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Trapping the Skylanders cash cow

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 24 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

In news that is not likely to shock anyone, Activision has announced a new entry in the Skylanders series. Titled Skylanders: Trap Team, this new edition of everyone’s favourite toy/video game combination seems to have a few new tricks up its sleeve. A Pokémon style element has been introduced to the series with the ability to capture bad guys using special trap toys. Once captured, the enemies can be used in game as playable characters. The trap toys themselves seem to be a pretty cool bit of tech with the captured enemies making noises within the toy. It is sure to scare the cat when an inanimate plastic lump starts yelling at it to “let it out.” Kids are sure to dig it though.

The game will require another new portal (making three portals from four games) and of course a bunch of new toys to fully explore the game, but if the series continues last year’s trend of improvement, it will quite possibly be worth it in the end. While these titles are pretty exploitative in how they try to suck money out of parents, they are usually backed up by solid gameplay so hopefully this entry is no exception.

The young and young at heart can get their hands on Skylanders: Trap Team on just about any console you care to mention later in the year. It looks like Santa will have another sack full of Skylanders this Christmas.

Ninty wants you to eat donuts and fall in love

Posted by Erin Marcon On Sunday 20 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

Nintendo may have churned out a dizzying array of new and original franchises during the 80s, but these days it is better known for relying on well established properties. It could even be argued that the Big N hasn’t launched a significant new brand since Wii Sports arrived alongside the Wii back in 2006. Naturally enough, Nintendo will be hoping to reverse the trend when it brings Tamodachi Life to the 3DS in June.

Already available in Japan, this slice of life simulator will be populated by the various Mii characters already living on your 3DS. According to Nintendo’s pre-release hype, you should expect to “Build a bustling fantasy population of friends, family and your favourite personalities from TV, movies and sports, as Mii characters come to life with their own voice and personality, all on one wild and hilarious island where there is something new to discover every time you check in.”

According to this early trailer for the game, it will also allow you to “eat donuts and fall in love”.

Backtrack Review: Pokémon Y

Posted by Jamie Dalzell On Sunday 6 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

What’s this ‘Backtrack’ business all about? Well, every so often we elect not to review a game, only to realise that we have made a TERRIBLE MISTAKE. That’s where Backtrack Reviews come in. With Pokémon enjoying renewed popularity thanks to a certain Twitch stream, Jamie decided to dust off last year’s 3DS release and give it its due.

Available on 3DS l Published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company l Developed by Game Freak l Classified PG l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Pokémon’s 3DS debut is a ‘best of’, ‘greatest hits’ and reunion tour all in one. A calling card for former champions to dust off their Pokédex, if for no other reason than to look upon Pokémon past and present in all their newfound detail. Read the rest of this entry »

Nintendo ordered to cough up by Rakoff

Posted by Erin Marcon On Tuesday 7 January 2014ADD COMMENTS

90% larger screens, 1.82% less money.

A New York judge has ruled that Tomita Technologies must receive a small percentage of the wholesale proceeds from each and every Nintendo 3DS sold. As reported by Kotaku (via Law 360), this follows an August 2013 ruling that Nintendo infringed on Tomita’s patent for a “stereoscopic image picking up and display system based upon optical axes cross-point information”. In other words, the case revolved around a system for capturing and displaying 3D photographs.

In deciding to award Tomita Technologies 1.82% of the wholesale proceeds from each unit sold, Judge Jed Rakoff (surely a fake name) took into account that only a small percentage of 3DS games utilise the camera technology in question. This ruling is likely to cost Nintendo well over $100m over the life of the system.

To add just a little more spice to what might otherwise be perceived as rather dry business story, you should know that Tomita Technologies is the brainchild of former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita.