King Dedede has seen his role in the Kirby series constantly changed from an antagonistic role to that of an ally. But this time around, the King takes a ‘Princess Peach’ approach and becomes the kidnapped victim.
Nintendo has updated the official Kirby: Triple Deluxe website with new information, screenshots and videos, detailing more of what we can expect of the world and story.
With over 20 power-ups available to copy from enemies, Kirby: Triple Deluxe has players suck up enemies while climbing a giant beanstalk-like “world tree.” The game’s antagonist, Taranza, resides on top of the world-tree in an area called Floarald.
Peach got a playable role in Super Mario 3D World, with fairies being those in need of saving. And now suddenly King Dedede is powerless as well. Seems like Nintendo is enjoying reversing the roles during the “Year of Luigi.”
Kirby Triple Deluxe is set to launch in Japan on Jan. 11, 2014.
For all of the bluster and fuss over “high brow” and “low brow” entertainment, books and videogames are not always so different from each other. Both can be vessels for detailed and highly engrossing narratives.
Many great games have drawn from a rich pool of literature, especially those of the East. The four great epics of China from which we have gotten Suikoden, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and the various adaptations of Journey to the West, all owe their inspiration to their famous source material.
In contrast, the Western canon seems like a well left untapped. Often a movie adaptation beats a game to the punch and we get a game that seems more like an afterthought than an actual faithful working of the source material. With that said, it’s high time we look to books if we are to look forward to some better games.
Here are several works from both classical and modern literature that could easily make for some killer titles.
As if the deliverance of DRM-free PC games wasn’t enough, Good Old Games has decided to give its users three freebies in the form of the first three Fallout games.
You’ll have until Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1:59PM GMT/9:59am EST to download Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics for the price of zero bottle caps. Sounds like a good deal to me. The outrageously good offer comes not only as a good way to draw people to GOG, but also as a farewell. All three Fallout titles will be removed from the service on Jan. 1, 2014 due to Interplay handing off all rights to selling the PC originals to Bethesda.
The GOG downloads also come with a bevy of extras, including the soundtracks to all three titles, artwork, concepts, HD wallpapers and even the entirety of the Fallout Bible – a must-read for any Fallout die-hard.
If you’re one of those people who have only experienced the Bethesda side of Fallout, now’s the time to see what you’ve been missing out on since the 90s. Hop to it, you’ve got less than a day.
Lightning is back for a third time in February 2014 with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and she’s arriving with a pretty stellar collector’s edition package.
Today, Square Enix revealed the $89.99 package, which will be available exclusively on its online store. The Collector’s Edition includes a fairly extensive 80-page art book that includes a bunch of original artwork from Tetsuya Nomura, which enhances what is normally a typical inclusion in these sort of packages. There’s also a neat piece of DLC that makes Lightning look like Aeris of Final Fantasy VII fame.
However, the most interesting thing in the set is easily the silver embossed pocket watch that features the game’s logo. Good swag like this is basically the mark of a good collector’s edition and it’ll help those who buy it keep track of the presumably long hours they’ll be playing the game.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available on Feb. 11 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Hit the jump to see a brief trailer for this collector’s edition package.
The year is coming to an end and for most of us at Pixelitis, that means snow. Lots of it.
Despite the amount of time we spend glued to our computer and/or TV screens, we’re not kids anymore, and that means our feelings regarding winter have changed. Snow is no longer for playing but rather for shoveling. It rarely means a day off and instead represents a hectic commute. Thankfully, we can still feel the same childhood joy at the sight of snow in our favorite games. The falling flakes and slippery surfaces make for some great locales and are perfect for destroying friends and enemies alike.
There’s also an interesting clash between the serenity of a snowy landscape and the inevitable carnage that occurs on it. Who would’ve thought we could fix all those terrible water levels by simply lowering the temperature?
So to get everyone in the mood for the chilly weather, here’s a list of our favorite chilly levels.
Typical Christmas music is one thing. Typical Christmas music arranged by the composer of Rocky IV and Transformers: The Movie for a videogame, however, is a little more special.
Scarlet Moon Records has announced that “Christmas Adventure,” a medley of Christmas music composed by 80s film composer Vince DiCola, is now available for purchase on iTunes and Loudr. The music was originally featured in Mighty Rabbit Studios’ Saturday Morning RPG, an episodic mobile and PC/Mac/Linux RPG that debuted a few months back. The medley features a number of holiday tunes, including ”Silent Night,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Little Drummer Boy,” redone with DiCola’s signature 80s synths and progressive rock sound.
The full soundtrack to Saturday Morning RPG, which was co-composed by both DiCola and Kenny Meriedeth, is slated to hit sometime in Jan. 2014.
It was a long time coming, but a new 3DS firmware update issued by Nintendo last night has provided users the ability to connect to the Miiverse.
After updating the system via system settings, a new “Miiverse” icon will pop up next to the main menu’s web browser. 3DS users will be able to post on newly-opened 3DS communities in addition to all existing Wii U message boards. While not every 3DS game released will have a community, Nintendo has established several of them, including newer titles like The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies.
One of the most welcome additions with this update is support for Nintendo Network IDs, which will allow Wii U users to merge their Nintendo eShop funds and wishlists on both platforms. The update has also removed the limit of five system transfers per system, in addition to some back-end improvements to system stability.
I’m looking forward to all the crazily talented and time-consuming drawings Miiverse users will post on the community boards, but the idea of Nintendo finally working towards a unified account system between its console and handheld hardware has me jumping for joy.
The world of competitive gaming is growing and keeping track of all the tournaments that are going on is actually quite difficult. Unlike traditional sports, there’s no ESPN to go to and no “day” that the games are always played on.
To help with that, here’s the eSports Forecast; a list of four major events going on this week in the various popular competitive games.
This week, we’re looking at Dota 2, League of Legends, Starcraft 2 and the fighting game community so hit the jump to see what to look forward to in the coming days.
If you’re one of the many, many people that finished Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, then you probably have a deep connection with the Season Two protagonist, Clementine. You’ve already gone through so much with her. You wanted to keep her safe.
No matter how successful you were, however, that doesn’t mean her return later this month will be any more heart-wrenching, as evidenced in a recent Vine post from the future Tales from the Borderlands developer.
As usual, we’ve decided to put the following content past the jump so people who haven’t finished the game *cough-Karen-cough* can have their feels rended from their chests.
…Cheer up, Clem.
Three new characters will be made available for the multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag tomorrow, bringing the likes of the infamous Blackbeard and two other exotic killers to the already burgeoning list of ne’er-do-wells.
Titled Blackbeard’s Wrath, the first add-on for Black Flag adds the notorious pirate Blackbeard, a Chinese assassin named The Orchid and The Jaguar, an Aztec warrior to both co-op and competitive multiplayer.
The add-on pack will be available on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC tomorrow for $2.99, though anyone with the Season Pass for ACIV will get it for free.