Could Call of Duty Advanced Warfare be coming to the Wii U?

You know what it seems stupid that after all these years of Activision providing Nintendo players with Call of Duty games that seems to be coming to an end. I understand franchises like Battlefield by EA games ignoring the Wii U because they have never really supported Nintendo platforms at all with that particular franchise but Call of Duty even through the underpowered Wii era has always had a place for Nintendo gamer’s so to this point not having an announcement that Advanced Warfare the latest game in the franchise is coming to the Wii U is sad and disheartening to those like myself who have played the last two entries on the Wii U. For all that I have said though hope may not be lost for us Wii U fans who want to play the game on their preferred console.

People have been able to find multiple instances of the word “wiiu” in the source code for the official website of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare; many have taken this as a sign that Advanced Warfare will release on the Wii U in addition to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. So there might still be hope, I know that Call of Duty has not been a great seller on Nintendo platforms but why stop supporting them now when they are just getting better on Nintendo platforms. Lets just hope we find out something soon.

Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker has been delayed in Australia and New Zealand

It is no secret Nintendo has set out to delay their upcoming solo adventure for the adorable Toad in Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker, as it stands if you live in America or Japan then you are fine and will still be receiving the game at the end of the year, hopefully. However in the European regions the game has been pushed back to early 2015 instead of late 2014 but Europe isn’t the only place where Captain Toad will be impatiently standing around in the waiting room, waiting for his chance to shine.

It has been confirmed by Vooks in a statement that Nintendo of Australia has delayed Captain Toad’s solo outing from what I will assume is December in 2014 based on the Summer 2014 to January 2015 and this in turn affects New Zealand as well. I guess I should go curl up in a corner and cry now because I will have to wait that little bit longer to get my hands on Captain Toads Treasure Tracker but hopefully the game will be that much more rewarding for the wait.

New Nintendo Direct/ Hyrule Warriors Direct coming Monday

We knew there was going to be a new Nintendo Direct eventually however I was expecting that we would see one that talks about multiple games including a release date for Super Smash Brothers on the Wii U as well as a Majora’s Mask remake. Instead this Monday we will be seeing a Nintendo Direct fully dedicated to Hyrule Warriors which should provide us with all the key details in the game including characters, worlds and the full story.

Nintendo of America confirmed that the presentation will be held at 11 PM ET / 8 PM PT. So look forward to the presentation next Monday for some key details on Hyrule Warriors if the Smash Brothers Direct a few months back was any indication this Hyrule Warriors Direct should be great.

Is Link dead in Majora’s Mask (Game Theory video from Youtube)

Last week I published an editorial that looked at how games stories are extended by the form of many of them being open to interpretation, how the idea pushes our connection or understanding with the games world and makes us care or just understand more of what befall the world. Of course many games over the years have had ideas that are open to interpretation and more so I believe we can reference The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask as the big game to note for having ideas that are open to interpretation. The constant reference made impact the five stages of grief, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance and the guys over at game theory actually created an interesting theory about Link being dead and the ideas explored in the game being Link coming to terms with his own demise. While me and many others have our own theories on the world I can’t deny that there is definitely some solid evidence given in this video so come take a look.

Mario Kart 8 has sold 2.8 million copies

Many of us were surely expecting Mario Kart 8 to be a big seller for Nintendo and the Wii U and why wouldn’t be the games are fun to have with friends and to cause vendetta’s between each other, actually with that in mind I should actually question why anyone would play these games if they just ruin friendships because of a curing of any number of ruining devices, curse that blue shell. Either way I am getting off topic, since launch at the end of May Mario Kart 8 has gone on to sell 2.8 million copies of the games, 590,000 units were sold in Japan alone.

Wii U hardware sales are said to have been around about 6.17 million units in May. As such, nearly half of all Wii U owners have potentially purchased Mario Kart 8. Hopefully we will continue to see these sales numbers grow and achieve more and trust me the Wii U deserves it the console is brilliant and most of the games are well worth playing.

Lego City Undercover Review

There is a certain tradition that exists with many gaming franchises, often this is terms of a struggle to change or a reliance on something that the franchise has done for so long. In this case I think of the Lego games, since 2005 many of the Lego games created by developer TT games have relied on the use of popular franchises such as Batman, Star Wars and even Harry Potter to drive sales and keep popularity for the franchise. Even if this is the case everything must change eventually and be open to the introduction of new ideas as Lego City Undercover proves.

I use the term open to new ideas but TT games doesn’t always stray from tradition. Many of the ideas that are seen in the game are carried over from many of the developer’s other Lego game projects. The basic combat of Lego City feels very much the same as many of the other games and is very simplistic . Also, studs, which are the currency in Lego games, are far too easy to find and collect this time around.

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Where TT games do stray from tradition is in the world and story of Lego City Undercover. The story reminds me of a pilot episode of a police drama, Lego City is in mayhem and panic with crime literally roaming the streets and lurking around every corner. To make matters worse, Rex Fury, one of the worst criminals to ever hit Lego City has escaped from jail and nobody can find or stop him. Knowing he needs to be caught, the mayor of Lego City calls former officer Chase McCain back to Lego City in the knowledge that he is the only one who can stop him and bring him in.

The story is great and 100% original, it really makes you want to keep going through the game, but it is the game’s characters that add the most amusement. The world of Lego City is filled to the brim with characters to meet, even if only a small selection of them are really major inclusions. The criminals in Lego City are completely stupid, such as a group dressed as clowns pulling tricks to distract the police in order to make their escape. Then you have one of the most amusing characters of the game, Frank Honey, he fails at even the most simple of tasks. This often adds into the comedy that has always existed in the Lego universe, and Frank’s failures add to the laughs that are to be had here, such as when he calls to say the horse he is riding has no head and he tried to feed it an apple but it got angry. But of course in Lego City he is icing on the cake in the comic relief department, as even one-time characters. or even the police never fail to show how stupid or foolish they are, in the best way possible.

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It is often hard to not laugh at many of the jokes made in Lego City Undercover, even as an adult playing this game there are many references made that are better suited to the adult audience and kept me laughing in most occasions. The way some characters say things, the movie references and even some of the physical jokes made are hard not to laugh at. Though some of the jokes made do go a bit too far or are just too stupid but I think these jokes will appeal to the younger audience this game is obviously directed at.

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Lego City is a massive environment to play in and shows a lot of influence from games like Grand Theft Auto, in the basic overworld that is Lego City you are allowed to break many objects in the environment, steal cars claiming police business and the funny part is you don’t get penalized for it. From a kid’s point of view this adds to the appeal of the game knowing you aren’t going to accidently trigger police runs unless they are part of the main story, which does happen on occasion, but it’s never to hard to deal with. Also, Lego City is filled with interesting tidbits to see and an amazing variety in its world that never feels like you are driving down the same street over and over again.

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One of the major differences between Lego City Undercover and past Lego games is that Lego City is a single player only experience which is quite a departure from past games that often relied on having two people playing in order to use different abilities. Here it is a different story, without the option of the second player some of the levels become simple busywork which requires using the different abilities Chase acquires throughout his adventure in quick succession. Through Chase’s journey he gets eight different disguises which provide him with new abilities and skills to use. Throughout Lego City there are plenty of opportunities to use many of these abilities and each acts as part of trying to fully complete the game. During some of the game’s levels you will be required to use these abilities in quick succession, for example you need to use the fireman disguise to put out a fire, then fix an electrical box with the engineer disguise and then become a farmer to grow plants that you can climb.

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One of the real strengths of Lego City is how the Gamepad has been integrated into the experience. A lot of the basic use of the controller is the same as other Wii U games in that it provides a map of Lego City to view, which is okay but often it does go a lot further, even being integrated into the actual gameplay. Little tasks such as scanning areas to hear suspects’ conversations, taking photos of suspects, and even taking phone calls are all masterfully done using the Gamepad, which is essentially Chase’s Police device. Often tasks are done by moving the gamepad around the room as if you are inside the game which is very easy to do and quite enjoyable.

large (1)Whether you are a child or an adult, Lego City Undercover is an interesting and fun game to play, even if only to drive around and smash Lego cars or to go and listen to some of the silly comedy. Personally I am hoping TT games takes note of what they have done with this game and go towards the future making more games as original as Lego City Undercover as this is one of the best games they have made in the Lego brand so far.

 

Little Big Planet 3 releasing November 18th, preorder bonuses announced

Sony has announced Little Big Planet 3 is set to release on November 18th. This release date applies to both the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 version of the game.

As such Sony has announced a serious of Preorder bonuses and they are as follows:

Sackboy Plush

– Available at participating retailers
– Target will also give you an exclusive hat

Dragon Age: Inquisition Costume Pack

– Part of the Day 1 Edition
– This will be given to everybody that pre-orders LittleBigPlanet 3 on PS4
– Applies to retail and digital purchases of LBP3
– Pack will be available at launch while supplies last
– Will equip the heroes with costumes based on the new Dragon Age
– Also included in the Day 1 Edition is the PlayStation 4 The Players Pack containing a variety of costumes based on your favorite PlayStation characters for your pre-order or launch day purchase of LittleBigPlanet 3

Costume Packs

– Available from selected retailers exclusively for PlayStation 4
– For PS4
– The Mythical Creatures Costume Pack and the Hidden Creatures Costume Pack will give each member of the group their own special costume for their upcoming adventure and will be perfect for anyone looking to add more fantasy to their heroic team
– The PlayStation Favorite Costume Pack will feature outfits from some of PlayStation’s favorite franchises and will be perfect for those looking for a little PlayStation nostalgia
– Pre-order at GameStop for the bonus Mythical Creatures Costume Pack
– Pre-order at Best Buy for the bonus Hidden Creatures Costume Pack
– Pre-order at Amazon.com for the bonus PlayStation Favorites Costume Pack

LittleBigPlanet 3 T-Shirt Pack

– Instant Access content exclusive to the PS Store
– Anyone that pre-orders LittleBigPlanet 3 on the PlayStation Store on either the PS3 or the PS4 will be able to download the LittleBigPlanet 3 T-shirt Pack
– Your pre-order will give you Instant Access to the LittleBigPlanet 3 T-Shirt Pack
– You will be able to download the shirt right away for your Sackboy to wear in LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and LittleBigPlanet Karting
– When LittleBigPlanet 3 is released, he will be able to wear it in that game too

Source: Playstation Blog

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare collector’s editions announced

A collectors edition for the upcoming Call of Duty Advanced Warfare has been announced and Activision has given a public announcement for you to read which you can find below for all the details on the announcement.

Santa Monica, CA – July 29, 2014 – Prepare for a new era of combat. Today, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), revealed details on three collector’s edition versions of the highly-anticipated Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare. The Atlas Pro Edition, Atlas Limited Edition and Atlas Digital Pro Edition are infused with specialized content sure to immerse players in the high-tech, advanced future Sledgehammer Games is bringing to Call of Duty this November.

The Atlas Pro Edition and Atlas Limited Edition are now available for pre-order while supplies last. The Digital Pro Edition will be available for pre-order at a later date. Full details follow.
◾Inspired by the Atlas Corporation, the leading Private Military Corporation (PMC) in 2054 and lead by the influential Jonathan Irons, the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Limited Edition features an extensive array of both digital and physical content, including a bonus multiplayer map Atlas Gorge, a collectible SteelBook™, the Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual, and the Atlas Digital Content Pack, a collection of digital content that includes an Atlas-themed exoskeleton, Atlas-themed weaponry, and more. (SRP $79.99)
◾Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro Edition is the ultimate package, including everything available in the Atlas Limited Edition version (bonus multiplayer map Atlas Gorge, the collectible SteelBook™, the Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual, and the Atlas Digital Content Pack), as well as the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass featuring four action-packed DLC Map Packs*, each delivering a collection of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer content and more (SRP $119.99)
◾Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Digital Pro Edition is perfect for fans that prefer to access all of their content digitally. The Atlas Digital Pro Edition includes all of the same bold digital content as the Atlas Pro Edition, including the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass, bonus multiplayer map Atlas Gorge, and the Atlas Digital Content Pack. Also included with this version is the Atlas Digital Edition Personalization Pack, with more details to be revealed soon. (SRP $99.99)

All three versions include the following:
◾Atlas Gorge Bonus Multiplayer Map – Atlas Gorge re-envisions the fan-favorite Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare® map, Pipeline, re-imagined for the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare exoskeleton abilities. The Atlas Corporation has commandeered the world’s largest power source, the Three Gorges Dam in central China, creating a gripping setting for a multiplayer battle. Combatants will navigate the shadows and control a map-based turret scorestreak that overlooks the dam and helps to keep enemies at bay, all while leveraging new abilities and tactics enabled by exoskeleton technology, such as vertical combat, new sightlines, and strategic vantage points.
◾Atlas Digital Content Pack – Atlas Corporation-themed, in-game content including:
◾Two (2) Weapons – The Bal-27 AE Assault Rifle and the Atlas 45 AE Pistol: Trick out your loadout with these two sleek weapons fitted with an Atlas Corporation theme to match your other custom content.
◾Atlas Exoskeleton: Strike fear into competition with your PMC-issued, white, red & black custom Atlas exoskeleton, and ensure opponents remember who took them out.
◾Atlas Helmet: A state-of-the-art custom Atlas helmet.
◾Atlas Player Card: Leave your mark on any killcam with an Atlas player card, featuring both a custom Atlas calling card and custom Atlas emblem.
◾Five (5) Bonus Supply Drops: Supply Drops are part of the revolutionary changes in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that Sledgehammer Games is bringing to Call of Duty multiplayer. You’ll be well-prepared for battle as soon as you boot up with five bonus supply drops, which unlock a variety of game-changing, in-game content from player customization gear to weapons. More information on Supply Drops and the full suite of multiplayer options will be revealed on Aug. 11.
◾Single Player Exoskeleton Upgrade Token: Over the course of Campaign mode, players unlock exoskeleton perks and abilities that help tackle various obstacles and challenges. This token provides an extra upgrade for your exoskeleton, so you’re already at an advantage when jumping into the Campaign.

Additionally, the Atlas Pro Edition and Atlas Limited Edition both include the following:
◾Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual: The Atlas Corporation’s Advanced Soldier Manual ensures that all recruits are equipped with the necessary intel to become a tier-one Advanced Soldier with Atlas. The manual features original concept artwork from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer, Sledgehammer Games, as well as historical and tactical information that will bolster every soldier’s potential for success in the field and prepare them to carry out Atlas’ global mission.
◾Collectible SteelBook™: Limited edition steel case featuring premium in-game artwork.
◾Official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Soundtrack: Digital copy of the in-game score, featuring main title & themes by legendary composer, Harry Gregson-Williams as well as original music by Audiomachine.

Penned by the team of storytellers at Sledgehammer Games and boasting true next generation visuals, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare jolts players forward in a groundbreaking experience that’s ripped-from-the-headlines-of-tomorrow, envisioning a future where both technology and tactics have evolved to create a new era of combat for the franchise.

Fans looking for more information can tune-in Aug. 11 for the worldwide reveal of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer. Catch the latest info from Sledgehammer Games on the advanced era that exoskeleton gameplay delivers along with a full debriefing on new maps, modes, weapons and more.

Zelda Wii U is set “in an open world without barriers”

If any of us thought The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds meant big changes for the future of the Zelda franchise with all the different ways the game changed up the formula from any and all past games in the franchise with the ability of renting items during the adventure and using that to have freedom in how you chose to attempt dungeons. if that was the case then we should definitely be expecting big things with the upcoming Zelda game for the Wii U, during E3 we were told that Zelda U is set to provide a whole lot more freedom then past Zelda games with an entire world and beyond to explore freely, in a place that I only can feel is reminiscent of Skyrim or Kingdoms of Amalur. Outside all the information we have previously known a small little blurb has appeared on the Japanese Nintendo website which holds a little bit of details about the upcoming Zelda game on the Wii U.

It states, “In an endless world without barriers, the biggest one in the series yet, Link will encounter new mysteries and tough enemies”. On another note some have also slightly mistranslated some of what the blurb says and have reported a new villain will also appear.

Either way it is good to know the world will be all about freedom and I can explore as I see fit, I also hope that this freedom carries over to the dungeons as well and we get to visit dungeons in any order we see fit. But I still wouldn’t care if the dungeons were scripted and had to be accomplished in this specific order as the world itself is full of new adventure for me to take on and challenging new puzzles that go along with it and I can’t wait.

Pacman and the Ghostly Adventures 2 release date has been announced

Are you waiting for the release date for the upcoming Pacman and the Ghostly Adventures sequel of the television show and videogame that killed the Pacman franchise and made him so awful it was unbelievable that Pacman was once cool, just my opinion of course. Well anyway my thought aside a release date has finally been confirmed to tell us when we should expect to see the game hitting shelves and entering our consoles. Bandai Namco has confirmed that release for Pacman and the Ghostly Adventures 2 is just a few months away with an October 3 release date announced for Europe, while the North American launch will be following on October 14. If the first game is anything to go by I don’t thin we should expect much here but I am open to surprises.