When you think of the greatest platformers and adventure games of all time on title that will invariable come to people’s minds is Metroid. That franchise has been around for decades and there is a reason that it basically has a genre of games named after it. It’s good. If you take the basic template of Metroid, mix in some incredibly beautiful pixel art and toss in a heaping helping of fun you’d get a game like Xeodrifter. The latest game from developer Renegade Kid takes many nods from that Nintendo franchise and doesn’t even hide it. It embraces that formula to give the eShop one of the best Metroid style platformers you’re going to see today.
Xeodrifter doesn’t hold your hand. From the very beginning you’re given a brief cutscene where you are shown four different planets to go to and retrieve a warp drive for your ship. Which one you choose first is totally up to you and you have to figure out which one won’t get you killed in order to progress. It’s the Metroid-vania formula at its best. It’s up to you the player how you tackle it. You’ll be powerful enough to take on one planet, but may not yet have the equipment you need to explore another. You’ll have to search each planet thoroughly to find all of the equipment you need to progress.
Whether you love them, hate them or are indifferent to them Nintendo’s amiibo line of figures have drawn plenty of attention. Samus figures with two arm cannons and Peach figures with no legs are gaining massive amounts of attention, not to mention money as they’re selling for multiple thousands of dollars on eBay.
Nintendo has announced that amiibo has started strong, in terms of sales. The initial run of figures have sold more than 700,00 units with copies of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U selling right around that same mark. It’s not all good news as sales of the previous entry in the series on Wii sold nearly twice that much in its first week on sale.
However, Nintendo feels confident going into the new year that they’re in a good position to offer their fans plenty more content. Nintendo of America’s Scott Moffitt was quoted saying, “We’re extremely confident in our holiday proposition and look forward to closing this year strong and starting 2015 with a full head of steam.”
What do you think of Nintendo’s transition from 2014 into 2015 and what are your thoughts on amiibo as a whole? Let us know.
Fans of 3DS RPGs have another game to get interested in. Atlus has announced the upcoming release of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker. This game, set to hit stores in early 2015 is an enhanced remake of the original Devil Survivor 2 which was available for the DS in 2011. It includes all of the content of the first game remade and enhanced for the 3DS. It also includes completely new material which essentially doubles the length of the game. The new content is available on the menu right from the start for people who want to pick up where the original game left off. The new content also features fully voiced English dialogue.
You’ll be able to pick up the SMT: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker in early 2015 for $49.99. While you wait enjoy this trailer for the game.
I’ve been interested in the the Theatrhythm games, but I’ve not actually pulled the trigger on purchasing one yet. Played both of the demos, though. Square Enix just announced the third game in the series and it’s one I absolutely can’t miss. Theatrhythm Dragon Quest was announced and will be playable in Japan at Jump Festa next week. The game is set to release next March in Japan for the 3DS. No word yet on whether or not it will make the jump to the West, but given that the two previous games both did it’s a good bet that this one will as well.
If you’re familiar with the Etrian Odyssey series of RPGs from Atlus you know that they’re not your typical RPG experience. They generally have a first person in dungeon camera, you keep track of the map yourself, and everything outside of dungeons is controlled via a series of menus. Well, that’s all about to get shaken up with the announcement of their next game.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon combines the RPG elements you’d expect from that series with the rogue-like, ever changing dungeons of the Mystery Dungeon franchise. You control all of the action from a top down perspective, enemies don’t move unless you do and there is loot to collect. A LOT of loot to collect.
There’s not a lot more information yet to talk about, but you can bet we’ll keep you up to date on this one. I’m a big fan of the Mystery Dungeon style of game. Etrian Mystery Dungeon is set to hit shelves sometime in Spring of 2015.
Nintendo wants to give you some hands on time with many of their biggest holiday titles. Just how are they doing that? Well, they’re ramping up another Best Buy Experience. This Sunday, December 7th, head to your local Best Buy and get your chance to go hands on with a number of Nintendo titles including Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Pokemon Art Academy, and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Not every Best Buy in the country will be participating. Check out this list to see if there is one in your area. If you’re in the Culver City area you’ll have the opportunity to get your picture taken with Mario. If you head to one of these events drop us a line and let us know what you thought of the games and the experience.
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.