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Unity 5 Beta Build Being Distributed To Wii U Devs

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Over the past few years, Unity has become the go to engine for many developers because of its ease of use and low barrier of entry. It really helped the booming indie development scene and helped keep a lot of developers making games, despite so many bigger studios going out of business.

I’d personally say, one of the smartest things Nintendo has done in the past few years was make the partnership with Unity. Because of that partnership, we’ve seen a good number of indie games hit Wii U, despite many publishers pulling out and negativity get thrown towards the system. This helped fill the gap with games.

Back in March when Unity 5 was announced, it came as no surprise that Wii U was one of the 21 platforms they announced support for. However, Unity also said they didn’t know when Wii U would have support for the new Engine. This won’t be for long however. Nintendo Everything is stating they’ve received word that a beta build of Unity 5.0.1 was just sent to developers. Unity is telling developers to stick with Unity 4.3 if their games will be submitted before fall but it appears it won’t be too long before we see Unity 5 on Wii U.

Project Cars Developer States Project Could Move To NX

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For racing enthusiasts, I got good news for you. Project Cars is out on the PS4, XB1 and PC and is a pretty good game. Unfortunately, the bad news is, for those wanting Project Cars on Wii U, you may be disappointed.

Slightly Mad’s head of studio, Ian Bell, shared on the Project Cars forum that they’re having troubles with Wii U development. He also stated their current build is running at 720p, 23 fps, and is really cut back on looks. He also states that they’re hoping for a hardware announcement from Nintendo this year at E3 (which we know is not likely to happen).

Whether or not Project Cars will still hit Wii U or if development will move to NX is yet to be seen. Of course, having Project Cars as a launch game for NX would be huge however Wii U could definitely use a game like this. Heck, Wii U could use all the support it can get, especially at retail. Either way, it appears that Project Cars on a Nintendo system will be a waiting game.

Shapes Of Gray Review

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Shapes of Gray by Secret Tunnel Entertainment is, as the name implies, about various shapes that are different shades of gray but not as many as you are probably thinking. The one shape you will control is a small octagon like blob that can swing a sword. You will battle other shapes that start out as small and simple but as you progress you will encounter a mix of larger or faster shapes. Each level will take place inside of a small circular arena and will only last about ten seconds meaning you will have to act fast or suffer a game over. Continue reading Shapes Of Gray Review

Nintendo Discontinues 8GB Wii U In Japan

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When it comes to the two Wii U SKU’s, it became clear early on that the 8GB model just wasn’t going to sell the way the 32GB model did. Besides the lack of storage, it also lacked several useful pieces of plastic and the digital deluxe program, the latter of which is no more.

Well, Nintendo is now discontinuing the 8GB White Wii U in Japan. However, they’re replacing it with a 32GB White Wii U which launches in June. There was talks about the 32GB White Wii U quite some time ago. It’s amazing that they haven’t done this sooner. You would think that in the first year they would have taken the 8GB model off the market and introduced a model with more storage. Anyways, the 8GB model had its run but it’s definitely time to replace it. Hopefully, we’ll see this have an impact on the sales.

European Releases Week Beginning 18th May 2015

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It’s a day early because I’m feeling productive on this fine Monday evening – Here are this weeks releases for all things Nintendo.

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eShop Software

Swords and Soldiers 2 (£16.99/€18.99) – This weeks biggest release is Swords & Soldiers 2 which is coming to the eShop as a downloadable title. This is actually a sequel to a WiiWare game and is a 2D side-scrolling strategy game (if there is such a thing) where you command a group of Vikings as they do battle with different factions. Continue reading European Releases Week Beginning 18th May 2015

Nintendo Helped With The Online In Xenoblade Chronicles X

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Anybody who’s played Xenoblade Chronicles knows that the game is enormous. It’s one of the largest games that came out last generation across all systems. Well, when Monolith Soft announced that the sequel, Xenoblade Chronicles X, is 5 times bigger then its predecessor sitting at 400 SQ Kilometers (roughly 154.4 SQ Miles), we knew the game must be a massive undertaking.

Well in this weeks Famitsu, director Tetsuya Takahashi talked a little about the challenges about the game. While sheer size and it being the teams first HD game did come into factor, the biggest challenge they faced was actually debugging the game. To take it a step further, the online elements were initially a lot more basic and they ended up getting support from Nintendo to get the online where it is now. This is what Takahashi said:

We were able to implement online elements by cooperating with Nintendo and I’d like to use that feedback in making the next title. Originally we used very basic technology for online elements of this game. As I said in the beginning [of this interview], we decided not to use cutting edge technology. HD and online were new experiences for us and rushing has no use. It’s a bit similar to boxing: if you stand till the end, you will win. We faced the development with this in mind.

This could explain why the game has such strong Miiverse integration. Hopefully, us in the west will get the chance to try it out soon.

European Releases: Week Beginning 11th May 2015

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Hello there once again! It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for me to let you know about all of the wonderful things that are coming to the Nintendo family of consoles this week

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eShop Software

Ultratron (£6.50/€8.49 until 28th May, normally £7.99/€9.99) – If you’re in the mood for a retro style shmup with sharp HD visuals and just, chaos happening on your TV then this twin stick shooter; Ultratron is the game for you. It looks like a fairly in depth game too, featuring 40 levels, adaptive difficulty and an upgrade system.

Nihilumbra (£5.49/€6.99 until 28th May, normally £7.99/€9.99) – This is a unique looking platform, puzzle game in which you use the Gamepad to put paint on the world that allows you to interact with it in various ways. There is also a two player mode where one player plays as the lead character and the other takes charge of the painting. It’s a subtle and pretty game, well worth a look.

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Mega Man Battle Network 2 (£6.29/€6.99) – Mega Man Battle Network 2 is a spinoff of the main Mega Man series that was released for the Gameboy Advanced in 2001. Unlike the main series, Battle Network is an RPG featuring a turnbased-grid battle system. You can also customise Mega Man’s abilities and look to suit how you play as you progress through the epic campain to save someone or something to save the world, I assume…

Mega Man Zero 4 (£6.29/€6.99) – It’s a Mega Man double whammy this week on the Virtual Console as Mega Man Zero 4 also joins the collection. Also released on the GBA, Mega Man Zero 4 is another spinoff to the main series where you play as Zero (nice name) in a far more traditional Mega Man title. The game features some new gameplay features for this particular subseries and it is also the finale of said series taking place several months after the events of MMZ3.

Notable Discounts

Ducktales Remastered – Normally £11.99/€14.99 Now £5.39/€6.69 until 28th May
Resident Evil Revelations – Normally £39.99/€49.99 Now £11.99/€14.99 until 28th May

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Physical Releases

Code Name S.T.E.A.M (£34.99/€39.99 (Free 3DS wallpaper if you download from the eShop)) – Code Name S.T.E.A.M was released in the USA a few weeks ago and received a few mixed reviews (current Metacritic score is 71) but looks really cool nonetheless. Brought to us by the team behind the amazing Fire Emblem series, CNS is a turn-based, 3rd person, strategic combat game where you play as a squad of specialist agents under the employ of Abraham Lincoln. It’s safe to say this game is fairly off the wall in its concept but the action is far more serious and really makes you think about what your doing before taking any action on the battlefield. If you’re not sure that this is for you, there is also a demo on the 3DS eShop.

eShop Software

3D Thunderblade (£4.49/€4.99) – This is another 3D remaster by SEGA of one of its classic games. Released way back in 1987, Thunder Blade is a topdown shooter in which you pilot a helicopter equipped  with all manner of weapons to rain down destruction from the sky. Some updates to the game include full stereoscopic 3D, a remixed soundtrack and a new unlockable mode.

Notable Discounts

Resident Evil Revelations – Normally £24.99/€29.99 Now £8.24/€9.89 Until 28th May
Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D – Normally £8.99/€9.99 Now £3.59/€3.99 Until 28th May
Super Street Fight IV 3D – Normally £17.99/€19.99 Now £7.19/€7.99

Myles’ Pick

myles-foaleThis week I’m struggling to nail down just one thing that I want. As I can only afford one thing though I’ll probably be hoping to pick up Code Name S.T.E.A.M. I really enjoyed the demo and have been watching it closely for the last few weeks. I was put off by some poor reviews but I figure I’ll trust my opinion and take a chance on it. I’d also really like to get my hands on Mega Man Zero 4 (but maybe I should start at the 1 which is also on the Virtual Console), Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D and Super Street Fight IV 3D as they’re at such fantastic prices right now.