Monthly Archives: May 2014

Battlefield 3 is Free on Origin

Battlefield 3, Origin

Battlefield 3 is currently free on Origin. This limited time deal is part of Origin’s “On the House” program which is also offering Plants vs. Zombies  for nothing.

The offer runs til June 3, although EA warns that “On the House specials can appear and disappear at any time”, so snap up these two games while you can.

Gamecube Controller Adapter Announced for Wii U

Nintendo Gamecube Controller Adapter, Wii U

Nintendo has announced a new peripheral for the Wii U – the Gamecube controller adapter. The adapter will allow players to plug in up to four Gamecube  controllers into the Wii U. Presumably Nintendo will also be producing new Gamecube controllers if the Super Smash Bros. logo embossed controller shown above is anything to go by.

The revelation of this desirable peripheral came at the end of a new trailer for the Super Smash Bros. invitational event to be held live at E3. This will come as great news to those who prefer the classic control scheme for Nintendo’s fighting series. It also opens up the possibility of Gamecube games coming to Wii U’s Virtual Console.

For more details on the Smash Bros. invitational, to be hosted by Geoff Keighley, check out the video below.

New Sonic Boom Character Revealed

Sticks, Sonic Boom

Meet Sticks, a wild jungle badger and the newest addition to Sonic Boom. Sticks will join the core ensemble of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy in the new branch of the Sonic franchise which includes a TV series, Wii U and 3DS game and a new toy range. Sticks is armed with a boomerang and is close friends with Amy.

Hiroyuku Miyazaki, Chief Content Officer for the Sonic Brand describes Sticks as “a significant addition to the Sonic Boom universe and the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. She brings a quirky personality and perspective to the team dynamic, and we look forward to sharing this energetic and funny new character with the world.”

The official Sega blog also released a full description of the character:

Sticks is new to Sonic’s circle of friends – actually new to friends in general – and as the most primal character in the Sonic universe, she is a force of nature in every way. Sticks is wilder than the other members of Sonic’s team with unparalleled animal instincts and extremely sharp survival skills. She’s a fearsome combatant and a tenacious hunter who’s armed with handmade weapons at all times, most notably a handmade boomerang that she keeps in tow.

Her wildness means that her social skills need plenty of work and she’s not the most trusting individual. Full of outrageous suspicions, Sticks’ instincts often prove to be accurate. While the concepts of sharing, compassion and friendship are foreign to her, Sticks has a good heart and a genuine desire to get closer to her new friends, particularly Amy, who helps Sticks adapt to civilization. Sticks and Amy quickly become best friends, with Sticks willing to go to extremes to protect her new pal, a quality that will play out through new Sonic Boom content. Her eccentric character adds an endless amount of humor and surprise to the Sonic team.

The 3DS/Wii U game will act as a prequel to the TV series which will air on Cartoon Network in the US and CANAL J and GULLI in France during the 2014-2015 season.

Check out the video below for a behind the scenes look at the creation of Sticks.

Drive a Mercedes-Benz in Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8, Mercedes Benz, Wii U

Nintendo and Mercedes-Benz have joined forces to offer the first piece of DLC for Mario Kart 8 in the form of a free Mercedes kart. The free content is part of a marketing campaign to promote the new GLA class model. The kart will be available later this summer in Japan with distribution elsewhere to be announced “in the near future” according to Nintendo UK.

In addition to the kart a sponsored tournament will be held this Autumn/Fall.

While this partnership has come somewhat out of left-field it does confirm the possibility of further DLC for Mario Kart 8 further down the line.

Mercedes-Benz Japan released the following trailer to announce the partnership. It includes an 8-bit depiction of the GLA car as well as a rather unsettling live-action Mario.

New Harvest Moon Renamed for Western Release

Story of Seasons, Harvest Moon, 3DS

The latest Harvest Moon game is being localized for western audiences, but due to legal reasons the newest entry in the long-running series will go by the name Story of Seasons when it launches on the 3DS.

The change in title is due to the game being published by a different company, XSeed, a subsidiary of developer MarvelousAQL. Natsume, who have localized most of the previous entries in the series, owns the intellectual property rights to the “Harvest Moon” brand, but Marvelous and XSeed have vowed to continue the franchise with the same development team – just under a new name.

The game was launched in Japan earlier in the year where it was known as Bokujo Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shintechi (or Farm Story: Connect to a New World). The Japanese title refers to connectivity features that allow players to interact over Nintendo Network.

Marvelous and XSeed released a description of the game stating that players can:

create fully customizable character[s], selecting gender, hair style and facial features as desired. They will then take on their role as the newest resident of Oak Tree Town, a small settlement filled with promises of new beginnings, hard work and significant relationships. In the process of tending to crops, animals and the many other aspects of everyday farming life, players will amass the resources necessary to customize and expand their farms — from livestock and seeds to décor and layout — granting total freedom to shape their homestead as they wish and fit virtually any play style.

This should reassure fans that the game will indeed follow the traditional Harvest Moon format.

Story of Seasons will be shown at this years E3 so we should have plenty of new info to bring you soon.

Hints & Tips – Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (GBA)

Klonoa: Empire of Dreams,  Game Boy Advance, Wii U, Box Art

Secret Visions

In addition to the 35 normal levels of the game there are three hidden levels which are much more difficult than the rest of the game. Here’s how to unlock them:

Vision Ex 1: Complete the first 35 levels.

Vision Ex 2: Complete 25 levels with all gems.

Vision Ex 3: Complete every other level (including Ex 1 and Ex 2) with all gems.

Save Lives

If you only have one heart left, press start and select retry. This will take you back to the last door you came through with your health restored.

Special Vivillon to be Distributed to Mark Pokémon Milestone

Fancy Pattern Vivillon

A special ‘Fancy Pattern’ Vivillon is to be distributed in Pokémon X & Y to mark the 100 millionth trade made using the Global Trade Station. So far around 90 million Pokémon have been traded using the service and with the popularity of the game it surely won’t be long until the 100 million goal is reached.

The Pokémon Company released the following statement about the distribution event:

Vivillon is a unique Pokémon in that the patterns and colours on its wings typically vary based on the real-world region in which a player lives. Because of this characteristic, players around the world have been exchanging Vivillon via the GTS to collect all of the regional patterns.

This newly discovered Vivillon breaks with that tradition: it will become available to Pokémon fans across the globe once the 100 millionth Pokémon is traded via the GTS. When this enormous milestone is reached, a special distribution event will take place, enabling all players of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y to receive the Fancy Pattern Vivillon wherever they are in the world!

The Fancy Pattern Vivillon will know the moves Gust, Light Screen, Struggle Bug and Hold Hands. You can see some images of the Vivillon in action below.

Fancy Pattern Vivillon, Pokémon X & Y

Fancy Pattern Vivillon, Pokémon X & Y

Doctor Who will Return in August


BBC Doctor Who, AUgust

The BBC has announced that the eighth series of Doctor Who will begin this August. As usual it will air on BBC One in the UK and is planned to air on the same day on BBC America in the US.

The BBC also released a 15-second teaser trailer which you can view below.

Filming is currently taking place in Cardiff with the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

Xbox Live Gold Free this Weekend on 360

Xbox Live Gold Unlocked

Xbox Live Gold will be free to all Xbox 360 owners this weekend, from 23 – 25 May. This means you can enjoy all the benefits of being a Gold member, including playing your favourite games online.

Microsoft released a video to accompany the announcement, highlighting some of the latest games you can participate in online, which you can check out below.

Even More Hyrule Warriors Details

Link, Hyrule Warriors, Wii U

Hyrule Warriors will have a local multiplayer mode according to the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. The article, translated by Siliconera, tells us that one player can play via the TV screen while the second player uses the Wii U Gamepad.

Impa has also now been confirmed as a playable character with others yet to be revealed. Impa will act as leader of the Elite Guard and will fight using a long sword.

There seems to be a decent amount of depth to the combat system, equipping different weapons will alter a character’s fighting style, for example one-handed swords will allow quicker movement but heavier weapons will inflict more damage. Characters and weapons can also be upgraded as you progress through the game.

In addition several classic features of the Zelda series will be prominent, such as the Spin Attack, bombs and Z-targeting which lets you dodge attacks and target enemy weak points.

The game is 70% of the way through development and will be playable at E3. As we revealed yesterday the game will be available in Japan on August 14th.

Check out the screenshot gallery below for several new images courtesy of Famitsu, including what is most likely the villain of the game – the witch Shia.