They’ve been unavailable for a while now (after the former disappeared off the Wii’s eShop back in about 2012). But now, thanks to some generosity over at Nintendo of Europe, the entire Donkey Kong Country series will be heading to the Wii U Virtual Console!
And that’s not all. Just like in Japan, the Donkey Kong Land titles for Game Boy will also be heading the VC’s way, with the series being available on the 3DS’ Virtual Console.
Oh, and if you buy them, you can get 33% off Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D or 33% off Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Depending on what games you buy from what Virtual Console of course (the DKC series gets you a discount for Tropical Freeze, the DKL series a discount for Returns 3D). This extra promotion will be running from the 16th of October to the 6th of November, as part of what Nintendo UK calls ‘Donkey Kong Country Weeks’. Here’s the Twitter post about it:
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) October 13, 2014
So, looks like the Donkey Kong Country series is back on the Virtual Console, at least in Europe! Now let’s hope the same goes for the games in the US and other regions too…
Or, if you don’t know what an Occulus Rift is… it means that someone is remaking Super Mario 64 in Virtual Reality form! So you’ll be able to play a perfect remake of the Nintendo 64 classic, in first person, while wearing VR goggles! Here’s a video showing what they’ve got so far:
As you can see, it’s nowhere near complete yet (Mario’s arms are really messed up, and the viewpoint needs some work), but damn, it’s definitely an impressive remake. Remember, this isn’t a ROM hack. What you see there was made from scratch in the Unity game engine, including all the original title’s physics engine.
You can view the source code here on Github:
And can download it from the same link. It runs on Windows PCs, if you don’t have an actual Occulus Rift to try it on.
So yeah, it’s a pretty impressive project, isn’t it? Let’s hope game creator Chris Zaharia actually finishes this title so Virtual Reality Mario can become a reality!
Over the last few years or so, Game Freak and Nintendo have been making a big deal about Mega Evolutions. And with everything from legendaries and pseudo legendaries to joke characters getting them for all kinds of reasons, speculation has been pretty high about what future species will get them next.
So here are they are. Here are ten more Pokemon that I predict… no wait, guarantee will get Mega Evolutions in the foreseeable future.
Why? It’s God, that’s why. I mean, it created the Pokemon universe. So if any Pokemon out there has the potential to Mega Evolve into some sort of super powered monster, this is definitely it. Not to mention that in recent years, Mewtwo, Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza have all overtaken it in terms of stats due to their own Mega Evos. So I suspect we’ll see a new Arceus Mega Evo that boosts its up to a base stat 800-900 level in order to overtake Mewtwo again.
Well, we’ve had most of the other pseudo legendaries get Mega Evolutions. Tyranitar and Garchomp got one in Pokemon X and Y. Metagross and Salamence are getting them in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
So it only makes sense that the very first one ever seen will get a Mega Evo too. Especially when it’s a Pokemon as popular among the fans as Dragonite.
And the design/abilities? Well, that’s a good question. Some people think we’ll get some Fairy type monster which increases the whole ‘cute’ factor even more. Some think we’ll get a Dragonair like Eastern Dragon, where there’s more focus on a snake like body with wings that the more traditional ‘dragonic’ appearance Dragonite’s normal form has. But either way, it’s pretty much guaranteed that we’ll get one at some point or another, and that it be absolutely awesome.
Next on the list, a Pokemon so powerful it apparently moved mountains… well, assuming it got five turns to prepare first.
Put simply, Regigigas is just desperate for a Mega Evolution. And with its currently crap ability and epic backstory, it seems like it really will get one. Taking it stats up a bit further than ever before and giving it an ability that really shows off its full potential (like say, No Guard), a Regigigas Mega Evo would mean this supposedly super powerful legendary golem would actually live up to its name and description, being a metagame changing monstrosity just perfect for play in all the best tournaments.
All thanks to another issue of Coro Coro Magazine, which has also revealed a few other interesting pieces of information. For example, lots more legendary Pokemon from past regions can be found across Hoenn, and Mega Latias and Latios are obtainable with the Eon Ticket.
First up, here are some pictures of the new Megas:
Mega Beedrill has greatly increased Speed and Attack, with the new ability Adaptability. This increases the power of STAB moves (ones of the same type as Mega Beedrill) so they do twice the normal damage rather than 1.5 times it. So in other words, all its Bug and Poison attacks act like they’re Super Effective against Pokemon they’re normally neutral against, and almost lethal against ones they’re actually effective against.
Mega Pidgeot on the other hand, has better Special Attack stats, and the ability No Guard. This ability means that all attacks used by or against it will hit. Or in other words, a very nice ability if you’re not against a Pokemon that just happens to learn Thunder or Blizzard…
For the Mega Latios and Latias Pokemon… well, you encounter one of them in normal form during the game, and befriend it in the process. This lets you fly across the region on it, in a way far more interesting than Fly ever was. I mean, you actually control the Pokemon as it flies about, and can speed up and slow down mid flight! Hopefully this turns out to be how all Flying in the game works, although part of me says you probably shouldn’t count on it.
Above: Latias, Latios, their Mega forms and the Eon Ticket. Also note the third person flying sections!
And the Eon Ticket? That lets you travel to Southern Island and capture the other member of the duo. Like in the original games.
Finally, some good news for anyone who likes catching legendaries from other regions. All legendary Pokemon will apparently be obtainable within this game, via the means of Mythical Places (islands and clouds in the sky). These include the trio of dragons from gen 5, Dialga and Palkia from gen 4, Ho-oh and Lugia from gen 2… Literally, every legendary you can think of will be in this game somehow. Here are some pictures showing examples:
Above: Legendary places, with various legendaries from past regions and generations.
So yeah, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is looking better by the day, and even more so due to all these great new Mega Evolutions and additions!
As you may know, certain parts of the gaming media have been… a little too quick to write off gamers. Calling gamers ‘dead’ and ‘irrelevant’ and various other things, they act like the recent Gamergate controversies show that gamers are some minority who shouldn’t be catered for any more.
But the truth is different. Indeed, I don’t think gamers are ‘dead’. What’s really dying off is gaming journalism and the gaming press. The idea simply has no feasibility in this day and age, and as I’ll explain below, is very much on the way out.
So here’s why this is the case. Here’s why it’s gaming journalism that’s dead, not gamers…
Which most interestingly, shows that some very specific songs are going to be present in the Wii U version. What ones? Well, here’s the soundtrack CD picture, have a look yourself:
Notice anything interesting? Well, I do. Namely, that Gear Getaway is included as a Wii U song. So it’s likely that the Donkey Kong stage for the game will be factory or cave themed instead of a traditional Jungle level, especially given how said theme was already used in the 3DS game as bonus music.
Other songs of note include the Great Cave Offensive (which backs up rumours of a level based on said game being revealed for the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros 4), and the Xenoblade Medley (which shows that a lot more songs from the game will be present in the Wii U version).
So yes, interesting potential information in this song list. Pity the soundtrack itself will probably be ignored, what with all the music ending up on Youtube within a week or so of the game’s release.
Well, it’s not the playable character role we all wanted. But according to some hacker who’s been dumping data from the Super Smash Bros for 3DS ROM, textures for Ridley have been spotted hidden within the game file.
And that’s not all. Oh no, not only is there a suspiciously named entry for ‘Ridley’ near the Smash Run data, but also a whole ton of Brawl stuff including data referring to every boss from the game. Here are some samples from the text file, showing this interesting information in action:
That’s from what’s obviously a Smash Run enemy/enemy texture listing. As you can see, unused characters like Ridley and Nabbit (the latter from New Super Mario Bros U) appear alongside enemies actually present in the mode, like Hammer Bros, Peahats, Darknuts and Ghosts.
There’s also pretty obvious Brawl remnants like this:
Which would correspond to Duon, Petey Piranha, Ridley, Meta Ridley, Raquaza, Galleom and Tabuu respectively, all of which were bosses featured in Brawl’s Subspace Emissary. What are they doing here? Not sure, but to be honest, I suspect they’re probably just remnants of the last game, and that the 3DS game was initially built/tested using resources from it. They could also be from a scrapped Boss Battles mode (to correspond with the unused announcer clips shown in the last article), but that’s pretty unlikely.
Either way, looks like Ridley has just about been utterly deconfirmed in every way possible. He might end up as an Stage boss or Smash Run enemy instead of a DLC fighter given this stuff.
If you’ve been playing the recent Super Smash Bros game for 3DS, you’ll probably know that quite a few major features have been removed. Like Event Matches, Boss Battles, Tournaments, etc. Those minor things from games like Melee and Brawl which added extra play time to the experience.
Well, that could be changing. Hackers have found some VERY interesting voice clips hidden away in the game files, and as you can see below, they hint at all kinds of currently unavailable modes:
Namely, the announcer talks of ‘Boss Battles’, ‘Event Matches’, ‘Grab the Coins’, ‘Special Smash’ and ‘Tournaments’. In other words, many interesting features that just happened to not be present in this game.
Worldwide, as of less than a month after the game’s release date. So in other words, the game is selling out fast even BEFORE the holiday season begins. Which is pretty impressive given the series and system. I mean, Super Smash Bros for 3DS is merely the ‘lesser’ copy of Super Smash Bros 4, the toned down 3DS version meant to get people used to the characters and stuff before the real version hits. And what’s more, it’s a rate of sales that’s nearly at Pokemon levels (2 million copies in 2 days for Black and White and their sequels), something which is extremely rare among standard Nintendo titles.
Here’s a quote from Nintendo summarising this level of sales success:
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is already in the hands of more than 2.8 million people worldwide, and the road ahead looks great. Nintendo’s holiday software lineup is more than impressive, and our amiibo figures start a new chapter in the world of Nintendo interactive entertainment. With so many great experiences available, this holiday season is going to be an amazing time to be a Nintendo fan.
Above: Quote by Scott Moffit, Nintendo of America Vice President of Sales and Marketing
As per the official UK trailer for the game, which also gives a November 28th release date for the first wave of Amiibos. Here’s the trailer:
There’s not much in the way of new Smash Bros for Wii U footage, but it does point out that the following Amiibos will be available this year:
So yes. Now that Super Smash Bros for Wii U has an official release date, will you be buying it?
Edit: Apparently, the December 5th release date mentioned is merely for the UK and Europe. Japan will be getting this game on December 5th, and it’ll be released in the US on November 21sth 2014 (right in time for Black Friday). We apologise for any confusion the post may have caused earlier.