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Nintendo NFC Figurine Range Known As ‘Amiibo’

amiibo, Wii U, E3 2014, NFC

Nintendo today revealed more details about its new range of NFC figurines for the Wii U. The toys and the NFC feature itself will collectively be known as ‘amiibo‘.

The first game to feature support for amiibo will be Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U. By entering your amiibo figure into battle you can level up its stats. Each amiibo figurine will have individual stats and customizable move sets. Figurines confirmed so far include Mario, Kirby, Yoshi, Pikachu, Peach, Donkey Kong, The Animal Crossing Villager, Link, Wii Fit Trainer and Samus.

Besides Smash Bros. other games that will support amiibo in the future include Mario Kart 8, and the newly announced trio Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Wooly World.


Bayonetta 1 & 2 Coming to Wii U in October with Nintendo Themed Costumes

Bayonetta 2, Wii U, E3 2014

Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 is set to arrive this October it was revealed today. A special bundle will also be available containing the original game.

Developer Platinum Games also showed off unlockable Nintendo costumes, including Link, Samus and Princess Peach outfits. You can see them in the new trailer below which was premiered at today’s E3 Digital Event.


Star Fox Confirmed for Wii U

Star Fox, Shigeru Miyamoto, E3 2014, TIME, Wii U

A new Star Fox game has been confirmed for the Wii U by Shigeru Miyamoto. The news leaked before Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event via an interview with TIME.

Players will use the motion controls of the GamePad to control Fox’s ship which can also transform into a Landmaster Tank. The GamePad will display a first-person cockpit view, while a third-person view of the action is displayed on the TV screen.

There will also be a new two player mode where players can control a helicopter and a mini robot.

In addition to Star Fox Miyamoto is working on two other Wii U titles – Project Giant Robot and Project Guard. Little information about these games is known so far but Project Giant Robot involves building custom robots to do battle with each other, while Project Guard sees you attempting to ward off a robot invasion.


New More Open World Zelda Coming to Wii U in 2015

The Legend of Zelda Wii U, E3 2014

Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma unveiled a new entry in The Legend of Zelda series at the company’s digital E3 event today. The game will have a more open world style than recent Zelda games, more akin in style to the very first Zelda game on the NES. Areas of the world will feel more connected and places can be visited in any order.

Graphically the game looks very different from the more realistic tech demo that was shown at E3 2011, having more in common with the cel-shaded style of The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword. The world appears much richer in detail and more alive than those games however.

The game, simply being referred to as The Legend of Zelda for now, will launch on the Wii U in 2015.

To see footage of the game in action check out the video below, The Zelda coverage begins at 19:55.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Coming ‘Holiday 2015’

Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft, E3 2014

Lara Croft is set to return in 2015 after Crystal Dynamics announced Rise of the Tomb Raider at Microsoft’s E3 press conference. A trailer was shown depicting Lara undergoing therapy to help come to terms with the events of the first game. Ms. Croft’s adventuring days are clearly not behind her though as the therapy session is interspersed with scenes of Lara taking on enemies and exploring new locales.

More actual tombs are promised this time round, with a Microsoft representative stating:

In the next chapter of her journey, Lara must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider. Featuring epic, high-octane action moments, Rise of the Tomb Raider will take gamers to multiple locations around the world filled with exploration spaces that are some of the most beautifully hostile places on earth. In addition, after hearing the cry from fans loud and clear, the game will put the tombs back into “Tomb Raider” all in the franchise’s gritty Survival-Action style.

You can watch the trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider below.

New Mass Effect Teased by Bioware

Mass Effect 4, E3 2014

Bioware has used EA’s E3 press conference to tease the next game in the Mass Effect series. Some prototype footage of the game was shown as well as brief glimpses of what is presumably the new protagonist (shown above), although his face was covered throughout. His armour shows that he, like Commander Shepard, is N7.

The game will apparently involve exploring “a whole new region of space” which Bioware says was high on fans’ list of demands for the new game according to feedback. The developer seems to be satisfied with how the Mass Effect universe is shaping up on new consoles, commenting that “It looks fantastic”.

Bioware Montreal is developing the game, with Bioware Edmonton working on a completely new IP.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Announced, Halo 5 Beta Included

Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Xbox One

Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. The compilation will include the long rumoured Halo 2 Anniversary as well as Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4, all on one blu-ray disc. The collection will arrive on November 11 this year, almost exactly ten years since the original version of Halo 2 was released. It will retail for $60 in the US.

As an added incentive to pick up this collection it will also include an access key for the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, set to begin in December 2014 as well as a digital copy of the film Halo: Nightfall.

Of the games included Halo 2 will receive the most significant overhaul but the other games will be upgraded to run at 1080p and 60 frames per second and will include their full original multiplayer modes.

The main additions to Halo 2 include new prologue and epilogue scenes to lead into Halo 5, new terminals hidden throughout the solo campaign, six “reimagined” Halo 2 multiplayer maps as well as all 23 original maps (including DLC).

Trailers were shown for both The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer beta, you can see them below.