A couple of weeks ago Zen Studios released the first batch of DLC for Castlestorm, called From Outcast to Savior, that added 20 new missions, new troops and a new Hero for the Royal Guard. They promised that the second batch of DLC would make its way to the console in the future and that time has arrived. Thursday, March 13th Castlestorms get a little bigger with the addition of The Warrior Queen. This additional content adds a further 20 missions and takes a look at the fate of Viking warrior Freia. New weapons like Meteor Showers, Exploding Barrels, Stormbringers, Golem Hostages, and the Frozen Swordfish add to the Vikings arsenal of weaponry as they take the fight to the armored Royals.
The Warrior Queen will be available for download from the Wii U eShop for $3.99.
Our good friend Robert Busey has been making some changes to the art direction for his upcoming PC and eShop game Sword ‘n’ Board since he first started. The main character has gotten a bit of an overhaul as have some of the other screens in the game. One of them that he sent along to us was the new look version of the title screen which he’s graciously allowed us to share with you.
What do you think? If you haven’t yet I’d highly encourage you to go back and listen to Episode 184 of the Nintendo Okie Podcast for an interview we did with Robert Busey where he talked about his inspiration for the game. He’ll be on again with us after the first of the year to talk about the progress he’s made on the game.
Yumi is a young girl traveling through a dream-like world filled with wildlife gone awry. The only tools she has at her disposal are a backpack and a fishing rod. She must use those tools to navigate through the newest release from Natsume called Yumi’s Odd Odyssey. The game, which has been available in Japan since June will be available on North America 3DS systems in January.
According to Natsume’s press release:
You’ve never played a puzzle platformer quite like this! Using her fishing hook, Yumi must make her way through a variety of levels by running, jumping, and throwing her coveted fishing line. Yumi can use her fishing line to swing between platforms, lower herself down to other ledges, and even catapult herself great distances by stretching the line to its breaking point. Its unique mechanics are sure to excite even veteran gamers of the platforming genre!
Yumi’s Odd Odyssey was originally released on the Super Famicom before later making its way to the Playstation and the Nintendo DS. It will be available for the first time in North America on the 3DS. To get you ready for the game’s release Natsume has sent a long a few screenshots to show you what you can expect.
What do you get when you cross a platformer and an RPG with a big joke set inside a medievel fantasy castle? The answer is Unepic, the latest game from Spanish developer/publisher EnjoyUp Games. The game stars a “normal” guy who thinks he’s hallucinating and decides to set out on an adventure. He does this because he thinks his friends spiked a drink with drugs and decides to take advantage of it while the drugs wear off.
This 2D platforming RPG will feature more than 200 different rooms to explore, seven bosses to kill, 70 spells to learn and 100 different weapons. According to the developer there is more than 2,000 lines of dialogue, many of which will reference other games, movies and comics. There are three different endings and four difficulty levels. A castle map will allow you to write down notes during your adventure and traditional RPG elements allow you to upgrade your character and craft your own potions.
Unepic reminds me a lot of older Castlevania style games. There is no release date announced yet for the game, but look for it on the Wii U eShop soon.
According to an Atlus press release today, the last time that a game in the main Shin Megami Tensei series came out, Square and Enix had just merged, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker wasn’t on store shelves, the GBA SP was just being released, and Nokia thought the N-Gage was a good idea. That was the release of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. (Somehow 2008′s Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey has been forgotten.) That’s all going to change this summer with the release of Shin Megami Tensei IV on the Nintendo 3DS.
To make sure that the past decade has been worth the wait, Atlus is pulling development staff from their other popular franchises like Persona and Devil Summoner. This new game will feature decisions that affect not only your partner, but NPCs around the world. There will be more than 400 demons to collect, recruit and fuse together.
No official release date has been announced, but the game is expected out this Summer and also could feature an M rating from the ESRB, though at this time it has not been officialy rated by the board.
I recall saying recently that I was more interested in playing New Super Mario Bros. 2 than I was in playing New Super Mario Bros. U. (Good grief, could we please change the name of one of those games? This will in actuality be New Super Mario Bros. 4) During the podcast this week, we get into a big discussion on multiplayer vs. single-player experiences. I thought the 3DS game was going to be more to my liking because the focus was on the single-player game. NSMBU is going to be all about the multiplayer, much like NSMBWii was. This new set of screens for NSMBU has me pretty excited about the game coming out later this year.
I think because it reminds me so much of Super Mario World, which is my favorite game in the franchise. The amount of detail Nintendo is putting into this first HD outing for Mario is quite lovely to behold. Just look at how much detail is in everything on these screens. Look how deep the environments go back. Lighing effects, shadows, sparkles, the detail on the trunks of trees. It all looks quite nice and appears to be a nice step up from the Wii and 3DS games we’ve seen so far.
Are you still exciting about sidescrolling Mario games? Which of the two are you most excited about?
One of the games I played last year, and was really surprised by, was Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai. The game was essentially a survival-style game set in the wilds of Alaska where you had to traverse icy, snowy lands and avoid dangerous creatures like mountain lions and bears.
This year, Cabela’s and Activision are introducing a new controller (for the PS3 and the 360) called the Top Shot Fearmaster for Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013. This new controller, which is improved over previous Top Shot models, will feature an infrared aiming system, but even more interesting is that it will house two heart rate monitors and a motion sensor that will let the game know how stressed you are and how steady your hand is. This will cause your shots to become erratic and controlling your stress levels will determine how successful you are in surviving against lions, bears and many other dangerous creatures.
I’ve played a bunch of these games in the arcade and I like them more when they get away from the semi-realistic hunting simulation and just go crazy with the setting and the things you do on screen. It’s a shame the Wii game will not include this same technology, but I don’t know yet how much it will hinder the game, if at all.
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 will be available with the Top Shot Fearmaster on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 23 for $79.99. The game will also be available for the Wii with the new Top Shot peripheral for $59.99. This game is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB.
The story of La-Mulana has definitely been one of ups and downs. The game was announced a couple of years ago and the development ended up talking way longer than expected. Back in March it was announced that the game would not see a release in North America for a number of reasons, one being that it was going to be hard to get the Japanese DLC over here. Well, the game has been picked up by another publisher and it will be seeing a North American release after all.
EnjoyUp Games has picked up the title and will be releasing it to WiiWare on September 20th. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself if you’re not sure about trying this game. Do you like Indiana Jones? Do you like caves? Did you enjoy playing Cave Story? Do you like giant, screen-filling lizard bosses? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might be interested in this game. It will cost you 1000 Wii Points to download. Press release and screens after the jump. Read more…
Teyon’s next game, being published by Mastiff, is called Outdoor Unleashed: Africa 3D. The game is scheduled to hit the 3DS eShop on August 30th for $3.99. This game puts you in the shoes of a big game hunter in more than 35 missions throughout the African Savannah. There are 15 big animals and birds in this arcade-style shooter where you’ll be trying to rack up as many points as possible with various weapons. Want to see the game in action? Check out this trailer and head past the break for the full press release and more screens.
Polish Studio, Teyon, is working on several games that are going to be hitting Nintendo’s portable platforms soon. The first is a DSiWare game called Escape the Virus: Shoot’Em Up! which will be hitting the DSiWare on August 28th for 200 points or $1.99 through the 3DS eShop. The game looks like a top-down shooter where you control the action using the touch screen to aim. Check out this trailer game and head past the break for the full press release and more screen shots.