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Swords & Soldiers Release Date Revealed

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Ronimo Games is set to bring their popular side scrolling RTS, Swords & Soldiers, to the 3DS later this month and we now know exactly when. Next Thursday, May 16th will be the day you can download this little gem, and it will only cost you $7. I played the game on Wii and absolutely loved it. It was one that I went back to on a regular basis. The visual style is charming. The characters are funny. The game play is solid. I really like how the developers have uncluttered the action on the 3DS by moving all of the relevant informational bits to the 3DS bottom screen.

Mario & Luigi Release Date Announced

April 17, 2013 Leave a comment

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Nintendo announced the release dates for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team today. The new game has Princess Peach once again being captured and sent to a dream world while the Mario crew is on vacation. This time, though, a portal to the dream world can only be opened when Luigi sleeps on a magical pillow. Gameplay will switch between the dream world and the real world where Mario and Luigi must work together to rescue the princess.

The game will be available in Europe on July 12th. It’s going to take the Treehouse a month to remove all the “U’s” from the translation because it won’t be available in North America until August 11th.

Lego Batman 2 Dropping in This May

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The parade of ports continues for the Wii U.  This time it’s Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.  We knew it was coming sometime this spring, we just didn’t know exactly when.  Well, thanks to Warner Bros. we do know when that will be.  The game will be hitting stores shelves on May 21st.  There’s not a whole lot else coming out for Wii U right now and if you don’t care about Monster Hunter 3, this might be the game for you.  You should be finishing up Lego City Undercover just in time for this launch and you can continue the brick building/destroying.

This new game will feature enhanced maps on the GamePad that are “better” than the other consoles.  It also features Off-Screen play for when your son would rather watch an episode of The Brave and the Bold than play a Lego game with you.  If you haven’t played the game and you’re interested in checking it out then now might be the perfect time.

Pandora’s Tower Has a Date!!

April 3, 2013 3 comments

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Operation Rainfall and Wii fans rejoice.  Xseed Games has announced the date you’ll finally be able to get your hands on a copy of Pandora’s Tower.  The wait is almost over as the game will hit stores on April 16th for a budget price of $39.99.  If you’re not familiar with the game here’s a little bit of information from the press release announcing the release date.

Developed in Japan by Ganbarion together with Nintendo, Pandora’s Tower takes the familiar maiden in distress theme and turns it on its head, asking the protagonist to slay over a dozen giant monsters and collect their flesh in order to lift a curse that has befallen his lover. The game opens in the Kingdom of Elyria, where an unassuming singer named Elena succumbs to a wretched curse during a festival performance. Bearing an arcane mark on her back, she begins a seemingly irreversible transformation into a cursed monster. It comes to pass that only the brave Aeron, a young ex-soldier whose heart has forever been pledged to Elena, can save her.

Like I’ve said many times before, this was my most anticipated game in the trio that was a part of Operation Rainfall.  It caught my attention with the Final Fantasy style visuals mixed with the God of War style gameplay.  I’m really excited to get my  hands on the game here in the next couple of weeks.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Launching on May 24th

March 15, 2013 Leave a comment

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Nintendo released a one sentence press release and the picture above announcing the release date of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. The game will be hitting store shelves on May 24th.

No other details have been made available. Since the game is essentially a port of the Wii game with no new content added outside of the stereoscopic 3D, if you know anything about DK Country Returns then you know what to expect.

Assassin’s Creed IV Sets Sail In October

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And with that I will no longer use any pirate or sailing related puns in a headline regarding Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. In an apparent accidental leak the release date of the newest entry into the stealthy franchise has been made known. The game, which takes place before the events of Assassin’s Creed III will hit store shelves on October 29th. What’s most interesting about the leaked information is the little phrase you might notice in the picture, “Also coming to Next-Gen Consoles”. Does this mean that Ubisoft knows some information that they’re not supposed to be releasing yet and that we’ll see the PS4 and possibly the next console from Microsoft before October 29th? I think it might be more likely that the game will pull a Wii U and launch on those systems whenever they happen to become available.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is set to come to Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Luigi’s Mansion And More Get Dated (Finally!!!)

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

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Just in time for my wedding anniversary, Nintendo will be launching my most anticipated game of the year. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will be hitting store shelves and the 3DS eShop on March 24th. Along with that release Nintendo also announced that Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity will be accompanying Luigi to store shelves.

My birthday is March 19th, which also happens to be the date that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be available (with crossplay) for the Wii U and 3DS.

One day earlier on the 18th Chase McCain hits the streets of Lego City in the open world game Lego City: Undercover. The 3DS version of the game comes out a month later on April 21st.

Other games announced for the first half of the year are Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3 and Wii Fit U.

Fire Emblem February

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

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That’s what I’m officially labeling the month that features Valentine’s Day. During their most recent Nintendo Direct video, which aired yesterday, Nintendo announced the release date for Fire Emblem: Awakening. February 4th is the date you can mark on your calendar for when I’ll be hanging out with Lord Chrom and the Shepards.

The game will feature many elements of past games like the tactical, turn-based combat. You’ll be able to position troops on the battlefield to increase their relationship with other characters. New 3D animated cutscenes will tell the story.

I love tactical, turn-based RPGs like this and Final Fantasy Tactics. If you haven’t checked out a Fire Emblem game, now might be the perfect time to hit up your classic game retailer and find one of the GBA releases.

Z.O.E. HD Collection Release Date

September 19, 2012 2 comments

Konami announced the Zone of the Enders HD Collection for PS3 and the 360 is set to hit shelves October 30th. This game will set you back $40 and will contain both Zone of the Enders, the European version of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner as well as a demo for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. I really enjoyed the first Zone of the Enders and I highly recommend the series to anyone who enjoys anime and mecha.

Toki Tori Coming to VC This Thursday

August 27, 2012 Leave a comment

The 3DS Virtual Console is getting another Game Boy Color game this week.  Toki Tori developer, Two Tribes, announced the game will be coming to the eShop this Thursday, August 30th.  They posted this picture as proof.  The game is a puzzle game where you control a small yellow bird that must use the tools available to solve each level.  Each of the tools can be used incorrectly and, if you do so, it makes the level impossible to finish.

There was an enhanced remake available through the Wii Shop Channel back in 2009 and the developer has been trying to get the game published on the 3DS for a few months now.  All that hard work has finally paid off.  I’m just glad we’re seeing more games from a system other than the original Game Boy.  More Game Boy Color and GBA game would be a nice addition to the service.

Just in case you’ve never heard of Toki Tori, here’s a video showing off some of the gameplay.

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