Monolith Soft teased a game simply called X at last year’s Nintendo Direct, and now at this year’s Nintendo Direct it has been revealed that the game is actually Xenoblade Chronicles X. It is a sequel to the critically-acclaimed Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles.
Not much to report on the story, but the game looks great and features much of the charm and intensity that was present in the first Chronicles game. Unfortunately, the actual mechanics and battle system were not revealed.
It was formerly simply known as Yarn Yoshi, but now Nintendo has confirmed that the upcoming Yoshi game whose world is created entirely of wool is called Yoshi’s Woolly World.
Apart from having a great art style, the developers are fully utilizing all of the new gameplay mechanics that are a result of the woolly world. This includes tying up enemies, revealing hidden areas and traversing the levels in unique ways.
Big Red Button Entertainment and Sanzaru Games’ Sonic Boom is shaping up to be a pretty big departure from the tried-and-true Sonic universe, at least visually. Now they are showing off a brand new character in the game that goes by the name of Sticks.
Sticks is a jungle badger that has been living alone in the wilderness for a long time, and has a very different personality compared to other members of the cast. Chief Content Officer Hiroyuki Miyazaki says that “”Sticks is a significant addition to the Sonic Boom universe and the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. She brings a quirky personality and perspective to the team dynamic, and we look forward to sharing this energetic and funny new character with the world.”
Sonic Boom is being released exclusively on Nintendo consoles later this year.
Although it remains to be seen how the quality of the overall game will be, this Sticks character looks like she could be extremely annoying. Her voice is quite irritating, and in a series that has become known for bad-voice acting Sticks could be taking it all to a new low. I guess we’ll find out sometime later this year.
The GameCube controller is what many believe is one of Nintendo’s best controllers, as it was still being used on many Wii games or classic games that supported it. However, Wii U has no such support for the great controller and that fact has left many fans upset with the new Super Smash Bros. looming on the horizon.
That is all about to change, though. Nintendo has revealed that Super Smash Bros. Wii U will support GameCube controllers thanks to a new peripheral that is being released. They also announced that they will be releasing brand new controllers for the game and upcoming peripheral.
Nintendo released a video that contains a tease of this adapter, which they have dubbed the GameCube Controller Adapter. It is a four-port peripheral that plugs right into the Wii U and supports all kinds of GameCube controllers. They even revealed a new GameCube controller with the Super Smash Bros. logo on it.
The GameCube controller was awesome, so of course I’m glad that there will now be away to continue to use it in the newest generation of Nintendo. What has me even more excited is that they are actually producing brand new controllers, so those whose over-10-year-old controllers that are showing their age will be able to get brand new ones. That’s great news.
Last year it was announced that a game that mixed the Dynasty Warriors’ hack and slash gameplay with the Legend of Zelda universe was coming out called Hyrule Warriors. It’s pretty much a game that nobody saw coming, but one that has definitely caught everyone’s interest due to its unlikely blend.
When’s it coming out? Well, we still don’t know when it will be out here in the US, but we now know that the game will be coming to Japan on August 14th.
In Hyrule Warriors you are given the typical Dynasty Warriors formula of having a ton of enemies to slash your way through, but instead you are controlling Link as he fights through Hyrule. You will be able to use his trusty sword and shield as well as bombs and arrows. Of course, if things get too out of hand, you can also use his awesome spin attack.
Hyrule Warriors is being developed by Tecmo Koei and produced by Zelda director Eiji Aonuma.
I guess I’ll have to get over the fact that us US people didn’t get a release date, but the fact that this thing is hitting Japan in August has me optimistic for a 2014 release here in the states. The concept of this game still boggles my frickin’ mind, though.
Mario Kart 8 is definitely a game that a lot of Nintendo fans have been eagerly anticipating for a while now, and thanks to great reviews it is certainly going to also be selling some Wii U consoles. However, what hasn’t been so certain is just what kind of an impact that this game will have on the struggling Wii U.
Nintendo’s UK Mario brand manager Roger Langford spoke with MCV and said the following:
“I certainly feel that Mario Kart 8 can be the catalyst that will broaden Wii U’s horizons. It’s very important for us that we have a successful launch and continue the promotion throughout the year and beyond.”
It’s hard to predict how this will impact Wii U, as many people seem to have given up on the system. If this great game is followed by a string of great games, though, then that is when you will see the Wii U truly come into its own. If any game is going to get the ball rolling for the Wii U, then Mario Kart 8 can definitely be the game to do just that. If it doesn’t, well… maybe Nintendo really is screwed!
Things are picking up this week as we have a major new release in the form of Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game is a reboot by MachineGames of the classic FPS series that is set in an alternate historical reality where Nazis won World War II. Scroll down to see a complete list of what is coming out from May 18th to May 25th, 2014.