The Wii was all about multiplayer experiences. That’s why there was an over abundance of multiplayer, party games for the system. The Wii U will undoubtably have some of those as well and Namco Bandai is going to be one of the first to do so with Tank! Tank! Tank! This new game will pit up to four players together in a number of different modes of play.
Co-Op and Versus Modes – Play with or against your family and friends in cooperative or competitive modes.
Over the Top Multiplayer – Battle giant monsters, shoot powerful weapons and destroy buildings with up to four players.
Kong Mode – Put your picture on the face of Kong and become the enemy. Use the new controller to control Kong and battle your friends.
Story Mission Mode – Not in a mood to play with others? Fight against giant enemies exclusive for story mission mode and level up your tanks. You can also unlock new tanks by clearing specific missions.
Say Cheese! – Take a picture with the Wii U camera and dress up your avatar with helmets, masks, and more.
Head past the break for a trailer and a load of screenshots.
Nintendo Land is collection of mini-games for Wii U that will hopefully be one of two things. It will be a pack-in game for Wii U, much like Wii Sports was, or it will be a free download from the eShop that will get people to connect their systems online. I would be okay with either. Nintendo Land is basically a compilation of many of the games that were shown off at E3 last year like the ninja star game in the sizzle reel or the Chase Mii, Battle Mii games, though they all look like they’ve undergone some upgrades since then.
Up to five players will be able to play the twelve different “attractions” featured in the game. Many of them are themed after popular Nintendo characters like Mario, Daisy or Link. Right now we know five of the games that will be featured; Luigi’s Ghost Mansion (oh yea), Animal Crossing: Sweet Day, The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Donkey Kong’s Crash Course and Takamaru’s Ninja Castle.
After the break you’ll find a collection of trailers and screenshots for many of the games that will be featured in Nintendo Land.
Platinum has had a bit of a rocky past on Nintendo consoles. Their one game for Wii, Madworld, didn’t do as well as people had hoped. They’re back again, now with something a little bit different in tone to that previous game. Project P-100 looks a bit like a top-down, superhero adventure and I think it looks really interesting.
Here are some of the checkboxes that you can mark off for the game.
* Giant screen-filling robotic bosses? Check
* Crowds of adoring, superhero worshippers? Check
* Interesting use of the Wii U Gamepad? Check
* Supernatural, special abilities? Check
* Pikmin style use of adoring, superhero worshippers? Check
* Plenty of explosions? Check
Check out this trailer for the game and a handful of screenshots and see if it interests you as well.
Surprisingly I just played my first Fire Emblem game with the release of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones for 3DS Ambassadors. I don’t know why it took this long to play a game in the franchise because I love turn-based, strategy games. Needless to say I really liked it and I’m looking to play more games in the franchise.
During a Q&A session with Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo after the 3DS event tonight, Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that Fire Emblem: Awakening will be heading to North America. No word yet on when we can expect to see it over here.
We’ve had some short shows over the last few weeks, so we make it up a little this week. Tony, Shannon and I are joined by an old star of the podcast and the master Go Rounder, Will. Not only that but Jesse Hardesty, the creator of the Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition, stops by to talk games and about the upcoming show. We also talk a little E3 and the games we have been playing this week. You can also look forward to a lot of P popping because I didn’t put my homemade pop screens on the mics. Oops.
Starring – Tony, Shannon, Will, Jesse, Shelby
Run time – 2:12:22
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As of this article we are just four days away from Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference where they will hopefully be putting to rest all of the rumors about what their new system is going to be like. We should hopefully learn about the controller, what games will be available when the system launches and a general time frame for when we can get our hands on the little white box (assuming it still is white). Nintendo has been playing everything very close to their vest and the internet has been on fire with speculation for the system. Don’t forget they also have a handheld device to talk about as well. With all the talk about what Nintendo is going to do and whether or not Sony and Microsoft will discuss their next systems, we couldn’t help put toss our two cents into the ring. So, “Give us five of your predictions for what people can expect to see at E3 this year.”
So, we’re a week away from E3 and everyone’s getting ready for Nintendo’s big show. Last year was a trial run for what we’re going to see this year. It was basically Nintendo’s chance to let everyone see their early thoughts and designs on what their next home console can do. The controller was fairly well received with many of the people that got hands-on time with it praising the comfort and the possibility of the design. As we inch ever closer to this year’s event more and more details are surfacing about the system. Some of them are true and some of them are more or less speculation. We know the system is going to be HD capable and it’s going to be on par, slightly less powerful or slightly more powerful than the current HD consoles. My thought is it’s going to be slightly higher spec, but that’s just me thinking out loud. I want to focus more on the controller and I can’t help but toss my thoughts out about what I see in the controller. Read more…
E3 takes place June 5th through the 7th this year and there will be coverage all over the internet. Heck, even we’re going to have impressions and trailers posted all over the site for many of the games shown at the event. Nintendo’s press conference takes place at 9:00am PST and will be available for viewing at Nintendo’s E3 site. If you prefer TV then both Spike TV and MTV2 will be showing the event commercial free. There will also be a stream of the press conference on Facebook.
“We don’t want anyone to miss the energy and excitement of this year’s E3 Expo. By offering different ways to tune in and follow all the Nintendo news, we aim to make fans all over the world feel like they’re right there with us at the show.” – Cindy Gordon, Nintendo of America’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Here is a list of all the ways that you’ll be able to view Nintendo’s Press Conference that day.
The Official Nintendo E3 Page (http://e3.nintendo.com)
Live on Television via Spike TV and MTV2
Nintendo’s Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/Nintendo)
Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/NintendoAmerica) will be live-tweeting the event.
We’ll have plenty of coverage of many of the games shown off that day beginning in the early afternoon through the evening along with our thoughts of the games as we see them. Of course we’ll have plenty of pre-E3 coverage with a round table on Monday from the crew talking about what they hope to see at the event, followed by another round table on Friday with our thoughts as we wrap up coverage of E3 this year.
The Wii U is set to launch later this year. Nintendo has experienced some hiccups with the last couple of systems they launched. The Wii saw shortages for months after it was released. The 3DS saw a great release with an immediate plummet in sales figures. That was attributed to a lackluster library and just a general lack of knowledge about what the system was.
Nintendo is hoping to avoid those mistakes with the launch of the Wii U. Our question today takes a look at that. “You’re in charge of the Wii U launch. What would you do to avoid problems and ensure the most successful launch for a Nintendo system yet?”
Gaz Says: If there is one thing to take from the 3DS launch it is that Nintendo systems launch best with strong, first-party content. Perhaps it was fortunate that Nintendo learned this lesson with the 3DS, a system that was always going to sell well thanks to the positive associations of the DS brand. With Wii U however, Nintendo have a massive challenge; not only do they need to launch a brand new system and get it selling, but they also need to throw off the negative connotations of the Wii name and bring back the alienated fans that have been turned off by the influx of casual games. Read more…
There are three big topics people really want to find out about when it comes to the Wii U. Those are the release date, the price and the games that will be available on launch day. Today Nintendo of Japan announced they will be talking about the software lineup that will be available for the system. However, they had the following to say about release date and price:
“Please also be advised that, as we did for previous platforms that were launched in the year-end sales season, we will announce the launch date and price in each market sometime after E3.”
The information comes straight from Nintendo and I’m a little disappointed, but not surprised. The company did the exact same thing for the Wii and the 3DS. I seem to remember during the lead up to the Wii that E3 showcased a lot of the games and features for the system, but it wasn’t until September when we finally heard when the system would be available and how much it was going to cost.
The information we’ll probably get is that it will launch during the holiday season and that it will be less than $300.