Shovel Knight Amiibo Gracing The USA Next Month

Not long after I posted the news that information regarding the highly-anticipated Shovel Knight Amiibo was on the way the info was released by Yacht Club Games! The news was revealed on the Yacht Club Games website, where they announced that the Shovel Knight amiibo will launch in North America on January 8th for $12.99.

It’s a bummer that the amiibo won’t be launching in time for Christmas as it would have made an excellent gift for many people, but the decision apparently came down to supply and demand. They could have released the amiibo early, but they wouldn’t have been able to release enough of them and that would have upset even more people who missed out on it.

As for what the amiibo will do for you, it will unlock a ton of content for the game on both Wii U and 3DS. You can create and customize your own knight and leveling him up by gaining treasure, and it’ll also be compatible with the co-op mode exclusive to Wii U.

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Some new challenge maps will be added to both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game, while the 5 new co-op maps will (obviously) only be available for the Wii U version.

The Game Awards 2015 Summary & Review – Good Games, Good Music, Good Times!

So the Game Awards came back for a second round this year with The Game Awards 2015 after what I though was a pretty solid debut last year, and overall I would say it was another very solid showing. Geoff Keighley was once again great presenting many of the awards and we *did* get to see a lot of great new games/footage as well as take up some great discounts on games. It all felt a lot like a big thank you to all the gamers out there around the world and I really enjoyed that.

The highlight of the evening for me was the tribute to Satoru Iwata, where they showed a brief montage of pictures of him before bringing out Reggie Fils-Aime to give a moving speech followed by an emotional performance from Ben Harper. I couldn’t find a video including the performance from Harper, but I’ve linked the rest of the tribute directly below. RIP, Satoru Iwata.

A heck of a lot of great announcements were made, so below you can find my quick thoughts of the entire thing.

The Announcements

What was perhaps the biggest news of the night was that Double Fine revealed that they are crowdfunding Psychonauts 2 for release in 2018. Interestingly enough, the crowdfunding is being done through a new site called Fig. It operates very similarly to other crowd-funding sites, but the catch is when you donate you are also investing in the game and will thus make money off the game once it releases relative to how much it sells and much you invested. Pretty cool.

We already knew about Far Cry Primal, but the show gave us a new gameplay trailer that really showcased the game’s visceral and brutal setting. It looks like they are taking the best parts of Far Cry 4 and making an entire game based solely around those parts, and I am 100% down for that!

Remember The Elder Scrolls Online? No? Me neither! However, Bethesda is pulling a stunt with the game that is sure to get a lot of people to check the game out from now until early January, as they revealed that playing the game during that time will make you eligible for a chance to win $1,000,000. No joke! All you have to do is fill out a form on the game’s website and have an active account.

The folks at Naughty Dog are hard at work on the new Uncharted game, but that didn’t stop them from releasing a new clip of footage that reveals a new character in the game named Nadine Ross. Drake tries to play it cool, but quickly ends up getting his butt kicked a little in what was a gorgeous looking cinematic. Drake really has aged!

It wouldn’t be a gaming event without learning that Telltale Games is taking on yet another major license and turning it into an episodic adventure, but this reveal is one of the biggest yet. Telltale is taking on none other than BATMAN in a new game that is slated for release next year.

There were rumors that the big man himself, Shaq, would be making an appearance at the show and the rumors were true. Shaq announced a new eSports league as well as the winner for best eSports team, but the real news was that the classic Shaq Fu from 1994 is being remastered in Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn.

Quantum Break also made an appearance, getting yet another cinematic trailer to sink your teeth into. Hard to judge a whole lot from a cinematic trailer, but I’m still really looking forward to Remedy’s follow-up to the fantastic Alan Wake.

Oculus’ Palmer Lucky came out being his naturally goofy self, though his big reveal was that Rock band VR is coming to Oculus Rift next year. Seems kinda cool, but at the end of the daythe game still plays just like Rock Band always did, just now you can turn your head and see people around you. Next!

I had posted recently that Shadow Complex Remastered had been leaked for PC, and that turned out to be true. However, what I did not hear is that they are releasing the game for FREE throughout the holiday season! Also, the game *will* be making its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners, too.

A brief alpha gameplay trailer was also revealed for Star Citizen, which looked pretty cool but nothing to really go crazy about.

You thought the Telltale Games news was over, didn’t you? Nope! It was also revealed that a spin-off series called The Walking Dead: Michonne. It’s Telltale, it’s their Walking Dead series, so of course it looks pretty good.

Another rumor that ended up being true was that Rocket League is coming to Xbox One. I already said this recently but I’ll say it again: this is awesome. Rocket League was the surprise hit of the year and I believe that as many people as possible should be able to play it.

Definitely some great announcements to witness, but now it’s time to see who were the big winners of the evening for gaming. Scroll down for a complete list of games/devs/people who went home with awards (marked in bold):

The Winners

Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Super Mario Maker
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer of the Year

  • Bethesda Game Studios
  • CD Projekt Red
  • From Software
  • Kojima Productions
  • Nintendo

Best Shooter

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Splatoon
  • Star Wars Battlefront

Best Action-Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

Best RPG

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Best Fighting Game

  • Guilty Gear Xrd Sign
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Rise of Incarnates
  • Rising Thunder

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 16
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • NBA 2K16
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
  • Rocket League

Best Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon

Best Indie Game

  • Axiom Verge (Tom Happ)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios/Microsoft Studios)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Family Game

  • Disney Infinity 3.0
  • Lego Dimensions
  • Skylanders SuperChargers
  • Splatoon
  • Super Mario Maker

Best Mobile or Handheld Game

  • Downwell (Moppin/Devolver Digital)
  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda)
  • Lara Croft Go (Square Enix)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
  • Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale/Bandai Namco)

Best Narrative

  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Tales From the Borderlands
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Until Dawn

Best Art Direction

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Score or Soundtrack

  • Fallout 4 (Inon Zur)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (Kazuma Jinnouchi)
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (Justin Burnett, Ludvig Forssell, Daniel James)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Gareth Coker)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Marcin Przybylowicz, Mikolai Stroinski)

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch – Chloe Price (Life is Strange)
  • Doug Cockle – Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
  • Mark Hamill – The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
  • Camilla Luddington – Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
  • Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Games for Change

  • Cibele (Nina Freeman)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment)
  • Sunset (Tale of Tales)
  • Undertale (tobyfox)

Industry Icon Award – Westwood Studios co-founders Brett Sperry and Louis Castle

Fan Voting

Most Anticipated Game

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Quantum Break
  • The Last Guardian
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Fan Creation

  • GTA 5 – Targets (Hoodoo Operator)
  • Real GTA (Corridor Digital)
  • Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)
  • Super Mario Maker e-Reader Levels (Baddboy78/theycallmeshaky)
  • Twitch Plays Dark Souls (Twitch Community)

Trending Gamer

  • Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles
  • Greg Miller
  • Markiplier
  • PewDiePie
  • Total Biscuit

eSports

Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • League of Legends

Player of the Year

  • Peter “ppd” Dager (Dota 2 – Evil Geniuses)
  • Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan (Dota 2 – Evil Geniuses)
  • Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer (CS:GO – Fnatic)
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (League of Legends – SK Telecom T1)
  • Kenny “KennyS” Schrub (CS:GO – Team EnVyUs)

Team of the Year

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic
  • Optic Gaming
  • SK Telecom T1
  • Team SoloMid

That concludes my brief thoughts/coverage of the Game Awards 2015! Again, I was really pleased with the show and felt a lot of great-looking games were announced and a lot of great games ended up winning awards. Of course, this being a judgmental website this article wouldn’t be complete without a judgment, so my judgement for The Game Awards 2015 show is…

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Have Another Look At Linkle In The New Hyrule Warriors Legends Video

Yes, the whole Linkle thing is really happening and a female version of Link will be playable for the new Hyrule Warriors Legends game for the 3DS. If the first look wasn’t extensive enough for you then I’ve got you covered, as a new video has been released that shows a bit more of the more feminine Link.

As for how Linkle stands out from Link, she is a more nimble character and utilizes two crossbows. She doesn’t hit as hard as her male counterpart, but speed players will definitely have a lot more fun playing as her. She joins Skull Kid, Tetra and the King of Red Lions as new characters being added to the Hyrule Warriors roster.

Hyrule Warriors Legends launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on January 21st, 2016. An official release date for the USA version of the game has not been disclosed as of the publication of this article.

Shovel Knight Amiibo Release Details Being Revealed Next Week

As soon as the Shovel Knight amiibo was revealed pretty much everyone went nuts and was dying to learn when they could buy one. However, since the announcement the exact details have been slim, with fans still unsure when to expect the highly-anticipated amiibo.

However, thanks to twitter we now know that a big update regarding the amiibo will be coming next week. A fan asked Shovel Knight developers Yacht Club Games about it on Twitter.

Shovel Knight is an absolute masterpiece of a platformer and is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation Vita and PC.

Check Out 15 Minutes Of New Gameplay From Shin Megami Tensei IV Final

Shin Megami Tensei IV will be receiving a sequel called Shin Megami Tensei IV Final next year, and now Nico Nico Douga has shown some new gameplay footage has been shared that features several different mechanics featured in the game.

Throughout the footage we get to witness several battles, demon negotiations and an overview of the games’ cast of characters. Shin Megami Tensei IV Final is set to launch exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on February 10th, 2016. A release date for the USA has not been discussed at this point.

The New Mighty No. 9 Trailer Brings The Humor

The reception to Mighty No. 9 has been pretty mixed after the game’s Kickstarter Campaign failed to match visual style of what is now in development, but where I’m coming from it still looks like it’ll be a fun time.

That’s only exemplified by this new trailer for the game in which a hilarious announcer talks about all of the features of the game, like a boss rush mode, challenge mode, online and more. Does it look revolutionary? Of course not, but as far as gameplay goes it’s looking pretty solid.

Mighty No. 9 is will launch on February 12th, 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and PC.

Ganondorf Wreaks Havoc In The New Hyrule Warriors Legends Trailer

Hyrule Warriors Legends features plenty of good guys to control, but there’s also some baddies thrown into the mix for good measure. For example: this new trailer shows off the series’ most iconic bad guy, Ganondorf, absolutely demolishing everything in his path.

He seems to control very similarly as he did in last year’s Hyrule Warriors for Wii U, being a bit slow but making up for it with a huge attack range and tons of raw power. It might not feel morally right controlling Ganondorf, but once you’ve tasted the power it’s hard to resist!

Hyrule Warriors Legends launches exclusively for the 3DS on March 25th, 2016.