Monthly Archives: August 2014

Zelda, F-Zero, Animal Crossing and more to appear in new Mario Kart 8 DLC

Mario Kart 8, Link, Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Wii U

Excuse me, waiter? I think you got some Zelda in my Mario Kart.

Nintendo is set to add characters and courses inspired by several of its popular franchises to Mario Kart 8. The revelation came via a listing that appeared on the Nintendo UK online store today. Two DLC packs will be released featuring characters such as Link from The Legend of Zelda, Isabelle and The Villager from Animal Crossing as well as new courses set in the worlds of F-Zero, Excitebike, Zelda and Animal Crossing.

Check out the full official description of this exciting DLC below.

Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses by 50 percent. The Add On Content packs include classics like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first AOC pack.

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1 – Released: November 2014

Pack 1 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Mario Kart 8 Pack 2 – Released: May 2015

Pack 2 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

As a bonus for purchasing both packs – as a bundle or separately – you can get eight different-coloured Yoshis and eight different-coloured Shy Guys that can be used right away.

What do you think of this announcement, are you glad Nintendo is introducing characters from other franchises or would you have preferred Mario Kart to remain exclusive to members of the Mushroom Kingdom?

New Trailer for The Conjuring Spin-Off Annabelle

Annabelle doll, Horror movie, The Conjuring

 

Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for Annabelle, a prequel to 2013’s The Conjuring. In the movie a young couple, played by Ward Horton and Annabelle Wallis, come into possession of the vintage doll which soon becomes possessed by a demon after their home is invaded by a satanic cult. The couple move house but Annabelle somehow follows them and begins to torment their existence.

John R. Leonetti is on directing duties after working as a cinematographer on The Conjuring, while James Wan, who directed that movie is on production duties this time around. Annabelle will also star Alfre Woodard, Eric Ladin, Tony Amendola and Michelle Romano. It hits cinemas on October 10. You can watch the trailer below.

Atari Set to Revive Two Classic Horror Franchises

Atari Logo

Atari has announced that it is bringing new versions of Alone in the Dark and Haunted House to PC this Autumn. No further details have been revealed at this time other than that the Alone in the Dark game will have the subtitle ‘Illumination’. From the official websites of each title it seems that Dreampainters will be developing Haunted House while Pure is working on Alone in the Dark.

Both franchises have been dormant for several years – the last Alone in the Dark game was released to a poor reception back in 2008, while the Haunted House series, which dates back to 1982, had it’s last entry on PC, Wii and Xbox Live Arcade in 2010.

You can sign up for mailing updates at the Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Haunted House official websites and both games will be demonstrated live at PAX Prime which takes place in Seattle from August 29th to September 1st.

Zero Suit Samus Gets New Outfit in Super Smash Bros.

Samus Aran, Zero Suit Samus, Super Smash Bros, Wii U, Nintendo

Screenshot from the Wii U version.

Masahiro Sakurai, creator of Super Smash Bros. has revealed new costumes today for Zero Suit Samus based on her appearance in the ending of Metroid: Zero Mission. In that game players could see Samus in this rather revealing get-up if they met certain demands upon completing the game. Sakurai revealed these outfits in one of his regular ‘pic of the day’ Miiverse posts in which he also took pains to point out that it was a female designer who worked on these models for Samus.

Looking at the number of days we have left for development, it would be an impossible task to create this… That’s what I told my staff. But thanks to the determination of her female designer, these Zero Suit outfits got completed in time. From the ending of Metroid: Zero Mission, here’s Samus in shorts!

The outfits will be available to use in both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. Sakurai also posted an image from the 3DS game, which not only shows the outfits but also the return of a classic stage – Brinstar from Super Smash Bros. Melee!

Samus Aran, Zero Suit Samus, 3DS, Super Smash Bros., Brinstar, Metroid

Bioware’s New Game is an Online Co-Op Action RPG

Shadow Realms, RPG, Bioware, PC

After teasing fans for several weeks with mysterious videos and cryptic online clues Bioware have finally revealed that their new game, Shadow Realms, will be an online action RPG for PC with a focus on co-op multiplayer.

Players can either join a party of four “modern-day heroes” with magical powers, or take control of the evil “Shadowlord”. In typical Bioware fashion players will be able to make choices throughout the story which will be released episodically, Bioware compared the format to that of a TV series. Locations featured will span from Paris to the gothic world of Embra.

The game has been earmarked for release towards the end of next year and Bioware is offering players the chance to sign up for the closed alpha via the game’s official site. Bioware also released a live action trailer for the game which you can watch below.

Digimon All-Star Rumble Set for November Release

Digimon All-Star Rumble, PS3, Xbox 360, Bandai Namco

Bandai Namco has announced Digimon All-Star Rumble for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is a brawler in the vein of 2002’s Digimon Rumble Arena, although this time up to four players can join the fight.

There will be 12 base characters available to choose from including many “familiar faces” to fans of the series. Including the digivolved forms of each character there will be a total of 32 forms to play as.

The developer promises that the game will be accessible to “players of all skill levels” so it could be the perfect party game for Digimon fans.

The game is due for release on November 11, check out the announcement trailer below.

Bioshock Coming to iOS

Bioshock, iOS

2K Games is bringing the original Bioshock to Apple devices. The game will work with 4th generation iPads and iPhone 5 or above. Due to hardware limitations it will run at around 30 FPS, however it is still an impressive feat to get this classic first-person shooter running on portable devices.

The final price and release date have not yet been confirmed, although 2K has confirmed that it will be a “premium” title. There are no plans to release an android version as of yet.