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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Friday 12 December 2014No Comments

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Available on Wii U l Published by Nintendo l Developed by Sora Ltd.and Bandai Namco Games l Classified PG l Supports 1-8 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Another Nintendo system, another Super Smash Bros game. Not much has changed to the formula over the years but luckily that formula is still as much fun as ever. It also helps that this version is chock full of things for players to do. Tonnes of modes for both single and multiplayer Smash fans are available, even the online works well, making this the best way to bash up cute Nintendo characters yet.
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All Hail the Return of the Original G.

Posted by Peter Nickless On Thursday 11 December 2014No Comments

----------------Important News Flash---------------------
to: Blackpanel HQ
Attention all citizens.
This is not a drill.
Godzilla ‘King of the Monsters’ has been sighted for PS3 & PS4.
Please stay calm. Remain in your houses.
Pay attention to the following news update.

Namco Bandai has revealed a teaser trailer for a new Godzilla game, featuring the original Japanese incarnation (the one that really looks like a man in a suit), set for release in 2015 ahead of a new Toho film in 2016.

Godzilla can trample his way through the city, unleashing his atomic breath and fighting other assorted beasties. Players must destroy generators to collect ‘G-Energy’ to upgrade Godzilla’s size and abilities in order to defeat Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla and Roland Emmerich (I made the last one up).

Added to the gameplay is a city building Diorama Mode which lets your destroy your creations as well.

Certainly after a hit western film (and forthcoming sequel), Godzilla has his mojo back outside of Japan and can hopefully star in a great game.

Nintendo Shows Off

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Wednesday 10 December 2014Comments Off

That’s what we need. More fire!

After a much better year in 2014, Nintendo has finally gotten the Wii U to a point where it is a solid purchase. After their appearance at “The Video Game Awards” this past week it is clear that the house of Mario is keen to keep the momentum rolling.

First off they showed the super interesting Mario Maker and how easy it is for players to create their own 2D side scrolling Mario adventures. Players can use graphic sets and special abilities from almost all of the 2d Mario games enabling some epic throwback level creation. It all looked super easy to use with simple stylus controls the order of the day. This is sure to be a hit with Mario fans as well as those attracted to creative games such as Minecraft and Project Spark.

Nintendo then brought out the big guns with Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma gave a gameplay demonstration of the upcoming Zelda Wii U title. Despite the English dubbing making the presentation seems about as exciting as a local council political debate there was a lot of new Zelda information to be had. A massive map, easier riding controls that will allow Link to shoot from horseback with ease and some impressive graphics were all on show giving Zelda fans plenty to look forward to.

Nintendo closed out the show with a host of awards including best racing title for Mario Kart 8, best fighting game for Super Smash Bros Wii U and the big one Developer of the Year. All of this has the once bleak future of the Wii U looking much brighter. It just goes to show you can never count an Italian plumber out for good.

The King is Back

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 9 December 2014Comments Off

Possibly the biggest reveal at the inaugural Video Game awards this past week was the premier trailer for a new entry in the long dormant Kings Quest franchise. The game was revealed as a part of a life time achievement award ceremony for original King’s Quest creators Ken and Roberta Williams. While Ken and Roberta have nothing to do with this new entry it apparently has their blessing and both are keen to play the final product.

From the impressive trailer it is easy to see why they are excited to play the game. A wonderful art style, interesting setting and impressive adventuring were all shown to great applause. This entry in the series is being developed by indie developers The Odd Gentlemen under the recently revived Sierra Label, which is a part of Activision. The game will be a retelling of King Graham’s early journeys but will still be independent from the original games.

Old people with fond memories of the original adventures and new fans alike seem to have a potential hit to look forward to come Australian Spring 2015, let’s hope the King’s return is an epic event and not a disappointing let down.