Late last week, I had a chance to get some additional hands-on time with Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console, thanks to an exclusive event held for Club Nintendo members. On hand were plenty of demo stations, each with one of the titles set to release around the console’s launch this holiday.
Not much has changed since my initial E3 impressions of the Wii U. I still believe the new GamePad controller adds a remarkable amount of freshness and immersion to home console gaming. You can use the controller’s large touch-screen in different ways, depending on the developer’s intention: you can view a mirrored image of the game to match what’s on your TV, or you can access menu or map information as a supplement to what’s on your TV. Both of these avenues work tremendously, though I prefer when the second screen is utilized as an additional screen for housing additional information.
Play-Asia isn’t just a terrific site for import gaming content, they also product original video content, like this here webshow!
This video does a great job of recapping some of the demo titles on-hand at E3 2012 for the Wii U console, titles which are all set to launch with the system this holiday. Take a look above.
This year’s E3 was my first time getting to experience the Wii U, a full year after the console was announced to the public. Upon gearing up for my first hands-on demo of Nintendo’s new hardware, I was as excited to check out the console in person, as I was the Wii U GamePad…
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After a decade working at G4, host Kevin Pereira has announced that he is leaving the network. Pereira first worked in production for the network, quickly becoming co-host for “Attack of the Show” in 2006. He will continue to host until his last day on May 31. Pereira will still be on-hand for the E3 2012 coverage, taking place the following week.
“For the last ten years, G4 has provided me a phenomenal career filled with countless once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and the chance to work with some of the most driven, talented and passionate people in the business,” said Pereira. “I want to thank our viewers for allowing me to inform and entertain them each and every week.”
Although I’m happy for Kevin taking this time to pursue other interests, this surely sucks for those that loved watching his daily antics. With the absence of Olivia Munn, Kevin Sessler, and Alison Haislip, Kevin’s departure truly is a tremendous blow to the network. This is a sad day in nerdom.
Nintendo Wii owners now have another channel to add to their vacant and dusty homescreen. The company has announced that starting today, Hulu Plus subscribers can now download the new channel, giving them the ability to view the wealth of Internet streaming content on their Wii consoles. For $7.99 a month, users can gain streaming access to TV programs across several networks like ABC, FOX and NBC.
Nintendo has also announced plans to add Hulu Plus to the Nintendo 3DS handheld, a service which is scheduled for later this year. For more information, continue reading the official press release below.
[Wii owners with broadband Internet access now have a new way to watch their favorite TV shows and movies. Starting today, Wii owners can subscribe to Hulu Plus for $7.99 a month and instantly stream current-season hit TV shows such as Family Guy,Glee, New Girl, Vampire Diaries, The Office, The Biggest Loser and Modern Family, as well as full back seasons of hit shows like Community and Grey’s Anatomy. Kids can enjoy a growing library of favorites, including Arthur, Wild Kratts and Dinosaur Train, and families can browse through hundreds of popular movies from Miramax and more.
Have your daily gaming sessions lacked some burger building action? I have some news you can relish in! MonkeyPaw Games has announced that BurgerTime World Tour is finally set to arrive on your Wii consoles tomorrow.
This new WiiWare gem takes your love of the old school NES version of BurgerTime and turns up the heat. There’s a new look and new enemies, but the biggest difference is the new environment structure, transforming from a simplistic 2D playing field into a 3D burger-shape maze of scaffolding.
“BurgerTime is a maturation of the arcade classic,” said John Greiner, president of MonkeyPaw Games. “The new platforming elements evolve the action into a faster and more challenging experience. We’re excited for a new generation of players to try out the game and get a taste of retro evolution.”
The game will be available tomorrow for 1000 Wii Points.
All of this waiting for when Valve is ready is just silly, so I recently decided to take matters into my own hands. I have offered the company that Freeman built something that they can’t possibly refuse, that awesome lamp I made. Now, don’t ask how I did it (after all I wouldn’t want everyone flooding the market with them, and, thus, lowering the value of my offer would I?), just accept the fact that the process lands somewhere between making cookies, and alchemy.
I have approached Valve with an email, and I have to say, I like my chances. Click on to read the email in full.
[Resident Evil Revelations/ 3DS]
Lock’N Chase - This classic arcade game invites you to play as a thief who’s trying to score big by collecting his weight in gold. Duck in and out of alleys while scooping up coins along the way. (For Nintendo 3DS™)
Stonekeep: Bones of the Ancestors - The legend of Stonekeep requires a new hero: you. Explore creepy dungeons, defeat monsters and take their loot in this fantasy RPG. (For Wii™)
Nintendo eShop and Nintendo DSiWare™
Gaia’s Moon - Something strange is causing changes to the balance of energy in Gaia. Use your skills to discover who’s behind these changes and return harmony to the Gaia system. (For Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DSi™)
Resident Evil® Revelations (demo version) – An abandoned cruise ship holds the secret to a global bio-terrorism conspiracy in Resident Evil Revelations. A demo version is now available in the Nintendo eShop. (For Nintendo 3DS)
It’s true. I have my press pass sitting right next to me for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. I should be at CES right now in the warmth of Las Vegas, surrounded by gadgets and nerdlings galore. Instead, due to budget restraints and intense fear of flying for anything non-E3 related, I decided to skip the expo. I highly regret it.
CES is the biggest electronics expo of the year, and I’ve yet to attend. I convince myself every year that I need to attend, then puss out. New product announcements will range from 3D TVs, to gaming consoles and software, to exciting new glasses-free 3D tablets. Sadly, I’m not there to take it all in, instead being forced to read about it all. Sigh…
Oh well. Despite my absence, here’s hoping this week’s show will bring us lots to talk about. And at least there’s next year, ya know… assuming the world doesn’t end.