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Toad & Bowser themed Wii Remotes Heading to Japan

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Japan is getting two new Wii Remote Plus controllers on March 12.

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Ubisoft Withdraws Support for Wii U

If you own a Wii U, don’t expect to see any mature-rated games coming from Ubisoft in the future. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot spoke to Game Informer yesterday and stated that the Ubisoft’s software lineup wasn’t selling well enough the justify porting their games to Nintendo’s console. Ubisoft’s future M-Rated games, specifically the Assassin’s Creed series will not be coming to the Wii U.

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E3 2014: Aftermath

With E3 2014 about to wrap up the fourth and final day, it’s safe to say that most, if not all the big news has already been made. This year’s edition of E3 was well-executed across the board. None of the press conferences contained a single embarrassing moment worthy of an internet meme as we’ve seen in previous years. Unlike last year’s event and the year before, it isn’t clear who “won” E3 as just about everyone had a strong showing.

From this day forth, I will refer to the Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One as Current-Gen.

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Pac-Man Joins the Battle in Super Smash Bros.

Waka waka waka waka.

The most recognizable character in video game history is chomping his way into the fray. According to a tweet from Nintendo of America, Pac-Man will be joining the character roster for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and the 3DS.

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Nintendo Invites Public to Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3

Nintendo fans should get ready for a battle. Nintendo has revealed new information regarding the Super Smash Bros. Invitational Tournament according to a press release posted today on Nintendo Press.

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Nintendo Refuses to Add Same-Sex Marriage to Tomodachi Life

Nintendo have announced that they will not be adding same-sex marriage to the upcoming English port of the virtual life simulation game, Tomodachi Lifedespite a passionate social media campaign.

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Nintendo Announces Mario Golf: World Tour Season Pass

 

Mario Golf Wold Tour Season Pass

For the first time ever, Nintendo will be offering a Season Pass with one of their games. Nintendo of America announced in a press release today, that the upcoming 3DS game, Mario Golf: World Tour will be getting a Season Pass for future downloadable content.

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Is the Wii U the new Dreamcast?

And their off! The Playstation 4 and Xbox One have achieved record breaking numbers at launch. Both consoles sold 1 million units within 24 hours of hitting the shelves. This is an outstanding start by both companies; just for perspective, the Wii U has sold 3.91 million units as of September, according to a sales chart from Nintendo. The Wii U has been out for over a year. It’s very likely that both the PS4 and XB1 will the eclipse the Wii U within six months; the UK Sales of the Xbox One are already about to overtake Wii U sales in that region. Overall I’m surprised by both consoles’ success.

While I imagined that the PS4 and XB1 would have some form of success at launch, I wouldn’t have guessed either console to break records, let alone both. I’ve been pessimistic about the new consoles, and considering the sales of the Wii U, I don’t blame myself. This is great news for video gaming, but the reason both consoles have sold so well is hinted at by the way people refer to the next-gen.

Someone let Mario look at the Wii U sales.

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My Reaction to the 2DS

Last week Nintendo unexpectedly announced a new portable gaming console; the Nintendo 2DS. No need to check your calendar, this is actually a real thing. The Nintendo 2DS is essentially a Nintendo 3DS with the 3D functionality removed, it plays all 3DS and DS games and has the same features.  Notably, it is a slate-style handheld, meaning it doesn’t fold like the Nintendo DS, which is first the Nintendo handheld console unable to do so since the Game Boy Micro. The 2DS will be released October 12th at a launch price of $129 in North America. There’s a lot to discuss, but the general reaction among the gaming public has been negative.

Unlike it’s predecessor, the 2DS can also function as a coaster for your coffee mug.

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We don’t need more sequels

I find it very surprising that this past summer movie season has seen a few good original ideas like Pacific Rim and Elysium, with that in mind it makes me wonder if I’ll ever be able to say the same about video games. This is an industry that is practically built on sequels, most of which do little more than rehash the first game. It pains me that old ideas continue to sell because there are plenty of sequels that don’t have any need to exist. Every video game has this apparent goal of selling well enough to justify making another one. Is making money the only thing that developers care about?

I’ve always believed that any story, be it a novel, movie, or a game should stand on its own. There are plenty of games I can think of shouldn’t have gotten a sequel, such as God of War, Bioshock and Dragon Age: Origins. These are all games that told a complete story and left little room for expansion. There was no need to continue, and the sequels to all three of these games do pretty much the same thing that the first games do. Games like Bioshock; Infinite are a different story as it does a lot of things differently with the original game in both gameplay and story (mind you I haven’t played it yet) , but that makes me wonder why it can’t be a completely different game entirely. Every single video game franchise, from Halo to Metal Gear Solid started with an original idea that was successful enough to merit a sequel.

Pictured: The most successful franchises in video game history, most of which shouldn’t even exist.

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