Nintendo was a little late getting this to us this week, but here you go. Everything you can expect to download through the eShop on the 3DS and Wii U. It includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, which I’ll be picking up, a demo for Codename S.T.E.A.M. and Gunman Clive 2. Head past the break to see everything that’s available for download
I’ve played just about every LEGO game that’s been released in recent years. I like them, a lot. From LEGO Harry Potter to LEGO The Hobbit and LEGO Marvel Superheroes they’re all a lot of fun, especially if you’ve got someone to play them with. Warner Bros. has just announced their new slate of LEGO games that are set to come out this year. Five new games are expected this year, three of them headed to Nintendo platforms. One of them has dinosaurs. Another has Captain America. I’ll let you figure out what those might be. If you just want me to tell you then head past the break for the full lineup.
Nintendo recently announced that worldwide sales of their home console, the Wii U, are at 9.2 million overall. In the last three months of 2014 the company managed to ship 3 million units, which is slightly over the 2.4 million sold in the same period of 2013. They’re not great numbers, especially compared to its predecessor the Wii which at the same time in its life was at 44 million units sold. That was a phenomenon I don’t think we’ll ever see duplicated.
What is strange is just how much of a red-headed stepchild the Wii U is among the bigger development community. Many companies site the number of units sold as a big reason that they don’t develop for the system. They don’t see it as a good investment. They continue to develop for the PS4, which is dominating the market currently with over 18 million units sold, and the Xbox One. When you compare sales figures of the Wii U and Microsoft’s system, however, they’re not really that far apart. As of December Microsoft has shipped 10 million units. They haven’t talked about how many of those have sold, but if they’re shipped 10 million they haven’t sold that many. That would indicate it’s sales numbers are not that far ahead of the Wii U, yet it continues to get far more support.
I know the Wii U isn’t as powerful as the other two platforms and the Game Pad makes it “hard” to make games for. What I don’t get is how the development community, especially the big three, can’t seem to get games to sell on the system, yet indie developers continue to pump out games that appear on the eShop on a regular basis.
Regardless, Wii U sales continue to rise, even if only slightly. That’s a good sign and there are a number of interesting games coming to the platform this year including Splatoon and a new Zelda game. 2015 could be a very good year for the system.
That’s not confusing at all right? Hyrule Warriors, KoeiTecmo and Nintendo’s mash-up of the Warriors franchise and the Legend of Zelda has done well for itself. The game, which early on many people wrote off as a cash-in that wouldn’t be good, has ended up becoming pretty popular. The developer today confirmed that it has topped the one million sales mark worldwide since it launched last fall. It joins a number of other games, like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. and New Super Mario Bros U. on the system to hit that mark.
If you haven’t played Hyrule Warriors yet, do so. It’s a lot of fun and there’s plenty of content, thanks to the number of DLC packages already available, with more coming, to keep you busy for a very long time.
Ed Di Geronimo of Saturnine Games has been on the show before. One of my favorite games on the DSiWare service was his release of Antipole. The game is a run and gun style platformer similar to things like Contra or Rush ‘n’ Attack. The hook with that game, though, that makes it stand out is the ability to reverse gravity in the world, which affects not only the player, but everything in the environment.
In an interview recently with 4 Color Rebellion he talked about a new release of the game that he’s been working on. Antipole DX is coming to Wii U and 3DS sometime this Summer. This remake of the game updates the visuals and sound from the original release to fit better with the vision he had of the game. The new higher resolution pictures show off just how nice the game is going to look, and it’s a nice upgrade overall. He said that the original release had to sacrifice in areas such as the sound design to fit in with the specifications of the DSiWare service. All the levels in the game have been reworked from scratch and some of the boss fights have been reworked.
Releasing the game on 3DS and Wii U means that any restrictions previously in place are no longer there and he said that new levels are going to be added to this game on release making it a little longer than the original game was. In addition to that new enemies that affect gravity may be added for a bit of an additional challenge.
He hopes to release Antipole DX simultaneously on Wii U and 3DS. Both games are planned to be identical so pick your platform and enjoy. We’ll most likely have a talk with Ed at some point about the game so be on the lookout here for more information as we get closer to the game’s launch.
Deflategate isn’t holding the Patriots back, at least the virtual Patriots. Accoring to EA Sports and their yearly tradition of predicting the Super Bowl champion, the New England Patriots will defeat the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks in a close 28-24 matchup.
During the simulation the Patriots scored on their opening drive. The Seahawks answered and then an interception late in the first half meant the Seahawks were up 17-14 going into halftime. Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski were able to overcome the hard hitting Seattle defense in the second half and would go on to win the game. Tom Brady was named the MVP based on his 335 yard, 4 touchdown day.
Since the company started predicting the outcome of the Super Bowl in 2004 they are 8-3 overall. The last few years have been pretty evenly balanced going 2-2 in the last four years. Last year they predicted the Denver Broncos would beat the Seattle Seahawks 31-28. The actual outcome of that game saw the Seattle team victorious in a 43-8 blowout. Will the same thing happen this year? Seattle sure hopes so. The Patriots are 2-2 in their last four Super Bowl appearances. In that same time Seattle has been to two Super Bowls going 1-1 in those matchups.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon will be available on April 7th this year for the 3DS. The game combines the game play of the Etrian Odyssey series with procedurally generated dungeon crawling found in the Mystery Dungeon series of games. Atlus today has shown off some of their launch bonuses for people that want to get the game at launch, and it’s a nice little package.
Inside the package is a “Rough Sketch” version of the soundtrack that contains rough versions of some of the music found in the game. Also included in the Collector’s box is a Visual Book, 26 pages of art and information to help you prepare to enter the dungeons of the game. This collector’s version of the game will set you back $39.99 when the game launches.
Also today the company showed off a trailer for one of the characters in the game, the Protector. This tank classes uses a high DEF stat and impressively large shields in combination with a taunt ability to soak up a lot of damage that the party might take. Here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure.