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By Lowell Bell, July 12, 2013 0 3DS, News, Wii U

Nintendo has confirmed Captain Olimar and his Pikmin pals will make a return in the next Super Smash Bros., according to the official Smash Bros. website. The little astronaut joins the ranks of Mario, Link, Mega Man and more as confirmed characters for the upcoming Wii U and 3DS brawler.

As you’re probably aware, Olimar made his debut appearance in the last Super Smash Bros. game, Brawl. He was never the most popular character, but it’s nice to see him return as his play style is totally unique from the other fighters. Olimar utilizes his Pikmin friends to deal damage, and with Pikmin 3 set to release on Aug. 4 in North America, you can bet he’ll have some upgrades from the latest adventure.

It’s interesting that Olimar was selected over one of the three new protagonists in Pikmin 3. While he does make an appearance (as far as I know) in the third game, it would have been nice to see one of these new characters as playable instead.

By Lowell Bell, July 10, 2013 0 3DS, Deals, News

What a deal. If you own a 3DS and register both Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV before Aug. 31 through their Club Nintendo account, you’ll receive a whopping $30 in eShop credit for use with either your Wii U or 3DS.

If you’ve already registered Fire Emblem: Awakening, you’re halfway there. The promotion begins the same day Shin Megami Tensei IV releases on July 16 in North America. Upon registering each game, you will be required to fill out a short questionnaire on each game. Furthermore, you’ll have until Sept. 30 to claim your code on either your 3DS or Wii U.

This deal is a must for 3DS owners. Fire Emblem: Awakening is considered by many to be the best 3DS game available, and early reports say Shin Megami Tensei IV will rival Fire Emblem in terms of quality and content.

Hey, whatever happened to Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem? We haven’t heard anything on that crossover for awhile. Maybe this deal is a sign more news is on the way.

By Lowell Bell, June 27, 2013 0 Indie, Linux, Mac, News, PC

Double Fine announced its second Kickstarter endeavor, Massive Chalice, about a month ago, and today the Kickstarter campaign has come to a close. Double Fine was never in any real danger of not being funded, as the game surpassed its initial goal of $725,000 in just five days. In the remaining 25 days, Double Fine raked in a total of $1,299,015.

While not as successful as Double Fine’s record breaking Broken Age, which brought in over three million dollars, Massive Chalice’s success just goes to show that Double Fine’s Kickstarter success isn’t based on hype.

Massive Chalice promises to be a “tactical strategy PC game on an epic fantasy timeline.” As of right now, a bunch of gorgeous concept art is all we have of the game, but concrete evidence of how it plays shouldn’t be too far off.

By Lowell Bell, June 20, 2013 0 Android, iOS, Mac, News, PC

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition released for iOS last on Dec. 7 of last year, but the classic role-playing title has been pulled from the Apple App Store and the Beamdog website. The game is still available on Steam, but upcoming patch for the game and, unfortunately, the Enhanced version of Baldur’s Gate II will be delayed.

“We’ve taken this step at our publishing partner’s request as we attempt to resolve a number of contractual issues,” the President of Beamdog & Overhaul games wrote on the Baldur’s Gate website. As usual with legal matters, Beamdog isn’t speaking on these contractual issues. In the FAQ listed on the website, Beamdog states they do not have a specific date or timeline for when the game will be available again, nor does Beamdog know when the Android version of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition will be released now.

Fortunately, there is nothing to worry about if you’ve already purchased Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition. These troubles will not brick your game or affect it in any way; however, if you were eagerly awaiting the next patch, which included German language options, over 100 gameplay fixes and a new font, it won’t be available anytime soon.

By Lowell Bell, June 14, 2013 0 News, PS3

(UPDATE: Fortunately, it appears the issue has been resolved by Naughty Dog, whom claims to have addressed the issue. Still, be warned and keep an eye on your auto-save while playing.)

We’ve all seen how great the reviews are for The Last of Us, and we all love Naughty Dog, so there’s a good chance many of you will be picking up The Last of Us today. However, various reports of a potentially game breaking auto-save glitch have been reported.

Originally reported on Reddit’s r/games subforum by user cube1701, the glitch may leave your game autosaving forever. While autosaving, manual save functions will not be available, so any progress you may have made without saving will automatically have been lost.

IGN has further identified the issue as a likely result of patch 1.0.1 as review copies were not affected.

By Lowell Bell, June 14, 2013 0 3DS, News

I can never say no to more Pokemon X and Y news. Nintendo just announced the release date and the new fairy type, but they’re still at it. This time around, a new trailer highlights the group of friends that will join your character on your adventure, and a couple new Pokemon for good measure.

While Pokemon games usually feature one or two friends and a rival, it looks like Pokemon X and Y will have four. There’s three friends: Shauna, a hyper girl in pink who appears very interested in the player-characters travels; Tierno, an overweight boy who likes to dance with his Pokemon; and Trevor, an ambitious student trying to complete his Pokédex before his friends do.

The fourth member is your rival, who will be a boy or girl named Calem or Serena depending on your gender choice. Also revealed was the game’s first gym leader, Viola. She specializes in bug-type Pokemon and is also a professional photographer.

For newly announced Pokemon, Litleo and Flabébé were revealed alongside the pre-evolutions for Vivllion. I’m going to go ahead and assume Flabébé will evolve into a monster fairy/grass type Pokemon.

If you want more information on these new friends and critters, check out the trailer after the break or the Pokemon X and Y website.

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By Lowell Bell, June 12, 2013 0 3DS, E3 2013, News, PS Vita, PS4, Wii U

The E3 press conference grades are in. It’s time to take a look at how Microsoft, Sony and Nintento stacked up against one another, as well as a brief look at how Electronic Arts and Ubisoft handled themselves as well. Now we know some exclusive games for the Xbox One, what the PlayStation 4 looks like and Nintendo, well… Nintendo has Mega Man in Super Smas Bros. Sometimes the little blue bomber is enough.

It’s time to get a little frivolous and rate each press conference in order of appearance and on a letter scale because judging companies and products is what we do best. At Pixelitis, who better than to grade the conferences than the (Editor’s note: fully in agreement) Reviews Editor?  So read on, and find out who’s the top of the class this year. (more…)

By Lowell Bell, June 11, 2013 0 3DS, E3 2013, News, Wii U

Earlier today Nintendo fully revealed Super Smash Bros., and along with it The Villager (from Animal Crossing) and Mega Man. There’s also a third newcomer to the Smash Bros. party, however. And it’s quite an odd addition.

The Wii Fit trainer will debut when Super Smash Bros. releases sometime in 2014. Which is…interesting. It looks odd seeing her battle it out against giant apes and electric rodents, but whatever floats Nintendo’s boat. She appears to have a lot of fitness related moves, and her announcement trailer is quite amusing. I predict she will be be an incredible troll character. You can check out her trailer after the break. (more…)

By Lowell Bell, June 11, 2013 0 E3 2013, News, Wii U

I can’t say no to more Donkey Kong Country. It looks like Retro Studios is hard at work at an HD sequel to 2010’s Donkey Kong Country Returns. This time around, some cold vikings are invading Kong’s tropical paradise, and it will be up to three Kongs to fight them off.

This time around, Donkey, Diddy and Dixie Kong will all be playable. Dixie Kong will mix up the game play a little bit with her hover-hair twirl, and the 2D platformer will feature a more dynamic use of 2D camera angles. Two-player co-op play is still supported.

Expect Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze to release by the end of this year.

 

By Lowell Bell, June 11, 2013 0 3DS, News, Wii U

Nintendo and Capcom finally listened. During today’s E3 Nintendo Direct, Super Smash Bros. for both the Wii U and 3DS were shown for the first time with an ample amount of gameplay clips.

The villager from Animal Crossing was announced as a playable character during the trailer, but the villager was completely overshadowed by the surprise reveal of Mega Man. Specifically, Mega Man will be joining the brawl as the original Mega Man, not X or some other variation. Mega Man will utilize various upgrades from other robots in the series, including Wood Man’s leaf shield and Cut Man’s razors.

Super Smash Bros. is due out sometime in 2014, and it looks great on both the Wii U and the 3DS. There is no information on how either version will connect with one another.