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Hints & Tips – Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (GBA)

Unlock Boss Mode

Finish the game once.

Unlock Extra Mode

Complete Adventure Mode with 100%.

Unlock Meta-Knight Mode

Complete Extra Mode with 100% (beat all nightmares).



Sonic Boom Games Get New Titles

Sonic Boom cast, 3DS, Wii U

Sega has today announced new subtitles for the Sonic Boom games coming to Wii U and 3DS. The Wii U game will be titled Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, while the 3DS version will be called Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.

The Wii U game’s title refers to the new villain, Lyric who is described as “a giant and monstrous snake-like creature from an ancient race. An extremely tech-savvy mastermind who uses a sophisticated robotic body of armor to carry out his own nefarious deeds, he is a formidable enemy and a force to be reckoned with.”

Lyric, Sonic Boom Villain, Concept Art

“the most vile and formidable villain in Sonic history.”

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is being developed by LA based Big Red Button and will be the first Wii U game to be powered by Crytek’s CRYENGINE. As well as the usual fast Sonic gameplay this game will feature intense combat and a new ability called the “Enerbeam”. This tool has multiple uses for both combat and exploration. It allows you to cross gaps by swinging or zip-lining and can be used to grab and throw enemies or remove their shields.

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Enerbeam, Sonic, Knuckles

The Enerbeam in action

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal meanwhile has San Francisco based Sanzaru Games on development duties. It has a separate story but shares character’s and events from the Sonic Boom universe. It gives players their first chance to take control of new character, Sticks, as she attempts to rescue Amy who has been kidnapped by Lyric. The 3DS game features more traditional Sonic platforming gameplay in the vein of Sonic Rush. Players who own both games can unlock special content on the Wii U version by finding unique collectibles in the 3DS version.

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, Sticks, Nintendo 3DS

Both games will be released in North America in November 2014 and will be playable at E3.



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.

Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Cancelled According to Composer

Banjo Kazooie


A planned spiritual successor to classic N64 platformer series Banjo-Kazooie has been cancelled according to the game’s composer Grant Kirkhope. Kirkhope was taking part in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. When one fan questioned him about the project he replied:

The other guys actually had a secret meeting in a pub near Rare and we even got as far as having a character drawn up and a demo level type thing but it all fell to bits …. everyone’s got other jobs etc.

The game was to be developed by a team of ex-Rare staff who took to twitter under the name “MingyJongo” to keep fans updated about the project. The account however has not been active since December 2012 and a planned Kickstarter project never came to fruition.

The original games, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, are still very highly regarded in the gaming community so this news will come as a disappointment to fans. There have been no new releases in the Banjo series since 2008’s Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts which was itself a drastic departure in gameplay style from the original games.


Kirby:Triple Deluxe New Gameplay Trailer

Kirby's Triple Deluxe 3DS Screenshot

Nintendo has released a new trailer highlighting the gameplay of Kirby: Triple Deluxe on the Nintendo 3DS. Titled “Wow Kirby, You’re Sure Exciting”, the trailer demonstrates Kirby’s ability to switch between the background and foreground using a warp star, as well as the wide array of abilities that the little pink dude can acquire by inhaling the world’s many colourful enemies. Kirby can now inhale much larger objects, such as the train seen in this trailer, by swallowing the miracle fruit power-up which turns him into ‘Hypernova Kirby’.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe launches on May 2nd in North America and May 16th in Europe.

Hints & Tips – Shadow of the Beast (Sega Master System)

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Extra Life Trick

At the start of level 3 drop the coin down the well to get an extra life.

Jet Pack

Outside the entrance to level 5 you will find a jet-pack and mask. Make sure to put them on before you enter the room or you will die instantly.


Be sure to pick up the crucifix you find outside the castle as you will need it to summon the King Gargoyle.

Round Gold Key

You can find this key on the platform underneath the Orb Keeper on level 1. You’ll need it to open the door at the end of Level 2.

Round Green Key

This key unlocks the entrance to the caves on level 5.

Square White Key

This key can be found in the top left-hand corner of level 2. You need it to open the castle door

Round White Key

This key is actually a red herring so don’t bother picking it up – it doesn’t do anything.

High-Jump Potion

You will need this potion to destroy the monster at the end of level 4.

Yoshi’s New Island Launch Trailer Released

yniNintendo has released a new trailer giving us an extended look at Yoshi’s New Island. The sequel to the classic Yoshi’s Island is only days away from release, so the trailer may help you decide whether or not to part with your hard earned cash. The gameplay looks very similar to that of the original with some new additions, such as new egg types and multiplayer mini-games.

The game launches on March 14th, check out the trailer for yourself below.

Check Out This Awesome Super Mario 3D World Trailer

Nintendo of Japan has released this new six minute trailer for Super Mario 3D World demonstrating the multiplayer aspects of the game as well as the wide array of creative power-ups you can utilize throughout the game. Excitement has been building for Mario’s latest adventure in recent weeks as Nintendo releases more and more information after the title was met with some cynicism upon it’s initial announcement. Judging from this latest footage the game is shaping up very nicely indeed.

Super Mario 3D World will be released on 22nd November in the US and 29th November in the UK, exclusively on Wii U.

Shadow of the Beast Reboot Headed to PS4

Some interesting news from Gamescom for any retro gamers planning on getting a PS4, classic Amiga game Shadow of the Beast is getting the reboot treatment courtesy of developers Heavy Spectrum. The original game was a side-scrolling platformer produced by Reflections Interactive and published by Psygnosis in 1989, so it’s fair to say the beast has been out of action for quite some time, although the original game did get several sequels and ports, the last of which was released in 1992.

Screenshot of the original   Shadow of the Beast on Commodore Amiga

Screenshot of the original Shadow of the Beast on Commodore Amiga

Judging from the trailer the new game does not seem to be sticking with the series’ platforming roots, focusing more on brutal combat and action. Heavy Spectrum CEO Matt Birch wrote on the Official Playstation Blog, “We want to create a magical combination of unique combat and gameplay to enthral you as a player, with a mystical world that can engage you as a person.”

No release date has yet been announced.