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Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth

If you’re after a new super-hero style game to play and you’re also a Marvel fan, this is certainly a game for you.  Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth is the ultimate super hero brawler set in authentic comic book-style art environments base on the iconic Secret Invasion storyline. Battle for Earth provides endless entertainment through a variety of gameplay modes including co-op, campaign, arcade, challenges, versus and and tournament. Fans will enjoy embodying their favourite Marvel super heroes or villains within the game including Avengers Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Loki.

Developed by Ubisoft, Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth will be released on both Kinect for XBox 360 and Nintendo Wii U for this upcoming seasonal period.

As of yesterday, they revealed the full lineup of Super Heroes and Super Villains for Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth and key art created by Marvel comics artist Stefano Caselli.

Fans of the Avengers and Marvel Comics will get to play as 20 different characters including:

  • Black Widow
  • Captain America
  • Doctor Doom
  • Dr. Strange
  • Hawkeye
  • Human Torch
  • Iceman
  • Iron Man
  • Loki
  • Magneto
  • Phoenix
  • Queen Veranke
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Spider Man
  • Storm
  • Super Skrull
  • The Hulk
  • Thor
  • Venom
  • Wolverine

 

Wii U Is Region Locked

Just like both the Wii and the Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL, the new Wii U video games system will be region-locked, according to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.

This of course, means that you will not be able to import games from other countries and play them on your Wii U console. Region locking has been commonplace on video game consoles since around the launch of the Playstation. Unlike DVD’s, region locking or coding is not down to a single number but more of just the country that you purchase the game or the console from. Another way to lock the games is to use TV picture settings, such as PAL against NTSC. I’ve tried, believe me. I used to own a NES that I bought home from the US- but using it with a PAL TV meant that I got a picture and no sound. And the same happens if you put a NTSC game into a PAL video game system.

About ten years ago, long ago and far away before region locked consoles were the norm, the import-export market on video games was a huge industry. Certain games like Chrono Cross that were not released in the UK could be imported from the US at a higher cost to the consumer. A lot of games are also released in the Japanese gaming market too, that never actually make it outside of the country. But since the market has been sounded by the death knell, the tolling of the bell- this is no longer the case and if you want to import games, then you need to own the correct console to go with them.

It’s an expensive thing, but if you want those games- the sacrifice has to be made.

Wii U Already Sold Out?

According to news, if you’re in the US and looking forward to getting your hands on a next-gen Nintendo Wii U console- you might be out of luck fellow gamers. It appears that up and down the country, pre-orders seem to be selling out both online and in store. This of course, reminds me of the same quantity issues that were felt with customers when it came to purchasing the original Wii console.

The Deluxe or Premium bundle seems to be higher in demand that the Basic white bundle, but both are low in stock. The only retailer that appears to have much stock at all is Wal-Mart and they’ll sell you one for about $350 upwards. Which I think is really a bit evil of them, but would we really expect anything else from them?

As I live in the UK, I’ve not heard anything about any pre-order or quantity issues but I am sure that it will be as popular here as it is across the pond in America. Time will tell, but if we have the same issue it looks like I might be joining the queue and waiting for a console until next year :(

Nintendo Unveils TVii Service

If you’re a gamer in North America and you’re planning on buying the new Nintendo Wii U console, you’ll have something else to look forward to other than the games.

The new application, which will be found in the main menu of the console- is called TVii and is a step forward by Nintendo in an attempt to take over the living room. This area of the home, previously dominated by the Microsoft Xbox 360 console, is aiming to consolidate all of your cable, Netflix, Hulu, etc streams in one place so you can just open the app and start up whatever you wanted to watch. The new system is being fully supported by all major cable companies such as Time Warner and Verizon. It will also include an interactive part of the app, where you can post to your social media feeds such as Twitter and Facebook.

This is the most ambitious application that Nintendo have created to date, and it’s free- so no subscription fee. Sadly, as of this point it’s only going to be available in North America- but no Mexico. Hopefully this service will be available worldwide before too long.

Wii U Release Titles

Just a short and sweet post to let you guys know what titles are up for release with the Wii U, and which ones will be following soon behind it. Nintendo are spoiling us with so much choice!

Confirmed Launch Games

  • Super Mario Bros U
  • Nintendo Land
  • ZombiU
  • Rayman Legends
  • FIFA 13
  • Darksiders 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops II

Launch Window Games (release window ends March 2013)

  • Game & Wario
  • LEGO City: Underground
  • NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Pikmin 3
  • SiNG PARTY
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Wii Fit U
  • Wipeout 3
  • 007 Legends
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition
  • Ben 10 Omniverse
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2012
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
  • Frozenbyte
  • Game Party Champions
  • JEOPARDY!
  • Jett Tailfin
  • Just Dance 4
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Nano Assault Neo
  • NBA 2K13
  • Rabbids Land
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sports Connection
  • TANK! TANK! TANK!
  • TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 Wii U Edition
  • Toki Tori 2
  • TRANSFORMERS PRIME
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • Zumba Fitness Core

Nintendo Wii U Pricing

So, the inevitable has finally happened. No, no I don’t mean that it’s now raining money or Hell finally froze over.

The one thing myself and many of you out there had finally been waiting on has happened. The Japanese fun guys over at Nintendo HQ were kind enough to finally put us out of our misery. That soul-crushing, sleep-interrupting misery about the Wii U. Okay, so maybe you didn’t lose sleep over it. But nevertheless, wait no longer as I finally have the information for you.

The Nintendo Wii U will be released on November 18th in the United States, November 30th in Europe and December 8th in Japan. I’m a little disappointed about the staggered release dates, but it’s sad to say that you might be waiting for a review of the console from me- I doubt I will be able to get my hands on one until after the Christmas rush. It’ll be a treat to myself for managing to survive the Holiday season another year 😉

There will be two bundles or versions of the console. The Basic white version comes with 8GB memory, a white Wii U stylus, sensor bar and one GamePad for $299.99/£210 and the Deluxe black version comes with 32GB memory, black stylus, sensor bar, charging stand, play stand, upright stand, GamePad and if you live in NA/EU- you’ll also get Nintendo Land tossed in too. That package comes in at the slightly more expensive price of $349.99/£250.

Good news for the Europeans though, there will be a separate limited-edition bundle released that includes the Deluxe bundle and ZombiU. This has no price at this time, but speculators are placing bets for a retail price around £300. In a time of austerity, does this mean that a lot of families out there will be scrimping and saving this Christmas to buy their loved ones this new console? It’s certainly a lot more expensive than the original Wii console, which originally retailed around £180 when first released.

There is some gold at the end of the rainbow though- the old Wii Remotes can be used with the Wii U console, as well as the Nunchuks. And if you can’t afford the Deluxe version of the console, it’s been said that the 8GB will be upgradable via the addition of personal USB thumb drives and HDD. So, this is certainly a plus. Since games and downloaded content will be able to be transferred from the Wii to the Wii U- the good old faithful SD card slot will be back in action once again. (Note to self: move all games off the system to a SD card…)

I’ve got a kicker for you though. If you want another GamePad for your shiny new Wii U- it’ll set you back about $170/£100. Yikes. The new console can support up to two GamePads, and not four like the original Wii. But like I said, you can use your Wii Remotes instead. One thing I am looking forward to with the new GamePad is the deal that Nintendo is bringing back the rumble. I love to feel the rumble on a gaming pad, I love it with my XBox 360 and I miss it from the days of the GameCube. The pad will also have a built in camera and microphone for video chat. Do I smell a possible Skype interaction over the Wii U?

Sad times. The Wii U, unlike the Wii will not be compatible with that lovely library of GameCube titles you have gathering dust. Just the normal Wii titles. That means, you might have to hang tight to your old beleagued console to play amazing games like Super Mario Sunshine or Luigi’s Mansion. As I mentioned before, all content recently purchased from the Wii Store will be transferrable to your new console via the SD card. Hopefully that means we might start seeing GameCube games appearing on the store soon with the lack of support for the much-loved console.

Still interested? Oh me too! I’m not known as the Nintendo Geek round these parts for nothing 😉

Jumping The Gun On Release Dates

I walk past a gaming store every day on my way to work and the other day I had to do a double take. There is a poster in the window of the store and it states as gospel that the Wii U will be coming this Christmas.

Now, I am wondering if gaming stores are actually allowed to do this when the general public doesn’t actually know when the release date is? There’s been no actual press statement from Nintendo quoting this as truth and to me it just seems like false information and building the public up for something that might not actually happen. At this point in time, it’s just assumed that the console will be released at Christmas. The Nintendo Wii is coming to the end of it’s natural life cycle, gaming houses are running out of ideas and so many more fresh, new games are coming out for the Wii U instead.

Even Nintendo itself seems to be focusing more on the Wii U rather than the original Wii console. With the promotion of staple house games- such as Super Mario Bros, Pikmin and Zelda already being rolled out by the Big N- it’s almost certain that the console is looking for a release to the general public, and soon. But like always, Nintendo is keeping the date very close to their chest until their major press conference on September 13th in New York City. Maybe at that point, we shall actually know for certain the date of the fabled machine.

A Christmas release for Nintendo would spell nothing but financial lottery for the company. With the Wii U, they beat out both the Microsoft XBox 360 and the Sony Playstation 3 for the bulk of the public sales. They jumped the gun and beat the other companies to the punch with the motion control hardware- which without the Wii would seriously have been nothing special. They tapped into the previously-unclaimed social market with this console, enabling groups of people such as schools and retirement homes to play games like bowling and tennis. Can Nintendo do this again or are they going to attempt to climb the ladder of gaming once again? Aiming for the dizzying heights of console gaming?

Who knows? Watch this space and let’s see what Nintendo says…

ZombiU

This revolutionary video game was actually mentioned at E3, but I never really got the chance to report on it with all the Mario news going off. But it’s a game that I think will be a cult favourite on the new Wii U system and so- better late than never, but here it is.

Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier specifically for the Nintendo Wii U, the game aims to be different from any other zombie-slaying game already on the market by making YOU the hunted. It’s set in the middle of London, in the year of 2012. It’s become a post-apocalyptic nightmare and everyone is out for themselves. It’s a dog eat dog world. You are a human, and as we all know in games like this- the zombies want to eat your braaaaaaaaains.  The clever thing about the game is that you only get one life. If you fail to stay alive, you start the game again inside another zombie and are able to hunt down the character you were playing to retrieve the provisions you had in your last game. The aim is to learn from your death and try to stay alive a little longer each time. With it being London, England- you’re also treated to many of the touristy destinations like Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. I don’t think Ubisoft have put in zombified version of Elizabeth II or David Cameron.

The Nintendo Wii U GamePad turns into the ‘Bug Out Bag’, showing all the weapons, maps, tools and provisions you have scavenged so far on your progress. The handheld pad also has a touchscreen and a gyroscope, giving you a more tactile experience in game and between other gamers. With the multiplayer, one player is able to become the ‘Zombie Master’ looking down upon your fellow team mates, create an undead army for your friends to destroy. These spawn zombies act like the normal ones in the single player mode, so the idea is to kill these spawns and fight to death to survive.

In both versions of the game, there is the use of the GamePad and the Wii Remote. The graphics look stunning and in high quality HD clarity, the detail is quite something. Usually in games like this, you don’t find that a lot of thought goes into the background of the game but Ubisoft on this look to have out done themselves and I believe that they should feel proud. The last zombie-themed game I played was Dead Island and as fun as that game was- there wasn’t a whole lot of thought really given to any of the background other than the necessary stuff. This is different, this almost feels like you are in London and you are running scared from these shambling horrors. Running for your life.

Hopefully, we should see a release date soon for the game. Hopefully it will be a launch release for the Nintendo Wii U. Fingers crossed for some zombie-themed fun at Christmas!

Assassins Creed 3 Release Date Confirmed by Ubisoft

As we all know, any Assassins Creed game is delayed for an after-console release. The publisher of the game, Ubisoft, has announced that it will be arriving in stores for the PC on the 23rd of November in 2012. The 23rd of November is almost a month after it’s Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 release date. You have to admit though, they usually release it much, much later, so fans should be happy that this is a huge improvement for releasing the game on the PC in a timely manner.

Both Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Assassin’s Creed 3 will be arriving in Europe on the 31st of October while American versions of the game will arrive on the 30th (according to the Amazon date listed). A Wii U version of the game will follow upon the launch of the Wii U.

Are you looking forward to Assassin’s Creed 3? I am!

Game Party Champions

 FACT SHEET:
Game Party Champions | Available: Holiday/Christmas 2012
Wii U | Publisher: Warner Bros. | Developer: Phosphor Games

If you’re after a new family-based game for the Christmas season - look no further than this gem of a game! Being released on the brand new Nintendo Wii U console, it’s a game like the Hasbro Game Night and Wii Sports- and if you’re a fan of those, then this really will be up your street too.

The latest itiration of the enormously popular Game Party franchise, it offers players new ways to compete in arcade, sports and party games. With the brand-new controls of the Wii U GamePad, it enables to players to control the game and give players of all skill a challenging gaming experience. With the sharp, eye-opening HD graphics players can compete in games such as ping pong, table hockey and hoop shoot.

Controlling the game through the GamePad means that players can tilt, turn and swipe the touchscreen to give a fun gaming experience. Modes of play include Quick Play, Story Mode and Party Mode. The first is for the single player that just wants to pick up the game and give it a go. The second enables players to outplay each other and prove that they’re the ‘World Champion’. In Party Mode, players can see if they’re the World Champion using the Wii U GamePad and the others in the party use the Wii Remote to cause havoc on the players game and see if they can make them lose- so concentration is key!