WiiU Launch Guide: A New Challenger Enters The Ring

Wii U Launch Guide

Wii U Basic Set With 8GB: $299.99
Wii U Deluxe Set With 32GB: $349.99

What It Is

The Wii U is the successor to the Wii, featuring HD graphics, a touchpad controller, and a suped up processor. There are two versions of the Wii U available: one with 8GB of flash memory, and one with 32GB, but both come with the GamePad and are compatible with your existing WiiMotes. While the new Wii U offers HD graphics, it does offer backwards compatibility with your old Wii games in standard definition. Although you will be able to play Wii titles, the machine doesn't have the ability to up the resolution to HD. 

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Tags: Videogames, Wii U

NintendoLand Overview: It's An HD Mario Party

If you're getting a WiiU, the first game you'll probably fire up is NintendoLand. Much like its predecessor Wii Sports, NintendoLand is the free game that is bundled the WiiU, Nintendo's late entry into the HD console marketplace. A collection of 12 mini-games, NintendoLand features a theme park shell to give some context to the smattering of activities Nintendo wants to use to introduce you to its newest family member. 

The theme park concept is not a terrible idea. There are much worse ways to frame mini-games, I suppose, and you can run around the park with your Miis and unlock little prizes here and there. There's a little Master of Ceremonies named Monita who is your guide through the park and instructs you on how to play all of the games. She's cute. I especially like her little bow tie. That makes me think of an important point: NintendoLand looks great. The HD does wonders for the trademark Nintendo graphics.

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Tags: Videogames, Wii U

Borderlands 2 Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty DLC Review Verdict: Fight Pirates, Sandworms and Junk Robots

Borderlands 2 DLC: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty Review Verdict

Platform: PS3/Xbox 360

Price: $9.99/MS 800

Ask any gamer what they want out of DLC and they’ll tell you three things – more, more, and more. But there’s a delicate dance that any developer needs to be aware of while making new content. Move too far away from the original formula, and fans will quickly turn on you for not giving them what they want. Make more of the same and the gamers get bored quickly. Gearbox Studios played this game with the first installment of the Borderlands series. The results ranged from the divine (The Secret Armory of General Knoxx) to some better left on the virtual cutting room floor (Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot).

With the release of Borderlands 2 only a couple of weeks in the past, Gearbox Studios sets sails with their new content update in the form of Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty. While not the game changer of Knoxx, the first DLC hits the gates running with plenty of new content and surprises for anyone still hungry for more Borderlands 2 action. If anything, Pirate’s Booty is culmination of many of the lessons learned through the first batch of DLC.

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Matt Farah At The OC Auto Show »

The OC Auto Show -- a warm-up for November's LA Auto Show -- just happened, and Attack of the Show's resident car expert Matt Farah was there to check out the latest and greatest cars.
Join Matt as he takes a look at three cars: the new Porche Boxster, The Lexus IS CCS-R track car, and the McLaren MP4-12C. Get all the specs and see some glamour shots in this Attack of the Show video from The OC Auto Show 2012.
Tags: Cars, Videos

Top 5 Concept Cars From The Paris Auto Show 2012: McLaren, BMW, Mercedes, Oh My!

Ahhh, Paris. Known mostly for baguettes, striking workers, and the place where Tom Hanks solved a complicated mystery like it was the crossword in the back of an in-flight magazine, the French capital is also playing host to one of the biggest auto shows of the year. 

The Paris Motor Show 2012 (or Mondail de l'Automobile for those who wear berets) is one of the biggest global car events of the year, and while many manufacturers use it as a launching pad for their 2013 and 2014 production models, they also use it as an opportunity to show off futuristic concept cars.

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Tags: Cars, Style

Tech Junkies --Thrustmaster Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Racing Wheel

Not everyone will agree with this statement, but I think the only way to truly experience the rush of racing games like Forza is to use a racing wheel, even if it's something as simple as Microsoft's wireless handheld deely. The dual sticks just don't cut it for trying to replicate the experience of driving racecars. Like tires need the road, you need something to grip to immerse yourself in the experience.

Thrustmaster agrees with me. As one of the companies that pioneered the racing wheel, they've introduced the Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Racing Wheel for the Xbox 360. It's a fully featured racing rig (wheel, collapsible stand, and pedals) that brings the beauty and precision of a 458 Italia right into your living room. Well, not really, but it does have a stand!

No Keys. . .Push To Start

The stand is an important feature. With most racing wheel setups, the wheel rig and the pedal box are separate, leaving you to find a suitable solution for setting it up on your own. Thrustmaster has already released a version of its 458 Italia wheel just like this. In fact, the look of both editions' wheels are identical, featuring paddle shifters, a genuine "Manettino" dial, and an engine start button that doubles as a d-pad; however, the new cockpit edition vibrates and relieves your lap and/or table of wheel duty. It'll also relieve you of 300 of your big, fat American dollars.

So, the question becomes, is the convenience of a stand worth the extra money? Well, it depends on who you are and what you're looking for.

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Need for speed most wanted

Chances are, you'll never be involved in a high speed pursuit in real life, but if you are, you should totally drive a Volvo and throw all your money out the window like those guys in Los Angeles did a few weeks ago. That's just a little free advice from your friends here at TheFeed. 

Anyway, getting back to the business at hand, videogames are all about wish fulfillment, and when it comes to high speed chases, no one does it better than the Need for Speed franchise. 

Our own Jake Gaskill got some hands-on time with the game all the way in Tokyo, Japan home of drifting and ramen. Here's some of what he had to say in his Need for Speed Most Wanted Hands-On Preview

"The last event was a long jump competition over a highway. Two giant dirt mounts sit on either side of the overpass, and you have a set amount of time to pull off the biggest jump you can. What’s particularly hilarious about this challenge is that it’s already hard enough to clear the overpass (as evidenced by the car after car sent careening into the air after smashing into its side), but because everyone is trying to jump at the same time, you end up getting into some spectacular aerial collisions."

To get the rest of the story, read his Need for Speed Most Wanted Hands-On Preview


Bows and arrows are all the rage right now, and in this "Kai" gameplay trailer for the PC-based MMO RPG Vindictus, you can see them taken to the next level. An ordinary bow and arrow just won't do in Vindictus. So they went and added explosions to the mix, which makes it oh so much more entertaining. 


Vindictus "Kai" Gameplay Trailer »


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Hey, do you like Dungeons & Dragons? Then you'll love this new "Blackdagger Keep" gameplay trailer for Neverwinter from PAX Prime 2012. Watch as you fight your way to the top of Blackdagger Keep, while fighting off the much-feared Blackdagger Bandits in this new gameplay trailer for the PC exclusive RPG Neverwinter


Neverwinter "Blackdagger Keep" PAX Prime 2012 Trailer »


G4 Is Headed To PAX Prime 2012!

As we speak, video game fans are flocking to Seattle for the start of PAX Prime 2012. We have a crack team of reporters on the ground, ready to bring you the latest and greatest from the show, but that's not all! Starting tomorrow morning (August 31st) at 10:00 AM PST, we'll be hosting TwitchTV's live PAX 2012 panel stream, so that you -- yes, you -- can watch all of the great PAX Prime panels live!

We'll be two TwitchTV streams, one from the Main Theatre and one from the Kraken Theatre. The schedules for both rooms are below the cut, but here are the links you'll need to view the stream:

PAX Prime 2012 Live Stream from the Main Theatre

PAX Prime 2012 Live Stream from the Kraken Theatre

So, check back tomorrow when PAX gets underway to join in the enevitable fun. 

For a schedule of panels, click the read more tag below.

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Watch live video from pax2 on www.twitch.tv

The Kraken Theatre

All times are Pacific Standard Time

10:00 AM: Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?: Season Four Fast Four Fourious

11:30 AM: Community Vs. PR: The Squabbling Siblings

1:00 PM: The Double Fine Adventure Adventure!

2:30 PM: PC Gamer MEGAPANEL: The Incredible, Uncertain Future of Storytelling

4:00 PM: We'll Do It Live! Streaming Games Over The Internet

5:30 PM: Harassment And Bullying In Online Games: Technical Solutions v1.0

7:00 PM: Game Show Night!



Watch live video from PAX East 2012 on www.twitch.tv

The Main Theatre

All times are Pacific Standard Time

10:30 AM Story Time with Ted Price (aka The PAX Prime Keynote)

11:30 AM Penny Arcade Q&A

1:00 PM Rooster Teeth

4:30 PM Assassin's Creed 3 PAX Prime Panel

8:30 PM Friday Night Concert


 Marvel Celebrates 30 Years Of Marvel Games At Comic-Con 2012

It's hard to believe, but we've been enjoying Marvel games for 30 years now. Turning 30 is never easy for anyone, but Marvel's interactive arm seems to be taking it in stride and celebrated heartily at their Comic-Con 2012 panel.

In 1982, Marvel released Spider-Man for the Atari 2600 and they kicked off their panel by showing the seemingly-ancient television commercial for the game. It was the comic book giant's first foray into computerized entertainment, and in 30 years, they've come a long way. To illustrate just how far games have come, the Marvel gang screened the trailer for the recently released The Amazing Spider-Man. The newest Marvel offering was met with critical acclaim from game critics (Read our The Amazing Spider-Man Review.), and the trailer was a big hit with the crowd.

Not ones to dwell in the past, however, the panel soon moved on to upcoming titles set in the Marvel universe.

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Assassin's Creed 3 Comic-Con 2012 Panel: Five Things We Learned About Ubisoft's Latest Adventure

At Comic-Con 2012, Alex Hutchinson, Creative Director, lead an equally informative and entertaining panel about Assassin's Creed 3. The panel revealed a lot of interesting facts about the development of the game. Here are the five most intriguing things we learned during the Assassin's Creed 3 Comic-Con 2012 panel!

The Weapons Are Going To Be Totally Bad Ass

Setting the game in American naturally changes some aspects of gameplay, and one of those is the weapons available to Conner, the game's Native American lead character. "A native American lead seemed like the perfect fit," Hutchinson explained. Neither British or American, Connor allowed the team to use a main character who was removed fray, but who also had new arsenal of weapons at his disposal. 

Conner is a dual weapons specialist, who wields a tomahawk along with other close combat weapons, and mid-range options like a bow and arrow. There will also be guns, so don't worry. One of the tools that caught my eye during the demo was the Rope Dart. It's sort of like a grappling hook with noose on the end of it. Shooting the rope dart over, say, a tree limb, allows you to hang targets silently. It looks incredibly wicked.

With a Native American lead character, it seems natural to wonder whether or not players will be able to use scalping as a kill. Hutchinson addressed it head on: "We had it in for a very short while. There are some horrible histories of colonial towns offering bounties. When we dug into it deeper, we found it really terrifying. We didn't want the picture on YouTube of 100 dead soldiers all scalped."

So that looks like a big "no."

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A Sneak Peek of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 3 At Comic-Con 2012: Welcome To Woodbury

The cast and crew of AMC's zombie thriller The Walking Dead took Comic-Con 2012 by storm, culminating in an impressive panel in Hall H. The 7,000 seat venue was packed Friday afternoon as fans from around the world flocked to hear what the plans were for Season 3.

"We open on a scene of I can't tell you, and then transition into a scene of you'll just have to wait and see," teased series creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman.

Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the panel included Kirkman, Executive Producers Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, and Greg Nicotero, as well as most of the cast. Fans were treated to a conversation with the crew, as well as a sneak peek look at Season 3, which will premiere Sunday October 14, 2012.

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