Project Zero 2 Wii Edition

Project Zero 2: Wii Edition is a remake of Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly, first released in 2003 on the PS2 and regarded by some as being one of the scariest video games of all time. It is the second title in the series of games known as “Fatal Frame” in the North America. Why this cult title warrants a re-release as the sun sets on the aged Wii is a question that may never be satisfactorily answered, but in any case it presents an appealing opportunity to dust off that old console one last chance before the relay baton is passed over to its successor.

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Nintendo has made it clear that it is taking E3 2012 seriously, offering interested gamers the chance to get the latest info from LA via the web, YouTube, FaceBook and Twitter. In a press release, it was announced that:

“Nintendo will be using a mix of online, broadcast and social platforms to provide a steady stream of breaking news and announcements during the video game industry’s biggest annual trade show”.
“We don’t want anyone to miss the energy and excitement of this year’s E3 Expo,” said Cindy Gordon, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Corporate Affairs. “By offering different ways to tune in and follow all the Nintendo news, we aim to make fans all over the world feel like they’re right there with us at the show.”

The hub on the web is located at, where there will be a live stream of the proceedings (no information about geographical restrictions announced). The US will have access to live TV broadcasts on the Spike TV and MTV2 networks commercial-free, while there will also be updates posted on YouTube, FaceBook, and Twitter. All this should make it easier for New Zealanders to follow the news when E3 kicks off in a couple of weeks.

via Gaming Examiner

Mario Party is a game that needs no introduction. Probably the best known game of its genre, this board game come mini-game collection is now in its 9th release, after an uncharacteristic 5 year hiatus. The basic tenet of the game is up to 4 players coming together to compete in a virtual board game, with mini-games being triggered at regular points during the game to allow players to compete for the stars that will determine who the overall winner is.

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PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, is the sequel to PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure. Like its predecessor, it is an action adventure game from the Pokémon universe, and to attempt to stereotype about the target demographic for the game might risk causing offence as there are more grown men that play Pokémon games than I would ever have imagined.

Having played some Pokémon games in the past I can say that while I am not a huge fan, I can understand (having had it explained to me) why there is an attraction to the Pokémon series. This adventure game spin-off, however, is something I do feel may have a more limited market.

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Well, someone’s getting fired.

A Rayman Legends trailer, almost certainly the sequel to Rayman Origins as reported earlier in the week, leaked out onto the internet, ensuring its immortality. What’s more, the trailer was specifically for the Wii U version, which has seen no direct promotion since E3 2011.

First, regarding the game itself: beyond the improved rendering engine, the game features new social features, multiplayer modes, characters, and all those sequelly things we’ve come to expect. However, the game also takes advantage of some unique Wii U features. In one scene, one of four players is shown directly manipulating platforms on the Wii U tablet’s resistive touch screen, allowing the other three players to advance. And, in the first instance we’ve yet seen of the Wii U’s built-in NFC technology, figures were placed on top of the Wii U tablet and recognized, granting additional features in-game. This functionality is notably similar to last year’s Skylanders, a game that enjoyed perhaps surprising commercial success.

The Wii U tablet controller looks largely unchanged, save for an odd black patch on the back on the controller. Camera? Infrared sensor? We’ll have to wait until E3. And that Ezio Auditore statue is intriguing…it’s hard to imagine how he’ll fit into the happy-go-lucky world of Rayman, but we’re more than willing to find out.

Rayman Origins, the critically acclaimed yet commercially underperforming platformer, apparently did well enough to warrant a sequel. A recent Ubisoft survey confirmed the existence of a sequel, using the custom UBIart engine. From the survey:

“The sequel to Rayman Origins will feature brand new settings: legendary worlds filled with castles, vampires, ghosts, Greek Gods, or dragons.”

It also confirms the inclusion of the four-player co-op from the first game, which was a major selling point.

Now, if only we could get a sequel for another certain critically admired Ubisoft game…


For those with a Wii console looking for some traditional Nintendo fare, Mario Party 9 is due for launch shortly in New Zealand, promising (as each iteration does) new mini-games, new gameplay,  but also the good old Mario Party fun that most of the games in the series have delivered on.

We get the game along with Australia, just behind Europe (March 2), and just before America on March 11. Japan falls behind with an April launch. No sign of a Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection logo on the box art though, meaning sadly no online multiplayer which would have breathed new life into the formula. There’s always next console eh?

When someone described Boom Street to me as "Monopoly with Nintendo characters", I wasn’t exactly excited to try it. Actually, saying that something’s similar to Monopoly is among the quickest ways to completely unsell me on a game’s concept. In my eyes, the world renowned boardgame of real estate magnates is less of a game and more of a teaching tool that can be used to have kids learn some basic, far-reaching principles which get used in other games. As it turns out, the comparison is valid, but extremely reductive. It’s rather like saying Chess is ‘like’ Checkers: They use the same 8×8 board, players take turns, and when certain pieces reach the end of the board, they become more powerful. In this scenario, Boom Street is Chess to Monopoly’s Checkers, and I really quite like it.

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As promised, Nintendo unveiled its latest console this morning — the Wii U. Nintendo also proved that crazy-tablet-controller-thing to be true, and showed that the console is indeed powerful enough to run third party games like Battlefield 3.


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