Wii U

Nintendo Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Promotion With Balloon Fight

Nintendo won't be bringing the Virtual Console to Wii U until later on in 2013, as confirmed yesterday by company boss Satoru Iwata, but a just-launched 30th Anniversary promotion feeds directly into that. Balloon Fight is the first sale offering, with its price knocked down to $0.30 for the next 30 days on the Wii U eShop.

Six other titles are confirmed for each subsequent 30-day period through mid-August: F-Zero (SNES, 2/20-3/21), Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES, 3/20-4/18), Kirby's Adventure (NES, 4/17-5/16), Super Metroid (SNES, 5/15-6/13), Yoshi (NES, 6/12-7/11), and Donkey Kong (7/15-8/13).

These items will be available via the Wii U eShop before the Virtual Console launches this spring, starting right now with Balloon Fight. Those of you with an established library of games on the Wii won't be able to carry that content over to the Wii U, but reduced prices will apply for titles that you own already. NES games will sell for $1, down from the regular-priced $4.99-$5.99 range, and SNES games will sell for $1.50, down from $7.99-$8.99.

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This morning's Nintendo Direct video stream brought little in the way of new information about PlatinumGames' ongoing Bayonetta 2 efforts, but it did bring a new trailer. Just to set your expectations appropriately: there's not much here in the way of gameplay. Bayonetta 2 apparently isn't far enough along in development, so instead you get this look at some of the elements that will shape the final game.

Specifically, get ready to see a bunch of appropriately bizarre enemy designs and a whole lot of wireframe environments. There's a bit of Bayonetta herself as well, but she's not at all the star of this advance look at the game. Expect to hear more -- and probably see some stuff too -- at E3 in June.

Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations isn't going to be exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS for much longer. The publisher confirms that the portable survival horror adventure from 2012 will be coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC platforms on May 21, 2013. 

The game will feature improved graphics, and Infernal Mode difficulty, and a new enemy "that changes the tempo of the game in a big way," according to Siliconera. Raid Mode will also return with some added improvements, including new playable characters (Hunk is named specifically), new weapons, and new customizable parts.

Check out the reveal trailer up top for a peek at the HD makeover.

Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda was one of the last topics covered during this morning's Nintendo Direct video stream, with company president Satoru Iwata confirming a pair of planned releases for the Wii U console. First up is an enhanced remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, boasting improved visuals, console-specific controls, and re-tuned gameplay.

The bigger news, of course, is word that a new Legend of Zelda title is in development for Wii U. Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma couldn't show off any content -- presumably because it's not ready for public consumption at this time -- but he did offer a few tidbits. 

Aonuma revealed that the big directive on this project is to "rethink the conventions for Zelda," specifically the fact that dungeons are tackled in a specific order and the fact that the games are all solo endeavors (Four Swords aside). Are you ready for a non-linear, co-op Zelda game, kids?

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The only thing you need to know going into this trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Revolution trailer is that it features Peter Stormare and a wood chipper. If the reference doesn't make sense to you, then clearly you need to see Fargo. Go on. We'll all wait.

The trailer is pretty light on gameplay, instead going for funny with the serious, thickly accented Stormare presenting himself as the Replacer, someone who can take over your life while you devote your time to Call of Duty. The birthing scene is the best. Who WOULDN'T want Peter Stormare by there side on such a memorable occasion?

The Revolution DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 comes to Xbox 360 next week on January 29, 2013, with other platforms to follow at an unspecified future date.


LEGO City Undercover Release Dated, Plus More From Nintendo

TT Games' open world crime drama LEGO City Undercover, one of the more highly anticipated Wii U launch window titles, is now officially confirmed for a March 18, 2013 release on Nintendo's latest release calendar. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon follows a week later on March 24, also the same day that Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is released for Nintendo 3DS.

That's not all. March 5 sees the 3DS release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, which mixes up the traditional 2D side-scrolling of portable and classic Castlevania games with the 3D environments and action of MercurySteam's 2010 console revival. Also coming to the 3DS in 2013 is LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, a prequel to the March Wii U game that hits stores on April 21.

Hit the jump for the full rundown of upcoming Nintendo platform releases, ripped straight from the announcement.

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Game/Toy Hybrid, Disney INFINITY, Coming in June

Who would win in a race between Dash from The Incredibles and Cars' Lightning McQueen? Who is stronger, Mr. Incredible or Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.? Disney Interactive gives you the chance to find out as they've announced Disney INFINITY, a new game that allows you to take control of Disney characters old and new and explore open worlds from Disney and Pixar classics. Using actual character figures of Disney's popular line-up, players can combine the many worlds of Disney across all major consoles, mobile devices and online. Think Activision's Skylanders, only with the vast history of Disney characters and properties.

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2013 Games Preview: Rayman Legends

Posted January 14, 2013 - By Adam Rosenberg

2013 Games Preview: Rayman LegendsRelease Date: February 26, 2013

Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier

Publisher: Ubisoft

Platform(s): Wii U

Rayman is back! After 2011's outstanding side-scrolling platformer, Rayman Origins, Ubisoft Montpellier returns for a direct sequel in Rayman Legends. The Wii U exclusive is one of the most wanted early 2013 games for Nintendo's new platform, and it promises to make use of the new console's unusual tablet-like controller to add an entirely new layer to the game.

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Rayman and his pals are wandering through an enchanted forest one day when they come across a tent filled with paintings. No matter that hanging a painting from a flimsy tent wall is next to impossible. This is a video game. Get over it. It turns out that each of the paintings is actually a door into another world, with each piece of artwork offering a sense of what sort of world awaits.

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Add one more supported platform to the pile for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, the Activision-published first-person take on AMC's hit series: a new AMC blog post confirms that a Wii U version of the game is coming. The touchscreen on the Wii U's tablet-like GamePad will be used for inventory management and weapon switching in Survival Instinct, as producer Glenn Gamble revealed in an interview with Digital Spy

All versions of the game -- PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, along with the now-confirmed Wii U release -- will arrive in North America on March 26, 2013. Season three of AMC's series returns from it's mid-season break on February 10, 2013 and it runs for eight more episodes from there, until the finale on March 31.

Survival Instinct focuses on the Dixon brothers, Merle and Daryl. It's worth noting that the back half of season three will likely spend a lot of time exploring the siblings' relationship, so don't be surprised if there end up being connections to draw between season three's revelations and the upcoming game.

2013 Games Preview: Aliens: Colonial MarinesRelease Date: February 12, 2013

Developer: Gearbox Software

Publisher: Sega

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Windows

In space, no one can hear you scream. In Aliens: Colonial Marines, all of your co-op friends can hear it, and they'll laugh at you mercilessly for being such a wuss. Unless they're screaming too, of course. That's what Gearbox Software is shooting for in this Sega-published adventure that has 20th Century Fox's series canon seal of approval.

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The story in Aliens: Colonial Marines is framed as a direct sequel to James Cameron's 1986 film Aliens, though it also occurs after the events of Alien 3 as well. The U.S.S. Sulaco has been discovered in orbit around LV-426 and players assume the role of Corporal Christopher Winter, a Colonial Marine who is a member of the search and rescue crew sent to investigate the unresponsive vessel.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Coming This Fall

As if Marvel's animated heroes weren't adorable enough with all their earnest earth saving and improbable outfits, now they're getting bricked out LEGO style!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that Marvel LEGO Super Heroes will be available this fall across major platforms, offering up an original storyline with Loki and Galactus out to harm the good people of earth, while Nick Fury sets out to stop them with the aid of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man and other Marvel Heroes.

“Players will brave the ultimate mission to save the world as they explore famous landmarks in LEGO New York and take the adventure beyond Earth to iconic locations in the Marvel Universe,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing.

This first LEGO video game to feature famous Marvel characters will allow players to unlock more than 100 characters from the the Marvel Universe, all within an epic, action-packed and yet delightfully playful LEGO universe. Already mentioned, albeit not confirmed, are appearances from characters in the Spider-Man, Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy universe.

For more, check out Game Informer who go in-depth on the game for their February cover story.


Black Ops 2 Revolution Map Pack Details Slip Out

Activision still hasn't officially confirmed the rumored Revolution map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, but a now-removed Amazon listing makes the already likely content drop seem even more certain. It started with an alleged accidental posting of a DLC trailer of the Call of Duty mobile website, as reported by MP1st. Now there's this Amazon listing (via OXM UK) that runs through each piece of content in the pack.

The contents of the Amazon listing as OXM reports it line up precisely with the details revealed in allegedly leaked promo art that first tipped fans off to the fact that DLC was coming. You can continue to take all of this non-confirmation for what it's worth, but it certainl seems to be increasingly clear that the first Black Ops 2 is happening later this month.

Hit the jump for a rundown of the four multiplayer maps, one Zombies map, and added weapon as described by the removed Amazon listing.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Story Trailer »

You've surely heard by now that Gearbox Software's Aliens: Colonial Marines delivers a story that franchise rights-holder 20th Century Fox regards as official canon. The setup for that story is laid bare in a newly released trailer which is light on gameplay and heavy on exposition.

Colonial Marines is effectively a direct sequel to the events of Aliens, picking up not long after the events of Alien 3. A search and rescue force sent to investigate the U.S.S. Sulaco steps into the aftermath of a Xenomorph bloodbath, both aboard the ship and on the surface of LV-426. The new trailer features lots of nods for franchise fans, so give it a look.

Mega Man, SMB: The Lost Levels Come To 3DS eShop

It's a good day to be a Nintendo fan, with the latest 3DS eShop update making a pair of bona fide classics easily downloadable. Capcom's original Mega Man game is now available in the eShop, with the subsequent five releases in the series to follow in the coming months. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is also new in the 3DS eShop this week. Both games are available for $4.99 apiece.

Elsewhere in the world of Nintendo, Wii U owners can take advantage of an ongoing eShop holiday sale on the new platform. Three downloadable titles -- Little Inferno, Trine 2: Director's Cut, and Chasing Aurora -- are all available at reduced prices; $9.99, $15.99, and $7.49, respectively. For those who'd like to take a break from the new console's disc-based launch titles, this eShop trio is a solid bunch.

ZombiU Review - They're Coming To Review You, Barbara

ZombiU, the exclusive Wii U first person survival horror game hardcore Wii U gamers were looking forward to, was released in late November. During our hectic holiday schedule someone (definitely not me) forgot to promote our review here on The Feed. When my editor asked me where the ZombiU review pimp post was I said "a dog ate it... a zombi dog!" Hilarious right?

Anywho, if you're been wondering if ZombiU will make a great stocking stuffer this year, check out this snippet from our review:

"Your go-to melee weapon is the setting-appropriate English cricket bat, which while durable, isn't the easiest weapon to wield, and is one of the reasons I relied more on the limited firearms or in some sections just avoided zombies altogether. Moving around worked well enough, though the same can't be said for object interaction. Whether it's going through doors or looting the undead, it can be a challenge precisely centering your camera for the needed button prompt to appear."

Despite some control issues, we actually wound up liking the game quite a bit. Check out the full review here.

Have you had a chance to play ZombiU yet? Wait, do you even have a Wii U yet? Inquiring minds want to know!

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