Anyway, we're not here to talk semantics: For today only, Fez and Spelunky are cut by 75 percent to $2.49 and $3.74 respectively, while Terraria digs down to a third of its normal price at $4.94. Also, don't forget the Xbox 360 Store has a whole bunch of games staying discounted across the week, including FIFA 14, Bioshock Infinite, and Castle of Illusion.
"Ladies and gentlemen, it's time /For all the good that's in you to shine /For all the lights to lose their shade /For all the hate that's in you to fade."
-"Ladies and Gentlemen", American Music Club
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Sonic: Lost World will receive two pieces of downloadable content on Wii U, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced during today's Nintendo Direct livestream. The DLC stages will be based on Nintendo properties, the first being a level pulling inspiration and elements from Yoshi's New Island, Nintendo's 3DS entry in the series due out in spring 2014.
Called Yoshi's Island Zone, the first piece of DLC is available now for free, and has Sonic "speeding through areas filled with pipes, coins, Shy Guys and Piranha Plants." A brief look at the level can be found in the archived Nintendo Direct presentation.
As for the new modes, The Smash-like one is imaginatively called Kirby Fighters, and it's based around 10 of the hero's copy abilities (the main game offers 20 including four new ones). Kirby Fighters can be played alone (presumably with bots), or with up to three other players, although it wasn't noted which of local and/or online play it supports.
Meanwhile, Dedede's Drum Dash features Kirby's regal rival in a rhythm platformer. King Dedede bounces on drums across the two 3DS screens, with players tapping buttons in time to music to help him avoid enemies and collect coins. While Iwata made mention of high scores, it wasn't noted if Dedede's Drum Dash supports leaderboards or any other online components.
While the game proper remains without a release date in the West, it's only a few weeks away from hitting Japan on January 11, which hopefully augurs for further details soon.
NES Remix, a mashup encompassing elements from 16 NES games, will be made available today on the Wii U eShop for $14.99, Nintendo revealed during this morning's Nintendo Direct.
The reveal trailer showed stages from Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Ice Climber that weren't quite the same scenes we saw on the NES years ago. For example, Link was hopping over barrels in DK in place of Mario, while World 1-2 of SMB was mirrored and being played backwards.
Helpful Chibi-Robo with a heart of gold is back and looking for NostalJunk beginning January 9. Revealed during today's Nintendo Direct, the new game, Chibi-Robo Photo Finder, will be exclusive to the Nintendo eShop, where a demo will also launch "soon."
The game tasks players with a real-life photo hunt, as they take photos of objects based on silhouettes with their 3DS, which are then incorporated into the game. NostalJunk Challenges will also be added shortly after launch, along with some insane-looking minigames. No word yet when actual Chibi-Robos will be produced for home use.
Dr. Luigi, an other-sibling-themed spin on Dr. Mario, closes out the Year of Luigi with a bang when it hits the Wii U eShop on December 31 in North America - as for Europe, the doctor isn't in until January 15. Dr Luigi features an online mode for 2-player biological warfare, and traditional Dr. Mario-like modes that support online play.
As revealed in this morning's Nintendo Direct, Dr. Luigi plays like the classic 90s puzzler, with players trying to align capsules with color-matching viruses. The most obvious twist is that Dr. Luigi's main mode, Operation L, features L-shaped blocks of two capsules fused together, with at least three matching-color blocks within the block. So, while players have to match four colors together, it's still easier than the original Dr. Mario; as Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata explained during the Direct broadcast, play will be swifter, but less punishing in terms of hitting a Game Over screen.
If players prefer the traditional single-capsule, two-colors-matching mechanics of Dr. Mario, they can take up the Retro Remedy mode, which features button controls, or Germ Buster, which let you position capsules using the touchscreen and stylus.
As the image above shows, you can watch the GamePad as you make your swing to see your club impact with the ball. Per the other modes, you can take Golf for a spin in a 24-hour free trial. You'll then have to pay $10 to permanently unlock it as an individual sport, or cough up $2 to unlock all available sports across a 24-hour period.
Nintendo announced that Yoshi's New Island will launch in spring 2014 for 3DS during today's Nintendo Direct livestream. What's more, the series' original creator Takashi Tezuka is working on the project. Yoshi's New Island was first announced in June and was originally expected to launch this holiday season.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata also announced a new Wii U action game known as Hyrule Warriors during the stream.
Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors during today's Nintendo Direct livestream. Gameplay video for the Wii U action game showed The Legend of Zelda's Link hacking and slashing enemies with an over-the-shoulder camera angle similar to the Dynasty Warriors series.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata stressed that the game is not a new installment in The Legend of Zelda series, but is a collaborative effort with Tecmo Koei. Hyrule Warriors, which is not the game's final name, will launch in 2014.
Just when we thought we were out... Nintendo pulls us back in. 2013 isn't done just yet, because the House of Mario wants to end the Year of Luigi with one more Nintendo Direct.
The official line is that today's broadcast is on Wii U and 3DS software due before the end of spring 2014, but if 2013 has taught us anything, it's not to trust the official line. Who knows where we'll be by the end of proceedings - perhaps we'll be sinking beneath a deluge of release dates and juicy details, or maybe recovering from the sight and sounds of Nintendo execs singing carols for 30 minutes straight (shudder).
Instead, let's deal in certainties: You'll be able to watch your pick of the North American, European, and Japanese Direct streams right here on Joystiq. They're all scheduled to start rolling at 9AM ET (6AM PT, 2PM UK time), and as ever we'll have the North American stream up top, and the European and Japanese streams below the break. We'll also be serving up the stories as they come in - even if they're limited to a reluctant breakdown of Reggie's crooning abilities, or lack thereof.
Update: While the stream is no longer live, feel free to pretend it's all happening right now as you watch the Nintendo Direct replay we've embedded above. Here's all the news from the event.
Charla added that it's hard to determine how many games would arrive on Xbox One early in 2014, as each one is still in development, and some have been for months. Microsoft unveiled a list of 33 developers participating in the program earlier this month, which included Halfbrick Studios (Fruit Ninja), Double Fine (Brutal Legend), Crytek (Crysis, Far Cry) and Vlambeer (Ridiculous Fishing).
While Kickstarter failed the game, developer Ink Stories has decided to take things private, and has created a new 1979 Revolution website. A scant development for the moment, the site exists so that those who really believe in this project can continue funneling money toward its development. Helpfully this allows Ink Studios to offer backers even more comprehensive rewards for their donations, including a $2,500 slot that earns your face placement on an in-game poster among the heroes of the revolution, and a $7,500 price point which will earn you an associate producer's credit on the game and render your apparently wealthy body as a member of the revolution with his or her own storyline, both in the game's cinematics and its graphic novel.
Unfortunately, since its Kickstarter failed, the politically-charged 1979 Revolution has to start its fund-raising efforts from scratch. So far, the site has attracted a little over $12,000 - still quite a ways before it hits $395,000, but at least the development team has proven its devotion to telling the story of the 1979 Iranian revolution. It's unknown how this might affect the game's release date, which was initially planned for Spring 2014.
Keep in mind that this is only a limited time offer. Come next week the 3DS XL will return to its normal $200 price point. Further, those of you hoping to pick up a discounted 3DS XL won't be able to order the handheld over the 'net, but must instead head out into the harsh glare of real life to buy one at a Target retail location.
Otherwise there's surprisingly few caveats here. No rebates to send in, no extra bundle items to purchase; it's simply a 25 percent off discount on Nintendo's most popular handheld. If you're in the market for one, now would be a very good time to visit your nearest Target location.
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Currently, nine games can be found by searching for VR support in Steam. Highlights include the Valve Complete Pack, Surgeon Simulator 2013 and Strike Suit Zero. Notably absent from the list is Euro Truck Simulator, though its omission could either be the result of the search query still being fleshed out, or because the game's Oculus Rift support is still in the testing phases.
It should go without saying, but if you want to experience these games in their fully immersive glory, you're going to also need to own an Oculus Rift headset. Unfortunately we still have no pricing or release date information for the gadget.
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Republique earned $555,662 on Kickstarter in May 2012 and features both David Hayter and Jennifer Hale as voice actors. The indie action game, which resurfaced in February with new 3D backgrounds as opposed to its original pre-rendered ones, will cost $4.99 on the App Store.
The game stars Hope, "a young woman trapped within a shadowy totalitarian state," drawing inspiration from George Orwell's classic novel 1984. Players take control of "Big Brother," protecting Hope and guiding her through the game by influencing the environment through unlocking doors, powering down lights and tapping phone calls.
Fully armed and operational.
Fully armed and operational.
Fully armed and operational.
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