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Nintendo Download for 10/23/2014: Bayonetta and Pokemon get some awesome deals

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For once the Virtual Consoles get very little mention in this week's Nintendo Download.  It's not that nothing came out for them, as this week sees the release of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow on the Wii U which I highly recommend for fans of the franchise.  However, the spotlight this week is shining rather brightly on two other franchises: Pokemon and Bayonetta.

Starting with Bayonetta, anyone who purchases either Bayonetta or Bayonetta 2 on the Wii U's eShop (both available on October 24th) will automatically get a discount for the other game that will make the final price for both games only $59.98.  Basically you're getting both games for $60 which is a pretty good deal.  I never got into the first game for some reason or another, but this might be a good chance for me to give it another shot...of course I'd have to get a new hard drive because mine's getting kind of full.

As for Pokemon, Pokemon Art Academy releases tomorrow on the 3DS and anyone who picks this one up on the 3DS eShop will also get a download code for a demo version of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire.  I'm currently working my way through Pokemon Art Academy for an upcoming review and if you've ever wanted to learn how to draw something other than a Voltorb or Magnemite, this might just be your cup of tea.  You'll basically go through a series of lessons and learn how to draw a variety of Pokemon from all regions, though I'm still waiting to see if they put Scyther in there somewhere.  Somehow I doubt it...Scyther gets no love it seems.

Other games coming out this week include The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins and Power Rangers Super Megaforce on the 3DS (October 28th for both games) as well as Fantasy Life and Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, also for the 3DS.

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Nintendo really wants you to double down on Smash Bros.

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Earlier today, Nintendo released a Super Smash Bros. for Wii U-centric Nintendo Direct video. You can watch the whole video here, but if you want to save yourself from hearing Xander Mobus feign excitement about your Wii U's internet connection I'll give you a brief rundown of the important stuff:

The biggest part of the announcement is that there's going to be a special mode that lets up to eight people play at the same time. You'll only be able to do this on specific stages that are only on the Wii U version of the game. You know, since they'll have to be embiggened to accommodate the extra fighters. They showed a few of the levels that have some extra dangers and mechanics thrown in. First there's The Great Cave Offensive from Kirby Superstar- instead of hitting each other off the stage, if you hit one of the many lava pools while you're health is over 100%, it's an instant KO. The one I'm really excited about it Jungle Hijinx from Donkey Kong Country- the level is split into two layers that are connected by explosion barrels so the fighters can freely hop between fighting in the foreground and the background.

Also, Metalface and Ridley will show up as bosses for all of the combatants to team up against. Ridley will join forces with the player who deals him the most damage, and whoever manages to knock him out earns an extra point.

Smash Run will be exclusive to the 3DS version of the game, but the Wii U version will have the Smash Tour, which is essentially a board game where you collect fighters, power ups, and intermittently face off against each other until the final showdown where they use everything they've got against each other.

There will be a Special Orders mode where you perform challenges set for you by Master Hand and Crazy Hand. You only get one chance to complete these, but you can set your own difficulty. Crazy Hand's challenges always end by fighting him, so you can try to increase your reward by completing more challenges before facing off against him.

You'll be able to use the Wii U Gamepad as a second screen, or just to hold character portraits and health percentages. You'll also be able to use the stylus to freehand draw your own stages and place obstacles before sharing them online.

They're working on including Tournaments in the game, but it's looking like it won't be done in time for the release. But it looks like you'll be able to host tournaments as well as participate in them online.

Alright, I lied earlier. The biggest news is reserved for those of you who are planning on buying both the 3DS version and the Wii U version. First, everything you have saved on the 3DS version is transferable to the Wii U version. If you buy both versions and register them by January 13th, you'll get a two-disk soundtrack from the games; but more importantly, you'll also get Mewtwo as a playable character for free when he becomes available as DLC in the spring of 2015!

There's also a lot of less impressive announcements, like the return of Coin Battles, Stamina Matches, Classic Mode, All-Star Mode, Event Mode, and stuff we've already heard about like Amiibos, the special Gamecube controller adapter, and being able to use your 3DS as a controller for the Wii U version.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be in stores in North America on November 21st, and if you want to get a head start on the competition, you can get Super Smash Bros. for 3DS now.

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1st Person Tower Defense? Titanfall releases Frontier Defense

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The latest update to Respawn Entertainment's 1st person shooter, Titanfall, brings an entirely new, 4 player co-op mode, Frontier Defense. The update was announced yesterday via a Twitch Stream and went live today.

The gist is to team up with 4 others and survive a series of 4 waves of computer controlled enemies, while defending a "Harvester" tower from being destroyed. It's basically first person tower defense and in between each round you even get a stationary turret you can drop for some easy grunt and Spectre kills. The game mode brings a few new types of enemies such as Suicide Spectres that charge forward and explode when they get near a target and Mortar Titans which will set up on the other side of the map and launched ranged mortar attacks to pummel the tower until you hunt them down. There's a few small touches that I really enjoyed as well, such as re-spawning. Instead of just charging right back in after a death, you jump aboard a dropship and have to wait about 10 seconds as you fly back into the battle you witness below. You can pop a few rounds off into the skirmish as you wait, and I find it an overall more immersive experience than just magically reappearing on the battlefield.

A host of other new features debuted as well, including Ranked Play, a full mini-map, and sudden death in Capture the Flag. More details of the update are on the official Titanfall site. It's a good thing I wasn't writing for this site a few months ago because I had a lot to say about this game and it was pretty much all negative. To be fair, Respawn have done well to really add features to a game that was far from complete when released and I have to say my days of playing Titanflix are a thing of the past (that's when I was still in grad school and used to watch Netflix while playing Titanfall. I would play at odd hours of the night and, no lie, I could watch an entire 22 minutes episode on Netflix while waiting to connect to a new game.)

Deathtrap Early Access trailer

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Deathtrap is Neocore Game's new monster hunting RPG/tower defense game.  It is new on Steam Early Access as of yesterday.  Check out the trailer to get a good feel for the game in action.  It's $19.99 and will show up on PS4 and Xbox One at some point in the future.  

Deathtrap's official release will be Q1 2015.

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Shadow of Mordor fans treated to free DLC

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Who doesn’t love free DLC? I know that I certainly do and this week Warner Bros. Interactive is treating fans of the recently released Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor to a free bonus DLC pack on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The free Power of Shadow bundle adds a new skin for the player and a set of new, Epic Runes to equip on your weapons.

The additional skin allows you to dawn the look of the feared Black Hand of Sauron. The Epic Runes give you a couple of options. First there is the “One with Nature” rune, which grants the player immunity to poison attacks from Uruk Captains and Ghuls. “Ascendant” will double your focus time for slow motion, ranged combat. Finally, “Elven Grace” will increase your defense by halving the damage of enemy strikes.

The free pack is readily available in your digital store of choice.

Xbox One screenshot functionality not coming for a while

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One of the big “discussions” we have had among the staff at Gaming Nexus is the lack of screenshot functionality in the Xbox One (actually, it was more trash-talking from PS4 owners than an actual discussion). With games such as Shadow of Mordor featuring the increasingly-popular photo mode, it is a wonder that the system doesn’t have what seems like such a basic function. The PS4 has had the capability since launch, and the Xbox One can record gameplay videos... so why not a simple still-shot of the action? Phil Spencer has gone on record numerous times in stating that the function is coming, but it doesn’t appear that will be happening any time soon.

In a recent interview with IGN, screenshot functionality isn’t on the list of things to be updated in the next two system updates planned for the Xbox One. The November update, which is rather big, is making a lot of improvements to the user-interface and functions, and a smaller, December update is in the pipeline as well. The function isn’t included in either one.

According to Spencer, “in December, it’s probably a time for us to pause for a little bit and settle just as all the new consoles are coming online... as we come back into the new year, we’ll see new stuff, and screenshots is on the list.”

Granted, a feature such as this doesn’t hinder one’s gameplay experience, but it is something that is becoming commonplace in the gaming world and something gamers seem to enjoy doing. PC users have been doing it for years, and snapping pics during gameplay has become second nature for me on the PS4. Why can’t I do it on my Xbox One?

And for the record, this glorious picture was snapped on the fly on my PS4, just because I can. :)

Halloween Sale hits PlayStation Network

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Sony has revealed its Halloween sale titled "Sale of the Dead" and it packs some serious savings. 

The two week long sale sees many spooky titles slashed in price. For the first week Oct. 21 to Oct 28. gamers can pick up a ton of games including but not limited to, Daylight (PS4), Dead Nation (PS3, PS4, PS Vita) and both Plants vs. Zombies (PS3, PS Vita) and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (PS3, PS4). 

The second week of the Halloween sale runs from Oct 28. to Nov. 4 and brings even more scary good deals. Notable games include: I Am Alive (PS3), Outlast (PS4), Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (PS3), and Guacamelee: Super Turbo Charged Edition (PS4). 

Some games are available for as much as 65 percent off. PS Plus subscribers gain even more savings and receive up to 80 percent off.

For a full list of games on sale and their prices, check out the tables below.

Week 1

Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
Dante’s Inferno (PSP) $3.89 $6.49 $19.99
Dante’s Inferno Ultimate Edition (PS3) $5.99 $9.99 $29.99
Darkstalkers: Resurrection (PS3) $5.24 $7.49 $14.99
Daylight (PS4) $7.59 $9.49 $14.99
Dead Nation (PS3) $3.19 $3.99 $7.99
Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition (PS4) $5.99 $7.49 $14.99
Dead Nation (PS Vita) $3.19 $3.99 $7.99
Dead Space 2 (PS3) $3.89 $6.49 $19.99
Demon’s Souls (PS3) $9.79 $13.99 $19.99
Fatal Frame (PS3) $4.89 $6.99 $9.99
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (PS3) $4.89 $6.99 $9.99
Fatal Frame III: The Tormented (PS3) $4.89 $6.99 $9.99
Plants Vs Zombies (PS Vita) $5.39 $8.99 $14.99
Plants Vs Zombies (PS3) $4.19 $5.99 $10.49
Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare (PS4) $19.87 $26.49 $39.99
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (PS3) $14.99 $19.99 $29.99
R.I.P.D.: The Game (PS3) $2.50 $4.99 $9.99
The Cursed Crusade (PS3) $5.00 $9.99 $19.99
Tiny Brains (PS3) $3.99 $4.99 $9.99
Tiny Brains (PS4) $3.99 $4.99 $9.99
Zombeer (PS3) $4.87 $6.49 $15.99

Week 2 

Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
Abyss Odyssey (PS3) $7.49 $9.99 $14.99
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (PS3) $3.99 $4.99 $9.99
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS3) $3.99 $4.99 $9.99
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PSP) $5.99 $7.49 $14.99
Catherine (PS3) $6.99 $9.99 $19.99
Corpse Party (PSP | PS Vita) $8.99 $9.99 $19.99
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (PSP | PS Vita) $8.99 $9.99 $19.99
Guacamelee: Super Turbo Charged Edition (PS4) $7.34 $10.49 $14.99
How to Survive (PS3) $5.99 $7.49 $14.99
I Am Alive (PS3) $3.74 $4.99 $14.99
Manhunt (PS3) $3.99 $4.99 $9.99
Outlast (PS4) $5.00 $9.99 $19.99
Puppeteer (PS3) $7.99 $9.99 $39.99
rain (PS3) $5.99 $7.49 $14.99
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (PS3) $7.19 $11.99 $39.99
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City (PS3) $9.79 $13.99 $39.99
Silent Hill BOOK OF MEMORIES (PS Vita) $11.99 $14.99 $29.99
Siren Episodes 1-12 (PS3) $7.99 $9.99 $19.99
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (PS Vita) $3.19 $3.99 $7.99
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (PS3) $3.19 $3.99 $7.99
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack Delicious Bundle (PS3) $4.49 $5.99 $11.49
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack Delicious Vita Upgrade (PS3) $1.59 $1.99 $3.99
 

News Roundup - 10/22/2014

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Amiibo support coming to Hyrule Warriors

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Looks like your Amiigo's will get more use than Super Smash Brothers. Well, one of them at least. The official Nintendo of America Twitter account has confirmed that the Link Amiibo figurine will be compatible in Hyrule Warriors. Unfortunately no other information has been confirmed at this time. 

I'll be interested to see actually how this will work. We know that Amiibo's can be used in Super Smash Brothers to level up characters so your Amiibo will contain all of your stats for that character. You can level up your characters in Hyrule Warriors as well but there is no online play. There is local co-op so I am assuming that maybe this will be used when you have someone over or you go over a friends house to play. You can bring your Link Amiibo with you and will have all of your stats with you when you play with your friend. 

It's also interesting that only Link will be usable when Zelda is also in that game and there is a Zelda Amiibo figurine. Hopefully in the future they will add support the Zelda Amiibo and hopefully they will release more Amiibo figures like Shiek, Midna and Impa for that game as well. 

 

Is GTA: San Andreas being re-released on the Xbox 360?

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An achievement list for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has appeared on XboxAchievements.com. While there apparently has been no official word of a SA re-release, I think that this pretty much confirms it. XboxAchievements always gets lists soon before a game comes out, and there are a few other potential reasons for a re-release coming up:

1) The Xbox Originals download has been removed from the Xbox Live store.

2) The 10th anniversary of the San Andreas is October 26, four days from the time of this writing.

3) The next gen GTA V is right around the corner, and since they both take place in San Andreas, perhaps this is meant to be a tie in?

I would be all over a re-release. San Andreas was a game that I missed growing up, and when I tried to revisit it a few years ago, it didn't really hold up very well. All of my complaints could be easily fixed with a little polish though, so if this is a chance for me and many others who hadn't jumped on the GTA bandwagon yet back in 2004, I'm excited. Few games have a legacy as strong as San Andreas.

I'll be keeping an eye out on this one!


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