Anymore a yearly Skylanders release is guaranteed as much as the next Call of Duty game. Activision hit big with the original release three years ago and they’ve continued that train with a new game in the series every year since. What began as a reboot of the Spyro the Dragon series has quickly become something all on its own and Spyro is just another character among the dozens in the series. The newest installment, Skylanders: Trap Team, brings back all of your favorite characters, adds more to the mix and even lets you take control of the villains this time around.
What You Need to Know
Skylanders: Trap Team is the fourth installment of the franchise where your figures comes to life. This time around Kaos as unleashed the most dangerous criminals Skylands has ever seen from their imprisonment in Cloudcracker Prison. From there he and the Doom Raiders unleash havoc and you have to build your team of Skylanders to try and stop him. You’ll use different elemental characters to unlock various areas of Skylands, defeat hordes of adorable enemies. There will even be betrayals or allegiances you might not expect this time around.
If you’re like me and you’re in the market for a new 3DS then the new systems that will be available later this month might just be what you’re looking for. Nintendo has announced that on November 21st the newest model of the 2DS will go on sale for $99.99, just in time for the release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This new system also gives you a look at the 2DS you’ve never seen before. The new red and blue systems both use clear, see-through plastic allowing you to see all of the internal workings of the device. They harken back to the days of the see through Game Boy that was and is incredibly popular among collectors.
The new systems called Crystal Red and Crystal Blue have access to the huge library of 3DS games available now. It does not appear there will be any bundles of the system available.
One of the first games to launch on the eShop was a small puzzle game from Enjoy Gaming called Pyramids. It was a Solomon’s Key inspired block puzzle game where you played as an adventurer who was dropping in a room, with limited resources and had to escape. You could drop and destroy blocks, shoot snakes in the rooms with the ammo supplied and collect treasure to unlock harder and harder puzzles. Now three years later the developer is back again with a sequel cleverly titled Pyramids 2. The premise is the same, but the puzzles are harder.
What You Need to Know
Pyramids 2 is, as previously mentioned, a block puzzle game. Like before you star as an adventurer who is trying to solve the riddles of the rooms, collect treasure along the way and escape without dying. You can drop blocks on the same level as your character, or one level lower. You must avoid traps, like spikes that come from the floor or fireball shooting statues as well as snakes, monkeys and natives along the way. You earn stars for the speed you finish the level and whether or not you collect all of the treasure in a room. Those stars are used to unlock levels later in the game, with the last set of rooms requiring you to have earned every star in the game up to that point.
It’s one of the marquee moments on any Nintendo platform, and for one platform, the game that will hopefully drive it out of its current lull. Super Smash Bros is almost upon us, and this time around, in two forms – for 3DS and for Wii U. With anticipation building ahead of its release at the end of the year, I got some time with both versions to see just how big a leap this is from Brawl.
Let’s start with the Wii U version. The most obvious difference between this and Brawl are the graphical improvement afforded by HD. The game looks absolutely beautiful, and as shown in the daily screenshots, the range of small details on show in just a few minutes of gameplay is a sight to behold. With the addition of the GameCube adapter, this really does feel like the evolution of Brawl and Melee, and I slipped right back into the groove of playing it.
In terms of gameplay, Super Smash Bros for Wii U falls in between Brawl and Melee – it’s much faster than Brawl, and much punchier than Melee, leading to a weighted feel. Every impact feels like it has something behind it, and there’s a definite thud from the audio as KOs are made. This feels very much like the next step in Smash Bros. Read more…
The eShop for both Wii U and 3DS see a number of good releases this week led by the unusual team up of Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton. Inti Creates launches their not-Mega Man platformer, Azure Striker Gunvolt, and the Wii U gets to take digging to a whole new level (no, it’s not Minecraft).
Wii U Virtual Console:
Mega Man X3
Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Available 8/29)
Azure Striker Gunvolt (Purchase of this also gives you access to Mighty Gunvolt for free) (Available 8/29)
Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter
Select Capcom titles are 60% off until 8:59am PT Sept. 4th
Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo: $3.95 (50% off) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24
Soccer Up : $1.99 (71% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 17
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist is being reduced in price to $19.99 permanently beginning Sept. 1st
Thursday means the eShops for Wii U and 3DS are getting updated and today’s biggest release is Disney Infinity. The Skylanders style game featuring playable Disney characters is available digitally for the first time, though the character base and figures (sold separately) are still required to play them game. After that it’s pretty much Virtual Console or nothing. Here’s what’s available this week.
Midtown Crazy Race
Mega Man 6 (Virtual Console)
Life Force (Virtual Console
Abyss – $1.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 10
Chasing Aurora – $3.99 (50% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Nano Assault Neo – $7.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Demon King Box
Xtreme Sports (Virtual Console)
Boulder Dash-XL 3D – $1.69 (66% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 27
European Conqueror 3Dis – $2.79 (30% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 4
Aeternoblade – $9.99 (33% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 7
Nano Assault – $7.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Quell Reflect – $2.79(30% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Aqua Moto Racing – $5.99 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 18