If you haven’t been privy to the latest news coming from Nintendo, here’s the summary: Nintendo is set to release a new console, codename NX, in March of 2017. Besides it’s codename, and the disclosure of a new Zelda game to accompany it, we know very little else about the new Nintendo hardware. I’m excited because I love Nintendo. I’ve played the majority of their first-party titles (which are second to none) and i’ve owned pretty much every piece of hardware they’ve release since the SNES. And yes, that includes their current generation home console the Wii U. Which brings me to the point of this article. Let’s talk about the Wii U.
In my eyes the Wii U was a home run. Maybe it does’t show it on Nintendo’s bottom line, but in my experience with it, and it’s games, it’s a great console. The Wii U gamepad is unlike anything to come to home console’s and it’s functionality was just as unique. Being able to play Mario Kart 8 while my brother watched a movie on the TV? Awesome. Changing the channel, adjusting volume and surfing the web with the gamepad? Futuristic shit right there. I feel I’m sitting at the helm of the Enterprise every time I use that piece of tech.
Nintendo gets who’s playing their games. Again, this might not show with all the internet heroes trashing it left and right, but ask anyone who has put significant time into the Wii U’s library. They will tell you how great the experience is. Case and point, the launch of Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U. Everyone knows that Super Smash is one of Nintendo’s strongest recurring title. It has been for some time. Nintendo knew that they out some hardcore fans during the Wii version, so what did they do? They did exactly what the fans were asking for; They released a game that uses Gamecube controllers! Getting an updated game with traditional controls is just what Super Smash needed.
With additional titles like Mario Make and the two Zelda HD remakes, The Wii U has really put out quality games. Could the third-party support be better? Yeah, but that’s not why I buy a Nintendo system.
The bottom line here is that more people need to find games that they enjoy, rather than comparing numbers and online reviews. My Wii U will have purpose in my TV entertainment center far past the NX’s debut.
It’s that wonderful time of year. Football is back on my TV, the leaves are falling, pumpkin spiced donuts are falling…into my mouth, the holidays are coming and so are all the new video games! While there are a shot-ton (scientific measurement) of games for your grubby little paws to choose from, here are 3 of the titles I am most looking forward too. They will cover PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo 3DS.
When I first discovered the Fallout series in college, while playing Fallout 3 on my PS3, I was immediately hooked. I was never a huge fan of RPGs and leaned more towards large roaming adventure games. This game completely changed my mind. Since that fateful day back in 2008 I have sunk more hours into that game than almost any other game i’ve ever played (nothing will come close to the hours I played Golden Eye with my brother). Fallout 4 seems like the game that I and ever other Fallout fan has been waiting for. Oh, and did I mention you can get a physical Pip-Boy in the limited edition version? Yeah, mines been pre-ordered for months.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
The guys and girls over at Nintendo really know how to reinvent a series. After debuting one the the best Zelda games in the franchise, A Link Between Worlds, in 2013 they took aim at another hand-held installment that is ready to wow 3DS owners. Tri Force Heroes takes Link and multiplies him by 3 for a co-op experience unlike anything you’ve ever played on a hand-held game. This will have to hold me over until the next console Zelda game. Which, fingers crossed, will be sometime in 2016.
Star Wars Battlefront
The most anticipated movie of the year gets a video game to match. Picture George Lucas and Battlefield 4 having a sweet, passionate love and then out pops their spawn. Got that horrifying image in your head? Good, because that’s what it’s going to be like. This game is going to be awesome, you know how I know? BECAUSE IT CAN’T BE ANYTHING LESS.
What games are you looking forward to?
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As promised, today Nintendo is finally bringing classic Game Boy Advance game downloads to the Wii U’ s virtual console. And the company is kicking off the service with a bang, releasing a trio of excellent games with Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. The games will run you $7.99 each, and you can play them either on your TV or on the console’s tablet-like Gamepad controller. New GBA games will be added to the service every week in April, with classics like WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! and Golden Sun slated to launch in the coming weeks. It might not be quite the shot in the arm the Wii U needs, but these classics should at least hold you over until Mario Kart 8 launches next month. – The Verge
Good move by Nintendo. Should have been done months ago, but good move. Can’t wait for Mario Kart 8, so until then Metroid Fusion will hold me over.