New Zelda: Breath of the Wild Video Highlights Rune Abilities

August 24th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

If you missed out on Nintendo’s in-depth showcase of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3 and did not get to see the Treehouse crew show off a bunch of the new things you can do in the game, the latest video from Nintendo of Europe can at least fill you in on the Link’s new Rune abilities.

Runes grant Link an array of new powers that can be used in and out of battle. In order of appearance, they are:

  • Cryonis – Create ice pillars that can be used as platforms or barriers.
  • Magnesis – Pick up metallic objects from a distance. Objects can be pushed away or pulled towards Link.
  • Remote Bomb – Create round or cube-shaped bombs.
  • Stasis – Temporarily freeze an object in time. Hitting a frozen object builds its kinetic energy, which is released when time is restored.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is slated for release in 2017 on the Wii U and NX.

Source: @NintendoEurope

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See A Side-by-Side Comparison of Mario Kart 8’s New 200cc Mode vs. 150cc

April 03rd, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

To give you a good idea of how much faster Mario Kart 8‘s upcoming 200cc mode will be, Nintendo U.K. uploaded a video comparing a single lap through the Dolphin Shoals track.

In another video, they show how the overall increase in speed can open up new shortcuts and change the way racers can tackle courses.

200cc mode will be part of the April 23rd update that also includes new amiibo costumes for your Mii racers. That’s also the same day the Animal Crossing racer and course DLC pack releases.

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New Pokémon Black and White 2 Promo Stars Female Protagonist

July 21st, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

It seems that rather than exciting people for Pokémon Black and White 2, these promo videos just make people want to see a new Pokémon anime with these characters as the leads.

Can’t really blame them, either. These people are more interesting in a minute and a half than Ash was in the entire series since the Ruby/Sapphire arcs.

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Mario Party 9 Practically Wants You to Win

April 23rd, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

The AI in the Mario Party games can be very, um… forgiving. Dialed all the way down, it’s possible to beat the computer by doing absolutely nothing, often with hilarious results.

Mario Party 9, despite being a reboot of many of the series’ elements, still apparently retains the same humorously brain-dead AI of past games.

On a personal note, I absolutely lost it at the ending to the “Bumper Bubbles” mini-game. However, the conclusion to “Spike and Span” was also pure gold.

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Pokémon Black and White 2 Gameplay Footage from Pokémon Smash

April 18th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

Japanese Pokémon TV show Pokémon Smash! got some hands on time with Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2, giving viewers a look at some of the things they can expect in the upcoming sequels.

There’s even a battle between the two new legendaries in their Overdrive modes: Sparkling Blue Black Kyurem and Burning Red White Kyurem… that ends sort of anti-climactically with a one-hitter quitter.

Both games are scheduled for release on June 23 in Japan and sometime this fall in Europe and North America.


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Eight Minutes of Fire Emblem: Awakening Character Animations

April 11th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

With Fire Emblem making the jump to the 3DS, developer Intelligent Systems has crafted a new set of character models and animations to take advantage of the handheld’s graphical abilities.

The 40+ classes the game has to offer have been compiled into this eight-minute video showing off their moves and abilities.

It’s unclear if these class names will change if the game ever gets localized outside of Japan, but I really hope they keep the “Dark Knight” class. I want pretend that I have Batman in my squad.

Source: YouTube

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Kid Icarus: Uprising Prototype Footage

March 30th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

In the Iwata Asks for Kid Icarus: Uprising, lead designer Masahiro Sakurai shared a couple of videos of early builds of the game and revealed that they were put together with a small team before his company, Project Sora, was formed.

Sakurai must have had the storyboarding for the game planned well in advance because there is very little difference between this prototype footage and the first stage in the actual release.

I’d love to link to a video of the first level for comparison, but they’re all from Let’s Plays and I’d rather not have your ears assaulted by grating unnecessary commentary.

Source: Tiny Cartridge

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First Footage of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

March 22nd, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

The Associated Press has a short piece with Warren Spector talking about the new things you can expect in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. It’s basically a recap of what he said in yesterday’s interview. The real focus of the video is the game footage.

We get to see Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in action as he tags along with Mickey. At around the 54 second mark, it looks like Oswald uses his remote control to stun some enemies with electricity.

The footage appears to be from the 360 version of the game. After Oswald stuns the enemies, you can see a big green A button pop up on screen.

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Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir Gets A (Not) Scary Mini Movie

March 20th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

It’s surprising to see how actively Nintendo of America is promoting Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir, considering it’s not exactly a high profile title like, say, Kid Icarus: Uprising.

The company’s taken to Twitter to get word out about the game, using the #cursedmemoir hashtag, and they’ve been sending out e-mails directing people to the Spirit Camera website. They’ve even gone so far as to make a short horror movie for it.

Yes, the movie’s pretty bad and it wouldn’t be out of place among Syfy channel classics like Ice Spiders, Yeti or Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, but it’s something. Certainly more than we can say about the current advertising going on for Xenoblade Chronicles.

Source: Spirit Camera Official Site

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Kid Icarus: Uprising Has A Stylus-Free Control Scheme

March 15th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

Not particularly fond of the stylus controls in Kid Icarus: Uprising? Well, the game has an option to play with just the 3DS buttons and Circle Pad.

It does seems like playing this way would sacrifice aiming speed and effectiveness, which could pose problems at higher difficulties, but it would probably be a lot more comfortable than playing with the default controls or lugging around and setting up the 3DS stand that comes with the game.

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