The next generation of consoles is out, and it’s not nearly as big or impressive as people thought it would be before release. The systems really benefiting the most are the handheld smartphones. They have a massive install base that’s well over a billion and growing, while becoming more powerful at a rate faster than consoles. Audiences are also varied, since everyone and their mother has a smart phone these days. This is the same wide appeal that made the Nintendo Wii the greatest selling console in history.
I’ve previously written about how important Hyrule Warrior’s success is to Nintendo. I think the game will do well, the Legend of Zelda series is a great fit for a Musou styled game. However if you frequent game forums, you’ll be faced with plenty of threads which devolve into how terrible the game will be, because the Musou genre is unpopular in the West.
Little Inferno is a puzzle-based, sandbox indie game from Tomorrow Corporation that was inspired by The Yule Log. It originally released on the Wii U in November 2012, but eventually saw releases on PC and mobile platforms too. Recently Little Inferno went on sale for $4.99 through the Wii U eShop.
I was introduced to the “Souls” series by a Demon’s Souls youtube video from the Two Best Friends Play. It certainly looked different, but it wasn’t until PlayStation Plus added Demon’s Souls to the instant collection that I gave it a shot. It was a turning point in my life as a gamer.
Armillo is a timed-exclusive indie title for the Wii U that focuses on the adventures of an Armadillo, in space. The game play itself is a mishmash of platforming, puzzles, and action.
I recently downloaded Vessel from the PlayStation Store since it was added to the instant collection from PlayStation Plus. As I sit here playing with my Fluros automatons, I have to say Nintendo is really missing out by not offering a similar service. It’s a shame because Nintendo could benefit from something like this with their backlog of classic, hard to find titles made readily available on the Virtual Console.
There’s a lot of buzz about the new “open world” Zelda these days, but Zelda isn’t the only Nintendo franchise that could pull it off. Mario is perfectly suited for an open world adventure. Not only that, but an open world Mario would be one of the most interesting worlds to have adventures in. It would be unique among open world games. Continue reading Would Mario fit in an open world? Yes.