Not to be outdone by the boys Princess Peach is getting in on the Wii Remote action later this month. Beginning sometime in April fans of the oft-kidnapped royal will be able to get their hands on a pink Wii Remote Plus. The controller comes with a crown outline over the controller’s speaker and blue buttons for the +, – and Home keys. The d-pad has also been given the golden treatment.
All told it looks like a really nice controller and complements the two controllers that have been released for Mario & Luigi. The new device, with Motion Plus built in will retail for $39.99. Let’s hope they keep up this trend and more of their characters get their own themed controllers, though my wallet won’t be very happy about it.
I’ve been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed lately (imagine that) with the release of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD on consoles, Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry as a standalone game and the acquisition of a copy of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation on the Vita. One topic of conversation that always comes up is who my favorite playable character in the series is so I thought I’d take some time to write up my thoughts on the matter and list out my favorite characters, both playable and not of the franchise. This list comes from all the games in the series, with the exception of the portable games on PSP and DS as I’ve never played those. Since they starred Altair anyway they are at least represented by their main playable character.
Since the franchise first made its appearance back in 2007 there have been eight playable characters across the seven main franchise releases (counting Liberation), DLC packages and portable releases. Here is how I rank them in terms of my favorite characters in the series. Keep in mind I really do like all of these characters and this list was really hard to put them in any sort of order (outside of my favorite). It’s like choosing which is better between pancakes and waffles. They’re both great, but if forced to pick I would choose pancakes.
Be warned that if you haven’t played these games yet there will be spoilery type things being talked about. And if you haven’t played these games yet what are you waiting for, go do it now.
You’re going to be tired of hearing me talk about this game until it comes out, but I’m really excited about this game coming to the Wii U eShop. This reveal trailer for Swords & Soldiers II shows off two of the factions in the game, one of which is new. The Vikings and Demons get the fight started with more factions promised to be released in the future.
Unepic, the side scrolling, tongue-in-cheek RPG published by EnjoyUP Games is getting an update. That’s right, for those of you that have been waiting to play the game in Italian, German or Portuguese your wish is their command. You can now switch the language at any time in the game using these newly supported language.
In even more important news you’ll now be able to use the Zoom function on the TV. Previously you could only use that feature if you were playing on the Game Pad, which meant you didn’t really use the TV when you played because you just couldn’t see. Now you can and TV’s everywhere are rejoicing.
Other features in this update include:
- Play with both Left Stick and D-PAD.
- Change language within the game.
- English Voices can be enabled in other languages.
- A new “stick and poo” wand included.
- Two new pets that can be obtained completing challenges.
The update is available now, so download it and zoom in on your TV until you can’t zoom anymore.
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.
Castlestorm is the sidescrolling RTS from Zen Studios that sees you attempting to defend your castle while attacking and destroying an opposing army’s fortress. The game currently features two factions and a number of missions to complete. Zen Studios announced today that the game is getting a little bit bigger on Wednesday February 26th.
The game’s first expansion, From Outcast to Savior, will be available for $2.99. It includes one new faction, the Royal Guard who appear to be based on medieval Europe and Knights. It will also include a new, unlikely hero, new weapons, and trophies as well as Skirmish and Survival levels. Some of the new environments include Stonecrest, The Royal Airport, The Skyship Harbor and the Bladgard Icefields in your quest to capture the mighty Viking warrior, Chief Ramhorn.
All of this content will be available for the Wii U in North America and Europe. Zen Studios also announced the second planned DLC pack called The Warrior Queen, but did not set a release date for that content as of yet.
Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate was released on the Vita and the 3DS last year. It told the story of events that took place between Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum. The game was developed by Armature Studios and featured a 2.5D perspective with a slightly modified version of the combat system from the 3D releases of the series.
Now the game is making the jump to consoles. On April 1st players will be able to download the game, titled Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition, on PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii U for $19.99. This new console release will feature enhanced, HD visuals, a new map and a hint system that will aid them in navigating the winding corridors of Blackgate Prison. Also, by registering the game with a Warner Bros. ID account you’ll have access to a new Zero Year Batsuit that was not previously available to players. All of the other suits that were available in the game will still be featured.
During Nintendo’s last Nintendo Direct presentation in December they surprised us with the release of NES Remix, a fun new way to play old games. It mixed WarioWare with a little bit of Game Center CX and was quite a lot of fun to play. Many of the games were early NES titles that people might not have known, but I thought it could have been the start to a fun little franchise that Nintendo could release on a pretty regular basis for all of their platforms.
Now, after yesterday’s Nintendo Direct we have the announcement of NES Remix 2. This time the developers have chosen some “newer” NES classics and names people might be very familiar with. Challenges will be based on games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Kirby’s Adventure and Metroid.
NES Remix included a new take on Mario Bros. called Luigi Bros. This time they’re including a new take on Super Mario Bros. This new bonus game is based off of a challenge from the first title and is called Super Luigi Bros. It involves you playing through the original Super Mario Bros. game as Luigi (high jump included) and the levels are laid out from right to left rather than the traditional left to right.
I thoroughly enjoyed that challenge and thought a whole game based off of it could have been interesting. Well, I’m getting my wish. I’m excited to see what Nintendo has in store for us with NES Remix 2. We’ll be able to get our hands on the game on April 25th for $14.99
This game from Monolith Soft can’t come out fast enough. Xenoblade Chronicles was my favorite game on the Wii and is easily in my top five games of all time. I’m so hyped for this game. X looks amazing. Check out this trailer if you don’t believe me.