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There is a saying that ‘old habits die hard sometimes’ – and for Nintendo fans, one of those habits is using a Gamecube controller in preference of nearly every other peripheral the Big N has thrown at consumers; nunchucks and touchscreen pads included. Despite it being nearly a decade since they were originally released, Gamecube controllers are still first choice for many Nintendo players – especially competitive players of Super Smash Bros. The Big N has seen fit to capitalize on this long lasting love affair with the chunky peripheral, and have unveiled a official USB adapter that allows Gamecube controllers to work with a Wii U.
So far Nintendo have marketed the four port adapter exclusively for Super Smash Bros For Wii U, and have not revealed whether it will allow Gamecube controller support for other Wii U games (the console does not natively support the controllers like the Wii did). The release of an adapter may pave the way however for GC titles to appear on the Wii U Virtual Console.
In Other News…
Another big profile title has slipped back to a 2015 release window this week, with the latest casualty being the intriguing The Order 1886.
Ready At Dawn’s Victorian-modernist steampunk PS4 exclusive has been given a few more months for extra spit and polish; a rationale that several developers appear to be wheeling out recently as it becomes increasingly clear that the next-gen hardware isn’t quite so simple to develop for as was probably first thought. The move also further weakens Sony’s first party release schedule for the rest of the year, which is currently being headlined by #DRIVECLUB and not much else besides.
In related delay news, The Evil Within (the next horror project by former Resident Evil 4 director Shinji Mikami to be published by Bethesda) has been pushed back from August to October 24th 2014 in a bid to create a ‘polished, terrifying pure survival horror experience’.
In my imagination, the development team at Traveller’s Tales give praise to the gods every morning for the wonder of Lego. Whereas in the late 1990s they seemed doomed to producing an endless run of average Disney games, ever since Lego Star Wars the studio has been in the ascendancy; producing a number of similar yet incredibly fun platformers combining the Danish plastic sensation with franchises such as Indiana Jones, Lord Of The Rings & Pirates Of The Caribbean.
The trend is set to continue with a third game in the Lego Batman series, coming this Autumn entitled Beyond Gotham.The latest installment will see the Dark Knight and his DC Comic allies heading into the wild yonder of space, with over 150 characters to unlock.
A initial trailer has been released, showcasing some of that humor for all ages which the Lego games always seem to nail right on the head. The Lego franchise has proved particularly popular in the UK, with both Marvel Superheroes and The Hobbit staying high in the charts for several weeks.
As part of its ongoing ‘On The House’ promotion to say thanks to people utlilsing the service, EA have made Battlefield 3 free to download on Origin until June 4th. The highly acclaimed shooter follows Dead Space and Plants Vs Zombies as the games that have been up for grabs.
Also a friendly reminder that until the 15th June, if you have an Xbox Live Gold account you can download Dark Souls for free; I fully intend to get it and see why people have rated it so highly for the past few years. From the 15th onwards, you’ll be able to pick up Charlie Murder and a bonus game, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.
If you strain your ears hard enough, you will be able to hear the cogs of the dreaded ‘Sonic Cycle’ begin to whir into life. A new character has been revealed for Sonic Boom; a female jungle badger called Sticks.
Sticks is described by Sega as a “force of nature in every way…however, because she’s used to being isolated, her social skills are lacking, meaning although she has a good heart, the concepts of sharing, compassion and friendship are foreign to her”…meaning that she will inevitably become yet another victim to the power of friendship in the end. She is set to become best friends with Amy Rose in the spin-off Sonic Boom cartoon
Wolfenstein: The New Order went straight to the top of the UK Game Sales Charts this week, perhaps unexpectedly notching the second biggest launch of the year behind Titanfall. To quote Lt. Aldo Raine from Inglorious Bastards:
We’re in the Nazi killing business, and right now business is a-booming’
There was little change elsewhere, as we prepare for Watch_Dogs to inevitably top the charts next week.
Top Ten For Week Ending 24th May 2014 (from GFK/Chart-Track)
1 – Wolfenstein: The New Order (MachineGames)*
2 – Minecraft: PS3 Edition (4J Studios)
3 – FIFA 14 (EA Canada)
4 – Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Bluepoint Games)
5 – 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (EA Canada)
6 – Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward)
7 – Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (4J Studios)
8 – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Beenox Interactive)
9 – Battlefield 4 (DICE Studios)
10 – The Lego Movie Videogame (Traveller’s Tales)
(* indicates a new entry)
In a strange marketing move, Nintendo have teamed up with Mercedes Benz in Japan to have one of their cars (the GLA for anyone interested) turned into a vehicle in Mario Kart 8. The DLC will be free and is currently exclusive to Japan, but there is a good chance of it arriving in Europe as well in due course.
Check out the trailer below; which also happens to feature a real life Mario on steroids