This brand new Disney Infinity trailer showcases the game, and details how the team were inspired to create their take on toys and videogames coming together. Basically, they stole all their ideas from little kids. Those dirty thieves!
No but really, the team behind Infinity were inspired by how kids just use their imagination to create their own entertainment. And that’s just what the new Disney game aims to do by offering a sandbox full of toys that anyone can use to create their own little personal stories.
Disney is going to make SO much money off all this.
Earlier this month we learned about Zelda Reorchestrated closing down, leaving the digital release of the most recent Twilight Symphony available only in the dark depths of the Internet. In light of the shut down, the Zelda Reorchestrated team is “not opposed to you finding an alternative means through which to obtain [the music].”
With permission from Zelda Reorchestrated, Cubed3 has put the entire album up on YouTube, available to at your leisure. After listening to the album today, the sheer quality of it just makes the news of the group’s closure sting even more.
Listen to the Complete Twilight Symphony – Legend of Zelda Album Online [Cubed3]
[Editor's note: I used an NTSC copy of Pandora's Tower on a launch Wii unit. As I mention further down, it's very likely that this bug won't affect everybody. I merely want to play it safe and alert those people who will run into the same issue.]
Just my luck. I had just finished Pandora’s Tower and posted my review, then I decided to hop back in and shoot for 100% completion. All of a sudden, I’m getting hit by a game-freezing bug in the same spot over and over again. It’s fairly benign and won’t corrupt your save file, but had I been aware of it before yesterday, it might have had a slight impact on my score.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll admit that the game did lock up a couple of times during my original playthrough, though they were freak occurrences and I didn’t pay much mind. We’ve all had a game freeze on us for no apparent reason before, but then we reload and rarely if ever run into that problem again. No big deal.
However, the issue I’m talking about now will trigger 100% of the time. I’ve done a bit of research around the Net and couldn’t find anyone else who has reported on it. Maybe it only affects the US build, or maybe my particular Wii is playing silly tricks on me. Either way, I feel it’s important to inform you of the bug’s nature and the method I’ve discovered to avoid it. The bug occurs late in the game, so I’ll use non-spoiler language.
There’s a pretty weird mix of offerings today, all of which are 3DS related. Starting this afternoon, you can pick up Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns (research this old retail title before you buy it), Mystery Murders: Jack the Ripper, Puzzler Brain Games, Puzzler World 2013, Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo, Tetris Axis, Witch & Hero, and Working Dawgs: Rivet Retriever.
Oh my goodness…that’s a lot of puzzle games! LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins also graces the eShop on April 21st (as well as retail) if you’re not into bite sized experiences. DLC wise, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is getting the “Strongest Trail” dungeon, and the Poke Forest is still free until April 30th.
The Guild01 collection is also on sale, with Liberation Maiden at $4.99, Crimson Shroud at $4.99, and Aero Porter at $2.99. I’d recommend all of them for that price. Finally Dress To Play: Cute Witches! joins the sale for $1.99.
With the US release of Pandora’s Tower, the final title in the “Operation Rainfall” trilogy has been localized. Major props to XSEED for taking a chance at giving the Wii one last hurrah!
Pandora’s Tower is an action role-playing game that takes a few mechanical and thematic cues from other notable titles, such as Monster Hunter and Shadow of the Colossus. There’s even a dash of dating sim! The resulting brew is a little rough around the edges, but this adventurous tale of star-crossed lovers deserves to be played through to the end.
Neither a massive AAA extravaganza nor a quickly churned software side dish, Pandora’s Tower sits comfortably in the middle ground. And if there is anything that the Wii could have used more of, it’s chunky “middles” like this.
After a couple of lackluster weeks of new releases, we’re spoiled for choice this week. A plethora of games drop, begging for your attention. Time to blow more money.
At the top of the list, for me, is the latest piece of Dishonored DLC, The Knife of Dunwall. Daud, the DLC’s protagonist, only appeared in the main game briefly, but he has a central role in the story of Corvo’s set-up. I’m really looking forward to seeing Dunwall through his eyes, and learning more about the enigmatic assassin.
Also arriving this week is the DC fighter, Injustice: Gods Among Us, where a bald man in a mechanical suit can beat up Superman; Pandora’s Tower finally gets a US release, long after the rest of us have been able to enjoy it; Star Wars: The Old Republic gets a new premium expansion in the form of Rise of the Hutt Cartel; the new Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner game, Soul Hackers, launches on the 3DS; and the wonderful but tragic Papo & Yo gets a PC port. All this and more comes out this week.
So, what are you grabbing?
Nintendo is set to kill off many of the Wii’s online services in June, running a sword through Nintendo Channel, News Channel, Forecast Channel, Everybody Votes Channel, and Mii Contest Channel. Data exchange in certain games will also be ended.
The Wii Shop Channel will continue to be in effect, because there’s no way a publisher would ever shut down something involving your money. The “Today’s Accomplishment” message board feature is being preserved as well.
With the Wii U out and Nintendo selling an offline Wii Mini, it looks like it can’t justify those online features anymore. Sucks for any Wii owners who may still like them. They probably won’t all flock to a Wii U over this, though.
It’s a decent week ahead of us in terms of Nintendo downloads, as the 3DS and Wii U are getting a few games each this week.
On the 3DS front, we have Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers coming April 16th on the eShop as well as retail, and Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger. The 3DS is also getting Soccer Up 3D and Clash of the Elementalists.
On the Wii U front, you’ll be able to download Injustice: Gods Among Us on April 16th, as well as Kirby’s Adventure for the Wii U Virtual Console on April 17th, at $0.30 for a limited time.
Even as a fan of the original cartoon as a child, I just couldn’t get into the new Smurfs film, even on a base level. But WayForward maybe change that, at least in the videogame realm, with a The Smurfs 2 game based on the upcoming film sequel.
Although it seems as if the game will tie in heavily with the upcoming movie, it will feature four-player co-op platforming action on the 360, PS3, Wii, and Wii U. The Wii U version will have a feature that allows a fifth player to take control of “Clockwork Smurf,” in a currently unknown role.
It seems as if WayForward is continuing its tradition of working with more and more big publishers for platformers, which could be a great thing as long as it keeps producing quality products — I just hope Smurfs is part of that equation.
Feel free to check out the trailer above, or some screens compliments of the Official Nintendo Magazine.
In the latest episode of Michael “Frisky Buns” Pachter Says Things About Nintendo And Everybody Gets Angry, the industry analyst was asked if he hated Nintendo. The slick-tongued gentleman said he didn’t actively dislike the publisher, but expressed his view the company was a bad investment, and should possibly quit consoles altogether.
“No, I don’t hate Nintendo at all,” he said. “I think that they have missed several opportunities on the hardware side, waited too long to provide multiplayer options and generally have alienated third party publishers across the board. Each of those missteps is likely to cost them in the next console generation.
“I don’t think Nintendo is a good investment, as I don’t see the company returning to its past success with its current products in a more competitive environment. Investors tend to behave rationally, so they accept my comments as rational and thoughtful. People who have an affinity for brands — or a political party, or a religion, or an alma mater — tend to be less rational and more emotional. It’s part of the job.”
Elsewhere, Pachter explained once more exactly how he believes Nintendo dropped the ball in the past generation, and why it won’t reclaim its position on top of the mountain.