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Feb 01
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

This Thursday sees the final dose of Super Smash Bros. add-on content arrive on the UK eShop, including Fire Emblem‘s Corrin and Bayonetta herself. Also: Tails and Knuckles attire.

The final assortment before being bundled together to form a Nintendo NX launch title? Perhaps, if last week’s rumours are true. Like many others, we don’t see how Nintendo could create an all-new Smash Bros. in time for the NX’s launch – rumoured to be this year.

From 4th February the following add-ons will be available on both Wii U and 3DS:

Bayonetta & Umbra Clock Tower Set (£5.39 for one platform or £6.29 for both) – Includes Fighter (Bayonetta), Umbra Clock Tower stage, new stage music and new trophies.

[Fighter] Corrin (£4.49 for one platform, £5.39 for both) – Includes Fighter (Corrin), new stage music and new trophies.

[Mii Fighter Costume] Bionic Set (69p for one platform, £1.09 for both) – Includes Bionic Helmet and Bionic Armour, for Mii Brawlers only.

[Mii Fighter Costume] Takamaru Set (69p for one platform, £1.09 for both) – Includes Takamaru Wig and Takamaru’s Outfit, outfit for Sword Fighters only.

[Mii Fighter Costume] Ashley Set (69p for one platform, £1.09 for both) – Includes Ashley Wig and Ashley’s Outfit, outfit for Sword Fighters only.

[Mii Fighter Costume] Gil Set (69p for one platform, £1.09 for both) – Includes Gil’s Helmet and Gil’s Armour, armour for Sword Fighters only.

[Mii Fighter Costume] Tails Set (69p for one platform, £1.09 for both) – Includes Tails Hat and Tails Outfit, outfit for Gunners only.

[Mii Fighter Costume] Knuckles Set (69p for one platform, £1.09 for both) – – Includes Knuckles Hat and Knuckles Outfit, outfit for Brawlers only.

[Bundle] Mii Fighter Costume Bundle #6 (Wii U & 3DS) (£4.14 for one platform, £6.54 for both) – Includes all Mii Fighter Costumes listed above.

[Bundle] Collection #6 (£14.02 for one platform, £18.22 for both) – Includes all Fighters, stages and Mii Fighter Costumes listed above.

[Bundle] Bumper Fighter (£31.43 for one platform, £37.73 for both) – Includes Fighters (Mewtwo, Ryu, Lucas, Roy, Cloud, Corrin, Bayonetta), Stages (Suzaku Castle, Midgar, Umbra Clock Tower), new stage music, new trophies, profile icons.

[Bundle] Stage Bundle (£9.45 for one platform, £13.05 for both) – Includes Stages (Dream Land (64), Peach’s Castle (64), Hyrule Castle (64), Super Mario Maker, Pirate Ship (Wii U Only) and new stage music.

A shout out goes to Nintendo Life for clarifying what each pack contains – Nintendo’s official presser is something of a garbled mess.

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Apr 13
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

After what seems like several quiet weeks, this Thursday sees the Nintendo eShop erupted with content – new games, new DLC, demos and a bunch of other stuff. Discounts too, but they’re yet another dreary assortment. We’re pretty sure Castle Conqueror EX goes on sale at least once a month.

Anyway, if you stayed up late to watch the last Nintendo Direct then you will have caught wind of the upcoming StreetPass games. StreetPass Fishing and StreetPass Zombies are both out this week, at £4.49 each or £7.19 for both. Fishing stumps up the challenge of catching 150 different aquatic critters. Levelling up unlocks access to new rods and aquariums while new bait is gained from Mii characters via StreetPass.

In Zombies, meanwhile, any Miis you’ve met become AI controlled characters ready to help you whittle down a zombie horde. They also bring one of 26 weapons along with them for you to use, including what appears to be a Wii Remote.

StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium launches on Thursday too – £4.49 gets your StreetPass peeps a VIP room, new greetings (including StreetPass birthdays) and expanded music player options.

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Jan 19
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

With no new entries and GTA V holding the top spot for a second week running, this week’s UK chart isn’t exactly a thrilling one.

The fact that a handful of Nintendo titles have moved up the ranks hasn’t escaped us, however. We put this down to last week’s impressively strong Nintendo Direct.

In the individual format chart Mario Kart 8 shifts back into the top 20 (albeit at #20) while fellow pack-in Nintendo Land reappears at #25. The Wii U iteration of Super Smash Bros. rises from #32 to #27 in the same chart.

And after almost vanishing last week, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker crawls back up to #38.

On top of all this, the original Disney Infinity saw a sales boost due to sizeable discounts. That’s back at #33 in the UK top 40 and re-enters at #5 in the Wii U chart.

As for the UK’s top ten, it’s pretty much unchanged from last week. Chart topper GTA V is followed by FIFA 15, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Far Cry 4 and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition to form the top five.

Next week’s chart should be a touch more interesting – Saints Row IV Re-elected & Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is out this Friday, along with a few other new releases.

Dec 08
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Sales of The Crew appear not to have harmed by a lack of reviews. Ubisoft’s open-world racer is in at a respectable #6 in this week’s UK top 40.

Eurogamer reports sales were split 59 per cent on PlayStation 4, 33 per cent on Xbox One, eight per cent on Xbox 360 and a single per cent on PC. Chart-Track doesn’t include digital sales in their data, however.

For the first time in six weeks it’s FIFA 15 that rules the roost. That’s followed by Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, GTA V, Far Cry 4 and LEGO Batman 3 to form the UK’s top five.

Incidentally, LEGO Batman 3 is up all the way from #19 due to discounts at retail. We’d wager that Just Dance 2015 is back on the rise for the same reason – it’s up from #24 to #11 this week.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire meanwhile both depart the top ten, falling to #13 and #17 respectively. Super Smash Bros. likewise remains in the top 20, currently at #14.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is the only other new entry in the top 40, arriving at #31. Despite this low placing it went on to make #3 in the PS3 chart.

Nov 27
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 4 Comments

It’s a potentially expensive week for Nintendo fans – this Friday sees the launches of Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the first wave of Amiibo figures. Ka-ching!


There’s also Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and WayForward’s apparently not too bad Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom on 3DS (also out on PS3 and Xbox 360) plus the presumably pap Penguins of Madagascar on 3DS, Wii U and Wii. Torus Games has been knocking out titles for Little Orbit at an alarming rate recently. Heck, they even admit on their website that this movie tie-in was made on a “very tight” schedule.

At least we can vouch for the quality of thoroughbred system sellers Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Nintendo’s all-star brawler currently has a Metacritic of 92%, putting it on par with GameCube fan favourite Melee. Scores so far include 9.8 from both IGN and GamesBeat, plus an almost equally lofty 9.75 from GameInformer. Even Polygon enjoyed it, handing out 9.5. “Pound for pound, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has been the most fun I’ve had playing video games in 2014, and a well-polished crown jewel in the Wii U’s library” they said.


Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire meanwhile stands proud with 9/10s from Pocket Gamer, God is a Geek and Destructoid in addition to 4.5/5 from JoyStiq. The Metro meanwhile gave it 7/10, reporting that all of Ruby and Sapphire’s core faults are retained. It appears they aren’t alone in noticing this.

Over on the PlayStation formats LittleBigPlanet 3 – from good old Sumo Digital – makes its arrival on both PS4 and PS3. Reviews have been a little mixed, ranging from Eurogamer’s 6/10 to EDGE’s 9/10. Word has it that more than a few nasty glitches regularly occur. With a bit of luck Sumo will have a patch ready to roll out soon.

PS Vita owners shouldn’t feel jealous as they get LittleBigPlanet: Marvel Superhero’s Edition. Well okay, maybe they should feel a little jealous. It’s just a simple superhero filled re-release, after all.

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Nov 25
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

This week belongs to Nintendo. Not only do we have the biggest Wii U launch of the year – in the form of Super Smash Bros. – but also the eagerly anticipated Pokémon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby on 3DS.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is due on the eShop this Friday, but at £49.99 you’d be better off looking online as it can easily be found for around £35. The digital version of Pokémon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby is rather steep as well, priced at £39.99. Guess Nintendo really didn’t want to undercut bricks and mortar stores on these two titles. Well, three titles.

Other retail releases heading to the eShop this week include Little Orbit’s The Penguins of Madagascar (£34.99 Wii U/£24.99 3DS) and Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (£24.99 3DS – there’s no Wii U version, oddly), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (£34.99) and Horse Vet 3D (£24.99).


As for download-only titles there’s the much loved Thomas Was Alone (£6.99), delightfully retro RPG Pier Solar and the Great Architects (£11.99), the 16-bit Zelda flavoured Ittle Dew (£8.99) and a conversion of PC platformer Shiny The Firefly (£6.29 until 31st Dec). A pretty decent selection, all told.

This week’s Virtual Console offerings may pique your interest too. Wii U owners get Capcom’s SNES RPG Breath of Fire (£5.49) while cult puzzler Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (£4.49) heads to 3DS VC.

The 3DS’s line-up of new arrivals is nowhere near as exciting as that for the Wii U. Talking Phrasebook – 7 Languages (£4.49) and My First Songs (£4.49) anybody? Thought not. Castle Conqueror EX (£3.49) might be worth a look though.

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Oct 06
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Last week’s trio of big name releases – Shadow of Mordor, Forza Horizon 2 and Super Smash Bros. – haven’t been able to dislodge FIFA 15 from the top of the UK chart.

They have however all managed to make the UK top five. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, to use its full name, arrives at #2 with the PS4 version shifting the most copies.

Then at #3 it’s Forza Horizon 2. Both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions managed to penetrate the individual format chart’s top ten, further proving that there’s still life in the Xbox 360.

Super Smash Bros. on 3DS then follows behind at #4 with Destiny dropping from #2 to #5 to round off the UK’s top five for this week.

As for the other recent Nintendo releases, Fantasy Life falls from #8 to #19 while Hyrule Warriors now rests at #22.

The only other new entry in the top 40 is Crimes and Punishments: Sherlock Holmes which makes #27. Again, it’s the PS4 version that proved to be the most popular.

Over in the single format charts, RPG curio Natural Doctrine made #5 in the PS Vita chart while platforming sequel Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 broke the top #20s in the both the Xbox 360 chart the Wii U chart, entering at #20 and #17 respectively.

Oct 01
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 1 Comment

It’s October, and that means gaming’s silly season is upon us. Dozens and dozens of new games all vying for your attention and, more importantly, money. No less than three big name releases are out this Friday, all of which will undoubtedly shake up next week’s UK top ten chart.

Reviews for all three went live online well in advance to their release dates, which is always a good sign.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor arrives on PS4, Xbox One and PC. If you wasn’t already aware, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions were pushed back until 21st November. Set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, you’re cast into the role of Talion – a recently resurrected Ranger. As he’s already dead he cannot die in battle, but time does pass with every failure prompting Sauron’s armies to shift and grow stronger. This ties in with the game’s ‘Nemesis System’ – enemies that killed Talion will remember him, and also receive promotions. We expected something similar to the Assassin’s Creed games, but apparently it has more in common with Batman: Arkham City.


Scores so far include 8/10s from both gamesTM and Eurogamer, 9/10 from VideoGamer, 9.3 from IGN and a lofty 9.5 from Polygon. “Shadow of Mordor is that ultimate rarity. It tells a fun little story that would be enough to hold up most games on its own. But it also provides all of the tools to ensure that the most interesting tales to come out of the game will be the ones that were not scripted” said Polygon.

Reviews of Forza Horizon 2 have been similarly sky high. Forget the fact that it’s coming out 11 months after launch title Forza Motorsport 5 – this has a different developer (Playground Games create the Horizon series) and as it’s open-world it provides an all together different experience. Incidentally, good old Sumo Digital are responsible for the Xbox 360 version. That’s also out this Friday.


Scores for the super slick racer include 9.5 from Destructoid (“Every element in Forza Horizon 2 adds up to an exceptional experience”) and 9/10 from God is a Geek (“Its breathtaking take on the world of cars is a petrol head’s wet dream”). Eurogamer and IGN also handed out a 9/10 and a 9.0.

PlayStation 4 owners shouldn’t feel jealous – DRIVECLUB is finally out next week.

Then we have Super Smash Bros. on 3DS. Easily the biggest Nintendo release of the year, the Wii U version shouldn’t be far off – 21st November has been hinted by online retailers.


Critics have found a few issues with the 3DS version, but most problems are easy to overlook on the grounds that the series was never really intended for handhelds. As such, there were always going to be a few shortcomings. So far we’ve heard of complains with the controls (the analogue stick prevents precision inputs, reports Eurogamer) and also issues with latency in local multiplayer (four-player matches are borderline unplayable claims GamesRadar). To quote God is a Geek though “It would be easy to sit and reel off a list of things Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS doesn’t have, but it’s better to focus on what it is. And what it is, is a functionally excellent, portable version of Super Smash Bros.”


Pac-Man isn’t just appearing in Super Smash Bros. this week – Pac-Man and The Ghostly Adventures 2 is rolling onto PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and 3DS for around the £25 mark. With less than a year between this and the original expect something highly similar with lots of recycled assets. With a bigger focus on using power-ups however, this could end up being the better of the two. We gave the original a not-too-shabby 6/10 back in January, claiming that it was a cut above most cartoon tie-ins.

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