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Metroid Nintendo Land? Samus Starship, Helmet and Ridley Confirmed. Mini-Game Still Unknown (Screenshots)

Samus Starship in Nintendo Land. Confirms Metroid Minigame (Wii U E3 2012)

You can’t have Samus Starship without having a Metroid minigame in Nintendo Land for Wii U!

Metroid Nintendo Land WILL be a reality. The Wii U minigame compilation is chock-full of references to Samus Metroid franchise, which means that a minigame based on the Metroid series is certain.

What that minigame will look like remains to be seen however. Nintendo Land is a themepark game that features minigames based on many of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, from Animal Crossing to The Legend of Zelda.

In the screenshots above and below, you can see that Samus Helmet is used as an icon in the game’s main hub, as well as in the list of icons representing each of the minigames contained in Nintendo Land (including several that have yet to be revealed outside of the icon).

Even more blatant is a giant Ridley robot/statue that walks around the Nintendo Land theme park hub, and Samus Starship which flies around the theme park!

Nintendo Land Minigame Icons Including Samus Helmet

….. Samus Helmet is upon dozens of other Nintendo Land minigame icons. Including Yoshi’s Egg, Mario’s Cap, Zelda’s Triforce, Birdo, Boo and More!

Nintendo Land Ridley Robot Screenshot (Wii U)

A giant Ridley, the Metroid boss and leader of the Space Pirates, stomps about the Nintendo Land park!

Nintendo Land Samus Helmet Icon Gameplay Screenshot (Hub)

It doesn’t get more blatant than this! Metroid will be a minigame thanks to Samus’ helmet icon!

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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in E3 2012, News, Screenshots, Videogame News


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Wii U Achievements System Called Super Play In New Super Mario Bros. U For Wii U Via MiiVerse (Screenshots and Video). Online Social Networking Features Detailed

Wii U Achievements in New Super Mario Bros. U Screenshot

Die here in New Super Mario Bros. U and message pop-up from other MiiVerse players.

Achievements in New Super Mario Bros. U and Wii U will come by way of MiiVerse revealed Nintendo at E3 2012 during their Developer Discussion.

How the Achievements work will be specific to that individual game, at least in the case of New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U. However Nintendo has confirmed that MiiVerse features are innate to the Wii U itself, and thus every game will feature MiiVerse features. That means its very plausible that this Achievement system I will detail here will be THE Achievement system built into all Wii U games.

The Wii U Achievement system works like this. While playing New Super Mario Bros. U, you can gain Achievements by completing certain conditions as you make your way through a level. Conditions explained include collecting all the Star Coins hidden on a level in one go, completing the level without being hit by a single enemy. If you manage one of these conditions, called a “Super Play” by the developers (tentative term I imagine), then you will be prompted to leave a message regarding your awesome performance, that will then be shared with other players online via the MiiVerse, as well as with your own friends who own the game. Nintendo was adamant that there are “A LOT” of different conditions, or Achievements, that players can strive for.

You can hear Nintendo discuss this in the E3 2012 Wii U Developer Discussion Video. Skip to around 6:30.

Messages from other players on the MiiVerse will then be spread throughout the actual game as you are playing, and revealed when you meet or fail to meet these Achievements; alerting you to the fact that these Achievements exist, or dropping hints as to what it may take to fulfill a Super Play.

It is easy to imagine this same Achievements system being applied to other games, in the same manner that it is applied to New Super Mario Bros. U. Will this be the bonafide Achievements system for the Wii U? Seems to me like it will be, but we’ll have to wait and see what else Nintendo reveals regarding an Achievements system for Wii U, and whether or not these games will have Badges or Emblems or Points or Trophies associated with earning these Super Play or Achievement conditions and how they are shared with your online friends and the world at large via MiiVerse.

You can get an idea of how this works in the screenshots above and below.

Wii U MiiVerse Achievements Super Play System In New Super Mario Bros. U

Fail to earn a Super Play in New Super Mario Bros. U and you’ll see comments from other players.


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Family Guy Amish Videogame? Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse Announced (Xbox 360, PS3). Release Date September 25 2012. Features 3rd Person Shooter Gameplay, Multiplayer and Amish-Sniping

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse Videogame Stewie Screenshot

…. Stewie versus the Amish in the Family Guy videogame for Xbox 360 and PS3. Releasing September 25 2012.

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse for PS3 and Xbox 360 is based on a beloved episode of the animated TV series known as “Road to the Multiverse”, where Stewie and Brian use a device that allows them to travel to alternate dimensions of their town of Quahog… leading them to see “twisted” versions of the towns inhabitants. Among them include an Amish version of the town… 10 different dimensions/levels will be featured in the game. They aren’t based on actual episodes but on the fiction itself.

However it is that “Amish” theme in which this game is majorly-based. Teaming up with the writers of the TV show who have worked hard to bring the token and trademark humor of the series into videogame form, Stewie and Brian must combat the collective Amish who have been convinced by Stewie’s rival, Bertram, that they are the source of all ills and must therefore be destroyed.

This leads to Stewie and Brian taking up arms against the Amish in brutal third-person shooting combat amongst a large world made up of adventure and RPG elements. Including both cooperative play and full-on four-player multiplayer modes (the latter is confirmed as local offline, not sure about the former).

Brian Family Guy Game Back to the Multiverse Gameplay Screenshot

Brian will wield realworld weapons while Stewie is armed with scifi and novelty weapons.

The gameplay is a mix of shooting, action and platforming, where the world is strewn about with portals that allow you to equip your character with various weapons. These weapons come from “Stewie’s bedroom” and include Brian’s Sniper Rifle and laser guns for Stewie, among others. Brian has access to real-world weapons like a 9mm Pistol and a Jack Daniels bottle of liquor for melee attacks, whereas Stewie uses sci-fi and novelty weapons including an exploding diaper that replaces grenades, a melee Golf Club and the aforementioned laser gun.

In single player you will switch between controlling either Stewie or Brian, whereas in coop you and a friend will control each character. Parts of the environment can be destroyed our interacted with as you attempt to take out the Amish, such as the ability to shoot down behives ontop of enemies, or take cover behind trees. Stewie uses Peter Griffin’s nemesis, the Giant Chicken, as a sort of companion attack dog, who can be summoned to combat enemies alongside you; and works as a power-up.

Here is an interview regarding the game (no gameplay footage shown).

Many of the famous inhabitants of the show make appearances in the game, and all of the voice actors seem like they’ve put in their duties to make the game authentic. Some characters on offer include Amish Peter, Herbert, Greased Up Deaf Guy, their controversial elderly neighbor and many others. I’m sure the series regulars will all make an appearance as well. Voice acting is in heavy use as Stewie and Brian comment on what is going on in the game and throw-out one-liners and jokes as you progress depending on the situation. They also throw out lots of pop-culture references. Other characters will apparently also be playable, although who else remains to be seen.

Multiplayer will have you facing off against other humans, and choosing from various costumes and playable characters. Whom you will surely unlock as you go through the single player. Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse will be released on September 25, 2012 for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in E3 2012, News, Videogame News, Videos


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Batman: Arkham City Wii U Armored Edition Announced (E3 2012). Uses Wii U GamePad Tablet Touchscreen Controller To Add New Features. Trailers, Videos and Stage Demo

Batman: Arkham City Wii U Joker and Harley Quinn Screenshot

The Joker and Harley Quinn land on Wii U with Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition.

Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition for Wii U was one of the biggest games Nintendo was touting for the next-generation console at the E3 2012 Nintendo Press Conference.

The game takes the best game of 2011 and expands on it by making extensive use of the Wii U GamePad’s tablet controller and its touchscreen, allowing the player increased functionality, new moves, and streamlined accessibility to Batman’s weapons and gadgets, all at the touch of a button. This also frees the main screen from clutter and menus, as all menus now take place on the Wii U GamePad controller, meaning you do not need to ever pause the game! This is the same type of streamlining that developers are bringing to other games like ZombieU and Rayman Legends.

Here is the E3 2012 announcement trailer and video for Batman: Arkahm City Armored Edition.

Developed by WB Games Montreal, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition is the enhanced version of the award-winning blockbuster videogame created by Rocksteady Studios. The Wii U version delivers the same impactful story and gameplay as the original title, this time with enhanced gameplay mechanics and features made possible with the Wii U and the new controller.

Batman: Arkham City is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and is set in Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others, the game allows players to genuinely experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight delivering justice on the streets of Gotham City.

Here is the E3 2012 Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition Official Trailer.

Key Features of Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition For Wii U Include:

Battle Armored Tech Mode (B.A.T. Mode)

A new upgraded battle suit for both Batman and Catwoman gives players an additional power-up by allowing them to build up kinetic energy during combat. When activated, Batman enters B.A.T. mode, whereby he doles out more damage and has a heightened sense of enemy locations.

Wii U New Controller Functionality
The new controller’s touch screen allows players to truly be The World’s Greatest Detective with the newly designed, wrist-mounted Batcomputer. Players can select their gadget, track evidence, upgrade their gear, set and detonate bombs, and more, all without ever leaving the game.

Reimagined Gadgets
All gadgets have been reimagined to utilize the power of the new controller. For example, players can now use the new Sonar mode that enables Batman to quickly probe his surroundings to develop the tactics needed for success. Players can then select, customize and equip their preferred gadget loadout, as well as access a real-time map of Gotham without ever leaving the action of the game. The new controller also allows for an unprecedented level of accuracy when using the Batarang and scanning for clues.

Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition Content
Included on disc are all previously released downloadable content: Harley Quinn’s Revenge Pack, Catwoman Pack, Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack, Challenge Map Pack and Arkham City Skins Pack.

Here is an interview with the developer about Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition.


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Next-Generation Looks Like This. Epic Game’s Unreal Engine 4 Elemental Tech Demonstration Shows What Next-Gen Will Be (PC and Console)

Unreal Engine 4 Elemental Demonic Boss Screenshot

A demonic fire boss is ready to crush the player in this next-generation Unreal Engine 4 Elemental trailer.

Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 and their Elemental Demo impressed many at E3 2012. Excited for the next-generation of videogames and console machines? Epic is too, and now they are showcasing what next-gen games will look like using the highest spec PC machines available.


Epic Games Elemental Demo Running On Unreal Engine 4

And what you see will definitely leave gamers in awe. The technical specs are through the roof, and the worlds that can be built using it are more impressive than anything gamers have yet to see. The biggest update that videogames will receive comes in the lighting department. Realistic lighting that dynamically effects how the world looks is the star of the show…

What is even more impressive is the fact that all of this is happening in REALTIME. What does that mean? It means that the game you will play in the future… in a future that has games running on the Unreal Engine 4, will look exactly like this WHEN YOU PLAY IT.

Here is a deeper look at the Unreal Engine 4 and the actual engine itself and what it looks like when developers are using it to make a game!


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Lego City: UnderCover Screenshots Wii U Lego City Strories/Grand Theft Lego In Action! Flying Helicopter, Artworks of Chase McCain Character Disguises: Cop, Fireman, Robber, Miner, Kung Fu Combat, Police Car Hijacking, Tightrope Walking, Jack Hammering

Lego City: Undercover Screenshot Helicopter Gameplay! (Wii U)

Fly a freakin’ helicopter through Lego City! AWESOME!

Lego City: UnderCover Screenshots of the Wii U Lego City Stories Grand Theft Lego open-world sandbox game excluively for Wii U from Traveller’s Tales, the beloved Lego videogame company!

This game looks absolutely amazing, and surprised many people at E3 2012 by how awesome and fun the game looks. Exploration in Lego City: Undercover has been taken up a notch as players have access to all manner of acrobatic moves with which to explore the environment. From swinging from poles to Wall Jumps to a Grappling Hook that allows them to swing across gaps.

All in all, this game looks amazing! As you will see in the following awesome screenshots!

Lego City Stories Chase McCain Screenshot (Wii U)

Chase McCain here, the cop, is the main character of Lego City Stories. Er. Lego City: UnderCover

Lego City Exploration Screenshot (Wii U)

Exploring Lego City in Lego City Stories for Wii U. Love the Lego Block look!

Car Driving Screenshot Lego City: UnderCover (Wii U E3 2012)

Jack cars and drive them around Lego City. Over 100 cars and vehicles in total!

Lego City: UnderCover Screenshot (Wii U). Explore an open-world, sandbox Lego Game!

An open-world, sandbox Lego City expanses before your eyes! Explore it!

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Lego City: UnderCover Announced for Wii U (Nintendo E3 2012 Conference). New Name for Lego City Stories. Awesome Open-World Traveller’s Tales Lego Game (Grand Theft Lego). New Trailers, Gameplay Videos and Stage Demo

Grand Theft Lego in Lego City Undercover Gameplay Screenshot

It’s like a Grand Theft Lego game in Lego City: UnderCover exclusively For Wii U!

Lego City Stories for Wii U is now Lego City: UnderCover! This is an absolutely awesome looking open-world GTA-style Lego game made by Traveller’s Tales! The same team behind the other Lego games you know and love like Lego Star Wars, Lego Batman, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Harry Potter and the upcoming Lego Lord of the Rings!

Lego City: UnderCover takes the Lego videogame series in a completely open-world, sandbox direction for the first time ever! Explore a gigantic, living, breathing Lego-ized city (called… “Lego City”) made up of the popular real-world Lego toy sets fans know and love! Additionally, our hero (named Detective Chase McCain) has a full range of acrobatic moves he can perform, from running along walls to swinging on poles, performing Wall Jumps and swinging from a grappling hook! He can even perform wrestling-style moves in hand-to-hand combat! He also can hijack vehicles and drive them around the city, including flying vehicles like helicopters and airplanes! :O

No word on whether or not the game supports Co-Op play of any kind, or how the MiiVerse will be integrated into the game. Although the official website lists the game as for 1 or 2 players, so it is very likely to have local cooperative play just like the rest of the Lego videogames. We’ll have to wait and see to find out if it supports online play however.

Lego City: Undercover is a Wii U-exclusive however, and because of that Nintendo elements will be integrated into the game in some form… for example at the end of the trailer we see Chase McCain enter a green warp pipe from Super Mario Bros.! :D

Here is the Lego City: UnderCover Wii U E3 2012 Debut Gameplay Trailer.

The trailer shows off a number of cool gadgets and items that McCain uses to unearth Lego pieces including a Jackhammer, a Crowbar tool that he uses to pry a door open, and he even punches the crap out of a ATM machine! By switching to different disguises, McCain will gain all-new abilities. Lego City: UnderCover is the first fully-voiced Lego videogame with unique voice work for each of the game’s characters! This will help tell the story in the cinematic cutscenes.

Additionally, players can use the Wii U GamePad tablet controller and it’s touchscreen to scan for hidden criminals, and make use of other gadgets (just like in Batman: Arkham City Wii U and ZombieU). All in all, this game looks mighty impressive and might fun! Lego City: UnderCover will most likely be a Wii U launch game when the system hits store shelves this Fall 2012.

The Chase is On!
For the first time, the fan-favorite LEGO City vehicles and play sets come to life in LEGO City: Undercover, exclusively for the new Wii U console. Players assume the identity of Chase McCain, an undercover detective armed with clever disguises. The mission is to put a stop to the fiendish Rex Fury and end his crime wave in LEGO City. As players run, drive and even fly through the city, they’ll use the Wii U GamePad controller as a new police gadget.

Here is a Lego City: UnderCover stage demo showing ten minutes of new gameplay footage!

Key Features of Leco City: UnderCover include:

* The Wii U GamePad is woven seamlessly into the game-play experience. Players use it to scan for hidden clues and criminals, receive mission updates and place waypoints on an overhead city map that displays their position in real time.
* Experience LEGO City like never before. Players will encounter familiar play sets come to life as they explore the vast city, looking for clues to bring Rex Fury to justice.
* Players can go undercover with a variety of disguises, including a firefighter, a construction worker and even a robber, and use their unique abilities to solve puzzles and access new areas of the city.
* There are more than 100 vehicles for players to collect and use to explore the city, including sports cars, motorcycles and even aircraft.
* LEGO video games are known for their humor and parody, and LEGO City: Undercover delivers this and more with fully voiced characters and ambient crowds, bringing LEGO City to life.

Here’s some GameSpot guys discussing Lego City: Undercover from the E3 2012 Show Floor.


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