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Jun 27
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

Hot on the heels of last week’s double whammy of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE and Mario & Sonic: Rio 2016 comes another Wii U big hitter – LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

According to both Amazon and GAME, the physical release of TT Games’ latest blockbuster isn’t due out until 5th July, so those looking to take down Kylo Ren this week have just one option – go digital. It’s your only hope.

The eShop price has been set at £39.99, with a release date of 28th June. The 3DS version meanwhile will set you back £29.99. Although it’s likely to be a safe purchase, the Wii U LEGO games are known to be slightly more glitchy than on other formats. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the belated physical release can be pre-ordered for around a tenner less than its digital counterpart.

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The Wii U also gets a surprise release of Ziggurat (£12.00), a first-person dungeon crawler that gained a cult following upon debut. The PS4 and Xbox One versions arrived to a mixture of 7s and 8s, and so unless something horrid has happened while en route to Wii U, we reckon it’ll be worth investigating.

Also on Wii U this week: physics-based puzzler Midnight 2 (£1.79), a demo of Runbow, Hyrule Warriors: Legends of Hyrule Pack (£8.99 for Wii U only season pass or £15.29 with 3DS season pass), Hyrule Warriors: Character Pack (£10.79), and the Hyrule Warriors: Link’s Awakening Pack (£4.49 or part of Legends of Hyrule Pack).

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Jun 27
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Considering the usually quiet season of summer is upon us, it’s somewhat surprising to find that five new releases have made the UK top 40 this week.

Before we rattle them off, let’s cover the top five. For a second week running DOOM takes the top spot, followed by the recently discounted FIFA 16 at #2.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End holds onto #3, Overwatch drops to #4 and then at #5 it’s good old GTA V.

At #6 it’s the highest new arrival – the physical release of the indie smash Rocket League.

The next new entry is the Wii U exclusive Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE at #18.

Then at #23 it’s the ravishing remaster Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, the PS Vita iteration of which takes #1 in the PS Vita chart.

At #30 we find Mario & Sonic: Rio 2016 Olympic Games, shortly followed by the allegedly terrible Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival at #37.

Mighty No. 9 didn’t get a top 40 look in at all, breaking only the Wii U chart at #7.

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Jun 24
By Matt Gander In Reviews No Comments

In the words of Bruce Forsyth (and later Joe Pasquale), the price is right. You certainly wouldn’t want to pay more than £3.99 for this mobile conversion – it’s a no-thrills package, that hasn’t seen any major enhancements other than a new four-player mode. Well, that and the removal of in-app purchases.

Thank Pac for that.

Due to their heavily stylised nature, we can live with the fact that the graphics haven’t been improved, but the lack of music strikes us as a very peculiar omission. Remember that compelling, pulsating, soundtrack that featured in the wonderful Pac-Man Championship Edition? Here, there’s a short remix of the classic theme-tune on the title screen, and after that you’re left only with Pac-Man’s infamous ‘Wakka wakka’ noise to tap your toes to. It’s really quite odd.

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Being a mobile game originally, the game’s structure feels rather out of place on console too. It’s a score chaser like granddaddy arcade Pac-Man, only now an assortment of power-ups are drip-fed to keep players hooked, all of which can be upgraded to improve chances of survival. On mobile, you could pay to (potentially) win. With IAPs removed it’s now a sheer case of focusing on completing challenges in order to acquire enough upgrade points to max out power-ups. Upgrades start off cheap, rising to the point where they become several games apart. “Free” gifts do thankfully speed up this process, while also serving as an unwelcome reminder of the game’s roots.

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Jun 22
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

With over 20 new games either out now or imminently, it’s a very busy week for new releases. In the words of just about every YouTuber ever, let’s get straight into it.

We’ll start with the Wii U first, as the system sees four new retail releases – an unprecedented amount, considering we usually see just one or two a month. J-Pop infused JRPG Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is the big one, which has gained a thumbs up from Eurogamer since penning our weekly eShop round-up. “I don’t know if I’d recommend it to anyone who isn’t already a fan of all things Japanese, but for those of you who are, you’re likely to find a very good time” they said.

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Those remaining three are Terraria – which is set to retail at around £20 – the allegedly mediocre Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Mighty No. 9. The Wii U’s digital release of Mighty No.9 was something of a shambles, with reports of glitches galore. A patch went live yesterday, which the developers claim will fix these issues. Consider us skeptical.

Sadly, it has an abundance of faults that’ll never be fixed – Mighty No. 9’s reviews are mostly around the 5/10 mark, due to mixture of poor design choices, low production values and lack of direction. The Xbox 360 version has been hit by a delay, incidentally, while the handheld iterations still have no firm release date whatsoever.

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Jun 20
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

Here’s something we didn’t expect, especially with summer now upon us: it’s a ridiculously busy week for Wii U and 3DS releases, both on the eShop and at bricks and mortar.

How busy, you ask? The Wii U alone has four retail releases lined-up – roughly the same amount due between July and the end of the year. Indeed, the pickings look mighty slim after LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens launches. We’re planning to write a few words about this sordid state of affairs soon.

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In addition to arriving at retail, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Mario & Sonic at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games, Mighty No. 9 also hit the Wii U eShop this week. That leaves us with the belated retail release of Terraria, which was released digitally some time ago.

At £49.99, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – a JRPG with a J-Pop twist – is arriving at a price higher than anticipated. At the time of typing EDGE is the only outlet to review the Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover, where it garnered a solid 7. More reviews will doubtlessly be available before Friday’s launch, and we’ll squeeze in a few choice cuts during this week’s new release round-up. Several pieces of DLC are due Friday too, including the Atlus Collaboration Costume Set for £1.79.

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Jun 20
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

Reviews of Mighty No. 9 went live earlier, a whole four days ahead of Friday’s UK multi-format launch. Usually a review embargo lifting this early is a good sign, but this is the exception – review scores are mostly mediocre, resulting in a current 58% Metacritic.

This spiritual successor to Mega Man has found few fans thus far, with GameInformer – amongst others – sharing this sentiment: “Mighty No. 9 was supposed to be the game that sated our long-starved appetite for a new Mega Man entry, but it instead just made me want to play the old games again”.

Eurogamer meanwhile wasn’t exactly smitten but did find much to enjoy, calling it “a fascinating, often slick video game” and “arguably Keiji Inafune’s best work to date”.

Maybe not a complete disaster then, but if these reviews are to go by it has certainly fallen short of potential:

7/10 – God is a Geek: “Mighty No. 9 follows the Mega Man formula to a tee, and that’s both a blessing and a curse”

6.5 – Destructoid: “Outside of the Countershade stage, where players are chasing down a sniper robot through a looping Capital building (essentially morphing the entire level into a boss fight itself), pretty much everything else gives off that been there, done that feel — whether it’s in Inafune’s own games or more recent platforms”

6.0 – GameInformer: “Games like Shovel Knight feel more like a spiritual successor than this half-baked misstep”

6/10 – Push Square: “Mighty No. 9 appears to be caught in two minds about whether it wants to make a Mega Man-style game for novices or veterans, and that indecision unfortunately prevents it from being anything close to mighty”

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Jun 20
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

A price cut to £29.99 has helped DOOM claim the UK chart’s top spot, putting an end to Overwatch’s three week run in the process.

The recently released DOOM demo likely played a part in this, too.

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DOOM entered at #2 during launch week, so this is in fact the first time the grizzly shooter has been crowned no.1. In doing so, it has become Bethesda’s first number one since Fallout 4, and id’s first since DOOM 3 way back in 2004.

Overwatch drops to #2 with sales down 24% while Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End saw a small sales boost, raising it up to #3.

FIFA 16 is at #4 while GTA V moves up to #5.

Last week’s highest new entry Mirror’s Edge Catalyst falls to #6, Black Ops III re-enters the top ten at #7, UEFA Euro 2016 remains at #8, Star Wars Battlefront rises seven places to #9 and then at #10 it’s LEGO Marvel’s Avengers.

Dead Island Definitive Edition and Tom Clancy’s The Division both depart the top ten, meanwhile.

MotoGP 16: Valentino Rossi was the only top 40 new arrival, entering at #19. Grand Kingdom did however top the PS Vita chart, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise – PS Vita JRPGs have a track record of heading straight to no.1 at launch.

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Jun 16
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

Bikes, bikes and more bikes. This week sees the release of MotoGP16: Valentino Rossi and Tour De France 2016, both at retail and on the download services, while Ubisoft’s E3 surprise Trials of the Blood Dragon is available now on PSN and on the Xbox Store.

MotoGP16: Valentino Rossi is in fact the second motorbike racer from Milestone in a matter of days – the £29.99 DUCATI – 90th Anniversary hit the digital services last Thursday. Launching two games in close proximity must be no easy task, especially for a relatively small developer.

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Reviews of their latest release – which also features cars, dirt bikes and other vehicles – are starting the trickle through now, mostly from Central Europe. Italian site The Games Machine gave it 8.5 while the Spanish Hobby Consolas went for 78%.

No reviews of Tour De France 2016 are online yet. Metacritic suggests that the series has been improving over the years though – Tour de France 2014 had a Metacritic of 54%, while last year’s iteration saw a marked improvement up to 63%. We predict another mixture of 5s, 6s, and a few 7s.

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