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Skylanders: Trap Team Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 21 October 2014ADD COMMENTS

Available on XBO, PS4, Wii U, 360, PS3, Wii l Published by Activision l Developed by Toys for Bob with Beenox l Classified G l Supports 1-2 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Another year and another Skylanders game appears to steal the hearts of children and the bank balances of parents. The actual game is a tight platforming experience with wonderful characters and some entertaining mini games. However with this iteration the money grabbing elements are more aggressive than ever. It’s still a lot of fun, but be prepared to say the word “no” a lot if you buy Trap Team for the little ones. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia forced to wait (a little) for Captain Toad

Posted by Erin Marcon On Sunday 12 October 2014ADD COMMENTS

Big brown bird thing disapproves of your fun.

As the saying goes, you win some and you lose some. Just weeks after Australian Nintendo fans rejoiced at the news that they’d be amongst the first in the world to experience the New Nintendo 3DS, they’ve discovered that they’ll be lagging behind when it comes to another first party offering.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is set to arrive in Japan in November and North America in December, but local fans will be forced to wait until Saturday 10 January 2015. Considering that the original version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker took almost six months to arrive on our shores, this is probably a reasonably manageable delay.

The Wii U exclusive Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker sees the fungi-like inhabitants of Princess Peaches’ Mushroom Kingdom take centre stage for puzzle platforming shenanigans. The game will star the eponymous adventurer, as well as Toadette, who somehow manages to have pigtails despite not having any hair.

Smash hits the Wii U in December

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Friday 10 October 2014ADD COMMENTS

Quick! Scratch my shoulder!

For all their talk about being the family friendly console, Nintendo sure do know how to make a game that makes you want to punch your brother. First there was Mario Kart, which turned people from civil siblings into opponents in a war for first place. After Mario Kart, Nintendo decided that their work in causing family dissent wasn’t completed, so with this in mind they released Super Smash Bros. Battles were fought and hair was pulled as brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers attempted to claim victory. That was quite a few years ago and now that the bruises have healed and everyone is talking to each other again Nintendo have decided to fan the flames of war again.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U finally has a release date and luckily it isn’t too far away. Saturday 6 December is the day the war starts again so Wii U gamers will be able to once again start a prolonged battle of attrition with their loved ones. For folks that have held on to their GameCube controllers there is even a version coming with an adaptor so that this once great weapon of destruction can rise again. Because virtual disharmony isn’t enough for Nintendo, they have decided to include Amiibo support (think Nintendo Skylanders) with the game. So now you will have something physical to throw at your uncle when his Pikachu wins for the 10th time in a row.

So charge your lightning attack, eat some bananas and grab that fire flower because your sister thinks you don’t stand a chance. You aren’t going to let her get away with that are you?

Assassin’s Creed and Wii U go their separate ways

Posted by Erin Marcon On Sunday 24 August 2014ADD COMMENTS

Shay doesn’t look happy about it either.

Though some previous chapters of Assassin’s Creed have bobbed up on the Wii U, Ubisoft’s latest public utterances suggest that future instalments won’t be making an appearance. This is certainly of true both of current gen showcase Assassin’s Creed Unity and past gen offering Assassin’s Creed Rogue.

Why are Nintendo fans going to be missing out? “It’s very simple,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told Game Informer. “What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.”

While a previously announced Watch Dogs port is still scheduled to make it’s way to Nintendo’s first high definition console, it sounds very much like Ubisoft regards the Wii U as a destination for more casual offerings. “What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games,” Guillemot said.

While the Wii U enjoyed a decent number of third party offerings during its launch window (Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City and Ubisoft’s own ZombiU spring to mind), support appears to have dried up following the arrival of new consoles from Sony and Microsoft.