.

Did you guess the theme? It’s flying metal balls.

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