I’m going to be completely honest with you here. I have absolutely no idea what Adventure Time is. I’ve never seen it. I know Micah is crazy about it and it’s been used in countless parodies on the internet. D3 Publisher is bringing a game to the market later this year for the DS and the 3DS entitled Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage. The one bit of information I know (which means I have to play the game) is the game is being developed by WayForward. Here’s a blurb from the press release.
In the first licensed Adventure Time video game, Finn and Jake wake up one morning to find their trash stolen by the Ice King. Jake couldn’t care less about half-eaten bananas, crumpled up burrito wrappers, and old chicken diapers – but when they find out the Ice King is using their stolen goods to construct a Garbage Princess, the heroes embark on a fantastical adventure to teach him a lesson! Journey through the Land of Ooo in an offbeat adventure and discover perilous dungeons and unimaginable treasures, while playing as Finn and Jake in a unique action-adventure experience.
Past the break are some screenshots and a trailer. Enlighten me as to exactly what this is and why I should pay attention to it. Apparently people like Adventure Time. Who knew?
There are only two things required for me to assume a game is going to be really good. The first is that it falls into the Metroid style of gameplay, complete with maps, unlockable areas and plenty of power-ups. The other is that said game is developed by a company I like to refer to as WayForward, aka Den of Awesomeness Supreme. That game also happens to feature a movie starring Adam Sandler (yes, I think his movies are pretty funny). The movie is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, famous for the Clone Wars animated series that he produced among other things.
Hotel Transylvania looks like a really good movie; one that I will be taking my kids to see. The game also looks really good and reminds me of 2D Castlevanias and Metroid games. I think this is one that I’m going to have to keep my eye on. Here are some screenshots to give you an idea of what to expect.
Hotel Transylvania is set to hit stores on September 18th for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.
If there’s one thing I really hate on this Earth it would be tofu. I ate it once because a girl made it for me during a dinner. It was just about one of the grossest things I’ve ever eaten. Needless to say a game starring a blob of tofu wasn’t something that was going to excite me very much. I do, however, like things like Super Meat Boy, 10 Second Run and VVVVVV; all precision platformers that really test your skills. For me the only thing keeping this game from being right up there with those games is the lack of any movement from the main character.
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To-fu Collection is a bundle of two iOS games, To-Fu: The Trials of Chi and To-Fu 2. The games star a slightly anthropomorphic blob of To-Fu who must master more than 200 levels of puzzling fun. You’ll be dodging giant buzz saws, avoiding spikes, flipping around on spinning platforms and sliding down walls made of glass. To-Fu can’t move, but he is super stretchy. You’ll use the stylus to pull him in the direction you want him to go and release when you’re ready to fling him in said direction. Each of the games features around 100 levels with a number of bonus challenges and dozens of achievements to earn.
I’ve said numerous times over the last couple of years that I’m not the type of person to play scary games. I don’t like the feeling of being scared, or not being completely in control of a situation. I have played very few survival horror games or anything that would be remotely scary. Resident Evil? Out. Silent Hill? No thank you. Dead Space? I’ll pass. It’s just not the type of thing I enjoy playing. However, every once in a while I’ll see something that I have to play and I’ve always thought the DS was a place of safety. You can’t really make a scary game when all of the monsters look like they came straight out of Minecraft can you? Oh Lord, was I wrong.
My only real experience with Renegade Kid and the twisted mind that is Jools Watsham has mainly been recent games on the 3DS like Mutant Mudds and Planet Crashers. I heard of some of the companies past work like Dementium and Moon, but I hadn’t actually played any of those games. Well, this week I found a copy of the first Dementium game at my local GameStop. I decided what the heck. I should probably at least try this game and see what it’s all about. I played Resident Evil: Revelaitons on the 3DS. Surely, it can’t be any “scarier” than that.
Zuma is a fast-paced match three game released in 2003 by PopCap for a plethora of platforms and mobile devices including the PC, Xbox 360, IPod and many others. In 2009 PopCap released Zuma’s Revenge! for the PC and it has since been making it’s way across the platforms that it’s predecessor has already conquered. Now it makes it’s way to the Nintendo DS with both a retail release as well as a eShop/DSiWare download.
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As in most of PopCap’s hits, this is another take on the addictive “Match Three” style of gameplay with a few interesting things to keep it different. As in the first Zuma you play as a frog who has been given the seemingly painful job of vomiting up multicolored balls. All of which is to stop the flow of new balls on their way to the Skull that denotes a “Game Over” when reached. The ball flow follows a predefined track that comes from off-screen to the Skull, the balls will continue to come until you have cleared all the ones on screen and in the container that supplies the flow. After you have cleared all the balls you are given a score based on how well you did with making combos and how you managed your time. There are many helpful power ups and ways to get extra points from things like fruit and gap bonuses just to name a couple.
In addition to the news of the Skyward Sword bundle Nintendo has also put release dates on two other titles that they’ll be publishing before the end of the year. The first is Professor Layton and the Last Specter. This new title in the Layton franchise is the beginning of a new trilogy for the Englishman that takes place three years before the events of Professor Layton and the Curious Village. The game will be hitting store shelves for the Nintendo DS on October 17th.
Not to be outdone by the Zelda bundle though, anyone in North America will be getting an exclusive bonus. Alongside the new game that features more puzzles than ever before is a brand new adventure called Professor Layton’s London Life. This is an RPG adventure that contains more than 100 hours of additional content and will be available at the start of the game.
The other title to get a release date is Tetris: Axis. This new installment in the popular puzzle franchise contains more than 20 different game modes, 8 player multi-player battles with the use of a single cartridge, augmented reality and SpotPass. Tetris: Axis will be hitting store shelves for the Nintendo 3DS on October 2nd.
Captain America has been around since the 1940′s taking down Nazi’s and saving the world. It’s kinda what he does. When it comes to licensed super hero games it seems he’s been on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to games. Sure he’s made appearances in some other games, but he hasn’t had the starring role nearly as much as someone like Batman or Spider Man. Now, thanks to the fact that he’s got a new movie he’s now taking the spotlight in the video game world as well.
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Captain America: Super Soldier follows the basic plot of the new summer blockbuster. You’ll play as Cap himself as he tries to take down the forces of Hydra, led by Red Skull as they attempt to create super soldiers of their own. You’ll go through various levels in traditional platformer style, or a little more stealthy. Captain America throws his shield at guys with machine guns, sneak past security cameras and run through the sewers of Germany.
The Nintendo DS has been around for a good long while now, but it’s light is beginning to fade. What do the guys think about its prospects for E3 this year? Is there still something left in the tank? Will this be the last hurrah? Let’s hear what they have to say.
Shelby Says: I don’t expect we will hear much about the DS this E3. Nintendo is going to have their hands full with 3DS and Project Café. I imagine they will try to illustrate a lot of sale parallels between the 3DS now and how the DS itself launched. If they announce any new titles they will be third party games. Nintendo has known about the 3DS longer than anybody, obviously so, and they would have stopped production of all DS games long ago to focus resources on 3DS development. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear about a new RPG from Square Enix or something. This E3 will be the start of the tail end of support of the DS.
I’ve had a bit of a developer crush on the folks at WayForward over the last couple of years. They’ve given an NES classic a modern facelift, created a solid superhero platformer for two systems and created some of the best games on Nintendo’s portable download service. It made sense that their latest effort would be something to keep an eye out for. Does Thor: God of Thunder have the developer shining once again, or does it miss the mark?
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Thor is a side scrolling beat em up starring the popular Marvel character. The world of Asgard is being overrun and the only one of the gods that can stop the oncoming hordes is the biggest jerk in the land, Thor. You’ll travel various landscapes, moving from left to right, hitting everything you see with your hammer, Mjolnir. Make it to the end of every third level and you’ll fight a screen spanning boss that will take some pattern recognition to defeat. The story for the game follows along more with the story of the comics than the movie so casual movie going fans might not know as well what’s going on.
If you’re one of those people who’s been sitting around your house saying, “I’ve never had the chance to play Dragon Quest VI because I live in the United States and it’s only been available in Japan,” you’re luck is about to chance. Nintendo has just announced that Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation is finally heading across the ocean. The game, previously available only in Japan will be heading to North America for the Nintendo DS family of systems.
DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation features a rich storyline that leads players through a multitude of captivating worlds as they gather allies and battle fierce monsters on a quest to defeat evil forces. With updated graphics and more than 15 character classes to choose from, new and experienced players alike can dive headlong into the timeless role-playing excitement of the DRAGON QUEST franchise anytime, anywhere. They can even enjoy special features such as switching between character classes and letting monsters, such as Slimes, join their party.
The game was originally released in 1995 for the Super Famicom in Japan. The date of this new “revelation”? February 14th, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Source: Nintendo Press Release