Survey hints at Harmonix getting the (Rock) Band back together

Harmonix is asking gamers how excited they'd be for a return of Rock Band to the current console generation — PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox One — in a survey that furthers the impression the rhythm game pioneers are serious about getting the Band back together. The survey doesn't give up any specific ideas Harmonix may have; it asks them how often they continue to play the legacy game, how many peripherals they still own, and the platform on which they play. Taken alongside recent remarks by Harmonix chief creative officer Alex Rigopulos, it sounds like they're eyeballing the PS4, Wii U and Xbox One. In June, Rigopulos told GamesBeat that Harmonix views the Rock Band franchise as "something we'll return to at the right point in time, and reimagine it as appropriate for its time." Earlier...

Wii U owners will be able to make eShop payments with an NFC card … in Japan

Japanese Wii U owners will be able to make eShop payments using the GamePad's NFC capabilities beginning July 22, Nintendo announced today. Payments will work with the Sucia rechargeable smart cards, which are used primarily to pay train fares. Tapping a Sucia card on the lower left of the GamePad will let customers bypass the requirement to use a credit card or add funds through the eShop. In its May 7 fiscal earnings report, Nintendo reiterated its desire to provide software that uses the Wii U's NFC capabilities, including a line of Skylanders-like NFC figurines. Games like Mario Party 10 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will use Nintendo's amiibo characters. For more on amiibos, be sure to read our report from E3 2014 and watch the video below.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is fun, but does it need to be on Wii U?

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is the follow-up to 2005's Kirby: Canvas Curse, a Nintendo DS title in which players controlled the eponymous puffy pink ball with the handheld's stylus. The sequel uses the same mechanic, but is in development at HAL Laboratory exclusively on Wii U. We had a lot of fun playing the challenging puzzle-platformer at Nintendo of America's offices in New York today, but came away wondering what Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is doing on a console rather than a handheld. One possible explanation lies in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse's graphics. Kirby's effervescent charm was the star of the show in the warm, inviting, woolly world of Kirby's Epic Yarn on the Wii, and the same is true here, even though this game swaps out wool for clay in the environment. The material...

Move over Muppets, The Cat Mario Show is here to steal your thunder with puppets

Nintendo's kid-friendly puppet show hosted by a cat-suited Mario and Peach, The Cat Mario Show, is now available to watch on Nintendo 3DS, 2DS and Wii U, the company announced today. The Cat Mario Show features fun facts, quizzes and tips on different Nintendo games. The first episode is available on the European Nintendo eShop; releases in other territories have not been announced. "In the first video, the two hand-puppet hosts reveal insider secrets on becoming a Mario Expert and challenge kids to spot the hidden Luigi in Super Mario 3D World," the announcement reads, "while the show also delivers some top tips on becoming super powerful in the Kirby Fighters battle mode of Kirby: Triple Deluxe." The cat suit version of Mario is a play off the new power-up in Super Mario 3D World,...
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Our Miis are lonely, so let's share our Nintendo IDs

Now that we all have our Wii U's and I'm sure I'm not the only one with an empty friends list, let's get together and "fix" this. Just post your ID if you want so we can follow or request each other. he idea of people being able to follow someone without them actually used up a friend in your list is quite interesting. It'll at least help the Wii U feel a little less empty and lonely. Right now my plaza is just filled with Nintendo Miis trying to tell me how cool the Wii U is. Edit: Also a quick tip. Send the friend request through the profiles in Miiverse. If you register a friend in the friendlist section, it works like friend codes used to, requiring both parties to register each other. It'll be a hidden request only you can see, unlike the Miiverse which its a 30 day expiring...

These are the free games available for Club Nintendo's Elite members

Club Nintendo is offering free Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games in lieu of physical rewards to its Gold and Platinum Elite Status members, according to its official website. Platinum members who have racked up 600 or more coins by registering products with Club Nintendo and taking related surveys can choose one of the following games: Dillon's Rolling Western — 3DS Dr. Luigi — Wii U Donkey Kong 3 — 3DS Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D — 3DS Earthbound — Wii U Fluidity: Spin Cycle — 3DS Game and Wario — Wii U Ice Climber — Wii U Kid Icarus — Wii U Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move — 3DS Metroid — 3DS NES Remix — Wii U Super Mario Bros. — Wii U Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins — 3DS Wario Land 2 — 3DS Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link —...
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Nintendo bringing Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros., Shovel Knight and more to Comic-Con

Nintendo fans in San Diego during Comic-Con International 2014 will be able to get their hands on nearly 20 games from the publisher, Nintendo announced today. The lineup encompasses titles on Nintendo 3DS as well as Wii U, and includes recent releases along with upcoming games. Here's the full list: Nintendo 3DS Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS from Nintendo Pokémon Art Academy from Nintendo Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney from Nintendo Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal from Sega Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call from Square Enix Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games Siesta Fiesta from Mojo Bones Wii U Super Smash Bros. for Wii U from Nintendo Hyrule Warriors from Nintendo Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker from Nintendo Yoshi's...

Fatal Frame creeps onto Wii U in its first trailer for the console

Nintendo and Koei Tecmo have revealed the first trailer for the upcoming Wii U Fatal Frame sequel. Known in Japan as Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko, roughly translating to Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden, the game will launch in Japan on Sept. 27. There's no word just yet on a North American release. In this new series installment, players take control of Kozukata Yuuri, a girl who can see spirits of those taken into the "Ghost World." On top of this, Yuuri discovers she has the ability to bring the spirits back into the real world by reaching Mount Hikamiyama. According to Koei Tecmo, this sacred mountain is known as the mountain of death where those who wish to die can enter at a certain hour and cross from the world of the living to the world of the dead. The company states...
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Disney Infinity 2.0 roster grows with Tinker Bell and Stitch

Tinker Bell and Stitch are the latest Disney characters to be featured in Disney Infinity 2.0, publisher Disney Interactive announced today. According to Disney Interactive, the fairy and Experiment 626 were two of the characters that Disney Infinity fans requested most often. The in-game version of Stitch comes with his cosmic blaster, and his abilities include a high jump. Tinker Bell, meanwhile, has magical Pixie Dust and can fly through the air. Stitch debuted in the 2002 animated film Lilo & Stitch, which was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation (now known as Walt Disney Animation Studios). Tinker Bell originated in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, and became a beloved Disney character in the 1953 animated film of the same name. You can check out screenshots of Stitch and Tinker...

Video Games: The Movie is a missed opportunity

If the game industry came together to make a movie about its own awesomeness, the result would likely look a lot like Video Games: The Movie.Released today on iTunes, it's a stickily adulatory biography of gaming, from its beginnings in an MIT research lab, to today's AAA and indie efforts. Along the way, the film, partly funded via a Kickstarter, humorlessly reminds the viewer just how "amazing" video games are, via talking heads, mostly middle-aged game professionals, with a random selection of TV actors and writers who like games and think they are important. There are also helpful stats from trade body the Entertainment Software Association as well as a smattering of faintly baffling inserted quotes from the likes of Mahatma Gandhi. Rarely does the story, written, directed and...

Hyrule Warriors' Fi shows off her dancing sword techniques in new gameplay video

Fi, the latest character to join Link and the woman warrior-heavy cast of Hyrule Warriors, does most of her damage with dancing kicks — and by transforming into the Goddess Sword then slashing through hordes of enemies — according to the game's latest trailer. The co-star of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Fi is the seventh confirmed character for Hyrule Warriors, the Wii U action game from Koei Tecmo, Team Ninja and Nintendo. Hyrule Warriors will be released this September in North America and Europe. Fi joins The Legend of Zelda characters like Agitha and Midna from Twilight Princess, as well as series regulars Link, Zelda and Impa. Original character Lana will also be playable among other fan favorites.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham pre-order toys revealed

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced a list of retailer-specific pre-order bonuses for for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. The game, due out on most platforms later this year, allows players to take on the roles of 150 DC characters including those from the Justice League and the Legion of Doom. It's the latest in a highly successful series of kid-friendly action puzzle games from developer TT Games. Here's the list of retail offers... Amazon: Lego Batgirl KeychainBest Buy: Digital Comic BookGameStop: Plastic Man toy (right image)Target: Batwing Miniset (top image)Toys R Us: The Joker Keychain Walmart: Lego Tumbler Miniset "Lego Batman 1 was all about Batman and Robin," explained game director Arthur Parsons in a recent Polygon interview. "Lego Batman 2 was...

Fire Emblem: Awakening's Lucina and Robin join the new Super Smash Bros. roster (update: Captain Falcon too)

The latest characters to join the roster of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS are Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem: Awakening and Captain Falcon, Nintendo and Team Sora announced today in a stream on the game's official website. Lucina was introduced in Awakening, which launched for Nintendo 3DS in January 2013. Robin is a named version of the character players create at the start of the game, the avatar that serves as players' vehicle through Awakening's story. Robin can be played as a male or female character. The video teased Captain Falcon (shown in the screenshot below) and he is now listed as an official fighter on the game's website. Chrom, another Awakening character, was shown fighting, but it is unclear if he is an alternate for Lucina or an assist trophy. A...
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Skylanders makes its Comic-Con debut with hands-on Trap Team

Skylanders: Trap Team, the next entry in Activision's toy/action-adventure series, will be playable at San Diego Comic-Con and will be the subject of a panel there in the series' first appearance at the expo. The panel is "Skylanders: The Creative Process of Bringing Toys to Life," and it will be Thursday at 6 p.m. PT in Room 7AB at the San Diego Convention Center. Featured speakers include Richard Horvitz, the voice of Kaos in the series; Ron Marz, known for his work on Green Lantern and the Marvel vs. DC crossover book, and executives from Activision and Trap Team developer Toys for Bob. Activision is stoking hype for the panel by offering a cosplay contest giving out more than $5,000 in prizes to those who dress up as a character from the series. Skylanders: Trap Team is scheduled...

Classic NES baseball title Bases Loaded now available on Virtual Console

Classic NES title Bases Loaded is now available on Virtual Console for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo announced. Originally launched for NES and arcades in Japan in 1987 and the following year in North America, Bases Loaded is the first installment in the TOSE-developed baseball simulation series. Players can select from 12 teams, choose a lineup of 30 players each boasting their own unique strengths and stats and then throw them out onto the field. Players can tackle single games at a time or attempt, play several in a row in an attempt to win a pennant, and tempt into view the famous disembodied catcher's mitt — or "phantom paw" — with outside pitches. Earlier this year, the Virtual Console began stocking Game Boy Advance games. Nintendo DS titles are slated to hit the VC later...

Project Cars' Wii U version won't hit until 2015

Slightly Mad Studios' racing simulator Project Cars won't be available on Wii U until next year, publisher Bandai Namco told Eurogamer. The PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One versions are still on track for release in Nov. 2014. When asked about the Wii U version of the title — no footage has been shown of this version up until this point — Bandai Namco stated it would launch in 2015. "We're committed to delivering an exceptional and unique experience for racing fans on Wii U and for this we kindly ask our devoted and passionate Nintendo fans for a little more time in order to ensure the game delivers on our vision of being the most authentic, beautiful, and technically-advanced racing game on any platform," Bandai Namco said in a statement. Bandai Namco U.K. marketing and PR...

A new challenger approaching Super Smash Bros. on July 14

Nintendo will reveal a new character for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS this upcoming Monday, July 14, the company announced today. The reveal will be streamed through the official Super Smash Bros. website in each territory beginning at 10 a.m. ET. In a post on Miiverse, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai said rather than host a new Nintendo Direct video presentation to announce the character, the team wanted to showcase the new fighter in a livestream. "Looks like we're nearing the bottom of the stash of new challenger videos that we've made..." Sakurai wrote, suggesting that the game's roster is almost full. "Like always, we put a lot of effort into it, so I hope you'll enjoy watching it live." The latest challengers to be added to the legendary fighting series'...

Watch Child of Light's Igniculus illuminate the watercolor world from a smartphone

You can control Child of Light's firefly companion Igniculus with your smartphone, thanks to technology created by Roccat Studios. Press play above to see the Igniculus Mobile Controller in action, as a second player flies Aurora's sidekick using a phone and the other player uses an Xbox 360 controller on a PC. The game uses Roccat's Power-Grid technology, which lets users create a customizable controller for their PC. The Power-Grid requires a free plug-in for Child of Light control. Other applications for the second screen technology include launching sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, monitoring your PC's status and and performing actions like shutting it down and putting it to sleep. Power-Grid available as a free download from Roccat's official site. For more on developer...

Evo 2014 tournament stream schedule details three days of fighting game action

The Twitch stream schedule for this year's Evo fighting game championship series is now available, along with the tournament's brackets for the three days of fighting game battles. You watch the tournament from the two streams: SrkEvo1 and SrkEvo2. Capcom Pro Tour will broadcast all of the Ultra Street Fighter 4 pools through its official channel. Super Smash Bros. Melee will join a roster of six other fighting games this year. On Friday, the pools, quarter finals and semifinals for Ultra Street Fighter 4 will take place. Friday will also see pools for Super Smash Bros. Melee and pools and semifinals for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Saturday will feature pools, semifinals and quarter finals for Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Quarter finals and semifinals for K...

Check out these Mario Kart 8 hacks

Mario Kart 8 has been hacked, according to a YouTube video from MrBean35000vr published over the weekend. Based on a browser exploit, the hack lets you modify Mario Kart 8's memory on the fly. Press play above to see the hackers modify the Moo Moo Meadows track to play the final lap music during the first lap, rename levels, corrupt fonts and more. The hackers admit that the proof of concept "may not look impressive," but that's in part because this was their first attempt. "All of this may not look impressive, but it's merely because we don't even know where to start; we can do anything now, anything at all! Custom tracks, custom songs, you name it," the YouTube video's description reads. "We just have to decipher the RAM and work out how." For more on the game, you can read our M...
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