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Upcoming releasesClear up your gameplay stash for a busy holiday season of gaming! Things really start to ramp up next week with a few new games and gaming accessories up for release. The highly anticipated Battlefield 4 is due, with a sweet deal for early PS4 adopters when you purchase the PS3 version ($9.99 digital download!). Also due for a four-edition round of release is Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, to be available across multiple game systems. For Wii and Wii U gamers (I know you are out there reading this) there is a very cool edition of the Wii RemotePlus featuring Mario and Luigi designs. At the end of the week on November 1st, gamers wanting to get fit or to track their walking can prepare for the Wii U edition of Wii U Fit with the $19.99 Nintendo Fit Meter (and download the demo soon via Wii U!). Not enough gaming goods? Ok, try your luck with PaddyPower’s new games site with some virtual gaming. Either route you go, you’re sure to keep your itchy gaming finger busy with what’s ahead in November with the PS4, Xbox One, and maybe one of those special edition gold brick Nintendo 3DS XL Legend of Zelda systems!

See more here of what’s incoming this week for gamers in North America.


Nintendo Aerostream
Nintendo is on a nationwide tour with its Mario and friends emblazoned airstream, packed with previews of what’s in store this holiday season for the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and the newly launched Nintendo 2DS. Discretely tucked away in a Miami parking lot, I had the opportunity to hop aboard for some fun hands-on time with Nintendo’s latest offerings.


First up was the Nintendo 2DS. Just launched this past weekend, the Nintendo 2DS bears many of the features of the Nintendo 3DS, minus the clamshell screen and, as the name implies, minus the 3D effects. For the younger (or tough and rumble) gamer, the 2DS offers a budget entry into Nintendo’s handheld gaming at a $129.99 MSRP. I searched around the device, first trying to spot where the stylus was nestled into (around mid-section). Nintendo’s on-board representative let me know this device represented much of what Nintendo’s philosophy is for this holiday season – budget and fun gaming. The d-pad felt snappier than that of the 3DS. The overall construction of the Nintendo 2DS felt rugged, if somewhat less portable for its almost square form factor versus the more compact rectangular shape of the Nintendo 3DS. I must admit, I was tempted to ask if I could drop the 2DS to put its rugged look to the test, but I couldn’t think of doing it to the snappy and colorful device. I personally wouldn’t give up my 3DS for the 2DS, but after feeling the rugged construction and snappy d-pad and shoulder buttons, I am tempted to take this on long trips in my backpack. Curiously, there is dual 3D camera on the 2DS which allows users to capture 3D pictures and video to later view or share with 3DS gamers. The Nintendo 2DS offers a great, rugged, portable alternative to playing 3DS and DS game cartridges.

(Nintendo 2DS system, $129.99 MSRP, available for purchase here)

Nintendo 2DS

The Legend of Zelda 3DS

Switching over to the Nintendo 3DS to preview a hotly anticipated game for the holiday season, definitely a must-have for gamers (and a title I’ve already  pre-ordered long ago!) – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Wow, does this game look excellent on the Nintendo 3DS and play with a smooth-as-butter frame rate. Fans of the SNES Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past are going to love this top-down adventure. The 3D is an embellishment not to be missed, with characters jumping up towards the screen and Link’s wand fire effects blazing up out of the screen. The bow and arrow weapon replenishes using a gauge, giving a bit more free-ranged gameplay. Expect a lot of “a-ha!” moments as the game pushes you to think outside of the previous boundaries of gameplay. Link can go into a flat-sketch mode on walls, opening up new areas to explore and creative ways to get around enemies. Playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds reassured me that this was going to be a definite must-have for this holiday season, sure to steal away time from the many other gaming distractions. A must!

(The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – $39.99 MSRP, available for pre-order here)

Super Mario 3D World

On to Nintendo’s Wii U, another Nintendo flagship title was presented – Super Mario 3D World. I must admit, the cat suits and colorful Mario characters already had me sold on this game. This game is overflowing with cuteness, but packed with challenging and exploration-encouraging gameplay. Four-player co-op is encouraged. If you’re the designated Wii U Game Pad player, rubbing the touchscreen helps to reveal secret items. Transparent pipes make Mario and company’s tubular travels more exciting and animated. Now, the cat suits are killer. I loved Toad’s cute cat suit. Claw attacks and scurrying up walls are fun. Even more fun? Scurrying up flagpoles! Cats and Mario characters are a win-win. And Peaches is on fire in this game, packing a punch of fireballs for the first time. The colorful HD graphics, creative levels, smooth animations, challenging gameplay and cast of Mario characters make this game a no-brainer for your collection (or gift-giving). This game will further propel interest in the Wii U system, in which Nintendo is clearly cutting its niche for a colorful platformer console unrivaled by other systems, which leads me to the next title…

(Super Mario 3D World, $59.99 MSRP, available for pre-order here)

Super Mario 3D World

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the latest gem destined for the Wii U. First off, the title is a bit delayed past the holiday season (estimated at February 2014). If anything, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze proves that your Wii U investment will pay off in 2014. This side-scrolling platform looks and plays incredible. From the onset of Donkey Kong’s crash landing, the graphical treatments and animations look outstanding and inviting. You’ve surely heard about Donkey Kong’s amazing new level of furry detail. That’s only part of the updated graphical package. The reflective metal effect on the airplane, water effects (dive into water and swim in this DK game!) and character design and animation is a treat. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a challenging gameplay experience too, with hidden spots and bonus items strewn throughout. Replay value is encouraged as well – you will miss some items in your first time around barrel-blasting! I’ve been itching for a new Metroid game, but after seeing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in action, any gamer will appreciate the heart and craft that has been put into it.

(Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, $59.99 MSRP, available for pre-order here)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Nintendo is sandwiched between some competitive game offerings this holiday season, but following my hands-on with what is around the corner in the months ahead (and recent offerings such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Rayman Legends, Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3), the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and 2DS platforms offer top-notch, boldly colorful and competitive gaming not found elsewhere. In the very minimum, as a gamer or family/friend of a gaming enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to check out the games mentioned here. A solid lineup!


New Nintendo Wii Black bundle

Nintendo of America has announced a new Wii bundle, and hardware revision, to be available starting October 23, 2011. Nintendo has removed the top backwards compatible GameCube accessory ports and will no longer be compatible with GameCube software. Also notable is the new horizontal only orientation, forgoing the previous vertical orientation (so, no more Wii stand). The bundle will include the New Super Mario Bros. Wii game, a Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack CD (only available in this bundle), a black Wii Remote Plus controller and a black Nunchuk controller for $149.99 MSRP. This latest Wii bundle will be available in black or white.

Watch for the online availability of the Nintendo Wii New Super Mario Bros. Wii bundle here, or purchase a GameCube compatible Wii with the Mario Kart Wii bundle, which will continue to be available. For more details, visit


Raving Rabbids on TVUbisoft’s iconic and wacky Rabbids are breaking out of video games and into their very own Nickelodeon animated TV series. Estimated for a spring 2013 release, the new Rabbids television series will bring 26 half-hour computer animated episodes to Nickelodeon. Ubisoft, the company that created the Raving Rabbids games, will also be creating the CG shows.

“Nickelodeon is one of the world’s leading entertainment brands for children and families, and Ubisoft is thrilled to be partnering with Nickelodeon to deliver unique television programming to its viewers,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “As the world’s most recognized entertainment brand for children and families, Nickelodeon is the perfect vehicle to share the zany Rabbids characters and their crazy adventures with television audiences around the globe. This partnership represents a major milestone in Ubisoft’s strategy to expand its brands to new media, thereby attracting new audiences to its games.”

See the press release here for more details.


Nintendo NYCC 2011 preview games

Nintendo is giving gamers a preview of their most anticipated games for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii and DS family. At the New York Comic Con (NYCC), Nintendo will be hosting hands-on previews of upcoming games for the holidays like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. 

Games that are scheduled to be playable at Nintendo’s New York Comic Con booth (#1538) include:

Nintendo 3DS

  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Mario Kart 7
  • The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Tetris: Axis
  • Pokémon Rumble Blast
  • Shinobi by SEGA®
  • Sonic Generations™ by SEGA


  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Fortune Street
  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
  • Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure™ by Activision Publishing Inc.

Nintendo DS

  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
  • Professor Layton and the Last Specter

Here are additional details on a couple of special events happening for Pokémon Rumble Blast and the animated film, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva.

From Nintendo America:
“Pokémon fans can participate in an expanded interactive experience at the nearby Pokémon Gaming Lounge on Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., located at Stage37 at 508 West 37th Street (one block from the Javits Center). Pokémon Gaming Lounge visitors will enjoy hands-on game play with the Pokémon Rumble Blast game prior to its Oct. 24 launch and participate in a wide array of activities highlighting the imaginative fun of the Pokémon franchise. Pokémon Rumble Blast is an action-packed Pokémon adventure and the first Pokémon game for Nintendo 3DS. The game lets players battle against more than 600 Toy Pokémon in full 3D without the need for special glasses. Planned activities include a Pokémon photo booth, oversized Pokémon AR Markers for the Pokédex 3D application, special appearances by Pikachu, Pokémon giveaways while supplies last and other fun Pokémon activities. The Pokémon Gaming Lounge will be free and open to the public.

On Oct. 14, Nintendo will host an exclusive screening of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, an animated feature film based on the fan-favorite series of puzzle-based mystery games and distributed by VIZ Media. Beginning at 8 p.m. in Room 1B01 of the Javits Center, the event will include appearances by costumed characters, trivia contests and a chance for fans to play the Professor Layton and the Last Specter game, the fourth installment in the Professor Layton puzzle adventure series. This game is the earliest story in the series and tells the tale of the case that made Layton famous. Nintendo will also give special recognition to the winner of the Professor Layton and the Last Specter Quiz Challenge, a contest that was recently conducted via Twitter. The screening event will be open exclusively to registered New York Comic Con attendees with a valid conference pass.”

The New York Comic Con will be happening from October 13-16 at the Javits Center in Manhattan.


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