Luigi gets a starring role in upcoming Wii U game

It’s basically New Super Mario Bros U with different levels and Luigi, but, c’mon, that’s great, isn’t it?

Super Smash Bros heading to Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo revealed in their Nintendo Direct E3 show that they’ve got two Super Smash Bros. games in development right now.  One for the Wii U and one for the 3DS.  The game also brings in new challenger Mega Man.

 

Mechs, Swords, and Open Worlds in Monolith Soft’s new title

We weren’t really given a title, but Nintendo promised that the world being created by the developer of Xenoblade Chronicles is going to be an open-world experience and give players the ability to pilot flying mechs.  It will be released in 2014 with Nintendo promising more news about it in the future.  Trailer below:

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze coming in November

Developer Retro Studios is bringing back the beloved Donkey Kong Country franchise again with a new title in the series:  Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.  The developer is well-known for the Metroid Prime franchise as well as their revival of the DKC franchise with Donkey Kong Country Returns which released on the Wii in 2010.  I’m excited to see this next installment as Retro never disappoints.  DKC: Tropical Freeze is set to release on Wii U this November.  Trailer below:

Spies Vs. Mercs is Back in Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Upcoming Ubisoft sequel to the long-running Splinter Cell franchise is bringing back the popular Spies Vs. Mercs multiplayer mode which was disappointingly absent from Sam Fisher’s last outing.  Fans of the franchise have something to rejoice about amidst their complaints about the disappointing lack of  Michael Ironside (which, granted, is a very valid complaint).

Eternal Darkness Spiritual Successor in the Works

It’s been over a decade since Silicon Knights released the highly regarded GameCube exclusive Eternal Darkness.  Since then, fans of the game have been demanding a sequel.  Silicon Knights and Nintendo ignored these demands and went on about their business.  Since its release in 2002, Silicon Knights has developed the critically and commercially disappointing Too Human and X-Men Destiny.  The studio has been troubled with bad press all around including these critical disappointments as well as law suits and former employee complaints.  Needless to say, it hasn’t been a good few years for Silicon Knights.

Nevertheless, we’re expecting a spiritual successor to their horror classic.  Though the teaser posted on IGN and the game’s official website have no mention of Silicon Knights, it is clearly stated that the game is in development from the creators of Eternal Darkness.  Titled Shadow of the Eternals, this pseudo-sequel is in development at Precursor Games, a new development studio and likely the result of Silicon Knights’ troubled past.  Denis Dyack is said to be involved in the project.

Shadow of the Eternals is being crowdfunded with the campaign beginning on May 6.  It is in development for WiiU and PC currently.  A synopsis of the game and the trailer are below:

When Detective Paul Becker is called to one of the bloodiest gang massacres in Louisiana state history, only two survivors remain from a brutal conflict between two rival cults. As Becker begins his interrogations of the suspects, their combined recollections will uncover the truth about the ‘Eternals’.

Featuring an ensemble cast of heroes and villains, Shadow of the Eternals will span over 2500 years of history throughout Egypt, England, Hungary, and the United States. Players will question the perception of reality as they try to balance the mechanics of combat, magick, and sanity events to progress through the adventure.

Shadow of the Eternals will take players on a memorable journey throughout time; weaving historical fact with disturbing fiction to create an experience unlike any other.

Sources:  GamesRadar, Kotaku, IGN

Watch_Dogs Coming to PC and Consoles in November

Ubisoft’s upcoming Watch_Dogs has a new trailer and a concrete release date.  Announced at last year’s E3, Watch_Dog places gamers in the shoes of the technically-inclined vigilante Aiden Pearce who can hack electronic devices to gain information, wire funds, or trigger traps in an open-world game environment.  Watch_Dogs will be available on current and next-gen consoles as well as PC on November 19, 2013.