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Caped crusader goes kinda nuts in new Lego Batman 3 trailer

A new trailer for TT Games' Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham today shows Batman in a freaky frenzy over his little buddy Robin. There's no explanation about the dark knight's weird behavior, but we do know that many characters in this game are subverted by evil Brainiac as he seeks to take over the world. It just so happens that this trailer is almost entirely focused on Brainiac and his incredible shrinking device, but we also get a song and dance routine from Joker. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Windows PC this fall
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare isn't coming to Wii U

This year's Call of Duty is skipping the Wii U, developer Sledgehammer Games confirmed today. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was announced in May for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, with PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions confirmed later. Sledgehammer Games is focusing its efforts on developing the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions, with an unconfirmed studio handling development on previous generation platforms. Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey said today that there won't be a Wii U version of the game, which he explained on Twitter was "an Activision decision." In previous years, Activision confirmed Call of Duty games for Nintendo platforms well after announcing each year's entry. The Wii version of Modern Warfare 3 was announced in Aug. 2011, months after other...
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Watch Dogs will be 'the only mature game' Ubisoft publishes for Wii U

Ubisoft will shift its focus when it comes to publishing games for Nintendo's Wii U. While the company will continue to release types of games that are already doing well — like the Just Dance franchise — it will back away from more mature titles. Speaking with Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Watch Dogs for Wii U will likely be the last mature game published for the console. One of the reasons for this is the poor reception for Assassin's Creed games on Wii U. Both Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag received Wii U versions, but neither game appears to have done as well as the Just Dance games. "What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games," Guillemot said. "So what we are trying to do is to...
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Night Trap Kickstarter slams Nintendo; applies for Nintendo license

The Night Trap Kickstarter soap opera took another twist yesterday, with organizer Tom Zito lashing out at Nintendo in a lengthy update, while pledging to apply to that same company for a Wii U release of the game, as a potential stretch goal. Zito's blog post (which includes a host of surprising anecdotes from gaming's past) recounts his animosity towards Nintendo due to an episode 20 years ago, when the original Night Trap, a schlocky horror game, was the subject of media and federal scrutiny into the game industry. He wrote that Nintendo's then management had thrown Zito and his team under the bus by creating a reel of Night Trap, which was then on the Sega CD, and presenting the footage to a U.S Senate hearing. Night Trap was subsequently withdrawn from sale. "Through its...
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Nintendo responds to petition to include Robin Williams tribute in Zelda game

A fan-petition for Nintendo to include a character named after Robin Williams, who died earlier this week, has so far collected almost 90,000 signatures.Nintendo tonight responded to Polygon's request for comment on the Change.org petition, which asks that Nintendo name one of its non-player characters 'Robin' in the next Zelda game. Williams, who had recently been diagnosed with a serious illness and suffered from Depression, took his own life on Monday. He had been a keen fan of Nintendo games and named his daughter, Zelda, after The Legend of Zelda. At this point, Nintendo has declined to make any commitment to the petition. "Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo." offered a Nintendo spokesperson. "Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we've...
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Disney Infinity 2.0 comes with AI builders, game makers, interiors and more

Disney Infinity 2.0 brings with it a slew of new options for the open-world, build-it-yourself Toy Box mode of the toys-to-life game, the company announced this week. The new Disney Infinity, due out Sept. 23 in North America on PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Windows PC, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, includes a host of new options designed around some of the issues with the original game. Fans, myself included, found it frustrating to unlock the toys, pieces and characters they wanted to use in Toy Box mode. In the original game, things were unlocked randomly. In the new game, players can choose what they unlock. But that's the smallest of the changes coming to Toy Box. This time around players can easily control procedurally generated content on a map by simply choosing a theme they like and...
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Sonic meets his demise in the first minute of this new Sonic Boom trailer

"Not my finest moment," the blue hedgehog narrates as he tumbles down a cliff and we watch his unconscious body get buried until a pile of boulders. Certainly not, Sonic. Certainly not. The latest trailer for Sonic Boom, however, seems suggest that the game is the opposite of the hedgehog's lament: a new adventure for Sonic and friends to prove their mettle against an adversary other than their forever-nemesis, the bumbling Dr. Eggman. Borrowing objectives from the Mass Effect series' nefarious Reapers, new villain Lyric — a giant snake in a mech suit, basically —  wants to destroy all organic life on earth and replace it with robot people. Robot animals. Robot sentient animals? The trailer also gives a quick look at Sonic's new makeover, including a new sassy way of talking and a s...
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Super Smash Bros. GameCube controller bundle pre-orders are open now

The GameCube controller bundle for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which includes the game, a GameCube controller and an adapter, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Nintendo previously announced that the Wii U entry of its fighting franchise would support GameCube controllers. The bundle itself, available for $99.99, was revealed at E3 2014. The adapter supports up to four GameCube or WaveBird controllers on the Wii U. The bundle currently lists a release date of Dec. 31, 2014, though it's likely a placeholder. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is expected to launch this winter. The 3DS version — which includes the same characters but a few different levels — will be available Oct. 3. For more on both games, check out our in-depth preview from E3 2014.
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How a sexy game was snuck onto the Wii U

If a developer wants to make a video game that is sexually-suggestive and can lead to a naughty time, they could learn a thing or two from slumber party games, according to Lau Korsgaard, a developer from KnapNok Games who is also part of the Copenhagen Game Collective. KnapNok is best known for Spin the Bottle, a Wii U party game inspired by the slumber party game of the same name. Sitting in a circle, players spin a virtual bottle on the Wii U GamePad and take on challenges, which often involve touching and trusting each other. The challenges themselves are innocent, and there is nothing overtly sexual about them ... which is what makes Spin the Bottle such a good, naughty game. According to Korsgaard, slumber party games grow up with players so, rather than present players with...
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Nuketown 2025 map finally shows up on Wii U

Two years after the game launched, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has made the Nuketown 2025 map available on Wii U, coinciding with a double XP weekend on that console. Nuketown 2025 free, and players will get it by installing an update to the game. The map was originally a pre-order incentive for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and was made available to all platforms through the Revolution DLC pack in January 2013. Additionally, the Zombies-mode map Die Rise is expected to finally arrive on Wii U. Miiverse users had said they'd seen it added to the game's menus (and included screenshots) but were unable to launch it yet. No formal announcement was made of the map's release, leaving it to players to speculate why it was coming out now. Or, as one put it in Miiverse: "This is wonderful....
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Micromon is the iOS App Store's top paid title and basically a Pokémon game

Micromon, the #1 paid app in the iOS App Store, bears a striking resemblance to Nintendo's Pokémon franchise. Released July 31, the developers at Pocket Trend describe the $0.99 universal app for iPad and iPhone as a "Fully animated monster catching game." In the role-playing game, "tamers" explore the game's world, capture and evolve more than 130 monsters and "Challenge other tamers to become the best!" The gameplay and graphics bear more than a passing resemblance to the Pokémon formula, where "trainers" capture and train their pocket monsters and battle Pokémon masters. In an October 2013 financial call, Nintendo representatives said that they had no intention of bringing games to mobile platforms, according to analyst David Gibson. By December, Nintendo of America president R...
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This Mario toy is one big boy

Standing at knee-height to an adult (20-inches) this Mario toy from Jakks is priced at $29.99 and aimed at kids ages three-and up. It's the latest in a line of plushes and figures from Jakks, under licence from Nintendo. Due to arrive in toy stores this fall, it'll be joined by smaller versions and by wall climber Mario figures. A spokesperson for Jakks said sales of Nintendo toys has been strong this year, especially following the launch of Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. "Seeing the oversized Hammer-Wielding Hero at this scale is a sight to behold,' said Jakks' Dominic Laurienzo. "He comes complete with 11 points of articulation not only for play but dynamic collector posing as well. We work very closely with the team at Nintendo to get these figures just right and are really excited for...
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Why Shovel Knight's devs had to go broke to become successful

To create Shovel Knight, the developers at Yacht Club Games had to go broke first, according to a post on the developer's official website. Based on what they believe to be industry standard budget projections, creating Shovel Knight should have taken two years and $1.44 million. The core team of six developers began building the NES-inspired platformer last year with $328,682 in crowdfunded donations. Yacht Club cut costs wherever possible by deferring composer Jake Kaufman's salary, holding Kickstarter stretch goals until after the initial release and cutting salaries during development. But as the original March 31, 2014 release date crept closer, they ran out of money. "We ended up operating for five months without money or payments to the team here," the post reads. "It was a...
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German luxury comes to Mario Kart 8 this month with Mercedes-Benz DLC

The cast of Mario Kart 8 will experience the sporting luxury and precision of German engineering later this month when a trio of Mercedes-Benz cars come to the Wii U game as downloadable content. Included in the free Mercedes-Benz add-on for Mario Kart 8 are the 2014 GLA SUV, 1934 W25 Silver Arrow and 1957 300 SL Roadster. The new cars are expected to launch Aug. 27 in Japan and will kick off a four week-long online competition called the Mercedes Cup. Polygon has reached out to Nintendo of America to see if the Mercedes-Benz DLC will be available stateside. Check out the three new models coming to Mario Kart 8 in the Japanese trailer below.
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The Wii U name is still hurting Nintendo

Dan Adelman used to be the head of Nintendo's indie program, and has since taken to social media to discuss his new business working with indie developers while also giving some thoughts on his old employer.One answer to a question about Wii U sales on Ask.FM stood out. "Wii U is not selling as well as it deserves to. It has a lot to offer with great games you can't get anywhere else," Adelman said, answering a question about whether Nintendo was to blame for the "mess" it's in. "The value of the GamePad hasn't been justified. But the name Wii U is abysmal. I think that cut sales in half right there." The name of the console cut sales in half? That's a bold claim, but it's a narrative that even Nintendo believes to some extent. You may like the name, or have at least gotten used to...
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Hyrule Warriors lets you play as Ganondorf, fight with a Chain Chomp

Nintendo and Koei Tecmo's Zelda spin-off action game, Hyrule Warriors, will let Wii U owners play as the bad guys. In a new Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo confirmed that Ganondorf will be a playable character, as will Ghirahim from Skyward Sword and Zant from Twilight Princess. Link will also be able to use one of Mario's longtime enemies, the Chain Chomp, as a weapon. Link previously used a friendly Chain Chomp in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening as an item. Ganondorf will have multiple costume options in Hyrule Warriors. Club Nintendo members who register a copy of Hyrule Warriors by Oct. 23 will be able to unlock his Demon King costume set. Other costumes based on Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword and Twilight Princess will be available for Link and Zelda, but as retailer...
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