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Platform Wii U, 3DS, Win Publisher Warner Bros. Games Developer 5th Cell Media Release Date 2012-11-13

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Scribblenauts Unlimited review: words, words, words

In case you've never heard of the breathlessly praised Scribblenauts, they are puzzle games in which the player uses a magical notebook to turn words into tangible creations. If a giraffe is thirsty, you might write the noun "water" to conjure a bottle of water. Or if a hunter is tracking an endangered lemur, the player might stop the crooked killer by applying the adjective "broken" to his weapon. Scribblenauts Unlimited expands further upon the power of the notebook by letting players manipulate size or — using a new creation tool — design their own people, beasts or inanimate objects. Being able to create or manipulate whatever you can imagine is magical The creation tool is a pleasure, if not a bit difficult to get the hang of. Players can combine and modify Scribblenauts...

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Humble Warner Bros. Bundle offers Batman, Lord of the Rings and FEAR

The latest Humble Bundle, now live, is stuffed with Windows PC games from publisher Warner Bros. Interactive, the company announced today. On the heels of last month's launch of Batman: Arkham Origins, the third game in the Batman Arkham trilogy, Warner Bros. is offering a pay-what-you-want bundle featuring Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition. The collection also includes FEAR 2: Project Origin, FEAR 3, and The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Players who pay more than the average amount will also receive Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition and Scribblenauts Unlimited. Players will also be able to choose where the cash they spend goes: to Humble Bundle, Warner Bros. or the company's designated charity, We Can Be Heroes, an organization created by DC...

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Scribblenauts' inclusion of Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat lands creator in trademark lawsuit (update)

Scribblenauts developer 5th Cell and publisher Warner Bros. are named in a trademark infringement suit for the series' inclusion of Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat, according to a complaint recently filed by the memes' respective creators. Charles Schmidt, who uploaded Keyboard Cat's breakout performance to YouTube in 2007, and Christopher Orlando Torres, who made the quickly viral Nyan Cat animated GIF, jointly filed a copyright and trademark infringement suit against the two companies. Both felines can be conjured up in-game using protagonist Max's magic notebook, but their cameos were not cleared with Schmidt or Torres, the suit claims. Keyboard Cat has appeared in all Scribblenauts titles released throughout the franchise's history, while Nyan Cat only appeared in Scribblenauts...

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Scribblenauts Unlimited on sale for $8.99 at Amazon

The Windows PC version of Scribblenauts Unlimited, 5th Cell Media's sandbox puzzle game, is on sale at Amazon for $8.99 for a limited time, according to the game's Amazon listing. The sale will last through next Wednesday, April 17, and offers a discount of 70 percent off of Scribblenauts Unlimited, which retails for $29.99. The game requires Valve's Steam client to activate. On Windows PC, Scribblenauts Unlimited uses Steam Workshop to share players' in-game creations. The game is also on sale on Steam for $10.19, a savings of 66 percent. For more on Scribblenauts Unlimited, which was released last November and is also available for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, be sure to check out Polygon's review.

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Scribblenauts Unlimited Wii U and 3DS release delayed in Europe

The European release of Scribblenauts Unlimited is being delayed, Nintendo confirmed in a note issued today. Despite initial plans to launch the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS title on Feb. 8, Nintendo now states changes to the game must be made before Scribblenauts Unlimited is eventually released. The publisher did not specify what these changes might be. "We are sorry to announce that Scribblenauts Unlimited, a game developed by Warner Bros. Interactive and 5th Cell and published by Nintendo of Europe for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, will be delayed in Europe," reads the statement. "It has come to light that some changes need to be implemented within the game before we launch them across Europe. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to make further...

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Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U hitting Europe on Feb. 8

Scribblenauts Unlimited is scheduled to hit the Wii U in Europe on Feb. 8, it was announced on today's Nintendo Direct conference. The game will now be published by Nintendo, it was revealed. Last month developer 5th Cell confirmed the game's delay throughout Europe. Scribblenauts Unlimited is currently available in North America on Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and PC. Unlimited was initially planned as a launch title for Wii U in Europe. It remains unclear why the title was delayed.

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Scribblenauts Unlimited delayed for Europe until 2013

The European release of Scribblenauts Unlimited is delayed until 2013, developer 5th Cell confirmed to Twitter. Despite being currently available in North America on Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and PC, the fourth title in the Scribblenauts series will release next year in Europe. While it has been suggested this could be due to localization issues, one developer for the studio told NeoGAF forum users this was not the case. "It's due to stuff I can't talk about until 2013," they said. "Scribblenauts and Super Scribblenauts were released NA and EU the same day. Trust me. I want your money. It's due to things outside of development." A representative from publisher Warner Bros. later told RPS that "details about the European distribution of Scribblenauts Unlimited are coming soon." S...

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GameStop reports high demand for Wii U consoles, games

GameStop is "bullish" on the upcoming Wii U launch, with high demand for both hardware and software exhibited by strong pre-order numbers, said GameStop executives on an investor call today for the retail giant's third-quarter financial report. The company is now reporting that "nearly 500,000" people have joined its wait list for Wii U consoles. GameStop set up the wait list in late September exclusively for PowerUp Rewards members, and as of mid-October, more than 250,000 customers had joined the list. GameStop president Tony Bartel noted, "We have limited knowledge of [Wii U] supply, and we may not be able to satisfy the strong demand during our fourth quarter." According to GameStop executives, the uncertainty in Wii U supply is a major factor in how cautious the company is being...

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Pre-order Scribblenauts Unlimited on Steam, receive Maxwell's hat for Team Fortress 2

Pre-orders for Scribblenauts Unlimited on Steam will unlock a Scribblenauts-themed hat called the Cockfighter in Team Fortress 2, according to the game's listing on Steam. The TF2 hat is fashioned after the hat that Maxwell wears in the Scribblenauts games, and the game's official Twitter account showed the pre-order bonus in action earlier today with a tweet linking to the pic above. The game is set for release Nov. 20. on Steam for $29.99. Scribblenauts Unlimited will also release in time for the Wii U's launch this weekend with in-game Nintendo characters. A 3DS version released yesterday does not include the Nintendo characters. For more on the Wii U version, be sure to check out our recent feature, where we talked to developer 5th Cell about how the Wii U changed...

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Nintendo bringing Wii U, 3DS to malls across America

Nintendo will set up shop at malls nationwide during the holiday season, letting shoppers get hands-on experience with the Wii U and 3DS, the company announced today. Dubbed the "Nintendo Holiday Mall Experience," the setup will offer people the chance to try out Wii U games such as New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, ZombiU, FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Just Dance 4, Darksiders 2 and Scribblenauts Unlimited. The 3DS XL will also be playable; the list of available games includes New Super Mario Bros. 2, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Pokédex 3D Pro, Skylanders Giants, Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!! and Sparkle Snapshots 3D. "The Nintendo Mall Experience is your oasis from the shopping...

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Nintendo's Wii U will not have universal achievements

Nintendo's Wii U will not have a universal achievement system across all its games akin to the Xbox 360's Achievements system or the PlayStation 3's Trophy system, the creative director and co-founder of Scribblenauts development studio 5TH Cell said in a post on NeoGaf. Posting to the popular video game message board, Jeremiah Slaczka said that the Wii U does not have system-wide accomplishments. Rather, it is up to the developers to decide whether they wish to implement their own system. "Scribblenauts Unlimited loosely has them in the form of 'Global Starite Shards' which is like a giant checklist of global things to spawn and do in the game that aren't area specific," he said. The Wii U will release in North America on Nov. 18.

Scribblenauts Unlimited Releases
North America
  • Wii U
    • Released 11/13/2012
    • Publisher Warner Bros. Games
    • Developer 5th Cell Media
    • Score 6.0
  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Publisher Warner Bros. Games
    • Developer 5th Cell Media
  • Windows
    • Publisher Warner Bros. Games
    • Developer 5th Cell Media
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