Hyperkin To Test GCN Styled Pro Controller

Hyperkin Pro ControllerWhatever Hyperkin is doing right now they need to stop and go into full production of this controller right now. This is exactly the type of Pro Controller for Wii U I’ve been dying to have. I absolutely adore the GameCube Controller. I’ve routinely called it my favorite controller of all-time. Since the Wii U was first rumored people were making mock-ups of the controller and one that caught my eye was a white shelled controller with blue buttons that was designed exactly like the GameCube controller. I would buy this in a heartbeat and I’d get a “full” set of four just to have around.

This controller is going to be at EVO 2015. According to Hyperkin if the reaction is good they will move into full production. This is a fully wireless controller without the need for a dongle. It works exactly as a Pro Controller and is supported by every game that supports that input method. They have said that they will consider a wired verison and that they’ll be looking for player feedback while at EVO this year.

How much would you pay for such a beautiful controller? Well the projected price range is $30-40, which is about right for a Wii U Pro Controller and at least $20 less than a Dual Shock 4, for comparison.

Please, Hyperkin, whatever you do make this controller a reality.

Big Changes Are Coming To Miiverse

MiiverseMany Wii U and 3DS owners are bigs fans of Miiverse. You can go into the online community for just about any game on those systems and see people posting about their experiences playing the games, making drawings or just chatting about whatever they want to chat about. It’s been a fun little diversion for other people. Some have ignored it almost completely.

Many fans of the online community would say that, while it’s interesting, it still has problems. Nintendo continually changes up the policies about how often you can post. Some fans complain about seemingly arbitrary moderation on posts that don’t really make much sense. Nintendo is set to make some big changes to Miiverse in the coming months. These include just a general overall redesign to the look, but include some other features as well.

A Screenshot album: You’ll now be able to save up to 100 screenshots in an album that will be viewable only by you. Nintendo wants you to be able to look back on the memories you have of playing their games.

Miiverse CommunityPlay Journal: This replaces the regular posting that you’ve been doing in the community. To create a Play Journal you simply have to log in to the Miiverse while you’re playing a game. Each time you post to the Play Journal it will also post a screenshot of what you’re doing in the game at that moment. Titles, like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, that don’t support screenshots will be exempt from this rule.

Community Redesign: This is where you’ll go to see everyone’s, including your own, Play Journal for each game in the Miiverse. You’ll be able to see other players drawings created for that game and Nintendo hopes it will make it easier to find great artists to follow. You will not be able to post handwritten post to Play Journals or discussions.

These aren’t the only changes that are coming, but they’re some of the biggest. Other changes include removing the limit on how quickly you can make new posts. In the past this has been limited to, at various times, one minute, two minutes or three minutes between posts. Nintendo will now allow you to make posts in quick succession, but you’ll be limited to a total of 30 posts per day. In-game posts are not included in this total.

We don’t have word yet on when these changes will launch, but it is expected to come sometime this summer. You can access Miiverse through the Wii U and 3DS Home menus as well as through mobile devices or browsers.

Nintendo Goes To Jim Henson Studios

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This year, as we all know, Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event has caught a lot of flack. Despite all the negativity however, there was one thing that stood out as hilarious and awesome. I’m talking the puppet versions of Satoru Iwata, Reggie Fils-Aime, Shigeru Miyamoto and the Star Fox characters. Nintendo recently put out a video of Miyamoto, Bill Trinen, and others from Nintendo visiting Jim Henson Studios to checkout the legendary group. Go ahead and give it a watch!

Ike Amiibo First Physical Item Sold On Amazon Mexico

AmiiboIkeAmazon Mexico started selling physical items today. As you can probably guess, the service took off. According to a tweet from CNN, the first item sold was actually an Ike Amiibo. Apparently, because the service just launched, it had items that are hard to find in other regions. This means all those hard to find Amiibos are up for salewere up for sale earlier today.

Amazon Mexico doesn’t ship items outside of Mexico so at least all those rare Amiibo’s aren’t easily obtainable by foreigners. Hopefully people were able to snag the goodies before the poachers flocked on this. To the person who was able to snag this first, good game.

Shovel Knight Goes Retail

Shovel KnightGet ready to get those pocketbooks out because you’re going to want to buy the physical version of Shovel Knight when it launches later this year. What does the retail version of the game have in the box you ask? Well, it’s got a disc, silly.

The retail release will include the original game as well as the first content update Plague of Shadows. Additionally it will include a challenge mode with more than 50 challenge levels to explore. You’ll also get access to all future updates of the game for free as they come available. Those include:

  • Specter Knight’s Campaign – A full campaign starring the shadowy scythe spinner!
  • King Knight’s Campaign – A crazy campaign with the gilded goob himself!
  • Battle Mode – Duel with up to 4 players as your favorite heroic or villainous knight! (Wii U/PS4/XB1/PC exclusive)
  • Body Swap Mode – Did you ever wish Shovel Knight was a lady, or Shield Knight was a dude? Well, now you’ll be able to change them all around, along with the rest of the cast!

Is that all, you ask. Well, no it isn’t. For people like me the retail release will also include an instruction manual. A full, actual lovingly crafted instruction manual similar to the reward that Kickstarter backers got. That’s actually a pretty big deal and makes me that much more interested to wait and pick this game up at retail when it launches.

How much will all of this cost. I’m sure you’re wondering that. Well, it’ll cost $19.99. Not too bad, really. Shovel Knight launches on October 13th in North America and October 16th in Europe for the Wii U, 3DS, PS4 and Xbox One.

Minecraft Title Update 25 Drops Tomorrow

minecraft hollow caveMinecraft players of the console variety have something to look forward to tomorrow as all versions of the game are getting a new update. Title update 25 (v 1.17 for Playstation owners) adds quite a bit of new stuff to the game.

Here are a few of the highlights, straight from the Mojang blog.

  • Customize superflat words to be as vertical as you like
  • New Oak, Spruce, Birch and Jungle wood types such as fences, gates and doors.
  • New game options: Change game mode, difficulty, time, spawn and weather without having to actually leave the game and go back to the main menu.
  • Classic Crafting. If you prefer to craft things the good old fashion way just like on PC you’ll be able to. Some people like it.
  • Iron Trap Doors, Inverted Daylight Sensors, Book and Quills, Stained Glass.

There could still be more that’s not listed, but those are the biggest things to be on the lookout for. I’m most excited about the stained glass. That opens up a lot of creative options for building that we haven’t had.

The title update drops tomorrow and should download automatically for most players.

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